Summer/Autumn 2016 (Vol. 44, Nos. 3 & 4)

Summer Autumn 2016 cover


Rethinking the Sacred by Ingrid Norton


Growing into Faith by Robert Israel
How the organic, homespun nurturance of the author’s Jewish faith imbued in him a sense of awe.
From Silence to Light by Lina Feuerstein
A daughter’s spiritual awakening enables her to give words to the silent sufferings of her family.
On Habit by Michelle C. Sanchez
The habit of playing music for church turns out to be the most important healing practice during a difficult year.
Trump and the Pope: ‘I’ vs. ‘We’ Visions E. J. Dionne and Catherine Brekus
The 2016 presidential race highlights a deep split in the American psyche between communitarian and individualistic impulses.


Secular Death by Amy Hollywood
For those who are no longer Christian, might writing and reading difficult literature be a training ground for approaching the agonies of loss?
Mourning the Unknowable by Meghan Guidry
Knut Hamsun’s novel Hunger helps a young woman grapple with her memories of a mother who was in the world but not of it.
Sci-fi as a Queer Genre by Taj M. Smith
By revealing alternate worlds, science fiction can unsettle what we know to make room for what’s possible.
Bertha Mason is Sacred by Vanessa Zoltan
After feeling disillusioned by the injustices done to Jane Eyre’s madwoman in the attic, a reverant reader finds greater blessings on the other side of betrayal.
The Grace of the Lord Jesus be With All by Brad R. Braxton
A pilgrimage to the Gambia and a visitation by his ancestors led this African American minister to a greater appreciation of other religious traditions.

In Review

Religious Rewriting, Sacred Storytelling by Courtney Sender
Mary Rakow’s This Is Why I Came is both satisfying and troubling to this Jewish reader.
Nostalgia Awakens by Robert Hensley-King
Star Wars: The Force Awakens anticipates and addresses the concerns of a nostalgic audience.
Church-State Confusion Persists by David D. Hall
The Myth of American Religious Freedom, by David Sehat, reveals the long struggle in U.S. history over how to preserve or disentangle the religious and the secular.
Connecting Word and Flesh by Eloise Blondiau
An interview with with Mayra Rivera on her book Poetics of the Flesh.


Two Poems by León Felipe
translated from the Spanish by Walter Smelt
Two Poems by Saar Yachin
translated from the Hebrew by Alexandra Zelman-Doring

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