, Volume 45, Issue 5, pp 479–483 | Cite as

Homeless and at Home in America. By Peter Augustine Lawler

ISBN-10:158731360X; 978-1587313608 St. Augustine’s Press, 2008. 229 pp. $27.00
  • Ivan KenneallyEmail author
Book Review

Nietzsche infamously announces the death of God marking the detumescence of religious faith in the West and with it the moral and metaphysical underpinnings of the Western world. This irrecoverable loss was supposed to portend the dual possibility of moral and cultural rejuvenation or a descent into the darkness of nihilism. However, as Mark Lilla has recently remarked, “The twilight of the idols has been postponed” (The Stillborn God, Knopf, 2007). Far from receding into nothingness, religious belief has turned out to be remarkably recalcitrant to a decisive rejection by Enlightenment science; the persistence of this religiousness is no more evident than in America, somewhat ironically, since it is the country most typically identified as the hypertrophic exemplar of the technological and commercial strains of modernity. Now, instead of diagnosing God’s critical condition, much of the recent literature has been devoted to grappling, not always happily, with the unexpected recovery of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceRochester Institute of TechnologyRochesterUSA

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