From First Things, a review of How American Experience Reflects Global Faith by Mark Noll; and Joseph Bottum on American exceptionalism and American religion. From Americana, a special issue on religions and the production of meaning in the US. A review of God and Race in American Politics: A Short History by Mark Noll and Your Spirit Walks Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion by Barbara Dianne Savage. An interview with Robert Jensen, author of All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice. An interview with theologian Stanley Hauerwas on leadership. David T. Koyzis on (re)discovering the evangelical mind. A review of In the Land of Believers: An Outsider's Extraordinary Journey into the Heart of the Evangelical Church by Gina Welch. The signers of the Catholic and Evangelical Manhattan Declaration seek to nuke the Church-State wall (and more and more). Is it time for a Catholic Tea Party? Deal W. Hudson wants to know. More on Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South by Steven P. Miller. Getting Beyond Billboard Jesus: Is American Christianity any more than a roadside sign or bumper sticker? A review of Spirituality, Inc.: Religion in the American Workplace by Lake Lambert III. How Christian were the Founders? Conservative activists on the Texas Board of Education say that the authors of the Constitution intended the United States to be a Christian nation — and they want America’s history textbooks to say so (and more). All Your Church Are Belong to Us: What is the practical motivation that drives Traditionalists to schlep to distant or dangerous parishes, to detach from local churches our grandparents scrimped to build? From Good, a look at America's wealthiest religions. Radical feminist theologian Mary Daly changed the way we think about religion (and more and more).

From Humanities, what Samuel Johnson really did: He made dictionaries matter; an article on Webster’s Third, the most controversial dictionary in the English language; and the Dictionary of Old English explores the brutality and elegance of our ancestral tongue. An excerpt from A Sensitive Liberal's Guide to Life: How to Banter with Your Barista, Hug Mindfully, and Relate to Friends Who Choose Kids Over Dogs by The Uptight Seattleite. An excerpt from Martin Anderson and Annelise Anderson’s Reagan’s Secret War. A review of Eternity Soup: Inside the Quest to End Aging by Greg Critser. The calorie-restriction experiment: Eating much, much less helped rats live longer — will it work on humans? Radical life extension and the problem of Malthusian hells: Is living longer in an overcrowded world better than the alternative? A review of Yemen: Dancing on the Heads of Snakes by Victoria Clark. Graeme Wood reviews The Routes of Man: How Roads Are Changing the World and the Way We Live Today by Ted Conover (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Adios, Amigos: How Latin America stopped caring what the United States thinks. Does suffering really offer spiritual dividends, or is the emphasis on it in Christianity (and many other traditions) something equivalent to a psychological flaw writ large? From Ctheory, Michael Betancourt on The State of Information. Now that men are starting to take over the kitchen, German publisher Gruner and Jahr dishes up a new magazine, called BEEF! Michael Scherer on how the White House scrambles to tame the news cyclone. From Vermont Commons, Bill Miller on why Lincoln was wrong on secession. Ron Holland on secession, a solution to the Washington debt threat.

Nicholas Swails (CSU): America’s Introduction to Global Terrorism: The Labor Day Hijackings, Black September, and their Challenges to the Era of Detente. From The New York Times Magazine, a cover story on Obama’s War Over Terror. A review of The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege and How We Can Be Safe Again by Tom Ridge. A professor in the US takes up the cause of a terror detainee of Pakistani origin who, she says, is guilty only of being a Muslim and a critic of US policies. Aziz Huq on three reasons racial profiling won’t end terrorism. A review of The Rhetoric of Terror: Reflections on 9/11 and the War on Terror by Marc Redfield. A review of Talking to Terrorists: Why America Must Engage with its Enemies by Mark Perry. Flagg Miller of UC-Davis, has listened to hundreds of audio tapes that once belonged to Osama bin Laden — it's the everyday conversations among jihadis that he finds the most interesting. The Holy War Pitch: We're only doing al-Qaeda recruiters a favor by casting its young men as invincible warriors. From Foreign Policy, is that scary man with a gun a full-fledged member of al Qaeda or just a wannabe? Here's a guide to the people who make up the organization's core and its periphery (and more); and meet the next generation of jihadi pundits (and more on the jihadi pundits who are making waves on al Qaeda's Web forums today). We should be treating the media outlets of terrorist groups as terrorists themselves. A review of Radical, Religious, and Violent: The New Economics of Terrorism by Eli Berman. By focusing on planes, terrorists take a calculated risk. A look at the world’s most bizarre terror threats: Underpants may be the least of our worries. From Cato Unbound, what is terrorism? Paddy Hillyard investigates.

From The Critical Flame, a review of Reading Geoffrey Hill’s Collected Critical Writings; a review of The Essays of Leonard Michaels by Ted Striphas; a review of Close Calls with Nonsense by Stephen Burt; a review of The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing by Mark McGurl (and more at Bookforum); and a review of The Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction. A review of What Intelligence Tests Miss: The Psychology of Rational Thought by Keith E. Stanovich. For a world seeking clarification on America's current stance on space weaponization, no answers have been forthcoming. An interview with Andy Serwer, Managing Editor of Fortune Magazine. The first chapter from Securing the Peace: The Durable Settlement of Civil Wars by Monica Duffy Toft. An interview with Philip Zimbardo on the Stanford prison experiment and its implications for ethics, responsibility, free will, and social policy. The crash of Air France flight 447 from Rio to Paris last year is one of the most mysterious accidents in the history of aviation; the reconstruction of the horrific final four minutes reveal continuing safety problems in civil aviation. Does arts criticism have a future? An exclusive essay to mark the launch of New Statesman's search for young music critics. Depression’s Upside: Is there an evolutionary purpose to feeling really sad? (and a response) An interview with Steve Lance on books on the future of advertising. Altruism is something of a novelty these days, and most people have little time to partake — but altruism is the whole idea behind the new charity, called the Secret Society for Creative Philanthropy. A debate on the pros and cons of commercializing the cosmos; valuing asteroids at $20 trillion each — Peter Diamandis makes a case for private space.

David Pickus (ASU): Did Somebody Evade Totalitarianism? On the Intellectual Escapism of Slavoj Zizek. Mark S. Dolson (UWO): On Benjamin’s Temporality of Crisis, Foucault’s Subjugated Knowledges and their Import in Theorising Revitalisation Movements: A Critical Theoretical Examination. Simon Cooper (Monash): Regulating Hybrid Monsters? The Limits of Latour and Actor Network Theory. Michael Marder (Saskatchewan): Reclaiming the Lifeworld: Toward an Ontology of Political Will. From the inaugural issue of Decalages, Filippo Del Lucchese (Occidental): On the Emptiness of an Encounter: Althusser’s Reading of Machiavelli; and a review of Louis Althusser and the Traditions of French Marxism by William S. Lewis. A review of After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency by Quentin Meillassoux. From TPM, a review of Derrida, An Egyptian: On the Problem of the Jewish Pyramid, God’s Zeal: The Battle of the Three Monotheisms, and Terror from the Air by Peter Sloterdijk. More on Heidegger: The Introduction of Nazism into Philosophy by Emmanuel Faye. The bread of justice must be baked by the people: An essay on Slavoj Zizek’s failed encounter with Leninism. Neil Turnbull (NTU): On Left Spinozism: "The New Spinozism is itself radically insufficient and at best only supplements existing modes of theoretical critique". Nicolas Bourriaud reacts to Jacques Ranciere’s claim that his "esthetique relationelle" is little more than a moral revival in the arts. A review of Jacques Ranciere: History, Politics, Aesthetics. From Naked Punch, an interview with Jacques Ranciere on the politics of aesthetics; an essay on Franz Fanon; and why should Badiou, Zizek et al feel the need to be encumber themselves with theosophy? Meet Alan Sokal, the man who dropped a bomb on postmodernism.