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In the Lógos of Love: Promise and Predicament in Catholic Intellectual Life

"These wide-ranging papers examine Catholic intellectual life fifty years after Vatican II. The 'predicament' is that Catholic intellectual and cultural achievements and resources are overshadowed by internal divisions, changing patterns of religious belief and practice, pressures on academic institutions, and a changing media culture. Contributors resist simplistic arguments about secularism and relativism and hold out the hope, the...

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After the Wrath of God: AIDS, Sexuality, and American Religion

On a cold February morning in 1987, amidst freezing rain and driving winds, a group of protesters stood outside of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Amherst, Massachusetts. The target of their protest was the minister inside, who was handing out condoms to his congregation while delivering a sermon about AIDS, dramatizing the need for the church to confront the seemingly ever-expanding crisis. The minister's words and actions were...

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God and Cosmos: Moral Truth and Human Meaning

"This is the book I had hoped they would write after Good God. Their previous book was mostly constructing their own theory, but God and Cosmos engages in significant detail with much of the best recent work in non-theist ethical theory. It is characteristically punchy in style, but at the end movingly eloquent in defense of a theist foundation for the authority of morality. The section on moral knowledge is especially fine, and take...

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Aristotle in Aquinas's Theology

Aristotle in Aquinas's Theology explores the role of Aristotelian concepts, principles, and themes in Thomas Aquinas's theology. Each chapter investigates the significance of Aquinas's theological reception of Aristotle in a central theological domain: the Trinity, the angels, soul and body, the Mosaic law, grace, charity, justice, contemplation and action, Christ, and the sacraments. In general, the essays focus on the Summa theolog...

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The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists

I thought this book was great. I think Ravi has just an outstanding way of drawing from so many different sources and articulating things well so that good points are made not only in and of themselves, but made to have weight, value, and leave one asking true and deep questions about these things. I read this book, and talking about it with my brother began a long conversation with him, and opened up the door to many topics I though...

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Earth-honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key

"This book is important, timely, sorely needed and deeply prophetic- delivering a hard, truthful indictment of the world as it is, but also suggesting visionary, hopeful Earth-honoring ways forward... yes, you should, you need , to read this." --Journal of Lutheran Ethics "In many ways Earth-Honoring Faith resembles an intricate, colorful song played by a vast collection of deft instrumentalists. Rasmussen is a master at tying togeth...

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Wellhausen and Kaufmann

"Not only is this text eminently readable, it is clear and engaging. Furthermore, because the majority of the quotations have been translated from the German (all Hebrew quotations have been translated) this text is also accessible to younger scholars and students as well. This text, then, would function just as well as text for senior scholars as for an introductory class on biblical studies at the graduate level."

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Heart Religion: Evangelical Piety in England & Ireland, 1690-1850

"This is a superb volume of essays by leading historians, with each of the contributors offering valuable insights into evangelical spirituality. The opening essay by John Coffey, on 'Sources and Trajectories of Evangelical Piety' sets the scene in a masterly way. After enjoying it I was eager to carry on reading. The rest of the essays lived up to the high standard set by Coffey... As befits a book of essays on Heart Religion, I fou...

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The Crisis of Religious Toleration in Imperial Russia Bibikov's System for the Old Believers, 1841-1855

"Marsden's book has numerous virtues. Firstly, it is necessary to note the vast amount of archival work conducted by the author and the rigorous use of published sources. Second, Marsden succeeds in placing his relatively narrow theme into a wider context, discussing as he does questions relating to religious toleration, international relations, nation building, and state formation...[T]he material presented in this book will serve a...

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Hindu Worldviews: Theories of Self, Ritual and Reality

"Hindu Worldviews stands strong in a field that has been reinvestigating methodologies, bridging the sometimes overlooked aspects of religions and cultures as missed by the colonizing gaze. Frazier does careful work in engaging the classical Hindu worldviews towards her second goal of finding a more global theory of everything, as well as adeptly focusing on her first stated goal of exploring the classical worldviews of a multiform H...