Alan Wolfe on our secular future; Eliza Griswold reports on the religious contest for Africa; Lori Gottlieb makes the case for marrying Mr. Good Enough; Christopher Leinberger warns of the suburban slums of tomorrow; James Fallows describes the state of Internet censorship in China; Michael Hirschorn offers digital-age advice to the TV industry; Francis X. Rocca visits Franco's monastery; and much more.
Using militias and marketing strategies, Christianity and Islam are competing for believers by promising Nigerians prosperity in this world as well as salvation in the next. A report from the front lines [Web only: Slideshow: "A struggle for souls and survival"]
Interviews: Eliza Griswold, author of "God's Country," talks about the forces driving religious conflict in Nigeria and what the rivalry between Christians and Muslims could mean for Africa's most populous country.
Our secular future
The subprime crisis is just the tip of the iceberg. Fundamental changes in American life may turn today’s McMansions into tomorrow’s tenements.
America’s evangelicals are growing more moderate—and more powerful.
Playing for all the marbles; the color of money; a slushier Iditarod; China's torch song
Judging politicians by their covers; the irrational goalie; looking death in the eye
The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about the prospects for democracy around the world.
America’s aging and congested road, rail, and air networks are threatening its economic health.
Modernism's western rebirth
How a pushy, Type A mother stopped reading Jonathan Kozol and learned to love the public schools
A newly reissued novel evokes the charms and hatreds of a lost world—and the enduring contradictions of anti-Semitism.
A guide to additional releases: a prodigy's rise and fall; Gordimer's and Coetzee's latest fiction; Chicago's greatest brothel
Three Tuscan recipes to welcome spring
TV can avoid the music industry’s fate and survive the digital age, but only by beating the Internet at its own game.
Baby making; turn off the phone!