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Winter/Spring 2010


Spiritual but Not Religious

Many moderns tend to presume practicing religion risks making one less spiritual, but sophisticated writings by medieval monastics suggest that traditions, texts, and rituals provide the very means for engendering a spiritual like. By Amy Hollywood

Inside Outside

A New Yorker from India who “hunts down” prayer rooms in airports reflects on the existential situation of travelers. By Shahnaz Habib

Theorizing Closer to Home

The primal fault in social and religious theory can be overcome if scholars restore the people of their inquiries to their real lives and environments. By Robert A. Orsi

Cities, Climate Change, and Christianity

The Christian practice of “kenosis” (self-emptying) suggests a way of understanding and living that is urgently needed in our time of environmental and financial chaos. By Sallie McFague

The House off Straight Street

[Not available online] Damascus, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, is teeming with microsocieties and with religious diversity. By Stephanie Saldaña


Pope Benedict, Disaffected Anglicans, and Holocaust-Denying Bishops

There is a link between the recent invitation to accommodate Anglicans into the Roman Catholic Church and Pope Benedict’s rehabilitation of schismatic bishops. By Kevin Madigan

Churches Embrace New Social Media

Churches should see social media tools as a way to reinvent spiritual practice altogether. By Paul Lamb

Lonesomeness Explored

Lonesomeness, if cultivated, can provide for the healing of our loneliness. By Kevin Lewis

Young, Hip, and Muslim

Muslim youth are taking the lead in articulating a distinctively American Islam. By Jane I. Smith

In Review


Leaning toward Enlightenment

Shinjo Ito’s artworks are both beautiful and powerful works of art and profoundly religious images. By Margaret R. Miles

Required Reading

Border Crossings

Three books about Muslim travelers. By Emran Qureshi


A Localist Worldview

Robert Wuthnow’s Boundless Faith. By Elizabeth Parsons


The Dynamics of God

Robert Wright’s The Evolution of God. By Kathryn Joyce


Balqis’s Sorrows

By Bushra Al-Bustani, translated from the Arabic by Wafaa Abdulaali

Two Poems

Hoist-points for the Promised Power


By Kevin Goodan


Searching for Balance

A way of life that embraces harmony requires resolve, reassessment, and an imaginative way of seeing. By Kathryn Dodgson


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