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  • Standing In The Need Of Prayer

    $27.50

    From the world-renowned Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture comes an unprecendented celebration of the diverse and vital traditions within the African religious experience. Continue Reading Standing In The Need Of Prayer

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  • Religion Race And The American Presidency

    $42.95

    Preface
    Gaston Espinosa
    Evangelicals And The American Presidency
    Corwin Smidt
    Mainline Protestants And The American Presidency
    Laura R. Olson And Adam L. Warber
    Catholics And The American Presidency
    David C. Leege
    Seculars And The American Presidency
    Lyman A. Kellstedt
    Women, Religion, And The American Presidency
    Katherine E. Stenger
    Jews And The American Presidency
    David G. Dalin
    Muslims And The American Presidency
    Brian Robert Calfano, Paul A. Djupe, And John C. Green
    Asian Americans, Religion, And The American Presidency
    So Young Kim
    African Americans, Religion, And The American Presidency
    Melissa Harris-Lacewell
    Latinos, Religion, And The American Presidency
    Gaston Espinosa

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    The role that race and religion play in American presidential elections is attracting national attention like never before. The 2008 presidential candidates reached out to an unprecedented number of racial and religious voting constituencies including African Americans, Latinos, Muslims, Mainline Protestants, Catholics, Evangelicals, Jews, women, the non-religious, and more. Religion, Race, and the American Presidency focuses on the roles of these racial and religious groups in presidential elections over the last forty years, and in elections since 2000 in particular. Drawing upon survey data, interviews, and case studies of recent presidents, the contributors examine the complicated relationships between American presidents and key racial and religious groups. The paperback edition features a new capstone chapter on the 2008 elections.

    List of Contributors
    Brian Robert Calfano, David G. Dalin, Paul A. Djupe, Gaston Espinosa, John C. Green, Melissa V. Harris-Lacewell, Lyman A. Kellstedt, So Young Kim, David C. Leege, Laura R. Olson, Corwin Smidt, Katherine E. Stenger, and Adam L. Warber.

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  • Sociology Of Religion

    $59.95

    Sociology of Religion charts changes in the sociology of religion without ignoring the continuing relevance of Weber, Durkheim, and Marx. Veteran sociologists Christiano, Swatos, and Kivisto address both the foundations and the profound changes in the field, placing new conceptions against their historical background. Charts, pictures, down-to-earth examples, and a readable style keep the history and new developments within the reach of undergraduates. Instructors who want to give their students a current and comprehensive overview of the field should take a look at Sociology of Religion: Contemporary Developments.

    New to this edition:

    – Expanded data on ethnicity and religious demographics in the U.S. and Middle East, including growth of the Hispanic population in the U.S.

    – Chapter on Catholicism has been updated to represent both official and unofficial changes in the church, including the sex scandals and their financial consequences, but also the church’s continual press against homosexuality in the priesthood and strong commitment to a celibate clergy.

    – New section on Neo-Paganism, which distinguishes Neo-Paganism from putative Satanism.

    – For Further Reading sections have been updated, as well as expanded sections on issues related to Islam and the Middle East.
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  • Sacred Fury : Understanding Religious Violence

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    History, marred with the actions of fundamentalist and extremist groups, continues to highlight religion as a cause for violent action. But how ‘religious’ is this violence? And what drives the faithful to attack in the name of their beliefs? Charles Selengut brings together approaches from a wide range of disciplines to comprehend forms of religious violence around the globe. Drawing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the 9-11 attacks, Heaven’s Gate, the Catholic sex abuse scandals, and many other recent cases, Sacred Fury explains the logics behind these faith driven acts. In this expanded second edition, Selengut pays special attention to the Iraq War, and the theology and organization of Al-Qaeda.

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  • Sacred Fury : Understanding Religious Violence

    $80.00

    History, marred with the actions of fundamentalist and extremist groups, continues to highlight religion as a cause for violent action. But how ‘religious’ is this violence? And what drives the faithful to attack in the name of their beliefs? Charles Selengut brings together approaches from a wide range of disciplines to comprehend forms of religious violence around the globe. Drawing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the 9-11 attacks, Heaven’s Gate, the Catholic sex abuse scandals, and many other recent cases, Sacred Fury explains the logics behind these faith driven acts. In this expanded second edition, Selengut pays special attention to the Iraq War, and the theology and organization of Al-Qaeda.

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  • Nation Under God

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    The ACLU And Religion In American Politics Today

    Religion And Politics In Historical Perspective

    Religion And The Moral Conditions Of Freedom In The Ameican Founding

    The Progressive Rejection Of The Principles Of The American Founding

    The Birth Of The ACLU And The Rise Of Modern Liberalism

    Building The Wall Of Separation: THe ACLU Takes Religion To Court

    Immoral Religion? The ACLU’s Select Defense Of Religious Free Exercise

    Conclusion

    Appendix: Documents From The Founding On Religion And Religious Liberty

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    A Nation Under God? raises the question of why the ACLU relentlessly attacks public expressions of mainstream religious faith. The answer, according to the book’s argument, is that the work of the ACLU is informed by a larger political project-modern liberalism-to transform American government and society into an administrative-welfare state. Modern liberalism requires two decisive changes in American politics if it is to be successful: First, the government of limited powers mandated by the Constitution must become a government of unlimited powers and scope. Second, free, self-reliant, and independent citizens must become dependent on and understand themselves as subservient to government. The ACLU’s drive to remove religion and morality from the public square advances both goals.

    Limited, constitutional government rests on the idea that rights come from God; the power of government should be limited commensurate to the limited purpose of legitimate government: to protect our natural, God-given rights. With God removed from the public square, it becomes much easier politically to argue that government is the source of rights, and that every expansion of government power is tantamount to an expansion of rights.

    Further, self-reliant citizens are not in need of and are unlikely to support large government welfare programs. But self-reliancy is largely a function of self-control and moral responsibility. Immoral and irresponsible citizens are incapable of providing for themselves and their families. Driving God and morality out of the public square serves to break down public morality, which in turn creates classes of citizens who are dependent on government assistance and regulation.

    Through endless litigation against public expressions of religion and morality and its distorted interpretations of the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses, the ACLU reveals its real agenda and its real allegiance, which is not to the Constitution or Bill of Rights, but to a radical liberal ideology that seeks nothing less than the remaking of American government and society.

    This book is published in cooperation with The Claremont Institute.

    — A concise summary of the understanding of religion and morality in the American Founding.

    — A discussion of the historical and philosophical problem of reason versus revelation.

    — A revealing examination of the radical agenda that has guided the ACLU from its inception.

    — A succinct overview of key Sup Continue Reading Nation Under God

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  • Public Dimensions Of A Believers Life

    $29.00

    Introduction: Tensions In The Dynamic Of The Redemption

    Conformity And Critical Dissent

    Obedience And Discernment

    Humility And The Uses Of Power

    Loyalty And The Demands Of Truth

    Absolutes And Compromises

    Law And Justice

    Patriotism And Discipleship

    Fairness And Compassion

    Family And Social Responsibility

    Ambition And Contemplation

    Tradition And Change

    Institution And Community.

    Conclusion: The Cardinal Virtues In Christian Life

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    In recent American politics, the term morality has come to be used in a way almost entirely restricted to private family and sexual issues, leaving aside responsibility for immensely consequential decisions about initiating wars, oppressive policies, regressive tax structures, and disregard of the United Nations and international law. Public Dimensions of a Believer’s Life is about human responsibility in public life and the moral and spiritual factors involved in exercising that responsibility. Monika Hellwig explores the decisions people have to make in human affairs at all levels of social organization, the values that guide these decisions, and the way those values are often apparently in conflict with one another.

    By looking at major moral issues in the political decisions, actions and failures to act, of the twentieth century in the light of the tradition of the cardinal virtues (prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance), Hellwig’s work explores the moral implications of the political life in our own times Continue Reading Public Dimensions Of A Believers Life

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  • Public Dimensions Of A Believers Life

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    Introduction: Tensions In The Dynamic Of The Redemption

    Conformity And Critical Dissent

    Obedience And Discernment

    Humility And The Uses Of Power

    Loyalty And The Demands Of Truth

    Absolutes And Compromises

    Law And Justice

    Patriotism And Discipleship

    Fairness And Compassion

    Family And Social Responsibility

    Ambition And Contemplation

    Tradition And Change

    Institution And Community.

    Conclusion: The Cardinal Virtues In Christian Life

    Additional Info
    In recent American politics, the term morality has come to be used in a way almost entirely restricted to private family and sexual issues, leaving aside responsibility for immensely consequential decisions about initiating wars, oppressive policies, regressive tax structures, and disregard of the United Nations and international law. Public Dimensions of a Believer’s Life is about human responsibility in public life and the moral and spiritual factors involved in exercising that responsibility. Monika Hellwig explores the decisions people have to make in human affairs at all levels of social organization, the values that guide these decisions, and the way those values are often apparently in conflict with one another.

    By looking at major moral issues in the political decisions, actions and failures to act, of the twentieth century in the light of the tradition of the cardinal virtues (prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance), Hellwig’s work explores the moral implications of the political life in our own times.

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  • Black Churches And Local Politics

    $41.00

    Preface

    Introduction: Black Churches, Activists Traditions, And Urban Political Contexts
    Fredrick C. Harris
    Part I: Personal Influence, Coalitions, And Pressure Groups

    Black Churches, Black Empowerment, And Atlanta’s Civil Rights Legacy
    Alton B. Pollard
    Black Clergy And Models Of Civil Rights Activism In Miami
    Clarence Taylor
    Bennett W. Smith And Ministerial Influence On Political Life In Buffalo
    Sherri Leronda Wallace
    Black Ministers And The Politics Of Personal Influence In Columbus
    Yvette Alex-Assensoh
    Black Faith-Based Coalitions And Civic Activism In Boston
    James Jennings
    Part II: Black Churches And Electoral Politics

    Black Churches And Electoral Engagement In The Nation’s Capital
    Ronald Walters And Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs
    Black Churches And Machine Politics In Chicago
    Fredrick C. Harris
    Black Clergy Electoral Involvement In Cleveland
    Mittie Olion Chandler
    Black Churches And The Formation Of Political Action Committees In Detroit
    Ronald E. Brown And Carolyn Hartfield
    Party Politics And Black Church Political Organizations In Queens, NY
    Michael Leo Owens
    Part III: Epilogue

    Black Clergy And The Governmental Sector During George W. Bush’s Presidency
    R. Drew Smith
    About The Contributors

    Index

    Additional Info
    This book on black churches and urban politics uses case studies from various cities to examine the strategies and tactics of activist clergy and congregations. These case studies illustrate how black activist clergy and congregations negotiate the political terrains of their respective cities. The cases show that the political culture of a city–whether that culture is shaped by machine politics, a legacy of political protest, racial and ethnic factionalism, or a city whose power resides in the mayor’s office rather than the city council chamber–can influence the tactics of activist clergy and congregations. These cases also show how strategies and tactics vary across congregations as well as within and across cities. Not only do activist churches emphasize political empowerment or economic development, their tactics to pursue their goals may take different forms. They can form coalitions with other churches and/or political organizations, lobby public officials, use personal appeals to persuade politicians, or mobilize voters for candidates who support the congregation’s agenda. By taking stock of the strategies that activist black clergy and congregations adopt and the tactics they use to research their goals, the cases in this book highlight nuances in black clergy and church activism that are captured beyond a single case or a focus on national politics. The three sections of Black Churches and Local Politics examine the many ways that black activist clergy and congregations voice their concerns in urban politics. The tactics explored are the use of personal influence by activist ministers, the formation of coalitions with churches and community organizations, and pressure groups that lobby government institutions and leaders on behalf of minority communities. Continue Reading Black Churches And Local Politics

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  • Black Churches And Local Politics

    $131.00

    Preface

    Introduction: Black Churches, Activists Traditions, And Urban Political Contexts
    Fredrick C. Harris
    Part I: Personal Influence, Coalitions, And Pressure Groups

    Black Churches, Black Empowerment, And Atlanta’s Civil Rights Legacy
    Alton B. Pollard
    Black Clergy And Models Of Civil Rights Activism In Miami
    Clarence Taylor
    Bennett W. Smith And Ministerial Influence On Political Life In Buffalo
    Sherri Leronda Wallace
    Black Ministers And The Politics Of Personal Influence In Columbus
    Yvette Alex-Assensoh
    Black Faith-Based Coalitions And Civic Activism In Boston
    James Jennings
    Part II: Black Churches And Electoral Politics

    Black Churches And Electoral Engagement In The Nation’s Capital
    Ronald Walters And Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs
    Black Churches And Machine Politics In Chicago
    Fredrick C. Harris
    Black Clergy Electoral Involvement In Cleveland
    Mittie Olion Chandler
    Black Churches And The Formation Of Political Action Committees In Detroit
    Ronald E. Brown And Carolyn Hartfield
    Party Politics And Black Church Political Organizations In Queens, NY
    Michael Leo Owens
    Part III: Epilogue

    Black Clergy And The Governmental Sector During George W. Bush’s Presidency
    R. Drew Smith
    About The Contributors

    Index

    Additional Info
    This book on black churches and urban politics uses case studies from various cities to examine the strategies and tactics of activist clergy and congregations. These case studies illustrate how black activist clergy and congregations negotiate the political terrains of their respective cities. The cases show that the political culture of a city–whether that culture is shaped by machine politics, a legacy of political protest, racial and ethnic factionalism, or a city whose power resides in the mayor’s office rather than the city council chamber–can influence the tactics of activist clergy and congregations. These cases also show how strategies and tactics vary across congregations as well as within and across cities. Not only do activist churches emphasize political empowerment or economic development, their tactics to pursue their goals may take different forms. They can form coalitions with other churches and/or political organizations, lobby public officials, use personal appeals to persuade politicians, or mobilize voters for candidates who support the congregation’s agenda. By taking stock of the strategies that activist black clergy and congregations adopt and the tactics they use to research their goals, the cases in this book highlight nuances in black clergy and church activism that are captured beyond a single case or a focus on national politics. The three sections of Black Churches and Local Politics examine the many ways that black activist clergy and congregations voice their concerns in urban politics. The tactics explored are the use of personal influence by activist ministers, the formation of coalitions with churches and community organizations, and pressure groups that lobby government institutions and leaders on behalf of minority communities.

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  • Religion Culture And International Conflict

    $65.00

    Introduction

    Religion, Culture, And International Conflict After September 11: A Conversation With Samuel P. Huntington

    Religion And Terrorism: A Conversation With Bruce Hoffman And Jeffrey Goldberg

    Islam: A Primer: A Conversation With Roy Mottahedeh And Jay Tolson

    War In Iraq: Is It Just?: A Conversation With Christopher Hitchens, William Galston, And George Weigel

    Just War And Jihad: Two Views Of War: A Conversation With James Turner Johnson And Christopher Hitchens

    Political Islam: A Conversation With Gilles Kepel And Jeffrey Goldberg

    The Rise Of Global Christianity: A Conversation With Philip Jenkins And David Brooks

    About The Participants

    Index

    Additional Info
    As religiously grounded moral arguments have become ever more influential factors in the national debate-particularly reinforced by recent presidential elections and the creation of the faith-based initiative office in the White House-journalists’ ignorance about theological convictions has often worked to distort the public discourse on important policy issues. Pope John Paul II’s pronouncements on stem-cell research, the constitutional controversies regarding faith-based initiatives, the emerging participation of Muslims in American life-issues like these require political journalists in print and broadcast media to cover religious contexts that many admit they are ill-equipped to understand.

    Put differently, these news events reflect subtle theological nuances and deep faith commitments that shape the activities of religious believers in the public square. Inasmuch as a faith tradition is an active or significant participant in the public arena, journalists will need to better understand the theological sources and religious convictions that motivate this political activity.

    The current national discourse has brought faith and its relationship to public policy to the forefront of our daily news. Since 1999, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, through the generosity of the Pew Charitable Trusts, has hosted six conferences for national journalists to help raise the level of their reporting by increasing their understanding of religion, religious communities, and the religious convictions that inform the political activity of devout believers. This book contains the presentations and

    conversations that grew out of those conferences.

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  • Religion And Politics In America

    $41.00

    Introduction

    Evangelicalism And American Life: A Conversation With Nathan Hatch, Grant Wacker, And Hanna Rosin

    New Century, New Story-Line: Catholics In America: A Conversation With George Weigel And Kenneth L. Woodward

    Can The Jews Survive America?: A Conversation With Jack Wertheimer And David Brooks

    Does God Belong On The Stump?: A Conversation With Stephen Carter, Charles Krauthammer, And Leo Ribuffo

    How The Faithful Voted: A Conversation With John C. Green And John DiIulio

    How Should We Talk? Religion And Public Discourse: A Conversation With Jean Bethke Elshtain And William McGurn

    The New Christian Right In Historical Context: A Conversation With Leo Ribuffo And David Shribman

    The Rights And Wrongs Of Religion In Politics: A Conversation With Stephen Carter And Jeffrey Rosen

    Discussion Participants

    Index

    Additional Info
    As religiously grounded moral arguments have become ever more influential factors in the national debate-particularly reinforced by recent presidential elections and the creation of the faith-based initiative office in the White House-journalists’ ignorance about theological convictions has often worked to distort the public discourse on important policy issues. Pope John Paul II’s pronouncements on stem-cell research, the constitutional controversies regarding faith-based initiatives, the emerging participation of Muslims in American life-issues like these require political journalists in print and broadcast media to cover religious contexts that many admit they are ill-equipped to understand.

    Put differently, these news events reflect subtle theological nuances and deep faith commitments that shape the activities of religious believers in the public square. Inasmuch as a faith tradition is an active or significant participant in the public arena, journalists will need to better understand the theological sources and religious convictions that motivate this political activity.

    The current national discourse has brought faith and its relationship to public policy to the forefront of our daily news. Since 1999, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, through the generosity of the Pew Charitable Trusts, has hosted six conferences for

    national journalists to help raise the level of their reporting by increasing their understanding of religion, religious communities, and the religious convictions that inform the political activity of devout believers. This book contains the presentations and

    conversations that grew out of those conferences Continue Reading Religion And Politics In America

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  • Religion And Politics In America

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    Introduction

    Evangelicalism And American Life: A Conversation With Nathan Hatch, Grant Wacker, And Hanna Rosin

    New Century, New Story-Line: Catholics In America: A Conversation With George Weigel And Kenneth L. Woodward

    Can The Jews Survive America?: A Conversation With Jack Wertheimer And David Brooks

    Does God Belong On The Stump?: A Conversation With Stephen Carter, Charles Krauthammer, And Leo Ribuffo

    How The Faithful Voted: A Conversation With John C. Green And John DiIulio

    How Should We Talk? Religion And Public Discourse: A Conversation With Jean Bethke Elshtain And William McGurn

    The New Christian Right In Historical Context: A Conversation With Leo Ribuffo And David Shribman

    The Rights And Wrongs Of Religion In Politics: A Conversation With Stephen Carter And Jeffrey Rosen

    Discussion Participants

    Index

    Additional Info
    As religiously grounded moral arguments have become ever more influential factors in the national debate-particularly reinforced by recent presidential elections and the creation of the faith-based initiative office in the White House-journalists’ ignorance about theological convictions has often worked to distort the public discourse on important policy issues. Pope John Paul II’s pronouncements on stem-cell research, the constitutional controversies regarding faith-based initiatives, the emerging participation of Muslims in American life-issues like these require political journalists in print and broadcast media to cover religious contexts that many admit they are ill-equipped to understand.

    Put differently, these news events reflect subtle theological nuances and deep faith commitments that shape the activities of religious believers in the public square. Inasmuch as a faith tradition is an active or significant participant in the public arena, journalists will need to better understand the theological sources and religious convictions that motivate this political activity.

    The current national discourse has brought faith and its relationship to public policy to the forefront of our daily news. Since 1999, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, through the generosity of the Pew Charitable Trusts, has hosted six conferences for

    national journalists to help raise the level of their reporting by increasing their understanding of religion, religious communities, and the religious convictions that inform the political activity of devout believers. This book contains the presentations and

    conversations that grew out of those conferences.

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  • Contemporary Varieties Of Religious Experience

    $114.00

    Introduction

    Evolution Of A Pluralist

    James’s Conversion Typology

    Prophets

    Monks

    Mystics

    Between Me And My God

    Additional Info
    First published in 1902, William James’s Varieties of Religious Experience is considered a classic in religious studies and the psychology of religion. But how has James’s classic study weathered decades of development in psychology and behavioral sciences? Do the assertions about religious experience in the Varieties still ring true in light of neuro-cognitive and neuro-hormonal research, resiliency studies, studies of temperament, and traumatic studies? By extending William James’s own research throughout the century since its publication this volume seeks to answer those questions. In doing so, it revolutionizes our understanding of James’s own view of psychology and reveals the extraordinary value of James’s perspective for religion, psychology, and spirituality today. In doing so, it offers vital insights for pastoral care and faith development at both the individual and congregational level.

    From the Introduction by James Fowler:

    Drawing on the authenticity of her own experience, Bridgers carries us into a remarkably clear and well documented account that traces William James’s evolution as a psychologist, philosopher, and a deeply engaged inquirer into the dynamics of spiritual development and transformation… This book has a major contribution to make. Bridgers’s study illumines the horizons of contemporary research in the study of religious experience, in all its varieties, and in the context of globalization.

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  • Force Of Tradition

    $32.95

    Introduction: The Force Of Tradition
    Donald G. Marshall
    Tradition And The Terror Of History: Christianity, The Holocaust, And The Jewish Theological Dilemma
    Gerald L. Bruns
    Charity Militant: Gadamer, Davidson, And Post-Critical Hermeneutics
    Joel Weinsheimer
    In The Chorus Of Others: M. M. Bakhtin’s Sense Of Tradition
    Susan Felch
    The Role Of The Kuhnian Paradigm In Tradition And Originality
    Genevieve Later
    Walking Vs. Flying: Kierkegaard On Tradition And The Moral Import Of Literature
    Norman Lillegard
    My Own Private New England: Tradition, The Self, And The State In Cotton Mather’s Wonders Of The Invisible World
    Michael Schnell
    Holy Fire: Biblical Radicalism In The Narratives Of Jarena Lee And Zilpha Elaw
    Margaret Cullen
    ESTESE And Doblado: Coleridge, Blanco White, And The Church Of Rome
    Daniel McVeigh
    Jane Eyre And The Tradition Of Self-Assertion; Or Bronte’s Socialization Of Schiller’s Play Aesthetic
    Michael Vander Weele
    Tradition And Liberation: A Critique Of German Cultural Modernity In Heinrich Boll And Hans-Georg Gadamer
    William Slaymaker
    Community, Text, And Tradition In The French Lieutenant’s Woman
    David Landrum
    Storytellers And Interpreters In Achebe
    Alan Jacobs
    Contributors

    Additional Info
    How do we stand in relation to everything that comes down to us from the past? Is the very idea of tradition still useful in the wake of historical ruptures, such as the Holocaust, changes in the canon, and the end of colonialism? The concept of tradition has gained renewed importance in recent cultural studies. Suspicion of tradition as culturally narrow and oppressive is a persistent theme of modernity and has increased lately with the resurgence of religious traditionalism around the globe. At the same time, various groups demanding recognition for their distinctive cultural identity have reclaimed their traditions.

    Philosophers from Josiah Royce and Hans-Georg Gadamer to Alasdair MacIntyre have explored the relations between tradition and themes such as freedom, community, self-assertion, originality, and the shared values and interpretations that constitute everyday life. The essays in this volume offer varying, even disparate analyses of religious, literary, and cultural traditions and both responses and resistance to them in a variety of philosophers, novelists, and theologians. They examine works by Gadamer, Royce, MacIntyre, Plato, Jacques Derrida, Charlotte Bronte, Sren Kierkegaard, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Edith Wharton, Chinua Achebe, John Fowles, Heinrich Boll, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Cotton Mather, Thomas Kuhn, Mikhail Bakhtin, Donald Davidson, Antebellum African-American women preachers, and Christian and Jewish thinkers in the wake of the Holocaust.

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  • In Pursuit Of Justice

    $65.00

    What Distinguishes A Christian-Democratic Point Of View?

    Civil Society And Human Development

    The Question Of Being Human

    E Pluribus Unum And Faith-Based Welfare Reform

    The Cause Of Racial Justice

    Equal Education For All

    Liberalism And The Environment

    Citizenship And Electoral Reform

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    This is a series of eight essays on diverse public policy concerns that asks the questions: What does racial justice, or environmental protection, or family policy look like when approached from a Christian-democratic perspective? And what about the civil-society questions of welfare, education, and political participation? The author, James W. Skillen, argues that the roots of a Christian-democratic approach are neither liberal nor conservative, but pluralistic, opening the way to a healthy regard for both social complexity and government’s responsibility to uphold political community.

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  • With Or Against The World

    $65.00

    Preface

    Acknowledgements

    Did 9/11 Change The World?

    Forgotten Depths

    Earliest Sources Of The West’s Design On The World

    Western Christendom

    The Rise Of The Modern State

    The American Republic: Witness To The End Of History

    Wilsonianism: From Witness To Vanguard

    Another American Century?

    Justifiable Warfare And Visions Of Peace

    What Role Among The Nations?

    Bibliography

    Index

    Additional Info
    The events of 9/11, followed by the Bush administration’s actions in Afghanistan and Iraq, have fueled a new debate about America’s foreign and defense policies in the post-Cold War world. The debate has produced a torrent of books. This book argues that current policy making and reactions to terrorism cannot be understood properly without going back to the roots of America’s civil-religious nationalism as well as to the Muslim roots of radical Islamism. After setting that stage in Chapters One and Two, the book goes on in the next three chapters to uncover the political and religious roots of the modern state, a western invention now dominant throughout the world. Chapters Six through Eight focus on the United States–at its founding, in the era of Woodrow Wilson and World War I, and today, post-9/11. The aim here, at the core of the book, is to show how a modest, constitutionally limited state became the carrier of a grandiose, civil-religious, nationalism (city on a hill; redeemer nation; American exceptionalism) that accounts for much of the ambivalence of America’s approach to international relations to the present day. Chapter Nine focuses on contemporary questioning of just war doctrine, and Chapter Ten argues for a new priority of international institution building in America’s approach to world affairs Continue Reading With Or Against The World

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  • End Of Illusions

    $125.00

    I The Peacemakers

    A Road Away From War
    Albert W. Palmer
    Putting Christianity In Cold Storage
    Albert W. Palmer
    On Saving Civilization
    Charles Clayton Morrison
    What Can America Do For Peace?
    Charles Clayton Morrison
    A War For Imperialism
    Charles Clayton Morrison
    The Same Old War
    John Haynes Holmes
    The Causes Of War–Hitler
    John Haynes Holmes
    Nazi Atrocities And The American War Fever
    Paul L. Blakely
    All Will Be Lost By War
    Paul L. Blakely
    A Clash Of Imperialisms
    Ernest Fremon Tittle
    What Can Christians Do?
    Georgia Harkness
    What, Then, Should Churches Do?
    Georgia Harkness
    Keeping Christ Above The Strife
    Harry Emerson Fosdick
    II The Prophets

    An End To Illusions
    Reinhold Niebuhr
    Why The Church Is Not Pacifist
    Reinhold Niebuhr
    Christian Faith And The World Crisis
    Reinhold Niebuhr
    First Letter To The French Protestants
    Karl Barth
    Second Letter To The French Protestants
    Karl Barth
    A Letter To Great Britain
    Karl Barth
    Five Mournful Years For Jewry
    Stephen S. Wise
    Enemy Of Human Freedom
    Stephen S. Wise
    The Crime Of Crimes
    Stephen S. Wise
    The Darkest Political Tyranny
    John Bennett
    Irresponsible Idealism
    Henry P. Van Dusen
    The Christian As Citizen
    Henry P. Van Dusen
    Defending Justice Despite Our Own Injustice
    Lynn Harold Hough
    The Barbarian Alternative
    Lewis Mumford
    The Aftermath Of Utopianism
    Lewis Mumford
    III The Gathering Storm

    War And Peace

    America’s Responsibility In The Present Crisis

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    The rise of Islamic radicalism has led to heated discussions about how best to address the threat of religious terror. Disputes covering the right and wrong of war with Iraq, and the even bigger war on terrorism, continue to rage across America. But this is not the first argument of this nature–America was faced with a similar moral dilemma on the eve of World War II. Fascism was conquering Europe, and religious leaders across the nation vehemently debated how to confront Nazi Germany.

    In The End of Illusions: Religious Leaders Confront Hitler’s Gathering Storm, Joseph Loconte brings together pieces from the most significant religious thinkers of the pre-war period. In these essays, the writers eloquently and passionately present their arguments for going to war or maintaining the peace. In doing so, they explore issues vibrantly relevant today, including the Christian cause for war, the problem of evil, and America’s role in the world. These urgently written pieces connect the past with the present and resonate with renewed clarity and poignancy.

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  • Representing God At The Statehouse

    $72.00

    Introduction
    Edward L. Cleary And Allen D. Hertzke
    Religious Advocacy In New Jersey
    Mary C. Segers
    Massachusetts Political And Religious Culture
    Anne Marie Cammisa
    Religious Lobbying In Virginia: How Institutions Can Quiet Prophetic Voices
    Carin Larson, David Madland And Clyde Wilcox
    The Influence Of Christian Conservatives In The Empire State Of The South
    Charles S. Bullock III
    Religious Advocacy In The Texas Legislature
    Brian R. Calfano, Elizabeth Anne Oldmixon, Peter VonDoepp
    Religious Group Advocacy In Michigan Politics
    Kevin R. Den Dulk
    Religious Advocacy In The Wisconsin Statehouse
    David Yamane
    Religious Interest Group Activity In Utah State Government
    David B. Magleby
    The Lively World Of California’s Religion And Politics
    Edward L. Cleary
    Conclusion: Themes In Religious Advocacy
    Kevin R. Den Dulk, Allen D. Hertzke

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    In recent years, interest in religion and politics at the national level has surged while extensive activity at the state level has gone largely unnoticed. Yet, with state government budgets increasing exponentially over the past three decades, churches and religious organizations are focusing tremendous energy and resources toward influencing the ways states are spending their money and governing their populace.

    In this groundbreaking collection, Edward Cleary and Allen Hertzke bring together nine new essays that provide the first systematic, comparative view of religion and politics at the state level. These essays take an in-depth look at the pressing issues facing states across the nation and how religious lobbies and organizations are addressing them. By examining the responses of different denominations and their rationales for involvement, the contributors explore the enormous diversity of interests being represented at the state level. As highly controversial programs and laws continue to divide state governments, Representing God at the Statehouse provides an important look at the current state of religion and democracy.

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  • Catholic Church In State Politics

    $108.00

    Introduction: The Governor And The Archbishop

    History: From John Carroll To The Maryland Catholic Conference

    Organization: State Catholic Conferences As Dual Structures

    Issues: The Seamless Garment In Action

    Legitimacy: Political Influence And The Catholic Watergate

    Discourse: Liberally Clothing The Naked Public Square

    Conclusion: Catholic Political Advocacy In Secular Society: Future Challenges

    Appendix

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    What role, if any, should religion play in politics? By what authority and methods does the Catholic Church apply its teachings to public policy discourse? How do Bishops and lay leaders work together in Catholic conferences, and how do they work with political leaders? What impact do they have?

    The political advocacy of the American Catholic Bishops at the state level is one of the Church’s best-kept secrets. In this groundbreaking work, David Yamane reveals the rich history, accomplishments, and challenges of bishops and their lay colleagues in local politics. Through sociological analysis, up-to-date examples, and personal interviews, Yamane explains how the local Catholic advocacy organizations in thirty-three states and Washington, D.C., negotiate the tension between the prophetic demands of faith and the political realities of secular political institutions. The Catholic Church in State Politics invites readers to understand better the role of religion in the public square.

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  • Religion And Security

    $96.00

    Foreword
    Douglas Johnston
    Introduction: Religion Gets Real
    Dennis R. Hoover
    Section I: Religion And (In)Security: The 21st Century Challenge

    Religion And War In The 21st Century
    Pauletta Otis
    The Politics Of Persecuted Religious Minorities
    Philip Jenkins
    Uzbekistan And The Central Asian Crucible Of Religion And Security
    Chris Seiple And Joshua White
    Section II: Perspectives On Pluralism: Making A World Safe For Diversity

    Choosing Exclusion Or Embrace: An Abrahamic Theological Perspective
    Manfred T. Brauch
    Truth, Pluralism, And Religious Diplomacy: A Christian Dialogical Perspective
    Christopher A. Hall
    Pluralism And The People Of The Book: An Islamic Faith Perspective
    Osman Bin Bakar
    Section III: Into The Breach: Restoring Sustainable Security

    Military Intervention And Justice As Equal Regard
    Jean Bethke Elshtain
    When The Fighting Stops: Healing Hearts With Spiritual Peacemaking
    Marc Gopin
    Section IV: Religious Freedom And Security: The Civil Society Nexus

    Neither Sacred Nor Secular: A Public Anthropology Of Human Dignity, Religious Freedom, And Security
    Kevin J. Hasson
    Relational Realism: Toward A New Political Paradign For Security
    Harold H. Saunders
    Conclusion: A Lively Experiment, A Most Flourishing Civil State
    Robert A. Seiple

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    Religion and Security: The New Nexus in International Relations focuses on a groundbreaking theme. In global security today, religion is not only part of the problem but also part of the solution. This book explores positive nexus points between religion and security, paying particular attention to the resources within the Abrahamic faith traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam that foster sustainable peace.

    Religion and Security is a lively and insightful collection of analyses by distinguished scholars and practitioners in security, diplomacy, conflict resolution, human rights and theology. As states and nongovernmental organizations alike reconsider their strategies for being relevant in the 21st century, this book provides a practical framework through which both can work toward reducing violence and promoting human dignity.

    Divided into four parts, Religion and Security addresses themes of war and terrorism, pluralism and stability, military intervention and conflict resolution, and religious freedom and civil society. It underscores a crucial irony: nations that violate religious human rights in the name of security will ultimately be vulnerable to a number of significant threats to stability. This volume is a timely guide to the intersection of religion and security for human rights organizations, security experts, scholars of religion and politics, government and non-government staffers and decision-makers, and students in the disciplines of international affairs.

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  • Murdering Myths : The Story Behind The Death Penalty

    $24.95

    Introduction

    The Story We Tell

    The Incoherency (and Immorality) Of Punishment

    The Rules Of The Game

    Rectification Through Suffering

    The Story’s Vices

    Habits Begotten By Violence

    Making The Three Rs Stick

    Of Monsters And Men

    The Story’s Broken Promise

    Living A New Story

    Bibliography

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    In the thirty years since the reinstatement of the death penalty, nearly 1,000 people have been executed, and over 3,500 people currently sit on death row in America’s prisons. At the same time, a wide range of activists, scholars, and researchers have raised profound questions about the execution of innocent people, racial bias in sentencing, and capital punishment’s failure to act as a deterrent. Why, then, do most Americans still support the death penalty?

    In Murdering Myths: The Story Behind the Death Penalty, Judith Kay goes beyond the hype and statistics to examine Americans’ deep-seated beliefs about crime and punishment. She argues that Americans share a counter-productive idea of justice–that punishment corrects bad behavior, suffering pays for wrong deeds, and victims’ desire for revenge is natural and inevitable. Drawing on interviews with both victims and inmates, Kay shows how this belief harms perpetrators, victims, and society and calls for a new narrative that recognizes the humanity in all of us.

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  • Murdering Myths : The Story Behind The Death Penalty

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    Introduction

    The Story We Tell

    The Incoherency (and Immorality) Of Punishment

    The Rules Of The Game

    Rectification Through Suffering

    The Story’s Vices

    Habits Begotten By Violence

    Making The Three Rs Stick

    Of Monsters And Men

    The Story’s Broken Promise

    Living A New Story

    Bibliography

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    In the thirty years since the reinstatement of the death penalty, nearly 1,000 people have been executed, and over 3,500 people currently sit on death row in America’s prisons. At the same time, a wide range of activists, scholars, and researchers have raised profound questions about the execution of innocent people, racial bias in sentencing, and capital punishment’s failure to act as a deterrent. Why, then, do most Americans still support the death penalty?

    In Murdering Myths: The Story Behind the Death Penalty, Judith Kay goes beyond the hype and statistics to examine Americans’ deep-seated beliefs about crime and punishment. She argues that Americans share a counter-productive idea of justice–that punishment corrects bad behavior, suffering pays for wrong deeds, and victims’ desire for revenge is natural and inevitable. Drawing on interviews with both victims and inmates, Kay shows how this belief harms perpetrators, victims, and society and calls for a new narrative that recognizes the humanity in all of us.

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  • Founders On God And Government

    $152.00

    Foreword: Religious Liberty
    Michael Novak
    Preface

    Religion And The Common Good: George Washington On Church And State
    Vincent Philip Muoz
    One Public Religion, Many Private Religions: John Adams And The 1780 Massachusetts Constitution
    John Witte, Jr.
    The Religious Rhetoric Of Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas E. Buckley, S.J.
    Religion And Politics In The Thought Of James Madison
    Garrett Ward Sheldon
    John Witherspoon’s Revolutionary Religion
    Jeffry H. Morrison
    Benjamin Franklin And The Role Of Religion In Governing Democracy
    Howard L. Lubert
    James Wilson: Presbyterian, Anglican, Thomist, Or Deist? Does It Matter?
    Mark D. Hall
    George Mason’s Pursuit Of Religious Liberty In Revolutionary Virginia
    Daniel L. Dreisbach
    Catholic Politics And Religious Liberty In America: The Carrolls Of Maryland
    James R. Stoner
    Afterword: Revolutionary-Era Americans: Were They Enlightened Or Protestant? Does It Matter?
    Barry Alan Shain
    Bibliography

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    In God We Trust? The separation of church and state is a widely contested topic in the American political arena. Whether for or against, debaters frequently base their arguments in the Constitution and the principles of the American founding. However, Americans’ perception of the founding has narrowed greatly over the years, focusing on a handful of eminent statesmen.

    By exploring the work of nine founding fathers, including often overlooked figures like John Carroll and George Mason, The Founders on God and Government provides a more complete picture of America’s origins. The contributors, all noted scholars, examine the lives of individual founders and investigate the relationship between their religious beliefs and political thought. Bringing together original documents and analytical essays, this book is an excellent addition to the library of literature on the founding, and sheds new light on religion’s contributions to American civic culture Continue Reading Founders On God And Government

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  • Constant Dialogue : Reinhold Niebuhr And American Intellectual Culture

    $27.95

    Introduction: Niebuhr And American Intellectual Culture

    The Intellectual Family: Pragmatism, Religion And Ethics, 1910s-1940s

    ‘Half-Truths Set Against Half-Truths’: James And Niebuhr

    A Certain Blindness To Liberalism: Dewey And Niebuhr

    Crossing The Invisible Boundary: Tillich And Niebuhr

    ‘Soldiers In The Same Division’: The Niebuhr Brothers

    Wider Dialogues: Cultural, National And Political Identity, 1940s-1970s

    ‘Digging About In The Slime’: Niebuhr And American Psychoanalysis

    The Myths And Dramas Of History: Niebuhr And Postwar Culture

    ‘The Achilles’ Heel Of Democracy’: Niebuhr And US Foreign Policy

    The New Face Of Love: Niebuhr And The Civil Rights Movement

    Conclusion: Niebuhr And The Search For Leadership

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    In this important new work, Martin Halliwell focuses on the tensions between the two dimensions of Reinhold Niebuhr’s thought: his political role as a radical social critic and the conservative drift of his religious beliefs. Halliwell concentrates particularly on his attempts to justify the role of the religious critic in a secular age by tracing his thought back to European and American traditions of religious individualism. In order to better examine Niebuhr’s philosophy, Halliwell positions him in a series of debates on political, religious, ethical, and cultural themes with other public intellectuals such as John Dewey, Paul Tillich, W.H. Auden, George Kennan, and Martin Luther King, Jr. In doing so, the book reassesses the role of dialogue in Reinhold Niebuhr’s thought and the important contributions that Reinhold Niebuhr made to 20th century American culture.

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  • Constant Dialogue : Reinhold Niebuhr And American Intellectual Culture

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    Introduction: Niebuhr And American Intellectual Culture

    The Intellectual Family: Pragmatism, Religion And Ethics, 1910s-1940s

    ‘Half-Truths Set Against Half-Truths’: James And Niebuhr

    A Certain Blindness To Liberalism: Dewey And Niebuhr

    Crossing The Invisible Boundary: Tillich And Niebuhr

    ‘Soldiers In The Same Division’: The Niebuhr Brothers

    Wider Dialogues: Cultural, National And Political Identity, 1940s-1970s

    ‘Digging About In The Slime’: Niebuhr And American Psychoanalysis

    The Myths And Dramas Of History: Niebuhr And Postwar Culture

    ‘The Achilles’ Heel Of Democracy’: Niebuhr And US Foreign Policy

    The New Face Of Love: Niebuhr And The Civil Rights Movement

    Conclusion: Niebuhr And The Search For Leadership

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    In this important new work, Martin Halliwell focuses on the tensions between the two dimensions of Reinhold Niebuhr’s thought: his political role as a radical social critic and the conservative drift of his religious beliefs. Halliwell concentrates particularly on his attempts to justify the role of the religious critic in a secular age by tracing his thought back to European and American traditions of religious individualism. In order to better examine Niebuhr’s philosophy, Halliwell positions him in a series of debates on political, religious, ethical, and cultural themes with other public intellectuals such as John Dewey, Paul Tillich, W.H. Auden, George Kennan, and Martin Luther King, Jr. In doing so, the book reassesses the role of dialogue in Reinhold Niebuhr’s thought and the important contributions that Reinhold Niebuhr made to 20th century American culture.

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  • Freeing Gods Children

    $30.95

    Herod’s Challenge

    Their Blood Cries Out

    The Barriers Of Babel

    Prepare Ye The Way

    He Sent A Jew

    The Hand Of Providence In Congress

    Gentle As Doves, Cunning As Serpents In The Sudan Battle

    Go Forth

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    With the dawning of the 21st Century a new human rights movement burst unexpectedly onto the global stage. Initially motivated by concern for persecuted Christians around the world, unlikely alliances emerged, and the movement grew to encompass a broader quest for human rights. Now, American evangelicals provide grassroots muscle for causes joined by a wide array of activists–from Jews to Catholics, feminists to Pentecostals, African American leaders to Tibetan Buddhists–in the most important human rights movement since the end of the Cold War.

    Given unprecedented insider access, author Allen D. Hertzke charts the rise of this faith-based movement for global human rights and tells the compelling story of the personalities and forces, clashes and compromises, strategies and protests that shape it. In doing so, Hertzke shows that by bringing attention to issues like religious persecution, Sudanese atrocities, North Korean gulags, and sex trafficking, the movement is shaping American foreign policy and international relations in ways unimaginable a decade ago.

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  • Thank You For Talking About Me

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    In his new book, ‘Thank You For Talking About Me’, Bill Adkins outlines how to biblically deal with personal attacks – by thanking the attackers.
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  • National Sunday Law (Reprinted)

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    National Sunday Law explains exactly who the beast is, what the image of the beast is, and what the mark of the beast is. A fascinating book and a must for anyone in search of the truth. National Sunday Law is less than 100 pages with medium size print, a very quick read. National Sunday Law was first published in 1983 and is now in its 100th printing with 34.4 million in print. Continue Reading National Sunday Law (Reprinted)

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  • Nature And Name Of Love

    $26.99

    Introduction And Acknowledgements
    1. Has Religion A Future?
    2. Religion In The Christian West
    3. Living Religion Today
    4. The Heart Of Religion
    5. The Power Of The Truth
    6. Journeys End In Lovers’ Meeting
    Notes
    Bibliography

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    Here is lively and challenging book for the intelligent enquirer who may wonder what all the fuss about religion has been! The author writes for people who believe that there is more to life than meets the eye, but who find the exclusive beliefs and practices of many religious people repellent and unconvincing. The book attempts to rescue religion as an inclusive phenomenon, which can bring people together to work for the flourishing of life on earth. It doesn’t avoid questions of truth, as many such attempts do. Readers may not agree with the book’s argument and conclusions. Nevertheless, they will be challenged to ask themselves: if not this, what interpretation of religion is best placed to humanize and divinize us? Continue Reading Nature And Name Of Love

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