Protestants and Pictures: Religion, Visual Culture, and the by David Morgan

By David Morgan

During this lavishly illustrated publication, David Morgan surveys the visible tradition that formed American Protestantism within the 19th and 20th centuries--a mammoth checklist of pictures in illustrated bibles, Christian almanacs, kid's literature, well known spiritual books, charts, broadsides, Sunday university playing cards, illuminated devotional goods, tracts, chromos, and engravings. His goal is to provide an explanation for the increase of those photos, their visual appeal and material, how they have been understood by way of believers, the makes use of to which they have been placed, and what their relation was once to technological concepts, trade, and the cultural politics of Protestantism. His overarching argument is that the function of pictures in American Protestantism drastically accelerated and built in this interval.

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Straight to Jesus: sexual and Christian conversions in the by Tanya Erzen

By Tanya Erzen

Each year, hundreds of thousands of homosexual males and lesbians sign up for ex-gay ministries in an try to convert to non-homosexual Christian lives. during this attention-grabbing learn of the transnational ex-gay flow, Tanya Erzen specializes in the typical lives of guys and girls at New desire Ministry, a residential ex-gay software, over the process a number of years. directly to Jesus lines the tales of people that have renounced long term relationships and moved from different nations out of a conviction that the conservative Christian ideals in their upbringing and their very own same-sex wishes are irreconcilable. instead of definitively altering from gay to heterosexual, the members adventure a conversion that's either sexual and non secular as born-again evangelical Christians. At New wish, they preserve a private courting with Jesus and construct new varieties of kinship and belonging. by way of changing into what they name "new creations," those women and men testify to non secular transformation instead of alterations in sexual wish or habit. instantly to Jesus exposes how the Christian correct makes an attempt to repudiate homosexual id and political rights through the use of the ex-gay flow as proof that "change is possible." as an alternative, Erzen finds, the realities of the lives she examines really undermine this anti-gay procedure.

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Prey into Hunter: The Politics of Religious Experience by Maurice Bloch

By Maurice Bloch

Maurice Bloch has for a few years been constructing an unique and influential thought of formality. during this publication he synthesises an intensive idea of faith. Rituals in a superb many societies deny the transience of lifestyles and of human associations. Bloch argues that they enact this denial through symbolically sacrificing the individuals themselves, so letting them perform the immortality of a transcendent entity. Such sacrifices are accomplished via acts of symbolic violence, starting from physically mutilations to the killing of animals. The subject matter is built on the subject of rituals of many varieties, from a number of ethnographic assets, and Bloch indicates that even exogamous marriage rituals might be reinterpreted within the gentle of this thesis. He concludes through contemplating the oblique relation of symbolic and formality violence to political violence.

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The Best Buddhist Writing 2010 by Melvin McLeod

By Melvin McLeod

Here's this year’s installment within the sequence Publishers Weekly says “does an excellent carrier through highlighting perspectives and issues as they modulate with every one passing year.” the simplest Buddhist Writing 2010 is an eclectic, inspiring choice of writings from the Buddhist point of view. chosen by way of the editors of the Shambhala solar, North America’s prime Buddhist-inspired journal, the essays, articles, and interviews during this anthology provide an wonderful mixture of writing kinds and give some thought to a variety of matters. the simplest Buddhist Writing 2010 contains:    • A query and resolution consultation among young ones and Thich Nhat Hanh    • Stan Goldberg on turning into a hospice volunteer, presently after his personal analysis of prostate melanoma    • Buddhist writer and death-row inmate Jarvis Jay Masters on experiencing a number of unforeseen hours of freedom    • Jan Chozen Bays on consuming mindfully    • Norman Fischer contemplates the loss of life of his ally    • Meditation directions from Tibetan instructor Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche    • Sylvia Boorstein at the deep human connection that emerges once we interact with the enjoyment and soreness of others    • Carolyn Rose Gimian at the overdue Ch?gyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s suggestion to “smile at worry”    • Gaylon Ferguson on spotting our common wakefulness    • Pema Ch?dr?n on being open to the possibilities that come up once we event soreness and pain in our lives    • Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche on discovering pleasure in the course of life’s problems    • Steve Silberman’s account of affection, prejudice, Buddhism, and marriage    • Mary Pipher on relocating prior depression    • Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on meditation that directs our strategies and intentions in a good path    • Jaimal Yogis on his inaccurate try to use Zen to enhance his browsing    • Lauren Fraser at the Zen-inspired chefs who've prompted the best way we prepare dinner and devour    • And even more

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Religion and Society in Early Modern England; A Sourcebook by David Cressy, Lori Anne Ferrell

By David Cressy, Lori Anne Ferrell

This sourcebook covers the interaction among faith, politics, society and pop culture within the Tudor and Stuart classes. the subjects are studied via narratives, stories, literary works, orthodox and unorthodox non secular writing, institutional church records and parliamentary lawsuits. Introductions placed all of the assets in context and will make this an obtainable pupil textual content.

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The Reconstruction of the Church of Ireland: Bishop Bramhall by John McCafferty

By John McCafferty

Thomas Wentworth landed in eire in 1633 - virtually a hundred years after Henry VIII had all started his holiday with Rome. nearly all of the folk have been nonetheless Catholic. William Laud had simply been increased to Canterbury. A Yorkshire cleric, John Bramhall, the recent viceroy and have become, in below 12 months, Bishop of Derry. This 2007 learn, that's targeted on Bramhall, examines how those 3 males launched into a coverage for the demonstrated Church which represented not just a holiday with a century of reforming culture yet which additionally sought to make the tiny Irish Church a version for the opposite Stuart kingdoms. Dr McCafferty exhibits how accompanying canonical alterations have been explicitly applied for become aware of and eventual adoption in England and Scotland. even though inside of 8 years the scan was once blown aside and reconstruction denounced as subversive. Wentworth, Laud and Bramhall confronted consequent shame, trial, loss of life or exile.

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Margins of Religion: Between Kierkegaard and Derrida by John Llewelyn

By John Llewelyn

Pursuing Jacques Derrida's reflections at the risk of "religion with no religion," John Llewelyn makes room for a feeling of the spiritual that doesn't rely on the religions or conventional notions of God or gods. starting with Derrida's assertion that it was once Kierkegaard to whom he remained so much devoted, Llewelyn reads Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Feuerbach, Heidegger, Sartre, Levinas, Deleuze, Marion, in addition to Kierkegaard and Derrida, in unique and compelling methods. Llewelyn places religiousness in very important contact with the struggles of the human situation, discovering non secular area within the margins among the secular and the religions, transcendence and immanence, religion and data, confirmation and depression, lucidity and insanity. This provocative and philosophically wealthy account indicates why and the place the spiritual concerns.

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Thinking through feeling : God, emotion and passibility by Anastasia Philippa Scrutton

By Anastasia Philippa Scrutton

Contemporary debates on God's emotionality are divided among extremes. Impassibilists deny God's emotionality at the foundation of God's omniscience, omnipotence and incorporeality. Passibilists appear to holiday with culture by way of putting forward divine emotionality, usually targeting the concept that God suffers with us.

Contemporary philosophy of emotion displays this divide. a few philosophers argue that feelings are voluntary and clever psychological occasions, making them possibly appropriate with omniscience and omnipotence. Others declare that feelings are involuntary and primarily physiological, rendering them inconsistent with conventional divine attributes.

Thinking via Feeling: God, Emotion and Passibility creates a three-way dialog among the controversy in theology, modern philosophy of emotion, and pre-modern (particularly Augustinian and Thomist) conceptions of human affective adventure. It additionally offers an exploration of the intelligence and cost of the feelings of compassion, anger and jealousy.

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