New Books Network

Steven D. Smith, “Pagans and Christians in the City: Culture Wars from the Tiber to the Potomac” (Eerdmans, 2018)
What does an American political progressive in the 21st century have in common with a pagan of ancient Rome? More than you may think, according to law professor, Steven D. Smith. In his important, provocative new book, Pagans and Christians in the City Culture Wars from the Tiber to the... Read More
Jay Wexler, “Our Non-Christian Nation” (Redwood Press, 2019)
Less and less Christian demographically, America is now home to an ever-larger number of people who say they identify with no religion at all. These non-Christians have increasingly been demanding their full participation in public life, bringing their arguments all the way to the Supreme Court. The law is on... Read More
Christopher Cameron, “Black Freethinkers: A History of African American Secularism” (Northwestern UP, 2019)
Black Freethinkers: A History of African American Secularism (Northwestern University Press, 2019) by Christopher Cameron, an Associate Professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, is a precise and nuanced history of African American secularism from the early nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. This text is written... Read More
Yael Almog, “Secularism and Hermeneutics” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2019)
In the late Enlightenment, a new imperative began to inform theories of interpretation: all literary texts should be read in the same way that we read the Bible. However, this assumption concealed a problem—there was no coherent “we” who read the Bible in the same way. In Secularism and Hermeneutics... Read More
Candy Gunther Brown, “Debating Yoga and Mindfulness in Public Schools: Reforming Secular Education or Reestablishing Religion?” (UNC Press, 2019)
In this episode of New Books in Law Siobhan talks with Candy Gunther Brown about her book Debating Yoga and Mindfulness in Public Schools: Reforming Secular Education or Reestablishing Religion? (UNC Press, 2019). Dr. Brown is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. She is a... Read More
Ronald E. Purser, “McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality” (Repeater Books, 2019)
In his recent exposé, McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality (Repeater Books, 2019), Ronald Purser Ph.D. takes a hard look at the mindfulness movement that has taken society by storm. Purser opens the book by questioning elements of the movement that have lead to its success: its scientific... Read More
E. H. Ecklund and D. R. Johnson, “Secularity and Science: What Scientists Around the World Really Think of Religion” (Oxford UP, 2019)
It is common to see science and religion portrayed as mutually exclusive and warring ways of viewing the world, but is that how actual scientists see it? For that matter, which cultural factors shape the attitudes of scientists toward religion? Could scientists help show us a way to build collaboration... Read More