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Simone de Beauvoir on Atheism, the Ultimate Frontier of Hope, and the Key to Moving Beyond the Simplistic Divide of Optimism and Pessimism
Simone de Beauvoir on Atheism, the Ultimate Frontier of Hope, and the Key to Moving Beyond the Simplistic Divide of Optimism and Pessimism

“To fight unhappiness one must first expose it, which means that one must dispel the mystifications behind which it is hidden so that people do not have to think about it.”

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The Final Word Is Love: Dorothy Day on Human Connection, Music, and the Power of Community
The Final Word Is Love: Dorothy Day on Human Connection, Music, and the Power of Community

“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.”

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A Nonbeliever’s Case for the Bible: How a Secular Reading of Scripture Enlarges Our Experience of Beauty, Morality, and Transcendence
A Nonbeliever’s Case for the Bible: How a Secular Reading of Scripture Enlarges Our Experience of Beauty, Morality, and Transcendence

From Blake to Bach, why the ancient text long stripped of fact remains essential to our grasp of poetic truth.

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The Rebellious and Revolutionary Life of Galileo, Illustrated
The Rebellious and Revolutionary Life of Galileo, Illustrated

How a college dropout reordered the heavens and forever changed our understanding of our place in the universe.

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35-Year-Old Emerson’s Extraordinary Harvard Divinity School Address on the Divine Transcendence of Nature
35-Year-Old Emerson’s Extraordinary Harvard Divinity School Address on the Divine Transcendence of Nature

In praise of the sentiment through which the soul comes to know itself.

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A Revolution With No Rewind: Galileo’s Daughter and How the Patron Saint of Astronomy Reconciled Science and Spirituality
A Revolution With No Rewind: Galileo’s Daughter and How the Patron Saint of Astronomy Reconciled Science and Spirituality

“Although science has soared beyond his quaint instruments, it is still caught in his struggle.”

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The Will to Doubt: Bertrand Russell on Free Thought and Our Only Effective Self-Defense Against Propaganda
The Will to Doubt: Bertrand Russell on Free Thought and Our Only Effective Self-Defense Against Propaganda

“The protection of minorities is vitally important; and even the most orthodox of us may find himself in a minority some day, so that we all have an interest in restraining the tyranny of majorities.”

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James Baldwin and Margaret Mead on Religion
James Baldwin and Margaret Mead on Religion

“If any particular discipline … does not become a matter of your personal honor, your private convictions, then it’s simply a cloak which you can wear or throw off.”

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Neuroscientist Sam Harris Selects 12 Books Everyone Should Read
Neuroscientist Sam Harris Selects 12 Books Everyone Should Read

From Bertrand Russell to the Buddha, or why you should spend a weekend reading the Qur’an.

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Why the Sky Enchants Us: Our Longing for Transcendence and How Myths Elevate Human Life
Why the Sky Enchants Us: Our Longing for Transcendence and How Myths Elevate Human Life

“Human beings have always been mythmakers… We are meaning-seeking creatures.”

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