From the Journal of World Christianity, a special issue (reg. req.) on the Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity. Across the globe, a new form of religiosity is transforming the spiritual and secular landscape — Evangelical Christianity, Islamic fundamentalism, and many other modern religions, Olivier Roy argues, are no longer tied to a particular culture or location. Nathan Schneider on why the world needs religious studies. From IHE, Gregory Kalscheur on a key task for Catholic higher ed: It's time to focus on revitalizing an important intellectual tradition, not just debating which speakers shouldn't appear on campuses; and Scott McLemee reviews The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age by Randall J. Stephens and Karl W. Giberson. Alan Jacobs on Christianity and the future of the book. The Book of Books: Marilynne Robinson on what literature owes the Bible. The most insanely violent cartoon ever is about the Bible. From TED, Alain De Bottom on Atheism 2.0 A review of The Atheist’s Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life Without Illusions by Alex Rosenberg. Massimo Pigliucci on the goals of atheist activism. A look at 4 things both atheists and believers need to stop saying.
A new issue of Wild River Review is out. From the International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Amy Singer (Knox): A Novel Approach: The Sociology of Literature, Children’s Books, and Social Inequality; Jennifer Brady (Queens): Cooking as Inquiry: A Method to Stir Up Prevailing Ways of Knowing Food, Body, and Identity; and Janet Newbury (Victoria): A Place for Theoretical Inconsistency. There is no purpose in pretending that the international community will come to the rescue of the Syrian people — why? Because the Libya intervention was too much of a success. From 6 economists, 6 ways to face 2012. Sanjay Patel on a hipster’s guide to Hinduism. Julian Sanchez on Internet regulation and the economics of piracy. David Leonhardt on why Americans think the tax rate’s high, and why they’re wrong. From AOL Government, a special section on the Best of 2011. The new American divide: Charles Murray on what's cleaving America, and why. Stephen Walt on the Israel lobby's role in American politics. Can Plato's allegory of the cave shed light on the condition of addiction?
From RAND Review, a look at how demographic trends forecast next phases for China, India, and the United States; Stijn Hoorens on how all European Union countries face declining and aging populations; an infographic of the world in 2030 shows how different it will be from that of today; and a look at how demographic trends will change the world through 2050. From The Washington Quarterly, what should the world expect from this year’s transitions in China, Russia, and France? The introduction to The New World Order by Joel Kotkin. From Foreign Policy, how dangerous is the world? Paul Miller investigates. Richard Betts on possible future threats to the US. From Democracy Journal, a special section on America and the World: New principles to guide our foreign policy. A review of Sovereignty or Submission: Will Americans Rule Themselves or Be Ruled by Others? by John Fonte (and more and more). As the world is undergoing a profound transformation, what role will the US play in a post-American century? As the US pivots toward Asia, Europe stumbles. Lionel Barber Asia's rise, the West's fall? Ira Straus on the optical illusion of Western decline (and part 2).