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That the editors are a theater director (Gordon) and a journalist (Wilkinson) would not ordinarily augur well for a collection of interviews on the subject of religion. But this good book is an exception because its contributors-among them A.C. Grayling (Birbeck Coll., London), Karen Armstrong (The Battle for God), Rowan Williams (archbishop of Canterbury), and Jonathan Sacks (chief rabbi, United Hebrew Congregation of the Commonwealth)-are well informed and even more well spoken. Some are nonbelievers; others are Christian, Jewish, or Muslim. Their conversations each make up a ten- to-15-page chapter and enable the reader to get very familiar with the opinions of the writer. Unfortunately, all the interviewees are British and so may not be familiar to American readers. Another mark of the Britishness of this collection: except for Gordon, who provides a five-page introduction, no Roman Catholics are included. Recommended for academic libraries and for public libraries with strong religion collections.
—James F. DeRoche