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Thinking with Samaritans and Cynthia Baker’s <i>Jew</i>

Thinking with Samaritans and Cynthia Baker’s Jew

MRB June 5, 2017 0

Matthew Chalmers on Cynthia Baker’s Jew Calling someone a Jew is not a neutral act. In her new book, Cynthia Baker explains with exemplary clarity how for much of their history the term Jew

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Violence in Islam

Violence in Islam

MRB May 25, 2017 0

Lamin Sanneh on Islam’s under-appreciated potential for peace What’s Wrong with Islam? The many attempts to explain what went wrong with the Muslim world, with its outbreaks of violent extremism against minorities, tend to

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The Gorka Affair

The Gorka Affair

MRB May 25, 2017 0

Jacob Labendz on why two Jewish magazines went to war over a Trump appointee “Trump is not Hitler.” Over the past year, I have had to repeat those words too many times for my

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<i>Jew</i> and the Making of the Christian Gaze

Jew and the Making of the Christian Gaze

MRB May 24, 2017 0

Annette Yoshiko Reed on Cynthia Baker’s Jew It is a potent time to rethink identity. Much of the twenty-first century had been marked by scholarly proclamations of its demise. Already by the close of

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Revisiting Kierkegaard’s <i>Fear and Trembling</i>

Revisiting Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling

MRB May 24, 2017 0

Thomas J. Millay on Jeffrey Hanson’s Kierkegaard and the Life of Faith Any serious consideration of the story of Abraham and Isaac is bound to produce anxiety—perhaps even sleep deprivation. You end up asking

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Kinship with God: Indigenous Christianity in an Amazonian World

Kinship with God: Indigenous Christianity in an Amazonian World

MRB May 9, 2017 0

Ryan Schram on Aparecida Vilaça’s Praying and Preying In her latest book, Praying and Preying, cultural anthropologist Aparecida Vilaça examines how the Wari’, an indigenous society of Amazonia, became Evangelical Christians, and what they

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Introduction: Forum on Cynthia Baker, <i>Jew</i>

Introduction: Forum on Cynthia Baker, Jew

MRB May 6, 2017 0

Shaul Magid and Annette Yoshiko Reed introduce Marginalia’s newest forum As Leopold Zunz once wrote, “Genuine scholarship is generative.” Good scholarship may teach us things we did not know, but genuine scholarship shifts and

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Yeah Jew!

Yeah Jew!

MRB May 6, 2017 0

Daniel Boyarin on Cynthia Baker’s Jew When my nephew was about eight or so, he went to school one day and, upon returning home, announced, “I saw a Jew in school today.” “What did

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God’s Business: Thinking About Religion Through Economics

God’s Business: Thinking About Religion Through Economics

MRB May 6, 2017 0

Nile Green applies economic thinking to matters of faith Smartphone in hand, with a carefully trimmed beard and a constant eye on his Twitter account. Such is the familiar image of the entrepreneur of

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Evangelicals and the New Urbanism

Evangelicals and the New Urbanism

MRB April 22, 2017 0

The troubled relationship of Christians and the City As American culture underwent the metamorphosis of late modernity, evangelical Christians signed up for the resistance. The sexual revolution, prayer in public schools, no-fault divorce, and

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