Autumn 2006 issue cover

Autumn 2006


Behind the Intellectual Lines

The political atmosphere in Iran is making it increasingly difficult for the country’s scholars to balance their piety and their academic work. An American visitors reports. By Ronald F. Thiemann

Theology of Fields

In memory, the landscapes we explored as children are the holiest places we knew. By Reginald Gibbons

Private Belief, Public Scholarship

It’s time for American academics to speak openly about their own religious commitment. By Mark U. Edwards, Jr.

Darwin and God: Then and Now

For the naturalist himself, there were no simple answers, and he never pretended that there were. By John Hedley Brooke

God Needs No Passport

Do immigrants feel they belong to a new country, to a religious community that ties them to their homeland, to both? The boundaries are more difficult to define. By Peggy Levitt


Rehabilitation of Forced Conversion?

Are faith-based initiatives in American prisons rehabilitation or forced conversion?. By Winnifred Fallers Sullivan

Testifying across the Blogosphere

A religion journalist in the blogosphere. By John D. Spalding

An Ecumenical ‘Aggiornamento’?

A time of transformation for the World Council of Churches. By Rodney L. Petersen

Living Lovingly amid Fear

In an age of constant danger, we must refuse to live in fear. By Margaret Miles

In Review


Us vs. Them vs. Us

Ann Coulter’s Godless and Madeleine Albright’s The Mighty and the Almighty. By Ann D. Braude

Shelf Life

‘Mercy within Mercy within Mercy’

Pierre de Calan’s Cosmas, or the Love of God. By James Martin, SJ


Green Religion Needs to Get Greener

A Greener Faith by Roger S. Gottleib. By David G. Hallman

Required Reading

Cross Purposes

When it comes to salvation, there is an open, ongoing Christian discussion, full of passionate claims, intellectual experiments, and pointed debate. By Matthew M. Boulton


Conduct Unbecoming, and Much Worse

Harry S. Stout’s Upon the Alter of the Nation. By Iain MacLean


Riding the Seesaw of Faith and Reason

Bill Moyers on Faith & Reason. By Will Joyner


Genesis Suite

By Kim Garcia

Three Poems

Song of a Cemetery

A Waterfall


By Ko Un [not available online]

Befana: A Bedtime Story

By David Yezzi

Three Poems

The Fist

Mozart, for Example

The Chat

By Mary Oliver [not available online]


Knowing and Unknowing

We should all regularly ponder what we don’t know, and not turn away from it. By Will Joyner


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