Kepler's Witch/Galileo in Rome

Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei were contemporaries, standing midway in time between Copernicus and Isaac Newton.

Beyond the River: The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad

What was life like for Kentucky slaves who lived so close to the Ohio River that they could see freedom’s shore? What distinctive anxieties plagued their masters? What special opportunities existed for local abolitionists?

Out in front

A good biography, expertly researched and finely crafted, conveys not just the trajectory of someone’s life but also a feeling for the era in which the person lived. This superb telling of the “still far from finished” life of William Sloane Coffin is just such an accomplishment.

Uneasy partners

My Easter Sunday sermon preparation was interrupted this year by a two-hour emergency meeting at a local housing authority, where we discussed marketing plans, reserve funds and retaining walls.

Marriage and Modernization: How Globalization Threatens Marriage and What to Do About It

The phrase “family values” became an early catchword in the culture wars. The way people define those values and implement them politically marks a bitter line of division between liberals and conservatives.