Posts tagged "book review"
“After the apocalypse, she missed her dog”

“After the apocalypse, she missed her dog”

By Elizabeth A. Castelli Reading Lucy Corin’s One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses

Biblical Sex:
Interpreting the Good Book’s Laws

Unprotected Texts:  The Bible's Surprising Contradictions About Sex and Desire, by Jennifer Wright Knust (HarperOne, 2011) by Natasja Sheriff If you listen to the rhetoric of the more vocal proponents of conservative Christianity, you would be forgiven for believing that the Bible contains clear instruction on sexual conduct and morality.  You might be less inclined to...

Inspired, Yes, but Divinely?

A review of Jesse Bering’s The Belief Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life by Clint Rainey A few scientists and believers once naïvely clasped hands in hope that the evolutionary explanation for belief in God would signal a détente in the science-religion war. Belief could satisfy science by being instinctual, as Dean...

Stories the Religious Left Must Tell Itself

Changing the Script: An Authentically Faithful and Authentically Progressive Political Theology for the 21st Century, by Daniel Schultz. Ig Publishing (2010) $15.95 Reviewed by Brent  A. R. Hege For as long as there has been a religious right barging its way into Americans’ lives, bedrooms, pocketbooks and polling places, there have been religious progressives wondering how...

Crossing The Divide Between Religion and Science

Louis A. Ruprecht reviews Krista Tippett's new book, "Einstein's God: Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit" at Religion Dispatches today. Tippett, the host of NPR's "Speaking of Faith," offers us a way around and through the polarized landscape of what we call the culture wars, says Ruprecht. And she does so...

Generation Squared

25 January 2005 God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation Are Changing America By Naomi Schaefer Riley 274 pp. St. Martin’s Press. Reviewed by Jeff Sharlet If you rely for your understanding of American academe on Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, or William Bennett, you may be inclined to think that today’s...

Michael Murphy and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

17 January 2005 Can an excess of Christian entertainment trigger a fundamentalist crisis of faith? Tim LaHaye, The Secret of Ararat (Bantam Books, 2004) Reviewed by Jana Prikryl It was the religion that made them do it — that was the immediate liberal response to last November’s election. The country’s secular minority suddenly went into crisis mode,...

The Secular Experiment

The Secular Experiment 16 December 2004 What’s freethought got to do with it? Susan Jacoby, Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism (Metropolitan Books, 2004) Reviewed by Brendan Boyle “John Kerry would let Paris decide when America needs defending,” teased the Bush-camp after the first presidential debate. Kerry cried foul, but he should have known better. He wasn’t...

Cultists Are People, Too

02 December 2004 Why journalists push new religious movements to the edge. Sean McCloud, Making the American Religious Fringe: Exotics, Subversives, and Journalists, 1955-1993 (University of North Carolina Press, 2004) Reviewed by Gal Beckerman In 1976, The Saturday Evening Post ran an article sure to startle a group of readers who could probably do without something else to worry...

Apologetic Islam

Apologetic Islam 29 November 2004 Natana J. Delong-Bas, Wahhabi Islam: From Revival and Reform to Global Jihad(New York: Oxford University Press, 2004). Reviewed by Adam Becker “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and...

Paperless God

“The Death of the Book,” by S. David Marsh, is not, strictly speaking, a religion story. Yet by virtue of its location – Mars Hill Review, one of the best Christian lit magazines around — and its language, it is. “Current death-of-the-book doctrine,” writes Marsh, “is canonized in the horse-and-buggy analogy: as the horse and buggy fared...