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Vietnamese Evangelicals and Pentecostalism

The Politics of Divine Intervention

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Vince Le

This book offers an analysis of the historical, theological, and social conditions that give rise to the growth of pentecostalism among contemporary Vietnamese evangelicals. Emerging from the analysis is an understanding of how underprivileged evangelicals have utilized the pentecostal emphasis on divine intervention in their pursuit of the betterment of life amid religious and ethnic marginalization. Within the context of the global growth of pentecostalism, Vietnamese Evangelicals and Pentecostalism shows how people at the grassroots marry the deeply local-based meaning dictated by the particularity of living context and the profoundly universal truth claims made by a religion aspiring to reach all four corners of the earth to enhance life.
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Das Freisinger Lukasbild

Eine byzantinische Ikone und ihre tausendjährige Geschichte

Edited by Carmen Roll, Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie, Catharina Blänsdorf and Heike Stege

Das sogenannte Lukasbild des Freisinger Diözesanmuseums gehört zu den kostbarsten byzantinischen Kunstwerken in Bayern. Zahlreiche Wissenschaftler aus unterschiedlichen historischen und kunsttechnologischen Spezialgebieten haben sich mit ihrer Entstehung, Veränderung und abenteuerlichen Geschichte beschäftigt.

Beiträge eines internationalen Symposiums mit Spezialisten aus Geschichte und Kunstgeschichte, Theologie und Byzantinistik rekonstruieren die mit der Ikone verknüpften Ambitionen. Sie widmen sich u.a. dem Phänomen der Ikone und ihrer wundersamen Entstehung, der Aussagekraft einer Bildreliquie als Kultbild sowie der Frage nach ihrer Einbettung in westliche Repräsentationsformen. In einem internationalen Projekt wurden die Ikone und ihr mit Emailarbeiten kostbar geschmückter Silberbeschlag mit neuesten kunsttechnologischen Methoden untersucht.
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Marthe Hesselmans

In Racial Integration in the Church of Apartheid Marthe Hesselmans uncovers the post-apartheid transformation of South Africa’s Dutch Reformed Church. This church once constituted the religious pillar of the Afrikaner apartheid regime (1948-1994). Today, it seeks to unite the communities it long segregated into one multiracial institution. Few believe this will succeed. A close look inside congregations reveals unexpected stories of reconciliation though. Where South Africans realize they need each other to survive, faith offers common ground – albeit a feeble one. They show the potential, but also the limits of faith communities untangling entrenched national and racial affiliations. Linking South Africa’s post-apartheid transition to religious-nationalist movements worldwide, Hesselmans offers a unique perspective on religion as source of division and healing.
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Corpus Christi

Biblische Vorausbilder, sakramentale Vergegenwärtigung und ekklesiologische Vorwegnahme des ‚neuen Menschen‘

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P. Johannes Cornides

Der Autor untersucht die äußerlich sehr verschiedenen Bedeutungen des Begriffes „Leib Christi“ anhand ihrer biblischen und geistesgeschichtlichen Wurzeln.
Was verbindet den menschlichen, ‚historischen‘ Leib Jesu von Nazareth mit dem ‚sakramentalen Leib Christi‘ (der Eucharistie) und seinem ‚mystischen Leib‘ (der Kirche)? Biblische, rabbinische und patristische Traditionen zu Persönlichkeiten des Alten Testamentes, zu Festen und zu Bildpaaren für ‚korporative Persönlichkeiten‘ veranschaulichen die Identität der Kirche in Beziehung zur Eucharistie, zur Ehe und zum Judentum. Hier liegt der Ausgangspunkt für Antworten auf praktische Fragen der Pastoral und der Ökumene.
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Zwischen Dolorismus und Perfektionismus

Konturen einer politischen Theologie der Verwundbarkeit

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Michaela Neulinger M.A.

Auch nach Jahrhunderten der Auseinandersetzung ist das Verhältnis von Politik und Religion nicht geklärt. Die konfliktiven Begegnungen spitzen sich im Gegenteil neu zu. Wiederkehrende Muster totalitären Redens und Handelns fordern zu einer vertieften Reflexion des Ortes von Religion im Politischen.

In kritischer Auseinandersetzung mit Talal Asads Analysen zum Säkularen stellt sich die Autorin der Frage, welchen Beitrag Religionen zum Gemeinwohl in einer von Säkularität und Pluralität geprägten Zeit leisten können. Der Entwurf einer „Politischen Theologie der Verwundbarkeit“ bringt Perspektiven der Anthropologie, Sozialpsychologie und politischen Theorie ins Gespräch mit der Theologie und zeigt die Notwendigkeit einer produktiven Aufarbeitung der Fragilität menschlicher Existenz als Voraussetzung des Widerstands gegen religiöse und politische Totalitarismen.
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Essays in Ecumenical Theology I

Aims, Methods, Themes, and Contexts

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Ivana Noble

In the first volume of Essays in Ecumenical Theology Ivana Noble depicts differences between what she calls a sectarian outlook and one which engages in the search for common roots, dialogical relationships and shared mission in a world that has largely become post-Christian, but often also post-secular. Drawing on both Western and Orthodox scholarship, and expressing her own positions, Noble sketches what ecumenical theology is, how it is linked to spirituality, the methods it uses, how it developed during the twentieth century, and the challenges it faces. Specific studies deal with controversial interpretations of Jan Hus, Catholic Modernism, the problematic heritage of the totalitarian regimes, and responses to the current humanitarian crisis.
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Peter H. Sedgwick

In The Origins of Anglican Moral Theology Peter H. Sedgwick shows how Anglican moral theology has a distinctive ethos, drawing on Scripture, Augustine, the medieval theologians (Abelard, Aquinas and Scotus), and the great theologians of the Reformation, such as Luther and Calvin. A series of studies of Tyndale, Perkins, Hooker, Sanderson and Taylor shows the flourishing of this discipline from 1530 to 1670. Anglican moral theology has a coherence which enables it to engage in dialogue with other Christian theological traditions and to present a deeply pastoral but intellectually rigorous theological position. This book is unique because the origins of Anglican moral theology have never been studied in depth before.
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Parrhesia

Ancient and Modern Perspectives on Freedom of Speech

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Edited by Peter-Ben Smit and Eva van Urk

Freedom of speech is a fundamental right in many societies, yet also highly contested. As a right, it can only be appreciated if its historical development is taken into account. Parrhesia offers case studies in freedom of speech, its understanding and exercise throughout history. They enable researchers and policymakers alike to gain an awareness of the complexities, challenges and benefits of freedom of speech. The cases that have been selected are from the field of religion and theology, yet exemplary in character and able to shed light on freedom of speech in other parts of society.

Contributors are: Leon van den Broeke, Jan Krans, Silvia Castelli, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, Manfred Lang, Bastian Lemitz, Nils Neumann, Kyriakoula Papademetriou, Dirk Jan Schoon, and Peter-Ben Smit.
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Edited by Emma O’Donnell Polyakov

Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and Interreligious Hermeneutics: Ways of Seeing the Religious Other, edited by Emma O’Donnell Polyakov, examines the hermeneutics of interreligious encounter in contexts of conflict. It investigates the implicit judgments of Judaism and Islam that often arise in response to these conflicts, and explores the implications of these interpretations for relations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Addressing antisemitism and Islamophobia through the tools of interreligious hermeneutics, this volume brings together three distinct discourses: the study of ancient and new tropes of antisemitism as they appear in today’s world; research into contemporary expressions of fear or suspicion of Islam; and philosophical reflections on the hermeneutics of interreligious encounters.
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The Church as Safe Haven

Christian Governance in China

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Edited by Lars Peter Laamann and Joseph Tse-Hei Lee

The Church as Safe Haven conceptualizes the rise of Chinese Christianity as a new civilizational paradigm that encouraged individuals and communities to construct a sacred order for empowerment in modern China. Once Christianity enrooted itself in Chinese society as an indigenous religion, local congregations acquired much autonomy which enabled new religious institutions to take charge of community governance. Our contributors draw on newly-released archival sources, as well as on fieldwork observations investigating what Christianity meant to Chinese believers, how native actors built their churches and faith-based associations within the pre-existing social networks, and how they appropriated Christian resources in response to the fast-changing world. This book reconstructs the narratives of ordinary Christians, and places everyday faith experience at the center.

Contributors are: Christie Chui-Shan Chow, Lydia Gerber, Melissa Inouye, Diana Junio, David Jong Hyuk Kang, Lars Peter Laamann, Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, George Kam Wah Mak, John R. Stanley, R. G. Tiedemann, Man-Shun Yeung.