From Homiletic, Joseph N. Evans (Mt. Carmel): Double-Consciousness: The Du Boisian Hermeneutic. An alter-ed perspective on the Bible: Robert Alter has issues with translations of Holy Text. A review of The Bible and the Principles of Yin and Yang by Franklin Hum Yun. From Review of Biblical Literature, a review of Jonathan Loved David: Manly Love in the Bible and the Hermeneutics of Sex by Anthony Heacock; and a review of A Hitchhiker's Guide to Jesus: Reading the Gospels on the Ground by Bruce N. Fisk. A review of The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins by Peter Enns. God had a wife, Asherah, whom the Book of Kings suggests was worshiped alongside Yahweh in his temple in Israel, according to Oxford scholar Francesca Stavrakopoulou. How can we be certain that the Gospel accounts contained in the New Testament are both authentic and authoritative? What the Bible could have said: Why doesn't the Bible contain superior medical advice? How to read the Bible the wrong way: What is the role of biblical scholarship for the average Christian trying to find God through the Scriptures? The “Bible Challenge” is a marathon of a read: Effort to read Scripture in a year goes global.
From the latest issue of Journal of Philosophy of Life, Masahiro Morioka (Osaka): Human Dignity and the Manipulation of the Sense of Happiness: From the Viewpoint of Bioethics and Philosophy of Life; Nathan Van Camp (Atwerp): Heidegger and the Question Concerning Biotechnology; and John Shand (Open): The Degradation of Human Relations Through Instant and Ever-present Communication, and the New Etiquette It Requires. Dictator lit: Daniel Kalder on Castro’s clunking Che memoir. School presents challenges globally — in the Arctic, these issues are compounded by language barriers, external teachers and a history of disempowerment. Running on faith: When personal beliefs become political touchstones. Colin McGinn on how the more we look at the brain, the less it looks like a device for creating consciousness — perhaps philosophers will never be able to solve the mystery. It would be disturbingly easy to fake America’s $1 coins — why isn’t the government doing more to prevent it from happening? Celebrity endorsements: When you’re famous, even checks you write to the drugstore have value.
Laurie R. Blank (Emory): Targeted Strikes: The Consequences of Blurring the Armed Conflict and Self-Defense Justifications. From Joint Force Quarterly, Lukas Milevski (Reading): Stuxnet and Strategy: A Space Operation in Cyberspace; Gary D. Brown (USAF): Why Iran Didn't Admit Stuxnet Was an Attack; and a review of Cyberdeterrence and Cyberwar by Martin C. Libicki. From Strategic Forum, Vincent Manzo on deterrence and escalation in cross-domain operations: Where do space and cyberspace fit? Think Again, Cyberwar: Don't fear the digital bogeyman — virtual conflict is still more hype than reality. Sebastian Wuschka (RUB): The Use of Combat Drones in Current Conflicts: A Legal Issue or a Political Problem? I Love You, Killer Robots: Quadrotor drones are amazing and cute and will probably destroy us all. The looming threat of drone warfare must be stopped, but don’t count on our geopolitical leaders to do so, argues Richard Falk. David Cortright on how the accelerating use of drone weapons has opened a new chapter in the history of warfare. A look at how cyber and drone attacks may change warfare more than the machine gun.