Ahmed Sabry Abou-Zaid (EIU) and Tesa E. Leonce (Columbus State): Religious Pluralism, Yet a Homogenous Stance on Interest Rate: The Case of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Roberta Rosenthal Kwall (DePaul): The Myth of the Cultural Jew. Alice Robb on what happens when Hasidic Jews join the secular world. Don Waisanen and Linda Weiser Friedman (Baruch) and Hershey H. Friedman (Brooklyn): What’s So Funny About Arguing with God? A Case for Playful Argumentation from Jewish Literature. Benjamin Brown (HUJ): Jewish Political Theology: The Doctrine of Da'at Torah as a Case Study. Christian evangelicals push aliyah — and Jews are concerned. Matthew John Paul Tan (De Paul): Christian Prayer as Political Theory. Robert Osburn (Minnesota) and Ksenafo Akulli (Ohio State): Does Christianity Aggregate or Distribute Power? A Historical and Analytical Assessment of Christianity as a Power Distribution Mechanism. Shawn Lazar (VU): Can Christians Wield the Sword? Hamidreza Ayatollahy (ATU): The Modern Man's Need for Justice: Pioneer Role of Islam and Christianity in Establishment of Social Justice. M. A Muqtedar Khan (Delaware): What is Enlightenment? An Islamic Perspective. Jan-Peter Hartung (SOAS): What Makes a Muslim Intellectual? On Pros and Cons of a Category. From TLS, what makes Islam unique? A review essay by Jonathan Benthall. The introduction to Ancient Religions, Modern Politics: The Islamic Case in Comparative Perspective by Michael Cook. In Jewish and Islamic holidays, a reminder of commonalities. Paul Elie interviews Karen Armstrong, author of Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence. Berlin thinks it is making religious history as Muslims, Jews and Christians join hands to build the House of One, a synagogue, a church and a mosque under one roof.

Hanna Filipczyk (Nicolaus Copernicus): Why is Tax Avoidance Immoral? Ethics, Metaethics and Taxes. Andrew Smith (Drexel): In Defense of Homelessness. Sara Rankin (Seattle): A Homeless Bill of Rights (Revolution). From HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, a special section on How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology beyond the Human by Eduardo Kohn. From the Baffler, L.A. Kauffman on the disruption this time; and Willie Osterweil on Hollybaba’s Blockbusters: If movies can tell us anything about the internal lives of typical film industry executives, it’s that they like to feel like the most important people in any room, like they’re doing everyone else a favor by granting a meeting. Laurence Tribe, one of the nation’s most respected constitutional scholars, sells out to nation’s largest coal company. From The Mississippi Valley Historical Review (Dec., 1951), David W. Noble on The New Republic and the Idea of Progress, 1914-1920 (free access at JSTOR Daily). Here is a dialogue on a focus group from the Unfogged commentariat on the New Republic. Is livestreaming the future of media, or the future of activism? Adrian Chen reports from Ferguson, and your laptop screen. Time to dump Dixie: With Mary Landrieu’s ignominious exit, the Democrats will have lost their last senator in the Deep South, and that’s a good thing — they should write it off because they don’t need it. If you have ever wondered why Justin Bieber has turned out to be such a little shit, you need to look no further than his father. Dylan Scott on how the Right-wing media finally Benghazified Obamacare. Tom Tomorrow on the Right-wing lessons learned. An article in Sunday Styles will do more for Bolshevism in America than an entire issue of @jacobinmag.

Jessica Wren Butler (Goldsmith): Masculinity, Authority, and the Illusion of Objectivity in Academic Discourse. Fernanda L. L. de Leon (Kent) and Ben McQuillin (UEA): The Role of Conferences on the Pathway to Academic Impact: Evidence from a Natural Experiment. Making the world’s problem solvers 10% more efficient: Ten years after Google engineer Anurag Acharya empowered researchers with Scholar, he can’t bear to leave it. Rebecca Koenig on why Professor Mark Marino thinks academics should write “BuzzFeed-style scholarship”. This is what happens when no one proofreads an academic paper (and more). Rebecca Schuman on how the bogus academic journal racket is officially out of control. Steven Pinker on why academics stink at writing. Alex Small writes in defense of the lecture: A good lecturer doesn’t just deliver facts but models how an expert approaches problems. Daniel Nester on why professors love to complain. In academe, the future is part-time: Reporters share the trends they see as the growth of the work force transforms the professoriate. Sarah Kendzior on the closing of American academia: The plight of adjunct professors highlights the end of higher education as a means to prosperity. Is an exodus of Ph.D.s causing a brain drain in the U.S.? David Wheeler on the rise of the “passport professor”. It’s Super-scholar: Scholarly superheroes and campus life often feature in comics, but do they capture the real-life dramas of academia? Michele Willens on when your teacher is a celebrity: Star professors can boost admissions — but can they actually teach? Extracurriculars: Philip Eil on what teachers do when they're not teaching you. Jorge Cham ‏on why academics REALLY use Twitter. #failedintellectual: @NeinQuarterly says goodbye to academe and hello to whatever.