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Eminem, <i>Marshall Mathers</i> (2000) spacer Eminem, Marshall Mathers (2000)
BY: David John Seel, Jr.
It is impossible to understand youth culture, particularly contemporary pop music culture, without addressing the significance white-rap-MC Marshall Mathers better known by the stage-name Eminem as well as by his angry alter-ego alias, Slim Shady.

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Emmylou Harris, <i>Red Dirt Girl</i> (2000) spacer Emmylou Harris, Red Dirt Girl (2000)
BY: David John Seel, Jr.
This is music for those who have known loss: a divorce, a prodigal child, the death of a parent, the betrayal of friends, the collapse of a career, or the pain of chronic disease.

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Empire of the Summer Moon (S.C. Gwynne, 2010)<br>
The Killing of Crazy Horse (Thomas Powers, 2010) spacer Empire of the Summer Moon (S.C. Gwynne, 2010)
The Killing of Crazy Horse (Thomas Powers, 2010)

BY: Denis Haack
Quanah Parker was the son of Cynthia Ann Parker, a woman who had been kidnapped by the Comanche during a raid of the family’s home in Texas that lay in land long claimed by the Comanche. Rescue attempts failed, and her son, Quanah rose to become a respected and powerful warrior chief among her adopted people.

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Engaging Doubt for Clarity’s Sake spacer Engaging Doubt for Clarity’s Sake
BY: Denis Haack
Sound bites are not sufficient for making an adequate case for the faith, nor are easy arguments against unbelief convincing. A good way to demonstrate our conviction that non-Christians are made in God’s image is to search out and engage their most profound doubts and challenges to Christian faith.

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Engaging New Atheists (2): Three Consolations on Reading Dawkins spacer Engaging New Atheists (2): Three Consolations on Reading Dawkins
BY: Fiona Grooms
In the space of 32 pages, Richard Dawkins summarily refutes, to his own satisfaction, two thousand years worth of arguments for the existence of God. For Christians who have read and been dismayed by Dawkins’ The God Delusion, I can offer three sorts of consolation.

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Engaging New Atheists: Agreeing with Christopher Hitchens spacer Engaging New Atheists: Agreeing with Christopher Hitchens
BY: Denis Haack
Films like Fight Club (1999), Garden State (2004), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), and The Golden Compass (2007) explicitly raise searching questions on perennial issues: the meaning of being human, the problem of evil, the need for significance, and the possibility of transcendence. At the same time and seemingly in sharp contrast, an impressive number of assertive—some would say aggressive or militant—voices are arguing that unbelief is the only possible option for thinking people today.

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Engaging the Arts: Are You A Patron?: Discernment Exercise spacer Engaging the Arts: Are You A Patron?: Discernment Exercise
BY: Denis Haack
The arts, contrary to liberal ideology, cannot solve the deepest problems of the human race, nor, contrary to conservative ideology, are the arts luxuries unnecessary to existence. Made in the image of the Creator, human beings are inescapably creative.

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Engaging the New Atheists (III): Resources spacer Engaging the New Atheists (III): Resources
BY: Denis Haack
For those who would like a few resources to help think through the claims of the New Atheists, I will suggest three.

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Engaging Unbelief: A Captivating Strategy from Augustine and Aquinas (Curtis Chang, 2000) spacer Engaging Unbelief: A Captivating Strategy from Augustine and Aquinas (Curtis Chang, 2000)
BY: Denis Haack
The first introduction many Christians were given to postmodernism came not by reading some postmodern thinker, but in a vague sense of unease.

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Enlarging Imagination: The Art of Ned Bustard spacer Enlarging Imagination: The Art of Ned Bustard
BY: Denis Haack
Oscar Wilde said, “Talent borrows, genius steals.” And though I wouldn’t claim to be a genius, I would claim to be a thief.

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- Jack Miles

Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions.
- St Peter



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