Spring 2008 issue cover

Spring 2008



Reverence is a kind of awe, and awe is a kind of humility. In that way, reverence is the great corrective to a tendency of belief to warp, to contract, and to harden. By Marilynne Robinson

Rooted in Humanity, Extended to Heaven

Many of the best new ideas emerge from consideration of the questions others have posed long ago, living in diverse landscapes fraught with tension, disagreement, and uncertainty. By Tu Weiming

Living under the Fallen Sky

What talk of God, what theology, is possible if you love science, if you count on it, if you study in the world of basic medical research? By Laurie Zoloth


Jerusalem, 1971: An artist’s passions and compulsions show that the light is, indeed, near the darkness. By Henry Greenspan

One Irish Poet’s Way: A Portfolio

Accompanying four of his poems, an interview with the poet John F. Deane. By Wendy McDowell


Renovating a Jewish-Muslim Bridge

Muslims offer a letter of reconciliation to Jews. By Edward Kessler

Christianity’s New Guises in China

Christianity takes on new guises in China. By Sunny Lee

Women Only?

Shades of intention and effect in Harvard’s gym-hours controversy. By Andrea Useem

Fertility Factors

Reconsidering halakhah in a range of fertility issues. By Ronit Irshai

In Review

Required Reading

A Hollow Agnosticism

Bart D. Ehrman’s God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question—Why We Suffer. By Chris Hedges

Shelf Life

Climbing Jacob’s Ladder

Arthur O. Lovejoy’s The Great Chain of Being: A Study of the History of an Idea. By Christopher Queen

Required Viewing

With Agassiz, Darwin, and God in a Collection’s Inner Sanctum

Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. By Peter Bebergal


The Tip of an Ideological Iceberg

Demographic Winter: The Decline of the Human Family. By Kathryn Joyce


Three Poems

Seawater, and Ours a Bed above It



By Katie Ford

Wild Turkeys of the Northeast

By Andrew McCarron

Four Poems

Words of the Unknown Soldier


Eye of the Hare

Still Life

Four poems by, and an interview with, John F. Deane


Dancing Together in Uncertainty

We live in vibrant possibility as virtual nomads. We carry with us a vocabulary rich in lingual diversity; yet it is in our temporal existence where limitations are revealed, especially in moral dialectics. By Brin Stevens

A Look Back

To Speak About God

An excerpt from the Convocation Address Krister Stendahl delivered in September 1984.


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