Religion: Hard-Cover Revival

The booming religious publishing business can boast some overnight bestsellers. A book version of Franco Zefirelli's Jesus of Nazareth, for example, has sold 125,000 copies since its television showing at Easter. Even third-rate spiritual self-help books sell by the hundreds of thousands. At the same time, works of serious theology—like Maverick Swiss Catholic Theologian Hans Küng's treatise On Being a Christian—are receiving widespread attention. Some interesting new books:

The Church in the Power of the Spirit, by the Rev. Jürgen Moltmann (Harper & Row; 401 pages; $15). Germany is to Christian theology what...

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