Charles Freeman

The Privilege of Only Singing ‘Our’ Song

It is most unlikely that Reginald Heber, vicar of the village church of Hodnet, meant to be hostile to or dismissive of the peoples of the world when he penned a hymn urging the church to its missionary task. Heber

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Local Apocalypse

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Into the Storm, Twister, and the Problem of Nature as Adversary It is typical of popular entertainment to seek out seemingly unconquerable foes for its heroes to endure. From big-budget disaster movies to cheap ‘reality’ shows on television, one of the most reliable of such foes is nature itself. Hurricanes,