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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.


  • Diffused religion : beyond secularization / Roberto Cipriani
    BL60

  • Issues in science and theology are we special?: human uniqueness in science and theology / Michael Fuller, Dirk Evers, Anne Runehov, Knut-Willy Sæther, editors
    BL240.3

  • The Palgrave handbook of the afterlife Yujin Nagasawa, Benjamin Matheson, editors
    BL535

  • Orthodox Christian renewal movements in Eastern Europe / edited by Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović, Radmila Radić
    BX310

  • Confucianism and the Chinese self re-examining Max Weber's China / Jack Barbalet
    BL1830

  • Female leaders in new religious movements Inga Bårdsen Tøllefsen, Christian Giudice, editors
    BP603

  • The care of the self in early Christian texts Deborah Niederer Saxon
    BL71

  • Animals in Tillich's philosophical theology / Abbey-Anne Smith
    BX4827.T53

    This book explores how Paul Tillich's systematic theology, focusing on the concepts of being and reason can benefit nonhuman animals, while also analysing how taking proper account of nonhuman animals can prove immensely beneficial. The author first explains the body of Tillich's system, examining reason and revelation, life and the spirit, and history and the kingdom of God. The second section undertakes a critical analysis of Tillichian concepts and their adequacy in relation to nonhuman animals, addressing topics such as Tillich's concept of 'technical reason' and the multidimensional unity of life. The author concludes by discussing the positive concepts in Tillich's systematic theology with respect to nonhuman animals and creation, including the concept of universal salvation and Tillich's interpretation of nonhuman animals and the Fall in Genesis.


  • Intersectionality, class and migration narratives of Iranian women migrants in the U.K. / Mastoureh Fathi
    BR1601.3

  • Muslim history and social theory : a global sociology of modernity / Dietrich Jung
    BP173.63

  • Islam on YouTube : online debates, protests, and extremism / Ahmed Al-Rawi
    BP185.7

  • Daoism in early China : Huang-Lao thought in light of excavated texts / Feng Cao
    BL1910

  • Anglicans, dissenters and radical change in early New England 1686-1786 James B. Bell
    BR530

  • Interfaith education for all : theoretical perspectives and best practices for transformative action / edited by Duncan R. Wielzen and Ina Ter Avest
    BL42

  • Under siege : religious freedom and the church in Canada at 150 (1867-2017) / Don Hutchinson
    BR 575 H88 2017

    Writing from the perspective of a student of life, history, law,
    politics, and theology, Don Hutchinson draws on all of these areas in
    Under Siege to offer perceptive insight into the Christian
    Church of today's Canada. The reader will receive the benefit of his
    thirty years of church leadership, Christian witness, constitutional
    law, and public policy experience to gain a practical understanding
    of how we, the Church, may cast the deciding votes on the future of
    Christianity in our constitutionally guaranteed "free and democratic
    society."

    How did we get here? What happened to "Christian" Canada? Do we
    not have Charter rights like everyone else? What does the
    Bible say?

    Many Christians sense that an advancing secularism is trying to
    force upon Canadians a culture in which faith is meant to be private.
    Hutchinson presents historic, legal, and theological grounds for us
    not to hide our faith in stained-glass closets, but instead to enter
    Canada's contested public space with confidence. Together as
    individual Christians, congregations, denominations, and para-
    congregational ministries, we are the Church in Canada. And together
    we have the capacity to impact the nation for God's good, the good of
    our neighbours, and the good of ourselves. Will we?


  • World Christianities c. 1914-c. 2000 / edited by Hugh McLeod
    BR 477 W87 2006eb

  • Reform and expansion, 1500-1660 / edited by R. Po-chia Hsia
    BR 305.3 R4 2007eb

  • Christianity in Western Europe c. 1100-c. 1500 / edited by Miri Rubin and Walter Simons
    BR 252 C475 2009eb

  • Eastern Christianity / edited by Michael Angold
    BX 290 E27 2006eb

  • Early medieval christianities, c. 600-c. 1100 / edited by Thomas F.X. Noble, Julia M.H. Smith ; assistant editor, Roberta A. Baranowski
    BR 252 E27 2008eb

  • Origins to Constantine / edited by Margaret M. Mitchell and Frances M. Young ; assistant editor, K. Scott Bowie
    BR 165 O66 2006eb

  • Enlightenment, reawakening and revolution, 1660-1815 / editors, Stewart J. Brown and Timothy Tackett
    BR 450 E55 2006eb

  • World Christianities, c.1815-c.1914 / edited by Sheridan Gilley and Brian Stanley
    BR 477 W87 2006eb

  • Constantine to c. 600 / edited by Augustine Casiday and Frederick W. Norris
    BR 200 C66 2007eb

  • Islam on YouTube : online debates, protests, and extremism / Ahmed Al-Rawi
    BP 185.7 A47 2017
    This book offers empirical insight into the way Muslims reacted online towards various controversial issues related to Islam. The book examines four cases studies: The Muhammed's cartoons, the burning of the Quran controversies, Fitna and the Innocence of Muslims' films. The issues of online religion, social movements and extremism are discussed, as many of the cases in question created both uproar and unity among many YouTubers. These case studies - in some instances - led to the expression of extremist views by some users, and the volume argues that they helped contribute to the growth of extremism due to the utilization of these events by some terrorist groups in order to recruit new members. In the concluding chapter, social network and sentiment analyses are presented in order to investigate all the collected comments and videos, while a critical discussion of freedom of expression and hate speech is offered, with special regards to the growing online influ ence of far right groups and their role in on-going YouTube debates.

  • Everyday mysticism : a contemplative community at work in the desert / Ariel Glucklich
    BL 625 G583 2017
    A scholar's experiences inside a contemplative working community in Israel's Negev desert

    In this thoughtful and enlightening work, world renowned religion scholar Ariel Glucklich recounts his experiences at Neot Smadar, an ecological and spiritual oasis that has been thriving in the arid Southern Israeli desert for a quarter century. An intentional community originally established by a group of young professionals who abandoned urban life to found a school for the study of the self, Neot Smadar has thrived by putting ancient Buddhist and Hindu ideas into everyday practice as ways of living and working. Glucklich provides a fascinating detailed portrait of a dynamic farming community that runs on principles of spiritual contemplation and mindfulness, thereby creating a working environment that is highly ethical and nurturing. His study serves as a gentle invitation to join the world of mindful work, and to gain a new understanding of a unique form of mystical insight that exists without exoticism.

  • A letter concerning toleration / by John Locke ; translated by William Popple
    BR 1610 L8 2011
    An Unabridged Edition with footnotes to include the 'Farewell' and a Chronology of the Author at Book's End.

  • 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

  • Escaping from fundamentalism / James Barr
    BS 480 B354 1984
    This is a pastoral rather than a controversial book. Its main aim is not to show fundamentalists that they are wrong, but rather to help those who have grown up in the world of fundamentalism or have become committed to it but in the end have come to feel that it is a prison from which they must escape.

  • 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

  • Sufism : a new history of Islamic mysticism / Alexander Knysh
    BP 189 K695 2017

    A pathbreaking history of Sufism, from the earliest centuries of Islam to the present

    After centuries as the most important ascetic-mystical strand of Islam, Sufism saw a sharp decline in the twentieth century, only to experience a stunning revival in recent decades. In this comprehensive new history of Sufism from the earliest centuries of Islam to today, Alexander Knysh, a leading expert on the subject, reveals the tradition in all its richness.

    Knysh explores how Sufism has been viewed by both insiders and outsiders since its inception. He examines the key aspects of Sufism, from definitions and discourses to leadership, institutions, and practices. He devotes special attention to Sufi approaches to the Qur'an, drawing parallels with similar uses of scripture in Judaism and Christianity. He traces how Sufism grew from a set of simple moral-ethical precepts into a sophisticated tradition with professional Sufi masters ( shaykhs ) who became powerful players in Muslim public life but whose authority was challenged by those advocating the equality of all Muslims before God. Knysh also examines the roots of the ongoing conflict between the Sufis and their fundamentalist critics, the Salafis--a major fact of Muslim life today.

    Based on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, Sufism is an indispensable account of a vital aspect of Islam.


  • The new cosmic story : inside our awakening universe / John F. Haught
    BL 240.3 H383 2017
    A foremost thinker on science and religion argues that an adequate understanding of cosmic history requires attention to the emergence of interiority, including religious aspiration

    Over the past two centuries scientific advances have made it clear that the universe is a story still unfolding. In this thought-provoking book, John F. Haught considers the deeper implications of this discovery. He contends that many others who have written books on life and the universe--including Stephen Hawking, Stephen Jay Gould, and Richard Dawkins--have overlooked a crucial aspect of cosmic history: the drama of life's awakening to interiority and religious awareness. Science may illuminate the outside story of the universe, but a full telling of the cosmic story cannot ignore the inside development that interiority represents.

    Haught addresses two primary questions: what does the arrival of religion tell us about the universe, and what does our understanding of the cosmos as an unfinished drama tell us about religion? The history of religion may be ambiguous and sometimes even barbarous, he asserts, but its role in the story of cosmic emergence and awakening must be taken into account.

  • 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

  • Passover / written by Grace Jones ; designed by Matt Rumbelow
    BM 695 P3 J66 2016
    Covers Judaism, the story of Passover, cleaning the house, festive food, the Seder, and more.

  • Eid al-Adha / written by Grace Jones
    BP 186.6 J66 2017
    Covers Islam, the story of Eid al-Adha, The Hajj, prayer and worship, gifts and charity, festive food, and more.

  • A child's first book of prayers / Deloris M. Jordan ; illustrated by Shadra Strickland
    BV 265 J87 2010
    From the coauthor of Salt in His Shoes Deloris Jordan comes a comforting book of prayers collected from faiths and cultures all over the world.

    From cultures and countries near and far, this collection of more than twenty poems and prayers selected especially to share with children affirms the wonder and beauty of all things great and small in our world. Whether it be the flowers in spring, the wind and the rain, the wide sunset sky or friends and family who we hold dear, there are many reasons to give thanks for the world we live in.

  • The lost history of Christianity : the thousand-year golden age of the church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia- and how it died / Philip Jenkins
    BR 165 J52 2008
    "Jenkins is one ofAmerica's top religious scholars."
    -- Forbes magazine

    The Lost History of Christianity by Philip Jenkins offers a revolutionary view of the history of the Christian church. Subtitled "The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia--and How It Died," it explores the extinction of the earliest, most influential Christian churches of China, India, and the Middle East, which held the closest historical links to Jesus and were the dominant expression of Christianity throughout its first millennium. The remarkable true story of the demise of the institution that shaped bothAsiaand Christianity as we know them today, The Lost History of Christianity is a controversial and important work of religious scholarship that sounds a warning that must be heeded.


  • The Romanian Orthodox Church and the Holocaust / Ion Popa
    BX 693 P67 2017

    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.


  • 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.

  • The New Testament : a translation / David Bentley Hart
    BS 2095 H86 2017
    From one of our most celebrated writers on religion comes this fresh, bold, and unsettling new translation of the New Testament

    David Bentley Hart undertook this new translation of the New Testament in the spirit of "etsi doctrina non daretur," "as if doctrine is not given." Reproducing the texts' often fragmentary formulations without augmentation or correction, he has produced a pitilessly literal translation, one that captures the texts' impenetrability and unfinished quality while awakening readers to an uncanniness that often lies hidden beneath doctrinal layers.

    The early Christians' sometimes raw, astonished, and halting prose challenges the idea that the New Testament affirms the kind of people we are. Hart reminds us that they were a company of extremists, radical in their rejection of the values and priorities of society not only at its most degenerate, but often at its most reasonable and decent. "To live as the New Testament language requires," he writes, "Christians would have to become strangers and sojourners on the earth, to have here no enduring city, to belong to a Kingdom truly not of this world. And we surely cannot do that, can we?"

  • God and government : Martin Luther's political thought / Jarrett A. Carty
    BR 333.5 P6 C37 2017
    Martin Luther (1483-1546) famously began the Reformation, a movement that shook Europe with religious schism and social upheaval. While his Ninety-Five Theses and other theological works have received centuries of scrutiny and recognition, his political writings have traditionally been dismissed as inconsistent or incoherent. God and Government focuses on Luther's interpretations of theology and the Bible, the historical context of the Reformation, and a wide range of writings that have been misread or misappropriated. Re-contextualizing and clarifying Luther's political ideas, Jarrett Carty contends that the political writings are best understood through Luther's "two kingdoms" teaching, in which human beings are at once subjects of a spiritual inner kingdom, and another temporal outer kingdom. Focusing on Luther's interpretations of theology and the Bible, the historical context of the Reformation, and a wide range of writings that have been misread or ignored, Carty traces how Luther applied political theories to the most difficult challenges of the Reformation, such as the Peasants' War of 1525 and the Protestant resistance against the Holy Roman Empire, as well as social changes and educational reforms. The book further compares Luther's political thought to that of Protestant and Catholic political reformers of the sixteenth century. Intersecting scholarship from political theory, religious studies, history, and theology, God and Government offers a comprehensive look at Martin Luther's political thought across his career and writings.

  • 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 Islamophobia, an idea that has become the handmaiden of imperialism. Islamophobia examines the current backlash within the context of anti-Islamic origins, in the historic relationship between East and West.'

  • 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.


  • Catholic education in the wake of Vatican II / edited by Rosa Bruno-Jofré and Jon Igelmo Zaldívar
    BX 895 C38 2017

    The Second Vatican Council (Vatican II), called by Pope John XXIII in 1959, produced sixteen documents that outlined the Church's attempts to meet increasing calls for modernization in the wake of social and cultural changes that were taking place in the twentieth century.

    Catholic Education in the Wake of Vatican II is the first work dedicated to the effects of the Second Vatican Council on catholic education in various national and cultural contexts. These original pieces, grounded in archival research, explore the social, political, and economic repercussions of Catholic educational changes in Canada, Europe, and South America. The volume provides insightful analysis of many issues including the tensions between Catholicism and Indigenous education in Canada, the secularization of curriculum in the Catholic classroom, Church-State relations and more. The contributors reveal the tensions between doctrinal faith and socio-economic structures of privilege found within the Church and introduces the reader to complex political interactions within the Church itself in the midst of a rapid era of secularization.


  • 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 self-contained 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.

  • 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.

  • Everyday sacred : religion in contemporary Quebec / edited by Hillary Kaell
    BL 2530 C3 E94 2017
    Over the last decade there has been ongoing discussion about the place of religion in Qu#65533;b#65533;cois society, particularly following the proposed Charter of Quebec Values in 2013. The essays in Everyday Sacred emerged from this active and often tense period of debate. Revitalizing an awareness of how people encounter, create, and employ religion in everyday life, contributors to this volume explore communities' networks of beliefs, traditions, and relationships. Through broad comparisons beyond the Quebec context, contributors look at African Pentecostal congregations, an Iraqi Jewish community in Montreal, a rural Catholic parish on the Saint Lawrence River, and Tewehikan drumming in Wemotaci. They also examine wayside crosses, places of pilgrimage and devotion, debates on the regulation of the hijab, and the place of Montreal Spiritualists and transhumanists in the religious landscape. Seeking a holistic definition of Qu#65533;b#65533;cois religion, Everyday Sacred considers religious and secular identity, pluralism, the bodily and material aspects of religion, the impact of gender on community and the public sphere, and the rise of hybridity, sociality, and new technologies in transnational and online networks, in order to uncover the transmission of practices and beliefs from one generation to another. Disrupting familiar dichotomies between Catholicism and other religions, "founders" and immigrants, new religious movements and traditional institutions, Everyday Sacred marks the beginning of a sustained conversation on contemporary religion in Quebec, both inside and outside of the province. Contributors include: Emma Anderson (University of Ottawa), Randall Balmer (Dartmouth College), H#65533;l#65533;ne Charron (Universit#65533; Laval), Elysia Guzik (University of Toronto), Laurent J#65533;r#65533;me (Universit#65533; du Qu#65533;bec #65533; Montr#65533;al), Norma B. Joseph (Concordia University), Cory Andrew Labrecque (Universit#65533; Laval), Deirdre Meintel (Universit#65533; de Montr#65533;al), G#65533;raldine Mossi#65533;re (Universit#65533; de Montr#65533;al), Fr#65533;d#65533;ric Parent (Universit#65533; de Qu#65533;bec #65533; Montr#65533;al), Meena Sharify-Funk (Wilfrid Laurier University).

  • 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.
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