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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 Cambridge companion to Quakerism / edited by Stephen W. Angell, Pink Dandelion
    BX 7732 C36 2018eb

  • The Three Dynamisms of Faith : Searching for Meaning, Fulfillment, and Truth / Louis Roy, OP
    BT 771.3 R69 2017eb

  • Praying with the Senses : Contemporary Orthodox Christian Spirituality in Practice / edited by Sonja Luehrmann
    BX 382 P739 2018eb

    How do people experience spirituality through what they see, hear, touch, and smell? Sonja Luehrmann and an international group of scholars assess how sensory experience shapes prayer and ritual practice among Eastern Orthodox Christians. Prayer, even when performed privately, is considered as a shared experience and act that links individuals and personal beliefs with a broader, institutional, or imagined faith community. It engages with material, visual, and aural culture including icons, relics, candles, pilgrimage, bells, and architectural spaces. Whether touching upon the use of icons in the age of digital and electronic media, the impact of Facebook on prayer in Ethiopia, or the implications of praying using recordings, amplifiers, and loudspeakers, these timely essays present a sophisticated overview of the history of Eastern Orthodox Christianities. Taken as a whole they reveal prayer as a dynamic phenomenon in the devotional and ritual lives of Eastern Orthodox believers across Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.


  • Athanasius and His Legacy : Trinitarian-Incarnational Soteriology and Its Reception / Thomas G. Weinandy and Daniel A. Keating
    BR 65 A446 W453 2017eb
    Athanasius was a fiery and controversial bishop from Egypt, driven from his See no less than five times. Yet, his work served as a keystone to the settlement of the central disputes of the fourth century, from the Trinitarian and christological debates at Nicaea to the formulation of the divinity of the Holy Spirit. In this volume, Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap., and Daniel A. Keating introduce readers to this key thinker and carefully illuminate Athanasius's crucial text Against the Arians, unfolding the Trinitarian and incarnational framework of Athanasius's paramount concern: soteriology. The authors provide, in the second part, a robust map of the reception and influence of Athanasius's thought-from its immediate impact on the late fourth and fifth centuries (in the Cappadocians and Cyril) to its significance for the Eastern and Western Christian traditions and its reception in contemporary thought. Herein, Athanasius is presented for today's readers as one of the chief architects of Christian doctrine and one of the most significant thinkers for the reclamation of the Trinitarian and christological theological tradition.

  • Constructing Civility : The Human Good in Christian and Islamic Political Theologies / Richard S. Park
    BL 65 P7 P38 2017eb

  • Visions of Sainthood in Medieval Rome : The Lives of Margherita Colonna by Giovanni Colonna and Stefania / by Giovanni Colonna and Stefania ; translated by Larry F. Field : edited and introduced by Lezlie S. Knox and Sean L. Field
    BR 1725 C548 V57 2017eb

  • The Enlightened Gene : Biology, Buddhism, and the Convergence that Explains the World / Arri Eisen, Yungdrung Konchok ; foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    BL 240.3 E365 2018eb
    Eight years ago, in an unprecedented intellectual endeavor, the Dalai Lama invited Emory University to integrate modern science into the education of the thousands of Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns in exile in India. This project, the Emory Tibet Science Initiative, became the first major change in the monastic curriculum in six centuries. Eight years in, the results are transformative. The singular backdrop of teaching science to Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns offered provocative insights into how science and religion can work together to enrich each other, as well as to shed light on life and what it means to be a thinking, biological human. In The Enlightened Gene, Emory University Professor Dr. Arri Eisen, together with monk Geshe Yungdrung Konchok explore the striking ways in which the integration of Buddhism with cutting-edge discoveries in the biological sciences can change our understanding of life and how we live it. What this book discovers along the way will fundamentally change the way you think.

    Are humans inherently good? Where does compassion come from? Is death essential for life? Is experience inherited? These questions have occupied philosophers, religious thinkers and scientists since the dawn of civilization, but in today's political discourse, much of the dialogue surrounding them and larger issues--such as climate change, abortion, genetically modified organisms, and evolution--are often framed as a dichotomy of science versus spirituality. Strikingly, many of new biological discoveries--such as the millions of microbes that we now know live together as part of each of us, the connections between those microbes and our immune systems, the nature of our genomes and how they respond to the environment, and how this response might be passed to future generations--can actually be read as moving science closer to spiritual concepts, rather than further away. The Enlightened Gene opens up and lays a foundation for serious conversations, integrating science and spirit in tackling life's big questions. Each chapter integrates Buddhism and biology and uses striking examples of how doing so changes our understanding of life and how we lead it.

  • Christ Divided : Antiblackness as Corporate Vice / Katie Walker Grimes
    BX 1795 R33 G753 2017eb
    Bringing the wisdom of generations of black Catholics into conversation with contemporary scholarly accounts of racism, Christ Divided diagnoses antiblackness supremacy as a corporate vice that inhabits the body of Christ. Antiblackness supremacy operates as a unique form of oppression: it arises from the enduring association of blackness with slave status and plays a foundational role in processes of racialization and racial hierarchy in the United States. In fact, since non-black people often amass power at the expense of black people, much of white supremacy is more accurately described as antiblackness supremacy.In addition to introducing a new framework of racial analysis, this book proposes a new approach to virtue ethics. Anti-blackness supremacy inhabits not just the biased mind and the individual body, it also resides in the corporate body of the church. But due to the porosity of Christ's body, the church cannot reform itself from within. Antiblackness supremacy has twisted even baptism and the Eucharist in its image. In response, the theory of corporate virtue outlined here contemplates the conditions under which the church's corporately vicious and necessarily porous body can be made to do the right thing.

  • The Gospel According to Luke : Volume II (Luke 9:51-24) / Michael Wolter ; translated by Wayne Coppins and Christoph Heilig
    BS 2595.53 W6413 2016eb

  • The Dangerous God : Christianity and the Soviet Experiment / edited by Dominic Erdozain
    BR 936 D26 2017eb

  • Making Sense of Martin Luther : Participant Book / David J. Lose
    BR 333.3 L676 2017eb

  • European Muslims and New Media / edited by Merve Kay룸 and Leen d'Haenens
    BP 185.7 E776 2017eb

  • Transfinite Life : Oskar Goldberg and the Vitalist Imagination / Bruce Rosenstock
    BM 755 G565 R67 2017eb

    Oskar Goldberg was an important and controversial figure in Weimar Germany. He challenged the rising racial conception of the state and claimed that the Jewish people were on a metaphysical mission to defeat race-based statism. He attracted the attention of his contemporaries--Walter Benjamin, Gershom Scholem, Thomas Mann, and Carl Schmitt, among others--with the argument that ancient Israel's sacrificial rituals held the key to overcoming the tyranny of technology in the modern world. Bruce Rosenstock offers a sympathetic but critical philosophical portrait of Goldberg and puts him into conversation with Jewish and political figures that circulated in his cultural environment. Rosenstock reveals Goldberg as a deeply imaginative and broad-minded thinker who drew on biology, mathematics, Kabbalah, and his interests in ghost photography to account for the origin of the earth. Caricatured as a Jewish proto-fascist in his day, Goldberg's views of the tyranny of technology, biopolitics, and the "new vitalism" remain relevant to this day.


  • On Evil, Providence, and Freedom : A New Reading of Molina / Mark Wiebe
    BX 4705 M598 W54 2017eb

  • Engaging the Powers : 25th Anniversary Edition / Walter Wink
    BS 2545 P66 W564 2017eb
    In this brilliant culmination of his seminal Powers Trilogy, now reissued in a twenty-fifth anniversary edition, Walter Wink explores the problem of evil today and how it relates to the New Testament concept of principalities and powers. He asks the question, How can we oppose evil without creating new evils and being made evil ourselves?Winner of the Pax Christi Award, the Academy of Parish Clergy Book of the Year, and the Midwest Book Achievement Award for Best Religious Book.

  • The Healing Power of the Santuario de Chimayó : America's Miraculous Church / Brett Hendrickson
    BX 2321 S317 H46 2017eb

  • Religion and Progressive Activism : New Stories About Faith and Politics / edited by Ruth Braunstein, Todd Nicholas Fuist, and Rhys H. Williams
    BL 65 P7 R4326523 2017eb

  • A Communion of Shadows : Religion and Photography in Nineteenth-Century America / Rachel McBride Lindsey
    BL 2525 L553 2017eb

  • The Romanian Orthodox Church and the Holocaust / Ion Popa
    BX 693 P677 2017eb

    In 1930, about 750,000 Jews called Romania home. At the end of World War II, approximately half of them survived. Only recently, after the fall of Communism, have details of the history of the Holocaust in Romania come to light. Ion Popa explores this history by scrutinizing the role of the Romanian Orthodox Church from 1938 to the present day. Popa unveils and questions whitewashing myths that concealed the Church's role in supporting official antisemitic policies of the Romanian government. He analyzes the Church's relationship with the Jewish community in Romania and Judaism in general, as well as with the state of Israel, and discusses the extent to which the Church recognizes its part in the persecution and destruction of Romanian Jews. Popa's highly original analysis illuminates how the Church responded to accusations regarding its involvement in the Holocaust, the part it played in buttressing the wall of Holocaust denial, and how Holocaust memory has been shaped in Romania today.


  • The Business Francis Means : Understanding the Pope's Message on the Economy / Martin Schlag
    BX 1795 E27 S36 2017eb

  • The Dancing Lares and the Serpent in the Garden : Religion at the Roman Street Corner / Harriet I. Flower
    BL 820 L3 F59 2017eb

    The most pervasive gods in ancient Rome had no traditional mythology attached to them, nor was their worship organized by elites. Throughout the Roman world, neighborhood street corners, farm boundaries, and household hearths featured small shrines to the beloved lares , a pair of cheerful little dancing gods. These shrines were maintained primarily by ordinary Romans, and often by slaves and freedmen, for whom the lares cult provided a unique public leadership role. In this comprehensive and richly illustrated book, the first to focus on the lares , Harriet Flower offers a strikingly original account of these gods and a new way of understanding the lived experience of everyday Roman religion.

    Weaving together a wide range of evidence, Flower sets forth a new interpretation of the much-disputed nature of the lares . She makes the case that they are not spirits of the dead, as many have argued, but rather benevolent protectors--gods of place, especially the household and the neighborhood, and of travel. She examines the rituals honoring the lares , their cult sites, and their iconography, as well as the meaning of the snakes often depicted alongside lares in paintings of gardens. She also looks at Compitalia, a popular midwinter neighborhood festival in honor of the lares , and describes how its politics played a key role in Rome's increasing violence in the 60s and 50s BC, as well as in the efforts of Augustus to reach out to ordinary people living in the city's local neighborhoods.

    A reconsideration of seemingly humble gods that were central to the religious world of the Romans, this is also the first major account of the full range of lares worship in the homes, neighborhoods, and temples of ancient Rome.

    Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.


  • The Peace of the Gods : Elite Religious Practices in the Middle Roman Republic / Craige B. Champion
    BL 803 C44 2017eb

    The Peace of the Gods takes a new approach to the study of Roman elites' religious practices and beliefs, using current theories in psychology, sociology, and anthropology, as well as cultural and literary studies. Craige Champion focuses on what the elites of the Middle Republic (ca. 250-ca. 100 BCE) actually did in the religious sphere, rather than what they merely said or wrote about it, in order to provide a more nuanced and satisfying historical reconstruction of what their religion may have meant to those who commanded the Roman world and its imperial subjects.

    The book examines the nature and structure of the major priesthoods in Rome itself, Roman military commanders' religious behaviors in dangerous field conditions, and the state religion's acceptance or rejection of new cults and rituals in response to external events that benefited or threatened the Republic. According to a once-dominant but now-outmoded interpretation of Roman religion that goes back to the ancient Greek historian Polybius, the elites didn't believe in their gods but merely used religion to control the masses. Using that interpretation as a counterfactual lens, Champion argues instead that Roman elites sincerely tried to maintain Rome's good fortune through a pax deorum or "peace of the gods." The result offers rich new insights into the role of religion in elite Roman life.


  • Blood for Thought : The Reinvention of Sacrifice in Early Rabbinic Literature / Mira Balberg
    BM 715 B35 2017eb
    Blood for Thought delves into a relatively unexplored area of rabbinic literature: the vast corpus of laws, regulations, and instructions pertaining to sacrificial rituals. Mira Balberg traces and analyzes the ways in which the early rabbis interpreted and conceived of biblical sacrifices, reinventing them as a site through which to negotiate intellectual, cultural, and religious trends and practices in their surrounding world. Rather than viewing the rabbinic project as an attempt to generate a nonsacrificial version of Judaism, she argues that the rabbis developed a new sacrificial Jewish tradition altogether, consisting of not merely substitutes to sacrifice but elaborate practical manuals that redefined the processes themselves, radically transforming the meanings of sacrifice, its efficacy, and its value.

  • In Search of Soul : Hip-Hop, Literature, and Religion / Alejandro Nava
    BT 741.3 N38 2017eb
    In Search of Soul explores the meaning of "soul" in sacred and profane incarnations, from its biblical origins to its central place in the rich traditions of black and Latin history. Surveying the work of writers, artists, poets, musicians, philosophers and theologians, Alejandro Nava shows how their understandings of the "soul" revolve around narratives of justice, liberation, and spiritual redemption. He contends that biblical traditions and hip-hop emerged out of experiences of dispossession and oppression. Whether born in the ghettos of America or of the Roman Empire, hip-hop and Christianity have endured by giving voice to the persecuted. This book offers a view of soul in living color, as a breathing, suffering, dreaming thing.

  • Wisdom Commentary: Ephesians / Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza ; Linda M. Maloney, volume editor, Barbara E. Reid, OP, general editor
    BS 2695.53 S38 2017eb

  • Sacred Strangers : What the Bible's Outsiders Can Teach Christians / Nancy Haught
    BR 115 S73 H38 2017eb

  • A Not-So-Unexciting Life : Essays on Benedictine History and Spirituality in Honor of Michael Casey, OCSO / edited by Carmel Posa, SGS
    BX 3003 N68 2017eb

    This volume, written by eighteen monks, nuns, and lay scholars from seven countries and four continents, aims to recognize the contribution that Michael Casey has made to Cistercian and Benedictine life over the past forty years. Acclaimed as one of the most significant writers in the Benedictine and Cistercian tradition, Casey has published over one hundred articles and reviews in various journals, written more than eighteen books, and edited many more books and journals. He is a world-renowned retreat master, lecturer, and formator.

    Contributors include: Carmel Posa, SGS; David Tomlins, OCSO; Helen Lombard, SGS; Manuela Scheiba, OSB; David Barry, OSB; Mary Collins, OSB; Brendan Thomas, OSB; Elias Dietz, OCSO; Constant J. Mews; Bernardo Bonowitz, OCSO; Terrence Kardong, OSB; Elizabeth Freeman; Austin Cooper, OMI; Katharine Massam; Margaret Malone, SGS; Bernhard A. Eckerstorfer, OSB; Columba Stewart, OSB; Francisco Rafael de Pascual, OCSO; and Bishop Graeme Rutherford


  • No End to the Search : Experiencing Monastic Life / Mark Plaiss
    BX 4103 P53 2017eb

  • Wisdom Commentary: Nahum/Habakkuk/Zephaniah / Wilda C.M. Gafney ; Carol J. Dempsey, OP, volume editor ; Barbara E. Reid, OP, general editor
    BS 1625.52 G34 2017eb

  • Christian Preaching and Worship in Multicultural Contexts : A Practical Theological Approach / Eunjoo Mary Kim ; foreword by Mark R. Francis, CSV
    BV 4211.3 K54 2017eb

  • Introduction to the Study of Liturgy / Albert Gerhards, Benedikt Kranemann ; translated by Linda M. Maloney
    BV 176.3 G4813 2017eb

    Worship is at the heart of the Christian faith. This applies equally to all denominations. For that reason it is all the more important that the ordering of worship and its place in the life of the church is regularly rewritten and reinterpreted. This volume--based on the third, completely revised German edition from 2013 by two of the foremost liturgical scholars in Germany--offers a contemporary, comprehensive introduction to the foundations for the study of liturgy today, one from which scholars and students in the English-speaking world can also profit. Beyond appealing to students of liturgy and theology, this book reaches out to everyone who wants to know more about the liturgical essence and dimensions of the church.


  • When I in Awesome Wonder : Liturgy Distilled from Daily Life / Jill Y. Crainshaw
    BV 178 C735 2017eb

  • Apocalyptic Ecology : The Book of Revelation, the Earth, and the Future / Micah D. Kiel
    BS 646 K54 2017eb

  • The Word on the Street, Year B : Sunday Lectionary Reflections / John W. Martens
    BX 2170 C55 M3425 2017eb

  • Transcending Generations : A Field Guide to Collaborations in Church / Meredith Gould, PhD
    BV 640 G68 2017eb

  • A Course in Christian Mysticism / edited by Jon M. Sweeney ; foreword by Michael N. McGregor
    BV 5075 M465 2017eb

  • Wisdom Commentary: Lamentations / Gina Hens-Piazza ; Carol J. Dempsey, OP, volume editor, Barbara E. Reid, OP, general editor
    BS 1535.53 H46 2017eb

  • Wisdom Commentary: Ruth / Alice L. Laffey and Mahri Leonard-Fleckman ; Amy-Jill Levine, volume editor, Barbara E. Reid, OP, general editor
    BS 1315.53 L46 2017eb

  • Reformed Sacramentality / Graham Hughes ; edited by Steffen Lösel ; foreword by Gordon W. Lathrop
    BV 875 H84 2017eb

  • A Pastor's Toolbox 2 : More Management Skills for Parish Leadership / edited by Paul A. Holmes
    BX 1913 P3482 2017eb

  • Saint Benedict for Boomers : Wisdom for the Next Stage of Life / by Christine M. Fletcher
    BV 4580 F56 2017eb

  • Church, Faith, Future : What We Face, What We Can Do / Louis J. Cameli
    BV 600.3 C357 2017eb

  • A Saint in the Sun : Praising Saint Bernard in the France of Louis XIV / David N. Bell
    BX 4700 B5 S19 2017eb

  • The Text of a Coptic Monastic Discourse On Love and Self-Control and Its Story from the Fourth Century to the Twenty-First / Carolyn Schneider
    BX 137.2 S346 2017eb

  • Will Pope Francis Pull It Off? : The Challenge of Church Reform / Rocco D'Ambrosio ; translated by Barry Hudock
    BX 1378.7 D36 2017eb

  • Aelred the Peacemaker : The Public Life of a Cistercian Abbot / Jean Truax
    BX 4700 E7 T78 2017eb

  • Inseparable Love : A Commentary on The Order of Celebrating Matrimony in the Catholic Church / Paul Turner
    BX 2035.6 M373 T87 2017eb

  • Praise the Name of the Lord : Meditations on the Names of God in the Qur'an and the Bible / Archbishop Michael Louis Fitzgerald
    BL 473 F58 2017eb

  • Reading, praying, living Pope Francis's The joy of love : a faith formation guide / Julie Hanlon Rubio
    BX 2351 C2963 R82 2017eb

  • A Spirituality of Mission : Reflections for Holy Week and Easter / by Mark G. Boyer
    BV 90 B686 2017eb

  • Enduring Ministry : Toward a Lifetime of Christian Leadership / Samuel D. Rahberg
    BX 1913 R285 2016eb

  • Deepening Faith : Adult Faith Formation in the Parish / Janet Schaeffler, OP
    BX 921 S33 2016eb

  • Labor of God : The Agony of the Cross as the Birth of the Church / Thomas Andrew Bennett
    BT 453 B46 2017eb

  • Every Catholic An Apostle : A Life of Thomas A. Judge, CM, 1868-1933 / William L. Portier
    BX 4705 J77 P67 2017eb
    Born in Boston of immigrant parents, Thomas A. Judge, CM (1868-1933) preached up and down the east coast on the Vincentian mission band between 1903 and 1915. Disturbed by the "leakage" of the immigrant poor from the church, he enlisted and organized lay women he met on the missions to work for the "preservation of the faith," his watchword. His work grew apace with, and in some ways anticipated, the growing body of papal teaching on the lay apostolate. When he became superior of the godforsaken Vincentian Alabama mission in 1915, he invited the lay apostles to come south to help. "This is the layman's hour," he wrote in 1919. By then, however, many of his lay apostles had evolved in the direction of vowed communal life. This pioneer of the lay apostle founded two religious communities, one of women and one of men. With the indispensable help of his co-founder, Mother Boniface Keasey, he spent the last decade of his life trying to gain canonical approval for these groups, organizing them, and helping them learn "to train the work-a-day man and woman into an apostle, to cause each to be alert to the interests of the Church, to be the Church." The roaring twenties saw the work expanded beyond the Alabama missions as far as Puerto Rico, which Judge viewed as a gateway to Latin America. The Great Depression ended this expansive mood and time and put agonizing pressure on Judge, his disciples, and their work. In 1932, the year before Judge's death, the apostolic delegate, upon being appraised of Judge's financial straits, described his work as "the only organized movement of its kind in the Church today that so completely meets the wishes of the Holy Father with reference to the Lay Apostolate."

  • The End Is Not Yet : Standing Firm in Apocalyptic Times / John W. de Gruchy
    BT 877 D444 2017eb
    The title of this book comes from Matthew's Gospel: You will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. . . . There will be famines and earthquakes in various places: all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs. (24:6-8). This locates The End Is Not Yet within popular religious rhetoric about the end time and more sophisticated theological discourse on eschatology or Christian hope for a better world premised on faith in God. But is such faith still justified? And if so, how are we to describe and embody it in the life of the world? The framework of the book is the current global historical context with a particular focus on the West, and especially the political and social issues that have been highlighted by the election of Donald Trump. Among these are totalitarianism and democracy, right-wing nationalism, apocalypticism and patriotism, globalization and economic injustice, terrorism and warmongering, and political and prophetic leadership.

  • The Bible as Political Artifact : On The Feminist Study of the Hebrew Bible / Susanne Scholz
    BS 1181.8 S563 2017eb
    Biblical studies and the teaching of biblical studies are clearly changing, though it is less clear what the changes mean and how we should evaluate them. In this book, Susanne Scholz engages some of the issues as she has encountered them in the field over the last twenty years. She casts a feminist, class-critical eye on the politics of pedagogy, in higher education and in wider society alike, decrypting important developments in the architecture of educational power. She also examines how the increasingly intercultural, interreligious, and diasporic dynamics in society inform the hermeneutical and methodological possibilities for biblical exegesis, whether the topic is rape in ancient Near Eastern legislation or Eve and Adam in the American Christian right's approaches. In bold strokes, Scholz lays out a program for biblical scholarship and pedagogy that connects to current events and ideas, such as the Title IX debate, inclusive language, or film. Taken as a whole, the fourteen chapters demonstrate that the foregrounding of gender, placed into its intersectional contexts, offers intriguing and valuable alternative ways of seeing the world and the Bible's place in it.

  • Principalities in Particular : A Practical Theology of the Powers That Be / Bill Wylie-Kellermann ; with a foreword by Rose Marie Berger
    BR 526 K457 2017eb
    If the 1960s were a watershed in American politics, they were no less formative a period in political theology, as figures like Jacques Ellul, Karl Barth, Walter Wink, Daniel and Philip Berrigan, and William Stringfellow shed new light on the biblical language of the powers. In these essays, activist pastor Bill Wylie-Kellermann critically appreciates the legacy of these figures and gives an urgent specificity to the theology of the powers, relating biblical concepts to contemporary struggles for civil rights, clean air, fair housing, safe affordable water, public education, and civic responsibility after the 2016 election, highlighting throughout the vital importance of a community of struggle connected through time and across space. The book's uniqueness lies in its practicality, as biblical and theological analyses arise from, and are addressed to, particular historical moments and given ecclesial and movement struggles. Appendixes present resources for teaching and training people in movement organizing and for thinking through the presence of the powers in our life and ministry.

  • "After Ten Years" : Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Our Times / [edited and] with an introduction by Victoria J. Barnett
    BX 4827 B57 A488 2017eb
    How does one read the signs of the times? What does it mean to resist? How do we engage faithfully in struggle? Dietrich Bonhoeffer has achieved iconic status as one who epitomizes what it means to struggle and resist tyranny and fascism and how one acts in faithful witness as a religious and political commitment. Bonhoeffer's witness and example is more relevant than ever. A testimony to that is a crucial essay penned by Bonhoeffer in 1942; After Ten Years is a succinct and sober reflection, and remains one of the best descriptions ever written about what happened to the German people under National Socialism. This volume presents this timely and unique essay in a fresh translation and a penetrating introduction and analysis of the importance of this essay-in Bonhoeffer's time and now in our own.

  • Varieties of African American Religious Experience : Toward a Comparative Black Theology - 20th Anniversary Edition / Anthony B. Pinn
    BL 2490 P46 1998eb
    Twenty years ago, Anthony Pinn's engrossing survey highlighted the rich diversity of black religious life in America, revealing expressions of an ever-changing black religious quest in four non-Christian religious movements. Based on extensive research, travel, and interviews--and embellished with photos, bibliographies, and case studies--Pinn's work provides a fascinating look especially at Voodoo, Santeria, the Nation of Islam, and black humanism in the United States, and uses the diversity of religious belief to begin formulation of a comparative black theology--the first of its kind.Focusing less on institutional and doctrinal history and more on the varied popular religious practices and sites, this volume highlights, for example, the significant influence of Caribbean religions in the United States, practices of divination and healing, the surge of black Muslims, the emergence of black humanism, and the religious influence and ethical practices of black women. The unique contribution of this volume, however, isn't the description of these traditions but instead it is the new method of theological work it begins to outline.This twentieth-anniversary edition is an expanded version, including a new preface and a new concluding chapter. An important contribution to classroom studies!

  • The Collected Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer : Volume 2 / translated from the German by Douglas W. Stott ... [and others] ; edited by Isabel Best
    BX 4827 B57 A5 2012eb
    Preaching, according to Bonhoeffer, is like offering an apple to a child. The gospel is proclaimed, but for it to be received as gift depends on whether or not the hearer is in a position to do so. Offered here are [xx] of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's sermons, in new English translations, which he preached at various times of the year and in a variety of different settings. Each sermon is introduced by Victoria J. Barnett, general editor of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, English edition, published by Fortress Press, from which these sermons are selected.In his preaching, Bonhoeffer's strong, personal faith--the foundation for everything he did--shines in the darkness of Hitler's Third Reich and in the church struggle against it. Though not overtly political, Bonhoeffer's deep concern for the developments in his world is revealed in his sermons as he seeks to draw the listener into conversation with the promises and claims of the gospel-a conversation readers today are invited to join.

  • Joy Unspeakable : Contemplative Practices of the Black Church (2nd edition) / Barbara A. Holmes
    BR 563 N4 H6536 2004eb
    Joy Unspeakable focuses on the aspects of the black church that point beyond particular congregational gatherings toward a mystical and communal spirituality not within the exclusive domain of any denomination. This mystical aspect of the black church is deeply implicated in the well-being of African American people but is not the focus of their intentional reflection. Moreover, its traditions are deeply ensconced within the historical memory of the wider society and can be found in Coltrane's riffs, Malcolm's exhortations, the social activism of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama. The research in this book-through oral histories, church records, and written accounts--details not only ways in which contemplative experience is built into African American collective worship but also the legacy of African monasticism, a history of spiritual exemplars, and unique meditative worship practices. A groundbreaking work in its original edition, Joy Unspeakable now appears in a new, revised edition to address the effects of this contemplative tradition on activism and politics and to speak to a new generation of readers and scholars.

  • Missionary Christianity and Local Religion : American Evangelicalism in North India, 1836-1870 / Arun W. Jones
    BV 3265.3 J666 2017eb

  • Embracing Hopelessness / Miguel A. De La Torre
    BT 774.5 D454 2017eb
    This book will attempt to explore faith-based responses to unending injustices by embracing the reality of hopelessness. It rejects the pontifications of some salvation history that move the faithful toward an eschatological promise that, when looking back at history, makes sense of all Christian-led brutalities, mayhem, and carnage.Hope, as an illusion, is responsible for maintaining oppressive structures. This book struggles with a God who at times seems mute, demanding solidarity in the midst of perdition and a blessing in the midst of adversity. How can the Creator be so invisible during the troubling times in which we live-times filled with unbearable life-denying trials and tribulations? The book concludes with a term De La Torre has coined in other books: an ethics para joder-an ethics that f*cks with. When all is hopeless, when neoliberalism has won, when there exists no chance of establishing justice, the only choice left for the oppressed is to screw with the structure, literally turning over the bankers' tables at the temple. By upsetting the norm, an opportunity might arise that can lead us to a more just situation, although such acts of defiance usually lead to crucifixion. Hopelessness is what leads to radical liberative praxis.

  • Refocusing My Family : Coming Out, Being Cast Out, and Discovering the True Love of God / Amber Cantorna
    BR 1725 C36 C367 2017eb
    In 2012, at the age of twenty-seven, Amber Cantorna came out to her family as gay. As the daughter of a Focus on the Family executive, telling this truth came at a high cost.Refocusing My Family is Amber's journey from the suffocating expectations of Focus on the Family to the liberating joy of choosing her own family.After struggling under the weight of perfectionism, reputation, and keeping up appearances, Amber boldly stepped into her true identity. In the process, she discovered the true love of God.

  • Is God Christian? : Christian Identity in Public Theology: An Asian Contribution / D. Preman Niles
    BR 1065 N555 2017eb
    Is God Christian? Christian Identity in Public Theology: An Asian Contribution is a sequel to Niles's previous book, The Lotus and the Sun: Asian Theological Engagement with Plurality and Power, and continues the narrative of the social biography of Asian theology. It enters the theological efforts of the author's generation as a collective enterprise to survey methods that in the arena of public theology confront and reject the assertion that God is Christian or there is a Christian god among other gods. The focus is on the issues and questions that affect the people and societies of Asia. The theology envisaged here is not the kind that will confine itself within the Christian community but one that will have an import for the actors in public life. Asian Public Theology will be one that will be inherently interreligious in nature. Accordingly, the theological methods explored in this book are not concerned narrowly with problems in Christian theology, but rather with challenges posed for Christian theology in the wider arena of social and political life in Asia.

  • Christianity Made in India : From Apostle Thomas to Mother Teresa / Roger E. Hedlund
    BR 1155 H443 2017eb
    Christianity Made in India: From Apostle Thomas to Mother Teresa discusses the indigenization of Christianity in the Indian context. It is set in the larger context of the exceptional growth of the church in the non-Western world during the twentieth century, which has been characterized by a diversity of localized cultural expressions. It recognizes that the center of Christian influence numerically and theologically is shifting wouthward to Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Increasingly, it is found in nontraditional (non-Catholic, non-Protestant, non-Syrian) churches of indigenous-independent variety, frequently charismatic, not necessarily Pentecostal, but of substantial evangelical and cultural diversity. Predominantly, it is a church of the poor. It affirms the reality that wherever the gospel goes, it takes root in the local culture.

  • "Mysticism" in Iran : The Safavid Roots of a Modern Concept / Ata Anzali
    BP 188.8 I7 A59 2017eb
    "Mysticism" in Iran is an in-depth analysis of significant transformations in the religious landscape of Safavid Iran that led to the marginalization of Sufism and the eventual emergence of 'irfan as an alternative Shi'i model of spirituality.Ata Anzali draws on a treasure-trove of manuscripts from Iranian archives to offer an original study of the transformation of Safavid Persia from a majority Sunni country to a Twelver Shi'i realm. The work straddles social and intellectual history, beginning with an examination of late Safavid social and religious contexts in which Twelver religious scholars launched a successful campaign against Sufism with the tacit approval of the court. This led to the social, political, and economic marginalization of Sufism, which was stigmatized as an illegitimate mode of piety rooted in a Sunni past.Anzali directs the reader's attention to creative and successful attempts by other members of the ulama to incorporate the Sufi tradition into the new Twelver milieu. He argues that the category of 'irfan, or "mysticism," was invented at the end of the Safavid period by mystically minded scholars such as Shah Muhammad Darabi and Qutb al-Din Nayrizi in reference to this domesticated form of Sufism. Key aspects of Sufi thought and practice were revisited in the new environment, which Anzali demonstrates by examining the evolving role of the spiritual master. This traditional Sufi function was reimagined by Shi'i intellectuals to incorporate the guidance of the infallible imams and their deputies, the ulama.Anzali goes on to address the institutionalization of 'irfan in Shi'i madrasas and the role played by prominent religious scholars of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in this regard. The book closes with a chapter devoted to fascinating changes in the thought and practice of 'irfan in the twentieth century during the transformative processes of modernity. Focusing on the little-studied figure of Kayvan Qazvini and his writings, Anzali explains how 'irfan was embraced as a rational, science-friendly, nonsectarian, and anticlerical concept by secular Iranian intellectuals.

  • Blood and Faith : Christianity in American White Nationalism / Damon T. Berry
    BR 516 B397 2017eb

  • Annnotated Luther, The Christian Life in the World / volume editor, Hans J. Hillerbrand ; general editors, Hans J. Hillerbrand, Kirsi I. Stjerna, Timothy J. Wengert
    BR 331 E5 2017eb
    This volume (volume 5) features Luther's writings that intersect church and state, faith and life lived as a follower of Christ. His insights regarding marriage, trade, public education, war and are articulated. His theological and biblical insights also colored the way he spoke of the "Jews" and Turks, as well his admonition to the German peasants in their uprisings against the established powers.

  • Paul Hanly Furfey : Priest, Scientist, Social Reformer / Nicholas K. Rademacher
    BX 4705 F9457 R33 2017eb

  • Religious Freedom : The Contested History of an American Ideal / Tisa Wenger
    BL 2525 W4145 2017eb

  • God's Creativity and Human Action : Christian and Muslim Perspectives / Lucinda Mosher and David Marshall, editors
    BP 166.23 B85 2015eb

  • Civilized piety : the rhetoric of pietas in the pastoral epistles and the Roman Empire / T. Christopher Hoklotubbe
    BS 2735.52 H65 2017eb

  • Abducted in Iraq : A Priest in Baghdad / Saad Sirop Hanna, with Edward S. Aris ; foreword by David Alton
    BX 1625 H36 2017eb

  • Salvation in Continuity : Reconsidering Matthew's Soteriology / Mothy Varkey
    BS 2575.6 S25 V377 2017eb
    It is clear that according to Matthew's Gospel, Jesus came to save his people from their sins (1:21), to give his life as a ransom for many (20:28), to have his blood poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins (26:28). But if salvation as promised in 1:21 is achieved only through Jesus' death, asks Mothy Varkey, are the twenty-five preceding chapters merely preamble? Varkey argues, to the contrary, that the key theme of salvation in the Gospel is presented by Matthew as being in continuity with God's saving acts in the history of the Jewish people. Further, Varkey insists that, as a consequence of this theology of continuity, Jesus' death on the cross represents just one of the many ways in which the Gospel presents God's salvific deeds. The death of Jesus, while unique due to his ontological status as Son of God, should not be distinguished too sharply from his saving acts during his earthly ministry, which took the form of salvific teaching of the Torah, healings, exorcisms, and forgiving of sins. The result is a narrative emphasizing the continuity of salvation throughout Jesus life, reaching into Israel's past, and beyond into the work of the disciples.

  • The Promise of Robert W. Jenson's Theology : Constructive Engagements / Stephen John Wright and Chris E.W. Green, editors
    BX 8080 J44 P767 2017eb
    North America has rarely produced a theologian as creative and productive as Robert W. Jenson. A truly ecumenical thinker, Jenson consistently demonstrates the way that the church's confession of the triune God of scripture restructures Christian thinking. Jenson's work on the nature of theology has focused on the category of promise: a way with language that opens up new possibilities. At the heart of Jenson's theology of the gospel is the conviction that, in Christ, God discloses a word of pure promise to us, enabling new patterns of life. Just as the gospel opens up new ways of living, good theology unfolds into new interpretations and articulations. Engaging Jenson's work across vital areas, this volume lays out the contours and key contributions of Jenson's thought for modern Christology, theological interpretation of Scripture, the doctrine of the Trinity in light of the recent Trinitarian revival, and ecumenical theological relations. This volume gathers together essays by some of contemporary theology's most capable thinkers, such as Oliver Crisp, Stephen Holmes, Joseph Mangina, Peter Leithart, Telford Work, Eugene Rogers, R. Kendall Soulen, and Peter Ochs, to examine the ways in which Jenson's own theology functions as promise, enabling further theological visions and articulations.

  • Passion for Nothing : Kierkegaard's Apophatic Theology / Peter Kline
    BX 4827 K5 K557 2017eb
    Passion for Nothing offers a reading of Kierkegaard as an apophatic author. As it functions in this book, apophasis is a flexible term inclusive of both negative theology and deconstruction. One of the main points of this volume is that Kierkegaard's authorship opens pathways between these two resonate but often contentiously related terrains.The main contention of this book is that Kierkegaard's apophaticism is an ethical-religious difficulty, one that concerns itself with the whylessness of existence. This is a theme that Kierkegaard inherits from the philosophical and theological traditions stemming from Meister Eckhart. Additionally, the forms of Kierkegaard's writing are irreducibly apophatic--animated by a passion to communicate what cannot be said.The book examines Kierkegaard's apophaticism with reference to five themes: indirect communication, God, faith, hope, and love. Across each of these themes, the aim is to lend voice to the unruly energy of the unsayable and, in doing so, let Kierkegaard's theological, spiritual, and philosophical provocation remain a living one for us today.

  • Liquid Scripture : The Bible in a Digital World / Jeffrey S. Siker
    BS 600.3 S555 2017eb
    The electronic Bible is here to stay'packaged in software on personal computers, available as apps on tablets and cell phones. Increasingly, students look at glowing screens to consult the Bible in class, and congregants do the same in Bible study and worship. Jeffrey S. Siker asks, what difference does it make to our experience of Scripture if we no longer hold a book in our hands, if we again scroll through Scripture? How does the flow of electronic Scripture change our perception of the Bible's authority and significance? Siker discusses the difference made when early Christians adopted the codex rather than the scroll and Gutenberg began the mass production of printed Bibles. He also reviews the latest research on how the reading brain processes digital texts and how churches use digital Bibles, including American Bible Society research and his own surveys of church leaders. Siker asks, does the proliferation of electronic translations reduce the perceived seriousness of Scripture? Does it promote an individualistic response to the Bible? How does the change from a physical Bible affect liturgical practice? His synthesis of the advantages and risks of the digitized Bible merit serious reflection in classrooms and churches alike.

  • Faith and Reason : The Possibility of a Christian Philosophy / Neil Ormerod
    BX 1795 P47 O74 2017eb
    The twentieth century witnessed considerable debate over the question of the possibility of a Christian philosophy, particularly in light of the revival of Thomism initiated by the papal encyclical Aeterni Patris. Two major figures of that revival were Etienne Gilson and Bernard Lonergan, both of whom read Aquinas in quite different ways. Nonetheless, this work brings these two authors into conversation on the possibility of a Christian philosophy. Gilson was a great proponent of the term, and while Lonergan does not use it, he does speak of Christian realism. Both display a lively interaction of faith and philosophical positions, while maintaining a clear distinction between philosophy and theology. Debates continue in the twenty-first century, but the context has shifted, with Radical Orthodoxy and new atheism standing at opposite ends of a spectrum of positions on the relationship between faith and reason. This work will demonstrate how the two thinkers, Gilson and Lonergan, may still contribute to a better understanding of this relationship and so shed light on contemporary issues.

  • Augustine and the Mystery of the Church / James K. Lee
    BR 65 A9 L443 2017eb
    Over the course of the past two centuries, Augustine's ecclesiology has been subject to interpretations that overdraw the distinction between the visible and invisible dimensions of the church, sometimes reducing the church to a purely spiritual, invisible reality, over against the visible church celebrating the sacraments; the empirical community is incidental, at best, and can be discarded. By contrast, this book argues that the church is a mystery that is visible and invisible. Far from discarding the visible, Augustine places greater emphasis on the empirical church as his thought develops.This study traces Augustine's ecclesiology from early writings to later works in order to demonstrate this thesis. His early thought is heavily influenced by Platonism and tends to focus on the ascent of the individual soul. After his study of Scripture in the 390s, Augustine gives priority to participation in the visible, sacramental community. In his mature thought, the church is one mystery (mysterium, sacramentum) revealed by Scripture, with visible and invisible aspects. This book explores Augustine's exegesis of biblical images of the church, such as body of Christ, bride of Christ, city of God, and sacrifice, in order to show how the visible community is intrinsic to the mystery of the church.
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