The Four Rs of Literacy
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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. 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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Editorial, Another Report from the Trenches

Art Dewey

The Church’s Gospel and the Idiom of Jesus

Charles W. Hedrick

Ezekiel, a Prophet for Our Times?

John Van Hagen

The Christianity Seminar
A Report on the 2017 Spring Meeting

Nina Livesey

The Seminar on God and the Human Future
A Report on the 2017 Spring Meeting

Hollis Phelps

The Ten Commandments and an Atheist’s Ten Suggestions

Richard Trudeau

Book Review of Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know by John Kaltner

Perry Kea

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