Papal politics and perils

A review of Marco Politi

Politi's account reveals much of what happened among the cardinals in the Sistine Chapel on those days in March 2013.

Light’s remaining mysteries

A review of Bruce Watson

Yes, we’re surrounded by ubiquitous light, but its mysteries have not been wholly conquered.

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, by Max Porter

Max Porter’s debut novel, which hovers between poetry and prose, illustrates the ways in which grief can be simultaneously violent and gentle.

Missionaries among Muslims

A review of Christine Leigh Heyrman

To lionize the missionary’s courage, Muslims were cast as implacable adversaries and served as the quintessential foil.

How does it end?

A review of Robert Joustra and Alissa Wilkinson

The apocalypse, it seems, is cultural and psychological rather than historical. One can only hope that this theory is right.