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Vol. 97, No.3, 2014: Table of Contents, Contributors & Subscription Information

Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal invites essays on topics related to any and all aspects of human values, including aesthetic, moral, political, economic, scientific, or religious values. Affiliated with the Society for Values in Higher Education, the journal has recently moved to Florida State University, where it is housed in the Center for Humanities and Society and edited by John Kelsay of the FSU Department of Religion. We welcome work from a variety of disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary approaches, including the arts, cultural studies, history, literature, philosophy, and religion, among others.

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Vol. 95, No.4, 2012: Table of Contents (also available as a PDF)

Table of Contents:


"We Languish in Obscurity": The Silence of God as Atavistic Calvinism in Cormac McCarthy's Fiction

Kirk Essary

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Defining Marriage

Andrew Forsyth


Discussion: The Beauty of Charisma

Introduction: From Golden Calves to Gold Bling Vincent Lloyd, Dana Lloyd 323-328
Repellent Attractions Karmen Mackendrick 328-339
Charisma and Community in the Aesthetics of Political Islam Abbas Barzegar 340-348
Politics and the Necessity of Narrative Paul W. Kahn 349-356
Is Democratic Charisma Thinkable? Nicholas Bromell 357-366
Sterling's Call to Charisma: Revealing Weber's Spirit in Contemporary Black Ministry James a. Manigault-Bryant 367-375
American Race and Charismatic License: Finding Martín de Porres in Obama Chris Garces 376-384
Shit White People Say About Beyoncé Joshua Dubler 385-392



Abbas Barzegar is an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Georgia State University. He researches Islamic narratives of community in the contexts of Sunni-Shiite polemics, American Muslim identity, and transnational political Islam.

Nicholas Bromell is professor of English at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. He was the founding editor of the Boston Review, where he continues to be a contributing editor. His most recent book is The Time Is Always Now: Black Thought and the Transformation of US Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Joshua Dubler is the author of Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013). He is an assistant professor of religion at the University of Rochester.

Kirk Essary finished his PhD in religion at Florida State University in the spring of 2014. He works on reception history and the history of Christian thought, especially in the works of Erasmus and John Calvin.

Andrew Forsyth is a doctoral student of religious ethics in Yale University’s Department of Religious Studies. He has particular interests at the nexus of Christian theology, moral and political philosophy, and the common law legal tradition; not least questions of punishment, forgiveness, natural law, and the judicial consideration of religion.

Chris Garces is assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University. His interests include contemporary political theologies, global penal state politics, and Catholic humanitarian interventions in Latin America. His publications have appeared in Cultural Anthropology, South Atlantic Quarterly, Anthropological Quarterly, Ecuador Debate, Íconos, and Urvio. [End Page v]

Paul W. Kahn is Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities at Yale Law School. He teaches constitutional law and theory, international law, and cultural theory and philosophy and is the author of numerous books and articles, including Political Theology: Four New Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty.

Dana Lloyd is a member of the Israeli Bar Association and a doctoral student in religion at Syracuse University. She is the coauthor of “Heidegger in Hebrew: A Chapter in the Constitution of Local Philosophy” and “Birth, Love, and Hybridity: Fear and Trembling and the Symposium.”

 Vincent Lloyd is assistant professor of religion at Syracuse University. His books include The Problem with Grace: Reconfiguring Political Theology (Stanford, 2011) and Black Natural Law: Beyond Secularism and Multiculturalism (Oxford, forthcoming). He coedits the journal Political Theology.

Karmen MacKendrick
is professor of philosophy at Le Moyne College in Syracuse. Her work is primarily in philosophical theology, especially on bodies, language, temporality, and will and their assorted intersections. Her most recent book is Divine Enticement: Theological Seductions (Fordham, 2013).

James A. Manigault-Bryant
is associate professor of Africana studies at Williams College. Manigault-Bryant has published in the CLR James Journal, Listening: A Journal of Religion and Culture, Critical Sociology, and the Journal of Africana Religions. His forthcoming manuscript, Black Ministerial Imaginations, is an ethnographic study of six black ministers’ searches for vocational meaning.

Soundings encourages scholars to challenge the fragmentation of modern intellectual life and to turn the best and most rigorous deliverances of the several academic disciplines toward the sterner discipline of a common good in human affairs. Soundings aims to publish articles that open disciplines to each other, and it looks for readers who sense in such openings some prospect for greater coherence and amplitude in public discourse.

However, our century shows that there are worse things than a fragmented life, chief among them the disguised violence of false unity and forced coherence. Soundings urges upon its authors and readers a happy regard for Whitehead’s advice: “Seek simplicity and distrust it.”

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