Winter/Spring 2014 (Vol. 42, Nos. 1 & 2)

Winter/Spring 2014 (Vol. 42, Nos. 1 & 2)

Perspective:
The Poetry of Pragmatism by Wendy McDowell

Dialogue:
Can We Talk (about Animal Rights)? by Roger S. Gottlieb
We tend to hold strong, opposing moral intuitions on animal rights issues, but perhaps we can agree on areas to make partial improvements.
Egypt: Notes from the Ground by Ahmed Ragab
What led to the dramatic changes in Egypt in 2013, and how should these events be characterized?
I'm with Jack by Michele Madigan Somerville
As a person with autism, the author's son has experienced tzedakah (giving) both as beneficiary and as benefactor.
Children First by T. Robinson Ahlstrom
To focus effectively on children's needs, community development efforts need to be tenderhearted but tough-minded.

Featured:
A Muslim's Search for Meaning by Zain Abdullah
The author starts from his own narrative to explore what it means to be part of a community (ummah) that engages the Qur'an as a living text.
Harvesting Souls for Christ by Judith Casselberry
Black Pentecostal women’s altar work is physical and spiritual labor that yields individual and communal rewards.
A Picture Worth a Thousand Tears by Jonathan R. Herman
This story of an extended family reunited decades after
a tragic separation frames the larger story of a world still struggling with the memory of the Holocaust.
Reflections on Pope Francis by Francis Schüssler Fiorenza
Pope Francis has already set a very different tone, but do these differences in lifestyle and message signal a significant transformation within the Roman Catholic Church?

In Review:
Religion in the Age of Kant and Bacteria by Suzanne Smith
Two books on the Axial Age: Robert N. Bellah’s Religion in Human Evolution and The Axial Age and Its Consequences, edited by Robert N. Bellah and Hans Joas
Poetry and Opacity by Michael Jackson
Adrie Kusserow's latest volume of poetry, Refuge
What Is "Health"? by Tamara Mann
Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor's The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less
A Biblical Theology Illuminated by Daniel Ross Goodman
Gatsby: The Cinematic Illumination of a Biblical Theology

Poetry:
Three Poems by Bijan Jalali; translated from the Persian by Hamed Kashani and Gary Gach
Echo by Frannie Lindsay

See also: Past Issue