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Religion - Concordia University Libraries Recent Acquisitions

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


  • Islam and secularism in post-colonial thought : a cartography of Asadian genealogies / Hadi Enayat
    BP190.5.S35

  • Elise Boulding : autobiographical writings and selections from unpublished journals and letters / J. Russell Boulding, editor
    BX7795.B56

  • Performing the secular : religion, representation, and politics / Milija Gluhovic, Jisha Menon, editors
    BL 65 P7 P47 2017eb

  • Censorship and heresy in revolutionary England and counter-reformation Rome : story of a dangerous book / Giorgio Caravale ; translated by Frank Gordon
    BR1610.A3523

  • Religious perspectives on bioethics and human rights / Joseph Tham, Kai Man Kwan, Alberto Garcia, editors
    BL 65 H78 R45 2017eb

  • Qur'anic guidance for good governance : a contemporary perspective / Abdullah al-Ahsan, Stephen B. Young, editors
    BP 134 P6 Q73 2017eb

    This book is a study of religious principles of good governance in our contemporary societies. Historically, religion has provided guidance for organizing societies. In modern times, however, religious ideas have been marginalized in social science literature. Contributors to this work explore what values and practices the Qur'an can contribute to governing our economic, political, and social life today.


  • Invention of tradition and syncretism in contemporary religions sacred creativity / Stefania Palmisano, Nicola Pannofino, editors
    BL624

  • Religious cognition in China "Homo Religiosus" and the dragon / Ryan G. Hornbeck, Justin L. Barrett, Madeleine Kang, editors
    BL240.3

  • Religion and development in the global South Rumy Hasan
    BL2400

  • A Puerto Rican decolonial theology : prophesy freedom / Teresa Delgado
    BT 83.593 D45 2017eb

  • God and ultimate origins : a novel cosmological argument / Andrew Ter Ern Loke
    BT103

  • Religion and human enhancement : death, values, and morality / edited by Tracy J. Trothen and Calvin Mercer
    BL604.B64

  • Hope in the ecumenical future / Mark D. Chapman, editor
    BX 8.3 H67 2017eb

  • Purgatory philosophical dimensions / Kristof K.P. Vanhoutte, Benjamin W. McCraw, editors
    BT 843 P87 2017eb

  • The sacred in exile : what it really means to lose our religion / Gillian McCann, Gitte Bechsgaard
    BL60

  • God and Abstract Objects The Coherence of Theism: Aseity
    BL200

  • Economic ethics & the Black church / Wylin D. Wilson
    BR563.N4

  • The Biblical Accommodation Debate in Germany Interpretation and the Enlightenment
    BT30.G3

  • American Catholic women religious : radicalized by mission / Donna Maria Moses
    BV2190

  • Theism and atheism in a post-secular age / Morteza Hashemi
    BL2747.8

  • New atheism : critical perspectives and contemporary debates / Christopher R. Cotter, Philip Andrew Quadrio, Jonathan Tuckett, editors
    BL2747.3

  • Limits of the secular social experience and cultural memory / Kaustuv Roy
    BL 2747 R69 2017eb

    This book facilitates a missing dialogue between the secular and the transsecular dimensions of human existence. It explores two kinds of limits of the secular: the inadequacies of its assumptions with respect to the total being of the human, and how it curbs the ontological sensibilities of the human. Kaustuv Roy argues that since secular reason of modernity can only represent the empirical dimension of existence, humans are forced to privatize the non-empirical dimension of being. It is therefore absent from the social, imaginary, as well as public discourse. This one-sidedness is the root cause of many of the ills facing modernity. Roy contends that a bridge-consciousness that praxeologically relates the secular and the non-secular domains of experience is the need of the hour.


  • Theology and new materialism : spaces of faithful dissent / John Reader
    BT83.85

  • Religions, nations, and transnationalism in multiple modernities / Patrick Michel, Adam Possamai, Bryan S. Turner, editors
    BL65.P7

  • Foundations of yoga psychology / K. Ramakrishna Rao
    BL 1238.54. R36 2017eb

  • Troubling Muslim youth identities : nation, religion, gender / Máiréad Dunne, Naureem Durrani, Kathleen Fincham, Barbara Crossouard
    BP 188.18 Y68 D86 2017eb

  • Philosophical foundations for a Christian worldview / J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig
    BR 100 M68 2017
    Winner of a 2004 ECPA Gold Medallion AwardWinner of an Award of Excellence in the 2003 Chicago Book ClinicWhat is real?What is truth?What can we know?What should we believe?What should we do and why?Is there a God?Can we know him?Do Christian doctrines make sense?Can we believe in God in the face of evil?These are fundamental questions that any thinking person wants answers to. These are questions that philosophy addresses. And the answers we give to these kinds of questions serve as the the foundation stones for consrtucting any kind of worldview.In Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig offer a comprehensive introduction to philosophy from a Christian perspective. In their broad sweep they seek to introduce readers to the principal subdisciplines of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, ethics and philosophy of religion. They do so with characteristic clarity and incisiveness. Arguments are clearly outlined, and rival theories are presented with fairness and accuracy.Philosophy, they contend, aids Christians in the tasks of apologetics, polemics and systematic theology. It reflects our having been made in the image of God, helps us to extend biblical teaching into areas not expressly addressed in Scripture, facilitates the spiritual discipline of study, enhances the boldness and self-image of the Christian community, and is requisite to the essential task of integrating faith and learning.Here is a lively and thorough introduction to philosophy for all who want to know reality.

  • Mercy / edited by Lisa Cahill, Diego Irarrazaval and João Vila-Chã
    BV 4647 M4 M47 2017

  • Hannah's child : a theologian's memoir / Stanley Hauerwas
    BX 4827 H34 A3 2010
    A loving, hard-working, godly couple has long been denied a family of their own. Finally, the wife makes a deal with God: if he blesses her with a child, she will dedicate that child to God's service. The result of that prayer was the birth of an influential -- some say prophetic -- voice. Surprisingly, this is not the biblical story of Samuel but the account of Stanley Hauerwas, one of today's leading theologians in the church and the academy. The story of Hauerwas's journey into Christian discipleship is captivating and inspiring. With genuine humility, he describes his intellectual struggles with faith, how he has dealt with the complex reality of marriage to a mentally ill partner, and the gift of friendships that have influenced his character. Throughout the narrative shines Hauerwas's conviction that the tale of his life is worth telling only because of the greater Christian story providing foundation and direction for his own.

  • Blood for thought : the reinvention of sacrifice in early rabbinic literature / Mira Balberg
    BM 715 B35 2017
    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 Church of the East : an illustrated history of Assyrian Christianity / Christoph Baumer ; translated by Miranda G. Henry
    BX 153.3 B385 2016
    The so-called 'Nestorian' Church (officially known as the Apostolic Assyrian Church of the East, with its See in Baghdad) was one of the most significant Christian communities to develop east of the Roman Empire. In its heyday the Church had 8 million adherents and stretched from the Mediterranean to China. Christoph Baumer is one of the very few Westerners to have visited many of the most important Assyrian sites and has written the only comprehensive history of the Church, which now fights for survival in its country of origin, Iraq, and is almost forgotten in the West. He narrates its rich and colorful trajectory, from its apostolic beginnings to the present day, and discusses the Church's theology, christology, and uniquely vigorous spirituality. He analyzes the Church's turbulent relationship with other Christian chuches and its dialogue with neighboring world religions such as Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, Islam, Buddhism, and Taoism. Richly illustrated with maps and over 150 full-color photographs, the book will be essential reading for those interested in a fascinating, but neglected Christian community which has profoundly shaped the history of civilization in both East and West.

  • Islamophobia and the politics of empire / Deepa Kumar
    BP 52 I8543 2012

    In response to the events of 9/11, the Bush administration launched a "war on terror," ushering in an era of anti-Muslim racism, or Islamophobia. However, 9/11 did not create the image of the "Muslim enemy." This book examines the historic relationship between anti-Muslim racism and the agenda of empire building.


    Beginning in the eleventh century and the context of the Crusades, Deepa Kumar offers a sweeping historical analysis of the changing views of Islam and Muslims in the West, examining the ways that ruling elites throughout history have used the specter of a "Muslim enemy" to justify their imperial projects.


    The language of Islamophobia that was developed in the context of the European colonization of the Middle East continues to thrive today in the United States. Kumar expertly exposes and debunks various myths about Muslims and Islam that have become widely accepted in the US.


    She goes on to analyze the US's checkered attitude towards the parties of political Islam, outlining how it has treated Islamists as both allies and enemies. By examining local conditions that have allowed for the growth of Islamists, Kumar shows that these parties are not inevitable in Muslim-majority countries but are rather a contemporary phenomenon similar to the rise of Christian, Jewish, and Hindu fundamentalisms.


    The final section of the book sheds light on how the use of Islamophobia in justifying foreign policy necessitates and facilitates political repression at home. Attacks on Muslim Americans have spread to attacks on dissent in general. Kumar concludes by making a powerful case for a grassroots movement that challenges anti-Muslim racism and the projects of empire.


    Deepa Kumar is an associate professor of media studies and Middle East studies at Rutgers University and the author of Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization and the UPS Strike . Kumar has contributed to numerous outlets including the BBC, USA Today , and the Philadelphia Inquirer .



  • Martin Luther : renegade and prophet / Lyndal Roper
    BR 325 R746 2016
    From "one of the best of the new [Martin Luther] biographers" ( The New Yorker ), a portrait of the complicated founding father of the Protestant Reformation, whose intellectual assault on Catholicism transformed Christianity and changed the course of world history.

    "Magnificent."-- The Wall Street Journal
    "Penetrating."-- The New York Times Book Review
    "Smart, accessible, authoritative."--Hilary Mantel

    On October 31, 1517, so the story goes, a shy monk named Martin Luther nailed a piece of paper to the door of the Castle Church in the university town of Wittenberg. The ideas contained in these Ninety-five Theses, which boldly challenged the Catholic Church, spread like wildfire. Within two months, they were known all over Germany. So powerful were Martin Luther's broadsides against papal authority that they polarized a continent and tore apart the very foundation of Western Christendom. Luther's ideas inspired upheavals whose consequences we live with today.

    But who was the man behind the Ninety-five Theses? Lyndal Roper's magisterial new biography goes beyond Luther's theology to investigate the inner life of the religious reformer who has been called "the last medieval man and the first modern one." Here is a full-blooded portrait of a revolutionary thinker who was, at his core, deeply flawed and full of contradictions. Luther was a brilliant writer whose biblical translations had a lasting impact on the German language. Yet he was also a strident fundamentalist whose scathing rhetorical attacks threatened to alienate those he might persuade. He had a colorful, even impish personality, and when he left the monastery to get married ("to spite the Devil," he explained), he wooed and wed an ex-nun. But he had an ugly side too. When German peasants rose up against the nobility, Luther urged the aristocracy to slaughter them. He was a ferocious anti-Semite and a virulent misogynist, even as he argued for liberated human sexuality within marriage.

    A distinguished historian of early modern Europe, Lyndal Roper looks deep inside the heart of this singularly complex figure. The force of Luther's personality, she argues, had enormous historical effects--both good and ill. By bringing us closer than ever to the man himself, she opens up a new vision of the Reformation and the world it created and draws a fully three-dimensional portrait of its founder.

  • The making of Martin Luther / Richard Rex
    BR 325 R524 2017

    A major new account of the most intensely creative years of Luther's career

    The Making of Martin Luther takes a provocative look at the intellectual emergence of one of the most original and influential minds of the sixteenth century. Richard Rex traces how, in a concentrated burst of creative energy in the few years surrounding his excommunication by Pope Leo X in 1521, this lecturer at an obscure German university developed a startling new interpretation of the Christian faith that brought to an end the dominance of the Catholic Church in Europe. Luther's personal psychology and cultural context played their parts in the whirlwind of change he unleashed. But for the man himself, it was always about the ideas, the truth, and the Gospel.

    Focusing on the most intensely important years of Luther's career, Rex teases out the threads of his often paradoxical and counterintuitive ideas from the tangled thickets of his writings, explaining their significance, their interconnections, and the astonishing appeal they so rapidly developed. Yet Rex also sets these ideas firmly in the context of Luther's personal life, the cultural landscape that shaped him, and the traditions of medieval Catholic thought from which his ideas burst forth.

    Lucidly argued and elegantly written, The Making of Martin Luther is a splendid work of intellectual history that renders Luther's earthshaking yet sometimes challenging ideas accessible to a new generation of readers.


  • The Jewish encounter with Hinduism wisdom, spirituality, identity / Alon Goshen-Gottstein
    BM536.H5

  • Entangled pieties Muslim-Christian relations and gendered sociality in Java, Indonesia / En-Chieh Chao
    BP172
    This book explores the social life of Muslim women and Christian minorities amid Islamic and Christian movements in urban Java, Indonesia. Drawing on anthropological perspectives and 14 months of participant observation between 2009 and 2013 in the multi-religious Javanese city of Salatiga, this ethnography examines the interrelations between Islamic piety, Christian identity, and gendered sociability in a time of multiple religious revivals.  The novel encounters between multiple forms of piety and customary sociality among "moderate" Muslims, puritan Salafists, born-again Pentecostals, Protestants, and Catholics require citizens to renegotiate various social interactions. En-Chieh Chao argues that piety has become a complex phenomenon entangled with gendered sociality and religious others, rather than a preordained outcome stemming from a closed religious tradition.

  • Faithful measures : new methods in the measurement of religion / edited by Roger Finke and Christopher D. Bader
    BL 41 F355 2017
    A venture into the art and science of measuring religion in everyday life In an era of rapid technological advances, the measures and methods used to generate data about religion have undergone remarkably little change. Faithful Measures pushes the study of religion into the 21st century by evaluating new and existing measures of religion and introducing new methods for tapping into religious behaviors and beliefs. This book offers a global and innovative approach, with chapters on the intersection of religion and new technology, such as smart phone apps, Google Ngrams, crowdsourcing data, and Amazon buying networks. It also shows how old methods can be improved by using new technology to create online surveys with experimental designs and by developing new ways of mining data from existing information. Chapter contributors thoroughly explain how to employ these new techniques, and offer fresh insights into understanding the complex topic of religion in modern life. Beyond its quantitative contributions, Faithful Measures will be an invaluable resource for inspiring a new wave of creativity and exploration in our connected world

  • Bible nation : the United States of Hobby Lobby / Candida R. Moss and Joel S. Baden
    BR 526 M675 2017

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

    Like many evangelical Christians, the Green family of Oklahoma City believes that America was founded on a "biblical worldview as a Christian nation." But the Greens are far from typical evangelicals in other ways. The billionaire owners of Hobby Lobby, a huge nationwide chain of craft stores, the Greens came to national attention in 2014 after successfully suing the federal government over their religious objections to provisions of the Affordable Care Act. What is less widely known is that the Greens are now America's biggest financial supporters of Christian causes--and they 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 and the many questions they raise.

    Bible Nation tells the story of the Greens' rapid acquisition of an unparalleled collection of biblical antiquities; their creation of a closely controlled group of scholars to study and promote their collection; their efforts to place a Bible curriculum in public schools; and their construction of a $500 million Museum of the Bible near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Bible Nation reveals how these seemingly disparate initiatives promote a very particular set of beliefs about the Bible--and raise serious ethical questions about the trade in biblical antiquities, the integrity of academic research, and more.

    Bible Nation is an important and timely account of how a vast private fortune is being used to promote personal faith in the public sphere--and why it should matter to everyone.


  • Seven ways of looking at religion : the major narratives / Benjamin Schewel
    BL 51 S34 2017
    An ambitious young scholar's lucid analysis of religion's shifting place in the modern world

    Western intellectuals have long theorized that religion would undergo a process of marginalization and decline as the forces of modernity advanced. Yet recent events have disrupted this seductively straightforward story. As a result, while it is clear that religion has somehow evolved from its tribal beginnings up through modernity and into the current global age, there is no consensus about what kind of narrative of religious change we should alternatively tell. Seeking clarity, Benjamin Schewel organizes and evaluates the prevalent narratives of religious history that scholars have deployed over the past century and are advancing today. He argues that contemporary scholarly discourse on religion can be categorized according to seven central narratives: subtraction, renewal, transsecular, postnaturalist, construct, perennial, and developmental. Examining the basic logic, insights, and limitations of each of these narratives, Schewel ranges from Martin Heidegger to Muhammad Iqbal, from Daniel Dennett to Charles Taylor, to offer an incisive, broad, and original perspective on religion in the modern world.

  • Comparative Theology Among Multiple Modernities : Cultivating Phenomenological Imagination / Paul S. Chung
    BL60

  • John Owen : trajectories in Reformed Orthodox theology / Ryan M. McGraw
    BX9422.3

  • The Appropriation of Religion in Southeast Asia and Beyond
    BL 65 P7 A67 2017eb

  • Rabbi Akiva's philosophy of love Naftali Rothenberg ; translated by Shmuel Sermoneta-Gertel
    BM496.9.S48

  • Religious epiphanies across traditions and cultures James Kellenberger
    BT127.3

  • The Rise of Islamism in Egypt
    BP64.E3

  • Political Islam in a Time of Revolt Ferran Izquierdo Brichs, John Etherington, Laura Feliu, editors
    BP173.7

  • The book of special grace / Mechthild of Hackeborn and the Nuns of Helfta ; introduced and translated by Barbara Newman ; foreword by Richard Kieckhefer
    BV 5091 R4 M4313 2017
    Introduces an English translation of the Book of Special Grace, a Latin mystical work composed by Mechthild of Hackeborn and her sisters at the convent of Helfta in the 1290s.

  • Amos : a new translation with introduction and commentary / Göran Eidevall
    BS 1585.53 E33 2017
    A new translation and commentary on the book of Amos, forgoing speculation about his life to provide an innovative analysis of the book itself

    As part of the Hebrew Bible, the Book of Amos has been studied for more than two thousand years. This much-needed new edition includes an updated English translation of the Hebrew text and an insightful commentary. While previous scholarship speculated on reconstructions of the life of Amos, Eidevall analyzes this prophetic book as a literary composition, rejecting the conventional view of the book of Amos's origin and providing a new rationalization for the form and meaning of the text.

  • Developments in Islamic finance challenges and initiatives / Syed Aun R. Rizvi, Irum Saba, editors
    BP 173.75 D54 2017ab

  • The neuroscience of mindfulness meditation how the body and mind work together to change our behaviour / Yi-Yuan Tang
    BL627

  • Consuming religion / Kathryn Lofton
    BL 65 C8 L64 2017
    What are you drawn to like, to watch, or even to binge? What are you free to consume, and what do you become through consumption? These questions of desire and value, Kathryn Lofton argues, are questions for the study of religion. In eleven essays exploring soap and office cubicles, Britney Spears and the Kardashians, corporate culture and Goldman Sachs, Lofton shows the conceptual levers of religion in thinking about social modes of encounter, use, and longing. Wherever we see people articulate their dreams of and for the world, wherever we see those dreams organized into protocols, images, manuals, and contracts, we glimpse what the word "religion" allows us to describe and understand.
    With great style and analytical acumen, Lofton offers the ultimate guide to religion and consumption in our capitalizing times.

  • The Bhāgavata Purāṇa : selected readings / Ravi M. Gupta and Kenneth R. Valpey
    BL 1140.4 B434 E5 2017
    Formalized by the tenth century, the expansive Bhagavata Purana resists easy categorization. While the narrative holds together as a coherent literary work, its language and expression compete with the best of Sanskrit poetry. The text's theological message focuses on devotion to Krishna or Vishnu, and its philosophical outlook is grounded in the classical traditions of Vedanta and Samkhya. No other Purana has inspired so much commentary, imitation, and derivation. The work has grown in vibrancy through centuries of performance, interpretation, worship, and debate and has guided the actions and meditations of elite intellectuals and everyday worshippers alike.

    This annotated translation and detailed analysis shows how one text can have such enduring appeal. Key selections from the Bhagavata Purana are faithfully translated, while all remaining sections of the Purana are concisely summarized, providing the reader with a continuous and comprehensive narrative. Detailed endnotes explain unfamiliar concepts and several essays elucidate the rich philosophical and religious debates found in the Sanskrit commentaries. Together with the multidisciplinary readings contained in the companion volume The Bhagavata Purana: Sacred Text and Living Tradition (Columbia, 2013), this book makes a central Hindu masterpiece more accessible to English-speaking audiences and more meaningful to scholars of Hindu literature, philosophy, and religion.

  • Into silence and servitude : how American girls became nuns, 1945-1965 / Brian Titley
    BX 4220 U6 T58 2017
    For many American Catholics in the twentieth-century the face of the Church was a woman's face. After the Second World War, as increasing numbers of baby boomers flooded Catholic classrooms, the Church actively recruited tens of thousands of young women as teaching sisters. In Into Silence and Servitude Brian Titley delves into the experiences of young women who entered Catholic religious sisterhoods at this time. The Church favoured nuns as teachers because their wageless labour made education more affordable in what was the world's largest private school system. Focusing on the Church's recruitment methods Titley examines the idea of a religious vocation, the school settings in which nuns were recruited, and the tactics of persuasion directed at both suitable girls and their parents. The author describes how young women entered religious life and how they negotiated the sequence of convent "formation stages," each with unique challenges respecting decorum, autonomy, personal relations, work, and study. Although expulsions and withdrawals punctuated each formation stage, the number of nuns nationwide continued to grow until it reached a pinnacle in 1965, the same year that Catholic schools achieved their highest enrolment. Based on extensive archival research, memoirs, oral history, and rare Church publications, Into Silence and Servitude presents a compelling narrative that opens a window on little-known aspects of America's convent system.

  • On faith and science / Edward J. Larson and Michael Ruse
    BL 240.3 L377 2017
    A captivating historical survey of the key debates, questions, and controversies at the intersection of science and religion

    Throughout history, scientific discovery has clashed with religious dogma, creating conflict, controversy, and sometimes violent dispute. In this enlightening and accessible volume, distinguished historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Larson and Michael Ruse, philosopher of science and Gifford Lecturer, offer their distinctive viewpoints on the sometimes contentious relationship between science and religion. The authors explore how scientists, philosophers, and theologians through time and today approach vitally important topics, including cosmology, geology, evolution, genetics, neurobiology, gender, and the environment. Broaching their subjects from both historical and philosophical perspectives, Larson and Ruse avoid rancor and polemic as they address many of the core issues currently under debate by the adherents of science and the advocates of faith, shedding light on the richly diverse field of ideas at the crossroads where science meets spiritual belief.

  • In search of soul : hip-hop, literature, and religion / Alejandro Nava
    BT 741.3 N38 2017
    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.

  • The religious problem with religious freedom : why foreign policy needs political theology / Robert Joustra
    BL 640 J68 2018

    Rival understandings of the meaning and practice of the religious and the secular lead to rival public perspectives about religion and religious freedom in North America. This book explores how debates over the American Office of Religious Freedom and its International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA, 1998) and very recent debates over the Canadian Office of Religious Freedom (2013) have pitted at least six basic, but very different meanings of the religious and the secular against each other in often undisclosed and usually unproductive ways.

    Properly naming this #65533;religious problem#65533; is a critical first step to acknowledging and conciliating their practically polar political prescriptions. It must be considered how we are to think about religion in political offices, both the Canadian and the American experience, as an essentially contested term, and one which demands better than postmodern paralysis, what the author terms political theology. This is especially critical since both of these cases are not just about how to deal with religion at home, but how to engage with religion abroad, where real peril, and real practical policy must be undertaken to protect increasingly besieged religious minorities. Finally, a principled pluralist approach to the religious and the secular suggests a way to think outside the #65533;religious problem#65533; and productively enlist and engage the forces of religion resurging around the globe.

    The book will be of great use to scholars and students in religion and foreign affairs, secularization, political theology, and political theory, as well as professionals and policy makers working in issues relating to religion, religious freedom, and foreign affairs.


  • Religion : what it is, how it works, and why it matters / Christian Smith
    BL 48 S5937 2017

    A groundbreaking new theory of religion

    Religion remains an important influence in the world today, yet the social sciences are still not adequately equipped to understand and explain it. This book builds on recent developments in science, theory, and philosophy to advance an innovative theory of religion that goes beyond the problematic theoretical paradigms of the past.

    Drawing on the philosophy of critical realism and personalist social theory, Christian Smith answers key questions about the nature, powers, workings, appeal, and future of religion. He defines religion in a way that resolves myriad problems and ambiguities in past accounts, explains the kinds of causal influences religion exerts in the world, and examines the key cognitive process that makes religion possible. Smith explores why humans are religious in the first place--uniquely so as a species--and offers an account of secularization and religious innovation and persistence that breaks the logjam in which so many religion scholars have been stuck for so long.

    Certain to stimulate debate and inspire promising new avenues of scholarship, Religion features a wealth of illustrations and examples that help to make its concepts accessible to readers. This superbly written book brings sound theoretical thinking to a perennially thorny subject, and a new vitality and focus to its study.


  • The roots of reform / volume editor, Timothy J. Wengert ; general editors, Hans J. Hillerbrand, Kirsi I. Stjerna, Timothy J. Wengert
    BR 331 E5 2015
    Volume 1 of The Annotated Luther series contains a number of the writings that defined the roots of reform set in motion by Martin Luther, from the 95 Theses through The Freedom of a Christian. Included are treatises, letters, and sermons written from 1517-1520, revealing Luther's earliest confrontations with Rome and his defense of views that led to his excommunication. Each volume in The Annotated Luther series contains new introductions, annotations, illustrations, and notes to help shed light on Luther's context and interpret his writings for today.

  • Word and Faith / volume editor, Kirsi I. Stjerna
    BR 331 E5 2015b
    This volume contains a number of the writings categorized under the theme word and faith. Writings in the volume range from core documents Bondage of the Will, Against the Heavenly Prophets, The Smalcald Articles, and Large Catechism to Luther's own Confession of Faith and treatments of Moses, the Gospels, and Two Kinds of Righteousness. Each volume in The Annotated Luther series contains new introductions, annotations, illustrations, and notes to help shed light on Luther's context and interpret his writings for today.

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

  • The spirit of religion and the spirit of liberty : the Tocqueville thesis revisited / edited by Michael Zuckert
    BL 2525 S589 2017
    Tocqueville's thesis on the relation between religion and liberty could hardly be timelier. From events in the Middle East and the spread of Islamist violence in the name of religion to the mandated coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the interaction between religion and politics has once again become central to political life. Tocqueville, facing the coming of a new social and political order within the traditional society that was France, faced this relation between politics and religion with freshness and relevance. He was particularly interested in reporting to his French compatriots on how the Americans had successfully resolved what, to many Frenchmen, looked to be an insuperable conflict. His surprising thesis was that the right kind of arrangement--a certain kind of separation of church and state that was not also a complete separation of religion and politics--could be seen in nineteenth century America to be beneficial to both liberty and religion. This volume investigates whether Tocqueville's depiction was valid for the America he investigated in the 1830s and whether it remains valid today.

  • Religion and Canadian party politics / David Rayside, Jerald Sabin, Paul E.J. Thomas
    BL 65 P7 R34 2017
    Religion is usually thought of as inconsequential to contemporary Canadian politics. This book takes a hard look at just how much influence faith continues to have in federal, provincial, and territorial arenas. Drawing on case studies from across the country, it explores three important axes of religiously based contention - Protestant vs. Catholic, conservative vs. reformer, and, more recently, opponents vs. defenders of accommodating minority religious practices. Although the extent of partisan engagement with each of these sources of conflict has varied across time and region, the authors show that religion still matters in shaping political oppositions. These themes are illuminated by comparisons to the role faith plays in the politics of other Western industrialized societies.

  • Raised on Christian milk : food and the formation of the soul in early Christianity / John David Penniman
    BR 195 F66 P466 2017
    A fascinating new study of the symbolic power of food and its role in forming kinship bonds and religious identity in early Christianity

    Scholar of religion John Penniman considers the symbolic importance of food in the early Roman world in an engaging and original new study that demonstrates how "eating well" was a pervasive idea that served diverse theories of growth, education, and religious identity. Penniman places early Christian discussion of food in its moral, medical, legal, and social contexts, revealing how nourishment, especially breast milk, was invested with the power to transfer characteristics, improve intellect, and strengthen kinship bonds.

  • Vers une laïcité dynamique : statique institutionnelle contre dynamique du religieux / François De Smet ; préface de Hervé Hasquin
    BL 2747.8 S64 2012

  • The postmodern church / Jeremiah Newman
    BX 1397 N48 1990

  • Paul Ricoeur on Biblical hermeneutics / editor John Dominic Crossan
    BS 476 P3+

  • The Praxis of Christian experience : an introduction to the theology of Edward Schillebeeckx / [edited by] Robert J. Schreiter, Mary Catherine Hilkert
    BX 4705 S51314P73 1989

  • Exorcism; the report of a commission convened by the Bishop of Exeter. Edited by Robert Petitpierre
    BV 873 E8E9

  • Christianity and the social crisis. Edited by Robert D. Cross
    BT 738 R34 1964

  • A grief observed / by C.S. Lewis
    BV 4905.2 L4 1964
    This intimate portait of bereavement and death recalls the author's experiences of the loss of his wife, as well as his evolving belief in God and his acceptance of a new life.

  • Jeremia / von Wilhelm Rudolph
    BS 1525.3 R82X

  • La conversion au christianisme durant les premiers siècles / Gustave Bardy
    BR 195 C6B3
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