A place for passion

A lengthy prepublication excerpt in the New York Times Magazine, quotations on the back cover from famous scholars using descriptions like “profound,” “elegant and erudite” and “landmark in political philosophy”—short of selection for Oprah’s Book Club, it is hard to imagine how a book could come trailing more clouds of importance than The Stillborn God. Political philosopher Mark Lilla, recently departed from the University of Chicago for Columbia University, thinks that politics needs to be saved from religion, and his odd argument for that conclusion will probably be getting a lot of attention.

 

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