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See below for a selection of the latest books from Christianity category. Presented with a red border are the Christianity books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Christianity books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

The Archangel Michael in Africa History, Cult and Persona

The Archangel Michael in Africa History, Cult and Persona

Author: Ingvild Saelid (University of Bergen, Norway) Gilhus Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2019

This book takes an interdisciplinary approach in order to understand angels, focusing on Africa and the cult and persona of the Archangel Michael. Traditional methods in the study of religion including philology, papyrology, art and iconography, anthropology, history, and psychology are combined with methodologies deriving from memory studies, graphic design, art education, and semiotics. Chapters explore both historical and contemporary case studies from Coptic Egypt, Nubia, Ethiopia, and South Africa, providing a comparative perspective on the Archangel Michael. The book contains 25 images, and further images can be found on the book's webpage. Innovative in both its methodologies and geographical focus, this book is an important contribution to the study of religion and art, Christianity in Africa, and Coptic studies.

Amish Life

Amish Life

Author: SkyHorse_Unknown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

Gurdjieff A Critical Introduction

Gurdjieff A Critical Introduction

Author: Carole M. Cusack, Steven J. Sutcliffe Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2019

George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (c.1866-1949) is acknowledged as one of the most influential early teachers of a hybridised Eastern-Western esoteric spiritual tradition, and one of a few key influences on the contemporary New Age Movement and a myriad other alternative spiritualities and new religions. Positioning Gurdjieff's teachings within the field of New Religious Movements, this book examines the 'Work' (as Gurdjieff's system is commonly called), including his teachings presented in writings, music, and exercises known as 'Movements'. This critical introduction to the Gurdjieff tradition also provides an analysis of problems with unreliable sources and auto-mythology, examines major pupils and successors, and shows how the 'Work' functions in the contemporary spiritual marketplace. Offering an excellent introduction to anyone unfamiliar with Gurdjieff and his context, this book also provides further depth for scholars and an invaluable companion to literature examining Blavatsky, Steiner, Theosophy, and Anthroposophy.

The Construction of Martyrdom in the English Catholic Community 1603-1700

The Construction of Martyrdom in the English Catholic Community 1603-1700

Author: Anne Dillon Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/07/2019

Between the accession of King James I in 1603, and King James II in 1685, eighty-one English Catholics were put to death by the state for treason and fifteen others died in prison while awaiting execution. This book considers the ways in which the English Catholic community, both at home and abroad, transformed these deaths into acts of martyrdom. Whilst the subject of Protestant martyrdom, personified by Foxe's Actes and Monuments, continues to be the centre of significant scholarly research, much less work has been done on Catholic martyrdom in seventeenth century England. Through a detailed study of the nature and function of the rhetoric of images, manuscripts and texts, this book redresses the confessional balance and maps the changing nature and self-image of English Catholicism during the turbulent years of the 1600s. It demonstrates how the rhetoric of martyrdom came to reflect and highlight many of the arguments and divisions within the English Catholic community as it sought to come to terms with its minority status in a country increasingly dominated and defined by militant Protestantism. As well as investigating Catholic laity, the role and differing attitudes of the religious orders operating clandestinely in England are examined, showing how Benedictines, Franciscans and Jesuits adopted very different approaches to, and justification of, their missionary duties. The attitudes of English Catholics to their co-religionists martyred abroad, in the European wars and colonial missions, are also looked at, showing how international concerns were shared and adopted. Following on from her previous book The Construction of Martyrdom in the English Catholic Community: 15??-1600, this work from Anne Dillon provides a much needed survey of English Catholic attitudes to martyrdom and self-image in the seventeenth century.

Rebuilding the Ruins

Rebuilding the Ruins

Author: Samara Levy Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/07/2019

In 2014 God called Samara Levy three times over 8 months to start collecting aid to send to Syria. Samara was a stay at home mum with two young boys with no experience whatsoever. It started with a vision to fill one lorry of aid, but four years later she has just loaded her 101st container, has sent 11 ambulances to Syria, set up a charity and distributed aid to more than 350,000 people in the Middle East. Since starting this work, Samara has also visited Syria, one of the most dangerous war zones of our generation, which has the highest number of kidnappings and killings of humanitarian workers in the world and in 2016, 2/3rds of the world's attacks on healthcare took place in Syria. A mother's calling tells the story not only of how this work developed from nothing, but also of Samara's own internal journey: what she has learnt about stepping out in faith and listening to God, and of how he uses the ordinary to achieve the extraordinary. Part testimony and part sharing, this book will inspire all who see the daily headlines about the situation in Syria and wonder what possible difference they can make. It is a story of hope, and of how in our weakness and inability God does the miraculous with whatever we can offer.

Bede and Time Computus, Theology and History in the Early Medieval World

Bede and Time Computus, Theology and History in the Early Medieval World

Author: Mairin MacCarron Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/07/2019

The Venerable Bede (c. 673-735) was the leading intellectual figure of the early Anglo-Saxon Church, and his extensive corpus of writings encompassed themes of exegesis, computus (dating of Easter and construction of calendars), history and hagiography. Rather than look at these works in isolation, Mairin MacCarron argues that Bede's work in different genres needs to be read together to be properly understood. This book provides the first integrated analysis of Bede's thought on time, and demonstrates that such a comprehensive examination allows a greater understanding of Bede's writings on time, and illuminates the place of time and chronology in his other works. Bede was an outstanding intellect whose creativity and ingenuity were apparent in various genres of writing. This book argues that in innovatively combining computus, theology and history, Bede transformed his contemporaries' understanding of time and chronology.

Hild of Whitby and the Ministry of Women in the Anglo-Saxon World

Hild of Whitby and the Ministry of Women in the Anglo-Saxon World

Author: Anne E. Inman Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/2019

This book tells the story of Hild, the abbess of a highly successful double monastery at Whitby in Northumbria, where she was responsible for the education of five future bishops. Here she exercised an authority which in subsequent centuries would be reserved exclusively for men. At thirteen Hild was baptized by Paulinus, who had come to Britain to join Augustine's mission. Augustine had been sent by Pope Gregory to convert Britain, which had largely lapsed into paganism after the fall of the Roman Empire. Augustine in fact had little success in converting the Britons beyond Kent, and even in Kent Christianity had already been partially re-established by Queen Bertha, who had brought her Catholic Chaplain with her from Gaul upon her marriage to King Ethelbert. There were many powerful women, like Bertha, who had been at the forefront of keeping the faith alive in the Dark Ages, but whose agency has been written out of history or down-played in favour of the actions of famous men. Hild's story is brought back to life alongside Mary, who founded a desert community at Tabenisi; Macrina, the teacher (didaskalos) of Gregory of Nyssa, Basil of Caesarea; Ita, confessor to Brendan; the formidable Aelffled, who succeeded Hild at Whitby, a co-worker and confidante of Cuthbert. As the Catholic Church struggles under the weight of centuries-old misogyny, it is surprising to see how, in the early medieval period, abbesses had shared governance with bishops. As it struggles with a shortage of male priests to celebrate the sacraments, it is instructive to see how many sacramental ministries were once exercised by female monastics. Confession, for example, was once practiced in the same way whether the confessor was a man or, as in Hild's case, a woman. The span of Hild's life covers the period before and after the establishment of clericalism, the unbridgeable gap between the higher plane of the male priesthood and the lower plane of religious women. Bede's telling of Hild's life was already downplaying her authority as a powerful leader in the Anglo-Saxon church. It is time for that to be remedied.

The Christian Theological Tradition

The Christian Theological Tradition

Author: Mark McInroy Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/07/2019

The fourth edition of The Christian Theological Tradition provides students with essential theological knowledge of key persons and events of the Bible and the Christian faith, and of Christianity's multifaceted encounter with Western culture. Historically arranged, the textbook addresses major theological themes such as revelation, God, Jesus Christ, creation, salvation, and the church. The textbook deals with the entire Christian tradition from an orientation that is both Catholic and ecumenical, with the fourth edition including expanded coverage of modern Protestant Christianity. The Christian Theological Tradition has been thoroughly revised and updated with nine new or rewritten chapters, including: A new section on the reception of the Second Vatican Council, including the pontificate of Pope Francis A new treatment of contemporary developments in liberation and environmental theology A new examination of the relationship between science and Christianity An entirely rewritten treatment of Islam that focuses on the ways in which the Christian tradition has historically understood and responded to Islam. A new discussion of the New Atheism, with theological responses to this influential movement. With the assistance of images and maps, key words and recommend reading, this textbook outlines the methods for Christian theology and demonstrates the relevance of the Christian theological tradition for our contemporary world. This is an ideal resource for students of Theology, Biblical Studies or Religious Studies, and anyone wanting an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the Christian Theological tradition.

The Christian Theological Tradition

The Christian Theological Tradition

Author: Mark McInroy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

The fourth edition of The Christian Theological Tradition provides students with essential theological knowledge of key persons and events of the Bible and the Christian faith, and of Christianity's multifaceted encounter with Western culture. Historically arranged, the textbook addresses major theological themes such as revelation, God, Jesus Christ, creation, salvation, and the church. The textbook deals with the entire Christian tradition from an orientation that is both Catholic and ecumenical, with the fourth edition including expanded coverage of modern Protestant Christianity. The Christian Theological Tradition has been thoroughly revised and updated with nine new or rewritten chapters, including: A new section on the reception of the Second Vatican Council, including the pontificate of Pope Francis A new treatment of contemporary developments in liberation and environmental theology A new examination of the relationship between science and Christianity An entirely rewritten treatment of Islam that focuses on the ways in which the Christian tradition has historically understood and responded to Islam. A new discussion of the New Atheism, with theological responses to this influential movement. With the assistance of images and maps, key words and recommend reading, this textbook outlines the methods for Christian theology and demonstrates the relevance of the Christian theological tradition for our contemporary world. This is an ideal resource for students of Theology, Biblical Studies or Religious Studies, and anyone wanting an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the Christian Theological tradition.

Christianity and the Triumph of Humor From Dante to David Javerbaum

Christianity and the Triumph of Humor From Dante to David Javerbaum

Author: Bernard Schweizer Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/07/2019

This book traces the development of religious comedy and leverages that history to justify today's uses of religious humor in all of its manifestations, including irreverent jokes. It argues that regulating humor is futile and counterproductive, illustrating its point with a host of comedic examples. Humor is a powerful rhetorical tool for those who advocate and for those who satirise religious ideals. The book presents a compelling argument about the centrality of humor to the story of Western Christianity's cultural and artistic development since the Middle Ages, taking a multi-disciplinary approach that combines literary criticism, religious studies, philosophy, theology, and social science, After laying out the conceptual framework in Part I, Part II analyzes key works of religious comedy across the ages from Dante to the present, and it samples the breadth of contemporary religious humor from Brad Stine to Robin Williams, and from Monty Python to South Park. Using critical, historical and conceptual lenses, the book exposes and overturns past attempts by church authorities, scholars, and commentators to limit and control laughter based on religious, ideological, or moral criteria. This is a unique look into the role of humor and comedy around religion. It will, therefore, be of great interest to scholars of Religious Studies, Humor Studies and the Sociology of Religion.

Liberty in the Things of God The Christian Origins of Religious Freedom

Liberty in the Things of God The Christian Origins of Religious Freedom

Author: Robert Louis Wilken Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/07/2019

From one of the leading historians of Christianity comes this sweeping reassessment of religious freedom, from the church fathers to John Locke In the ancient world Christian apologists wrote in defense of their right to practice their faith in the cities of the Roman Empire. They argued that religious faith is an inward disposition of the mind and heart and cannot be coerced by external force, laying a foundation on which later generations would build. Chronicling the history of the struggle for religious freedom from the early Christian movement through the seventeenth century, Robert Louis Wilken shows that the origins of religious freedom and liberty of conscience are religious, not political, in origin. They took form before the Enlightenment through the labors of men and women of faith who believed there could be no justice in society without liberty in the things of God. This provocative book, drawing on writings from the early Church as well as the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, reminds us of how the meditations of the past were fitted to affairs of a later day.

Mary Magdalene Revealed The First Apostle, Her Feminist Gospel & the Christianity We Haven't Tried Yet

Mary Magdalene Revealed The First Apostle, Her Feminist Gospel & the Christianity We Haven't Tried Yet

Author: Meggan Watterson Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/07/2019

From the author of REVEAL and How to Love Yourself (and Sometimes Other People) comes a shocking new exploration of the long-lost Gospel of Mary Magdalene. A gospel, as old and authentic as any that now make up the Bible, was buried deep in the Egyptian desert after an edict was sent out in the 4th century to have all copies of it destroyed. Fortunately, some rebel monks refused, and thanks to their disobedience we have several ancient manuscripts of the only gospel that was written in the name of a woman: The Gospel of Mary Magdalene. It speaks of a message quite different from the one that has been spread by Christian leaders for the past two millennia. Mary Magdalene's gospel says that we are not sinful, but that humans too, are made of the divine - and that divinity is not something you can receive through confession or absolution, but by turning inward and tuning in to the radical presence of love within.