The Christian Century Vol 129 No. 24

6    Letters
Getting and staying fit

7    A reason to bargain
The Editors: Avoiding the fiscal cliff

8    CenturyMarks
Partisan suspicions, etc.

10    A role for everyone
Kenneth F. Baily: Casting the Christmas pageant

11    The bovine offices
Suzanne Guthrie: Meditation  and milking

22    Who is communion for?
Charles Hefting: The debate over the open table

28    New to the neighborhood
Jesse James DeConto: Worship and community in East Austin

32    Jesus’ Barrio
Chris Hoke: Inmates as apostles

12    Moral decisions in the megastorm; Awarded a free campus, Christian college declines; Foot traffic a worry at the Sistine Chapel;  DNA experiment contains promise and ethical risks

36     Books
Randall Balmer: The American Bible, by Stephen Prothero
Kenneth P. Serbin: New Worlds, by John Lynch
Amy Frykholm: Thinking in an Emergency, by Elaine Scarry

42     Media
Jason Byassee: The zombie war

44     Music
Lou Carlozo: Lost in Transition, by Sixpence None the Richer

47    Art
Lil Copan: Smiling Ray G, by a Room in the Inn patron

35       Editor’s Desk
John M. Buchanan: Awaiting God’s reign
20,  21  Living by the Word
Emory Gillespie

3        Faith Matters
Carol Zaleski: Immortal dreams

45        Notes from the Global  Church
Philip Jenkins: India’s original Christians

24        Anya Silver: Nut salvation
26        Penelope Duckworth: Blood