Winter/Spring 2011 (Vol. 39, Nos. 1 & 2)

Winter Spring 2011

Perspective:
Cherishing Our Strangeness by Wendy McDowell

Dialogue:
Whence and for Whom Do We Study Religion? by Laura S. Nasrallah
Some poignant questions about the intertwining of faith communities and scholarship.
Ground Zero and the 'S-word' by Matthew J. Cressler
What kind of American national identity is constructed when Ground Zero is defined as "sacred space"?
Judge Not Celebrities! by Cathleen Falsani
Our culture's unhealthy preoccupation with celebrities leads to condemning sins and discounting good deeds.
Jesus on the Border by Ananda Rose Robinson
The name of Jesus is invoked to support a range of opinions about illegal immigration.

Featured:
The Moral Imagination of Wilfred Cantwell Smith by Donald K. Swearer
For this contentious thinker, studying religion is an art which involves a community of both practitioners and scholars.
Christianity Becomes Unfamiliar by Devaka Premawardhana
As Christianity's center of gravity shifts, the emerging field of world Christianity is changing the study of world religions.
Playing Jane by Max Perry Mueller
Separated by 150 years, the life stories of two black Mormon women reveal how believers at the margins of a faith can move the center.
The Rationalization of Suffering by James Davies
Christianity and psychiatry advance opposite models of suffering, leading to complex negotiations in the lives of patients and in the wider culture.
Acts of Devotion by D. Y. Béchard
A writer's encounter with iconography in Patmos, Greece, challenges commonly accepted ideas about artistic originality and intention.

In Review:
New Bridges across Old Divides by Scott Appleby
Ann Taves's Religious Experience Reconsidered: A Building-Block Approach to the Study of Religion and Other Special Things.
Patterns from Particularities by Steven P. Hopkins
Jean DeBernardi's The Way That Lives in the Heart: Chinese Popular Religion and Spirit Mediums in Penang, Malaysia and Leor Halevi's Muhammad's Grave: Death Rites and the Making of Islamic Society.
Ash and Breath: Christ on 'The Road' by Charles M. Stang
A Christological reading of Cormac McCarthy's The Road and the film based on it.
An Anemic 'American Way' by David D. Hall
Thomas S. Kidd's God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution.

Poetry:
Memory Room by Davide Trame
to the house sparrows, dispossessed by Gwendolyn Jensen

See also: Past Issue