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Book Preview – Ageing, Ritual and Social Change, edited by Coleman, Koleva and Bornat

Our book connects the subject of ageing with that of religion in contemporary European society. This might seem a natural association to make but in fact is largely missing in current research in both gerontology and religious studies. . . . The study of ageing in its turn has also given limited attention to the role of religious faith and practice, as well as to secular alternatives to religion, in providing existential meaning to older people’s lives.

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Catholic Progressives

Book Preview – Catholic Progressives in England after Vatican II by Jay P. Corrin

This book examines the development of Catholic social philosophy from the end of World War II up through the turbulent 1960s. Vatican Council II can be seen as the culmination of the Catholic liberal or progressive tradition, the earlier history of which was the subject of my previous book Catholic Intellectuals and the Challenge of Democracy (2002). Thanks to the ground-breaking work of such Catholics as Jacques Maritain, Virgil Michel, Hans Küng, John Courtney Murray and others, there was in place by the calling of Vatican II a theological platform from which the Church could launch a progressive approach to the secular challenges of the modern age.

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Book Forged in Hell

Book Preview – A Book Forged in Hell by Steven Nadler

Writing in May, 1670, the German theologian Jacob Thomasius fulminated against a recent, anonymously published book. It is, he claimed, “a godless document” that should be immediately banned in all countries. His Dutch colleague, Regnier Mansveld, a professor at the University of Utrecht, insisted that the new publication was harmful to all religions and “ought to be buried forever in an eternal oblivion.” Willem van Blijenburgh, a philosophically inclined Dutch merchant, wrote that “this atheistic book is full of abominations … which every reasonable person should find abhorrent.” One disturbed critic went so far as to call it “a book forged in hell”, written by the devil himself.

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Inhabiting Eden

Book Preview – Inhabiting Eden by Patricia K. Tull

[Patricia K. Tull, A.B. Rhodes Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, previews her book, Inhabiting Eden: Christians, the Bible, and the Ecological Crisis (Westminster John Knox Press, 2013)] Inhabiting Eden: A Resource for Christian Communities In 2007-2008, I took a year-long Lilly sabbatical from teaching Hebrew Bible […]

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Book Preview – Social Identities Between the Sacred and the Secular, edited by Day, Vincett and Cotter

[Abby Day, Goldsmiths, University of London, previews the edited collection, Social Identities Between the Sacred and the Secular (Ashgate, 2013), co-edited with Giselle Vincett and Christopher R. Cotter]. How and why people are religious is a theme that has motivated my work ever since I began questioning why so many […]

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Sustain Hope

Book Preview – Fighting for Rights by Tal Dingott Alkopher

NATO’s humanitarian war in Kosovo in 1999 provides the context for the central idea of this book. In that conflict, the puzzling linkage between the desire to advance human rights and military means raises far-reaching questions about the role of rights in shaping international wars. Is it possible to understand or explain wars as an outcome of perceptions of rights? How did rights, be they divine rights in the Middle Ages, territorial rights in the eighteenth century, or human rights today, become something that people are willing to fight and die for?

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Book Preview – Transforming Masculinities in African Christianity by Adriaan van Klinken

In its report Men and AIDS: A Gendered Approach (2000), the United Nations programme on HIV and AIDS, UNAIDS, has highlighted the critical role of men and prevalent concepts of masculinity in the spread of HIV and the impact of AIDS globally. Where earlier work on gender and the HIV epidemic tended to focus on women and their specific vulnerabilities vis-à-vis the HIV virus and the stigma surrounding AIDS, this UNAIDS report illustrates the shift towards men and masculinities.

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