Books

Books

Liberty as a Christian value

These are difficult times for defenders of liberty. With the ironically named Patriot Act (whose name is an acronym for Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism), law enforcement agencies have gained greatly increased powers to search telephone and e-mail communications without a warrant.

BookMarks

On modern day Iran, its history and struggles, faith and culture, some relatively recent titles worth reading are:

The New Measures: A Theological History of Democratic Practice

Not long ago the New York Times carried a story about a California congregation that maintains three separate bands: one specializing in soft rock, one in hard rock and one in classic rock. It effectively recruits its members, all 8,000 of them, according to their taste in Christian rock music.

Texts of terror

Either the world is growing more violent or, because of more intense media coverage, we are increasingly aware of the violence that is all around us.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

An ambitious young man leaves the provinces, hoping to make his fortune in the city. He first is infatuated with the glittering world he finds there, then gradually becomes disillusioned by the anxiety and corruption beneath the bright surface. What moral choices will the young man make? What will he become if he remains in the city?