2016 University Press Books


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200-299 Religion


Manning, Christel

Losing Our Religion: How Unaffiliated Parents Are Raising Their Children

256 pp., 6" x 9", 2 tables, $89.00 cloth, $27.00 paper, $22.95 ebook, CIP included

November 2015

New York University Press

The fastest growing religion in America is—none! One fifth of Americans now list their religion as "none," up from only 7 percent two decades ago. Among adults under 30, those poised to be the parents of the next generation, fully one third are religiously unaffiliated. What do Nones believe, and how do they negotiate tensions with those convinced that they ought to provide their children with a religious upbringing?

LC 2015019843, ISBN 9781479874255 (c.), ISBN 9781479883202 (p.), ISBN 9781479869367 (e.)




Balentine, Samuel E.

Have You Considered My Servant Job?: Understanding the Biblical Archetype of Patience

312 pp., 6" x 9", $54.95 cloth, $53.99 ebook, CIP included

February 2015

The University of South Carolina Press

Balentine examines this rich and varied history of interpretation by focusing on the principal characters in the story—Job, God, the satan figure, Job's wife, and Job's friends. Each chapter begins with a concise analysis of the biblical description of these characters, then explores how subsequent readers have expanded or reduced the story, shifted its major emphases or retained them, read the story as history or as fiction, and applied the morals of the story to the present or dismissed them as irrelevant.

LC 2014044828, ISBN 9781611174519 (c.), ISBN 9781611174526 (e.)




Cloutier, David

The Vice of Luxury: Economic Excess in a Consumer Age

336 pp., 6" x 9", $59.95 cloth, $32.95 paper, $32.95 ebook, CIP included

December 2015

Georgetown University Press

Luxury. The word alone conjures up visions of attractive, desirable lifestyle choices, yet luxury also faces criticism as a moral vice harmful to both the self and society. Engaging ideas from business, marketing, and economics, The Vice of Luxury takes on the challenging task of naming how much is too much in today's consumer-oriented society.

LC 2015007450, ISBN 9781626162709 (c.), ISBN 9781626162563 (p.)

ISBN 9781626162570 (e.)



Dowland, Seth

Family Values and the Rise of the Christian Right

280 pp., 6" x 9", 10 illustrations, $45.00 cloth, $45.00 ebook, CIP included

November 2015

University of Pennsylvania Press

Family Values and the Rise of the Christian Right chronicles how the family values agenda became so powerful in American political life and why it appealed to conservative evangelical Christians.

LC 2015007476, ISBN 9780812247602 (c.), ISBN 9780812291919 (e.)




Sandell, David P.

Open Your Heart: Religion and Cultural Poetics of Greater Mexico

240 pp., 6" x 9", $29.00 paper, $29.00 ebook, CIP included

April 2015

University of Notre Dame Press

David P. Sandell unveils ritualized storytelling that Mexican and Mexican American people of faith use to cope with racism and poverty associated with colonial, capitalist, and modern social conditions. "Open Your Heart is a major contribution to those of us working in the areas of ritual and religion, narrative, and individual life experiences. David Sandell is an anthropologist, and this is a beautiful, close ethnographic study of a group of people in the United States who are often badly misunderstood. He persuasively shows us how narrative and ritual work together to accomplish certain goals for the individuals who create and perform them for each other."—Beverly J. Stoeltje, Indiana University

LC 2014049367, ISBN 9780268041465 (p.), ISBN 9780268092894 (e.)




Sinitiere, Phillip Luke

Salvation with a Smile: Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church, and American Christianity

336 pp., 6" x 9", 11 halftones, 2 tables, $35.00 cloth, $29.75 ebook, CIP included

November 2015

New York University Press

Salvation with a Smile situates Lakewood Church in the context of American religious history and illuminates how Osteen has parlayed an understanding of American religious and political culture into vast popularity and success.

LC 2015030158, ISBN 9780814723883 (c.), ISBN 9780814724200 (e.)




Francaviglia, Richard

The Mapmakers of New Zion: A Cartographic History of Mormonism

264 pp., 8 1/2" x 11", 122 maps and illustrations, $34.95 cloth, $28.00 ebook, CIP included

May 2015

University of Utah Press

From their earliest days on the American frontier through their growth into a worldwide church, the spatially expansive Mormons made maps to help them create idealized communities, migrate to and colonize large parts of the American West, visualize the stories in their sacred texts, and spread their message internationally through a well-organized missionary system. This book identifies many Mormon mapmakers who played an important but heretofore unsung role in charting the course of Latter-day Saint history.

LC 2014049402, ISBN 9781607814085 (c.), ISBN 9781607814092 (e.)




Goldwyn, Elisabeth

(Translated by Rachel Kessel)

Reading between the Lines: Form and Content in Levinas's Talmudic Readings

229 pp., 6" x 9", $24.95 paper, CIP included

October 2015

Duquesne University Press

Originally published in Hebrew, Reading between the Lines takes up philosopher Emmanuel Levinas's fascinating contributions to Jewish thought, concentrating specifically on his talmudic readings in the context of "contemporary midrash." Herself a scholar and teacher of the Talmud, Elisabeth Goldwyn finds Levinas's approach to study and interpretation to be both bold and original, and here she seeks to examine the importance of his methodology and its relationship to the content he intends to convey....As a result, readers of Reading between the Lines will find important and meaningful tools for understanding both the midrashic dimension of Levinas's writings and the spiritual significance that Jewish cultural discourse has in the broader society—in Israel and beyond, and in both religious and secular contexts.

LC 2015025976, ISBN 9780820704838 (p.)




Harris, Sam and Maajid Nawaz

Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue

144 pp., 4 3/8" x 7 1/8", $17.95 cloth, $17.95 ebook, CIP included

October 2015

Harvard University Press

In this dialogue between a famous atheist and a former radical, Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz invite you to join an urgently needed conversation: Is Islam a religion of peace or war? Is it amenable to reform? Why do so many Muslims seem drawn to extremism? The authors demonstrate how two people with very different views can find common ground.

LC 2015009535, ISBN 9780674088702 (c.), ISBN 9780674737068 (e.)



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