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Daylight Atheism

Moving Beyond Awe

Dabanner
about 5 years ago

The nineteenth-century German theologian Rudolf Otto, in his book The Idea of the Holy, popularized the term "numinous", an adjective describing the sense of mystery and wonder that purportedly stems from the presence of a deity. According to Otto, the sense of the numinous had two main ...

Waq al-Waq

Tomorrow's Papers Today

Missing
about 5 years ago

After a long day of reading about the Yemeni civil war - the one in 1994 not in 1962 - I treated myself to a quick scan of the pan-Arab daily papers, which I usually save for a morning treat with my coffee. But I couldn't resist today. There isn't much, particularly since al-Hayat continues to ...

Strange Maps

394 - Athanasius Kircher's Atlantis

Missing
about 5 years ago

Irrespective of whether it’s entirely mythical or merely missing, the ‘lost’ island of Atlantis is one of the most sought after pieces of real estate in history. The oldest source for the stories of a once mighty land now vanished beneath the waves are two of Plato’s Dialogues (4th century BC ...

Eruptions

Send me your volcano questions

Missing
about 5 years ago

I'm buried knee-deep in lab work this week, so I don't know how much internet scouring I will be able to do for new news, however, I should have time for a mailbag column. So, do you have a burning (no pun intended) volcano question you want answered? Email the question(s) to me and I will try ...

Waq al-Waq

Sign of things to come?

Missing
about 5 years ago

In what is almost surely a sign of things to come, at least in my opinion, there is a thread up on one of the jihadi forums that discusses a Der Spiegel article, which suggests that the nine foreigners were kidnapped because of their missionary activities. The lone response so far - the thread was ...