Gustav Niebuhr was a longtime religion reporter for the New York Times and is the grandson of H. Richard Niebuhr. In this book, he reflects on both of those experiences and how they shaped his understanding of America’s diverse religious landscape.

Absence of thought

Susan Jacoby is a formidable social critic who writes from a progressive stance and in an accessible style.

Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America's College Campuses

When I was a student at St. Olaf College in the 1990s, sex was not the center of my educational experience. Of course, it had its place. But I was busy with a lot of other things too. I was concerned about my future.

Spies and lies

The most significant moral characteristic of a nation is its hypocrisy.”
—Reinhold Niebuhr, Moral Man and Immoral Society

Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy

In 1621 Robert Burton published The Anatomy of Melancholy, and now, nearly 400 years later, Eric Wilson has given us what amounts to an apology for melancholy. Aristotle and other intellectual immortals have observed that a disproportionate number of geniuses suffer from the inexplicable sadness that is melancholy.