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Chinese Theology and Translation The Christianity of the Jesuit Figurists and their Christianized Yijing

Chinese Theology and Translation The Christianity of the Jesuit Figurists and their Christianized Yijing

Author: Sophie Ling-chia (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) Wei Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/10/2019

This book presents the Jesuit Figurists' encounter with the Yijing in their mission in China. The author analyses how Jesuit Figurists incorporated their intralingual translation of the Yijing, the classical and vernacular use of Chinese language and the imitation of Chinese literati's format, and the divinization of Yijing numbers into their typological exegesis. By presenting the different ways in which Jesuit Figurists' Christianized the Yijing and grafted a Chinese version of Jesus and Christian stories onto the Chinese classics, this book reveals the value of Jesuit missionary-translators. The Chinese manuscripts the Figurists left behind themselves became treasures which have been excavated and displayed in this book. These treasures reveal the other side of the story, the side not much shown in past scholarship on the Figurists. These handwritten manuscripts on the Christianized Yijing are a legacy which continues to impact the European understanding of Chinese history and civilization in later centuries. A first analysis of these manuscripts in Chinese, this book uncovers the Jesuits mystic theological interpretation in their trans-textual dialogue in the intra-lingual translation of the Book of Changes. The book will be of interest to scholars working on the history of Christianity in China and East Asian Religion and Philosophy.

Alive in God A Christian Imagination

Alive in God A Christian Imagination

Author: Timothy Radcliffe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

How can Christianity touch the imagination of our contemporaries when ever fewer people in the West identify as religious? Timothy Radcliffe argues we must show how everything we believe is an invitation to live fully. God says: `I put before you life and death: choose life'. Anyone who understands the beauty and messiness of human life - novelists, poets, filmmakers and so on - can be our allies, whether they believe or not. The challenge is not today's secularism but its banality. We accompany the disciples as they struggle to understand this strange man who heals, casts out demons and offers endless forgiveness. In the face of death, he teaches them what it means to be alive in God. Then he embraces all that afflicts and crushes humanity. Finally, Radcliffe explores what it means for us to be alive spiritually, physically, sacramentally, justly and prayerfully. The result is a compelling new understanding of the words of Jesus: `I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.'

Miss Unlikely

Miss Unlikely

Author: Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

From a double-wide trailer on a farm in Georgia to the 2016 Miss America pageant, Betty Cantrell was not a likely contender for the crown. She won by being herself-mistakes and all. Miss Unlikely takes you through Betty's unconventional childhood, the surprising pageant journey, an incredible year as Miss America, a fairytale wedding, and everything in between. She offers wisdom on school, boys, self-esteem, choices, disappointments, insecurities, mentors, cyberbullies, and more. Behind-the-scenes moments and previously untold stories show how her faith and family ultimately carried her through difficult times. Betty's personal and sincere account will remind you the only way to get where you want to go is through God's unique plan. Find confidence in being you, and turn your dreams into reality.

Poetics of Critique The Interdisciplinarity of Textuality

Poetics of Critique The Interdisciplinarity of Textuality

Author: Andrew W. Hass Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2019

Title first published in 2003. Poetics of Critique breaks new ground in its pursuit of a formal and critical language of interdisciplinarity. The founding disciplines within the humanities - theology, philosophy, and literature - are brought together here in a shared space, but one that reconstitutes the very nature of each and any discipline. Readings alternate between discursive analysis and imaginative revisioning; texts alternate between those of the critical thinker (Kant, Nietzsche, Gadamer) and those of the novelist, the poet, and the playwright (Bulgakov, Goethe, Kundera, Sophocles). In this movement between traditions, a fusion, at once organic and dynamic, takes place: theologian, philosopher and artist become one, and a pure interdisciplinarity begins to emerge into view. Andrew Hass draws us into a new critical-poetic sensibility, by which we may explore the ultimate questions of human existence and divine reality with new vigor and sustain, or indeed revitalize, our deep passion for the fundamental question of truth.

Laudato Si' and the Environment Pope Francis' Green Encyclical

Laudato Si' and the Environment Pope Francis' Green Encyclical

Author: Robert (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA) McKim Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2019

This volume is a response to the Pope's Laudato Si', giving an interdisciplinary overview of its impact on the environmental concerns of Catholics as well as other religious groups. Published in 2015, it is often seen as an environmental encyclical and in it the Pope urges us to face up to the crisis of climate change. He argues that all of us should prioritise taking better care of the Earth, our common home, while also attending to the plight of the poor. Written by an international and multidisciplinary team of leading scholars, the Pope's invitation to all people to begin a new dialog about these matters is considered from a variety of perspectives. There is discussion of the implications for immigration, population control, eating animals, and property ownership. Additionally, indigenous religious perspectives, development and environmental protection, and the implementation of the ideas of the encyclical in the Church are explored. Each chapter deals with the scriptural, theological, and philosophical underpinnings of the encyclical, as well as other central concepts such as interconnectedness, the role of practice, and what Pope Francis calls the technocratic paradigm . This book expertly illuminates the relationship between Laudato Si' and environmental concerns. It will, therefore, be vital reading for anyone studying religion and the environment, environmental ethics, Catholic theology, and environmental thought.

Religious Studies and the Goal of Interdisciplinarity

Religious Studies and the Goal of Interdisciplinarity

Author: Brent Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2019

This book offers a survey of the development of interdisciplinarity in Religious Studies within academia and offers ways for it to continue to progress in contemporary universities. It examines the use of the term `interdisciplinary' in the context of the academic study of religion and how it shapes the way scholarly work in this field has developed. The text uses two main elements to discuss Religious Studies as a field. Firstly, it looks at the history of the development of Religious Studies in academia, as seen through an interdisciplinary critique of the university as an epistemological project. It then uses the same interdisciplinary critique to develop a foundation for a 21st century hermeneutic. One which uses the classical concepts reprised by that interdisciplinary critique and retools the field for the 21st century. Setting out both the objects of Religious Studies as a subject and the techniques used to employ the study of those objects, this book offers an invaluable perspective on the progress of the field. It will, therefore, be of great use to scholars of research methods within Religious Studies.

Envisioning the Cosmic Body of Christ Embodiment, Plurality and Incarnation

Envisioning the Cosmic Body of Christ Embodiment, Plurality and Incarnation

Author: Aurica (University of Cologne, Germany) Jax Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2019

The metaphor of the cosmos as the Body of Christ offers an opportunity to escape the aporias of standard Body of Christ imagery, which has often proved anthropocentric, exclusivist, triumphalist and/or sexist in the analyses of classical theologies. The body motif in particular contains starting points for current body discourses of gender-sensitive and ecological theologies, especially in their mutual overlaps. This book offers a critical evaluation of the prospects and boundaries of an updated metaphor of the Body of Christ, especially in its cosmic dimension. The first part of the book addresses the complex tradition in which the universal dimension of cosmological Christologies is located, including the thinking of the Apostles Paul and John, Origen, Cusanus, Teilhard de Chardin, McFague, and Panikkar. In the second part of the book, representatives of various innovative concepts will contribute to the anthology. This is a wide-ranging study of the implications of a new cosmic Body of Christ. As such, it will be of interest to academics working in Religion and Gender, Religion and the Environment, Theology and Christology.

Ritual Journeys in South Asia Constellations and Contestations of Mobility and Space

Ritual Journeys in South Asia Constellations and Contestations of Mobility and Space

Author: Jurgen (University of Heidelberg, Germany) Schaflechner Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2019

This book focuses on the ritualized forms of mobility that constitute phenomena of pilgrimage in South Asia and establishes a new analytical framework for the study of ritual journeys. The book advances the conceptual scope of `classical' Pilgrimage Studies and provides empirical depth through individual case studies. A key concern is the strategies of ritualization through which actors create, assemble and (re-)articulate certain modes of displacement to differentiate themselves from everyday forms of locomotion. Ritual journeys are understood as being both productive of and produced by South Asia's socio-economically uneven, politically charged and culturally variegated landscapes. From various disciplinary angles, each chapter explores how spaces and movements in space are continually created, contested and transformed through ritual journeys. By focusing on this co-production of space and mobility, the book delivers a conceptually driven and empirically grounded engagement with the diverse and changing traditions of ritual journeying in South Asia. Interdisciplinary in its approach, the book is a must-have reference work for academics interested in South Asian Studies, Religious Studies, Anthropology and Human Geography with a focus on pilgrimage and the socio-spatial ideas and practices of ritualized movements in South Asia.

Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Caliphate Why the Group is Still Appealing to Muslims in the West

Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Caliphate Why the Group is Still Appealing to Muslims in the West

Author: Elisa Orofino Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/09/2019

Investigating the appeal of the group Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), the study expands on why non-violent radical forms of Islam still attract segments of Muslim communities in the West. Being one of the few comprehensive studies on HT, this book discusses how this Islamist group advocate for the caliphate and for the implementation of shari'a but also reject violence as a tool to achieve these goals. Through interviews with current HT members, observation at HT-sponsored events and social media analysis, this book leads the reader into the world of vocal radical Islamist groups, exploring their goals and activities in Western states, with a special focus on the UK and Australia. In fact, as many other non-violent Islamist groups, HT represent the choice of all those individuals who might share Islamist arguments but who reject the use of violence. Given their non-violent nature, vocal radicals are mostly free to operate in the Western world, attracting new members, conducting a relentless campaign against the West as a system and representing a serious source of concern not only for national authorities but for the broader Muslim community. This book stands as an original publication and paves the way to a new area of study crossing sociology, Islamic studies and political sciences. This book is one of the few contributions on vocal and radical Islamism to date.

Hindi Christian Literature in Contemporary India

Hindi Christian Literature in Contemporary India

Author: Rakesh Peter-Dass Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2019

This is the first academic study of Christian literature in Hindi and its role in the politics of language and religion in contemporary India. In public portrayals, Hindi has been the language of Hindus and Urdu the language of Muslims, but Christians have been usually been associated with the English of the foreign `West'. However, this book shows how Christian writers in India have adopted Hindi in order to promote a form of Christianity that can be seen as Indian, desi, and rooted in the religio-linguistic world of the Hindi belt. Using three case studies, the book demonstrates how Hindi Christian writing strategically presents Christianity as linguistically Hindi, culturally Indian, and theologically informed by other faiths. These works are written to sway public perceptions by promoting particular forms of citizenship in the context of fostering the use of Hindi. Examining the content and context of Christian attention to Hindi, it is shown to have been deployed as a political and cultural tool by Christians in India. This book gives an important insight into the link between language and religion in India. As such, it will be of great interest to scholars of Religion in India, World Christianity, Religion and Politics and Interreligious Dialogue, as well as Religious Studies and South Asian Studies.

Elements in Religion and Monotheism Monotheism and the Meaning of Life

Elements in Religion and Monotheism Monotheism and the Meaning of Life

Author: T. J. (University of Oxford) Mawson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2019

'Monotheism and The Meaning of Life' explores the role of God, and its relationship to the question 'What is the meaning of life?' for adherents of the main monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Exploring the various senses of 'meaning' and 'life', Mawson argues that there are various questions implicit in the notion of the meaning of life and that the God of monotheistic religion is central to the correct answers to all of them.