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Witnessing: Prophecy, Politics, and Wisdom

Author: Peter Casarella

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International scholars explore the meaning of Christian witness in the comtemporary world.

Beyond every other form of proclamation, living witness is the most powerful medium of the gospel message.  The meaning of witness has always carried special weight in the example of the martyrs, and this volume is inspired by the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador.  But as the contributors demonstrate the implications of witness extend in many ways to pedagogy, the role of narrative in theology, spirituality, intercultural dialogue, and politics. Read More

The Wisdom of the Liminal: Evolution and Other Animals in Human Becoming

Author: Celia Deane-Drummond

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A sophisticated theological anthropology that takes into account evolutionary theories and our relationships to other animals
 
In this book Celia Deane-Drummond charts a new direction for theological anthropology in light of what is now known about the evolutionary trajectories of humans and other animals. She presents a case for human beings becoming fully themselves through their encounter with God, after the pattern of Christ, but also through their relationship with each other and with other animals.…
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Jews and Samaritans: The Origins and History of their Early Relations

Author: Gary N. Knoppers

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Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2013

Description: Provides a multi-disciplinary approach to ancient past by a prominent scholar. Employs new archeological epigraphic, and textual discoveries. Argues for a revisionist understanding of the history of Jewish-Samaritan relations Read More

Individuality in Late Antiquity

Author: Alexis Torrance

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Publisher: Ashgate, 2014

Description: Late antiquity is increasingly recognised as a period of important cultural transformation. One of its crucial aspects is the emergence of a new awareness of human individuality. In this book an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars documents and analyses this development. Authors assess the influence of seminal thinkers, including the Gnostics, Plotinus, and Augustine, but also of cultural and religious practices such as astrology and monasticism, as well as, more generally, the role played by intellectual disciplines such as grammar and Christian theology. Broad in both theme and scope, the volume serves as a comprehensive introduction to late antique understandings of human individuality. Read More

Scriptual Polemics: The Qur'an and Other Religions

Author: Mun'im Sirry

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Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2014

Description: Interprets and contextualizes significant modern commentaries on the Qur'an. Focuses on five essential issues: scriptural supercessionism, exclusive salvation, charges regarding the Jewish and Christian falsification of revelation, criticisms over divine sonship and the Trinity, and cautions or prohibitions regarding the taking Jews and Christians as patrons, allies, or intimates Read More