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My Descent into Death: A Second Chance at Life
Howard Storm
0385513763
February 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Although numerous studies and books have explored near-death experiences, the phenomenon has been viewed with caution by many Christian denominations. So it is intriguing to read a first-person report of such an event from the perspective of a pastor in the United Church of Christ. While visiting Paris on a European tour nearly 20 years ago, 38-year-old Storm, then an atheist and art professor at Northern Kentucky University, was stricken with an almost lethal attack of peritonitis. In this necessarily subjective but absorbing chronicle of what is essentially a conversion, the writer describes a descent into Hell, where he confronted his anger and self-centered personality. After praying for the first time, he was rescued by Jesus and brought to heaven for an extensive conversation with Jesus and various angelic...


The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (Routledge Classics) (Routledge Classics)
Max Weber
041525406X
May 23, 2001
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Times Higher Education Supplement
"Max Weber is the one undisputed canonical figure in contemporary sociology."

Review
One of the most renowned and controversial works of modern social science.–Anthony Giddens

Max Weber is the one undisputed canonical figure in contemporary sociology.–Times Higher Education Supplement

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Complete Idiot's Guide to the Reformation and Protestantism
James S. Bell, ..
0028642708
Feb 2002
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Protestant Christianity
John Dillenberger
0023296011
Jan 1988
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Protestantism
Stephen F. Brown
081604614X
November 2001
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up-Brown takes on the admittedly difficult task of trying to survey and summarize the sometimes-bewildering diversity within Protestantism. The introductory chapters touch on the spread of the religion around the world, its effects upon culture in general, and the biblical background common to most of its major branches. The following chapters trace the works of Protestant leaders; describe the major branches of the faith; detail the rites of passage observed by many believers; and, finally, provide a more in-depth look at the impact of Protestantism on society, especially in the United States. The broad outlines of Brown's narrative are solid and clearly laid out, in a fairly dry academic style, and are accompanied by photographs that complement and sometimes expand on the text. There are, however,...


Worldly Saints
Dr. Leland Ryken
0310325013
October 24, 1990
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Book Description
"Ryken's Worldly Saints offers a fine introduction to seventeenth-century Puritanism in its English and American contexts. The work is rich in quotations from Puritan worthies and is ideally suited to general readers who have not delved widely into Puritan literature. It will also be a source of information and inspiration to those who seek a clearer understanding of the Puritan roots of American Christianity." -Harry Stout, Yale University "…the typical Puritans were not wild men, fierce and freaky, religious fanatics and social extremists, but sober, conscientious, and cultured citizens, persons of principle, determined and disciplined excelling in the domestic virtues, and with no obvious shortcomings save a tendency to run to words when saying anything important, whether to God or to a man. At last the...


The Sins of Scripture
John Shelby Spong
0060762055
April 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
In the Sins of Scripture, Bishop John Shelby Spong takes on a thematic exploration of the Bible, carefully analyzing those passages that inform some of our key debates, like the role of women in the church and in society, and homosexuality, to name just two.  Beyond that he also looks at scriptures that have helped shape culture and history -- bringing to light the undercurrent of anti-Semitism he finds in the Gospels, for example.  The journey is particularly compelling because Bishop Spong believes in and values the good the Bible has brought to many through the ages.  His goal is not to define the Bible itself as something to be set aside, but instead to honor and value what he loves about it while still labeling what he dramatically calls "texts of terror" for what they are. The true joy of the book...


The Spirit of Protestantism
Robert M. Brown
0195007247
Dec 1961
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Book Description
This volume explores the place of the Bible in Protestantism; the laity and the clergy; worship; the relationship between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism; and social and individual ethics.


Praising His Name In The Dance: Spirit Possession in the Spiritual Baptist Faith and Orisha Work in Trinidad, West Indies (Studies in Latin America and the Caribbean)
KENNETH LUM
9057026104
February 1, 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
The author provides a detailed portrait of the Spiritual Baptist Faith and Orisha Work, two religions that share a common basis in the traditional religion of the Yoruba in West Africa. Specifically, the author studies the phenomenon of spirit possession, an integral aspect of worship in both religions. In the Spiritual Baptist Faith, a person who is possessed by the Holy Spirit retains his or her own identity, while in Orisha Work, those who are possessed by the orishas (spirits), become the spirits. Both types of possession are based on the Yoruba concept of self in which identity is dependent on the spirit which animates a physical body. This common basis of religions enables the respective populations to interact extensively and explains why an individual can experience both types of spiritual possession.


How Republicans Stole Christmas: The Republican Party's Declared Monopoly on Religion and What Democrats Can Do to Take It Back
Bill Press
0385516053
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In this readable piece of punditry, Press, who happens to be not only a pundit but also a former seminarian, preaches to the Democratic Party choir, addressing such topics as abortion, separation of church and state, homosexuality and stem cell research. While impassioned, entertaining and sure to please loyalists, Press's arguments do not always bear much scrutiny. For example, when discussing abortion, he resorts too often to the extreme cases of rape and incest, although (as he ultimately acknowledges) only a tiny percentage of abortions are performed for those reasons. More compelling is his argument for the separation of church and state, which thoughtfully reminds readers how and why religion and government need to be protected from each other in order to flourish. After spending most of the book arguing...


John Wesley (Library of Protestant Thought)
John Wesley, A. C. Outler
0195028104
November 13, 1980
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Book Description
A major figure in eighteenth-century Christianity, John Wesley sought to combine the essential elements of the Catholic and Evangelical traditions and to restore to the laity a vital role in church life. He began one of the most dynamic movements in the history of modern Protestantism, a movement which eventually produced the Methodist churches. This volume offers a representative selection of theological writings by Wesley and includes historically oriented introductions and footnotes which indicate Wesley's Anglican, patristic, and biblical sources.


The Divided Heart
Henry F. May
0195058992
Jan 1991
Hardcover
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Book Description
Bringing together essays by a leading intellectual and religious historian, The Divided Heart is a collection of recent reflections, sometimes with a considerable autobiographical element, by Henry F. May on the conflict between Protestantism and the Enlightenment that runs throughout the
history of American culture. Summarizing May's opinions on recent historiographical arguments, the introduction to The Divided Heart tells of his own development as a historian, major influences upon his thinking, and how his practicing assumptions grew. Covering religion, there are essays on early
American history, Jonathan Edwards, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Reinhold Niebuhr, and "reflections on the uneasy relation" between religion and American intellectual history. Relating to the Enlightenment, there are essays on the...


Fundamentalism and Evangelicals (Oxford Theological Monographs)
Harriet A. Harris
0198269609
August 13, 1998
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Book Description
This study examines the contentious claim that much evangelicalism is fundamentalist in character. Within Protestantism, the term "fundamentalism" denotes not only a movement but also a mentality which has greatly affected evangelicals, and which involves preserving as factual a reading of
scripture as possible. Here the development and dismantling of the fundamentalist mentality is examined in light of philosophical influences upon evangelicalism over the last three centuries, notably: Common Sense, Realism, neo-Calvinism, and modern hermeneutical philosophy. Particular attention is
paid to James Barr's critique of fundamentalism and to evangelical rejoinders.


Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism: A Bishop Rethinks the Meaning of Scripture
John Shelby Spong
0060675187
June 1992
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Mirabella
"[Spong is] striving to revive the imaginative possibilities of ancient Scripture for the women and men of today."

Book Description
A controversial author brilliantly reclaims the Bible from the literal interpretation of fundamentalists

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The Sanctity of Rural Life
Shelley Baranowski
0195068815
Apr 1995
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Book Description
In this ground-breaking study, Shelley Baranowski not only explores how and why church-going Protestants in eastern Prussia turned to Nazism in large numbers, but also shows that the rural elite and the church propagated a myth of the stability, the wholesomeness, and the class-harmony--in
short, the "sanctity"--of rural life, a myth that was a key component of Nazi propaganda that helped secure support for the Third Reich in rural areas. Of great interest to historians and students of the period as well as anyone interested in how a fringe radical movement gained wide popular
support.


Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Max Weber
048642703X
April 2003
Paperback
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Times Higher Education Supplement
"Max Weber is the one undisputed canonical figure in contemporary sociology."

Book Description
". . . a brilliant study of the psychological conditions which made possible the development of capitalist civilization."—The New Republic
This brilliant study—the author's best-known and most controversial work—opposes the Marxist concept of dialectical materialism and its view that change takes place through the conflict of opposites. Instead, Weber relates the rise of a capitalist economy to the Puritan determination to work out anxiety over salvation or damnation by performing good deeds—an effort that ultimately discouraged belief in predestination and encouraged capitalism. Weber's classic has long been required reading in...


Grant Us Courage
Randall Herbert Balmer
0195100867
Jan 1996
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Balmer, professor of religion at Columbia, is best know as the personable and insightful host of the PBS Series, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, and author of the 1994 book by the same name. Balmer once again crisscrosses America, this time to revisit the 12 churches that, in 1950, were chosen by the readers of Christian Century magazine as America's "great" mainline Protestant congregations. In so doing, the author provides his 1995 readers with 12 vivid snapshots of the tremendous changes in American religious life. He concludes that while several of the 1950 12 still have remarkable life, none would now be known as "great." (In 1950, for instance, one of the "powerful" churches reported that nearby schools all checked its calendar before making up theirs; the reverse is now true.) From their position of...


Hutterite Society
John A. Hostetler
0801856396
April 1, 1997
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Review
"A must reading for anyone doing serious study of the Hutterites... An excellent history of the Hutterites... [which] will serve for many years to come as a good benchmark for an analysis of change in the way of life of this extraordinary group." -- Mennonite Life

Book Description
"Of hundreds of recorded attempts to establish communal societies in North America, the Hutterites are the only group that has managed not only to survive but to expand and prosper. Yet the members work without the incentive of private gain, and privileged positions are few. There are no extremely poor or wealthy persons among them, and individuals never worry about food, shelter, clothing or dependency in old age. Identity problems and alienation are virtually nonexistent. In their history, which spans more...


1979 Book of Common Prayer, Economy Edition: burgundy hardcover
Manufactured by Oxford University Press
0195287142
July 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Economy Edition is perfect for people who value a well constructed, reasonably priced prayer book. It is also suitable for mass distribution in schools and for use as a pew prayer book. Wine red hardcover binding, gold cross, Presentation Page, square corners.


The Character of God
Thomas E. Jenkins
0195112024
Dec 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
Educated people have become bereft of sophisticated ways to develop their religious inclinations. A major reason for this is that theology has become vague and dull. In The Character of God, author Thomas E. Jenkins maintains that Protestant theology became boring by the late nineteenth
century because the depictions of God as a character in theology became boring. He shows how in the early nineteenth century, American Protestant theologians downplayed biblical depictions of God's emotional complexity and refashioned his character according to their own notions, stressing emotional
singularity. These notions came from many sources, but the major influences were the neoclassical and sentimental literary styles of characterization dominant at the time. The serene benevolence of neoclassicism and the tender...


The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture : Volume 1: Religion (The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture)
Samuel S. Hill, General Editor Charles Reagan Wilson (Editor)
0807856746
April 3, 2006
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Book Description
Evangelical Protestant groups have dominated religious life in the South since the early nineteenth century. Even as the conservative Protestantism typically associated with the South has risen in social and political prominence throughout the United States in recent decades, however, religious culture in the South itself has grown increasingly diverse. The region has seen a surge of immigration from other parts of the United States as well as from Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East, bringing increased visibility to Catholicism, Islam, and Asian religions in the once solidly Protestant Christian South.

In this volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, contributors have revised entries from the original Encyclopedia on topics ranging from religious broadcasting to snake handling and...



Emden and the Dutch Revolt
Andrew Pettegree
0198227396
July 1992
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Book Description
The German town of Emden was, in the sixteenth century, the most important haven for exiled Dutch Protestants. In this book, based on unrivalled knowledge of the contemporary archives, Pettegree explores the role of Emden as a refuge, a training center and, above all, as the major source of
Dutch Protestant propaganda. He also provides a unique and invaluable reconstruction of the output of Emden's famous printing presses. The emergence of an independent state in the Netherlands was accompanied by a transformation in the status of Protestantism from a persecuted sect to the dominant
religious force in the new Dutch republic. Pettegree shows how the exile churches, the nurseries of Dutch Calvinism, provided military and financial support for the armies of William of Orange and models of church organization...


William Sloane Coffin Jr.: A Holy Impatience
Warren Goldstein
0300111541
January 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
From the mid-20th century until now, Coffin has served as the prophetic conscience of a nation divided by race, war and economic injustice. In this compelling and eloquent biography, Goldstein captures the enigmatic nature of the great preacher and activist who came to be called the voice of American Protestant liberalism. Drawing on interviews with Coffin's friends and family as well as on unprecedented access to his archives, Goldstein begins with Coffin's privileged early life in a wealthy family committed to helping in various social causes, then highlights his stint as a second lieutenant in the army. After the war, Coffin studied at Yale, where he discovered the significance of religion as a cultural force, and at Union Theological Seminary in New York, where his uncle, Henry Sloane Coffin, had been...


John Calvin: Steward of God's Covenant : Selected Writings (Vintage Spiritual Classics)
John Calvin, et al
1400096480
February 14, 2006
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Book Description
This selection of the writings of John Calvin (1509—1564) is the first for general readers to appear in many years. It showcases his powerful legacy, which has had far-reaching consequences for the development of religion and culture in Western Europe and in the shaping of American identity.
Calvin was a prodigious preacher and writer, and his sermons, Bible commentaries, tracts, and letters fill dozens of volumes. The works chosen for John Calvin: Steward of God’s Covenant highlight ideas central to the Reformation but also to his influence on modern life, e.g., the importance of a work ethic and the notion of being “called” to action in the world; his belief in universal education for boys and girls; and his belief in the sanctity and freedom of individual conscience. Calvin’s...


The Re-Forming Tradition: Presbyterians and Mainstream Protestantism (Presbyterian Presence: the Twentieth-Century Experience)
Milton J. Coalter, et al
0664252990
August 1992
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Protestantism and Capitalism
Jere Cohen
0202306712
Jan 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
Drawing on both new and underutilized older evidence on Puritan preachers and merchants, this book evaluates the impact of English Puritanism on the development of modern capitalism. Its point of departure, of course, is Max Weber’s landmark treatise, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1905), whose thesis has remained widely known, controversial, and influential as any work by a sociologist in the past century. Although Cohen’s careful reading and sifting of evidence supports Weber’s link only in qualified part, his critical testing of Weber’s hypotheses serves to clarify the argument and raise it to a nuanced level beyond the brilliant conjecture with which it was launched and pursued. Each of the hypotheses that Cohen finds in Weber’s text represents a potential mechanism...


Protestantism in America
Randall Balmer
0231111312
November 2005
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Following the general pattern of previous volumes in the "Columbia Contemporary American Religion" series (e.g., Jane I. Smith's Islam in America), this volume provides a brief historical overview, case studies of churches, and essays on significant issues facing Protestant congregations today. Balmer (American religion, Barnard Coll.) and Winner, a doctoral candidate at Columbia, do an admirable job of synthesizing recent scholarship and have created an engaging, if occasionally irreverent, account. While always acknowledging the diversity and complexity of Protestant denominations, this book basically divides Protestants into two camps evangelical and liberal with both camps receiving equally critical evaluations. In exploring the challenges of feminism, homosexuality, and social justice, the authors consider...


Lost Soul of American Protestantism
D. G. Hart
0742507696
October 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
In The Lost Soul of American Protestantism, D. G. Hart examines the historical origins of the idea that faith must be socially useful in order to be valuable. Through specific episodes in Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Reformed history, Hart presents a neglected form of Protestantism--confessionalism--as an alternative to prevailing religious theory. He deftly argues that the history of confessional Protestantism is vitally important to current discussions on the role of religion in American life, as it is more concerned with the prosperity of the community of believers than with the spiritual health of the nation as a whole. Hart suggests that, contrary to the legacy of revivalism, faith may be most vital and influential when it is not practical.


Protestantism and Capitalism
Jere Cohen
0202306720
Jan 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Drawing on both new and underutilized older evidence on Puritan preachers and merchants, this book evaluates the impact of English Puritanism on the development of modern capitalism. Its point of departure, of course, is Max Weber’s landmark treatise, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1905), whose thesis has remained widely known, controversial, and influential as any work by a sociologist in the past century. Although Cohen’s careful reading and sifting of evidence supports Weber’s link only in qualified part, his critical testing of Weber’s hypotheses serves to clarify the argument and raise it to a nuanced level beyond the brilliant conjecture with which it was launched and pursued. Each of the hypotheses that Cohen finds in Weber’s text represents a potential mechanism...


Rapture Culture : Left Behind in Evangelical America
Amy Johnson Frykholm
0195159837
March 4, 2004
Hardcover
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From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com
Jesus is hot. And at least among scholars, Jesus lovers are too. While experts in American religion have in recent decades shifted their gaze from Protestants to practitioners of Buddhism, vodun and other hip faiths, scholarship on evangelicalism is enjoying something of a revival today. Two new books aim to contribute to this resurgence by exploring evangelicals and mass media. What happens, their authors ask, when the Messiah becomes the message? Rapture Culture, by Amy Johnson Frykholm, examines the Left Behind fiction of Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. The latest in a long line of blockbuster books for the born-again crowd, this apocalyptic series has sold more than 40 million copies from its debut in 1995 to the publication earlier this month of its 12th offering, Glorious...

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