The Secular Prison

From the June/July 2016 Print Edition

Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Reportby saba mahmoodprinceton, 248 pages, $24.95 While I was reading Saba Mahmood’s new book on religion and secularism in Egypt, my university’s president—Fr. Dennis Holtschneider, C.M.—published an article in Inside Higher Ed about the . . . . Continue Reading »

Modern Conceit

From the May 2013 Print Edition

Before Religion: A History of a Modern Concept by Brent Nongbri Yale, 288 pages, $35 In Before Religion, Brent Nongbri makes the case that once there was no religion and then modern Westerners invented it. This claim will strike many as both preposterous—didn’t ancient peoples in all parts of . . . . Continue Reading »