Books

Books

Prodigal Nation: Moral Decline and Divine Punishment from New England to 9/11

Michelangelo and Rembrandt depicted him bearded and robed, seated and downcast, absorbed with inexpressible grief. His hand cradles his face, wrinkled from a lonely and thankless vocation. He was threatened, put on trial, imprisoned, publicly humiliated and thrown into a pit.

Pens and Swords: How the American Mainstream Media Report the Israel-Palestinian Conflict

At the height of the second Palestinian intifada, Richard Griffiths, the editorial director of CNN, admonished me: “You have to remember, Walt, there are two standards of reporting at CNN, one for Israel and the other for the rest of the world.” Like many in U.S.

Punitive measures

As an undergraduate student 25 years ago, I found myself behind bars—not as an inmate but as a correctional officer.

No Enemy to Conquer: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World

It is often assumed that forgiveness is impossible in the face of extraordinary evil.

The Collected Sermons of William Sloan Coffin: The Riverside Years, Volume 1, 1977-1982

John Ames, 76-year-old Congregationalist minister and narrator of Marilynne Robinson’s stunning novel Gilead, keeps his old sermons in boxes in the attic. “Pretty nearly my whole life’s work is in those boxes,” he says.