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Christianity: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Linda Woodhead

By Linda Woodhead

At a time whilst Christianity is prospering within the Southern Hempisphere yet declining in a lot of the West, Linda Woodhead bargains a daring new review of the world's biggest faith, exploring the cultural and institutional dimensions of Christianity over millennia.

Christianity addresses issues that different books forget, for instance the contest for strength among varied different types of Christianity, the churches' makes use of of strength, and their struggles with modernity. Woodhead additionally considers the hot charismatic explosion of Christianity in Latin the USA, Africa, and the a long way East. She concludes via displaying the ways that those that formerly had the least strength in Christianity--women and non-Europeans--have develop into increaslingly principal to its unfolding story

Up-to-date, authoritative, and choked with clean insights, Christianity: a really brief creation brings an enormous and sundry topic into sharp concentration

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In either case, the required learning would consist of both explicit knowledge—that which can be written down in textbooks or manuals—and, equally importantly, tacit knowledge derived from experience or practical instruction (Jackson 2001). In most cases, several distinct scientific and technical skills would be necessary. For example, even though Aum Shinrikyo¯ recruited at least one scientist with a background in microbiology or molecular biology to work on its weapons, the project would probably have been more successful if Aum had also deployed a pathologist, an engineer, a meteorologist, and an aerosol physicist.

Continued production over many months could then yield large quantities of agent, although this would put additional, nontrivial demands on process safety and agent storability. Several modern terrorist groupings have plausibly demonstrated that they can meet these criteria. For example, various organizations have successfully maintained covert facilities, including al-Qa¯‘ida, which reportedly maintained several smallscale biological and chemical weapons–related production facilities in Afghanistan under the Taliba¯n, and Aum, which built and operated a clandestine, state-of-theart laboratory near Mount Fuji.

This simplifies dissemination and allows the use of improvised spray equipment (Falkenrath 1998a). Many chemical weapons agents also vaporize spontaneously at room temperature. These considerations make chemical agents among the easiest substances to weaponize and may well put them within the technical capabilities of many terrorist groups. Similar considerations apply to the contamination of food or water systems, although dilution effects can be a significant obstacle. 2 Biological Weapons Materials and Technology Acquisition The material requirements for a biological weapon include equipment such as a fermenter and, perhaps, a freeze-dryer (‘‘lyophilizer’’), a seed stock of the desired pathogen, and growth media.

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