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200-299 Religion


200.83

Browning, Don S. and Marcia J. Bunge

Children and Childhood in World Religions: Primary Sources and Texts

412 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, index, $62.00 cloth, CIP included

August 2009

Rutgers University Press

This is the first book to examine the theme of children in major religions of the world. Each of six chapters, edited by world-class scholars, focuses on one religious tradition and includes an introduction and a selection of primary texts. Through both the scholarly introductions and the primary sources, this comprehensive volume addresses a range of topics, from the sanctity of birth to a child’s relationship to evil, showing that issues regarding children are central to understanding world religions and raising significant questions about our own conceptions of children today.

LC 2008043378, ISBN 9780813545172 (c.)

AASL: S

PLA: S


200.830

Browning, Don S. and Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore

Children and Childhood in American Religions: Primary Sources and Texts

224 pp., 6” x 9”, index, $72.00 cloth, $23.95 paper, CIP included

February 2009

Rutgers University Press

Religious traditions play a central role in the lives of many American children. In this collection of essays, leading scholars reveal for the first time how various religions interpret, reconstruct, and mediate their traditions to help guide children and their parents in navigating the opportunities and challenges of American life. The book examines ten religions, among other topics. Only by discussing the unique challenges faced by all religions, and their followers, can we take the first step toward a greater understanding for all of us.

LC 2008026184, ISBN 9780813544809 (c.), ISBN 9780813544816 (p.)

AASL: O

PLA: S


215

Numbers, Ronald L. (Editor)

Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion

320 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/4”, index, $27.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2009

Harvard University Press

If we want nonscientists and opinion-makers in the press, the lab, and the pulpit to take a fresh look at the relationship between science and religion, Ronald Numbers suggests that we must first dispense with the hoary myths that have masqueraded too long as historical truths. In this volume leading scholars in the history of science and religion puncture these myths, from Galileo’s incarceration to Darwin’s deathbed conversion to Einstein’s belief in a personal God who “didn’t play dice with the universe.”

LC 2008041250, ISBN 9780674033276 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


220.608

Bailey, Randall C., Tat-siong Benny Liew, and Fernando F. Segovia (Editors)

They Were All Together in One Place? Toward Minority Biblical Criticism

398 pp., 6” x 9”, $45.95 paper, CIP included

February 2009

Society of Biblical Literature

Critics from three major racial/ethnic minority communities in the United States—African American, Asian American, and Latino/a American—focus on race and ethnicity in the Bible and in contemporary biblical interpretation. Utilizing both ancient text and current context, contributors consider how racial/ethnic dynamics intersect with other differential relations of power such as gender, class, sexuality, and colonialism. In groundbreaking interaction, they also consider their readings alongside those of other racial/ethnic minority communities. An introduction points out the crucial role of this work within minority criticism, looking at its historical trajectory, critical findings, and future directions.

LC 2009001212, ISBN 9781589832459 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: S


220.83

Kirk-Duggan, Cheryl A. and Tina Pippin (Editors)

Mother Goose, Mother Jones, Mommie Dearest: Biblical Mothers and Their Children

244 pp., 6” x 9”, indexes, $30.95 paper, CIP included

November 2009

Society of Biblical Literature

Who are the mothers in the biblical text? What do they do? What kinds of power do they have? Issues of identity, authority, violence, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, sexual exploitation and rape-marriage, murder, and relation to God have haunted representations of motherhood from Eve to Mary and beyond. These essays explore biblical mothers and their relationships with their daughters and sons, comparing biblical mothers and mothers in popular media, history, literature, and the arts. The diversity of methods prompts a rich discussion, offering new ways of envisioning both biblical and contemporary motherhood.

LC 2009035122, ISBN 9781589834415 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: S


223.207

Kriegshauser, Laurence, O.S.B.

Praying the Psalms in Christ

368 pp., 6” x 9”, $35.00 paper, CIP included

March 2009

University of Notre Dame Press

“Father Kriegshauser, a Benedictine monk in Missouri, takes a wholly traditional approach with his Praying the Psalms in Christ, a patient verse-by-verse and image-by-image exposition of each psalm in the spirit of the most ancient patristic commentaries, although Kriegshauser does take good advantage of recent scholarship...as a year-long course with a learned priest, it will amply reward the patient Christian reader.”—Library Journal. “Many will profitably read Laurence Kriegshauser OSB’s Praying the Psalms in Christ from cover to cover, but many more will gratefully consult it for its learned and lection divina exposition.”—Review for Religious

LC 2009001154, ISBN 9780268033200 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: G


224.106

Calvert-Koyzis, Nancy and Heather E. Weir (Editors)

Strangely Familiar: Protofeminist Interpretations of Patriarchal Biblical Texts

304 pp., 6” x 9”, indexes, $35.95 paper, CIP included

October 2009

Society of Biblical Literature

The current recovery of early women’s interpretive works reveals writings that seem “strangely familiar” in their anticipation of later feminist approaches to the biblical text and their thematic interest in liberation. In this volume, the contributions of seventeenth- to nineteenth-century women are addressed in their historical and cultural contexts. Each of the included authors worked to liberate women from interpretations of the Bible that proved oppressive to them. Leading contemporary feminist biblical scholars assess the works of these forerunners, or protofeminists. The collection illustrates the significance of these neglected works for reception history, biblical studies, and women’s studies.

LC 2009042240, ISBN 9781589834538 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: S


230.046

Botta, Alejandro F. and Pablo R. Andiñach (Editors)

The Bible and the Hermeneutics of Liberation

272 pp., 6” x 9”, bibliography, $31.95 paper, CIP included

September 2009

Society of Biblical Literature

The same Bible that historically has been invoked to support exploitation is also a source of inspiration for those fighting oppression and injustice. This collection of essays highlights the different receptions that liberationist hermeneutics has found in a number of contemporary contexts. The authors, originating from various countries and continents and nurtured by diverse theological insights, provide regional overviews of liberating struggles and liberation hermeneutics or engage the biblical text from various perspectives, including mujerista and feminist Afrocentric readings.

LC 2009022438, ISBN 9781589832411 (p.)

AASL: NR

PLA: NR


234.8

Plekon, Michael (Foreword by Rowan Williams)

Hidden Holiness

224 pp., 6” x 9”, 22 illustrations, $25.00 paper, CIP included

March 2009

University of Notre Dame Press

“The process of beatification and canonization has consistently gone in favor of clergy and religious while excluding, for the most part, married men and women, parents, teachers, other professionals, and social activists. Plekon salutes the humanity and spirituality of Etty Hillesum, Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Oscar Romero, Simone Weil, and others like them who do not fit the pattern of celebrity sainthood with their flaws, singularity, and ‘holy audacity.’”—spiritualityandpractice.com “Plekon is a wonderful story-teller, retelling the lives of the saints with exceptional verve and clarity.”—Carol Zaleski, Smith College

LC 2009001153, ISBN 9780268038939 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: G


241

Cates, Diana Fritz

Aquinas on the Emotions: A Religious-Ethical Inquiry

304 pp., 6” x 9”, index, $29.95 paper, CIP included

October 2009

Georgetown University Press

Cates shows how emotions are composed as embodied mental states. She identifies various factors, including religious beliefs, intuitions, images, and questions that can affect the formation and the course of a person’s emotions. She attends to the appetitive as well as the cognitive dimension of emotion, both of which Aquinas interprets with flexibility. The result is a powerful study of Aquinas that is also a resource for readers who want to understand and cultivate the emotional dimension of their lives.

LC 2009006666, ISBN 9781589015050 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: NR


243.23

Giussani, Luigi

Is It Possible to Live This Way? An Unusual Approach to Christian Existence, Vol. 3 Charity

160 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, $60.00 cloth, $17.95 paper

September 2009

McGill-Queen’s University Press

This volume of Is It Possible to Live this Way, a translation of Luigi Giussani’s Si Può Vivere Così?, addresses the virtue of charity. A compilation of Giussani’s conversations with young people who have chosen the path of the consecrated life in the Church—that is, have chosen to live their lives in the world according to the “evangelical counsels” of poverty, chastity, and obedience—it proposes an unusual yet reasonable approach to living as a Christian.

LC 2010291781, ISBN 9780773535145 (c.), ISBN 9780773535152 (p.)

AASL: S


248.32

Thurston, Bonnie

For God Alone: A Primer on Prayer

240 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, $18.00 paper, CIP included

April 2009

University of Notre Dame Press

“This book is a general introduction to the theology and practice of prayer, essentially from a Christian perspective but not limited to it...very helpful for those who wish to understand, from someone on the inside, these practices of Christian spirituality [and] more helpful to those who wish to take up some of these prayer traditions themselves.” —Choice. “From the Bible to Buddha, Bonnie Thurston probes deeply into the theology and practice of prayer, with particular weight on the latter. I doubt if any reader can put the book down without finding himself or herself thinking about prayer in new and surprising ways.”—Patrick D. Miller, Princeton Theological Seminary

LC 2008051318, ISBN 9780268042332 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: G


261.27

Heck, Paul L.

Common Ground: Islam, Christianity, and Religious Pluralism

240 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, index, $24.95 paper, CIP included

September 2009

Georgetown University Press

Christian-Muslim interaction is a reality today in all corners of the globe, but while many celebrate the commonality of these traditions, significant differences remain. Heck undertakes a study of religious pluralism as a theological and social reality, and approaches the two religions in tandem as part of a broader discussion on the nature of the good society. This analysis of how Islam and Christianity understand theology, ethics, and politics—specifically democracy and human rights—offers a way for that discussion to move forward.

LC 2009007989, ISBN 9781589015074 (p.)

AASL: O

PLA: G


269.209

Miller, Steven P.

Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South

320 pp., 6” x 9”, 7 illustrations, index, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

April 2009

University of Pennsylvania Press

Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South considers the critical role the famous evangelist played in creating the modern American South. Author Steven P. Miller treats Graham as a serious actor and a powerful transitional symbol—an evangelist first and foremost, but also a profoundly political figure.

LC 2008040924, ISBN 9780812241518 (c.)

AASL: S

PLA: G


270.091

Pestana, Carla Gardina

Protestant Empire: Religion and the Making of the British Atlantic World

312 pp., 6” x 9”, 20 illustrations, index, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2009

University of Pennsylvania Press

Protestant Empire is the first comprehensive history of the dramatic clash of peoples and beliefs that emerged in the diverse religious world in the British Atlantic, including England, Scotland, Ireland, parts of North and South America, the Caribbean, and Africa.

LC 2008042299, ISBN 9780812241501 (c.)

AASL: S

PLA: S


270.1

MacMullen, Ramsay

The Second Church: Popular Christianity A.D. 200-400

222 pp., 7” x 10”, 48 photos, maps, illustrations; bibliography; index, $24.95 paper, CIP included

March 2009

Society of Biblical Literature

This richly illustrated work uncovers the religion that ordinary Christians, by far the majority, practiced in a different and largely forgotten “second Church” in the third and fourth centuries. “If you wish to know what it was like to be one of the ordinary Christians who lived in the Roman Mediterranean, then begin here. Through artifact and word, by means of a scholarly excavation of detail and fact from great metropolises and isolated hamlets strewn around the central sea, MacMullen brings to life the varied and contradictory life of Christians at ground level.”—Brent D. Shaw, Princeton University

LC 2009001214, ISBN 9781589834033 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: G


271.903

Rapley, Elizabeth

A Social History of the Cloister

376 pp., 6” x 9”, $95.00 cloth, $29.95 paper

July 2009

McGill-Queen’s University Press

In A Social History of the Cloister Elizabeth Rapley goes beyond the monastic rulebooks, legal and notarial records, and memoirs of famous women who passed through monastery doors to the chronicles, letters, and other little-known writings produced by nuns for and about themselves.

LC 2001900812, ISBN 9780773522220 (c.), ISBN 9780773536135 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: S


271.973

Watt, Jeffrey R.

The Scourge of Demons: Possession, Lust, and Witchcraft in a Seventeenth-Century Italian Convent

312 pp., 9” x 6”, $75.00 cloth

March 2009

The University of Rochester Press

For almost two years in the 1630s, the convent of Santa Chiara was turned upside down by the strange illnesses of several nuns, universally attributed to demonic possession brought about by witchcraft. In The Scourge of Demons, Jeffrey Watt reconstructs this fascinating episode in cogent detail. Fully in command of scholarship on female monasticism, witchcraft, possession, the Inquisition, and feminist interpretations, Watt offers a lucid cultural history that will inform and enthrall a wide range of readers.—Anne Jacobson Schutte, professor emerita of History, University of Virginia

LC 2008041885, ISBN 9781580462983 (c.)

AASL: RS


292.08

Rice, David G. and John E. Stambaugh

Sources for the Study of Greek Religion, Corrected Edition

230 pp., 6” x 9”, indexes, $24.95 paper, CIP included

June 2009

Society of Biblical Literature

This resource includes primary texts and documents in translation, illustrating the range of Greek religious beliefs and practices from Homer to Alexander the Great with the addition of relevant post-classical material. The sources are arranged in chapters devoted to the Olympian gods, heroes, public religion, private religion, mystery cults, and death and afterlife. Introductory notes place the selections in their context in Greek history and provide basic bibliography. The volume includes a glossary of technical terms, a general index, and an index of ancient sources cited.

LC 79-18389, ISBN 9780891303473 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: S


297.097

Smith, Jane I.

Islam in America, Second Edition

256 pp., 6” x 9”, index, $79.50 cloth, $24.50 paper, CIP included

November 2009

Columbia University Press

This richly textured, critically acclaimed portrait of American Muslims introduces the basic tenets of the Muslim faith, surveys the history of Islam in North America, and profiles the lifestyles, religious practices, and worldviews of Muslims in the United States. The second edition of Islam in America features a new chapter on post-9/11 realities, which covers infringements on civil rights and profiling, participation in politics, transformations in Islamic law, pluralism and identity issues, foreign influences, anti-Islamic sentiment, intra-Islamic tensions, and the quest for a moderate Islam. Source notes, glossary, and additional resources also reflect recent developments and scholarship.

LC 2008055374, ISBN 9780231147101 (c.), ISBN 9780231147118 (p.)

AASL: O

PLA: O


297.209

Baum, Gregory

The Theology of Tariq Ramadan: A Catholic Perspective

184 pp., 6” x 9”, $25.00 paper, CIP included

March 2009

University of Notre Dame Press

“Baum sees himself as uniquely sensitive to Ramadan’s efforts to articulate his religious tradition in a secular context...he describes with great sympathy Ramadan’s place as a reformist Muslim who opposes literalists on one side and liberals on the other....Ultimately, Baum should be admired for his well-meaning effort to enter into conversation with Ramadan.”—First Things. “In his ‘dialogue’ with Tariq Ramadan, Baum examines the latter’s work within an interfaith perspective, drawing parallels between Islamic and Catholic encounters with modernity. He argues that reform and renewal are compatible in both Islam and Catholicism.”—Islamic Horizons

LC 2008051316, ISBN 9780268022143 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: G


299.689

Murrell, Nathaniel Samuel

Afro-Caribbean Religions: An Introduction to Their Historical, Cultural, and Sacred Traditions

440 pp., 6” x 9”, 4 maps, 1 figure, 9 halftones, $89.50 cloth, $39.95 paper, CIP included

December 2009

Temple University Press

Religion is one of the most important elements of Afro-Caribbean culture linking its people to their African past, from Haitian Vodou and Cuban Santeria—popular religions that have often been demonized in popular culture—to Rastafari in Jamaica and Orisha-Shango of Trinidad and Tobago. In Afro-Caribbean Religions, Nathaniel Samuel Murrell provides a comprehensive study that respectfully traces the social, historical, and political contexts of these religions. And, because Brazil has the largest African population in the world outside of Africa, and has historic ties to the Caribbean, Murrell includes a section on Candomble, Umbanda, Xango, and Batique.

LC 2009012263, ISBN 9781439900406 (c.), ISBN 9781439900413 (p.)

PLA: G


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