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True Believers

True Believers

ONE HAS ONLY to turn on the news to see that there are those determined to fit American faith into a neat arc — conflict, resolution, redemption — so that they may repurpose and repackage the fore...

The Decline of the Revival

The Decline of the Revival

TO THE PERPLEXITY of many nonbelievers, the United States remains a stubbornly religious nation. While much of the developed world, especially Western Europe, charts an ever more secular course, large...

Are There Universal Human Rights or Not?

Are There Universal Human Rights or Not?

WITH DO MUSLIM WOMEN NEED SAVING? Lila Abu-Lughod, an anthropologist and professor at Columbia University, has written a book that departs from her two earlier studies of Egyptian Bedouin women (and a...

Of Gods and Philosophers

Of Gods and Philosophers

RONALD DWORKIN DIED, aged 81, in February 2013. Published posthumously, Religion Without God, which is based on the Einstein Lectures he delivered in Bern in 2011, is the last book he wrote. During th...

Of Gods and Languages: On "When God Spoke Greek"

Of Gods and Languages: On "When God Spoke Greek"

WHAT actually is the Bible? The question is harder to answer than it first seems. These days the Christian Bible is usually regarded as the Greek New Testament added to the Old Testament, which is a ...

Only God Knows

Only God Knows

PEOPLE BELIEVE IN GOD for many reasons, some of them simplistic, others superstitious, but some existentially vital. Someone may, for instance, find the thought of their own death intolerable and turn...

Jesus, Death, and Taxes

Jesus, Death, and Taxes

HOW DO WE EXPLAIN Jesus’s death? The answer according to Bill O’Reilly is simple: big-government Jews and Roman taxes. O’Reilly and Martin Dugard title their book Killing Jesus: A History. But t...

Syria and the Peace of Westphalia

Syria and the Peace of Westphalia

LITTLE MORE than two years ago, Western pundits were all '48ers — 1848ers, that is. The events on which we slapped the label “Arab Spring” seemed to be our century’s iteration of the “Spring...