Sociology Through the Eyes of Faith

Author: David A. Fraser,Anthony Campolo

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062292145

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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Colorfully written by two popular and respected sociologists, this volume shows how sociology has evolved, how it became divided from Christian faith, and how Christian sociologists can make sense of this branch of social science.

Hidden Threads

A Christian Critique of Sociological Theory

Author: Russell Heddendorf,Matthew Vos

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0761849017

Category: Religion

Page: 242

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Heddendorf finds in sociological theories some 'hidden threads' - Christian principles woven into the fabric of society. This book is an examination and Christian critique of sociological theory, demonstrating appreciation for the richness of social life and holding in tension those theories that attempt to explain it.

Understanding Japan Through the Eyes of Christian Faith Third Edition

Author: Lee Samuel

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9490179019

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Page: 184

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Lee skillfully examines various facets of the Japanese society and culture looking for answers of why Christianity is not widely accepted and practiced in Japan. He comes up with strategies and suggestions of how Christianity should approach Japan and suggests that Christianity should be reintroduced there.

Divided by Faith

Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America

Author: Michael O. Emerson,Christian Smith

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195147070

Category: Religion

Page: 212

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Based on a telephone survey of 2,000 people and 200 interviews, the authors study the grassroots of white evangelical America and learn that evangelicals themselves seem to hang on to the nation's racial divide and at this point in time real racial reconciliation remains unsolved by conservative Christians.

FAITH IN THE FACE OF EMPIRE

THE BIBLE THROUGH PALESTINIAN EYES

Author: RAHEB

Publisher: Orbis Books

ISBN: 1608334333

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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A Palestinian Christian theologian shows how the reality of empire shapes the context of the biblical story, and the ongoing experience of Middle East conflict.

Invitation to the Sociology of Religion

Author: Phil Zuckerman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113594816X

Category: Religion

Page: 168

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This book intends to serve as a conversational, colorful, engaging, and provocative introduction to the sociology of religion for undergraduates. Written in lively prose, this volume aims to introduce students to the major themes, problems and goals of the sociological study of religion while also summoning the sense of wonder and curiosity for the enterprise itself.

Soul Searching

The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers

Author: Christian Smith,Melina Lundquist Denton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199830827

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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In innumerable discussions and activities dedicated to better understanding and helping teenagers, one aspect of teenage life is curiously overlooked. Very few such efforts pay serious attention to the role of religion and spirituality in the lives of American adolescents. But many teenagers are very involved in religion. Surveys reveal that 35% attend religious services weekly and another 15% attend at least monthly. 60% say that religious faith is important in their lives. 40% report that they pray daily. 25% say that they have been "born again." Teenagers feel good about the congregations they belong to. Some say that faith provides them with guidance and resources for knowing how to live well. What is going on in the religious and spiritual lives of American teenagers? What do they actually believe? What religious practices do they engage in? Do they expect to remain loyal to the faith of their parents? Or are they abandoning traditional religious institutions in search of a new, more authentic "spirituality"? This book attempts to answer these and related questions as definitively as possible. It reports the findings of The National Study of Youth and Religion, the largest and most detailed such study ever undertaken. The NYSR conducted a nationwide telephone survey of teens and significant caregivers, as well as nearly 300 in-depth face-to-face interviews with a sample of the population that was surveyed. The results show that religion and spirituality are indeed very significant in the lives of many American teenagers. Among many other discoveries, they find that teenagers are far more influenced by the religious beliefs and practices of their parents and caregivers than commonly thought. They refute the conventional wisdom that teens are "spiritual but not religious." And they confirm that greater religiosity is significantly associated with more positive adolescent life outcomes. This eagerly-awaited volume not only provides an unprecedented understanding of adolescent religion and spirituality but, because teenagers serve as bellwethers for possible future trends, it affords an important and distinctive window through which to observe and assess the current state and future direction of American religion as a whole.

Understanding Japan Through the Eyes of Christian Faith (Fifth Edition)

Author: Samuel Lee

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789490179182

Category: Religion

Page: 196

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In Understanding Japan through the Eyes of Christian Faith Samuel Lee skillfully examines various facets of the Japanese society and culture in relation to Christianity. The author elaborates the historical background of Christianity in Japan and describes the socio-cultural condition of the nation. Understanding Japan through the Eyes of Christian Faith is a handbook for missionaries, mission organizations, churches, Christian universities/colleges, seminaries and every Christian who is interested in reaching the Japanese people. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Samuel Lee holds Ph.D. in Intercultural Theology (Free University Amsterdam) and M.A. degree in Sociology of Non Western Societies (Leiden University). His research areas are Japanese culture & society, Christianity in Japan, sociology of religion and contextual theology. He is also the author of The Japanese & Christianity: Why is Christianity Not Widely Believed in Japan? (2014). Lee is president of Foundation University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

History Through the Eyes of Faith

Christian College Coalition Series

Author: Ronald A. Wells

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062292161

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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Integrating faith with introductory Western history, this text provides a Christian perspective on the major epochs, issues, and events of Western Civilization. It details the role of the Greeks and Hebrews, Jesus in history, the Renaissance, and more.

Terror in the Mind of God, Fourth Edition

The Global Rise of Religious Violence

Author: Mark Juergensmeyer

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520291352

Category: Political Science

Page: 408

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"Completely revised and updated, this new edition of Terror in the Mind of God incorporates the events of September 11, 2001 into Mark Juergensmeyer's landmark study of religious terrorism. Juergensmeyer explores the 1993 World Trade Center explosion, Hamas suicide bombings, the Tokyo subway nerve gas attack, and the killing of abortion clinic doctors in the United States. His personal interviews with 1993 World Trade Center bomber Mahmud Abouhalima, Christian Right activist Mike Bray, Hamas leaders Sheik Yassin and Abdul Azis Rantisi, and Sikh political leader Simranjit Singh Mann, among others, take us into the mindset of those who perpetrate and support violence in the name of religion."--Provided by publisher.

God in the Gallery

A Christian Embrace of Modern Art

Author: Daniel A. Siedell

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 0801031842

Category: Art

Page: 191

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An art historian develops a theological, philosophical, and historical framework within which to experience and interpret modern and contemporary art that is in dialogue with the Christian faith.

Under the Banner of Heaven

A Story of Violent Faith

Author: Jon Krakauer

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9781400078998

Category: True Crime

Page: 432

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This extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America’s isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities, where some 40,000 people still practice polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God. At the core of Krakauer’s book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith. Along the way he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.

Faith and Learning on the Edge

A Bold New Look at Religion in Higher Education

Author: David Claerbaut

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780310253174

Category: Education

Page: 319

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Beginning with an autobiographical journey through his disappointing experiences with faith and learning, both in his student and professorial career in Christian colleges, David Claerbaut addresses the issues of faith and learning in higher education.

Jesus Through Pagan Eyes

Bridging Neopagan Perspectives with a Progressive Vision of Christ

Author: Matthew Fox,Mark Townsend,Barbara Erskine

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 073873165X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 408

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For Pagans and Christians alike, Jesus Through Pagan Eyes offers a provocative portrait ofJesus—as a compassionate, life-affirming, nature-inspired spiritual teacher, freed from the limiting ideology of the Church. Rev. Mark Townsend sets the stage by exploring the historical evidence of who Jesus was as a human being before delving into the realm of metaphor and mythology, the notion of Christ, and the Church's conception of Jesus as Christ. The heart of this unique book lies in the thoughtful and deeply moving collection of stories, essays, and interviews about Jesus from today's most respected Pagan, Wiccan, and Druidic leaders. Contributors such as Maxine Sanders, Christopher Penczak, Janet Farrar, Diana Paxson, Philip Carr-Gomm, Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, John Michael Greer, Selena Fox, and Raven Grimassi explore the historical figure of Jesus in relation to Witchcraft, the tarot, goddess worship, and shamanism—while illustrating how this god of the Christian church blesses and inspires those who embrace non-traditional spiritual paths. Whether you envision Jesus as an ascended master, a human teacher, or a mythic god-man, this remarkable book will introduce you to a Jesus who fits fully into the Pagan imagination. Praise: "Townsend uses Jesus to initiate dialogue, and he does so in way that is accepting and inclusive of many understandings and interpretations of Jesus, his purpose, and his relevance (or irrelevance) in the religious practices of contemporary Pagans." —Huffington Post "This work admirably promotes understanding between belief systems that have a sometimes uneasy relationship."—Publishers Weekly

Unexpected News

Reading the Bible with Third World Eyes

Author: Robert McAfee Brown

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664245528

Category: Religion

Page: 166

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Describes the ways that Asian, African, and South American Christians interpret the Bible, especially the story of Jesus' life

Learning for the Love of God

A Student's Guide to Academic Faithfulness

Author: Donald Opitz,Derek Melleby

Publisher: Brazos Press

ISBN: 1441244778

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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Most Christian college students separate their academic life from church attendance, Bible study, and prayer. Too often discipleship of the mind is overlooked if not ignored altogether. In this lively and enlightening book, two authors who are experienced in college youth ministry show students how to be faithful in their studies, approaching education as their vocation. This revised edition of the well-received The Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness includes updates throughout, two new substantive appendixes, personal stories from students, a new preface, and a fresh interior design. Chapters conclude with thought-provoking discussion questions.

Theology in the Context of World Christianity

How the Global Church Is Influencing the Way We Think about and Discuss Theology

Author: Timothy C. Tennent

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310298482

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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It’s no secret that the center of Christianity has shifted from the West to the global South and East. While the truths of the Christian faith are universal, new contexts bring new questions, new understandings, and new expressions. What does this mean for theology? Is the Christian faith not only culturally translatable, but also theologically translatable?Timothy Tennent answers this question with a resounding yes. Theological reflection is alive and well in the majority world church, and these new perspectives need to be heard, considered, and brought into conversation with Western theologians. Global theology can make us aware of our own blind spots and biases. Because of its largely conservative stance, global theology has much to offer toward the revitalization of Western Christianity.Tennent examines traditional theological categories in conversation with theologians from across the globe, making this volume valuable for students, pastors, missionaries, and theologians alike.

Christian Contours

How a Biblical Worldview Shapes the Mind and Heart

Author: Douglas S. Huffman

Publisher: Kregel Academic

ISBN: 0825436737

Category: Religion

Page: 236

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What does it mean to think and live Christianly in a world of competing worldviews? Christian Contours answers this question by inviting readers to consider the understanding of reality proposed by the Bible. Though it is easy to divide life into separate compartments (religious and secular, theological and practical), faith invites us to view all of life in the light of that Biblical understanding. Presenting a clear, compelling case for unity in essential Christian tenets, the authors of Christian Contours guide the reader through developing, internalizing, and articulating a biblical worldview. This robust worldview enables the Christian to be a critically-thinking participant in culture and to be a faithful disciple of Christ with both heart and mind.

Conflict and Community in Corinth

A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians

Author: Ben Witherington

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802801449

Category: Religion

Page: 492

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This commentary applies an exegetical method informed by both sociological insight and rhetorical analysis to the study of I and 2 Corinthians. The study also analyzes the two letters of Paul in terms of Greco-Roman rhetoric and ancient social conditions and customs to shed fresh light on the context and content of the message.

Faith in the New Millennium

The Future of Religion and American Politics

Author: Darren Dochuk

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199372705

Category: Religion and politics

Page: 320

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The Statue of Liberty--depicted on a roadside billboard--did not carry her customary torch and tablet. Instead, she shielded her eyes from words that towered beside her, words that highway drivers could not possibly avoid: "We are no longer a Christian nation." Underneath was the name of the man who spoke them, the nation's president, Barack Obama. He had made the original statement--"Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation, at least not just"--four years earlier. Since then those words had appeared, in one form or another, not just on billboards but in a host of other venues, a visible symbol of America's divide over religion and politics. In Faith in the New Millennium, a group of leading historians explores the shifting role of religion in American politics in the age of Obama, shedding new and fascinating light on the interplay of faith and politics. Each of the sixteen contributors examines a contemporary issue, controversy, or policy through a historical lens. In an age of the 24-hour-news-cycle, where complexity is often buried under bluster, these essays make a powerful case for understanding the stories behind the news. They tackle such topics as immigration reform, racial turmoil, drone wars, foreign policy, and the unstoppable rise of social media. Taken together, they reveal how faith is shaping modern America, and how modern America is shaping faith.