A new issue of Sojourners is out. From H-Net, Michael Brenes reviews Piety and Public Funding: Evangelicals and the State in Modern America by Axel R. Schafer; and Kathleen Hladky reviews The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age by Randall Stephens and Karl Giberson. Matthew Engelke reviews When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God by T.M. Luhrmann. Justin Wilford on his book Sacred Subdivisions: The Postsuburban Transformation of American Evangelicalism. America's favorite preacher: Joel Osteen’s smile is as big as Texas, and so is his following. Why does it matter if America is a religious country? From The Humanist, Rob Boston reviews Attack of the Theocrats! How the Religious Right Harms Us All — And What We Can Do About It by Sean Faircloth; and is this the beginning of the end for the religious right? John Dickerson on the decline of Evangelical America. Religion itself needs redemption; in the Occupy movement, its potent ideals and traditions of resistance are resurrected. The year that was: A look at major church-state developments from 2012.

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