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Issue 55

This special issue features a symposium of writers responding to the question Why Believe in God? The editors of Image envisioned this not as a rebuttal in the dryly argumentative style of the so-called New Atheists, but as a way of allowing writers and artists to address the question through intuition and imagination. The symposium (also available by itself in book form) contains reflections from poets B.H. Fairchild and Martha Serpas, fiction writers Doris Betts and Ron Hansen, essayist Richard Rodriguez, filmmaker Wim Wenders, songwriter Linford Detweiler (of Over the Rhine), and more. Plus, poetry by Ilya Kaminsky, a conversation with Walter Brueggemann, fiction by A.G. Mojtabai, the art of Barry Krammes, and much more.

A Geology of the Sacred: Stephen Cox Reopens the Ancient Quarries


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Barry Krammes: Shepherd of the Wasteland


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How Else Would God Enter?


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abstract and fuzzy photo of a forest shot through with light

Faith, Hope, Charity


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Old River


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Jerusalem Manor


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A Song before Dying


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Scientific Method


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The Last Book on the Shelf


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Facts about the Moon


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The Persistence of Faith


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What about God?


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Credo


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The Pragmatist’s Prayer


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Interrogation


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A Fluid Compendium


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Atheism is Wasted on the Nonbeliever


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A Light Infused


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The Renewable Vow


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photo overlooking a ridge of trees at sunset, the image is dusky peach and faint purple, smoke is rising from one of dense treetops.

Great Issues


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A Conversation with Walter Brueggemann


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shot of a the edge of the seashore, the water is dark and shiny, and low hanging dark and blue foreboding clouds low on the horizon.

This Morning’s Pep Talk at Egg Island


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a group of seagulls flying across a blue sky, they are tinted yellow and gold from the afternoon sun

A Second Coming at Providence Plantation


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photo of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper. A long white table sits in a large, well lit hall. In the center of the table, Jesus stands, leaning over the table. Around him crowd his disciples, spread and talking amongst each other.

The Last Supper


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painting of a still life of grapes figs and marrow

Bread for the Multitude


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forest of straight pine trees full of light

Carol of the Christ Child’s Garden


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Carol of the Infuriated Hour


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abstract image of a flower presumably bursting into light, bokeh petals and tendrils

The Shadow Players


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abstract yellow bokeh in front of turquoise blue blurs

In Our Time


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old image of doctors and nurses gathered around operating table.

The Hippocratic Oath


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close up image of hospital IV drip tubes and bags.

Death Seat


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close up image of beautiful silvery feathers from a large bird

Signs and Wonders


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The Humiliation of the Word


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