The Goshdarned Beefiest Book About Religion in the South

Encyclopedia of Religion in the South

Zounds!  Boxes and packages show up in my mailbox and on my doorstep all the time.  Since I do book reviews on my Catholic blog, publishers are happy to share their latest books hot-off-the-press, particularly in the field of religion.It is rare, though, that I find a package as heavy as the one which arrived this week from Mercer University Press.  I was happy to receive the 864-page revised, updated and expanded Encyclopedia of Religion in the South.  The editors are Samuel S. Hill and Char … [Read more...]

Pew Forum: Religious Hostilities on the Rise World-wide

Pew Forum - religious liberty by year

In the period from 2007 - 2012, news reports of religious hostilities have increased significantly.A report just released by the Pew Research Center shows a dramatic increase in religious persecution worldwide in the past six years.  According to Pew: Religious hostilities increased in every major region of the world except the Americas.  The sharpest increase was in the Middle East and North Africa, which still is feeling the effects of the 2010-11 political uprisings known as the Arab S … [Read more...]