Category: Spring 2006

The Gift of Black Pentecostalism

African American Pentecostalism has a gift to offer for the renewal of the Christian church and for the healing of the nations. By Robert M. Franklin

Recalled to Life

Marie Cardinal’s The Words to Say It: An Autobiographical Novel. By Davíd Carrasco

God: Chart Topper

If you want to hear folk singing praises to God these days, no need to go to church. Just turn on a local top-40 radio station. Or the Grammys. By Ben Westhoff

Toward a New Cold War

The term “cold war” has a troubling, ironic resonance as the West and the Islamic East eye each other. By Emran Qureshi

Gospel According To . . .

While Kanye West’s hip-hop “Jesus Walks” can be considered a turning point in the history of black sacred music, the fears that it represents the wresting of the
“sacred” from the faithful are ahistorical. By Wallace Best


Poetry by Frannie Lindsay

The Revisionist History Of Benedict XVI

In his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, the new pope argues that the primary work of the Church, supported by liturgy and study of the Word, is charity. Strangely, his argument barely includes mention of women. By Phyllis Zagano

Reading Rorty as Theology

Eduardo Mendieta’s Take Care of Freedom and Truth Will Take Care of Itself: Interviews With Richard Rorty. By Todd Shy

In the Footsteps of Walter Benjamin

On September 26, 1940, philosopher and cultural critic Walter Benjamin took his own life at Banyuls-sur-mer on the French Catalonian coast, after attempting to flee across the Pyrenees. A visit there can be frustrating, but also profoundly moving. By Michael D. Jackson

Whose Judaism?

Why can’t Judaism decide whether women should finally have the same positions of authority that men do? By Jordana Gerson

Three Poems by Michael Lynch

“Storefront: Botanica San Miguel,” “Birthday Across Parallel Universes,” and “Annunciation” by Michael Lynch

The Gentler Yin

Muslim history’s rich, eloquent, peaceful “yin” side, from a Hindu perspective . By Vipan Chandra

Toward a Theology of Sound

In Santería possession performance, “divinely targeted sound,” through drums, rattles, and maracas, as well as discourse about that sound, map the experience of divine transcendence onto a human grid. By Katherine J. Hagedorn