New Books Network

Joel Thiessen and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme, “None of the Above: Nonreligious Identity in the US and Canada” (NYU Press, 2020)
In recent decades, the number of Americans and Canadians who identify has nonreligious has risen considerably. With nearly one quarter of Canadian and American adults identifying as nonreligious, religious “nones” represent a sizable and growing group within the Canadian and American populations. In their recent book, None of the Above:... Read More
John D. Caputo, “Hoping Against Hope” (Fortress Press, 2015)
John D. Caputo has a long career as one of the preeminent postmodern philosophers in America. The author of such books as Radical Hermeneutics, The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida, and The Weakness of God, Caputo now reflects on his spiritual journey from a Catholic altar boy in 1950s... Read More
Adrian Johnston, “Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism: The Outcome of Contemporary French Philosophy ” (Northwestern UP, 2013)
In the contemporary philosophical landscape, a variety of materialist ontologies have appeared, all wrestling with various political and philosophical questions in light of a post-God ontology. Entering into this discussion is Adrian Johnston, with his 3-volume ​Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism​, an attempt to develop a systematic and thoroughly atheistic... Read More
Ayala Fader, “Hidden Heretics: Jewish Doubt in the Digital Age” (Princeton UP, 2020)
What would you do if you questioned your religious faith, but revealing that would cause you to lose your family and the only way of life you had ever known? Dr. Ayala Fader explores this question in Hidden Heretics: Jewish Doubt in a Digital Age––her new book with Princeton University... Read More
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