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Spring 2006


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

The Gentler Yin

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

Whose Judaism?

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

In Review

Shelf Life

Recalled to Life

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

Required Reading

Rethinking Christian Claims to Universalism

Denise Kimber Buell’s Why This New Race? Ethnic Reasoning in Early Christianity. By Karen L. King


Turning Hegel on His Side

An interview with Thomas A. Lewis. By Wendy McDowell


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



By Frannie Lindsay

Three Poems

Storefront: Botanica San Miguel

Birthday Across Parallel Universes


By Michael Lynch

In The Garden

By Michael Lynch


A Call for Readers to Join the Cause

A call to readers to aid financially in the Bulletin’s ambitious venture. By Will Joyner


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