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Realistic Living Journals

"An issue of Realistic Living is like the breath of the Holy Spirit on paper."
Richard Clark, Salem, Indiana

Realistic Living: A Journal on Ethics and Religion is published twice a year, July and November, and mailed to over 500 friends and contributors. Each 16-20 page 8 1/2" X 11" issue contains reflections, essays, book reviews, movie reviews, and sometimes poetry on current ethical issues and on topics of Christian resurgence, including dialogue with other religious expressions. With this journal we are attempting to fill a gap in religious and ethical publishing—more secular than the religious press, more religious than the secular press. We are concerned to illuminate time-tested wisdoms in contemporary metaphors and stories. Our July 2017 journal is our sixty-seventh issue.

We also publish in March and September the Realistic Living Newsletter. In this mailing we share our research on small group religious practice using Christian symbology translated for our era.

Each year, we send an annual report on our research, training, and publishing to our contributors. To be included in these sharings, we request a contribution to Realistic Living of $20 or more per year, tax deductible within the United States.  And we encourage the funding of the cause of realistic living with a monthly bank draft of $10 more per month.

Here is a listing of some of the topics contained in recent Journals
and the URLs for downloading each of these recent journals:


In the November 2017 Journal

      The Enigma of Depravity
      a theological paradox by Gene Marshall
      The Wonder Woman Myth
      an alternative superhero by Alan Richard
      Scripture Conversations
      a religious practice spin by Gene Marshall
      Dunkirk
      a movie review by Joyce Marhall
      The End of White Christian America by RP Jones
      a book review by Joyce Marshall

In the July 2017 Journal

      Dangerous Years
      a conversation with David Orr by Gene Marshall
      Religion and Politics
      a fresh 2017 look by Gene Marshall
      Rural Organizing as a Spirit Practice
      some social theologizing by Alan Richard
      Hidden Figures
      a movie review by Joyce Marhall
     Out of Your Mind by Alan Watts
      a book review by Joyce Marshall

In the November 2016 Journal

      Christian Theologizing and Politics
      living this transition realistically by Gene Marshall
      Realistic Living & Radical Theology
      a tribute to Joyce and Gene Marshall by Alan Richard
      Sojouring in Bonham Texas
      highlights and poetry by Pat Webb
      Dangerous Beauty
      a movie review by Joyce Marhall
      Love Poems from God
      a book review by Joyce Marshall

In the July 2016 Journal      

      Falling Apart Together
      on Christian community by Alan Jay Richard
      Godly Hope
      theological story-telling by Gene Marshall
      A Six-Course Curriculum
      in unreduced realism by Gene Marshall
      Ordinary Freedom by Jon Bernie
      a review and personal witness by Joyce Marhall
      Saving Capitalism by Robert Reich
      a book review by Gene Marshall

In the November 2015 Journal      

      Women and Patriarchy
      finding our truth by Joyce Marshall
      The Demise of Patriarchy
      a continuing journey by Gene Marshall
      Small Group Meetings
      nurture means by Joyce Marshall
      The Ultimate Reality (May and Greulich)
      a review of educational videos by Alan Richard
      A Fighting Change by Elizabeth Warren
      a book review by Gene Marshall

In the July 2015 Journal     

      You? Are? Accepted?
      a look into ourselves by Gene Marshall
      Julian's Delight
      don't despair over your despair by Gene Marshall
      The Theory of Everything
      a movie review by Joyce Marshall
      Listening to the Heart by Kittisaro and Thanissara
      a book review by Joyce Marshall          
      This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
      a book review by Gene Marshall

In the November 2014 Journal

      Relating to the Mystery of Life
      an interreligious spin by Joyce Marshall
      A Next Christianity in an Interreligious Era
      a view of the future by Gene Marshall
      Religion-Getting the Job Done
      a call to action by Alan Richard
      The Spectacular Now
      a movie review by Joyce Marshall
      No god but God by Reza Aslan
      a book review by Alan Richard

In the July 2014 Journal

      Why That Forbidden Tree?
      a dialogue with Julian of Norwich by Gene Marshall
      Christian Life Together
      a call to communal practice by Gene Marshall
      X-Men: Days of Future Past
      a movie review by Alan Richard
      Fosse by Sam Watson
      a book review by Joyce Marshall

In the November 2013 Journal

      The Most Misunderstood Phrase in the Bible
      a mini-sermon by Gene Marshall
      Getting Started
      a kind of parable by Alan Richard
      Le Havre
      a movie review by Joyce Marshall
      Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon
      a book review by Joyce Marshall

In the June 2013 Journal

      The Death of the Death of God
      a sermonette by Gene Marshall
      Walking on Water
      on a healing event by Alan Richard
      The Lone Ranger
      a movie review by Joyce Marshall
      The Rule of Benedict by Joan Chittister
      a book review by Joyce Marshall

In the November 2012 Journal

       Disappointment & Bodily Resurrection
       on loving reality by Alan Richard
       The Theology of Realistic Living
       foundational thought by Gene Marshall
       Hope Springs
       a movie review by Joyce Marshall
       Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
       a book review by Joyce Marshall

In the June 2012 Journal

       No More Capitalism or Socialism
       an ethical clarification by Gene Marshall
       Jesus and Christianity
       a theological spin by Gene Marshall
       Fair Game
       a movie review by Joyce Marshall
       Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein
       a book review by Joyce Marshall

In the November 2011 Journal

       Patriarchy, Radical Feminism &
       the Future of Christianity

       a talk by Joyce Marshall
       Radical Monotheism
       a theological spin by Gene Marshall
       Drive
       a movie review by Joyce Marshall
       Relational Realilty by Charlene Spretnak
       a book review by Gene Marshall

In the June 2011 Journal       

       Christian Theology after the Death of Myth
       an sermonette by Gene Marshall
       Rabbit Hole
       a movie reveiw by Joyce Marshall
       Mary Daly, Radical Feminism & Religion
       8 book reviews by Joyce Marshall
       Agora
       a movie review by Alan Richard

In the November 2010 Journal

       Maintaining Hope in a Fallen World
       an Advent meditation by Gene Marshall
       Friday Night Lights
       a TV reveiw by Joyce Marshall
       Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben
       a book review by Joyce Marshall
       Strange Wonder by Mary-Jane Rubenstein
       a book review by Alan Richard

In the June 2010 Journal:

Teach Us to Pray
a sermonette by Gene Marshall
The Enigma of Prayer
a philosophical spin by Gene Marshall
Smallville, Seasons One Through Nine
a TV review by Alan Richard
Confession of a Buddhist Atheist: by Stephen Batchelor
a book review by Joyce Marshall

In the November 2009 Journal:

There Are No Masters Anymore
a sermonette by Gene Marshall
Ideology is for Idiots
a political commentary by Gene Marshall
Capitalism a Love Story
a movie review by Joyce Marshall
Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life by Robert Reich,
a book review by Gene Marshall

In the June 2009 Journal:

There is No Such Thing as Progressive Christianity
a sermonette by Gene Marshall
Democracy is Coming to the U.S.A.
a political commentary by Gene Marshall
The Reader
a movie review by Joyce Marshall
The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution by David Quammen,
a book review by Joyce Marshall

 


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