Fountain Archive

2011

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Seth Mette
4039

Big Germination

It was one of those chilly but lively mornings of spring. Everything was as expected: creeks were flowing, birds were flying, insects were waking up to a new life, and trees in the forest were silentl... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Y. Alp Aslandogan
10184

The Anchoring Effect How Our Prior Knowledge Affects Our Perception

Evaluations and decisions play an important role in our social life. As we want our evaluations to be accurate and decisions to be fair, so we also want the evaluations of others about us to be accura... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Ali Fethi Toprak
4027

Rebuilding the Heart: Regeneration

Regeneration is the ability to restore and renew lost or damaged tissues or organs. The body is equipped with several strategies to regenerate, including the rearrangement of pre-existing tissue, the ... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Mary Lahaj
4201

At God's Door: A New Life

Going over it in her mind, she had to admit that George was probably right—she shouldn’t have this baby because she had no means to provide for its livelihood. Here she was, sitting on the floor in he... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
M. Fethullah Gulen
6382

Sabr (Patience)

Sabr literally means enduring, bearing, and resisting pain; suffering and difficulty; and dealing calmly with problems. In more general terms it means patience, which is one of the most important acti... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Frank Merchant
3247

It's Not So Futile After All!

Have you ever taken apart an electronic device in order to fix it? If so, you’ll recall that sometimes, when you reassemble the device completely, one screw or piece remains in your hand and you don’t... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Kara Potter
13383

Islamic Relations with Jews and Christians

The Qur’an expresses a range of positive and negative attitudes toward Jews and Christians. The doctrine found in these verses dictates how the Qur’anic law requires Muslims to treat Jews and Christia... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Safiye Arslan
4922

Resurrection Plants

Tulips, sunflowers, roses, lilies, carnations, daisies, peas, eggplants, apple trees, and even bouquets of cut flowers for a loved one need water to survive. Water is vital to plant for its growth, de... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Jon Pahl
4073

The Fountain: Metaphor and Magazine

I read The Fountain as a Christian. Consequently, the magazine’s title is a rich metaphor. For Christians, a Fountain points to God as our Source, as “Living Waters.” That Source also can dissolve our... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Nuri Delen
4869

The Great Questions of Existence

Throughout the ages, human beings have yearned to know how the universe came to exist and what role we play in this vast world with its limitations of space and time. It has been said that the discipl... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Irfan Yilmaz
4285

It's me Peter, your liver!

Dear Peter, as one of your organs of vital importance, I have a couple of words to say to you. I do not make any noise like the heart or stomach. Neither do I produce electric waves like the brain. Th... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Justin Pahl
4957

Summer Evening Breeze

We endure the heat, and we wait. The sun steady in its track. Vicissitudes of light, shadows thinning, growing long. We endure and wait. Salvation in the hour before the hour before dusk. The s... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
The Fountain
3536

Writing of Our Worries

1- Writing of Our Worries Original Article: Ramirez G. et al., Science 331, 211 (2011). We have had to deal with tests and exams in academic and professional life from childhood on. Though we are mo read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Hikmet Isik
5441

Using Abilities On The Path Of God

Question: How can we make use of the abilities God has given us in the service of faith? Do we fulfill our responsibility with financial assistance only? Every blessing of God is an opportunity given... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Sebnem Unlu
4925

The Life and Journey of a Leaf

I was created as a small bud on the dry branch of a huge oak tree. The oak tree is a great entity that protects me from being stepped on or eaten by animals. I serve life in many ways: I provide shade... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
The Fountain
4220

A Decade To Remember, Decades To Come In Peace

Who would not prefer to remember the turn of the millennium with a hopeful memory, such as the dream below: At the turn of the millennium, a delegation from Iraq comes to the World Trade Center in Ne... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
M. Fethullah Gulen
5676

Believers as They Stand Before God

The believer is one who believes and trusts, one with prospects for a secure future who is trustworthy to others. S/he is a monumental figure marked by a special distinction imbued with contrasting co... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
John Bryson Chane
4363

An Opportunity to Heal and Make Whole

How can anyone residing in the United States, or for that matter living in any other part of the world, forget the horror of September 11, 2001, when commercial airliners, piloted by terrorists posing... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
Gunnar Stalsett
4406

The Spirit of Norway

A model of reconciled diversity is the only way to the future in our globalized world. It is indeed a tremendous challenge to come to terms with the perplexity of religion and politics in our time. A... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
Robert A. Pape
4715

The End of Fear, the Beginning of Understanding

In the decade since 9/11, the United States has: •conquered and occupied two large Muslim countries (Afghanistan and Iraq) •compelled a huge Muslim army to root out a terrorist sanctuary (Pakistan) ... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
Ahmet Kurucan
4738

9/11: Before and After

I remember the day very vividly, perhaps like each and every person who has been affected by it does. I remember the trauma, panic, and tears in the café of my English language school. The same frames... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
Katharine Branning
5007

Masallah

Katharine, “Kadriye,” Branning was one of the passengers on a Turkish Airlines flight to New York on September 9, 2011, a flight which could not reach its destination that inauspicious day. Taken fr read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
Eren Tatari
5241

Does the Qur'an Sanction War?

In Islamic jurisprudence, no divinely ordained clergy rule on religious matters. There are only scholars, learned people that undertake the extensive study of the Islamic sciences. No official post de... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
Amy Wilson
6226

Jihad

Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States of America there is not an Islamic word used more commonly in daily life than jihad. Jihad has appeared regularly in news broadcasts... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
M. Fethullah Gulen
5289

Rida (Resignation)

Resignation means showing no rancor or rebellion against misfortune, and accepting all manifestations of destiny without complaint and even better peacefully. In other words, one should welcome all th... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
Frances M. Leap
4511

Rocks or Rainbows: Lessons for Interreligious Dialogue

More than two decades ago, as a new professor at a small college, I was assigned a course that included a unit on non-Christian religious traditions. Since I had little background myself in this area,... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
Bishop Demetrios Of Mokissos
6040

The Art of Living Together

  At the onset of the twenty-first century, a new relationship is being forged between my own Greek Orthodox Christian community and the Turkish Muslim community of the United States. That such a dia... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
B. Jill Carroll
19086

The Challenge of Peaceful Coexistence

'Peaceful coexistence is the most important project of our era. But we cannot do it alone or in isolation; we must do it together.' The world has become very small. Mass communications, mass tra read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
Sumeyra Tosun / Kelli Angelone
4783

Geography of Friendship

Two Poems and Some Thoughts Recently I was reading a book called The Geography of Thought. To my surprise, the author claimed that Eastern and Western people had different types of cognition, meaning... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
Fatma Yilmaz
4454

America's Potential for Peace

On the evening of September 11, 2010, nine Christian women gathered in a prayer circle in the basement of a small Midwest church, and were asked to reflect on where they have been spiritually since 9/... read more..

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