A new issue of Sojourners is out. Adela Yarbro Collins and Marius Nel review Apocalypticism in the Bible and Its World: A Comprehensive Introduction by Frederick J. Murphy. A new prophet rises from the ashes of Waco: Alex Hannaford on the Branch Davidians today, 20 years after the deadly standoff. Robert A. Segal reviews The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity by Robert Louis Wilken. Do I need to give away all my possessions to get to heaven? Mary Ann Donovan reviews The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom by Candida Moss (and more). Is Scripture-quoting a sign that you're nuts? Jerry Newcombe investigates. Not Hitler's Pope, but no saint either: Paul Johnson reviews Soldier of Christ: The Life of Pope Pius XII by Robert A. Ventresca. Derek Beres on the conservative Christian attack on yoga. What do we know about Mary’s actual labor and delivery of Jesus?
From Le monde diplomatique, why have the British become obsessed with the world of life in service, which they once preferred to forget? Willy Maley reviews On Glasgow and Edinburgh by Robert Crawford (and more). Peter Webster reviews Godly Ambition: John Stott and the Evangelical Movement by Alister Chapman. Thomas W. Hodgkinson reviews Sorry! The English and Their Manners by Henry Hitchings (and more and more). John Nugee on British exceptionalism and the European Union. Andrew Crines reviews Whatever Happened to Tory Scotland? by David Torrance. Eona Bell reviews Our Racist Heart? An Exploration of Unconscious Prejudice in Everyday Life by Geoffrey Beattie. Anita Franklin on the Great Divide: The "Cool Britannia" of the noughties has now become Cruel Britannia. Lucy Mayblin reviews Border Watch: Cultures of Immigration, Detention and Control by Alexandra Hall.
Travis Patten (Utah Valley): The Purification of Love: Heavenly Ascent from Plato to Dante. Why we have heads: Bundling brains, nerves has its tradeoffs. From First of the Month, Benj DeMott writes within the context of Obama; and Eugene Goodheart on the principle of political compromise. People take refuge in drama when the bombs rain down, and the arts aid rebuilding when the guns fall silent, says James Thompson, who has travelled to some of the world's most violent regions, only for the horrors of conflict to be felt closer to home. Bhaskar Sunkara on Hugo Chavez: Despot or saint? Subcultures are forming across the borders of time, and the notion of a temporalism is a subculture we are not nearly as prepared to recognize — but we might, very soon. Buying un-American: Aram Roston on how a bribery case spotlights DoD’s covert effort to obtain foreign weapons.
R. Brian Parrish (New Mexico): The Problem of a Terrorist by Any Other Name. Christopher Robert Cook (Pittsburgh): One Man's Freedom Fighter on Film is Another Man's Terrorist During the Classroom Discussion: The Advantages and Unintended Consequences of Using Film to Teach Terrorism. George Michael (Westfield State): The New Media and the Rise of Exhortatory Terrorism. Susan Currie Sivek (Linfield): Packaging Inspiration: Al Qaeda’s Digital Magazine in the Self-Radicalization Process. Is Inspire magazine inciting terrorism in Australia? Al-Qaida magazine tells militants how to torch cars and cause traffic accidents. Trevor Aaronson on how most terrorist plots in the US aren't invented by Al Qaeda — they're manufactured by the FBI. The double agent who infiltrated Al Qaeda: Even Obama knew the name of the Danish double agent who never got his due for helping lead U.S. drones to Anwar al-Awlaki — now he's telling his own story.
Steve H. Hanke and Nicholas E. Krus (Johns Hopkins): World Hyperinflations. From The New Inquiry, Kate Zambreno on melancholy and the infinite sadness. The Making of Pulp Fiction: How did Quentin Tarantino, a high-school dropout and former video-store clerk, change the face of modern cinema? Mark Seal takes the director, his producers, and his cast back in time, to 1993. What can the travels of pilgrims, soldiers and merchants in the Middle Ages teach students about the conflict-ridden and interconnected world in which they live today? Charles Wolf Jr. on taxing the nonprofits — a modest proposal. From Authors at Google, a talk by Peter Singer. Louis Kahn had more or less completed his designs for Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park when he died in 1974; it finally opened last fall to glowing reviews — but it could easily have been a disaster.
Francesco Sobbrio (EUI): The Political Economy of News Media: Theory, Evidence and Open Issues. From Toronto Review, can foreign reporting be crowdfunded? A conversation between Naheed Mustafa and Iain Marlow. Instead of lamenting the death of old legacy papers, journalists should confront the challenges ahead of them — it's time to reconsider a public funding scheme. Kevin C. Brown on journalists in the service of Pete Peterson. Paul Brighton reviews Al Jazeera English: Global News in a Changing World. It's 2013 — there is no paper of record: It’s possible, if not probable, that young New York Times employees realize this. Mistakes on breaking news stories: are they really a big deal? Felix Salmon on the problem with online freelance journalism. House of Cads: Marin Cogan on the psycho-sexual ordeal of reporting in Washington.
Susumu Egashira (Otaru) and Chikako Nakayama (TUFS): Hayek's Transformation and His Dissertation. From The Public Domain Review, a compilation of double exposures, an accidental phenomenon no longer possible with digital cameras. The president has picked most of his cabinet — here's how they all fit into his second term. He who makes the rules: Barack Obama’s biggest second-term challenge isn’t guns or immigration — it’s saving his biggest first-term achievements, like the Dodd-Frank law, from being dismembered by lobbyists and conservative jurists in the shadowy, Byzantine “rule-making” process. Up all night: Elizabeth Kolbert on the science of insomnia. Fear of a Black Pundit: Ta-Nehisi Coates raises his voice in American media. Venezuela's Hugo Chavez dies: 5 ways to look at his legacy.
R.W. Hafer (SIU): Economic Freedom and Financial Development: International Evidence. Gilbert Werema (Texas Woman's): Cotton Pickin’ Dilemma: The Case of Victoria's Secrets and the Fair-Trade Organic Cotton Fields of Burkina Faso. From Global Labour Journal, Ludger Pries (Ruhr) and Martin Seeliger (Max-Planck): Work and Employment Relations in a Globalized World: The Emerging Texture of Transnational Labour Regulation; and Dan Gallin (GLI): The WFTU: Hydroponic Stalinism. The first chapter from The Great Rebalancing: Trade, Conflict, and the Perilous Road Ahead for the World Economy by Michael Pettis. The first chapter from The Leaderless Economy: Why the World Economic System Fell Apart and How to Fix It by Peter Temin and David Vines. Julian Baggini on Fairtrade, ethical eating, and why the choice between buying local and global is a distraction.
James Lindgren (Northwestern): Redistribution and Racism, Tolerance and Capitalism. Terese Jonsson reviews White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Shared Meanings of Race by Matthew W. Hughey. Peter Berkowitz on the flawed case tying conservatism to racism. An interview with David Cunningham, author of Klansville, U.S.A., on the rise and fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan. From SLPC’s Intelligence Report, a special issue on The Year in Hate and Extremism 2012. Radical-right wing groups reach all time high: There are now more conspiracy-minded Patriot groups than at the height of the militia movement in the 1990s. Is racism worse in the South? Chuck Thompson investigates. From Vice, Matthew Francey interviews Harold Covington, a guy who wants to start his own Aryan country. Is America “a racist country”? Ian Reifowitz wonders. Ron Jacobs on Bob Dylan's biography of American racism.