Most theology proceeds under the assumption that divine grace works on human beings at the points of our supposed uniqueness among earth’s creatures—our freedom, our self-awareness, our language,...
Moses and Monotheism brings together fundamental new contributions to discourses on Freud and Moses, as well as new research on the intersections of theology, political theory, and history in Freud’s psychoanalytic work.
Our Country explores northern evangelical thought and sentiment regarding the concept of Union during the Civil War and Reconstruction. A primary aim of the book is to shift our focus back toward the Union’s importance in relation to northern understanding during the Civil War-era.
This volume gathers scholars in philosophy, psychology, religion, and sociology variety of disciplines to meet the challenge of how to think trauma and transcendence inlight of the interdisciplinary character of the field of Trauma Studies and its splintering across the multiple theoretical approaches.
Out of the Ordinary is the memoir of Dr. Michael Dillon / Lobzang Jivaka (1915-1962) who transitioned from female to male between 1939 and 1949, became a ship’s surgeon in the (British) Merchant Navy, and was a monastic novice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition when he died unexpectedly in 1962.
The Self-Emptying Subject engages Christian mystical theology, modern philosophy, and contemporary theories of the subject to theorize an ethics of self-emptying, or kenosis, that reveals the immanence of a dispossessed life “without a why.”
French philosopher Paul Ricoeur gave sustained attention to several themes pertinent to a hermeneutics of liturgy, including symbol, metaphor, narrative, subjectivity and memory. This book explores how Ricoeur’s original insights may serve to renew contemporary Orthodox liturgical theology. The Byzantine-Rite “Great Blessing of Water” serves as a case study.
How To Do Comparative Theology clarifies method in comparative theology, dialogical learning, showcasing scholars doing theological work interreligiously. The group is diverse by age and stage of career, gender, religions studied, location in the United States and Europe. Yet the essays manifest coherence in intent, commitment to learning from the other, and confidence regarding the benefits of the questions and challenges arising.
Sexual Disorientations brings some of the most recent and significant works of queer theory into conversation with the overlapping fields of biblical, theological and religious studies to explore the...
This interdisciplinary study explores George de La Tour’s (1593-1652) enigmatic representations of light, vision and the visible in order to question the nature of painting and its religious, artistic and conceptual aspects. Challenging the familiarity of vision, it proposes a spiritual understanding of painting and its engagements with the world.
This book offers a new materialist interpretation of Derrida’s later work, including his engagements with religion and politics. It argues that there is a shift from a context or background motor scheme of writing to what Derrida calls the machinic, and Catherine Malabou calls plasticity.
Drawing together insights from black cultural studies and secularism studies, this book reinvigorates the field of black theology. It argues that black theology can best support the racial justice struggles of today by fully embracing both blackness (as opposed to multiculturalism) and theology (as opposed to religious diversity).
The Bread of the Strong investigates the origins, development, and migration of a Roman Catholic retreat movement founded by Onésime Lacouture, SJ. Although suppressed in its original host region of Québec, it migrated to the United States, thanks largely to John Hugo’s advocacy, and critically influenced Dorothy Day’s spiritual development.
Through close textual analysis, detailed historical contextualization, and critical animal theory Bestiarium Judaicum examines how and to what ends German-Jewish writers (including Freud, Heine, and Kafka) drew upon the vast inventory of verbal and visual images of nonhuman animals disseminated for millennia to bestialize, debase, and justify the persecution of Jews.
Presents an interpretation of power and authority in the Orthodox Christian theological tradition by examining four Byzantine authors on the topic of ecclesiastical hierarchy in theoretical, ritual, and pragmatic contexts. Discusses potential application of the interpretation for 21st century scholars and ecclesial participants.
A biography of experimental poet and spiritual seeker Robert Lax, who inspired Thomas Merton, Jack Kerouac and many others. Using information and stories drawn from journal entries, letters, interviews and the author’s personal recollections, the book chronicles the development of Lax’s distinctive poetic style and a spontaneous, spiritual approach to life he called pure act.
This book chronicles the experiences of undocumented students at Jesuit institutions of higher education. Based on an extensive study that incorporated survey research and in-depth interviews, the study presents the perspectives of students, staff, and the institutions, and is framed within immigration’s historical and legal contexts.
Recounts and analyzes Paul Hanly Furfey’s contribution to Catholic social thought and practice in the fields of sociology, social work, and higher education across the twentieth-century in his roles as priest, scholar, educator, and social reformer.
Edited by Christina M. Gschwandtner
An introduction to Jean-Luc Marion’s philosophical and theological work in the form of a conversation with the author. Marion reflects on major 20th century French figures and their varied influence on his work, while giving an overview of his writings in the history of philosophy, theology, and phenomenology.
Affirmations of body, flesh and matter pervade current theology and inevitably echo with the doctrine of the incarnation. Intercarnations redistributes its flesh, sometimes unrecognizably, in the boundlessly entangled ecologies of the world. These essays attend to matters diversely religious and irreligious, sexed and gendered, social, animal, cosmpolitan, and cosmic.
Fifty years of award-winning photography is celebrated in A Call to Vision: A Jesuit’s Perspective on the World, the final book in the Vision series by Jesuit photographer Don Doll, S.J.
This book presents a fresh understanding of the ethical legacy of the biblical figure of Lot’s wife. It draws on archives of Jewish and Christian thought as well as modern philosophical and literary treatments of the Sodom story to show how Lot’s wife’s fate harbors an ethics of reparative resilience.
Literary analysis and theological interpretation of Catholic, University of Paris chancellor Jean Gerson’s (d. 1429) Donatus moralizatus and Muslim, Sufi scholar ʿAbd al-Karīm al-Qushayrī’s (d. 1072) Naḥw al-qulūb. Argues that the genre of these two religious texts aims to engender saintly readers and uses grammar as metaphor for spiritual realities.
A close reading of Simone Weil’s philosophical and literary writings examining themes of ethical obligation, dispossession and vulnerability in relation to the works of Emmanuel Levinas, Maurice Blanchot and Judith Butler.
A selection of essays by notable phenomenologists and biblical scholars on scriptural texts and interpretive methodology.