Since the Enlightenment, intellectuals have assumed that modernisation would kill religion, and that religious America is an oddity, but religion is surging all over the world: nations that swore off faith in the last century, or even tried to stamp it out, are now run by avowedly religious leaders, and the de-stabilising effects of religion can be seen far from Iraq or the ruins of the World Trade Centre.
God Is Back argues that religion and modernity can thrive together, and that the American way of religion is becoming the norm, sparked by the failure of communism, the rise of globalisation and fuelled, above all, by market competition and a customer-driven approach to salvation. John Micklethwait is the editor of the Economist. His latest book is God is Back: How the Global Rise of Faith is Changing the World.
John Micklethwait is the editor of the Economist. He has written four books with Adrian Wooldridge: The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea, A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Promise of Globalisation, The Witchdoctors: Making Sense of the Management Gurus and The Right Nation: Why America is Different. His latest book is God is Back: How the Global Rise of Faith is Changing the World.
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