Advancing religious literacy

The Fourth R

The Four Rs of LiteracyAlong with “Reading, ‘Riting and ‘Rithmetic,” Religion is the fourth “R” of basic literacy. First published in 1987, The Fourth R shares the latest thinking from religion scholars and writers—in non-technical language aimed at a general audience. This popular magazine also includes early reports on Westar seminar deliberations and the latest news about Westar events and programs. Annual subscription to six issues of The Fourth R is included in Westar membership.

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What’s in the Current Issue?

Editorial: What Grabs Us 
Art Dewey

Authentic Existence: The Debate over Demythologizing
William O. Walker Jr.

Who Cares Who Said?: The Question of Myth and Religion 
David Galston

A Reply 
Robert M. Price

Lamps unto Yourselves 
Robert M. Price

A Reply
David Galston

Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven 
Stephen J. Patterson

Book Review: Why Does the World Exist? by Jim Holt
Mike Short

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The Fourth R – “One of the Best Benefits of Membership”

In a recent membership survey, respondents rated The Fourth R as the top benefit of Westar membership.

I really enjoy [The Fourth R] and usually read it cover to cover—it is one of the best benefits of membership.

I find The Fourth R stimulating and often eye-opening. I admire the courage of theologians who deal with the findings of biblical studies and also try to reshape Christianity in light of the global community and of natural science, especially of cosmology that has rendered the planet as to its size and its inhabitants as to time of existence and numbers nearly meaningless.

Being able to read the articles challenges me to grow on my path and reminds me that I'm not alone in my perspective.  That is, given the power that the Bible still holds in the world today, it is important to keep learning and sharing the fruits of the effort.

It is a wonderful resource for preaching and teaching.

As retired clergy this is a very good way of keeping up with current scholarship in the field of the Christian Scriptures and know about new books in the field.

The highlight of my daily trip to the mailbox is to find The Fourth R there.

My wife and I usually read an article aloud to one another with our morning coffee.