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June 9, 2017
We have a couple of somewhat challenging pieces in today’s line-up but I think you will find them both much easier on the nerves than following James B. Comey’s testimony before the US Senate Intelligence Committee and the cubic metres of commentary about it.
Recommended is Professor Robert Nelson’s article, in which he briefly delves into physics, the philosophy of human consciousness, evolutionary biology, mathematics, the history of religion and theology to show the reasonableness of positing the existence of “a god”. This is based on his book, God? Very Probably: Five Rational Ways to Think About The Question of a God, which sounds like an excellent read to me.
Then there’s Dylan Pahman’s intriguing argument that incompetence is inherent to democracy and – because it puts a brake on both idealism and self-interest – may even be one of democracy’s strengths. He illustrates, by the way, from Comey’s use of social media. I find it quite convincing.
It would be comforting to put psychologist Dr Jack Turban’s attack on the American College of Paediatricians – for their rejection of transgender affirmation for children -- down to professional incompetence, but it seems more malicious than that. Read Dr Michelle Cretella’s response to him and you will see why.
Note: There won’t be a newsletter from us on Monday as it is the Queen’s Birthday holiday in Australia and we are chilling out (it’s winter Down Under).

Carolyn Moynihan 
Deputy Editor, 

If you don’t like the message, you can always shoot the messenger
By Michelle A. Cretella
Opposing sex changes for children can get you into hot water
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Millennials are looking for parental guidance on love
By Kat Talalas
In a changing world they need more help from older generations.
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In Japan, even the ninjas are disappearing!
By Marcus Roberts
And it's not because it's part of their job description.
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Anti-Christian? A different reading of The Handmaid’s Tale
By Josh Nadeau
A closer look shows that things are not so simple in Gilead.
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Why God (very probably) exists
By Robert H. Nelson
An economist's Five Ways of thinking rationally about God.
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Between idealism and self-interest: the vital role of incompetence in modern democracy
By Dylan Pahman
Is political incompetence our fatal flaw or saving grace?
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Millennials and their paradoxical relationship with marriage
By Brian J. Willoughby
Why emerging adults love marriage but push it aside.
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Wonder Woman changes the face of feminism
By Kristen Hoyt
Women can be beautiful, feminine, and strong.
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Is China colonising Africa?
By Mathew Otieno
That’s a rather patronising, post-colonial question.
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Gift of life – or change of ownership?
By Chiara Bertoglio
A winning photograph celebrates surrogate motherhood.
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The global culture each child needs
By Patrick F. Fagan
A mother and father united in marital love.
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