Heaven and Humans Are One: The Witness of the Chinese Catholic Ministry in a Global Context

When religious and political leaders debate the question of establishing diplomatic relations between the Vatican and China, they frequently misunderstand that religious relation inevitably intertwines with politics. For instance, the Vatican has to terminate any diplomatic relation with Taiwan if reconciliation is to be considered between the Vatican and the Chinese Catholic Church (CCC). Reli

Christians, Free Expression, and the Common Good: Getting Beyond the Censorship Impulse

This book argues that in Western democracies, Christians of all theological and political backgrounds ought to be ardent advocates of advancing, not curbing, freedom of speech. They ought to do so both within their own ranks and in the increasingly secular societies in which they live. This study presents the concept of free expression, and its opposite of censorship, as a tool for the Western

Isaak Von Ninive Und Seine 'Kephalaia Gnostika': Die Pneumatologie Und Ihr Kontext

In Isaak von Ninive und seine Kephalaia Gnostika Nestor Kavvadas attempts a reconstruction of the historical context and the underlying systematic structure of Isaac of Ninevehs (7th century AD) teaching on the working of the Holy Spirit. In Isaak von Ninive und seine Kephalaia Gnostika versucht Nestor Kavvadas eine Rekonstruktion des historischen Kontexts und der zugrundeliegenden systematisch

Called to Be Saints: An Invitation to Christian Maturity

2015 Christianity Today Award of Merit (Spirituality) 2014 Best Book of SpiritualityAcademic, from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore Evangelicals are known for their emphasis on conversion. But what about life after conversion and beyond justification? Desperately needed is a comprehensive theology of the Christian life from beginning to end, along with the means of formation and transfo

Through a Catholic Lens: Religious Perspectives of 19 Film Directors from Around the World (Communication, Culture, and Religion)

Movies are often examined for subtext and dramatizations of social and psychological issues as well as current movements. Studies of well-known Catholic directors, such as Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford, have made the search for Catholic themes a reputable field of examination. Through a Catholic Lens continues the search for these themes and examines the Catholic undercurrents by studying nine

A Jewish Targum in a Christian World (Jewish and Christian Perspectives)

What is the use of a Targum in a cultural setting where Aramaic is not a common language anymore? And why would Christians be interested in a typically Jewish text in an otherwise anti-Jewish milieu? These and related questions have served as guides for Alberdina Houtman, Eveline van Staalduine-Sulman and Hans-Martin Kirn in bringing together the articles for the present book, which consists of

One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

Were often told that the United States is, was, and always has been a Christian nation. But in One Nation Under God, historian Kevin M. Kruse reveals that the idea of Christian America is an inventionand a relatively recent one at that.

As Kruse argues, the belief that America is fundamentally and formally a Christian nation originated in the 1930s when businessmen enlisted religious

The Good and Evil Serpent: How a Universal Symbol Became Christianized

In a perplexing passage from the Gospel of John, Jesus is likened to the most reviled creature in Christian symbology: the snake. Attempting to understand how the Fourth Evangelist could have made such a surprising analogy, James H. Charlesworth has spent nearly a decade combing through the vast array of references to serpents in the ancient worldfrom the Bible and other religious texts to anci