Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category

Masks: Faces of Culture

May 30, 2007

From the book’s foreword:

It is rare and exciting for a major art exhibition to be organized around so universal and appealing as masks. In an age when large retrospectives and carefully culled thematic presentations are abundant, we take great pride in presenting Masks: Faces of Culture. The individual masks selected for exhibition, and the themes of human existence they relate to, are as accessible to the youngest visitor as they are to the most sophisticated museum-goer.

That said, it is important to note that the driving forces behind this exhibition have been concerned not only with the expression–indeed facial expressions–of basic human themes, but also with a quality of visual aesthetics that exemplifies the highest culture of individual societies. The masks represented in these pages reveal some of the best craftmanship, artistry, creativity, and design that we could expect in any art form.

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Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist

April 24, 2007

From the book jacket:
“I’m an evolutionary biologist and a Christian,” states Stanford professor Joan Roughgarden at the outset of her groundbreaking new book, Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist. From that perspective, she has written an eloquent and persuasive discourse on reconciling evolutionary biology and the Bible.

Perhaps only someone with Roughgarden’s unique academic standing could examine so well controversial issues such as the teaching of intelligent design in public schools, or the potential flaws in Darwin’s theory of evolution. Certainly Roughgarden is uniquely suited to reference both the minutiae of scientific processes and the implication of Biblical verses. Whether the topic is mutation rates and lizards or the hidden meanings behind St. Paul’s letters, Evolution and Christian Faith distils complex arguments into everyday understanding. Roughgarden has scoured the Bible and scanned the natural world, finding examples time and again, not of conflict, but of harmony.

The result is an accessible and intelligent context for seeing a Christian vision of the world within evolutionary biology. In the ongoing debates of religion versus science, Evolution and Christian Faith will be seen as a work of major significance, written for contemporary readers who wonder how-or if-they can embrace scientific advances while maintaining their traditional values.

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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Hunters and Gatherers

March 26, 2007

From the book jacket:
Hunting and gathering is humanity’s first and most successful adaptation, occupying fully 90 per cent of human history. Until 12,000 years ago all humanity lived this way. Surprisingly, in an increasingly urbanized and technological world dozens of hunting and gathering societies have persisted and thrive on five continents. Case studies of over fifty of the world’s hunting and gathering peoples, written by leading experts, tell a story of resilience in the face of change, of ancient ways now combined with the trappings of modernity. Divided into seven world regions, each section includes a regional introduction and an archaeological overview. Thematic essays discuss prehistory, social life, gender, music and art, health, religion and indigenous knowledge. The final section surveys the complex histories of hunter-gatherers’ encounters with colonialism and the State, and their ongoing struggles for dignity and human rights as part of the worldwide movement of indigenous peoples.

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Veiled Sentiments

March 19, 2007

From the book jacket:

Lila Abu-Lughod lived with a community of Bedouins in the Western Desert of Egypt for nearly two years, studying gender relations and the oral lyric poetry through which women and young men express personal feelings. The poems are haunting, the evocation of emotional life vivid. But her analysis also reveals how deeply implicated poetry and sentiment are in the play of power and the maintenance of a system of social hiearchy. What begins as a puzzle about a single poetic genre becomes a reflection on the politics of sentiment and the relationship between ideology and human experience. 

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Intelligent Thought: Science Versus the Intelligent Design Movement

March 19, 2007

From the book jacket:

Evolutionary science lies at the heart of a modern understanding of the natural world. Darwin’s theory has withstood 150 years of scientific scrutiny, and today it not only explains the origin and design of living things, but highlights the importance of a scientific understanding in our culture and in our lives.

Recently the movement known as “Intelligent Design” has attracted the attention of journalists, educators, and legislators. The scientific community is puzzled and saddened by this trend–not only because it distorts modern biology, but also because it diverts people from the truly fascinating ideas emerging from the real science of evolution. Here, join fifteen of our preeminent thinkers whose clear, accessible, and passionate essays reveal the fact and power of Darwin’s theory, and the beauty of the scientific quest to understand our world.

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e-books for your perusal!

December 12, 2006

Hello Tacoma Community College Community! 

After you’ve finished grading, studying, or taking/writing your final exams and papers, you may be interested in reading ahead for the Winter 2007 Quarter! Depending on your subject area of study, you may find the following titles interesting for holiday break reading, or titles to keep at the top of your list as you look into your studies/lesson plans for the new year.

Please note that “e-book” stands for electronic book. Electronic books are only available online. You must either log in with your Athens information (Student Identification Number for username, Student Log-in for your password) or be on the Tacoma Community College campus in order to utilize the materials.

The first title is: Abortion: An Eternal Social and Moral Issue, and it is a Gale publication, as all of the texts in today’s entry will be. In this text, students and staff will find information on the historical and current arguments for and against this controversial topic. If you are on campus, you can assess the title by clicking here.