Cross Currents

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 2, Summer

Blood & Stone: Violence in the Bible & the Eye of the Illustrator
In every beginning there is darkness. The darkness of chaos seems eternal, Yet form emerges: light dawns, and life is born. The Sixth Service of the New Union Prayerbook Art always meditates on death, and thus creates life. Flannery...
Devoured by God: Cannibalism, Mysticism, and Ethics in Simone Weil
Vishnu, seeing you brush the clouds with flames of countless colors, your mouths agape, your huge eyes blazing my inner self quakes... Seeing the fangs Protruding from your mouths like the fires of time, I lose my bearings......
Editorial: The Image on Impact
To study religious imagery is to discover a good many more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our theologies. Metaphor outruns reason; where theology attempts a coherent and defensible statement of our relations with the universe, metaphor...
Jephthah's Daughter
The Book of Judges recounts the history of the Israelite people after settling in the promised land, as the tribes struggle against neighboring peoples such as the Canaanites and the Perizzites, the Ammonites and the Moabites. The story of Jephthah's...
Notes on God's Violence
for Mara Benjamin The half-formed cup cries out in agony, The lump of clay suffers a silent pain. I heard the cup, though, full of feeling, say, "O clay be true, O clay keep constant to Your need to take, again and once again, This...
The Precarious Ties That Bind Us: Sotah 2a
Editor's Introduction For those not acquainted with talmudic study, it will be helpful to know that it is a twenty-five-hundred-year-old process of cooperative textual reasoning, which begins with the effort to understand the connection between...
Violence in Christian Theology
It is not difficult to see why discussion of the relationship of violence and Christianity is controversial. [1] When asked whether Christianity supports violence and is a violent religion, does one answer "Of course -- look at the crusades, the multiple...
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