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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Seeks to understand the prevailing conception of government in the light of an important transformation in the idea of politics brought about by Christianity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This collection examines the intersections of religion and “new” materialisms. Calling upon an interdisciplinary throng of scholars in science studies, religious studies, and theology, it assembles a multiplicity of experimental perspectives on materiality: what is matter, how does it materialize, and what sort of worlds are enacted in its varied entanglements with divinity?
Framing the Christian defense of marital monogamy against Ephesians 5’s suggestion that all believers are married in Christ, this book argues for the presence of competing marriage theologies in four Shakespeare plays: The Comedy of Errors, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, and The Winter’s Tale.
The book explores the complex relationship between contemporary art and religion. It focuses on the ways artists re-appropriate religious motifs as a means to reflect critically on our desire to believe in images, on the history of seeing them, and on their double power – iconic and political.
Edited by Christina M. Gschwandtner
A phenomenological reflection on central aspects of Christian revelation: the practice of faith, the obligation and role of the baptized Christian, the gift of the sacraments, the future of Catholicism, the role of the Christian intellectual, examined always in light of their inherent rationality and relationship to philosophical reason.
Edited by Jeff Fort
Jean-Luc Nancy provides an analysis of the anti-Semitic aspects of Heidegger’s recently published Black Notebooks. Nancy refers to a philosophical or “historial” anti-Semitism marked, nonetheless, by the “banality” of ordinary anti-Semitism pervading Europe. Heidegger’s thought is placed in the broader context of the European (especially Christian) impulse toward new beginnings.