He's back! The fellow who told us how the Danes and their fellow Scandinavians are happy, healthy, and well-adjusted in their godlessness returns with an upbeat report on "the wind of secularity currently blowing across North America." Conversations with American "apostates" reveal that, like their Nordic counterparts, they're an admirable bunch. One detail: "mine was a convenience sample and hence nonrandom. Thus, valid statistical generalizability to the wider population of American apostates is not possible." Oh.

Inquiring About God: Selected Essays, Volume 1
Nicholas Wolterstorff (Cambridge University Press)


Some of these essays will appeal primarily to those who closely follow analytic philosophy of religion. Others have a much wider potential audience: the essays on "God everlasting," "Unqualified divine temporality," "Suffering love," "Is God disturbed by what transpires in human affairs?," "The silence of the God who speaks," "Barth on evil," and "Tertullian's enduring question." Certainly these will engage Nicholas Wolterstorff's fellow philosophers, but they are also a great gift to the church.

Cats, Dogs, Men, Women, Ninnies & Clowns: The Lost Art of William Steig
Jeanne Steig (Harry N. Abrams)


Many are the hours that my wife, Wendy, and I have spent reading William Steig's books to our kids (or to each other); countless were the times we paused to savor one of his strange drawings in the latest issue of The New Yorker. Steig's widow, Jeanne, has assembled this collection of roughly 400 previously unpublished drawings, with brief and affectionate reminiscences to accompany each section. Roz Chast provides the introduction, Jules Feiffer an afterword. A feast.

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