Jon M. Sweeney is a critic and author of The Pope Who Quit and When Saint Francis Saved the Church.
Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope
Austen Ivereigh's book on Francis has caused some controversy. It's also the most important biography of Jorge Mario Bergoglio yet published.
Updike's religious explorations are what make his writing so interesting, and Adam Begley explores them well. But he devotes too much space to trying to link fictional settings and characters with Updike's real life.
The Collected Stories
To read John Updike is to remember just how upper-middle-class and masculine his fictional universe is.
What’s in a religious identity?
At a seder or shul, I am with my primary congregation—even though I'm not Jewish. And the fact that I'm a rebbetzman is not the only reason I attend.