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Defining Religion
Defining Religion (January 2018)
Essays in Philosophy of Religion
Robert Cummings Neville - Author

Provides a new orientation to philosophy of religion and a new theory of how religion ought to be defined.

In this collection of essays, written over the past decade, Robert Cummings Neville addresses contemporary debates about the concept of religion and the importance of the comparative method in theology, while advancing and defending his own original definition of religion. Neville’s hypothesis is that religion is a c...(Read More)
 
 
Religious Agrarianism and the Return of Place
Religious Agrarianism and the Return of Place (December 2017)
From Values to Practice in Sustainable Agriculture
Todd LeVasseur - Author

Examines religious communities as advocates of environmental stewardship and sustainable agriculture practices.

Writing at the interface of religion and nature theory, US religious history, and environmental ethics, Todd LeVasseur presents the case for the emergence of a nascent “religious agrarianism” within certain subsets of Judaism and Christianity in the United States. Adherents of this movement, who share an e...(Read More)
 
 
The Intersubjective Turn
The Intersubjective Turn (December 2017)
Theoretical Approaches to Contemplative Learning and Inquiry across Disciplines
Olen Gunnlaugson - Editor
Charles Scott - Editor
Heesoon Bai - Editor
Edward W. Sarath - Editor

Examines key theoretical aspects of the emerging field of second-person contemplative education.

A first of its kind, this book maps out current academic approaches in higher education to second-person contemplative education, which addresses contemplative experience from an intersubjective perspective. Until recently, contemplative studies has emphasized a predominantly first-person standpoint, but the expansion and embrace of...(Read More)
 
 
Satan and Apocalypse
Satan and Apocalypse (December 2017)
And Other Essays in Political Theology
Thomas J. J. Altizer - Author

Offers a profound vision of the Christian epic as the site of the modern apocalyptic reenactment of the original apocalypse.

In this series of essays, Thomas J. J. Altizer explores the Christian epic as the site of modern revolutionary apocalyptic reenactments and renewals of the original apocalypse enacted by Jesus Christ and primitive Christianity. Beginning with the pivotal seventeenth-century figures Milton and Spinoza, Alt...(Read More)
 
 
Journey of a Goddess
Journey of a Goddess (December 2017)
Chen Jinggu Subdues the Snake Demon
Fan Pen Li Chen - Translated, edited, and with an introduction by

First English translation of both a novel and two play excerpts based on tales of the goddess Chen Jinggu, an eighth-century shaman and present-day cult deity.

This book offers the first translation into English of the Chinese novel Haiyouji, as well as excerpts of a marionette play based on the cult lore of the goddess Chen Jinggu (766–790), a historical shaman priestess who became one of Fujian’s most import...(Read More)
 
 
The Greatest Mirror
The Greatest Mirror (November 2017)
Heavenly Counterparts in the Jewish Pseudepigrapha
Andrei A. Orlov - Author

A wide-ranging analysis of heavenly twin imagery in early Jewish extrabiblical texts.

The idea of a heavenly double—an angelic twin of an earthbound human—can be found in Christian, Manichaean, Islamic, and Kabbalistic traditions. Scholars have long traced the lineage of these ideas to Greco-Roman and Iranian sources. In The Greatest Mirror, Andrei A. Orlov shows that heavenly twin imagery drew in large part ...(Read More)
 
 
Unruly Catholic Nuns
Unruly Catholic Nuns (October 2017)
Sisters' Stories
Jeana DelRosso - Editor
Leigh Eicke - Editor
Ana Kothe - Editor

Explores the voices of current and former Catholic nuns as they share their lived experiences with Catholicism, both in accordance and in conflict with the institutional Church.

Unruly Catholic Nuns explores the voices of current and former Catholic nuns and, by doing so, contributes to the global conversation about the role of women in the Catholic Church today. Through autobiography, fiction, poetry, an...(Read More)
 
 
The Tawny One
The Tawny One (September 2017)
Soma, Haoma, and Ayahuasca
Matthew Clark - Author

Suggests that soma/haoma was probably originally a psychedelic drink made from plants with chemistry similar to ayahuasca.

The identity of the plant known as soma in ancient India and as haoma in the Zoroastrian tradition has, for around 250 years, exercised the wits and imagination of scores of scholars. This plant is praised in the highest terms—as a kind of deity—in...(Read More)
 
 
Walayah in the Fatimid Isma'ili Tradition
Walayah in the Fatimid Isma'ili Tradition (September 2017)
Elizabeth R. Alexandrin - Author

Explores the relationship between revelation and reason in medieval Islamic intellectual history.
In this original study, Elizabeth R. Alexandrin examines the complex relationships that can be inscribed between medieval Ismā‘īlī thought as an intellectual tradition with a devotional practice of reliance on the imām, and as a politico-esoteric system that redefined governance during the Fā...(Read More)
 
 
Movies and Midrash
Movies and Midrash (September 2017)
Popular Film and Jewish Religious Conversation
Wendy I. Zierler - Author
Eugene B. Borowitz - Foreword by

Brings popular cinema and Jewish religious texts into a meaningful dialogue.

Movies and Midrash uses cinema as a springboard to discuss central Jewish texts and matters of belief. A number of books have drawn on films to explicate Christian theology and belief, but Wendy I. Zierler is the first to do so from a Jewish perspective, exploring what Jewish tradition, text, and theology have to say about the lessons and themes ...(Read More)
 
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