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Sin, Sex, and Democracy
Sin, Sex, and Democracy (April 2008)
Antigay Rhetoric and the Christian Right
Cynthia Burack - Author

Explores the Christian Right’s use of tailored rhetorics to advance multiple and varied antigay political projects.

While the Christian Right has spearheaded a variety of antigay projects over the past fifteen years, including interventions in public schools, antigay-rights initiatives, and support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, observers of the institutionalized Christian Right hav...(Read More)
Gurus in America
Gurus in America (October 2005)
Thomas A. Forsthoefel - Editor
Cynthia Ann Humes - Editor

A fascinating look at Hindu gurus with significant followings in the United States.

Gurus in America provides an excellent introduction to the guru phenomenon in the United States, with in-depth analyses of nine important Hindu gurus—Adi Da, Ammachi, Mayi Chidvilasananda, Gurani Anjali, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Osho, Ramana Maharshi, Sai Baba, and Swami Bhaktivedanta. All of these gurus have attracted signific...(Read More)
Reclaiming Narrative for Public Theology
Reclaiming Narrative for Public Theology (October 2004)
Mary Doak - Author

Argues for American national narratives in Christian theology that respect the separation of church and state and a diverse, multifaith society.

This book furthers the development of American public theology by arguing for the importance of narrative to a theological interpretation of the nation's social and political life. In contrast to both sectarian theologies that oppose a diverse public life and liberal theologi...(Read More)
Pilgrimage through a Burning World
Pilgrimage through a Burning World (August 2003)
Spiritual Practice and Nonviolent Protest at the Nevada Test Site
Ken Butigan - Author

An account of how the Nevada Desert Experience—the nonviolent protest against nuclear testing that has been ongoing since the 1980s—has created a unique spiritual practice combining religious ritual and political action.

For two decades the Nevada Desert Experience has organized nonviolent action at the Nevada Test Site as part of the global movement to end nuclear testing. Pilgrimage through a Burning Wo...(Read More)
Scattering Point
Scattering Point (February 2003)
The World in a Mennonite Eye
Jeff Gundy - Author

Creative non-fiction by a Mennonite poet that blends the history of the Amish and Mennonites, family history, and his own life story to look at how he might live in harmony with the Mennonite ideal to 'live in the world but not of it.'
Part memoir, part family history, part meditation on history and the present, this work of creative nonfiction allows Jeff Gundy to ask what it should mean to "live in the world but not of it," as...(Read More)
Calling Down Fire
Calling Down Fire (February 2003)
Charles Grandison Finney and Revivalism in Jefferson County, New York, 1800-1840
Marianne Perciaccante - Author

Explores how the agrarian setting of Jefferson County, New York, influenced the revival methods of Charles Grandison Finney, with implications for the study of revivalism more generally.

Calling Down Fire examines the social and cultural influence of Jefferson County, New York, an isolated, agrarian setting, on the formation of Charles Grandison Finney’s theology and revival methods. Finney, who later became presi...(Read More)
Edgar Cayce in Context
Edgar Cayce in Context (September 1998)
The Readings: Truth and Fiction
K. Paul Johnson - Author

Edgar Cayce, widely acclaimed clairvoyant and forerunner of the holistic health movement, is revealed here as a pivotal figure in the transition from the esoteric and metaphysical movements of the late nineteenth century to the New Age movement.This book describes and evaluates his psychic "readings," more than 14,000 trance discourses that address medical, theological, historical, and psychological concerns raised by thousands of inquirers. The aut...(Read More)
Pragmatic Theology
Pragmatic Theology (February 1998)
Negotiating the Intersections of an American Philosophy of Religion and Public Theology
Victor Anderson - Author

Argues that while contemporary American philosophies and philosophers of religion are proclaiming the end of theology, a neopragmatism has arrived to fill the void in meaning and moral fulfillment to which theology once supplied answers.

"A solid, scholarly, constructive advancement of the conversation among competing voices concerning the moral and spiritual issues facing us in America today is of paramount importance. ...(Read More)
Jewish Choices
Jewish Choices (December 1997)
American Jewish Denominationalism
Bernard Lazerwitz - Author
J. Alan Winter - Author
Arnold Dashefsky - Author
Ephraim Tabory - Author

Illustrates how and why Jewish denominational preferences are more a matter of individual choice than family heritage.

Having a religious preference and expressing it via a denominational choice is a fundamental way Americans relate to their society. Similarly, American Jews have divided their religion into four parts--Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and no preference Jews. This book focuses on how Jewish lifestyles are...(Read More)
Shailer Mathews's Lives of Jesus
Shailer Mathews's Lives of Jesus (November 1997)
The Search for a Theological Foundation for the Social Gospel
William D. Lindsey - Author

Reappraises the work of Shailer Mathews, a leading but long-neglected theologian of the social gospel movement whose work prefigures contemporary liberation theologies.

This book focuses on a significant, but neglected, leader of the social gospel movement, University of Chicago theologian Shailer Mathews (1863-1941). In two widely read lives of Jesus--The Social Teaching of Jesus (1897) and Jesus on Social In...(Read More)
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