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200-299 Religion

200.22

Hutson, James H.

The Founders on Religion: A Book of Quotations

280 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $19.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2005

Princeton University Press

A lively collection of quotations on everything from the relationship between church and state to the status of women, it is the most comprehensive resource ever compiled. "What a superb and very welcome book this is. The quotations chosen by James Hutson are more than just wonderful reading. Transcending time, they are as illuminating and provocative, as wise, heartfelt, and uplifting as when they were written. [It] should be required reading...for every American who cares about the extraordinary minds and bedrock convictions of those we rightly honor as the founders."--David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and biographer.

LC 2005015974, ISBN 0-691-12033-1

AASL: O/MS-HS

PLA: G


203.5'09

Beal, Timothy K.

Roadside Religion: In Search of the Sacred, the Strange, and the Substance of Faith

224 pp., 6" x 9", 20 b&w photos, $24.95 cloth, $14.00 paper, CIP included

May 2005

Beacon Press

In the summer of 2002, Timothy K. Beal loaded his family into a twenty-nine-foot-long motor home and hit the rural highways of America in search of roadside religious attractions-sites like the World's Largest Ten Commandments and Precious Moments Chapel. Roadside Religion tells of his attempts to understand the meaning of these places as expressions of religious imagination and experience, and to encounter faith in all its awesome absurdity.

LC 2004024185, ISBN 0-8070-1062-6 (c.), ISBN 0-8070-1063-4 (p.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: not reviewed


210.3

Wood, Michael

In Search of Myths and Heroes: Exploring Four Epic Legends of the World

272 pp., 7 1/2" x 9 5/8", 122 color illus., 6 maps, bibliog., references, index, $24.95 cloth

October 2005

University of California Press

In this compelling new book, accompanying the PBS television series, Wood goes in search of four powerful legends: Shangri-La, the Golden Fleece, the Queen of Sheba, and the Holy Grail. From the mountains of Tibet to the coasts of Ethiopia and Yemen to Jerusalem and the far west of Ireland, Wood brings us along as he separates fact from fiction and discovers why these famous stories still captivate us. "His trademark enthusiasm, eclectic scholarly background, and adventurous spirit are once again on display....Wood's skillful narrative tapestry of poetry, adventure, pop culture, and fact finding is...irresistible."--Archaeology Magazine

LC 2005048505, ISBN 0-520-24724-8

AASL: O/MS-HS

PLA: O, G


221.9'1

Hillel, Daniel

The Natural History of the Bible: An Environmental Exploration of the Hebrew Scriptures

432 pp., 6" x 9", bibliog., index, $32.50 cloth, CIP included

November 2005

Columbia University Press

In The Natural History of the Bible, Hillel shows how the eclectic experiences of the Israelites shaped their perception of the overarching unity governing nature's varied manifestations. Where other societies idolized disparate and capricious forces of nature, the Israelites discerned essential harmony and higher moral purpose. Inspired by visionary prophets, they looked to a singular, omnipresent, omnipotent force of nature mandating justice and compassion in human affairs. Monotheism was promoted as state policy and centralized in the Temple of Jerusalem. After it was destroyed and the people were exiled, a collection of scrolls distilling the nation's memories and spiritual quest served as the focus of faith in its stead.

LC 2005050740, ISBN 0-231-13362-6

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: O


230.2

Torrell, Jean-Pierre

Aquinas's Summa: Background, Structure, and Reception

156 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", index, $17.95 paper, CIP included

September 2005

The Catholic University of America Press

In this concise new volume by the acclaimed author of the biography of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Jean-Pierre Torrell brings his expertise to bear on Aquinas's Summa Theologiae. Readers will turn to this book again and again for a brief and popular introduction to Aquinas's masterpiece-its content; historical, literary, and doctrinal settings; and lasting significance. "A tidy introduction to the masterwork of Thomas Aquinas written by the reigning expert on the life and work of St. Thomas. There is no other book like it."--Mark Johnson, Marquette University

LC 2004006128, ISBN 0-8132-1398-3

AASL: RS/HS, P

PLA: S


241.042

Curran, Charles E.

The Moral Theology of Pope John Paul II

262 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", index, $26.95 cloth, CIP included

January 2005

Georgetown University Press

Much has been written about this pope, but until now, no one has provided a systematic and thorough analysis of the moral theology that underlies his moral teachings and its astonishing influence. "The first comprehensive overview of the papal social perspective. He points to its genuine strengths but likewise shows its inconsistencies and questionable assumptions. No one serious about understanding Catholic social teaching can ignore this work."--John T. Pawlikowski, Catholic Theological Union

LC 2004022930, ISBN 1-58901-042-6

AASL: S/HS

PLA: S


241.042

Noonan, John T. Jr.

A Church That Can and Cannot Change

312 pp., 9 1/4" x 6 1/4", bibliog., index, $30.00 cloth, CIP included

January 2005

University of Notre Dame Press

"...This book should be high on the list of must reads for anyone interested in Catholic moral theology but also for any educated Catholic who wants to understand how you can teach one thing in the past and another thing today."--Theology Today. "...John Noonan's immensely valuable and scrupulously researched (fifty-eight pages of citations) record of how Catholic moral teaching has altered over the centuries."--Commonweal. "What Noonan brings...to this invaluable book is unblinking honesty about the record of the church to which he is deeply devoted. That is a standard for anyone wishing to pursue the conversation."--The New York Times Book Review

LC 2004026983, ISBN 0-268-03603-9

AASL: S/HS

PLA: S


252.2

Willimon, William H. (Editor)

Sermons from Duke Chapel: Voices from "A Great Towering Church"

384 pp., 6" x 9", index, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

February 2005

Duke University Press

Many of America's greatest Protestant preachers-Paul Tillich, William Sloane Coffin, Barbara Brown Taylor, Fleming Rutledge, Peter J. Gomes, Billy Graham, and others-have spoken powerfully from the pulpit of the "great towering church" that is the spiritual and architectural center of Duke University. This collection of fifty-eight of the most notable sermons proclaimed from that pulpit commemorates the seventy-fifth anniversary of the groundbreaking for Duke Chapel. It is a sweeping panorama of sermons selected and edited by Bishop William H. Willimon, Dean of the Chapel for twenty years and one of the most widely read writers on preaching in America.

LC 2004025080, ISBN 0-8223-3483-6

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: RS


261.2'6

Brown-Fleming, Suzanne

The Holocaust and Catholic Conscience: Cardinal Aloisius Muench and the Guilt Question in Germany

254 pp., 6" x 9", bibliog., index, $45.00 cloth, $20.00 paper, CIP included

October 2005

University of Notre Dame Press

"In this revealing study, Suzanne Brown-Fleming takes us back to a post-World War II Catholic world that had yet to come to terms with either Nazism or the Holocaust. One of the leading Catholic clerics in postwar Europe, Cardinal Aloisius Muench both reflected and helped promote German Catholic failures in this regard. Anchored in Cardinal Muench's private papers, this book conducts a fair-minded, but rigorous and morally animated assessment of a Catholic conscience that was later transformed by Vatican II. I recommend it highly."--Michael R. Marrus, Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe, professor of Holocaust Studies, University of Toronto

LC 2005025264, ISBN 0-268-02186-4 (c.), ISBN 0-268-02187-2 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


266.009

Christensen, Erleen J.

In War and Famine: Missionaries in China's Honan Province in the 1940s

304 pp., 6" x 9", 33 b&w photos, index, $37.95 cloth, CIP included

February 2005

McGill-Queen's University Press

Erleen Christensen was a mish kid, the daughter of one of about two hundred missionaries who remained in China's Honan province during World War II and the civil war that followed. She provides an eye-witness account using letters, diaries, and personal accounts, many still in private hands, of one of the worst famines in China's history and the great devastation caused by advancing Japanese troops. Christensen chronicles how a religiously diverse group of Westerners tried to distribute famine relief and conduct humanitarian and educational missions in the face of rising nationalism, autonomy, and resistance to foreign intervention.

C2004904639X, ISBN 0-7735-2853-9

AASL: G/HS

PLA: S


272

Pérez, Joseph Translated by Janet Lloyd

The Spanish Inquisition: A History

248 pp., 6" x 9", index, $26.00 cloth

February 2005

Yale University Press

This is the story of a battle for a unified faith that plunged Spain into 350 years of terror. Joseph Pérez explores the frightening history of the Spanish Inquisition-its interrogations, torture, and executions; the inner workings of its councils and courts; its methods of policing information and enforcing behavior-as well as its long-term impact on the nation.

LC 2004114614, ISBN 0-300-10790-0

AASL: O/HS

PLA: S


277.3

Wills, David

Christianity in the United States: A Historical Survey and Interpretation

116 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", bibliog., index, $13.00 paper, CIP included

March 2005

University of Notre Dame Press

"The quality of the piece is striking. [Wills] is able to attain both breadth and subtlety in his coverage. He sees both the big picture and small details. His clarity of expression and precision of thought are very impressive."--John P. Reeder Jr., Brown University. "David Wills' comprehensive and sophisticated essay fills a niche in available secondary sources in American religious history. As far as I know, there is nothing else quite like it in print: an original and at times quite brilliant interpretive essay that is also wide-ranging enough to introduce readers to the field in a straightforward way..."--Laurie Maffly-Kipp, University of North Carolina

LC 2005001126, ISBN 0-268-04406-6

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


286.173

Leonard, Bill J.

Baptists in America

336 pp., 6" x 9", 15 illus., $40.00 cloth

June 2005

Columbia University Press

Baptists are a study in contrasts. From Little Dove Old Regular Baptist Church, up a hollow in the Appalachian Mountains, with its 25-member congregation, to the 18,000-strong Saddleback Valley Church in Orange County, California, where hymns appear on wide-screen projectors; from Jerry Falwell, Jesse Helms, and Tim LaHaye to Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson, Bill Clinton, and Maya Angelou, Baptist churches and their members have encompassed a range of theological interpretations and held a variety of social and political viewpoints. Baptists in America introduces readers to this fascinating and diverse denomination, offering a historical and sociological portrait of a group numbering some thirty million members.

LC 2005041363, ISBN 0-231-12702-2

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: O


287.09

Hempton, David

Methodism: Empire of the Spirit

278 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", 12 b&w illus., 10 tables and graphs, index, $30.00 cloth, CIP included

February 2005

Yale University Press

This lively history of the rise of Methodism charts the development of the movement from its unpromising origins in England in the 1730s to its major international importance by the 1880s. "Impressive...[Hempton] provides a brilliant analysis of Methodist transplantation across national contexts that accounts for Methodism's rise and decline in specific settings....Highly recommended."--Choice

LC 2004024637, ISBN 0-300-10614-9

AASL: G/HS

PLA: O


289.9

Lee, Shayne

T. D. Jakes: America's New Preacher

208 pp., 6" x 9", index, $27.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2005

New York University Press

Examines both Jakes's rise to prominence and proliferation of a faith industry bent on producing spiritual commodities for mass consumption. Lee frames Jakes and his success as a metaphor for changes in the Black Church and American Protestantism more broadly, looking at the ramifications of his rise-and the rise of similar preachers-for the way in which religion is practiced in this country, how social issues are confronted or ignored, and what is distinctly "American" about Jakes's emergence. The work seeks to shed light on important aspects of the contemporary American and African American religious experience.

LC 2005010578, ISBN 0-8147-5205-5

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


297.082

Abdul-Ghafur, Saleemah (Editor)

Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak

224 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $15.00 paper, CIP included

August 2005

Beacon Press

This book presents the first generation of American Muslim women who have always identified as both American and Muslim. These pioneers have forged new identities for themselves and for future generations, and they speak out about the hijab, relationships, sex and sexuality, activism, spirituality, and much more. "From the Islamic Bill's of Rights for Women in Mosques and in the Bedroom to the call for the Divine Feminine in Islam, this book reveals the diverse, complex, ambiguous, brilliant voices of women who are at once American and Muslim."--Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues

LC 2004028161, ISBN 0-80708-383-6

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: G


297.22

Geaves, Ron

Aspects of Islam

276 pp., 6" x 9", bibliog., references, index, $24.95 paper, CIP included

August 2005

Georgetown University Press

By examining the divisions that exist within contemporary Islam, Geaves makes a special contribution to the ongoing examination of today's Muslim communities. By offering a way to better understand this tradition, Geaves helps to counteract the oversimplifications that seem to dominate popular discourse about Muslims and instead shows them as participants in a religious tradition that is still unfolding, struggling to recognize and respect its diversities while seeking to maintain a unity that all parts of it acknowledge as central.

LC 2005009496, ISBN 1-58901-073-6

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


297.7

Cook, David

Understanding Jihad

269 pp., 6" x 9", bibliog., index, $50.00 cloth, $19.95 paper, CIP included

May 2005

University of California Press

"Serves to underscore that in the Middle East, religion and international politics are inseparable...does a splendid job of tracing the origins and development of a religious doctrine and its impact on the mundane world...a fine study in intellectual history....brings a dispassionate appreciation to a subject so often fraught with misrepresentation, and is, quite simply, the most readable and best on its subject."--Foreign Affairs. "One of the most helpful of the spate of new books to appear since the tragic events of September 11, 2001 on the debate about jihad in Islam."--Richard C. Martin, professor of Islamic Studies, Emory University

LC 2004026561, ISBN 0-520-24203-3 (c.), ISBN 0-520-24448-6 (p.)

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: O, G


299.6

Erskine, Noel Leo

From Garvey to Marley: Rastafari Theology

256 pp., 6" x 9", glossary, notes, bibliog., index, $39.95 cloth

April 2005

University Press of Florida

This history of the theology and rituals of Rastafarianism features accents of the reggae rhythms of Bob Marley and the teachings and philosophy of Marcus Garvey, the black nationalist who motivated many of his fellow Jamaicans to embrace their African ancestral roots. Written by a trained theologian who was raised in the Jamaican village in which the Rastafarian faith originated, the book offers both a serious inquiry into the movement and the perspective of an insider in conversation with elders of the faith who still live in the village. "Recommended."--Choice

LC 2004066148, ISBN 0-8130-2807-8

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: G


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