Cross Currents

Articles from Vol. 59, No. 4, December

Alterity and Its Cure
Alterity (al tar i te), n. from the Latin alter (1) the state of being other or different. (2) the character of that which is other in the other. (3) the circumstance of "others" who are nominalized and distanced by hierarchical and stereotypical thinking....
Co-Creating My Worldview
I felt a coldness--a sense that I was intruding on my family and in the world--long before I could name it or voice it. And when I finally conquered the feeling, it was my body that could say I was accepted, in the right place--home. Can I build a...
Editorial
Editing Crosscurrents has never been more fun. This becomes evident to me when I put together the final issue in a volume year. As you may have noticed, this is the one that is not organized around a predetermined theme. The articles are received,...
Islam and Christianity Sibling Rivalries and Sibling Possibilities
Hans Kung's oft-quoted statement describes the urgency of interreligious dialogue in general, and of our Muslim-Christian conversation in particular: "There will be no peace among nations unless there is peace among religions. And there will be no...
Profane Holiness: Why the New Atheism Is (Partially) Good for True Spirituality and Religion
I believe; help my unbelief! --Mark 9:24 The New Atheists (TNAs) have seized the public's imagination, opening a new front in the American Cultural Wars against the Religious Right. But if we look closer we can see the wisdom of...
The Arab Peace Initiative: Lost in the Translation
The Arab Peace Initiative, launched by the Arab Summit Conference held in Beirut on March 28, 2002, called for a comprehensive peace with Israel, recognition of Israel, and normal relations with all twenty-two Arab countries, in return for Israeli...
The Ethics of Coexistence: Bollywood's Different Take on Terrorism
In my final exam in religious studies, I chose to speak about religion and culture in Bollywood movies. Suddenly the examiner quoted Andrej Tarkowskij, whom he had heard at a podium discussion in Berlin back in 1984. When asked what he thought about...
Walter Rauschenbusch and the Social Gospel: A Hopeful Theology for the Twenty-First Century Economy
If production could be organized on a basis of cooperative fraternity; if distribution could at least approximately be determined by justice; if all men could be conscious that their labor contributed to the welfare of all and that their personal...
Why Russians Should Not Read Sartre, or the Search for God in Two Extremities of Europe
"First I admired Dostoyevsky because of what he revealed to me about human nature, then I loved in Dostoyevsky the person who lived and expressed our historical destiny." --A. Camus (1) I do...
Yehuda Amichai, Jerusalem, and the Fate of Others
Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000) remains a profoundly influential influence on Israeli literature's grappling with the problem of competing claims to the land's sacred spaces. More than any other poet, he transformed the Hebrew language into a colloquial...
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