Autumn 2007 issue cover

Autumn 2007


Living Walls

There are many Muslims who work to resolve conflict, build peace, and encourage reconciliation and interfaith dialogue. But you won’t usually find them employed by NGOs. By S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana

Only a Mother’s Love

Working with street children, from Argentina to New York City, it becomes clear that thoughts on motherly love are a route away from violence. By Kurt Shaw

From Periphery to Center

The growing influence of Pentecostalism in Africa is enhancing a debate about authenticity and legitimation, and is transforming secular states. By Simeon O. Ilesanmi

Kidnapped in Iraq

For a peace worker from the United States, the Christian injunction “love thy enemy” is put to a terrifying test. By Will Van Wagenen

On Africa, a Need for Nuance

Culture and religion are not radically distinct categories in African traditional societies: a response to Simeon Ilesanmi. By Jacob Olupona

White Hats and Black Hats

A documentary filmmaker who deals with religion searches for humanity behind the symbols. By Alex Kronemer


A Different Model of Peacemaking

Religious diplomacy must be based on evidence of care. By Marc Gopin

Praying in Ethiopia

An American priest’s surprising experience in Ethiopia. By Malcolm C. Young

Quiet No Longer

Despite their peacemaking tradition, Mennonites in the United States shy from trying to influence the state. By Lisa Schirch

Teach the Text in Contexts

In Jewish-Christian relations, improvement due to new scholarship is imperiled by old dangers. By Jon D. Levenson

Post-Katrina Theology

Making theological sense out of post-Katrina failures is difficult, necessary work. By Paula Smith

In Review

Shelf Life

The Whole Home Is Lifted

James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. By Kimberley Patton

Required Reading

A Double-Edged Dilemma

The odd dilemma of religion and nationalism. By David Little


Liberal Ambivalence Is Necessary

Christopher Hitchens’s God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. By Todd Shy


The Clueless Factor

Stephen Prothero’s Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know and Doesn’t. By Sharon Goldman


The Goat Mask

By Jeff Hoffman


By Kate Farrell

Two Poems

The Conversion of Iceland

A Call

By Sarah Brownsberger


Recommitting to Principles of Peace

Can these universal ideals counter communal hatred, inspire nonviolent resolution to conflict, and empower people to persevere in struggles for peace? By Donald K. Swearer


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