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Damn It All: A Meditation on Hell

Stephen Greenblatt New York Review of Books
Charting the origins of the Christian idea of a vast underground realm where the souls of sinners were hauled to suffer eternal punishments by fiends, the author walks readers through a panoply of sadistic fantasies long considered revealed truths.

The Young MLK Already Had Socialist Ideas

Lynn Parramore Institute for New Economic Thinking
A new book argues that King’s suspicion of American capitalism and his passion for economic justice did not represent a turn in his last tumultuous years. They were there all along.

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How Christians Destroyed the Ancient World

Bettany Hughes The New York Times
This book describes the cultural wreckage that accompanied the rise of Christianity, thereby adding nuance to our inherited understanding of the origins of Europe's "dark ages."

The Divinity of Donald Trump

Jordan Klepper speaks to Pastor Mark Burns, one of Donald Trump's religious supporters, to find out how the GOP presidential hopeful stacks up as a Christian.

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