Religion Book Reviews (page 18)

Gaining the High Ground over Evolutionism by Robert J. O'Keefe
Released: Oct. 24, 2012

"A philosophically measured contribution to a debate involving science and religion that too often attracts fanatics."
An ambitious book offers a critique of evolutionary theory along with a reconsideration of the relation between faith and reason. Read full book review >
God's Gay Agenda by Sandra Turnbull
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"An engaging, impassioned argument for acceptance from a Christian perspective."
Is God at work in societal change? In her debut, Turnbull asserts that the answer is a definitive yes. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 24, 2012

"Such a large historical project could have easily descended into tedious and dry academia, but instead, all three volumes are briskly paced, well-researched and insightful. Aficionados of urban histories, in particular, will find much to enjoy."
This ambitious three-volume history, overseen by Moore (Judaic Studies and History/Univ. of Michigan; American Jewish Identity Politics, 2008, etc.), provides a lively, much-needed overview of the role that Jews have played in the history and success of the Big Apple, helping to transform it into "a city of promises, some fulfilled, some pending, some beckoning new generations." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"A brilliant exposition of the possibility of science and religion, each in its own way, contributing to a better world."
A leading Jewish theologian argues that both religious fundamentalists and neo-Darwinian atheists such as Richard Dawkins have it wrong when they contend that science and religious faith are incompatible. Read full book review >
Unraveling the Christmas Star Mystery by Irene Baron
Released: Sept. 8, 2012

"Intriguing study of the 'Christmas star' but in need of further scientific backing."
Debut writer and former science teacher Baron tackles the ancient mystery of the Christmas star—the astronomical phenomenon recorded in the Bible as having heralded the birth of Jesus Christ. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 27, 2012

"A forceful rallying cry for people of goodwill to join together to develop an alternative to the dangerous irrationalism that afflicts so many Americans."
Geology and history bring the relationship between science and religion into focus. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"An invaluable contribution to the contemporary debate over Muslim immigration and integration into Western communities."
Globe and Mail European bureau chief Saunders (Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World, 2011) examines the fearful reaction of today's native-born Western Europeans and North Americans to Muslim immigration. Read full book review >
Released: July 31, 2012

"A perfect read for the election season, though its appeal will endure."
An irreverent, honest look at life outside the mainstream Mormon Church. Read full book review >
Released: July 3, 2012

"Guy exposes Becket's history so well that readers may question how much of a saint he really was."
In this lively new biography of Thomas Becket, Guy (A Daughter's Love: Thomas More and His Dearest Meg, 2009, etc.) illustrates his vast knowledge of medieval England. Read full book review >
Released: May 29, 2012

"Awesome scholarship to an admirable purpose."
A religious scholar's compendium of essential American texts. Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2012

"A refined jeremiad sure to shake up the Christian establishment."
A piercing critique of heresy in a country where "traditional Christian teachings have been warped into justifications for solipsism and anti-intellectualism, jingoism and utopianism, selfishness and greed." Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2012

"Straight talk by a clear-thinking intellectual with his heart in the right place."
An American journalist offers an elegant, deeply honest look at the failure of Jewish liberalism in forging Israel as a democratic state. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >