February New Religion books
Religionen und der globale Wandel: Politik, Wirtschaft, Bildung
Religionen und der globale Wandel: Politik, Wirtschaft, Bildung: BL65.G55 R4525 2019
Author(s): Reinhold Mokrosch, Habib El Mallouki
Stuttgart : Verlag W Kohlhammer 2019.
Religionsgemeinschaften befinden sich im Umbruch: Säkularisierung, Pluralisierung, Digitalisierung, Globalisierung und Ökonomisierung fast aller Lebensbereiche, Migration und Flucht vor Krieg und mentaler Not haben zu Veränderungen im Bewusstsein religiöser und nicht-religiöser Menschen geführt. Weiterhin wachsen neue Formen von Esoterik und Spiritualität, die neben den traditionellen, institutionalisierten Religionsformen öffentlich sichtbarer werden. Und der neue pluralitätskritische Populismus fördert Abgrenzung, Ausgrenzung, Rassismus und Nationalismus. Wie reagieren Religionen besonders in den Bereichen Politik, Wirtschaft und Bildung hierauf? Personen aus verschiedenen Religionsgemeinschaften beziehen in diesem Band Stellung und treten in einen Dialog ein.
Religious Materiality in the Early Modern World
Religious Materiality in the Early Modern World: BL603 .R45 2019
Author(s): Suzanna Ivanic, Mary Laven, Andrew Morrall
Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press 
This collection of essays offers a comparative perspective on religious materiality across the early modern world. Setting out from the premise that artefacts can provide material evidence of the nature of early modern religious practices and beliefs, the volume tests and challenges conventional narratives of change based on textual sources. Religious Materiality brings together scholars of Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Islamic and Buddhist practices from a range of fields, including history, art history, museum curatorship and social anthropology. The result is an unprecedented account of the wealth and diversity of devotional objects and environments, with a strong emphasis on cultural encounters, connections and exchanges.
Religious Dissent in Late Antiquity, 350-450
Religious Dissent in Late Antiquity, 350-450: BL805 .K34 2020
Author(s): Maijastina Kahlos
New York, NY : Oxford University Press 
Religious Dissent in Late Antiquity reconsiders the religious history of the late Roman Empire, focusing on the shifting position of dissenting religious groups - conventionally called "pagans" and "heretics". The period from the mid-fourth century until the mid-fifth century CE witnessed asignificant transformation of late Roman society and a gradual shift from the world of polytheistic religions into the Christian Empire.This book challenges the many straightforward melodramatic narratives of the Christianisation of the Roman Empire, still prevalent both in academic research and in popular non-fiction works. Religious Dissent in Late Antiquity demonstrates that the narrative is much more nuanced than the simpleChristian triumph over the classical world. It looks at everyday life, economic aspects, day-to-day practices, and conflicts of interest in the relations of religious groups.Religious Dissent in Late Antiquity addresses two aspects: rhetoric and realities, and consequently, delves into the interplay between the manifest ideologies and daily life found in late antique sources. It is a detailed analysis of selected themes and a close reading of selected texts, tracing keyelements and developments in the treatment of dissident religious groups. The book focuses on specific themes, such as the limits of imperial legislation and ecclesiastical control, the end of sacrifices, and the label of magic. Religious Dissent in Late Antiquity examines the ways in whichdissident religious groups were construed as religious outsiders, but also explores local rituals and beliefs in late Roman society as creative applications and expressions of the infinite range of human inventiveness.
Essays in Hindu Theology
Essays in Hindu Theology: BL1212.76 .R363 2019
Author(s): Anantanand Rambachan
Minneapolis, MN : Fortress Press 
This work offers a series of theological explorations into questions of both contemporary and enduring interest in the Hindu tradition. These reflections build dialogical bridges with other religious traditions around matters of shared concern, including the nature of theology, vocation, social justice, nationalism, and violence and non-violence. In exploring these issues, Rambachan draws deeply from authoritative Hindu sources and offers an interpretation of the Hindu tradition to meet the challenges of the modern world.
Yoga in Britain: Stretching Spirituality and Educating Yogis
Yoga in Britain: Stretching Spirituality and Educating Yogis: BL1238.52 .N49 2019
Author(s): Suzanne Newcombe
Sheffield, South Yorkshire ; Equinox Publishing Ltd 2019.
Yoga in Britain reveals how yoga came to be an accepted, mainstream activity. In mid-twentieth century Britain, yoga transformed from an esoteric concept into a something that could be taught in to middle-class women in adult education classes. Much of the popularization of yoga in this context was seen in terms of being a source of potential public benefit in promoting physical health and wellbeing. Yoga was also widely acknowledged to offer an opportunity for spiritual exploration, but largely as a private, highly individual concern. Using extensive archival evidence and oral history interviews, the book stresses the importance of adult educational structures in how yoga was popularized in twentieth century Britain. It argues that this context is crucial in understanding the contemporary popularity of yoga globally.
Chaitanya: A Life and Legacy
Chaitanya: A Life and Legacy: BL1285.392.C53 S42 2019
Author(s): Amiya P. Sen
New Delhi : Oxford University Press 2019.
This is a short but critical attempt at historically reconstructing the life and times of the Hindu-Vaishnava mystic, Chaitanya, as also of the ways in which posterity perceived and appropriated him and his message in a variety of ways. It is thus that I try and link a life to its complex but enduring legacy.
The Tekenu and Ancient Egyptian Funerary Ritual
The Tekenu and Ancient Egyptian Funerary Ritual: BL2450.F8 W47 2019
Author(s): Glennise West
Summertown, Oxford : Archaeopress Publishing Ltd 
Attested from the Fifth Dynasty until, and including, the Saite Period, the Tekenu is a puzzling icon depicted within funerary scenes in the tombs of some ancient Egyptian nobles. In this work four distinct types of Tekenu are identified and classified and then a Corpus Catalogue is formed.
Periodizing Secularization: Religious Allegiance and Attendance in Britain, 1880-1945
Periodizing Secularization: Religious Allegiance and Attendance in Britain, 1880-1945: BL2747.8 .F54 2019
Author(s): Clive D. Field
Oxford ; Oxford University Press 2019.
Moving beyond the (now somewhat tired) debates about secularization as paradigm, theory, or master narrative, Periodizing Secularization focuses upon the empirical evidence for secularization, viewed in its descriptive sense as the waning social influence of religion, in Britain. Particular emphasis is attached to the two key performance indicators of religious allegiance and churchgoing, each subsuming several sub-indicators, between 1880 and 1945, including the first substantive account of secularization during the fin de siecle. A wide range of primary sources is deployed, many of them relatively or entirely unknown, and with due regard to their methodological and interpretative challenges. On the back of them, a cross-cutting statistical measure of 'active church adherence' is devised, which clearly shows how secularization has been a reality and a gradual, not revolutionary, process. The most likely causes of secularization were an incremental demise of a Sabbatarian culture (coupled with the associated emergence of new leisure opportunities and transport links) and of religious socialization (in the church, at home, and in the school). The analysis is also extended backwards, to include a summary of developments during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; and laterally, to incorporate a preliminary evaluation of a six-dimensional model of 'diffusive religion', demonstrating that these alternative performance indicators have hitherto failed to prove that secularization has not occurred. The book is designed as a prequel to the author's previous volumes on the chronology of British secularization - Britain's Last Religious Revival? (2015) and Secularization in the Long 1960s (2017). Together, they offer a holistic picture of religious transformation in Britain during the key secularizing century of 1880-1980.
Waste Not: A Jewish Environmental Ethic
Waste Not: A Jewish Environmental Ethic: BM538.H85 Y67 2019
Author(s): Tanhum S. Yoreh
Albany : State University of New York Press 
Traces the development of bal tashḥit, the Jewish prohibition against wastefulness and destruction, from its biblical origins to the contemporary environmental movement. Bal tashḥit, the Jewish prohibition against wastefulness and destruction, is considered to be an ecological ethical principle by contemporary Jewish environmentalists. Waste Not provides a comprehensive intellectual history of this concept, charting its evolution from the Bible through classical rabbinic literature, commentaries, codes of law, responsa, and the works of modern environmentalists. Tanhum S. Yoreh uses the methodology of tradition histories to identify pivotal moments in the development of the prohibition—in particular, its transition into an economic framework. He finds that bal tashḥit’s earliest stages of conceptualization connect the prohibition against wastefulness with avoidance of self-harm. This connection is commonplace within contemporary environmental thought and a universalizing Jewish principle with important contributions to be made to Jewish and general societal ecological discourse. Yoreh’s narrative provides a foundation for understanding bal tashḥit as an environmental ethic for today and tomorrow. “The book’s argument, well grounded as it is in firm textual evidence, displays a sound familiarity with rabbinic sources and communicates it in a manner suitable for readers whose familiarity with those sources may vary. There is a drama implicit in the presentation, having to do with the religiously and environmentally pressing question of how Jewish sources show up under close historical and environmental examination.” — Martin D. Yaffe, University of North Texas
May the Angels Carry You: Jewish Prayers and Meditations for the Deathbed
May the Angels Carry You: Jewish Prayers and Meditations for the Deathbed: BM635 .R374 2016
Author(s): Simcha Paull Raphael
Boulder, Colorado : Albion Andalus 2016.
"In this book of deathbed prayers and meditations, Dr. Simcha Paull Raphael provides us with powerful insights into Jewish tradition. His look at the role and power of prayer as life ebbs provides the reader with a foundation for comfort, compassion and caring that links us with a sense of the sacred. His desire to have us ritually engaged with life's last passage serves as a practical tool for the mysterious journey at the end of life. May The Angels Carry You guides one's soul with a sense of dignity and celebration of the gift that is our life." --Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min, Director, Jewish Sacred Aging "This book is a required resource for any family member, friend, clinician who wishes to offer a breadth of prayers and blessings, and stories for Jewish families and patients. May the Angels Carry You is a gift of compassion. May these teachings of love, tenderness and connection nourish you and flourish in the world." --Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, Co-Editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End of Life Care "Once again, Dr. Simcha Paull Raphael, has mapped the worlds of mystery providing a guide for attending to others and for our own preparation for what is inevitable. May the Angels Carry You is another contribution as we bring the essential conversation out of the shadows so that we end the denial of death that keeps us from living fully." --Rabbi Anne Brener, LCSW, author of Mourning and Mitzvah: A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourner's Path
Living and Dying in Ancient Times: Death, Burial, and Mourning in Biblical Tradition
Living and Dying in Ancient Times: Death, Burial, and Mourning in Biblical Tradition: BM712 .R36 2015
Author(s): Simcha Paull Raphael
Boulder, Colorado : Albion-Andalus Inc ©
"In this brilliantly researched and clearly articulated treatise, Simcha Paull Raphael takes us on a journey into our ancient past and gives us back our instinctual capacity to understand and do honor to end of life experience and practice. This is one aspect of the human experience which does not beg to be improved upon with technological advances, but rather to be restored to the realms of mystery and intuition." - Rabbi Nadya Gross, Co-Director of Programs, Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal "Simcha Paull Raphael combines over three decades of therapeutic experience with careful readings of biblical texts to produce a well-crafted book that brings ancient insights into our own contemporary questions about death and dying." - Tamar Kamionkowski, Ph.D., Professor of Biblical Studies, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College "Those already familiar with Simcha Paull Raphael's classic study Jewish Views of the Afterlife will welcome this insightful essay that almost reads as a prerequisite to his previous work. Here the author presents a dual perspective, both historical and contemporary, and guides the reader through a fascinating maze of biblical and midrashic texts rigorously scrutinized and analysed. Living and Dying in Ancient Times demonstrates that the ancient texts of Biblical tradition provide a valuable source of reflection on the reality of death and dying in our own world." - Jean Ouellette, Ph.D., Etudes Juives, Universite de Montreal"
The Qur'an and Kerygma: Christian Readings and Literary Renditions from Late Antiquity to Postmodernity
The Qur'an and Kerygma: Christian Readings and Literary Renditions from Late Antiquity to Postmodernity: BP134.B4 E35 2019
Author(s): Jeffrey Einboden
Sheffield, UK ; Equinox 
The Qur'an's biblical foregrounds have long formed a controversial concern within Qur'anic Studies, with field-leading scholars debating the Muslim scripture's complex relationship and response to the Judeo-Christian canon. This contentious subject has largely overshadowed, however, a reciprocal, yet no less rich, question which motivates the present study. Rather than read the Muslim scripture in light of its biblical antecedents, The Qur'an & Kerygma adopts the inverse approach, situating the Qur'an as itself the formative foreground to Western literary innovation and biblical exegesis, stretching from late antiquity in the 9th century to postmodernity in the 20th. The book argues, in particular, that Qur'anic readings and renditions have provoked and paralleled key developments in the Christian canon and its critique, catalyzing pivotal acts of authorship and interpretation which have creatively contoured the language and legacy of biblical kerygma. Structured chronologically, the study's span of more than a millennium is sustained by its specific concentration on four case studies selected from representative areas and eras, exploring innovative translations and interpretations of the Qur'an authored by Christian literati from 9th-century Andalucia to 20th-century North America. Mirroring its subject matter, the book engages a literary critical approach, offering close-readings of targeted texts frequently neglected and never before synthesized in a single study, highlighting the stylistic, as well as spiritual, influence on Western authors exercised by Islamic writ.
Defending Muḥammad in Modernity
Defending Muḥammad in Modernity: BP166.14.B37 T37 2020
Author(s): SherAli Tareen
Notre Dame, Indiana : University of Notre Dame Press 
In this groundbreaking study, SherAli Tareen presents the most comprehensive and theoretically engaged work to date on what is arguably the most long-running, complex, and contentious dispute in modern Islam: the Barelvī-Deobandī polemic. The Barelvī and Deobandī groups are two normative orientations/reform movements with beginnings in colonial South Asia. Almost two hundred years separate the beginnings of this polemic from the present. Its specter, however, continues to haunt the religious sensibilities of postcolonial South Asian Muslims in profound ways, both in the region and in diaspora communities around the world. Defending Muḥammad in Modernity challenges the commonplace tendency to view such moments of intra-Muslim contest through the prism of problematic yet powerful liberal secular binaries like legal/mystical, moderate/extremist, and reformist/traditionalist. Tareen argues that the Barelvī-Deobandī polemic was instead animated by what he calls “competing political theologies” that articulated—during a moment in Indian Muslim history marked by the loss and crisis of political sovereignty—contrasting visions of the normative relationship between divine sovereignty, prophetic charisma, and the practice of everyday life. Based on the close reading of previously unexplored print and manuscript sources in Arabic, Persian, and Urdu spanning the late eighteenth and the entirety of the nineteenth century, this book intervenes in and integrates the often-disparate fields of religious studies, Islamic studies, South Asian studies, critical secularism studies, and political theology.
Militant Jihadism: Today and Tomorrow
Militant Jihadism: Today and Tomorrow: BP190.5.T47 M55 2019
Author(s): Serafettin Pektas, Johan Leman
Leuven (Belgium) : Leuven University Press 2019.
Scholarly analysis of evolving jihadist organisation, strategies, and operation Jihadist militants keep being a global threat. Many observers suggest that a transformation is likely to happen in their organisation, operation, mobilisation, and recruitment strategies, particularly after the territorial decline of the “Caliphate” of the “Islamic State.” This volume explores different aspects of the future trajectories of militant jihadism and the prospective transformation of this movement in and around Europe. The authors analyse the changing jihadist landscape and networks, and the societal challenges posed by both returned foreign terrorist fighters and those who have not returned to their countries of origin. Other topics of discussion are cyber jihadism, jihadist financing, women's position in and relevance for contemporary jihadism, the role of prisons in relation to radicalisation and militancy, and the changing theological dynamics. Based on recent empirical research, Militant Jihadism offers a solid scholarly contribution to various disciplines that study violence, terrorism, security, and extremism.
The Kizilbash-Alevis in Ottoman Anatolia: Sufism, Politics and Community
The Kizilbash-Alevis in Ottoman Anatolia: Sufism, Politics and Community: BP195.A74 K373 2020
Author(s): Ayfer Karakaya-Stump
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press 
The Kizilbash were at once key players in and the foremost victims of the Ottoman-Safavid conflict that defined the early modern Middle East. Today referred to as Alevis, they constitute the second largest faith community in modern Turkey, with smaller pockets of related groups in the Balkans. Yet several aspects of their history remain little understood or explored. This first comprehensive socio-political history of the Kizilbash/Alevi communities uses a recently surfaced corpus of sources generated within their milieu. It offers fresh answers to many questions concerning their origins and evolution from a revolutionary movement to an inward-looking religious order.
Those Who Know Don't Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement, and the Carceral State
Those Who Know Don't Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement, and the Carceral State: BP221 .F45 2020
Author(s): Garrett Felber
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press 
Challenging incarceration and policing was central to the postwar Black Freedom Movement. In this bold new political and intellectual history of the Nation of Islam, Garrett Felber centers the Nation in the Civil Rights Era and the making of the modern carceral state. In doing so, he reveals a multifaceted freedom struggle that focused as much on policing and prisons as on school desegregation and voting rights. The book examines efforts to build broad-based grassroots coalitions among liberals, radicals, and nationalists to oppose the carceral state and struggle for local Black self-determination. It captures the ambiguous place of the Nation of Islam specifically, and Black nationalist organizing more broadly, during an era which has come to be defined by nonviolent resistance, desegregation campaigns, and racial liberalism. By provocatively documenting the interplay between law enforcement and Muslim communities, Felber decisively shows how state repression and Muslim organizing laid the groundwork for the modern carceral state and the contemporary prison abolition movement which opposes it. Exhaustively researched, the book illuminates new sites and forms of political struggle as Muslims prayed under surveillance in prison yards and used courtroom political theater to put the state on trial. This history captures familiar figures in new ways--Malcolm X the courtroom lawyer and A. Philip Randolph the Harlem coalition builder--while highlighting the forgotten organizing of rank-and-file activists in prisons such as Martin Sostre. This definitive account is an urgent reminder that Islamophobia, state surveillance, and police violence have deep roots in the state repression of Black communities during the mid-20th century.
Imagining the East: The Early Theosophical Society
Imagining the East: The Early Theosophical Society: BP540 .I64 2020
Author(s): Erik Sand
New York, NY : Oxford University Press 
The Theosophical Society (est. 1875 in New York by H. P. Blavatsky, H. S. Olcott and others) is increasingly becoming recognized for its influential role in shaping the alternative new religious and cultural landscape of the late nineteenth and the twentieth century, especially as an early promoter of interest in Indian and Tibetan religions and philosophies. Despite this increasing awareness, many of the central questions relating to the early Theosophical Society and the East remain largely unexplored. This book is the first scholarly anthology dedicated to this topic. It offers many new details about the study of Theosophy in the history of modern religions and Western esotericism. The essays in Imagining the East explore how Theosophists during the formative period understood the East and those of its people with whom they came into contact. The authors examine the relationship of the theosophical approach with orientalism and aspects of the history of ideas, politics, and culture at large and discuss how these esoteric or theosophical representations mirrored conditions and values current in nineteenth-century mainstream intellectual culture. The essays also look at how the early Theosophical Society's imagining of the East differed from mainstream 'orientalism' and how the Theosophical Society's mission in India was distinct from that of British colonialism and Christian missionaries.
Reasons and Lives in Buddhist Traditions: Studies in Honor of Matthew Kapstein
Reasons and Lives in Buddhist Traditions: Studies in Honor of Matthew Kapstein: BQ120 .R43 2019
Author(s): Dan Arnold, Cécile Ducher Ducher, Pierre-Julien Harter
Somerville, MA : Wisdom Publications Inc 
The celebrated career of a venerated scholar inspires incisive new contributions to the field of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism. Particularly known for his groundbreaking and influential work in Tibetan studies, Matthew Kapstein is a true polymath in Buddhist and Asian studies more generally; possessing unsurpassed knowledge of Tibetan culture and civilization, he is also deeply grounded in Sanskrit and Indology, and his highly accomplished work in these cultural and civilizational areas has exemplified a whole range of disciplinary perspectives. Reflecting something of the astonishing range of Matthew Kapstein’s work and interests, this collection of essays pays tribute to a luminary in the field by exemplifying some of the diverse work in Buddhist and Asian studies that has been impacted by his scholarship and teaching. Engaging matters as diverse as the legal foundations of Tibetan religious thought, the teaching careers of modern Chinese Buddhists, the history of Bhutan, and the hermeneutical insights of Vasubandhu, these essays by students and colleagues of Matthew Kapstein are offered as testament to a singular scholar and teacher whose wide-ranging work is unified by a rare intellectual selflessness.
Buddha Mind - Christ Mind: A Christian Commentary on the Bodhicaryavatara
Buddha Mind - Christ Mind: A Christian Commentary on the Bodhicaryavatara: BQ3147 .S36 2019
Author(s): Perry Schmidt-Leukel
Leuven Peeters 2019.
The Bodhicaryavatara ("Entering the Course towards Awakening") is an Indian Mahayana Buddhist companion to the path of a Bodhisattva, someone motivated by the altruistic "spirit of awakening". Unlike many other Buddhist scriptures, much of this text is written in the very touching form of personal reflections. Despite its late composition (7th-8th cent. CE), the Bodhicaryavatara quickly gained widespread recognition and high appraisal in various parts of the Buddhist world and even beyond. Today it is one of the most widely translated Buddhist texts. The 14th Dalai Lama has emphasized the special impact of this scripture on his own spirituality, and a number of Western scholars have praised it as a true gem among the world's religious classics. After many commentaries by Buddhist scholars throughout the centuries, this is the first commentary from a Christian perspective, exploring the deep resonances between the "spirit of awakening" and the "spirit of Christ".
The Other Emptiness: Rethinking the Zhentong Buddhist Discourse in Tibet
The Other Emptiness: Rethinking the Zhentong Buddhist Discourse in Tibet: BQ4275 .O58 2019
Author(s): Michael R. Sheehy , Klaus-Dieter Mathes
Albany : State University of New York Press 
Presents a new vision of the Buddhist history and philosophy of emptiness in Tibet. This book brings together perspectives of leading international Tibetan studies scholars on the subject of zhentong or “other-emptiness.” Defined as the emptiness of everything other than the continuous luminous awareness that is one’s own enlightened nature, this distinctive philosophical and contemplative presentation of emptiness is quite different from rangtong—emptiness that lacks independent existence, which has had a strong influence on the dissemination of Buddhist philosophy in the West. Important topics are addressed, including the history, literature, and philosophy of emptiness that have contributed to zhentong thinking in Tibet from the thirteenth century until today. The contributors examine a wide range of views on zhentong from each of the major orders of Tibetan Buddhism, highlighting the key Tibetan thinkers in the zhentong philosophical tradition. Also discussed are the early formulations of buddhanature, interpretations of cosmic time, polemical debates about emptiness in Tibet, the zhentong view of contemplation, and creative innovations of thought in Tibetan Buddhism. Highly accessible and informative, this book can be used as a scholarly resource as well as a textbook for teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on Buddhist philosophy. “The book contains extremely interesting material and makes a valuable contribution to the study of Tibetan Buddhism. It will be appreciated by those interested in the development of one of the important and yet understudied of its traditions, the other emptiness tradition.” — Georges B. J. Dreyfus, coeditor of The Svātantrika-Prāsaṅgika Distinction: What Difference Does a Difference Make?
Buddhism and Medicine: An Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Sources
Buddhism and Medicine: An Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Sources: BQ4570.M4 B83 2020
Author(s): C. Pierce Salguero
New York : Columbia University Press 
Over the centuries, Buddhist ideas have influenced medical thought and practice in complex and varied ways in diverse regions and cultures. A companion to Buddhism and Medicine: An Anthology of Premodern Sources, this work presents a collection of modern and contemporary texts and conversations from across the Buddhist world dealing with the multifaceted relationship between Buddhism and medicine. Covering the early modern period to the present, this anthology focuses on the many ways Buddhism and medicine were shaped by the forces of colonialism, science, and globalization, as well as ruptures and reconciliations between tradition and modernity. Editor C. Pierce Salguero and an international collection of scholars highlight diversity and innovation in the encounters between Buddhist and medical thought. The chapters contain a wide range of sources presenting different perspectives rooted in distinct times and places, including translations of published and unpublished documents and transcripts of ethnographic interviews as well as accounts by missionaries and colonial authorities and materials from the contemporary United States and United Kingdom. Together, these varied sources illustrate the many intersections of Buddhism and medicine in the past and how this nexus continues to be crucial in today’s global context.
The Essence of the Vast and Profound: A Commentary on Je Tsongkhapa's Middle-Length Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment
The Essence of the Vast and Profound: A Commentary on Je Tsongkhapa's Middle-Length Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment: BQ7950.T754 L34437 2019
Author(s): Pabongkha Rinpoche
Somerville, MA : Wisdom Publications 
A beloved teacher’s explanation of the path to enlightenment in its first-ever English translation. Pabongkha Rinpoche is renowned as one of the greatest and most charismatic contemporary teachers of Tibetan Buddhism. Both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, the junior and senior tutors of the 14th Dalai Lama, accounted him as their root guru. Giving explanations of the stages of the path to enlightenment (lamrim) was considered one of his greatest talents—often thousands of students would come to hear his teachings—and with The Essence of the Vast and Profound the English-speaking reader can experience this firsthand. Drawn from teachings given over the course of thirty-six days in 1934 in Tibet’s capital city of Lhasa, The Essence of the Vast and Profound masterfully weaves together Tsongkhapa’s Middle-Length Exposition on the Stage of the Path to Enlightenment, the Second Panchen Lama’s Swift Path, and the Third Dalai Lama’s Essence of Refined Gold. Rinpoche offers wise and compassionate guidance on such crucial subjects as how to rely on a spiritual teacher, how to develop certainty on the path, what it means to take refuge, how to understand karma, and the importance of compassion—explaining the entire spectrum of the Buddhist path, and also inspiring the reader to follow it. The Essence of the Vast and Profound will soon find its place as one of the greatest lamrim commentaries ever given.
Tsongkhapa: A Buddha in the Land of Snows
Tsongkhapa: A Buddha in the Land of Snows: BQ7950.T757 T585 2019
Author(s): Thupten Jinpa
Boulder, Colorado : Shambhala 2019.
In this groundbreaking new addition to the Lives of the Masters series, scholar-practitioner Thupten Jinpa writes the most comprehensive portrait available of Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), one of the greatest Buddhist teachers in history. A devout monastic, Tsongkhapa took on the enormous task of locating and studying all of the Indian Buddhist classics available in Tibet in his day. He went on to synthesize this knowledge into a holistic approach to the path of awakening, integrating the pivotal Mahayana teachings on emptiness while retaining the important role of critical reason and avoiding the extreme of negating the reality of the everyday world. Included in this volume is a discussion of Tsongkhapa's early life and training; his emergence as a precociously intelligent Buddhist mind; the composition of his Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, Great Exposition of Secret Mantra, and other important works; and his transformative effect on the understanding and practice of Buddhism in Tibet in his time--and ever after.
Migration and Public Discourse in World Christianity
Migration and Public Discourse in World Christianity: BR115.E45 M547 2019
Author(s): Afe Adogame, Raimundo Barreto, Wanderley Pereira Da Rosa
Minneapolis : Fortress Press 
Although humans have always migrated, the present phenomenon of mass migration is unprecedented in scale and global in reach. Understanding migration and migrants has become increasingly relevant for world Christianity. This volume identifies and addresses several key topics in the discourse of world Christianity and migration. Senior and emerging scholars and researchers of migration from all regions of the world contribute chapters on central issues, including the feminization of international migration, the theology of migration, south-south migration networks, the connection between world Christianity, migration, and civic responsibility, and the complicated relationship between migration, identity and citizenship. It seeks to give voice particularly to migrant narratives as important sources for public reasoning and theology in the 21st century.
Christianity Otherization and Co
Christianity Otherization and Co: BR115.P7 A44 2020
Author(s): Roberto E. ALEJANDRO
Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books/Fortress Academic 
In Christianity, Otherization and Contemporary Politics, Roberto E. Alejandro argues that the identity politics of the American far-left follow an identity paradigm established by early Christian thinkers, and warns that such politics may incline towards the same violence Christianity succumbed to once imbued with political power.
Inquiry about the Monks in Egypt
Inquiry about the Monks in Egypt: BR195.M65 H5713 2019
Author(s): Rufinus (of Aquileia), Rufinus of Aquileia
Washington, D.C. : The Catholic University of America Press 
From September 394 to early January 395, seven monks from Rufinus of Aquileia's monastery on the Mount of Olives made a pilgrimage to Egypt to visit locally renowned monks and monastic communities. Shortly after their return to Jerusalem, one of the party, whose identity remains a mystery, wrote an engaging account of this trip. Although he cast it in the form of a first-person travelogue, it reads more like a book of miracles that depicts the great fourth-century Egyptian monks as prophets and apostles similar to those in the Bible. This work was composed in Greek, yet it is best known today as Historia monachorum in Aegypto (Inquiry about the Monks in Egypt), the title of the Latin translation of this work made by Rufinus, the pilgrim-monks' abbot. The Historia monachorum is one of the most fascinating, fantastical, and enigmatic pieces of literature to survive from the patristic period. In both its Greek original and Rufinus's Latin translation it was one of the most popular and widely disseminated works of monastic hagiography during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Modern scholars value it not only for its intrinsic literary merits but also for its status, alongside Athanasius's Life of Antony, the Pachomian dossier, and other texts of this ilk, as one of the most important primary sources for monasticism in fourth-century Egypt. Rufinus's Historia monachorum is presented here in English translation in its entirety. The introduction and annotations situate the work in its literary, historical, religious, and theological contexts.
Did America Have a Christian Founding?: Separating Modern Myth from Historical Truth
Did America Have a Christian Founding?: Separating Modern Myth from Historical Truth: BR516 .H355 2019
Author(s): Mark David Hall
Nashville, TN : Nelson Books an imprint of Thomas Nelson 2019.
A distinguished professor debunks the assertion that America's founders were deists who desired the strict separation of church and state and instead shows that their political ideas were profoundly influenced by their Christian convictions.
The Christian Moses: Vision, Authority, and the Limits of Humanity in the New Testament and Early Christianity
The Christian Moses: Vision, Authority, and the Limits of Humanity in the New Testament and Early Christianity: BS580.M6 C35 2019
Author(s): Jared C. Calaway
Montreal ; McGill-Queen's University Press 
Two verses about Moses in the Bible have been the subject of debate since the first century. In Exodus 33:20, God tells Moses that no one can see God and live, but Numbers 12:8 says that Moses sees the form of the Lord. How does one reconcile these two opposing statements? Did Moses see God, and who gets to decide? The Christian Moses investigates how ancient Christians from the New Testament to Augustine of Hippo resolved questions of who can see God, how one can see God, and what precisely one sees. Jared Calaway explains that the decision about whether and how Moses saw God was not a neutral exercise for an early Christian. Rather, it established the interpreter's authority to determine what was possible in divine-human relations and set the parameters for the nature of humanity. As a result, Calaway argues, interpretations of Moses' visions became a means for Jews and Christians to jockey for power, allowing them to justify particular social arrangements, relations, and identities, to assert the limits of humans in the face of divinity, and to create an Other. Seeing early Christians with new eyes, The Christian Moses reassesses how debates on Moses' visions from the first through the fifth centuries were, in reality, debates on the boundaries of humanity.
Characters and Characterization in 1 and 2 Samuel
Characters and Characterization in 1 and 2 Samuel: BS1325.52 .C435 2020
Author(s): Keith Bodner, Benjamin J.M. Johnson
London : T&T Clark Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2020.
Characters provide the entry point to the story of the books of Samuel, just as they do in all stories. In this book the history of research into characters in Samuel, and the role(s) they play in the text are examined and discussed. The contributors look at the interpretative function of characters in the Samuel stories, and at issues of textual composition and what profiling of characters within the text can add to theories surrounding this issue. Specific characters are also profiled and studied. The character of God is examined: is God kind towards Israel? Is God loving and 'worthy to be praised' 2 Sam 22.4. Characters such as Hannah are examined from the perspective of literary type, as well as Eli as priest and Samuel himself as prophet. All of the major characters within the books are studied, including David and Jonathan, and chapters also treat the minor characters and offer information on their roles in the structure of the text. The contributors provide a range of different approaches to characterization, according to their specific expertise, and provide a thorough handbook to the characters in Samuel and their roles in the literary make-up of the text.
An Ecological Theology of Liberation: Salvation and Political Ecology
An Ecological Theology of Liberation: Salvation and Political Ecology: BT83.57 .C365 2019
Author(s): Castillo, Daniel P.
Maryknoll : Orbis Books 2019.
Genealogies of the Secular: The Making of Modern German Thought
Genealogies of the Secular: The Making of Modern German Thought: BT83.7 .G46 2019
Author(s): Willem Styfhals, Stéphane Symons
Albany : State University of New York Press 
Presents a historical and philosophical overview of the twentieth-century German debates on secularization, and their significance for contemporary discussions about the relationship between theology and modernity. While the concept of secularization is traditionally used to define the nature of modern culture, and sometimes to uncover the theological origins of secular modernity, its validity is being questioned ever more radically today. Genealogies of the Secular returns to the historical, intellectual, and philosophical roots of this concept in the twentieth-century German debates on religion and modernity, and presents a wide range of strategies that German thinkers have applied to apprehend the connection between religion and secularism. In fundamentally heterogeneous ways, these strategies all developed “genealogies of the secular” by tracing modern phenomena back to their religious or theological roots. This book aims to disclose the complex prehistory of the contemporary debates on political theology and postsecularism, and to show how prominent thinkers continue this German tradition today. It explores and assesses the classic theories of secularization that are epitomized in Carl Schmitt’s writings on political theology, but also addresses German philosophers whose work has been rarely associated with secularization, including Walter Benjamin, Ernst Cassirer, Martin Heidegger, Immanuel Kant, and Hannah Arendt. Attention is also paid to two thinkers whose role in these discourses has not been fully explored yet: Jacob Taubes and Jan Assmann. By introducing their thinking on religion, politics, and secularization, the book also makes two of their own key texts available to an English-language readership. “What makes the book so valuable pedagogically is the clarity and scope of its synthetic gestures about the dense questions congealing around the topic of secularization. It offers a pronouncement of central significance, emerging from some of the most important contemporary voices in these fields. The scholarship is internationally informed and engaged, even as it feels vibrant, immediate, and agenda setting.” — Ward Blanton, University of Kent, Canterbury
Trinitarian and Cosmotheandric Vision Vol. VIII
Trinitarian and Cosmotheandric Vision Vol. VIII: BT111.3 .P36 2019
Author(s): Panikkar, Raimon
Maryknoll : Orbis Books 2019.
Jesus Wasn't Killed by the Jews
Jesus Wasn't Killed by the Jews: BT431.5 .J47 2020
Author(s): Sweeney, Jon M.
Maryknoll, NY : Orbis Books 
Communicatio Idiomatum: Reformation Christological Debates
Communicatio Idiomatum: Reformation Christological Debates: BT764.3 .C76 2019
Author(s): Richard Cross
Oxford ; Oxford University Press 2019.
This study offers a radical reinterpretation of the sixteenth-century Christological debates between Lutheran and Reformed theologians on the ascription of divine and human predicates to the person of the incarnate Son of God (the communicatio idiomatum). It does so by close attention to the arguments deployed by the protagonists in the discussion, and to the theologians' metaphysical and semantic assumptions, explicit and implicit. It traces the central contours of the Christological debates, from the discussion between Luther and Zwingli in the 1520s to the Colloquy of Montbéliard in 1586. Richard Cross shows that Luther's Christology is thoroughly Medieval, and that innovations usually associated with Luther-in particular, that Christ's human nature comes to share in divine attributes-should be ascribed instead to his younger contemporary Johannes Brenz. The discussion is highly sensitive to the differences between the various Luther groups-followers of Brenz, and the different factions aligned in varying ways with Melanchthon-and to the differences between all of these and the Reformed theologians. By locating the Christological discussions in their immediate Medieval background, Cross also provides a comprehensive account of the continuities and discontinuities between the two eras. In these ways, it is shown that the standard interpretations of the Reformation debates on the matter are almost wholly mistaken.
On Faith, Works, Eternity and the Creatures We Are
On Faith, Works, Eternity and the Creatures We Are: BT771.3 .B37 2020
Author(s): André Barbera
New York : T&T Clark 2020.
In this volume André Barbera considers the question of faith, how an individual may act faithfully, and what good (if any) is faithful action. Barbera draws in particular from Augustine of Hippo's comments of time. Barbera's argument, influenced in addition by the work of philosophical thinkers such as Søren Kierkegaard and the Apostle Paul, allows for the interpretation that faith is not merely a struggle, but also a fulfillment. Augustine devoted Book 11 of his Confessions to the concept of time, applying the principles of Grecian philosophy and reason to the Christian concept of God and His creation, and concluding theat God existed before time began while, for humans, time possibly exists merely within the mind. Barbera thus works from the inquiry that while God is not bound by time, the person of faith is enslaved by it. Beginning with an analysis of the different types of faith, Barbera explores numerous aspects of faithful living - from faith as pursuit of knowledge, original sin and tests of faith, to the power of prayer, and even the concept of atheism. Barbera concludes with the thought that the individual might not simply find rest in faith, but rather discover life, with all its trial and contradiction.
School of Prophets: A Bicentennial History of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
School of Prophets: A Bicentennial History of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School: BV4070.C66
Author(s): John R. Tyson
Valley Forge, PA : Judson Press 
"In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School's beginnings--with thirteen men and thirteen dollars--this significant work unfolds the organizational history of a great theological seminary, as well as the dramatic story of the notable women and men who contributed to the school's rich legacy. Hence, while this is a bicentennial history of an institution, it is fundamentally the history of the people who have epitomized, shaped, and advanced its expanding heritage. Thus, the narrative includes chapters about institutional growth and development, as well as chapters that serve as cameo biographies of key people who exemplified the spirit of that same period: William Newton Clark Walter Rauschenbusch Howard Thurman Joanna P. Moore Martin Luther King Jr. In the final analysis, founding president Augustus Strong was correct to call this a story of "bricks, brains, and books," but in the larger sense it is an account of the galvanizing prophetic Christian vision evolved from its American Baptist roots to the ecumenical enterprise known as Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School"--
The Measure of Greatness: Philosophers on Magnanimity
The Measure of Greatness: Philosophers on Magnanimity: BV4647.M2 M43 2019
Author(s): Sophia Vasalou
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press 2019.
Magnanimity is a virtue that has led many lives. Foregrounded early on by Plato as a philosophical virtue par excellence, it became one of the crown jewels in Aristotle's account of human excellence and was accorded equally salient place by other ancient thinkers. It is one of the mostdistinctive elements of the ancient tradition to filter into the medieval Islamic and Christian worlds. It sparked important intellectual engagements and went on to carve deep tracks through several of the later philosophies to inherit from this tradition. Under changing names and reworked forms, itwould continue to breathe in the thought of Descartes and Hume, Kant, and Nietzsche. Its many lives have been joined by important continuities, yet they have also been fragmented by discontinuities - discontinuities reflecting larger shifts in ethical perspectives and competing answers to questionsabout the nature of the good life, the moral nature of human beings, and their relationship to the social and natural world they inhabit. They have also been punctuated by moments of intense controversy in which the vision of human greatness has itself been called into doubt.The aim of this volume is to provide an insight into the complex trajectory of a virtue whose glitter has at times been as dazzling as it has been divisive. By exploring the many lives it has lived, we will be in a better position to evaluate whether this is a virtue we still want to make central toour own ethical lives, and why.
Mosaik der Ökumene: Rezeptionsimpulse zum orthodox-katholischen Dialog
Mosaik der Ökumene: Rezeptionsimpulse zum orthodox-katholischen Dialog: BX324 .M673 2018
Author(s): Michaela Christine Hastetter, Sergii Bortnyk
Freiburg : Herder 
Die PRO-ORIENTE-Kommission junger orthodoxer und katholischer TheologInnen nimmt regionale, inoffizielle und wissenschaftliche Arbeitskreise, Kommissionen und Initiativen in den Blick, um die orthodox-katholische Dialogarbeit sichtbar zu machen und eine kritische Rezeption der Ergebnisse vorzulegen.
Dux Neutrorum Vel Dubiorum
Dux Neutrorum Vel Dubiorum: BX802 .R422x v.17.1
Author(s): D. Di Segni
Leuven : Peeters 2019.
Moses Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed - often considered the masterpiece of medieval Jewish philosophy - was originally composed in Arabic between 1185 and 1190-1191. It was translated twice into Hebrew, with the title Moreh nevukim, and from Hebrew into Latin. This complete translation, entitled Dux neutrorum, began to circulate during the 13th century. The Latin version proceeded to be widely received and highly influential: prominent authors such as Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, and Meister Eckhart often referred to the authority of Rabbi Moyses. Nevertheless, the Dux neutrorum has until now been accessible only through a 16th century printed edition. The critical edition of the Dux neutrorum, presented here for the first time, fulfills a long-standing desideratum of the field. The edition is based on an examination of the entire manuscript tradition and is accompanied by a substantial historical and philological introduction.
Pope Francis: A Voice for Mercy, Justice, Love, and Care for the Earth
Pope Francis: A Voice for Mercy, Justice, Love, and Care for the Earth: BX1378.7 .P654 2019
Author(s): Wall, Barbara E., Faggioli, Massimo
Maryknoll, New York : Orbis Books 
Old Catholic Theology: An Introduction
Old Catholic Theology: An Introduction: BX1747 .S65 2019
Author(s): Peter-Ben Smit
Leiden ; Brill 
Old Catholic theology is the theology that is characteristic of the Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht. This contribution outlines the main characteristics of and influences on Old Catholic theology, and outlines the extant ecumenical relationships of the Old Catholic Churches.
Hild of Whitby and the Ministry of Women in the Anglo-Saxon World
Hild of Whitby and the Ministry of Women in the Anglo-Saxon World: BX4700.H49 I56 2019
Author(s): Anne E. Inman
Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books/Fortress Academic 
This book sets the life of Hild of Whitby in the context of early monasticism, with a special focus on Anglo-Saxon England. It uncovers the sacramental, liturgical, and governing responsibilities of the abbess before her leadership roles were systematically withdrawn and then written out of history.
To Speak the Truth in Love: A Biography of Theresa Kane, Rsm
To Speak the Truth in Love: A Biography of Theresa Kane, Rsm: BX4705.K21966 S34 2019
Author(s): Christine Schenk
Maryknoll : Orbis Books 2019.
Through the story of Sister Theresa Kane, this book documents an important period of contemporary Catholic history. It is a period in which Theresa--and so many of her sisters in her own and other communities--exercised unparalleled leadership in the Catholic Church. They did so by speaking truth to power with love, wisdom, and grace.
Jan Hus: 9781612496061
Jan Hus: 9781612496061: BX4917 .S6413 2020
Author(s): Pavel Soukup
West Lafayette, Indiana : Purdue University Press 
Jan Hus was a late medieval Czech university master and popular preacher who was condemned at the Council of Constance and burned at the stake as a heretic in 1415. Thanks to his contemporary influence and his posthumous fame in the Hussite movement and beyond, Hus has become one of the best known figures of the Czech past and one of the most prominent reformers of medieval Europe as a whole. This definitive biography now available in English opposes the view of Hus that saw his importance primarily as a martyr, subsequently invoked by a variety of religious, national, and political groups eager to appropriate his legacy. Looking for Hus’s significance in his own time, this treatment tells a story of a late medieval intellectual who—through his dedicated pursuit of what he understood as his mission—generated conflict and eventually brought execution upon himself. By investigating the life and death of Jan Hus, one learns not only about the man, but about the church, state, and society in late medieval Europe. The story told in this book is original in structure and purpose. Each chapter takes a major event in Hus’s life as a starting point for a broader discussion of crucial problems connected to his career and the controversies he generated. How did these specific events contribute to Hus’s own convictions? By suggesting parallels to and departures from other late medieval figures and events in Europe, the book liberates Hus from a narrow and nationalist Czech historiography and places him squarely in a broader European context, showing a significance that transcended Czech borders. From a number of different vantage points, it raises a central question critical to understanding the later Middle Ages: why was a sincere ecclesiastical reformer condemned by a church council committed to reform itself?
Crossing Baptist Boundaries: A Festschrift in Honor of William Henry Brackney
Crossing Baptist Boundaries: A Festschrift in Honor of William Henry Brackney: BX6233 .C76 2019
Author(s): Erich Geldbach
Macon, Georgia : Mercer University Press 
This collection of essays is dedicated to William Henry Brackney, one of the leading Baptist historians in North America for the past four decades. Few, if any, Baptist historians of any era have written more extensively, more broadly, or more insightfully on the Baptist people in North America than Brackney. The author of numerous books and articles on Baptists, he has written on diverse aspects of Baptist life from a global as well as continental perspective. Brackney knows all Baptists, not simply one clan of this large and diverse family. This makes him a trusted guide to the meaning of the word "Baptist." Contributors include: Clinton Bennett, Chris Chun, Keith Clements, Charles W. Deweese, Paul Fiddes, Stanley K. Fowler, Erich Geldbach, Larry Kreitzer, James Stanley Lemons, Thorwald Lorenzen, Roger H. Prentice, John D. Roth, Horace O. Russell, John Shouse, Walter B. Shurden, and Andrea Strübind.
Apostle of the Lost Cause: J. William Jones, Baptists, and the Development of Confederate Memory
Apostle of the Lost Cause: J. William Jones, Baptists, and the Development of Confederate Memory: BX6495.J57 M66 2019
Author(s): Christopher C. Moore
Knoxville : The University of Tennessee Press 
Perhaps no person exerted more influence on postwar white Southern memory than former Confederate chaplain and Baptist minister J. William Jones. Christopher C. Moore's Apostle of the Lost Cause is the first full-length work to examine the complex contributions to Lost Cause ideology of this well-known but surprisingly understudied figure. Commissioned by Robert E. Lee himself to preserve an accurate account of the Confederacy, Jones responded by welding hagiography and denominationalism to create, in effect, a sacred history of the Southern cause. In a series of popular books and in his work as secretary of the Southern Historical Society Papers, Jones's mission became the canonization of Confederate saints, most notably Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis, for a postwar generation and the contrivance of a full-blown myth of Southern virtue-in-defeat that deeply affected historiography for decades to come. While personally committed to Baptist identity, Jones supplied his readers with embodiments of Southern morality who transcended denominational boundaries and enabled white Southerners to locate their champions (and themselves) in a quasi-biblical narrative that ensured ultimate vindication for the Southern cause. In a time when Confederate monuments and the enduring effects of white supremacy are in the daily headlines, an examination of this key figure in the creation of the Lost Cause legacy could not be more relevant.
Churches of Christ in Oklahoma: A History
Churches of Christ in Oklahoma: A History: BX7075.Z5 O353 2020
Author(s): W. David Baird
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press 
"An examination of the key characteristics, individuals, and debates that shaped the Church of Christ in Oklahoma from 1853 to the end of the twentieth century"--
The African Methodist Episcopal Church: A History
The African Methodist Episcopal Church: A History: BX8443 .D524 2020
Author(s): Dennis C Dickerson
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; Cambridge University Press 2020.
Explores the emergence of African Methodism within the black Atlantic and how it struggled to sustain its liberationist identity.
Calvin and the Early Reformation
Calvin and the Early Reformation: BX9418 .C3616 2020
Author(s): Brian C. Brewer, David M. Whitford
Leiden ; Boston : Brill 
To understand Calvin’s Reformed theology one must see his early context. Eleven scholars have joined in this volume to explore the people, movements, politics, education and controversies that shaped the young man Calvin into the reformer he would become.
God, Creation, and Salvation: Studies in Reformed Theology
God, Creation, and Salvation: Studies in Reformed Theology: BX9422.3 .C745 2020
Author(s): Oliver D. Crisp
London ; New York : T&T Clark 2020.
This collection of studies in theology is written from the perspective of one from within the Christian faith, and seeking greater understanding of the doctrinal deposit of that faith. As a leading scholar in Christian and analytic theology, Oliver D. Crisp summarizes and analyses Christian doctrine, written in the form of traditional dogmatics. Beginning with issues concerning the task of theology, Crisp explores the challenges to systematic theology as a discipline, the uses of Scripture in theological discourse, and the reception of the theology of John Calvin. He then moves issues at the centre of serious theological debate in recent theology, the relationship between God and abstract objects in the thought of Jonathan Edwards, and theological anthropology. This volume culminates with studies that focus on central and defining issues in contemporary systematic and philosophical theology, taking forward a constructive theological program in dialogue with important figures in the Christian tradition, and engaged with some of the best contemporary theological scholarship.
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