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The Varieties of Nonreligious Experience: Atheism in American Culture Jerome P. Baggett (NYU Press, 2019, 304 pp.)

Inspired by William James' classic, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Jerome P. Baggett offers this sociological survey of attitudes and sensibilities among American atheists.

Sex on Earth as It Is in Heaven: A Christian Eschatology of Desire Patricia Beattie Jung (SUNY Press, 2017, 298 pp.)

Drawing from New Testament and patristic texts, Patricia Beattie Jung examines early Christian teaching on bodily resurrection and its implications for human sexuality in the present and in the eschaton.

Religion, Law, USA Joshua Dublerand Isaac Weiner, eds (NYU Press, 2019, 318 pp.)

This volume brings together historians, lawyers and scholars from a variety of subfields within religious studies to explore the relationship between religion and law in the US. Topics include protection and separation, privacy, conscience, personhood and the promise and limits of the Constitution.

Catholic Social Activism: Progressive Movements in the United States Sharon Erickson Nepstad (NYU Press, 2019, 219 pp.)

Sharon Erickson Nepstad offers a history of progressive Catholic activism in the US and how lay Catholics draw from traditional church teachings to inspire and defend advocacy around workers' rights, pacifism, feminism, immigration and environmentalism.

Beyond Roe: Why Abortion Should Be Legal--Even If the Fetus Is a Person David Boonin (Oxford University Press, 2019, 228 pp.)

Philosopher David Boonen attempts to go "beyond Roe" by examining the principles laid out in Judith Jarvis Thomson's famous "violinist scenario" and applying them to existing legal precedent. In doing so, he argues that fetal personhood (and all that it implies) proves to have little bearing on whether or not abortion should be legal or even restricted.

Without Apology: The Abortion Struggle Now Jenny Brown (Verso, 2019, 208 pp.)

Without Apology argues that the prochoice movement cedes too much to antiabortion opponents by relying on a number of unhelpful arguments that keep advocates on the defensive. Brown looks to the "successful abortion offensive of the 1960s" and two recent victories (laws making the morning-after pill over the counter and the Irish repeal referendum) for inspiration in developing a more proactive women's liberation strategy.

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