New Books Network

David Haig, “From Darwin to Derrida: Selfish Genes, Social Selves, and the Meanings of Life” (MIT Press, 2020)
In his book, From Darwin to Derrida: Selfish Genes, Social Selves, and the Meanings of Life (MIT Press), evolutionary biologist David Haig explains how a physical world of matter in motion gave rise to a living world of purpose and meaning. Natural selection is a process without purpose, yet gives... Read More
Margaret Jacob, “The Secular Enlightenment” (Princeton UP, 2019)
The Secular Enlightenment (Princeton University Press, 2019) is a panoramic account of the radical ways that life began to change for ordinary people in the age of Locke, Voltaire, and Rousseau. In this landmark book, familiar Enlightenment figures share places with voices that have remained largely unheard until now, from... Read More
T. Campolo and B. Campolo, “Why I Left, Why I Stayed” (HarperOne, 2017)
Over a Thanksgiving dinner, fifty-year-old Bart Campolo announced to his famous Evangelical pastor father, Tony Campolo, that after a lifetime immersed in the Christian faith, he no longer believed in God. The revelation shook the Campolo family dynamic and forced father and son to each reconsider his own personal journey... Read More
Schneur Zalman Newfield, “Degrees of Separation: Identity Formation While Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Judaism” (Temple UP, 2020)
Those who exit a religion—particularly one they were born and raised in—often find themselves at sea in their efforts to transition to life beyond their community. In Degrees of Separation: Identity Formation While Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Judaism (Temple University Press, 2020), Schneur Zalman Newfield, who went through this process himself, interviews... Read More
Alec Ryrie, “Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt” (Harvard UP, 2019)
In Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt (Harvard University Press, 2019), Alec Ryrie, the award-winning author of Protestants offers a new vision of the birth of the secular age, looking to the feelings of ordinary men and women―so often left out of the history of atheism. Why have societies that were... Read More
Nathan G. Alexander, “Race in a Godless World: Atheism, Race, and Civilization, 1850–1914” (NYU Press, 2019)
Is modern racism a product of secularization and the decline of Christian universalism? The debate has raged for decades, but up to now, the actual racial views of historical atheists and freethinkers have never been subjected to a systematic analysis.  In his new book, Race in a Godless World: Atheism, Race,... Read More
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