Books

Books

Radical Wisdom: A Feminist Mystical Theology

Feminism and mysticism have always held a wary view of each other: feminists borrowed from Marx the belief that spirituality functions as a narcotic that anesthetizes the pain of oppression rather than harnessing it to fuel the engine of social change; religious leaders feared that committed social activists would lose their souls

A surge of spirituality

Interest in spirituality keeps rising and expanding like a yeasted lump of dough.

The Sounds of Slavery: Discovering African American History Through Songs, Sermons, and Speech

I was daydreaming at a stoplight recently when the sound of thunder shook me from my reverie. It was pulsing rhythmically, and there seemed to be a faint whistling or screeching sound, as if I was in a hurricane or tornado.

One Nation, Uninsured/Your Money or Your Life

These two books should be read together. The first is an excellent history of the failures to reform the health-care system during the past hundred years.

Designer Children

Philosophers Mary Midgley and Judith Hughes have observed: “Individualism, like salt, is a very good and necessary thing. . . . But how about a diet of salt alone? . . . Unmitigated individualism is a death wish.”