Category: Winter/Spring 2013

Defining Our Humanity

If we are honest about our own emotions, we are likely weeping the tears of Aristotle’s catharsis, which are worth next to nothing if, through their shedding, they—and we—effect no change. By Kit Dodgson

Doubting Thomas, Restaged

An insightful reading of “the Thomas of the text” as Jesus’s “twin” suggests that the cult film Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a faithful retelling of the Gospel narrative. By Charles M. Stang

Visiting the Void

Many recovery workers periodically return to Ground Zero as a way of reconnecting with the values they experienced there. By Kate Yanina DeConinck

The Road of Excess

Most young people who party want to live moments of communion, intensity, and freedom, and to carry these moments into the future. By Sébastien Tutenges

Risky Invocations?

State-sanctioned religious beliefs and activities will only bring conflict in a religiously diverse United States. By Anthony J. Minna

Exposing the Fine Lines

A review of Susie Linfield’s The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence. By Chris Herlinger

The Fog of Religious Conflict

Eleven reflections on religious and ethnic conflict, drawing on the author’s formative experience living through the Troubles in Northern Ireland. By David N. Hempton

Exotic Ordinary

Action and passion coexist in this portrait of one spirit medium in Madagascar, evoking complex philosophical questions. By Michael Lambek

The Ethics of Representing Disaster

Marta’s story from the Talmud stands within a long history of representing crisis through womanhood, in which visual and textual images of women’s bodies become icons of disaster. By Julia Watts Belser

What Broken Souls Can Teach

A review of Julia Lieblich and Esad Boškailo’s Wounded I Am More Awake: Finding Meaning after Terror. By Will Joyner

Dying Well

We need to find better words and metaphors to cope with the reality of death. By Tamara Mann