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By David Albert Jones

During this full of life and concise Very brief advent, David Albert Jones offers a crisp, broad-ranging survey of angels in theology, philosophy, and pop culture.

Focusing on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, he examines how angels were imagined and defined in addition to why they proceed to captivate us. Jones explores the classical discussion--what they're made up of, after they got here to be, and the way many there are. He names the archangels, surveys different hierarchies, and examines how they've got replaced over the years. He appears at why the belief of angels is still so powerful in smooth tradition, even between non-believers.

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The agenda was dominated by horse manure, because cities around the world were experiencing the same crisis. But no solution could be found. ” The world had seemingly reached the point where its largest cities could not survive without the horse but couldn’t survive with it, either. And then the problem vanished. It was neither government fiat nor divine intervention that did the trick. City dwellers did not rise up in some mass movement of altruism or self-restraint, surrendering all the benefits of horse power.

One of the benefits of writing books in an age of such cheap and easy communication is that authors hear directly from their readers, loudly and clearly and in great number. Good feedback is hard to come by, and extremely valuable. Not only did we receive feedback on what we’d already written but also many suggestions for future topics. Some of you who sent e-mails will see your thoughts reflected in this book. Thank you. The success of Freakonomics had one particularly strange by-product: we were regularly invited, together and separately, to give lectures to all sorts of groups.

S. law known as Title IX. While broadly designed to prohibit sex discrimination in educational settings, Title IX also required high schools and colleges to bring their women’s sports programs up to the level of their men’s programs. Millions of young women subsequently joined these new programs, and as the economist Betsey Stevenson discovered, girls who play high-school sports are more likely to attend college and land a solid job, especially in some of the high-skill fields traditionally dominated by men.

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