Fall 2012 Table of Contents

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Letters to the Editor

Editorials

Compassion for the Victims of Our Global Capitalist System: Liberating the Yearning for a Different World
Despite the despair generated by our money-dominated political system, most people still yearn for a world of love and generosity. A Left that articulated that yearning programmatically could still overcome the political, economic, and environmental mess we face.

Rethinking Religion

A Red Letter Christian Speaks to the Palestinian Church
by TONY CAMPOLO
How can Palestinian Christians help heal divides between Jewish Israelis and Palestinian Muslims? A progressive Evangelical minister with vision speaks out.

Religion and Equality in Human Evolution
by ROBERT N. BELLAH
It’s not been a linear process, but some tendencies in religion have played an important role in increasing equality and respect for other humans. The path has sometimes been rocky. Bellah, one of America’s most respected authorities on religion, returns to Tikkun with new insights.

Sabbath Practice as Political Resistance: Building the Religious Counterculture
by ANA LEVY-LYONS
Surrendering to the joy of the Sabbath constitutes a radical act against the embezzlement of our precious time. Shabbat observance is revolutionary!

Special Section: Christianity Without the Cross?  

Introduction
by MICHAEL LERNER

The Death of Christianity
by LAWRENCE SWAIM
Christianity is buckling under the weight of the cross—a symbol that suggests violence can be redemptive. Must the crucifixion be at the center of Christianity?

The Hope of the Cross
by C. KAVIN ROWE
The cross is not a glorification of violence. It calls us to hope for healing, even in the face of suffering. Getting rid of the cross would be tantamount to getting rid of Jesus.

The Cross as a Central Christian Symbol of Injustice
by ELISABETH SCHÜSSLER FIORENZA
The doctrine of blood atonement has got to go. But we still need the cross as a reminder of imperial violence—it challenges us to protest injustice in our society today.

Online Exclusives
Don’t miss the seven online-only articles associated with this debate: lively contributions from Mary Albert Darling, James Cone, John Conger, Matthew Fox, Barbara Darling, Lynice Pinkard, and Paul Smith. To read them all, click here.

Special Section: America Beyond the 2012 Election

Introduction
by ALANA YU-LAN PRICE

Why America Needs a Left
by ELI ZARETSKY
At pivotal moments in our history, a powerful Left has inspired lasting changes in consciousness.

Obama in Question: A Progressive Critique and Defense
by GARY DORRIEN
Why is an outspoken progressive critic of Obama not disillusioned by the last four years? How might the promise of the 2008 election be redeemed?  

The Need for Progressive Realism
by HEIDI HADSELL
The impetus to confront corporate capitalism must come from a broad coalition of those who do the electing.

What Comes Next for Spiritual Progressives?
by STEPHEN H. PHELPS
Deep down, humans know our purpose. We love to feel compassion. Now it’s time to agitate for budgets and policies that reflect our higher nature.

Trickle-Up Democracy
by DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF
Can national politics really deliver the change we need? In this age of corporate-sponsored candidacies, let’s focus on local struggles.

Be a Progressive Democrat!
by MIMI KENNEDY
Presidential elections decide war and peace. When the GOP plays on progressive angst, we mustn’t take the bait.

Democratizing the Economy for a New Progressive Era
by GAR ALPEROVITZ
As stalemate deepens at the national level, we need a bottom-up strategy.

Reclaiming the Radical Imagination: Reform Beyond Electoral Politics
by HENRY A. GIROUX
Electoral politics is rigged. Why not dismantle the system and construct a new political landscape?

Why Progressives Should Follow Feminism’s Lead in 2012
by ALIX KATES SHULMAN
Women’s rights are under attack. It’s time for all progressives to get involved in this election.

Third-Party Politics: A Conversation Between Green Party Candidate Jill Stein and Michael Lerner
by MICHAEL LERNER
Is it risky for progressives to vote for the Green Party? How can third-party politics strengthen social movements?

Online Exclusives
Don’t miss the nine online-only articles associated with this special section: incisive commentary from Sheila Davaney, Charles Derber, Frank Kirkpatrick, Greg Palast, Peter Paris, Don Shriver, Anthony Pinn, E. Marshall Turman, and Sharon Welch. To read them all, click here.

Culture

Books

In Death’s Dominion
Shadows in Winter: A Memoir of Love and Loss by Eitan Fishbane
Review by Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi

Black Liberation Theology and the Lynching of Jesus
The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone
Review by Gary Dorrien

Poetry

Above the Roofs of the Jewish Village
by Admiel Kosman, translated by Lisa Katz with Shlomit Naim Naor

Tikkun Recommends

What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets by Michael J. Sandel

Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right by Thomas Frank

Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy by Christopher Hayes

99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It by Chuck Collins

Sailing in Kansas: An American Jewish Memoir
by Kathy Green

Abraham’s Children: Liberty and Tolerance in an Age of Religious Conflict edited by Kelly James Clark

My Neighbor’s Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation by Jennifer Howe Peace, Or Rose, and Gregory Mobley

A God in the House: Poets Talk About Faith edited by Ilya Kaminsky and Katherine Towler

God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by Mirabai Starr

 


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Editor: Michael Lerner

Editor at Large: Peter Gabel

Managing Editor: Alana Yu-lan Price

Assistant Editor: Ashley Bates and Gabriel Crane

Art Direction and Design: Duke University Press Journals

Poetry Editor: Joshua Weiner

Assistant Poetry Editor: Lindsay Bernal

Consciousness Editor: Phil Wolfson

Literary Editor: Julian Levinson

Web Design: Craig Wiesner and Derrick Kikuchi

Fulfillment: Faiza Farah

Contributing Editors: Gil Anidjar, Bradley Shavit Artson, Michael Bader, David Biale, Paul Buhle, Aryeh Cohen, Arnold Eisen, Harriet Fraad, Roger S. Gottlieb, Josh Healey, Mark LeVine, Ana Levy-Lyons, Shaul Magid, Ruth Messinger, Ben Naperstek, Or Rose, David Sterritt, Aarohn Hahn Tapper, and Stephen Zunes.

Interns and Editorial Assistants: Sharon Skolnick-Bagnoli (design assistance); Shani Chabansky, Julie Pepper Lim, Janet Scognamiglio, Sophia Strosberg, Martha Woolverton, and Sandra Yolles (editorial); Hassina Obaidy and Nabeel Younan (web); Felicia Greiff, Andrea Rowe, and Jill Rubin (art); and Erica Posey (operations).

Publisher: Duke University Press

 

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