From a special issue of Religions on spirituality and health, Jeremy P. Cummings and Kenneth I. Pargament (BGSU): Medicine for the Spirit: Religious Coping in Individuals with Medical Conditions; Arndt Bussing (Witten) Harold G. Koenig (Duke): Spiritual Needs of Patients with Chronic Diseases; and Carol J. Lysne (ITP) and Amy B. Wachholtz (UMass): Pain, Spirituality, and Meaning Making: What Can We Learn from the Literature? From Homiletic & Pastoral Review, Kevin G. Rickert on the divine will and human freedom: A Thomistic analysis. The introduction to Collectivistic Religions: Religion, Choice, and Identity in Late Modernity by Slavica Jakelic. Why do prayers go unanswered? Adam Hamilton looks at the question you've always been afraid to ask. Are coincidences so great that God must be responsible? The birth of religion: We used to think agriculture gave rise to cities and later to writing, art, and religion — now the world’s oldest temple suggests the urge to worship sparked civilization. Finding the sacred in the secular: Can atheists be spiritual? Atheists and religious fanatics are equally wrong about God, argues William Egginton in In Defense of Religious Moderation. Did god create the laws of physics? Richard Elliott Friedman and Shawna Dolansky on the Bible: As relevant (and misunderstood) as ever. The Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality sends word of a new monograph that minimizes modesty: “The Patriarch’s Nuts: Concerning the Testicular Logic of Biblical Hebrew” by Roland Boer. Howard Kainz on secularism’s victory through osmosis.

David Alan Sklansky (UC-Berkeley): Confined, Crammed, and Inextricable: What The Wire Gets Right. Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck): Institutions in History: Bringing Capitalism Back In. From Reason, an interview with Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers. From Details, even though a jury found him not guilty, Kevin Driscoll must now live with one of the last indelible taints in society — the rape accusation. From FDL, a book panel on Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics by Paul Street and Anthony DiMaggio. Too hard for science? Seeing if 10,000 hours make you an expert. From Swans, a tribute to the engine that became the nation's promise to a dead and visionary president's goal: the F-1 rocket engine, an authentic testament to human ingenuity and perseverance (and part 2). Sex, shame, and military might: What "character issues" come into play involving an individual’s complicity in the maintenance of blood-fueled imperium? After the 2008 election, conservatives learned to talk about race and gender — but not race and gender equality. It took a Miami New Times reporter just eight days and $399 in cash to obtain a high school diploma from the InterAmerican Christian Academy — using coursework completed by an 8-year-old girl.

From Unbound, Janet Halley (Harvard): Behind the Law of Marriage (I): From Status/Contract to the Marriage System. Amy Littlefield on a radical view of marriage. Our newlywed money dilemma: We just got married — how should we manage our finances? Thinner wife, happier marriage: Researchers find marriages tend to be more satisfying for both spouses when the wife is thinner than the husband. Redefining marriage: Nothing said in the public debate over marriage seems to touch on what it actually means. To the exclusion of all others: In a liberal society, is polygamy still intolerable? No objections: Nancy F. Cott on what history tells us about remaking marriage. An excerpt from Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty Dishes by Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson (and more and more and more and more and more). Multiple wives, substandard lives: Polygyny has mainly negative consequences for women, children, and unmarried young men — and is linked to violence among nations. A review of Untying the Knot: Marriage, the State, and the Case for their Divorce by Tamara Metz. Dana Adam Shapiro interviewed dozens of divorced people about the end of their relationships; the result is a treasure trove of heartbreak and infidelity — and a fictional film ironically titled “Monogamy”. Declining marriage rates among millennials just mean they take it more seriously. Women have called the shots at home for millions of years, scientists claim. A review of Marriage Confidential: The Post-Romantic Age of Workhorse Wives, Royal Children, Undersexed Spouses, and Rebel Couples Who Are Rewriting the Rules by Pamela Haag.