Last week people who care about books and portrayals of faith in them gathered in Michigan to listen to some of today’s top authors, whose books wouldn’t be labeled “religion,” but who nonetheless treat its timeless themes in their writing. This bounty is only offered every other year, and fans of the Festival of Faith and Writing, held at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, look forward to it eagerly, not only for the chance to hear authors speak, but also for the opportunity to gather with others who share their passion for books and expressions of faith in them. The scaffold of beliefs—whether religious or antireligious--that underlies the human experience yields richness to which authors will always return, no matter how attitudes toward religion may evolve.