New Books Network

James K. Wellman, Jr., “High on God: How Megachurches Won the Heart of America” (Oxford UP, 2020)
In the United States, the number of megachurches increased from 350 in 1990 to over 1,600 in 2011 with that number continuing to grow exponentially in subsequent years. By 2015, a Hartford Institute for Religion Research study showed that over five million people were attending services at a megachurch weekly... Read More
Shai M. Dromi, “Above the Fray: The Red Cross and the Making of the Humanitarian NGO Sector” (U Chicago Press, 2020)
How should we understand humanitarian NGOs? In Above the Fray: The Red Cross and the Making of the Humanitarian NGO Sector (University of Chicago Press, 2020), Shai M. Dromi, a lecturer in sociology at Harvard University, uses insights from cultural sociology to reframe the history of the Red Cross. The book... Read More
Mario T. García, “Father Luis Olivares, A Biography: Faith Politics and the Origins of the Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles” (UNC Press, 2018)
As the leader of the Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles during the 1980s, Father Luis Olivares brazenly defied local Catholic authorities and the federal government by publicly offering sanctuary to Central American migrants fleeing political violence and civil war, and later extending it to undocumented Mexican immigrants unable to legalize... Read More
Andrew J. Byers, “Ecclesiology and Theosis in the Gospel of John” (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
For the author of the fourth Gospel, there is neither a Christless church nor a churchless Christ. In his book Ecclesiology and Theosis in the Gospel of John (Cambridge University Press, 2017), Andrew J. Byers argues that ecclesiology is as central a Johannine concern as Christology. Rather than focusing on... Read More
Paul Lay, “Providence Lost: The Rise and Fall of Cromwell’s Protectorate” (Head of Zeus, 2020)
In today’s episode, we catch up with Paul Lay, editor of the leading journal History Today. Paul is the author of a brilliant new account of the British republic. Providence Lost: The Rise and Fall of Cromwell’s Protectorate (Head of Zeus, 2020) is the most up to date and accessible... Read More
Catherine Newell, “Destined for the Stars: Faith, the Future, and America’s Final Frontier” (U Pittsburgh Press, 2017)
Catherine Newell talks about the religious roots of the final frontier, focusing on the collaboration of artist Chesley Bonestell, science writer Willy Ley, and the NASA rocket engineer Wernher von Braun. Newell is an assistant professor of religion and science at the University of Miami. She’s the author of Destined for the... Read More
Gerald Dawe, “The Sound of the Shuttle: Essays on Cultural Belonging and Protestantism in Northern Ireland” (Irish Academic Press, 2020)
One of the leading poets of his generation, Gerald Dawe is also a fellow emeritus and professor of English at Trinity College Dublin. Throughout his long writing career he has been thinking about the situation of religion in his native Belfast and the ways in which religion has been instrumentalised... Read More