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Religión : estudios antropológicos sobre sus problemáticas
Juan Mauricio Renold (editor
Buenos Aires : Editorial Biblos, [2015]
Baker Berry BL2590 .R44 2015

Politics of desecularization : law and the minority question in Pakistan
Saeed, Sadia, author
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Introduction: Rethinking desecularization -- Colonial genealogy of Muslim politics -- Democratic exclusions, authoritarian inclusions -- Politics of minoritization -- The nation-state and its heretics -- Courts and the minority question -- Conclusion: After secularization.
Baker Berry BL2035.5.R45 S24 2016

The Oxford handbook of the study of religion
edited by Michael Stausberg and Steven Engler
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
Baker Berry BL82 .O94 2016

Religious war and religious peace in early modern Europe
Te Brake, Wayne Ph., author
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Religion and violence, war and peace -- Part I. 1529-55 -- Wars and rumors of war -- Managing conflict, validating diversity -- The contours of religious peace I : Central Europe -- Part II. 1562-1609 -- Religious war unleashed -- An elusive peace -- Ending war, shaping peace -- The contours of religious peace II : Western Europe -- Part III. 1618-51 -- Climax and denouement -- Grudging consent -- The contours of religious peace III : the Continent -- The contours of religious peace IV : Great Britain -- Conclusion: Envisioning religious peace.

"Religious War and Religious Peace in Early Modern Europe presents a novel account of the origins of religious pluralism in Europe. Combining comparative historical analysis with contentious political analysis, it surveys six clusters of increasingly destructive religious wars between 1529 and 1651, analyzes the diverse settlements that brought these wars to an end, and describes the complex religious peace that emerged from two centuries of experimentation in accommodating religious differences. Rejecting the older authoritarian interpretations of the age of religious wars, the author uses traditional documentary sources as well as photographic evidence to show how a broad range of Europeans--from authoritative elites to a colorful array of religious 'dissenters'--replaced the cultural 'unity and purity' of late-medieval Christendom with a variable and durable pattern of religious diversity, deeply embedded in political, legal, and cultural institutions"--Provided by publisher.
Baker Berry BL695 .T43 2017

Theory in a time of excess : beyond reflection and explanation in religious studies scholarship
edited by Aaron W. Hughes
Bristol, CT : Equinox Publishing Ltd., 2017
Introduction : Theory in a Time of Excess / Aaron W. Hughes -- Establishing a Beachhead : NAASR, Twenty Years Later / Luther H. Martin and Donald Wiebe -- On the Restraint of Theory / Jason N. Blum -- It's Hard Out There for a Theorist / Michael J. Altman -- Signifying "Theory" : Toward a Method of Mutually Assured Deconstruction / Richard Newton -- On the Restraint of Consciousness / Tara Baldrick-Morrone -- A Reply / Jason N. Blum -- The High Stakes of Identifying (with) One's Object of Study / K. Merinda Simmons -- New Materialism and the Objects of Religious Studies / Martha Smith Roberts -- Killing the Scholar : Critical Theory, Relevance, and Objects of Study / Thomas J. Whitley -- The Rhetoric of Disinterest for Authorizing our Critical Position : Historicizing Critical Theory in Religious Studies / Stephen L. Young -- A Reply / K. Merinda Simmons -- What the Cognitive Science of Religion Is (and Is Not) / Claire White -- "Show me the Money" : Big-Money Donors and the Cognitive Science of Religion / Brad Stoddard -- Of Elephants and Riders : Cognition, Reason, and Will in the Study of Religion / Matt Sheedy -- A Reply / Claire White -- The Study of Religion, Bricolage and Brandom / Matthew C. Bagger -- Precision and Excess : Doing the Discipline of Religious Studies / Rebekka King -- On Druids, the Dude, and Doing Excessive Theory / James Dennis LoRusso -- Reliabilism and the Limits of Pragmatism / Robyn Faith Walsh -- A Reply / Matthew C. Bagger -- Theory is the Best Accessory : Branding and the Power of Scholarly Compartmentalization / Leslie Dorrough Smith -- Afterword : Feast and Famine in the Study of Religion / Russell T. McCutcheon.
Baker Berry BL41 .T487 2017

Translating myth
edited by Ben Pestell, Pietra Palazzolo and Leon Burnett
New York, NY : Routledge, 2016
Pt. 1. Translation and myth : across languages, media, and cultures -- pt. 2. William Blake's myth -- pt. 3. Myth in early United States literature -- pt. 4. Myth in modern and contemporary poetry -- pt. 5. Myth in new political and cultural environments.
Baker Berry BL312 .T73 2016

The Oxford handbook of secularism
edited by Phil Zuckerman and John R. Shook
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
Baker Berry BL2747.8 .O94 2017

New world a-coming : Black religion and racial identity during the great migration
Weisenfeld, Judith, author
New York : New York University Press, [2016]
Geographies of race and religion -- Sacred time and divine histories -- Religio-racial self-fashioning -- Maintaining the religio-racial body -- Making the religio-racial family -- The religio-racial politics of space and place -- Community, conflict, and the boundaries of Black religion.

"When Joseph Nathaniel Beckles registered for the draft in the 1942, he rejected the racial categories presented to him and persuaded the registrar to cross out the check mark she had placed next to Negro and substitute "Ethiopian Hebrew." "God did not make us Negroes," declared religious leaders in black communities of the early twentieth-century urban North. They insisted that so-called Negroes are, in reality, Ethiopian Hebrews, Asiatic Muslims, or raceless children of God. Rejecting conventional American racial classification, many black southern migrants and immigrants from the Caribbean embraced these alternative visions of black history, racial identity, and collective future, thereby reshaping the black religious and racial landscape. Focusing on the Moorish Science Temple, the Nation of Islam, Father Divine's Peace Mission Movement, and a number of congregations of Ethiopian Hebrews, Judith Weisenfeld argues that the appeal of these groups lay not only in the new religious opportunities membership provided, but also in the novel ways they formulated a religio-racial identity. Arguing that members of these groups understood their religious and racial identities as divinely-ordained and inseparable, the book examines how this sense of self shaped their conceptions of their bodies, families, religious and social communities, space and place, and political sensibilities. Weisenfeld draws on extensive archival research and incorporates a rich array of sources to highlight the experiences of average members. The book demonstrates that the efforts by members of these movements to contest conventional racial categorization contributed to broader discussions in black America about the nature of racial identity and the collective future of black people that still resonate today." -- Publisher's description
Baker Berry BL625.2 .W45 2016

Refiguring the body : embodiment in South Asian religions
edited by Barbara A. Holdrege and Karen Pechilis
Albany : State University of New York Press, [2016]
Baker Berry BL65.B63 R44 2016

Social myths and collective imaginaries
Bouchard, Gérard, 1943-
London : University of Toronto Press, 2017
Myths and collective imaginaries -- What is a social myth? -- The mythification process -- The conditions for the effectiveness of myth -- Social myths : a pyramidal structure.

"Western or Eastern, ancient or modern, religious or scientific, myths are strikingly underestimated forces in contemporary society. In our rational, enlightened and supposedly civilized society myths have come to be perceived as the exclusive attribute of so-called pre-modern societies. In Social Myths and Collective Imaginaries, Gérard Bouchard conceptualizes myths as vessels of sacred values that transcend the division between primitive and modern. These vessels become so influential as to make an indelible impression on people's minds. We may no longer speak of Aphrodite or Gilgamesh but freedom, equality, social justice, environmentalism, democracy and nationalism are sacred values in our world. Nobody would deny that equality for all citizens in France, the right to property in the United States, or racial equality in South Africa are sacrosanct. Bouchard's refreshing and startling analysis reveals that as a sociological mechanism, myths have the power to bring societies together as well as tear themapart. In his own way, Bouchard awakens us to the transcendent power of myth that affects our daily lives, frequently unbeknownst to us."--
Baker Berry BL304 .B6813 2017

The Rādhā Tantra : a critical edition and annotated translation
Måns Broo
New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Group, 2017
Baker Berry BL1142.6.R332 E5 2017

Death's dominion : power, identity, and memory at the fourth-century martyr shrine
Morehouse, Nathaniel J., author
Sheffield, UK : Equinox, 2016
Baker Berry BL580 .M655 2016

Purifying the land of the pure : a history of Pakistan's religious minorities
Ispahani, Farahnaz, author
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
Demography, state and religion -- Ideological state -- Militarism and national identity -- Balancing act : 1972-1977 -- Islamization : 1977-1988 -- Global jihad and Pakistan's minorities, 1988-1999 -- Militancy, terrorism and sectarianism -- 1999 onwards.

In Purifying the Land of the Pure, Farahnaz Ispahani analyzes Pakistan's policies towards its religious minority populations, both Muslim and non-Muslim, since independence in 1947.
Baker Berry BL2035.5.R45 I87 2017

In search of the way : thought and religion in early-modern Japan, 1582-1860
Bowring, Richard John, 1947- author
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2017
This is a history of intellectual and religious developments in Japan during the Tokugawa period, covering the years 1582-1860. It begins with an explanation of the fate of Christianity, and proceeds to cover the changing nature of the relationship between Buddhism and secular authority, new developments in Shinto, and the growth of 'Japanese studies'. The main emphasis, however, is on the process by which Neo-Confucianism captured the imagination of the intellectual class and informed debate throughout the period. This process was expressed in terms of a never-ending search for the Way, a mode and pattern of existence that could provide not only order for society at large, but self-fulfilment for the individual. The narrative traces how ideas and attitudes changed through time, and is based on the premise that the Tokugawa period is important in and of itself, not merely as a backdrop to the Meiji Restoration of 1868.
Baker Berry BL2207 .B69 2017

Evolutionary religion
Schellenberg, J. L., 1959-
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015
Prologue: Deep Time Religion -- Half a Revolution -- First Among Unequals? -- Evolutionary Skepticism -- The New Pessimism -- The New Optimism 6. Imagination is Key -- The "Chief Objections" -- Religion for Pioneers -- Epilogue: Darwin's Door and Hegel's Hinge.

J.L. Schellenberg offers a path to a new kind of religious outlook. Reflection on our early stage in the evolutionary process leads to skepticism about religion, but also offers a new answer to the problem of faith and reason, and the possibility of a new, evolutionary form of religion.
Baker Berry BL51 .S4264 2015

The atheist Muslim : a journey from religion to reason
Rizvi, Ali A., author
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016
Smoke break -- Root causes -- Letting go (part I) : the born-again skeptic -- A tale of two identities -- Choosing atheism -- Islamophobia-phobia and the "regressive left" -- The Quran : misinterpretation, metaphor, and misunderstanding -- Reformation and secularism -- Letting go (part II) : the silver lining.

"In much of the Muslim world, religion is the central foundation upon which family, community, morality, and identity are built. The inextricable embedment of religion in Muslim culture has forced a new generation of non-believing Muslims to face the heavy costs of abandoning their parents' religion: disowned by their families, marginalized from their communities, imprisoned, or even sentenced to death by their governments. Struggling to reconcile the Muslim society he was living in as a scientist and physician and the religion he was being raised in, Ali A. Rizvi eventually loses his faith. Discovering that he is not alone in his beliefs, he moves to North America and promises to use his new freedom of speech to represent the voices that are usually quashed before reaching the mainstream media--the Atheist Muslim. In The Atheist Muslim, we follow Rizvi as he finds himself caught between two narrative voices he cannot relate to: extreme Islam and anti-Muslim bigotry in a post-9/11 world. The Atheist Muslim recounts the journey that allows Rizvi to criticize Islam--as one should be able to criticize any set of ideas--without demonizing his entire people. Emotionally and intellectually compelling, his personal story outlines the challenges of modern Islam and the factors that could help lead it toward a substantive, progressive reformation"--
Baker Berry BL2765.M628 R59 2016

Science and religion : a historical introduction
edited by Gary B. Ferngren
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017
Part I. Science and religion : conflict or complexity? 1. Science and religion / Stephen P. Weldon -- Part II. The premodern period. 2. Aristotle and Aristotelianism / Edward Grant and Craig Martin ; 3. Early Christian attitudes toward nature / David C. Lindberg and Gary B. Ferngren ; 4. Medieval Latin Christendom / Michael H. Shank and David C. Lindberg ; 5. Islam / Alnoor Dhanani and Glen M. Cooper -- Part III. The scientific revolution. 6. The Copernican revolution / Owen Gingerich ; 7. Galileo Galilei / Richard J. Blackwell and Michael H. Shank ; 8. Early modern Protestantism / Edward B. Davis ; 9. Isaac Newton / Stephen David Snobelen ; 10. Natural theology / John Hedley Brooke -- Part IV. Transformations in geology, biology, and cosmology, 1650-1900. 11. Geology and paleontology / Nicolaas A. Rupke ; 12. Natural history / Peter M. Hess and John Henry ; 13. Charles Darwin / James Moore ; 14. Evolution / Peter J. Bowler and John Henry ; 15. Cosmogonies / Ronald L. Numbers and Peter J. Susalla -- Part V. The response of religious traditions. 16. The Bible and science / John Stenhouse ; 17. Roman Catholicism since Trent / Steven J. Harris and Mariusz Tabaczek ; 18. Evangelicalism and fundamentalism / Mark A. Noll and Christopher M. Rios ; 19. The Scopes trial / Edward J. Larson ; 20. Judaism / Noah Efron ; 21. Asian traditions / Tomoko Yoshida and Stephen P. Weldon ; 22. Atheism / John Henry -- Part VI . The theological implications of modern science. 23. Physics / Richard Olson ; 24. Modern cosmologies / Craig Sean McConnell ; 25. Causation / John Henry and Mariusz Tabaczek ; 26. The modern synthesis in evolution / Joshua M. Moritz ; 27. Anthropology / Timothy Larson ; 28. American psychology / Matthew S. Hedstrom ; 29. Neuroscience and the human person / Alan C. Weissenbacher ; 30. Ecology and the environment / David N. Livingstone and Diarmid A. Finnegan.
Baker Berry BL245 .S37 2017

Darwin, dharma, and the divine : evolutionary theory and religion in modern Japan
Godart, G. Clinton, author
Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, [2017]
Introduction -- The religious transmission of evolutionary theory in Meiji-era Japan -- Evolution, individuals, and the Kokutai -- The dharma after Darwin : Meiji Buddhism and the embrace of evolution -- The promise of utopia : socialist Darwinism and evolutionary utopianism -- "Evolutionary theory is the superstition of modernity" -- Kannon's enduring embrace -- Conclusion.
Baker Berry BL263 .G56 2017

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