Choosing Words over Bullets
The grassroots efforts of citizens to build interfaith communities is a social good that helps to hold our nation together. By R. Gustav Niebuhr
Echoes of a Legendary Queen
Contemporary women writers in Arabic and English have drawn on the Queen of Sheba to comment on national identity, gender, and race. By Wafaa Abdulaali
The Soul Has No Gender
Too many LGBT youth find themselves without the support of their friends, families, schools, and faith communities, which leads to an increased risk of mental and physical health problems. By Cheryl A. Giles
Why Study Religion in the Twenty-first Century?
There is a constantly growing need for religious studies to contribute to the public world of contemporary life and practice. By William A. Graham
The Pen Is Mightier
Sexism is still rampant in reviews and responses to women’s writing (especially discussions of religion), but we can counter this bias. By Sarah Sentilles
Signs from Field, Forest, and Stream
There is a contradiction between what evangelical Christians say about nature in public and their private spiritual practices. By Brett Grainger
Life for a Life?
Righteous anger in the cause of justice is a natural response, but it proves to be ineffective and even dangerous. By Dudley C. Rose
Privileged members of academia need to go further to challenge the structures that support prejudice and domination. By Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
In Praise of Inadequate Gifts
Condolence cards and quiet gestures of support provide an unlikely counterweight to violence and mortality. By Tarn Wilson
A Cringe-worthy Depiction of Africa
The Book of Mormon fosters stereotypes of Ugandans. By Max Perry Mueller
The Meaning of a Saint
Vrajaprana’s Interpreting Ramakrishna: Kali’s Child Revisited. By Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
For the People
Sari Nusseibeh’s What Is a Palestinian State Worth? By Jeffrey Johnson
No Salvation from Angst
Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot: A Novel. By Mara Willard
Way, Truth, and Life in Art
Lech Majewski’s film, The Mill & the Cross. By Mary M. Anderson
Groanings Too Deep for Words
Paul’s Blinding of Elymas
By Tania Runyan
By Richie Hofmann
By Emily Leithauser
By Nate Klug
Each Person, Each Day
A central theme in this issue is that silence is not an option if we are to act with moral integrity on issues of urgent concern. By Wendy McDowell
A Look Back
An excerpt from a 1977 Q&A with Jane I. Smith, included in the Bulletin in honor of her 2012 retirement from Harvard Divinity School.
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