The Future of Faith - Harvey Cox

Legendary Harvard scholar the Reverend Harvey Cox brings together many of his ideas in The Future Of Faith (HarperOne, $24.99) to present interpretation of the history and future of religion. He divides Christian history into three periods: the Age of Faith, during the first Christian centuries, when the earliest followers of Jesus lived in his Spirit; the Age of Belief, from the Council of Nicaea to the late 20th century, during which the church replaced faith in Jesus with dogma about him; and the Age of the Spirit, in which we’re now living, in which Christians are rediscovering the awe and wonder of faith in the tremendous mystery of God. This book is a welcome antidote to the either/or debate between fundamentalist religion and the new Atheists. 

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ISBN: 9780061755538
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Published: HarperOne - October 5th, 2010

The Bauhaus Group: Six Masters of Modernism - Nicholas Fox Weber

They were extraordinary men and women, The Bauhaus Group: Six Masters of Modernism (Knopf, $40), and art writer Nicholas Fox Weber has produced a wonderful group portrait. Weber has organized the handsome, well-illustrated book around some of the seminal figures at the school: Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Josef Albers and his wife Anni, and Mies van der Rohe.  No book could better exemplify the marked break between the rigidities of class and culture before 1914 and the modern world we know now. It was a time of loosening inhibitions in more than art, so that an account of Bauhaus is perforce full of life and love. The influence of the Bauhaus School, founded in Weimar in 1919 by Walter Gropius, extends into our time, ninety years later.  Certainly part of the reason is that most of the artists ended up in the United States, chased out of Germany by Hitler. The School itself closed in 1933. It had a shortlife but it unleashed a mighty movement.

Netherland - Joseph O'Neill

Hans van den Broek is disoriented for many reasons. Born and raised in Holland, he married an English woman and lives in New York City.  After the World Trade Center attack, the family fled their downtown apartment and moved, they thought temporarily, to the very bizarre Chelsea Hotel. Rachel felt increasingly insecure in New York and decamped to London with the couple’s young son, Jake. For two years Hans has been frozen geographically and emotionally in his New York job analyzing oil projects for a large financial firm. He partially fills the void of his separation by friendship with a larger-than-life Trinidadian of Indian descent whom he met through cricket, a game he is passionately fond of.  Joseph O’Neill’s existential novel Netherland (Pantheon, $23.95) expresses the strangeness felt by New Yorkers after 9/11 and, indeed, the sense of dislocation we all feel in the new world that has come into being.

Hans van den Broek, the alienated protagonist of Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland (Vintage, $14.95), remains in New York when his lawyer wife, anxious after 9/11, returns to Britain with their son. Meanwhile, Hans’s mother, the only parent he remembers, has died in the Netherlands. To dispel his depression, Hans seeks out a weekly cricket game with a bunch of ex-colonials and falls in with Chuck Ramkissoon, a mysterious Trinidadian. Chuck’s schemes and energy become a counterweight to Hans’s passivity. The pacing of the novel, the simplicity of the plot, and the focus on a few characters, make Hans’s sadness and Chuck’s grandiosity stand out. This prize-winning novel is deceptively simple, and immensely thought provoking.

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ISBN: 9780307388773
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2009