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Promised Land
Promised Land (August 1995)
Base Christian Communities and the Struggle for the Amazon
Madeleine Cousineau Adriance - Author

Examines the relationship between grassroots Catholic Church groups (base Christian communities) and the mobilization of peasant farmers in the fight for control of Amazon lands.

Choice Outstanding Academic Books 1996

Using information gathered from more than one hundred interviews with farmers, activists, and church people in northern Brazil, the author shows how the present conflicts over land in the Amazon, as well as the destru...(Read More)

 
 
Arguing About Sex
Arguing About Sex (July 1995)
The Rhetoric of Christian Sexual Morality
Joseph Monti - Author

This book is about current issues in sexual morality, the Christian church, and moral argument in late modernity.
"The author achieves a synthesis that is rare and difficult. By shifting the initial focus away from narrowly envisioned discussions of sexual morality to its larger, cultural, ecclesial or communal, and historical contexts, the author does great service in articulating a very 'rich' praxis appropriate to the cultural-spiritu...(Read More)
 
 
Transgressive Corporeality
Transgressive Corporeality (July 1995)
The Body, Poststructuralism and the Theological Imagination
Diane MacDonald - Author

This book examines embodiment and poststructuralism as they pertain to theological method.
"This is a fine and scholarly text on topics of contemporary interest. The author succeeds in opening new space for theology to begin to re-figure and re-form itself." -- Sue L. Cataldi, Moorhead State University
This study begins with Nietzsche's attempt to subvert the projects of classical and modern metaphysics through an unmasking of their a...(Read More)
 
 
The Rise and Fall of Catholic Religious Orders
The Rise and Fall of Catholic Religious Orders (October 1994)
A Social Movement Perspective
Patricia Wittberg - Author

"It is a fine example of how to apply theoretical analysis to historical material in a way that sheds light on a contemporary social phenomenon. I have seen nothing in this genre with a similar respect for the complexities involved in the rise and decline of Catholic religious orders. This group--a sociological goldmine--has been largely ignored in the sociological analysis of intentional communes and communities. Wittberg's treatment is broad in...(Read More)
 
 
Muslim Communities in North America
Muslim Communities in North America (August 1994)
Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad - Editor
Jane Idleman Smith - Editor

This book provides the first in-depth look at Muslim life and institutions forming in North America. It considers the range of Islamic life in North America with its different racial-ethnic and cultural identities, customs, and religious orientations. Issues of acculturation, ethnicity, orthodoxy, and the changing roles of women are brought into focus.The authors provide insight into the lives of recent immigrants who are asking what is Islamically ...(Read More)
 
 
Tocqueville's Civil Religion
Tocqueville's Civil Religion (July 1994)
American Christianity and the Prospects for Freedom
Sanford Kessler - Author

Sanford Kessler offers a provocative and timely analysis of Alexis de Tocqueville's views on the relationship between Christianity and American democracy. These views are central to Tocqueville's discussions of the moral requirements of freedom and the tasks of democratic statesmanship.

Tocqueville's thinking about American religion is highly relevant to contemporary debates regarding America's origins, the current strength of American Chris...(Read More)
 
 
Heterosexism
Heterosexism (December 1993)
An Ethical Challenge
Patricia Beattie Jung - Author
Ralph F. Smith - Author

In this ground-breaking book the authors show that the prevailing sexual ethic is no longer useful. It presumes as ideal, a uniform morality based on a limited understanding of human sexuality. Heterosexism is revealed to be a system of prejudice that both grows out of and supports this ethic. It produces various forms of discrimination, particularly those against gay and lesbian people, that cannot be justified.

The authors investigate scr...(Read More)
 
 
Gender and Work
Gender and Work (September 1993)
The Case of the Clergy
Edward C. Lehman Jr. - Author

"This is a very careful and scholarly study of the differences in leadership styles of women clergy and men clergy."
-- Ruth Wallace, George Washington University

"This book is a refreshing change in gender research. Theory and data gathering around gendered concerns have often only examined women. This text samples both women and men; therefore, it not only compares them but says something significant about both. What is significant h...(Read More)
 
 
The Political Dimensions of Religion
The Political Dimensions of Religion (August 1993)
Saïd Amir Arjomand - Editor

"The only other book that deals with Jewish, Christian, and Muslim fundamentalism is the book by Bruce Lawrence. It does not have the range of Arjomand's book." -- Hamid Algar, University of California, Berkeley

"In this book, Said Amir Arjomand has brought together a number of brilliant essays, each addressing a particular aspect of that beguiling force of attraction that relentlessly keeps religion and politics in close proximity--i...(Read More)
 
 
The Ethical Challenge of Auschwitz and Hiroshima
The Ethical Challenge of Auschwitz and Hiroshima (July 1993)
Apocalypse or Utopia?
Darrell J. Fasching - Author

This book addresses the problem of religion, ethics, and public policy in a global technological civilization. It attempts to do what narrative ethicists have said cannot be done--to construct a cross-cultural ethic of human dignity, human rights, and human liberation which respects the diversity of narrative traditions. It seeks to do this without succumbing to either ethical relativism or ethical absolutism.

The author confronts directly ...(Read More)
 
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