Brian Bethune

Maclean's Senior writer

Brian Bethune writes about ideas, books and the book trade, and religion, but what really interests him is why people believe what they believe.

Shrapnel bursts over a reserve trench in Canadian lines during the Battle of the Somme, France in 1916.       W.I. Castle/Library and Archives Canada
A Missionaries of Charity nun holds a photo of Mother Teresa in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican during a jubilee audience for workers and volunteers of mercy led by Pope Francis, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. The square hosts a ceremony Sunday expected to draw hundreds of thousands of admirers of Mother Teresa, a nun who before her death in 1997, cared for the destitute who were dying in the streets of India. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)