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Text as Father: Paternal Seductions in Early Mahayana Buddhist Literature

by Alan Cole

Offers innovative close readings of four early Buddhist Mahayana texts to highlight their narrative architecture and seductive strategies for convincing the reader to take these texts as the center of tradition in place of the institutional and ritual forms that constituted traditional Buddhism at the time (the beginning of the Common Era).

Texts And Traditions Source Book: A Source Reader For The Study Of Second Temple And Rabbinic Judaism

by Introduction Notes Lawrence H. Schiffman (Compilation

This sourcebook owes its creation to the earlier publication of my volume, From Text to Tradition: A History of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism (Ktav, 1991). Since its publication, the book has been read widely and has become a popular book in the American academic setting. From the beginning, it was clear that it would be necessary to place before readers a collection of primary materials which would provide the evidence for the general picture presented there. Further, such a volume was needed in order to shift the emphasis from generalization to the detailed investigation of the texts and traditions which are the heritage of this important period in the history of Judaism.

Textual Intimacy: Autobiography and Religious Identities

by Wesley A. Kort

Given its affinity with questions of identity, autobiography offers a way into the interior space between author and reader, especially when writers define themselves in terms of religion. In his exploration of this "textual intimacy," Wesley Kort begins with a theorization of what it means to say who one is and how one's self-account as a religious person stands in relation to other forms of self-identification. He then provides a critical analysis of autobiographical texts by nine contemporary American writers--including Maya Angelou, Philip Roth, and Anne Lamott--who give religion a positive place in their accounts of who they are. Finally, in disclosing his own religious identity, Kort concludes with a meditation on several meanings of the word assumption.

That Certain Spark

by Cathy Marie Hake

GOODING, TX, IS ABOUT TO GAIN A double DOUBLE BLESSING--A veternarian AND ADOCTOR. BUT WHEN SIBLINGS ENOCH AND Taylor BESTMAN ARRIVE, THE DISCOVERY THAT THE LONG AWAITED DOCTOR IS IN FACT A WOMAN HAS THE TOWN UP IN ARMS. Karl VAN DER vORT IS NO EXCEPTION,THOUGH HE BECOMES TAYLOR'S FIRST PATIENT ... AGAINST HIS WILL. KARL FINDS HE CAN'T DENY TAYLOR'S DOCTORING SKILLS, BUT HE ALSO CAN'T COME TO TERMS WITH HER UNLADYLIKE OCCUPATION. TAYLOR, ON THE OTHER HAND, WANTS ONLY TO PROVE THAT DOCTORING IS HER LIFE'S CALLING, DESPITE THE TOWN'S OPPOSITION. BUT WHEN HER PRACTICE--AND TAYLOR HERSELF--ARE THREATENED, KARL'S PROTECTIVENESS FLARES INTO A DIFFERENT EMOTION ALTOGETHER.

That Was Then... (Diary of a Teenage Girl: Kim #4)

by Melody Carlson

This Is Now It's Kim's senior year and, while everyone's looking forward to graduation, she's got so much going on she can barely make it through the day. Natalie, pregnant with Benjamin O'Conner's baby, believes it's God's will for them to marry, and Ben sees it as his Christian responsibility to do so. Major red flag? He doesn't love her. Then-surprise! Kim's birth mother in Korea sends her an intriguing letter, making Kim question her reluctance to get to know another "mom." And what about Maya? Is God calling Kim and her father to open their hearts and home to Kim's biracial cousin whose mother was just sentenced to five years in state prison? Kim has been through so much already, but that was then ... Does she have enough faith for now? Saturday, November 11 I've talked to Nat twice this week. But only on the phone. Both times she just glossed over what happened last weekend. She told me everything was "fine." But without any details. It was the kind of reassurance that isn't reassuring at all. I know she's covering something up. That was then...Kim Peterson has had a lot going on the past few years: writing a teen advice column, finding a new faith, dating and breaking up for the first time, losing her mom to cancer...Kim has learned to turn it all over to God day by day, relying on Him like she never has before. Now Kim's best friend, Nat, is pregnant and soon to be married to Ben O'Conner, Caitlin's younger brother. Nat is starry-eyed, believing that once she and Ben are married, God will bless them and everything will work out because they're doing the right thing. Kim's not so sure. Is marriage the only solution for two seventeen-year-olds with a baby on the way? Why won't they consider adoption? Kim knows about that firsthand-and is about to find out even more... Reader's guide included Story Behind the Book"In book four, Kim's life is still shadowed by the loss of her mother, but her faith is deepening. My best friend lost her mother to cancer in high school, and I was very involved in counseling, encouraging, and praying with my friend as she worked through her grief. That experience helped me write Kim's story from an insider's perspective." - Melody CarlsonFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

Thea Bowman: In My Own Words

by Thea Bowman Maurice J. Nutt

Sister Thea Bowman spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ as only an African American born in 1937 in Yazoo City, Mississippi, could. Throughout her adult life, she embraced Catholicism and religious life and never abandoned the beautiful gift of her "blackness. " It was her life's mission to share her rich cultural heritage and spirituality in song, prayer, teaching, and preaching. As a child, Thea Bowman converted to Catholicism, and as an adult chose a life as a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration. As a black religious sister in a predominantly white world, Sister Thea was able to cross cultural boundaries and share her cultural and spiritual gifts while learning and uplifting the cultural gifts of others. This book joyfully expounds the thoughts, memories, and reflections of this devoted Franciscan woman, a proud maiden of Mississippi, a prophetic preacher, and a tenacious teacher.

Thea's Song: The Life of Thea Bowman

by Charlene Smith John Feister

Years in the making, here is the unforgettable life story of an African American Woman who brought joy to the whole world and changed the way people thought of themselves. She fought prejudice, suspicion, hatred, sadness, and all the things that drive people apart. Sister Thea Bowman, a pioneering leader of interracial relations, brought the experience of growing up a black girl in civil-rights-era Mississippi to a convent of white Catholic sisters in Wisconsin, and then to the world beyond. Her groundbreaking work across the United States and overseas helping people to build interracial bridges during the 1980s has been the subject of numerous articles, books, and TV shows.

Theater in a Crowded Fire: Ritual and Spirituality at Burning Man

by Lee Gilmore

In this engrossing ethnography of the Burning Man phenomenon, Lee Gilmore explores why "burners" come in vast numbers to transform a temporary gathering of strangers into an enduring community.

Their Blood Cries Out: The Untold Story of Persecution Against Christians in the Modern World

by Lela Gilbert Paul Marshall

Today more than 200 million Christians around the world suffer imprisonment, abuse and even death because of their faith. Yet most Americans never hear their stories. In Their Blood Cries Out, Paul Marshall reveals the reality of this present-day persecution, revealing what we can do to help these brothers and sisters in Christ.

The Theme Is Freedom: Religion, Politics, and the American Tradition

by M. Stanton Evans

In The Theme Is Freedom, readers will be challenged on nearly every concept they've learned in history classes from elementary school to college: that our liberties stem from secular doctrines; that religious absolutes endanger freedom; and that the Bill of Rights created a "wall of separation" between religion and our public institutions.

Then the Whisper Put on Flesh: New Testament Ethics in an African American Context

by Brian K. Blount

In the midst of this horrible din, there is a whisper from the Lord, a faith statement upon which there can be established an ethic of transformation for an oppressed African American Christian community.

Theodoret's People: Social Networks and Religious Conflict in Late Roman Syria

by Adam M. Schor

Theodoret's People sheds new light on religious clashes of the mid-fifth century regarding the nature (or natures) of Christ. Adam M. Schor focuses on Theodoret, bishop of Cyrrhus, his Syrian allies, and his opponents, led by Alexandrian bishops Cyril and Dioscorus. Although both sets of clerics adhered to the Nicene creed, their contrasting theological statements led to hostilities, violence, and the permanent fracturing of the Christian community. Schor closely examines council transcripts, correspondence, and other records of communication. Using social network theory, he argues that Theodoret's doctrinal coalition was actually a meaningful community, bound by symbolic words and traditions, riven with internal rivalries, and embedded in a wider world of elite friendship and patronage.

The Theological Origins of Modernity

by Michael Allen Gillespie

Exposing the religious roots of our ostensibly godless age, Michael Allen Gillespie reveals in this landmark study that modernity is much less secular than conventional wisdom suggests. Taking as his starting point the collapse of the medieval world, Gillespie argues that from the very beginning moderns sought not to eliminate religion but to support a new view of religion and its place in human life. He goes on to explore the ideas of such figures as William of Ockham, Petrarch, Erasmus, Luther, Descartes, and Hobbes, showing that modernity is best understood as a series of attempts to formulate a new and coherent metaphysics or theology. "Bringing the history of political thought up to date and situating it against the backdrop of contemporary events, Gillespie's analyses provide us a way to begin to have conversations with the Islamic world about what is perhaps the central question within each of the three monotheistic religions: if God is omnipotent, then what is the place of human freedom?"--Joshua Mitchell, Georgetown University

Theology and Contemporary Critical Theory (2nd edition)

by Graham Ward

Ward (theology and literary theory, Cambridge U.) explores how the critical theory of such postmodern thinkers as Foucault, and Derrida has changed the context of the academic study of theology and challenges it and demands its transformation. He discusses theology in relation to representation, history, ethics, aesthetics. He also suggests some directions for the discipline during post-modernity.

Theology and Practice of Mission: God, the Church, and the Nations

by Bruce Ashford David Nelson

Theology disconnected from mission is not Christian theology at all. The pastors, professors, and missionaries writing Theology and Practice of Mission provide a clear biblical-theological framework for understanding the church's mission to the nations. Toward that goal, the book holds three major sections: God's mission, the church's mission, and the church's mission to the nations. Part one explores the canon of Christian Scripture from narrative and systematic angles, explaining how the mission of God-to redeem a people who will be a kingdom of priests to the praise of his glory, bear witness to his gospel, advance his church, and dwell with him forever on a new heaven and earth-is communicated in the Bible's four movements: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. Part two sees the mission of God's people in the light of God's mission, emphasizing not only preaching and church planting but also gospel witness in every dimension of human culture-glorifying God in family, church, work, community, through the arts, sciences, education, business, and the public square. The writers encourage us to live missionally, leaving all of our resources at God's disposal for the sake of his kingdom. Finally, part three contends that the North American church must come to terms with its missional calling-just as international missionaries do-and gives a starting point and parameters for conceiving the church's mission to all people groups and cultural contexts. Chapters here include ones on unreached people groups, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and Postmoderns.

Theology and Social Theory: Beyond Secular Reason (2nd edition)

by John Milbank

Theologian Milbank (religion, politics, and ethics; U. of Nottingham) wrote his treatise, first published in 1990, in the depths of the Thatcherite era, out of a conviction that a theological vision alone could challenge the emerging hegemony of neo-liberalism. Now that neo-liberalism has festered into a new mode of political tyranny, he finds the essential unity of the work even more apparent. He looks at theology in terms of liberalism, positivism, dialectics, and difference.

Theology and the Gospel of Christ: An Essay in Reorientation

by E. L. Mascall

The four chapters of which this book is composed have more in common than may appear on the surface. They are the outcome of a conviction, reached with reluctance and distress and after long and anxious thought, that the theological activity of the Anglican Churches is in a condition of extreme, though strangely complacent, confusion and that this is having a disastrously demoralizing effect upon the life and thought of the Church as a whole and of the pastoral clergy in particular.

Theology: The Basics (3rd Edition)

by Alister E. Mcgrath

Completely updated and expanded, this third edition from one of the world's leading theologians introduces students to key theological issues, contextualizing them within the bible and the works of seminal theologians. Introduces readers to key theological issues such as God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, faith, creation, salvation, atonement, religious history, and heaven Thoroughly updated, with the addition of a new chapter on the Holy Spirit Now includes images and more pedagogical features to engage the reader Each chapter offers an overview of an important theme, presents relevant biblical passages, and summarizes the contribution of a major theologian Expands the range of theological positions discussed within the book, especially those of contemporary and feminist theologians Maintains the user-friendly structure of the previous edition, with the Apostle's Creed as a framework Concludes with suggestions on how readers can take their study further Can be used alongside the new edition of Theology: The Basic Readings for a complete overview of the field

Theology for Beginners (3rd edition)

by F. J. Sheed

Theology for Beginners has been acclaimed as one of the outstanding modern introductions to theology. It is a clear, precise, and inspiring compendium of the central doctrines of the Christian faith.

A Theology for the Earth: The Contributions of Thomas Berry and Bernard Lonergan

by Anne Marie Dalton

This book brings together the work of these dynamic thinkers and examines their mutual contribution to theology for our time and for our planet.

The Theology of Paul the Apostle

by James D. G. Dunn

Using Paul's letter to the Romans as the foundation for his monumental study of Paul's theology, James D. G. Dunn describes Paul's teaching on God, sin, humankind, Christology, salvation, the church, and the nature of the Christian life.

Theology of Reading: The Hermeneutics of Love

by Alan Jacobs

If the whole of the Christian life is to be governed by the "law of love"-the twofold love of God and one's neighbor-what might it mean to read lovingly? That is the question that drives this unique book. Jacobs pursues this challenging task by alternating largely theoretical, theological chapters-drawing above all on Augustine and Mikhail Bakhtin-with interludes that investigate particular readers (some real, some fictional) in the act of reading. Among the authors considered are Shakespeare, Cervantes, Nabakov, Nicholson Baker, George Eliot, W. H. Auden, and Dickens. The theoretical framework is elaborated in the main chapters, while various counterfeits of or substitutes for genuinely charitable interpretation are considered in the interludes, which progressively close in on that rare creature, the loving reader. Through this doubled method of investigation, Jacobs tries to show how difficult it is to read charitably-even should one wish to, which, of course, few of us do. And precisely because the prospect of reading in such a manner is so offputting, one of the covert goals of the book is to make it seem both more plausible and more attractive.

Theology of the Arts: Encountering God through Music, Art and Rhetoric

by Richard Viladesau

This book explores, in a timely and engaging manner, several aspects of the relations between theology and aesthetics, in both the pastoral and academic realms. The underlying motif of this work is that beauty is a means of divine revelation, and that art is the human mediation that both enables and limits its revelatory power. Although aimed at undergraduate theology students, it will certainly capture the interest of art students, pastoral ministers and anyone who appreciates the arts.

Theology: A Very Short Introduction

by David F. Ford

This Very Short Introduction provides both believers and non-believers with a balanced survey of the central questions of contemporary theology. David Ford's interrogative approach draws the reader into considering the principles underlying religious belief, including the centrality of salvation to most major religions, the concept of God in ancient, modern, and postmodern contexts, the challenge posed to theology by prayer and worship, and the issue of sin and evil. He also proves the nature of experience, knowledge, and wisdom in theology, and discusses what is involved in interpreting theological texts today.

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