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For 21 years, Markieff and Marcus Morris were more like conjoined twins.
Their mother says they are fraternal but they seem identical. They lived virtually inseparable lives as a pair that is also one of a kind. They went everywhere together, ordered the same food, got the same tattoos, like the same music, took the same classes and got the same haircuts.
They stopped dressing the same in middle school, but Markieff just found out that he bought the same jacket in Phoenix as Marcus did in Houston a week earlier.
This brotherly love from Philadelphia did not need separation to know its depths. it took the NBA dream to pry them apart, and the Morrises have had to figure out how to coexist while apart, sending daily texts and talking regularly while they experience very different rookie seasons.
Asked separately what it has been like to be apart for the first time the past two months, Markieff said, “It feels like 90 years.”
Said Marcus: “It feels like a lifetime.”
Markieff is ahead of Marcus, just as he was in birth by seven minutes and the NBA draft by one place. Markieff is arguably the NBA’s top rookie big man, playing about 20 minutes per game for the Suns and establishing himself as a boost to the Suns’ defense and rebounding while ranking among the league’s better 3-point shooters.
Marcus is making the transition to small forward. He lost out on a chance at a role to second-round pick Chandler Parsons.
Marcus spent time in the D-League, sprained an ankle and then was sent again to D-League on Friday morning, spoiling his chance to watch Markieff playing Houston on Friday night or to be with Houston at Phoenix this Thursday.
“We were always together when we were young,” said Markieff, who shared a meal with Marcus for the first time this winter on Thursday night before Marcus left for Rio Grande Valley (Hidalgo, Texas). “You couldn’t separate us. That’s how we were so close when we got older.”
It is hard to differentiate between the two in person until they speak. Markieff speaks at a lower level and is shorter on words than the more outgoing Marcus, who is an inch shorter and a tad more slender.
If you think Marcus might have been upset for the less accomplished Markieff to be drafted ahead of him or jealous that Markieff has found a better NBA situation, you have the wrong twins. They celebrate each other’s success and are driven by it. Nothing tells a twin more about his capabilities than seeing the other succeed.
For the Morrises, or Morrii as they were called at Kansas, it is “family over everything.” They have “F.O.E.” as part of the mirror-image tattoo collection, which started with one that says “Twin Towers” and has them pictured in front of a Philadelphia skyline with “Morris Brothers, est. 1989.”
“I thought he was going to go top 10 in the draft,” Marcus, the 14th pick, said of Markieff, the 13th pick. “Kieff is a legit four (power forward). in this draft, there are not too many legit fours who are even playing. I thought he was going to go to Cleveland (with the fourth pick). Kieff is going to be a 17-year veteran in this league just because he knows how to do what he does. He has a knack for rebounding. He’s a defender and he shoots 3s.”
Marcus calls Markieff “Ol’ Head” because he is like a veteran. Marcus has gone through his own frustrations with D-League duty and three weeks of ankle rehabilitation but has been kept up by watching every game Markieff plays, live or recorded.
Their single mother, Angel, kept them together constantly when they were young, and they became best friends who don’t argue.
Part of that bond was basketball, a love formed by cutting the bottom out of a crate and putting it on a light pole by their north Philadelphia home to play.
Last week, Markieff sent Marcus a text reminding him of a handshake they did when they were 5 years old.
“It’s different being a twin,” Markieff said. “It’s harder to tell you than to know it in our position. It’s the weirdest (common) stuff that you wouldn’t ever believe.
“But the difference in personality is that he’s meaner. He has that fire in him. I’m more of a laid-back guy, but you can bring that fire out of me.”
The Morris twins had the same car in college and again in the NBA, buying the same model of Mercedes in the same color.
On draft night, the Suns explored the possibility of trading for Houston’s no. 14 pick to draft Marcus as well as Markieff. The cost of a future first-round pick was too much.
“Man, what would’ve that been like?” Marcus said.
“I assumed we’d been on different teams. Us together, we’d take down the whole world. two people who understand how to play basketball together. Steve Nash and (Marcin) Gortat play really good together, but there’s nobody in the league who has played together as long as we have and know each other’s best moves and where each other are going to be. down the road, it may be a dream come true.”
Monday, 13 February 2012 Mistakes made, Lessons Learned
To say that Friday was tough would be an understatement. after flying home from Surfing Life’s Oakley big Wave Awards on Thursday, and with commentating duties at the Breaka Burleigh Pro beckoning on the weekend, I took the morning off to try and set my home life straight. When I got online around lunchtime I was stunned to see what had happened on our web site.
A piece on whaling I’d approved had set the net alight, and people were baying for blood. our web editor’s details had been posted online, and he’d received anonymous threatening texts. there were over 250 comments on the story, the majority derogatory, and Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd was rallying his troops. In the bright light of day, what we’d hoped might have been a thought provoking post now looked misguided, insulting, and poorly researched, and for that and any offence caused, I apologise.
I emailed Paul Watson and offered him full right of reply. his gracious retort is below, and I thank him for that. In response to many of the comments, no, this story was not paid for by the ICR, nor any other Japanese right wing group. Surfing Life is definitely NOT pro-whaling, nor do we think that Sea Shepherd is a racist organization. I understand the point that Gabe McCauley was trying to raise – that perhaps Australia’s passion against the Japanese whaling fleet has deeper roots than just the sea’s largest creatures – and it is one that has been floated in the mainstream press before, but in this piece it was not clearly articulated, and framed in an antagonist body of text it only incited further criticism and anger.
Sea Shepherd are clearly an organization that demand media attention and with their name up in lights there will always be backlash. on the many pro-Sea Shepherd articles we have posted in the past there has always been much comment for and against, and it was that in mind that I approved the article on Thursday night. looking back, I wish I had better done my editorial due diligence, and the weekend just gone was a constant reminder of that.
Surfing Life will always be a home for passionate debate, and we always encourage opinion pieces and curious contributions. but in this instance a lot more research and a lot more care was called for.
- Chris Binns, Editor of Surfing Life
PS. Wanna hear a feelgood story involving cleaning the ocean, surfers and Japan? back in the 80s Occy was surfing the Japanese leg of the World Tour. A whole heap of rubbish and plastic crap floated by and Occ decided he should clean it up. He grabbed as much as he could and shoved it up the leg of his wetsuit. When he came back to the beach he unloaded it all in the nearest bin. Some locals saw Occ do this, and with the status he has around the globe, and the Japanese people’s respectful ways, they spread the word about Occ’s good deed. Apparently it is now common to see Japanese surfers doing exactly the same thing whenever they see flotsam in the water. cool, huh?
By Captain Paul Watson
When I read the article Fuzzy Wuzzy Whales in Australia’s Surfing Life, I thought for a moment I had mistakenly opened one of the editorial pages of the Australian. that is usually the kind of publication one would find such a shoddily researched simplistic rant like this posing as serious journalism. I have never heard of a single surfing publication anywhere in the world, including Japan, that has taken up the cause for whalers and it was even more amazing to see the tiresome canards being presented as “evidence” that Sea Shepherd’s real agenda is not saving whales at all and that we have spent eight years venturing into the most remote and hostile waters in the world because we hate Japanese people.
My Japanese crewmembers and supporters were surprised to read that racism was their agenda. A glance at Wikipedia would have quickly presented evidence that Sea Shepherd does not and has never singled out whalers just because they are Japanese. The reason that the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is in the Southern Ocean defending whales from Japanese whalers can be found in one word. “Sanctuary.”
SSCS in the Southern Ocean. Photo: AAP/ABC
The Japanese whaling fleet is targeting endangered whales (Fins and Humpbacks) and protected whales (Minkes) in the established internationally designated Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. they are doing so in violation of the global moratorium on commercial whaling and they are engaged in commercial exploitation of Antarctic resources in violation of the Antarctic Treaty. The Japanese fleet is also in contempt of the Australian Federal Court ruling prohibiting them from whaling in Australian territorial waters and Australia is taking Japan to court over the legality of their whaling operations in the Southern Ocean.
What is the point of establishing a whale sanctuary if people are allowed to kill whales in it? Those who accuse Sea Shepherd of opposing whaling because we are motivated by racism with their assumption that we are anti-Japanese have failed to do any research into Sea Shepherd’s very long history of opposition to whaling.
Since I established the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 1977 we have openly engaged in confrontations with whalers from the former Soviet Union, Iceland, Norway, the Danish Faeroe Islands, Spain, South Africa, Australia, St. Lucia, the United States, Japan and pirate whalers flying various flags of convenience. we have opposed sealing operations in Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Russia, the United States and Namibia. we have opposed shark finners in Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador and across the South Pacific. we have intervened against turtle poachers in Trinidad and we have seized and destroyed drift nets in the Caribbean and the Pacific. we have opposed dolphin killers in Japan, the Faeroes, the Galapagos and Brazil. we have protected plankton off the Galapagos and off Bermuda. And we have intervened against illegal fishing operations by Cuba and Spain on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and by Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia and the United States in the Galapagos National Park Marine Reserve. we do not discriminate.
SSCS in action in the Faeroe Islands. Photo: SSCS
Sea Shepherd is not a protest organization. we are an interventionist organization and we are an anti-poaching organization. we oppose operations that unlawfully exploit marine wildlife. we operate in accordance with the principles established within the United Nations World Charter for Nature that allows for non-governmental organizations and individuals to uphold international conservation law.
Since 1999, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has worked in partnership with the Galapagos National Park rangers and the Ecuadorian National Police to protect the Galapagos National Park Marine Reserve. towards that end we have installed a one million Euro AIS system in the Galapagos, provided a patrol vessel, a canine unit, engineers for a surveillance barge, radios and equipment for the rangers and police.
In Costa Rica, Sea Shepherd has provided generators and equipment to the Cocos Island National Park rangers. Sea Shepherd apprehended the first illegal long-liner to be taken to court and convicted in Costa Rica when we seized the Ecuadorian fishing vessel San Jose two miles off the beach of the Cocos Island National Park and Marine Reserve. we have scuttled six Norwegian whalers, two Icelandic whalers, two South African whalers, two Spanish whalers and two pirate whalers. we have not by the way, rammed or sunk a single Japanese whaler.
And most importantly in over thirty five years of activism we have not caused a single injury to our opposition nor have we ever been convicted of a felony crime. nor are there any outstanding warrants for our arrest for any crime at all. we have also not been reprimanded by our flag nations of the Netherlands and Australia.
In response to critics labeling us eco-terrorists, all I can say is that if I or my crew are eco-terrorists committing crimes then we should be arrested. if our critics do not have a case against us to arrest us they should simply shut the hell up because all they are doing is spouting nonsense. there is actually no such crime called eco-terrorism and to me the meaning of eco-terrorist would more legitimately be applied to BP for what they did in the Gulf of Mexico or Union Carbide for what they did in Bhopal, India. Monsanto is an eco-terrorist corporation. Sea Shepherd is actually a counter eco-terrorist organization.
Back in 1977, we were fighting whalers in Western Australia. A few months ago I met with some of these old whalers who are now Sea Shepherd supporters in Albany. three of them told me how they felt ashamed of what they had done back in the Seventies. Australia once a whaling nation is now indisputably the most passionate anti whaling nation on the planet and that gives me great hope that Japan will soon convert to a nation that values whales more alive than dead.
The article recently published by Australia’s Surfing Life stated: can you trust an organization whose logo plays on the pirate flag skull and crossbones? Where do you draw the line between conservation, activism and piracy on the high seas? Sea Shepherd adopted the Jolly Roger flag based on a historical reality. back in the 17th Century when piracy was out of control in the Caribbean, it was not the British or Spanish Navies that brought it to heel. too many politicians and bureaucrats on the take. Piracy in the Caribbean was defeated by one man, Henry Morgan, a pirate. sometimes you simply need pirates to fight pirates and in our case we are pirates of compassion opposing pirates of greed.
The other great thing about pirates is the lack of bureaucracy because we believe that bureaucracy keeps things from being done efficiently and expediently. And history is full of notable pirates who made positive contributions including John Paul Jones, the founder of the American Navy, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake and Jean LaFitte who helped defend the city of new Orleans in 1814 with Andrew Jackson. aside from that, it’s a popular logo. The kids like it and it gets people’s attention. And where do we draw the line? The line is quite distinctly drawn to stop illegal activities without causing injury to our opposition.
With the criticism that we are violent all I can say is that in our entire thirty five year history we have not caused a single injury and we have only destroyed property used for illegal exploitation of marine life. A few years ago, his Holiness the Dalai Lama gave me a figurine of a horse headed dragon like creature to put on the mast of the ship. The figure is called Hayagriva and he said that it represented the compassionate wrath of the Buddha. When I asked him what that was he said that, “you never want to hurt anyone but sometimes when people cannot see enlightenment, you may have to scare the hell out of them until they do.”
The Dalai Lama understood that Sea Shepherd practices aggressive non-violence. we do not cause physical injury to those we oppose but we do destroy equipment illegally used to exploit marine wildlife. to us the destruction of a harpoon or a rifle is an act of non-violence because it can save the life of a sentient being by doing so.
Dr. Martin Luther once wrote that violence cannot be committed against a non-sentient object. it is the Sea Shepherd position that the saving of a sentient being from death and injury justifies the destruction of the weapon or equipment that threatens the life of that living entity. You can commit violence with a gun but it is not violent to destroy a gun, in fact it is merely a first strike action of non-violence to neutralize a potential instrument of violence since the only thing a gun (or a harpoon) is meant for is to inflict violence and death.
Our oceans are in trouble. there is more illegal fishing than legal fishing taking place and very rarely are the laws enforced and upheld. every single commercial fishing industry is in a state of collapse. Over-fishing is killing our oceans and if the oceans die, we all die. that is why Sea Shepherd is involved with defending species ranging from phylo-plankton to the great whales.
The caption in a recent Sydney Morning Herald article said “The Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin and the whaling ship Yushin Maru no.2 in a cat-and-mouse chase through Antarctic pack ice. Photo: Sea Shepherd”
We do get more attention for our campaigns to defend whales because we have our own television show Whale Wars that focuses on our whale campaigns. last summer we filmed a five episode series on Whale Wars the Faeroe Islands to cover the slaughter of pilot whales in the Danish Faeroe Islands. we have also filmed an episode on our Operation Blue rage to defend Bluefin tuna off the coast of Libya and another episode on Operation Desert Seal, our campaign to protect fur seals on the coast of Namibia. our award winning film Sharkwater changed the perception of sharks to hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.
The article in Australia’s Surfing Life asked why we are not addressing global warming instead. The reason for that is simple. First the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was established as a marine wildlife anti-poaching organization. we are doing what we were established to do. And secondly, there is nothing we can organizationally to address global warming nor is there anything anyone else can do about it as long as people drive cars, fly around in airplanes, use plastic, stop eating meat and continue to live life styles that consume vast amounts of resources and utilize vast amounts of energy.
What we do in Sea Shepherd to address this issue is to run our ships as vegan vessels because more greenhouse gas emissions are produced by the meat industry worldwide than by the automobile industry. Also some 40% of all fish caught is fed to livestock in the form of fish meal making the pig a larger marine predator than the shark and factory farmed chickens more voracious consumers of fish than puffins and albatross.
When the article says: “Here’s a cheeky little fact for you to take home: whaling is not the biggest environmental problem in Australia’s waters and is not even the biggest problem created by Japanese fishing vessels.” how about this? Auto theft and domestic violence are not the biggest crime problems in Australia and not even the biggest problem for Australian police. Maybe they should stop chasing car thieves and handling domestic violence cases to concentrate on murder and rape.
The strength of any movement lies in diversity of approaches, tactics, strategies and activism. everybody can’t focus on doing just one thing but some can focus on one thing and at the same time do their part to help others focus on other issues. we intervene against poaching and our contribution to addressing global warming is to not consume animal products.
The article asked why people support Sea Shepherd and why some are so passionate with their support. The answer is because we are different. we are a volunteer driven international activist organization that delivers results in terms of actual numbers saved. In other words we deliver.
Last season, the Japanese whaling fleet took only 17% of its kill quota and retreated back to Japan a month ahead of schedule. we have helped to shut down the commercial seal slaughter in Canada. we physically prevented the dumping of iron filings off the Galapagos and Bermuda by an organization violating EPA rulings opposing ocean dumping to artificially enhance plankton populations because the research was suspect. we have arrested over 70 poaching vessels, seized hundreds of miles of longlines and drift nets and shut down illegal whaling operations worldwide.
In addition Sea Shepherd crew were on the beaches in 1989 rescuing animals from the Exxon Valdez spill and we also rescued animals from spills in France, Scotland, Brazil, the Galapagos and we have had a crew working in the Gulf of Mexico ever since the BP oil spill diaster. In addition to our Whale Wars television series we have helped to produce incredible documentary films like the aforementioned Sharkwater, Oceans, The Edge of the World, Black Harvest, Eco-Pirates, Pirates for the Sea, Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist, and a Fierce Green fire.
The trailer for season four of Whale Wars on Animal Planet.
Sea Shepherd is also unique in that you will never see paid Sea Shepherd street solicitors and we don’t send out vast qualities of direct (junk) mail asking for donations. we do not spend money to raise more money. we utilize donations for the purpose given – to directly fund our ships and campaigns. And thus we have grown by word of mouth and this gives us a loyal following. we have a loyal following amongst the diving and surfing communities. Surfers don’t support Sea Shepherd to clear their conscience as the article stated in a very insulting tone. on the contrary surfers and divers support Sea Shepherd because they see results of our efforts and thus a return on their investment with us.
Do the writers of the article really believe that Kelly Slater, Dave Rastovich and Stephanie Gillmore support Sea Shepherd because they have a guilty conscience? Rasta has been on a Sea Shepherd ship pulling longlines from the waters of the Galapagos National Park and releasing turtles from the hooks. He has been to Taiji, Japan to oppose the slaughter of dolphins. He is an activist because he is a surfer and most surfers have a love for the ocean and the diversity of life within the sea. The writers of this anti-Sea Shepherd article would have their readers believe that Rasta was there because he was, as they so dramatically put it, “brainwashed.”
Two examples of Hemingways old Man And The Sea? Capt Paul Watson and Kelly Slater, back in 2010 when they were slightly less old men of the sea.
The Sea Shepherd Board of Advisors also includes “brainwashed” supporters like former Australian Environment Minister Ian Campbell and the former Environment Minster of British Columbia, Canada Rafe Mair.
The writers of the article also wrote : “All I suggest is that before supporting vicious anti-whaling groups and blindly screaming hatred for whaling, you should take time and look at the facts.” The question is why did the two writers not bother to look at the facts about Sea Shepherd and whaling before they wrote an article that has all the appearances of being a paid promotion piece for the Japanese whaling industry?
Text tattoos are very hot and trendy these days as a lot of tat enthusiasts opt for words, short quotes, meaningful sayings and even lyrics from a poem or song as designs for their ink. having texts tattooed on one’s body is a good alternative as they can convey powerful and strong messages. with an image, one associates it with symbolism; with words, the meanings can be direct and straight to the point.
One primary concern for text tattoos is what fonts or style of lettering to go for. One very popular type is the script fonts which looks like it has personal touch because its similar to calligraphy and actual human handwriting. they are perfect for short and expressive texts. Designs vary from flowing scripts to rounded ends and elegant swirls to light-hearted types.
Old English font is being used by those who wants to have some medieval forms or historical flair to their text tattoos. This font belong to the blackletter family, often referred to as gothic. It has a distinguished formal look and commonly used in certificates. Famous celebrity with english font tattoos include musicians Tommy Lee Jones and Travis Parker.
Celtic fonts contain Celtic looking alphabet usually rounded or angular. they are great match for tattoo designs with Celtic theme like the armbands or tribal ones. other styles of fonts used for tattoo are graffiti, gangster, blade, classic roman and even those with added characters like speedy and flame style. other cool designs which are becoming a favorite are the typewriter style font which are very readable and looks really fresh and preppy.
There are a lot of websites online where one can find free font tattoos so they can preview the design first before going for one. when deciding , one has to make sure that it will match the personality as well as the message being conveyed in the tattoo. Even more importantly, pay attention to correct spellings or grammar within the text of the tattoos.
BRITISH philosopher a.C. Grayling, who has been visiting our shores for the Sydney Writers Festival, seems a nice man, as befitting his reputation as one of more amiable of the so-called New Atheists.
His previous contributions to the God debate — books such as against all Gods (2007) — have been thoughtful and cultivated. you could disagree with his arguments while respecting his erudition and admiring his clear prose.
In The good Book, however, Grayling has gone off the rails. this is an exercise in self-indulgence, pure and simple. No doubt his distinguished reputation will help sales, but if more than a handful of people read this book from cover to cover, I’m a Dutchman. It’s dull, pretentious and spectacularly ill-conceived. Grayling has cobbled together an "alternative, non-religious" Bible.
"The good Book," he boasts, "is made from over 1000 texts by several hundred authors and from collections and anonymous traditions."
The common thread is the absence of any reference to God, the afterlife or the supernatural: their non-existence is assumed and at times asserted.
There’s undoubtedly a place for a well-chosen anthology of the finest secular-humanist writing down the ages. Warren Bonett’s The Australian Book of Atheism (2010) was a decent collection of this kind.
But The good Book is nothing of the sort. Grayling does not identify which authors wrote or inspired which passages, let alone explain each author’s work in its historical and cultural context. The reader is left to guess. The cleverer and more sophisticated you are, the more passages you will recognise.
At least, I assume that’s Grayling’s reasoning. The only guidance he offers is a brief tailpiece listing a hundred-odd names whose work is said to be "among the most drawn upon".
These sources range from ancient Greece to the 19th-century Anglosphere. to give the flavour, some of the better-known include Aristotle, Bacon, Cicero, Darwin, Emerson, Homer, Hume, Kant, Locke, Machiavelli, Montaine, Newton (Isaac, I assume, even if he was a devout Christian), Ovid, Plato, Plutarch, Schopenhauer, Spinoza, Swift, Thucydides and Voltaire.
Grayling evades the usual responsibilities of editorship by employing a gimmick. He presents this 600-page tome in the language and form of the Bible (superficially, at least). Thus, there are 14 constituent books: Genesis, Wisdom, Parables, Concord, Lamentations, Consolations, Songs, Sages, Histories, Proverbs, the Lawgiver, Acts, Epistles and the good.
Each book is divided into chapters and verses. by far the longest are Histories and Acts (187 pages and 118 pages respectively). Instead of the Israelites, Jesus of Nazareth and the early Christians, you get the Persians, the Greeks and the Romans. Clever, eh? No, just irritating. and comparisons with the Bible are inapt.
Today, many versions of the (real) good book include detailed information as to the date and authorship of each section, together with notes on historical, linguistic and theological matters pertaining to the original text. for people with more rudimentary bibles, such extra-textual resources are readily available in libraries and some are of extremely high quality.
Grayling provides no such resources and it’s hard to see how this can further his stated purpose: "to aid and guide, to suggest, inform, warm and console; and above all to hold up the light of the human mind and heart against the shadows of life."
Another gripe: there’s a pronouncement on the dust jacket that The good Book "has been made in just the same way as the Judaeo-Christian Bible was made". not so. true, both the old and New testaments contain work by many authors in numerous genres. But as any first-year theology student could tell you, neither canon was selected according to the preferences of elite human anthologisers, let alone of one man. There is a mountain of scholarship on this subject. The acid test for inclusion of a given text in the old or the New Testament was whether — at the time of first publication — it had been accepted and acted on by a substantial community of believers.
And why has Grayling ignored 20th and 21st-century thinkers? The omission seems inexplicable, given the discoveries of Einstein, Planck, Freud, Heisenberg and Crick — to name but a few — are routinely cited by the New Atheists.
We’ve been told a thousand times that modern-day science confirms what Charles Darwin supposedly proved, namely God’s non-existence. (Richard Dawkins himself has written that, until 1859, when Darwin published On the Origin of Species, God was the best explanation for the ordered complexity of life on Earth.)
It’s revealing that, in Grayling’s version of Genesis, he squibs the tough questions. While lauding science as "mankind’s greatest endeavour", he fails to grapple in any meaningful way with the greatest mysteries it now presents. The cause of the big bang; the apparent finetuning of the laws of physics and chemistry; the nature of consciousness and free will: all have profound religious implications.
The origin of life on Earth is another such mystery. But not to worry; Grayling covers it in Genesis 9:10-11 with this doggerel: "and quick contraction with/ethereal flame lights into life the/atom-woven frame/Hence in biochemical spontaneous/birth rose the first specks of/animated earth." Readers desiring a more considered treatment of this momentous issue could begin with Paul Davies’s The Fifth Miracle.
For all Grayling’s learning, The good Book is a shallow effort. In the words of one of his own sources, Francis Bacon: "a little philosophy inclinith men’s minds to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion."
Roy Williams is a Sydney-based lawyer and author. his most recent book is God, Actually.
The good Book: a Secular BibleBy a.C. GraylingBloomsbury, 597pp, $49.95 (HB)
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