Category: Winter/Spring 2014

I’m with Jack

As a person with autism, the author’s son has experienced tzedakah (giving) both as beneficiary and as benefactor.

Religion in the Age of Kant and Bacteria

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. By Suzanne Smith

A Picture Worth a Thousand Tears

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. By Jonathan R. Herman

Children First

To focus effectively on children’s needs, community development efforts need to be tenderhearted but tough-minded. By T. Robinson Ahlstrom

Harvesting Souls

Black Pentecostal women’s altar work is physical and spiritual labor that yields individual and communal rewards. By Judith Casselberry

What Is “Health”?

Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor’s The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less. By Tamara Mann

The Poetry of Pragmatism

The authors address issues, events, and groups about which we often find ourselves unable to dialogue—because acts of violence or deprivation can render us speechless, slip us into denial, or drive us into opposing camps. By Wendy McDowell

A Muslim’s Search for Meaning

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. By Zain Abdullah

Can We Talk (about Animal Rights)?

We tend to hold strong, opposing moral intuitions on animal rights issues, but perhaps we can agree on areas to make partial improvements. By Roger S. Gottlieb


Poetry by Frannie Lindsay

Reflections on Pope Francis

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? By Francis Schüssler Fiorenza