The Conscious Heart

By making us present to ourselves, the practices of art and of prayer can cultivate awareness of our inmost being, waking us to love and compassion. By Mary Anderson

Art and Religion Winter/Spring 2015


Religious Law and the Visual Secular

What do we mean when we say a work of Western art, especially a representation of religious law, has both “secular” and “religious” significance? By Suzanne Smith

Why ‘Brain Death’ Is Contested Ground

The Jahi McMath case illustrates the disjunction between medical definitions of bodies and the ways we constitute meaningful relationships with our family members. By Jeffrey P. Bishop

What Does Work Mean to Widows in Afghanistan?

When Western governments try to help victims of war in Kabul, neoliberal ideas of what it means to care can miss the point. By Anila Daulatzai


New Rooms in the Interfaith Movement

The problem that interfaith work should be seeking to solve is the polarization of people who orient around religion differently. By Eboo Patel

Lead, Don’t Follow on Climate Justice

The moral leadership of religious people is needed to challenge and deepen the climate justice movement. By Tim DeChristopher

Judaism’s Gifts to Climate Activism

Jewish traditions bring unique teachings and values to interfaith climate activism. By Shoshana Meira Friedman

Red Flags for American Jews?

A 2013 Pew report points to ways Judaism can be made relevant for a growing number of nontraditional American Jews. By Robert Israel

In Review

Books and Art

Artists Make Good Theologians

Longing for Mary and for the unsayable in the poetry of Mary Szybist and the art of Hayley Barker. By Sarah Sentilles


Islamic Education and the Body

The Walking Qur’an: Islamic Education, Embodied Knowledge, and History in West Africa, by Rudolph T. Ware III. By Ousmane Oumar Kane


Performing World Missions in 1911

Erin L. Hasinoff’s Faith in Objects: American Missionary Expositions in the Early Twentieth Century. By Dana L. Robert

Shelf Life

Narrative Wounds and Livable Fictions

Bearing witness and fixing blame in Russell Banks’s novel The Sweet Hereafter. By Matthew Potts


Ronald Dworkin’s Onto-Theology

The onto-theological drive in Ronald Dworkin’s final book, Religion without God. By Ronald E. Osborn


The Kegon Falls

By Paula Bohince

A Mother Dressing Her Son in a Kimono

By Paula Bohince

Death Pose

By Wesley Rothman


Cover of the Winter/Spring 2015 issue

An Encounter with a Painting

My dialogue with An Encounter at a Well over the course of a couple of years ended up challenging, loosening, and undoing assumptions I didn’t realize I held. By Wendy McDowell


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