By Committee on Gravitational Physics, National Research Council
By James Emmett Ryan
Whilst americans this day think about the non secular Society of neighbors, larger referred to as Quakers, they could photo the smiling determine on containers of oatmeal. yet seeing that their arrival within the American colonies within the 1650s, Quakers’ religious values and social conduct have set them except different american citizens. And their example—whether genuine or imagined—has served as a spiritual sense of right and wrong for an increasing nation. Portrayals of Quakers—from risky and anarchic figures in seventeenth-century theological debates to ethical exemplars in twentieth-century theater and movie (Grace Kelly in excessive midday, for example)—reflected makes an attempt through writers, speechmakers, and dramatists to grapple with the troubling social problems with the day. As foils to extra generally held spiritual, political, and ethical values, individuals of the Society of buddies grew to become touchstones in nationwide discussions approximately pacifism, abolition, gender equality, purchaser tradition, and modernity. Spanning 4 centuries, Imaginary acquaintances takes readers throughout the transferring representations of Quaker existence in quite a lot of literary and visible genres, from theological debates, missionary paintings files, political concept, and biography to fiction, poetry, theater, and movie. It illustrates the ways in which, through the lengthy historical past of Quakerism within the usa, those “imaginary” associates have provided an intensive version of morality, piety, and anti-modernity opposed to which the evolving tradition has measured itself. Winner, selection awesome educational e-book Award
By Bill Bridges, James Moore, Brian Campbell
By Arthur F. Kinney
The impressive French philosopher Simone Weil is likely one of the top highbrow and religious figures of the 20th century. A mythical essayist, political thinker and member of the French resistance, her literary output belied her tragically brief existence. so much of her paintings was once released posthumously, to frequent acclaim. continuously interested by the character of person freedom, Weil explores in Oppression and Liberty its political and social implications. reading the reasons of oppression, its mechanisms and types, she questions progressive responses and offers a prophetic view of a manner ahead. If, as she famous in different places, 'the destiny is made up of a similar stuff because the present', then there'll consistently be a necessity to proceed to hear Simone Weil.
By Anthony Horowitz (Author)
It is simply one other day within the lifetime of a typical child. if you are Alex Rider, that's. A con artist has discovered there's gigantic funds in charity - the larger the catastrophe, the larger the cash circulation! in order that is what he'll produce: the most important catastrophe identified to guy, all because of genetically transformed corn that may unlock a deadly disease so effective it may well knock out a complete nation in a single windy day. yet Alex Rider will face no matter what it takes - gunfire, explosions, hand-to-hand strive against with mercenaries - to carry down his most threatening adversary but. usually imitated, by no means equaled, the sequence that prompted a examining phenomenon is again, exhilarating and addictive as ever.