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The religious aspects of war in the ancient Near East, Greece, and Rome
edited by Krzysztof Ulanowski
Leiden ; Brill, [2016]
Baker Berry BL65.W2 R55 2016

At the temple gates : the religion of freelance experts in the Roman empire
Wendt, Heidi, 1982- author
New York : Oxford University Press, 2016
Introduction: Freelance experts in the study of religion -- The religion of freelance experts in the Roman Empire -- Ethnically coded experts and forms of religion -- Rethinking "magic," "religion," and "philosophy" -- Paul, a rare witness to the religion of freelance experts -- Christian rivals within the framework of freelance expertise -- Conclusion: Freelance experts in the religious marketplace?
Baker Berry BL803 .W46 2016

The Penguin companion to the Mahabharata
Cakrabartī, Bishṇupada, 1947-
New Delhi : Penguin Books, 2007
Baker Berry BL1138.26 .C35 2007

Mahabharata
translated by John D. Smith
London : Penguin, 2010
Baker Berry BL1138.22 .E5 2009

The miracle myth : why belief in the Resurrection and the supernatural Is unjustified
Shapiro, Lawrence A., author
New York : Columbia University Press, [2016]
Justified and unjustified belief -- Miracles -- Justifying belief in supernatural causes -- Justifying belief in improbable events -- Evidence for miracles -- Jesus's resurrection -- Should we care that beliefs in miracles are unjustified? -- What is supernatural? -- Supernatural causes.
Baker Berry BL100 .S43 2016

Revisiting Delphi : religion and storytelling in ancient Greece
Kindt, Julia, 1975- author
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Revisiting Delphi -- Herodotus: Delphi, oracles, and storytelling in the histories -- Euripides: ironic readings of Apollo and his prophecies -- Plato: Socrates, or invoking the oracle as a witness -- Pausanias: what's the stuff of divinity? -- Athenaeus: encountering the divine in word and wood -- Religion and storytelling in ancient Greece -- Plutarch, a philosophical enquiry into an enigmatic sign.
Baker Berry BL785 .K45 2016

Spirits and trance in Brazil : an anthropology of religious experience
Schmidt, Bettina E., author
London ; Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016
Baker Berry BL482 .S35 2016

昭和前期の神道と社会 / 国学院大学研究開発推進センター編 ; 阪本是丸責任編集
国学院大学. 研究開発推進センター, editor
Baker Berry Japan BL2223.S8 S54 2016

Faith and feminism : ecumenical essays
edited by B. Diane Lipsett and Phyllis Trible
Louisville, Kentucky : Westminster John Knox Press, [2014]
Baker Berry BL458 .F35 2014

Europa und der Stier oder der Brautraub des Zeus : Die Entführung Europas in den Darstellungen der griechischen und römischen Antike
Heldmann, Konrad, author
Göttingen ; Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, [2016]
Baker Berry BL795.E8 H45 2016

Non-violence in the Mahābhārata : Śiva's summa on Ṛṣihidharma and the gleaners of Kurukṣetra
Hiltebeitel, Alf, author
Abingdon, Oxon ; Routledge, 2016
Baker Berry BL1138.27 .H545 2016

Religion and space : competition, conflict, and violence in the contemporary world
Kong, Lily, author
London ; Bloombury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016
1 Religious Competition and Space -- Religious competition in pluralistic societies -- Space as cause, conduit and effect -- Negotiating religious and secular claims to space -- The changing roles of religion over time -- A note on book structure -- 2 Religious Space: Competition, Conflict and Violence -- Introducing religious space: 'A space distinguished from other spaces' -- Religious space: From competition to conflict and violence -- Ownership-related competition and conflict -- Autonomy-related competition and conflict.

This is the first study to bring space into conversation with religious competition, conflict and violence in the contemporary world. Lily Kong and Orlando Woods argue that because space is both a medium and an outcome of religious activity, it is integral to understanding processes of religious competition, conflict and violence. The book explores how religious groups make claims to both religious and secular spaces, and examines how such claims are managed, negotiated and contested by the state and by other secular and religious agencies. It also examines how globalisation has given rise to new forms of religious competition, and how religious groups strengthen themselves through the development of social resilience, as well as contribute to resilient societies. Throughout the book, case studies from around the world are used to examine how religious competition and conflict intersect with space. The case studies include topical issues such as competing claims to the Temple Mount/Haram el-Sharif in Jerusalem, opposition to the "Ground Zero mosque" in New York City, and the regulation of religious conversion in India and Sri Lanka. By helping readers develop new perspectives on how religion works in and through space, Religion and Space: Competition, Conflict and Violence in the Contemporary World is an innovative contribution to the study of religion. -- Provided by publisher.
Baker Berry BL65.G4 K66 2016

G.I. Messiahs : soldiering, war, and American civil religion
Ebel, Jonathan H., 1970- author
New Haven ; Yale University Press, [2015]
Introduction -- Incarnating American civil religion -- Symbols known, soldiers unknown -- In honored glory, known but to God -- Saint Francis the Fallen -- The Vietnam War as a christological crisis -- Safety, soldier, scapegoat, savior -- Conclusion : of flesh, words, and wars.

"This book is about the religious dynamics of soldiering for America from the Great War, which I mark as the emergence of the United States as a global power, to the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, which future historians will certainly describe as national crises, perhaps even as engines of American decline. Hundreds of histories have been written of the wars waged in the so-called American century and of exercises of American might--both violent and not--that have, in one way or another, fallen short of war."--
Baker Berry BL2525 .E245 2015

Tibetan Shamanism : ecstasy and healing
Peters, Larry, author
Berkeley, California : North Atlantic Books, 2016
Tradition, practice, and trance -- Soul in contemporary shamanism -- Shaman as psychopomp -- The Tibetan healing rituals of Dorje Yødronma -- The Yeti: spirit of Himalayan forest Shamans -- The Ghe-Wa (Tibetan death rite) for Pau Karma Wangchuk Namgyal: the foundation's first living treasure.
Baker Berry BL2370.S5 P48 2016

A place at the altar : priestesses in Republican Rome
DiLuzio, Meghan J., 1981- author
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016]
Baker Berry BL815.W66 D55 2016

The Bent world : essays on religion and culture
edited by John R. May
Chico, Calif. : Scholars Press, ©1981
Reason's deadly dreams / Richard L. Rubenstein -- A Christian response to technological society / Martin C. Kastelic -- Human self-creation and self-depreciation / George Muschalek -- Tillich's principle of correlation / Robert Kress -- Freud and St. Paul / James J. Forsyth -- A castle for these times: The interior castle / Keith J. Egan -- Heroic sanctity and contemporary culture / Lawrence S. Cunningham -- Criticial ritual studies / Mary Collins -- The liminal space of ritual and art / Marchita B. Mauck -- The artist and images of incarnation / Eugene M. Geinzer -- Quest for self/quest for God / Mary Jo Weaver -- Ignazio Silone's politics of charity / Wayne Lobus -- Theology and thanatology / Peter H. Beisheim.
Baker Berry BL65.C8 B46

Ireland's immortals : a history of the gods of Irish myth
Williams, M. A. 1980- author
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2016]
Hidden beginnings: from cult to conversion -- Earthly gods: pagan deities, Christian meanings -- Divine culture: exemplary gods and the mythological cycle -- New mythologies: pseudohistory and the lore of poets -- Vulnerability and grace: the Finn cycle -- Damaged gods: the late Middle Ages -- The imagination of the country: towards a national Pantheon -- Danaan mysteries: occult nationalism and the divine forms -- Highland divinities: the Celtic revival in Scotland -- Coherence and canon: the fairy faith and the east -- Gods of the gap: a world mythology -- Artgods.

Ireland's Immortals tells the story of one of the world's great mythologies. The first account of the gods of Irish myth to take in the whole sweep of Irish literature in both the nation's languages, the book describes how Ireland's pagan divinities were transformed into literary characters in the medieval Christian era--and how they were recast again during the Celtic Revival of the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A lively narrative of supernatural beings and their fascinating and sometimes bizarre stories, Mark Williams's comprehensive history traces how these gods - known as the Tuatha De Danann - have shifted shape across the centuries, from Iron Age cult to medieval saga to today's young-adult fiction. We meet the heroic Lug; the Morrigan, crow goddess of battle; the fire goddess Brigit, who moonlights as a Christian saint; the mist-cloaked sea god Manannan mac Lir; and the ageless fairies who inspired J.R.R. Tolkien's immortal elves. Medieval clerics speculated that the Irish divinities might be devils, angels, or enchanters. W. B. Yeats invoked them to reimagine the national condition, while his friend George Russell beheld them in visions and understood them to be local versions of Hindu deities. The book also tells how the Scots repackaged Ireland's divine beings as the gods of the Gael on both sides of the sea--and how Irish mythology continues to influence popular culture far beyond Ireland.
Baker Berry BL980.I7 W54 2016

The Bhagavad Gita : a biography
Davis, Richard H., 1951-
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2015]
The Bhagavad Gita in the time of its composition -- Krishna and his Gita in medieval India -- Passages from India -- Krishna, the Gita, and the Indian nation -- Modern gitas : translations -- The Gita in our time : performances -- The Bhagavad Gita in great time -- Glossary of Sanskrit terms -- Select English translations of the Bhagavad Gita.

"The Bhagavad Gita, perhaps the most famous of all Indian scriptures, is universally regarded as one of the world's spiritual and literary masterpieces. Richard Davis tells the story of this venerable and enduring book, from its origins in ancient India to its reception today as a spiritual classic that has been translated into more than seventy-five languages. The Gita opens on the eve of a mighty battle, when the warrior Arjuna is overwhelmed by despair and refuses to fight. He turns to his charioteer, Krishna, who counsels him on why he must. In the dialogue that follows, Arjuna comes to realize that the true battle is for his own soul. Davis highlights the place of this legendary dialogue in classical Indian culture, and then examines how it has lived on in diverse settings and contexts. He looks at the medieval devotional traditions surrounding the divine character of Krishna and traces how the Gita traveled from India to the West, where it found admirers in such figures as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Aldous Huxley. Davis explores how Indian nationalists like Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda used the Gita in their fight against colonial rule, and how contemporary interpreters reanimate and perform this classical work for audiences today. An essential biography of a timeless masterpiece, this book is an ideal introduction to the Gita and its insights into the struggle for self-mastery that we all must wage."--Jacket.
Baker Berry BL1138.66 .D38 2015

The Grańth of Guru Gobind Singh : essays, lectures, and translations
Singh, K. author
New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2015
Baker Berry BL2017.456 .S56 2015

Roots of wisdom, branches of devotion : plant life in South Asian traditions
edited by Fabrizio M. Ferrari and Thomas W.P. Dähnhardt
Sheffield, South Yorkshire ; Equinox Publishing Ltd, 2016
Baker Berry BL1055 .R66 2016

God and the green divide : religious environmentalism in black and white
Baugh, Amanda J., 1981- author
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
People, not polar bears: Faith in Place's first ten years -- Religious environmentalism in the city -- Paths leading to faith in place -- Food and environment at an African American church -- Finding racial diversity with religious pluralism -- Faith in Place's religious message -- From grassroots to mainstream.

"American environmentalism historically has been associated with the interests of white elites. Yet religious leaders in the twenty-first century have helped instill concern about the earth among groups diverse in religion, race, ethnicity, and class. How did that happen and what are the implications? Building on scholarship that provides theological and ethical resources to support the 'greening' of religion, God and the Green Divide examines religious environmentalism as it actually happens in the daily lives of urban Americans. Baugh demonstrates how complex dynamics related to race, ethnicity, and class factor into decisions to 'go green.' By carefully examining negotiations of racial and ethnic identities as central to the history of religious environmentalism, this work complicates assumptions that religious environmentalism is a direct expression of theology, ethics, or religious beliefs"--Provided by publisher.
Baker Berry BL65.E36 B37 2017

Beginning the Mahābhārata : a reader's guide to the frame stories
Earl, James Whitby
Woodland Hills, CA : South Asian Studies Association, ©2011
This is a reader's guide to the prefatory materials, or preamble, which come before the main story begins, which include two interlocking frame stories. At 5,000 lines, it is a fraction of the whole poem, and this guide/explication to it ends at the beginning of the main narrative.
Baker Berry BL1138.26 .E37 2011

Reviving Roman religion : sacred trees in the Roman world
Hunt, Ailsa, author
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Rooting in: why give time to sacred trees? -- A brief history of tree-thinking: the enduring power of animism -- How arboreal matter matters: rethinking sacrality through trees -- Arboriculture and arboreal deaths: rethinking sacrality again -- Confronting arboreal agency: reading the divine in arboreal behaviour -- Imagining the gods: how trees flesh out the identity of the divine -- Branching out: what sacred trees mean for Roman religion.

Sacred trees are easy to dismiss as a simplistic, weird phenomenon, but this book argues that in fact they prompted sophisticated theological thinking in the Roman world. Challenging major aspects of current scholarly constructions of Roman religion, Ailsa Hunt rethinks what sacrality means in Roman culture, proposing an organic model which defies the current legalistic approach. She approaches Roman religion as a 'thinking' religion (in contrast to the engrained idea of Roman religion as orthopraxy) and warns against writing the environment out of our understanding of Roman religion, as has happened to date. Moreover, the individual trees showcased in this book have much to tell us which enriches and thickens our portraits of Roman religion, be it the subtleties of engaging in imperial cult, the meaning of numen, the interpretation of portents, or the way statues of the Divine communicate.
Baker Berry BL805 .H86 2016

Mahabharata
Slavitt, David R., 1935- author
Evanston, Illinois : Northwestern University Press, [2015]
Within its 200,000 verse lines in Sanskrit the Mahabharata takes on many roles: epic poem, foundational text of Hinduism, and, more broadly, the engaging story of a dynastic struggle and the passing of an age when man and gods intermingled. David R. Slavitt's sparkling new edition condenses the epic for the general reader. At its core, the Mahabharata is the story of the rivalry between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, two related noble families who are struggling for control of a kingdom in ancient northern India. Slavitt's readable, plot-driven, single-volume account describes an arc from the conception and birth of Bhishma to that hero's death, while also introducing the four goals of life at the center of Hinduism: dharma (righteousness, morality, duty), artha (purpose), kāma (pleasure), and moksa (spiritual liberation). The Mahabharata is engaging, thrilling, funny, charming, and finally awesome, with a range in timbre from the impish naivete of fairy tales to the solemnity of our greatest epics, and this single-volume edition is the best introduction available.
Baker Berry BL1138.25 .S59 2015

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