Dudley A. Schreiber (South Africa): On the Epistemology of Postmodern Spirituality. From Anthropology of this Century, Chris Hann (Max Planck): Personhood, Christianity, Modernity; and facing religion, from anthropology: Michael Lambek on the making of distinctions between the religious and the secular. From Christianity Today, Jenell Williams Paris responds to Mark Noll: Why it's good that evangelicals have not, and likely will not, develop an "evangelical mind"; Carolyn Arends on defending Scripture — literally: Not everything the Bible has to say should be literally interpreted, but that doesn't make it less powerful; an interview with Eric J. Bargerhuff, author of The Most Misused Verses in the Bible: Surprising Ways God's Word Is Misunderstood; and an interview with Alvin Plantinga, author of Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism. From New Scientist, a special issue on God and the new science of religion. A review of Born Believers: The Science of Children’s Religious Belief by Justin Barrett. Analytical thinking erodes belief in God: Our intuitive thought processes, which underpin supernatural beliefs, can be overcome by thinking analytically.
A new issue of Business and Economic History On-Line is out. From Public Knowledge Journal, a special issue on Ecological Inequalities and Interventions. Pack it up, pack it in, it’s over — political polling has reached its end point: Public Policy Polling asks voters in Michigan if they agreed with Mitt Romney’s claim that the state has trees that are the right height. Living in the margins: In medieval marginalia, you might find complaining monks, a nun breastfeeding a monkey, and sexual wordplay — oh, and doodles, lots of doodles. In defense of George Zimmerman: How the gun lobby, conservatives, and right-wing media have rallied to defend the man who killed Trayvon Martin. Wishful mapping: A half-baked Alaska, and the passage that wasn't there. Blue Man Coup: Susan Zakin on how Gadhafi’s mercenaries broke Mali (and part 2). Democracy journal founder and wunderkind Democrat Andrei Cherny, “Clinton’s heir”, is focusing on the Jewish state in his race for Congress. From Design Observer, Rolf Potts on tourist snapshots. Mark Weisbrot on how Europeans' economic future has been hijacked by dangerous ideologues.
From New York, Xanax is to 2012 what Prozac was to the nineties: a much-used, much-craved pill that has come to define our national mood — but are we really in love with anti-anxiety drugs or with anxiety itself? The disconnect: Why are so many Americans living by themselves? Abraham Maslow and the all-American self: Algis Valiunas on why the prophet of self-actualization was more than just a New Age icon. How to make it in America: Thomas Dunne Books editor Peter Joseph dishes on what it takes to make a celebrity memoir memorable. Unhappy camper: Kurt Vonnegut and the dyspeptic tradition in American letters. From Democracy, a forum on Reclaiming Citizenship, including James T. Kloppenberg on restoring the language of obligation. From The Nation, can Americans trust government again? A special issue. A review of Warfare State: World War II Americans and the Age of Big Government by James T. Sparrow. A review of War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity by Stanley Hauerwas. A review of A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony and Satire Shaped Post 9/11 America.