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Shattering the Illusion

Shattering the Illusion

Child Sexual Abuse and Canadian Religious Institutions
by Tracy J. Trothen
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Shattering the Illusion is the first book to gather and comparatively analyze policies addressing child sexual abuse complaints in a selection of religious institutions in Canada. Although there is a substantial body of literature regarding Christianity and sexual abuse, very little of it focuses on religious institutions in Canada and their respec …

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From Logos to Christos

From Logos to Christos

Essays on Christology in Honour of Joanne McWilliam
edited by Ellen M. Leonard & Kate Merriman
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From Logos to Christos is a collection of essays in Christology written by friends and colleagues in memory of Joanne McWilliam. McWilliam was a pioneer woman in the academic study of theology, specializing in Patristic studies and internationally recognized for her work on Augustine. For countless students she was a teacher, a mentor, an inspirati …

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Travel and Religion in Antiquity

Travel and Religion in Antiquity

edited by Philip A. Harland
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Travel and Religion in Antiquity considers the importance of issues relating to travel for our understanding of religious and cultural life among Jews, Christians, and others in the ancient world, particularly during the Hellenistic and Roman eras. The volume is organized around five overlapping areas where religion and travel intersect: travel rel …

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A Common Written Greek Source for Mark and Thomas

A Common Written Greek Source for Mark and Thomas

by John Horman
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This book uncovers an early collection of sayings, called N, that are ascribed to Jesus and are similar to those found in the Gospel of Thomas and in Q, a document believed to be a common source, with Mark, for Matthew and Luke. In the process, the book sheds light on the literary methods of Mark and Thomas. A literary comparison of the texts of th …

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Voices and Echoes

Voices and Echoes

Canadian Women’s Spirituality
edited by Jo-anne Elder & Colin O’Connell
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“Every time we raise our voices, we hear echoes.” Jo-Anne Elder, from the Foreword

 

Through short stories, journal entries and poetry, the women in Voices and Echoes explore the changing landscape of their spiritual lives. Experienced writers such as Lorna Crozier, Di Brandt and Ann Copeland, as well as strong new voices, appear to speak to each …

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Whose Historical Jesus?

Whose Historical Jesus?

edited by William E. Arnal & Michel Desjardins
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The figure of Jesus has fascinated Western civilization for centuries. As the year 2000 approaches, eliciting connections with Jesus’ birth and return, excitement grows — as does the number of studies about Jesus. Cutting through this mass of material, Whose Historical Jesus? provides a collection of penetrating, jargon-free, intelligently orga …

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Society, the Sacred and Scripture in Ancient Judaism

Society, the Sacred and Scripture in Ancient Judaism

A Sociology of Knowledge
by Jack N. Lightstone
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This work explores the relationship between religion, social patterns, and the perception of the character of scripture in four modes of Ancient Judaism: (1) the Jerusalem community of the fifth to fourth centuries B.C.E. (ie, the Early Second Temple Period); (2) the Judaism of the Graeco-Roman Disapora down to the end of the fourth century of the …

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God’s Intention for Man

God’s Intention for Man

Essays in Christian Anthropology
by William Fennell
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This book contains, almost without change in content or style, the Annie Kinkead Warfield Lectures delivered at Princeton Theological Seminary in February, 1974. The theme of the lectures has been well worked over by contemporary theologians from almost every conceivable angle of Christian thought. Yet the subject was chosen because of a) a life-lo …

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Martin Heidegger’s Philosophy of Religion

Martin Heidegger’s Philosophy of Religion

by John Williams
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Following a critical review of previous theological scholarship on Heidegger and a survey of North American philosophy of religion, the book examines Heidegger’s philosophy of religion and its influence on the North American variety of the same.

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Developments in Buddhist Thought

Developments in Buddhist Thought

Canadian Contributions to Buddhist Studies
edited by Roy C. Amore
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Nine Canadian scholars of Buddhism consider philosophical and cultural issues in Buddhist thought. Part I, “On Being,” discusses the philosophical problem of Being in the school of the Middle Way, Madhyamika Buddhism, and in the Tantric School of Mahayana Buddhism. Part II, “On the Indian Milieu,” surveys Hindu views of Buddhism and explore …

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Bodhisattva Doctrine in Buddhism

Bodhisattva Doctrine in Buddhism

by Leslie Kawamura
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Har Dayal's The Bodhisattva Doctrine in Buddhist Sanskrit Literature published in 1931 was the first extensive study in English of the Bodhisattva doctrine. Dayal discussed the Bodhisattva doctrine as it was expounded in the Buddhist Sanskrit texts, and it remains a question whether anything more can be added to his excellent study. However, no oth …

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Profiles of Anabaptist Women

Profiles of Anabaptist Women

Sixteenth-Century Reforming Pioneers
edited by C. Arnold Snyder & Linda A. Huebert Hecht
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During the upheavals of the Reformation, one of the most significant of the radical Protestant movements emerged — that of the Anabaptist movement. Profiles of Anabaptist Women provides lively, well-researched profiles of the courageous women who chose to risk prosecution and martyrdom to pursue this unsanctioned religion — a religion that, unl …

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Language in Indian Philosophy and Religion

Language in Indian Philosophy and Religion

edited by Harold Coward
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The papers published in this volume were originally read and discussed at a three day seminar sponsored by the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion/Societie Canadienne des Sciences Religieuses at Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec, May 28th to 30th, 1976. This seminar served the important function of bringing together the majority of the C …

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Religious Rivalries in the Early Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity

Religious Rivalries in the Early Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity

edited by Leif E. Vaage
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Religious Rivalries in the Early Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity discusses the diverse cultural destinies of early Christianity, early Judaism, and other ancient religious groups as a question of social rivalry.

The book is divided into three main sections. The first section debates the degree to which the category of rivalry adequately n …

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Muslim Ethics and Modernity

Muslim Ethics and Modernity

A Comparative Study of the Ethical Thought of Sayyid Ahmad Khan and Mawlana Mawdudi
by Sheila McDonough
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A study of modern Muslim ethics, focused upon the lives and writings of Sayyid Ahmad Khan and Mawlana Mawdudi, this book  sheds light upon the modern ethical problems of contemporary Islam.

Sayyid Ahmad Khan, often called a liberal, a modernist, or an acculturationist, represents the "liberal" trend of Sunni Muslim ethics. Khan's approach borrows m …

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Christ and Modernity

Christ and Modernity

Christian Self-Understanding in a Technological Age
by David J. Hawkin
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In this re–examination of the roots of the relationship between religion and science, David Hawkin focuses on the concept of autonomy as he explores the question: Is there continuity and compatibility between the autonomy that underlies Christian faith and the role of individual freedom in the technological age?

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Averroës’ Doctrine of Immortality

Averroës’ Doctrine of Immortality

A Matter of Controversy
by Ovey N. Mohammed
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The introduction of Aristotelianism into the West created conflict, disruption, and turmoil. Not least, it confronted the Middle Ages with a serious problem concerning the possible conflict between reason and faith. In part, the controversy surrounding Aristotelianism in the Christian world came from the Islamic channels through which much of the A …

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“His Dominion” and the “Yellow Peril”

“His Dominion” and the “Yellow Peril”

Protestant Missions to Chinese Immigrants in Canada, 1859-1967
by Jiwu Wang
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A history of Chinese immigrants encounter with Canadian Protestant missionaries, “His Dominion” and the “Yellow Peril”: Protestant Missions to Chinese Immigrants in Canada, 1859-1967, analyzes the evangelizing activities of missionaries and the role of religion in helping Chinese immigrants affirm their ethnic identity in a climate of cultu …

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Women in God’s Army

Women in God’s Army

Gender and Equality in the Early Salvation Army
by Andrew Mark Eason
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The early Salvation Army professed its commitment to sexual equality in ministry and leadership. In fact, its founding constitution proclaimed women had the right to preach and hold any office in the organization. But did they?

Women in God’s Army is the first study of its kind devoted to the critical analysis of this central claim. It traces the …

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God and the Chip

God and the Chip

Religion and the Culture of Technology
by William A. Stahl
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Our ancestors saw the material world as alive, and they often personified nature. Today we claim to be realists. But in reality we are not paying attention to the symbols and myths hidden in technology. Beneath much of our talk about computers and the Internet, claims William A. Stahl, is an unacknowledged mysticism, an implicit religion. By not ac …

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Lord, Giver of Life

Lord, Giver of Life

Toward a Pneumatological Complement to George Lindbeck’s Theory of Doctrine
by Jane Barter Moulaison
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George Lindbeck once characterized postliberalism, which received its initial structure from his book The Nature of Doctrine, as an attempt to recover pre-modern scriptural interpretation in contemporary form. In Lord, Giver of Life: Toward a Pneumatological Complement to George Lindbeck’s Theory of Doctrine, Jane Barter Moulaison explores the su …

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Rage and Resistance

Rage and Resistance

A Theological Reflection on the Montreal Massacre
by Theresa O’Donovan
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On December 6, 1989, a man armed with a semi-automatic rifle entered an engineering school in Montreal and murdered fourteen women before killing himself. Responses to what has come to be known as “The Montreal Massacre” varied, from the initial shock and mourning and efforts to “make sense” of the tragedy to an outpouring of writing, art, …

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From Sermon to Commentary

From Sermon to Commentary

Expounding the Bible in Talmudic Babylonia
by Eliezer Segal
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The Bible has always been vital to Jewish religious life, and it has been expounded in diverse ways. Perhaps the most influential body of Jewish biblical interpretation is the Midrash that was produced by expositors during the first five centuries CE. Many such teachings are collected in the Babylonian Talmud, the monumental compendium of Jewish la …

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Religious Rivalries and the Struggle for Success in Sardis and Smyrna

Religious Rivalries and the Struggle for Success in Sardis and Smyrna

edited by Richard S. Ascough
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This volume, one in a series of books examining religious rivalries, focuses in detail on the religious dimension of life in two particular Roman cities: Sardis and Smyrna. The essays explore the relationships and rivalries among Jews, Christians, and various Greco-Roman religious groups from the second century bce to the fourth century ce.

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Weaving Relationships

Weaving Relationships

Canada-Guatemala Solidarity
by Kathryn Anderson
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Weaving Relationships tells the remarkable, little-known story of a movement that transcends barriers of geography, language, culture, and economic disparity.

The story begins in the early 1980s, when 200,000 Maya men, women, and children crossed the Guatemalan border into Mexico, fleeing genocide by the Guatemalan army and seeking refuge. A decade …

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The Social Setting of the Ministry as Reflected in the Writings of Hermas, Clement and Ignatius

The Social Setting of the Ministry as Reflected in the Writings of Hermas, Clement and Ignatius

by Harry O. Maier
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Focussing on three first- and early-second-century documents (the Shepherd of Hermas, 1 Clement and the Ignatian epistles), this work contributes to a growing body of literature concerned with the social setting of early Christianity. Maier argues that the development of structures of leadership in the early Christian church is best accounted for b …

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Mishnah and the Social Formation of the Early Rabbinic Guild

Mishnah and the Social Formation of the Early Rabbinic Guild

A Socio-Rhetorical Approach
by Jack N. Lightstone, appendix by Vernon K. Robbins
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Where do the origins of the rabbinic movement lie, and how might evidence from the early rabbinic literature be made to reveal those origins?

In order to shed light on the early social formation of the rabbinic guild of masters, Lightstone brings the theoretical and methodological insights of socio-rhetorical analysis to examine Mishnah, the first …

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The Rhetoric of the Babylonian Talmud, Its Social Meaning and Context

The Rhetoric of the Babylonian Talmud, Its Social Meaning and Context

by Jack N. Lightstone
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Virtually from its redaction about the sixth century A.D., the Babylonian Talmud became the rabbinic document par excellence. Through its lens almost all previous canonical rabbinic tradition was refracted. Study and mastery of the Talmud marked one as a rabbi, a “master.” This book examines the character, use and social meaning of the formaliz …

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Text and Artifact in the Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity

Text and Artifact in the Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity

Essays in Honour of Peter Richardson
edited by Stephen G. Wilson & Michel Desjardins
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Can archaeological remains be made to “speak” when brought into conjunction with texts? Can written remains, on stone or papyrus, shed light on the parables of Jesus, or on the Jewish view of afterlife? What are the limits to the use of artifactual data, and when is the value overstated? Text and Artifact addresses the complex and intriguing is …

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Anti-Judaism in Early Christianity

Anti-Judaism in Early Christianity

Volume 2: Separation and Polemic
edited by Stephen G. Wilson
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The second volume in this two-volume work studying the initial developments of anti-Judaism within the church examines the evolution of the Christian faith in its social context as revealed by evidence such as early patristic and rabbinic writings and archaeological findings.

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The Promise of Critical Theology

The Promise of Critical Theology

Essays in Honour of Charles Davis
edited by Marc P. Lalonde
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Written in tribute to one of the foremost Catholic theologians in the English-speaking world, the essays in The Promise of Critical Theology address the question: Can critical theology secure its critical operation without undermining its foundation in religious tradition and experience? Is “critical theology” simply an oxymoron when viewed fro …

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Edward Schillebeeckx and Hans Frei

Edward Schillebeeckx and Hans Frei

A Conversation on Method and Christology
by Marguerite Abdul-Masih
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What is “theological method”? Can there be more than one method? If so, how do you choose between them? How does method relate to experience?

Would experience affect your choice of method and method affect experience?

Abdul-Masih offers a three-part proposition. The first is that theological method is influenced by theological reasoning. That i …

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Religious Studies in Atlantic Canada

Religious Studies in Atlantic Canada

A State-of-the-Art Review
by Paul W.R. Bowlby
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What is “Religious Studies” and what is its future in Atlantic Canada? How have universities founded by Roman Catholic and Protestant denominations, and public universities, differed as they approached the study of religious life and traditions?

Religious Studies in Atlantic Canada surveys the history and place of the study of religion within C …

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Hindu Iconoclasts

Hindu Iconoclasts

Rammohun Roy, Dayananda Sarasvati, and Nineteenth-Century Polemics against Idolatry
by Noel Salmond
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Why, Salmond asks, would nineteenth-century Hindus who come from an iconic religious tradition voice a kind of invective one might expect from Hebrew prophets, Muslim iconoclasts, or Calvinists?

Rammohun was a wealthy Bengali, intimately associated with the British Raj and familiar with European languages, religion, and currents of thought. Dayanan …

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Law in Religious Communities in the Roman Period

Law in Religious Communities in the Roman Period

The Debate over Torah and Nomos in Post-Biblical Judaism and Early Christianity
by Peter Richardson; Stephen Westerholm; Albert I. Baumgarten; Michael Pettem & Cecilia Wassén
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The role and function of law in religious communities in the Roman period—especially in Judaism—has been a key issue among scholars in recent years. This thought-provoking work is the first full-scale attempt to write a historical assessment of the scholarly debate concerning this question, focussing on two closely related religious communities …

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Anti-Judaism in Early Christianity

Anti-Judaism in Early Christianity

Paul and the Gospels
edited by Peter Richardson & David Granskou
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The period since the close of World War II has been agonizingly introspective—not least because of the pain of reassessing Christianity’s attitude to Judaism. The early Christian materials have often been examined to assess their role in the long-standing negative attitude of Christians to Jews. The motivation for the early church’s sometimes …

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Religious Studies in Ontario

Religious Studies in Ontario

A State-of-the-Art Review
by Harold Remus; Daniel Fraikin & William Closson James
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Most Ontario universities were established by Christian denominations; a Christian ethos was assumed and pervasive, and students were required to take courses designed to teach and inculcate religion. This insightful and comprehensive study demonstrates how, as Ontario society became secularized and pluralistic, so too did universities. Today, reli …

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Memory and Hope

Memory and Hope

Strands of Canadian Baptist History
edited by David T. Priestley
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How are Baptists distinctive as a Christian denomination? Canadian Baptists, confronted with the question of discovering a common identity from the welter of strands of influence that make up their heritage, may infer several answers from the essays in Memory and Hope.

Focussing on Baptist history in central and western Canada, Memory and Hope disc …

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Radical Difference

Radical Difference

A Defence of Hendrik Kraemer’s Theology of Religions
by Tim S. Perry
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It is commonly assumed that all religions are essentially alike, that they are all common members of the genus Religion. But what if religions are not fundamentally similar after all? What if, on the contrary, it is better to presuppose a radical difference among the world’s various religious communities, with each faith being defined by differen …

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Faith and Fiction

Faith and Fiction

A Theological Critique of the Narrative Strategies of Hugh MacLennan and Morley Callaghan
by Barbara Pell
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Is it possible to write an artistically respectable and theoretically convincing religious novel in a non-religious age?

Up to now, there has been no substantial application of theological criticism to the works of Hugh MacLennan and Morley Callaghan, the two most important Canadian novelists before 1960. Yet both were religious writers during the …

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The Biblical Politics of John Locke

The Biblical Politics of John Locke

by Kim Ian Parker
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John Locke is often thought of as one of the founders of the Enlightenment, a movement that sought to do away with the Bible and religion and replace them with scientific realism. But Locke was extremely interested in the Bible, and he was engaged by biblical theology and religion throughout his life. In this new book, K.I. Parker considers Locke …

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Clothed in Integrity

Clothed in Integrity

Weaving Just Cultural Relations and the Garment Industry
by Barbara Paleczny
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Barbara Paleczny, herself a daughter of garment workers, tugs at the threads of homeworking in the garment industry to reveal a low-wage strategy that rends the fabric of social integrity and exposes global trends. The resurgence of sweatshops affects the working poor in both first- and third-world countries.

Paleczny assesses the responsibility of …

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Towards an Ethics of Community

Towards an Ethics of Community

Negotiations of Difference in a Pluralist Society
edited by James Olthuis
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How do we deal with difference personally, interpersonally, nationally? Can we weave a cohesive social fabric in a religiously plural society without suppressing differences?

This collection of significant essays suggests that to truly honour differences in matters of faith and religion we must publicly exercise and celebrate them. The secular/sacr …

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Clinical Pastoral Supervision and the Theology of Charles Gerkin

Clinical Pastoral Supervision and the Theology of Charles Gerkin

by Thomas St. James O’Connor
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In the last twenty years, the number of texts written on clinical pastoral supervision has accelerated. Thomas St. James O’Connor analyzes these texts, nearly 300 of them, in light of three fundamental questions about the praxis of clinical pastoral supervision: (1)what is distinctive about the praxis? (2)what is an appropriate theological method …

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Playing a Jewish Game

Playing a Jewish Game

Gentile Christian Judaizing in the First and Second Centuries CE
by Michele Murray
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Is it possible that early Christian anti-Judaism was directed toward people other than Jews?

Michele Murray proposes that significant strands of early Christian anti-Judaism were directed against Gentile Christians. More specifically, it was directed toward Gentile Christian judaizers. These were Christians who combined a commitment to Christianity …

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Linking Sexuality and Gender

Linking Sexuality and Gender

Naming Violence against Women in The United Church of Canada
by Tracy J. Trothen
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Why did it take so long for the United Church of Canada to respond to violence against women?

Tracy J. Trothen looks at the United Church as a uniquely Canadian institution, and explores how it has approached gender and sexuality issues. She argues that how the Church deals with these issues influences its ability to name violence against women.

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A Victorian Missionary and Canadian Indian Policy

A Victorian Missionary and Canadian Indian Policy

Cultural Synthesis vs Cultural Replacement
by David Nock
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Canada's Indian policy has, since the 1830s, consisted mainly of attempts at cultural replacement. Although rarely practised, cultural synthesis of native and western cultures has been advocated as an important alternative especially in the last ten years. This book is a study of E.F. Wilson (1844–1915), a Canadian missionary of British backgrou …

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L’étude des religions dans les écoles

L’étude des religions dans les écoles

L’expérience américaine, anglaise et canadienne
by Fernand Ouellet
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L'étude des religions a-t-elle sa place dans un système scolaire public lorsque la société et l'école sont de plus en plus marquées par le pluralisme idéologique? C'est à cette question que l'ouvrage tente de répondre en analysant les diverses tentatives qui visent à introduire dans les écoles américaines, anglaises et canadiennes une f …

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Beyond Mysticism

Beyond Mysticism

by James R. Horne
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This study of the meaning and the experience of mysticism is a product of the author's personal interest in mysticism and his reflection, as a philosopher, on some of the philosophical questions raised by mysticism is a "a psychological process which occurs with varying degrees of intensity in everyone's life" and the observation that this process …

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Mythologies and Philosophies of Salvation in the Theistic Traditions of India

Mythologies and Philosophies of Salvation in the Theistic Traditions of India

by Klaus K. Klostermaier
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Based on exhaustive reference to primary source material, this volume explores the relationships between religious mythologies and religious philosophical system within the theistic traditions in India. Not content merely to explore these relationships, the author further examines the relevance of mythology and philosophy in a discussion of salvati …

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