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The Genius of Judaism

The Genius of Judaism , by Bernard-Henri Lévy, translated by Steven B. Kennedy (Random House, 2017) From the publishers blurb: “Bernard-Henri Lévy has been a singular figure on the world stage—one of the great moral voices of our time. Now Europe’s foremost…


Sin: The Early History of an Idea

Sin: The Early History of an Idea , by Paula Fredriksen (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2012) … The dominant current view of sin is that it changes throughout history to fit the culture, and that sin is rightly understood as a result of error…


Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifetime Activist

Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifetime Activist , by David Hartsough with Joyce Hollyday. Foreword by John Dear; Introduction by George Lakey; Afterward by Ken Butigan. (PM Press, Oakland CA, 2014. 243 pages. $20, paperback) Reviewer Rich Van Dellan is a…


The Salvation of Aliens

Two Christian theologians discuss, given God’s plan of salvation from the Christian tradition, whether aliens on another planet will need their own separate savior or whether Christ will be the savior for the whole universe. One theologian argues that aliens would need a savior…


Is Marilynne Robinson a Quaker?

Marilynne Robinson is the author of Gilead: A Novel (2004), which was awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2012 National Humanities Medal. She recently held an extended interview with President Obama for The New York Review of Books (11/5/2015).


Islam Today: A Muslim Quaker’s view by Christopher Bagley

Christopher Bagley’s Islam Today: A Muslim Quaker’s View is very helpful addition to the Quaker meeting toolbox. The author speaks as both a Quaker and a Muslim, giving us his experience and understanding of reality from two viewpoints of tradition. Can there be a…


Eastern Light: Awakening to Presence in Zen, Quakerism and Christianity

Steve Smith’s Eastern Light: Awakening to Presence in Zen, Quakerism and Christianity is a remarkable book in the form of a quasi-autobiographical reflection on the author’s reembracing of Quaker tradition, broadened through the assistance of Buddhist insigh…


Sexual Etiquette 101 and More

The mission of the Bridging the Gap Foundation is to improve reproductive health and contraceptive decision-making of women and men by providing up-to-date educational resources to the physicians, nurses and public health leaders of tomorrow. Quakers once had a…


Mark Larrimore’s The Book of Job: A Biography – A Review

What do Quakers say about the dilemma provided in the biblical Book of Job? Mark Larrimore’s The Book of Job: A Biography (Princeton University Press, 2013) focuses the reader’s attention on the experience of injustice, the success of the wicked, and the suffering…


The Joy of Secularism: 11 Essays for How We Live Now

Given our recent theme of exploring non-theism and secularism, it seems useful to publish a slightly reedited version of this March 2012 review of George Levine’s The Joy of Secularism: 11 Essays for How We Live Now (2011) This collection of essays could be titled…