The Religion & Culture Web Forum


**Update to May 2013 Forum: Benjamin Kaplan (University College London) has provided a response to both Dr. Gillespie and the respondents.

June 2013
Spirituality and Healing 

by Roger S. Gottlieb (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

With invited responses by:

Christopher Chapple (Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles); and
Stephanie Kaza (University of Vermont).

An invited responses is forthcoming from:

Eva Kittay (Stony Brook University).

"Spirituality and Healing" is Chapter 8 of Roger S. Gottlieb's book, Spirituality: What It Is and Why it Matters?, © Oxford University Press, 2012.  Oxford has kindly granted permission for the use of the chapter in this forum.

May 2013
The Anti-Trinitarian Origins of Liberalism

by Michael Allen Gillespie (Duke University)

With invited responses by:

Bruce Gordon (Yale University);  
Evan Haefeli
 (Columbia University);
Graeme Murdock
 (Trinity College Dublin); and
Eugene Webb (University of Washington).

Read an answer to the respondents by Prof. Gillespie. 

**New (June 24, 2013): Benjamin Kaplan (University College London) has provided a response to both Dr. Gillespie and the respondents.

April 2013
Adopting the Fetish: War Memory and Uncanny Kinship in Modern Japan
by Ellen Schattschneider  (Brandeis University)

With invited responses by:
Stephan Feuchtwang (London School of Economics);
Robert A. Paul (Emory University).

**Click here to see the images referred to in the paper.**

March 2013
The Macondoization of the World: Global Environmental Governance and Christian Ethics
by Noah Toly (Wheaton CollegeMartin Marty Center Senior Fellow)

With invited responses by:
Roger S. Gottlieb (Worcester Polytechnic Institute); and
Willis Jenkins (Yale University); and
Sallie McFague (Vancouver School of Theology).

February 2013
Under the Sign of the Cross in the Kingdom of Kongo: Religious Conversion and Visual Correlation in Early Modern Central Africa

by Cécile Fromont (University of Chicago)

With invited responses by:
John Thornton (Boston University); and
Robert Young (New York University).

The article by Cécile Fromont was previously published by Peabody Museum Press: Copyright © by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. Originally printed in Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, Issue 59/60, Spring/Autumn 2011 (pp. 109–123). All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced without permission of the Peabody Museum Press.

January 2013
Medicalized Death as a Modus Vivendi 
by Michelle Harrington (University of Chicago)

With invited responses by:
Lydia Dugdale (Yale University);
Autumn Alcott Ridenour (Boston College); and
Jeffrey Bishop (Saint Louis University).

December 2012 
"My Homosexuality Is Getting Worse Every Day": Norman Vincent Peale, Psychiatry, and the Liberal Protestant Response to Same-Sex Desires in Mid-Twentieth Century America

by Rebecca Davis (University of Delaware)

Read the essay (excerpt) and the related talk.

With invited responses by:
Amy DeRogatis (Michigan State);
Kathryn Lofton
 (Yale University); and  
Heather White (New College of Florida).

The excerpt is from "'My Homosexuality Is Getting Worse Every Day': Norman Vincent Peale, Psychiatry, and the Liberal Protestant Response to Same-Sex Desires in Mid-Twentieth Century America" by Rebecca L. Davis in AMERICAN CHRISTIANITIES: A HISTORY OF DOMINANCE AND DIVERSITY edited by Catherine A. Brekus and W. Clark Gilpin. Copyright © 2011 by the University of North Carolina Press. Used by permission of the publisher. 

November 2012
Pussy Riot, the Media, and Church-State Relations in Russia Today 
by Katja Richters (University of Erfurt)

With invited responses by:
Bryce E. Rich (University of Chicago); and
Catherine Wanner (Penn State University).

October 2012 
"Culture" and "Religion": Immigration, Islams and Race in 1970s Paris 
by Naomi Davidson (University of Ottawa)

With invited responses by:
M. Christian Green (Emory University);
M.J.M. (Marcel) Maussen
 (University of Amsterdam); and  
Tara Zahra
 (University of Chicago).

The chapter featured in this month's web forum is from Davidson's book, Only Muslim: Embodying Islam in Twentieth-Century France, copyrighted by Cornell University Press.  It may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without permission in writing from Cornell University Press.

The notes to the chapter are available here.

September 2012
Discursive Formation around "Shinto" in Colonial Korea
by Isomae Jun'ichi (International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto)

With invited responses by
Galen Amstutz (Institute of Buddhist Studies);
Klaus Antoni (University of Tübingen);
Frederick R. Dickinson (University of Pennsylvania);
Chul Kim (Yonsei University, Seoul); 
Naoki Sakai (Cornell University); and
Peichen Wu (National ChengChi University, Taiwan).

July 2012
"Give me back my children!" Traumatic Reenactment and Tenuous Democratic Public Spheres
by Mark Auslander (Central Washington University)

With invited responses by:
John Howell (University of Chicago); and
Edward Linenthal (Indiana University).

June 2012
Month without the Gods: Shinto and Authority in Early Modern Japan
by Yijiang Zhong (Asia Research Institute; National University of Singapore)

With invited responses by:
Isomae Jun'ichi (International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto);
Trent E. Maxey
 (Amherst College);
Cameron Penwell (University of Chicago); 
Mark Teeuwen
 (Oslo University); and 
Sarah Thal (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

May 2012
Up, Over, Through: Rethinking "Conversion" as a Category of Hindu-Christian Studies
by Reid B. Locklin (St. Michael's College, University of Toronto)

With invited responses by:
Chad Bauman (Butler University);
Roselle Gonsalves (University of Calgary);
Jeffery Long (Elizabethtown College);
Anantanand Rambachan (St. Olaf College). 

April 2012
Three Lights on the Queen’s Face: On Mixing, Muddle, and Mêlée
by Larisa Jasarevic (University of Chicago)

With invited responses by:
Azra Hromadzic (Syracuse University);
Ivana Maček (Uppsala University, Sweden);
Adeline Masquelier (Tulane University); and
Peter J. Pels (Leiden University). 

March 2012
"How Could Their Food Not Be Impure?" Jewish Food and the Definition of Christianity
by David M. Freidenreich (Colby College)

With invited responses by:
Anna Sapir Abulafia (Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge);
Alexandra Cuffel
 (Käte Hamburger Kolleg for the Dynamics in the History of Relgions, Ruhr-Universität, Bochum);
Andrew Jacobs (Scripps College);
Sara Lipton
 (SUNY Stony Brook);
Daniel Sack
 (National Endowment for the Humanities); and
Erika Tritle (University of Chicago Divinity School).

*Notes to the chapter are available here.

**This excerpt from Foreigners and their Food: Constructing Otherness in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Law is presented with the kind permission of the University of California Press. 

February 2012
Voices of Despair and Gestures of Grief in Rituals of Mourning and Italian Marian Laments in the late Middle Ages
by Emanuela Zanotti Carney (University of Illinois—Chicago)
With invited responses by:
Gail Holst-Warhaft (Cornell University; Comparative Literature);
Maggie Fritz-Morkin (University of Chicago, Romance Languages and Literatures); and
Laura Saetveit Miles (University of Michigan; English Literature). 

January 2012
Drought: Confronting Vulnerability
Jonathan Wyn Schofer (Harvard Divinity School, Comparative Ethics)
With invited responses by:
Julia Watts Belser (Missouri State University; Harvard Divinity School, Religious Studies and Jewish Studies);
Diana Cates (University of Iowa, Religious Ethics);
Julie Cooper (University of Chicago, Political Science); and
Thomas A. Lewis (Brown University, Religious Studies). 

**"Drought" is reprinted with permission from Confronting Vulnerability: The Body and the Divine in Rabbinic Ethics, by Jonathan Wyn Schofer, published by the University of Chicago Press. © 2011 University of Chicago Press. All rights reserved.

December 2011
Whose Lion Is It, Anyway? Rescuing the Chronicles of Narnia from the Christian Academy
by Emanuelle Burton (University of Chicago; Martin Marty Center Dissertation Fellow)
With invited responses by:
Robert Boenig (Texas A&M University; English);
Wesley A. Kort (Duke University; Religion);
Thomas Schmidt (University of Chicago; Religion and Literature);
and Naomi Wood (Kansas State University; English).

November 2011
Freud's Theory of Jewishness: For Better and For Worse
by Eliza Slavet (University of California, San Diego; author of Racial Fever: Freud and the Jewish Question)
With invited responses by:
Nadia Abu El-Haj (Columbia University, Anthropology); 
Jay Geller (Vanderbilt Divinity School, Jewish Studies);
Abigail Gillman (Boston University, Modern Languages and Comparative Literature); and
Lydia R. Kerr (Utah Valley University; English Literature). 

**The essay by Dr. Slavet is from The Jewish World of Sigmund Freud: Essays on Cultural Roots and the Problem of Religious Identity © 2010 Edited by Arnold D. Richards by permission of McFarland & Company, Inc., Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640.

October 2011
The Future of Muslim Family Law in Western Democracies
by John Witte Jr.
With an invited response co-authored by Ira C. Lupu and Robert W. Tuttle, both of George Washington University.

September 2011
Dancing in God: The Relevance of Ritual for Conceiving the Divine Today
by Curtis L. Thompson
With invited responses by Steven Guthrie (Belmont University), Todd E. Johnson (Fuller Theological Seminary) and Marcia Mount Shoop (University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, NC). 

July 2011
Global Religious Education: Dalit Perspective
by Dr. James Massey
With an invited response by Joshua Daniel (University of Chicago).

June 2011
Cultivating Trust: Vulnerability and Creativity in Moral Education
by Joshua Daniel
With invited responses by Martin Marty (University of Chicago) and Scott Paeth (Depaul University). 

May 2011
American Muslims and the Constitution

Featuring “Reasons Public and Divine: Liberal Democracy, Shari‘a Fundamentalism, and the Epistemological Crisis of Islam” by Vincent J. Cornell

With invited responses by Sherman Jackson (University of Michigan), John Kelsay (Florida State), Brett T. Wilmot (Villanova University), and Anthony Banout (University of Chicago; Martin Marty Center Junior Fellow). 

**The essay by Professor Cornell originally appeared in Rethinking Islamic Studies: From Orientalism to Cosmopolitanism, eds. Carl W. Ernst and Richard C. Martin. It is available here electronically with the kind permission of the University of South Carolina Press.

April 2011
On Tree Marriage, and Encountering the Rituals of Others
by Anne Mocko
With invited responses by Wendy Doniger (University of Chicago), Reid Locklin (University of Toronto), and Benjamin Schonthal (University of Chicago). 

March 2011
The Death of the Dharma: Buddhist Sutra Burials in Early Medieval Japan
by D. Max Moerman
With invited responses by James W. Watts (Syracuse UniversityIconic Books Project), Jeff Wilson (Renison University College), and Vincent Wimbush (Claremont Graduate UniversityInstitute for Signifying Scriptures).
This article is reproduced electronically from The Death of Sacred Texts: Ritual Disposal and Renovation of Texts in World Religions, ed. Kristina Myrvold, and is presented here with permission of the publisher, Ashgate Press.

February 2011
"Too Dogmatic for Words"? Karl Barth's Comic Theology in Dialogue with the Comedy of Craig Ferguson
By Jessica N. DeCou
With invited responses by Daniel Boscaljon (University of Iowa) and Ralph C. Wood (Baylor University).

January 2011
Exodus and Ethiopia
By Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp
With invited responses by W. Clark Gilpin (University of Chicago), Kathryn Lofton (Yale University), and Josef Sorett (Columbia University). 
"Exodus and Ethiopia" digitally reproduced by permission of the publisher from Setting Down the Sacred Past: African-American Race Histories by Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp, pp. 154-200, Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Copyright © 2010 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College.  

December 2010
The Spirit of David: Negotiating Faith and Masculinity in Black Gospel Performance
by Melvin Butler
With invited responses by E. Patrick Johnson (Northwestern University) and Kyle Wagner (University of Chicago).

November 2010
When Religion is Not a Choice 

by Slavica Jakelic
With invited responses by Grace Davie (University of Exeter), Edin Hajdarpasic (Loyola University Chicago), and Kevin Schultz (University of Illinois--Chicago).

October 2010
The Figural Jew: Politics and Identity in Postwar French Thought
by Sarah Hammerschlag
With an invited response by Jonathan Boyarin (University of North Carolina).

September 2010
Lonesome: The Spiritual Meanings of American Solitude

by Kevin Lewis
With invited responses by Robert J. Higgs (East Tennessee State), Walter Jost (University of Virginia), Paul Kane (Vassar College), Roger Lundin (Wheaton College), and Henry Weinfield (University of Notre Dame).

July 2010
The Primacy of Rhetoric: Ernesto Grassi's Recovery of Humanism and the Possibilities for Philosophy and Religious Studies

by W. David Hall
With invited responses by Andrew W. Hass (University of Stirling), Jeffrey Jay (University of Chicago), Santiago Pinon (University of Chicago), Donald Phillip Verene (Emory University), and Glenn Whitehouse (Florida Gulf Coast University).

June 2010
The Literary Practice of Belief

by Amy Hungerford
With invited responses by Thomas J. Ferraro (Duke University), Amy Frykholm (The Christian Century), Constance Furey (Indiana University), Jeffrey J. Kripal (Rice University), Caleb J. D. Maskell (Princeton University), Edward Mendelson (Columbia University), Richard A. Rosengarten (University of Chicago Divinity School), and Glenn W. Shuck (Williams College).

May 2010
Vulnerability and the Possibility of Progress: Reflections on a Workshop

by David Newheiser
With audio of Richard Land's workshop presentation "Christians, Public Policy, and Church and State Separation" and a response from Rick Elgendy

April 2010
Devotion to Solipsism: Religious Thought and Practice in Jack Kerouac's
by Spencer Dew
With invited responses by Benedict Giamo (University of Notre Dame), Sarah Haynes (University of Western Illinois), Nancy Grace (College of Wooster), Amy Hungerford (Yale University), Omar Swartz (University of Colorado, Denver), Matt Theado(Gardner-Webb University) and Eric Ziolkowski (Lafayette College).

March 2010
Picturing Uncle Tom's Cabin from Harlem, 1938
by Laura A. Lindenberger Wellen
With invited responses by John Howell (University of Chicago Divinity School) and Jo-Ann Morgan (Western Illinois University)

February 2010
The Man in Black: Matisyahu, Identity, and Authenticity
by Sarah Imhoff
With invited responses by Melvin L. Butler (University of Chicago), Judah Cohen (Indiana University), Annalise E. Glauz-Todrank (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Nora Rubel (University of Rochester).

January 2010
The Uses and Misuses of Polytheism and Monotheism in Hinduism
by Wendy Doniger
With invited responses by Martin E. Marty (University of Chicago Divinity School), Willemien Otten (University of Chicago Divinity School), Katherine E. Ulrich (Brooklyn, NY), and Ananya Vajpeyi (University of Massachusetts, Boston)

December 2009
'Something Deeper than Reason':Violence and Nonviolence in the Plowshares Nuclear Disarmament Movement
by Kristen J. Tobey
With invited responses by Sharon Erickson Nepstad (University of New Mexico), Jon Pahl (Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia), and Scott Appleby (University of Notre Dame)

November 2009
Theorizing Theodicy in the Study of Religion
by Mark S. M. Scott
With invited responses by Kevin Taylor (Boston University), Sally Stamper (University of Chicago Divinity School), Charles Long (University of California, Santa Barbara, emeritus), and Bryan L. Wagoner (Harvard University)

October 2009
Recent Work in Pragmatism that Takes Religion Seriously: Making Room for Radical Impermanence and Existential Issues
by Andre C. Willis
With an invited response by Corey D. B. Walker (Brown University)

September 2009
Eating, Feeding, and Flesh: Food in Victorian Spiritualsim
by Marlene Tromp
With invited responses by Gail Turley Houston (University of New Mexico) and Daniel Sack (University of Chicago)

August 2009
Summer Hiatus

July 2009
Flowers in the Dark: African American Consciousness, Laughter, and Resistance in Toni Morrison's Beloved
by Jacqueline Bussie
With invited responses by John Howell (University of Chicago), Cooper Harriss (University of Chicago), Joseph Winters (Princeton University), and Zhange Ni (Virginia Tech)

June 2009
Sacred Property:  Searching for Value in the 9/11 Rubble

by Mateo Taussig-Rubbo
With invited responses by Winnifred Fallers Sullivan (University at Buffalo), Kathryn Lofton (Visiting Fellow, Princeton University), Kristen Tobey (PhD candidate, University of Chicago), and Jeremy Biles (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)

May 2009
Religion, Media, and Cultural Studies
by Richard Fox
With invited responses by Stewart Hoover (University of Colorado), Ghada Hashem Talhami (Lake Forest College), Mark Hobart (University of London), and Kathleen Moore (University of California, Santa Barbara)

April 2009
Oprah: Gospel of an Icon

by Kathryn Lofton
With invited responses by Daniel Sack (University of Chicago), Kerry Ferris (Northern Illinois University), Gary Laderman (Emory University), Aaron Jaffe (University of Louisville), and Jane Iwamura (University of Southern California) 

March 2009
Theological Cartography and the Arboreal Imagination in Israel-Palestine

by Alain Epp Weaver
With invited responses by David Blakewell Burrell, S.C.S. (Notre Dame University), Amahl Bishara (Tufts University), and Loren Lybarger (Ohio University)

February 2009
The Virtual Rebbe
by Jeffrey Shandler
With invited responses by Sarah Imhoff (University of Chicago), Ellen Koskoff (University of Rochester), and Faye Ginsburg (New York University)

January 2009
The Capability of Play
by Jeffrey Irving Israel
With invited responses by Sarah Hammerschlag (Williams College), Barbra Barnett (PhD candidate, University of Chicago Divinity School), and Jal Mehta (Harvard Graduate School of Education)

December 2008
The Reification of Evil and the Failure of Theodicy:  The Devil in Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov
by Stephen Meredith
With invited responses by Susan McReynolds Oddo (Northwestern University), Robert Bird (University of Chicago), and Ralph C Wood (Baylor University)

November 2008
Sketch of a Phenomenological Concept of Sacrifice

by Jean-Luc Marion
With invited responses by Slavoj Zizek (The European Graduate School), Jeremy Biles, and Christina Gschwandtner (University of Scranton)

October 2008
The Enchantments of Secular Belief

by Danilyn Rutherford
With invited responses by Malika Zeghal (University of Chicago), W. Clark Gilpin (University of Chicago), and Charles Hirschkind (University of California, Berkeley) 

September 2008
cularism, Religious Renaissance, and Social Conflict in Asia
by Richard Madsen
With invited responses by Hong You (University of Chicago), Prasenjit Duara (National University of Singapore), and Robert Weller (Boston University)

June 2008
The Altar and the Screen: Filmmaking and Worldmaking

by S. Brent Plate
With invited responses by Crystal Downing (Messiah College), Jean Bethke Elshtain (University of Chicago), Robert Johnston (Fuller Theological Seminary), and William Paden (University of Vermont)

May 2008
More than a Mere Contract: Marriage as Contract and Covenant in Law and Theology

by John Witte, Jr.
With invited responses by Brian Bix (University of Minnesota), Don Browning (University of Chicago), Christine Hayes (Yale University), David Novak (University of Toronto), and Charles Reid, Jr. (University of St. Thomas)

April 2008
What Athens Has to Do with Jerusalem: Location and the Origin of Ethics

by William Schweiker
With invited responses by Douglas Anderson (Loyola University), William Burrows (Orbis Books), Terry Clark (University of Chicago), Arthur E. Farnsley II (IUPUI), and Rev. Laura Sumner Truax (LaSalle Street Church)

March 2008
The Last Prophet: Spinoza and the Political Theology of Moses Hess

by Jerome Copulsky
With invited responses by Rabbi Shai Held (Jewish Theological Seminary of America), Leah Hochman (University of Florida), Jeffrey Israel (University of Chicago), and Ben Sax (University of Chicago)

February 2008
The Preacher in the Text: Zora Neale Hurston and the Homiletics of Literature

by M. Cooper Harriss
With invited responses by Kimberly Connor (University of San Francisco), Dolan Hubbard (Morgan State University), Carolyn Medine (University of Georgia), and Teresa Stricklen (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary)

January 2008
Agape, Special Relations, and the Global Care Crisis:
Challenging a “Two-Track” Understanding of the Obligations of Christian Love

by Sandra Sullivan Dunbar
With formal responses by Gloria H. Albrecht (University of Detroit Mercy) and Peter Meilaender (Houghton College)

December 2007
The Gospel of Freedom, or Another Gospel?
Augustinian Reflections on American Foreign Policy

by James K.A. Smith
With formal responses by Eric Gregory (Princeton University), D. C. Schindler (Villanova University), Paul Williams (Regent College)

November 2007
Religion and Museums on the National Mall

by Elizabeth McKeown
With formal responses by Michael Berenbaum (The Berenbaum Group), Alison Landsberg (George Mason University), and Ed Linenthal (Indiana University)

October 2007
Beleaguered Success: How Korean Evangelicalism Fared In The 1990s

by Timothy S. Lee
With formal responses by Daniel Bays, Kelly H. Chong, Hyojae Lee, Paul C. H. Lim, and Elizabeth Underwood

September 2007
In Search of the Common Good: The Catholic Roots Of American Liberalism

by Lew Daly
With formal responses by Joseph Bottum, Richard W. Garnett, and Thomas Zebrowski

June 2007
Christian Responses to Vietnam: The Organization of Dissent

by Mark G. Toulouse
With formal responses by Mark Hulsether and Eugene McCarraher

May 2007
The Desire to Acquire:
Or, Why Shopping Malls Are Sites of Religious Violence

by Jon Pahl
With formal responses by Peter Childs, James Farrell, Vincent Miller, and James Wellman

April 2007
From Altered States to Altered Categories (and Back Again):
Academic Method and the Human Potential Movement

by Jeffrey J. Kripal
With formal responses by Stephen Fredman and Robert Fuller

March 2007
Secularism: Religious, Irreligious, and Areligious

by W. Clark Gilpin
With formal responses by John Schmalzbauer and Kristen Tobey

February 2007
The Earth Charter as a New Covenant for Democracy

by J. Ronald Engel
With formal responses by Klaus Bosselmann, Lois Livezey, Paul Heltne, Stephen Rowe, and Laura Westra

January 2007
From Artaxerxes to Abu Ghraib: On Religion and the Pornography of Imperial Violence

by Bruce Lincoln
With a formal response by Amy Kaplan

December 2006
War as Worship, Worship as War

by Michael Sells
With formal responses by Ahmed M. Rehab

November 2006
Justification and Truth, Relativism and Pragmatism:
Reflections on Indian Philosophy and its Lessons for Religious Studies

by Daniel A. Arnold
With formal responses by Michael Kremer and Ronney Mourad

October 2006
Improvisation And Ethics:
Improvising Music, Improvising Ethics

by Daniel Groll, University of Chicago
With formal responses by Carl Joakim Gagnon, Eric Lewis, Brian Soucek, and John G. Stackhouse, Jr.

September 2006
Learning Religion at the Vineyard:
Prayer, Discernment and Participation in the Divine

by Tanya Luhrmann, University of Chicago
With formal responses by Heather Curtis, Joel Robbins, Richard A. Rosengarten, and Angela Tarango

June 2006
Religious Identities of Latin American Immigrants in Chicago:
Preliminary Findings from Field Research

by Andrea Althoff, Senior Fellow, Martin Marty Center
With formal responses by Martin Marty, Peter Versteeg, and R. Stephen Warner

May 2006
How Biblical is the Christian Right?

by Margaret M. Mitchell, University of Chicago
With a formal response by Randall Balmer

April 2006
Human Rights and Cross-Cultural Dialogue

by Joseph Prabhu, Senior Fellow, The Martin Marty Center
With formal responses by Richard Shweder and Martin E. Marty

March 2006
Trading Faces: A Case Study in the Science of Identity, Aesthetics, Ethics

Selected essays from a roundtable discussion on tissue transplantation by Naomi Beck, Brian Soucek, and William Schweiker
With formal responses by Jeremy Biles and Geoffrey Rees

February 2006
Many Gods, Many Paths: Hinduism and Religious Diversity

by Wendy Doniger (University of Chicago)
With formal responses by Gurcharan Das and Damodar Prabhu

January 2006
The Widening Gap: Economic Inequality as a Religious Issue

by Franklin I. Gamwell (University of Chicago)
With a formal response by Bruce Rittenhouse (University of Chicago)

November/December 2005
Eagle of Power, Raven of Guilt: Conversations with Langdon Gilkey

by Jeff B. Pool (Berea College)
With a formal response by Kyle Pasewark

September/October 2005
Intelligent Design and Evolution in Conflict

With Essays by Darren M. Henson, Richard A. Rosengarten, and Walter H. Mees, Jr.

May 2005
Red Medicine, Blue Medicine: Pluralism and the Future of Healthcare

by Farr A. Curlin (University of Chicago) and Daniel E. Hall (Duke University, University of Pittsburgh)
With formal responses by Jean Bethke Elshtain and W. Clark Gilpin

April 2005
Seeking a Prophet: How Religion Mediates the Relationship between Black America and the U.S. Presidents

by Melissa Harris Lacewell, University of Chicago
With invited responses by John Brehm and Omar McRoberts

March 2005
Martin Buber's Land of Two Peoples

by Paul Mendes-Flohr, University of Chicago

February 2005
"Notes From the Field: Retrieving the Dead"

by Kristin Bloomer, University of Chicago

January 2005
"Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! The Monster Trucks’ Black Sabbath"

by Jeremy Biles, University of Chicago
With a formal response by Joseph L. Price

December 2004
"The Mythology of Self-Imitation in Passing: Race, Gender, and Politics"

by Wendy Doniger, University of Chicago
With formal responses by Celia Brickman, Martha Selby, and Catharine Stimpson

November 2004
"The Mother in Heaven and Eve: Models of Femaleness in Early Mormonism"

by Susanna Morrill, Lewis & Clark College
With a formal response by Catherine Brekus

October 2004
"The Theology of George W. Bush"

by Bruce Lincoln, University of Chicago
With a formal response by Hugh Urban

September 2004
"Conjuring Curses and Supplicating Spirits: Baseball's Culture of Superstitions

by Joseph L. Price, Whittier College
With formal responses by Jerry Davich, D. Gregory Sapp, Krista Tippett, and Mark G. Toulouse.

June 2004
"A 'Monkish Virtue' outside the Monastery: On the Social and Civic Value of Humility"

by Mary M. Keys, University of Notre Dame
With formal responses by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, Michael Foley, and Jennifer Herdt.

May 2004
"Undoing the Mahdiyya: British Colonialism as Religious Reform in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, 1898-1914"

by Noah Salomon, University of Chicago Divinity School
With formal responses by Cassie Adcock and Jeremy Walton

April 2004
"Science in Medieval Jewish Commentaries on the Bible"

by James T. Robinson, University of Chicago Divinity School

March 2004
"Complicity and Moral Memory"

by M. Cathleen Kaveny, University of Notre Dame
With a formal response by Father James Keenan

February 2004
"'A place to go to connect with yourself': A Historical Perspective on Journaling"

by Catherine A. Brekus, University of Chicago
With formal responses by Leigh Schmidt and Kathryn Lofton

January 2004
"Black Theology: The Notion of Culture Revisited"

by Dwight N. Hopkins, University of Chicago
With a formal response by James A. Noel

December 2003
"'Religion': Just Another Modern Western Construction?"

by Martin Riesebrodt, University of Chicago
With formal responses by José Casanova, Prasenjit Duara, and Stephen Sharot

November 2003
"The Catholic Sophocles: Violence and Vision in Flannery O'Connor's 'Revelation'"

by Richard A. Rosengarten, University of Chicago
With formal responses by Robert Barron, Brian Britt, and Terrence W. Tilley

October 2003
"Humanity Before God: Theological Humanism from a Christian Perspective"

by William Schweiker, University of Chicago
With formal responses by David E. Klemm, Terence J. Martin, and Lisa Cahill

September 2003
"Religion and the Constitution Confounded: Treating the First Amendment as a Theological Statement"

by Thomas J. Curry, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
With formal responses by Winnifred Fallers Sullivan and W. Clark Gilpin

July 2003
"The Iconization of Elián Gonzalez: The Making of National History by Family Melodrama"

by Marshall Sahlins, University of Chicago
With formal responses by Campbell McGrath and Stephan Palmié

June 2003
"Critical Familism, Civil Society, and the Law"

by Don Browning, University of Chicago
With formal responses by Amy Laura Hall and Rebekah Miles

May 2003
"Thinking about War and Justice"

by Jean Bethke Elshtain, University of Chicago Divinity School
With formal responses by Richard B. Miller and Charles T. Mathewes

April 2003
"Masquerading as One's Self: A Revealing Study of Self-Impersonation in Literature"

by Wendy Doniger, University of Chicago

March 2003
"Capabilities and Disabilities: Justice for Mentally Disabled Citizens"

by Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago Divinity School
With a formal response by John Deigh

February 2003
"The Desert Within and Social Renewal: Martin Buber's Vision of Utopia"

by Paul Mendes-Flohr, University of Chicago Divinity School
With a formal response by Gregory Kaplan

January 2003
"The Letter from Prison in Christian History and Theology"

by W. Clark Gilpin, University of Chicago Divinity School
With a formal response by Peter Iver Kaufman

December 2002
"Mr. Atta's Meditations, Sept. 10, 2001: A Close Reading of the Text"

by Bruce Lincoln, University of Chicago
With formal responses by Mark Juergensmeyer and Bruce B. Lawrence


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