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John Micklethwait is the editor of the Economist and Adrian Wooldridge is its Washington bureau chief. They have written four previous books together: The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea, A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Promise of Globalization, The Witchdoctors: Making Sense of the Management Gurus and The Right Nation: Why America is Different.
It is interesting that in our time of technological and scientific sophistication, religion is thriving globally. Many Enlightenment figures, and others after them, predicted that religion would become irrelevant and fade away as societies advanced. Micklethwait and Wooldridge, editor in chief and Washington bureau chief, respectively, of the Economist, see in this reality, particularly as experienced in America, hope for the world. They argue that in America the trend toward modernization has always been accompanied by the significance of religion. This is largely owing to how successfully American churches have employed entrepreneurial techniques and creative outreach. The authors believe that some of the very elements that have been successful in America could be utilized in other parts of the world to promote religionand discourage violence. This is a well-researched and well-written book, raising fresh and interesting ideas. It should be noted, however, that the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey Report, which indicates that religion is in decline in America, paints a different picture than these authors do.-John Jaeger, Dallas Baptist Univ. Lib., TX Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.