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Age of Reason

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"Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst," declared Thomas Paine, adding, "every other species of tyranny is limited to the world we live in; but this attempts to stride beyond the grave, and seeks to pursue us into eternity." Paine's years of study and reflection on the role of religion in society culminated with his final work, The Age of Reason. This coolly reasoned polemic influenced religious thinking throughout the world at the dawn of the nineteenth century, and its resonance remains undiminished by time.
The selfsame humanist and egalitarian views that made Paine a popular figure of the American Revolution brought him into frequent conflict with political authorities. Parts of The Age of Reason were written in a French jail, where Paine was confined for his opposition to the execution of Louis XVI. An atack on revealed religion from the deist point of view -- embodied by Paine's credo, "I believe in one God, and no more" -- this work undertakes a hitherto unheard-of approach to Bible study. Its critical and objective examination of Old and New Testatments cites nemerous contradictions as evidence against literal interpretations of the text. Well articulated and eminently readable, The Age of Reason is a classic of free thought.
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2004-04-22
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Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: A Reader's Edition (Flexisoft, Black)

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A helpful language reference tool for students, pastors, and
scholars. The "BHS Reader's Edition" is for those who have a basic
understanding of Biblical Hebrew and desire to read and study
the Hebrew Bible. With this book alone (and a year of Hebrew),
students are able to read the Hebrew Bible in its entirety.
No other reference books on the market today have the same
quality, grammatical information, or detail.
Main features include:
- Complete text of the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, checked
against the Leningrad Codex
- All words that occur fewer than 70 times are parsed and
contextually defined in the apparatus
- Glossary listing of all other words
- Improved layout of poetic texts
- All weak verb forms are parsed
- High quality paper does not bleed through
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9781598567496
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Branded: Adolescents Converting from Consumer Faith

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This book addresses and examines three key elements: 1) the distortion of adolescent vocation in a consumer-focused culture; 2) the dream that adolescents would discover the freedom to live into a vocational path not dominated by consumer culture; and 3) an educational process of enlivening agency and imagination that would allow for such freedom of vocational development.
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2006-09-01
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Complete Hebrew-Greek Bible (Flexisoft, Black)

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Hendrickson's The Complete Hebrew-Greek Bible combines under one cover the complete text of the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament. Ideal for pastors, students, scholars, and anyone else who has studied both Greek and Hebrew, this is an excellent volume for those who want a complete original-language Bible in an attractive package and at an affordable price.

The Hebrew text is a beautifully typeset version of the Biblia Hebraica Leningradensia, edited by Aron Dotan.

Features:

- Qere forms are clearly set off in the margin (with corresponding unpointed Kethiv forms in the main text).

- The text is unencumbered by a critical apparatus, allowing for ease of reading.

The Greek New Testament is a recent typesetting of the edition produced by B. F. Westcott and F. J. A. Hort.

Features:

- Pericopes are labeled in English, and in the Gospels these labels are accompanied, where appropriate, by the verse references of their synoptic parallels.

- Quotations and allusions to the Old Testament are indicated in the Greek text in bold, with references at the bottom of the page.

- A straightforward, unobtrusive apparatus is found at the bottom of the page that presents the differences in wording between the Westcott-Hort edition and the 27th edition of Nestle-Aland's Novum Testamentum Graece, as well as the Byzantine text edition prepared by Maurice Robinson and William Pierpont.

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9781683070733
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Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil

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The distinguished American civil rights leader, W. E. B. Du Bois first published these fiery essays, sketches, and poems individually nearly 80 years ago in the Atlantic, the Journal of Race Development, and other periodicals. Reflecting the author's ideas as a politician, historian, and artist, this volume has long moved and inspired readers with its militant cry for social, political, and economic reforms for black Americans. Essential reading for students of African-American history
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9780486408903
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1999-07-02
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Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating

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This book provides a comprehensive theological framework for assessing eating's significance, employing a Trinitarian theological lens to evaluate food production and consumption practices as they are being worked out in today's industrial food systems. Norman Wirzba combines the tools of ecological, agrarian, cultural, biblical, and theological analyses to draw a picture of eating that cares for creatures and that honors God. Unlike books that focus on vegetarianism or food distribution as the key theological matters, this book broadens the scope to include discussions on the sacramental character of eating, eating's ecological and social contexts, the meaning of death and sacrifice as they relate to eating, the Eucharist as the place of inspiration and orientation, the importance of saying grace, and whether or not there will be eating in heaven. Food and Faith demonstrates that eating is of profound economic, moral, and theological significance.
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9780521146241
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2011-05-31
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Nurturing Different Dreams

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Increasingly, adolescents and young adults in the United States are racially and socioeconomically diverse, while the teaching population remains predominantly white and middle class. Many youth ministry programs that utilize volunteer mentors recruit adults who are ill-equipped to bridge cultural differences and effectively build sustainable relationships with adolescents who come from different backgrounds than their own. College and university campus ministries that are historically white struggle to provide adequate support and mentoring for students who have traditionally not been represented in the college population. Often, mentoring relationships break down over cultural misunderstandings. As educators who come from backgrounds marked by privilege, Katherine Turpin and Anne Carter Walker draw from their experiences in an intentionally culturally diverse youth ministry program to name the challenges and inadequacies of ministry with young people from marginalized communities. Through engaging case studies and vignettes, the authors re-examine the assumptions about youth agency, vocational development, educational practice, and mentoring. Offering concrete guidelines and practices for working effectively across lines of difference, Nurturing Different Dreams invites readers to consider their own cultural assumptions and practices for mentoring adolescents, and assists readers in analyzing and transforming their practices of mentoring young people who come from different communities than their own. ""The dominant ministerial and educational networks of American religion are just beginning to come to terms with the ways 'whiteness' structures what is thinkable and doable. This frank and readable book marks a robustly creative and theologically important turn in the conversation and should be read by white pastoral workers in and beyond the mainline denominations."" --Tom Beaudoin, Fordham University, Bronx, NY ""In this insightful book, Katherine Turpin and Anne Carter Walker focus on some of the most critical topics for those interested in youth today. The impact of social location, power, and privilege on the development of youth agency--the capacity to dream--is integral to a critical understanding of what is needed to mentor young people today. I would recommend this book for use in both religious and community contexts. It is also an outstanding resource for schools, churches, and organizations interested in planning intensive programs."" --Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA ""There are very few youth ministry books that offer leaders honest, authentic, and practical discourse on ministry with racially and socioeconomically marginalized teenagers. Nurturing Different Dreams is just that kind of book. . . . Through the conversion of FaithTrek leaders, this book invites us to a new form of youth ministry that disrupts the power and privilege of white/middle-class society and liberates those on the margins, as well as those in the center, to live boldly and bravely into our God-given vocations. This is brilliant stuff for youth ministry."" --Evelyn L. Parker, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX ""In Nurturing Different Dreams, Anne Carter Walker and Katherine Turpin address a significant gap in the literature on youth ministry and education--i.e., how to respectfully teach youth across the range of differences. Moreover, their research does not rely merely on theory, but is grounded in years of practical work with teens of different social locations. This work grows from a deep love of young people, the church, and the broken world. I trust this book and you should too!"" --David F. White, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, TX Katherine Turpin is Associate Professor of Religious Education at Iliff School of Theology. She is the author of Branded: Adolescents Converting from Consumer Faith (2006). Anne Carter Walker is the for
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2014-10-09
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Painting Religion in Public: John Singer Sargent's Triumph of Religion at the Boston Public Library

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A brilliant painter of society portraits, John Singer Sargent also devoted many years at the height of his career to a project of an entirely different order: an ambitious, multi-media decoration titled Triumph of Religion (1890-1919) for the Boston Public Library. The library cycle Sargent imagined as his most important work, however, would ultimately remain unfinished, quietly abandoned in the face of religious opposition, one critical painting short of completion. Truncation dramatically altered possible readings of Triumph, redirecting its narrative energies and generating new meanings in tension with the idea Sargent had proposed. In Painting Religion in Public, Sally Promey tells the story of an artist of international stature and the complex and consuming pictorial program he pursued in Boston. Highly celebrated in its day, with individual panels retaining immense popularity even in the years of discord, this artistic project and its constituent images tell us much about broad cultural and political exchanges concerning the public representation of religious content in the United States.


Sargent's library decoration attracted the attention of multiple audiences and engaged concurrent debates about class, race, art, and religion. Representatives of various religious and cultural backgrounds hailed portions of the cycle as indicative of the strength of their own positions, and reproductions of the images appeared in everything from books and encyclopedias to stained glass and public pageantry. Promey analyzes the conception and production of the cycle, persuasively demonstrating that Triumph of Religion, far from promoting a narrowly sectarian version of religious practice, represented instead Sargent's public recommendation of the privacy of modern belief. The artist recast contemporary religion as spirituality, she argues, linking it not with institutions and dogma but with personal subjectivity. For Sargent, this ideal was a sign of Western, especially American, progress. Carefully reconstructing patterns of reception in an increasingly diverse religious climate, and exploring the extent and character of Sargent's personal and artistic investment, Promey boldly illuminates the work Sargent hoped to make his masterpiece. At the same time, she enriches understanding of religious images in public places and popular imagination.

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2001-10-21
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Practicing Discernment with Youth: A Transformative Youth Ministry Approach

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"Over the last half-century," says David White, "congregational youth ministry has undergone a separation from its own sense of place. The expectations, imaginations, and practices of youth ministry are more likely to originate in Southern California. Colorado, or denominational headquarters than they are within the unique and particular setting of a congregation." In Practicing Discernment with Youth, White calls for congregations to engage their young people in practices of discernment that involve the gifts and problems of their unique context, bringing their lives more fully into partnership with God's work in their given place. He develops the notion of practicing discernment among youth as a means of returning the responsibility for youth ministry to local congregations and youth groups and provides a new understanding of youth ministry as a way of responding to the particular wounds, blessings, gifts, and charisms of youth and congregations. White uses historical discernment practices of Christian communities such as Ignatian contemplative practices, Quaker clearness counsels, consensus decision making, and silence; biblical reflection that emerged from Protestant reformation; and social analysis of Latin American base communities.
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9780829816310
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2005-03-15
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Racism and God-Talk: A Latino/a Perspective

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2011 Winner of the Book Awards Contest in the Discipline of Theology Presented by Alpha Sigma Nu

The apostle Paul wrote that "All of you are one in Christ Jesus." Given Paul's vision of God's kingdom defined by the breakdown of all distinctions and relationships of domination--no longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female--how do we make sense of ethnic particularity within the church's theological formulations?

Racism and God-Talk explores the biblical and religious dimensions of North American racism while highlighting examples of resistance within the Christian religious tradition. Social historians have seldom analyzed the problematic of race from a primarily theological perspective. This volume undertakes a critical examination of explicitly theological and confessional perspectives for understanding and transforming North American racism.

Rosario Rodriguez offers insights from Latino/a theology for broader scholarly and social discussions concerning racism, borders, and immigration. The first to analyze race and racism from a Latino/a theological perspective, the volume makes use of a broadened conceptualization of "mestizaje," or mutual cultural exchange, to challenge the church to recognize the effects of racial and ethnic particularity in all theological construction.

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9780814776117
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2008-07-01
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Toward a Theology of Struggle

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9781606082362
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2009-02-01
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Trusting the Spirit: Renewal and Reform in American Religion

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Can renewal and reform groups rekindle spiritual vitality and fervor in today's religious institutions?

The call to revive one's faith fills more pages of the Christian and Jewish scriptures than any other theme. Today, reform and renewal organizations and movements play a key role in most denominations, whether conservative, moderate, or liberal.

In this fascinating book, Richard Cimino provides you with an in-depth look at six vibrant reform and renewal movements that are revitalizing traditional faith communities from the inside out. Cimino walks you through how all the components of renewal and reform--the organization, the larger denomination, the congregation, and the individual members--interact at both local and national levels, and answers the question of how effective these organizations and movements are within their traditions. Filled with interviews and case studies, Trusting the Spiriy concludes by outlining strategies for renewal and reform that can be put into practice in a wide range of religious contexts.
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9780787951603
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2001-01-30
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