BIGGER THAN EVER
"God is Back" has got to be one of the best titles ever for a new book. The review of the book by the New York Times promises more between the covers as well:
"Not all that long ago, the great minds of Europe predicted a future with little or no religion. Science would make us highly skeptical of miracles. Psychiatry would direct all of our awe and wonder inward. Changing roles for women would weaken the patriarchal structure that props up clerics. Whatever script for modernity one followed, it had God playing a bit role.
As we all know, it didn’t happen that way. Modernity arrived and
improvised new starring roles for God. The Americans led the way by
becoming both “the quintessentially modern
country” and a very devout one, John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge
write in their new book, “God Is Back,” and most of the world has
followed that model.
In rich countries and poorer ones, democratic and undemocratic, primarily Islamic and primarily Christian — everywhere, basically, except Europe — devotion to God has remained surprisingly robust.
Here's the bit that surprised me from the review:
Definitely a side of religious expansion that's not been in the mainstream view. Just added "God is Back" to my Kindle reading list.