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Winter/Spring 2011
Remapping World Religions


The Moral Imagination of Wilfred Cantwell Smith

For this contentious thinker, studying religion is an art which involves a community of both practitioners and scholars. By Donald K. Swearer

The Rationalization of Suffering

Christianity and psychiatry advance opposite models of suffering, leading to complex negotiations in the lives of patients and in the wider culture. By James Davies

Christianity Becomes Unfamiliar

As Christianity’s center of gravity shifts, the emerging field of world Christianity is changing the study of world religions. By Devaka Premawardhana

Acts of Devotion

A writer’s encounter with iconography in Patmos, Greece, challenges commonly accepted ideas about artistic originality and intention. By D. Y. Béchard

Playing Jane

Separated by 150 years, the life stories of two black Mormon women reveal how believers at the margins of a faith can move the center. By Max Perry Mueller


Whence and for Whom Do We Study Religion?

Some poignant questions about the intertwining of faith communities and scholarship. By Laura S. Nasrallah

Jesus on the Border

The name of Jesus is invoked to support a range of opinions about illegal immigration. By Ananda Rose Robinson

Ground Zero and the ‘S-word’

What kind of American national identity is constructed when Ground Zero is defined as “sacred space”? By Matthew J. Cressler

Judge Not Celebrities!

Our culture’s unhealthy preoccupation with celebrities leads to condemning sins and discounting good deeds. By Cathleen Falsani

In Review


New Bridges across Old Divides

Ann Taves’s Religious Experience Reconsidered: A Building-Block Approach to the Study of Religion and Other Special Things. By Scott Appleby


An Anemic ‘American Way’

Thomas S. Kidd’s God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution. By David D. Hall


Patterns from Particularities

Jean DeBernardi’s The Way That Lives in the Heart: Chinese Popular Religion and Spirit Mediums in Penang, Malaysia and Leor Halevi’s Muhammad’s Grave: Death Rites and the Making of Islamic Society. By Steven P. Hopkins

Books | Film

Ash and Breath: Christ on ‘The Road’

A Christological reading of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and the film based on it. By Charles M. Stang


Memory Room

By Davide Trame

to the house sparrows, dispossessed

By Gwendolyn Jensen


Cherishing Our Strangeness

Confronting our definitions is not merely an intellectual exercise—it can alter the way we see the world and ourselves in it, shaking and sometimes even ending our faith. By Wendy McDowell


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