August 2017

Cover Story

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


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. 
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In Mexico, rural farmers resist emigration by building local economies. 


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


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
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
Holy Spokes: The Search for Urban Spirituality on Two Wheels, by Laura Everett. Eerdmans
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