Books

Books

Baptizing empire

Matthew McCullough argues that the Spanish-American War signaled a crucial turning point in American self-understanding and self-justification.

A Political Theology of Climate Change, by Michael S. Northcott

Many Americans dismiss climate change reports as fear mongering. Michael Northcott sees the use of apocalyptic imagery differently.

Who’s Afraid of Relativism? by James K. A. Smith

James K. A. Smith suggests that the work of Richard Rorty can be a source of renewal—even though it makes many conservative Christians shrink in horror.

Incurable condition

Not every ailment can be fixed—or should be. Atul Gawande thinks we need to talk about this.

Found in translation

George Steiner said that "the translator invades, extracts, and brings home." In this remarkable volume, Everett Fox does all of this.

Medicine and Religion, by Gary B. Ferngren

At the hospital where I work, families may form relationships with pastoral care staff—but they come for our clinical competence in medicine. Gary Ferngren points out how new and odd this is.

The Soul of the World, by Roger Scruton

Roger Scruton’s basic theme is this: “Science cannot tell who I am, let alone where, when, or how.” But I-you moral dialogue is not rooted in science.

Meeting God in Mark, by Rowan Williams

Why is it that the book of Mark, unlike the other Gospels, is so short and fast-paced and contains so little of the teachings of Jesus and so few miracle stories? About a third of the Gospel is preoccupied with the passion of Jesus, and yet the author has little interest in dwelling on the question of why Jesus had to die.