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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.


  • Ethiopian Christianity : history, theology, practice / Philip F. Esler
    BR 1370 E846 2019eb
    In Ethiopian Christianity Philip Esler presents a rich and comprehensivehistory of Christianity's flourishing. But Esler is ever careful to situate this growth in the context of Ethiopia's politics and culture. In so doing, he highlights the remarkable uniqueness of Christianity in Ethiopia. Ethiopian Christianity begins with ancient accounts of Christianity's introduction to Ethiopia by St. Frumentius and King Ezana in the early 300s CE. Esler traces how the church and the monarchy closely coexisted, a reality that persisted until the death of Haile Selassie in 1974. This relationship allowed the emperor to consider himself the protector of Orthodox Christianity. The emperor's position, combined with Ethiopia's geographical isolation, fostered a distinct form of Christianityâone that features the inextricable intertwining of the ordinary with the sacred and rejects the two-nature Christology established at the Council of Chalcedon. In addition to his historical narrative, Esler also explores the cultural traditions of Ethiopian Orthodoxy by detailing its intellectual and literary practices, theology, and creativity in art, architecture, and music. He provides profiles of the flourishing Protestant denominations and Roman Catholicism. He also considers current challenges that Ethiopian Christianity facesâespecially Orthodoxy's relations with other religions within the country, in particular Islam and the Protestant and Roman Catholic churches. Esler concludes with thoughtful reflections on the long-standing presence of Christianity in Ethiopia and hopeful considerations for its future in the country'srapidly changing politics, ultimately revealing a singular form of faith found nowhere else.

  • Rethinking history, science, and religion : an exploration of conflict and the complexity principle / edited by Bernard Lightman
    BL245

  • Bishops and the politics of patronage in Merovingian Gaul / Gregory I. Halfond
    BX 1905 H35 2019

    Following the dissolution of the Western Roman Empire, local Christian leaders were confronted with the problem of how to conceptualize and administer their regional churches. As Gregory Halfond shows, the bishops of post-Roman Gaul oversaw a transformation in the relationship between church and state. He shows that by constituting themselves as a corporate body, the Gallic episcopate was able to wield significant political influence on local, regional, and kingdom-wide scales.

    Gallo-Frankish bishops were conscious of their corporate membership in an exclusive order, the rights and responsibilities of which were consistently being redefined and subsequently expressed through liturgy, dress, physical space, preaching, and association with cults of sanctity. But as Halfond demonstrates, individual bishops, motivated by the promise of royal patronage to provide various forms of service to the court, often struggled, sometimes unsuccessfully, to balance their competing loyalties. However, even the resulting conflicts between individual bishops did not, he shows, fundamentally undermine the Gallo-Frankish episcopate's corporate identity or integrity. Ultimately, Halfond provides a far more subtle and sophisticated understanding of church-state relations across the early medieval period.


  • Scripture, skepticism, and the character of God : the theology of Henry Mansel / Dane Neufeld
    BL51

  • Emergent religious pluralisms Jan-Jonathan Bock, John Fahy, Samuel Everett, editors
    BL80.3

  • Scripture, Tradition, and Reason in Christian Ethics Normative Dimensions
    BJ1251

  • Sociological perspectives on clerical sexual abuse in the Catholic hierarchy : an exploratory structural analysis of social disorganisation / Vivencio O. Ballano
    BV4392.5

  • Orthodox churches and politics in Southeastern Europe : nationalism, conservativism, and intolerance / Sabrina P. Ramet, editor
    BX342.9.P64

  • Female child soldiering, gender violence, and feminist theologies Susan Willhauck, editor
    BT83.55

  • Death and dying an exercise in comparative philosophy of religion / Timothy D Knepper, Lucy Bregman, Mary Gottschalk, editors
    BL504

  • The theology and ecclesiology of the Prayer Book Crisis, 1906-1928 Dan D. Cruickshank
    BX5145

  • Spirituality, religiousness and health from research to clinical practice / Giancarlo Lucchetti, Mario Fernando Prieto Peres, Rodolfo Furlan Damiano, editors
    BL65.M4

  • Islam and war : a study in comparative ethics / John Kelsay
    BP 190.5 W35K44 1993

    This book explores questions regarding the justice of war and addresses the lack of comparative perspectives on the ethics of war, particularly with respect to Islam. John Kelsay begins with the war in the Persian Gulf, focusing on the role of Islamic symbols in the rhetoric of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. He provides an overview of the Islamic tradition in regards to war and peace, and then focuses on the notion of religion as a just cause for war.


  • Baptists and the Holy Spirit : the contested history with holiness-Pentecostal-charismatic movements / C. Douglas Weaver
    BX 6329 P4W43 2019

    The record is clear that Baptists, historically, have prioritized conversion, Jesus, and God. Equally clear is that Baptists have never known what to do with the Holy Spirit.

    In Baptists and the Holy Spirit , Baptist historian C. Douglas Weaver traces the way Baptists have engaged--and, at times, embraced--the Holiness, Pentecostal, and charismatic movements. Chronicling the interactions between Baptists and these Spirit-filled movements reveals the historical context for the development of Baptists' theology of the Spirit.

    Baptists and the Holy Spirit provides the first in-depth interpretation of Baptist involvement with the Holiness, Pentecostal, and charismatic movements that have found a prominent place in America's religious landscape. Weaver reads these traditions through the nuanced lens of Baptist identity, as well as the frames of gender, race, and class. He shows that, while most Baptists reacted against all three Spirit-focused groups, each movement flourished among a Baptist minority who were attracted by the post-conversion experience of the "baptism of the Holy Spirit." Weaver also explores the overlap between Baptist and Pentecostal efforts to restore and embody the practices and experiences of the New Testament church. The diversity of Baptists--Southern Baptist, American Baptist, African American Baptist--leads to an equally diverse understanding of the Spirit. Even those who strongly opposed charismatic expressions of the Spirit still acknowledged a connection between the Holy Spirit and a holy life.

    If, historically, Baptists were suspicious of Roman Catholics' ecclesial hierarchy, then Baptists were equally wary of free church pneumatology. However, as Weaver shows, Baptist interactions with the Holiness, Pentecostal, and charismatic movements and their vibrant experience with the Spirit were key in shaping Baptist identity and theology.


  • Wondrously wounded : theology, disability, and the body of Christ / Brian Brock
    BL 65 B63B76 2019

    The church welcomes all--or it should.

    The church has long proven itself a safe refuge despite the sad reality that it can be, and has been, unwelcoming toward those perceived as different. This is especially true of the contemporary church's response to those with disabilities--a response often at surprising variance with its historic practices of care. The church once helped shape western morality to cherish these individuals with love and acceptance. It is thus ironic when today's church neglects this care, or practices care with no awareness of the rich theological history out of which such moral sensibilities originally emerged. In Wondrously Wounded , Brian Brock reclaims the church's historic theology of disability and extends it to demonstrate that people with disabilities, like all created in God's image, are servants of God's redemptive work.

    Brock divides his volume into five parts. Part one chronicles how early Christianity valued and cared for those with disabilities, putting into practice Jesus' teachings about divine mercy in decidedly countercultural ways. Part two details how a rise in the fear of disability tempted the church away from these merciful practices as well as its confession of the infinite worth of all God has created. Part three traces how the fear of difference continues to negatively shape contemporary practices in today's schools, churches, and politics. Part four lays the foundations of a vision of Christian life that is resistant to this pervasive fear. Finally, Part five shows how the recognition of all people as part of the body of Christ not only demonstrates the love of Christ but displaces the fear of disability in a manner that invites the church beyond even the most ambitious contemporary hopes for full inclusion.

    Brock interweaves his historical and theological analysis with the narrative of his own disabled son, Adam. These stories vividly bring into view the vulnerability, as well as the power, of the disabled in contemporary society. Ultimately, Brock argues, those with disabilities are conduits of spiritual gifts that the church desperately needs. Wondrously Wounded is an appeal to the church to find itself broken and remade by the presence of Christ on offer in the lives of those society has labeled "disabled."


  • Savior of the world : a theology of the universal gospel / Carlos Raúl Sosa Siliezar
    BS 2615.52 S6575 2019

    The Gospel of John has long been understood as a sectarian text, one that reinforces the social and religious isolation of a Johannine community. Savior of the World: A Theology of the Universal Gospel directly challenges this reading, arguing that John's Jesus does not belong to just one community. John's Jesus came for all and spans the universe.

    In Savior of the World , Carlos Raúl Sosa Siliezar carefully reconsiders the often-overlooked passages and motifs that emphasize Jesus as a figure of universal significance and as universal Savior. John's introduction of Jesus as the Word sets the stage for universal language by identifying Jesus as the rightful owner of all creation. Sosa Siliezar emphasizes that John's Jesus, in his public ministry, offers an all-inclusive love of God to anyone who will receive it. In his private ministry, Jesus bears witness to a nuanced world, tasking his disciples with preaching and expanding the love of Christ to all. Jesus' all-embracing mission is sustained by the Spirit, who models, through the disciples, the reality and promise of the world that is to come.

    Sosa Siliezar shows how John, though deeply indebted to Judaism, crafts a universal Gospel precisely because his Jesus is deeply rooted in the particularity of monotheism. John portrays Jesus, a Jew from Nazareth, as the world's Savior, the one sent by the one God to bring light into a universe of darkness.


  • In Your Eyes I See My Words Homilies and Speeches from Buenos Aires, Volume 1: 1999-2004 / Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis ; edited and with an introduction by Antonio Spadaro ; foreword by Patrick J. Ryan ; translated by Marina A. Herrera ; introduction translated by Elena Buia Rutt and Andrew Rutt
    BX 1756 F677S4713 2019

  • The Disabled Church Human Difference and the Art of Communal Worship / Rebecca F. Spurrier
    BV 15 S68 2020

  • Race in a Godless World Atheism, Race, and Civilization, 1850-1914 / Nathan G. Alexander
    BL 65 R3A44 2019
    Is modern racism a product of secularisation and the decline of Christian universalism? The debate has raged for decades, but up to now, the actual racial views of historical atheists and freethinkers have never been subjected to a systematic analysis. Race in a Godless World sets out to correct the oversight. It centres on Britain and the United States in the second half of the nineteenth century, a time when popular atheist movements were emerging and scepticism about the truth of Christianity was becoming widespread. Covering racial and evolutionary science, imperialism, slavery and racial prejudice in theory and practice, it provides a much-needed account of the complex and sometimes contradictory ideas espoused by the transatlantic community of atheists and freethinkers. It also reflects on the social dimension of irreligiousness, exploring how working-class atheists' experiences of exclusion could make them sympathetic to other marginalised groups.

  • Intercultural church : a biblical vision for an age of migration / Safwat Marzouk
    BR 115 C8M375 2019
    Safwat Marzouk offers a biblical vision for what it means to be an intercultural church, one that fosters just diversity, integrates different cultural articulations of faith and worship, and embodies an alternative to the politics of assimilation and segregation. A church that fosters intercultural identity learns how to embrace and celebrate difference, which in turn enriches its worship and ministry. While the church in North America might see migration as an opportunity to serve God's kingdom by showing hospitality to the migrant and the alien, migration offers the church an opportunity to renew itself by rediscovering the biblical vision of the church as a diverse community. This biblical vision views cultural, linguistic, racial, and ethnic differences as gifts from God that can enrich the church's worship, deepen the sense of fellowship in the church, and broaden the church's witness to God's reconciling mission in the world.Today's church faces the challenge of what it means to be church in the light of the ever-growing diversity of the population. This may entail advocacy work on behalf of the undocumented, asylum seekers, and refugees, but the church also faces the question of how to welcome the stranger, the migrant, and the refugee into the heart of the worshipping community. This may mean changing worship, leadership, or ministry styles to embrace diverse communities in the church's neighborhood. Marzouk surveys numerous biblical texts from the early ancestor stories of Israel to the Prophets, to the Gospels and Acts, the letters of Paul, and Revelation. The stories introduce themes of welcoming strangers, living as aliens, playing host to outsiders, discovering true worship, and seeking common language for expressing faith. Discussion questions are provided to encourage conversation on this complex and important topic.

  • The congregation of Tiron monastic contributions to trade and communication in twelfth-century France and Britain
    BX4087
    Tiron was a reformed Benedictine congregation founded ca. 1109 by Bernard of Abbeville. Though little known to medieval and religious historians, this in-depth study shows how it expanded from obscurity in the forests of the Perche to become an international congregation with headquarters in Chartres and Paris and abbeys and priories in France and the British Isles. The congregation become noted for building, crafts, education, and horse-breeding. Tiron preceded the Cistercians in Britain and traded in rising towns, and by 1147 it had a centrally-controlled network of riverine and coastal properties connecting its production hubs with towns and ports.

  • The Holy Spirit before Christianity / John R. Levison
    BM 612.7 L48 2019

  • Railroading religion : Mormons, tourists, and the corporate spirit of the West / David Walker
    BX 8611 W335 2019eb
    Railroads, tourism, and government bureaucracy combined to create modern religion in the American West, argues David Walker in this innovative study of Mormonism's ascendency in the railroad era. The center of his story is Corinne, Utah--an end-of-the-track, hell-on-wheels railroad town founded by anti-Mormon businessmen. In the disputes over this town's frontier survival, Walker discovers intense efforts by a variety of theological, political, and economic interest groups to challenge or secure Mormonism's standing in the West. Though Corinne's founders hoped to leverage industrial capital to overthrow Mormon theocracy, the town became the site of a very different dream.



    Economic and political victory in the West required the production of knowledge about different religious groups settling in its lands. As ordinary Americans advanced their own theories about Mormondom, they contributed to the rise of religion itself as a category of popular and scholarly imagination. At the same time, new and advantageous railroad-related alliances catalyzed LDS Church officials to build increasingly dynamic religious institutions. Through scrupulous research and wide-ranging theoretical engagement, Walker shows that western railroads did not eradicate or diminish Mormon power. To the contrary, railroad promoters helped establish Mormonism as a normative American religion.


  • From the underground church to freedom / Tomáš Halik ; translated by Gerald Turner
    BX 4705 H137A3 2019

  • The Hussites / Stephen E. Lahey
    BX 4915.3 L34 2019
    The Hussite movement was a historical watershed - popular and scholastic theology combined with a nascent Czech nationalism to produce a full-scale social revolution that presaged the Reformation and the birth of the modern nation state. The Hussites defeated the Empire and the Pope, and their king George Poděbrady advocated a trans-national European state. Hussite theology influenced Martin Luther and the birth of Protestantism. This survey introduces the reader to the events, people, and ideas that define this remarkable movement.

  • Faith and the pursuit of health : cardiometabolic disorders in Samoa / Jessica Hardin
    BV 4460 H29 2019
    Faith and the Pursuit of Health explores how Pentecostal Christians manage chronic illness in ways that sheds light on health disparities and social suffering in Samoa, a place where rates of obesity and related cardiometabolic disorders have reached population-wide levels. Pentecostals grapple with how to maintain the health of their congregants in an environment that fosters cardiometabolic disorders. They find ways to manage these forms of sickness and inequality through their churches and the friendships developed within these institutions. Examining how Pentecostal Christianity provides many Samoans with tools to manage day-to-day issues around health and sickness, Jessica Hardin argues for understanding the synergies between how Christianity and biomedicine practice chronicity.

  • The culture of dissent in Restoration England : 'the wonders of the Lord' / George Southcombe
    BR 757 S68 2019
    Whilst scholars have recently offered a much deeper and more persuasive account of the centrality of religious issues in shaping the political and cultural worlds of Restoration England, much of this has been broad-brush and the voices of individual established Church figures have been much more clearly heard than those of dissenters. This book offers a fresh and challenging new approach to the voices that the confessional state had no prospect of silencing. It provides case studies of a range of very different but highly articulate dissenters, focusing on their modes of political activism and on the varieties of dissenting response possible, and demonstrating the vitality and integrity of witnesses to a spectrum of post-revolutionary Protestantism. It also seeks, through an exploration of textual culture and poetic texts in particular, to illuminate both the ways in which nonconformists sought to engage with central authorities in Church and State, and the development of nonconformist identities in relation to each other. GEORGE SOUTHCOMBE is Director of the Sarah Lawrence Programme, Wadham College, Oxford.

  • Buddhist apologetics in East Asia : countering the neo-Confucian critiques in the Hufa lun and the Yusŏk chirŭi non / by Uri Kaplan
    BQ 4050 K36 2019
    While the Neo-Confucian critique of Buddhism is fairly well-known, little attention has been given to the Buddhist reactions to this harangue. The fact is, however, that over a dozen apologetic essays have been written by Buddhists in China, Korea, and Japan in response to the Neo-Confucians. Buddhist Apologetics in East Asia offers an introduction to this Buddhist literary genre. It centers on full translations of two dominant apologetic works--the Hufa lun (護法論), written by a Buddhist politician in twelfth-century China, and the Yusŏk chirŭi non (儒釋質疑論), authored by an anonymous monk in fifteenth-century Korea. Put together, these two texts demonstrate the wide variety of polemical strategies and the cross-national intertextuality of East Asian Buddhist apologetics.

  • Buddhism in global perspective / editors, Kalpakam Sankarnarayan, Ichijo Ogawa, Ravindra Panth
    BQ 100 I554 2002

  • Spirituality and the writer a personal inquiry / Thomas Larson
    BL 71.5 L37 2019

  • Southern religion in the world three stories / Paul Harvey
    BR 535 H3855 2019

    Religion in the American South emerged as part of a globalized, transnational movement of peoples from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. Ironically, it then came to be seen as the most localized, provincial kind of religion in America, one famously hostile to outside ideas, influences, and agitators. Yet southern religious expressions, particularly in music, have exercised enormous intellectual and cultural influence. Despite southern religion's provincialism during the era of evangelical dominance and racial proscriptions, the kinds of expressions coming from the American South have been influential across the globe.

    With this book Paul Harvey takes up the theme of southern religion in global contexts through a series of biographical vignettes that illustrate its outreach. In the first segment he focuses on Frank Price, the Presbyterian missionary to China and advisor to Chiang Kai-Shek. In the second he focuses on Howard Thurman, the mystic, cosmopolitan, preacher, intellectual, poet, hymnist, and mentor for the American civil rights movement. In the third he looks to the musical figures of Rosetta Tharpe, Johnny Cash, and Levon Helm, whose backbeat, harmonies, and religious enthusiasms contributed to much of the soundtrack of the world through the second half of the twentieth century.


  • Welcoming finitude : toward a phenomenology of Orthodox liturgy / Christina M. Gschwandtner
    BX 350 G73 2019

  • Luther's outlaw God. Steven D. Paulson
    BX 8065.3 P384 2019
    In this second of three volumes addressing Luther's outlaw God, Steven D. Paulson uses several biblical figures (Ezekiel, Jonah, Moses, David, and more) to illustrate Luther's understanding of law and gospel and what this means for preaching. Paulson shows that the challenge of all preaching is revealing God's actual grace without using the law at all. The gospel is what freed Luther from thinking of the world as split into two: an obscure world where law accuses and a magical world where the law blesses. With remarkable depth and clarity, Paulson explores the question: Where do we find a gracious God? For Luther, it was not in the law, but only in the publicly executed and hated God, Jesus Christ, hidden in the cross.

  • Stay curious : how questions and doubts can save your faith / Stephanie Williams O'Brien
    BV 4637 O37 2019
    Most of us are going through the motions when it comes to faith, either believing we've found all the relevant answers to life's questions or believing none can be found. We shy away from our deepest questions about God because we fear the uncertainty on the other side. But when we make certainty and correct belief the end goal of faith, we miss out on the chance to know God more deeply and to participate in God's work in the world.Pastor Steph shows us how to lean into our questions and embrace a life of curiosity. Taking Jesus's life as a model, we can confront our fears, be set free from our anxiety, ask new questions, and live into an adventurous life of curiosity. After all, Jesus was a question man, not an answer man.Our questions, and even our doubts, can push us closer to a God we can actually believe in--rather than further from a God we think we can contain.In Stay Curious, Pastor Steph walks readers through common obstacles and road blocks to curiosity, and offers practical strategies for embracing even the most intimidating questions.

  • The fathers of the Church in Christian theology / Michel Fédou, SJ ; translated by Peggy Manning Meyer ; foreword by Brian E. Daley, SJ
    BR 67 F4313 2019

  • 30-day journey with Martin Luther King Jr. / compiled and edited by Jonathan Chism
    BV 4811 K4558 2019
    Enrich each day with wisdom from our greatest spiritual thinkers. Through brief daily readings and reflections, the 30-Day Journey series invites readers to be inspired and transformed. By devoting a moment to meaningful reflection and spiritual growth, readers will find deeper understanding of themselves and the world, one day at a time.Martin Luther King Jr. led a country from division, racism, and hate toward unity and equality. Whether you are familiar with MLK's writings or are encountering them for the first time, this journey provides the perfect way to engage the thought of this hero of the civil rights movement.

  • 30-Day journey with Dorothy Day / compiled and edited by Coleman Fannin
    BV 4811 D39 2019
    Enrich each day with wisdom from our greatest spiritual thinkers. Through brief daily readings and reflections, the 30-Day Journey series invites readers to be inspired and transformed. By devoting a moment to meaningful reflection and spiritual growth, readers will find deeper understanding of themselves and the world, one day at a time.Remembered for her radical activism and dedicated life of service, Dorothy Day embodied the power of truly loving your neighbor. Whether you already admire Day or are encountering her for the first time, this journey provides the perfect way to engage the thought of one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary women.

  • Faith and science at Notre Dame : John Zahm, evolution, and the Catholic Church / John P. Slattery
    BX4705.Z234

  • Bible Nation : the United States of Hobby Lobby
    BR526

    How the billionaire owners of Hobby Lobby are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to make America a "Bible nation"

    The Greens of Oklahoma City--the billionaire owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores--are spending hundreds of millions of dollars in an ambitious effort to increase the Bible's influence on American society. In Bible Nation , Candida Moss and Joel Baden provide the first in-depth investigative account of the Greens' sweeping Bible projects. Moss and Baden tell the story of the Greens' efforts to place a Bible curriculum in public schools; their rapid acquisition of an unparalleled collection of biblical antiquities; their creation of a closely controlled group of scholars to study and promote the collection; and their construction of a $500 million Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. Revealing how all these initiatives promote a very particular set of beliefs about the Bible, the book raises serious questions about the trade in biblical antiquities, the integrity of academic research, and the place of private belief in public life.


  • Confident humility : becoming your full self without becoming full of yourself / Dan Kent
    BV 4647 H8K46 2019
    Almost all self-help books emerge from one of two flawed views of the self, and these mutually exclusive ditches are destructive. The Ditch of Smallness says that people are fundamentally bad and that humanity's greatest spiritual threat is pride. The Ditch of Bigness says the exact opposite: people are fundamentally good, and shame is our greatest danger. Dan Kent presents a third view, a road between the ditches. He shows how the humility Jesus revealed offers the most accurate and freeing view of the self. Whereas shame and arrogance are dysfunction steroids (making our depression darker, our anxiety tighter, our addictions stickier, and so forth), humility, as Jesus teaches it, counteracts shame and pride, thereby subverting two major psychological forces that thwart us.Once we embrace this new way of seeing ourselves--how Jesus sees us--we begin to relate to ourselves, to others, and to the world around us in a way that allows us to overcome a whole host of vices and self-sabotaging behaviors. Furthermore, whereas the ditches both lead to powerlessness and passivity, humility as Jesus teaches it is empowering, fosters proactivity, and serves as a scaffold for true confidence.

  • Muslim pilgrimage in the modern world / edited by Babak Rahimi and Peyman Eshaghi
    BP 187 M87 2019
    Pilgrimage is one of the most significant ritual duties for Muslims, entailing the visitation and veneration of sites associated with the Prophet Muhammad or saintly figures. As demonstrated in this multidisciplinary volume, the lived religion of pilgrimage, defined by embodied devotional practices, is changing in an age characterized by commerce, technology, and new sociocultural and political frameworks. Traveling to and far beyond the Hajj, the most well-known Muslim pilgrimage, the volume's contributors reveal and analyze emerging contemporary Islamic pilgrimage practices around the world, in minority- and majority-Muslim countries as well as in urban and rural settings. What was once a tiny religious attraction in a remote village, for example, may begin to draw increasing numbers of pilgrims to shrines and tombs as the result of new means of travel, thus triggering significant changes in the traditional rituals, and livelihoods, of the local people. Organized around three key themes--history and politics; embodiment, memory, and material religion; and communications--the book reveals how rituals, practices, and institutions are experienced in the context of an inexorable global capitalism.



    The volume contributors are Sophia Rose Arjana, Rose Aslan, Robert R. Bianchi, Omar Kasmani, Azim Malikov, Lewis Mayo, Julian Millie, Reza Masoudi Nejad, Paulo G. Pinto, Babak Rahimi, Emilio Spadola, Edith Szanto, and Brannon Wheeler.


  • Disruption and hope : religious traditions and the future of theological education / Barbara G. Wheeler, editor
    BV4030

    During times of rapid social and religious change, leadership rooted in tradition and committed to the future is the foundation upon which theological schools stand. Theological education owes itself to countless predecessors who paved the way for a thriving academic culture that holds together faith and learning. Daniel O. Aleshire is one of these forerunners who devoted his career to educating future generations through institutional reforms. In honor of Aleshire's decades of leadership over the Association of Theological Schools, the essays in this book propose methods for schools of various denominational backgrounds to restructure the form and content of their programs by resourcing their own distinctive Christian heritages.

    Four essayists, former seminary presidents, explore the ideas, doctrines, and ways of life in their schools' traditions to identify the essential characteristics that will carry their institutions into the future. Additionally, two academic leaders focus on the contributions and challenges for Christian schools presented by non-Christian traditions in a rapidly pluralizing landscape. Together, these six essays offer a pattern of authentic, innovative movement for theological institutions to take toward revitalization as they face new trials and possibilities with faithfulness and hope. This volume concludes with closing words by the honoree himself, offering ways to learn from and grow through Aleshire's legacy.

    Contributors: Barbara G. Wheeler, Richard J. Mouw, Martha J. Horne, Donald Senior, David L. Tiede, Judith A. Berling, Daniel O. Aleshire


  • Colonizing Christianity : Greek and Latin religious identity in the era of the Fourth Crusade / George E. Demacopoulos
    BR 270 D46 2019

  • My Basilian priesthood, 1961-1967 / Michael Quealey
    BX 4705 Q34A3 2019
    My Basilian Priesthood is a memoir of Michael Quealey's six years in the order in the 1960s. During his priesthood, Quealey was director of the Newman Centre at the University of Toronto and engaged in reforming the mass and in other theological matters. The 1960s was a time of questioning traditions, including the role of Biblical criticism, the nature of liturgy, the place of women in the Church and in society, and the power of community living and decision-making. Quealey was deeply involved in all these matters, and sought to fulfill his commitment to service and balance that with his faith and vows of obedience to the institution of the Church. Written decades after the events he describes, the book is his reflection on the excitement of the times and the tensions created when tradition encountered new ideas and new forms of communal living. Here's a story that blends Toronto history with Catholic Church history and an inside look at 1960s counterculture.

  • The theology of the United Church of Canada / Don Schweitzer, Robert C. Fennell, and Michael Bourgeois, editors
    BX 9881 T44 2019
    The United Church of Canada has a rich and complex history of theological development. This volume, written for the general reader as well as students and scholars, provides a comprehensive overview of that development, together with an analysis of this unique denomination's core statements of faith and its contemporary theological landscape. When the Methodist, Congregational, and Local Union Churches in Canada, as well as most of the Presbyterians, came together as The United Church of Canada, the theological commonalities between them were significant. Over the succeeding decades, this made-in-Canada denomination has continued to define its convictions through consensus-building and large-scale studies. This volume, written by leading scholars, outlines key faith perspectives in areas such as creation, the Trinity, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, sin, mission, and sacraments. No book like this has appeared in over seventy years, and readers will find insight here that is unparalleled in its scope. In creative tension with each individual member's freedom of conscience, the United Church as a whole has continued to express its commonly held faith in dialogue, continuity, and critical interaction with the faith of the worldwide, historic Christian community.

  • To Cast the First Stone : the Transmission of a Gospel Story
    BS2615.52

    The story of the woman taken in adultery features a dramatic confrontation between Jesus and the Pharisees over whether the adulteress should be stoned as the law commands. In response, Jesus famously states, "Let him who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." To Cast the First Stone traces the history of this provocative story from its first appearance to its enduring presence today.

    Likely added to the Gospel of John in the third century, the passage is often held up by modern critics as an example of textual corruption by early Christian scribes and editors, yet a judgment of corruption obscures the warm embrace the story actually received. Jennifer Knust and Tommy Wasserman trace the story's incorporation into Gospel books, liturgical practices, storytelling, and art, overturning the mistaken perception that it was either peripheral or suppressed, even in the Greek East. The authors also explore the story's many different meanings. Taken as an illustration of the expansiveness of Christ's mercy, the purported superiority of Christians over Jews, the necessity of penance, and more, this vivid episode has invited any number of creative receptions. This history reveals as much about the changing priorities of audiences, scribes, editors, and scholars as it does about an "original" text of John.

    To Cast the First Stone calls attention to significant shifts in Christian book cultures and the enduring impact of oral tradition on the preservation--and destabilization--of scripture.


  • Political Muslims : understanding youth resistance in a global context / edited by Tahir Abbas and Sadek Hamid
    BP 188.18 Y68P65 2019

  • Lebensordnungen des 10. Jahrhunderts : Studien über Denkart und Existenz im einstigen Karolingerreich / von Heinrich Fichtenau
    BR 854.F53 1984

  • Interreligious engagement in urban spaces : social, material and ideological dimensions / Julia Ipgrave, editor
    BL 689 I58 2019eb

  • Quakers and mysticism : comparative and syncretic approaches to spirituality / Jon R. Kershner, editor
    BX 7748 M9Q35 2019eb

  • Jewish-Muslim relations : historical and contemporary interactions and exchanges / Ednan Aslan, Margaret Rausch, editors
    BP 173 J8A85 2019

  • Empire, the British Museum, and the making of the biblical scholar in the nineteenth century archival criticism / Gregory L. Cuéllar
    BS500

  • Free exercise of religion in the liberal polity conflicting interpretations / Emily R. Gill
    BV741

  • Encyclopedia of Latin American religions / edited by Henri Gooren
    BL2540
    This encyclopedia provides an overview of the main religions of Latin America and the Caribbean, both its centralized transnational expressions and its local variants and schisms. These main religions include (but are not limited to) the major expressions of Christianity (Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, Pentecostalism, Mormonism, and Jehovah's Witnesses), indigenous religions (Native American, Maya religion), syncretic Christianity (including Afro-Brazilian religions like Umbanda and Candomblé and Afro-Caribbean religions like Vodun and Santería), other world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam), transnational New Religious Movements (Scientology, Unification Church, Hare Krishna, New Age, etc.), and new local religions (Brazil's Igreja Universal, La Luz del Mundo from Mexico, etc.).

  • Interreligious relations and the negotiation of ritual boundaries : explorations of interrituality / Marianne Moyaert, editor
    BL 600 I58 2019

  • Erasmus and the "Other" on Turks, Jews, and indigenous peoples / Nathan Ron
    BR115.H8

  • The Presence of God and the Presence of Persons / James Kellenberger
    BL 51 K45 2019

  • Meta-science of Tawhid : a theory of Oneness / Masudul Alam Choudhury
    BP 166.2 C46 2019

  • Lead with Heart in Mind Treading the Noble Eightfold Path for Mindful and Sustainable Practice / Joan Marques
    BQ5355.L43

  • African mythology, femininity, and maternity Ismahan Soukeyna Diop
    BL2465

  • Popes through the ages. Photos. collected and edited by Emanuel Borden
    BX 955.B77

  • Dōgen and the Kōan tradition : a tale of two Shōbōgenzō texts / Steven Heine
    BQ 9449.D657 H45 1993
    This book has three major goals in critically examining the historical and philosophical relation between the writings of Dogen and the Zen koan tradition. First, it introduces and evaluates recent Japanese scholarship concerning Dogen's two Shobogenzo texts, the Japanese (Kana) collection of ninety-two fascicles on Buddhist topics and the Chinese (Mana) collection of three hundred koan cases also known as the Shobogenzo Sanbyakusoku. Second, it develops a new methodology for clarifying the development of the koan tradition and the relation between intellectual history and multifarious interpretations of koan cases based on postmodern literary criticism. Third, the book's emphasis on a literary critical methodology challenges the conventional reading of koans stressing the role of psychological impasse culminating in silence.

  • Christianity : a very short introduction / Linda Woodhead
    BR 121.3 W66 2014
    At a time when Christianity is flourishing in the Southern hemisphere but declining in much of the West, this Very Short Introduction offers an important overview of the world's largest religion.Exploring the cultural and institutional dimensions of Christianity, and tracing its course over two millennia, Linda Woodhead provides a fresh, lively, and candid portrait of Christianity's past and present. Addressing topics including the competition for power between different forms ofChristianity, the churches' use of power, and its struggles with modernity, this new edition includes up to date information on the growth and geographical spread of Eastern Christianity, reflecting the global nature of Christianity in our ever-shifting contemporary culture.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

  • Religions in antiquity : essays in memory of Erwin Ramsdell Goodenough / edited by Jacob Neusner
    BL 25.R34

  • The Dead Sea scrolls : Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts with English translations / edited by James H. Charlesworth with F.M. Cross [and others]
    BM 487 A3 1994b

    This volume of The Dead Sea Scrolls includes the Rule of the Community and other related documents.

    The Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project provides a major landmark in general access to these documents. It is the first serious attempt to provide accurate transcriptions and translations with critical commentary to all the nonbiblical scrolls found at Qumran. These are important reference books for specialized studies in biblical fields.


  • Heaven's fractal net : retrieving lost visions in the humanities / William J. Jackson
    BL 265.M3 J33 2004

    "Fractal" is a term coined by mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot to denote the geometry of nature, which traces inherent order in chaotic shapes and processes. Fractal concepts are part of our emerging vocabulary and can be useful in identifying patterns of human behavior, culture, and history, while enhancing our understanding of the nature of consciousness.

    According to William J. Jackson, the more one studies fractals, the more apparent their connections to the humanities become. In the recursive patterns of religious music, in temple architecture in India, in cathedral structures in Europe and America, in the imagery of religious literature depicting infinity and abundance, and in poetic descriptions of the nature of consciousness, fractal-like configurations are pervasive. Recognition of this structure, which is also found in social organizations and ritual symbolism, requires only that one develop "an eye for fractals" by studying the work of researchers and observing nature. One then begins to see that the separation of humanities and science is convenient oversimplification, not an ultimate fact. Includes a DVD of animated fractals.


  • Stray reflections; a note-book of Allama Iqbal, edited by Javid Iqbal
    BP 80.I6 A25 1961

  • Beʼer ha-Talmud / Eliʻezer Shṭainman
    BM 501.S823 1963

  • Transcendence and immanence : a study in Catholic modernism and integralism / by Gabriel Daly
    BT 124 D34 1980

  • Gender and power in Indonesian Islam : leaders, feminists, Sufis and pesantren selves / edited by Bianca J. Smith and Mark Woodward
    BP 173.4 G46 2014

    The traditional Islamic boarding schools known as pesantren are crucial centres of Muslim learning and culture within Indonesia, but their cultural significance has been underexplored. This book is the first to explore understandings of gender and Islam in pesantren and Sufi orders in Indonesia. By considering these distinct but related Muslim gender cultures in Java, Lombok and Aceh, the book examines the broader function of pesantren as a force for both redefining existing modes of Muslim subjectivity and cultivating new ones. It demonstrates how, as Muslim women rise to positions of power and authority in this patriarchal domain, they challenge and negotiate "normative" Muslim patriarchy while establishing their own Muslim "authenticity." The book goes on to question the comparison of Indonesian Islam with the Arab Middle East, challenging the adoption of expatriate and diasporic Middle Eastern Muslim feminist discourses and secular western feminist analyses in Indonesian contexts. Based on extensive fieldwork, the book explores configurations of female leadership, power, feminisms and sexuality to reveal multiple Muslim selves in pesantren and Sufi orders, not only as centres of learning, but also as social spaces in which the interplay of gender, politics, status, power and piety shape the course of life.


  • Creating church online : ritual, community and new media / Tim Hutchings
    BV 655 H88 2017

    Online churches are internet-based Christian communities, pursuing worship, discussion, friendship, support, proselytization, and other key religious goals through computer-mediated communication. Hundreds of thousands of people are now involved with online congregations, generating new kinds of ritual, leadership, and community and new networks of global influence.

    Creating Church Online constructs a rich ethnographic account of the diverse cultures of online churches, from virtual worlds to video streams. This book also outlines the history of online churchgoing, from its origins in the 1980s to the present day, and traces the major themes of academic and Christian debate around this topic. Applying some of the leading current theories in the study of religion, media and culture to this data, Tim Hutchings proposes a new model of religious design in contexts of mediatization, and draws attention to digital networks, transformative third spaces and terrains of existential vulnerability. Creating Church Online advances our understanding of the significance and impact of digital media in the religious and social lives of its users, in search of new theoretical frameworks for digital religion.¿


  • Sufism, mystics, and saints in modern Egypt / Valerie J. Hoffman
    BP 188.8 E3H64 1995
    an engaging participant-observer study 'on par with Elizabeth Fernea's classic work'.

  • Bodies on the verge : queering Pauline Epistles / edited by Joseph A. Marchal
    BS 2655 S49B63 2019

    The various contributors to this collection question and expand the meaning and boundaries, not only of what counts as queer work in biblical studies, but also of what constitutes the Pauline, especially given its curious afterlives in philosophy, literature, art, and history. Essays provide important explorations of gender, sexuality, and embodiment as well as their intersections with, in, and as dynamics of empire and economy, race and ethnicity, religion and nationality, animality and disability.


  • Qui es-tu mon fils? : la vie prophétique de Jacob et Rachel, Gn 25-35 / Albert-Marie Crignon
    BS 413 L4 v.274

  • La purità e il cuore dell'uomo : indagini lessicali e percorsi teologici attorno a katharos / a cura di Marco Settembrini
    BS 2545 P95 P87 2019
    Percorrendo diversi corpora della letteratura ebraico-cristiana, si approfondiscono testi in cui risalta l'uso dell'aggettivo katharos e dei termini corradicali. La Bibbia greca e così approfondita sia nel suo contesto storico-culturale sia nella sua recezione presso le comunita di lingua greca, con speciale attenzione al suo insegnamento concernente la purita. Ci si interroga sui sensi propri e metaforici della purificazione, sulle modalita in cui essa si attua, sul coinvolgimento del corpo, della ragione, del culto nonche delle persone con cui si vive. Dopo un sondaggio nella letteratura profana, con speciale attenzione ai testi medici, si attraversano i Settanta, gli scritti di Filone Alessandrino, Giuseppe Flavio, il Nuovo Testamento, i Padri apostolici, l'opera A Diogneto, alcuni grandi teologi del II-V secolo della vitalissima Alessandria d'Egitto e infine il monaco Massimo il Confessore, del VI-VII secolo, di origine palestinese, appassionato interprete delle Scritture e saggio custode degli insegnamenti di Evagrio e dei Cappadoci.

  • Technology : between apocalypse and integration / edited by Linda Hogan, Michelle Becka, João Vila-Chã
    BR 115 T42T44 2019

  • Trauma and the failure of history : Kings, Lamentations, and the destruction of Jerusalem / David Janzen
    BS 1335.52 J36 2019

    David Janzen blends history theory and trauma theory to apply them to the books of Kings and Lamentations. Janzen argues that Kings tells a story that explains the horrific events of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem, but Lamentations reflects the perspective of trauma survivors and rejects any explanatory narrative refusing to let the trauma be part of a past. Interpreters of the Bible and historians of ancient Israel should take this trauma into account, even though it can never be a part of the biblical histories they write.


  • The violence of love / Oscar Romero ; compiled and translated by James R. Brockman ; foreword by Henri J.M. Nouwen
    BX 1753 R657213 2004
    These selections from the sermons and writings of Archbishop Oscar Romero present the essential message of one of the great and holy prophets of modern times. Three short years transformed Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador, from a conservative defender of the status quo into one of the church's most outspoken voices on behalf of the oppressed. Though silenced by an assassin's bullet in 1980, his spirit, and the vital challenge of his life, lives on. James R. Brockman, S.J., who translated and compiled these writings before his death, was also the author of Romero: A Life.

  • What are biblical values? : what the Bible says on key ethical issues / John J. Collins
    BS 680 E84C655 2019
    An illuminating exploration of the Bible and many of our most contentious contemporary issues

    Many people today claim that their positions on various issues are grounded in biblical values, and they use scriptural passages to support their claims. But the Bible was written over the course of several hundred years and contains contradictory positions on many issues. The Bible seldom provides simple answers; it more often shows the complexity of moral problems. Can we really speak of "biblical values"?

    In this eye-opening book, one of the world's leading biblical scholars argues that when we read the Bible with care, we are often surprised by what we find. Examining what the Bible actually says on a number of key themes, John Collins covers a vast array of topics, including the right to life, gender, the role of women, the environment, slavery and liberation, violence and zeal, and social justice. With clarity and authority, he invites us to dramatically reimagine the basis for biblical ethics in the world today.

  • An introduction to the study of Paul / David G. Horrell
    BS 2650.52 H67 2015
    This tried and tested introduction to Paul needs little introduction of its own. After considering Paul's importance and influence, and the important sources for the study of Paul, the volume covers the following key topics: the earliest period of Christianity - from Jesus to Paul; Paul's life before and after his 'conversion'; his individual letters; the major elements of his theology; his attitude to Israel and the Jewish law; perspectives on the Pauline assemblies, including their socio-economic location, meeting places, and attitudes towards women; and Paul's legacy in the New Testament and beyond. The volume has been revised throughout and fully updated with respect to bibliography, and to presenting the latest debates surrounding Paul's thought in a manageable format - including those around 'old' and 'new' perspectives, with a new section on the 'radical' new Jewish perspective, and those related to the socio-economic status and character of the Pauline assemblies. The helpful study questions and reading lists have also been revised.
Updated: Monday 11 November 2019
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