Reimagining the Sacred

Reimagining the Sacred
Author: Richard Kearney,Jens Zimmermann
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2015-12-15
ISBN 10: 0231540884
ISBN 13: 9780231540889
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reimagining the Sacred Book Review:

Contemporary conversations about religion and culture are framed by two reductive definitions of secularity. In one, multiple faiths and nonfaiths coexist free from a dominant belief in God. In the other, we deny the sacred altogether and exclude religion from rational thought and behavior. But is there a third way for those who wish to rediscover the sacred in a skeptical society? What kind of faith, if any, can be proclaimed after the ravages of the Holocaust and the many religion-based terrors since? Richard Kearney explores these questions with a host of philosophers known for their inclusive, forward-thinking work on the intersection of secularism, politics, and religion. An interreligious dialogue that refuses to paper over religious difference, these conversations locate the sacred within secular society and affirm a positive role for religion in human reflection and action. Drawing on his own philosophical formulations, literary analysis, and personal interreligious experiences, Kearney develops through these engagements a basic gesture of hospitality for approaching the question of God. His work facilitates a fresh encounter with our best-known voices in continental philosophy and their views on issues of importance to all spiritually minded individuals and skeptics: how to reconcile God's goodness with human evil, how to believe in both God and natural science, how to talk about God without indulging in fundamentalist rhetoric, and how to balance God's sovereignty with God's love.

Comics and Sacred Texts

Comics and Sacred Texts
Author: Assaf Gamzou,Ken Koltun-Fromm
Publsiher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2018-11-15
ISBN 10: 1496819225
ISBN 13: 9781496819222
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Comics and Sacred Texts Book Review:

Contributions by Ofra Amihay, Madeline Backus, Samantha Baskind, Elizabeth Rae Coody, Scott S. Elliott, Assaf Gamzou, Susan Handelman, Leah Hochman, Leonard V. Kaplan, Ken Koltun-Fromm, Shiamin Kwa, Samantha Langsdale, A. David Lewis, Karline McLain, Ranen Omer-Sherman, Joshua Plencner, and Jeffrey L. Richey Comics and Sacred Texts explores how comics and notions of the sacred interweave new modes of seeing and understanding the sacral. Comics and graphic narratives help readers see religion in the everyday and in depictions of God, in transfigured, heroic selves as much as in the lives of saints and the meters of holy languages. Coeditors Assaf Gamzou and Ken Koltun-Fromm reveal the graphic character of sacred narratives, imagining new vistas for both comics and religious texts. In both visual and linguistic forms, graphic narratives reveal representational strategies to encounter the sacred in all its ambivalence. Through close readings and critical inquiry, these essays contemplate the intersections between religion and comics in ways that critically expand our ability to think about religious landscapes, rhetorical practices, pictorial representation, and the everyday experiences of the uncanny. Organized into four sections--Seeing the Sacred in Comics; Reimagining Sacred Texts through Comics; Transfigured Comic Selves, Monsters, and the Body; and The Everyday Sacred in Comics--the essays explore comics and graphic novels ranging from Craig Thompson's Habibi and Marvel's X-Men and Captain America to graphic adaptions of religious texts such as 1 Samuel and the Gospel of Mark. Sacred Texts and Comics shows how claims to the sacred are nourished and concealed in comic narratives. Covering many religions, not only Christianity and Judaism, this rare volume contests the profane/sacred divide and establishes the import of comics and graphic narratives in disclosing the presence of the sacred in everyday human experience.

Playful Wisdom

Playful Wisdom
Author: Robert Leigh Davis
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2020-10
ISBN 10: 1793626294
ISBN 13: 9781793626295
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Playful Wisdom Book Review:

"This book examines play and religion in American literature, exploring a unique kind of modern piety that arises not based on fixed doctrines or ecclesiastical structures, but on a light-handed responsiveness of spirit that constantly adapts to new perspectives and revises fixed assumptions in the light of new experiences"--


Author: Richard Kearney
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2011-03-04
ISBN 10: 0231147899
ISBN 13: 9780231147897
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Anatheism Book Review:

Has the death of God paved the way for a new kind of religious project, a more responsible way to seek, sound, and love the things we call divine? This book explores this question and argues how by accepting that we know nothing about God, we can rediscover an absent holiness in our lives and reclaim an everyday divinity.

Water Rites

Water Rites
Author: Jim Ellis
Publsiher: Longleaf Press
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2018-05-17
ISBN 10: 9781552389973
ISBN 13: 1552389979
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Water Rites Book Review:

What are the challenges we face around water in Western Canada? What are our rights to water? Does water itself have rights? Water Rites: Reimagining Water in the West documents the many ways that water flows through our lives, connecting the humans, animals and plants that all depend on this precious and endangered resource. Essays from scholars, activists, environmentalists, and human rights advocates illuminate the diverse issues surrounding water in Alberta, including the right to access clean drinking water, the competing demands of the resource development industry and Indigenous communities, and the dwindling supply of fresh water in the face of human-caused climate change. Statements from community organizations detail the challenges facing watersheds, and the actions being taken to mitigate these problems. With a special focus on Environmental and Indigenous issues, Water Rites explores how deeply water is tied to human life. These essays are complemented by full-colour portfolios of work by contemporary painters, photographers, and installation artists who explore our relation to water. Reproductions of historical paintings, engravings and film stills demonstrate how water has shaped our country's cultural imaginary from its beginnings, proving that water is a vital resource for our lives and our imaginations.

Food Utopias

Food Utopias
Author: Paul V. Stock,Michael Carolan,Christopher Rosin
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 238
Release: 2015-01-09
ISBN 10: 1317657721
ISBN 13: 9781317657729
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Food Utopias Book Review:

Food is a contentious and emotive issue, subject to critiques from multiple perspectives. Alternative food movements – including the different articulations of local, food miles, seasonality, food justice, food knowledge and food sovereignty – consistently invoke themes around autonomy, sufficiency, cooperation, mutual aid, freedom, and responsibility. In this stimulating and provocative book the authors link these issues to utopias and intentional communities. Using a food utopias framework presented in the introduction, they examine food stories in three interrelated and complementary ways: utopias as critique of existing systems; utopias as engagement with experimentation of the novel, the forgotten, and the hopeful in the future of the food system; and utopias as process that recognizes the time and difficulty inherent in changing the status quo. The chapters address theoretical aspects of food utopias and also present case studies from a range of contexts and regions, including Argentina, Italy, Switzerland and USA. These focus on key issues in contemporary food studies including equity, locality, the sacred, citizenship, community and food sovereignty. Food utopias offers ways forward to imagine a creative and convivial food system.

Reimagining Church

Reimagining Church
Author: Frank Viola
Publsiher: David C Cook
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2012-12-10
ISBN 10: 1434766535
ISBN 13: 9781434766533
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reimagining Church Book Review:

Author Frank Viola gives readers language for all they knew was missing in their modern church experience. He believes that many of today's congregations have shifted from God's original intent for the church. As a prominent leader of the house church movement, Frank is at the forefront of a revolution sweeping through the body of Christ. A change that is challenging the spiritual status quo and redefining the very nature of church. A movement inspired by the divine design for authenticity community. A fresh concept rooted in ancient history and in God Himself. Join Frank as he shares God's original intent for the church, where the body of Christ is an organic, living, breathing organism. A church that is free of convention, formed by spiritual intimacy, and unbound by four walls.

After Pluralism

After Pluralism
Author: Courtney Bender,Pamela E. Klassen
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2010-11-02
ISBN 10: 0231527268
ISBN 13: 9780231527262
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

After Pluralism Book Review:

The contributors to this volume treat pluralism as a concept that is historically and ideologically produced or, put another way, as a doctrine that is embedded within a range of political, civic, and cultural institutions. Their critique considers how religious difference is framed as a problem that only pluralism can solve. Working comparatively across nations and disciplines, the essays in After Pluralism explore pluralism as a "term of art" that sets the norms of identity and the parameters of exchange, encounter, and conflict. Contributors locate pluralism's ideals in diverse sites Broadway plays, Polish Holocaust memorials, Egyptian dream interpretations, German jails, and legal theories and demonstrate its shaping of political and social interaction in surprising and powerful ways. Throughout, they question assumptions underlying pluralism's discourse and its influence on the legal decisions that shape modern religious practice. Contributors do more than deconstruct this theory; they tackle what comes next. Having established the genealogy and effects of pluralism, they generate new questions for engaging the collective worlds and multiple registers in which religion operates.

Reimagining Death

Reimagining Death
Author: Lucinda Herring
Publsiher: North Atlantic Books
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2019-01-08
ISBN 10: 1623172934
ISBN 13: 9781623172930
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reimagining Death Book Review:

Honor your loved ones and the earth by choosing practical, spiritual, and eco-friendly after-death care Natural, legal, and innovative after-death care options are transforming the paradigm of the existing funeral industry, helping families and communities recover their instinctive capacity to care for a loved one after death and do so in creative and healing ways. Reimagining Death offers stories and guidance for home funeral vigils, advance after-death care directives, green burials, and conscious dying. When we bring art and beauty, meaningful ritual, and joy to ease our loss and sorrow, we are greening the gateway of death and returning home to ourselves, to the wisdom of our bodies, and to the earth.

Kabbalistic Revolution

Kabbalistic Revolution
Author: Hartley Lachter
Publsiher: Rutgers University Press
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2014-11-01
ISBN 10: 0813568765
ISBN 13: 9780813568768
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Kabbalistic Revolution Book Review:

The set of Jewish mystical teachings known as Kabbalah are often imagined as timeless texts, teachings that have been passed down through the millennia. Yet, as this groundbreaking new study shows, Kabbalah flourished in a specific time and place, emerging in response to the social prejudices that Jews faced. Hartley Lachter, a scholar of religion studies, transports us to medieval Spain, a place where anti-Semitic propaganda was on the rise and Jewish political power was on the wane. Kabbalistic Revolution proposes that, given this context, Kabbalah must be understood as a radically empowering political discourse. While the era’s Christian preachers claimed that Jews were blind to the true meaning of scripture and had been abandoned by God, the Kabbalists countered with a doctrine that granted Jews a uniquely privileged relationship with God. Lachter demonstrates how Kabbalah envisioned this increasingly marginalized group at the center of the universe, their mystical practices serving to maintain the harmony of the divine world. For students of Jewish mysticism, Kabbalistic Revolution provides a new approach to the development of medieval Kabbalah. Yet the book’s central questions should appeal to anyone with an interest in the relationships between religious discourses, political struggles, and ethnic pride.

If This Is Your Land Where Are Your Stories

If This Is Your Land  Where Are Your Stories
Author: J. Edward Chamberlin
Publsiher: Vintage Canada
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2010-05-28
ISBN 10: 0307368696
ISBN 13: 9780307368690
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

If This Is Your Land Where Are Your Stories Book Review:

“We need to understand our stories because our lives depend upon it.” -- Ted Chamberlin The stories we tell each other reflect and shape our deepest feelings. Stories help us live our lives -- and are at the heart of our current conflicts. We love and hate because of them; we make homes for ourselves and drive others out on the basis of ancient tales. As Ted Chamberlin vividly reveals, we are both connected by them and separated by their different truths. Whether Jew or Arab, black or white, Muslim or Christian, Catholic or Protestant, man or woman, our stories hold us in thrall and hold others at bay. Like the work of Joseph Campbell and Bruce Chatwin, this vital, engrossing book offers a new way to understand the hold that stories and songs have on us, and a new sense of the urgency of doing so. Drawing on his own experience in many fields -- as scholar and storyteller, witness among native peoples and across cultures -- Ted Chamberlin takes us on a journey through the tales of different peoples, from North America to Africa and Jamaica. Beautifully written, with insight and deep understanding, If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories? examines why it is now more important than ever to attend to what others are saying in their stories and myths -- and what we are saying about ourselves. Only then will we understand why they have such power over us.

Reimagining the Ignatian Examen

Reimagining the Ignatian Examen
Author: Mark E. Thibodeaux
Publsiher: Loyola Press
Total Pages: 120
Release: 2014-12-15
ISBN 10: 0829442456
ISBN 13: 9780829442458
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reimagining the Ignatian Examen Book Review:

Following the example of St. Ignatius, we believe that praying the Examen will lead to a better life. The 500-year-old daily practice of honest self-assessment and reflection is a founding principle of Ignatian spirituality. What we don’t know is if St. Ignatius ever felt like changing it up a bit. Jesuit speaker and author Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, is confident that St. Ignatius wouldn’t mind a little flexibility in his prayer. Join Thibodeaux as he guides you through new and unique versions of the Examen, totally flexible and adaptable to your life. In ten minutes, you can tailor your daily prayer practice to fit your personal and situational needs, further enhancing and deepening your meditation. Reimagining the Ignatian Examen—the only book of its kind—will lead you through a fresh and stimulating reflection on your past day, your present state of being, and your spiritual desires and needs for tomorrow.

Shiva s Waterfront Temples

Shiva s Waterfront Temples
Author: Subhashini Kaligotla
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2015
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: OCLC:1004780131
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shiva s Waterfront Temples Book Review:

As a result, I am able to present hitherto unexamined aspects of the cluster’s spatial arrangement: the interrelationships between structures and the ways those relationships influence ritual and processional movements, as well as the symbolic, locative, and organizing role played by water bodies. The project therefore reimagines the Deccan’s sacred centers not as conglomerations of disjointed monuments but as integrated environments in which built structures interact with, and engage, natural elements, and vice versa.

Witness I Am

Witness  I Am
Author: Gregory Scofield
Publsiher: Harbour Publishing
Total Pages: 96
Release: 2016-10-01
ISBN 10: 0889711186
ISBN 13: 9780889711181
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Witness I Am Book Review:

Witness, I Am is divided into three gripping sections of new poetry from one of Canada’s most recognized poets. The first part of the book, “Dangerous Sound,” contains contemporary themed poems about identity and belonging, undone and rendered into modern sound poetry. “Muskrat Woman,” the middle part of the book, is a breathtaking epic poem that considers the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women through the reimagining and retelling of a sacred Cree creation story. The final section of the book, “Ghost Dance,” raids the autobiographical so often found in Scofield’s poetry, weaving the personal and universal into a tapestry of sharp poetic luminosity. From “Killer,” Scofield eerily slices the dreadful in with the exquisite: “I could, this day of proficient blooms, / take your fingers, / tie them down one by one. This one for the runaway, / this one for the joker, / this one for the sass-talker, / this one for the judge, / this one for the jury. / Oh, I could kill you.”


Author: Skye Jethani
Publsiher: Thomas Nelson
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2014-01-28
ISBN 10: 1595554629
ISBN 13: 9781595554628
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Futureville Book Review:

Want to see the future? It is brighter than you think. What we believe about tomorrow determines how we live today. As Christians debate how to faithfully engage with our rapidly changing world, our vision of the future has never been more important. But rather than providing a clear sense of purpose for our lives, popular Christian ideas about the future steal it from us by saying our work in the world, apart from ministry, has no eternal value. Is it any wonder why young adults are less interested in church, or why a culture desperate for meaning and hope dismisses our message? In Futureville, Skye Jethani offers us a vision-shifting glimpse of the world of tomorrow described in Scripture. He reveals how a biblical vision of the future can transform every person’s work with a sense of purpose and dignity today. Futureville is a smart, inspiring call to cultivate the order, beauty, and abundance that reflects the heart and vision of God for our world.

Humanism and Religion

Humanism and Religion
Author: Jens Zimmermann
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 379
Release: 2012-01-26
ISBN 10: 0199697752
ISBN 13: 9780199697755
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Humanism and Religion Book Review:

Jens Zimmermann suggests that the West can rearticulate its identity and renew its cultural purpose by recovering the humanistic ethos that originally shaped Western culture. He traces the religious roots of humanism, and combines humanism, religion and hermeneutic philosophy to re-imagine humanism for our current cultural and intellectual climate.

Is There a Text in this Cave Studies in the Textuality of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Honour of George J Brooke

Is There a Text in this Cave  Studies in the Textuality of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Honour of George J  Brooke
Author: Ariel Feldman,Maria Cioată,Charlotte Hempel
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 600
Release: 2017-05-15
ISBN 10: 9004344535
ISBN 13: 9789004344532
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Is There a Text in this Cave Studies in the Textuality of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Honour of George J Brooke Book Review:

This volume explores the question of textuality in the Dead Sea Scrolls from a wide range of perspectives, including material aspects, performance, and the extent to which any of the texts relate (to) social realities in the Second Temple period.

The Comic Torah

The Comic Torah
Author: Sharon Rosenzweig,Aaron Freeman
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 106
Release: 2010
ISBN 10: 9781934730546
ISBN 13: 1934730548
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Comic Torah Book Review:

A hilarious, gorgeous, off-beat graphic version of the Bible's first five books! In the Comic Torah, stand-up comic Aaron Freeman and artist Sharon Rosenzweig reimagine the Torah with provocative humor and irreverent reverence.Prepare to meet God (referred to by the ineffable Hebrew name YHWH) imagined as a female with green skin, a love of grilling (see Leviticus for menus) and a bloody awful temper. Moses plays her romantic lead, part of a multi-ethnic cast of characters featuring celebrities such as Barack Obama playing Joshua ( Yes, we Canaan! ). Each weekly portion gets a two-page spread. Like the original, the Comic Torah is not always suitable for children. This is a Torah experience like no other.

Making Space for the Dead

Making Space for the Dead
Author: Erin-Marie Legacey
Publsiher: Cornell University Press
Total Pages: 228
Release: 2019-04-15
ISBN 10: 1501715615
ISBN 13: 9781501715617
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Making Space for the Dead Book Review:

The dead of Paris, before the French Revolution, were most often consigned to mass graveyards that contemporaries described as terrible and terrifying, emitting "putrid miasmas" that were a threat to both health and dignity. In a book that is at once wonderfully macabre and exceptionally informative, Erin-Marie Legacey explores how a new burial culture emerged in Paris as a result of both revolutionary fervor and public health concerns, resulting in the construction of park-like cemeteries on the outskirts of the city and a vast underground ossuary. Making Space for the Dead describes how revolutionaries placed the dead at the center of their republican project of radical reinvention of French society and envisioned a future where graveyards would do more than safely contain human remains; they would serve to educate and inspire the living. Legacey unearths the unexpectedly lively process by which burial sites were reimagined, built, and used, focusing on three of the most important of these new spaces: the Paris Catacombs, Père Lachaise cemetery, and the short-lived Museum of French Monuments. By situating discussions of death and memory in the nation's broader cultural and political context, as well as highlighting how ordinary Parisians understood and experienced these sites, she shows how the treatment of the dead became central to the reconstruction of Parisian society after the Revolution.

The Right Relationship

The Right Relationship
Author: John Borrows,Michael Coyle
Publsiher: University of Toronto Press
Total Pages: 428
Release: 2017
ISBN 10: 1442630213
ISBN 13: 9781442630215
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Right Relationship Book Review:

In The Right Relationship, John Borrows and Michael Coyle bring together a group of renowned scholars, both indigenous and non-indigenous, to cast light on the magnitude of the challenges Canadians face in seeking a consensus on the nature of treaty partnership in the twenty-first century.