By Amy Johnson Frykholm
Within the "twinkling of a watch" Jesus secretly returns to earth and gathers to him all believers. As they're taken to heaven, the realm they depart in the back of is plunged into chaos. vehicles and airplanes crash and folks seek in useless for family. Plagues, famine, and discomfort stick to. The antichrist emerges to rule the realm and to ruin those that oppose him. ultimately, Christ comes back in glory, defeats the antichrist and reigns over the earth. This apocalyptic state of affairs is predicted by way of thousands of usa citizens. those thousands have made the Left Behind series--novels that depict the rapture and apocalypse--perennial bestsellers, with over forty million copies now in print. In Rapture Culture, Amy Johnson Frykholm explores this amazing phenomenon, looking to comprehend why American evangelicals locate the assumption of the rapture so compelling. what's the mystery in the back of the striking approval for the apocalyptic style? One solution, she argues, is that the books offer a feeling of identity and communal belonging that counters the "social atomization" that characterizes sleek existence. This additionally is helping clarify why they entice girl readers, regardless of the deeply patriarchal worldview they advertise. Tracing the evolution of the style of rapture fiction, Frykholm notes that at one time such narratives expressed a feeling of alienation from smooth lifestyles and protest opposed to the lack of culture and the marginalization of conservative spiritual perspectives. Now, even if, evangelicalism's renewed renowned charm has rendered such subject matters out of date. Left Behind evinces a brand new include of know-how and customer items as instruments for God's paintings, whereas maintaining a protest opposed to modernity's transformation of conventional relatives lifestyles. Drawing on wide interviews with readers of the novels, Rapture Culture sheds gentle on a mind-set that's little understood and much extra universal than many folks feel
By John F. Haught
In God and the hot Atheism, an international professional on technological know-how and theology supplies transparent, concise, and compelling solutions to the costs opposed to faith specified by contemporary best-selling books via Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion), Sam Harris (The finish of Faith), and Christopher Hitchens (God isn't really Great). For a few, those "new atheists" seem to say tremendous good what they suspect to be incorrect with faith. yet, as John Haught indicates, the therapy of faith in those books is riddled with logical inconsistencies, shallow misconceptions, and crude generalizations. Can God fairly be brushed aside as an insignificant myth? Is religion relatively the enemy of cause? And does faith relatively poison every thing? God and the hot Atheism bargains a much-needed antidote to the extremist claims of medical fundamentalism. This provocative and obtainable little publication will let readers to determine throughout the rhetorical fog of this contemporary phenomenon and are available to a clearer realizing of the problems at stake during this an important debate.
By Paul Heelas
This insightful and provocative trip via religious landscapes explores the ways that spiritualities of lifestyles were skilled and understood in Western society, and argues that today’s myriad different types of holistic spirituality are aiding us to discover stability in face of the stifling calls for of twenty-first century living.An enlightening booklet which explores the ways that spirituality has been skilled and valued in Western society strains the improvement of contemporary spirituality, from the origins of Romanticism within the eighteenth century, via to the counter-cultural sixties and directly to the well being tradition of this day Explores the assumption that glossy spirituality is purely an extension of capitalism within which humans eat spirituality with no giving whatever again Contends that a lot of the big variety of well known mind-body-spirit practices are particularly an ethically charged strength for the ‘good life’, supporting us to discover stability within the calls for of twenty-first century dwelling Written by means of an stated world-leader operating within the fieldCompletes a trilogy of books together with The non secular Revolution (2005, with Linda Woodhead) and the recent Age move (1996), charting the increase and impression of spirituality this day.
By Andrew Beatty
Java is known for its mix of numerous cultural types and spiritual ideals. Andrew Beatty considers Javanese ideas to the matter of cultural distinction, and explores the ways that Javanese villages make feel in their complicated and multi-layered tradition. Pantheist mystics, supernaturalists, orthodox Muslims and Hindu converts straight away build contrasting faiths and create a typical flooring via syncretist ritual. Vividly evoking the spiritual lifetime of Javanese villagers, its controversies and reconciliations, its humour and irony, its philosophical seriousness, and its formal good looks, Dr Beatty probes past the completed surfaces of formality and cosmology to teach the talk and compromise inherent in functional faith. this can be the main accomplished research of Javanese faith on the grounds that Clifford Geertz's vintage learn of 1960.
By Shlomo Berger, Michael Brocke, Irene Zwiep (auth.), Shlomo Berger, Michael Brocke, Irene Zwiep (eds.)
Zutot: views on Jewish Culture goals to fill a spot that has turn into progressively more conspicuous one of the wealth of scholarly periodicals within the box of Jewish experiences. while present journals supply house to medium - and massive sized articles, they overlook the small yet poignant contributions, that could be as very important because the prolonged, specified examine. The yearbook Zutot serves as a platform for small yet incisive contributions, and gives them with a different context. The substance of those contributions is derived from better views and, even though no longer constantly provided in an exhaustive approach, can have an effect on modern discussions. Zutot covers Jewish tradition in its broadest experience, i.e. encompassing a variety of educational disciplines - literature, languages and linguistics, philosophy, paintings, sociology, politics and background - and displays binary oppositions resembling spiritual and secular, low and high, written and oral, female and male culture.
By Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip
Providing qualitative and quantitative findings at the lived reports of round seven-hundred teenagers from Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and mixed-faith backgrounds, spiritual and Sexual Identities offers an illuminating and nuanced research of teenagers' perceptions and negotiations in their non secular, sexual, adolescence and gender identities. It demonstrates how those teenagers creatively build meanings and social connections as they navigate hard yet intriguing areas during which their a number of identities intersect. obtainable quantitative analyses are mixed with wealthy interview and video diary narratives during this theoretically-informed exploration of spiritual and sexual identities in modern society. A well timed research revealing the multiplicity of latest identities, this e-book will attraction not just to sociologists and students of faith, but in addition to these operating within the fields of teenybopper experiences, sexuality, gender and identification.
By Magnus Zetterholm
Magnus Zetterholm makes use of theoretical insights from the social sciences to accommodate the advanced concerns raised through the parting of Judaism and Christianity, and the accompanying upward push of Christian anti-Semitism in historical Antioch. not like prior makes an attempt to resolve this challenge have concentrated often on ideology, Zetterholm's very good examine emphasizes the interaction among sociological and ideological components. for college students of non secular reviews, classical reports, heritage and social technological know-how, it will provide leverage and data within the pursuit in their direction experiences.
By Christine Caldwell Ames
Righteous Persecution examines the long-controversial involvement of the Order of Preachers, or Dominicans, with inquisitions into heresy in medieval Europe. From their starting place within the 13th century, the Dominicans have been dedicated to a ministry of preaching, instructing, and pastoral care, to "save souls" quite tempted via the Christian heresies well known in western Europe. Many folks then, and students in our personal time, have requested how contributors of a pastoral order modeled on Christ and the apostles might interact themselves so enthusiastically within the repressive persecution that constituted heresy inquisitions: the arrest, interrogation, torture, punishment, and occasionally execution of these who deviated in trust from Roman Christianity.
Drawing on a very extensive base of ecclesiastical files, Christine Caldwell Ames recounts how Dominican inquisitors and their supporters crafted and promoted explicitly Christian meanings for his or her inquisitorial persecution. Inquisitors' conviction that the sin of heresy constituted the graver probability to the Christian soul and to the church at huge resulted in the idea that bringing the person to repentance—even during the most harsh means—was certainly a pious solution to perform their pastoral activity. besides the fact that, the resistance and feedback that inquisition generated in medieval groups additionally brought on Dominicans to contemplate extra how this new marriage of persecution and holiness used to be suitable with authoritative Christian texts, exemplars, and traditions. Dominican inquisitors persecuted now not regardless of their religion yet fairly due to it, as they shaped a medieval Christianity that permitted—or demanded—persecution.
Righteous Persecution deviates from contemporary scholarship that has deemphasized spiritual trust as a reason for inquisition and illuminates a strong example of how Christianity was once itself weak in a context of persecution, violence, and intolerance.
By Terence Copley
Where of spiritual schooling within the trouble-free curriculum is an ambiguous one for lots of academics. utilizing a mix of conception and sensible principles, this booklet can help all user-friendly lecturers, even if experts or no longer, to convey potent spiritual schooling. Terence Copley clarifies the criminal framework, discusses troublesome areas just like the withdrawal of youngsters from the topic and examines key ideas and ideas fascinated by instructing the most components of non secular schooling. He additionally appears to be like at functional problems with lecture room association and at how non secular schooling should be built-in into subject paintings yet must also stay an issue in its personal correct.
By Brett Miller
Whereas the safety of public picture in political, company, and superstar rhetoric has been commonly studied, spiritual photograph fix has been mostly missed. Divine Apology considers the original situations dealing with non secular figures short of restoring their reputations by way of studying a mix of old and modern defenses provided by means of a number of figures and teams. the writer covers apologia as complex by way of the Apostle Paul, Justin Martyr, Martin Luther, Jimmy Swaggart, evangelical rivals of the Jesus Seminar, and conservative leaders of the Southern Baptist conference. He concludes that innovations used for non secular photo fix frequently vary considerably from these hired by means of politicians, firms, and different public figures.In this targeted quantity, Miller demonstrates that spiritual teams and everyone is as encouraged as someone else to purify their public photographs. the problems prompting defenses, in spite of the fact that, usually tend to concentrate on epistemological conflicts and clashes of worldviews than on irrelevant behaviors. for this reason, spiritual apologists usually tend to affiliate assaults opposed to their ideals as attacks opposed to their characters. This reasons spiritual snapshot recovery discourse to present itself as extra transcendent than defenses in conventional events related to laypeople. Miller posits that the presence of God and spiritual antecedents as salient audiences, in addition to different components bearing on viewers and context, paintings to form a sort of apology that's often spiritual.