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Myth and Method
Myth and Method
Patton, Laurie L., Doniger, Wendy

In the wake of the elegant master theories of Joseph Campbell, Mircea Eliade, Georges Dumezil, and Claude Levi-Strauss, how are mythology and the comparative study of religion...


Bewildered Travel
Bewildered Travel

The Sacred Quest for Confusion

Ruf, Frederick J.

Why do we travel? Ostensibly an act of leisure, travel finds us thrusting ourselves into jets flying miles above the earth, only to endure dislocations of time and space, foods...


Encountering the Secular
Encountering the Secular

Philosophical Endeavors in Religion and Culture

Atchley, J. Heath

In Encountering the Secular, J. Heath Atchley proposes an alternative to the understanding of the secular as that which opposes the religious, and he turns to American...


Versions of Deconversion
Versions of Deconversion

Autobiography and the Loss of Faith

Barbour, John D.

In Versions of Deconversion John Barbour examines the work of a broad selection of authors in order to discover the reasons for their loss of faith and to analyze the ways in...


Vigilant Faith
Vigilant Faith

Passionate Agnosticism in a Secular World

Boscaljon, Daniel

In Vigilant Faith: Passionate Agnosticism in a Secular World, Daniel Boscaljon takes up the contemporary challenges to faith by skepticism and secularism. He proposes a...


Christian Fundamentalism and the Culture of Disenchantment
Christian Fundamentalism and the Culture of Disenchantment
Maltby, Paul

Within the familiar clash of religious conservatism and secular liberalism Paul Maltby finds a deeper discord: an antipathy between Christian fundamentalism and the postmodern...


Textual Intimacy
Textual Intimacy

Autobiography and Religious Identities

Kort, Wesley A.

Given its affinity with questions of identity, autobiography offers a way into the interior space between author and reader, especially when writers define themselves in terms...


Nietzsche on Gender
Nietzsche on Gender

Beyond Man and Woman

Oppel, Frances Nesbitt

Although Nietzsche has been considered by some critics to be a misogynist for his treatment of woman, women, and the feminine, Frances Nesbitt Oppel offers a radical...


Praise of the Secular
Praise of the Secular
Vahanian, Gabriel

Conservative religious figures routinely warn against the dangers of secularization, just as proponents of the modern secular state decry the theocratic tendencies of religion...


Hope without Optimism
Hope without Optimism
Eagleton, Terry

In his latest book, Terry Eagleton, one of the most celebrated intellects of our time, considers the least regarded of the virtues. His compelling meditation on hope begins...


The Conversation of Humanity
The Conversation of Humanity
Mulhall, Stephen

Based on the author’s Page-Barbour lectures, delivered at the University of Virginia in 2005, The Conversation of Humanity critically examines the idea that the nature...


Crossing Boundaries
Crossing Boundaries

Knowledge, Disciplinarities, and Interdisciplinarities

Klein, Julie Thompson

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Ideas to Live For
Ideas to Live For

Toward a Global Ethics

Gunn, Giles

Over the course of his distinguished interdisciplinary career, Giles Gunn has sustained his focus on the continuing threats to our collective sense of the human that seem to...


The Recovery of Rhetoric
The Recovery of Rhetoric

Persuasive Discourse and Disciplinarity in the Human Sciences

Roberts, R. H., Good, J. M. M.

This collection of essays by distinguished international scholars from various disciplines addresses the widespread and growing interest in the nature and function of rhetoric...


Exhibiting Religion
Exhibiting Religion

Colonialism and Spectacle at International Expositions, 1851–1893

Burris, John P.

World’s fairs contributed mightily to defining a relationship between religion and the wider world of human culture. Even at the base level of popular culture found on the...


Savage Systems
Savage Systems

Colonialism and Comparative Religion in Southern Africa

Chidester, David

Savage Systems examines the emergence of the concepts of "religion"and "religions" on colonial frontiers. The book offers a detailed analysis of the ways in which...


Experiencing William James
Experiencing William James

Belief in a Pluralistic World

Campbell, James

William James has long been recognized as a central figure in the American philosophic tradition, and his ideas continue to play a significant role in contemporary thinking....


Rethinking Sincerity and Authenticity
Rethinking Sincerity and Authenticity

The Ethics of Theatricality in Kant, Kierkegaard, and Levinas

Pickett, Howard

"This above all: To thine own self be true," is an ideal—or pretense—belonging as much to Hamlet as to the carefully choreographed realms of today’s politics and social media....


The Way of the 88 Temples
The Way of the 88 Temples

Journeys on the Shikoku Pilgrimage

Sibley, Robert C.

Compelled to seek something more than what modern society has to offer, Robert Sibley turned to an ancient setting for help in recovering what has been lost. The Henro Michi is...


Kierkegaard
Kierkegaard

The Indirect Communication

Poole, Roger

This book is a study of the much debated problem of Soren Kierkegaard's "indirect communication." It approaches the problem, however, in quite a new way by applying some of the...


Socrates and the Irrational
Socrates and the Irrational
Hans, James S.

Traditionally, Socrates has been linked to the view of reason as the most important element in human behavior, the means through which our irrational capacities are tamed. Yet...


Sacred Claims
Sacred Claims

Repatriation and Living Tradition

Johnson, Greg

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) of 1990 provides a legal framework within which Native Americans can seek the repatriation of human remains...


From Theology to Theological Thinking
From Theology to Theological Thinking
Lacoste, Jean-Yves

"Christian philosophy" is commonly regarded as an oxymoron, philosophy being thought incompatible with the assumptions and conclusions required by religious faith. According to...


The Value of Solitude
The Value of Solitude

The Ethics and Spirituality of Aloneness in Autobiography

Barbour, John D.

Most people feel ambivalent about solitude, both loving and fearing it depending on how they experience being alone at certain points in their lives. In The Value of...


The Book of Common Prayer, 1559
The Book of Common Prayer, 1559

The Elizabethan Prayer Book

Booty, John E.

John E. Booty’s edition of The Book of Common Prayer, 1559, first published by the University Press of Virginia for the Folger Shakespeare Library in 1976 and long out...


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