Enchanted Calvinism by Adam Mohr

Enchanted Calvinism
  • Title : Enchanted Calvinism
  • Author : Adam Mohr
  • Publisher : Boydell & Brewer
  • ISBN Code : 1580464629
  • Pages : 234
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Enchanted Calvinism's central proposition is that Ghanaian Presbyterian communities, both past and present, have become more enchanted -- more attuned to spiritual explanations of and remedies for suffering -- as they have become integrated into capitalist modes of production. The author draws on a Weberian concept of religious enchantment to analyze the phenomena of spiritual affliction and spiritual healing within the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, particularly under the conditions of labor migration: first, in the early twentieth century during the cocoa boom in Ghana and, second, at the turn of the twenty-first century in their migration from Ghana to North America. Relying on extensive archival research, oral interviews, and participant-observation conducted in North America, Europe, and West Africa, this study demonstrates that the more these Ghanaian Calvinists became dependent on capitalist modes of production, the more enchanted their lives and, subsequently, their church became, although in different ways within these two migrations. One striking pattern that has emerged among Ghanaian Presbyterian labor migrants in North America, for example, is a radical shift in gendered healing practices, where women have become prominent healers while a significant number of men have become spirit-possessed. Adam Mohr is Senior Writing Fellow in Anthropology in the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania. n different ways within these two migrations. One striking pattern that has emerged among Ghanaian Presbyterian labor migrants in North America, for example, is a radical shift in gendered healing practices, where women have become prominent healers while a significant number of men have become spirit-possessed. Adam Mohr is Senior Writing Fellow in Anthropology in the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania. n different ways within these two migrations. One striking pattern that has emerged among Ghanaian Presbyterian labor migrants in North America, for example, is a radical shift in gendered healing practices, where women have become prominent healers while a significant number of men have become spirit-possessed. Adam Mohr is Senior Writing Fellow in Anthropology in the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania. n different ways within these two migrations. One striking pattern that has emerged among Ghanaian Presbyterian labor migrants in North America, for example, is a radical shift in gendered healing practices, where women have become prominent healers while a significant number of men have become spirit-possessed. Adam Mohr is Senior Writing Fellow in Anthropology in the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania.


Enchanted Calvinism by Adam Mohr

Enchanted Calvinism
  • Title : Enchanted Calvinism
  • Author : Adam Mohr
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  • ISBN Code : 9781580468169
  • Pages : 248
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  • Language : English
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Enchanted Calvinism's central proposition is that Ghanaian Presbyterian communities, both past and present, have become more enchanted--more attuned to spiritual explanations of and remedies for suffering--as they have become integrated into capitalist modes of production. The author draws on a Weberian concept of religious enchantment to analyze the phenomena of spiritual affliction and spiritual healing within the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, particularly under the conditions of labor migration: first, in the early twentieth century during the cocoa boom in Ghana and, second, at the turn of the twenty-first century in their migration from Ghana to North America. Relying on extensive archival research, oral interviews, and participant-observation conducted in North America, Europe, and West Africa, this study demonstrates that the more these Ghanaian Calvinists became dependent on capitalist modes of production, the more enchanted their lives and, subsequently, their church became, although in different ways within these two migrations. One striking pattern that has emerged among Ghanaian Presbyterian labor migrants in North America, for example, is a radical shift in gendered healing practices, where women have become prominent healers while a significant number of men have become spirit-possessed. Adam Mohr is Senior Writing Fellow in Anthropology in the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania.


Calvinism by Jon Balserak

Calvinism
  • Title : Calvinism
  • Author : Jon Balserak
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0198753713
  • Pages : 144
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  • Language : English
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In this Very Short Introduction, Jon Balserak explores major ideas associated with the Calvinist system of thought. Beginning during the Protestant Reformation in cities like Zurich, Geneva, and Basel, Calvinism - also known as Reformed Theology - spread rapidly throughout Europe and the NewWorld, eventually making its way to the African Continent and the East. Balserak examines how Calvinist thought and practice spread and took root, helping shape church and society. Much of contemporary thought, especially western thought, on everything from theology to civil government, economics,the arts, work and leisure, education, and the family has been influenced by Calvinism. Balserak explores this influence. He also examines common misconceptions and objections to Calvinism, and sets forth a Calvinist understanding of God, the world, humankind, and the meaning of life. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


The Ahmadiyya in the Gold Coast by John H. Hanson

The Ahmadiyya in the Gold Coast
  • Title : The Ahmadiyya in the Gold Coast
  • Author : John H. Hanson
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0253029511
  • Pages : 302
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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a global movement with more than half a million Ghanaian members, runs an extensive network of English-language schools and medical facilities in Ghana today. Founded in South Asia in 1889, the Ahmadiyya arrived in Ghana when a small coastal community invited an Ahmadiyya missionary to visit in 1921. Why did this invitation arise and how did the Ahmadiyya become such a vibrant religious community? John H. Hanson places the early history of the Ahmadiyya into the religious and cultural transformations of the British Gold Coast (colonial Ghana). Beginning with accounts of the visions of the African Methodist Binyameen Sam, Hanson reveals how Sam established a Muslim community in a coastal context dominated by indigenous expressions and Christian missions. Hanson also illuminates the Islamic networks that connected this small Muslim community through London to British India. African Ahmadi Muslims, working with a few South Asian Ahmadiyya missionaries, spread the Ahmadiyya’s theological message and educational ethos with zeal and effectiveness. This is a global story of religious engagement, modernity, and cultural transformations arising at the dawn of independence.


Crime, Risk and Justice by Kevin Stenson,Robert R Sullivan

Crime, Risk and Justice
  • Title : Crime, Risk and Justice
  • Author : Kevin Stenson,Robert R Sullivan
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 1135986355
  • Pages : 240
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Crime control has risen rapidly up the social and political agendas to become a central feature of western societies. As inequalities in society have increased, so the actual and perceived risks of crime and other social ills have grown rapidly for all sections of society. Crime has become a central issue to governments, and no longer just a technical operation of law enforcement and adjudication. This book is concerned with issues arising from these developments. Top criminologists from Britain, the USA and Australia explore the links between crime and risk through a range of themes, from the depiction of crime in the media to the dilemmas of policing, to the new punitiveness of criminal justice systems and the custodial warehousing of the poor and excluded. Crime, Risk and Justice will be of interest to students, academics and practitioners with an interest in crime and crime control and the place they have in modern society.


Enchanting a Disenchanted World by George Ritzer

Enchanting a Disenchanted World
  • Title : Enchanting a Disenchanted World
  • Author : George Ritzer
  • Publisher : Pine Forge Press
  • ISBN Code : 1412975816
  • Pages : 255
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The only book to connect the everyday world of the 20-something undergraduate consumer with sound sociological analysis of the world of consumption Enchanting a Disenchanted World, Third Edition examines Disney, malls, cruise lines, Las Vegas, the world wide web, Planet Hollywood, credit cards, and all the other ways we now consume. Thoroughly updated to reflect the recent economic recession and the impact of the internet, bestselling author George Ritzer continues to explore this book’s central thesis: that our society has undergone fundamental change because of the way and the level at which we consume. This Third Edition demonstrates how we have created new "cathedrals" of consumption (places that enchant us so as to entice us to stay longer and consume more) while continuing to take capitalism to a new level. These places of consumption, whether in our homes, the mall, or cyberspace, are in a constant state of "enchanting the disenchanted," luring us through new spectacles because their rational qualities are both necessary and deadening at the same time. New and Hallmark Features Offers a unique analysis of the world of consumption, especially the settings in which consumption takes place Discusses the recent global economic recession throughout Offers rich details on consuming in such places as Las Vegas, Disney World, on cruise ships, in Wal-Mart, at McDonald’s, and, new to this edition, on the Web Includes a wide range of theoretical perspectives—Marxian, Weberian, critical theory, postmodern theory—as well as a number of concepts such as hyperconsumption, implosion, simulation, and time and space to show students how sociological theory can be applied to everyday phenomena


Calvinism by Abraham Kuyper

Calvinism
  • Title : Calvinism
  • Author : Abraham Kuyper
  • Publisher : Primedia E-launch LLC
  • ISBN Code : 1622090454
  • Pages : 275
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  • Language : English
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About this edition: -original language support -fully linked footnotes -e-reader specific formatting Over one hundred years ago, Dutch theologian, politician, and educator Abraham Kuyper delivered six remarkable addresses at Princeton University on the importance of Reformed theology in every part of our lives. With passion borne from years of education and spiritual commitment, Kuyper asserted that Calvinism is a system of life that influences each aspect of human experience. Reformed theology provides a framework that leads us to obedience with God in politics, art, science, religion, and the future. It is a way of discovering how we are to relate to God, engage with others, and live well in the larger world. Kuyper's words do more than provide historical insight into a theology that would change the lives of many. More than a century after they were first delivered, these lectures offer direction to a world looking for meaning. Contents: First Lecture - Calvinism as a Life System Second Lecture - Calvinism and Religion Third Lecture - Calvinism and Politics Fourth Lecture - Calvinism and Science Fifth Lecture - Calvinism and Art Sixth Lecture - Calvinism and the Future


Calvinism popularised by Harry Alfred Long

Calvinism popularised
  • Title : Calvinism popularised
  • Author : Harry Alfred Long
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Calvinism popularised ... in a series of ... conversations with enquirers and opponents. To which is added a dualistic analysis of the life of Joseph by Harry Alfred LONG

Calvinism popularised ... in a series of ... conversations with enquirers and opponents. To which is added a dualistic analysis of the life of Joseph
  • Title : Calvinism popularised ... in a series of ... conversations with enquirers and opponents. To which is added a dualistic analysis of the life of Joseph
  • Author : Harry Alfred LONG
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Calvinism and Arminianism Compared in Their Principles and Tendency by James Nichols

Calvinism and Arminianism Compared in Their Principles and Tendency
  • Title : Calvinism and Arminianism Compared in Their Principles and Tendency
  • Author : James Nichols
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  • Pages : 831
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The Enchanted Glass by Hardin Craig

The Enchanted Glass
  • Title : The Enchanted Glass
  • Author : Hardin Craig
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  • Pages : 293
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Sacral Kingship Between Disenchantment and Re-enchantment by Ronald G. Asch

Sacral Kingship Between Disenchantment and Re-enchantment
  • Title : Sacral Kingship Between Disenchantment and Re-enchantment
  • Author : Ronald G. Asch
  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • ISBN Code : 1782383573
  • Pages : 288
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France and England are often seen as monarchies standing at opposite ends of the spectrum of seventeenth-century European political culture. On the one hand the Bourbon monarchy took the high road to absolutism, while on the other the Stuarts never quite recovered from the diminution of their royal authority following the regicide of Charles I in 1649. However, both monarchies shared a common medieval heritage of sacral kingship, and their histories remained deeply entangled throughout the century. This study focuses on the interaction between ideas of monarchy and images of power in the two countries between the execution of Mary Queen of Scots and the Glorious Revolution. It demonstrates that even in periods when politics were seemingly secularized, as in France at the end of the Wars of Religion, and in latter seventeenth- century England, the appeal to religious images and values still lent legitimacy to royal authority by emphasizing the sacral aura or providential role which church and religion conferred on monarchs.


Calvinism by Ben A. Warburton

Calvinism
  • Title : Calvinism
  • Author : Ben A. Warburton
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  • Pages : 249
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The Kuyper Center Review, Vol 3 by Gordon Graham

The Kuyper Center Review, Vol 3
  • Title : The Kuyper Center Review, Vol 3
  • Author : Gordon Graham
  • Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • ISBN Code : 1467437484
  • Pages : 198
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  • Language : English
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Some religious traditions -- such as Lutheran, Wesleyan, and Eastern Orthodox -- have aesthetically rich resources on which to draw for the renewal of arts in everyday life. In contrast, Calvinism has generally been suspicious of the arts. The essays in this volume attempt to explore new avenues of thought about Calvinism's relation to the arts. Part historical, part theological, and part practical, they offer a wide-ranging exploration of neo-Calvinism's relationship to the arts, both at a general level and in connection with specific art forms. Overall they suggest that the neo-Calvinism espoused by Abraham Kuyper can and should make more of the arts than the traditional view of Reformed Christianity might be thought to allow. Contributors: Clifford B. Anderson John Barber James D. Bratt Michael Bräutigam Janet Danielson Neal DeRoo John De Soto James Eglinton Matthew Kaemingk Jennifer Wang William Baltmanis Whitney Albert M. Wolters


The Kuyper Center Review by Gordon Graham

The Kuyper Center Review
  • Title : The Kuyper Center Review
  • Author : Gordon Graham
  • Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • ISBN Code : 0802868762
  • Pages : 198
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  • Language : English
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Some religious traditions -- such as Lutheran, Wesleyan, and Eastern Orthodox -- have aesthetically rich resources on which to draw for the renewal of arts in everyday life. In contrast, Calvinism has generally been suspicious of the arts. The essays in this volume attempt to explore new avenues of thought about Calvinism's relation to the arts. Part historical, part theological, and part practical, they offer a wide-ranging exploration of neo-Calvinism's relationship to the arts, both at a general level and in connection with specific art forms. Overall they suggest that the neo-Calvinism espoused by Abraham Kuyper can and should make more of the arts than the traditional view of Reformed Christianity might be thought to allow. Contributors: Clifford B. Anderson John Barber James D. Bratt Michael Brutigam Janet Danielson Neal DeRoo John De Soto James Eglinton Matthew Kaemingk Jennifer Wang William Baltmanis Whitney Albert M. Wolters


The Enchantment of Modern Life by Jane Bennett

The Enchantment of Modern Life
  • Title : The Enchantment of Modern Life
  • Author : Jane Bennett
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780691088136
  • Pages : 213
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It is a commonplace that the modern world cannot be experienced as enchanted--that the very concept of enchantment belongs to past ages of superstition. Jane Bennett challenges that view. She seeks to rehabilitate enchantment, showing not only how it is still possible to experience genuine wonder, but how such experience is crucial to motivating ethical behavior. A creative blend of political theory, philosophy, and literary studies, this book is a powerful and innovative contribution to an emerging interdisciplinary conversation about the deep connections between ethics, aesthetics, and politics. As Bennett describes it, enchantment is a sense of openness to the unusual, the captivating, and the disturbing in everyday life. She guides us through a wide and often surprising range of sources of enchantment, showing that we can still find enchantment in nature, for example, but also in such unexpected places as modern technology, advertising, and even bureaucracy. She then explains how everyday moments of enchantment can be cultivated to build an ethics of generosity, stimulating the emotional energy and honing the perceptual refinement necessary to follow moral codes. Throughout, Bennett draws on thinkers and writers as diverse as Kant, Schiller, Thoreau, Kafka, Marx, Weber, Adorno, and Deleuze. With its range and daring, The Enchantment of Modern Life is a provocative challenge to the centuries-old ''narrative of disenchantment,'' one that presents a new ''alter-tale'' that discloses our profound attachment to the human and nonhuman world.


The Re-enchantment of Political Science by Thomas W. Heilke,Ashley Woodiwiss

The Re-enchantment of Political Science
  • Title : The Re-enchantment of Political Science
  • Author : Thomas W. Heilke,Ashley Woodiwiss
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  • Pages : 266
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Religion and politics appear together in newspaper headlines more today than ever before. Questions about the relationship between religion and politics--on theoretical, historical, and behavioral levels--are likewise heavily debated behind the front pages, by scholars in political science who demonstrate the "new Christian thinking." The Re-Enchantment of Political Science engages these scholars in an interdisciplinary conversation concerning the identity and ends of Christian political science. It considers whether and to what extent the community of Christian scholarship, within its own narrative religious traditions, can add a distinctive and significant dimension to the discipline of political science. Contributors also explore how the new Christian thinking informs political theory and its subfields, including liberalism, communitarianism, and critical theory. Finally, the book describes how policy studies are possible within a Christian framework using standard scholarly tools of analysis. The Re-Enchantment of Political Science, in revealing the growing theoretical and methodological sophistication of faith-informed political science, charts the terrain of political science today.


The Calvinist Temper in English Poetry by James D. Boulger

The Calvinist Temper in English Poetry
  • Title : The Calvinist Temper in English Poetry
  • Author : James D. Boulger
  • Publisher : De Gruyter Mouton
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 498
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The Calvinist Roots of the Modern Era by Aliki Barnstone,Michael Tomasek Manson,Carol J. Singley

The Calvinist Roots of the Modern Era
  • Title : The Calvinist Roots of the Modern Era
  • Author : Aliki Barnstone,Michael Tomasek Manson,Carol J. Singley
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  • Pages : 317
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This collection of essays traces Calvinism's presence in twentieth-century literature and demonstrates its impact as psychological construct, cultural institution, and socio-political model.


Enchanted Brittany by Amy Ewing Oakley

Enchanted Brittany
  • Title : Enchanted Brittany
  • Author : Amy Ewing Oakley
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  • Pages : 437
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Calvin and His Influence, 1509-2009 by Irena Backus,Philip Benedict

Calvin and His Influence, 1509-2009
  • Title : Calvin and His Influence, 1509-2009
  • Author : Irena Backus,Philip Benedict
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 019991138X
  • Pages : 368
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  • Language : English
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This volume collects papers initially written as the plenary addresses for the largest international scholarly conference held in connection with the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth, organized in Geneva by the Institute of Reformation History. The organizers chose as theme for the conference ''Calvin and His Influence 1509-2009,'' hoping to stimulate reflection about what Calvin's ideas and example have meant across the five centuries since his lifetime, as well as about how much validity the classic interpretations that have linked his legacy to fundamental features of modernity such as democracy, capitalism, or science still retain.


This Enchanted Land by Veronica Thackeray

This Enchanted Land
  • Title : This Enchanted Land
  • Author : Veronica Thackeray
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  • Pages : 228
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An Enchanted Modern by Lara Deeb

An Enchanted Modern
  • Title : An Enchanted Modern
  • Author : Lara Deeb
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  • Pages : 263
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Based on two years of ethnographic research in Beirut, this book demonstrates that Islam and modernity are not merely compatible, but actually go hand-in-hand. This portrayal of an Islamic community articulates how an alternative modernity may be constructed by Shi'I Muslims who consider themselves simultaneously deeply modern, cosmopolitan, and pious. In this depiction of a Shi'I Muslim community in Beirut, Deeb examines the ways that individual and collective expressions and understandings of piety have been debated, contested, and reformulated. Women take center stage in this process, a result of their visibility both within the community, and in relation to Western ideas that link the status of women to modernity.


The Enchanted Isles: Hebridean Portraits & Memories by Alasdair Alpin MacGregor

The Enchanted Isles: Hebridean Portraits & Memories
  • Title : The Enchanted Isles: Hebridean Portraits & Memories
  • Author : Alasdair Alpin MacGregor
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  • Pages : 220
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Calvinist Rhetoric in Nineteenth-century America by Brian Fehler

Calvinist Rhetoric in Nineteenth-century America
  • Title : Calvinist Rhetoric in Nineteenth-century America
  • Author : Brian Fehler
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  • Pages : 195
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An examination of early nineteenth-century journals, sermons, and course syllabi written by prominent members of the Calvinist clergy, especially the Bartlet Chairs of Sacred Rhetoric at Andover Seminary, shows how an emerging oratorical culture in the United States impacted the choices made by Calvinist clergy. This study considers how the theory and practice of rhetoric changed in the face of democratizing forces that contributed to a distinctly oratorical culture in the early republic. This study should appeal to scholars interested in the history of rhetoric and American religion.


A World of Becoming by William E. Connolly

A World of Becoming
  • Title : A World of Becoming
  • Author : William E. Connolly
  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0822348799
  • Pages : 215
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Considers how non-linear notions of causality and time--where multiple, interacting, and partially open systems coexist--could transform the way we imagine political action.


The Re-Enchantment of the West by Christopher Partridge

The Re-Enchantment of the West
  • Title : The Re-Enchantment of the West
  • Author : Christopher Partridge
  • Publisher : T&T Clark
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  • Pages : 276
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Western society and culture is often described in sociological and theological texts as increasingly secular. This work challenges this thesis and introduces the reader to the principal theories and debates about the state of religion in the West (secularization, sacralization, Easternization, the development of New Religious Movements etc.) In so doing it demonstrates the significance of popular culture in the construction of eclectic alternative spiritual worldviews in the West. One of the principal theses posited in this book is that there is a broad 'occulture' -- a reservoir of ideas, beliefs, theories, and practices from which new religions, alternative spiritualities, and popular culture all drink.


A Western Pioneer by Alfred Brunson

A Western Pioneer
  • Title : A Western Pioneer
  • Author : Alfred Brunson
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A Western Pioneer: Or, Incidents of the Life and Times of Rev. Alfred Brunson ... Embracing a Period of Over Seventy Years by Alfred Brunson

A Western Pioneer: Or, Incidents of the Life and Times of Rev. Alfred Brunson ... Embracing a Period of Over Seventy Years
  • Title : A Western Pioneer: Or, Incidents of the Life and Times of Rev. Alfred Brunson ... Embracing a Period of Over Seventy Years
  • Author : Alfred Brunson
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Christian Thought by N.A

Christian Thought
  • Title : Christian Thought
  • Author : N.A
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Enchanted Ground by Sharon Hatfield

Enchanted Ground
  • Title : Enchanted Ground
  • Author : Sharon Hatfield
  • Publisher : Ohio University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0804040966
  • Pages : 360
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In Enchanted Ground, Sharon Hatfield brings to life the true story of a nineteenth-century farmer-turned-medium, Jonathan Koons, one of thousands of mediums throughout the antebellum United States. In the hills outside Athens, Ohio, Koons built a house where it was said the dead spoke to the living, and where ancient spirits communicated the wisdom of the ages. Curious believers, in homespun and in city attire, traveled from as far as New Orleans to a remote Appalachian cabin whose marvels would rival any of P. T. Barnum’s attractions. Yet Koons’s story is much more than showmanship and sleight of hand. His enterprise, not written about in full until now, embodied the excitement and optimism of citizens breaking free from societal norms. Reform-minded dreamers were drawn to Koons’s seances as his progressive brand of religion displaced the gloomy Calvinism of previous generations. As heirs to the Second Great Awakening, which stretched from New York State to the far reaches of the Northwest Territory, the curious, the faithful, and Koons himself were part of a larger, uniquely American moment that still marks the cultural landscape today.


Everyday Magic in Early Modern Europe by Kathryn A. Edwards

Everyday Magic in Early Modern Europe
  • Title : Everyday Magic in Early Modern Europe
  • Author : Kathryn A. Edwards
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 1317138341
  • Pages : 198
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While pre-modern Europe is often seen as having an 'enchanted' or 'magical' worldview, the full implications of such labels remain inconsistently explored. Witchcraft, demonology, and debates over pious practices have provided the main avenues for treating those themes, but integrating them with other activities and ideas seen as forming an enchanted Europe has proven to be a much more difficult task. This collection offers one method of demystifying this world of everyday magic. Integrating case studies and more theoretical responses to the magical and preternatural, the authors here demonstrate that what we think of as extraordinary was often accepted as legitimate, if unusual, occurrences or practices. In their treatment of and attitudes towards spirit-assisted treasure-hunting, magical recipes, trials for sanctity, and visits by guardian angels, early modern Europeans showed more acceptance of and comfort with the extraordinary than modern scholars frequently acknowledge. Even witchcraft could be more pervasive and less threatening than many modern interpretations suggest. Magic was both mundane and mysterious in early modern Europe, and the witches who practiced it could in many ways be quite ordinary members of their communities. The vivid cases described in this volume should make the reader question how to distinguish the ordinary and extraordinary and the extent to which those terms need to be redefined for an early modern context. They should also make more immediate a world in which magic was an everyday occurrence.


The Spiritual-Industrial Complex by Jonathan P. Herzog

The Spiritual-Industrial Complex
  • Title : The Spiritual-Industrial Complex
  • Author : Jonathan P. Herzog
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199832013
  • Pages : 288
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  • Language : English
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In his farewell address, Dwight D. Eisenhower warned the nation of the perils of the military-industrial complex. But as Jonathan Herzog shows in this insightful history, Eisenhower had spent his presidency contributing to another, lesser known, Cold War collaboration: the spiritual-industrial complex. This fascinating volume shows that American leaders in the early Cold War years considered the conflict to be profoundly religious; they saw Communism not only as godless but also as a sinister form of religion. Fighting faith with faith, they deliberately used religious beliefs and institutions as part of the plan to defeat the Soviet enemy. Herzog offers an illuminating account of the resultant spiritual-industrial complex, chronicling the rhetoric, the programs, and the policies that became its hallmarks. He shows that well-known actions like the addition of the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance were a small part of a much larger and relatively unexplored program that promoted religion nationwide. Herzog shows how these efforts played out in areas of American life both predictable and unexpected--from pulpits and presidential appeals to national faith drives, military training barracks, public school classrooms, and Hollywood epics. Millions of Americans were bombarded with the message that the religious could not be Communists, just a short step from the all-too-common conclusion that the irreligious could not be true Americans. Though the spiritual-industrial complex declined in the 1960s, its statutes, monuments, and sentiments live on as bulwarks against secularism and as reminders that the nation rests upon the groundwork of religious faith. They continue to serve as valuable allies for those defending the place of religion in American life.


The Complete Works of Augustus M. Toplady ... New Edition ... With a Memoir of the Author and Extracts from His Diary by Augustus Montague TOPLADY

The Complete Works of Augustus M. Toplady ... New Edition ... With a Memoir of the Author and Extracts from His Diary
  • Title : The Complete Works of Augustus M. Toplady ... New Edition ... With a Memoir of the Author and Extracts from His Diary
  • Author : Augustus Montague TOPLADY
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  • Pages : 915
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Rethinking Secularism by Craig Calhoun,Mark Juergensmeyer,Jonathan VanAntwerpen

Rethinking Secularism
  • Title : Rethinking Secularism
  • Author : Craig Calhoun,Mark Juergensmeyer,Jonathan VanAntwerpen
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199911304
  • Pages : 328
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  • Language : English
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This collection of essays presents groundbreaking work from an interdisciplinary group of leading theorists and scholars representing the fields of history, philosophy, political science, sociology, and anthropology. The volume will introduce readers to some of the most compelling new conceptual and theoretical understandings of secularism and the secular, while also examining socio-political trends involving the relationship between the religious and the secular from a variety of locations across the globe. In recent decades, the public has become increasingly aware of the important role religious commitments play in the cultural, social, and political dynamics of domestic and world affairs. This so called ''resurgence'' of religion in the public sphere has elicited a wide array of responses, including vehement opposition to the very idea that religious reasons should ever have a right to expression in public political debate. The current global landscape forces scholars to reconsider not only once predominant understandings of secularization, but also the definition and implications of secular assumptions and secularist positions. The notion that there is no singular secularism, but rather a range of multiple secularisms, is one of many emerging efforts to reconceptualize the meanings of religion and the secular. Rethinking Secularism surveys these efforts and helps to reframe discussions of religion in the social sciences by drawing attention to the central issue of how ''the secular'' is constituted and understood. It provides valuable insight into how new understandings of secularism and religion shape analytic perspectives in the social sciences, politics, and international affairs.


Members of One Body by Samuel McChord Crothers

Members of One Body
  • Title : Members of One Body
  • Author : Samuel McChord Crothers
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  • Pages : 132
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  • Language : English
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Encyclopedia of World Religions by Bruno Becchio,Johannes P. Schadé

Encyclopedia of World Religions
  • Title : Encyclopedia of World Religions
  • Author : Bruno Becchio,Johannes P. Schadé
  • Publisher : Foreign Media Group
  • ISBN Code : 9781601360007
  • Pages : 960
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Enhanced by more than one thousand full color illustrations, a concise guide features thousands of references to literature, art, history, famous figures, and philosophy with respect to religion, covering the beliefs, doctrines, practices, teachings, rites of passage, and specific rituals of the world's major religions.


Hosea Ballou by Oscar Fitzalan Safford

Hosea Ballou
  • Title : Hosea Ballou
  • Author : Oscar Fitzalan Safford
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  • Pages : 290
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  • Language : English
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Hosea Ballou: a Marvellous Life-story by Oscar Fitzalan Safford

Hosea Ballou: a Marvellous Life-story
  • Title : Hosea Ballou: a Marvellous Life-story
  • Author : Oscar Fitzalan Safford
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  • Pages : 290
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  • Language : English
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The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature by George Watson,Ian R. Willison

The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature
  • Title : The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature
  • Author : George Watson,Ian R. Willison
  • Publisher : CUP Archive
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  • Pages : 19
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  • Language : English
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More than fifty specialists have contributed to this new edition of volume 4 of The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature. The design of the original work has established itself so firmly as a workable solution to the immense problems of analysis, articulation and coordination that it has been retained in all its essentials for the new edition. The task of the new contributors has been to revise and integrate the lists of 1940 and 1957, to add materials of the following decade, to correct and refine the bibliographical details already available, and to re-shape the whole according to a new series of conventions devised to give greater clarity and consistency to the entries.