A new issue of the Journal of Analytic Theology is out, including William Wood (Oxford): Analytic Theology as a Way of Life. Lando Leonhardt Lehmann (South Africa): Theology and the Gospel in a New Paradigm. Frederick Mark Gedicks (BYU): Religion, Meaning, Life, Truth. Avigail I. Eisenberg (Victoria): Religion as Identity. Jonathan Downing (Oxford): "Take Me Away!" Prince, the Bible, and the End of the World as Sexual Liberation. From 3:AM, on theism and explanation: Greg Dawes is a philosopher who always thinks hard about religion; and George Pattison is a philosophical theologian who thinks about contemporary religion, about how God cannot be separated from the quest for the Kingdom of God and cannot be an object of detached scientific contemplation. Matthew Rose on how Karl Barth failed to liberate theology from modernity's captivity. The introduction to Thomas Aquinas's Summa theologiae: A Biography by Bernard McGinn. Rowan Williams reviews Theology Without Metaphysics: God, Language, and the Spirit of Recognition by Kevin Hector. A late-life return to religion: Henry L. Carrigan reviews Culture and the Death of God by Terry Eagleton. The first chapter from The Soul of the World by Roger Scruton. Casey Cep reviews Dedicated to God: An Oral History of Cloistered Nuns by Abbie Reese. The shortest route to God: Brian Palmer on why religious pilgrimages are incredibly dangerous. What God does to your brain: The controversial science of neurotheology aims to find the answer to an age-old question — why do we believe? Patrick McNamara on the god effect: Religion spawns both benevolent saints and murderous fanatics — could dopamine levels in the brain drive that switch? From The Jury Expert, Gayle W. Herde on the ABC’s of religiosity: Attitude, belief, commitment and faith. Christian boy dies for 3 minutes, meets Allah in Heaven.
Lawrence O. Gostin and Eric Friedman (Georgetown): Ebola: A Crisis in Global Health Leadership. From Cultural Anthropology, a series of articles on Ebola in perspective. Alex Tsakiridis on an analysis of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, from the point of view of disaster studies. Carl Bialik on an important indicator in the fight against Ebola. The Ebola outbreak is not just a human tragedy — it’s also an economic one. “In 1976 I discovered Ebola — now I fear an unimaginable tragedy”: Peter Piot was a researcher at a lab in Antwerp when a pilot brought him a blood sample from a Belgian nun who had fallen mysteriously ill in Zaire. Before Ebola, health officials thought the age of epidemics was over — it wasn’t: Annie Sparrow on how the WHO’s blindness and Western biases let the Ebola epidemic run wild. From miasma to Ebola: Stassa Edwards on the history of racist moral panic over disease (and more). Rebecca Leber on how an Ebola quarantine would work in America. Melissa Dahl on how everyone is dreaming about Ebola. Benjamin Wallace-Wells on how Ebola is a disease that punishes false confidence. Ebola is scarier when you don’t know how it’s spread: People don't realize how hard it is to catch the virus, new polling shows. Are people going to stop flying because of Ebola? The market certainly thinks so. You want to feel afraid? Paul Waldman on some things more likely to kill you than Ebola (and more). Experts offer steps for avoiding public hysteria, a different contagious threat. Ebola is not a weapon: Conspiracy theories are highly contagious — here’s why they’re wrong. Ebola panic finally gets its mystery conspiracy figure: Clipboard Guy. Keith Ablow of Fox News Medical A-Team says Obama won't protect Americans from Ebola because “his affinities” are with Africa, not the U.S. Conservative media turn to serial misinformer Betsy McCaughey to stoke fears about Ebola. Republicans want you to be terrified of Ebola — so you'll vote for them. Greg Sargent on how Ebola is infecting the battle for the Senate. Matthew Yglesias on how Ebola became a partisan issue (and more).
From the latest issue of the Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, Robin Ringstad (Cal State-Stanislaus): Political Diversity Among Social Work Students. Michael Asimow (Stanford): Ally McBeal and Subjective Narration. Jeff Carter (Mississippi): The Political Cost of War Mobilization in Democracies and Dictatorships; and Leader Survival and Government Spending in Democracies and Dictatorships. Stefano Costalli (Essex), Luigi Moretti (Padua), and Costantino Pischedda (Columbia): The Economic Costs of Civil War: Synthetic Counterfactual Evidence and the Effects of Ethnic Fractionalization. Nicola Smith (Birmingham): Queer Sex Work; Queer in/and Sexual Economies; and The Global Political Economy of Sex Work. Zachary Sunderman on pacifism and pragmatics. In order to be free enough, you have to love deep enough: Riayn Fergins interviews Cornel West. On being revolutionary: Julia Douthwaite reviews Choosing Terror: Virtue, Friendship, and Authenticity in the French Revolution by Marisa Linton, The Calendar in Revolutionary France: Perceptions of Time in Literature, Culture, Politics by Sanja Perovic, and The Politics of the Provisional: Art and Ephemera in Revolutionary France by Richard Taws. The miracle of large numbers: Alex Bolkin on how an understanding of probabilities and the law of large numbers can explain seemingly miraculous events. Was the spiritual father of the GOP actually a Democrat? Geoffrey Kabaservice reviews To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party by Heather Cox Richardson. Roberta Bivins reviews Medicine at the Border: Disease, Globalization and Security, 1850 to the Present, ed. Alison Bashford.
Derek E. Bambauer (Arizona): Schrodinger's Cybersecurity. From The Economist, a special report on cyber-security. Lillian Ablon and Martin C. Libicki on the Wild Wild Web: For now, cybercrime has the upper hand in its duel with the law. Glen Fuller on “cyber-safety”: What are we actually talking about? Reddit is a failed state: T.C. Sottek on how the “front page of the internet” is run by warlords. Henry Farrell on why Reddit sucks: Some scientific evidence. From The Fibreculture Journal, Vyshali Manivannan (Rutgers): Tits or GTFO: The Logics of Misogyny on 4chan’s Random; and Frances Shaw (Sydney): Still “Searching for Safety Online”: Collective Strategies and Discursive Resistance to Trolling and Harassment in a Feminist Network. Women harassed out of their homes, mass shooting threats: How #Gamergate morphed into a monster. Kathy Sierra on why the trolls will always win. Helen Lewis on how the battle against internet trolls shows that a compelling story will always beat cold, hard facts. From Vox, confessions of a former internet troll, by Emmett Rensin. Nathaniel Tkacz (Warwick): Trolls, Peers and the Diagram of Collaboration. Ryan M. Milner (Charleston): Hacking the Social: Internet Memes, Identity Antagonism, and the Logic of Lulz. Bert-Jaap Koops (Tilburg): The Trouble with European Data Protection Law. Jeffrey Toobin on Google and the right to be forgotten. Cory Doctorow summarizes the problem with the idea that sensitive personal information can be removed responsibly from big data: computer scientists are pretty sure that's impossible. Now that everything is connected, everything will get hacked. We wanted the web for free — but the price is deep surveillance. Kevin Roose on the rise of the hacker bounty hunter. Meet Google’s security princess: As Google's top hacker, Parisa Tabriz thinks like a criminal — and manages the brilliant, wonky guys on her team with the courage and calm of a hostage negotiator. Klint Finley on why it’s time to encrypt the entire Internet.
Ruxandra Cesereanu (Babes-Bolyai): Political Police in Communist Romania: The Totalitarian Dystopia. From the Romanian Review of Political Sciences and International Relations, a special issue on Russia and Romania after 20 years. Jeffrey Kopstein (Toronto) and Michael Bernhard (Florida): Post-Communism, the Civilizing Process, and the Mixed Impact of Leninist Violence. Cynthia Horne (Western Washington): The Impact of Lustration on Democratization in Post-Communist Countries. Liviu Damsa (Warwick): The Incomprehensible Post-Communist Privatisation. Tabea Bucher-Koenen and Bettina Lamla (Max Planck): The Long Shadow of Socialism: On East-West German Differences in Financial Literacy. Want to know exactly how ideology and economics shape society? Split a nation in half — Leon Neyfakh on the Berlin Wall’s great human experiment and what we’re still learning. From The Economist, a special report on Poland’s new golden age. While the United States and Europe are looking at Ukraine, Hungary's liberal democracy is also at risk (and more). The autocrat inside the EU: Amy Brouillette on how Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban transformed from a dissident compatriot of Vaclav Havel to a would-be Vladimir Putin. Nadia Kaneva (Denver) and Delia Popescu (Le Moyne): “We are Romanian, not Roma”: Nation Branding and Postsocialist Discourses of Alterity. Ejona Shahinaj (York): One Territory for Two Dreams: The Power of Nationalism in the Kosovo Conflict. Susan E. Reed on Bosnia’s segregated schools: Two decades after the war, can a nation that learns separately ever be united? Biljana Djordjevic (Belgrade): Politics of Return, Inequality and Citizenship in the Post-Yugoslav Space. Kjetil Duvold (Dalarna): Between Flawed and Full Democracy: 20 Years of Baltic Independence.
A new issue of the Journal on Migration and Human Security is out. Adam Lamparello (Indiana Tech): “God Hates Fags” Is Not the Same as “Fuck the Draft”: Introducing the Non-Sexual Obscenity Doctrine. Alexander A. Guerrero (Penn): Against Elections: The Lottocratic Alternative. Stephen Benedict Dyson (UConn) and Alexandra L. Raleigh (UC-Irvine): Public and Private Beliefs of Political Leaders: Saddam Hussein in Front of a Crowd and Behind Closed Doors. Rolando Perez (Hunter): Towards a Genealogy of the Gay Science: From Toulouse and Barcelona to Nietzsche and Beyond. R. Blake McMahon and Branislav Slantchev (UCSD): A Tiger by the Tail or a Blunted Sword: Regime Security Through and from the Armed Forces. Bill Benzon on culture, plurality, and identity in the 21st century. A classified review concludes that many past attempts by the CIA to arm foreign forces covertly had a minimal impact on the long-term outcome of a conflict. Banning the minarets in Switzerland: Philippe Gonzalez on the limits of the liberal public sphere and the dark side of monstration. The inevitable rise of Ebola conspiracy theories: Jason Millman on what Chris Brown and The Simpsons have to do with the deadly outbreak. A theater without qualities: Ricky D’Ambrose on how immersive theater has no real style — except to fetishize its look. From TPM, Sahil Kapur on the method to Steve King's madness. Scott Brown pushes Right-wing conspiracy, hypes Ebola-infected terrorists entering US through Mexico. Americans should panic about Ebola, but not because it threatens the United States. Amanda Robb meets the Zimmerman family and finds out what it's like being related to the most hated free man in America.
Kasey Henricks (Loyola): Passing the Buck: Race and the Role of State Lotteries in America’s Changing Tax Composition. Thomas Mitchell (Wisconsin): Growing Inequality and Racial Economic Gaps. What if Black America were a country? The statistics reveal a fragile state within a superpower. NC House Speaker Thom Tillis says governments had redistributed trillions of dollars over the years — amounting to “de facto reparations”. Hamilton Nolan on what reparations in America could look like. Ta-Nehisi Coates on how to steal things, exploit people, and avoid all responsibility. Matt Bruenig on how white high school dropouts have more wealth than black college graduates. Annalee Newitz on what happens when white people move into your neighborhood. Jesse Singal on what happens when you tell white people America is getting less white. Whites think discrimination against whites is a bigger problem than bias against blacks. Why do so many white Americans think they're the real victims? Nicholas Hune-Brown on white people’s obsession with reverse racism. Jonathan Chait on why Rush Limbaugh can’t stop talking about slavery. How did the straight, white, middle-class Default Man take control of our society — and how can he be dethroned? Emily Baxter and Jamie Keene on the excessive political power of white men in the United States, in one chart. Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts on the worth of black men, from slavery to Ferguson. Deadly force, in black and white: A ProPublica analysis of killings by police shows outsize risk for young black males. Dehumanization increasingly seems to be merely a symptom of the problem; the problem being precisely that black people are being seen as people — and they are seen as being threatening, and taken down, because of it. You really can get pulled over for driving while black, federal statistics show.
Andrew M. Yuengert (Pepperdine): The Space between Choice and Our Models of It: Practical Wisdom and Normative Economics. Stephen Ziliak (Roosevelt) and Deirdre Nansen McCloskey (UIC): Lady Justice v. Cult of Statistical Significance: Oomph-Less Science and the New Rule of Law. Ajay K. Mehrotra (Indiana): Charles A. Beard and The Columbia School of Political Economy: Revisiting the Intellectual Roots of the Beardian Thesis. Steven G. Medema (Colorado): Identifying a “Chicago School” of Economics: On the Origins, Evolution, and Evolving Meanings of a Famous Brand Name. Patrice Bougette (Nice), Marc Deschamps (Lorraine), and Frederic M. Marty (CNRS): When Economics Met Antitrust: The Second Chicago School and the Economization of Antitrust Law. Todd J. Zywicki (George Mason): Is There a George Mason School of Law and Economics? Noah Smith on Austrian economists, 9/11 truthers and brain worms. Erik Angner (George Mason): “To Navigate Safely in the Vast Sea of Empirical Facts”: Ontology and Methodology in Behavioral Economics. You can download The Behavioral Economics Guide 2014, ed. Alain Samson. In what sense did economics go astray? Paul Krugman on how to get it wrong. Dean Baker on influencing the debate from outside the mainstream: Keep it simple. Matthew McCaffrey (Manchester): Incentives and the Economic Point of View: The Case of Popular Economics. Claire Jones on how universities across four continents are rolling out a revamped economics curriculum, after students protested that conventional academic courses failed to grapple with the problems befalling the global economy. Jean Tirole won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics for actually showing us how the real world works (and more). Jean Tirole on why societies often resist the policy recommendations of economists (and more). Mark Thoma rounds up links on Tirole.
Robert Hinckley (SUNY Potsdam): Authoritarianism, Selective Exposure, and Political Intolerance. Simon Powers and Laurent Lehmann (Lausanne): The Co-evolution of Social Institutions, Demography, and Large-scale Human Cooperation. Allan McConnell (Sydney) and Paul T' Hart (Utrecht): Public Policy as Inaction: The Politics of Doing Nothing. Sas Ansari (York): Too Fat for Society? William Bogart and “Regulating Obesity? Government, Society and Questions of Health”. Jonathan D. Rosenbloom (Drake): Local Governments and Global Commons. Mikaila Read (Eastern Washington): A Vindication of Emotional Experience in Philosophical Matters. From ThinkProgress, this is the way the war on pornography ends. Douglas Ficek reviews Doing Philosophy Personally: Thinking about Metaphysics, Theism, and Antiblack Racism by Dwayne A. Tunstall. Embrace the irony: Lawrence Lessig wants to reform campaign finance — all he needs is fifty billionaires. America’s tech guru Todd Park steps down — but he’s not done rebooting the government. The Latin word for "world wide web" is tela totius terrae — which is weird, because Latin is a dead language. Will “cisgender” survive? Paula Blank on how the linguistic complement to “transgender” has achieved some popularity, but faces social and political obstacles to dictionary coronation. Heather Cox Richardson on how the GOP stopped caring about you. Sahil Kapur on 9 scathing quotes from Judge Posner's dissent against WI Voter ID. Tom Roberts on how Pope Francis just ripped the weapons from the culture warriors' hands. The future of the culture wars is here, and it's Gamergate. Lynn Parramore on how Ayn Rand brought you the cult of self-obsessed celebrity.
Andrew F. March (Yale): Political Islam: Theory. Dalibor Rohac (Cato): Understanding Political Islam. Naser Ghobadzadeh (ACU): Electoral Theocracy: A Study of an Islamic Hybrid Regime. From SCTIW Review, Vernon James Schubel reviews Theorizing Islam: Disciplinary Deconstruction and Reconstruction by Aaron Hughes; and Ian Almond reviews Islam, Orientalism and Intellectual History: Modernity and the Politics of Exclusion since Ibn Khaldun by Mohammad R. Salama. Douglas H. Garrison reviews Islam and the Foundations of Political Power by Ali Abdel Razek. From Global Post, Caryle Murphy on Islam, Wahhabism, and reform in Saudi Arabia (in 5 parts). David Kirkpatrick on how ISIS’ harsh brand of Islam is rooted in austere Saudi creed. Muslim scholars tell Islamic State: You don’t understand Islam. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on the intellectual battle against ISIS. Are we fighting a just war against the Islamic State? G.D.Blunt investigates. Gerard Russell on the Islamic State's dire threat to ancient faiths: Some of the world's oldest religions are under attack, including the Yazidis, the Shabak and the Druse. Hakan Topal on Islamists and the perpetuity of catastrophe (and part 2). From The Conversation, Milad Milani on the truth about whether Islam is a religion of violence or peace; and on how cultural Muslims, like cultural Christians, are a silent majority. Basem Al Atom (JUST): Examining the Trends of Islamophobia: Western Public Attitudes Since 9/11. Zara Zimbardo (CIIS): Thinking Twice: Uses of Comedy to Challenge Islamophobic Stereotypes. Christopher Ingraham on how Ben Affleck and Bill Maher are both wrong about Islamic fundamentalism. Peter Beinart on Bill Maher's dangerous critique of Islam. Yes Bill Maher, Muslims win Nobel Peace Prizes too. Yes, Bill Maher is boorish — but we shouldn't be afraid to criticize Islam (and more). Fareed Zakaria: “Let’s be honest, Islam has a problem right now”.