Hammad Sheikh and Jeremy Ginges (New School), Alin Coman (Pitt) and Scott Atran (CNRS): Religion, Group Threat and Sacred Values. From Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics, where would Christian apologetics be if it were not for challenges to the faith? Ian Clary remembers Christopher Hitchens. An interview with Charles Taylor on his book Secularism and Freedom of Conscience. One Jesus for liberals, another for conservatives: New research shows how believers tailor Christian teachings to fit their own political viewpoint. Why do the religious insist on presenting a united front? For all their aspirations for transcendent truth and higher purpose, religions behave like any other worldly individual or organisation and end up doing what protects their secular interests, not what most aligns with their values. Do Catholics and Muslims worship the same God? Robert Spencer wonders. Does Calvinism make people jerks? Kevin DeYoung investigates. Pimpin' may not be easy, but try being a moderate Christian. Chuck Smith says the End Times means a bright outlook for the Christian church.

From Mediations: Journal of the Marxist Literary Group. a special issue on Marx or Spinoza. From the new online journal Religion and Politics, Mark Oppenheimer on Jon Stewart, religion teacher extraordinaire; Molly Worthen on John Stott, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien: Why American evangelicals love the British; and Timothy Dalrymple, Michael Ruse and Amy Sullivan debate what is fair game to discuss in the media about a candidate’s religion. Peter Frase on the problem with (sex) work. From The New Criterion, a special issue on remembering Hilton Kramer. How will the future change your politics? Whatever your values are, there is a chance that you may soon be arguing for the opposite of your usual policies. From First of the Month, Franz Boas as culture hero: Stephen J. Whitfield on the anthropologist as public intellectual. Academia becomes occupied with the Occupy movement. We appear to be heading into a future where "pink collar" jobs — empathy-driven, largely performed by women — are the most significant set of careers without any real machine substitute. Tom Slee on why the "Open Data Movement" is a joke.

From Resurgence, a special section on Animals: A New Ethics. From THES, a review of Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight by Timothy Pachirat; and a review of Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights by Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka. The case against born-again carnivorism: Pigs, chickens, and other animals raised for food are sentient beings with rich emotional lives — they feel everything from joy to grief. Who would intentionally kill blackbirds? Martha Rosenberg wonders. From Rain Taxi, a review of books on animals. Why cockfighting persists: The blood sport is defended as a rural tradition under fire from the long, government arm of the law. Mark Bittman on the human cost of animal suffering. What animals don't need: Strips of land linking wildlife reserves are one of the most widely used tools in conservation, but do they even work? Chris Jones on the Zanesville Zoo Massacre, the most dramatic story of the year. Are animal rights activists terrorists? The law concerning animal rights protest is too broad, protecting commercial interests and making terrorists out of people who want to voice concerns.