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Along 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. Annual subscription to six issues of The Fourth R is included in Westar membership.

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Editorial, A Deeper Contagion
Art Dewey

The Woman with the Empty Jar
(Thomas 97 and Africa)
Glenna S. Jackson

Toward a Strategy for an Enlightened Faith
Roy W. Hoover

A Response to Roy W. Hoover's "Toward a Strategy for an Enlightened Faith"
Christopher D. Rodkey

A Response to Christopher D. Rodkey
Roy W. Hoover

Metaphysics and Miracles
Loyal D. Rue

The Life of God from Conception to Death in the Human Thought-World
Lloyd Geering

The Seminar on God and the Human Future - A Report on the 2019 Fall Meeting
Jordan E. Miller

Book Review

The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila: A Biography
by Katherine Apostolacus

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