Book Reviews

Jesus the Forgiving Victim

Alison is trying to administer a radical corrective to how the faith is often presented, and he backs it up with a sophistication that usually justify his excesses.

Living with a Wild God

A dedicated religious nonbeliever tries to make sense of recurring, “strange” episodes of altered consciousness in her life, episodes similar to those of believers.

The Pope and Mussolini

David Kertzer traces the church’s relationship to Italian fascism through a series of vivid biographical sketches.

The Eclipse of Equality

Solon Simmons sifts through 'Meet the Press's' archive to show how sharply Washington’s conversation over economic equality has changed over seven decades.

All Joy and No Fun

Jennifer Senior’s 'All Joy and No Fun' is more serious than its playful cover implies. Why do people have children at all now that having them is not a necessity?

More History, Less Science

Bernard Williams’s literary and philosophical skills are well on display throughout this collection.

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was one of the most eloquent religious figures of the twentieth century—a “jeweler of words,” in the estimation of one colleague.

'The Making of Assisi'

As Donal Cooper and Janet Robson show in this fascinating study, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi played a crucial part in promoting Francis and his mission.

'Rekindling the Christic Imagination'

The Second Vatican Council isn’t over yet, in the view of Robert P. Imbelli, who notes that the “reception,” and thus the event of the council, is continuing today.

No, Thank Him

At the heart of this fine book is Leithart's treatment of the Christian disruption of settled ideas about gift-giving and gratitude.

Edward St. Aubyn's 'Lost for Words'

With humor at the fore, 'Lost for Words' seems to arrive as a self-imposed respite from investigating the traumas of St. Aubyn's autobiographical Patrick Melrose.

'An Anxious Age'

The collapse of establishment Protestantism as the American civil religion, Bottum asserts, has left a deep void that sends ripples of unease through the culture.