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xiv, 165 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Green Library
ix, 189 pages ; 24 cm
There are more than one billion Hindus in the world but very little seems to be understood about this gigantic, peaceful faith. Followers have not only built and sustained the world's largest democracy but also one of the greatest philosophical streams in the world, continuously, for more than 3,000 years. So what makes a Hindu? Why is so little heard from the real practitioners of the everyday faith? Why does it never go beyond cliches? This is a practitioner's guide, a journey to very simply and instinctively understand what the Hindu message is, where it stands in the Clash of Civilizations between Islam and Christianity and why the Hindu way could yet be the path for plurality and progress in the 21st century.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781442267459 20171211
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xix, 314 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm.
How does a culture become Christian, especially one that is heir to such ancient traditions and spectacular monuments as Egypt? This book offers a new model for envisioning the process of Christianization by looking at the construction of Christianity in the various social and creative worlds active in Egyptian culture during late antiquity. As David Frankfurter shows, members of these different worlds came to create different forms of Christianity according to their specific interests, their traditional idioms, and their sense of what the religion could offer. Reintroducing the term "syncretism" for the inevitable and continuous process by which a religion is acculturated, the book addresses the various formations of Egyptian Christianity that developed in the domestic sphere, the creative worlds of holy men and saints' shrines, the work of craftsmen and artisans, the culture of monastic scribes, and the reimagination of the landscape itself, through processions, architecture, and the potent remains of the past. Drawing on sermons and magical texts, saints' lives and figurines, letters and amulets, and comparisons to Christianization elsewhere in the Roman empire and beyond, Christianizing Egypt reconceives religious change - from the "conversion" of hearts and minds to the selective incorporation and application of strategies for protection, authority, and efficacy, and for imagining the environment.
Green Library
vi, 277 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Rethinking Confucianism's relationship to global capitalism: some philosophical reflections for a Confucian critique of global capitalism / Sor-hoon TAN
  • Confucianism as an antidote for the liberal self-centeredness: a dialogue between Confucianism and liberalism / LEE Seung-Hwan
  • Toward religious harmon: a Confucian contribution / Peter Y.J. WONG
  • The Special District of Confucian Culture, the Amish community and Confucian pre-Qin political heritage / ZHANG Xianglong
  • Why speak of "East Asian Confucianisms"? / Chun-chieh HUANG
  • The formation and limitations of modern Japanese Confucianism: Confucianism for the nation and Confucianism for the people / NAKAJIMA Takahiro
  • Historical and cultural features of Confucianism in East Asia / CHEN Lai
  • Animism and spiritualism: the two origins of life in Confucianism / OGURA Kizo
  • The noble person and the revolutionary: living with Confucian values in contemporary Vietnam / NGUYEN Nam
  • The ethics of contingency, Yinyang / Heisook KIM
  • Zhong in the Analects with insights into loyalty / Winnie SUNG
  • Whither Confucius? Whither philosophy? / Michael NYLAN
  • Euro-Japanese universalism, Korean Confucianism, and aesthetic communities / Wonsuk CHANG
  • State power and the Confucian classics: observations on the Mengzi jiewen and truth management under the first Ming emperor / Bernhard FUEHRER
  • Striving for democracy: Confucian political philosophy in the Ming and Qing dynasties / WU Genyou.
In a single generation, the rise of Asia has precipitated a dramatic sea change in the world's economic and political orders. This reconfiguration is taking place amidst a host of deepening global predicaments, including climate change, migration, increasing inequalities of wealth and opportunity, that cannot be resolved by purely technical means or by seeking recourse in a liberalism that has of late proven to be less than effective. The present work critically explores how the pan-Asian phenomenon of Confucianism offers alternative values and depths of ethical commitment that cross national and cultural boundaries to provide a new response to these challenges. When searching for resources to respond to the world's problems, we tend to look to those that are most familiar: Single actors pursuing their own self-interests in competition or collaboration with other players. As is now widely appreciated, Confucian culture celebrates the relational values of deference and interdependence-that is, relationally constituted persons are understood as embedded in and nurtured by unique, transactional patterns of relations. This is a concept of person that contrasts starkly with the discrete, self-determining individual, an artifact of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Western European approaches to modernization that has become closely associated with liberal democracy.Examining the meaning and value of Confucianism in the twenty-first century, the contributors-leading scholars from universities around the world-wrestle with several key questions: What are Confucian values within the context of the disparate cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam? What is their current significance? What are the limits and historical failings of Confucianism and how are these to be critically addressed? How must Confucian culture be reformed if it is to become relevant as an international resource for positive change? Their answers vary, but all agree that only a vital and critical Confucianism will have relevance for an emerging world cultural order.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780824872588 20171211
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xiv, 128 pages ; 25 cm.
  • Towards a cognitive science that doesn't alienate everyone except cognitive scientists
  • Seriously, culture and language need to be taken seriously
  • Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater I: development of religious belief
  • Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater II: evolution and experience
  • On being good researchers
  • Does reality and/or god exist ... or not?
Green Library
xv, 247 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
In particular, Donna Haraway argued in her famous 1991 'Cyborg Manifesto' that people, since they are so often now detached and separated from nature, have themselves evolved into cyborgs. This striking idea has had considerable influence within critical theory, cultural studies and even science fiction (where it has surfaced, for example, in the Terminator films and in the Borg of the Star Trek franchise). But it is a notion that has had much less currency in theology. In his innovative new book, Scott Midson boldly argues that the deeper nuances of Haraway's and the cyborg idea can similarly rejuvenate theology, mythology and anthropology. Challenging the damaging anthropocentrism directed towards nature and the non-human in our society, the author reveals - through an imaginative reading of the myth of Eden - how it is now possible for humanity to be at one with the natural world even as it vigorously pursues novel, 'post-human', technologies.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781784537876 20180115
Green Library
xvi, 244 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Introduction--Blue Candle : insight and concentration
  • Brown candle : history and origins of the cult
  • White candle : beliefs and practices
  • Black candle : protection and harm
  • Red candle : love and passion
  • Gold candle : prosperity and abundance
  • Purple candle : healing
  • Green candle : law and justice
  • Conclusion--Seven-color candle : multiple miracles.
R. Andrew Chesnut offers a fascinating portrayal of Santa Muerte, a skeleton saint whose cult has attracted millions of devotees over the past decade. Although condemned by mainstream churches, this folk saint's supernatural powers appeal to millions of Latin Americans and immigrants in the U.S. Devotees believe the Bony Lady (as she is affectionately called) to be the fastest and most effective miracle worker, and as such, her statuettes and paraphernalia now outsell those of the Virgin of Guadalupe and Saint Jude, two other giants of Mexican religiosity. In particular, Chesnut shows Santa Muerte has become the patron saint of drug traffickers, playing an important role as protector of peddlers of crystal meth and marijuana; DEA agents and Mexican police often find her altars in the safe houses of drug smugglers. Yet Saint Death plays other important roles: she is a supernatural healer, love doctor, money-maker, lawyer, and angel of death. She has become without doubt one of the most popular and powerful saints on both the Mexican and American religious landscapes.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780190633332 20171127
Green Library
x, 260 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Are bacteria sentient?
  • Life, death, and sacrifice
  • How did life begin?
  • Altitude and attitude
  • Ecology and Karma
  • Are humans inherently good?
  • Meditation and the "new" diseases
  • Beyond science and religion.
Eight years ago, in an unprecedented intellectual endeavor, the Dalai Lama invited Emory University to integrate modern science into the education of the thousands of Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns in exile in India. This project, the Emory Tibet Science Initiative, became the first major change in the monastic curriculum in six centuries. Eight years in, the results are transformative. The singular backdrop of teaching science to Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns offered provocative insights into how science and religion can work together to enrich each other, as well as to shed light on life and what it means to be a thinking, biological human. In The Enlightened Gene, Emory University Professor Dr. Arri Eisen, together with monk Geshe Yungdrung Konchok explore the striking ways in which the integration of Buddhism with cutting-edge discoveries in the biological sciences can change our understanding of life and how we live it. What this book discovers along the way will fundamentally change the way you think. Are humans inherently good? Where does compassion come from? Is death essential for life? Is experience inherited? These questions have occupied philosophers, religious thinkers and scientists since the dawn of civilization, but in today's political discourse, much of the dialogue surrounding them and larger issues-such as climate change, abortion, genetically modified organisms, and evolution-are often framed as a dichotomy of science versus spirituality. Strikingly, many of new biological discoveries-such as the millions of microbes that we now know live together as part of each of us, the connections between those microbes and our immune systems, the nature of our genomes and how they respond to the environment, and how this response might be passed to future generations-can actually be read as moving science closer to spiritual concepts, rather than further away. The Enlightened Gene opens up and lays a foundation for serious conversations, integrating science and spirit in tackling life's big questions. Each chapter integrates Buddhism and biology and uses striking examples of how doing so changes our understanding of life and how we lead it.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781512600001 20171204
Green Library
xiv, 231 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Svadhyaya ethics and the spirit of voluntarism
  • Theologies of self-reform : what transforms the cross?
  • Praxis of an emergent congregation : metaphysics reform and rebirth
  • The structure of Lokasaṃgraha : volunteers, networks and training
  • Succession, routinization of charisma and judicial religion
  • The Tablighi Jamaat's call for self-reform
  • Pedagogy of Tablighi reform : mission and the messenger
  • 'Unintended consequences' of piety and discourses of Islamic reform
  • Religion, movements, and secularity.
"Discusses the relevance of the reigning paradigms of Sanskritization and Islamization in the study of religious movements"-- Provided by publisher.
Green Library
xvi, 364 pages ; 24 cm.
Though a minority religion in Vietnam, Christianity has been a significant presence in the country since its arrival in the sixteenth-century. Now, Anh Q. Tran brings to light, for the first time translated into English, the 1752 manuscript Tam Giao Chu Vong (The Errors of the Three Religions). Structured as a dialogue between a Christian priest and a Confucian, this anonymously authored manuscript paints a rich picture of the three traditional Vietnamese religions: Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism. The work explains and evaluates many religious customs and rituals of eighteenth-century Vietnam-many of which are still in practice today. In addition, it contains a trove of information on the challenges and struggles that Vietnamese Christian converts had to face in following the new faith. Besides its enormous historical value for studies in Vietnamese religion, language, and culture, Gods, Heroes, and Ancestors raises contemporary and highly complex issues concerning the encounter between Christianity and other religions: Christian missions, religious pluralism, and interreligious dialogue.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780190677602 20171211
Green Library
xlix, 622 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Green Library
xiii, 213 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction
  • Sources
  • Naming thunder
  • Eddic thunder
  • Non-Eddic voices
  • Mythological objects
  • Mundane objects
  • Conclusions.
"How Thor Lost his Thunder is the first major English-language study of early medieval evidence for the Old Norse god, Thor. This geographically and chronologically far-reaching study considers the earliest sources in which Thor appears, including in evidence from the Viking colonies of the British Isles and in Scandinavian folklore. Through tracing the changes and variety that has occurred in Old Norse mythology over time, this book provokes a questioning of the fundamental popular and scholarly beliefs about Thor for the first time since the Victorian era, including whether he really was a thunder god and whether worshippers truly believed they would encounter him in the afterlife. It is ideal for scholars and students of mythology, and the history and religion of medieval Scandinavia"--Provided by publisher.
Green Library
viii, 372 pages ; 23 cm.
Green Library
xxii, 221 pages ; 23 cm.
  • Intellectual sacrifice
  • Intellectual expulsion
  • Historical forms of mystification
  • The path of demystification
  • Conclusion
  • A letter from René Girard
  • Other mimetic paradoxes
  • Transition : corrections and paradoxes
  • Girard's ontological argument for the existence of God
  • Mimetic theory's post-Kantian legacy
  • Mimetic theory and hermeneutic Communism
  • The self in crisis
  • Hermeneutic mimetic theory.
Green Library
xv, 244 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
  • IntroductionPART I: Religion and Neoliberalism Chapter 1: Religions Aligned with NeoliberalismChapter 2: Religions within NeoliberalismChapter 3: Religious Alternatives to NeoliberalismChapter 4: There is no such thing as a religionPART II: AGGIONORMENTO OF CRITICAL SOCIAL THEORIES: THE I-ZATION OF SOCIETY, RELIGION AND POST-SECULARISMChapter 5: Jameson (1):From Late Capitalism to Digital CapitalismChapter 6: Jameson (2): From Pastiche to the Pygmalion ProcessChapter 7: Ritzer (1): From The McDonaldization Thesis to the i-zation of SocietyChapter 8: Ritzer (2) - Standardization and BrandingChapter 9: Habermas (1): A Neoliberal Post-secular ProjectChapter 10: Habermas (2):Neoliberal Post-secularism and the i-zation of SocietyPART III: POLICY IMPLICATION: A NEW COMPASSIONATE TAXChapter 11: Revising Religious Tax Exemption<Chapter 12: Conclusions: A Global Compassionate Tax for the i-Society.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9789811059414 20171227
This book explores the elective affinity of religion and post-secularism with neoliberalism. With the help of digital capitalism, neoliberalism dominates, more and more, all aspects of life, and religion is not left unaffected. While some faith groups are embracing this hegemony, and others are simply following the signs of the times, changes have been so significant that religion is no longer what it used to be. Linking theories from Fredric Jameson and George Ritzer, this book presents the argument that our present society is going through a process of i-zation in which (1) capitalism dominates not only our outer, social lives (through, for example, global capitalism) but also our inner, personal lives, through its expansion in the digital world, facilitated by various i-technology applications; (2) the McDonaldization process has now been normalized; and (3) religiosity has been standardized. Reviewing the new inequalities present in this i-society, the book considers their impact on Jurgen Habermas's project of post-secularism, and appraises the roles that various religions may have in supporting and/or countering this process. It concludes by arguing that Habermas's post-secular project will occur but that, paradoxically, the religious message(s) will be instrumentalized for capitalist purposes.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789811059414 20171227
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xix, 314 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction: Law's love / Paul Babie and Vanja-Ivan Savić
  • Understanding love : with and without God / Brett G. Scharffs
  • Law and love in Eden / Joshua Neoh
  • Freedom, responsibility, and hope in Jewish thought / Steven H Resnicoff
  • Texts of terror in the New Testament : encountering or hating the 'other'? / Michael Trainor
  • Weathering the storm : Shariʻa in Nigeria from the earliest times to the present / Ibrahim Haruna Hassan al-Wasewi
  • From law to solidarity / Slavic Jakelić
  • Love, law and the Judeo-Christian separation-individuation / Joseph E. David
  • From enemy to neighbour? : the Armenian issue in the Ottoman Turkey and problem of 'de-victimisation' of Armenian society / Hovhannes Hovhannisyan
  • Global law and global ethic / Leonard Swidler
  • Freedom of expression and legal protecdtion of religious feelings in Europe : from reconciliation to complementarity / Davor Derenčinović
  • The International Forum on Religions and Democracy : a path of civic mediation for Islam in Italy : the pros and cons of integrative university education / Alessandra Gaetani
  • The boundaries of religious ethics, secular ethics and law / Robert Crotty
  • Imago and imitatio : perfection of the individual and society in Maimonides' theory of religious law / Raphael Dascalu
  • The commandment of love in family law / Dubravka Hrabar.
In contemporary society there are several issues making for a divisive atmosphere in regard to religion. The decreasing level of spirituality in the West it can be argued has created a wide divide between the 'faithful' and groups such as agnostics, atheists and those of mixed spirituality. In addition throughout the world where strong connections to religion remain a central part of nation's identities, these connections can and often are misused in the secular public sphere In such a divided world, both secular and non-secular 'forces' tend to lock themselves into positions of 'pure truth' and in so doing, increase the level of disagreement, ultimately producing radicalisation. The question emerges, then: how best to accommodate the democratic principle which posits that the majority should feel that it lives in a society of its own with the human rights principle, holding that is necessary to ensure the full protection of the minority's rights? We are very familiar with the differences that appear between secular and sacred in the modern world; yet, what of the similarities amongst scriptures and laws which seek to encourage mutual understanding, cooperation and even cohabitation? Because religion itself is a source of law, a set of exhortations or commands as much as a set of rights, every major religion offers an approach to encountering 'the Other' in a positive, constructive, affirming way; and it is here that religions reveal much that they have in common. This book draws together the work of scholars engaged in exploring the possibilities for a 'utopian' world in the sense fostered by St Thomas More. The essays explore those dimensions of religious and civil law where 'love'-however that is defined by relevant texts-fosters and encourages acceptance of 'the Other' and will offer perspectives on the ways in which religious or civil/state law command one to act in the spirit of 'love'. The first part of the book considers religious perspectives on love for the other and how those perspectives speak to a contemporary global world. The major monotheistic perspectives are included here, as well as general chapters on the place of religion in considering love generally. The second part explores religious perspectives on love from a legal perspective, taking a broad view of 'law' and 'legal' as it operates at both the public and private levels, as well as in its relationship to the state and politics generally. Finally, the third part of the book will contain three chapters that attempt a synthesis of law and religion.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138684560 20171201
Law Library (Crown)
xi, 244 pages ; 23 cm
What does it mean to understand the world religiously? How is such understanding to be distinguished from scientific understanding? What does it have to do with religious practice, transfiguring love, and spiritual well-being? New Models of Religious Understanding investigates these questions to set a new and exciting agenda for philosophy of religion. Featuring contributions from leading scholars in the field, the volume cuts across the supposed divide between analytic and continental approaches to the subject and engages the interest of a broad range of philosophical and theological readers.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198796732 20180115
Green Library
x, 206 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Herskovits's heritage
  • Creolization and connaissance
  • Notes from Ekitiland
  • The blood of mothers
  • Ethnogenesis from within
  • Afterword : beyond the mirror of narcissus.
Green Library
vi, 173 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Table of Contents Introduction (Mark Harris & Duncan Pritchard) 1. How Do Scientific Claims Relate to the Truth? (Duncan Pritchard & S. Orestis Palermos) 2. Faith and Physics: Can They Be Reconciled? (Mark Harris) 3. Creationism and Evolutionary Biology-Science or Pseudo-Science? (Mark Harris & David de Pomerai) 4. Is Evolution Compatible with Design? (Alasdair Richmond) 5. Is There a Fundamental Tension Between Faith and Rationality? (Duncan Pritchard) 6. Is God Hidden, Or Does God Simply Not Exist? (Ian Church) 7. Does Contemporary Neuroscience Debunk Religious Belief? (Sarah Lane Ritchie) 8. Are Theism and Atheism Totally Opposed? Can They Learn From Each Other? (J. Adam Carter) 9. Is Fundamentalism Just a Problem For Religious People? (Emma Gordon) 10. Why Should Anyone Care About the Science-and-Religion Debate? (Michael Fuller) 11. What Provides a Better Explanation For the Origin of the Universe-Science or Religion? (David Fergusson & Katherine Snow) 12. Do Logic and Religion Mix? (James Collin) 13. Does Science Show that we Lack Free Will? (Till Vierkant) 14. What Are the Ethical Implications of the Science-and-Religion Debate? (Jeremy Kidwell) Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138234215 20171017
Philosophy, Science and Religion for Everyone brings together these great truth-seeking disciplines, and seeks to understand the ways in which they challenge and inform each other. Key topics and their areas of focus include: * Foundational Issues - why should anyone care about the science-and-religion debate? How do scientific claims relate to the truth? Is evolution compatible with design? * Faith and Rationality - can faith ever be rational? Are theism and atheism totally opposed? Is God hidden or does God simply not exist? * Faith and Science - what provides a better explanation for the origin of the universe-science or religion? Faith and physics: can they be reconciled? Does contemporary neuroscience debunk religious belief? Creationism and evolutionary biology - what constitutes science and what constitutes pseudo-science? * Practical Implications - is fundamentalism just a problem for religious people? What are the ethical implications of the science-and-religion debate? Do logic and religion mix? This book is designed to be used in conjunction with the free `Philosophy, Science and Religion' MOOC (massive open online course) created by the University of Edinburgh, and hosted by the Coursera platform (www.coursera.org). This book is also highly recommended for anyone looking for a concise overview of this fascinating discipline.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138234215 20171017
Green Library
ix, 254 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
  • Chapter 1: Introduction Daniel Ogden Chapter 2: Was Didyma (Branchidae) a False Prophet? Richard Evans Chapter 3: `Who Wrote Greek Curse Tablets?' Olivier Dufault Chapter 4: A Story of Blood, Guts and Guesswork: Synthetic Reasoning in Classical Greek Divination Ralph Anderson Chapter 5: Value-Added Divination at Dodona Philip Bosman Chapter 6: Divination and Profit in the Roman World Federico Santangelo Chapter 7: Profiting from Prophecy: Q. Marcius Rex and the Construction of the Aqua Marcia Alex Nice Chapter 8: Valerius Maximus and the Language of Stars Jeffrey Murray Chapter 9: "Arrows Fletched from Our Own Wings": Discovering a `Delphi of the Mind' in the Writings of the Early Church Fathers Daniel Crosby Chapter 10: Egyptian Necromancy in Heliodorus Aethiopica (6.12-15) and The Witch of Endor Narrative (1SAM 28) John. Hilton Chapter 11: Sosipatra- Prophetess, Philosopher and Theurgist: Reflections on Divination and Epistemology in Late Antiquity Crystal Addey Chapter 12: One Oracle too Many? Corippus and Procopius on Female Prophecy in North Africa Martine de Marre Chapter 13: Deconstructing Divination: Superstition, Anticlericalism, and Cicero's De Divinatione in Enlightenment England Katherine East Chapter 14: Prophecy and Paul Kruger: Robert Grendon's Appropriation of Greco-Roman Prophets and Prophetic Devices in his South African Epic, Paul Kruger's Dream Szerdi Nagy Chapter 15: Cassandra Prophesies Back: Marion Zimmer Bradley's Firebrand Elke Steinmeyer.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138290150 20180115
This volume examines the ways in which divination, often through oracular utterances and other mechanisms, linked mortals with the gods, and places the practice within the ancient sociopolitical and religious environment. Whether humans sought knowledge by applying to an oracle through which the god was believed to speak or used soothsayers who interpreted specific signs such as the flight of birds, there was a fundamental desire to know the will of the gods. In many cases, pragmatic concerns - personal, economic or political - can be deduced from the context of the applicant. Divination and communication with the gods in a post-pagan world has also produced fascinating receptions. The presentation of these processes in monotheistic societies such as early Christian Late Antiquity (where the practice continued through the use of curse tablets) or medieval Europe, and beyond, where the role of religion had changed radically, provides a particular challenge and this topic has been little discussed by scholars. This volume aims to rectify this desideratum by providing the opportunity to address questions related to the reception of Greco-Roman divination, oracles and prophecy, in all media, including literature and film. Many contributions in this volume originated in the 2015 Classics Colloquium held at the University of South Africa and the volume has been augmented with further additional contributions.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138290150 20180115
Green Library