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Summer 1999, Vol. 2, No. 2
Preaching the Word in Littleton
After several decades of polite religious
pluralism in public mourning rituals, the Littleton tragedy shows Americans are embracing
a much more aggressive evangelical Protestant vocabulary to express their grief and give
meaning to their losses.
by Andrew Walsh
From the Editor: A Different Spiritual Politics
Religion in American politics, always episodic, is taking on a new role.
by Mark Silk
On the Beat: In Lagos,
Religion's Above the Fold
In Nigeria's yeasty newspaper market, religion
coverage plays a key role in explaining a vast and diverse nation to itself.
by Matthews A. Ojo
Something Wiccan This Way
Pagan covens in our armed forces? Some
conservatives rise to the bait following reports of officially-sanctioned Wiccan worship
at Fort Hood.
by Mark Silk
Kosovo: A Confusion of
America's religious leadership hasn't recovered the
common perspective on the use of force in U.S. foreign policy lost during the Vietnam era.
The result: a tangle of passionate statements and perspectives.
by Anthony Burke Smith
The Diallo Killing:
Out of the furor surrounding the police
shooting of Amadou Diallo, Al Sharpton remade himself as an ecumenical maestro and created
a new profile for Islam in New York.
by William K. Piotrowski
Methodism's Time of
The United Methodist Church reluctantly
launches ecclesiastical trials against dissident clergy determined to undermine the
church's recently strengthened restrictions on ministry to homosexuals, most notably an
outright ban on the blessing of gay unions.
by Keith Hartman
Spiritual Politicking and the
The IRS cracks down on the Christian
Coalition, potentially changing the rules of religious participation in politics.
by G. Jeffrey MacDonald
Correspondence: Was the
Church Fires Story Legit?
Two views on whether the black church arson story of
the mid-1990s was media manipulation or a revelation of real troubles in American society.
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