Theological Aesthetics After Von Balthasar

Author: James Fodor
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317011347
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This collection of essays by distinguished authors explores the present-day field of theological aesthetics: from von Balthasar’s contribution and parallel developments to correctives and alternatives to his approach. A tribute to von Balthasar’s own project expands into a dialogue with ancient and medieval traditions in search of revelatory aesthetics. The contributors outline challenges to his approach (including Protestant perspectives) and introduce new ways of viewing the field of theological aesthetics, which ultimately opens up to the idea of concrete cultural contexts and practical human needs determining the use of the arts and aesthetic sensibilities in theology.

A Red Family

Author: Mickey Friedman
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252033964
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The searing memoir of an American communist family

Marchmont And The Humes Of Polwarth

Author: Julian Margaret Maitland Warrender
Publisher: READ BOOKS
ISBN: 1408677652
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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

American Prejudice

Author: Richard B. Ropers
Publisher: Plenum Press
ISBN: 0306449463
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Americans try to believe that class, ethnic, racial, and cultural differences and conflicts in the United States can be harmoniously blended into the proverbial American "melting pot." However, we have always been apt to categorize people as socially "acceptable" or "unacceptable." The unequal social value placed upon men, women, and children and their so-called differences have incited fear, prejudice, discrimination, and violence. Why do we allow this hatred, intolerance, and discrimination to endure? American Prejudice: With Liberty and Justice for Some, a brilliant essay on bigotry and intolerance, examines the social and economic roots of hatred and bias and the intellectual and ideological origins of prejudicial thinking. Drs. Richard Ropers and Dan Pence, esteemed experts on cultural diversity's impact on society, have written an explicit and perceptive text that provides insight into the predilection we as a society have for prejudice by exposing its conspicuous influences on contemporary political, religious, and judicial scenes. The authors explain how our Founding Fathers' promise of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" for all is not met in the harsh reality of an America where the populace is sharply divided along lines of race, gender, class, ethnicity, and sexuality. Drs. Ropers and Pence also illustrate how the American criminal justice system panders to the contemporary climate of prejudice, discriminating against our most vulnerable groups - women and children, the elderly, and homosexuals. Can the United States still maintain its pledge to acceptance of diversity? American Prejudice is a provocative examination on the "state of hate" today as seen through the voices and actions of all who activate or alleviate violence against our own - the poor, the elderly, the non-Caucasian, women, gays, and lesbians - all of whom are the very essence of America's pluralist society. In the final years of the twentieth century, this is a much needed commentary on what we must do to achieve balance, compassion, and tolerance and will be of enormous help to sociologists, educators, human rights advocates, political scientists, and behavioral psychologists.

Meeting Jesus At University

Author: Edward Dutton
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 0754665208
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How does university turn students into who they become?Why are student evangelicals such a significant and controversial force at so many universities?In many countries, university has become the main Rite of Passage between the child and adult worlds. University can be enjoyable and fascinating but also life-changing and traumatic. And at the exact time when a student's identity is the most challenged and uncertain, student evangelical groups are highly organised on many university campuses to offer students a powerful identity so that the world makes sense once again. For some, these groups will protect them from the university's assault on their faith. For others, they will challenge and even change who they are.Meeting Jesus at University explores universities in six countries. Drawing upon detailed fieldwork, it examines the largest student evangelical group at each university in order to understand in depth the relationship between the student evangelical group and the university which it aims to convert. Meeting Jesus at University offers an original contribution to the discussion of Rites of Passage, examining what is experienced at university and how university breaks down and remoulds young people. It explores why student evangelicals are so active, particularly at Britain and America's most prestigious and identity-challenging institutions meaning that students at these places are the most likely to find themselves meeting Jesus at university.

God S Schools

Author: Melinda Bollar Wagner
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813516072
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"A major contribution to the growing literature on fundamentalism and American life." --Wade Clark Roof, University of California, Santa Barbara Many of us assume that Christian day schools foster a strict and conservative environment that is very different from the rest of the United States. Christian educators themselves foster this view when they say that following biblical strictures requires that they not always conform to this world. Melinda Wagner goes beyond this stereotype to portray the way these schools foster American popular culture and "professional education culture" as well as "Christian culture." In her participant observation study of a variety of Christian schools (sponsored by fundamentalist, evangelical, new charismatic, Holiness, and pentacostal Christians), Wagner describes and interprets how such compromises are made. In American culture, children are taught to meet challenges, to compete, and are rewarded for individual achievement. Conservative Christians label this individualism as "secular humanism," and find it antithetical to their view of the self. Instead, these Christians seek a culture of love, compassion, orderliness, noncompetitiveness, and separation from the material trappings of this world. But in reality, Wagner finds that the schools mix Christian values with the values of American culture. She discovers that even in Christian schools students compete fiercely and are recognized for individual achievements. Christian schools incorporate norms and strategies from mainstream American education. Alternative Christian schools are not as alternative as they could be; they are walking the Christian walk the American way. The Christian schools serve as a case study of the process of culture building. Conservative Christians are trying to revitalize their culture. Yet all along the way, they quite consciously compromise. Melinda Bollar Wagner is a professor of anthropology at Radford University.