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History of religion books

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Death Rituals and Politics in Northern Song China by Mihwa (Lecturer, Chapman University) Choi Death Rituals and Politics in Northern Song China
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This study examines how political and legal disputes regarding the performance of death rituals contributed to shape a revival of Confucianism in eleventh-century Northern Song China.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/11/2017

Holy Ghosts The Christian Century in Modern Japanese Fiction by Rebecca Suter Holy Ghosts The Christian Century in Modern Japanese Fiction

Christians are a tiny minority in Japan, less than one percent of the total population. Yet Christianity is ubiquitous in Japanese popular culture. In Holy Ghosts, Rebecca Suter explores the reasons behind the popularity of the Christian century in modern...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/10/2017

A History of Judaism by Martin Goodman A History of Judaism

Judaism is by some distance the oldest of the three Abrahamic religions and, despite the extraordinarily varied forms it has taken and diverse beliefs it has contained over three millennia, it has been generally understood by both Jews and gentiles...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/10/2017

An Early History of Compassion Emotion and Imagination in Hellenistic Judaism by Francoise Mirguet An Early History of Compassion Emotion and Imagination in Hellenistic Judaism

An Early History of Compassion explores the role of the emotional imagination within the context of Roman imperialism.
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/10/2017

The Jewish Bible A Material History by David Stern The Jewish Bible A Material History

In The Jewish Bible: A Material History, David Stern explores the Jewish Bible as a material object-the Bibles that Jews have actually held in their hands-from its beginnings in the Ancient Near Eastern world through to the Middle Ages to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

Infidels and the Damn Churches Irreligion and Religion in Settler British Columbia by Lynne Marks Infidels and the Damn Churches Irreligion and Religion in Settler British Columbia

The first major historical study of secularism in Canada, Infidels and the Damn Churches traces the origins of irreligion in BC to the unique character of the region's settler society.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

Inferno A Cultural History of Hell by Margaret Kean Inferno A Cultural History of Hell

Tells the history of hell through literature, philosophy, art, music and film. This book shows that affirmations of human freedom and the value of individual have remained closely tied to the notion of hell even as contemporary narratives replaced a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Crucible of Faith The Ancient Revolution That Made Our Modern Religious World by Philip Jenkins Crucible of Faith The Ancient Revolution That Made Our Modern Religious World

A prominent scholar of religion reveals how the Judeo-Christian tradition was born in Palestine during the turbulent years between 250 BC and 50
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/09/2017

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Pope Gregory (1227-41) by Christoph Egger Pope Gregory (1227-41)

As Cardinal Hugolino and as pope, Gregory was one of the dominant figures in the history of the papacy of the High Middle Ages. His pontificate was a key stage in the development of papal relations with many of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/2018

Debating Perseverance The Augustinian Heritage in Post-Reformation England by Jay T. (Director of Publishing, Reformation Heritage Books) Collier Debating Perseverance The Augustinian Heritage in Post-Reformation England
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Debating Perseverance recognizes struggles with the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints as emblematic of the Church of England's troubled pursuit of a Reformed and ancient catholicity.
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/01/2018

Being Christian in Vandal Africa The Politics of Orthodoxy in the Post-Imperial West by Robin Whelan Being Christian in Vandal Africa The Politics of Orthodoxy in the Post-Imperial West

Being Christian in Vandal Africa investigates conflicts over Christian orthodoxy in the Vandal kingdom-the successor to Roman rule in North Africa, ca. 439 to 533 CE. Exploiting neglected texts, author Robin Whelan exposes a sophisticated culture of disputation between Nicene...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/01/2018

The Collected Writings of Charles H. Long Ellipsis by Charles H. (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA) Long The Collected Writings of Charles H. Long Ellipsis
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Charles H. Long is one of the most influential and pioneering scholars in the study of religion from the past 50 years. This is the first comprehensive collection of his writings, edited by Long himself, and contains 38 pieces, including...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/01/2018

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Seven Ways of Looking at Religion The Major Narratives by Benjamin Schewel Seven Ways of Looking at Religion The Major Narratives

An ambitious young scholar's lucid analysis of religion's shifting place in the modern world
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/09/2017

A History of Religion in America From the First Settlements through the Civil War by Bryan F. (University of Saint Mary, Kansas, USA) Le Beau A History of Religion in America From the First Settlements through the Civil War
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A History of Religion in America: From the First Settlements through the Civil War provides comprehensive coverage of the history of religion in America from the pre-colonial era through the aftermath of the Civil War. It explores major religious groups...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/09/2017

The Urban World and the First Christians by Steve Walton The Urban World and the First Christians

In the tradition of The First Urban Christians by Wayne Meeks, this book explores the relationship between the earliest Christians and the city environment. Experts in classics, early Christianity, and human geography analyze the growth, development, and self-understanding of the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/09/2017

A History of Religion in America From the End of the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century by Bryan Le (University of Saint Mary, Kansas, USA) Beau A History of Religion in America From the End of the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century
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A History of Religion in America: From the End of the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century provides comprehensive coverage of the history of religion in America from the end of the American Civil War to religion in post 9/11...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/09/2017

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve by Stephen Greenblatt The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

Humans cannot live without stories. Stemming from a few verses in an ancient book, it became not just the foundation of three major world faiths, but has evolved through art, philosophy and science to serve as the mirror in which...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/09/2017

A History of Religion in America From the End of the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century by Bryan (University of Saint Mary, Kansas, USA) Le Beau A History of Religion in America From the End of the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century
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A History of Religion in America: From the End of the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century provides comprehensive coverage of the history of religion in America from the end of the American Civil War to religion in post 9/11...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/09/2017

Rebel in the Ranks by Brad S. Gregory Rebel in the Ranks


Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2017

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Family Trouble in the Infancy Gospels by Christopher A. Frilingos Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Family Trouble in the Infancy Gospels

What was it like in the household of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph? The extracanonical Infancy Gospel of Thomas and the Protogospel of James offer some answers. In stories of household conflict, as well as in scenes of courage and love,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2017

Pious Postmortems Anatomy, Sanctity, and the Catholic Church in Early Modern Europe by Bradford A. Bouley Pious Postmortems Anatomy, Sanctity, and the Catholic Church in Early Modern Europe

In Pious Postmortems, Bradford A. Bouley considers the examinations performed on reputedly holy corpses in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries at the request of the Catholic Church. Bouley concludes that neither religious nor scientific truths were self-evident but rather negotiated...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017

Censorship and Heresy in Revolutionary England and Counter-Reformation Rome Story of a Dangerous Book by Professor Giorgio Caravale Censorship and Heresy in Revolutionary England and Counter-Reformation Rome Story of a Dangerous Book

This book explores the secrets of the extraordinary editorial success of Jacobus Acontius' Satan's Stratagems, an important book that intrigued readers and outraged religious authorities across Europe. Acontius' work prepared the ground for religious toleration amid seemingly unending religious conflicts.
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2017

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