A religious biography of a famous agnostic? That's what D. G. Hart has written in Damning Words: The Life and Religious Times of H. L. Mencken. Despite Mencken's fierce criticism of American Christianity, Hart argues that Mencken wouldn't be Mencken without Christianity. It was Christianity that largely framed his ideas, career, and fame, making the relationship between Mencken and the faith he criticized both antagonistic and symbiotic. Darryl Hart is professor of history at Hillsdale College and author or editor of more than twenty books on American religion. Damning Words is the newest volume in the Library of Religious Biography series from Eerdmans.