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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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Pontius Pilate
Pontius Pilate
Caillois, Roger

If you thought you knew all there is to know about Pontius Pilate and Jesus, this little book has some surprises for you. In this "greatest story never told," Pontius Pilate...


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...


Taking Responsibility
Taking Responsibility

Comparative Perspectives

Davis, Winston

Responsibility has become the "queen of modern virtues," Winston Davis argues, even if there is no consensus as to what responsibility means. This illuminating collection of...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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....


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...


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