Heavenly Masters

BOOK REVIEWHeavenly Masters: Two Thousand Years of the Daoist Stateby Vincent Goossaert 2021 About the AuthorVincent Goossaert is professor of Daoism and Chinese religions at École Pratique des Hautes Études-PSL. About the BookThe origins of modern Daoism can be traced to the Church of the Heavenly Master (Tianshidao), reputedly established by the formidable Zhang Daoling. … Continue reading Heavenly Masters

The Palgrave Handbook of Global Mormonism

BOOK REVIEWThe Palgrave Handbook of Global Mormonismby R. Gordon Shepherd (Editor), A. Gary Shepherd (Editor), Ryan T. Cragun (Editor) 2020 About the BookThis handbook explores contemporary Mormonism within a global context. The authors provide a nuanced picture of a historically American religion in the throes of the same kinds of global change that virtually every … Continue reading The Palgrave Handbook of Global Mormonism

Biblical Truths

BOOK REVIEWBiblical Truths: The Meaning of Scripture in the Twenty-first Centuryby Dale B. Martin 2017 About the AuthorDale B. Martin is Woolsey Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His numerous books include New Testament History and Literature. About the BookA leading biblical scholar’s … Continue reading Biblical Truths

How to Be an Epicurean

BOOK REVIEWHow to Be an Epicurean: The Ancient Art of Living Wellby Catherine Wilson 2019 About the AuthorCatherine Wilson received her PhD in philosophy from Princeton University and has taught at universities in the US, Canada, and Europe. She has published more than 100 research papers and eight books, including A Very Short Introduction to … Continue reading How to Be an Epicurean


BOOK REVIEWCults: Inside the Worlds Most Notorious Groups and Understanding the People Who Joined Themby Max Cutler 2022 About the AuthorMax Cutler created and founded Parcast Studios in 2016. With Cutler at the helm, Parcast has launched some of the most popular and highly-ranked weekly podcasts, specializing in popular genres like mystery, true crime, pop … Continue reading Cults

Religion Explained

BOOK REVIEWReligion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thoughtby Pascal Boyer 2001 About the AuthorPascal Boyer is Luce Professor of Collective and Individual Memory at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. About the BookMany of our questions about religion, says the internationally renowned anthropologist Pascal Boyer, were once mysteries, but they no longer are: we are … Continue reading Religion Explained

What You Don’t Know About Religion (but Should)

BOOK REVIEWWhat You Don't Know About Religion (but Should)by Ryan T. Cragun 2013 About the AuthorRyan T. Cragun (1976-) is a husband, father, and sociologist of religion (in order of importance). Originally from Utah, he now lives in Florida and works at the University of Tampa. His research and writing focuses on religion, with an … Continue reading What You Don’t Know About Religion (but Should)