From Relevant, is there a church mutiny afoot? Here are excerpts from Saints For Dummies by John Trigilio and Kenneth Brighenti. From Discerning Reader, a review of Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus by D.A. Carson; and a review of A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith by Brian McLaren (and more). The perverse core of Christianity: Carl Packman argues that Zizek’s theological atheism beats the crudities of “Ditchkins”. Orthodox paradox: An interview with John Milbank, co-author (with Slavoj Zizek) of The Monstrosity of Christ (and more). An interview with Jonathan Merritt, author of Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for our Planet. A review of Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in the Christian Life by R.C. Sproul. From Geez, a debate on the new monasticism, also known as ordinary life in the neighbourhood. A review of Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary by Miri Rubin. A review of Discovering Mary by David Mills. If Mass is boring: An interview with Javier Echevarria Rodriguez, prelate of Opus Dei. A review of Paul Among the People by Sarah Ruden and The Hidden Power of the Gospels by Alexander J. Shaia. From, a look at the top ten signs you're a fundamentalist Christian. From Inside Catholic, Rev. Dwight Longenecker writes in praise of patriarchy. The Jesus We'll Never Know: Why scholarly attempts to discover the "real" Jesus have failed — and why that's a good thing. A review of Jesus: A Biography From a Believer by Paul Johnson. Christianity and advertising: Donald Miller looks at what the world of advertising might say about our faith. A review of In Harm’s Way: A History of Christian Peacemaker Teams by Kathleen Kern.

From History and Policy, Andrew Blick on why the Cabinet Office quest for a written constitution in the UK should worry historians. From Edge, big thinkers on what the ash cloud means. Can you believe those fucking dumbshits in the Insane Clown Posse don’t know how magnets work? Searching for a democratic alternative: A proposal for a new International has been circulating online and collecting endorsements for some months now. Karin L. Kross reviews Far Arden by Kevin Cannon. Linda Holmes goes hunting for the elusive hipster. Prospects for peace: The American Conservative asked 14 thinkers from across the political spectrum whether conservatives and progressives can join forces against empire; Christopher Layne on an empire we can no longer afford; and democracy delusion: Peter Hitchens on how the West’s interests aren’t always best served by one man, one vote. From The New Yorker, John Lahr on Neil Simon’s theatre, television, and movie empire. The beaches along the Eastern seaboard are about to disappear, says one EPA scientist — why isn't anyone listening? Five years of YouTube: For those looking for innovative and thoughtful views of the phenomenon, The YouTube Reader includes reflections by leading media and film scholars on the site and its immense impact. Haven on Earth: Mark Bergen on how far rich folk (like Mike Bloomberg) will go to avoid taxes. From Wired, Clive Thompson on why we should learn the language of data. From The Weekly Standard, anti-Catholicism, again: Joseph Bottum on the permanent scandal of the Vatican. Anis Shivani on "voice in fiction", a favorite MFA/writing program shibboleth. On Stephen Ambrose: Popular history writing has to entertain first and foremost — but this doesn't mean you can play fast and loose with the truth.

From Africa Spectrum, a special issue on Power-Sharing in Africa. Jeffrey Gettleman on Africa's Forever Wars: Why the continent's conflicts never end. Sahelian vice squad: Niger's coup is wildly popular, but is it a harbinger of democracy and prosperity? Inside a dictator's secret police: Eight years ago, Reed Brody stumbled upon the records of one of Africa's most brutal leaders, Chad's Hissene Habre. Without democratic reforms in Chad, peace is impossible in Darfur. Is Nigeria finally cleaning up its crooked ways? How to cut inflation by 230 million percent: Zimbabwe, the world's most free-fall economy, today is almost normal. A review of The Other Side of Idi Amin Dada by Christopher Colombus Sembuya. The transition to democracy in Guinea-Conakry is both a lesson and a warning to those who would wield rape as an instrument of terror — whether in war or in peace. African ability: Mali makes mileage of being in the middle of the continent. Blood and treasure: Why one of the world's richest countries is also one of its poorest (and more). After decades of international aid and global trade, many African farmers are still only one step ahead of starvation. Congo ignored, not forgotten: When 5 million dead aren’t worth two stories a year. We don’t talk about the genocide in places like the Congo because we can’t face up to who’s really responsible for the rape and slaughter. Cause Celeb: How Africa became the hottest continent for celebrity do-gooders and PR-seekers (and more). Who is to blame for the Rwanda genocide? A review of From Genocide to Continental War by Gerard Prunier. From Afrik, an article on Arabization and a history of Black-African marginalization in Mauritania (and more and more and more on Arabization).

The winners of the 2010 National Magazine Awards have been announced (and more). An interview with Kevin Braddock, the man behind Manzine. The artists whose day job is guarding the Metropolitan Museum of Art have started a magazine to showcase their own work — it's called Sw!pe. Creative Nonfiction begins life anew as a quarterly magazine. A look at how spam filters dictated the fate of Canadian magazine The Beaver. With her "un-Albertan" magazine, founding editor Jackie Flanagan is trying to show her province isn't all rednecks, cowboys and oil tycoons. ChopChop magazine makes cooking a tool in fight against child obesity, with free issues distributed at doctors’ offices. Under the New Statesman’s new editor, Jason Cowley, the Staggers may very well be returning to its roots. Mr. Magazine interviews Josh Tyrangiel, editor of the new Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg LP's ambition for the revamped BusinessWeek magazine is to make it "the American version of the Economist". Ebony shaped the black middle class, then misread its digital moment. Though not quite on a fast track to The New Republic levels of noxiousness, the deterioration of The Nation into a vapid, politically complacent mouthpiece of the establishment has been marked to any candid observer. A magazine, long gone, is given digital CPR: One man’s quest to keep Liberty magazine, the popular mid-20th-century mass-market publication, alive. Gavin Weal is trying to change the world one magazine at a time. The Washington Blade, the 40-year-old DC-area gay weekly that folded late last year, is back. Why is it that print editors are so often seen as having the expertise to oversee a magazine website, whereas web editors aren’t seen as able to oversee (or contribute to) print? A look at the 15 best print magazine runs of all time.

Isaac Kramnick (Cornell): Lockean Liberalism and the American Revolution. From the Journal of Transnational American Studies, David Faflik (SDSU): Housing the "Other" Half: American Studies' Global Urban Turn; and Bryce Traister (UWO): The Object of Study; or, Are We Being Transnational Yet? A review of The Mind of a Patriot: Patrick Henry and the World of Ideas by Kevin J. Hayes. From Slate, John Dickerson on risk, the story of America's greatest idea. From History Now, a special issue on Andrew Jackson and his world. More and more and more on A New Literary History of America by Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors. A review of The Cracked Bell: America and the Afflictions of Liberty by Tristram Riley-Smith. A review of Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It by Michael J. Trinklein (and more and more and more and more and more and more). Real America: Abram Sauer on the Treasure Hunters Roadshow and their small-town newspaper grift. A.C. Grayling on Ralph Waldo Emerson, Olympian mind. A review of Condom Nation: The U.S. Government's Sex Education Campaign from World War I to the Internet by Alexandra M. Lord (and more). A genuinely global figure, Thomas Paine anticipated modern ideas on human rights, atheism and rationalism; David Nash looks at his enduring impact. A review of Radio's Hidden Voice: The Origins of Public Broadcasting in the United States by Hugh Richard Slotten. Claude S. Fischer on his book Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character. David O’Neill reviews Knickerbocker: The Myth Behind New York by Elizabeth L. Bradley. A review of The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom by Steven Hahn. A review of Betsy Ross and the Making of America by Marla R. Miller.