God Mocks, by Terry Lindvall

Although the title refers to divine mocking, this volume focuses primarily on the ways people mock one another around religious beliefs and practices. Tracing satire through the history of religious thought, professor and film producer Terry Lindvall locates each mocker on two scales: from humor to rage, and from ridicule to moral purpose.

Fear and trauma in immigration policy

A review of Jason De León and Luis H. Zayas

U.S. immigration policy has long used the imposition of trauma and the dynamics of fear as weapons.

The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air, by Søren Kierkegaard and Bruce H. Kirmmse

Kirmmse’s new translation of Kierke­gaard’s homiletical reflections on Mat­thew 6:24–34 captures the sermons’ beauty and gravitas. From the lily and the bird we can learn silence, obedience, and joy—but these are not easy dispositions to adopt.

Philosophy in Seven Sentences, by Douglas Groothuis

This book will not shatter paradigms or destabilize worldviews. It will make readers think, and sometimes laugh, as they are introduced to (or fondly recall) the thought of Protagoras, Socrates, Aristotle, Augus­tine, Descartes, Pascal, and Kierke­gaard. Groothuis, who teaches philosophy at Denver Seminary, is known as a Christian apologist.

Full of emptiness

A review of John Corrigan

Emptiness can alternatively mean too little or too much. It is sometimes unclear where emptiness is distinct from excess.