By Trevor Ling
First ever selection of histories of yankee sociology of faith, together with debts of early dissertations adjustments in conception, and reviews of denominations, globalization, feminism, new religions and Latino/a American faith.
Thomas Okey used to be an specialist on basket weaving, a translator of Italian, and a author on artwork and the topography of structure and artwork works in Italy and France.
By Martin Riesebrodt
Fundamentalists wanted a go back to an "authentic" social order ruled by means of God's legislation, one sure by means of patriarchal buildings of authority and morality. either routine encouraged a strict gender dualism and have been preoccupied with controlling the feminine physique, which used to be considered because the significant possibility to public morality.
Schism (from the Greek 'to split') refers to a gaggle that breaks clear of one other, often greater supplier and varieties a brand new company. even though the time period is sometimes constrained to non secular schisms, it may be prolonged to other forms of breakaway teams. simply because schisms emerge out of controversies, the time period has damaging connotations. even though they're an immense portion of many analyses, schisms normally haven't been subjected to systematic research. This quantity presents the 1st book-length examine of spiritual schisms as a basic phenomenon. a few chapters research particular case reviews whereas others offer surveys of the background of schisms inside of higher non secular traditions, akin to Islam and Buddhism. different chapters are extra theoretically targeted. Examples are drawn from a wide selection of alternative traditions and geographical parts, from early Mediterranean Christianity to trendy jap New Religions, and from the Jehovah's Witnesses to Neo-Pagans.
By John Allen Paulos
A lifelong unbeliever reveals no cause to alter his brain. Are there any logical purposes to think in God? Mathematician and bestselling writer John Allen Paulos thinks now not. In Irreligion he offers the case for his personal worldview, organizing his ebook into twelve chapters that refute the twelve arguments in most cases recommend for believing in God's lifestyles. The latter arguments, Paulos relates in his normally lighthearted kind, "range from what can be known as golden oldies to these with a extra modern beat. at the playlist are the first-cause argument, the argument from layout, the ontological argument, arguments from religion and biblical codes, the argument from the anthropic precept, the ethical universality argument, and others." Interspersed between his twelve counterarguments are feedback on numerous irreligious issues, starting from the character of miracles and creationist likelihood to cognitive illusions and prudential wagers. particular consciousness is paid to issues, arguments, and questions that spring from his incredulity "not merely approximately faith but additionally approximately others' credulity."
There are saints in Orthodox Christian tradition who overturn the normal thought of sainthood. Their behavior should be unruly and salacious, they might blaspheme or even kill--yet, mysteriously, these round them deal with them with much more reverence. Such saints are referred to as "holy fools." during this pioneering learn Sergey A. Ivanov examines the phenomenon of holy foolery from a cultural perspective. He identifies its must haves and its improvement in non secular inspiration, and lines the emergence of the 1st hagiographic texts describing those paradoxical saints. He describes the beginnings of holy foolery in Egyptian monasteries of the 5th century, via its excessive aspect within the towns of Byzantium, with an eventual decline within the 12th to fourteenth centuries. He additionally compares the real Russian culture of holy fools, which in a few shape has survived to this day.
A biblical, theological, and moral dialogue of the Abrahamic religions dedication to common peace from a essentially Christian viewpoint to maintain modern praxis.
By Hans Peter Broedel
Exhibits the Malleus, a truly popular and greatly quoted medieval textual content, to be hugely idiosyncratic, and weird in its principles, even one of the texts of alternative modern witch-theorists. the 1st e-book to house the discourse of witchcraft between fifteenth-century theorists in its complete complexity. makes an attempt to appreciate witchcraft as a part of the Malleus' authors' wider highbrow global. exhibits how modern students engaged in a full of life debate over the character of witchcraft. one more addition to MUP's very hot number of books on witchcraft.