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The Stillborn God

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The Stillborn God

Religion, Politics, and the Modern West

By Mark Lilla

Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9781400079131, 341pp.

Publication Date: September 23, 2008

A brilliant account of religion's role in the political thinking of the West, from the Enlightenment to the close of World War II.
The wish to bring political life under God's authority is nothing new, and it's clear that today religious passions are again driving world politics, confounding expectations of a secular future. In this major book, Mark Lilla reveals the sources of this age-old quest-and its surprising role in shaping Western thought. Making us look deeper into our beliefs about religion, politics, and the fate of civilizations, Lilla reminds us of the modern West's unique trajectory and how to remain on it. Illuminating and challenging, The Stillborn God is a watershed in the history of ideas.

About the Author
Mark Lilla is Professor of Humanities and Religion at Columbia University. He was previously Professor at the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago. A noted intellectual historian and frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, he is the author of The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics and G.B. Vico: The Making of an Anti-Modern. He lives in New York City.

Praise For The Stillborn God

"Sophisticated and compelling. . . . Could not be timelier."—The Wall Street Journal“Introduces the reader to one of the most important chapters in modern history.”—The New York Sun “A lucid book of great learning and shrewd insights into political and religious psychology.”—The Boston Globe"Provocative. . . . Adds nuance and complexity to the intellectual account we tell about the West's thinking on religion and politics."—The New York Times Book Review