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


  • European Identity and the Representation of Islam in the Mainstream Press : Argumentation and Media Discourse / Salomi Boukala
    BP 65 A1 B68 2019eb

  • Pope Francis and interreligious dialogue : religious thinkers engage with recent Papal initiatives / Harold Kasimow, Alan Race, editors
    BX1784

  • American televangelism and participatory cultures : fans, brands, and play with religious fakes / Denis J. Bekkering
    BV656.3

  • Christ vivant : essai sur la christologie du Nouveau Testament
    BT 198 L3

  • Christ, faith and history: Cambridge studies in Christology / edited by S.W. Sykes and J.P. Clayton
    BT 202 C5

  • Orthodox paradoxes : heterogeneities and complexities in contemporary Russian orthodoxy / edited by Katya Tolstaya
    BX 478 O78 2014eb
    This book focuses on "Orthodox paradoxes" created by the dynamic between tradition and innovation within the Russian Orthodox Church. Nineteen contributions from renowned specialists tackle societal and theological aspects and implications of these paradoxes.

  • The church and the nineteenth century by Raymond Corrigan
    BX 1386 C6

  • Unity and reform : selected writings / of Nicholas De Cusa ; edited by John Patrick Dolan
    BX 890 N52

  • Objections to christian belief / D.M. Mackinnon [and others] ; with introduction by A.R. Vidler
    BT 1095 O2 1965

  • The rule and exercises of holy living / by Jeremy Taylor ; Ed. and with introd. by Thomas S. Kepler
    BV 4500 T3 1956

  • Christian discourses : and the lilies of the field and the birds of the air, and Three discourses at the communion on Fridays / by Søren Kierkegaard.-- Translated with an introduction by Walter Lowrie
    BR 85 K457 1971

    The edition includes "Christian Discourses," "The Lilies of the Field and the Birds of the Air" and "Three Discourses at the Communion on Fridays."

    Originally published in 1971.

    The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.


  • Catholicity and progress in Ireland / by Rev. M. O'Riordan
    BX 1505 O7

  • Theological negotiations : proposals in soteriology and anthropology / Douglas Farrow
    BT 21.3 F37 2018eb
    One of today's leading theologians tackles some of the most significant themes in contemporary theology. Douglas Farrow explores key theological loci such as nature and grace and justification and sanctification; introduces theological giants such as Anselm, Aquinas, Luther, and Barth; and examines contemporary questions about sacraments and unity. Throughout his explorations, Farrow invites readers to consider how to negotiate controversy in Christian theology, especially between Catholics and Protestants, arguing that theology does its best work at the intersection of topics in dispute.

  • Handbook of conspiracy theory and contemporary religion / edited by Asbjørn Dyrendal, David G. Robertson, Egil Asprem
    BP 603 H355 2018eb

  • Queer theology : beyond apologetics / Linn Marie Tonstad.
    BT 83.65 T66 2018

  • Buddhist monastic life : according to the texts of the Theravāda tradition / Mohan Wijayaratna ; translated by Claude Grangier and Steven Collins ; with an introduction by Steven Collins
    BQ 6084 W5513 1990
    This 1991 book provides a brief yet detailed account of the ideal way of life prescribed for Buddhist monks and nuns in the Pali texts of the Theravada school of Buddhism. The author describes the way in which the Buddha's disciples institutionalized his teachings about such things as food, dress, money, chastity, solitude and discipleship. This tradition represents an ideal of religious life that has been followed in South and Southeast Asia for over two thousand years. In previous writing on the early period of Buddhist monasticism, scholars have usually tried to give an historical account of the evolution of the monastic order, and so have seen the extant Vinaya texts as coming from distinct historical periods. This book takes a different approach by presenting a synchronic account, which allows the author to show that sources are in fact predominantly consistent and coherent.

  • With greater liberty : a short history of Christian monasticism and religious orders / by Karl Suso Frank ; translated by Joseph T. Lienhard
    BX 2461.2 F6913 1993

  • Give me this mountain : an autobiography / by Helen Roseveare
    BV 3625 C63 R643 1966b

  • The church in the world / by F.A. Forbes
    BX 945 F6

  • A Eucharistic ontology : Maximus the Confessor's eschatological ontology of being as dialogical reciprocity / Nicholas Loudovikos ; translated by Elizabeth Theokritoff
    BR 65 M416 L6413 2010

  • The Holy Trinity : in the beginning there was love / Dumitru Stăniloae ; translated by Roland Clark ; foreword by His Beatitude Teoctist Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church
    BX 323 S72513 2012

  • The Christian doctrine of justification and reconciliation; the positive development of the doctrine. English translation, edited by H.R. Mackintosh and A.B. Macaulay
    BT 764 R513 1966

  • Al Rashid Mosque : building Canadian Muslim communities / Earle H. Waugh
    BP 187.65 C2E3629 2018eb
    Al Rashid Mosque, Canada's first and one of the earliest in North America, was erected in Edmonton in the depth of the Depression of the 1930s. Over time, the story of this first mosque, which served as a magnet for more Lebanese Muslim immigrants to Edmonton, was woven into the folklore of the local community. --Baha Abu-Laban, ForewordEdmonton's Al Rashid Mosque has played a key role in Islam's Canadian development. Founded by Muslims from Lebanon, it has grown into a vibrant community fully integrated into Canada's cultural mosaic. The mosque continues to be a concrete expression of social good, a symbol of a proud Muslim Canadian identity. Al Rashid Mosque provides a welcome introduction to the ethics and values of homegrown Muslims. The book traces the mosque's role in education and community leadership and celebrates the numerous contributions of Muslim Canadians in Edmonton and across Canada. Al Rashid Mosque is a timely and important volume of Islamic and Canadian history."Forty years ago, as a young scholar in Islamic Studies at the University of Alberta, Al Rashid's Muslims welcomed my queries, tolerated my ignorance, and joyfully opened their homes and their hearts." --Earle H. WaughEarle H. Waugh has studied Islam in Canada and the Middle East for most of his adult life. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta and a senior scholar in the areas of religious studies, health and culture, and Indigenous language maintenance.

  • Bedouin culture in the Bible / Clinton Bailey
    BS 1199 B43 B35 2018
    The first contemporary analysis of Bedouin and biblical cultures sheds new light on biblical laws, practices, and Bedouin history

    Written by one of the world's leading scholars of Bedouin culture, this groundbreaking book sheds new light on significant points of convergence between Bedouin and early Israelite cultures, as manifested in the Hebrew Bible. Bailey compares Bedouin and biblical sources, identifying overlaps in economic activity, material culture, social values, social organization, laws, religious practices, and oral traditions. He also examines the question of whether some early Israelites were indeed nomads as the Bible presents them, offering a new angle on the controversy over their identity as well as new cultural perspectives to scholars of the Bible and the Bedouin alike.

  • Catholicism
    BX 1754 W28

  • Why were the Gospels written?
    BR 2555.5 A74

  • The letters to the Philippians, Colossians and Thessalonians / William Barclay
    BS 2643 B37 1975b

  • A Scots missionary in the Transkei; recollections of field works, by D.W. Semple
    BV 3555 S44

  • International morality / by Alfred De Soras ; Translated from the French by S.J. Tester
    BR 115 I7 S67 1963

  • Method in theology [by] Bernard J.F. Lonergan
    BR 118 L65

  • Nuclear weapons and Christian conscience [by] G.E.M. Anscombe [and others] Foreword by T.D. Roberts
    BR 115 A85 N8 1961

  • On Christian doctrine / translated with an introd., by D.W. Robertson, Jr
    BR 65 A655E5

  • Practical spirituality and human development : transformations in religions and societies / Ananta Kumar Giri, editor
    BL 624 P73 2018eb

  • Traditional churches, born again Christianity, and Pentecostalism : religious mobility and religious repertoires in urban Kenya / Yonatan N. Gez
    BR1443.K4

  • Depth psychology and mysticism / Thomas Cattoi, David M. Odorisio, editors
    BL 625 D47 2018eb

  • The historicity of the patriarchal narratives : the quest for the historical Abraham / Thomas L. Thompson
    BS 410 Z5 v.133

    In der Reihe Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (BZAW) erscheinen Arbeiten zu sämtlichen Gebieten der alttestamentlichen Wissenschaft. Im Zentrum steht die Hebräische Bibel, ihr Vor- und Nachleben im antiken Judentum sowie ihre vielfache Verzweigung in die benachbarten Kulturen der altorientalischen und hellenistisch-römischen Welt.


  • Religion, pacifism, and nonviolence / James Kellenberger
    BT736.6

  • Enrique Dussel's ethics of liberation : an introduction / Frederick B. Mills
    BT83.57

  • Creation Hypothesis in the Anthropocene Epoch / Andrzej Kaczmarczyk
    BL227

  • Medieval Welsh pilgrimage, c.1100--1500 / Kathryn Hurlock
    BX2320

  • On being Reformed : debates over a theological identity / Matthew C. Bingham, Chris Caughey, R. Scott Clark, Crawford Gribben, D.G. Hart
    BX9422.3

  • The psychology of emotions and humour in Buddhism / Padmasiri de Silva
    BQ4570.P76

  • L'histoire du salut chez les pères de l'eglise : la doctrine des ages du monde / par Auguste Luneau ..
    BR 115 H5L85

  • The Council of Chalcedon : a historical and doctrinal survey / by R.V. Sellers
    BR 225 S4

  • Dionysius, the Areopagite ; the Divine names and the Mystical theology / translated by C.E. Rolt
    BR 45 T6 D5 1940

  • La règle de S. Benoit commentée : pour les Oblats de son ordre / G.A. Simon
    BX 3004 Z5 S5 1947

  • A history of vicarages in the Middle Ages, by R.A.R. Hartridge
    BV 775 H3 1968

  • Das Zweite Vatikanische Konzil : Dokumente und Kommentare / hrsg. von Heinrich Suso Brechter [and others]
    BR 95 L48 1957 suppl.

  • After Christianity / Gianni Vattimo ; translated by Luca D'Isanto
    BR 121.3 V38 2002
    What has been the fate of Christianity since Nietzsche's famous announcement of the "death of God"? What is the possibility of religion, specifically Christianity, thriving in our postmodern era? In this provocative new book, Gianni Vattimo, leading Italian philosopher, politician, and framer of the European constitution, addresses these critical questions.

    When Vattimo was asked by a former teacher if he still believed in God, his reply was, "Well, I believe that I believe." This paradoxical declaration of faith serves as the foundation for a brilliant exposition on Christianity in the new millennium--an age characterized by a deep uncertainty of opinion--and a personal account of how Vattimo himself recovered his faith through Nietzsche and Heidegger. He first argues that secularization is in fact the fulfillment of the central Christian message, and prepares us for a new mode of Christianity. He then explains that Nietzsche's thesis concerns only the "moral god" and leaves room for the emergence of "new gods." Third, Vattimo claims that the postmodern condition of fragmentation, anti-Eurocentrism, and postcolonialism can be usefully understood in light of Joachim of Fiore's thesis concerning the "Spiritual Age" of history. Finally, Vattimo argues for the idea of "weak thought." Because philosophy in the postmetaphysical age can only acknowledge that "all is interpretation," that the "real" is always relative and not the hard and fast "truth" we once thought it to be, contemporary thought must recognize itself and its claims as "weak" as opposed to "strong" foundationalist claims of the metaphysical past. Vattimo concludes that these factors make it possible for religion and God to become a serious topic for philosophy again, and that philosophy should now formally engage religion.

  • Christ's proclamation to the spirits; a study of 1Peter 3: 18-4:6
    BS 2795.3 D3

  • Luther et l'Église confessante
    BR 325 C28

  • Luther : early theological works / edited and translated by James Atkinson
    BR 330 E4 1962

  • Epistola de tolerantia. A letter on toleration; Latin text edited with a preface by Raymond Klibansky; English translation with an introduction and notes by J.W. Gough
    BR 1610 L823

  • I Chronicles. Introd., translation, and notes by Jacob M. Myers
    BS 192.2 A1 1964 G3 v.12
    I Chronicles(Volume 12 in the acclaimed Anchor Bible series) is a book closely related to three other books of the so-called Chronicler's History--II Chronicles,Ezra, andNehemiah.I Chroniclesbegins with the famous genealogical lists (from Adam to David), continues with an account of David's reign, in which the chronicler emphasizes David's efforts to restore the religion of Israel, and concludes with the accession of Solomon to the throne of Judah. A crucial book for historians of the biblical period and for students of the Bible,I Chroniclesis to be neither accepted as a faithful narrative of the Davidic period nor dismissed as a fanciful, imaginative re-creation of that history.  It must be taken as an important clue to the biblical process.  For here we find the Bible quoting itself--sometimes directly, sometimes in paraphrase. Professor Myers meticulously analyzes important aspects of the Chronicler and his work--his method of composition, his conviction that to rebuild the nation of Israel one had to restore and strengthen her traditional religion, his significantly post-Exilic perspective.  The book also examines the vast literature on Chronicles to find what it yields toward a better understanding of the Chronicler and a fuller appreciation of his work.  Finally, it compares--in exhaustive detail--I Chronicleswith the other books in the Bible to which it is parallel.  The volume Professor Myers has produced is no less than a definitive treatment of the subject.

  • Joseph the silent. Translated from the French by Jane Wynne Saul
    BS 2458 G313

  • The mirror and the cross: Scotland and the Catholic faith
    BX 1497 S35 1960

  • French Protestantism, 1559-1562 / by Caleb Guyer Kelly
    BX 9454 K45 1918

  • The Prince of Darkness : radical evil and the power of good in history / Jeffrey Burton Russell
    BT 981 R867 1992

    The Devil, Satan, Lucifer, Mephistopheles - throughout history the Prince of Darkness, the Western world's most powerful symbol of evil, has taken many names and shapes. Jeffrey Burton Russell here chronicles the remarkable story of the Devil from antiquity to the present. While recounting how past generations have personified evil, he deepens our understanding of the ways in which people have dealt with the enduring problem of radical evil.

    After a compelling essay on the nature of evil, Russell uncovers the origins of the concept of the Devil in various early cultures and then traces its evolution in Western thought from the time of the ancient Hebrews through the first centuries of the Christian era. Next he turns to the medieval view of the Devil, focusing on images found in folklore, scholastic thought, art, literature, mysticism, and witchcraft. Finally, he follows the Devil into our own era, where he draws on examples from theology, philosophy, art, literature, and popular culture to describe the great changes in this traditional notion of evil brought about by the intellectual and cultural developments of modern times.

    Is the Devil an outmoded superstition, as most educated people today believe? Or do the horrors of the twentieth century and the specter of nuclear war make all too clear the continuing need for some vital symbol of radical evil? A single-volume distillation of Russell's epic tetralogy on the nature and personifcation of evil from ancient times to the present (published by Cornell University Press between 1977 and 1986), The Prince of Darkness invites readers to confront these and other critical questions as they explore the past faces of that figure who has been called the second most famous personage in Christianity.


  • New evangelization : good news to the poor / Leonardo Boff ; translated from the Portuguese by Robert R. Barr
    BV 3777 L3B6413 1991

  • Evangelization in the world today / edited by Norbert Greinacher and Alois Müller
    BV 3795 E933

  • Religion populaire, religion de clercs? / sous la direction de Benôit Lacroix et Jean Simard
    BX 1422 Q4 R45 1984

  • The church of the future / edited by Thierry-Marie Courau, Stefanie Knauss and Enrico Galavotti
    BV 600.3 C488 2018

  • The Korean Buddhist empire : a transnational history (1910-1945) / Hwansoo Ilmee Kim
    BQ 665 K56 2018

    In the first part of the twentieth century, Korean Buddhists, despite living under colonial rule, reconfigured sacred objects, festivals, urban temples, propagation--and even their own identities--to modernize and elevate Korean Buddhism. By focusing on six case studies, this book highlights the centrality of transnational relationships in the transformation of colonial Korean Buddhism.

    Hwansoo Ilmee Kim examines how Korean, Japanese, and other Buddhists operating in colonial Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Manchuria, and beyond participated in and were significantly influenced by transnational forces, even as Buddhists of Korea and other parts of Asia were motivated by nationalist and sectarian interests. More broadly, the cases explored in the The Korean Buddhist Empire reveal that, while Japanese Buddhism exerted the most influence, Korean Buddhism was (as Japanese Buddhism was itself) deeply influenced by developments in China, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Europe, and the United States, as well as by Christianity.


  • Approaches to the study of religion / edited by Peter Connolly
    BL 41 A66 1999

    It has been argued that religious studies is a polymethodic discipline, and that the student of religion should be familiar with the approaches of the major disciplines concerned with understanding the nature of religion, not least because the approach adopted has profound influence on the phenomena chose for investigation and the conclusions reached.This book is the first textbook, specifically designed for undergraduate students, that provides the essential background on methods of the major relevant disciplines.Presenting each of the significant approaches to religion in an informed manner, the book brings together experienced researchers from feminism, anthropology, sociology, phenomenology, psychology, philosophy, and theology. It presents a consistent approach throughout, with each chapter dealing with the same themes: the historical development of the approach, the characteristics of the approach, and the surrounding issues and debates.


  • Missions and politics in Malawi / by K. Nyamayaro Mufuka
    BV 3625 N8 M83

  • The Cambridge guide to Jewish history, religion, and culture / edited by Judith R. Baskin, Kenneth Seeskin
    BM 155.3 C36 2010eb
    The Cambridge Guide to Jewish History, Religion, and Culture is a comprehensive and engaging overview of Jewish life, from its origins in the ancient Near East to its impact on contemporary popular culture. The twenty-one essays, arranged historically and thematically, and written specially for this volume by leading scholars, examine the development of Judaism and the evolution of Jewish history and culture over many centuries and in a range of locales. They emphasize the ongoing diversity and creativity of the Jewish experience. Unlike previous anthologies, which concentrate on elite groups and expressions of a male-oriented rabbinic culture, this volume also includes the range of experiences of ordinary people and looks at the lives and achievements of women in every place and era. The many illustrations, maps, timeline, and glossary of important terms enhance this book's accessibility to students and general readers.

  • Divine powers in Late Antiquity / edited by Anna Marmodoro and Irini-Fotini Viltanioti
    BL 473 D58 2017
    Is power the essence of divinity, or are divine powers distinct from divine essence? Are they divine hypostases or are they divine attributes? Are powers such as omnipotence, omniscience, etc. modes of divine activity? How do they manifest? In which way can we apprehend them? Is there amultiplicity of gods whose powers fill the cosmos or is there only one God from whom all power(s) derive(s) and whose power(s) permeate(s) everything? These are questions that become central to philosophical and theological debates in Late Antiquity (roughly corresponding to the period 2nd to the6th centuries). On the one hand, the Pagan Neoplatonic thinkers of this era postulate a complex hierarchy of gods, whose powers express the unlimited power of the ineffable One. On the other hand, Christians proclaim the existence of only one God, one divine power or one "Lord of all powers". Divided into two main sections, the first part of Divine Powers in Late Antiquity examines aspects of the notion of divine power as developed by the four major figures of Neoplatonism: Plotinus (c. 204-270), Porphyry (c. 234-305), Iamblichus (c.245-325), and Proclus (412-485). It focuses on anaspect of the notion of divine power that has been so far relatively neglected in the literature. Part two investigates the notion of divine power in early Christian authors, from the New Testament to the Alexandrian school (Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Athanasius the Great) and, further, to theCappadocian Fathers (Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa), as well as in some of these authors' sources (the Septuagint, Philo of Alexandria). The traditional view tends to overlook the fact that the Bible, particularly the New Testament, was at least as important as Platonic philosophical texts inthe shaping of the early Christian thinking about the Church's doctrines. Whilst challenging the received interpretation by redressing the balance between the Bible and Greek philosophical texts, the essays in the second section of this book nevertheless argue for the philosophical value of earlyChristian reflections on the notion of divine power. The two groups of thinkers that each of the sections deal with (the Platonic-Pagan and the Christian one) share largely the same intellectual and cultural heritage; they are concerned with the same fundamental questions; and they often engage inmore or less public philosophical and theological dialogue, directly influencing one another.

  • Out of many faiths : religious diversity and the American promise / Eboo Patel
    BR 515 P38 2018

    A timely defense of religious diversity and its centrality to American identity

    America is the most religiously devout country in the Western world and the most religiously diverse nation on the planet. In today's volatile climate of religious conflict, prejudice, and distrust, how do we affirm the principle that the American promise is deeply intertwined with how each of us engages with people of different faiths and beliefs? Eboo Patel, former faith adviser to Barack Obama and named one of America's best leaders by U.S. News & World Report , provides answers to this timely and consequential question.

    In this inspiring and thought-provoking book, Patel draws on his personal experience as a Muslim in America to examine broader questions about the importance of religious diversity in the cultural, political, and economic life of the nation. He explores how religious language has given the United States some of its most enduring symbols and inspired many of its most vital civic institutions--and demonstrates how the genius of the American experiment lies in its empowerment of people of all creeds, ethnicities, and convictions.

    Will America's identity as a Judeo-Christian nation shift as citizens of different backgrounds grow in numbers and influence? In what ways will minority religious communities themselves change as they take root in American soil? In addressing these and other questions, Patel shows how America's promise is the guarantee of equal rights and dignity for all, and how that promise is the foundation of America's unrivaled strength as a nation. The book also includes incisive commentaries by John Inazu, Robert Jones, and Laurie Patton on American civil religion, faith and law, and the increasing number of nonreligious Americans.


  • The Egyptian myths : a guide to the ancient gods and legends / Garry J. Shaw
    BL 2441.3 S53 2014
    This survey of Egyptian mythology explores how the ancient Nile-dwellers explained the world around them. It delves into the creation and evolution of the world and the reigns of the gods on earth, before introducing us to the manifestations of Egypt's deities in the natural environment; the inventive ways in which the Egyptians dealt with the invisible forces all around them; and their beliefs about life after death.

    Through his engaging narrative, Garry Shaw guides us through the mythic adventures of such famous deities as Osiris, the god murdered by his jealous brother Seth; the magical and sometimes devious Isis, who plotted to gain the power of the sun god Re; and Horus, who defeated his uncle Seth to become king of Egypt. He also introduces us to lesser known myths, such as the rebellions against Re; Geb's quest for Re's magical wig; and the flaying of the unfortunate god Nemty. From stars and heavenly bodies sailing on boats, to the wind as manifestation of the god Shu, to gods, goddesses, ghosts, and demons--beings that could be aggressive, helpful, wise, or dangerous--Shaw goes on to explain how the Egyptians encountered the mythological in their everyday lives.


  • Christian flesh / Paul J. Griffiths
    BT 741.3 G76 2018

    A sustained and systematic theological reflection on the idea that being a Christian is, first and last, a matter of the flesh, Christian Flesh shows us what being a Christian means for fleshly existence. Depicting and analyzing what the Christian tradition has to say about the flesh of Christians in relation to that of Christ, the book shows that some kinds of fleshly activity conform well to being a Christian, while others are in tension with it. But to lead a Christian life is to be unconstrained by ordinary ethical norms. Arguing that no particular case of fleshly activity is forbidden, Paul J. Griffiths illustrates his message through extended case studies of what it is for Christians to eat, to clothe themselves, and to engage in physical intimacy.


  • The Hebrew Bible of Josephus : main features / by Étienne Nodet (École biblique, Jérusalem) ; preface by Adrian Schenker (University of Fribourg (CH))
    BS 718 N63 2018
    In his major work, the Jewish Antiquities, Josephus gives a history of his people in Greek. He begins with the Bible, and after it he collects other source till his own time. The work was published in 93, under emperor Domitian, but unfortunately the Biblical part is a paraphrase, not an accurate translation, and it has often been thought that it was merely a loose adaptation of a previous Greek translation. However, this study offers a minute comparison with other ancient Biblical texts known to us in Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek. The general conclusion is that he used only a Hebrew source, which has some af-finities with several Qumran fragments. Beyond many little details, one can see that for some books, especially Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah, the copies he used were quite differ-ent from the canonical forms.

  • Does Judaism condone violence? : holiness and ethics in the Jewish tradition / Alan L. Mittleman
    BM 538 P3 M58 2018

    A philosophical case against religious violence

    We live in an age beset by religiously inspired violence. Terms such as "holy war" are the stock-in-trade of the evening news. But what is the relationship between holiness and violence? Can acts such as murder ever truly be described as holy? In Does Judaism Condone Violence? , Alan Mittleman offers a searching philosophical investigation of such questions in the Jewish tradition. Jewish texts feature episodes of divinely inspired violence, and the position of the Jews as God's chosen people has been invoked to justify violent acts today. Are these justifications valid? Or does our understanding of the holy entail an ethic that argues against violence?

    Reconstructing the concept of the holy through a philosophical examination of biblical texts, Mittleman finds that the holy and the good are inextricably linked, and that our experience of holiness is authenticated through its moral consequences. Our understanding of the holy develops through reflection on God's creation of the natural world, and our values emerge through our relations with that world. Ultimately, Mittleman concludes, religious justifications for violence cannot be sustained.

    Lucid and incisive, Does Judaism Condone Violence? is a powerful counterargument to those who claim that the holy is irrational and amoral. With philosophical implications that extend far beyond the Jewish tradition, this book should be read by anyone concerned about the troubling connection between holiness and violence.


  • Neoliberalism's demons : on the political theology of late capital / Adam Kotsko
    BT 83.59 K68 2018

    By both its supporters and detractors, neoliberalism is usually considered an economic policy agenda. Neoliberalism's Demons argues that it is much more than that: a complete worldview, neoliberalism presents the competitive marketplace as the model for true human flourishing. And it has enjoyed great success: from the struggle for "global competitiveness" on the world stage down to our individual practices of self-branding and social networking, neoliberalism has transformed every aspect of our shared social life.

    The book explores the sources of neoliberalism's remarkable success and the roots of its current decline. Neoliberalism's appeal is its promise of freedom in the form of unfettered free choice. But that freedom is a trap: we have just enough freedom to be accountable for our failings, but not enough to create genuine change. If we choose rightly, we ratify our own exploitation. And if we choose wrongly, we are consigned to the outer darkness--and then demonized as the cause of social ills. By tracing the political and theological roots of the neoliberal concept of freedom, Adam Kotsko offers a fresh perspective, one that emphasizes the dynamics of race, gender, and sexuality. More than that, he accounts for the rise of right-wing populism, arguing that, far from breaking with the neoliberal model, it actually doubles down on neoliberalism's most destructive features.


  • Menasseh ben Israel : rabbi of Amsterdam / Steven Nadler
    BM 755 M35 N34 2018
    An illuminating biography of the great Amsterdam rabbi and celebrated popularizer of Judaism in the seventeenth century

    Menasseh ben Israel (1604-1657) was among the most accomplished and cosmopolitan rabbis of his time, and a pivotal intellectual figure in early modern Jewish history. He was one of the three rabbis of the "Portuguese Nation" in Amsterdam, a community that quickly earned renown worldwide for its mercantile and scholarly vitality.

    Born in Lisbon, Menasseh and his family were forcibly converted to Catholicism but suspected of insincerity in their new faith. To avoid the horrors of the Inquisition, they fled first to southwestern France, and then to Amsterdam, where they finally settled. Menasseh played an important role during the formative decades of one of the most vital Jewish communities of early modern Europe, and was influential through his extraordinary work as a printer and his efforts on behalf of the readmission of Jews to England. In this lively biography, Steven Nadler provides a fresh perspective on this seminal figure.

  • Historical atlas of Hasidism / Marcin Wodziński, cartography by Waldemar Spallek
    BM 198.3 W63 2018

    The first cartographic reference book on one of today's most important religious movements

    Historical Atlas of Hasidism is the very first cartographic reference book on one of the modern era's most vibrant and important mystical movements. Featuring seventy-four large-format maps and a wealth of illustrations, charts, and tables, this one-of-a-kind atlas charts Hasidism's emergence and expansion; its dynasties, courts, and prayer houses; its spread to the New World; the crisis of the two world wars and the Holocaust; and Hasidism's remarkable postwar rebirth.

    Historical Atlas of Hasidism demonstrates how geography has influenced not only the social organization of Hasidism but also its spiritual life, types of religious leadership, and cultural articulation. It focuses not only on Hasidic leaders but also on their thousands of followers living far from Hasidic centers. It examines Hasidism in its historical entirety, from its beginnings in the eighteenth century until today, and draws on extensive GIS-processed databases of historical and contemporary records to present the most complete picture yet of this thriving and diverse religious movement.

    Historical Atlas of Hasidism is visually stunning and easy to use, a magnificent resource for anyone seeking to understand Hasidism's spatial and spiritual dimensions, or indeed anybody interested in geographies of religious movements past and present.

    Provides the first cartographic interpretation of Hasidism
    Features seventy-four maps and numerous illustrations
    Covers Hasidism in its historical entirety, from its eighteenth-century origins to today
    Charts Hasidism's emergence and expansion, courts and prayer houses, modern resurgence, and much more
    Offers the first in-depth analysis of Hasidism's egalitarian--not elitist--dimensions
    Draws on extensive GIS-processed databases of historical and contemporary records

  • Abiding grace : time, modernity, death / Mark C. Taylor
    BL 65 P73 T37 2018
    Post-war, post-industrialism, post-religion, post-truth, post-biological, post-human, post-modern. What succeeds the post- age? Mark C. Taylor returns here to some of his central philosophical preoccupations and asks: What comes after the end?

    Abiding Grace navigates the competing Hegelian and Kierkegaardian trajectories born out of the Reformation and finds Taylor arguing from spaces in between, showing how both narratives have shaped recent philosophy and culture. For Hegel, Luther's internalization of faith anticipated the modern principle of autonomy, which reached its fullest expression in speculative philosophy. The closure of the Hegelian system still endures in the twenty-first century in consumer society, financial capitalism, and virtual culture. For Kierkegaard, by contrast, Luther's God remains radically transcendent, while finite human beings and their world remain fully dependent. From this insight, Heidegger and Derrida developed an alternative view of time in which a radically open future breaks into the present to transform the past, demonstrating that, far from autonomous, life is a gift from an Other that can never be known.

    Offering an alternative genealogy of deconstruction that traces its pedigree back to readings of Paul by way of Luther, Abiding Grace presents a thoroughgoing critique of modernity and postmodernity's will to power and mastery. In this new philosophical and theological vision, history is not over and the future remains endlessly open.

  • The new American Judaism : how Jews practice their religion today / Jack Wertheimer
    BM 205 W457 2018

    A leading expert provides an engaging firsthand portrait of American Judaism today

    American Judaism has been buffeted by massive social upheavals in recent decades. Like other religions in the United States, it has witnessed a decline in the number of participants over the past forty years, and many who remain active struggle to reconcile their hallowed traditions with new perspectives--from feminism and the LGBTQ movement to "do-it-yourself religion" and personally defined spirituality. Taking a fresh look at American Judaism today, Jack Wertheimer, a leading authority on the subject, sets out to discover how Jews of various orientations practice their religion in this radically altered landscape. Which observances still resonate, and which ones have been given new meaning? What options are available for seekers or those dissatisfied with conventional forms of Judaism? And how are synagogues responding?

    Wertheimer provides new and often-surprising answers to these questions by drawing on a wide range of sources, including survey data, visits to countless synagogues, and revealing interviews with more than two hundred rabbis and other informed observers. He finds that the majority of American Jews still identify with their faith but often practice it on their own terms. Meanwhile, gender barriers are loosening within religiously traditional communities, while some of the most progressive sectors are reappropriating long-discarded practices. Other recent developments include "start-ups" led by charismatic young rabbis, the explosive growth of Orthodox "outreach," and unconventional worship experiences often geared toward millennials.

    Wertheimer captures the remarkable, if at times jarring, tableaux on display when American Jews practice their religion, while also revealing possibilities for significant renewal in American Judaism. What emerges is a quintessentially American story of rash disruption and creative reinvention, religious illiteracy and dynamic experimentation.


  • God's library : the archaeology of the earliest Christian manuscripts / Brent Nongbri
    BR 62 N664 2018
    A provocative book from a highly original scholar, challenging much of what we know about early Christian manuscripts

    In this bold and groundbreaking book, Brent Nongbri provides an up-to-date introduction to the major collections of early Christian manuscripts and demonstrates that much of what we thought we knew about these books and fragments is mistaken. While biblical scholars have expended much effort in their study of the texts contained within our earliest Christian manuscripts, there has been a surprising lack of interest in thinking about these books as material objects with individual, unique histories. We have too often ignored the ways that the antiquities market obscures our knowledge of the origins of these manuscripts.

    Through painstaking archival research and detailed studies of our most important collections of early Christian manuscripts, Nongbri vividly shows how the earliest Christian books are more than just carriers of texts or samples of handwriting. They are three-dimensional archaeological artifacts with fascinating stories to tell, if we're willing to listen.

  • Vivants grâce à Dieu : comment les personnes très pauvres écoutent-elles la parole de Dieu? / François Odinet ; préface d'Enzo Bianchi
    BS 680 P47 O34 2018

  • Evangéliser dans l'espace numérique? : théologies pratiques / sous la direction de Marie-Rose Tannous, Lorraine Ste-Marie, et Pierette Daviau
    BR 99.74 E946 2018
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