ALL RELIGION ISSUE
The lead article in this issue concerns itself with how the most demanding of religious experience is that which requires people to teeter on the knife edge between the actual and the transcendental. The second article is an essay on cults as a kind of religious structure. The third article is a set of arguments in defense of atheism. The last article is a review by David Zucker of Norman Mailer's attempt, in his new novel, The Castle in the Forest, to represent the devil.
The purpose of this e-journal is to use in tandem the techniques of literary criticism and social structural analysis to illuminate American politics and the various institutions in American society and sometimes matters more global, like religion or war, by turning an eye on the events and objects and performances that are considered art and entertainment, those defined broadly enough to include whatever is covered in newspapers and other media. Another concern is to pick up the texture of social life, both in the United States and in general, through the analysis of those events, objects and performances that are to be found in everyday life.