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This pioneering work in the history of science, which originated in a series of three Gauss Seminars given at Princeton University in 1984, demonstrated how the roots of the scientific revolution lay in medieval scholasticism. A work of intellectual history addressing the metaphysical foundations of modern science, Theology and the Scientific Imagination raised and transformed the level of discourse on the relations of Christianity and science. Amos Funkenstein was one of the world's most distinguished scholars of Jewish history, medieval intellectual history, and the history of science. Called a genius and Renaissance man by his academic colleagues, Funkenstein was legendary for his ability to recite long literary passages verbatim and from memory in Latin, German, French, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Greek decades after he had last read them. A winner of the coveted Israel Prize for History, Funkenstein was born and raised in Palestine and received his Ph.D. in history and philosophy at the Free University of Berlin in 1965, as one of the first Jewish students to receive a doctorate in Germany after World War II. Author of seven books and more than fifty scholarly articles in four languages, Funkenstein was at the height of his powers in Theology and the Scientific Imagination, which ends with the author's influential discernment of the seventeenth century's unprecedented fusion of scientific and religious language. It remains a fundamental text to historians and philosophers of science.
Bednarowski is especially good at elucidating the theological daring of these new American religions. . . . [She] demonstrates in a very few pages how . . . theology and group adherence made the individual count, a configuration simultaneously American, un-American, and important. -Jon Butler The cultural confrontation with these new religions' is very real and usually very misinformed. Bednarowski has gone to great lengths to dispel the ignorance. -The Christian Century A groundbreaking study. -Syzygy: Journal of Alternative Religion and Culture Organized as a series of theological conversations about ultimate questions, this book offers a guide to the answers these six religions offer. Drawing heavily on sources from the movements themselves, it presents a balanced comparative account of the emerging theological systems of America's new religions.
Theology and religious studies involve a widening of horizons, not a narrowing, for the questions they raise have to take into account a surprisingly broad range of other fields such as history, literary criticism, sociology and philosophy. What is it to be religious? What is the attitude of the various religions to their sacred texts, and how were these written? How much, if any, of the Bible is really true? Why has Christianity changed so much over the centuries? What is the relevance of philosophy to faith? What challenges are represented by modern movements like Liberation and feminist theologies?David Brown's lively and thought-provoking introduction leads the reader through questions such as these and reveals the debates at their heart. Many examples are drawn from everyday life, and a helpful glossary explains unfamiliar and specialist terms. `Invitation to Theology' covers all the major topics currently studied in schools, seminaries and universities in a sympathetic and exhilarating way, assuming no previous knowledge or commitment. It finally provides for theology and religious studies a genuine, and welcoming, invitation.
The most scholarly of the remarkable nuns of Helfta composed these meditations, rituals, prayers, instructions on how to pray, chants, hymns, and litanies in the late thirteenth century. Her mastery of poetic prose attests to the level of women's education in the highly cultured abbey she entered as a child of five and never, so far as we know, left even once.
Arguing that death is the central force shaping our social life and order, Michael Kearl draws on a wide variety of disciplines to provide a broad sociological perspective on the interrelationships of life and death. He shows how death contributes to social change, and how the meanings of death are generated to serve social functions. Working from a social as well as a psychological perspective, Kearl analyses traditional topics, including ageing, suicide, grief, and medical ethics. He also examines current issues such as the impact of the AIDS epidemic on social trust, governments' use of death in symbolism, the business of death and dying, the political economy of doomsday weaponry, and death in popular culture.
This is an amazing study, a memoir which provides insight into family abuse in 18th century America. . . . a significant volume which enhances our knowledge of social and religious life in New England. It is also a moving contribution to the literature of spirituality. -Review and Expositor Students of American culture are indebted to Ann Taves for editing this fascinating and revealing document and for providing it with full annotation and an illuminating introduction. -American Studies International This is above all an eminently teachable text, which raises important issues in the history of religion, women, and the family and about the place of violence in American life. -New England Quarterly . . . stimulating, enlightening, and provocative . . . -Journal of Ecumenical Studies Abigail Abbot Bailey was a devout 18th-century Congregationalist woman whose husband abused her, committed adultery with their female servants, and practiced incest with one of their daughters. This new, fully annotated edition of her memoirs, featuring a detailed introduction, offers a thoughtful analysis of the role of religion amidst the trials of the author's everyday life.
This book examines the persistence of religious belief in an America that has become increasingly secular. A series of essays addresses specific aspects of the interaction between the sacred and the secular in modern U.S. history and offers a unique perspective on how the two have transformed each other as well as the nature of American religious culture. By bringing these varied articles together, the editors have provided a new framework for interpreting our culture from a religious perspective. What makes this book unique is the broad-ranging nature of its examination of religion and culture. The essays cover such diverse topics as religion and popular culture, ethnicity and race, religion and women, religion and medicine, and the endurance of evangelical traditions, while also placing American religion in a larger, historical framework. A brief introduction discusses the difficult task of understanding religious expression in modern American culture. Touching on so many different subjects, the book is relevant to both historians and a general public interested in American religious culture. It will be a vital addition to academic and public libraries and valuable for courses in American and religious history, sociology, and political science.
The common supposition that the Fourth Gospel presents a rivalry between Peter and the Beloved Disciple, in which Peter is subordinated to the hero of the Johannine Community, is here subjected to fresh scrutiny. After establishing working hypotheses regarding the Johannine Community and the function of representative figures in the Fourth Gospel, the author first examines the function of Peter independently of the Beloved Disciple. Here, he is the exemplary leader of 'the Twelve'. In those passages where the two characters are juxtaposed, it is evident that the Beloved Disciple is not inordinately exalted above Peter, who in fact enjoys a comparable status. Peter and the Beloved Disciple have complementary roles to play in relation to Jesus and his unfolding 'hour'. John 20 shows the Beloved Disciple as the example of a true believing disciple of Jesus, while concerned to give appropriate respect and support to the 'Apostolic' stream of traditions associated with Peter. The Gospel appendix, ch. 21, is concerned to hold together both sorts of traditions and allegiances. Finally, the author shows how the Gospel as a whole works coherently to encourage a wider view of Christian 'intercommunity' unity after the death of the Beloved Disciple.
This book traces the process in Calvinist theology by which God's will came to be conceived as the dominant aspect of God's character. The author argues that the idea of God as personality began to suffer when the early Church fathers interpreted revelation using categories from the Greek philosophical tradition. This thesis is illustrated through an examination of Augustine's conception of God's relationship to the world and Augustine's view of the relationship of the universal to particulars as it affected Biblical testimony. The development of this theology is documented through Scotus, Ockham, Luther, and Calvin resulting in a soteriology in which the eternal decrees of a depersonalized God came to usurp the cross of Christ as the source of salvation. Contents: What Can We Know? The Problem of Epistemology in Theological Paradigms; Augustinianism; Theories of Atonement; Key Developments in the Medieval Period; The Concept of God in Luther and Calvin; The Poles of Ten the God-Concept; and Soteriological Parallels in Buddhism and Islam.
Steeples and Stacks is a study of the religion-based community group that formed in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1977 in response to the proposed shutdown of a portion of the Youngstown Sheet and Tube's steelworks. The closing was one of the most dramatic of the plant closings that have come to symbolise American deindustrialisation. Church leaders and steelworkers joined together in Youngstown to form a powerful ecumenical political coalition, establishing links with Washington lobbyists and proposing eventually to buy the plant and run it as a community industry. Though the proposal ultimately failed, the story of the coalition provides an illuminating view of the growing interaction between religious and public affairs in American life. The book also provides an original analysis of the dynamics of intergovernmental, corporate and community relations at the local level. The author, who became involved in the coalition as a participant-observer, focuses on the pivotal role of religious leaders that distinguished the Youngstown case from so many other plant closings across the nation.