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  • Introduction 1 Authorised Hymnody: Hymnals as Expressions of Doctrine and Theology 2 An Ecumenical Hymnody 3 An Evangelical Hymnody 4 Methodism's Literary Repertoire: Form, Language, Editing, and Theological Expression 5 Musical Repertoire 6 Methodist Hymnody in Practice 7 The Influence of Methodist Hymnody beyond British Methodism 8 Hymnody and Methodist Identity.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781472469298 20171218
Hymnody is widely recognised as a central tenet of Methodism's theological, doctrinal, spiritual, and liturgical identity. Theologically and doctrinally, the content of the hymns has traditionally been a primary vehicle for expressing Methodism's emphasis on salvation for all, social holiness, and personal commitment, while particular hymns and the communal act of participating in hymn singing have been key elements in the spiritual lives of Methodists. An important contribution to the history of Methodism, British Methodist Hymnody argues that the significance of hymnody in British Methodism is best understood as a combination of its official status, spiritual expression, popular appeal, and practical application. Seeking to consider what, when, how, and why Methodists sing, British Methodist Hymnody examines the history, perception, and practice of hymnody from Methodism's small-scale eighteenth-century origins to its place as a worldwide denomination today.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781472469298 20171218
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xiii, 253 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
  • Chapter 1. Introduction-- Ros Stuart-Buttle & John Shortt.- PART I. Framing the Discourse.- Chapter 2. The Naming of Parts: Faith, Formation, Development and Education-- Jeff Astley.- Chapter 3. Is Talk of `Christian Education' Meaningful?-- John Shortt.- Chapter 4. The Christian University and an Anthropology for Adulthood-- Mario D'Souza.- Chapter 5. The Faith-full Intellect: Catholic Traditions and Instincts about the Human Person and their Significance for Teaching and Learning-- Clare Watkins.- Chapter 6. Deeply Christian, Healthily Plural: A Vision for Schooling-- David F. Ford.- Chapter 7. Living Tradition and Learning Agency: Interpreting the `Score' and Personal Rendition-- John Sullivan.- Chapter 8. Formation and Christian Education in England-- Trevor Cooling.- Chapter 9. Theological Education and Professional Practice-- Ros Stuart-Buttle.- PART II Reflections on Practice.- Chapter 10. Journeys of Faith: Personal Stories, `Multi-logue' Narrative and Faith Formation in Schools-- Andy Wolfe.- Chapter 11. A Sense of Belonging: Spiritual Development in Christian-Ethos Secondary Schools-- Ann Casson.- Chapter 12. Religious Education - Where to from here? Reflections on the Trajectory of Australian Catholic School Religious Education 1965-2017-- Graham Rossiter.- Chapter 13. `We Need to Keep the Door Open': A Framework for Better Understanding the Formation of Younger Teachers in Catholic Schools-- Richard Rymarz.- Chapter 14. Interpreting Texts More Wisely: A Review of Research and the Case for Change in English Religious Education-- Robert A. Bowie.- Chapter 15. Christian Leadership in Education-- David Cracknell.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319628028 20180122
This book discusses the relationship between faith, formation and education. Rooted in a variety of discourses, the book offers original insights into the education and formation of the human person, both theoretical and practical. Issues are considered within a context of contemporary tensions generated by an increasingly pluralist society with antipathy to religious faith, and debated from interdenominational Christian perspectives. Including chapters by an international team of experts, the volume demonstrates how Christian faith holds significance for educational practice and human development. It argues against the common assumption that there can be a neutral approach to education, whilst at the same time advocating a critical dimension to faith education. It brings fresh thinking about faith and formation, which demands attention given the fast-changing political, educational and socio-cultural forces of today. It will appeal to students and researchers involved in Christian educational practice.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319628028 20180122
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Defying predictions of the inevitable decline of Christianity in the US, Church Planting in Post-Christian Soil presents the untold story of new churches springing up in Seattle, one of the most post-Christian cities in the nation.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780190673642 20180115
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xv, 218 pages ; 23 cm
  • Part I. Interacting with the Divine :
  • 1. Honoring the divine / Jonathan Schwiebert
  • 2. Accessing divine power and status / Steven C. Muir
  • 3. Accessing divine knowledge / Ritva H. Williams
  • Part II. Group Interactions :
  • 4. Boundary-crossing in Christian baptism / Agnes Choi
  • 5. Rituals for communal maintenance / Erin K. Vearncombe
  • 6. Early Christian funerary ritual / Nicola Hayward
  • Part III. Contesting and Creating Ritual Protocols :
  • 7. Ritual negotiation / Jason T. Lamoreaux
  • 8. Ritual transgression / Richard E. DeMaris
  • 9. Ritual modification and innovation / Richard S. Ascough
  • Conclusion : Steps forward in the study of early Christian ritual life / Hal Taussig.
Scholars across many fields have come to realize that ritual is an integral element of human life and a vital aspect of all human societies. Yet, this realization has been slow to develop among scholars of early Christianity. Early Christian Ritual Life attempts to counteract the undervaluing of ritual by placing it at the forefront of early Christian life. Rather than treating ritual in isolation or in a fragmentary way, this book examines early Christian ritual life as a whole. The authors explore an array of Christian ritual activity, employing theory critically and explicitly to make sense of various ritual behaviors and their interconnections.
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xv, 437 pages : maps, plans ; 24 cm.
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ix, 127 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
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347 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
  • Préliminaires les missions allemandes 1914-1939 : effondrement et résilience de maximum illud à rerum ecclesiae -- Les missions allemandes 1914-1939 : effondrement et résilience -- De Maximum illud (1919) à Rerum Ecclesiae (1926) : la stratégie missionnaire romaine après la première guerre mondiale -- Effondrement et résilience en Afrique, en chine et en Australie -- Effondrement et résilience au Togo -- La Grande Guerre et son impact sur la politique missionnaire catholique au Togo : 1919-1939 -- The collapse of SVD Togo Mission (1914-1921) -- Les missionnaires changent la communauté locale demeure : la mission catholique du Togo de 1914 à 1922 -- Effondrement et résilience au Cameroun -- La guerre de 1914-15 au Cameroun: le départ des Allemands et ses conséquences pour l'Église évangélique et le pays Bamoun -- Effondrement et résilience en Afrique de l'est -- Un institut missionnaire à vocation universelle sous influence allemande : les Missionnaires d'Afrique dans le vicariat apostolique d'Unyanyembe (Afrique orientale allemande, 1910-1917) -- La Mission de Bethel au Rwanda 1907-1916 -- Effondrement et résilience en Chine -- Les tribulations des missions allemandes en Chine (1914-1945) -- Traduction Isabelle Main, Konrad et Marc Spindler -- Effondrement et résilience en Australie -- German-speaking missionnaires in North Australia -- Destins -- Diedrich Westermann, témoin de la résilience de la société des missions de l'Allemagne du Nord (Norddeutsche Mission) -- Vivre après la mission: l'expérience de Friedrich Ebding, ancien missionnaire au Cameroun -- Ni aumônier ni aubergiste : Johann Flierl et la mission allemande de Neuendettelsau en Nouvelle-Guinée -- Maurice Leenhardt et Georg Vicedom Destins croisés de deux missionnaires en Océanie dans l'entre-deux-guerres -- Le "mythe des Allemands" dans les cultes anti-sorciers et chiliastiques congolais de l'entre-deux-guerres -- Epilogue : Les dynamiques de la missiologie allemande 1913-1939.
"Les commémorations de la Première Guerre mondiale ont réveillé l'intérêt pour des pans négligés de l'histoire du XXe siècle. C'est ainsi que l'Allemagne missionnaire entre 1914 et 1939 a été redécouverte, comme cet ouvrage en témoigne. L'empire colonial allemand détruit, les missionnaires allemands qui y étaient installés durent céder la place à d'autres. Globalement, les deux tiers du personnel furent "éloignés". Mais l'effondrement des missions allemandes facilita l'émergence d'Églises autochtones enracinées dans leurs terroirs et leurs cultures. Ces communautés locales gardent non seulement le souvenir mais encore les héritages matériels et spirituels des missions allemandes. En passant par de profondes réorganisations, les relations internationales entre Églises du Sud et Églises allemandes se sont maintenues. Quelques exemples sont étudiés ici par des universitaires du Togo, du Cameroun et du Congo. Des chercheurs européens apportent un complément pour le Rwanda-Burundi, l'Afrique de l'Est, la Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée, la Chine ainsi que l'Australie. Un épilogue synthétique démontre la résilience des missions et des sciences missionnaires allemandes. Quinze auteurs de nationalités différentes ont participé à ce projet, représentant leurs universités ou leurs organisations de rattachement à Paris, Rome, Kara et Lomé (Togo), Douala (Cameroun), Jinan (Chine), Londres, Montpellier, Greifswald (Allemagne), Brisbane (Australie), Utrecht (Pays-Bas), Bordeaux."--Page 4 of cover.
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xvii, 337 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Acknowledgements List of Figures Prologue: Virtuous Genealogies Introduction 1. Blind Justice 2. Fleeting Fortitude 3. Charity as Greed 4. Loose Chastity 5. Prudence: Panacea or Placebo? 6. Class Trumps Sex: (En)Gendering Virtue Conclusion Epilogue: Virtual Virtue.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781487502133 20180122
Chastity and lust, charity and greed, humility and pride, are but some of the virtues and vices that have been in tension since Prudentius' Psychomachia, written in the fifth century. While there has been widespread agreement within a given culture about what exactly constitutes a virtue or a vice, are these categories so consistent after all? In Ambiguous Antidotes, Hilaire Kallendorf explores the receptions of Virtues in the realm of moral philosophy and the artistic production it influenced during the Spanish Gold Age. Using the Derridian notion of pharmakon, a powerful substance that can serve as poison and cure, Kallendorf's original and pioneering insight into five key Virtues (justice, fortitude, chastity, charity, and prudence) reveals an intriguing but messy relationship. Rather than being seen as unambiguously good antidotes, the Virtues are instead contested spaces where competing sets of values jostled for primacy and hegemony. Employing an arsenal of tools drawn from literary theory and cultural studies Ambiguous Antidotes confirms that you can in fact have too much of a good thing.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781487502133 20180122
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x, 350 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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237 p. : illustrations ; 19 cm.
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xviii, 492 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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xiii, 326 pages ; 25 cm
Billy Graham stands among the most influential Christian leaders of the twentieth century. Perhaps no single doctrine, practice, political position, or preacher has united the sprawling and diverse world of evangelicalism like Billy Graham. Throughout his six-decade career, Graham mainstreamed evangelicalism and through that tradition brought about major changes to American Christianity, global Christianity, church and state, the Cold War, race relations, American manhood, intellectual life, and religious media and music. His life and career provide a many-paned window through which to view the history and character of our present and recent past. Billy Graham: American Pilgrim offers groundbreaking accounts of Graham's role in shaping these phenomena. Graham stayed true to evangelical precepts yet journeyed to positions in religion, politics, and culture that stretched his tradition to its limits. This books distinguished contributors capture Grahams evolution and complexity. Like most people, he grew in fits and starts. But Graham's growth occurred on an international stage, influencing the world around him in ways large and small. This book delves into this influence, going beyond conventional subjects and taking a fresh and nuanced look at the complex life and legacy of one of the most important figures of the last century.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780190683528 20171009
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xii, 178 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
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140 pages ; 23 cm.
  • Liminaire -- Introduction: culture, religion et relations internationales dans l'espace atlantique au XXe siècle -- Histoire culturelle, histoire religieuse, histoire intellectuelle -- Histoire des relations internationales -- Histoire atlantique -- Sources languedociennes -- Universitas magistrorum de Toulouse à Paris (1995-2006) -- On the road -- Publier, débattre -- La pensée catholique en Amérique du Nord -- L'intégrisme catholique : une question post-coloniale ? -- La liturgie : Lost in Translation ? -- Diplomatie et religion. Au coeur de l'actipa culturelle du Quai d'Orsay -- Le fait religieux en Sorbonne -- L'Université et l'Église : évidement et mimétisme -- L'histoire au filtre de la sécularisation -- Paix sur la terre ? -- Remarques conclusives.
"Le coeur historique de la Sorbonne est une magnifique chapelle baroque vide, contournée par les étudiants et les professeurs depuis la Séparation des Églises et de l'État. La chapelle est interdite d'accès faute d'entretien adéquat. Au coeur de la chapelle, le cardinal de Richelieu, en son tombeau de marbre, est soutenu par la Religion et la Science. Tel est le point de départ de cet essai, qui conduit l'auteur du Languedoc jusqu'au Quartier Latin et aux espaces d'Amérique du Nord, et qui se présente, au fil des réflexions, comme une analyse de la situation de l'histoire religieuse dans l'Université contemporaine. Pourquoi la chapelle de la Sorbonne est-elle vide ? Pourquoi les universitaires sont-ils souvent comparés à des clercs, susceptibles, depuis Julien Benda, de trahir ? Pourquoi enseignent-ils dans des séminaires ? Pourquoi y a-t-il tant de chaires à l'Université, alors que celles des églises ne servent plus guère aujourd'hui ? Comment écrire l'histoire religieuse aujourd'hui dans une société française marquée à la fois par une sécularisation profonde, un impératif de laïcité qui commande la recherche académique, la persistance du religieux, et le retour, heureux ou malheureux, des identités ?"--Page 4 of cover.
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xiii, 282 pages ; 25 cm
  • Preface Acknowledgements Abbreviations 1. Introduction 2. Christian Encounters with Islam: An Historical Precursor Part One Engagement Underway: 20thC Ecumenical Journeys 3. World Council of Churches: c.1910-c.1970 4. From Dialogue to Relationship: WCC c.1970-c.2000 5. Vatican II: Catholic Groundwork for Dialogue 6. Catholic-Muslim Relations: Post-Vatican II Part Two Engagement Focussed: Developments and Initiatives 7. Ecumenical Developments: The Twenty-first Century 8. PROCMURA: An African Journey 9. Building Bridges: an Anglican Ecumenical Initiative 10. Christian-Muslim Theological Forum: a German Journey 11. The `Common Word' letter: Christian Response to Muslim Initiative 12. Conclusion: Observations and Evaluations Bibliography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004338012 20171009
Why did the Christian Church, in the twentieth century, engage in dialogue with Islam? What has been the ecumenical experience? What is happening now? Such questions underlie Douglas Pratt's Christian Engagement with Islam: Ecumenical Journeys since 1910. Pratt charts recent Christian (WCC and Vatican) engagement with Islam up to the early 21st century and examines the ecumenical initiatives of Africa's PROCMURA, `Building Bridges', and the German `Christian-Muslim Theological Forum', together with responses to the 2007 `Common Word' letter. Between them, Islam and Christianity represent over half the earth's population. Their history of interaction, positive and negative, impacts widely still today. Contentious issues remain real enough, yet the story and ongoing reality of contemporary Christian-Muslim engagement is both exciting and encouraging.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004338012 20171009
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vi, 393 pages ; 23 cm
Delves into the ancient debate regarding the nature and purpose of the seven sacraments What are the sacraments? For centuries, this question has elicited a lively discussion and among theologians, and a variety of answers that do anything but outline a unified belief concerning these fundamental ritual structures. In this extremely cohesive and well-crafted volume, a group of renowned scholars map the theologies of sacraments offered by key Christian figures from the Early Church through the twenty-first century. Together, they provide a guide to the variety of views about sacraments found throughout Christianity, showcasing the variety of approaches to understanding the sacraments across the Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox faith traditions. Chapters explore the theologies of thinkers from Basil to Aquinas, Martin Luther to Gustavo Gutierrez. Rather than attempting to distill their voices into a single view, the book addresses many of the questions that theologians have tackled over the two thousand year history of Christianity. In doing so, it paves the way for developing theologies of sacraments for present and future contexts. The text places each theology of the sacraments into its proper sociohistorical context, illuminating how the church has used the sacraments to define itself and its congregations over time. The definitive resource on theologies of the sacraments, this volume is a must-read for students, theologians, and spiritually interested readers alike.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780814770108 20170829
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x, 231 pages ; 24 cm
  • Introduction 1 Whose Theology? Which University? 2 Theology in the Secular University: A Critical Analysis of the Current Debate 3 An Epistemology of Truly Liberal Learning 4 Theology and Truly Liberal Learning in the Secular University 5 Theology and Moral Education in the Secular University Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781472484895 20170907
If the secular university by definition is non-sectarian or non-denominational, then how can it accommodate a discipline like Christian theology? Doesn't the traditional goal of theological study, which is to attain knowledge of the divine, fundamentally conflict with the main goal of secular academic study, which is to attain knowledge about ourselves and the world in which we live? So why should theology be admitted, or even care about being admitted, into secular academic life? And even if theology were admitted, what contribution to secular academic life could it make? Working from a Christian philosophical and theological perspective but also engaging a wide range of theologians, philosophers, and religious studies scholars, Christian Theology and the Secular University takes on these questions, arguing that Christian theology does belong in the secular university because it provides distinct resources that the secular university needs if it is going to fulfill what should be its main epistemic and educative ends. This book offers a fresh and unique perspective to scholars working in the disciplines of theology, philosophy, and religious studies, and to those in other academic disciplines who are interested in thinking critically and creatively about the place and nature of theological study within the secular university.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781472484895 20170907
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480 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
  • Vorwort
  • Einleitung
  • Vorgehensweise und Schwerpunktsetzung
  • Anmerkungen zum Forschungsstand
  • Terminologie
  • Biblische Basis
  • Altes Testament
  • Neues Testament
  • "Seht, wie sie sich lieben" : die Entfaltung der christlichen Armenfürsorge in Theologie und Praxis der frühen Kirche
  • Diskurse um Arme und Reiche, Armut und Reichtum und die Pflichten der Liebe
  • Diskurse um Kranke und Krankheit
  • Inklusion und Exklusion oder der Diskurs über mögliche Grenzen der Hilfe
  • Praktiken der Armen- und Krankenfürsorge und ihre Institutionalisierung
  • Zwischenbilanz
  • Armut und Armenfürsorge in der frühmittelalterlichen Welt (des lateinischen Westens)
  • Begriffe und theologische Diskurse
  • Arme, Armut und Armengut
  • Kranke und Krankheit
  • Problem Inklusion, Exklusion
  • Normen und Praktiken der Armenfürsorge und ihre Institutionalisierung
  • Der Bischof als Leiter der karitativen Diakonie und die Frage der "Pfarrcaritas"
  • Herrschaftliche Wohltätigkeit und Ansätze einer Armen-fürsorgepolitik
  • Bruderschaften und Gilden
  • Institutionen der Armen-und Krankenfürsorge
  • Armenmatrikeln
  • Xenodochien, Hospitäler
  • Klösterliche Gastfreundschaft, das Hospital und die übrige monastische Armen-und Krankenfürsorge
  • Diakonien
  • Leprosorien
  • Gelobte Armut : Hochmittelalterliche Armutsbewegungen und die Realität(en) der Armen
  • Begriffe und theologische Diskurse
  • Begriffe und Diskurse in den kirchlichen Reformbewegungen des 11. und 12. Jahrhunderts
  • Zwischenüberlegung : Apostolische Armut und die unfreiwillig Armen im 11. und 12. Jahrhundert
  • Begriffe und Diskurse im Kontext der Bettelorden
  • Krankheit und Krankheitsdeutung
  • Neue und alte Träger der Sorge um Arme und Kranke
  • Der Bischof und die kirchlichen Würdenträger
  • Herrscher und Herren
  • Die Orden und die Armenfürsorge
  • Semireligiöse Gemeinschaften
  • Bruderschaften
  • Einrichtungen der Hilfeleistung
  • Hospitäler
  • Leprosorien
  • Armentafeln und "charités"
  • Starke Arme, verfluchte Bettler und die würdigen Hausarmen : der Umbruch im Spätmittelalter
  • Gute Arme : schlechte Arme : Diskurse über Arbeit und Betteln und die Normierungen in Armen- und Bettelordnungen
  • Den Richtigen richtig helfen : von "starken Bettlern", braven "Hausarmen", faulen Mönchen und reichen Emporkömmlingen
  • Das wachsende Lob der Arbeit
  • Die gute Ordnung sichern
  • Grenzziehungen und ihre Grenzen
  • Kirche, Kommunalisierung und die Frage einer Säkularisierung der Armenfürsorge
  • Kirche und Armenfürsorge
  • Die religiöse Dimension in spätmittelalterlichen Stiftungen
  • Wachsende Bedeutung der kommunalen Instanzen ohne Säkularisierung der Armenfürsorge
  • Veränderungen im Hospitalwesen
  • Armut und Armenfürsorge im humanistischen Kontext : eine Annäherung
  • Einige bilanzierende (Zwischen-)überlegungen
  • Anhang
  • Anmerkungen
  • Verzeichnis der gedruckten Quellen und der Literatur
  • Bildnachweis
  • Register
  • Personen
  • Orte
  • Sachen.
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266 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
  • Wandel christlicher Rituale : eine Problemanzeige / Hans Gerald Hödl, Johann Pock, Teresa Schweighofer
  • Paradigmen der Ritualdynamik
  • Tradition und Emotion. Ein evangelikaler Gottesdienst aus der Perspektive der Theorie der Interaktionsrituale / Rafael Walthert
  • Aladura : Ritualwandel in Westafrikanischen Kirchen / Hans Gerald Hödl
  • Zentrale ritualdynamische Prozesse im Christentum
  • Weddings in the Church of Denmark : traditional and modern expectations of an efficacious ritual / Kirstine Helboe Johansen
  • -- Traumhochzeit, individuell angepasst? Das (katholische) Hochzeitsritual im Wandel / Johann Pock
  • Die kreative Interaktion zwischen Evangelium und Kultur durch die "Dynamische Äquivalenz" / Geovanne Bustos
  • Inner- und postchristliche Transformationen und Entwicklungen von Ritualen
  • Individuell und einmalig : Freie Rituale in Österreich / Teresa Schweighofer
  • Frauenliturgien als Avantgarde neuer ritueller Gestaltungsräume und -prozesse im spätmodernen Kontext / Brigitte Enzner-Probst
  • Ritual- und Festpraxis in multreligiösen Familienkonstellationen : ein Prospekt / Ulrike Wagner-Rau
  • -- Religionshybride Festkultur in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern : Erfindung post-christlicher Rituale? / Arnaud Liszka
  • Grundlegende (liturgiewissenschaftliche) Zugänge zum rituellen Wandel
  • Menschheitsalte Religi"se Rituale im Raum der Kirche? Überlegungen zur "Rituellen Erfahrung" im Spannungsfeld von Religiosität und Christianität / Andreas Odenthal
  • Offenheit für eine "scheue Frömmigkeit" : Neue christliche Rituale in religiös pluraler Gesellschaft / Benedikt Kranemann
  • Heutige Veränderungsprozesse der rituell-liturgischen Landschaft Mitteleuropas : Einige vorläufige Wahrnehmungen / Basilius J. Groen
  • Verzeichnis der Autor_innen.
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299 pages ; 25 cm
  • The inventors
  • The revivalists
  • The tyrants
  • The godly and the godless
  • The appropriators
  • The discontented
  • The privatizers.
An Anglican priest hands out brass knuckles to his congregation to guard his church from anti-Christmas fanatics. Fascists insist that the real Christmas is the Winter Solstice, while Communists stage atheist musicals outside of churches on Christmas Eve. Activists vandalize shops that set out holiday advertising in October and anti-consumerists sing parody carols in shopping malls. Is there such a thing as a War on Christmas? As Gerry Bowler demonstrates in this entertaining book, there is and always has been a War, or rather, several wars, on Christmas. Christmas, a global phenomenon adored by billions and a backbone of international trade, is the biggest single event on the planet. For Christians it is the second-most sacred date on the calendar. But whether one celebrates it or not, it engages billions of people who are caught up in its commercialism, music, sentiment, travel, and frenetic busyness. Since its controversial invention in the Roman Empire, Christmas has struggled with paganism, popular culture, fierce Christian opposition to its celebration, its abolition in Scotland and New England, and its neglect and near-death experience in the 1700s, only to be miraculously reinvented in the 1800s. The twentieth century saw it opposed by Bolsheviks, twisted by Hitler, and appropriated by every special interest group in the industrialized world. Lately it has been caught up in the cultural struggles between the left and the right in America, often misinterpreted as a war on Christmas, when the fight is really over whether religion in general will be allowed a public face. Gerry Bowler tells the fascinating story of the tug-of-war over Christmas, replete with cross-dressing priests, ranting Puritans, atheist witches, the League of the Militant Godless, aesthetic terrorists in Quebec and rap-singing Santa killers in Spain.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780190499006 20170213
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