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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...


Freud and Augustine in Dialogue
Freud and Augustine in Dialogue

Psychoanalysis, Mysticism, and the Culture of Modern Spirituality

Parsons, William B.

"It is arguably the case," writes William Parsons, "that no two figures have had more influence on the course of Western introspective thought than Freud and Augustine." Yet it...


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...


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...


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...


Doing Justice to Mercy
Doing Justice to Mercy

Religion, Law, and Criminal Justice

Rothchild, Jonathan, Boulton, Matthew Myer, Jung, Kevin

It is often assumed that the law and religion address different spheres of human life. Religion and ethics articulate complex systems of moral reasoning that concern norms,...


Postmodernism and the Revolution in Religious Theory
Postmodernism and the Revolution in Religious Theory

Toward a Semiotics of the Event

Raschke, Carl

While the academic study of religion has increased almost exponentially in the past fifty years, general theories of religion have been in significant decline. In his new book...


Symbolic Loss
Symbolic Loss

The Ambiguity of Mourning and Memory at Century's End

Homans, Peter

Historically, many world cultures have linked three disparate phenomena: collective loss; mourning; and the construction of monuments and cultural symbols to represent the loss...


The Pragmatist Turn
The Pragmatist Turn

Religion, the Enlightenment, and the Formation of American Literature

Gunn, Giles

In The Pragmatist Turn, renowned scholar of American literature and thought Giles Gunn offers a new critical history of the way seventeenth-century religion and the...


John Ruskin and the Ethics of Consumption
John Ruskin and the Ethics of Consumption
Craig, David M.

The first book on the Victorian critic and public intellectual John Ruskin by a scholar of religion and ethics, this work recovers both Ruskin's engaged critique of economic...


Ordinarily Sacred
Ordinarily Sacred
Sexson, Lynda

Lynda Sexson offers a theology of everyday experience in this enchanting book that shows how the religious traditions of the world lie slightly concealed in the details and...


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....


Meditation and the Martial Arts
Meditation and the Martial Arts
Raposa, Michael L.

The relationship between meditation and the martial arts is a multifaceted one: meditation is one of the practices in which martial artists engage in order to prepare for...


Between Faith and Thought
Between Faith and Thought

An Essay on the Ontotheological Condition

Robbins, Jeffrey W.

The ontotheological problem is perhaps the defining issue of contemporary philosophical theology, as it reveals that dimension of thought where reason and faith are indivisible...


When the Sun Danced
When the Sun Danced

Myth, Miracles, and Modernity in Early Twentieth-Century Portugal

Bennett, Jeffrey S.

Between May and October of 1917, three young shepherds were reportedly visited six times by an apparition of the Virgin Mary near the town of Fátima in Portugal. At the final...


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...


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...


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...


Captured by Texts
Captured by Texts

Puritan to Postmodern Images of Indian Captivity

Ebersole, Gary L.

How has the American Indian captivity narrative been used to explain the human condition? How does it serve to interpret the meaning of pain and suffering, gender, and the...


The Pagan Writes Back
The Pagan Writes Back

When World Religion Meets World Literature

Ni, Zhange

In the first book to consider the study of world religion and world literature in concert, Zhange Ni proposes a new reading strategy that she calls "pagan criticism," which she...


A Language of Things
A Language of Things

Emanuel Swedenborg and the American Environmental Imagination

Zuber, Devin P.

Long overlooked, the natural philosophy and theosophy of the Scandinavian scientist-turned-mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) made a surprising impact in America. Thomas...


Religion after Postmodernism
Religion after Postmodernism

Retheorizing Myth and Literature

Taylor, Victor E.

In this critical examination of the role of the imagination in the modern and postmodern periods, Victor E. Taylor looks at the 'fable' as a narrative form that addresses the...


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...


Boredom and the Religious Imagination
Boredom and the Religious Imagination
Raposa, Michael L.

Boredom matters, writes Michael Raposa, because it represents a threat to spiritual life. Boredom can undermine prayer and meditation and signal the failure of religious...


The Newark Earthworks
The Newark Earthworks

Enduring Monuments, Contested Meanings

Jones, Lindsay, Shiels, Richard D.

Considered a wonder of the ancient world, the Newark Earthworks—the gigantic geometrical mounds of earth built nearly two thousand years ago in the Ohio valley--have been a...


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