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Sojourners Magazine: August 2017

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What would it mean to show love to the very people--peddlers of fake news, white nationalists, members of certain presidential administrations--who have caused real harm to us and our neighbors? In this issue, Jason Byassee's profile of former white nationalist Tony McAleer plunges us right into Jesus' most challenging commandment: the call to seek restoration rather than retribution.

Cover Story

A conversation with a former neo-Nazi who's learned that there's life after hate. 


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In Mexico, rural farmers resist emigration by building local economies. 
How could I remain in a church that made no space for my brutalized past?
San Pietro liberato dal carcere, via Wikimedia Commons
Early Christians didn't just advocate for prison reform — they questioned the entire logic of retributive violence. 


Online attacks create a challenge for Christian ethicists. 
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Single-issue advocacy leads to inconsistency on life issues. 
There's no justice in "recommended" sentencing guidelines. 


If your world doesn’t feel like it is turning upside-down, maybe you aren’t watching carefully enough.
A challenge is to build urban areas in ways that people of all type can enjoy their pleasures. 
Funny business by Ed Spivey Jr. 
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Trump chose to isolate the U.S. on an issue on which there is nearly unprecedented global consensus. 

Culture Watch

Two new books wrestle with death and beauty
Holy Spokes: The Search for Urban Spirituality on Two Wheels, by Laura Everett. Eerdmans
Always with Us? What Jesus Really Said about the Poor, by Liz Theoharis. Eerdmans 
The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class—and What We Can Do About It, by Richard Florida. Basic Books
Sinclair Broadcast Group, a chain of local TV stations that skews to the right of Fox, is emerging as a national media voice. 
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Four August cultural recommendations from our editors.
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Guardians Vol. 2 proves to be a complicated sequel. 


August 2017
Why we published a cover story about a former white supremacist.
Letters to the editor from Sojourners readers