Cross Currents

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 2, June

40 Questions about Christians and Biblical Law
Thomas R. Schreiner Grand Rapids, Ml: Kregel, 2010, pp.256, pb, $17.99 Thomas it Schreiner teaches NT Studies at Southern Baptist Seminary, and has published a number of volumes including The Law and Its Fulfillment: A Pauline Theology of Law....
A Different Priest, the Epistle to the Hebrews
Albert Vanhoye Miami, FL: Convivium Imprint of Gregorian and Biblical Press, Rhetorica Semitica Series, 2011, Pp. 456, pb, $26.99. Throughout the 60 years of my life in ministry, as preacher, pastor, theologian, and university professor, I have...
Athanasius
Peter J. Leithart Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2011. 204 + xvii pp., pb, $29.95. Professor Leithart, organizing pastor of Trinity Reformed Church in Moscow, Idaho, has joined the modest crowd of enthusiasts that has arisen in the scholarly world...
Between God and Google: Reflections on the Technology Project of the Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture
"... many people's recollected nightmares are soundless, with suggestions of thick glass or deep water and these media's effect on sound." -David Foster Wallace (1) Sniff In my working life, designing and fabricating objects and images...
Christianity: How a Tiny Sect from a Despised Religion Came to Dominate the Roman Empire
Jonathan Hill Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2011. 256 pp. (Cloth), $29.95. Between the lives of Christ and Constantine, Christianity moved from a minor apocalyptic Jewish sect to a Gentile world religion; from an unknown company of fishermen in...
Cross-Purposes: Museum Display and Material Culture
A museum is not a univocal medium: it is a complex of narrative strategies, objects, spaces, texts, and images. Its messages are produced by both curators and audiences and compete for dominance simultaneously. Exhibitions serve a representative function...
First-Person Shooter Religion: Algorithmic Culture and Inter-Religious Encounter
The things we do in video games, says garner theorist Galloway, "are an allegory for the algorithmic structure of today's informatic culture" (17). But our fascination with algorithms is hardly new. Indeed, religious history is infused with a host...
Introduction: The Mediation of Meaning, or Re-Mediating McLuhan
In a culture like ours, long accustomed to splitting and dividing all things as a means of control, it is sometimes a bit of a shock to be reminded that, in operational and practical fact, the medium is the message. This is merely to say that...
Islam and Homosexuality
Samar Habib 2 vols, Westport, CT: Praeger, 2010. pp. 503 + lxii, cloth, $104.95 This two-volume set is introduced in a foreword by Parvez Sharma in which he lucidly describes this work by pointing out that the issue of homosexuality is approximately...
Justice for Hedgehogs
Ronald Dworkin Cambridge: Belknap Press, 2011, 506 pp., $35. The publication of this mighty tome, as its author, one of the most distinguished legal scholars and philosophers in the world turns eighty and caps an illustrious transatlantic career,...
Pixels Perpetual Shine: The Mediation of Illness, Dying, and Death in the Digital Age
"I like to think that something survives after you die," [jobs] said. "It's strange to think that you accumulate all this experience, and maybe a little wisdom, and it just goes away. So I really want to believe that something survives, that maybe...
Reflections on the Impact of "The Digital Revolution" on Art and Religion
The steady and rapid progress of digital technologies over the last thirty years has led to major changes in the cultural ecosystem in which we live. Particularly since the development of the Internet in the early 1990s, the digital world has become...
Reformed Dogmatics, Abridged in One Volume
Herman Bavinck (John Bolt, Editor) Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011, pp. 848 + xvi, cloth, $60.00. Herman Bavinck has been revered for a century for his superior four volumes of Reformed Dogmatics. He lived from 1854 to 1921 and taught...
The Dead Sea Scrolls on Sexuality; Attitudes towards Sexuality in Sectarian and Related Literature at Qumran
William Loader Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2009. pp. 439 + x, cloth $44.00. William Loader is Professor Emeritus at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia. He is currently a Professorial Research Fellow of the Australian Research Council studying...
The Miracle of Kindness, Changing the World One Act at a Time
James R. Kok Garden Grove, CA: James R. Kok Publisher, 2005, pp. 263 + xiv, pb, $19.95. James Kok has been a pastor for nearly fifty years and Director of the Care Ministry of the Chrystal Cathedral much of that time. He is the author of a half...
The Skin of Religion: Aesthetic Mediations of the Sacred
"That which is most profound in the human being is the skin." Paul Valery "The body is the place where things happen." Vito Acconci We begin with the skin....

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