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Emerging Voices, Urgent Choices

Essays on Latino / a Religious Leadership


Edwin Hernández, Milagros Peña, Kenneth Davis and Elizabeth Station

The strength of U.S. Hispanic churches is an untold story documented in Emerging Voices, Urgent Choices: Essays on Latino/a Religious Leadership. In this pioneering volume, experts from various disciplines examine the remarkable contribution of Hispanic churches to U.S. society and the challenges their leaders face in serving the country’s growing Latino population.
Chapters analyze success stories in Latino/a ministry, specific issues for Catholic leadership and Protestant denominations, and the political and community-serving activities of diverse congregations.
Together, the essays demonstrate how Hispanic churches of every denomination are generating social capital in neglected communities. The book updates previous research on religion that largely ignores U.S. Latino/as, and adds a new dimension to Latino Studies scholarship by recognizing the important role that religion plays in Hispanic life.

Hubert J.M. Hermans

In this contribution a dialogical view of self and identity is proposed. With this purpose in mind, a historical overview of some of the main theoretical developments are discussed: Erikson’s identity theory, James’ theory on the self and its expansion in later cognitive and narrative approaches. Particular attention is devoted to the metaphor of the polyphonic novel as proposed by the literary scholar Bakhtin. Instigated by this metaphor, the concept of the dialogical self is developed in which the notion of ‘voice’ is central. It is argued that the dialogical self allows to study not only verbal but also non-verbal aspects of the self and, moreover, opens the realm of collective voices in society. Finally, it is argued that the dialogical self can be considered as a response to post-modern views of self and society which focus on the problem of emptiness and fragmentation.

Vox Theologiae

Boldness and Humility in Public Theological Speech

James Eglinton

under the term vox theologiae (the voice of theology); although my attempt to do so will draw primarily on sources that reflect my location within a particular Christian theological tradition, I do not attempt to limit this discussion to that particular tradition. Rather, I will move towards an

Judith Perkins

ANIMAL VOICES J udith P erkins Abstract This article suggests that the presence of talking animals in the Apocryphal Acts of Paul, Peter, Thomas and Phillip, examples of Christian prose fi ction, shows a Christian intervention in a wider cultural discussion taking place in the period about human


Edited by Christopher Hartney and Daniel Tower

This volume significantly advances the academic debate surrounding the taxonomy and the categorisation of ‘indigenous religion’. Developing approaches from leading scholars in the field, this edited volume provides the space for established and rising voices to discuss the highly problematic topic of how indigenous 'religion' can be defined and conceptualised. Constructing the Indigenous highlights the central issues in the debate between those supporting and refining current academic frameworks and those who would argue that present thinking remains too dependant on misunderstandings that arise from definitions of religion that are too inflexible, and from problems caused by the World Religion paradigm. This book will prove essential reading for those that wish to engage with contemporary discussions regarding the definitions of religion and their relations to the indigenous category.


Calvin L. Smith

This interdisciplinary study breaks new ground by exploring relations between Protestants (mainly Pentecostals) and the Sandinistas in revolutionary Nicaragua, which to date have received scant attention. It challenges the view that most Protestants supported the Sandinistas (in fact, the majority vigorously opposed them) and establishes why many believed Nicaragua was heading towards communism or totalitarianism. Meanwhile, the Sandinistas expressed irritation with Pentecostalism’s otherworldliness and support for Israel. Pentecostals were harassed, even brutally repressed in the northern highlands, leading many to join the Contras. That a minority of Protestants supported the Sandinistas caused further problems.
Pentecostals and Sandinistas were ideological rivals offering an alternative vision to the poor: revolution or revival. As Pentecostalism exploded, a collision between the two was inevitable.

San van Eersel, Peter Sleegers and Chris Hermans

2010. Abstract What opportunities are students offered to author themselves as religious persons in interreli- gious classroom communication? There are two conditions for authoring: (1) allowing for a variety of voices of religion, and (2) stimulating interaction between different voices of religion

Maria Vliek

with right-wing populists, which Namazie has refuted. 4 During the conference, panelists and speakers stressed time and again the ‘incommensurable divide’ between Islam and secularism. 5 They asserted their authority to do so by claiming to be ‘a voice from within’—a voice that assumes that

Tim Karis

part of the latter: “We do this because we’re humanists, people who shape our own lives in the here and now, because we believe it’s the only life we get” ( ). Sample & Methods In the struggle of the nss and bha to get secular voices included into Thought for the Day

The Future of the Study of Religion

Proceedings of Congress 2000


Edited by Slavica Jakelic and Lori Pearson

This volume brings together diverse voices from various fields within religious and theological studies for a conversation about the proper objects, goals, and methods for the study of religion in the twenty-first century. It approaches these questions by way of the most recent contemporary challenges, debates, and developments in the field, and provides a forum in which contending perspectives are tested and contested by their proponents and opponents. Contributors address topics such as: the connection between the ‘normative’ and the ‘scientific’ approaches to the study of religion, the meaning of religion in a context of globalization, the relation between religious studies and religious traditions, the viability of comparative and cultural studies of religious phenomena, and the future of gender studies in religion.