Gerard Drosterij (Tilburg): The Distinctiveness of Politics: Political Theory as a Third-Order Construction. Martha Nussbaum (Chicago): Perfectionist Liberalism and Political Liberalism. Thom Brooks (Newcastle): Respect for Nature: The Capabilities Approach. Hendrik Gommer (Tilburg): Law as a Reflection of Emotion and Human Nature. Mathilde Cohen (Columbia): The Social Epistemology of Public Institutions. Gillian Hadfield (USC) and Stephen Macedo (Princeton): Rational Reasonableness: Toward a Positive Theory of Public Reason. Joel I. Colon-Rios (Victoria) and Martin Hevia (Torcuato): From Redistribution to Recognition. Paul Turpin (Pacific): Rethinking Distributive Justice: The Relational Ground for Commutative Justice. Winnifred Fallers Sullivan (SUNY-Buffalo): Joan’s Two Bodies: A Study in Political Anthropology. From the inaugural issue of The Art of Theory, John P. McCormick (Chicago): Defending the People from the Professors: Machiavelli and Democracy; Sharon Krause (Brown): Moral Sentiment and the Politics of Human Rights; and an interview with Michael Sandel. From Modern Age, Pierre Manent on the greatness and misery of liberalism; and a review of A World beyond Politics? A Defense of the Nation-State by Pierre Manent. Are there natural human rights? Michael Boylan wonders. A review of Human Dignity by George Kateb. Waiting for St. Vladimir: An admirer of Alasdair MacIntyre’s moral philosophy rejects his political economy. Do multicultural policies erode trust in redistributive programs? Andreas Follesdal investigates. Taking inequality seriously: Here is a lost interview (2006) with Brian Barry. Zygmunt Bauman on justice and how to know it is there.

Jean-Marc Piret (Erasmus): Torture as a Lesser Evil? Governing Security in Times of Terrorist Emergencies. The Recursive Mind: Which came first, thinking about thinking or speaking? Rosemary's Babies: Satanism typically conjures thoughts of dark-cloaked figures in deeply wooded areas, where they sacrifice livestock over a makeshift altar and whisper mysterious incantations in hopes of appeasing their dark lord. Would you barter with God? Alla Semenova on why holy debts and not profane markets created money. A review of "The Party Faithful: Partisan Images, Candidate Religion, and the Electoral Impact of Party Identification" by David E. Campbell, John C. Green, and Geoffrey C. Layman. Which is the most effective way for the government to help people climb out of poverty: give them money or give them health care? What movies get wrong about childbirth: Hollywood comically exaggerates delivery room chaos — and reflects serious questions about pain relief. Can we tolerate higher taxes? Heed the Swedish Chef. Services pending: Susan McCarty stares down death at the obit desk.

In his new book Jesus of Nazareth, Benedict XVI clarifies five disputed questions on the life of Christ that still spark heated debates among theologians and others. When was Christianity born? It all depends on how you define the term Christianity. Diarmaid MacCulloch on five works that explain the birth and development of Christianity around the world, from Bede to Baghdad. A review of Christianity: How a Tiny Sect from a Despised Religion Came to Dominate the Roman Empire by Jonathan Hill. Half of New Testament forged, Bible scholar Bart D. Ehrman says. Modern readers often take Augustine’s Confessions to be an account of a saint’s struggles with lust — in fact, it is a symbolic retelling of the spiritual journey taken by the early church’s leading philosopher. An interview with John Julius Norwich, author of The Popes: a History (and more and more and more). A review of Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church by Jason Berry. The rise of anti-Western Christianity: A review of The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity and The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief by V.S. Naipaul. Sociologist Massimo Introvigne says a Christian is martyred every five minutes. What is there after this life? An interview with Paul O'Callaghan, author of Christ Our Hope: An Introduction to Eschatology (and part 2). Dale Ahlquist on the trouble with Catholic Social Teaching. Is Christianity anti-intellectual? A look at the not-so-smart side of faith. From The Christian Century, what's happening to church membership? Amy Frykholm investigates. An interview with Jim Dixon, author of Last Things Revealed. An interview with John Zmirak, author of The Bad Catholic’s Guide to the Seven Deadly Sins. What would Jesus drink? Joe Carter wants to know.