Full of emptiness

A review of John Corrigan

Emptiness can alternatively mean too little or too much. It is sometimes unclear where emptiness is distinct from excess.

Glimpses of Boko Haram

A review of Virginia Comolli

The history and struggles of the Nigerian movement known as Boko Haram are more complicated than they first appear.

Eight Questions of Faith, by Niles Elliot Goldstein

For Rabbi Goldstein, the Bible is “a complex, existential expression of uncertainty and confusion, of yearning and hope, of wonderment, suffering, and joy. . . . It doesn’t offer us rigid answers; it graces us with fellowship.” Goldstein investigates Cain, Jeremiah, Job, and other biblical figures in the context of larger questions about meaning, knowledge, and ethics.

Do pollsters invent religion?

A review of Robert Wuthnow

Do pollsters create what they purport to study? Wuthnow examines the power and limits of polls and surveys on American religion.

Faith makes us human

A review of Yuval Noah Harari

We wish something would prove beyond doubt that Someone obliged us large-brained, bipedal primates with a breath of consciousness.