Cross Currents

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 2, Summer

A Monk, a Rabbi, and the 'Meaning of This Hour': War and Nonviolence in Abraham Joshua Heschel and Thomas Merton*
"Do you know, Fontanes, what astonishes me most in the world? The inability of force to create anything. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the spirit." Napoleon Bonaparte "That which distinguishes us from all the animals...
A Place for Religion in Science?
As Director of the Columbia Center for the Study of Science and Religion I am often asked, what is "Science and Religion?" Is it, or can it become, a real field? Or is it just a phrase, no more than a trivial coupling, clever but sterile? It's easy...
Can the University and the Church Save Each Other?
At least at present, the Church and the University need each other in order to regain their right minds. A Church which, in a phrase popular in the UK at the moment, is 'mission-shaped' (1) is drawn to an instrumental vision, in which all its learning--its...
Cultivating Theology: Overcoming America's Skepticism about Religious Rationality
It was John Locke who, in his famous "A Letter Concerning Religious Toleration" said, "every church is orthodox to itself; to others, erroneous or heretical. For whatsoever any church believes, it believes to be true and the contrary unto those things...
Editorial
Ever since Moral Man and Immoral Society, American religious thought has, consciously or not, lived in the shadow of Reinhold Niebuhr's pessimistic assessment of the transformative impact of religious life on secular culture. No doubt there are good...
Healing Religion: Aesthetics and Analysis in the Work of Kristeva and Clement
"The Psychoanalyst is called upon to heal: the social command that justifies his existence is expressed in this way." (1) Two of the most influential continental thinkers of recent years are Julia Kristeva and Catherine Clement. They have provided...
It Takes at Least Two to Reproduce (1)
Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness ... So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply...
Now That John Paul II Is No Longer with Us
Forty years ago, I was a rabbi in one of the affluent suburbs of New York. I was not a beginner. My father, may he rest in peace, had been a prominent Conservative rabbi, and I had been trained in the best department of oriental studies in the world...
On Transforming Our World: Critical Pedagogy for Interfaith Education
We live in difficult times. We are confronted with daily media images and news of violence and turmoil. We face a struggling economy and growing stratifications of wealth. We live in a divided society, polarized by issues of war, healthcare, marriage,...
Raising Cain: The Problem of Evil and the Question of Responsibility
[E]vil in the Third Reich had lost the quality by which most people recognize it--the quality of temptation. Many Germans and many Nazis ... must have been tempted not to murder, not to rob, not to let their neighbors go off to their doom, and not to...
Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.