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Gods Behaving Badly - Media, Religion, and Celebrity Culture (Paperback): Pete Ward Gods Behaving Badly - Media, Religion, and Celebrity Culture (Paperback)
Pete Ward
R702 Discovery Miles 7 020 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From Britney and Brangelina to Tiger Woods and Michael Jackson, Western society is obsessed with its American idols and gods of the red carpet. We worship their triumphs, judge their sins, and maintain vigil at their deaths. Can our fixation on and devotion to celebrity culture itself be considered a religion? If not, why do we use religious terminology to describe these stars and our actions towards them? Gods Behaving Badly examines the blurred boundary between popular culture and religionaone that has given way to an often confounding fusion of the sacred and the profane. Flipping through pages of tabloid media and looking underneath the veil of Hollywood's glamour, Pete Ward exposes how, in its consumer life, Western society elevates celebrity to the theological and, in so doing, creates a new para-religion. Inevitably, whether despised or extolled, individual celebrities evoke public moral judgment, creating fertile ground for theological innovation. Plucked straight from the headlines, the narratives in Gods Behaving Badly give concrete evidence of how the religious themes of incarnation, revelation, sin, judgment, and redemption are all woven into narratives we construct about our most cherishedaand most villainizedapersonalities.

Greatness of the Kingdom - An Inductive Study of the Kingdom of God (Hardcover): Alva J McClain Greatness of the Kingdom - An Inductive Study of the Kingdom of God (Hardcover)
Alva J McClain
R631 R513 Discovery Miles 5 130 Save R118 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This classic, penetrating analysis of the Kingdom of God as taught in both the Old and New Testaments has been republished in a handsome hardback dust jacket edition. This masterwork was written by the founding president of Grace Theological Seminary, who was a member of the Scofield Reference Bible Revision Committee and a charter member of the Evangelical Theological Society.

The Good News of the Body - Sexual Theology and Feminism (Paperback): Lisa Isherwood The Good News of the Body - Sexual Theology and Feminism (Paperback)
Lisa Isherwood
R765 Discovery Miles 7 650 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

God has assumed a significant role in the sex lives of believers. It is God who decrees which types of sexual expression are permitted, and which forbidden. Through the Church, a patriarchal sexual landscape has been enacted to control sexual bodies which exerts its influence even in our secular culture.

The Good News of the Body is a wide-ranging anthology on feminist sexual theology. Noting that Jesus, while being declared divine, took human form, the volume questions what happens when the flesh, rather than the Word, is placed at the center of theological reflection. What happens when women's bodies form the incarnational starting point for sexual politics and theology? Contributors, including Rosemary Ruether, Mary Hunt, and Melissa Raphael, examine such topics as the possibility of a Roman Catholic approach to sexuality bringing together the three aspects of Christian love of eros, philia, and agape; Jewish sexual and mystical teaching; the de-sexing of the disabled; erotic celibacy; human sexuality and the concept of the goddess; and the sometimes surprisingly similar conclusions about contraception reached by feminists and popes.

Is the Goddess a Feminist? - The Politics of South Asian Goddesses (Paperback): Alf Hiltebeitel, Kathleen M. Erndl Is the Goddess a Feminist? - The Politics of South Asian Goddesses (Paperback)
Alf Hiltebeitel, Kathleen M. Erndl
R789 Discovery Miles 7 890 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In India, God can be female. The goddesses of Hinduism and Buddhism represent the largest extant collection of living goddesses anywhere on the planet. Feminists in the West often draw upon South Asian goddesses as theological resources in the contemporary rediscovery of the Goddess. Yet, these goddesses are products of a male supremacist society.

What is the impact of powerful female deities--their images, projections, textuality, and history--on the social standing and psychological health of women? Do they empower women, or serve the interests of patriarchal culture? Is the Goddess a Feminist? looks at the goddesses of South Asia to address these questions directly.

Not a book about a single goddess or even about a variety of South Asian goddesses, the volume raises questions about images of deities as symbols and the ways in which they function. Contributors discuss contemporary Indian women who have embraced goddesses as spiritually and socially liberating, as well as the seeming contradictions between the power of Indian goddesses and the lives of Indian women. They also explore such topics as the element of male desire in the embodiment of female deities, the question of who speaks for the goddesses, and the politics and theology of Western feminist use of Hindu and Buddhist goddesses as models for their feminist reflections.

Is the Goddess a Feminist? - The Politics of South Asian Goddesses (Hardcover): Alf Hiltebeitel, Kathleen M. Erndl Is the Goddess a Feminist? - The Politics of South Asian Goddesses (Hardcover)
Alf Hiltebeitel, Kathleen M. Erndl
R2,423 Discovery Miles 24 230 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In India, God can be female. The goddesses of Hinduism and Buddhism represent the largest extant collection of living goddesses anywhere on the planet. Feminists in the West often draw upon South Asian goddesses as theological resources in the contemporary rediscovery of the Goddess. Yet, these goddesses are products of a male supremacist society.

What is the impact of powerful female deities--their images, projections, textuality, and history--on the social standing and psychological health of women? Do they empower women, or serve the interests of patriarchal culture? Is the Goddess a Feminist? looks at the goddesses of South Asia to address these questions directly.

Not a book about a single goddess or even about a variety of South Asian goddesses, the volume raises questions about images of deities as symbols and the ways in which they function. Contributors discuss contemporary Indian women who have embraced goddesses as spiritually and socially liberating, as well as the seeming contradictions between the power of Indian goddesses and the lives of Indian women. They also explore such topics as the element of male desire in the embodiment of female deities, the question of who speaks for the goddesses, and the politics and theology of Western feminist use of Hindu and Buddhist goddesses as models for their feminist reflections.

Life After Death in World Religions (Paperback): Harold G Coward Life After Death in World Religions (Paperback)
Harold G Coward; Coward
R423 R395 Discovery Miles 3 950 Save R28 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Experts from six traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Chinese religions discuss rituals, practices, and emotions as they relate to death and the hope of life that follows death.

Who Needs Theology? - An Invitation To The Study Of God (Paperback): Stanley J. Grenz, Roger E Olson Who Needs Theology? - An Invitation To The Study Of God (Paperback)
Stanley J. Grenz, Roger E Olson
R411 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R80 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

To many Christians theology is something alien, overly intellectual and wholly unappealing. Even seminary students are known to balk at the prospect of a course on theology. Yet theology--most simply, the knowledge of God--is essential to the life and health of the church. In this short introduction, Stanley Grenz and Roger Olson, two theologians who care deeply about the witness of ordinary Christians and the ministry of the church, show what theology is, what tools theology uses, why every believer (advanced degrees or not) is a theologian and how the theological enterprise can be productive and satisfying. Their clear, easily understood book is ideal for students, church study groups and individual Christians who want to strengthen understanding, belief and commitment by coming to know God more fully.

Liberating the Politics of Jesus - Renewing Peace Theology through the Wisdom of Women (Paperback): Darryl W. Stephens,... Liberating the Politics of Jesus - Renewing Peace Theology through the Wisdom of Women (Paperback)
Darryl W. Stephens, Elizabeth Soto Albrecht
R634 R593 Discovery Miles 5 930 Save R41 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Bold, faithful, challenging - this volume uncovers the social and political implications of the gospel message by looking at Anabaptist theology and practice from a female perspective. The contributors approach the gospel from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds, liberating the radical political ethic of Jesus Christ from patriarchal distortions and demonstrating that gender justice and peace theology are inseparable. Beautifully illustrated with pen drawings, Liberating the Politics of Jesus recognizes the authority of women to interpret and reconstruct the peace church tradition on issues such as subordination, suffering, atonement, the nature of church, leadership, and discipleship. The contributors confront difficult topics head-on, such as the power structures in South Africa, armed conflict in Colombia, and the sexual violence of John Howard Yoder. The result is a renewed Anabaptist peace theology with the potential to transform the work of theology and ministry in all Christian traditions.

The Monkey Grammarian (Paperback): Octavio. Paz The Monkey Grammarian (Paperback)
Octavio. Paz; Introduction by Ilan Stavans; Translated by Helen R Lane
R364 R342 Discovery Miles 3 420 Save R22 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Nobel Prize-winner Octavio Paz offers a dazzling mind journey to the sources of poetry. Poet, diplomat, writer, philosopher, hailed as an "intellectual literary one-man band" by the New York Times Book Review, Nobel Prize-winner Octavio Paz was a key figure in the Latin American Literary Renaissance and in world literature. In this entrancing work, part prose-poem and part rumination on the origins of language and the antic, erotic, sacred nature of poetry, Paz takes inspiration from Hanuman, the red-faced monkey chief and ninth grammarian of Hindu mythology. On a journey to the temple city of Galta in India-which Paz finds partially ruined in a leaf-filled countryside surrounded by forbidding hills-Hanuman's mythical encounters serve as the springboard for the poet's speculations on all manners of things, from movement and fixity to meaning and identity, the reality behind language, and the nature of nature. Images of the holy city, complete with the marauding monkeys for which it is known, constantly obtrude on his musings. Perhaps the most poetic of Paz's prose works, The Monkey Grammarian is visual: every page is rich in images, of palaces and temples, pilgrims and sadhus, and the monkey god himself. Paz's probing, crystalline prose makes this an unforgettable voyage of the mind.

Theology and Religion - Why It Matters (Paperback): Graham Ward Theology and Religion - Why It Matters (Paperback)
Graham Ward
R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Graham Ward argues that the study of theology and religion, as a single academic discipline, plays a vital role in helping us to understand politics, world affairs, and the nature of humanity itself. Religion can be used to justify inhumane actions, but it also feeds dreams, inspires hopes, and shapes aspirations. By invoking a sense of wonder about the natural world, religion can promote scientific discoveries, and by focusing on shared experiences, religion helps to bind societies together. Some scientists now believe that religious feeling might be hard-wired into our DNA, a fundamental aspect of what makes us human. Because religion is rooted in the imagination itself, its study involves staring into the profundities of who we are. Religion will not go away, so it needs to be understood.

Black Theology and Black Power - 50th Anniversary Edition (Paperback): James H. Cone Black Theology and Black Power - 50th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)
James H. Cone; Foreword by Cornel West
R568 R450 Discovery Miles 4 500 Save R118 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Theology of the Book of Kings (Paperback): Keith Bodner The Theology of the Book of Kings (Paperback)
Keith Bodner
R604 Discovery Miles 6 040 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

1 and 2 Kings unfolds an epic narrative that concludes the long story of Israel's experience with institutional monarchy, a sequence of events that begins with the accession of Solomon and the establishment of the Jerusalem temple, moves through the partition into north and south, and leads inexorably toward the nation's destruction and the passage to exile in Babylon. Keith Bodner's The Theology of the Book of Kings provides a reading of the narrative attentive to its literary sophistication and theological subtleties, as the cast of characters - from the royal courts to the rural fields - are variously challenged to resist the tempting pathway of political and spiritual accommodations and instead maintain allegiance to their covenant with God. In dialogue with a range of contemporary interpreters, this study is a preliminary exploration of some theological questions that arise from the Kings narrative, while inviting contemporary communities of faith into deeper engagement with this enduring account of divine reliability amidst human scheming and rapaciousness.

Biblical Theology - The Convergence of the Canon (Paperback): Ben Witherington III Biblical Theology - The Convergence of the Canon (Paperback)
Ben Witherington III
R853 R674 Discovery Miles 6 740 Save R179 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In Biblical Theology, Ben Witherington, III, examines the theology of the Old and New Testaments as a totality. Going beyond an account of carefully crafted Old and New Testament theologies, he demonstrates the ideas that make the Bible a sacred book with a unified theology. Witherington brings a distinctive methodology to this study. Taking a constructive approach, he first examines the foundations of the writers' symbolic universe - what they thought and presupposed about God - and how they revealed those thoughts through the narratives of the Old and New Testaments. He also shows how the historical contexts and intellectual worlds of the Old and New Testaments conditioned their narratives, and, in the process, created a large coherent Biblical world view, one that progressively reveals the character and action of God. Thus, the Yahweh of the Old Testament, the Son in the Gospels, and the Father, Son, and Spirit in the New Testament writings are viewed as persons who are part of the singular divine identity. Witherington's progressive revelation approach allows each part of the canon to be read in its original context and with its original meaning.

YHWH and Israel in the Book of Judges - An Object - Relations Analysis (Hardcover): Deryn Guest YHWH and Israel in the Book of Judges - An Object - Relations Analysis (Hardcover)
Deryn Guest
R2,011 R1,868 Discovery Miles 18 680 Save R143 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the Book of Judges the narrator presents an image of the good parent YHWH whose enduring love and loyalty is offset by his wayward child Israel who defaults on the relationship repeatedly. Biblical scholars have largely concurred, demonstrating the many faults of Israel while siding with YHWH's privileged viewpoint. When object-relations theory (which examines how human beings relate to each other) is applied to Judges, a different story emerges. In its capacity to illuminate why and how relationships can be intense, problematic, rewarding, and enduring, object-relations theory reveals how both YHWH and Israel have attachment needs that are played out vividly in the story world. Deryn Guest reveals how its narrator engages in a variety of psychological strategies to mask suppressed rage as he engages in an intriguing but rather dysfunctional masochistic dance with a dominant deity who has reputation needs.

Jus Divinum Regiminis Ecclesiastici (Hardcover): Chris Coldwell Jus Divinum Regiminis Ecclesiastici (Hardcover)
Chris Coldwell
R1,144 R873 Discovery Miles 8 730 Save R271 (24%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Who Is Allah? (Hardcover): Bruce B. Lawrence Who Is Allah? (Hardcover)
Bruce B. Lawrence
R614 R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Save R124 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This vivid introduction to the heart of Islam offers a unique approach to understanding Allah, the central focus of Muslim religious expression. Drawing on history, culture, theology, politics, and the media, Bruce B. Lawrence identifies key religious practices by which Allah is revered and remembered, illuminating how the very name of Allah is interwoven into the everyday experience of millions of Muslims. For Muslims, as for adherents of other religions, intentions as well as practices are paramount in one's religious life. Lawrence elucidates how public utterances, together with private pursuits, reflect the emotive, sensory, and intellectual aspirations of the devout. Ranging from the practice of the tongue (speaking) to practices in cyberspace (online religious activities), Lawrence explores how Allah is invoked, defined, remembered, and also debated. While the practice of the heart demonstrates how Allah is remembered in Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam, the practice of the mind examines how theologians and philosophers have defined Allah in numerous contexts, often with conflicting aims. The practice of the ear marks the contemporary period, in which Lawrence locates and then assesses competing calls for jihad, or religious struggle, within the cacophony of an immensely diverse umma, the worldwide Muslim community.

Practice and Understanding of the Eucharist - United Church of Christ (Paperback): Tamilio III John Practice and Understanding of the Eucharist - United Church of Christ (Paperback)
Tamilio III John
R2,294 Discovery Miles 22 940 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
U.S. Navy Hospital Chaplaincy (Paperback): Hale Russell U.S. Navy Hospital Chaplaincy (Paperback)
Hale Russell
R2,058 Discovery Miles 20 580 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Learn the Facts about Kidney Disease - A Self-Help Guide to Better Kidney Health with Proven Therapies (Paperback): Steven... Learn the Facts about Kidney Disease - A Self-Help Guide to Better Kidney Health with Proven Therapies (Paperback)
Steven Rosansky
R402 R327 Discovery Miles 3 270 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Aspects of Truth - A New Religious Metaphysics (Hardcover): Catherine Pickstock Aspects of Truth - A New Religious Metaphysics (Hardcover)
Catherine Pickstock
R859 Discovery Miles 8 590 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What is 'truth'? The question that Pilate put to Jesus was laced with dramatic irony. But at a time when what is true and what is untrue have acquired a new currency, the question remains of crucial significance. Is truth a matter of the representation of things which lack truth in themselves? Or of mere coherence? Or is truth a convenient if redundant way of indicating how one's language refers to things outside oneself? In her ambitious new book, Catherine Pickstock addresses these profound questions, arguing that epistemological approaches to truth either fail argumentatively or else offer only vacuity. She advances instead a bold metaphysical and realist appraisal which overcomes the Kantian impasse of 'subjective knowing' and ban on reaching beyond supposedly finite limits. Her book contends that in the end truth cannot be separated from the transcendent reality of the thinking soul.

Acts (Paperback): Craig S. Keener Acts (Paperback)
Craig S. Keener
R980 R770 Discovery Miles 7 700 Save R210 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

As the earliest narrative source for the origins of Christianity, Acts is of unrivalled importance for understanding early Christianity and the mission that originally brought it from Judea and Galilee to gentiles, and even the heart of the Roman Empire. This volume is an abridged version of Keener's monumental, four-volume commentary on Acts, the longest and one of the most thorough engagements with Acts in its ancient setting. Sensitive to the work's narrative unity, Keener's commentary is especially known for its direct engagement with the wide range of ancient Jewish and Greco-Roman sources. The original commentary cited some 45,000 references from ancient extrabiblical sources to shed light on the Book of Acts. This accessible edition, aimed at students, scholars, and pastors, makes more widely available the decades of research that Keener has devoted to one of the key texts of Early Christianity.

Theological Formation - Making Theology Your Own (Paperback): Mark Ellingsen Theological Formation - Making Theology Your Own (Paperback)
Mark Ellingsen
R809 R630 Discovery Miles 6 300 Save R179 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book is designed to help students of all denominations learn how to do theology for themselves! It's not your usual textbook which only represents the theology of the author. Drawing on his rich ecumenical, international experience, his years of working with the Black church, and dialoguing with Evangelicals, Mark Ellingsen introduces readers to all the major theological options for explaining the Church's doctrine which have appeared in the history of Christianity. He offers empathetic description and critical evaluation of each option (strengths and weaknesses) in such a way that unless you have read his other books you'll never figure out where he stands. Whether you're mainline Protestant, Catholic, Evangelical, or Eastern Orthodox, this is a book to help you determine which options make the most sense for you and your church, and then helps you decide what you believe. A feature unique to this publication are the charts in the back of the book - handy tools to orient you to all of the major theological options which will help you locate where you stand on each doctrine and what great theologians of the past are your allies. Along with the simplicity and convenience of the charts, reading the chapters will reflect the kind of scholarship and nuance one expects from a textbook, the careful work the academy has come to expect from Ellingsen, and ample Biblical authorization for most of the positions considered.

Religion (Paperback): Karen Armstrong Religion (Paperback)
Karen Armstrong 1
R85 R68 Discovery Miles 680 Save R17 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Because "God" is infinite, nobody can have the last word' What is this thing, religion, supposedly the cause of bloodshed and warring for centuries? What is 'God' and do we need 'Him' in our modern world? Karen Armstrong looks again at these questions in a refreshing and startling way. God is not to be 'believed in' as a child believes in Santa Claus; religion is not a story to be proven true or false, but a discipline akin to music or art that answers a deeply human need, and can teach us to discover new capacities of mind and heart. Selected from A Case for God, Fields of Blood and The Lost Art of Scripture VINTAGE MINIS- GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human Also in the Vintage Minis 'Great Ideas' series- Art by Simon Schama Science by Ian McEwan

Lived Islam - Colloquial Religion in a Cosmopolitan Tradition (Paperback): A.Kevin Reinhart Lived Islam - Colloquial Religion in a Cosmopolitan Tradition (Paperback)
A.Kevin Reinhart
R710 Discovery Miles 7 100 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Does Islam make people violent? Does Islam make people peaceful? In this book, A. Kevin Reinhart demonstrates that such questions are misleading, because they assume that Islam is a monolithic essence and that Muslims are made the way they are by this monolith. He argues that Islam, like all religions, is complex and thus best understood through analogy with language: Islam has dialects, a set of features shared with other versions of Islam. It also has cosmopolitan elites who prescribe how Islam ought to be, even though these experts, depending on where they practice the religion, unconsciously reflect their own local dialects. Reinhart defines the distinctive features of Islam and investigates how modernity has created new conditions for the religion. Analyzing the similarities and differences between modern and pre-modern Islam, he clarifies the new and old in the religion as it is lived in the contemporary world.

The Jewish Approach to Repairing the World (Tikkun Olam) - A Brief Introduction for Christians (Paperback): Rabbi Elliot N... The Jewish Approach to Repairing the World (Tikkun Olam) - A Brief Introduction for Christians (Paperback)
Rabbi Elliot N Dorff, Cory Willson
R403 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R74 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A window into the Jewish idea of responsibility to care for the world
written especially for Christians.

The concept of repairing the world ("tikkun olam") is an integral part of Jewish life. It helps shape Jewish social and family relationships, and even mandates how Jews should speak to others. But why is it important for Christians to understand this Jewish approach to life? And what kind of impact can understanding this fundamental aspect of Judaism have on Christians seeking to develop a deeper understanding of their own faith? With insight and wisdom, award-winning author Rabbi Elliot Dorff provides an accessible, honest and thorough exploration of this important Jewish concept. With easy-to-understand explanations of Jewish terms, practices and history, each chapter explores a different facet touched by the tradition of "tikkun loam." Rabbi Dorff also addresses parallel themes and practices in the Christian tradition, helping you better understand the roots of Christianity and how the fundamentals of Judaism relate and reflect your own aspirations to repair the world. Caring for the Poor The Power of Words The Ministry of Presence Duties of Spouses to Each Other Children s Duties to Their Parents Parent s Duties to Their Children The Traditional Jewish Vision of the Ideal World

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