Books

Books

To the Table, by Lisa Graham McMinn

McMinn, a sociologist and co-owner of a small farm, presumes a certain level of privilege among her readers: choose heirloom seeds; eat only fair trade chocolate; avoid plastic food containers; and buy eggs “from a local source, if possible, and/or from chickens raised outside eating grass and bugs.” Still, this book is an enticing reflection on the sacramental nature of preparing and eating meals.

The science of injustice

A review of Adam Benforado

The Enlightenment view of autonomous human subjects is built into the law, so the criminal justice system floats on myths and superstitions.

Hermeneutics in a fragile land

A review of Will Stalder

The history of Palestinian Christian interpretation of the Old Testament reminds us of the nuanced, fragile nature of life in that region.

The complex, beautiful history of science

A review of Susan Wise Bauer

Microscopes reveal countless worlds inside the world, from cells to tiny structures within cells diligently performing mysterious tasks.

God Mocks, by Terry Lindvall

Although the title refers to divine mocking, this volume focuses primarily on the ways people mock one another around religious beliefs and practices. Tracing satire through the history of religious thought, professor and film producer Terry Lindvall locates each mocker on two scales: from humor to rage, and from ridicule to moral purpose.