Politics+Society

Features

Crunching the numbers

The Census Bureau avoids collecting data about religion. So most of what we know is based on what people reveal to independent researchers.

Books

The Aesthetics of Violence in the Prophets, edited by Chris Franke and Julia M. O'Brien

Lately there has been a surge of studies variously construed as focused on "religion and violence," "the Bible and violence" or "God and violence." Most of these studies are not very helpful, for they dismiss the shrill reality of violence in facile ways.

Books

Armed and dangerous

Jay Rubenstein offers a lively and well-researched history of the First Crusade. He has a gift for making thousand-year-old history both exciting and relevant.