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Fetishizing Tradition
Fetishizing Tradition (October 2015)
Desire and Reinvention in Buddhist and Christian Narratives
Alan Cole - Author

Describes how religious tradition is established as available within a text, free from ritual and observance, in Buddhism and Christianity.

This innovative work documents the literary gesture that “fetishizes tradition,” making long-standing religious traditions appear present and available through the reading experience. Taking as examples Paul’s Letter to the Romans, the Gospel of Mark...(Read More)
 
 
Oklahomo
Oklahomo (August 2015)
Lessons in Unqueering America
Carol Mason - Author

Uses the state of Oklahoma as a case study for how US conservatives have attempted to unqueer America since the 1950s.

By exploring the scandal-filled lives of four Oklahomans, this book demonstrates how unqueering operates in a conservative American context. Carol Mason weaves a story about how homogenizing, antigay ideas evolve from generation to generation so that they achieve particular economic, imperial, ra...(Read More)
 
 
Upstate Cauldron
Upstate Cauldron (June 2015)
Eccentric Spiritual Movements in Early New York State
Joscelyn Godwin - Author

Bronze Medalist 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the US Northeast – Best Regional Non-Fiction Category

HONORABLE MENTION 2015
ForeWord INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in the Religion Category

A guide to the phenomenal crop of prophets, cults, and utopian communit...(Read More)
 
 
Divine Scapegoats
Divine Scapegoats (May 2015)
Demonic Mimesis in Early Jewish Mysticism
Andrei A. Orlov - Author

Explores the paradoxical symmetry between the divine and demonic in early Jewish mystical texts.

Divine Scapegoats is a wide-ranging exploration of the parallels between the heavenly and the demonic in early Jewish apocalyptical accounts. In these materials, antagonists often mirror features of angelic figures, and even those of the Deity himself, an inverse correspondence that implies a belief that the dem...(Read More)
 
 
Christianity without God
Christianity without God (October 2014)
Moving beyond the Dogmas and Retrieving the Epic Moral Narrative
Daniel C. Maguire - Author

Argues that Christianity does not require its supernatural aspects.

Christianity without an omnipotent god, without a divine savior, without an afterlife? In this bold and hopeful book, theologian Daniel C. Maguire writes that traditional, supernatural aspects of Christianity can be comforting, but are increasingly questionable. A century of scholarly research has not been supportive of the dogmatic triad of pers...(Read More)
 
 
Women, Ritual, and Power
Women, Ritual, and Power (October 2014)
Placing Female Imagery of God in Christian Worship
Elizabeth Ursic - Author

Reveals the triumphs and struggles of contemporary Christian congregations to express female imagery of God in worship.

Many Christians do not know the Bible contains female images of God because they have never heard nor seen them in church. In Women, Ritual, and Power, Elizabeth Ursic gives the reader insight into four Christian communities that worship God with female imagery, both as a worship focus ...(Read More)
 
 
Gendering Chinese Religion
Gendering Chinese Religion (September 2014)
Subject, Identity, and Body
Jinhua Jia - Editor
Xiaofei Kang - Editor
Ping Yao - Editor

A gender-critical consideration of women and religion in Chinese traditions from medieval to modern times.

Gendering Chinese Religion marks the emergence of a subfield on women, gender, and religion in China studies. Ranging from the medieval period to the present day, this volume departs from the conventional and often male-centered categorization of Chinese religions into Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism...(Read More)
 
 
Resurrecting the Death of God
Resurrecting the Death of God (May 2014)
The Origins, Influence, and Return of Radical Theology
Daniel J. Peterson - Editor
G. Michael Zbaraschuk - Editor
Thomas J. J. Altizer - Afterword

Considers the legacy and future of radical theology.

In 1966, an infamous Time magazine cover asked “Is God Dead?” and brought the ideas of theologians William Hamilton and Thomas J. J. Altizer to the wider public. In the years that followed, both men suffered professionally and there was no notable increase to the small number of thinkers considered death of God theologians. Meanwhile, Christ...(Read More)
 
 
Tough Love
Tough Love (February 2014)
Sexuality, Compassion, and the Christian Right
Cynthia Burack - Author

Exposes how ex-gay and postabortion ministries operate on a shared system of thought and analyzes their social implications.

A staple of the culture wars, the struggle between Christian conservatives and progressives over sexuality and reproductive rights continues. Focusing on ex-gay ministries geared to helping same-sex attracted people resist their sexuality and postabortion ministries dedicated to leading wom...(Read More)
 
 
Unruly Catholic Women Writers
Unruly Catholic Women Writers (November 2013)
Creative Responses to Catholicism
Jeana DelRosso - Editor
Leigh Eicke - Editor
Ana Kothe - Editor

FINALIST - 2013 ForeWord Book of the Year in the Anthologies Category

A literary anthology exploring contemporary Catholic women’s experiences.

This unique literary anthology is devoted to unruly Catholic women. In short stories, poems, personal essays, and drama, the contributors describe women’s struggles with Catholicism and also complicate contemporary ...(Read More)
 
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