Reading Religion Bi-Weekly Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 6

Dear Reading Religion Subscribers:

With spring breaks either nearing their end or already in the past, and summer vacations on the horizon, now is the time to choose that book (or books) that you’ll relax, enjoy, and enlighten your free time with.  Join us as we celebrate “READING RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD.”  Snap a selfie of the fascinating new title that you are reading, tell us where you are, post it on our Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #RRAroundtheWorld, and you’ll be entered in our 2019 READING RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD contest.  Photos with the most likes, shares, and retweets as of September 30, 2019 will win an official Reading Religion backpack.

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BOOKS REVIEWED, 3/16/2019 to 3/31/2019


Repentance Ritual of the Emperor of Liang. By Buddhist Text Translation Society (Buddhist Text Translation Society, 11/1/16). Reviewed by John L. Thompson.


Christianity (mostly), history of

City of Saints: Rebuilding Rome in the Early Middle Ages (The Middle Ages Series). By Maya Maskarinec (University of Pennsylvania Press, 3/13/18). Reviewed by Michele Salzman.

Methodist Worship: Mediating the Wesleyan Liturgical Heritage (Routledge Methodist Studies Series). By R. Matthew Sigler (Routledge, 6/27/18). Reviewed by Martin V. Clarke.

Luther, Conflict, and Christendom: Reformation Europe and Christianity in the West. By Christopher Ocker (Cambridge University Press, 8/31/18). Reviewed by Jarrett A. Carty.

Jesus: A Very Brief History (Very Brief Histories). By Helen K. Bond (Society for Promoting Christian, 3/13/18). Reviewed by Julius-Kei Kato.


Christianity, biblical interpretation and reception

New Creation: A Primer on Living in the Time Between the Times. By Rodney Clapp (Cascade Books, 8/15/18). Reviewed by Daniel M. Bell.

Reading Mark's Christology under Caesar: Jesus the Messiah and Roman Imperial Ideology. By Adam Winn (InterVarsity Press, 9/18/18). Reviewed by Daniel B. Glover.

American Slavery and the Immediate Duty of Southern Slaveholders: A Transcription of Eli Washington Caruthers’s Unpublished Manuscript against Slavery . By Jack R. Davidson (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 7/11/18). Reviewed by Stephen R. Haynes.


Christianity, contemporary

Latino Protestants in America: Growing and Diverse. By Mark T. Mulder, Aida I. Ramos, and Gerardo Marti (eds.) (Rowman & Littlefield, 3/9/17). Reviewed by Jonathan Calvillo.

Evangelical Scholarship, Retrospects and Prospects: Essays in Honor of Stanley N. Gundry. By Verlyn Verbrugge (Zondervan, 12/12/17). Reviewed by Daniel Roeber.

This Is Our Message: Women's Leadership in the New Christian Right. By Emily S. Johnson (Oxford University Press, 1/4/19). Reviewed by L. Benji Rolsky.

Still Evangelical?: Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning. By Mark Labberton (ed) (IVP Books, 1/23/18). Reviewed by Michael Laffin.


Christianity, ethics and social justice

Gay on God's Campus: Mobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Universities. By Jonathan S. Coley (University of North Carolina Press, 3/5/18). Reviewed by Philip Francis.

Scripture and Social Justice: Catholic and Ecumenical Essays. By Anathea E. Portier-Young and Gregory E. Sterling (eds) (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 8/10/18). Reviewed by Taylor Kerby.

Addicted to Christ: Remaking Men in Puerto Ricon Pentecostal Drug Ministries. By Helena Hansen (University of California Press, 4/24/18). Reviewed by Alejandro Stephano Escalante.

One in Christ: Chicago Catholics and the Quest for Interracial Justice. By Karen J. Johnson (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 8/1/18). Reviewed by Cecilia Moore.


Christianity, theology

Pentecostalism: Insights from Africa and the African Diaspora. By Clifton R. Clarke (Cascade Books, 5/24/18). Reviewed by Katerina Hatzikidi.

Redeeming Relationship, Relationships That Redeem: Free Sociability and the Completion of Humanity in the Thought of Friedrich Schleiermacher (Religion in Philosophy and Theology). By Matthew Ryan Robinson (Mohr Siebek, 8/1/18). Reviewed by Andrew Dole.


Comparative Religions, Anthropology of Religions

Postsecular Feminisms: Religion and Gender in Transnational Context . By Nandini Deo (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 7/26/18). Reviewed by Simi K. Salim.

Peacemaking and the Challenge of Violence in World Religions. By Irfan A. Omar and Michael K. Duffey (eds) (Wiley-Blackwell, 6/22/15). Reviewed by Pamela Couture.

Mirrors of Passing: Unlocking the Mysteries of Death, Materiality, and Time. By Sophie Seebach and Rane Willerslev (eds) (Berghahn Books, Incorporated, 7/1/18). Reviewed by Cynthia Hogan.


Comparative Religions, Anthropology of Religions

Religion and Modernity: An International Comparison. By Detlef Pollack and Gergely Rosta (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 2/14/18). Reviewed by Shifa Noor.

Friendship across Religions: Theological Perspectives on Interreligious Friendship (Interreligious Reflections). By Alon Goshen-Gottstein (ed.) (Wipf and Stock, 8/8/18). Reviewed by Rachel Rupprecht.


East Asian Religions, excluding Buddhism-only books

Philosophers of the Warring States: A Sourcebook of Chinese Philosophy. By Kurtis Hagen and Steve Coutinho (eds) (Broadview Press, 10/5/18). Reviewed by Jiangxue Han.

A Social History of the Ise Shrines: Divine Capital (Bloomsbury Shinto Studies). By Mark Teeuwen and John Breen (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 2/9/17). Reviewed by Alexander Sogo.


Indigenous Religions

Restoring the Chain of Memory: T.G.H. Strehlow and the Repatriation of Australian Indigenous Knowledge. By James L. Cox (Equinox Publishing Limited, 2/1/18). Reviewed by Liam T. Sutherland.



Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition. By Omid Safi (Yale University Press, 5/22/2018). Reviewed by Ilma Qureshi.



Pennies for Heaven: The History of American Synagogues and Money (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life). By Daniel Judson (Brandeis University Press, 6/1/2018). Reviewed by Matthew Brittingham.

Modernism Without Jews? German-Jewish Subjects and Histories (German Jewish Cultures). By Scott Spector (Indiana University Press, 9/25/17). Reviewed by Bruce Rosenstock.

Medical Imperialism in French North Africa: Regenerating the Jewish Community of Colonial Tunis (France Overseas: Studies in Empire and Decolonization Series). By Richard C. Parks (University of Nebraska Press, 10/1/17). Reviewed by Aimée Israel-Pelletier.

Homelands and Diasporas: Perspectives on Jewish Culture in the Mediterranean. By Dario Miccoli, Marcella Simoni and Giorgia Foscarini (Cambridge Scholars Publisher, 5/1/18). Reviewed by Aimée Israel-Pelletier.

Daughters in the Hebrew Bible. By Kimberly D. Russaw (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 3/15/2018). Reviewed by Cynthia Cameron.

Early Judaism: New Insights and Scholarship (Jewish Studies in the Twenty-First Century). By Frederick E. Greenspahn (ed) (New York University Press, 7/17/18). Reviewed by Nathalie LaCoste.

Turning Points in Jewish History. By Marc J. Rosenstein (The Jewish Publication Society, 7/1/18). Reviewed by Marie Nuar.


Philosophy of Religion

Hegel's Interpretation of the Religions of the World: The Logic of the Gods. By Jon Stewart (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 11/20/18). Reviewed by Nickolas Roubekas.

What Is Ethically Demanded? K. E. Løgstrup's Philosophy of Moral Life. By Hans Fink and Robert Stern (eds.) (University of Notre Dame Press, 6/15/17). Reviewed by Marcia C. Robinson.

Atheism and Agnosticism (Elements in the Philosophy of Religion). By Graham Oppy (Cambridge University Press, 5/17/18). Reviewed by Dan Baras.


Religion & Literature

Ellipsis...The Collected Writings of Charles H. Long. By Charles H. Long (ed) (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 2/22/18). Reviewed by L. Benji Rolsky.


Religion & Politics

Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections): The Battles That Define America from Jefferson's Heresies to Gay Marriage. By Stephen Prothero (HarperOne, 1/19/16). Reviewed by Aaron W. Sizer.


Religion & Science

Astrotheology: Science and Theology Meet Extraterrestrial Life . By Ted Peters, Martinez Hewlett, Joshua M. Moritz and Robert John Russell (eds) (Cascade Books, 7/12/18). Reviewed by Andreas Losch.

Digital Existence: Ontology, Ethics and Transcendence in Digital Culture (Routledge Studies in Religion and Digital Culture). By Amanda Lagerkvist (ed) (Routledge, 7/30/18). Reviewed by Randall W. Reed.


Religion in North America

Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam. By Sylvia Chan-Malik (New York University Press, 6/26/18). Reviewed by Iman AbdoulKarim.

North American Churches and the Cold War. By Paul B. Mojzes (Editor) (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 8/1/18). Reviewed by Lauren Turek.


Religion, Art, & Music

Jonathan's Loves, David's Laments: Gay Theology, Musical Desires, and Historical Difference. By Dirk von der Horst (Pickwick Publishers, 3/24/17). Reviewed by Jennifer Rycenga.


BOOKS RECEIVED, 3/16/2019 to 3/31/2019

African religions

Queering Black Atlantic Religions: Transcorporeality in Candomblé, Santería, and Vodou (Religious Cultures of African and African Diaspora People). By Roberto Strongman (Duke University Press, 3/29/19).



Chinese Buddhism and Traditional Culture. By Litian Fang (Routledge, 12/6/18).

Prescribing the Dharma: Psychotherapists, Buddhist Traditions, and Defining Religion. By Ira Helderman (University of North Carolina Press, 3/18/19).

Guardians of the Buddha's Home: Domestic Religion in Contemporary Jōdo Shinshū (Contemporary Buddhism). By Jessica Starling (University of Hawaii Press, 2/28/19).

Morality and Monastic Revival in Post-Mao Tibet (Contemporary Buddhism). By Jane E. Caple (University of Hawaii Press, 3/31/19).

Soka Gakkai's Human Revolution: The Rise of a Mimetic Nation in Modern Japan (Contemporary Buddhism). By Levi McLaughlin (University of Hawaii Press, 12/31/18).

Efficacious Underworld: The Evolution of Ten Kings Paintings in Medieval China and Korea. By Cheeyun Lilian Kwon (University of Hawaii Press, 2/28/19).

Stages of Meditation: The Buddhist Classic on Training the Mind (Core Teachings of Dalai Lama). By Dalai Lama (Shambhala Publications, Incorporated, 2/19/19).


Christianity (mostly), history of

Preachers, Partisans, and Rebellious Religion: Vernacular Writing and the Hussite Movement (The Middle Ages Series). By Marcela K. Perett (University of Pennsylvania Press, 10/12/18).

Documents of the English Reformation: Third Edition. By Gerald Bray (ed) (James Clarke Company, Limited, 1/31/19).

Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization. By Steve Heinrichs (ed) (Orbis Books, 2/20/19).

Christians in Caesar's Household: The Emperors' Slaves in the Makings of Christianity. By Michael Flexsenhar III (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2/21/19).

An Introduction to the New Testament and the Origins of Christianity, 2nd Ed. (Introduction to Religion). By Delbert Burkett (Cambridge University Press, 1/31/19).

A Christianity As Distinct Practices: A Complicated Relationship (Rethinking Theologies: Constructing Alternatives in History and Doctrine). By Jan-Olav Henriksen (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 1/10/19).

The Beginnings of the Cult of Relics. By Robert Wiśniewski (Oxford University Press, 2/13/19).


Christianity, biblical interpretation and reception

Space, Time and Resurrection (T&T Clark Cornerstones). By Thomas F. Torrance (Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 12/13/18).

Children's Bibles in America: A Reception History of the Story of Noah's Ark in US Children's Bibles (Scriptural Texts). By Russell W. Dalton (Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 8/23/18).


Christianity, contemporary

In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy. By Frederic Martel (Bloomsbury Continuum, 2/21/19).

Cultural Apologetics: Renewing the Christian Voice, Conscience, and Imagination in a Disenchanted World. By Paul M. Gould (Zondervan, 3/12/19).

Encountering the Sacred: Feminist Reflections on Women's Lives. By Rebecca Todd Peters and Grace Yia-Hei Kao (eds) (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 12/27/18).

The Catholic Church in a Changing World: A Vatican II-Inspired Approach. By Dennis M. Doyle (Anselm Academic, 2/1/19).

The Truth Will Make You Free: The New Evangelization in a Secular Age, A Study in Development. By Robert F. Leavitt (Liturgical Press, 11/15/18).

The People's Faith: The Liturgy of the Faithful in Orthodoxy. By Nicholas E. Denysenko (Lexington Books, 10/19/18).


Christianity, ethics and social justice

Political Theology of the Earth: Our Planetary Emergency and the Struggle for a New Public (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture). By Catherine Keller (Columbia University Press, 10/30/18).

Addiction and Pastoral Care. By Sonia E. Waters (Eerdmans Publishing, 2/5/19).


Christianity, theology

Preaching Romans: Four Perspectives. By Scot McKnight and Joseph B. Modica (eds) (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2/19/19).

Roman but Not Catholic: What Remains at Stake 500 Years After the Reformation. By Jerry L. Walls and Kenneth J. Collins (Baker Academic, 10/17/17).

Gospel Witness: Evangelism in Word and Deed. By David M. Gustafson (Eerdmans, 2/14/19).

On Animals: Volume II, Theological Ethics. By David L. Clough (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 12/27/18).

Sin, Grace and Free Will: A Historical Survey of Christian Thought (Volume 2, From Anselm to the Reformation). By Matthew Knell (James Clarke Company, Limited, 1/24/19).

We Were All in Adam: The Unity of Mankind in Adam in the Teaching of the Church Fathers. By Marta Przyszychowska (De Gruyter GmbH, 9/11/18).

Christianity, theology

Hermanas: Deepening Our Identity and Growing Our Influence. By Natalia Kohn Rivera, Noemi Vega Qui̱ñones and Kristy Garza Robinsonn (InterVarsity Press, 1/15/19).

Intercultural Theology, Volume 2: Theologies of Mission (Missiological Engagements). By Henning Wrogemann (InterVarsity Press, 1/9/18).


Comparative Religions, Anthropology of Religions

Mediatized Religion in Asia: Studies on Digital Media and Religion (Routledge Research in Digital Media and Culture in Asia). By Kerstin Radde-Antweiler and Xenia Zeiler (eds) (Routledge, 12/6/18).

Placing Ancient Texts: The Ritual and Rhetorical Use of Space (Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism). By Mika Ahuvia and Alexander Kocar (eds) (Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Company KG, 1/1/19).

Consider the Women: A Provocative Guide to Three Matriarchs of the Bible. By Debbie Blue (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 3/7/19).

World Religions: Western Traditions, 5th Ed.. By Amir Hussain, Roy C. Amore and Willard Oxtoby (eds) (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 9/15/18).


East Asian Religions, excluding Buddhism-only books

Religious and Philosophical Traditions of Korea. By Kevin Cawley (Routledge, 3/25/19).

World Religions: Eastern Traditions, 5th Ed.. By Roy C. Amore, Amir Hussain and Willard Oxtoby (eds) (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 9/17/18).


Indigenous Religions

Vodún: Secrecy and the Search for Divine Power (Contemporary Ethnography). By Timothy R. Landry (University of Pennsylvania Press, 11/23/18).



Moving in and Out of Islam. By Karin van Nieuwkerk (ed) (University of Texas Press, 12/5/18).

Political Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in a Global Context (Contemporary Issues in the Middle East). By Tahir Abbas and Sadek Hamid (eds) (Syracuse University Press, 2/11/19).

175 Years of Persecution: A History of the Babis and Baha'is of Iran. By Fereydun Vahman (Oneworld Publications, 2/21/19).

The Shias of Pakistan: An Assertive and Beleaguered Minority. By Andreas Rieck (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 4/1/19).



Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century. By Alexandra Popoff (Yale University Press, 3/26/19).

Gastronomic Judaism as Culinary Midrash. By Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus (Lexington Books, 10/29/18).

Jews in Arab Countries: The Great Uprooting (Studies in Antisemitism). By Georges Bensoussan (Indiana University Press, 3/4/19).

Arabs and Jews in Ottoman Palestine: Two Worlds Collide (Perspectives on Israel Studies). By Alan Dowty (Indiana University Press, 2/1/19).


Philosophy of Religion

The Dialectical Self: Kierkegaard, Marx, and the Making of the Modern Subject. By Jamie Aroosi (University of Pennsylvania Press, 10/12/18).

Reason Turned into Sense: John Smith on Spiritual Sensation (Studies in Philosophical Theology). By Derek Michaud (ISD Distributor of Scholarly Books, 6/15/17).

Nietzsche and Other Buddhas: Philosophy after Comparative Philosophy (World Philosophies). By Jason M. Wirth (Indiana University Press, 3/4/19).


Religion & Literature

Journeys to the Underworld and Heavenly Realm in Ancient and Medieval Literature. By John C. Stephens (McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers, 2/8/19).


Religion & Politics

Persecution and Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Freedom (Cambridge Studies in Economics, Choice, and Society). By Noel D. Johnson and Mark Koyama (Cambridge University Press, 2/28/19).

The Lions' Den: Zionism and the Left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky. By Susie Linfield (Yale University Press, 3/26/19).


Religion & Science

Unnatural Theology: Religion, Art and Media after the Death of God (Political Theologies). By Charlie Gere (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 12/13/18).

Our Common Cosmos: Exploring the Future of Theology, Human Culture and Space Sciences (Religion and the University). By Zöe Lehmann Imfeld and Andreas Losch (eds) (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 12/27/18).

The Cognitive Science of Religion: A Methodological Introduction to Key Empirical Studies (Scientific Studies of Religion: Inquiry and Explanation). By D. Jason Slone and William W. McCorkle, Jr. (eds) (Bloomsbury Academic, 1/10/19).


Religion in North America

A Saint of Our Own: How a Quest for a Holy Hero Helped Catholics Become American. By Kathleen Sprows Cummings (University of North Carolina Press, 4/8/19).

Faith and Struggle in the Lives of Four African Americans: Ethel Waters, Mary Lou Williams, Eldridge Cleaver, and Muhammad Ali. By Randal Maurice Jelks (Bloomsbury Academic, 1/10/19).


Religion, Art, & Music

Tree of Jesse Iconography in Northern Europe in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries (Routledge Research in Art and Religion). By Susan L. Green (Routledge, 10/1/18).

Imagery, Ritual, and Birth: Ontology between the Sacred and the Secular. By Anna Hennessey (Lexington Books, 12/11/18).

The Paranormal and Popular Culture: A Postmodern Religious Landscape (Routledge Studies in Religion). By Darryl Caterine and John Morehead (eds) (Routledge, 3/4/19).

The Rise of the Modern Yiddish Theater (Jews in Eastern Europe). By Alyssa Quint (Indiana University Press, 1/24/19).

Jewish Religious Music in Nineteenth-Century America: Restoring the Synagogue Soundtrack. By Judah M. Cohen (Indiana University Press, 2/14/19).

Jewish Difference and the Arts in Vienna: Composing Compassion in Music and Biblical Theater (German Jewish Cultures). By Caroline A. Kita (Indiana University Press, 2/14/19).