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Religion in the News


On-line as well as hot off the press is the latest edition of Religion in the News, the semi-annual magazine that we've been publishing at the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life for the past 14 years. Here's a roundup of the contents, with links.

After my editor's column on the unlooked-for return of religion to the center of the American political stage, we begin with two articles on the place of religion in the Arab Awakening: USC professor Philip Seib's cautionary assessment of the media coverage and "Repaving the Arab Street," a pathbreaking essay on changes in Arab political vocabulary by Abdou Filali-Ansary, director of the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations at Aga Khan University in London.

We turn next to the latest chapters in the Catholic crisis. Managing editor Andrew Walsh tells you all you need to know about the historic coverup indictments of high-ranking prelates in Philadelphia and Kansas City, and associate editor Christine McCarthy McMorris reviews Irish prime minister's Enda Kenny's harsh parliamentary put-down of the Vatican.

Then comes a trio of evangelical hot buttons: Rob Bell's universalism and its Calvinist critics, by undergraduate fellow Shannon Smith; Pacific Lutheran University professor Seth Dowland's take on Dominionism and its denouncers on the Left; and "Oops!" by Washington State historian Matthew Sutton, on radio preacher Harold Camping's End Times fiasco.

Turning to the civil religion front, undergraduate fellow Samuel Dunbar Livingston looks at NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial decision to conduct the 10th anniversary remembrance of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center without benefit of clergy. Then Andrew Walsh details the fascinating Byzantine psychodrama of the Orthodox Church in America--"Cirque d'OCA." And finally, Marc Stern of the American Jewish Committee explains how the Supreme Court's current interpretation of the mysterious (to non-lawyers) doctrine of standing bids fair to do away with most challenges to the First Amendment's ban on religious establishments.

Knock yourselves out!

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