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Items in Philosophy, Psychology or Religion that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 30 days.


  • A history of pre-Buddhistic Indian philosophy
    B 131 B33 1970

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

  • Psychological testing
    BF 431 A573 1968

  • Phenomenology and natural existence; essays in honor of Marvin Farber. Edited by Dale Riepe
    B 829.5 P445 1973

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

  • The Wisdom of Frugality : Why Less Is More - More or Less / Emrys Westacott
    BJ 1496 W47 2016eb

    From Socrates to Thoreau, most philosophers, moralists, and religious leaders have seen frugality as a virtue and have associated simple living with wisdom, integrity, and happiness. But why? And are they right? Is a taste for luxury fundamentally misguided? If one has the means to be a spendthrift, is it foolish or reprehensible to be extravagant?

    In this book , Emrys Westacott examines why, for more than two millennia, so many philosophers and people with a reputation for wisdom have been advocating frugality and simple living as the key to the good life. He also looks at why most people have ignored them, but argues that, in a world facing environmental crisis, it may finally be time to listen to the advocates of a simpler way of life.

    The Wisdom of Frugality explores what simplicity means, why it's supposed to make us better and happier, and why, despite its benefits, it has always been such a hard sell. The book looks not only at the arguments in favor of living frugally and simply, but also at the case that can be made for luxury and extravagance, including the idea that modern economies require lots of getting and spending.

    A philosophically informed reflection rather than a polemic, The Wisdom of Frugality ultimately argues that we will be better off--as individuals and as a society--if we move away from the materialistic individualism that currently rules.


  • 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

  • Transcendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul / Barry M. Andrews
    B 905 A77 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.

  • Rethinking Sincerity and Authenticity : The Ethics of Theatricality in Kant, Kierkegaard, and Levinas / Howard Pickett
    B 105 A8 P53 2017eb

    "This above all: To thine own self be true," is an ideal--or pretense--belonging as much to Hamlet as to the carefully choreographed realms of today's politics and social media. But what if our "true" selves aren't our "best" selves? Instagram's curated portraits of authenticity often betray the paradox of our performative selves: sincerity obliges us to be who we actually are, yet ethics would have us be better.

    Drawing on the writings of Immanuel Kant, Søren Kierkegaard, and Emmanuel Levinas, Howard Pickett presents a vivid defense of "virtuous hypocrisy." Our fetish for transparency tends to allow us to forget that the self may not be worthy of expression, and may become unethically narcissistic in the act of expression. Alert to this ambivalence, these great thinkers advocate incongruent ways of being. Rethinking Sincerity and Authenticity offers an engaging new appraisal not only of the ethics of theatricality but of the theatricality of ethics, contending that pursuit of one's ideal self entails a relational and ironic performance of identity that lies beyond the pure notion of expressive individualism.


  • 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

  • Kierkegaard's Journals and Notebooks, Volume 9 Journals NB26-NB30 / edited by Niels Jørgen Cappelørn, Alastair Hannay, Bruce H. Kirmmse, David D. Possen, Joel D.S. Rasmussen, and Vanessa Rumble.
    B 4372 E5 2007eb

    For over a century, the Danish thinker Søren Kierkegaard (1813-55) has been at the center of a number of important discussions, concerning not only philosophy and theology, but also, more recently, fields such as social thought, psychology, and contemporary aesthetics, especially literary theory.

    Despite his relatively short life, Kierkegaard was an extraordinarily prolific writer, as attested to by the 26-volume Princeton University Press edition of all of his published writings. But Kierkegaard left behind nearly as much unpublished writing, most of which consists of what are called his "journals and notebooks." Kierkegaard has long been recognized as one of history's great journal keepers, but only rather small portions of his journals and notebooks are what we usually understand by the term "diaries." By far the greater part of Kierkegaard's journals and notebooks consists of reflections on a myriad of subjects--philosophical, religious, political, personal. Studying his journals and notebooks takes us into his workshop, where we can see his entire universe of thought. We can witness the genesis of his published works, to be sure--but we can also see whole galaxies of concepts, new insights, and fragments, large and small, of partially (or almost entirely) completed but unpublished works. Kierkegaard's Journals and Notebooks enables us to see the thinker in dialogue with his times and with himself.

    Kierkegaard wrote his journals in a two-column format, one for his initial entries and the second for the extensive marginal comments that he added later. This edition of the journals reproduces this format, includes several photographs of original manuscript pages, and contains extensive scholarly commentary on the various entries and on the history of the manuscripts being reproduced.

    Volume 9 of this 11-volume series includes five of Kierkegaard's important "NB" journals (Journals NB26 through NB30), which span from June 1852 to August 1854. This period was marked by Kierkegaard's increasing preoccupation with what he saw as an unbridgeable gulf in Christianity--between the absolute ideal of the religion of the New Testament and the official, state-sanctioned culture of "Christendom," which, embodied by the Danish People's Church, Kierkegaard rejected with increasing vehemence. Crucially, Kierkegaard's nemesis, Bishop Jakob Peter Mynster, died during this period and, in the months following, Kierkegaard can be seen moving inexorably toward the famous "attack on Christendom" with which he ended his life.


  • 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

  • Sign or Symptom? : Exceptional Corporeal Phenomena in Religion and Medicine in the 19th and 20th Centuries / edited by Tine Van Osselaer, Henk de Smaele, Kaat Wils
    BF 1045 M44 S547 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

  • True Enough / Catherine Z. Elgin
    BD 161 E445 2017eb

    The development of an epistemology that explains how science and art embody and convey understanding.

    Philosophy valorizes truth, holding that there can never be epistemically good reasons to accept a known falsehood, or to accept modes of justification that are not truth conducive. How can this stance account for the epistemic standing of science, which unabashedly relies on models, idealizations, and thought experiments that are known not to be true? In True Enough , Catherine Elgin argues that we should not assume that the inaccuracy of models and idealizations constitutes an inadequacy. To the contrary, their divergence from truth or representational accuracy fosters their epistemic functioning. When effective, models and idealizations are, Elgin contends, felicitous falsehoods that exemplify features of the phenomena they bear on. Because works of art deploy the same sorts of felicitous falsehoods, she argues, they also advance understanding.

    Elgin develops a holistic epistemology that focuses on the understanding of broad ranges of phenomena rather than knowledge of individual facts. Epistemic acceptability, she maintains, is a matter not of truth-conduciveness, but of what would be reflectively endorsed by the members of an idealized epistemic community--a quasi-Kantian realm of epistemic ends.


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

  • The Fate of Transcendentalism : Secularity, Materiality, and Human Flourishing / Bruce A. Ronda
    B 905 R66 2017eb

    The Fate of Transcendentalism examines the mid-nineteenth-century flowering of American transcendentalism and shows the movement's influence on several subsequent writers, thinkers, and artists who have drawn inspiration and energy from the creative outpouring it produced. In this wide-ranging study, Bruce A. Ronda offers an account of the movement as an early example of the secular turn in American culture and brings to bear insights from philosopher Charles Taylor and others who have studied the broad cultural phenomenon of secularization.

    Ronda's account turns on the interplay and tension between two strands in the transcendentalist movement. Many of the social experiments associated with transcendentalism, such as the Brook Farm and Fruitlands reform communities, Temple School, and the West Street Bookshop, as well as the transcendentalists' contributions to abolition and women's rights, spring from a commitment to human flourishing without reference to a larger religious worldview. Other aspects of the movement, particularly Henry Thoreau's late nature writing and the rich tradition it has inspired, seek to minimize the difference between the material and the ideal, the human and the not-human. The Fate of Transcendentalism allows readers to engage with this fascinating dialogue between transcendentalist thinkers who believe that the ultimate end of human life is the fulfillment of human possibility and others who challenge human-centeredness in favor a relocation of humanity in a vital cosmos.

    Ronda traces the persistence of transcendentalism in the work of several representative twentieth- and twenty-first-century figures, including Charles Ives, Joseph Cornell, Truman Nelson, Annie Dillard, and Mary Oliver, and shows how this dialogue continues to inform important imaginative work to this date.


  • 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

  • Feminist Phenomenology Futures / edited by Helen A. Fielding and Dorothea E. Olkowski
    B 829.5 F433 2017eb

    Distinguished feminist philosophers consider the future of their field and chart its political and ethical course in this forward-looking volume. Engaging with themes such as the historical trajectory of feminist phenomenology, ways of perceiving and making sense of the contemporary world, and the feminist body in health and ethics, these essays affirm the base of the discipline as well as open new theoretical spaces for work that bridges bioethics, social identity, physical ability, and the very nature and boundaries of the female body. Entanglements with thinkers such as Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Beauvoir, and Arendt are evident and reveal new directions for productive philosophical work. Grounded in the richness of the feminist philosophical tradition, this work represents a significant opening to the possible futures of feminist phenomenological research.


  • Inconsistencies / Marcus Steinweg ; translated by Amanda DeMarco
    BC 199 I45 S7413 2017eb

    Meditations, aphorisms, maxims, notes, and comments construct a philosophy of thought congruent with the inconsistency of our reality.

    Those who continue to think never return to their point of departure.

    -- Inconsistencies

    These 130 short texts--aphoristic, interlacing, and sometimes perplexing--target a perennial philosophical problem: Our consciousness and our experience of reality are inconsistent, fragmentary, and unstable; God is dead, and our identity as subjects discordant. How can we establish a new mode of thought that does not cling to new gods or the false security of rationality? Marcus Steinweg, as he did in his earlier book The Terror of Evidence, constructs a philosophical position from fragments, maxims, meditations, and notes, formulating a philosophy of thought that expresses and enacts the inconsistency of our reality.



    Steinweg considers, among other topics, life as a game ("To think is to play because no thought is firmly grounded"); sexuality ("wasteful, contradictory, and contingent"); desire ("Desire has a thousand names; It's earned none of them"); reality ("overdetermined and excessively complex"); and world ("a nonconcept"). He disposes of philosophy in one sentence ("Philosophy is a continual process of its own redefinition.") but spends multiple pages on "A Tear in Immanence," invoking Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, and others. He describes "Wandering with Foucault" ("Thought entails wandering as well as straying into madness") and brings together Derrida and Debord. He poses a question: "Why should a cat be more mysterious than a dog?" and later answers one: "Beauty is truth because truth is beauty." By the end, we have accompanied Steinweg on converging trains of thought. "Thinking means continuing to think," he writes, adding "But thinking can only pose questions by answering others." The question of inconsistency? Asked and answered, and asked.


  • 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.


  • Positive Nihilism : My Confrontation with Heidegger / Hartmut Lange ; translated by Adrian Nathan West
    B 3279 H48 S466348 2018eb

    A German writer's aphoristic, poetic, and difficult reflections on Heidegger's Being and Time .

    There is a beyond of reason and unreason. It is the human psyche.

    -- Positive Nihilism

    Like many German intellectuals, Hartmut Lange has long grappled with Heidegger. Positive Nihilism is the result of a lifetime of reading Being and Time and offers a series of reflections that are aphoristic, poetic, and (appropriately, considering his object of study) difficult. Lange begins with an abyss ("There is an abyss of the finite. It is temporality") and proceeds almost immediately to extremity: "The twentieth century was governed by psychopaths. They collapsed the boundaries of moral reason and refuted Kant's analysis of consciousness." He reflects further: "But who shall punish whom? One man's virtue is another man's crime. Thus Hitler could feel unwaveringly, as he wiped out entire populations, the starry sky above him and the moral law within him , as stipulated by Kant." He considers the concept of civilization ("misleading"; "how should one oppose the remedies of civilization to the egomania, the murderous appetites of such outright psychopaths as Stalin or Pol Pot?"), the act of thinking (a fata morgana), the psyche, and Heidegger's Dasein.

    Positive Nihilism can be considered a pocket companion to Being and Time . "Heidegger's understanding of Being is nihilistic," Lange writes, and then explains his assertion. He draws on Kant, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, and Shakespeare's Othello for supporting arguments and illustrations. "Everyone is possessed of the courage to have angst about death. The question is whether this courage necessarily secures those vital advantages Heidegger alleges"-that "self-understanding [is] the mental anticipation of death." Lange wrestles with Heidegger's position, calling on Tolstoy, Georg Trakl, Herman Bang, and Heinrich von Kleist to argue against it.


  • All and Nothing : A Digital Apocalypse / Martin Burckhardt and Dirk Höfer ; translated by Erik Butler
    B 54 B8713 2017eb

    Why 1 = presence and 0 = absence and the digital world formula is x = x n : an exploration of meaning in a universe of infinite replication.

    In the beginning was the Zero, and the Zero was with God, and God was the One.

    -- All and Nothing

    In 1854, the British mathematician George Boole presented the idea of a universe the elements of which could be understood in terms of the logic of absence and presence: 0 and 1, all and nothing--the foundation of binary code. The Boolean digits 0 and 1 do not designate a quantity. In the Boolean world, x times x always equals x; all and nothing meet in the formula x = x n . As everything becomes digitized, God the clockmaker is replaced by God the programmer. This book-described by its authors as "a theology for the digital world"--explores meaning in a digital age of infinite replication, in a world that has dissolved into information and achieved immortality by turning into a pure sign.

    All and Nothing compares information that spreads without restraint to a hydra--the mythological monster that grew two heads for every one that was cut off. Information is thousand-headed and thousand-eyed because Hydra's tracks cannot be deleted. It shows that when we sit in front of a screen, we are actually on the other side, looking at the world as an uncanny reminder of the nondigitized. It compares our personal data to our shadows and our souls, envisioning the subconscious laid out on a digital bier like a corpse.

    The digital world, the authors explain, summons forth fantasies of a chiliastic or apocalyptic nature. The goal of removing the representative from mathematics has now been achieved on a greater scale than Boole could have imagined.


  • 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.

  • The Modern Turn / edited by Michael Rohlf
    B 790 M63 2017eb

  • 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.

  • Incontinence of the Void : Economico-Philosophical Spandrels / Slavoj Žižek
    B 4870 Z593 I53 2017eb

    The "formidably brilliant" Žižek considers sexuality, ontology, subjectivity, and Marxian critiques of political economy by way of Lacanian psychoanalysis.

    If the most interesting theoretical interventions emerge today from the interspaces between fields, then the foremost interspaceman is Slavoj Žižek. In Incontinence of the Void (the title is inspired by a sentence in Samuel Beckett's late masterpiece Ill Seen Ill Said), Žižek explores the empty spaces between philosophy, psychoanalysis, and the critique of political economy. He proceeds from the universal dimension of philosophy to the particular dimension of sexuality to the singular dimension of the critique of political economy. The passage from one dimension to another is immanent: the ontological void is accessible only through the impasses of sexuation and the ongoing prospect of the abolition of sexuality, which is itself opened up by the technoscientific progress of global capitalism, in turn leading to the critique of political economy.

    Responding to his colleague and fellow Short Circuits author Alenka Zupancic's What Is Sex? , Žižek examines the notion of an excessive element in ontology that gives body to radical negativity, which becomes the antagonism of sexual difference. From the economico-philosophical perspective, Žižek extrapolates from ontological excess to Marxian surplus value to Lacan's surplus enjoyment. In true Žižekian fashion, Incontinence of the Void focuses on eternal topics while detouring freely into contemporary issuesfrom the Internet of Things to Danish TV series.


  • 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.

  • Self-Understanding and Lifeworld : Basic Traits of a Phenomenological Hermeneutics / Hans-Helmuth Gander ; translated by Ryan Drake and Joshua Rayman
    B 3279 H94 G3613 2017eb

    What are the foundations of human self-understanding and the value of responsible philosophical questioning? Focusing on Heidegger's early work on facticity, historicity, and the phenomenological hermeneutics of factical-historical life, Hans-Helmuth Gander develops an idea of understanding that reflects our connection with the world and other, and thus invites deep consideration of phenomenology, hermeneutics, and deconstruction. He draws usefully on Husserl's phenomenology and provides grounds for exchange with Descartes, Dilthey, Nietzsche, Gadamer, Ricoeur, and Foucault. On the way to developing a contemporary hermeneutical philosophy, Gander clarifies the human relation to self in and through conversation with Heidegger's early hermeneutics. Questions about reading and writing then follow as these are the very actions that structure human self-understanding and world understanding.


  • 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.
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