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Titles in the call number range BL - BX (Religion) that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 60 days.


  • The straight mind in Corinth : queer readings across 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 / Gillian Townsley
    BS 2545 H63 T68 2017

    Despite its lack of both historical and exegetical clarity, 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 has often been fundamental to understandings of gender and sexuality in many Christian traditions. In particular, a hierarchical model of gender and a heterosexual model of sexuality tend to dominate and are presented as "natural" and "God-ordained." With the materialist lesbian theory of Monique Wittig providing the theoretical basis for discussion, this book intersects various biblical, theological, and queer lines of inquiry across 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 in order to reveal and challenge these models of gender and sexuality that lie behind both the text itself and its various interpretations.


  • A sociology of spirituality / edited by Kieran Flanagan [and] Peter C. Jupp
    BL 60 S6285 2016eb
    The emergence of spirituality in contemporary culture in holistic forms suggests that organised religions have failed. This thesis is explored and disputed in this book in ways that mark important critical divisions. This is the first collection of essays to assess the significance of spirituality in the sociology of religion. The authors explore the relationship of spirituality to the visual, individualism, gender, identity politics, education and cultural capital. The relationship between secularisation and spirituality is examined and consideration is given to the significance of Simmel in relation to a sociology of spirituality. Problems of defining spirituality are debated with reference to its expression in the UK, the USA, France and Holland. This timely, original and well structured volume provides undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers with a scholarly appraisal of a phenomenon that can only increase in sociological significance.

  • Religion and racial progress in twentieth-century Britain Bishop Barnes of Birmingham / Patrick T. Merricks
    BT734.2

  • Political and religious identities of British evangelicals / Andrea C. Hatcher
    BR 115 P7 H363 2017eb

  • State, nationalism, and Islamization : historical analysis of Turkey and Pakistan / Raja M. Ali Saleem
    BP173.7

  • Muslims, money, and democracy in Turkey reluctant capitalists / Özlem Madi-Sisman
    BP 190.5 C37 M33 2017eb

  • Reformation and development in the Muslim world : Islamicity indices as benchmark / Hossein Askari, Hossein Mohammadkhan, Liza Mydin
    BP173.25

  • Christianity, plasticity, and spectral heritages Victor E. Taylor
    BT 198 T39 2017eb

  • A Shamanic pneumatology in a mystical age of sacred sustainability : the spirit of the sacred Earth / Jojo M. Fung ; preface by Peter C. Phan
    BL2370.S5

  • Esther in early modern Iberia and the Sephardic Diaspora : queen of the conversas / Emily Colbert Cairns
    BS580.E8

  • China's last Jesuit : Charles J. McCarthy and the end of the mission in Catholic Shanghai / Amanda C.R. Clark
    BV3427.C37

  • Religious genius appreciating inspiring individuals across traditions / Alon Goshen-Gottstein
    BL 85 G67 2017eb

  • Muslim communities in England 1962-90 multiculturalism and political identity / Jed Fazakarley
    BP65.G7

  • Discourses of religion and secularism in religious education classrooms / Karin Kittelmann Flensner
    BV1470.S8

  • New religions and state's response to religious diversification in contemporary Vietnam : tensions from the reinvention of the sacred / Chung Van Hoang
    BL65.S8

  • Athanasius : the coherence of his thought / Khaled Anatolios
    BR 1720 A7 A74 1998
    In this volume, Khaled Anatolios presents a comprehensive study of Saint Athanasius, one of the most influential figures in the development of Christian doctrine. He analyzes the coherence of Athanasius' theology by relating the various aspects of his doctrine - God, creation, theological anthropology, Christology and redemption, and the life of grace - to a pervasive emphasis on the radical distinction, and simultaneous relation, between God and world. Athanasius: The Coherence of his Thought provides a systematic account of the overall inner logic of the Athanasian vision. It shows how the various aspects of his doctrine are mutually related and in so doing elucidates the complexities both of Athanasian thought and Christian doctrine in general.

  • The cheese and the worms : the cosmos of a sixteenth-century miller / Carlo Ginzburg, with a new preface ; translated by John and Anne C. Tedeschi
    BR 877 F74 G5613 2013

    The Cheese and the Worms is an incisive study of popular culture in the sixteenth century as seen through the eyes of one man, the miller known as Menocchio, who was accused of heresy during the Inquisition and sentenced to death. Carlo Ginzburg uses the trial records to illustrate the religious and social conflicts of the society Menocchio lived in.

    For a common miller, Menocchio was surprisingly literate. In his trial testimony he made references to more than a dozen books, including the Bible, Boccaccio's Decameron , Mandeville's Travels , and a "mysterious" book that may have been the Koran. And what he read he recast in terms familiar to him, as in his own version of the creation: "All was chaos, that is earth, air, water, and fire were mixed together; and of that bulk a mass formed--just as cheese is made out of milk--and worms appeared in it, and these were the angels."

    Ginzburg's influential book has been widely regarded as an early example of the analytic, case-oriented approach known as microhistory. In a thoughtful new preface, Ginzburg offers his own corollary to Menocchio's story as he considers the discrepancy between the intentions of the writer and what gets written. The Italian miller's story and Ginzburg's work continue to resonate with modern readers because they focus on how oral and written culture are inextricably linked. Menocchio's 500-year-old challenge to authority remains evocative and vital today.


  • Assembling Shinto : Buddhist approaches to kami worship in medieval Japan / Anna Andreeva
    BL 2226 A53 2017

    During the late twelfth to fourteenth centuries, several precursors of what is now commonly known as Shinto came together for the first time. By focusing on Mt. Miwa in present-day Nara Prefecture and examining the worship of indigenous deities ( kami ) that emerged in its proximity, this book serves as a case study of the key stages of "assemblage" through which this formative process took shape. Previously unknown rituals, texts, and icons featuring kami, all of which were invented in medieval Japan under the strong influence of esoteric Buddhism, are evaluated using evidence from local and translocal ritual and pilgrimage networks, changing land ownership patterns, and a range of religious ideas and practices. These stages illuminate the medieval pedigree of Ryōbu Shintō (kami ritual worship based loosely on esoteric Buddhism's Two Mandalas), a major precursor to modern Shinto.

    In analyzing the key mechanisms for "assembling" medieval forms of kami worship, Andreeva challenges the twentieth-century master narrative of Shinto as an unbroken, monolithic tradition. By studying how and why groups of religious practitioners affiliated with different cultic sites and religious institutions responded to esoteric Buddhism's teachings, this book demonstrates that kami worship in medieval Japan was a result of complex negotiations.


  • Russia and Its Islamic world : from the Mongol conquest to the Syrian military intervention / Robert Service
    BP 65 R8 S457 2017
    Russia has long played an influential part in its world of Islam, and not all the dimensions are as widely understood as they ought to be. In Russia and Its Islamic World, Robert Service examines Russia's interactions with Islam at home and around the globe and pinpoints the tsarist and Soviet legacy, current complications, and future possibilities. The author details how the Russian encounter with Islam was close and problematic long before the twenty-first century and how Russia has recently chosen to interfere in Muslim states of the Middle East, building alliances and making enemies. Service reveals how some features of the present-day relationship continue past policies; others are starkly and perilously different, making the current moment in global affairs dangerous for both Russians and the rest of us. He describes how the Kremlin dominates Muslims in the Russian Federation, exerts a deep influence on the Muslim-inhabited states on Russia's southern frontiers, and has lunged militarily and politically into the Middle East. Foreign Muslims, he shows, do not value the leadership in Moscow except as a means to an end; Putin's pose as a friend of the Islamic world is no more than a pose--and a hypocritical one at that.

  • Liturgy and power / Brian P. Flanagan and Johann M. Vento, editors
    BX 1970 C654 2016
    Original essays on liturgical practice and ecclesial structures, liturgy in the relation of the church and the world, and the liturgy in relation to God and God's power. Book jacket.

  • Exposition of the Apocalypse / Tyconius ; translated by Francis X. Gumerlock (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs) ; with introduction and notes by David C. Robinson (Westminster Chapel, Toronto)
    BS 2825 T54513 2017
    The Exposition of the Apocalypse by Tyconius of Carthage (fl. 380) was pivotal in the history of interpretation of the Book of Revelation. While expositors of the second and third centuries viewed the Apocalypse of John, or Book of Revelation, as mainly about the time of Antichrist and the end of the world, in the late fourth century Tyconius interpreted John's visions as figurative of the struggles facing the Church throughout the entire period between the Incarnation and the Second Coming of Christ. Tyconius's "ecclesiastical" reading of the Apocalypse was highly regarded by early medieval commentators like Caesarius of Arles, Primasius of Hadrumetum, Bede, and Beatus of Liebana, who often quoted from Tyconius's Exposition in their own Apocalypse commentaries. Unfortunately no complete manuscript of the Exposition by Tyconius has survived. A number of recent scholars, however, believed that a large portion of his Exposition could be reconstructed from citations of it in the aforementioned early medieval writers; and this task was undertaken by Monsignor Roger Gryson. Gryson's edition, a reconstruction of the Expositio Apocalypseos of Tyconius, was published in 2011 in Corpus Christianorum Series Latina. The present translation of that reconstructed text, with introduction and notes, exhibits Tyconius's unique non-apocalyptic approach to the Book of Revelation. It also shows that throughout the Exposition Tyconius made use of interpretive rules that he had laid out in an earlier work on hermeneutics, the Book of Rules, strongly suggesting that Tyconius wrote his Exposition as a companion to his Book of Rules. Thus, the Exposition served as an exemplar of how those rules would apply to interpretation of even the most intriguing of biblical texts, the Apocalypse.

  • Reformation : a global perspective / edited by Marie-Theres Wacker, Felix Wilfred, Andrés Torres Queiruga
    BR 309 R368 2017

  • Minorities / edited by Daniel Franklin Pilario, Susan Ross and Solange Lefebvre
    BV 639 M56 M56 2017

  • History of the church / Rufinus of Aquileia ; translated by Philip R. Amidon, SJ, Creighton University
    BR 160 E5 E5 2016
    Rufinus of Aquileia's History of the Church, published in e402 or 403, is a translation and continuation of that of Eusebius of Caesarea. Eusebius's history tells the story of Christianity from its beginning down to the year 325 Rufinus carries the story forward to 395, the year of the death of Theodosius I. Rufinus demonstrates both a superb understanding of Eusebius's text and a tendency to translate it freely or even to misrepresent it when he judges that it does not do justice to the unity of faith and order which he is convinced is an essential element of the church's constitution. He excises and rewrites passages liberally, but he retains in his translation Eusebius's revolutionary citation of sources, a historiographical method which would eventually prove so fruitful in the literature of the Latin church.

    Despite the changes he felt he had to make in his translation, he was deeply influenced by Eusebius's original when he composed his continuation. Just as Eusebius begins with a statement of Christian faith and a demonstration of its existence beyond the bounds of the Roman empire, continues with the story of its mission, persecution, divisions, and salvation despite its deprivation and suffering, and concludes with its secure establishment by the devout emperor Constantine, so Rufinuscontinues the story with the statement of faith of the Council of Nicaea, the account of its spread outside the Roman empire, the divisions and persecutions it su ered in his own time, and finally the victory over paganism of the orthodox emperor Theodosius.

    Rufinus's history was an immediate success. It was the first Latin Christian history, and as such it exerted great influence over his own generation and for a thousand years thereaYer when the general ignorance of Greek in the Latin church made Eusebius's original practically unavailable to it.

  • Contesting religious identities : transformations, disseminations, and mediations / edited by Bob Becking, Anne-Marie Korte and Lucien van Liere
    BL 53 C6537 2017
    Religion is a hot topic on the public stages of 'secular' societies, not in its individualized liberal or orthodox form, but rather as a public statement, challenging the divide between the secular neutral space and the religious. In this new challenging modus, religion raises questions about identity, power, rationality, subjectivity, law and safety, but above all: religion questions, contests and even blurs the borders between the public and the private. These phenomena urge to rethink what are often considered to be clear differences between religions, between the public and the private and between the religious and the secular. In this volume scholars from a range of different disciplines map the different aspects of the dynamics of changing, contesting and contested religious identities.

  • Diverse cultural and religious ways of thinking : a dialogue / edited by Thierry-Marie Courau and Carlos Mendoz-Álvarez
    BL 65 C8 D58 2017

  • Consecration rituals in South Asia / edited by István Keul
    BL 603 C65 2017
    The essays in the volume Consecration Rituals in South Asia address the ritual procedures that accompany the installation of temple images in Shaiva, Vaishnava, Buddhist and Jain contexts, in various traditions and historical periods. Through the performance of complex rites designated with the term pranapratishtha (establishment of, or infusion with, life), man-made sculptures are ritually transformed into (receptacles of) deities. The collection is thematically and methodically broad, with a large number of detailed textual studies, but also with ethnographic contributions that discuss contemporary instances of consecration rituals. Among the overarching themes are issues related to historical continuity and change, as well as transformational moments in such rituals. Contributors are: Marie-Luce Barazer-Billoret, Marzenna Czerniak-Drożdżowicz, Ronald M. Davidson, Shingo Einoo, Marko Geslani, Dominic Goodall, Ellen Gough, Istvan Keul, Elisabeth Raddock, S.A.S Sarma, Anna A. Ślączka, Annette Wilke.

  • Ibn 'Abd al-Wahhab / Michael Crawford
    BP 195 W22 C73 2014eb
    Muhammad ibn 'Abd al-Wahhab (1703-1792) aroused great controversy in his lifetime. More than two centuries after his death, he still elicits strong views. For some he is the model of a pious religious activist who fought to establish a regime of Islamic godliness in the least promising of environments. For others, especially Muslims associated with mystic orders or who belong to the Shi'i branch of Islam, he is a hate figure. Few would contest that he shaped the Muslim world. For over 250 years the Wahhabi movement has rested on the twin pillars of a clear, compelling credo and an indissoluble alliance with temporal power. Absolutist, uncompromising theology and political and religious ambition combined to make it the dominant force in Arabia, turning its champions, the Al Sa'ud clan, from petty rulers of a mid-sized settlement into the guardians of Islam's Holy Places, disposing of the earth's greatest identified oil reserves. This thought-provoking and comprehensive biography, which charts the relationship between religious doctrine, political power, and events on the ground, uncovers the life and thoughts of the man who helped establish the first Saudi state and who began a dynastic alliance that continues to the present day.

  • Golem : modern wars and their monsters / Maya Barzilai
    BM 531 B37 2016

    Honorable Mention, 2016 Baron Book Prize presented by AAJR
    A monster tour of the Golem narrative acrossvarious cultural and historical landscapes

    In the 1910s and 1920s, a "golem cult" swept across Europe and the U.S., later surfacing in Israel. Why did this story of a powerful clay monster molded and animated by a rabbi to protect his community become so popular and pervasive? The golem has appeared in a remarkable range of popular media: from the Yiddish theater to American comic books, from German silent film to Quentin Tarantino movies. This book showcases how the golem was remolded, throughout the war-torn twentieth century, as a muscular protector, injured combatant, and even murderous avenger. This evolution of the golem narrative is made comprehensible by, and also helps us to better understand, one of the defining aspects of the last one hundred years: mass warfare and its ancillary technologies.

    In the twentieth century the golem became a figure of war. It represented the chaos of warfare, the automation of war technologies, and the devastation wrought upon soldiers' bodies and psyches. Golem: Modern Wars and Their Monsters draws on some of the most popular and significant renditions of this story in order to unravel the paradoxical coincidence of wartime destruction and the fantasy of artificial creation. Due to its aggressive and rebellious sides, the golem became a means for reflection about how technological progress has altered human lives, as well as an avenue for experimentation with the media and art forms capable of expressing the monstrosity of war.

    New Books Network interview with Maya Barzilai on Golem

  • Saints and cities in medieval Italy / selected sources translated and annotated with an introduction by Diana Webb
    BX 4659 I8S22 2007eb
    The saints' Lives in this book were written in Italy in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Here translated into English and in full for the first time, they shed light on the ways in which both lay men and women sought God in the urban environment, and how they were understood anddescribed by contemporaries. Only one of these saints (Homobonus of Cremona) was formally canonised by the Pope: the others were locally venerated within the communities which had nurtured them. Raimondo Palmario of Piacenza, contemporary with Homobonus, was remembered as both pilgrim and a vigorous exponent of practicalcharity. The nobleman Andrea Gallerani of Siena turned from a life of violence to good works, while another Sienese, the holy comb-seller Pier Pettinaio, exemplified the godly business man who insisted on the just price and on paying his taxes. Two very different women are included: Umilianade'Cerchi of Florence, a widow with children, and the "servant-saint" Zita of Lucca. The last of the Lives contains a bishop's account of how the cult of the humble Rigo was launched in Treviso in 1315. The book will welcomed by students and other readers interested in medieval Italian cities during this period of growth and vitality, and in how the religious life was lived in urban settings.

  • The papal reform of the eleventh century : lives of Pope Leo IX and Pope Gregory VII / selected sources translated and annotated by I.S. Robinson
    BX 1180 P37 2004eb
    An English translation of the earliest biographies of Pope Leo IX and Pope Gregory VII. It bears witness to the startling impact of the papal reform and of the Investiture Contest and covers a fascinating and popular period in medieval history.

  • Monasticism in late medieval England, c.1300-1535 / selected sources translated and annotated with an introduction by Martin Heale
    BX 2592 M67 2009eb
    *Monasticism in late medieval England, c.1300-1535* provides the first collection of translated sources on this subject. The volume covers both male and female houses of all orders and sizes, and offers a range of new perspectives on the character and reputation of English monasteries in the later middle ages.The first section surveys the internal affairs of English monasteries, including recruitment, the monastic economy, standards of observance and learning. The second part looks at the relations between monasteries and the world, exploring the monastic contribution to late medieval religion and society and lay attitudes towards monks and nuns in the years leading up to the Dissolution.This book is an ideal introduction to this topic for students and scholars. Supported by an extended and accessible introduction this collection of documents gives an unrivalled insight into the last phase of monastic life in medieval England.

  • A step along the way : models of Christian service / Stephen J. Pope
    BV 4509.5 P645 2015
    This book is especially written for young people who want to understand more about what service means in Christian perspective. It is addressed to people whose experience in service has led them to want to think more clearly and deliberately about its meaning and significance, especially in religious terms. It presumes a genuine interest in--but not necessarily a strong commitment to--Christianity. It regards Christianity neither as a moral code nor theory of the world nor religious special-interest group, but as a way of life that centers on Jesus Christ. Christians are known for following a Master who taught us to regard our lives as called to loving service of one another and the wider world. Yet we find it difficult to talk about the connection between Christian faith and service, or at least to talk about it in nuanced and complex ways. This book has been written to help overcome the gap between our language and our experience.

  • A cultural history of Japanese Buddhism / William E. Deal and Brian Ruppert
    BQ 678 D43 2015

    A Cultural History of Japanese Buddhism offers a comprehensive, nuanced, and chronological account of the evolution of Buddhist religion in Japan from the sixth century to the present day.

    Traces each period of Japanese history to reveal the complex and often controversial histories of Japanese Buddhists and their unfolding narratives Examines relevant social, political, and transcultural contexts, and places an emphasis on Japanese Buddhist discourses and material culture Addresses the increasing competition between Buddhist, Shinto, and Neo-Confucian world-views through to the mid-nineteenth century Informed by the most recent research, including the latest Japanese and Western scholarship Illustrates the richness and complexity of Japanese Buddhism as a lived religion, offering readers a glimpse into the development of this complex and often misunderstood tradition

  • Shinto : a history / Helen Hardacre
    BL 2218 H37 2017
    Distinguished scholar of Japanese religion and culture Helen Hardacre offers the first comprehensive history of Shinto, the ancient and still vibrant tradition whose colorful rituals are practiced by some 80% of the Japanese people. Under the ideal of Shinto, a divinely descended emperorgoverns through rituals offered to deities called Kami. These rituals are practiced in innumerable shrines across the realm, so that local rites mirror the monarch's ceremonies. Through this theatre of state, it is thought, the human, natural, and supernatural worlds will align in harmony andprosper. Often called "the indigenous religion of Japan," Shinto's institutions, rituals, and symbols are omnipresent throughout the island nation. But, perhaps surprisingly, both its religiosity and its Japanese origins have been questioned. Hardacre investigates the claims about Shinto as the embodiment ofindigenous tradition, and about its rightful place in the public realm. Shinto has often been represented in the West as the engine that drove Japanese military aggression. To this day, it is considered provocative for members of the government to visit the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which honors theJapanese war dead, and this features as a source of strain in Japan's relations with China and Korea. This is a debated issue in Japanese national politics and reliably attracts intensive media coverage. Hardacre contends, controversially, that it was the Allied Occupation that created thisstereotype of Shinto as the religion of war, when in fact virtually all branches of Japanese religions were cheerleaders for the war and imperialism.The history and nature of Shinto are subjects of vital importance for understanding contemporary Japan, its politics, its international relations, and its society. Hardacre's magisterial work will stand as the definitive reference for years to come.

  • Friars' tales : thirteenth-century exempla from the British Isles / selected sources translated and annotated with an introduction by David Jones
    BV 4224 J66 2011eb
    Exempla are illustrative stories used by preachers to seize the attention of their congregations and to drive home a moral lesson. This book presents annotated translations from two collections of exempla, one Franciscan and one Dominican, put together in the British Isles around 1275. The two collections used are amongst the earliest to survive from the British Isles. The 270 exempla translated cover a wide range of topics, both ecclesiastical and secular, and offer vivid insights into medieval life and attitudes in the broadest sense. An introduction discusses the place of preaching in the medieval church, the development of preaching aids and the exemplum genre, the main topics covered by the exempla, the dating of the two collections translated and the use which the compilers made of their material, and how far exempla can berelied upon as historical evidence.

  • Eleventh-century Germany : the Swabian chronicles / selected sources translated and annotated with an introduction by I.S. Robinson
    BR 854 E448 2008eb
    Three of the most important chronicles of eleventh-century Germany were composed in the south-western duchy of Swabia. The chronicles reveal how between 1049 and 1100 the centripetal attraction of the reform papacy became the dominant fact of intellectual life in German reformed monastic circles.

    In the abbey of Reichenau Herman 'the Lame' composed a chronicle of the reign of Emperor Henry III (1039-56). His pupil, Berthold of Reichenau, continued his master's work, composing a detailed account of 1076-1079 in Germany. Bernold, a clergyman of Constance, continued the work of Herman and Berthold in a text containing the fullest extant account of 1080-1100. Herman's waning enthusiasm for the monarchy and growing interest in the newly reformed papacy were intensified in Berthold's chronicle, and writing in the new context of the reformed monasteries of south-western Germany, Bernold preached total obedience to the Gregorian papacy.

    The Swabian chronicles are an indispensable resource to the student of the changing loyalties and conflicts of eleventh-century Germany.

  • Christian dualist heresies in the Byzantine world, c. 650-c. 1450 : selected sources / translated and annotated by Janet Hamilton and Bernard Hamilton ; assistance with the translation of Old Slavonic texts by Yuri Stoyanov
    BT 1318 C48 1998eb
    Christian dualism originated in the reign of Constans II (641-68). It was a popular religion, which shared with orthodoxy an acceptance of scriptual authority and apostolic tradition and held a sacramental doctrine of salvation, but understood all these in a radically different way to the Orthodox Church. One of the differences was the strong part demonology played in the belief system.

  • Christian life in the world / volume editor, Hans J. Hillerbrand ; general editors, Hans J. Hillerbrand, Kirsi I. Stjerna, Timothy J. Wengert
    BR 331 E5 2017b

  • Catholic England : faith, religion, and observance before the Reformation / translated and annotated by R.N. Swanson
    BR 750 C38 1993eb
    An anthology of source documents for the study of Christianity in England during the century or so before the Reformation, a topic that is often either neglected or overlaid with Protestant mythology. Focuses on texts that are not easily available elsewhere. Distributed in the US by St. Martin's Press. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

  • The spirit of Catholicism / by Karl Adam ; translated by Justin McCann
    BX 1751 A4 1929

  • Judaïsme et éducation : enjeux et défis pédagogiques / sous la direction de Sivane Hirsch, Marie McAndrew, Geneviève Audet et Julia Ipgrave
    BM71
    La question des rapports entre groupes ethniques définis par différents marqueurs, dont celui de la religion, s'impose aujourd'hui plus que jamais au sein de nos sociétés plurielles. Cet ouvrage original s'intéresse au rôle de l'éducation dans la dynamique des relations entre la communauté juive et leurs concitoyens de toutes origines au Québec, au Canada et dans d'autres pays. En effet, alors que les communautés juives sont souvent bien implantées dans leurs sociétés d'accueil, elles demeurent souvent mal connues de la population et plus particulièrement des groupes majoritaires. Les auteurs se penchent sur trois enjeux susceptibles d'interpeller les intervenants des milieux scolaire et communautaire, mais aussi le grand public intéressé au " vivre ensemble " et à ses défis :- L'enseignement sur les communautés juives à l'école publique - L'éducation sur l'Holocauste et les pratiques novatrices à cet égard - Le vécu des écoles juives et leur impact

  • The Nag Hammadi scriptures / edited by Marvin Meyer ; with contributions by Wolf-Peter Funk [and others]
    BT 1391 A3 2007

    The Definitive Collection of Gnostic Writings

    The year is 1945. At the foot of a cliff along the Nile River, near the city of Nag Hammadi, an Egyptian peasant unearths a large storage jar containing ancient manuscripts. The discovery turns out to be one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the past century. A treasure of fourth-century texts, the manuscripts are the scriptures of the ancient mystical tradition commonly called Gnosticism, from the Greek gnosis, that is, secret knowledge. It is a discovery that challenges everything we thought we knew about the early Christian church, ancient Judaism, and Greco-Roman religions.

    The Nag Hammadi Scriptures is the most complete and up-to-date English-language edition of these sacred texts from Egypt. It is full of treatises, testimonies, and secret books that had been lost for centuries. In addition to gospels purportedly by the apostles Thomas and Philip, and the revelations of James, Peter, and Paul, this collection also includes the Gospel of Mary and the controversial Gospel of Judas. The documents have been newly translated by a team of prominent international scholars. This volume also features introductory essays and extensive notes to help readers understand the context and significance of these texts that have revolutionized the study of early Christianity and ancient religious thought.


  • Handbook of religion and spirituality in social work practice and research / Sana Loue
    BL65.W67 H36 2017eb

  • Converting to Islam : understanding the experiences of white American females / Amy Melissa Guimond
    BP170.5.A1

  • Politics, religion and political theology / C. Allen Speight, Michael Zank, editors
    BL65.P7

  • Post-Islamist political theory : Iranian intellectuals and political liberalism in dialogue / Meysam Badamchi
    BP63.I68

  • Marginal(ized) prospects through biblical ritual and law : lections from the threshold / Bernon Lee
    BS1199.L3

  • The political theology of European integration : comparing the influence of religious histories on European policies / Mark R. Royce
    BL65.P7

  • The Catholic Church in Polish history : from 966 to the present / Sabrina P. Ramet
    BX1564 R36 2017eb

  • Spirituality and religion in organizing : beyond secular leadership / Tuomo Peltonen
    BL65.L42

  • Emotions and the body in buddhist contemplative practice and mindfulness-based therapy pathways of somatic intelligence / Padmasiri De Silva
    BQ4570.P76

  • Religion and violence : Muslim and Christian theological and pedagogical reflections / Ednan Aslan, Marcia Hermansen (eds.)
    BP190.5.V56

  • Dynamic Secularization Information Technology and the Tension Between Religion and Science
    BL265.I54

  • Water and scriptures : ancient roots for sustainable development / K. V. Raju, S. Manasi [editors]
    BL450

  • Reconceptualizing Confucian philosophy in the 21st century Xinzhong Yao, editor
    BL1852

  • Confucianism and modernization in East Asia : critical reflections / Kim Kyong-Dong
    BL1852

  • Le Coran / traduit de l'Arabe par Malek Chebel ; traduction fondée sur les textes anciens, validée par les érudites arabes d'aujourd'hui, moderne et compréhensible par tous
    BP 112 2012

  • Islam : the straight path / John L. Esposito
    BP 161.2 E85 2016
    This exceptionally successful survey text introduces the teachings and practice of Islam from its earliest origins up to its contemporary resurgence. Islam: The Straight Path traces the development of the religion and its impact on world history and politics, providing keen insight into one ofthe world's least understood religions.

  • A brief introduction to the New Testament / Bart D. Ehrman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    BS 2330.3 E37 2017
    Featuring vibrant full color and an exceptionally engaging narrative, A Brief Introduction to the New Testament is a concise version of the bestselling The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings. This volume looks at the New Testament from a consistentlyhistorical and comparative perspective and emphasizes the rich diversity of the earliest Christian literature. Distinctive to this study is its emphasis on the historical, literary, and religious milieu of the Greco Roman world, including early Judaism.

  • Textes missionnaires dans l'espace francophone. sous la direction de Guy Poirier
    BV 2290 T49 2016eb t. 1

  • Evolution of an unorthodox rabbi / Rabbi John Moscowitz
    BM 755 M594A3 2015eb
    Prominent Canadian rabbi John Moscowitz charts the shifts in his views over the years -- controversial for some, exciting for others -- on the issues that matter most to Jews today.

    John Moscowitz spent his early twenties as an anti-Vietnam War activist. Eventually dubious about the radical left and alive with love for Israel, he entered the rabbinical seminary in search of his own people. This set him on a path to becoming, as Senator Linda Frum put it, one of Toronto's "most cherished and effective rabbis."

    In this book, John Moscowitz charts the shifts in his thinking on the charged matters among the Jews today: the viability of peace in the Middle East; how we misjudge the nature of evil; and, once having been exposed to the savannahs of East Africa, even the relationship between evolution and the Bible.

    Part memoir, part social history, this book is a deep examination of a long personal journey, one travelled in public as a prominent rabbi. Along the way, it captures what unites and divides an ancient people today.

  • Defining M⥴is : Catholic missionaries and the idea of civilization in northwestern Saskatchewan, 1845-1898 / Timothy P. Foran
    BX 1422 S27F67 2017eb
    "Defining M#65533;tis" examines categories used in the latter half of the nineteenth century by Catholic missionaries to describe Indigenous people in what is now northwestern Saskatchewan. It argues that the construction and evolution of these categories reflected missionaries'changing interests and agendas."Defining M#65533;tis" sheds light on the earliest phases of Catholic missionary work among Indigenous peoples in western and northern Canada. It examines various interrelated aspects of this work, including the beginnings of residential schooling, transportation and communications, and relations between the Church, the Hudson's Bay Company, and the federal government.While focusing on the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and their central mission at #65533;le-#65533;-la-Crosse, this study illuminates broad processes that informed Catholic missionary perceptions and impelled their evolution over a fifty-three-year period. In particular, this study illuminates processes that shaped Oblate conceptions of sauvage and m#65533;tis. It does this through a qualitative analysis of documents that were produced within the Oblates' institutional apparatus - official correspondence, mission journals, registers, and published reports.Foran challenges the orthodox notion that Oblate commentators simply discovered and described a singular, empirically existing, and readily identifiable M#65533;tis population. Rather, he contends that Oblates played an important role in the conceptual production of les m#65533;tis.

  • Art, education, and cultural renewal : essays in reformational philosophy / Lambert Zuidervaart
    BR 100 Z82 2017eb

  • Saving Germany : North American Protestants and Christian mission to West Germany, 1945 1974 / James C. Enns
    BV 2440 E56 2017eb

  • Horse-and-buggy genius : listening to Mennonites contest the modern world / Royden Loewen
    BX8121.3
    The history of the twentieth century is one of modernization, a story of old ways being left behind. Many traditionalist Mennonites rejected these changes, especially the automobile, which they regarded as a symbol of pride and individualism. They became known as a "horse-and-buggy" people.Between 2009 and 2012, Royden Loewen and a team of researchers interviewed 250 Mennonites in thirty-five communities across the Americas about the impact of the modern world on their lives. This book records their responses and strategies for resisting the very things--ease, technology, upward mobility, consumption--that most people today take for granted.Loewen's subjects are drawn from two distinctive groups: 8,000 Old Order Mennonites, who continue to pursue old ways in highly urbanized southern Ontario, and 100,000 Old Colony Mennonites, whose history of migration to protect traditional ways has taken them from the Canadian prairies to Mexico and farther south to Belize, Paraguay, and Bolivia. Whether they live in the shadow of an urban, industrial region or in more isolated, rural communities, the fundamental approach of "horse-and-buggy" Mennonites is the same: life is best when it is kept simple, lived out in the local, close to nature. This equation is the genius at the heart of their world.

  • Locating the past/discovering the present : perspectives on religion, culture, and marginality / edited by David Gay and Stephen R. Reimer
    BL 65 C8L63 2010eb
    This collection examines the production and recreation of religious ideas and images in different times and locations, achieving a comparative perspective on the transmission of religious influences. The essayists look at contact and conflict between insiders and outsiders, centres and margins, Jews and Christians, Slavs and Greeks, and ancient ritual behaviours and modern television broadcasting, as part of the negotiation of new identity positions, relationships, and accommodations. The book combines the disciplines of literary studies, cultural studies, art history, religion, history, and critical theory, making it an important resource to a range of scholars as well as non-specialists.

  • Activity assemblies to promote peace : 40+ ideas for multi-faith assemblies for 5-11 years / Elizabeth Peirce
    BL 65 P4 P45 2008

    Teaching children about peace and peaceful strategies, learning to handle conflict creatively, tackling injustice and racial prejudice, is imperative and relevant for today's children. Packed with topical ideas for the primary school teacher, this book offers material for 40+ primary assemblies, easy to use in an assembly or for preparation.

    A great resource to dip into for one-off assemblies or follow as a programme of themed assemblies for a term, it is helpfully split into topic areas on peace which include:

    Cooperation Children's writing Places and challenges Assembly plays Environment Stories.

    Each assembly starts with a drama, story or interactive activity, followed by a prayer and 'reflection' and a hymn or a song. There are suggestions for questions and ideas for developing the theme which include using masks and puppets, as well as stories from six major world religions: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.

    The book will be invaluable to headteachers, deputy headteachers, primary schools teacher or any trainee teacher who is looking for a collection of assembly ideas that promote peace, tolerance and understanding in the widest possible context and in a variety of different ways.


  • Zen and material culture / edited by Pamela D. Winfield, Steven Heine
    BQ 678 Z46 2017
    The stereotype of Zen Buddhism as a minimalistic or even immaterial meditative tradition persists in the Euro-American cultural imagination. This volume calls attention to the vast range of "stuff" in Zen by highlighting the material abundance and iconic range of the Soto, Rinzai, and Obakusects in Japan. Chapters on beads, bowls, buildings, staffs, statues, rags, robes, and even retail commodities in America all shed new light on overlooked items of lay and monastic practice in both historical and contemporary perspectives. Nine authors from the cognate fields of art history,religious studies, and the history of material culture analyze these "Zen matters" in all four senses of the phrase: the interdisciplinary study of Zen's matters (objects and images) ultimately speaks to larger Zen matters (ideas, ideals) that matter (in the predicate sense) to both male and femalepractitioners, often because such matters (economic considerations) help to ensure the cultural and institutional survival of the tradition.Zen and Material Culture expands the study of Japanese Zen Buddhism to include material inquiry as an important complement to mainly textual, institutional, or ritual studies. It also broadens the traditional purview of art history by incorporating the visual culture of everyday Zen objects andimages into the canon of recognized masterpieces by elite artists. Finally, the volume extends Japanese material and visual cultural studies into new research territory by taking up Zen's rich trove of materia liturgica and supplementing the largely secular approach to studying Japanese popularculture. This groundbreaking volume will be a resource for anyone whose interests lie at the intersection of Zen art, architecture, history, ritual, tea ceremony, women's studies, and the fine line between Buddhist materiality and materialism.

  • Unfortunate destiny : animals in the Indian Buddhist imagination / Reiko Ohnuma
    BQ 1029 I42 O58 2017
    Unfortunate Destiny focuses on the roles played by nonhuman animals within the imaginative thought-world of Indian Buddhism, as reflected in pre-modern South Asian Buddhist literature. These roles are multifaceted, diverse, and often contradictory: In Buddhist doctrine and cosmology, theanimal rebirth is a most "unfortunate destiny" (durgati), won through negative karma and characterized by a lack of intelligence, moral agency, and spiritual potential. In stories about the Buddha's previous lives, on the other hand, we find highly anthropomorphized animals who are wise, virtuous,endowed with human speech, and often critical of the moral shortcomings of humankind. In the life-story of the Buddha, certain animal characters serve as "doubles" of the Buddha, illuminating his nature through identification, contrast or parallelism with an animal "other." Relations between human beings and animals likewise range all the way from support, friendship, andnear-equality to rampant exploitation, cruelty, and abuse. Perhaps the only commonality among these various strands of thought is a persistent impulse to use animals to clarify the nature of humanity itself - whether through similarity, contrast, or counterpoint. Buddhism is a profoundlyhuman-centered religious tradition, yet it relies upon a dexterous use of the animal other to help clarify the human self. This book seeks to make sense of this process through a wide-ranging-exploration of animal imagery, animal discourse, and specific animal characters in South Asian Buddhisttexts.

  • Spells, images, and mandalas : tracing the evolution of esoteric Buddhist rituals / Koichi Shinohara
    BQ 8920 S56 2014
    Koichi Shinohara traces the evolution of Esoteric Buddhist rituals from the simple recitation of spells in the fifth century to complex systems involving image worship, mandala initiation, and visualization practices in the ninth century. He presents an important new reading of a seventh-century Chinese text called the Collected Dharani Sutras , which shows how earlier rituals for specific deities were synthesized into a general Esoteric initiation ceremony and how, for the first time, the notion of an Esoteric Buddhist pantheon emerged.

    In the Collected Dharani Sutras , rituals for specific deities were typically performed around images of the deities, yet Esoteric Buddhist rituals in earlier sources involved the recitation of spells rather than the use of images. The first part of this study explores how such simpler rituals came to be associated with the images of specific deities and ultimately gave rise to the general Esoteric initiation ceremony described in the crucial example of the All-Gathering mandala ritual in the Collected Dharani Sutras . The visualization practices so important to later Esoteric Buddhist rituals were absent from this ceremony, and their introduction would fundamentally change Esoteric Buddhist practice.

    This study examines the translations of dharani sutras made by Bodhiruci in the early eighth century and later Esoteric texts, such as Yixing's commentary on the Mahavairocana sutra and Amoghavajra's ritual manuals, to show how incorporation of visualization greatly enriched Esoteric rituals and helped develop elaborate iconographies for the deities. Over time, the ritual function of images became less certain, and the emphasis shifted toward visualization. This study clarifies the complex relationship between images and ritual, changing how we perceive Esoteric Buddhist art as well as ritual.

  • Buddhist funeral cultures of Southeast Asia and China / edited by Paul Williams and Patrice Ladwig
    BQ 5020 B83 2012
    The centrality of death rituals has rarely been documented in anthropologically informed studies of Buddhism. Bringing together a range of perspectives including ethnographic, textual, historical and theoretically informed accounts, this edited volume presents the diversity of the Buddhist funeral cultures of mainland Southeast Asia and China. While the contributions show that the ideas and ritual practices related to death are continuously transformed in local contexts through political and social changes, they also highlight the continuities of funeral cultures. The studies are based on long-term fieldwork and covering material from Theravāda Buddhism in Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and various regions of Chinese Buddhism, both on the mainland and in the Southeast Asian diasporas. Topics such as bad death, the feeding of ghosts, pollution through death, and the ritual regeneration of life show how Buddhist cultures deal with death as a universal phenomenon of human culture.

  • Wisdom in the face of modernity : a study in Thomistic natural theology / Thomas Joseph White, OP
    BL 183 W458 2016

  • The Oxford handbook of the epistemology of theology / edited by William J. Abraham and Frederick D. Aquino
    BL 51 O943 2017
    The Oxford Handbook of the Epistemology of Theology brings together leading scholars in the fields of theology and epistemology to examine and articulate what can be categorized as appropriate epistemic evaluation in theology. Part one focuses on some of the epistemic concepts that have beentraditionally employed in theology such as knowledge of God, revelation and scripture, reason and faith, experience, and tradition. This section also considers concepts that have not received sufficient epistemological attention in theology, such as saints, authority, ecclesial practices, spiritualformation, and discernment. Part two concentrates on epistemic concepts that have received significant attention in contemporary epistemology and can be related to theology such as understanding, wisdom, testimony, virtue, evidence, foundationalism, realism/antirealism, scepticism, and disagreement.Part three offers examples from key figures in the Christian tradition and investigates the relevant epistemological issues and insights in these writers, as well as recognizing the challenges of connecting insights from contemporary epistemology with the subject of theology proper, namely, God.Part four centres on five emerging areas that warrant further epistemological consideration: Liberation Theology, Continental Philosophy, modern Orthodox writers, Feminism, and Pentecostalism.This authoritative collection explores how the various topics, figures, and emerging conversations can be reconceived and addressed in light of recent developments in epistemology. Each chapter provides an analysis of the crucial moves, positions, and debates, while also identifying relevantepistemic considerations. This Handbook fulfils the need for the development of this new conversation that will take its natural place in the intersection of theology and epistemology. It links the fields of theology and epistemology in robust, meaningful, and significant ways.

  • Evolution and the fall / edited by William T. Cavanaugh and James K. A. Smith
    BS 659 E96 2017
    Tackles thorny questions and tensions at the intersection of Scripture and science

    What does it mean for the Christian doctrine of the Fall if there was no historical Adam? If humanity emerged from nonhuman primates--as genetic, biological, and archaeological evidence seems to suggest--then what are the implications for a Christian understanding of human origins, including the origin of sin?

    This book gathers a multidisciplinary, ecumenical team of scholars to address these difficult questions from the perspectives of biology, theology, history, Scripture, philosophy, and politics. After mapping the territory of challenging questions surrounding human origins and the Fall, the contributors delve into biblical sources and traditional theological accounts as resources for understanding, consider broader cultural implications of the Fall, and propose ways of reimagining the conversation so as to move forward faithfully.

  • Engaging the doctrine of creation : cosmos, creatures, and the wise and good creator / Matthew Levering
    BT 695 L478 2017
    Distinguished scholar Matthew Levering examines the doctrine of creation and its contemporary theological implications, critically engaging with classical and modern views in dialogue with Orthodox and Reformed interlocutors, among others. Moving from the Trinity to Christology, Levering takes up a number of themes pertaining to the doctrine of creation and focuses on how creation impacts our understandings of both the immanent and the economic Trinity. He also engages newer trends such as ecological theology.

  • Commonwealth and covenant : economics, politics, and theologies of relationality / Marcia Pally
    BT 155 P28 2016
    In Commonwealth and Covenant Marcia Pally argues that in order to deal with current socioeconomic problems, we need not economic formulas but rather a better understanding of who we are, where we've come from, and how we interact with one another in our shared world.Pally describes the basic setup of human society as "separability-amid-situatedness" or "distinction-amid-relation." Though we are all unique individuals, we are also inextricably interconnected with the people and environments around us. Pally argues that our culture's overemphasis on "separability" -- our individualism run amok -- results in corporate greed, adversarial and deceitful political discourse, resource grabbing, broken relationships, and a host of other social ills. Arguing that separability and situatedness can and must be brought into greater balance, Pally draws upon intellectual history, philosophy, and -- especially -- historic Jewish and Christian theologies of relationality to construct a new framework for addressing our most serious economic and political problems.ADVANCE PRAISE"In her previous writing Marcia Pally has demonstrated keen insight into the American religious situation. In this well-crafted and highly readable book Pally takes a central principle in the American spiritual heritage --the covenant -- and relates it with impressive skill to the psychological and political dimensions of our lives. This book advances the discussion in many ways and should not be missed" -- Harvey Cox, Harvard University

  • Terror in the mind of God : the global rise of religious violence / Mark Juergensmeyer
    BL 65 V55 J84 2017
    Why would anybody believe that God could sanction terrorism? Why has the rediscovery of religion's power in recent years manifested in such a bloody way? What, if anything, can be done about it?

    Terror in the Mind of God , now in its fourth edition, answers these questions and more. Thoroughly revised and expanded, the book analyzes in detail terrorism related to almost all the world's major religious traditions: European Christians who oppose Muslim immigrants; American Christians who support abortion clinic bombings and militia actions; Muslims in the Middle East associated with the rise of ISIS, al Qaeda, and Hamas; Israeli Jews who support the persecution of Palestinians; India's Hindus linked to assaults on Muslims in the state of Gujarat and Sikhs identified with the assassination of Indira Gandhi; and Buddhist militants in Myanmar affiliated with anti-Muslim violence and in Japan with the nerve gas attack in Tokyo's subway.

    Drawing from extensive personal interviews, Mark Juergensmeyer takes readers into the mindset of those who perpetrate and support violence in the name of religion. Identifying patterns within these cultures of violence, he explains why and how religion and violence are linked and how acts of religious terrorism are undertaken not only for strategic reasons but to accomplish a symbolic purpose. Terror in the Mind of God continues to be an indispensible resource for students of religion and modern society.

  • Our lady of the nations : apparitions of Mary in twentieth-century Catholic Europe / Chris Maunder
    BT 652 E85 M38 2016
    Our Lady of the Nations is a detailed and scholarly overview of the apparitions of Mary in 20th-century Catholic Europe. Chris Maunder discusses apparitions in general and how they are interpreted in Catholicism by, for example, Karl Rahner and Benedict XVI. The role of women and children asvisionaries is considered, including issues concerning changing views of gender, children's spirituality, and the protection of minors. He covers cases that are well known and approved by the Church (Fatima, Beauraing, Banneux, and Amsterdam), others that are well known but not approved (such asGarabandal and Medjugorje), and many that are neither well known nor approved, such as those in Belgian Flanders or Nazi Germany in the 1930s, or in France, Italy, or Germany after the Second World War. Resources include academic studies of particular apparitions, some Catholic theological anddevotional literature, and occasionally travel writing. There is also coverage of material in French which is not known to the English reader.Shrines and visionaries are believed to be indicators of the presence of Mary. In the visionary perspective, she has appeared in order to reassure her followers and to warn of divine judgement. Her messages echo doctrinal Catholic Mariology with some innovations, but also express a deepdissatisfaction with the events and trends of the 20th century, from communism to Nazism to liberalism and religious indifference. While the Marian cult evolves according to new templates for apparitions and developments in Mariology, the fundamental message of presence, consolation, and admonitionremains constant.

  • Greek gods abroad : names, natures, and transformations / Robert Parker
    BL 783 P365 2017
    From even before the time of Alexander the Great, the Greek gods spread throughout the Mediterranean, carried by settlers and largely adopted by the indigenous populations. By the third century b.c., gods bearing Greek names were worshipped everywhere from Spain to Afghanistan, with the resulting religious systems a variable blend of Greek and indigenous elements. Greek Gods Abroad examines the interaction between Greek religion and the cultures of the eastern Mediterranean with which it came into contact. Robert Parker shows how Greek conventions for naming gods were extended and adapted and provides bold new insights into religious and psychological values across the Mediterranean. The result is a rich portrait of ancient polytheism as it was practiced over 600 years of history.
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