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Apocalypticism in U.S. History  

Matthew Avery Sutton

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Aug 2016
Apocalypticism has had a powerful impact on American life. It has fostered among adherents a strong sense of purpose and personal identity, it has helped them interpret the challenges they ... More

Baptism in Martin Luther’s Theology  

Kirsi Stjerna

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Mar 2017
Baptism opens a window to the heart of Martin Luther’s 16th-century theology. It offers a perspective for how Luther understands the impact of grace and its channels, as well as the nature ... More

The Book of Isaiah  

J. Blake Couey

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Aug 2016
The book of Isaiah is a compilation of prophetic poetry and narratives, named for an 8th-century bce Judahite prophet. As depicted in chapters 1–39, Isaiah declared that Yhwh intended to ... More

Byzantine Christian Worship  

Peter Galadza

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May 2016
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Christianity
Eastern Orthodox and Catholics of the Byzantine Rite practice a liturgical tradition historically synthesized and disseminated via the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Various traditions of ... More

Certainty and Security in Martin Luther’s Theology  

Susan E. Schreiner

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Mar 2017
Crucial for Luther’s theology and his own experience was the question of whether one’s salvation was certain. And the security of the truth which underlay doctrine was complexly related to ... More

Christian Fundamentalism in America  

Margaret Bendroth

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Feb 2017
Fundamentalism has a very specific meaning in the history of American Christianity, as the name taken by a coalition of mostly white, mostly northern Protestants who, in the late 19th and ... More

Christian Initiation  

Maxwell Johnson

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Mar 2015
“Christian initiation” refers to the ritual process employed by various churches in forming new Christian converts through catechesis (instruction) during the “catechumenate” to baptism, ... More

Christian Marriage and Funeral Services as Rites of Passage  

Ruth A. Meyers

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May 2016
Weddings and funerals mark major transitions in human life. In these rites of passage, which effect a transformation from one status to another, an individual is separated from one state ... More

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
Subject:
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

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