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Religion and Public Life


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Religion and Public Life promotes topical interdisciplinary research and discussion on wide-ranging ethical and philosophical issues at the intersection of religion and civil society. The series provides a platform for international scholarly discussion through the publication of thematic issues that cut across disciplines. Recent issues have addressed Politics in Theology, Faith, War and Violence, Faith in Science, and Justice and the Politics of Memory. A forthcoming issue, Natural Communions, addresses eco-spirituality and theological naturalism.

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Natural Communions: Religion and Public Life, Volume 40

Natural Communions: Religion and Public Life, Volume 40

1st Edition

Gabriel R. Ricci
June 11, 2019

The academic treatment of the environment and nature, since the 1980s, has been formalized in sub-disciplines like environmental history, environmental philosophy, ecocriticism, and eco-spirituality. Within these disciplines the concept of nature has been variously employed to reorient humanity to...

Faith, War, and Violence

Faith, War, and Violence

1st Edition

Gabriel R. Ricci
August 30, 2014

Faith, War, and Violence analyzes the age-old links between religion and violence perpetrated in the name of God, and the role religion performs in politically infusing the state with romantic spiritualism. The volume examines instances of this phenomenon from ancient Rome to the modern day; it...

Politics in Theology

Politics in Theology

1st Edition

Gabriel R. Ricci
May 15, 2012

This new volume examines the relationship between religion and politics from a historical perspective. Contributors address specific moments in which political governance intersects with religious ideals in dramatic ways. These moments question the relationship between religious sentiments and...

Values and Technology: Religion and Public Life

Values and Technology: Religion and Public Life

1st Edition

Gabriel R. Ricci
November 15, 2010

In 1749 Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Discourse on the Arts and Sciences, surprised leading Enlightenment thinkers who had enthusiastically upheld the positive benefits of humanity's technological advance. Voltaire, who celebrated the ends of civilization, mocked Rousseau's praise for an original...

Morality and the Literary Imagination: Volume 36, Religion and Public Life

Morality and the Literary Imagination: Volume 36, Religion and Public Life

1st Edition

Gabriel R. Ricci
February 15, 2009

In a letter to Boccaccio, Petrarch extolled the virtue of poetry and letters for promoting an understanding of both human nature and morals. The letter was designed to console him after hearing a prediction that he was soon to die and that he ought to renounce poetry. The prophecy came from an...

Cultural Landscapes: Religion and Public Life

Cultural Landscapes: Religion and Public Life

1st Edition

Gabriel R Ricci
December 15, 2006

A dualism between man and nature has been a persistentfeature of Western thought and spirituality from ancient times to the present. The opposition of mind and body, consciousness and world has tended to obscure the ways in which humans are ecologically part of interconnected systems, some of which...

Faith in Science

Faith in Science

1st Edition

Gabriel R. Ricci
November 30, 2004

There is growing academic interest in addressing the relationship of religion and science. There are also very generous funding sources that encourage scientists to demonstrate the reality of purpose in the world. Still, there are organizations offering support to community groups dedicated to...

Justice and the Politics of Memory

Justice and the Politics of Memory

1st Edition

Gabriel R. Ricci
June 30, 2003

Memory is not a mere repository for past events. This was Henri Bergson's fundamental claim about consciousness. In distinguishing our psychic constitution by its sense of the past, Bergson differentiates our perception of time from a process in which one instant merely replaces another. While...

Humanities and Civic Life: Volume 32

Humanities and Civic Life: Volume 32

1st Edition

Paul Edward Gottfried
November 30, 2001

This volume in Religion and Public Life, a series on religion and public affairs, provides a wide-ranging forum for differing views on religious and ethical considerations. The contributions address the decline of social capital-those patterns of behavior which are conducive to self-governance and...

Culture and Consumption

Culture and Consumption

1st Edition

Gabriel R. Ricci
August 31, 2000

This is the thirty-first volume in Religion and Public Life, formerly This World, a series on religion and public affairs. This ongoing series seeks to provide a wide-ranging forum for differing views on religious and ethical considerations. The essays grouped together in Culture and Consumption...

Politics and Regimes

Politics and Regimes

1st Edition

Paul Edward Gottfried
January 30, 1997

The essays grouped together in this volume look from differing angles at the crisis of condence faced by the contemporary state. What we see is the decline of the authority once associated with the Western nation-state as a source of public order and as a defender of cultural identity. Multiplying...

Democracy in Theory and Practice

Democracy in Theory and Practice

1st Edition

Paul Edward Gottfried
January 30, 1992

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