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Moses / Jesus / Women: Does the New Testament Offer a Feminist Message?

Moses / Jesus / Women: Does the New Testament Offer a Feminist Message? – Critical Essay Esther Fuchs Reading Jesus as a feminist perpetuates anti-Judaic traditions in Christian theology. In this paper I seek to delineate the general outlines of the role of women in the scriptural narratives of Moses and Jesus. Moses and Jesus […]

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Communities and Enclaves: Where Jews, Christians, Hindus, and Muslims Share the Neighborhoods

Communities and Enclaves: Where Jews, Christians, Hindus, and Muslims Share the Neighborhoods Lowell W. Livezey An afternoon walk along Devon Avenue on Chicago’s Far North Side gives one a tangible sense of that abstract concept “social diversity.” Devon offers a glimpse of the neighborhoods that make up the community areas of Rogers Park and West […]

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Auteur! Auteur!

Auteur! Auteur! Peter Heinegg AUTEUR! AUTEUR! Joseph Cunneen Robert Bresson: A Spiritual Style in Film New York: 2003. 200pp. $29.95 (cloth). As the Sixties rolled in, not the least of the revolutionary cultural forces crashing onto American shores was the remarkable collection of French filmmakers known as La Nouvelle Vague, with the still-familiar names of […]

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The new religious map of Latin America: causes and social effects

The new religious map of Latin America: causes and social effects Jean-Pierre Bastian The end of Catholic monopoly and religious diversification in Latin America are the necessary conditions for religious modernity. Dozens of different religious groups are emerging in every country in Latin America, an unprecedented development after five centuries of Catholic monopoly. The religious […]

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Reading the Gospel of Thomas as a ChristZen Text

The Circle of the Way: Reading the Gospel of Thomas as a ChristZen Text Kenneth Arnold The Christian Gospel of Thomas is a wisdom text, a collection of sayings in which a fictive Jesus instructs his followers (and readers like us) in a new way of living. The sayings are a means for the transformation […]

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Structures of Sin

Structures of Sin – Critical Essay Kenneth Arnold In his new book, Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit, Garry Wills argues that the Roman Catholic Church has consistently subordinated truth “to ecclesiastical tactics.” Thus, “even as bright and devout a man as Pope Paul VI could endorse a truly perverse teaching on contraception — one rejected […]

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Vietnamese Buddhism in the 1990s

Vietnamese Buddhism in the 1990s Robert Topmiller Engaged Buddhism is a source of liberation for Vietnam. Since July 1996, I have made three research trips to Vietnam to examine the 1960s Buddhist movement. In the process, I have discovered the great diversity, vitality and strength of Vietnamese Buddhism, despite the oppression it has suffered from […]

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Driving while faculty: the religion of innocent domination in America

Driving while faculty: the religion of innocent domination in America Jon Pahl It is a hard conundrum … [this] liberty of the Christian…. It is tricky even in the exquisite analyses of Thomas Aquinas. In Protestantism it has always taken the form of paradox. As Luther put it, the Christian is master of all, the […]

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Womanist theology, epistemology, and a new anthropological paradigm

Womanist theology, epistemology, and a new anthropological paradigm Linda E. Thomas Womanist theologians can bring the experience and knowledge of the marginalized to the center by standing aside to let the community speak for itself. Womanist theology is an emergent voice of African American Christian women in the United States. Employing Alice Walker’s definition of […]

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William James, religion, and spiritual transformation

Definitions and hypotheses: William James, religion, and spiritual transformation Christopher Stawski For two years, I have been working with the Spiritual Transformation Scientific Research Program (STP), a novel research initiative, inspired by the work of William James’s Varieties of Religious Experience and hosted by the Metanexus Institute on Religion and Science. The STP seeks “rigorous […]