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Nature, Order and the Divine
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This volume explores important aspects of the life and writings of Anselm of Canterbury. His is a world in which the created order with its hierarchies of natures and roles manifests a divine order that proceeds from the divine nature.
Individual chapters examine Anselm’s understanding of rectitude, truth, justice and redemption, the relationship of free will and grace and of faith and reason, whether and how we can speak of or reject the divine, Anselm’s approach to death, his understanding of the superiority of monasticism in the social and spiritual order, and the role that angels play in his metaphysical and theological arguments.
A Dialectical Inquiry into the Rationality of Religion
The Devil’s Advocate versus God’s Honest Truth is a scholarly monograph exploring the rationality of religion, particularly the tenability of theism, through a dialectical analysis of plausible arguments for the existence of God versus reasonable grounds for suspicion. It offers a comprehensive and balanced coverage of the issues, inviting readers to reflect and ponder the subject in its full scope. The book does not, however, compromise on delivering the objectivity required in an area so dominated by sectarian scholarship and polarized beyond reconciliation.
There is no religion lest there are two religions. Therefore, it is only possible to examine the history of religions by taking the crucial situations of contact into account. Contact needs concepts. Not only scholars but also participants in situations of contact are forced to conceptualize themselves and the other. Taking its point of departure from the contact-based approach to the study of religion, the present volume examines and reassesses a selection of concepts and models (attraction, dynamics and stability, tradition, transcendence/immanence, senses, secret, space) used to come to terms with the phenomenon of contact as the dynamizing element of the history of religions.
Light of the Nations is a philosophical work written by the Jewish intellectual and eminent biblical commentator Obadiah Sforno (ca. 1475–1550). His treatise, an apology for both Jewish and universal monotheistic beliefs, was published in Hebrew in 1537 under the title Or ‘Ammim and was translated by the author into Latin as Lumen Gentium in 1548. Written in the style of a classical medieval Scholastic summa, the treatise’s multilingual and multicultural dimensions reveal key humanist ideas that prevailed in the cities of northern Italy during the early modern period, while also speaking to its author’s abiding exegetical rationality.
This volume follows the paradoxical trajectory of patristic studies in early modern Europe, from their full confessionalization in the mid-16th century to the emergence of ‘fringe patristics’ within minority groups in the early 18th century. The appeal to the Fathers, which was meant to buttress established orthodoxies, powerfully contributed to their dissolution in the internal strifes of 17th-century churches, especially on grace and predestination. An ample English introduction, with very rich notes, surveys the flourishing field of patristic reception and advocates for a historical, rather than theological or literary, approach.
This study covers a period of some seventy-five years, from the abolition of right of qadam (priority) in 1905 until the adoption of the Law Concerning the Regulations for the Sufi Orders of 1976 by the Egyptian Parliament. During this period, regulations for the Sufi orders were contested and remained in limbo when amendments proposed by the shaykhs of the orders continued to be rejected by the mufti of Egypt.

The abolition of right of qadam generated a proliferation of Sufi orders. A core realm of sufi orders recognized by the authorities was known as "official Sufi orders". A larger group of Sufi orders emerged which did not have official recognition and was referred to as "free Sufi orders". The history of the Sufi orders in both categories in the post-qadam era is at the centre of the present study.
Receptio patristica investigates the reception of early Christian literature from Antiquity to the present. The series welcomes studies on the afterlife of canonical, ‘heretical’ and anonymous authors whose works were written and/or transmitted in Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Ge'ez, Arabic, Georgian, and Armenian. Equally welcome are studies focusing on ecclesiastical texts which defy the notion of single authorship, such as conciliar acts, catenae, anthologies, commentaries, and chronologies.
Taking into account other traditions, especially Judaism, Islam, and the Greek and Roman classics, and fostering multidisciplinary approaches, Receptio patristica integrates the recent evolution of reception and translation studies with more traditional methodologies of textual criticism, history, and iconography. Its authors and target readership range from literary scholars and historians of Christianity to philosophers, theologians, and book and art historians.