2015 University Press Books
Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries
After the New Atheist Debate
208 pp., 6" x 9", $60.00 cloth, $22.95 paper, $22.95 ebook, CIP included
University of Toronto Press
What is the place of religion in modern society? Phil Ryan moves past the over-heated rhetoric favoured by the New Atheists including Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens and their critics and presents a path out of the cul-de-sac that this argument has become. "After the New Atheist Debate is a book that needed to be written. Astute and timely, it will serve as a touchstone for those who seek to put the "New Atheist' debates into a broader social and political perspective."—Paul Allen, Concordia University
LC 2014466324, ISBN 9781442649521 (c.), ISBN 9781442626874 (p.), ISBN 9781442620476 (e.)
The Bible in the Public Square: Its Enduring Influence in American Life
230 pp., 6" x 9", 11 b&w illustrations, 6 b&w photographs, bibliographical references, index, $44.95 cloth, $29.95 paper, $29.95 ebook, CIP included
Biblical motifs, allusions, and themes are pervasive in American culture and are used for a dizzying array of artistic, ideological, and religious ends. This collection marshals a range of methodological perspectives—American history, the history of ideas, film studies, visual studies, cultural studies, education, and church-state studies—to explore how varying perceptions and interpretations of scripture manifest themselves in key spheres of American culture, including conceptions of American identity and appeals to the nation's purported biblical heritage, politics and political rhetoric, popular culture from Hollywood blockbusters to Rastafarian lyrics, and public education.
LC 2014012148, ISBN 9781589839823 (c.), ISBN 9781589839816 (p.), ISBN 9781589839830 (e.)
The King James Bible across Borders and Centuries
398 pp., 6" x 9", $60.00 cloth, CIP included
Duquesne University Press
The 12 essays in The King James Bible across Borders and Centuries—authored by scholars from a wide variety of academic disciplines—examine the King James Version of the Bible both as world literature and as an important force in social, geographical, and linguistic cultures, demonstrating its tremendous influence from the Protestant Reformation to the present day.
LC 2014016489, ISBN 9780820704777 (c.)
The Bible and Posthumanism
356 pp., 6" x 9", 1 b&w illustration, 2 b&w photographs, bibliographical references, indexes, $58.95 cloth, $43.95 paper, $43.95 ebook, CIP included
Humans are poised in between animality and divinity, aided, enhanced, and altered by technology, changing and changed by the environment. The Bible begins with men and women created in the image of the divine and given dominion over the rest of creation. The Bible also contains multiple moments of disruption, boundary crossing, and category confusion: animals speak, God becomes man, spirits haunt the living, and monsters confound. These essays explore biblical texts from Genesis to Revelation in conversation with critical theories of posthumanism that point beyond various human-centric ideologies.
LC 2013035221, ISBN 9781589839397 (c.), ISBN 9781589837515 (p.), ISBN 9781589837522 (e.)
Feminist Biblical Studies in the Twentieth Century: Scholarship and Movement
464 pp., 6" x 9", bibliographical references, index, $76.95 cloth, $56.95 paper, $56.95 ebook, CIP included
This volume in the Bible and Women Encyclopedia series traces the intellectual history and institutional development of feminist biblical studies in the twentieth century. It situates feminist biblical studies as scholarship engendered by the women's movement and takes stock of feminist biblical scholarship around the globe. The essays discuss the beginnings, institutional situations, theoretical-hermeneutical approaches, scholarly and grass-roots interpretations, and the future of feminist biblical scholarship on each continent. This book will be of interest not only to scholars in biblical studies and women's/gender/feminist studies but also to leaders of religious communities and feminists working with grass-roots women.
LC 2014002889, ISBN 9781589839229 (c.), ISBN 9781589835832 (p.), ISBN 9781589839212 (e.)
Latino/a Biblical Hermeneutics: Problematics, Objectives, Strategies
386 pp., 6" x 9", bibliographical references, $61.95 cloth, $46.95 paper, $46.95 ebook, CIP included
This volume explores Latino/a biblical interpretation and how Latino/a identity functions in that process. It includes a discussion of what constitutes Latino/a biblical criticism and a brief history of the state of the field. Without privileging a single point of view, varied contributions open up distinctive understandings and significant questions surrounding Latino/a identity and biblical interpretation and give rise to new forms of Latino/a identification and approaches. In doing so, the volume provides a sharp map of the past, present, and future of Latino/a biblical interpretation.
LC 2014039646, ISBN 9781589839274 (c.), ISBN 9781589836549 (p.), ISBN 9781589836556 (e.)
Mary's Bodily Assumption
280 pp., 6" x 9", $28.00 paper, $28.00 ebook, CIP included
University of Notre Dame Press
"In this wonderful and inspiring book, Matthew Levering offers a thorough exploration of a much-disputed dogma of the Catholic faith. But in the process, he also sheds considerable light on the nature and practice of theology as such. As we follow Levering's study of the bodily assumption of Mary, we learn a great deal about the development of doctrine, the nature and scope of ecclesiastical authority, the efficacy of typological readings of the Scripture, and the importance of the theological argument from fittingness. I would warmly recommend this book to any serious student of the theological art."—Robert Barron, University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary
LC 2014033014, ISBN 9780268033903 (p.), ISBN 9780268085834 (e.)
Sex, Violence, and Justice: Contraception and the Catholic Church
224 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $49.95 cloth, $29.95 paper, $29.95 ebook, CIP included
Georgetown University Press
In 1968, Pope Paul VI published Humanae vitae, the encyclical that reaffirmed the Catholic Church's continued opposition to the use of any form of artificial contraception. In Sex, Violence, and Justice...Aline Kalbian outlines the Church's position against artificial contraception as principally rooted in three biblical commandments. In addition, Kalbian shows how discourses about sexuality, both in the Church and in culture, are often tied to discourses of violence, harm and social injustice....[This book] will be of interest to students and scholars of Catholic moral theology, sexual ethics, religion and society, gender and religion, as well as to specialists and practitioners in public health.
LC 2013028048, ISBN 9781626161047 (c.), ISBN 9781626160484 (p.), ISBN 9781626160491 (e.)
Capital Punishment and Roman Catholic Moral Tradition
320 pp., 6" x 9", $29.00 paper, $29.00 ebook, CIP included
University of Notre Dame Press
In his new preface, Brugger examines the contribution of the great Polish pope's closest collaborator and successor in the Chair of Peter, Pope Benedict XVI, to Catholic thinking on the death penalty. He argues that Pope Benedict maintained the doctrinal status quo of his predecessor's teaching on capital punishment as self-defense, with detectable points of reluctance to draw attention to nontraditional implications of that teaching. Review for the first edition: "This book ranks as one of the clearest and most elegant statements of Catholic moral teaching on the death penalty. This volume should be included in every Catholic college library or seminary, and will be a valuable addition to all graduate libraries."—Choice
LC 2014016568, ISBN 9780268022419 (p.), ISBN 9780268075972 (e.)
Dark Light of Love
112 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $20.00 paper, $20.00 ebook, CIP included
University of Notre Dame Press
"If short prayer...penetrates heaven, then let us utter a resounding "Thank you!' to John Dunne for his mystical work....Here, John's kindled heart and illumined mind remind us that although "we are at the far point on the great circle in this secular age, where the soul is in the dark night of faith,' this far point is a turning point. To step toward ourselves, one another, and God, is to step into the darkness with love, where aloneness becomes all-one-ness and even darkness blooms and sings. This book...is meant, is a sign, is the heart speaking and showing us that indeed there is a way."—Colleen Moore, Director, Echo Program, University of Notre Dame
LC 2014022365, ISBN 9780268026189 (p.), ISBN 9780268077754 (e.)
The Columbia Sourcebook of Mormons in the United States
480 pp., 6" x 9", $80.00 cloth, $79.99 ebook, CIP included
Columbia University Press
This anthology offers rare access to key original documents illuminating Mormon history, theology, and culture in the United States from the nineteenth century to today. The authors of these documents, male and female, not only celebrate but speak critically and question mainline LDS teachings on sexuality, politics, gender, race, polygamy, and other issues. Selections largely focus on the Salt Lake-based LDS tradition, with a section on the post-Joseph Smith splintering and its creation of a variety of similar yet different Mormon groups.
LC 2014000714, ISBN 9780231149426 (c.), ISBN 9780231520607 (e.)
Urban Origins of American Judaism
208 pp., 6" x 9", 33 b&w photographs, $32.95 cloth, CIP included
University of Georgia Press
The urban origins of American Judaism began with daily experiences of Jews, their responses to opportunities for social and physical mobility as well as constraints of discrimination and prejudice. Deborah Dash Moore explores Jewish participation in American cities and considers the implications of urban living for American Jews across three centuries. Looking at synagogues, streets, and snapshots, she contends that key features of American Judaism can be understood as an imaginative product grounded in urban potentials.
LC 2014002328, ISBN 9780820346823 (c.)
Salafism in Lebanon: From Apoliticism to Transnational Jihadism
304 pp., 6" x 9", $49.95 cloth, $29.95 paper, $29.95 ebook, CIP included
Georgetown University Press
Salafism, comprised of fundamentalist Islamic movements whose adherents consider themselves the only "saved" sect of Islam, has been little studied, remains shrouded in misconceptions, and has provoked new interest as Salafists have recently staked a claim to power in some Arab states while spearheading battles against "infidel" Arab regimes during recent rebellions in the Arab world. Robert G. Rabil examines the emergence and development of Salafism into a prominent religious movement in Lebanon....The book should interest students and scholars of Islamic movements, international affairs, politics and religion, and radical groups and terrorism.
LC 2014011322, ISBN 9781626161160 (c.), ISBN 9781626161177 (p.), ISBN 9781626161184 (e.)
Heaven's Gate: America's UFO Religion
304 pp., 6" x 9", 8 halftones, 4 tables, $79.00 cloth, $26.00 paper, $22.00 ebook, CIP included
New York University Press
In March 1997, thirty-nine people in Rancho Santa Fe, California, ritually terminated their lives. To outsiders, it was a mass suicide. To insiders, it was a graduation. This act was the culmination of over two decades of spiritual and social development for the members of Heaven's Gate, a religious group focused on transcending humanity and the Earth, and seeking salvation in the literal heavens on board a UFO. In this fascinating overview, Benjamin Zeller not only explores the question of why the members of Heaven's Gate committed ritual suicides, but interrogates the origin and evolution of the religion, its appeal, and its practices....In the only book-length study of Heaven's Gate.
LC 2014020797, ISBN 9781479803811 (c.), ISBN 9781479881062 (p.), ISBN 9781479825394 (e.)