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A Muslim’s Search for Meaning

The author starts from his own narrative to explore what it means to be part of a community (ummah) that engages the Qur’an as a living text. By Zain Abdullah

Winter/Spring 2014


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Harvesting Souls for Christ

Black Pentecostal women’s altar work is physical and spiritual labor that yields individual and communal rewards. By Judith Casselberry

A Picture Worth a Thousand Tears

This story of an extended family reunited decades after a tragic separation frames the larger story of a world still struggling with the memory of the Holocaust. By Jonathan R. Herman

Reflections on Pope Francis

Pope Francis has already set a very different tone, but do these differences in lifestyle and message signal a significant transformation within the Roman Catholic Church? By Francis Schüssler Fiorenza


Can We Talk (about Animal Rights)?

We tend to hold strong, opposing moral intuitions on animal rights issues, but perhaps we can agree on areas to make partial improvements. By Roger S. Gottlieb

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Egypt: Notes from the Ground

What led to the dramatic changes in Egypt in 2013, and how should these events be characterized? By Ahmed Ragab

I’m with Jack

As a person with autism, the author’s son has experienced tzedakah (giving) both as beneficiary and as benefactor. By Michele Madigan Somerville

Children in a refugee camp schoolroom in Africa, some at desks some on the dirt floor

Children First

To focus effectively on children’s needs, community development efforts need to be tenderhearted but tough-minded. By T. Robinson Ahlstrom

In Review


Religion in the Age of Kant and Bacteria

Two books on the Axial Age: Robert N. Bellah’s Religion in Human Evolution and The Axial Age and Its Consequences, edited by Robert N. Bellah and Hans Joas. By Suzanne Smith


Poetry and Opacity

Adrie Kusserow’s latest volume of poetry, Refuge. By Michael Jackson


What Is “Health”?

Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor’s The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less. By Tamara Mann


A Biblical Theology Illuminated

Gatsby: The Cinematic Illumination of a Biblical Theology. By Daniel Ross Goodman



By Frannie Lindsay

Three Poems

By Bijan Jalali; translated from the Persian by Hamed Kashani and Gary Gach


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The Poetry of Pragmatism

The authors address issues, events, and groups about which we often find ourselves unable to dialogue—because acts of violence or deprivation can render us speechless, slip us into denial, or drive us into opposing camps. By Wendy McDowell


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