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Our Major World Religions

Our Major World Religions

Author: Terry Burden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2019

Shakespeare, Theology, and the Unstaged God

Shakespeare, Theology, and the Unstaged God

Author: Anthony D. (Seminary of the Southwest, USA) Baker Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2019

While many scholars in Shakespeare and Religious Studies assume a secularist viewpoint in their interpretation of Shakespeare's works, there are others that allow for a theologically coherent reading. Located within the turn to religion in Shakespeare studies, this book goes beyond the claim that Shakespeare simply made artistic use of religious material in his drama. It argues that his plays inhabit a complex and rich theological atmosphere, individually, by genre and as a body of work. The book begins by acknowledging that a plot-controlling God figure, or even a consistent theological dogma, is largely absent in the plays of Shakespeare. However, it argues that this absence is not necessarily a sign of secularization, but functions in a theologically generative manner. It goes on to suggest that the plays reveal a consistent, if variant, attention to the theological possibility of a divine presence mediated through human wit, both in gracious and malicious forms. Without any prejudice for divine intervention, the plots actually gesture on many turns toward a hidden supernatural actor , or God. Making bold claims about the artistic and theological of Shakespeare's work, this book will be of interest to scholars of Theology and the Arts, Shakespeare and Literature more generally.

Religion and Hezbollah Political Ideology and Legitimacy

Religion and Hezbollah Political Ideology and Legitimacy

Author: Mariam Farida Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/08/2019

Hezbollah, or Party of God, emerged in Lebanon as an armed militia to free regions in southern Lebanon from foreign occupation and to improve the standing of Shi'ite communities. This book examines the Party's use of religion to serve multiple agendas including political pragmatism, the mobilisation of supporters, and to increase its influence as an actor in the Middle East.

Film and the Afterlife

Film and the Afterlife

Author: David Rankin Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/08/2019

This book explores how post-death existence is represented in popular film, looking at issues such as continuity, personal identity, and the nature of existence beyond the grave. Film often returns to the theme of dying, death and the afterlife, both directly and indirectly, because there are very few subjects as compelling and universal. The book compares the representation of death, dying and the afterlife in films to scholarly surveys of attitudes towards life-after-death through the analysis of twenty films made between the end of World War II and now. It looks at the portrayals of stages between death and a final destination; spatio-temporal and personal continuity; the nature of afterlife existence in terms of embodiment, or not; and the contact between the worlds of the living and the dead. This book offers a wide-ranging view on a compelling subject in film. As such, it will be of great interest to scholars of Religion and Film, Religion and Media, the Philosophy of Religion, and the Sociology of Religion, as well as Religion, Media and Film Studies more generally .

The First Amendment and State Bans on Teachers' Religious Garb Analyzing the Historic Origins of Contemporary Legal Challenges in the United States

The First Amendment and State Bans on Teachers' Religious Garb Analyzing the Historic Origins of Contemporary Legal Challenges in the United States

Author: Nathan C. Walker Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/08/2019

Examining the twelve-decade legal conflict of government bans on religious garb worn by teachers in U.S. public schools, this book provides comprehensive documentation and analysis of the historical origins and subsequent development of teachers' religious garb in relation to contemporary legal challenges within the United Nations and the European Union. By identifying and correcting factual errors in the literature about historical bans on teachers' garb, Walker demonstrates that there are still substantial and unresolved legal questions to the constitutionality of state garb statutes and reflects on how the contemporary conflicts are historically rooted. Showcased through a wealth of laws and case studies, this book is divided into eight clear and concise chapters and answers questions such as: what are anti-religious-garb laws?; how have the state and federal court decisions evolved?; what are the constitutional standards?; what are the establishment clause and free exercise clause arguments?; and how has this impacted current debates on teachers' religious garb?, before concluding with an informative summary of the points discussed throughout. State Bans on Teachers' Religious Garb in the United States is the ideal resource for researchers, academics, and postgraduate students in the fields of education, religion, education policy, sociology of education, and law, or those looking to explore an in-depth development of the laws and debates surrounding teachers' religious garb within the last 125 years.

Vedic Practice, Ritual Studies and Jaimini's Mimamsasutras Dharma and the Enjoined Subject

Vedic Practice, Ritual Studies and Jaimini's Mimamsasutras Dharma and the Enjoined Subject

Author: Samuel G. Ngaihte Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2019

Drawing on insights from Indian intellectual tradition, this book examines the conception of dharma by Jaimini in his Mimamsasutras, assessing its contemporary relevance, particularly within ritual scholarship. Presenting a hermeneutical re-reading of the text, it investigates the theme of the relationship between subjectivity and tradition in the discussion of dharma, bringing it into conversation with contemporary discourses on ritual. The primary argument offered is that Jaimini's conception of dharma can be read as a philosophy of Vedic practice, centred on the enjoinment of the subject, whose stages of transformation possess the structure of a hermeneutic tradition. Offering both substantive and methodological insights into the contentions within the contemporary study of ritual, this book will be of interest to researchers in the fields of Hindu studies, ritual studies, Asian religion, and South Asian studies.

Doing Theology as if People Mattered Encounters in Contextual Theology

Doing Theology as if People Mattered Encounters in Contextual Theology

Author: Eduardo Fernandez, Deborah Ross Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/07/2019

Doing Theology as if People Mattered narrates a reflexive account of the doing of contextual theology at the Jesuit School of Theology (JST) of Santa Clara University. The collection explores practicing contextual theology in the classroom and beyond, in service, international immersions, interreligious dialogue, and mission. The book presents the concept of contextual theology as expressed and lived at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, a member school of the Graduate Theological Union. All theology is contextual (Stephen Bevans) and the Jesuit School of Theology has operated out of this paradigm for many years. Implicit in the book is the faculty's conversion to doing contextual theology in the educational context of the classroom and beyond. This collection narrates the story of contextual theology at JST: how the School came to select this theological method and how it guides the vision and mission of the School; how contextual theology shapes pedagogy and work in the classroom; how contextual theology and education flourish in ministerial praxis in the local intercultural San Francisco Bay Area, and in international contexts, as the School engages in immersions, pilgrimage, and interreligious dialogue; how JST welcomes students from many continents, and prepares students to go back to those contexts; and how JST lives out the maxim of a faith that does justice .

Religion: A Crash Course Become An Instant Expert

Religion: A Crash Course Become An Instant Expert

Author: Adam Ford Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/07/2019

Religions flourish everywhere around the planet, shaping people's lives, providing meaning and spiritual guidance in a perplexing world, giving comfort in times of distress. Divided into 52 sections and grouped into four chapters Religion: A Crash Course takes a geographical approach. It covers the ancient religions that emanate from the Indian subcontinent, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism through to the Abrahamic faiths of the Jews, Christians, and Muslims of Arabia and Europe. The third section looks at the way Indian religions found their way to China and Japan, mingling Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto. Finally, the less well-documented tribal religions of Africa, Australasia, and the Americas are explored as well as recent phenomena in the New World: the Mormons, Rastafarians, and Pentecostalists.

Doing Theology as if People Mattered Encounters in Contextual Theology

Doing Theology as if People Mattered Encounters in Contextual Theology

Author: Eduardo Fernandez, Deborah Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2019

Doing Theology as if People Mattered narrates a reflexive account of the doing of contextual theology at the Jesuit School of Theology (JST) of Santa Clara University. The collection explores practicing contextual theology in the classroom and beyond, in service, international immersions, interreligious dialogue, and mission. The book presents the concept of contextual theology as expressed and lived at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, a member school of the Graduate Theological Union. All theology is contextual (Stephen Bevans) and the Jesuit School of Theology has operated out of this paradigm for many years. Implicit in the book is the faculty's conversion to doing contextual theology in the educational context of the classroom and beyond. This collection narrates the story of contextual theology at JST: how the School came to select this theological method and how it guides the vision and mission of the School; how contextual theology shapes pedagogy and work in the classroom; how contextual theology and education flourish in ministerial praxis in the local intercultural San Francisco Bay Area, and in international contexts, as the School engages in immersions, pilgrimage, and interreligious dialogue; how JST welcomes students from many continents, and prepares students to go back to those contexts; and how JST lives out the maxim of a faith that does justice .

Invisible Companions Encounters with Imaginary Friends, Gods, Ancestors, and Angels

Invisible Companions Encounters with Imaginary Friends, Gods, Ancestors, and Angels

Author: J. Bradley Wigger Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2019

From the US to Nepal, author J. Bradley Wigger travels five countries on three continents to hear children describe their invisible friends-one-hundred-year-old robins and blue dogs, dinosaurs and teapots, pretend families and shape-shifting aliens-companions springing from the deep well of childhood imagination. Drawing on these interviews, as well as a new wave of developmental research, he finds a fluid and flexible quality to the imaginative mind that is central to learning, co-operation, and paradoxically, to real-world rationality. Yet Wigger steps beyond psychological territory to explore the religious significance of the kind of mind that develops relationships with invisible beings. Alongside Cinderella the blue dog, Quack-Quack the duck, and Dino the dinosaur are angels, ancestors, spirits, and gods. What he uncovers is a profound capacity in the religious imagination to see through the surface of reality to more than meets the eye. Punctuated throughout by children's colorful drawings of their see-through interlocutors, the book is highly engaging and alternately endearing, moving, and humorous. Not just for parents or for those who work with children, Invisible Companions will appeal to anyone interested in our mind's creative and spiritual possibilities.

Vision, Mental Imagery and the Christian Life Insights from Science and Scripture

Vision, Mental Imagery and the Christian Life Insights from Science and Scripture

Author: Zoltan Doernyei Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/07/2019

This book uniquely explores how the notion of vision is presented in modern science and the Bible, and how it can be applied to contemporary Christian contexts. The word vision , our ability to see, has been described by an increasing body of scholarship in the social sciences as our capacity for mental imagery and imagination. As such, this unique cognitive capability has been utilised in many fields for a variety of purposes, from arts and psychotherapy to politics and business management, and even for performance enhancement in sports. The current book argues that a better understanding of vision can have far-reaching practical implications for Christian life and ministry by helping people to align themselves with God's specific purposes. After a theoretical overview that integrates scientific and theological insights, the final chapters present a variety of strategies that can help believers to discern God's call through the use of mental imagery and then to develop and cultivate the perceived vision. The book examines the scientific and biblical principles of vision, with a special emphasis on the practical implications of the issue. As such, it will be of great interest to scholars of Theology, Biblical Studies and Church Growth/Leadership, as well as Organisational Behaviour, Business Management and Psychology.