Author: Baron Baron d'Holbach
"Christianity Unveiled" from Baron d'Holbach. French-German author, philosopher, encyclopedist and a prominent figure in the French Enlightenment (18th century).
In 2007, 3,500 teachers in sixteen European countries participated in a cross-cultural study "Teaching Religion in a multicultural Europe." The empirical survey researches existing teaching procedures in religion and theology. The book presents the results which are different approaches, strategies, and ways of thinking when it comes to teaching religion in a multicultural context.
Based on ethnographic explorations in cities across the globe, Topographies of Faith offers a unique and compelling analysis of religious dynamics in metropolitan centers. It creatively draws on perspectives from urban studies to explore the spatiality of religion in modern cities.
Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Publisher: Fortress Press
Here is offered the complete text in translation, annotated by the German and American editors. The historical context is explained and textual commentary is provided in a Foreword and Afterword.
Author: Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, Peter Heltzel
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
With so many injustices, small and great, across the world and right at our doorstep, what are people of faith to do? Since the 1930s, organizing movements for social justice in the U.S. have largely been built on assumptions that are secular origin—such as reliance on self-interest and having a common enemy as a motivator for change. But what if Christians were to shape their organizing around the implications of the truth that God is real and Jesus is risen? Alexia Salvatierra has developed a model of social action that is rooted in the values and convictions born of faith. Together with theologian Peter Heltzel, this model of "faith-rooted organizing" offers a path to meaningful social change that takes seriously the command to love God and to love our neighbor as ourself.
Presents the work produced by Hans W. Frei in the last decade of his life. The book is based on his 1983 Schaffer Lectures at Yale University and his 1987 Cadbury Lectures at the University of Birmingham. It presents his reflections on issues and options in contemporary Christian theology.
A Far Glory
Author: Peter L. Berger
Berger, an eminent religious sociologist and Protestant believer, attempts to square his own rational side with his religious impulses, bringing a lifetime of professional and personal reflection to bear on the nature of faith, its modern pluralistic context, and its social and individual consequences. A timely guide to the problems of faith for believers and skeptics alike.
The Local Church
Author: Christopher Ruddy
Publisher: Herder & Herder
Is the true meaning of Catholicism found in the papacy, which should establish the framework for the entire church? Or does Catholicism exist primarily in individual dioceses and parishes, each with their own practices and theologies? Christopher Ruddy uses the thought of Tillard, Congar, and others to offer a revitalized understanding of Church identity and authority.
Jonathan Loved David
Author: Anthony Heacock
Publisher: Sheffield Phoenix Press Limited
The relationship between the Hebrew heroes David and Jonathan has caught the attention of popular and scholarly writers alike. Yet there is little agreement about the nature of this relationship that speaks of a love between two men that 'surpasses the love of a man for a woman' (2 Sam. 1.26). Weighing the arguments of scholars including Nissinen, Stone and Zehnder, Heacock produces a meta-critical analysis of the many interpretations of the relationship between David and Jonathan, identifying three dominant readings: the traditional political-theological interpretation, the homoerotic interpretation, and the homosocial interpretation. After outlining the three interpretive approaches, Heacock considers the evidence cited to support each: namely, themes in the David and Jonathan narrative and related biblical texts, ancient political treaties, laws pertaining to homogenital behaviour in the ancient Mediterranean world, and the heroic tales of the Gilgamesh Epic and Homer's Iliad. By applying recent epistemological shifts in knowledge as developed in the interdisciplinary fields of sexuality studies, queer studies and ancient studies, Heacock emphasizes the inescapability of the modern reader's cultural context when reading the narrative, particularly the influence of modern discourses of sexuality. Rather than suggest an alternative historical reading, Heacock turns the debate on its head by abandoning claims to historical veracity and embracing the input of the contemporary queer reader. Using queer theory and reader-response criticism, he offers a reading of the relationship between David and Jonathan through the lens of contemporary gay male friendships. This queer reading not only celebrates manly love in its numerous forms, but also adds a self-critical voice to the discussion that exposes the heteronormative assumptions underlying the questions often asked of the narrative.
Author: Jochen Becker, Katrin Klingan, Stephan Lanz, Kathrin Wildner
"Global Prayers examines questions of redemption and liberation in the cities of the world. New religious practices permeate public spaces and the cultural scenes of these metropolises. Religious communities inscribe themselves into urban life acoustically, typographically, and architecturally. They generate their own aesthetics and forms of consumption. Urban studies as well as artistic productions have long viewed religion and urbanity as mutually exclusive. Global Prayers, in contrast, puts the case for just such reciprocal influences. The publication is based on the work of an international network of researchers as well as artists, focusing on diverse urban assemblages and religious communities. The contributions record their movements and critically engage with them. With contributions by: Özge Aktaş & Eda Ünlü-Yücesöy, Nezar AlSayyad, Yasmeen Arif, Adé Bantu, Jochen Becker, Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber, Regina Bittner, Filip De Boeck, Hiba Bou Akar, Thomas Burkhalter, Ayşe ÇAvdar, Aryo Danusiri, Amanda Dias, Ronald DüKer & Stefanie Peter, Alexa FäRber, David Garbin, Hengameh Golestan, Gerda Heck, Anne Huffschmid, Johannes Ismaiel-Wendt, George Jose, Katrin Klingan, Stephan Lanz, Brian Larkin, Ferdinand Mbecha, Birgit Meyer, Aernout Mik, Martijn Oosterbaan, Joseph Rustom, Sandra SchäFer, Werner Schiffauer, Surabhi Sharma, Abdoumaliq Simone, David Spero, Hidayet Tuksal, Asonzeh Ukah, Camilo José Vergara, Kathrin Wildner, Paola Yacoub" Présentation de l'éditeur.