He was a poet, a playwright, a preacher, and a philosopher. He had an astonishing memory, and believed that the universe is infinite and composed of atoms, that God’s mercy is so great that even devils will be forgiven, and that men and women are fundamentally the same. Ingrid D. Rowland has written a respectful biography of a man whose life has been re-interpreted to suit the claims of each subsequent generation, a martyr for everyone from atheists and scientists to pantheists, a heretic many of whose claims the Church has long since conceded, an early scientist who was also a mystic; in short, a deeply complex man who defies easy categorization. Giordano Bruno (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27) reminds us to question our own unexamined assumptions.

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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 1st, 2009

Modeled after spiritual devotionals, The Intellectual Devotional: Modern Culture (Rodale, $24) provides brief readings on modern culture (principally that of the American and English-speaking world), from Archie Bunker to Zionism. The 365 entries, drawn from categories such as Personalities, Literature, Music, Film, Ideas and Trends, invite reading one piece each day for a year, and each entry consists of a brief overview of the subject followed by “Additional Facts.” Authors David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim have made the entries light and uncontroversial—they’re a fun and informative way to brush up on what one really should know already.

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