Summer 2014 Table of Contents
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Midterm Elections 2014
After years of Obama’s capitulation to the corporate, military, and “security” elites, Dems may have a hard time selling themselves as populist champions.
New Leadership in the NSP
The Network of Spiritual Progressives is excited to welcome Rev. J. Alfred Smith Sr. as co-chair and Cat J. Zavis as executive director.
POLITICS & SOCIETY
Trauma Legacies in the Middle East
What happens when you put a daughter of the Holocaust among Arab trauma workers just back from the Syrian crisis? A powerful personal story.
Neoliberalism’s War Against the Radical Imagination
HENRY A. GIROUX
Sites of public and higher education are under a massive assault. Let’s respond with an imaginative new discourse of critique and possibility.
The Shadow Side of Freedom: Building the Religious Counterculture
When did liberal religion start valuing personal autonomy over collective values of love and justice? We need to prioritize a new kind of freedom.
A Ritual Dismantling of Walls: Healing from Trauma through the Jewish Days of Awe
WENDY ELISHEVA SOMERSON
With their focus on the fragility of walls, the High Holy Days create space for us to dismantle psychological barriers that no longer serve us.
THINKING ANEW ABOUT GOD
Thinking Anew About God: An Introduction
Many liberal and progressive people continue to be unaware of the truly radical notions of God that progressive theologians and believers are exploring.
What Takes the Place of What Used to Be Called God?
We often mean different things when we say “God.” Distinguishing between theistic, pantheistic, and panentheistic notions can clarify our discussions.
God and Goddess Emerging
In this historical moment, we need to blend a panentheism that recognizes humans as in and part of God with the radical visions of God as YHVH (source of transformation) and El Shaddai (a love-oriented Breasted God).
The Empty Throne: Reimagining God as Creative Energy
ROSEMARY RADFORD RUETHER
God is not an old man who sits on a throne in the sky—God is the creative energy within earth, air, water, plants, animals, and humans!
Two Feminist Views of Goddess and God
JUDITH PLASKOW AND CAROL P. CHRIST
Feminist theologians agree that the old view of a male God has got to go. But the debate gets heated when we talk about what should take its place.
A Beaked and Feathered God: Rediscovering Christian Animism
MARK I. WALLACE
Contrary to public opinion, Christianity is an animist religion that celebrates the enfleshment of God in many forms. Sometimes, the Spirit is a dove!
A Progressive Hindu Approach to God
J.A. KASTURI, SUNITA VISWANATH, AMINTA KILAWAN, and ROHAN NARINE
Riotous diversity is central to Hinduism: taken together, its panoply of local gods and goddesses represent the many manifestations of the unity of Being.
A Buddhist God?
DAVID R. LOY
Is it right to describe Buddhism as atheistic? Many people do, pointing to the fact that Buddhism doesn’t refer to a creator God. Yet it’s not so simple.
In the Muslim tradition, God is the Loving, the Evolver, the First, the Last, the Bringer of Life, the Destroyer, the Generous, the Patient, and much more.
The God of Process Theology: An Interview with John Cobb
If we could liberate science from the shackles of an outdated metaphysics, the line between physics and spiritually would be radically blurred.
Ideality, Divine Reality, and Realism
At its best, theology begins with the experience of the Holy and then presses to a prophetic demand for justice and the good.
Embracing and/or Refusing God-Talk
The most mature faith is not all “sweetness and light”—it is a grappling with holiness that also addresses the abrasiveness of the biblical God.
Visit our online exclusives page to read the powerful web exclusives associated with this issue, including contributions from Bradley Shavit Artson, John B. Cobb Jr., Matthew Fox, Catherine Keller, Donna Schaper, and Asma Uddin.
For Tikkun’s “For Our Sins” High Holiday Supplement (plus information on the services led by Rabbi Lerner in Berkeley, California), please go to tikkun.org/high-holidays-2014
Another Way of Seeing: Essays on Transforming Law, Politics, and Culture by Peter Gabel | Review by Kim Chernin
Another Way of Seeing: Essays on Transforming Law, Politics, and Culture by Peter Gabel | Review by Roger S. Gottlieb
Black Hat by Carol V. Davis