The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics and the Modern West
by Mark Lill
(334 pages, $26.00, hardcover)
reviewed by Mark Winter
Some books are actually two books, the one starkly at odds with the other until one emerges scarred but victorious. Mark Lilla’s The Stillborn God is such a book: a stimulating if very general history of ideas that careens into broad polemic, but instructive for its failures as well as its merits.
According to Lilla, professor of the Humanities at Columbia University, the history of the West is in large part the history of political theology: that is, the practice, with roots in th . . .