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Robbins (religion & philosophy, Lebanon Valley Coll.; Between Faith and Thought) and Magee (philosophy, Le Moyne Coll.) present a philosophical conversation among academics addressing a multiplicity of historic trends in our philosophy and religion. This collection provides extensive background for an esoteric critique of the current politics of religion in the United States. A premise in one essay is that all of our knowledge has gaps and that "religion is usually quite at home with gaps and contradictions." The conclusion is that we have been misled and misinformed by the current politics of the religious right, and, as Marx classically indicates, "if people only understood what they were doing and what they were a part of they would throw it off and demand otherwise." The essays-e.g., "The Politics of Immanence" and "Jeb Stuart's Revenge: The Civil War, the Religious Right, and American Fascism"-denounce free-enterprise capitalism, big business, consumerism, and Christian beliefs that have restrictive applications such as opposition to same-sex unions and abortion. Missing is a practical description of a viable alternative that would correct the problems addressed. Recommended for academic libraries.