• History
      September 2016

      Destroyer of the gods

      Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World

      by Larry W. Hurtado

      "Silly," "stupid," "irrational," "simple." "Wicked," "hateful," "obstinate," "anti-social." "Extravagant," "perverse." The Roman world rendered harsh judgments upon early Christianity—including branding Christianity "new." Novelty was no Roman religious virtue.Nevertheless, as Larry W. Hurtado shows in Destroyer of the gods, Christianity thrived despite its new and distinctive features and opposition to them. Unlike nearly all other religious groups, Christianity utterly rejected the traditional gods of the Roman world. Christianity also offered a new and different kind of religious identity, one not based on ethnicity. Christianity was distinctively a "bookish" religion, with the production, copying, distribution, and reading of texts as central to its faith, even preferring a distinctive book-form, the codex. Christianity insisted that its adherents behave differently: unlike the simple ritual observances characteristic of the pagan religious environment, embracing Christian faith meant a behavioral transformation, with particular and novel ethical demands for men. Unquestionably, to the Roman world, Christianity was both new and different, and, to a good many, it threatened social and religious conventions of the day.In the rejection of the gods and in the centrality of texts, early Christianity obviously reflected commitments inherited from its Jewish origins. But these particular features were no longer identified with Jewish ethnicity and early Christianity quickly became aggressively trans-ethnic—a novel kind of religious movement. Its ethical teaching, too, bore some resemblance to the philosophers of the day, yet in contrast with these great teachers and their small circles of dedicated students, early Christianity laid its hard demands upon all adherents from the moment of conversion, producing a novel social project. Christianity’s novelty was no badge of honor. Called atheists and suspected of political subversion, Christians earned Roman disdain and suspicion in equal amounts. Yet, as Destroyer of the gods demonstrates, in an irony of history the very features of early Christianity that rendered it distinctive and objectionable in Roman eyes have now become so commonplace in Western culture as to go unnoticed. Christianity helped destroy one world and create another. ; PrefaceIntroductionChapter 1. Early Christians and Christianity in the Eyes of Non-ChristiansChapter 2. A New Kind of FaithChapter 3. A Different IdentityChapter 4. A "Bookish" ReligionChapter 5. A New Way to LiveConclusionAppendixNotesIndex of Ancient SourcesIndex of Subjects and Modern Authors

    • Anglican & Episcopalian Churches, Church of England
      January 2014

      Anglican Identities (new edition)

      by Rowan Williams (By (author))

      Is there an ‘Anglican identity’? Or is living with the tension between different temperaments and histories itself at the heart of the genius of Anglicanism? Anglican Identities draws together studies and profiles by Rowan Williams that sympathetically explore approaches to scripture, tradition, and authority that are very different – yet at the same time distinctively Anglican. William Tyndale, Richard Hooker, George Herbert, B. F. Westcott, Michael Ramsey, and John A. T. Robinson are among the writers and theologians whose work he explores. Anglican Identities conveys the richness of the Anglican mosaic without ducking the difficult question of how far diversity can stretch.

    • Church history
      January 2014

      Why Study the Past? (new edition)

      The Quest for the Historical Church

      by Rowan Williams (By (author))

      The old saying about being condemned to repeat the history we don’t know applies to Church history as much as to anything else. But we are often at a loss to know how to approach it. Much of what passed once for Church history was propagandist; and much of the best now written is brilliantly done but apparently detached from the Church’s present needs. We need a theological approach to Church history but not one that is just partisan. In seeking to explore this need, Rowan Williams offers some reflection on how we think about the past in general – a complex issue in today’s culture. Emerging from this is a sense of the importance of Church history as something that deepens our present thinking and obliges us to think with more varied and resourceful analogies about our present problems.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      October 2018

      Religion und Gesellschaft

      Sinnstiftungssysteme im Konflikt

      by Friedrich Wilhelm Graf, Jens-Uwe Hartmann

      Religion ist auf die Agenda moderner Gesellschaften zurückgekehrt. Vor allem außerhalb Europas entfalten religiöse Akteure verstärkt große Mobilisierungskraft, erzeugen mit ihren Sinnangeboten aber auch neue Konflikte. Religion kann zur Integration von Gesellschaften beitragen, aber auch Polarisierungstendenzen verstärkender jeweils Anderen, Fremden begründen. Die Schattenseiten religiösen Bewusstseins werden ebenso erkundet wie neue charismatische Christentümer sowie die Faszinationskraft alternativer Sinnstiftungsangebote bis hin zur Esoterik.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      September 2018

      Liber II (De rerum humanarum natura et statu)

      Zweite Rezension/Zweiter Halbband

      by José Declerck

      The second half-volume of the second recension contains the stoicheia zeta to omega.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      September 2018

      Liber II (De rerum humanarum natura et statu)

      Zweite Rezension/Erster Halbband

      by José Declerck

      Volume VIII/6 includes the reconstruction of the second recension of the second book ("On Man") of the Sacra (Parallela). The edition provides a detailed description of the manuscript legacy and a presentation of the source tradition.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      August 2018

      The Bishop and the Apostle

      Cyprian's Pastoral Exegesis of Paul

      by Edwina Murphy

      The series Studies of the Bible and Its Reception (SBR) publishes monographs and collected volumes which explore the reception history of the Bible in a wide variety of academic and cultural contexts. Closely linked to the multi-volume project Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR), this book series is a publication platform for works which cover the broad field of reception history of the Bible in various religious traditions, historical periods, and cultural fields. Volumes in this series aim to present the material of reception processes or to develop methodological discussions in more detail, enabling authors and readers to more deeply engage and understand the dynamics of biblical reception in a wide variety of academic fields. Further information on „The Bible and Its Reception“.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      October 2018

      Animal Kingdom of Heaven

      Anthropozoological Aspects in the Late Antique World

      by Ingo Schaaf

      MILLENNIUM pursues an interdisciplinary approach transcending historical eras. The editorial board and the advisory board represent a wide range of disciplines - contributions from art and literary studies are just as welcome as historical, theological and philosophical contributions on both the Latin and Greek and the Oriental cultures. The STUDIES present relevant monographs or collections of papers from across the whole range of topics. The YEARBOOK contains authoritative articles. As the links between the various articles are sketched out in a comprehensive editorial, their diversity is intended to encourage dialogue between the disciplines and national research cultures. MILLENNIUM does not publish individual reviews, but does on occasions produce literature surveys. The languages of publication are principally English and German, but articles in French, Italian and Spanish can also be accommodated.

    • Christianity
      April 2014


      A comprehensive account of the history, philosophy and practice of Catholic Christianity and a guide to the most significant saints

      by Tessa Paul

      An extensive overview of Catholicism s rich history, beginning with the life of Christ and the Apostles through the medieval period until modern times Describes the significance and traditions of Catholic ritual, with a guide to important festivals and holy days Examines the life and work of hundreds of saints, with information about their feast days and patronage

    • Christianity
      October 2017


      A comprehensive account of the history, philosophy and practice of Catholic Christianity and a guide to the most significant saints

      by Tessa Paul, Consultant: Reverend Ronald Creighton-Jobe

      With its spiritual, cultural and historical heritage spanning over 2000 years, the Catholic religion has an incredible influence across the globe and a special place in the hearts and minds of millions. This comprehensive book provides a detailed insight into the world of Catholicism as well as featuring a visual encyclopedia of its saints. The book opens with a wide-ranging survey of Catholic history. The second section on Catholic doctrine looks at the principles of Catholic belief and practice. Finally, a section on saints and sainthood tells the story of 500 saints. Lavishly illustrated, this book offers an insightful guide to a complex and rich religion. CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • History of religion
      July 2017


      A comprehensive guide to the history, philosophy and practice of Catholic Christianity, with more than 500 beautiful illustrations

      by Reverend Ronald Creighton-Jobe

      Beginning with the life of Christ, the key events in the Christian story are retold and introduced within their historical context in this beautiful book. The second section discusses the Catholic doctrine, including the Holy Trinity, the Eucharist, the role of Mary, and heaven, hell, and purgatory. The final section of the book looks at the contemporary practice of Catholicism, while also discussing important days in the Catholic year. Lavishly illustrated with more than 500 paintings, statues, maps and photographs, this book offers fresh insight into a religion which remains a potent force in millions of people's lives around the world. A complete introduction to Catholicism's central religious texts, teachings and doctrines. A comprehensive history of the Catholic Church from the life of Christ and the stories of the Apostles to the building of St Peter's in Rome, the rise of Monasticism and the Reformation, and to Catholicism today. Discusses the philosophical doctrines central to the religion, and explains the symbolism of Catholic traditions including the Holy Sacraments, Penance, Last Rites and the Burial Service. Stunningly illustrated with over 500 photographs, paintings, sculptures, maps, timelines and artworks. CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Roman Catholicism, Roman Catholic Church
      January 2004

      At the Heart of the World

      by Cormac Murphy-O'Connor (By (author))

      Part personal memoir and part reflection on the challenges that face the Church in the contemporary world. A vision for the future of the Church marked by joy, hope and integrity. Cormac Murphy-O’Connor’s first book as Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster is part personal memoir and part reflection on the challenges that face the Church in the contemporary world. He looks back with affection and wry humour at his own personal faith journey, with its Irish Catholic roots, English upbringing, and training for the priesthood in Rome. He considers questions of authority and leadership in the church, shares his passionate commitment to the search for Christian unity, and urges the renewal of parish life through the small communities which, he believes, ‘are the secret of the future’. A unique vision for the future of the church and its role in the revitalisation of society emerges, marked by joy and hope as well as realism, integrity and humility.

    • Christian Churches & denominations
      September 2009

      Church on Trial

      by Jessica Rose (By (author))

      ‘I find it difficult to know whether to go to church or not. Sometimes I walk in there, and it is quite obviously God’s house. … I feel completely at home. Then there are other times when it is as though I knock at the door and the person answering appears with a clipboard and says ‘God? Did you say you were looking for God? … No. Sorry. No one of that name here.’ In Church on Trial Jessica Rose takes a critical look at the contemporary church. In interviews with a range of people about their experience of church she examines what it is about the church that is distinctive, and why people continue to seek it out. In putting the institutional church on trial, she asks the compelling question, what is the church for in a world where church-going is marginal, and where for many the church is an increasingly irrelevant institution. Towards answering this question she examines the Eucharist, the central and defining act of worship for all Christians. She seeks to discover how, through petty differences and more serious cases of pastoral abuse, fallings out, as well as times of great joy and sense of community, the church can yet be a representation of the Body of Christ on earth.

    • Calvinist, Reformed & Presbyterian Churches
      January 2004

      Following in the Footsteps of Christ

      The Anabaptist Tradition

      by C. Arnold Snyder (By (author))

      Anabaptist spirituality has been described as ‘both Catholic and Protestant’, a sixteenth-century ascetic lay reform movement inspired both by currents of pre-Reformation devotion to Christ and the Reformation call to return to Scripture. Because of their insistence on adult baptism, followers - often illiterate artisans and peasants with no formal theological education - met widespread persecution. Arnold Snyder’s sympathetic study draws on court records to give an intimate glimpse into their convictions, practices and spirituality, and shows the continuing relevance and significance of Anabaptist ideas for contemporary Christians.

    • Christian Churches & denominations
      March 2011

      Freedom and Responsibility

      A Search for Harmony - Human Rights and Personal Dignity

      by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow (By (author))

      Freedom and Responsibility: A Search for Harmony is a remarkable personal vision of a ‘multi-polar’ future for the world by the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church. Two antagonistic systems are ranged against each other, one liberal, secular and humanistic, the other religious and traditionalist. Patriarch Kirill draws on the bitter experience of the Russian people in the twentieth century to illustrate the dangers of totalitarianism and how grave the break with one’s spiritual roots can be for civilization. Rather than a struggle to the death between competing value systems, he proposes instead the way of co-existence, grounded in mutual respect for moral categories that are common to all. He calls not for liberal values to be abandoned but to be supplemented by other cultural and philosophical systems, and to create a harmony between the two, not just with declarations of mutual friendship and respect but also through the reform of law and global governance. The Patriarch shares the concerns of Pope Benedict XVI for the dangers of moral relativism. ‘The Catholic and the Orthodox Churches are, it seems, the only allies in the tough struggle between secular liberalism infected with the bacillus of self-destruction and bearers of the forward-looking idea of human salvation.’ Freedom and Responsibility is an invaluable introduction to the thinking of the Russian Orthodox Church on the relations between the Church and the wider world.

    • Roman Catholicism, Roman Catholic Church
      December 2009

      John Henry Newman

      Mind Alive

      by Roderick Strange (By (author))

      An introduction to John Henry Newman’s life and significance, aimed at the student and thoughtful general reader. The book draws out Newman’s relevance to issues facing the Church in our own day.

    • Church history
      January 2008

      Letting God be God

      The Reformed Tradition

      by David Cornick (By (author))

      This lively and insightful exploration of Reformed identity first traces the historical development of the Reformed tradition, from Calvin and Zwingli to the Iona Community and Taizé, before comparing and contrasting theology and the practice of prayer across a variety of Reformed writers. Election, its Biblical roots and socio-political consequences, is at the core of Reformed experience, and David Cornick considers how the doctrine of election was appropriated, and its effect on spirituality.

    • Anglican & Episcopalian Churches, Church of England
      February 2012

      The state of the Church and the Church of the State

      Re-imagining the Church of England for our world today

      by Michael Turnbull (By (author)), Donald McFadyen (By (author))

      Many people, including those who are not regular churchgoers, have a sense that the Church of England is important for the nation’s well-being, and that we would be the poorer without it. Can our Christian foundations laid in the past provide the inspiration, the vision, for new life together in the third millennium? Is the Church in a fit state to play a positively influential role in England today? Including inspiring examples of where the Church is bringing new life to communities and national life, Michael Turnbull and Donald McFadyen offer hope for the Church and state, in the belief that together they can become a nation where together people flourish, resulting in a godly ‘big society’.

    • Other Nonconformist & Evangelical Churches

      Seeking God’s Kingdom

      The Nonconformist Social Gospel in Wales 1906-1939

      by Robert Pope (Author)

      This book outlines the impact of liberal theology on Nonconformist Wales, tracing the development of a liberal consensus and the work of four Nonconformist thinkers who were involved in the call to develop a ‘social gospel’ in the years 1906–1939. It analyses the strengths and weaknesses of the work of these four thinkers, and shows that different patterns of thinking emerged from the mid-1920s which resulted in the work of these particular men being eclipsed.

    • Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
      May 2013

      Insular Christianity

      Alternative models of the Church in Britain and Ireland, c.1570–c.1700

      by Edited by Robert Armstrong and Tadhg Hannrachain

      This collection of essays on the alternative establishments which both Presbyterians and Catholics attempted to create in Britain and Ireland offers a dynamic new perspective on the evolution of post-reformation religious communities. Deriving from the Insular Christianity project in Dublin, the book combines essays by some of the leading scholars in the field with work by brilliant and upcoming researchers. The contributions, all of which were commissioned, range from synoptic essays which fill in gaps in the existing historiography to tightly coherent research essays that break new ground with regard to a series of central institutional and intellectual issues and problems. This is a book which will appeal to all those interested in the religious history of early modern Britain and Ireland.

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