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Book Review: God is Back by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge

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God Is Back

By John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge Penguin Press; 405 pages

For centuries, secular intellectuals have forecast the death of religion at the hands of modernity. They got it wrong. In God Is Back, Micklethwait and Wooldridge--the editor in chief and Washington bureau chief, respectively, of the Economist--map a spiritual surge that would bring Nietzsche to tears. "The great forces of modernity--technology and democracy, choice and freedom--are all strengthening religion rather than undermining it," they write. Americans are "exporting their faith" by wedding it to their other gods: belief in free markets and "putting the consumer first." Corporations proudly...

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