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God Is Back
How the Global Revival of Faith is Changing the World
John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge
Penguin Press, $27.95, 416 pp.

Good journalism needs to be fast paced and colorful, and to base its broad-brush generalizations on vivid examples and stories. You need a strong thesis. Too many qualifications and attempts at careful analysis blur the outline and hold up the action. One way to get around this is to sell your product with startling figures and projections and then slip in a warning about the unreliability of statistics concerning religion. Or you can set up an alarming scenario of new...

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About the Author

David Martin is emeritus professor of sociology at the London School of Economics and fellow of the British Academy. Among his many books is Tongues of Fire: The Explosion of Protestantism in Latin America (Blackwell).