Nongbri, Brent. 2013. Before Religion: A History of a Modern Concept

Reviewed by Jon Bialecki (University of Edinburgh). On its face, Brent Nongbri’s book, Before Religion, is seemingly not about Christianity, but about religion more generally – or more specifically, about the category of religion more generally. Nongbri’s argument is that religion is not a human universal, but rather construction that has both a history and a genealogy

Hackworth, Jason. 2012. Faith Based: Religious Neoliberalism and the Politics of Welfare in the United States

Reviewed by Amy E. Fisher (University of Toronto). Jason Hackworth’s Faith Based: Religious Neoliberalism and the Politics of Welfare in the United States seeks to unravel the “synergies and tensions” (vii) between neoliberals and evangelical conservatives who are ostensibly different and yet mutually engaged in the project of minimizing and opposing the American welfare state.