Sofia 86

November 2007

Dangerous Religion

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Articles and Features

  • Toxic Religion in the American Empire by Michael Northcott. Michael Northcott argues that the dominant religion of the USA is the religion of America with its rituals of the American flag, demanding constant human sacrifice. Michael Northcott is Professor of Ethics at the University of Edinburgh and a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church.
  • Against The West by Dominic Kirkham. Dominic Kirkham looks at how Islamic and Christian Fundamentalism came to share a common hostility to ‘the West’. Dominic Kirkham is an interested follower of SoF and writes regularly for Renew (Catholics for a Changing Church).
  • The Harm Done by Religion Today by Jennifer Jeynes

Poetry and Hymns

  • Hymn: The Common Quest. David Paterson provides two more verses for John Andrew Storey’s hymn The Larger View
  • Moveable Feasts by Brian Docherty
  • Flying by Anne Ashworth


  • Philosophy: Tom Rubens reviews Debating Humanism edited by Dolan Cummings
  • Philosophy: Philip Knight reflects on the significanace of Richard Rorty and reviews his Philosophy as Cultural Politics: Philosophical Papers Vol 4.
  • Theology: Jason C. Bivins reviews An Angel Directs the Storm: Apocalyptic Religion and American Empire by Michael Northcott
  • Theology: Ruth Scott reviews After the Church: Divine Encounter in a Sexual Age by Claire Henderson Davis
  • Art: Anna Sutcliffe visits Andy Goldsworthy’s Project The Beauty of Creation in Bretton Hall Sculpture Park
  • Poetry: Christopher Truman reviews The Meanest Flower by Mimi Khalvati
  • Art: Cicely Herbert visits The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army at the British Museum


  • Letters
  • Current Affair by Owl