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妈祖文化与当代社会 / 张国栋, 柯力等编著
张国栋, 1968- author
Xiamen Shi : Xiamen da xue chu ban she, 2016
Baker Berry East Asian BL1812.G63 Z4356 2016

Heaven on my mind : using the Harvard grant study of adult development to explore the value of the prospection of life after death
Vaillant, George E., 1934- author
New York : Nova Science Publishers, [2017]
Why should heaven interest us? -- Why should prospection interest us? -- Prospection and belief in life after death -- Does humanism keep heaven from our minds? -- Why should faith interest us? -- Hope, prospection and imagination -- But science must interest us too -- Why do some of us become more religious with age? -- Why does loss of faith happen? -- Alcoholism cripples our capacity for prospection -- Is our capacity for spirituality evolving?.
Baker Berry BL535 .V35 2017

The most sacred freedom : religious liberty in the history of philosophy and America's founding
edited by Will R. Jordan and Charlotte C.S. Thomas
Macon, Georgia : Mercer University Press, 2016
Baker Berry BL640 .M67 2016

The conflict myth and the biblical tradition
Ballentine, Debra Scoggins
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015
Theorizing myth in ancient west Asian Studies -- The conflict topos in extant narratives -- The conflict motif -- Continued adaptation: the conflict motif and the eschaton -- The motif of Yahweh's authority over the sea and the legitimacy of individuals: claiming versus having power over the sea -- Conclusion.

There are many ancient West Asian stories that narrate the victory of a warrior deity over an enemy, typically a sea-god or sea dragon, and his rise to divine kingship. In The Conflict Myth and the Biblical Tradition, Debra Scoggins Ballentine analyzes this motif, arguing that it was used within ancient political and socio-religious discourses to bolster particular divine hierarchies, kings, institutions, and groups, as well as to attack others. Situating her study of the conflict topos within contemporary theorizations of myth by Bruce Lincoln, Russell McCutcheon, and Jonathan Z. Smith, Ballentine examines narratives of divine combat and instances of this conflict motif. Her study cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries as well as constructed time periods, focusing not only on the Hebrew Bible but also incorporating Mesopotamian, early Jewish, early Christian, and rabbinic texts, spanning a period of almost three millennia - from the eighteenth century BCE to the early middle ages CE. The Conflict Myth and the Biblical Tradition advances our understanding of the conflict topos in ancient west Asian and early Jewish and Christian literatures and of how mythological and religious ideas are used both to validate and render normative particular ideologies and socio-political arrangements, and to delegitimize and invalidate others. (Publisher).
Baker Berry BL325.W32 B35 2015

The Cambridge companion to religion and terrorism
edited by James R. Lewis, University of Tromsø
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Baker Berry BL65.T47 C36 2017

2010 U.S. religion census : religious congregations & membership study : an enumeration by nation, state, and county based on data reported for 236 religious groups
Clifford Grammich and others ; conducted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies
[Kansas City, Mo.] : Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, ©2012
Provides 2010 data for 236 religious bodies or groups. Four sets of tables provide data for religious congregations by religious group for the United States; by state and group; by county and group; and by metropolitan size and group. For each religious group, the tables provide number of congregations; number of attendees; number of communicant, confirmed, or full members; number of adherents; adherents as percentage of total population; and the group's adherents as percentage of total religious adherents. Maps by county show: percent of population for 20 groups with 1,000,000 or more adherents or with congregations reporting adherents in 50 percent of counties; percent of population maps for Jewish groups, Eastern Orthodox churches, and Oriental Orthodox churches; largest participating Eastern religion; largest participating religious group; largest participating Protestant Christian group; religious diversity; and percent of population claimed by all religious groups. Cartogram by state show total religious adherents; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints adherents; and Southern Baptist Convention adherents. Charts show distribution of total, Catholic, Mennonite, and Jewish adherents and congregations by community size.
Baker Berry Ref BL2525 .A15 2012

Gods and garments : textiles in Greek sanctuaries in the 7th to the lst centuries bc
Brøns, Cecilie, author
Oxford ; Oxbow Books, 2017
Dedications of textiles and accessories in Greek sanctuaries -- Cult images and dress -- Sacred dress codes : dressing the part in sanctuaries.
Baker Berry BL65.C64 B76 2017

Science and religion : an impossible dialogue
Gingras, Yves, 1954- author
Cambridge, UK ; Polity Press, [2017]
Introduction -- The theological limits of the autonomy of science -- Copernicus and Galileo : thorns in the sides of popes -- God : from the centre to the periphery of science -- Science censored -- From conflict to dialogue? -- What is a 'dialogue' between science and religion? -- Belief versus science -- Conclusion : betting on reason.
Baker Berry BL240.3 .G56413 2017

Religion in China : major concepts and minority positions
edited by Max Deeg and Bernhard Scheid
Wien : Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2015
Religion in China: Introduction / Max Deeg -- Daoism in China / Chiao Wei -- Writing Times and Spaces Together: Experiments to Create an Early Sino-Buddhist Historiography / Max Deeg -- Religious Policy and the Concept of Religion in China / Zhuo Xinping -- Chinese Jews and Jews in China: Kaifeng-Shanghai / Irene Eber -- Sin and Penance in Fujian Christianity in Late Ming Times / Erik Zürcher -- Christendom and its Manifestations in China Today / Roman Malek, S.V.D. -- Unity in Diversity : The Islamic Revival Movement in China Today / Wang Jianping -- Islam in China : Accommodation or Separation? / Dru C. Gladney.

"Religions of foreign origin have shaped Chinese cultural history much stronger than generally assumed and continue to have impact on Chinese society in varying regional degrees. The essays collected in the present volume put a special emphasis on these "foreign" and less familiar aspects of Chinese religion. Apart from an introductory article on Daoism (the prototypical autochthonous religion of China), the volume reflects China's encounter with religions of the so-called Western Regions, starting from the adoption of Indian Buddhism to early settlements of religious minorities from the Near East (Islam, Christianity, and Judaism) and the early modern debates between Confucians and Christian missionaries. Contemporary religious minorities, their specific social problems, and their regional diversities are discussed in the cases of Abrahamitic traditions in China. The volume therefore contributes to our understanding of most recent and potentially violent religio-political phenomena such as, for instance, Islamist movements in the People's Republic of China"--
Baker Berry BL1810 .R44 2015

Religious commodifications in Asia : marketing gods
edited by Pattana Kitiarsa
London : Routledge, 2011
Baker Berry BL1033 .R44 2011

Religion : what it is, how it works, and why it matters
Smith, Christian, 1960- author
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2017]
What is religion? -- What causal powers does religion produce? -- How does religion work? -- Why are humans religious? -- What is religion's future?
Baker Berry BL48 .S5937 2017

The grammar of messianism : an ancient Jewish political idiom and its users
Novenson, Matthew V., author
New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, [2017]
After the Messianic Idea -- Oil and power in ancient Israel -- Messiahs born and made -- Messiahs present and absent -- The quest for the first Messiah -- The Jewish Messiah-Christian Messiah distinction -- The fate of Messiah Christology in early Christianity -- The grammar of Messianism.

"This book is a scholarly treatment of messianism in ancient Judaism and Christianity. In particular, and in contrast to other recent treatments, it is a study of what we might call the grammar of messianism, that is, the patterns of language inherited from the Hebrew Bible that all ancient messiah texts, Jewish and Christian, use. It makes the point that all ancient messiah texts are creative efforts at negotiating a shared set of linguistic possibilities and limitations inherited from the Hebrew Bible. The distinguishing features of the book are several: First, breaking with an ideologically loaded tradition, it incorporates both Jewish and Christian texts as evidence for this discursive practice. Second, rather than drawing up a taxonomy of types of ancient messiah figures, it analyzes a range of other more specific issues raised by the texts themselves. Third, it cuts the Gordian knot of the longstanding question of the prominence of messianism in antiquity, suggesting that that question is ultimately unanswerable but also entirely unnecessary for an understanding of the pertinent texts"--
Baker Berry BL475 .N68 2017

Divine powers in Late Antiquity
edited by Anna Marmodoro and Irini-Fotini Viltanioti
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, [2017]
Part I. The powers of the gods : from Plotinus to Proclus -- The sources and structures of power and activity in Plotinus -- Human action and divine power in Plotinus -- Divine powers and cult statues in Porphyry of Tyre -- Iamblichus on divination : divine power and human intuition -- Powers and Poieseis : a statue animation and divine manifestation in Proclus Diadochus' Commentary on the Timaeus -- The sceptre and the sickle : the transmission of divine power in the Orphic Rhapsodies -- Part II. The powers of God : from Philo of Alexandria to the Cappadocian Fathers -- Divine powers in Philo of Alexandria's De opificio mundi Baudouin S. Decharneux -- The self-giving power of God : Dunamis in Early Christianity -- The power of God in some Early Christian texts -- Divine power in Origen of Alexandria : sources and aftermath -- Powers and properties in Basil of Caesarea's Homiliae in hexaemeron -- Gregory of Nyssa on the creation of the world.
Baker Berry BL473 .D58 2017

Lessons in mythology : a comparative approach
edited by Edmund P. Cueva and Deborah Beam Shelley
Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017
Baker Berry BL312 .L47 2017

Following Osiris : perspectives on the Osirian afterlife from four milling
Smith, M. 1951- author
Oxford ; Oxford University Press, 2017
"Osiris, god of the dead, was one of ancient Egypt's most important deities. The earliest secure evidence for belief in him dates back to the fifth dynasty (c.2494-2345 BC), but he continued to be worshipped until the fifth century AD. 'Following Osiris' is concerned with ancient Egyptian conceptions of the relationship between Osiris and the deceased, or what might be called the Osirian afterlife, asking what the nature of this relationship was and what the prerequisites were for enjoying its benefits. It does not seek to provide a continuous or comprehensive account of Egyptian ideas on this subject, but rather focuses on five distinct periods in their development, spread over four millennia. The periods in question are ones in which significant changes in Egyptian ideas about Osiris and the dead are known to have occurred or where it has been argued that they did, as Egyptian aspirations for the Osirian afterlife took time to coalesce and reach their fullest form of expression. An important aim of the book is to investigate when and why such changes happened, treating religious belief as a dynamic rather than a static phenomenon and tracing the key stages in the development of these aspirations, from their origin to their demise, while illustrating how they are reflected in the textual and archaeological records. In doing so, it opens up broader issues for exploration and draws meaningful cross-cultural comparisons to ask, for instance, how different societies regard death and the dead, why people convert from one religion to another, and why they abandon belief in a god or gods altogether."--
Baker Berry BL2450.O7 S65 2017

Christian martyrdom and political violence : a comparative theology with Judaism and Islam
Rosario Rodríguez, Rubén, 1970- author
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Baker Berry BL65.V55 R67 2017

Evolving brains, emerging gods : early humans and the origins of religion
Torrey, E. Fuller 1937- author
New York : Columbia University Press, [2017]
Introduction: The brain, home of the gods -- Part 1. The making of the gods. Homo habilis : a smarter self ; Homo erectus : an aware self ; Archaic Homo sapiens (Neandertals) : an empathic self ; Early Homo sapiens : an introspective self ; Modern Homo sapiens : a temporal self -- Part 2. The emergence of the gods. Ancestors and agriculture : a spiritual self ; Governments and gods : a theistic self ; Other theories of the origins of gods -- Appendix A: The evolution of the brain -- Appendix B: Dreams as proof of the existence of a spirit world and land of the dead.
Baker Berry BL51 .T6155 2017

Heathen, Hindoo, Hindu : American representations of India, 1721-1893
Altman, Michael J., 1984- author
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
Baker Berry BL2003 .A444 2017

Religion, theory, critique : classic and contemporary approaches and methodologies
edited by Richard King
New York : Columbia University Press, [2017]
Baker Berry BL41 .R367 2017

L'université, la robe et la librairie à Paris : Claude Mignault et le Syntagma de symbolis (1571-1602)
Vuilleumier Laurens, Florence, author
Geneve : Droz, [2017]
Baker Berry BL603 .V85 2017

On faith and science
Larson, Edward J. author
New Haven, Connecticut : Yale University Press, [2017]
Looking up to god or the cosmos -- The Tao of physics and other big ideas -- The brain, the mind, and the soul -- Rock, fossil, god -- Darwinism and belief -- The evolution of humanity -- Sex and gender - Eugenics, genetics, and playing god -- Living on earth -- Bibliographic essay: where to look from here.

Throughout history, scientific discovery has clashed with religious dogma, creating conflict, controversy, and sometimes violent dispute. In this enlightening and accessible volume, distinguished historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Larson and Michael Ruse, philosopher of science and Gifford Lecturer, offer their distinctive viewpoints on the sometimes contentious relationship between science and religion. The authors explore how scientists, philosophers, and theologians through time and today approach vitally important topics, including cosmology, geology, evolution, genetics, neurobiology, gender, and the environment. Broaching their subjects from both historical and philosophical perspectives, Larson and Ruse avoid rancor and polemic as they address many of the core issues currently under debate by the adherents of science and the advocates of faith, shedding light on the richly diverse field of ideas at the crossroads where science meets spiritual belief.
Baker Berry BL240.3 .L377 2017

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