Books

Books

The Scandalous God

American media consumers are fed such a steady diet of scandal that it’s hard to imagine anything being universally considered scandalous anymore. The church, too, is well practiced in the art of domesticating scandal, especially the disturbing news of a crucified Savior.

Not so good war

World War II is not only history that we think about, but history with which we think.

In the Footsteps of the Prophet

Tariq Ramadan’s life as public intellectual and leader among European Muslims has been dramatic. Looming in his personal background is his grandfather, Hasan al-Banna, who was the founder in 1928 of Egypt’s most famous Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood.

Hope or hype?

The Obama phenomenon is hurtling past the best analogies that we have for it. Three years ago Barack Obama shot onto the national political scene with a sensational speech at the Democratic National Convention. Two years ago he joined the U.S. Senate as its only African-American member.

The Castle in the Forest: A Novel

One of my favorite books is Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, a wild, imaginative, vicious satire about Stalinist Russia in particular and the modern world in general. Bulgakov imagines a visit by Satan to Soviet Moscow, where all dutiful members of the intelligentsia are atheist.