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Christian Spirituality and Social Transformation  

Philip Sheldrake

The word “spirituality” has become increasingly common. What does it mean? It is not limited to spiritual practices, such as meditation, but suggests the pursuit of a life shaped by a ... More

Christian Worship and Gender Practices  

Teresa Berger

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Mar 2015
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Christianity
The foundational materiality in Christian worship is the bodily presence of worshippers. Gender differences—and the manifold ways in which they are embodied and performed in different ... More

The Cold War and American Religion  

Dianne Kirby

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May 2017
American propaganda cast the Cold War as one of history’s great religious wars, between the godless and the God-fearing, between good and evil. It was a simplistic depiction that was ... More

The Common Core Thesis in the Study of Mysticism  

Ralph W. Hood Jr.

The common core thesis contends that mystical experience is an ultimate non-sensuous experience of unity of all things. It can be identified within major faith traditions, whether ... More

The Comparative Study of Mysticism  

Michael Stoeber

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Sep 2015
The comparative study of mysticism began in the mid-19th century, with the development of the modern meaning of the word, which had begun to be used as a substantive, with the ... More

Contemporary Pagan, Wiccan, and Native Faith Movements  

Chas S. Clifton

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Jun 2016
Paganism is based largely in an Enlightenment-era rejection of Christianity and Romantic-era ideas of the individual experience, emotion, and creativity, combined with a search for true ... More

Cosmic War  

Mark Juergensmeyer

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May 2016
A “cosmic war” is an imagined battle between metaphysical forces—good and evil, right and wrong, order and chaos—that lies behind many cases of religion-related violence in the ... More

The Cosmological Vision of Martin Luther  

Mickey L. Mattox

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Mar 2017
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Christianity
Martin Luther was not an original contributor to the study of cosmology, and if one were to judge only by his explicit remarks on the matter, it would seem to have been of little interest ... More

Creation and Contingency  

Dirk Evers

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Jan 2017
Contingency is a term that occurs in philosophical discourse as well as in theology in a number of contexts and with a number of meanings. In its modern sense the English term contingency ... More

The Cross and the Theologia Crucis  

Robert C. Saler

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Aug 2016
While the term theologia crucis itself is most prominent in Luther’s early works, the later texts bear up the scholarly contention that the fundamental contrast between “cross” and ... More

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