Book reviews / notes


 When Rabbis Bless Congress: The Great American Story of Jewish Prayers on Capital Hill, by Howard Mortman. Reading Religion: A Publication of the American Academy of Religion (28 May 2022).

Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods before Me: Why Governments Discriminate against Religious Minorities, by Jonathan Fox. Nova Religio 25, 2 (November 2021): 127-129.

Silver Screen, Hasidic Jews: The Story of an Image, by Shaina Hammerman. Journal of Religion & Film 25, 1 (April 2021).

Religion and the State in American Law, by Boris I. Bittker, Scott C. Idleman, and Frank S. Ravitch. Reading Religion: A Publication of the American Academy of Religion (30 March 2017).

Legal Cases, New Religious Movements, and Minority Faiths, ed. by James T. Richardson and François Bellanger. Nova Religio 20, 1 (August, 2016): 137-138.

The Trial of Jan Hus: Medieval Heresy and Criminal Procedure, by Thomas Fudge. Religion 45, 1 (January, 2015): 122-124.

The Fragmentation of a Sect: Schism in the Worldwide Church of God, by David V. Barrett. Church History 83, 4 (December, 2014): 1085-1087.

From Jamestown to Jefferson: The Evolution of Religious Freedom in Virginia, edited by Paul Rasor and Richard E. Bond. Journal of American Culture 36, 4 (December, 2013): 377-378.

Countercultural Conservatives: American Evangelicalism from the Postwar Revival to the New Christian Right, by Axel R. Schäfer. Journal of Church and State 55, 4 (December, 2013): 824-826.

Reforming Hollywood: How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies, by William D. Romanowski. Church History & Religious Culture 93, 4 (2013): 641-643.

Empire of Sacrifice: The Religious Origins of American Violence, by Jon Pahl. (Review written with Amanda Tonelli, VWC ’12). Religion 43, 1 (2012): 126-129.

Kosher Nation: Why More and More of America’s Food Answers to a Higher Authority, by Sue Fishkoff. Journal of American Culture 35, 1 (March, 2012): 81-82.

Church, State, and Original Intent, by Donald Drakeman. Church History 81, 1 (March, 2012): 232-234.

Peyote vs. the State, by Garrett Epps. Nova Religio 14, 2 (November, 2010): 119-120.

Teaching Religion and Film, ed. by Gregory J. Watkins. Religion 40, 1 (January, 2010): 77-78.

The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America, by David Domke and Kevin Coe. Religion 39, 2 (June, 2009): 211-213.

Holy Hills of the Ozarks: Religion and
Tourism in Branson, Missouri, by Aaron K. Ketchell. American Studies Journal 50, 1/2 (Spring/Summer 2009): 132-133.

Religious Liberty in America: The First Amendment in Historical and Contemporary Perspective, by Bruce T. Murray. Church History 78, 1 (March, 2009): 244-245.

The Gospel According to the Simpsons: Bigger and Possible Even Better! Edition, by Mark Pinsky. Journal of Media & Religion 8, 1 (January, 2009): 76-77.

American Experience: Religion in America, by Timothy L. Hall. Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 27, 2 (Winter 2009): 190-192.

Playing with God: Religion and Modern Sport, by William J. Baker. Journal of Religion & Popular Culture 18 (Spring 2008).

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, by A.J. Jacobs. Journal of Religion & Popular Culture 18 (Spring 2008).

The Impossibility of Religious Freedom, by Winnifred Fallers Sullivan. Religion. 37, 1 (March, 2007): 97-99.

Witnessing Their Faith: Religious Influence on Supreme Court Justices and Their Opinions, by Jay Alan Sekulow, and Representing God at the Statehouse: Religion and Politics in the American States, edited by Edward L. Cleary and Allen D. Hertzke. H-Net Reviews (H-Amstdy) (2006).

The Yoder Case: Religious Freedom, Education, and Parental Rights, by Shawn Francis Peters. Church History 75, 1 (March, 2006): 222.

Christianity and the Mass Media in America: Toward a Democratic Accommodation, by Quentin Schultze. Journal of Religion 85, 3 (July, 2005): 483.

Going South: Jewish Women in the Civil Rights Movement, by Debra L. Schultz. Journal of Southern Religion 5 (2002).

The Tao of Elvis, by David Rosen. Journal of Religion & Popular Culture 1 (Spring 2002).

American Jews and the Separationist Faith: The New Debate on Religion in Public Life, edited by David G. Dalin. Journal of Law & Religion 14, 1/2 (2002): 175-78.

Torah and Constitution: Essays in American Jewish Thought, by Milton R. Konvitz. Journal of Law & Religion 14, 1/2 (2002): 171-73.

The Power of Religious Publics: Staking Claims in American Society, edited by William H. Swatos, Jr., and James K. Wellman, Jr. Sociology of Religion 62, 3 (Fall 2001): 411-12.

The Dissent of the Governed: A Meditation on Law, Religion, and Loyalty, by Stephen L. Carter. Society 38, 2 (January/February, 2001): 93-96.

Ghost Dancing the Law: The Wounded Knee Trials, by John William Sayer. Religious Studies Review 25, 4 (October, 1999): 444.

A Biblical People in the Bible Belt: The Jewish Community of Memphis, Tennessee, 1840s-1960s, by Selma S. Lewis. Journal of Southern Religion, 2 (1999).

Interpreting the Free Exercise of Religion: The Constitution and Pluralism, by Bette Novit Evans. Religious Studies Review 24, 4 (October, 1998): 445.

Sworn on the Altar of God: A Religious Biography of Thomas Jefferson, by Edwin S. Gaustad. Epoche: The University of California Journal for the Study of Religions 21, 1 (Fall 1998): 101-02.

Protestantism, Capitalism, and Nature in America, by Mark Stoll. Church History 67, 1 (March, 1998): 189.

Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake-Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia, by Dennis Covington. Epoche: The University of California Journal for the Study of Religions 20 (1997): 93-94.

Peace Was in Their Hearts: Conscientious Objectors in World War II, by Richard C. Anderson. Review of Religious Research 37, 3 (March, 1996): 268-69.

That Godless Court? Supreme Court Decisions on Church State Relationships, by Ronald B. Flowers. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 34, 3 (September, 1995): 399.

BOOK NOTES (for Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries)

The Bible and American Culture: A Sourcebook, ed. by Claudia Setzer and David A. Shefferman.  49, 7 (March, 2012): 1224.

The Look of Catholics: Portrayals in Popular Culture from the Great Depression to the Cold War, by Anthony Burke Smith. 48, 6 (February, 2011): 1155.

Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Latin America, ed. Paul Freston. 46, 5 (January, 2009): 918.

Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism, ed. Thomas Banchoff. 45, 10 (June, 2008): 1783.

Encyclopedia of Religion in the South, ed. Samuel S. Hill and Charles Lippy. 44, 4 (December, 2006): 616.

Freedom’s Coming, by Paul Harvey. 43, 2 (October, 2005): 308.

A Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Pop Culture, by Craig Detweiler and Barry Taylor, and Consuming Religion: Christian Faith and Practice in a Consumer Culture, by Vincent Miller (combined review). 42, 1 (September, 2004): 118.

Politics and Religion, by Steve Bruce. 41, 7 (March, 2004): 1312.

Shenandoah Religion: Outsiders and the Mainstream, 1716-1865, by Stephen L. Longenecker. 41, 1 (September, 2003): 166.

Joining Hands: Politics and Religion Together for Social Change, by Roger S. Gottlieb. 40, 9 (May, 2003): 1567.

Jehovah’s Witnesses: Portrait of a Contemporary Religious Movement, by Andrew Holden. 40, 6 (February, 2003): 999.