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The Prophets

by Norman Podhoretz Free Press (May 29, 2018)

A radical reinterpretation of the biblical prophets by one of America's most provocative critics reveals the eternal beauty of their language and the enduring resonance of their message.

Long before Norman Podhoretz...

A Short History of Chinese Philosophy

by Yu-lan Fung & Derk Bodde Free Press (January 17, 2017)

The classic chronicle of Chinese philosophical thought from the third millennium to the 20th century.

From the sage-kings of ancient China to the 1911 overthrow of the oldest monarchical system in the world,...


by Peter Manseau Free Press (October 11, 2005)

The 1950s was a boom time for the Catholic Church in America, with large families of devout members providing at least one son or daughter for a life of religious service. Boston was at the epicenter of this...

Moving the Mountain

by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf Free Press (May 08, 2012)

Muslims in America who reject extremist or fundamentalist expressions of Islam at home and abroad feel the urgent need for a voice that can represent them in the escalating irrationality of the current debate...

Saving Monticello

by Marc Leepson Free Press (March 06, 2002)

When Thomas Jefferson died on the Fourth of July 1826 -- the nation's fiftieth birthday -- he was more than $100,000 in debt. Forced to sell thousands of acres of his lands and nearly all of his furniture and...

When Atheism Becomes Religion

by Chris Hedges Free Press (March 10, 2009)

From the New York Times bestselling author of American Fascists and the NBCC finalist for War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning comes this timely and compelling work about new atheists: those who attack religion...

A Letter in the Scroll

by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Free Press (February 14, 2001)

For too long, Jews have defined themselves in light of the bad things that have happened to them. And it is true that, many times in the course of history, they have been nearly decimated: when the First and...

The End of Days

by Gershom Gorenberg Free Press (February 21, 2001)

The new millennium dawned quietly, defying modern-day prophets of apocalypse. Yet for countless believers around the globe ­- Christians, Jews and Muslims -- anticipation that the world is about to end burns...

Losing Moses on the Freeway

by Chris Hedges Free Press (June 07, 2005)

The 10 Commandments -- the laws given to Moses by God -- are beyond the scope of human law. They are rules meant to hold us together but, when dishonored, they lead to discord and violence.

In this fierce,...

The Jews of Spain

by Gerber Free Press (November 02, 1992)

The history of the Jews of Spain is a remarkable story that begins in the remote past and continues today. For more than a thousand years, Sepharad (the Hebrew word for Spain) was home to a large Jewish community...

How to Read the Bible

by James L. Kugel Free Press (May 01, 2012)

As soon as it appeared, How to Read the Bible was recognized as a masterwork, “awesome, thrilling” (The New York Times), “wonderfully interesting, extremely well presented” (The Washington Post), and...

Vows of Silence

by Jason Berry & Gerald Renner Free Press (February 24, 2004)

Going deep behind the headlines about scandals in the Catholic Church, Jason Berry and Gerald Renner's Vows of Silence follows the staggering trail of evasions and deceit that leads directly to the Vatican --...

The Hidden Face of God

by Gerald L. Schroeder Free Press (June 24, 2001)

Gerald Schroeder, an MIT-trained scientist who has worked in both physics and biology, has emerged in recent years as one of the most popular and accessible apostles for the melding of science and religion....

Man is the Measure

by Reuben Abel Free Press (May 11, 2010)

An intelligently truthful book that explores the uneven landscape of the human intellect.

An accessible introduction to philosophy, this book narrows the gap between the general reader and intellectual inquiry....

The Israelis

by Donna Rosenthal Free Press (April 01, 2008)

Israel is smaller than New Jersey, with 0.11% of the world's population, yet captures a lion's share of headlines. It looks like one country on CNN, a very different one on al-Jazeera. The BBC has their version,...

The Modern Jewish Canon

by Ruth R. Wisse Free Press (January 19, 2001)

What makes a great Jewish book? What makes a book "Jewish" in the first place? Ruth R. Wisse, one of the leading scholars in the field of Jewish literature, sets out to answer these questions in The Modern Jewish...

Standing in the Need of Prayer

by Schomburg Ctr for Resrch in Black Cultur & Coretta Scott King Free Press (June 30, 2008)

Striking photographs and powerful prayers drawn from the collections of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture span the broad spectrum of black religious traditions through the ages.

From the darkest...

Hurricane Season

by Neal Thompson Free Press (July 31, 2007)

"There's always a point in the season when you're faced with a challenge and you see what you're capable of. And you grow up."

-- J.T. Curtis, head coach, John Curtis Christian School Patriots

On Saturday,...

Men Astutely Trained

by Peter Mcdonough Free Press (June 30, 2008)

A perceptive & provocative analysis of the transformation that swept through American Catholicism in the decades leading up to Vatican II.

The Jesuits have been the carriers of a culture borne along by a fruitful...

Up from Conservatism

by Michael Lind Free Press (August 06, 2013)

For nearly a decade, Michael Lind worked closely as a writer and editor with the intellectual leaders of American conservatism. Slowly, he came to believe that the many prominent intellectuals he worked with...

Compassionate Conservatism

by Marvin Olasky Free Press (July 05, 2000)

Compassionate conservatism is a new political force in the land, sweeping the grassroots of people of all faiths, races, and ethnicities. In its parts it offers solutions to many of our most intractable problems;...

Fire & Roses

by Nancy Lusignan Schultz Free Press (February 28, 2001)

In the midst of a deadly heat wave during the summer of 1834, a woman clawed her way over the wall of a Roman Catholic convent near Boston, Massachusetts and escaped to the home of a neighbor, pleading for protection....

The Church That Forgot Christ

by Jimmy Breslin Free Press (June 29, 2004)

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Jimmy Breslin has established himself as one of America's most distinctively Catholic voices. We have also come to know Breslin as the cocky guy from Queens, New York, who...

Killing the Buddha

by Peter Manseau & Jeff Sharlet Free Press (January 13, 2004)

"If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him."

The ninth-century sage Lin Chi gave this advice to one of his monks, admonishing him that this Buddha would only be a reflection of his unexamined beliefs and...

Comes the Peace

by Daja Wangchuk Meston & Clare Ansberry Free Press (March 06, 2007)

"I packed a blue Samsonite suitcase with my belongings -- a couple of pairs of jeans and shirts, UB40 tapes, the Swiss army knife I had stolen from my mother, my Tibetan prayer book, and a red plastic Camay...

Tempting Faith

by David Kuo Free Press (October 16, 2006)

David Kuo came to Washington wanting to use his Christian faith to end abortion, strengthen marriage, and help the poor. He reached the heights of political power, ultimately serving in the White House under...

The Journey Home

by Joyce Antler Free Press (May 11, 2010)

A unique, positive collection of essays profiles a number of forgotten female Jewish leaders who played key roles in various American social and political movements, from suffrage and birth control to civil...

Ancient Zionism

by Avi Erlich Free Press (June 15, 2010)

In this unusual and provocative book, Victor Erlich uncovers the origins of the national idea in the Hebrew Bible. Through a series of sensitive and original readings of well-known biblical episodes, Erlich...

The Great Poems of the Bible

by James L. Kugel Free Press (April 24, 2012)

From the Psalms to the Prophets, from job to Ecclesiastes, much of the Bible is written in poetry. The poems of the Bible include some of its best known and most beloved passages: "The Lord is my shepherd,"...

Simple Gifts

by Bill Henderson Free Press (March 28, 2006)

If there is one simple phrase that lies at the heart of this moving tribute to the pleasures of singing hymns, it is this: "Only joy." Bill Henderson, a tough man with a gentle vision, found community and religious...

American Hour

by Os Guinness Free Press (May 30, 1993)

An internationally known writer and speaker on religion and public life brilliantly analyzes the causes of our current moral malaise. Os Guinness examines how perilously close we have come to losing the shared...

God And Mammon In America

by Robert Wuthnow Free Press (June 19, 2008)

Drawing on a new survey of more than two thousand working Americans, the author of Christianity in the 21st Century explores the relationship between religious faith and attitudes toward work and money to examine...

What Went Wrong?

by Murray Friedman Free Press (September 01, 1994)

For nearly a century, blacks and Jews were allies in the struggle for civil rights and equality in America. Sometimes risking their lives, they waged battle in the courts, at lunch counters, and in the academy,...

Ancient Judaism

by Max Weber Free Press (May 11, 2010)

Weber’s classic study which deals specifically with: Types of Asceticism and the Significance of Ancient Judaism, History and Social Organization of Ancient Palestine, Political Organization and Religious...

Tokugawa Religion

by Robert N. Bellah Free Press (June 30, 2008)

Robert N. Bellah's classic study, Tokugawa Religion does for Japan what Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism did for the West.  One of the foremost authorities on Japanese history and...

The Bible Unearthed

by Israel Finkelstein & Neil Asher Silberman Free Press (March 06, 2002)

In this groundbreaking work that sets apart fact and legend, authors Finkelstein and Silberman use significant archeological discoveries to provide historical information about biblical Israel and its neighbors....

The Question of God

by Armand Nicholi Free Press (April 03, 2002)

"This elegantly written and compelling comparison of the worldviews of Sigmund Freud and C. S. Lewis provides a riveting opportunity to consider the most important questions mankind has ever asked: Is there...

The Science of God

by Gerald L. Schroeder Free Press (June 16, 2009)

For the readers of The Language of God, another instant classic from "a sophisticated and original scholar" (Kirkus Reviews) that disputes the idea that science is contrary to religion.

In The Science of God,...

A Thousand Lives

by Julia Scheeres Free Press (October 11, 2011)

In 1954, a pastor named Jim Jones opened a church in Indianapolis called Peoples Temple Full Gospel Church. He was a charismatic preacher with idealistic beliefs, and he quickly filled his pews with an audience...

All Things Shining

by Hubert Dreyfus & Sean Dorrance Kelly Free Press (January 04, 2011)

In unrelenting flow of choices confronts us at nearly every moment of our lives, and yet our culture offers us no clear way to choose. This predicament seems inevitable, but in fact it’s quite new. In medieval...

Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics

by Ross Douthat Free Press (March 26, 2012)

As the youngest-ever op-ed columnist for the New York Times, Ross Douthat has emerged as one of the most provocative and influential voices of his generation. In Bad Religion he offers a masterful and hard-hitting...

The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith

by Joanna Brooks Free Press (July 16, 2012)

From her days of feeling like “a root beer among the Cokes”—Coca-Cola being a forbidden fruit for Mormon girls like her—Joanna Brooks always understood that being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ...

The Language of God

by Francis S. Collins Free Press (July 11, 2006)

Does science necessarily undermine faith in God? Or could it actually support faith? Beyond the flashpoint debates over the teaching of evolution, or stem-cell research, most of us struggle with contradictions...