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Belief Unbound
Theological Critique (Crossway, Nov.),
which gathers more than 20 experts to
scrutinize the fraught relationship
between human development and reli-
Books aim to broaden cultural discourse gious teachings, exploring alternatives
for believers and scientists alike.
By A. David Lewis As emeritus director of the Faraday
Institute for Science and Religion at St.

Edmunds College in Cambridge,
his fall and into the next, schol- Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara England, Denis Alexander tackles the
arly books in religious studies University, Mercy expands that moral topic of evolution versus faith in Does
defy easy labels and reflect the imperative to both stewardship of the Biology Have a Purpose? An Exegetical
eagerness of publishers to widen planet and safekeeping of one another. Handbook (Kregel Academic, Jan. 2018).
academic discourse and upset Rafael Luciani offers a similar estimation J. Scott Turner, professor of biology at the
conventional wisdom in the in Pope Francis and the Theology of the People State University of New York College of
name of new knowledgein science, (Orbis, out now), which illuminates the Environmental Science and Forestry,
across genders, between faiths, and gaps between rich and poor, protected and takes direct aim at Charles Darwins defi-
around the world. endangered, empowered and destitute, nition of life in Purpose and Desire: What
At Baylor University Press, for Makes Something Alive and Why Modern
example, director Carey Newman says Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It
he aims to publish books that transcend (HarperOne, out now).
traditional divisions in Christianity: The Dictionary of Christianity and Science:
For the longest time, categories like The Definitive Reference for the Intersection of
conservative, evangelical, progressive, Christian Faith and Contemporary Science
or liberal had texture and rootagebut (Zondervan Academic, Apr. 2018) aims to
no more. He points to Shelley Rambos open the space shared by faith and science,
Resurrecting Wounds: Living in the Afterlife with contributions from almost 150
of Trauma (out now), which centers on scholars, edited by Paul Copan, Pledger
the spiritual impact and negotiation of Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at
trauma and does not fit neatly under the Palm Beach Atlantic University in
usual labels. Florida; Tremper Longman III,
Robert H. Gundry Professor of
RELIGION AND Biblical Studies and chair of the
SCIENCE religious studies department at
The intersection of faith with Westmont College in Santa
science has fascinated Barbara, Calif.; Christopher L.
scholars, particularly on the Reese, Lexham Press mar-
subjects of ecology and the keting strategist; and Michael
environment. In Climate G. Strauss, Davis Ross Boyd
Church, Climate World: How Professor of Physics at the
People of Faith Must Work for University of Oklahoma in
Change (Rowman & Norman.
Littlefield, Mar. 2018), minister Jim Antal and shows how the pope wants to see In Planetary Solidarity: Global Womens
frames climate change as a moral crisis those inequities addressed. Voices on Christian Doctrine and Climate
one the Christian church must confront. Authors also look beyond climate Justice (Fortress, out now), editors Grace
Antal comes from the mainline change to include other topics in science Ji-Sun and Hilda P. Koster collect
Protestant United Church of Christ and other fields. Editors including theo- insights from women theologians around
denomination, but this message of envi- logian J. P. Moreland, intelligent design the world. Ji-Sun is an associate professor
ronmentalism and its religious impetus is theorist Stephen C. Meyer, scientist of theology at Earlham School of
shared by the pope, as demonstrated in C h r i s t o p h e r S h a w, i n d e p e n d e n t Religion, and Koster is an associate pro-
Mercy in Motion: The Social Teachings of Pope researcher Ann K. Gauger, and seminary fessor of religion at Concordia College.
Francis (Rowman & Littlefield, Mar. professor Wayne Grudem challenge evo- At the intersection of the social sci-
2018). Written by Thomas Massaro, dean lutionary creationism in Theistic ences and religion is Faithful Measures:
and professor of moral theology at the Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and New Methods in the Measurement of Religion

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(New York Univ., out now). Editors Argument for Reproductive Justice (Beacon, tism, persecution, and possible genocide
Roger Finkedistinguished professor of Apr. 2018), Peters mounts a defense of during World War II by sending aid and
sociology, religious studies, and interna- abortion that is based on respecting offering assistance to Jews in Europe.
tional affairs at Pennsylvania State women as their own moral agents rather Ambivalent Embrace (Univ. North
Universityand Christopher Baden than shaming and punishing them. Carolina, Nov.) by University of
professor of sociology at Chapman Transcending any one era is Mother of Pittsburgh assistant professor of reli-
Universityoutline ways that data on God: The Jewish Roots of the Virgin Mary gious studies Rachel Kranson looks at
website visits, word-use frequency, and (Image, Oct. 2018) by Brant James the postwar shift in economic fortunes
consumer habits can reveal changing Pitre, professor of sacred scripture at for Jewish communities, showing that
religious behaviors. Notre Dame Seminary, who describes some Jewish religious, artistic, and
the Virgin Mary as an exemplar not only intellectual leaders were concerned that
RECOGNIZING WOMEN for women, but also for men of faith. the ascent of large numbers of Jews into
A number of titles continue the work of the American middle class would nega-
uncovering the impact of women on reli- THINKING ABOUT tively affect their faith.
gions throughout history, with stories that JUDAISM Sacred Dissonance: The Blessing of
often have remained untold. Lynn H. Judaism, in both its ancient and current Difference in Jewish-Christian Dialogue by
Cohick, professor of New Testament at iterations, continues to be reinvestigated Anthony Le Donne (Hendrickson, Nov.),
Wheaton College, and Amy Brown and reinterpreted. Kenneth R. Snow, associate professor of New Testament at
Hughes, assistant professor of theology at professor emeritus of Jewish history at United Theological Seminary in Dayton,
Gordon College, offer Christian Women in the University of Haifa in Israel, reaches Ohio, and Larry Behrendt, a specialist in
the Patristic World (Baker Academic, out back to the Middle Ages to detail the interreligious dialogue based in
now), tracing the debt that Hollywood, Calif., explores
modern-day Christians owe the cultural and religious
to the spiritually impas- identities of Jews and
sioned women of the early Christians and offers new
church. The book reflects ways for them to interact.
Bakers publishing philos- Books that explore the
ophy, according to Robert multivalent meanings of
Hosack, executive editor: the Jewish experience keep
We a r e h i s t o r i c a l l y coming, with titles that
Reformed, evangelically include Feeling Jewish (A
rooted, and ecumenically Book for Just About Anyone)
minded these days, he says. by Devorah Baum (Yale
We find the best Christian thinkers of the complexity of papal attitudes to the Univ., out now), lecturer in English lit-
day and let them take us in the myriad Jews. Levis Vindication: The 1007 erature and critical theory at University
directions their research might lead. Anonymous as It Really Is (Univ. of of Southampton, England, focusing on
Womens leadership has had a pro- Pittsburgh, Nov.) revisits and connects the cultural experience of Judaism.
found effect on the global church. Su Yon to his own The 1007 Anonymous and
Pak, associate professor of integrative Papal Sovereignty: Jewish Perceptions of the EVANGELICALISMS
and field-based education at Union Papacy and Papal Policy in the High Middle IDENTITY CRISIS
Theological Seminary, and Jung Ha Ages, originally published in 1984 and As the country turns away from tradi-
Kim, director of undergraduate studies reissued in 2015. The 1007 tional faiths, evangelical churches
at Georgia State University, cross global Anonymous text was composed in the which seemed to be immune to the losses
and cultural borders to show the influ- 13th century by an unnamed author and in membership experienced by the main-
ence of Asian women in Leading Wisdom: suggests the proper relations between line Protestants and Catholicsalso have
Asian and Asian North American Women Jews, their lay rulers, and the pope. declined: Pew Religion Research Institute
Leaders (Westminster John Knox, Nov.). Other books also offer historical data show the portion of Americans who
Along with mining the ancient and reconsiderations: Baptists, Jews, and the call themselves evangelicals has dropped
recent past for womens influence, Holocaust: The Hand of Sincere Friendship from 25% to 17% since 2006, and today
Rebecca Todd Peters, professor of reli- (Judson, out now) by Lee B. Spitzer, gen- many more Americans are calling them-
gious studies at Elon University, grapples eral secretary of American Baptist selves spiritual but not religious. A
with the ethical issues they face today. In churches, looks at how Baptists in the number of books deal with evangelical-
Trust Women: A Progressive Christian U.S. responded to reports of anti-Semi- isms identity crisis, as many Christians

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wrestle with the challenges of modernity appeal to youth, but the error in that (Apr. 2018) and Jeff Hoods The Execution
and decry the entanglement of evangelical approach, he writes, is that it can reflect a of God: Encountering the Death Penalty (out
Christianity with conservative politics. larger cultural obsession with youth, and now), Chalice Press channels the concern
Scandals might also have contributed when we link faith to the authenticity of for saving souls into the hopeful mission
to disillusionment, such as the one that youthfulness, we make youthfulness itself of preventing deaths. Chalice president
toppled TV evangelists Jim and Tammy faiths measure. and publisher Brad Lyons says, When
Faye Bakker, among the most public faces The theme of review and reassessment we brought these books under contract,
of evangelical Christianity in the U.S. in suffuses the latest religious-studies lists, we werent linking the two as anti-death
the 1980s. John Wiggers PTL: The Rise reopening time-honored subjects and books. But, he adds, in the bigger pic-
and Fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakkers relinking the past to the present. John ture, Chalice Press encourages churches
Evangelical Empire (Oxford Univ., out Dominic Crossan, professor emeritus at and Christians to think differently about
now) describes their descent, along with DePaul University, continues this shift the stigmatized, taboo issues in our
other scandals at that time that caused toward the idea of a renewed Christianity, society, like the death penalty, suicide,
some to question the health of evangelical one that operates fully in the present racism, classism, sexuality, and other
Christianity in America, even as evan- while adhering most closely to the purity issues.
gelical mega-churches thrived. of its past. In Resurrecting Easter: How the
Fast-forward to today. In the autobio- West Lost and the East Kept the Original FACING EAST
graphical Still Christian: Following Jesus Out Easter Vision (HarperOne, Feb. 2018), There also are new books on Buddhism in
of American Evangelicalism (Westminster Crossan argues that the Eastern Orthodox religious studies, including several
John Knox, out now), David P. Gushee, church preserved more fully the biblical coming from Wisdom Publications,
distinguished professor of Christian among them Sexuality in Classical
ethics at Mercer University, recounts South Asian Buddhism by Jose
becoming a born-again Southern Cabezon (out now), the Dalai Lama
Baptist in 1978, only to later run into Professor of Tibetan Buddhist studies
problems with evangelical stances on at the University of CaliforniaSanta
politics and on social issues, such as Barbara. Cabezon examines sexual
LGBTQ inclusion in the church. mores of the present in the context of
Gushee asks the question he has wres- Buddhist traditions.
tled withwhen a Christian man Sexuality, cosmology, and even fetal
becomes disillusioned with American development are key concerns for the
Christianity, where can he turn? Dalai Lama himself, and his thinking
and comes to a more complex and on those issues is expressed in The
nuanced faith. Physical World (Wisdom, Nov.), trans-
InterVarsity Press has a book that also version of the resurrection and its lated by Thupten Jinpa. Also coming from
reflects the current tensions. In Search of meaning for Christians than Roman Wisdom is the second volume of the trans-
Ancient Roots: The Christian Past and the Catholicism did. lation of Divine Stories: Divyavadana, Part
Evangelical Identity Crisis by Kenneth This theme can also be detected in the 2 (Dec.), translated by Andy Rotman, pro-
Stewart (out now), professor of theolog- work of Bart Ehrman, professor of reli- fessor in the religious and Buddhist studies
ical studies at Covenant College in gious studies at the University of North program at Smith College. Publishing the
Lookout Mountain, Ga., points to the CarolinaChapel Hill, as he leaves translation aligns with the commitment to
disconnect between todays evangelicals longtime publisher HarperOne for his authenticity and accessibility articulated
and the Protestant traditions that grew first book with Simon and Schuster. The by Wisdom publisher Daniel Aitken, who
out of the Reformation. Triumph of Christianity (Feb. 2018). says, As cultural and linguistic norms
Many Christian churchesand espe- Ehrman details the growth of change, updated translations that reflect
cially Christian publishersbelieve young Christianity as a faith not destined to these developments will be desirable.
people will be their salvation, resuscitating take root in Western culture, yet one Making these contemporary explanations
the faith and rescuing it from diminishing that came to pervade it. of the Buddhas words available to an
numbers and fading cultural influence. In A shift away from personal piety English-reading audience is part of
Faith Formation in a Secular Age (Baker, toward greater social consciousness and Wisdoms mission.
Oct.), Andrew Root, Carrie Olson Baalson activism is the way some Christians are
Chair of Youth and Family Ministry at redefining their faith. With both A. David Lewis has a doctorate in religion
Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., con- Rachael Keefes The Life-Saving Church: and literature and writes on religion, popu-
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Fresh Looks at the Bible Friedman (Who Wrote the Bible?). Michael
Maudlin, executive editor, calls Friedman
a master detective who demonstrates that
Bringing Scripture into the 21st century genuine scholarship transcends merely
choosing between faith and skepticism.
By Hanna Clutterbuck-Cook Maudlin says Friedman responds to claims

that the stories of Moses and the Exodus
iblical studies is both a flour- Carey Newman, director at Baylor are myths with no historical foundation
ishing academic field and the core University Press, likens the challenge of by revealing the facts underpinning these
of the religion publishing busi- biblical scholarship to solving a 5,000- most familiar and foundational Old
ness, not least because the Bible piece puzzle during a weeks vacation at Testament stories. Friedman is currently
remains opaque to many readers. the beach. One of Baylors contributions a professor of Hebrew and comparative
The complexity of the Bibles to that project is an October release that literature at the University of Georgia.
source material and its enduring relevance intersects with current issues related to Another look at the book of Exodus is
through the centuries make it fertile disabilities: The Bible and Disability The Lost World of the Flood (InterVarsity,
ground for scholars and teachers, and new edited by Sarah J. Melcher, professor Apr. 2018); authors Tremper Longman
and forthcoming titles aim to create a emeritus of Hebrew Scriptures at Xavier III, distinguished scholar of biblical
clearer picture of this book, which remains University; Mikeal C. Parsons, professor studies at Westmont College, and John
central in Western culture. and Macon Chair of Religion at Baylor; Walton, professor of Old Testament at
But as increasing numbers of Americans and Amos Yong, professor of theology Wheaton College and Graduate School,
turn away from the traditional faiths, has and mission at Fuller Theological explore what the story of the Exodus
the Bible lost its place at the top of the Seminaryis an anthology of the work flood might have meant to those who
Western canon? Suzanne first heard or read the
Scholzs The Bible as Political story. In April 2018,
Artifact (Fortress, out now) Regnery will publish
examines the Scriptures the first volume of The
through a feminist lens and Rational Bible by radio
also weighs the impact of our host, television com-
multicultural society on bib- mentator, and syndi-
lical exegesis. Scholz writes, cated columnist Dennis
In a time in which the Bible Prager. The verse-by-
plays a central role only to fun- verse guide through
damentalist Christians and to Exodus is meant to
Jews and Christians com- appeal to readers of all
mitted to their respective religious insti- of 14 scholars who examine what the faiths (or no faith) and to make the
tutions, scholars cannot simply assume the Bible says about the human body, in both Exodus story relevant in todays world.
importance of the Bible anymore. Rather, ability and disability. The Pentateuch by Marvin A. Sweeney
the field has to articulate in its work that Distaste for the vengeful god of the (Abingdon, Nov.), professor of Hebrew
the study of this sacred text matters even Old Testament has been a barrier to Bible at Claremont School of Theology
today. Scholz is a professor of Old reading the Bible for some. In the two- and professor of Tanakh at the Academy
Testament at Perkins School of Theology volume The Crucifixion of the Warrior God for Jewish Religion (California) in Los
in Dallas, Tex. (Fortress, Apr. 2018), author and pastor Angeles, combines a literary approach
R.W.L. Moberlys The Bible in a Gregory Boyd (The Myth of a Christian with a historical reading of the text, to
Disenchanted Age (Baker Academic, Jan. Nation) addresses the apparent dichotomy situate the Pentateuch in its cultural and
2018) promises to answer the question, within the Bible between this violent historical context.
Why should we still believe what the god and the loving, sacrificial god Douglas Mangum and Amy L.
Bible has to say? Moberly, a professor of revealed in the crucifixion. Baloghs Social and Historical Approaches
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Press; Balogh is a visiting lecturer at executive editor at Yale University Press: In N.T. Wrights long-awaited Paul:
Colorado College. Later traditions, basing themselves on A Biography (HarperOne, Feb. 2018),
his letters, will displace him from this Wright plumbs Pauls letters and writes,
PEOPLE OF THE BOOK context. Through the retrospect of his- The Apostle Paul is one of a handful of
One way into the Bible is through its tory, Paul will be transformed into a people from the ancient world whose
people. Paul: The Pagans Apostle by Paula convert, an ex- or even an anti-Jew. But words still have the capacity to leap off
Fredriksen (Yale Univ., Aug.) empha- Paul lived his life, as we all must live our the page and confront us.... Paul might
sizes Pauls Judaism, says Jennifer Banks, lives, innocent of the future. dispute the sugges-
tion that he himself
changed the world;
Jesus, he would have
said, had already done
that. But what he said
about Jesus, and about
God, the world, and
what it meant to be
genuinely human, was
creative and compellingand contro-
versial, in his own day and ever after.
Nothing would ever be quite the same
again. Wright is chair of New Testament
and early Christianity at University of St.
Andrews, an Anglican bishop, and the
author of a number of books.
A close reading of a single letter of
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the arguments about slavery in the
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of its message of transforming ancient
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Professor of New Testament at Northern
Seminary in Lombard, Ill. Another of the
apostles is the focus of Mark Through Old
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Near East. In Vindicating the Vixens: Christians views of the so-called bad girls two volumes of Shai
Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and of the Bible. Glahn is professor of media Helds The Heart of
Marginalized Women of the Bible (Kregel arts and worship and pastoral ministries Torah (out now) are
Academic, out now), editor Sandra Glahn at Dallas Theological Seminary. from the Jewish
brings together an international team of Publication Society
evangelical scholars to look afresh at such BACK TO THE ROOT (distributed by the
women as Bathsheba and Mary Magdalene A number of new books assist with University of Nebraska
and to weigh the accuracy of certain reading the original Bible, the Torah. The Press) and collect the
rabbis essays on the weekly Torah read-
ings, originally published through the
Jewish educational website Mechon
Hadar in its Torah Online study guide.
Held is president, dean, and chair in
Jewish thought at Mechon Hadar and
directs its Center for Jewish Leadership
and Ideas in New York City.
Steven and Sarah Levys The JPS Rashi
Discussion Torah Commentary (Jan. 2018)
offers a reading-by-reading approach to
the Torah that focuses on the comments
of Rashi, the medieval French rabbi and
commentator. Steven Levy is an attorney
and real estate investor; Sarah Levy is a
In Engaging Torah (Univ. of Pittsburgh,
Nov.), Walter Homolka, rector of
Abraham Geiger College and executive
director of the School of Jewish Theology,
University of Potsdam, Germany, and
Aaron D. Panken, president of Hebrew
Union College-Jewish Institute of
Religion in Los Angeles, have collected
essays from international Jewish scholars
to introduce the Jewish scriptures and
illuminate their place in Jewish life.
Finally, for Christians who are inter-
ested in the Jewish roots of their faith,
Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi have pub-
lished the second edition of The Jewish
Annotated New Testament (Oxford Univ.,
out now), including revisions and expan-
sions from the original 2011 edition.
Levine, who is the E. Rhodes and Leona
B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament
Celebrate the Reformation with the writings Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity
of the man behind the movement. School, and Zvi, Bernice and Morton
Lerner Professor in Judaic Studies at Duke
Luthers Works subscription University, brought together 80 scholars
to contribute to the new volume.
30% off new & previous volumes and
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Understanding Islam
The New
A Translation
New titles strive to close the
David Bentley Hart knowledge gap
By Robin Farmer

ith Islam con-
tinuing to be a
Black Banners major topic of
of ISIS discussion in the
The Roots of the U.S., it comes as
New Caliphate no surprise that
David J. Wasserstein the poorly understood religion
is generating a crop of new
titles from several university,
academic, and trade presses.
These new and forthcoming
Biblical Truths books showcase the intellec-
The Meaning tual legacy of Islam, reveal the
of Scripture in impact of social media on its
the Twenty-first
Century religious authority, and decon-
Dale B. Martin struct prevailing ideas of
Islam as a monolithic faith,
among other topics.
The University of North
Carolina Press adds to its deep
The New list on Islam with three more
Cosmic Story titles. We publish books
Inside Our combining historical research
Awakening with contemporary ways of
theoretically analyzing
John F. Haught
Islamic cultures and civiliza-
tions, says Elaine Maisner,
executive editor at the press. Often June 2018) shows that the 18th century
revealed via this approach are sources was a period of great intellectual activity
Paul and paths for change and reform among before Islams contact with Europeans.
The Pagans the vast and broad Islamic traditions Dallal, dean of Georgetown University
Apostle thriving around the world today. Qatar, argues that the rich intellectual
Paula Fredriksen Religion as Critique: Islamic Critical legacy of Islam during that period was
Thinking from Mecca to the Marketplace by thwarted by exposure to European
Irfan Ahmad (Univ. of North Carolina, cultures.
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the fundamental tenets and practices of Control in Cyber Islamic Environments by
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Ethnic Studies in Gttingen, Germany. professor of Islamic studies at the
Islam Without Europe: Traditions of Reform University of Wales, writes that the book
Yale university press in Eighteenth-Century Islamic Thought by explores the ways in which, through the
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When James K.A. Smith started his
Cultural Liturgies project a decade
ago, he knew even then that the
resulting trilogy would end with a
book on political theology. What I
couldnt have imagined at that time
was a year like 2016, or that we would
have a presidency and political climate
like the current one, says Smith, pro-
Powerful and deeply wise fessor of philosophy at Calvin College
S H A RO N S A L Z B ERG in Grand Rapids, Mich.,
where he holds the Gary
Distributed to the trade by and Henrietta Biker
Consortium Book Sales and Distribution Chair in Applied
MONKFISH Reformed Theology and
B O O K P U B L I S H I N G C O M PA N Y Worldview.
Wi t h A w a i t i n g t h e
King: Reforming Public
Experience the Theology (Baker Academic,
stories of 17 women Nov.), the final book in
the trilogy, Smith exam- be found in the footnotes.
in the Bible in their ines the religious aspects Smith adds, Im grateful
own words. of politics and the political for both sorts of readers, and
aspects of the church, noting how citi- I think the theological academy needs to
zenship as a Christianin what do more to reach into this space, with
Augustine called the city of God, work that bridges gaps between the
which can be found wherever academy and the church. Maybe if we
Christianity is practicedmeans did more of this there would be fewer
investing in the pursuit of justice and 2016s to worry about.
concern for the common good. Smith hopes the book will prompt a
Awaiting the King offers an alternative, deeper appreciation for the complexities
a new path away from the dominant of faith, politics, and community life, as
models of Christian political engage- well as a desire for more tolerance and
ment or withdrawal, Smith says. nuance in discussions of these topics. If
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Smith adds his goal was reaching mul- readers come away somewhat frustrated
tiple audiences with the trilogyespe- by how messy things are, how difficult
Empowering, cially those in leadership roles, such as it is to be both faithful and influential,
thought-provoking, pastors and priests, teachers, and chap- how complicated the intersection of faith
and eminently readable lains. Ive intentionally incorporated and politics iswell, then my work here
Mutuality Magazine vignettes and illustrations and parables is done, he says.
that draw on film, novels, and television Awaiting the King is intended to give
Discussion guide available for small
group study at sparkhouse.org.
to help readers picture the argument, Christian readers a vision for a way to be
Smith says. But Im also hoping to a citizen that is fostered in the church for
reach colleagues in the academy, which the good of the world, Smith says,
is why theres kind of a second book to adding, I hope it paints a picture of why

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a healthy church is actually a gift to wanted to write a totally different kind of

society rather than a threat. religious-freedom history than had been
 Robin Farmer written before, because I was starting out
from a different set of questions, Wenger
TISA WENGER says. Who is invoking the concept? How
Freedom of religion, enshrined in the does it work for them in reshaping their
Constitution, is a national ideal. Yet own communal identities? How does
from colonial times to President Donald that, in turn, affect Americans ideas
Trumps devotion to saying Merry about what religion even is?
Christmas instead of Happy holidays, Wenger argues that both religion
the notion has always been malleable, and religious freedom are modern
according to Tisa Wenger, associate pro- inventions, with complex histories and
fessor of American studies at Yale and of constantly shifting consequences, and Evolving Brains,
American religious history in the like other human constructs, they are Emerging Gods
Divinity School. inevitably implicated in relations of Early Humans and the Origins of Religion
Wengers focus on the history and power. Her central premise, she
power of religious freedom grew from writes, is that white American E. FULLER TORREY
her early study of Native Americans of Christians used religious-freedom talk Presented in a manner that is
the Southwest. She says of her first as a way to mark their own superiority accessible to nonscientists . . . [an]
book, We Have a Religion: The 1920s and the civilizational inadequacies of insightful, thought-provoking work.
Pueblo Indian Dance Controversy and those they governed. In response, Publishers Weekly
American Religious Freedom, I took an groups like Native Americans, Jews,
unconventional pathway, looking at Catholics, Muslims, and others who
what counts as religion. Her finding: confront U.S. imperialismwhether
Pueblo Indian ceremonies and tradi- military or culturalhave been
tions were not considered by anyone to forced to look more like Christianity,
be their religion until they began to and Protestant Christianity in partic-
apply [the term] to themselves in ular, Wenger writes. These groups
self-defense. revise, reshape, and even contort their
Now Wenger takes her argument to a own practices to claim the protections
larger stage with Religious Freedom: The of the First Amendment and escape the
Contested History of an American Ideal stigma of minority status in the United
(Univ. of North Carolina, out now). I States.
Today, as white evangelicals lose cul-

tural and numerical clout in U.S. cul- Islam

ture, Wenger says, the religious right
An American Religion
has seized the religious-freedom cate-
gory to assert authority while pre- NADIA MARZOUKI
senting itself as the beleaguered group. Foreword by Olivier Roy
Her books conclusion has come to life, For the past three decades,
Wenger says. Religious freedom Americans have been thinking
today is being used about Islam and Muslims to enact
exactly in the ways it policies related to immigration,
was in the imperi- national security, citizenship, cultural
alist pastpro- belonging, and international relations.
tecting the white Marzouki astutely asks how this has
Christian conserva- affected public discourse and the

tive powers that be politics of religion . . . Her answers are

refreshingly nuanced, empirically and
and not at all con-
theoretically grounded, and global in
cerned with the free-
their scope.
doms of minority pop-
Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, author of
A History of Islam in America
Cathy Lynn Grossman

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New &

CURTIS FREEMAN where the visions of Puritans,

On an impromptu visit to a London cem- Congregationalists, Quakers, Baptists,
etery in 2005, Curtis W. Freeman was and a stew of other sects could not be
drawn to the headstones of three men domesticatedthat is, used by any
amid the graves of 123,000 dissenters state-established and geographically
all Christians who had been deemed unfit delineated church, he writes. Freeman
for a burial within walls sanctified by the shows how this undomesticated dissent
Church of England. The three men were led to the First Amendment and enshrined
John Bunyan, whose Pilgrims Progress the value that everyone was entitled to
vivified evangelical and spiritual dissent; an opinion about religion and to follow
Daniel Defoe, whose castaway Robinson the dictates of conscience. This religious
Crusoe built a life by rescuing wreckage liberty, which was a subversive social
from his ship, showing a man retrieving vision, is a vital practice for the good of
the faith from his church and adapting it Christianity today and, indeed, for the
to survive on the desert island of moder- flourishing of free societies, Freeman
nity, Freeman tells PW; and William writes. Dissent is more than just
Blake, whose apocalyptic visions in whining. It is a profound Yes to Jesus
Jerusalem narrate a cosmic struggle Christ as Lord, to God alone as sovereign
between good and evil, Freeman says. over conscience... and to the community
The work of these three men provides where Christ reigns and is discerned
the framework for Undomesticated Dissent: together. Asked about current note-
Democracy and the Public Virtue of Religious worthy dissenters, Freeman gives a few
Nonconformity (Baylor Univ., out now) examples: Pope Franciss call for a church
because, Freeman writes, they shattered that it is about mercy as Jesus is about
the boundaries that limit religious expe- mercy; the martyred Martin Luther
rience. And because their works would King Jr., who,just as Blake envisioned
be read worldwide, they also dissemi- Beulah land, dreamed of an America that
nated the message of dissenting could become such a beloved commu-
tradition. nity; and Kevin Cosby, a West Louisville
Freeman, research professor of theology pastor working to revitalize the black
and Baptist studies at Duke Divinity community as an act of faith, an echo of
School and director of the Baptist House Defoes vision. We are in a new place, and
of Studies, draws connecting lines from we have to see what is usable, Freeman
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