Reading Religion Bi-Weekly Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 22

Dear Reading Religion Subscribers,

As 2018 draws to a close we want to thank all of our authors, publishers, reviewers, readers, and the American Academy of Religion for their valued and continued support of Reading Religion.  For all of those who stopped by during the 2018 AAR Annual Meeting in Denver, it was great to meet you in person and put a face-to-a-name.  For those who we have yet to "meet," you can always find us at

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Lisa Haygood, Managing Editor


BOOKS REVIEWED, 11/15/2018 to 12/15/2018


Setting Out on the Great Way: Essays on Early Mahāyāna Buddhism. By Paul Harrison (Equinox, 7/1/18). Reviewed by Richard K. Payne.

If You Meet the Buddha on the Road: Buddhism, Politics, and Violence. By Michael Jerryson (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 5/2/18). Reviewed by Paul Hedges.


Christianity (mostly), history of

From Conflict to Communion: Including Common Prayer, 4th Ed.. By The Lutheran World Federation (Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 7/1/16). Reviewed by Gordon Jensen.

Medieval Anchorites in Their Communities (Studies in the History of Medieval Religion). By Cate Gunn and Liz Herbert McAvoy (eds.) (Boydell & Brewer, Limited, 6/16/17). Reviewed by Shelley Wolbrink.


Christianity, contemporary

She Preached the Word: Women's Ordination in Modern America. By Benjamin R. Knoll and Cammie Jo Bolin (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 7/2/18). Reviewed by Emily Zimbrick-Rogers.


Christianity, theology

Militant Grace: The Apocalyptic Turn and the Future of Christian Theology. By Philip G. Ziegler (Baker Academic, 3/20/18). Reviewed by Hank Spaulding.

John Owen: Trajectories in Reformed Orthodox Theology. By Ryan M. McGraw (Palgrave Macmillan, 9/1/17). Reviewed by Yudha Thianto.

Speaking with Aquinas: A Conversation about Grace, Virtue, and the Eucharist. By David Farina Turnbloom (Liturgical Press, 2/27/17). Reviewed by Jane Sloan Peters.

Redescribing Jesus' Divinity Through a Social Science Theory: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Forgiveness and Divine Identity in Ancient Judaism and Mark 2:1-12. By Beniamin Pascut (Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Company KG, 7/1/17). Reviewed by Donald Hartley.


Christianity, biblical interpretation and reception

Blessed Among Women? Mothers and Motherhood in the New Testament. By Alicia D. Myers (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 11/1/17). Reviewed by Cynthia Baker.

New Testament Christological Hymns: Exploring Texts, Contexts, and Significance. By Matthew E. Gordley (InterVarsity Press, 8/7/18). Reviewed by James Yuile.


Christianity, ethics and social justice

Faith in Black Power: Religion, Race, and Resistance in Cairo, Illinois (Civil Rights and Struggle). By Kerry Pimblott (University Press of Kentucky, 1/5/17). Reviewed by Nkosi Anderson.


Christianity, ethics and political theology

Augustine and the Problem of Power: Essays and Lectures of Charles Norris Cochrane. By Charles Norris Cochrane; David Beer (ed) (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 10/3/17). Reviewed by Marie-Pierre Bussières.


Christianity, historical/ biographical

Aelred the Peacemaker: The Public Life of a Cistercian Abbot (Cistercian Studies). By Jean Truax (Liturgical Press, 3/1/17). Reviewed by Line Cecilie Engh.

Julian of Norwich: A Very Brief History (Very Brief Histories). By Janina Ramirez (Society for Promoting Christian, 3/13/18). Reviewed by Frederick C. Bauerschmidt.


Christianity, not otherwise specified

Irenaeus, Joseph Smith, and God-Making Heresy (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Mormon Studies Series). By Adam J. Powell (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 10/30/2015). Reviewed by Anne Kreps.

Playing for God: Evangelical Women and the Unintended Consequences of Sports Ministry (North American Religions). By Annie Blazer (NYU Press, 7/24/2015). Reviewed by Cody Musselman.


Eastern Asian Traditions, excluding Buddhism-only or Hinduism-only books

Friedrich Max Müller and the Sacred Books of the East. By Arie L. Molendijk (Oxford University Press, 10/4/16). Reviewed by Robert Campany.


Indigenous Religions

Religious Revitalization among the Kiowas: The Ghost Dance, Peyote, and Christianity. By Benjamin R. Kracht (University of Nebraska Press, 4/1/18). Reviewed by Angela Tarango.



The Polished Mirror: Storytelling and the Pursuit of Virtue in Islamic Philosophy and Sufism . By Cyrus Ali Zargar (Oneworld Publications, 1/9/18). Reviewed by Shatha Almutawa.

Models of Leadership in the Adab Narratives of Joseph, David, and Solomon: Lament for the Sacred. By Sami Helewa (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 11/1/17). Reviewed by Carlos Grenier.


Judaism/ Jewish Studies, History

Confessions of the Shtetl: Converts from Judaism in Imperial Russia, 1817-1906 (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture). By Ellie R. Schainker (Stanford University Press, 11/16/16). Reviewed by Catriona Kelly.

Gershom Scholem: Master of the Kabbalah (Jewish Lives). By David Biale (Yale University Press, 6/19/18). Reviewed by Joshua Schwartz.


South Asian religions, excluding Hinduism-only or Islam-only books

Against Dharma: Dissent in the Ancient Indian Sciences of Sex and Politics (The Terry Lectures Series). By Wendy Doniger (Yale University Press, 3/20/18). Reviewed by Pinky Hota.


Critical Theory, Methods/Theories in Religious Studies/ Theory of Religion

Uniting History and Theology: A Theological Critique of the Historical Method. By Seth Heringer (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 6/4/18). Reviewed by Donald A. Yerxa.


Religion & Secularism

Something Old, Something New: Contemporary Entanglements of Religion and Secularity. By Wayne Glausser (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 4/2/18). Reviewed by Robert A. Yelle.


BOOKS RECEIVED, 11/15/2018 to 12/15/2018

Religion in North America

Being Viking: Heathenism in Contemporary America (Contemporary and Historical Paganism). By Jefferson F. Calico (Equinox Publishing Limited, 9/30/18).


African religions

The Fetish Revisited: Marx, Freud, and the Gods Black People Make. By J. Lorand Matory (Duke University Press, 11/23/18).



Entering the Way of the Great Vehicle: Dzogchen as the Culmination of the Mahāyanā. By Rongzom Chok Zangpo; Dominic Sur (trans) (Snow Lion, 1/17/17).

the Korean Buddhist Empire: A Transnational History, 1910-1945 (Harvard East Asian Monographs). By Hwansoo Ilmee Kim (Harvard University, Asia Center, 9/10/18).

Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha's Life. By Wendy Garling (Shambhala, 8/30/16).

The Life and Times of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö: The Great Biography by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Other Stories


Christianity (mostly), history of

Religions and Education in Antiquity: Studies in Honour of Michel Desjardins (Numen Book Series). By Alex Damm (Brill, 10/22/18).

To Cast the First Stone: The Transmission of a Gospel Story. By Jennifer W. Knust and Tommy Wasserman (Princeton University Press, 11/13/18).

The Quakers, 1656-1723: The Evolution of an Alternative Community (The New History of Quakerism). By Richard C. Allen and Rosemary Moore (Pennsylvania State University Press, 11/2/18).

Permanent Revolution: The Reformation and the Illiberal Roots of Liberalism. By James Simpson (Harvard University Press, 2/18/19).


Christianity, contemporary

The State of the Evangelical Mind: Reflections on the Past, Prospects for the Future. By Todd C. Ream, Jerry A. Pattengale and Christopher J. Devers (eds) (InterVarsity Press, 12/11/18).

The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church. By Jana Riess (Oxford University Press, 2/1/19).


Christianity, theology

Love Beyond Belief: Finding the Access Point to Spiritual Awareness. By Thandeka (Polebridge Press, 9/4/18).

The Son Who Learned Obedience: A Theological Case Against the Eternal Submission of the Son. By D. Glenn Butner, Jr. (Pickwick Publications, 7/9/18).

The Prayer: 68 Words that Changed the World. By Christopher Levan (Cascade Books, 9/13/18).

The Guide to Gethsemane: Anxiety, Suffering, Death (Perspectives in Continental Philosophy). By Emmanuel Falque; George Hughes (trans) (Fordham University Press, 11/6/18).

Creation and Doxology: The Beginning and End of God's Good World (Center for Pastor Theologians). By Gerald L. Hiestand and Todd Wilson (eds) (IVP Academic, 10/23/18).

The Human Spirit: Beginnings from Genesis to Science. By Marjorie O'Rourke Boyle (Pennsylvania State University Press, 11/1/18).

Intersectional Theology: An Introductory Guide. By Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Susan M. Shaw (Fortress Press, 11/1/18).

Mere Discipleship: Growing in Wisdom and Hope. By Alister E. McGrath (Baylor University Press, 1/1/19).

The Naked Preacher: Action Research and a Practice of Preaching (SCM Research). By Jason C. Boyd (Westminster John Knox, 3/29/18).


Christianity, biblical interpretation and reception

Those Who Weep Shall Laugh: Reversal of Weeping in the Gospel of Luke. By Sung-Min Hong (Pickwick Publishers, 8/22/18).


Christianity, ethics and social justice

Considering Compassion: Global Ethics, Human Dignity, and the Compassionate God. By Frits de Lange and L. Juliana Claassens (eds) (Pickwick Publishers, 9/17/18).

Moral Vision: Seeing the World with Love and Justice. By David Matzko McCarthy and James M. Donohue (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 11/1/18).

Displaced Persons: Theological Reflection on Immigration, Refugees, and Marginalization. By Matthew W. Charlton and Timothy Moore (ed) (General Board of Higher Education & Ministry, 9/1/17).


Christianity, ethics and political theology

Not Peace but a Sword: The Political Theology of the English Revolution, Expanded Edition. By Stephen Baskerville (Pickwick Publications, 8/21/18).

Sovereignty and the Sacred: Secularism and the Political Economy of Religion. By Robert A. Yelle (University of Chicago Press, 11/26/18).

Aquinas and the Market: Toward a Humane Economy. By Mary L. Hirschfeld (Harvard University Press, 11/26/18).


Christianity, historical/ biographical

The Beer Option: Brewing a Catholic Culture, Yesterday & Today. By R. Jared Staudt (Angelico Press, 10/1/18).

The Cult of Thomas Becket: History and Historiography through Eight Centuries (Sanctity in Global Perspectives). By Kay Brainerd Slocum (Routledge, 11/16/18).

As a City on a Hill: The Story of America's Most Famous Lay Sermon. By Daniel T. Rodgers (Princeton University Press, 11/13/18).

Óscar Romero's Theological Vision: Liberation and the Transfiguration of the Poor. By Edgardo Colón-Emeric (University of Notre Dame Press, 10/30/18).

Enchanted Ground: The Spirit Room of Jonathan Koons. By Sharon Hatfield (Ohio University Press, 11/8/18).

Defending the Faith: John Jewel and the Elizabethan Church (Early Modern Studies). By Angela Ranson, André Gazal and Sarah Bastow (eds) (Penn State University, 11/9/18).


Christianity, not otherwise specified

The Beer Option: Brewing a Catholic Culture, Yesterday & Today. By R. Jared Staudt (Angelico Press, 10/1/18).

Christianity and Catastrophe in South Sudan: Civil War, Migration, and the Rise of Dinka Anglicanism (Studies in World Christianity). By Jesse A. Zink (Baylor University Press, 10/1/18).

Christianity in India: Conversion, Community, Development, and Religious Freedom. By Rebecca Samuel Shah and Joel Carpenter (Fortress Press, 11/8/18).

Burning Bodies: Communities, Eschatology, and the Punishment of Heresy in the Middle Ages. By Michael D. Barbezat (Cornell University Press, 12/15/18).


Ancient Near East

The Art of Divination in the Ancient Near East: Reading the Signs of Heaven and Earth. By Stefan M. Maul; Brian McNeil and Alexander Johannes Edmonds (trans) (Baylor University Press, 8/15/18).


Gender/ LGBTQ/ Sexuality Studies

The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective (HBI Series on Jewish Women). By Joy Ladin (Brandeis University Press, 11/1/18).



Islamic Shangri-La: Inter-Asian Relations and Lhasa's Muslim Communities, 1600 to 1960. By David G. Atwill (University of California Press, 10/9/18).


Judaism/ Jewish Studies, History

Divine and Demonic in the Poetic Mythology of the Zohar (IJS Studies in Judaica). By Nathaniel Berman (Brill, 10/11/18).

The Operation Reinhard Death Camps, Revised and Expanded Edition: Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka. By Yitzhak Arad (Indiana University Press, 7/13/18).

How Old Is the Hebrew Bible?: A Linguistic, Textual, and Historical Study (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library). By Ronald Hendel and Jan Joosten (Yale University Press, 11/20/18).

Judaism and the Economy: A Sourcebook. By Michael L. Satlow (ed) (Taylor & Francis Group, 8/30/18).

The Routledge Companion to Jewish History and Historiography (Routledge Companions). By Dean Phillip Bell (ed) (Routledge, 9/27/18).


South Asian religions, excluding Hinduism-only or Islam-only books

Buddhist and Islamic Orders in Southern Asia: Comparative Perspectives. By R. Michael Feener and Anne M. Blackburn (eds) (University of Hawaii Press, 11/30/18).


Critical Theory, Methods/Theories in Religious Studies/ Theory of Religion

Researching Female Faith: Qualitative Research Methods (Explorations in Practical, Pastoral and Empirical Theology). By Nicola Slee, Fran Porter, and Anne Phillips (eds) (Routledge, 11/8/17).

Why Religion?: A Personal Story. By Elaine Pagels (HarperCollins, 11/6/18).

Phenomenology: The Basics. By Dan Zahavi (Routledge, 10/24/18).

Pragmatism and Naturalism: Scientific and Social Injury After Representationalism. By Matthew Bagger (ed) (Columbia University Press, 11/6/18).

Irreverence and the Sacred: Critical Studies in the History of Religions. By Hugh B. Urban and Greg Johnson (eds) (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 11/30/18).

Method Today: Redescribing Approaches to the Study of Religion (Naasr Working Papers). By Brad Stoddard (ed) (Equinox Publishing Limited, 10/1/18).

"Religion" in Theory and Practice: Demystifying the Field for Burgeoning Academics (NAASR Working Papers). By Russell T. McCutcheon (Equinox Publishing Limited, 10/22/18).


Philosophy of Religion

The Asymptote of Love: From Mundane to Religious to God's Love. By James Kellenberger (State University of New York Press, 11/1/18).

The Religious Metaphysics of Vladimir Solovyov. By Alexandre Kojève; Ilya Merlin and Mikhail Pozdniakov (trans) (Palgrave Macmillian, 11/30/18).

Remnants of Hegel: Remains of Ontology, Religion, and Community (SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy). By Felix Duque; Nicholas Walker (trans) (State University of New York Press, 11/1/18).

God, Existence, and Fictional Objects: The Case for Meinongian Theism. By John-Mark L. Miravalle (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 10/18/18).

The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge. By Jeffrey Kripal (Bellevue Literary Press, 3/12/19).

The Emergence of Modern Aesthetic Theory: Religion and Morality in Enlightenment Germany and Scotland (Ideas in Context). By Simon Grote (Cambridge University Press, 11/20/17).


Comparative Religions, Anthropology of Religions

Regimes of Comparatism: Frameworks of Comparison in History, Religion and Anthropology (Jerusalem Studies in Religion and Culture). By Renaud Gagné, Simon Goldhill, and Geoffrey Lloyd (eds) (Brill, 11/5/18).

Passages and Afterworlds: Anthropological Perspectives on Death in the Caribbean (Religious Cultures of African and African Diaspora People). By Maarit Forde and Yanique Hume (eds) (Duke University Press, 12/14/18).


Religion, Art, & Music

A History of Theory and Method in the Study of Religion and Dance (Brill Research Perspectives) . By Kimerer L. LaMothe (Brill, 10/25/18).

The Myth Awakens: Canon, Conservatism, and Fan Reception of Star Wars. By Ken Derry and John C. Lyden (eds) (Cascade Books, 9/13/18).


Religion & Ethics

Strength of Mind: Courage, Hope, Freedom, Knowledge. By Jacob L. Goodson (Cascade Books, 9/19/18).


Religion & History

The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages. By Geraldine Heng (Cambridge University Press, 3/8/18).

Doubting the Divine in Early Modern Europe: The Revival of Momus, the Agnostic God. By George McClure (Cambridge University Press, 6/21/18).


Religion & Law

Pagans and Christians in the City: Culture Wars from the Tiber to the Potomac (Emory University Studies in Law and Religion). By Steven D. Smith (Eerdmans, 11/15/18).


Religion & Literature

George MacDonald in the Age of Miracles: Incarnation, Doubt, and Reenchantment (Hansen Lectureship Series). By Timothy Larsen (InterVarsity Press, 11/20/18).

The Philosophy of Literature: Four Studies. By Donald Phillip Verene (Cascade Books, 9/12/18).

The Story of Myth. By Sarah Iles Johnston (Harvard University Press, 12/3/18).

Giulio Aleni Kouduo Richao and Christian Confucian Dialogism in Late Ming Fujian (Monumenta Serica Monograph Series). By Song Gang (Routledge, 9/4/18).

Imagining the Afterlife in the Ancient World. By Juliette Harrisson (ed) (Routledge, 8/21/18).

Beyond Orality: Biblical Poetry on its Own Terms (The Ancient World). By Jacqueline Vayntrub (Routledge, 3/1/19).


Religion & Science

The Warfare Between Science and Religion: The Idea That Wouldn't Die. By Jeff Hardin, Ronald L. Numbers and Ronald A. Binzley (eds) (Johns Hopkins University Press, 10/15/18).