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The Evolution of Religion, Religiosity and Theology: A Multi-Level and Multi-Disciplinary Approach

The Evolution of Religion, Religiosity and Theology: A Multi-Level and Multi-Disciplinary Approach

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Jay R. Feierman, Lluis Oviedo
September 30, 2019

This book takes a multi-dimensional and multi-disciplinary approach to religion, religiosity and theology from their earliest beginnings to the present day. It uniquely brings together the natural sciences and theology to explore how religious practice emerged and developed through the four...

Laudato Si’ and the Environment: Pope Francis’ Green Encyclical

Laudato Si’ and the Environment: Pope Francis’ Green Encyclical

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Robert McKim
September 20, 2019

This volume is a response to the Pope’s Laudato Si’, giving an interdisciplinary overview of its impact on the environmental concerns of Catholics as well as other religious groups. Published in 2015, it is often seen as an "environmental" encyclical and in it the Pope urges us to face up to the...

Envisioning the Cosmic Body of Christ: Embodiment, Plurality and Incarnation

Envisioning the Cosmic Body of Christ: Embodiment, Plurality and Incarnation

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Aurica Jax, Saskia Wendel
September 12, 2019

The metaphor of the cosmos as the Body of Christ offers an opportunity to escape the aporias of standard Body of Christ imagery, which has often proved anthropocentric, exclusivist, triumphalist and/or sexist in the analyses of classical theologies. The body motif in particular contains starting...

Religious Truth and Identity in an Age of Plurality

Religious Truth and Identity in an Age of Plurality

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Peter Jonkers, Oliver J. Wiertz
August 23, 2019

This book deals with the intellectual aspects of having diverse religious expressions in proximity and the socio-political consequences. It provides a multi-disciplinary perspective on this complex subject, cross-fertilizing work on religious plurality with truth-claims from theologians as well as...

Christianity and the Triumph of Humor: From Dante to David Javerbaum

Christianity and the Triumph of Humor: From Dante to David Javerbaum

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Bernard Schweizer
July 25, 2019

This book traces the development of religious comedy and leverages that history to justify today’s uses of religious humor in all of its manifestations, including irreverent jokes. It argues that regulating humor is futile and counterproductive, illustrating its point with a host of comedic...

Vision, Mental Imagery and the Christian Life: Insights from Science and Scripture

Vision, Mental Imagery and the Christian Life: Insights from Science and Scripture

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Zoltán Dörnyei​
July 19, 2019

This book uniquely explores how the notion of vision is presented in modern science and the Bible, and how it can be applied to contemporary Christian contexts. The word "vision", our ability to see, has been described by an increasing body of scholarship in the social sciences as our capacity for...

John's Gospel as Witness: The Development of the Early Christian Language of Faith

John's Gospel as Witness: The Development of the Early Christian Language of Faith

1st Edition

Alexander S. Jensen
June 10, 2019

This book defends the claims of historical-critical research into the New Testament as necessary for theological interpretation. Presenting an interdisciplinary study about the nature of theological language, this book considers the modern debate in theological hermeneutics beginning with the...

Theologising Brexit: A Liberationist and Postcolonial Critique

Theologising Brexit: A Liberationist and Postcolonial Critique

1st Edition

Anthony G. Reddie
June 06, 2019

This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the theological challenge presented by the new post-Brexit epoch. The referendum vote for Britain to leave the European Union has led to a seismic shift in the ways in which parts of the British population view and judge their compatriots. The subsequent...

In Search of New Age Spiritualities

In Search of New Age Spiritualities

1st Edition

Adam Possamai
June 05, 2019

The search for an adequate understanding of the New Age phenomenon is fraught with difficulties when examined within the perspectives of sociology of religion which have shed light on religion in modernity. New Agers cannot be located easily in the secularisation narrative; they move through...

Gaming and the Divine: A New Systematic Theology of Video Games

Gaming and the Divine: A New Systematic Theology of Video Games

1st Edition

Frank G. Bosman
March 29, 2019

This book formulates a new theological approach to the study of religion in gaming. Video games have become one of the most important cultural artifacts of modern society, both as mediators of cultural, social, and religious values and in terms of commercial success. This has led to a significant...

Recognition and Religion: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives

Recognition and Religion: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives

1st Edition

Maijastina Kahlos, Heikki J. Koskinen, Ritva Palmén
February 28, 2019

This book focuses on recognition and its relation to religion and theology, in both systematic and historical dimensions. While existing research literature on recognition and contemporary recognition theory has been gradually growing since the early 1990s, certain gaps remain in the field covered...

Debate and Dialogue: Christian and Pagan Cultures c. 360-430

Debate and Dialogue: Christian and Pagan Cultures c. 360-430

1st Edition

Maijastina Kahlos
December 19, 2018

This book explores the construction of Christian identity in fourth and fifth centuries through inventing, fabricating and sharpening binary oppositions. Such oppositions, for example Christians - pagans; truth - falsehood; the one true god - the multitude of demons; the right religion -...

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