Cambria Queen (Arizona Summit): Is God in the United States? Deborah Whitehead (Colorado): When Religious “Mommy Bloggers” Met “Mommy Porn”: Evangelical Christian and Mormon Women’s Responses to Fifty Shades. Max Perry Mueller on how an evolving Mormon church finally addresses a racist past. Is Christianity a “racist, classist, and sexist religion?” Robert Chao Romero addresses “commonly held belief” among students. Catherine Grove is a member of a small, insular, and eccentric church in East Texas; her parents think she’s being brainwashed — she insists she’s being saved. Westboro Baptist Church founder allegedly removed for kindness. Thank you pastor's wife, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Cultlike, corrupt and Christian conservative: An insider reveals how Wal-Mart's favorite campus group curries favor with business while pushing gospel to kids. Melissa McEwan on “real” Christians and Christian privilege. Have we reached the end of traditional religion? Jews and Christians alike are straying from affiliation. What does it mean to be Jewish? A new survey of U.S. Jews has confirmed some of the community's worst fears: One in five American Jews say they have no religion, and their ranks appear to be growing. Rachel Gillum on how there is no difference in religious fundamentalism between American Muslims and Christians. Lots of atheists, more Muslims, fewer Christians and Jews: this is the new America. Isaac Chotiner on why secularism is good for America — especially Christians. Bevil Bramwell on American Catholicism: A schism set in amber. Glen Seeber reviews American Heretics: Catholics, Jews, Muslims and the History of Religious Intolerance by Peter Gottschalk. To end the culture war that divides America, we need to recognize that each side has the same roots: the radical democratic individualism of America’s Protestant heritage (and more).
James E Wheeler (Regent): God, Guns and Others: Why Restrictions on Carrying Firearms in Church Conflict with a Moral Duty to Defend Others. From the Journal of Economic Perspectives, a symposium on agriculture. From Foreign Affairs, is Putin rational? Probably — here's how to work with him (and Tyler Cowen on modeling Vladimir Putin). Putin is Russia’s action man: Why everything the Russian President does is designed to show his strength. Katie J.M. Baker on geopolitics and the pickup game: “I don’t want to see pussy paradise Ukraine join the EU”. Jessica Trisko Darden on what the search for Flight MH370 tells us about national security in Asia: What began as a search for a plane has become a window into the limited capacity of the governments in the region to monitor and control their territory. From New York, Jonathan Chait on how the Republican Party’s Prague Spring is officially over; does the tea party and other right-wing populist groups actually oppose the agenda of the financial industry, or are they mainly its allies? We now have an answer; and Barack Obama, Ta-Nehisi Coates, poverty, and culture: Why did the president urge black people to "get off the couch and stop watching SportsCenter"? Republicans must make a choice about Obamacare: Repeal or relent. Simon Kuper on how to save the US: “The solution to America’s problems is obvious — it should model itself on its military”. Print out your bracket, place your bets, throw on your team colors and heat up some nachos because March Madness 2014: Drugs vs. Alcohol.
Sarah Snyder (St. John’s): The Task of the Critic: An Introduction to the Literary Project of the Frankfurt School. Alexei Procyshyn (Macau): The Origins of Walter Benjamin's Concept of Philosophical Critique. Nicolai Krejberg Knudsen (Aarhus): Redemptive Revolutions: The Political Hermeneutics of Walter Benjamin. Isobel Roele (Cardiff): The Vicious Circles of Habermas' Cosmopolitics. Michael J. Thompson (William Paterson): The Base-Superstructure Hypothesis and the Foundations of Critical Theory; and Axel Honneth and the Neo-Idealist Turn in Critical Theory. Rutger Claassen (Utrecht): Social Freedom and the Demands of Justice: A Study of Axel Honneth's Recht der Freiheit. Jensen Suther interviews Axel Honneth, author of Reification: A New Look at an Old Idea. Idealism and critical theory: Fred Rush interviewed by Richard Marshall. Philosophy’s unworkable poles: Tom Hastings reviews Adorno and the Ends of Philosophy by Andrew Bowie. From Ceasefire, Andrew Robinson on Walter Benjamin: Culture and revolution; and Walter Benjamin: Politics of everyday life. The name of the critic: Ben Mauk reviews Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life by Howard Eiland and Michael W. Jennings. Walter Benjamin’s Afterlife: Eric Banks on how Harvard University Press editor Lindsay Waters helped bring a German man of letters to prominence. Through reflections on Occupy’s politics, Heathwood Press has been at the forefront of a reconfiguration of critical theory for revolutionary practice. You can download Realizing Philosophy: Marx, Lukacs and the Frankfurt School by Andrew Feenberg (2014).