Reading Religion Bi-Weekly Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2

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BOOKS REVIEWED, 1/16/2019 to 1/31/2019


African religions

An Intimate Rebuke: Female Genital Power in Ritual and Politics in West Africa (Religious Cultures of African and African Diaspora People). By Laura S. Grillo (Duke University Press, 11/9/18). Reviewed by Dianna Bell.


Ancient Religions

Persian Religion in the Achaemenid Period / la Religion Perse a l'epoque Achemenide (Classica et Orientalia) [English and French Edition]. By Wouter F. M. Henkelman and Celine Redard (eds.) (Harrassowitz, 7/19/17). Reviewed by Jenny Rose.



An Introduction to Buddhism (Core Teachings of Dalai Lama). By The Dalai Lama, Thupten Jinpa (translator) (Shambhala, 7/17/18). Reviewed by John Powers.

Buddhist Spiritual Practices. By David V. Fiordalis (ed) (Dharma Publishing, 3/1/18). Reviewed by Aleksandar Uskokov.

The Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Ethics. By Daniel Cozort and James Mark Shields (eds) (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 5/22/18). Reviewed by Stephen Harris.


Christianity (mostly), history of

Mormonism and the Making of a British Zion (Mormon Studies). By Matthew L. Rasmussen (University of Utah Press, 7/30/16). Reviewed by Philippa Meek.

The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Volume I: Reformation and Identity c. 1520-1662. By Anthony Milton (ed.) (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 4/2/17). Reviewed by Glenn Moots.

Nostradamus: A Healer of Souls in the Renaissance. By Denis Crouzet; Mark Greengrass (trans.) (Polity Press, 12/4/17). Reviewed by Alanna Foster.

Christianization and Commonwealth in Early Medieval Europe: A Ritual Interpretation. By Nathan J. Ristuccia (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 5/1/18). Reviewed by Matthew Bryan Gillis.

Catherine of Siena: A Life of Passion and Purpose. By Andr̩é Vauchez (Paulist Press, 5/1/18). Reviewed by Christina Llanes.

Cluny and the Muslims of La Garde-Freinet: Hagiography and the Problem of Islam in Medieval Europe. By Scott G. Bruce (Cornell University Press, 12/8/2015). Reviewed by Luke Arredondo.

Copts in Context: Negotiating Identity, Tradition, and Modernity (Studies in Comparative Religion). By Nelly Van Doorn-Harder (ed) (University of South Carolina Press, 9/15/17). Reviewed by Monica Mitri.

Keeping the Faith in Christian Higher Education: A History of Roanoke College. By Robert D. Benne (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 8/24/17). Reviewed by Todd C. Ream.


Christianity, biblical interpretation and reception

Faith and Fossils: The Bible, Creation, and Evolution. By Lester L. Grabbe (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 5/1/2018). Reviewed by James C. Ungureanu.

Gospels Before the Book. By Matthew D. C. Larsen (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 8/1/18). Reviewed by Danny Yencich.

The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in America. By Paul C. Gutjahr (ed) (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 12/1/17). Reviewed by Lydia Willsky-Ciollo.


Christianity, ethics and social justice

The New Abolition: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Black Social Gospel. By Gary Dorrien (Yale University Press, 10/13/15). Reviewed by Jamall Andrew Calloway.

Food, Farming and Religion: Emerging Ethical Perspectives (Routledge Environmental Humanities). By Gretel Van Wieren (Routledge, 4/18/18). Reviewed by Adrienne Krone.


Christianity, theology

An Incarnational Model of the Eucharist. By James M. Arcadi (Cambridge University Press, 5/31/18). Reviewed by Joshua Cockayne.

A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament. By Mark W. Hamilton (Oxford University Press, 8/1/18). Reviewed by Joseph Deering.

The World Come of Age: An Intellectual History of Liberation Theology. By Lilian Calles Barger (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 8/1/18). Reviewed by Tyler Davis.

A Victorian Dissenter: Robert Govett and the Doctrine of Millennial Reward. By David E. Seip (Pickwick Publishers, 4/24/18). Reviewed by Steven L. James.

All but Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection of Faith, Gender, and Sexuality. By Nate Collins (Zondervan, 9/12/17). Reviewed by Michelle Morris.

Sin, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation: Christian and Muslim Perspectives. By Lucinda Mosher and David Marshall (eds.) (Georgetown University Press, 4/7/16). Reviewed by Wolfgang Reinbold.


Comparative Religions, Anthropology of Religions

The Geography of Morals: Varieties of Moral Possibility. By Owen Flanagan (Oxford University Press, 10/24/16). Reviewed by Stephen Dawson.

Christian Martyrdom and Political Violence: A Comparative Theology with Judaism and Islam. By Rubén Rosario Rodriguez (Cambridge University Press, 7/13/17). Reviewed by Michael Mc Laughlin.


East Asian Religions, excluding Buddhism-only books

Confucianisms for a Changing World Cultural Order. By Roger T. Ames and Peter D. Hershock (eds.) (University of Hawaii Press, 11/30/17). Reviewed by Bin Song.



A Vaisnava Poet in Early Modern Bengal: Kavikarnapura's Splendour of Speech (Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs). By Rembert Lutjeharms (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 11/1/18). Reviewed by Jeremy Hanes.



Hashtag Islam: How Cyber-Islamic Environments Are Transforming Religious Authority (Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks) . By Gary R. Bunt (University of North Carolina Press, 10/8/18). Reviewed by David Eller.

Sufis, Salafis and Islamists: The Contested Ground of British Islamic Activism. By Sadek Hamid (I.B.Tauris, 5/30/16). Reviewed by Shabana Mir.



The Holocaust in the Crimea and the North Caucasus. By Kiril Feferman (Yad Vashem Publications, 4/1/16). Reviewed by Bakhodir Sidikov.


Philosophy of Religion

The New Atheism, Myth, and History: The Black Legends of Contemporary Anti-Religion . By Nathan Johnstone (Palgrave Macmillan, 6/21/18). Reviewed by Benedikt Göcke.

Restating Orientalism: A Critique of Modern Knowledge. By Wael Hallaq (Columbia University Press, 7/3/18). Reviewed by Lahouari Addi.

Wilderness in America: Philosophical Writings. By Henry Bugbee; David W. Rodick (ed.) (Fordham University Press, 8/8/17). Reviewed by Kip Redick.

Kierkegaard and the Philosophy of Love. By Michael Strawser (Lexington Books, 10/2/2015). Reviewed by Austin C Kopack.

Humanism and the Death of God: Searching for the Good after Darwin, Marx, and Nietzsche. By Ronald E. Osborn (Oxford University Press, 3/26/17). Reviewed by James J. Londis.


Religion & Politics

The Ethics of War and Peace Revisited: Moral Challenges in an Era of Contested and Fragmented Sovereignty. By Daniel R. Brunstetter, Jean-Vincent Holeindre (eds) (Georgetown University Press, 12/11/17). Reviewed by Nicholas Buck.

Freud in Cambridge. By John Forrester and Laura Cameron (Cambridge University Press, 4/17/17). Reviewed by Robert A. Segal.

The Rights Turn in Conservative Christian Politics: How Abortion Transformed the Culture Wars (Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics), The. By Andrew R. Lewis (Cambridge University Press, 4/26/2018). Reviewed by Katherine Dugan.

A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism. By Victoria Smolkin (Princeton University Press, 5/22/18). Reviewed by Kevin Tuite.

Jean Bethke Elshtain: Politics, Ethics, and Society (Catholic Ideas for a Secular World). By Debra Erickson and Michael Le Chevallier (eds) (University of Notre Dame Press, 4/30/2018). Reviewed by Steven Lane.


Religion & Science

The Study of Science and Religion: Sociological, Theological, and Philosophical Perspectives (Church of Sweden Research Series). By Carl Reinhold Bråkenhielm (Pickwick Publications, 6/6/18). Reviewed by Stephen Waldron.


Religion in North America

A Mysterious Life and Calling: From Slavery to Ministry in South Carolina (Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography). By Charlotte S. Riley; Crystal J. Lucky (ed.) (University of Wisconsin Press, 1/19/16). Reviewed by Nicole Martin.

The Pew and the Picket Line: Christianity and the American Working Class (Working Class in American History). By Christopher D. Cantwell, Heath W. Carter, and Janine Giordano Drake (eds.) (University of Illinois Press, 3/30/16). Reviewed by Scot Loyd.

Pathways to Religious Life. By Thomas P. Gaunt (ed) (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 8/7/18). Reviewed by Katarina Schuth.

Switching Sides: How a Generation of Historians Lost Sympathy for the Victims of the Salem Witch Hunt. By Tony Fels (Johns Hopkins University Press, 11/28/17). Reviewed by Laurel Zwissler.


Religion, Art, & Music

Light Come Shining: The Transformations of Bob Dylan (Inner Lives). By Andrew McCarron (Oxford University Press, 1/13/17). Reviewed by Gregory Erickson.

U2 and the Religious Impulse: Take Me Higher (Bloomsbury Studies in Religion and Popular Music). By Scott Calhoun (Bloomsbury, 8/2/18). Reviewed by Amanda Daly Berman.

Interpreting Religion at Museums and Historic Sites (Interpreting History). By Gretchen Buggeln and Barbara Franco (eds) (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated, 8/16/18). Reviewed by Crispin Paine.

Art and Mysticism: Interfaces in the Medieval and Modern Periods (Contemporary Theological Explorations in Mysticism) . By Louise Nelstrop and Helen Appleton (eds) (Routledge, 6/7/18). Reviewed by Jack Pappas.

Religion and the Arts: History and Method (Brill Research Perspectives). By Diane Apostolos-Cappadona (Brill Publishers, 11/16/17). Reviewed by Lieke Wijnia.

The Performance of Religion: Seeing the Sacred in the Theatre. By Cia Sautter (Routledge, 1/6/17). Reviewed by Claire Maria Chambers.


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

Religious Journeys in India: Pilgrims, Tourists, and Travelers . By Andrea Marion Pinkney and John Whalen-Bridge (eds) (State University of New York Press, 9/1/18). Reviewed by Emily McKendry-Smith.


BOOKS RECEIVED, 1/16/2019 to 1/31/2019

African religions

The Making of an African King: Patrilineal and Matrilineal Struggle among the Awutu (Effutu) of Ghana, Revised and Updated. By Anthony Ephirim-Donkor (Lexington Books, 1/4/19).



The Spirit of Zen. By Sam van Schaik (Yale University Press, 1/8/19).


Christianity (mostly), history of

The Body and Desire: Gregory of Nyssa's Ascetical Theology. By Raphael A. Cadenhead (University of California Press, 11/27/18).

The Miraculous Flying House of Loreto: Spreading Catholicism in the Early Modern World. By Karin V̩élez (Princeton University Press, 12/11/18).

The Secular Enlightenment. By Margaret C. Jacob (Princeton University Press, 2/19/19).

The Poor and the Perfect: The Rise of Learning in the Franciscan Order, 1209-1310. By Neslihan Şenocak (Cornell University Press, 4/15/19).


Christianity, biblical interpretation and reception

Text and Context: Vernacular Approaches to the Bible in Global Christianity (Contrapuntal Readings of the Bible in World Christianity). By Melanie Baffes (ed) (Pickwick Publications, 10/24/18).

Latinxs, the Bible, and Migration (The Bible and Cultural Studies). By Efrain Agosto and Jacqueline M. Hidalgo (eds) (Palgrave Macmillian, 10/27/18).


Christianity, contemporary

Burying White Privilege: Resurrecting a Badass Christianity. By Miguel De La Torre (Eerdmans, 12/11/18).

In This World of Wonders: Memoir of a Life in Learning. By Nicholas Wolterstorff (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1/16/19).

Guatemala's Catholic Revolution: A History of Religious and Social Reform, 1920-1968. By Bonar L. Hernández Sandoval (University of Notre Dame Press, 11/30/18).

American Televangelism & Participatory Cultures: Fans, Brands, and Play with Religious "Fakes" (Contemporary Religion and Popular Culture). By Denis J. Bekkering (Palgrave Macmillian, 10/13/2018).

Pope Francis and Interreligious Dialogue: Religious Thinkers Engage with Recent Papal Initiatives (Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue). By Harold Kasimow and Alan Race (eds) (Palgrave Macmillian, 10/30/18).

Transforming Urban Sacred Places in Poland and Germany. By Maciej Kowaleswki and Anna Malgorzata Królikowska (eds) (ISD Distributor of Scholarly Books, 1/2/17).


Christianity, ethics and social justice

Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism. By Kathryn Tanner (Yale University Press, 1/8/19).

Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating, 2nd Ed.. By Norman Wirzba (Cambridge University Press, 11/30/18).


Christianity, not otherwise specified

The Catholic Writings of Orestes Brownson. By Michael P. Federici (University of Notre Dame Press, 11/30/18).


Christianity, theology

Inventing Christic Jesuses: Rules and Warrants for Theology, Volume 2-Christological Recommendations. By Charles A. Wilson (Cascade Books, 11/1/18).

The Kerygmatic Spirit: Apostolic Preaching in the 21st Century. By Amos Yong; Josh P. S. Samuel (ed) (Cascade Books, 11/6/18).

Rhythms of Faithfulness: Essays in Honor of John E. Colwell. By Andy Goodliff and Paul W. Goodliff (eds) (Pickwick Publications, 10/31/18).

God and Creation in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth. By Tyler R. Wittman (Cambridge University Press, 11/30/18).

Maurice Blondel: Transforming Catholic Tradition (Thresholds in Philosophy and Theology). By Robert C. Koerpel (University of Notre Dame Press, 11/30/18).

René Girard and the Nonviolent God. By Scott Cowdell (University of Notre Dame Press, 11/30/18).

Decolonizing Theology in Revolution: A Critical Retrieval of Sergio Arce's Theological Thought (New Approaches to Religion and Power). By Ary Hernández-Albán (Palgrave Macmillan, 11/29/18).

Summa (Quaestiones ordinariae) art. LX-LXII. By Henry of Ghent; Gordon Wilson, Girard Etzkorn and Bernd Goering (eds) (Leuven University Press, 10/11/18).


Comparative Religions, Anthropology of Religions

Confronting Religious Violence: A Counternarrative. By Richard A. Burridge and Jonathan Sacks (eds) (Baylor University Press, 10/1/18).

The Hidden Ear of God: A Comparative Anthropology of Prayer in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. By Stephen C. Headley (Angelico Press, 9/15/18).

The Atlas of Religions in Czechia. By Tomáš Havlìcek, Kamila Klingorová and Jakub Lysák (University of Chicago Press, 1/15/19).



Mountain, Water, Rock, God: Understanding Kedarnath in the Twenty-First Century. By Luke Whitmore (University of California Press, 11/27/18).



The Making of the Medieval Middle East: Religion, Society, and Simple Believers. By Jack Tannous (Princeton University Press, 11/13/18).

From Victims to Suspects: Muslim Women Since 9/11. By Shakira Hussein (Yale University Press, 2/26/19).

Principles for Progress: Essays on Religion and Modernity by Abdu'l Baha (Iranian Studies Series). By Sen McGlinn (trans) (University of Chicago Press, 8/15/18).

Islamic Peace Ethics: Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Contemporary Islamic Thought (Studies on Peace Ethics). By Heydar Shadi (ed) (ISD Distributor of Scholarly Books, 1/17/18).



Refugees or Migrants: Pre-Modern Jewish Population Movement. By Robert Chazan (Yale University Press, 1/8/19).

Dominion Built of Praise: Panegyric and Legitimacy Among Jews in the Medieval Mediterranean (Jewish Culture and Contexts). By Jonathan Decter (University of Pennsylvania Press, 9/14/18).

Writing and Rewriting the Story of Solomon in Ancient Israel. By Isaac Kalimi (Cambridge University Press, 11/30/18).

Doing Business in America: A Jewish History (The Jewish Role in American Life; An Annual Review). By Hasia R. Diner (ed) (Purdue University Press, 12/14/18).

Moses among the Idols: Mediator of the Divine in the Ancient Near East. By Amy L. Balogh (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 9/15/18).

The Bible: The Basics, 2nd Ed.. By John Barton (Routledge, 12/18/18).

Scepticism and Anti-Scepticism in Medieval Jewish Philosophy and Thought (Studies and Texts in Scepticism). By Racheli Haliva (ed) (De Gruyter, Inc., 9/24/18).

The Obligated Self: Maternal Subjectivity and Jewish Thought (New Jewish Philosophy and Thought). By Mara Benjamin (Indiana University Press, 5/24/18).

Amsterdam's Sephardic Merchants and the Atlantic Sugar Trade in the Seventeeth Century. By Yda Schreuder (Palgrave Macmillian, 10/25/18).

Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent (Jewish Lives). By Paul Mendes-Flohr (Yale University Press, 3/26/19).


Philosophy of Religion

Apocalyptic Political Theology: Hegel, Taubes and Malabou. By Thomas Lynch (Bloomsbury Academic, 1/24/19).

The Palgrave Handbook of Radical Theology (Radical Theologies and Philosophies). By Christopher D. Rodkey and Jordan E. Miller (eds) (Palgrave Macmillian, 10/10/18).


Religion & Law

In Quest of Justice: Islamic Law and Forensic Medicine in Modern Egypt. By Khaled Fahmy (University of California Press, 11/13/18).

Law, Religion and Tradition (Law and Religion in Global Context). By Jessica Giles, Andrea Pin and Frank S. Ravitch (eds) (Palgrave Macmillian, 9/27/18).

Euthanasia, Abortion, Death Penalty and Religion - The Right to Life and its Limitations: International Empirical Research (Religion and Human Rights). By Hans-Georg Ziebertz and Francesco Zaccaria (eds) (Palgrave Macmillian, 11/19/18).

Political and Judicial Rights through the Prism of Religious Belief (Religion and Human Rights). By Carl Sterkens and Hans-Georg Ziebertz (eds) (Palgrave Macmillian, 10/24/18).


Religion & Politics

Christianity and American State Violence in Iraq: Priestly or Prophetic? (Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics). By Morrissey Christopher A. (Routledge, 3/12/18).

Understanding Scientific Theories of Origins: Cosmology, Geology, and Biology in Christian Perspective (Biologos Books on Science and Christianity). By Robert C. Bishop, Larry L. Funck, Raymond J. Lewis, Stephen O. Moshier and John H. Walton (InterVarsity Press, 12/4/18).

Chains of Persuasion: A Framework for Religion in Democracy. By Benjamin R. Hertzberg (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 12/26/18).

Full Darkness: Original Sin, Moral Injury, and Wartime Violence. By Brian S. Powers (Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1/10/19).


Religion & Science

Rediscovering the Integral Cosmos: Physics, Metaphysics, and Vertical Causality. By Jean Borella and Wolfgang Smith (Angelico Press, 11/26/18).

Modern Technology and the Human Future: A Christian Appraisal. By Craig M. Gay (InterVarsity Press, 12/11/18).


Religion in North America

The Bahá'í Faith and African American History: Creating Racial and Religious Diversity. By Loni Bramson (Lexington Books, 12/3/18).


Religion, Art, & Music

The Art of Christian Reflection. By Heidi J. Hornik (Baylor University Press, 10/15/18).

Jews, Cinema and Public Life in Interwar Britain. By Gil Toffell (Palgrave Macmillian, 11/4/18).