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Why Do The Unbelievers Rage?

We are witnessing another of the fierce assaults on religion and on theism that have recurred in the modern era. [鈥

Daniel A. Seeger, a member of Moorestown (N.J.) Meeting, now attends Newtown (Pa.) Meeting. He serves as chair of Friends Center Corporation. In the past he has served on the staff of American Friends Service Committee and Pendle Hill. A U.S. Supreme Court case, The United States of America v. Daniel A. Seeger, abolished the requirement that one must believe in a Supreme Being in order to be recognized as a conscientious objector to military service.

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Zeri: A Philosophy and Methodology to Reinvent the World

Many Friends have become increasingly concerned that our current economic system is not sustainable. Clearly, a perpetual growth economy is [鈥

Hollister Knowlton is a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting, active in Philadephia Yearly Meeting's Earthcare Working Group and Friends Traveling for Peace, Justice, and an Earth Restored; a member of the Policy Committee of FCNL; and clerk of Quaker Earthcare Witness (formerly Friends Committee on Unity with Nature). She gave up her car and became a vegan in 1994 for environmental, social, and animal justice reasons and took early retirement at the end of 2003 to devote her life to furthering ecological sustainability and healing our human-Earth relationship.

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A Friend鈥檚 Path to Nuclear Power

Over a decade ago, I held opinions about nuclear energy similar to those of many Friends. I worked against nuclear [鈥

Karen Street, a member of Berkeley (Calif.) Meeting, began working on energy and environmental issues in 1995, with an early focus on climate change. Her interest groups and weekend retreats cover a range of issues: understanding the science and impacts of climate change, examining our own greenhouse gas emissions and motivations for change, energy policy and technology updates, nuclear power, corporate response to climate change, and informed activism.

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Climate Change, Quakerism, and a Transformed Life

It was a blind date with a rising executive with General Motors that did it. It was the late 1980s [鈥

Hollister Knowlton, a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., is clerk of Quaker Earthcare Witness of the Americas and clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's Earthcare Working Group.

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Putting the Nuclear Genie Back in the Lamp

We are warned through folk tales and other kinds of traditional wisdom of the folly of seeking superhuman powers. For [鈥

Louis Cox, a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting, is publications coordinator for Quaker Earthcare Witness.

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Kent Thornburg

Quaker scientist? That鈥檚 how Kent Thornburg describes himself. He was born into a Quaker family, and his parents recognized and [鈥

Kara Newell, a Friends Journal columnist, is a member and presiding clerk of Reedwood Friends Church in Portland, Oreg.

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Useful Fictions

I am a scientist, an atheist, and a skeptic who does not believe in any form of the supernatural. Nonetheless, [鈥

George Gjelfriend is a member of Asheville (N.C.) Meeting.

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Whose DNA Is It Anyway?

What if your girlfriend asked you to take a DNA test before you got engaged? Or your employer wanted a [鈥

Margery Post Abbott is a member of Multnomah Meeting in Portland, Oreg. She is the author of several books and pamphlets about Quakerism and currently serves as clerk of Friends Committee on National Legislation.

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A Spiritual Haven for Scientists

From a vantage point of years, I can reflect upon an inwardly satisfying life in which science and Quakerism have [鈥

Calvin Schwabe, member of Haverford (Pa.) Meeting, is an interdisciplinary scientist who has carried out basic and applied research in medical, veterinary, and public health schools in the U.S. and abroad. A former member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Secretariat in Geneva, he has served for several decades as consultant on global health, food supply, and environmental problems to WHO, UNICEF, FAO, UNEP and other science-related governmental and NGO service organizations. He is the author of a Pendle Hill Pamphlet, Quakerism and Science.

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