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Missional Map-Making

Guidance for church leaders to develop their own maps and chart new paths toward stronger, more vibrant, and more missional congregations In the burgeoning missional church movement, churches are seeking to become less focused on programs for members and more oriented toward outreach to people who are not already in church. This fundamental shift in what a congregation is and does and thinks is challenging for leaders and congregants...

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Contested Conversions to Islam

This book explores how Ottoman Muslims and Christians understood the phenomenon of conversion to Islam from the 15th to the 17th centuries. The Ottomans ruled over a large non-Muslim population and conversion to Islam was a contentious subject for all communities, especially Muslims themselves. Ottoman Muslim and Christian authors sought to define the boundaries and membership of their communities while promoting their own religious ...

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Theology and Society in the Second and Third Centuries of the Hijra. Volume 1

Theology and Society is the most comprehensive study of Islamic intellectual and religious history, focusing on Muslim theology. With its emphasis on the eighth and ninth centuries CE, it remains the most detailed prosopographical study of the early phase of the formation of Islam. Originally published in German between 1991 and 1995, Theology and Society is a monument of scholarship and a unique scholarly enterprise which has stood ...

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Affect Theory, Shame, and Christian Formation

This book addresses the eclipse of shame in Christian theology by showing how shame emerges in Christian texts and practice in ways that can be neither assimilated into a discourses of guilt nor dissociated from embodiment. Stephanie N. Arel argues that the traditional focus on guilt obscures shame by perpetuating the image of the lonely sinner in guilt. Drawing on recent studies in affect and attachment theories to frame the theolog...

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The Religious Cultures of Dutch Jewry

In The Religious Cultures of Dutch Jewry an international group of scholars examines aspects of religious belief and practice of pre-emancipation Sephardim and Ashkenazim in Amsterdam, Curacao and Surinam, ceremonial dimensions, artistic representations of religious life, and religious life after the Shoa. The origins of Dutch Jewry trace back to diverse locations and ancestries: Marranos from Spain and Portugal and Ashkenazi refugee...

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Unruly Catholics from Dante to Madonna

During the Second Vatican Council, the Roman Catholic Church went through a period of liberal reform under the stewardship of Popes John XXIII and Paul VI. Successive popes sharply reversed course, enforcing conservative ideological values and silencing progressive voices in the Church. Consequently, those Catholics who had embraced the spirit of Vatican II were left feeling adrift and betrayed. In Unruly Catholics from Dante to Mado...

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Ute Land Religion in the American West, 1879–2009

Ute Land Religion in the American West, 1879–2009 is a narrative of American religion and how it intersected with land in the American West. Prior to 1881, Utes lived on the largest reservation in North America—twelve million acres of western Colorado. Brandi Denison takes a broad look at the Ute land dispossession and resistance to disenfranchisement by tracing the shifting cultural meaning of dirt, a physical thing, into land, an a...

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Religion and Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Issues of sexuality and gender are hotly contested in both religious communities and national cultures around the world. In the social sciences, religious traditions are often depicted as inherently conservative or even reactionary in their commitments to powerful patriarchal and pronatalist sexual norms and gender categories. In illuminating the practices of religious traditions in various cultures, these essays expose the diversity...

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Mein Vater war ein MiB (Men in Black)

Außerirdische leben schon lange unter uns! Wer sind diese rätselhaften Men in Black (MiB), die seit den 1950er-Jahren nach UFO-Sichtungen bei Zeugen auftauchen und diese befragen, deren Fotos konfiszieren oder sie sogar bedrohen? Nur sehr wenig wurde bislang über sie bekannt. Einer dieser MiB kontaktierte kurz vor seinem Tode seinen Sohn, um diesen als Nachfolger in die Organisation einzuführen und berichtete ihm von einer Welt, die ...

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Farther Shores

A dramatic near-death experience change Yvonne Kason's live forever and prompted her study of the mystical experiences that fall beyond the everyday. In this newly revised edition of the bestselling A Farther Shore, Dr. Kason explores a wide range of spiritually transformative experiences - near-death experiences, mystical experiences, spiritual energy/kundalini episodes, psychic awakenings and spontaneous inspired creativity - by sh...