Stuck in the past

From First Things, an essay on evangelicals and economics: Reflections of a conservative Protestant. A review of Dating Jesus: A Story of Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl by Susan Campbell. More on Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy: The Making of GKC 1874-1908 by William Oddie. The Observer profiles Benedict XVI, the less than infallible pontiff, and Sergey Brin, master of the online universe. A review of Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling by Andy Crouch. A review of Hitler’s Private Library: The Books That Shaped His Life by Timothy W. Ryback (and an interview at Bookforum). More on Beauty by Roger Scruton. Genetic surveillance for all: What if the FBI put the family of everyone who has ever been convicted or arrested into a giant DNA database? Michail Ryklin on what really motivated communism's faithful followers. From Standpoint, an article on imaginary Islamist think-tanks. Stuck in the past: Why is modern literature obsessed with history? The introduction to The Democracy Index: Why Our Election System Is Failing and How to Fix It by Heather K. Gerken. As his first feature film appears, just how seriously should we be taking Armando Iannucci, Britain's pre-eminent satirist? Is America the new Russia? Martin Wolf wants to know.