Practicing religion in the age of the media: explorations in by Stewart M. Hoover, Lynn Schofield Clark

By Stewart M. Hoover, Lynn Schofield Clark

More and more, the non secular practices humans have interaction in and the methods they discuss what's significant or sacred occur within the context of media tradition -- within the realm of the so-called secular. targeting this intersection of the sacred and the secular, this quantity gathers jointly the paintings of media specialists, spiritual historians, sociologists of faith, and professionals on American reviews and artwork background. issues diversity from Islam on the web to the quasi-religious practices of Elvis enthusiasts, from the makes use of of pop culture via the Salvation military in its early years to the makes use of of interactive media applied sciences on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Beit Hashoah Museum of Tolerance. the problems that the essays handle comprise the public/private divide, the differences among the sacred and profane, and the way to differentiate among the practices which may be termed "religious" and people who would possibly not.

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Buddhism, Christianity and the Question of Creation: Karmic by Perry Schmidt-Leukel

By Perry Schmidt-Leukel

Is the area created via a divine writer? Or is it the consistent made from karmic forces? the difficulty of production was once on the middle of the vintage controversies among Buddhism and Hindu Theism. nowa days it may be chanced on on the centre of many polemical debates among Buddhism and Christianity. is that this the relevant barrier that separates Buddhism from Christianity and different theistic religions? The contributions to half One discover a few of the elements of conventional and modern Buddhist objections opposed to the belief of a divine writer in addition to Christian percentages to satisfy the Buddhist critique. half asks for the capability fact on either side and indicates a shocking method that the barrier can be triumph over. This opens a brand new around of philosophical and theological discussion among those significant traditions with difficult insights for either. participants: José I. Cabezón, John P. Keenan, Armin Kreiner, Aasulv Lande, John D'Arcy may possibly, Eva ok. Neumaier, Perry Schmidt-Leukel, Ernst Steinkellner.

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Christmas: A Candid History by Bruce David Forbes

By Bruce David Forbes

Written for everybody who loves and is concurrently pushed loopy via the vacation season, Christmas: A Candid historical past provides an enlightening, pleasing viewpoint on how the yearly yule get together received to be what it's this present day. In a desirable, concise journey via historical past, the publication tells the tale of Christmas—from its pre-Christian roots, during the beginning of Jesus, to the holiday's unfold throughout Europe into the Americas and past, and to its mind-boggling transformation via sleek consumerism. filled with fascinating tales, according to study into myriad assets, choked with insights, the ebook explores the ancient origins of traditions together with Santa, the reindeer, present giving, the Christmas tree, Christmas songs and films, and extra. The booklet additionally deals a few provocative principles for reclaiming the enjoyment and which means of this loved, but frequently problematical, season amid the pressures of our fast moving customer tradition.

DID YOU KNOW

For 3 centuries Christians didn't have fun Christmas?

Puritans in England and New England made Christmas observances unlawful?

St. Nicholas is an elf in the recognized poem "The evening earlier than Christmas"?

President Franklin Roosevelt replaced the dateof Thanksgiving so as to prolong the Christmas purchasing season?

Coca-Cola helped model Santa Claus's glance in an advertisements crusade?

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Judges (Believers Church Bible Commentary) by Terry L Brensinger

By Terry L Brensinger

Terry L. Brensinger explains the ups and downs of the Israelites in the course of the interval of the Judges. via tracing advancements lower than each one pass judgement on, he indicates how Israel's deteriorates to near-total chaos. The ebook of Judges starts off with depictions of Israel's obedience and faithfulness yet ends with disunited and leaderless tribes. the folk are inclined to take their concentration clear of serving the Lord. in its place, they persist with different gods, search fake safety, and do what's correct of their personal eyes.

The writer offers useful functions for such modern concerns as non secular unfaithfulness, the character of neighborhood, the jobs and obligations of leaders, and conflict and violence.

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God and the Chip: Religion and the Culture of Technology: 24 by William A. Stahl

By William A. Stahl

Our ancestors observed the cloth global as alive, they usually usually personified nature. this day we declare to be realists. yet in fact we're not taking note of the symbols and myths hidden in expertise. underneath a lot of our discuss pcs and the web, claims William A. Stahl, is an unacknowledged mysticism, an implicit faith. by way of now not acknowledging this mysticism, we've develop into seriously in need of moral and highbrow assets with which to appreciate and confront adjustments as a result of know-how.

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With Reverence for the Word: Medieval Scriptural Exegesis in by Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Barry D. Walfish, Joseph W. Goering

By Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Barry D. Walfish, Joseph W. Goering

This quantity is the 1st trilateral exploration of medieval scriptural interpretation. The big literature written through the medieval interval is certainly one of either nice range and diverse cross-cultural similarities. those essays discover this wealthy background of biblical and qur'anic interpretation.

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God Suffers for Us: A Systematic Inquiry into a Concept of by Jung Young Lee (auth.)

By Jung Young Lee (auth.)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, writing in his mobile in a Nazi felony, expressed a so much amazing proposal. "Men visit God in His want. " this can be the perception, he saw, which distinguishes the Christian religion from all different religions. it's a common trust that God, or the gods, should still come to assist guy in his mortal, human want. yet this isn't the God and Father of Jesus Christ. while Jesus in Gethsemane chided his disciples for his or her sloth in no longer holding watch with him in the course of his anguish, so God the daddy needs to glance to His creatures for his or her religion and sympathy. Therein lies the root for the Christian resolution to guy­ kind's perennial grievance: Why do males endure? now not all theologians, believing Christians, or believers in a private God can proportion this concept. often the japanese Orthodox thinkers have adhered to the rule of thumb of apophatic theology: that's, there are barriers of data approximately God which the human brain, even if enlightened via revelation, can't go. So who can say that God the everlasting One is liable to what we name agony? it's higher to carry one's silence on so deep a secret. nonetheless others are detest to recognize God's passibility for various purposes. God is final and excellent; accordingly he can't recognize soreness or different feelings. God is impersonal; for that reason it really is meaningless to ascribe own, anthro­ popathic emotions to Him. Many angels may perhaps worry to tread at the flooring of this so much tricky question.

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Nature, God and Humanity: Envisioning an Ethics of Nature by Richard L. Fern

By Richard L. Fern

Nature, God and Humanity clarifies the duty of forming an ethics of nature, thereby empowering readers to enhance their very own severe, faith-based ethics. Calling on unique, thought-provoking analyses and arguments, Richard L. Fern frames a philosophical ethics of nature, assesses it scientifically, unearths aid for it in conventional biblical theism, and situates it culturally. notwithstanding protecting the ethical worth of ideals declaring the unconventional Otherness of God and human area of expertise, this publication goals to not compel the adoption of any specific ethic yet fairly illumine the contribution different sorts of inquiry make to an ethics of nature. How does philosophy make clear ethical conviction? What does technological know-how let us know approximately nature? Why does non secular religion topic? Rejecting the appearance of a unmarried, rationally-compelling ethics, Fern solutions those questions in a fashion that fosters either contract and confrontation, permitting these retaining conflicting ethics of nature to interact for the typical strong.

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The Pietist Theologians: An Introduction to Theology in the by Carter Lindberg

By Carter Lindberg

A finished advent to the Pietist theologians of the 17th and eighteenth centuries in Puritan England, Pietist Europe and Colonial the United States.

  • Provides a finished advent to the Pietist theologians of the 17th and eighteenth centuries.
  • Demonstrates the impact that Pietism had at the spiritual, cultural and social lifetime of the time.
  • Explores the lasting results Pietism has had on smooth theology and smooth culture.
  • Presents either Protestant and Catholic theologians in Puritan England, Pietist Europe and Colonial America.
  • Focuses on girls in addition to men.
  • Features updated learn and statement by means of a global workforce of top scholars.

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Divine Discourse: Philosophical Reflections on the Claim by Nicholas Wolterstorff

By Nicholas Wolterstorff

Favourite within the canonical texts and traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam is the declare that God speaks. Nicholas Wolterstorff argues that modern speech-action concept, while adequately improved, bargains us a desirable means of examining this declare and exhibiting its intelligibility. He develops an cutting edge conception of double-hermeneutics - alongside the best way opposing the present near-consensus led through Ricoeur and Derrida that there's whatever wrong-headed approximately analyzing a textual content to determine what its writer acknowledged. Wolterstorff argues that at the very least a few of us are entitled to think that God has spoken. Philosophers have by no means ahead of, in any sustained style, mirrored on those issues, often simply because they've got mistakenly taken care of speech as revelation.

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