A God For All Seasons

Scholars of international relations have only recently begun to appreciate the power of religion. Their next step is to get religion right. No longer mysterious and magical, modernity has demystified the Higher Power.

Issue: Sept-Oct 2009

From the September/October 2009 issue of The National Interest.


Karen Armstrong, The Case for God (New York: Knopf, 2009), 432 pp., $27.95.

Mark Johnston, Saving God: Religion after Idolatry (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009), 248 pp., $24.95.

John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge, God Is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith Is Changing the World (New York: Penguin Press, 2009), 416 pp., $27.95.

Robert Wright, The Evolution of God (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2009), 576 pp., $25.99.


[amazon 1594202133 full] IN 2004, John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge, U.S.-based editors and writers for the Economist, published The Right Nation. "The sound that we have been hearing in the background of American political life for the past thirty years," they wrote in that book, "is the melancholy, long, withdrawing roar of liberalism." Conservative ideas are vibrant, they argued, and conservative politicians entrepreneurial. With an equal mixture of brio and boldness, Micklethwait and Wooldridge concluded that because "American conservatism had both history and sociology on its side," its future could not be brighter.

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