Sojourners Magazine

Sojourners Magazine is a magazine specializing in Religion topics.

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 2, February

A Bad Morality Play: What Have We Learned from the Financial Crisis?
THE DOW JONES Industrial Average recently returned to 10,000--and Wall Street celebrated. At the same time, the nation's unemployment rate climbed to almost 10 percent. (In my hometown of Detroit, it was more like 30 percent). The juxtaposition of...
America's Rebel Artist
IN THE PAST half-century, On the Road and other books by Jack Kerouac have become part of the patrimony of rebel America, passed like a secret handshake from one generation of dissidents to the next. You can see this process taking place before your...
An Answering God
The readings for February include the final Sundays of Epiphany and the first Sundays of Lent, linked by the pivot of Ash Wednesday. The two Sundays of Epiphany feature the wondrous transformative power of the gospel God who has capacity to make...
Asking the Right Questions
I HAVE WRITTEN a new book--one I didn't plan to write, but which emerged as we responded to the economic crisis that has gripped the nation and the world. I wrote it as a tract for the times, and it's titled Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main...
Can Peaceful Protest Stop a Rising Tide?
THERE ARE TWO principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time, and will ever continue to struggle, declared Abraham Lincoln in 1858: "the common right of humanity and the divine right of kings." As the world debates how to stop...
'Do What Is Just': Today's Jewish Social Justice Movement Is Renewing Its Strength with Faith and Grassroots Power
THE JEWISH SOCIAL justice movement in the U.S. has never been more vibrant than it is today--and that's saying a lot, since Judaism is a religion of doing, not dogma. Generations of rabbis have taken their guidance from Isaiah, who suggested that Jews'...
God Speaks To
GOD SPEAKS TO us in infinite ways, using the language of mind, body, and soul--the verbal and the nonverbal. Our responses to God carry the same variety. The image in "Paint Your Faith" shows the creation of four artists who pointed their spray cans...
God's Two Books
I RECENTLY ATTENDED a private symposium of Christian leaders--scientists, theologians, and pastors, along with other scholars. We were learning from each other and praising God for many corresponding revelations in God's two books: the Bible and nature....
'Growth' That Kills: Gross Domestic Product Mislabels Damage to the Planet
For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether you have enough to complete it? --Luke 14:28 LAST FALL, ECONOMISTS Joseph Stiglitz, Amartya Sen, and Jean-Paul Fitoussi, leading a commission...
Interpreting the Language of God
Jeannie Choi: How did you come to faith? Francis Collins: I wasn't raised in a home where faith was considered important. I became an atheist and held that view as a graduate student in chemistry. It was only when I went to medical school and faced...
J Street Shakes Things Up: There's a New 'Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace' Force on Capitol Hill
IT HAS BEEN around for less than two years. But "J Street," which bills itself as a "pro-Israel and pro-peace" organization, has already made a big splash in Washington. Why the fuss? Because, for the first time ever, a pro-Israel Jewish organization...
Meditations on Disbelief: David Bazan on How He Became an Agnostic-And Lived to Sing about It
SINCE 1994, David Bazan has put sharp questions about faith, justice, and his Pentecostal-evangelical upbringing front and center in his songs. Like many doubters who came before, from Augustine to Mother Teresa, he wrestled with God while still counting...
More Religion, Less Juvenile Crime: The Case for Faith, Not Prison, to Prevent Youth Crime
FROM 1985 TO 1994, the rates at which 14- to 17-year-old males committed murder doubled for whites and tripled for blacks. Juveniles carried out about 137,000 more violent crimes in 1994 than they had in 1985. A 1996 report issued by the Office of...
Perfect Love
AH, FEBRUARY, THE month that is, for those of us in northern climates, the coldest, darkest, and, blessedly, shortest month of the year. It is also the time when, as the St. Valentine's Day holiday approaches, our thoughts turn to romantic love. ...
Post-Apocalyptic Hope
CORMAC MCCARTHY'S NOVELS are the Ecclesiastes of postmodern American literature--finely wrought chunks of sparseness in which the protagonists struggle to survive a violent or deadening landscape, and rarely have time for such luxuries as hope or happiness....
Rev. Efrem Smith
Bio: Author of The Hip-Hop Church; Senior pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis. Web site: www.sanctuarycov.org 1 Sanctuary Covenant has a "vision to be an urban, multiethnic, relevant, holistic, Christ-centered community." When...
Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil: Give the Global-South Anti-Corruption Activist a Fighting Chance
MANY OF US donate money to help the poor overseas. But what we don't realize is that, every time we fill up a gas tank, we may be indirectly giving money to hurt the poor overseas--by funding corrupt officials whose source of power is big corporate...
Thar It Blows ... One Sign of the Apoclaypse Includes All-You-Can-Eat Buffets
I'VE BEEN SURFING the Internet, looking for ways to escape the coming apocalypse that ancient Mayans, using science available at the time, predicted for two years from now. This prediction was based on their assumption that the Mayan civilization would...