The Ethics of Representing Disaster

Marta’s story from the Talmud stands within a long history of representing crisis through womanhood, in which visual and textual images of women’s bodies become icons of disaster. By Julia Watts Belser

Winter/Spring 2013


The Road of Excess

Most young people who party want to live moments of communion, intensity, and freedom, and to carry these moments into the future. By Sébastien Tutenges

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Exotic Ordinary

Action and passion coexist in this portrait of one spirit medium in Madagascar, evoking complex philosophical questions. By Michael Lambek

Doubting Thomas, Restaged

An insightful reading of “the Thomas of the text” as Jesus’s “twin” suggests that the cult film Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a faithful retelling of the Gospel narrative. By Charles M. Stang

The Fog of Religious Conflict

Eleven reflections on religious and ethnic conflict, drawing on the author’s formative experience living through the Troubles in Northern Ireland. By David N. Hempton


Visiting the Void

Many recovery workers periodically return to Ground Zero as a way of reconnecting with the values they experienced there. By Kate Yanina DeConinck

Dying Well

We need to find better words and metaphors to cope with the reality of death. By Tamara Mann

Risky Invocations?

State-sanctioned religious beliefs and activities will only bring conflict in a religiously diverse United States. By Anthony J. Minna

Nurturing Jewish Philanthropy

Recent financial scandals should redirect us to time-honored Jewish practices of philanthropy. By Robert Israel

Jews, Evangelicals: Analyzing the Vote

Any hoped-for “Jewish–evangelical alliance” in the 2012 election proved elusive. By Mark I. Pinsky

In Review

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Cancer Rites and the Remission Society

50/50 captures the rites and rituals of cancer patients. By Paul Stoller

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Exposing the Fine Lines

Susie Linfield’s The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence. By Chris Herlinger

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What Broken Souls Can Teach

Julia Lieblich and Esad Boškailo’s Wounded I Am More Awake: Finding Meaning after Terror. By Will Joyner


Right-Brain Religion, Left-Brain Science

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning. By Daniel Goodman


Saying Grace

By Liz Waldner

We Lost Everything

By Andrea Cohen

Two Poems

Vision of the Fear of Death

The Song of the Daysbird

By Gerard Beirne


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Defining Our Humanity

If we are honest about our own emotions, we are likely weeping the tears of Aristotle’s catharsis, which are worth next to nothing if, through their shedding, they—and we—effect no change. By Kit Dodgson

From the archive

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October-November 1987

from Toward an American Public Theology

By Ronald Thiemann





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