Reading Religion Bi-Weekly Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 7

Dear Reading Religion Subscribers:

Summer holidays are fast approaching.  Plan your summer reading titles now!  Take a moment to browse the fantastic new reviews and last additions to our books available for review and select your summer reading choice today!

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BOOKS REVIEWED, 4/1/2019 to 4/15/2019


Birth in Buddhism: The Suffering Fetus and Female Freedom. By Amy Paris Langenberg (Routledge , 5/23/17). Reviewed by Liz Wilson.

Forging the Golden Urn: The Qing Empire and the Politics of Reincarnation in Tibet. By Max Oidtmann (Columbia University Press, 7/31/18). Reviewed by Yi Ding.

A Feast of the Nectar of the Supreme Vehicle: An Explanation of the Ornament of the Mahayana Sutras . By Asanga and Jamgon Mipham; Padmakara Translation Group (trans) (Shambhala Publications, Incorporated, 10/23/18). Reviewed by Edward Arnold.


Christianity (mostly), history of

Thomas Aquinas: A Very Brief History (Very Brief Histories). By Brian Davies (Society for Promoting Christian, 3/13/18). Reviewed by Joseph Lim.

Laughing at the Devil: Seeing the World with Julian of Norwich. By Amy Laura Hall (Duke University Press, 8/22/18). Reviewed by Andrew Lee.

Broken Idols of the English Reformation. By Margaret Aston (Cambridge University Press, 1/19/16). Reviewed by John Walter.

Exporting the Rapture: John Nelson Darby and the Victorian Conquest of North-American Evangelicalism. By Donald Harman Akenson (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 9/11/18). Reviewed by Martin Spence.


Christianity, biblical interpretation and reception

Biblical Reception, 5: Biblical Women and the Arts. By J. Cheryl Exum, David J. A. Clines and Diane Apostolos-Cappadona (eds) (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 6/28/18). Reviewed by Jonathan Homrighausen.

Material Eucharist. By David Grumett (Oxford University Press, 11/30/16). Reviewed by Sara E. Evans.

The Reformation and the Right Reading of Scripture. By Iain Provan (Baylor University Press, 10/31/17). Reviewed by Rafael Bello.


Christianity, contemporary

Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China (Studies in Chinese Christianity). By Li Ma and Jin Li (Pickwick Publications, 12/11/17). Reviewed by Xinzi Rao.

Christian Mysticism's Queer Flame: Spirituality in the Lives of Contemporary Gay Men. By Michael Bernard Kelly (Routledge, 8/2/18). Reviewed by Joseph Goh.


Christianity, theology

On Thomas Merton. By Mary Gordon (Shambhala, 12/4/18). Reviewed by Ben Crace.

Wesley and Aldersgate: Interpreting Conversion Narratives. By Mark K. Olson (Routledge, 8/16/18). Reviewed by Natalya Cherry.

Luther's Theology of the Cross: Christ in Luther's Sermons on John. By Dennis Ngien (Cascade Books, 6/11/18). Reviewed by Marco Barone.

Mothering, Public Leadership, and Women's Life Writing (Theology in Practice). By Claire E. Wolfteich (Brill, 8/3/17). Reviewed by Sarah Azaransky.

Messianic Political Theology and Diaspora Ethics: Essays in Exile (Theopolitical Visions). By P. Travis Kroeker (Cascade Books, 11/9/17). Reviewed by Hank Spaulding.


Comparative Religions, Anthropology of Religions

The Physicality of the Other: Masks from the Ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean. By Angelika Berlejung and Judith E. Filitz (eds) (Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Company KG, 2/1/18). Reviewed by Christoph Uehlinger.

When One Religion Isn't Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People. By Duane R. Bidwell (Beacon Press, 11/13/18). Reviewed by Catherine Cornille.


Critical Theory, Methods/Theories in Religious Studies

Spirituality and Deep Connectedness: Views on Being Fully Human . By Michael C. Brannigan (ed) (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 9/15/18). Reviewed by Barry Morris.

Of Education, Fishbowls, and Rabbit Holes: Rethinking Teaching and Liberal Education for an Interconnected World . By Jane Fried (Stylus Publishing, 2/19/16). Reviewed by Susan E. Hill.


East Asian Religions, excluding Buddhism-only books

Apophatic Paths from Europe to China: Regions without Borders (SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture). By William Franke (State University of New York Press, 3/1/18). Reviewed by Timothy D. Knepper.



Hinduism and Hindu Nationalism Online (Routledge Studies in Religion). By Juli L. Gittinger (Taylor & Francis Group, 9/25/18). Reviewed by Swami Narasimhananda.



The Qur'an and the West. By Kenneth Cragg (Georgetown University Press, 12/28/15). Reviewed by Joshua Canzona.

Salafism in Nigeria: Islam, Preaching, and Politics (The International African Library). By Alexander Thurston (Cambridge University Press, 9/22/16). Reviewed by Mukhtar Bunza.

Contemporary Sufism: Piety, Politics, and Popular Culture. By Meena Sharify-Funk, William Rory Dickson, and Merin Shobhana Xavier (Routledge, 12/22/17). Reviewed by Mohammad Irfan Shah.

The Ottoman 'Wild West': The Balkan Frontier in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries. By Nikolay Antov (Cambridge University Press, 12/28/17). Reviewed by Rijad Dautović.

Islam and Muslims in the West: Major Issues and Debate (New Directions in Islam). By Adis Duderjia and Halim Rane (Palgrave Macmillan, 7/28/18). Reviewed by Jeffrey VanDenBerg.



Altogether Lovely: A Thematic and Intertextual Reading of the Song of Songs. By Havilah Dharamraj (Fortress Press, 6/1/18). Reviewed by Jonathan Homrighausen.

The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became an American Religion. By Steven R. Weisman (Simon & Schuster, 8/21/18). Reviewed by C. Lynn Carr.

Bedouin Culture in the Bible. By Clinton Bailey (Yale University Press, 10/23/18). Reviewed by Kevin McGeough.

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

Cast Out of the Covenant: Jews and Anti-Judaism in the Gospel of John. By Adele Reinhartz (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 7/15/18). Reviewed by Sheldon Steen.


Philosophy of Religion

Nietzsche's Protestant Fathers: A Study in Prodigal Christianity. By Thomas R. Nevin (Taylor & Francis Group, 10/17/18). Reviewed by Michael Laminack.

Atheism: The Basics (The Basics). By Graham Oppy (Routledge, 9/19/18). Reviewed by Maartje Gortworst.

Abiding Grace: Time, Modernity, Death (Religion and Postmodernism). By Mark C. Taylor (University of Chicago Press, 9/5/18). Reviewed by Jason Blakeburn.

A Philosophy of the Christian Religion. By Nancey Murphy (Westminster John Knox, 4/16/18). Reviewed by Shaun Brown.


Religion & Literature

The Messiah Comes to Middle-Earth: Images of Christ's Threefold Office in The Lord of the Rings (Hansen Lectureship). By Philip Ryken (InterVarsity Press, 11/14/17). Reviewed by Charmaine Cordero.

Spirits of Place in American Literary Culture. By John Gatta (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 8/1/18). Reviewed by Susan de George.

The Sword of Ambition: Bureaucratic Rivalry in Medieval Egypt (Library of Arabic Literature). By Uthman b. Ibrahim al-Nabulusi; Luke Yarbough (ed. and trans.) (New York University Press, 5/10/16). Reviewed by Melika Dekkiche.

Thick and Dazzling Darkness: Religious Poetry in a Secular Age. By Peter O`Leary (Columbia University Press, 11/21/17). Reviewed by David Marno.

A Well of Wonder: Essays on C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Inklings (Mount Tabor Books, Volume 1). By Clyde S. Kilby; Loren Wilkinson and Keith Call (eds.) (Paraclete Press, 4/1/2016). Reviewed by Joshua Thomas Rawleigh.

The Qur'an and Modern Arabic Literary Criticism: From Taha to Nasr . By Mohammad Salama (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 5/17/18). Reviewed by Bruce Fudge.


Religion & Politics

Soviet Religious Policy in Estonia and Latvia: Playing Harmony in the Singing Revolution . By Robert F. Goeckel (Indiana University Press, 9/1/18). Reviewed by Ringo Ringvee.

Jews and Muslims in South Asia: Reflections on Difference, Religion, and Race . By Yulia Egorova (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 10/5/18). Reviewed by Navras Jaat Aafreedi.

Israel's Long War with Hezbollah: Military Innovation and Adaptation Under Fire. By Raphael D. Marcus (Georgetown University Press, 8/20/18). Reviewed by Naiomi Gonzalez.


Religion & Science

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

The Great Rift: Literacy, Numeracy, and the Religion-Science Divide. By Michael E. Hobart (Harvard University Press, 4/16/18). Reviewed by Seth Villegas.

Hostility to Hospitality: Spirituality and Professional Socialization within Medicine. By Michael J. Balboni and Tracy A. Balboni (Oxford University Press, 10/12/18). Reviewed by Avery Glover.

Vulnerability and Care: Christian Reflections on the Philosophy of Medicine. By Andrew Sloane (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 1/28/16). Reviewed by Kristin Vargas.


Religion in North America

Migrating Faith: Pentecostalism in the United States and Mexico in the Twentieth Century. By Daniel Ramírez (The University of North Carolina Press, 10/26/15). Reviewed by Mihee Kim-Kort.



BOOKS RECEIVED, 4/1/2019 to 4/15/2019


Wilfrid Sellars and Buddhist Philosophy: Freedom from Foundations (Routledge Studies in American Philosophy). By Jay L. Garfield (ed) (Routledge, 12/11/18).

The World Comes to You: Notes on Practice, Love, and Social Action. By Michael Stone (Shambhala Publications, 7/30/19).


Christianity (mostly), history of

War and Religion: Europe and the Mediterranean from the First through the Twenty-First Centuries (Simpson Imprint in Humanities). By Arnaud Blin (University of California Press, 3/19/19).

Restoration and Philosophy: New Philosophical Engagements with the Stone-Campbell Tradition. By J. Caleb Clanton (University of Tennessee Press, 3/25/19).

Crusade and Masculinities (Crusades -- Subsidia). By Natasha R. Hodgson, Katherine J. Lewis and Matthew M. Mesley (eds) (Routledge, 3/11/19).

Methodism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions). By William J. Abraham (Oxford University Press, 7/1/19).

Emperor. By A New Life of Charles V (Yale University Press, 6/25/19).


Christianity, biblical interpretation and reception

Divine Scripture in Human Understanding: A Systematic Theology of the Christian Bible (Reading the Scriptures). By Joseph K. Gordon (University of Notre Dame Press, 3/30/19).


Christianity, contemporary

The Miracle Lady: Kathryn Kuhlman and the Transformation of Charismatic Christianity (Library of Religious Biography). By Amy Collier Artman (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 3/19/19).

Gaming and the Divine: A New Systematic Theology of Video Games (Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies). By Frank G. Bosman (Routledge, 4/4/19).


Christianity, ethics and social justice

Renewal: Liberal Protestants and the American City after World War II (Historical Studies of Urban America). By Mark Wild (University of Chicago Press, 3/21/19).

To Offer Compassion: A History of the Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion. By Doris Andrea Dirks and Patricia A. Relf (University of Wisconsin Press, 5/16/17).


Christianity, theology

Arabic Christian Theology: A Contemporary Global Evangelical Perspective. By Andrea Zaki Stephanous (ed) (Zondervan, 3/19/19).

Ecclesial Leadership As Friendship (Explorations in Practical, Pastoral, Empirical Theology). By Chloe Lynch (Routledge, 2/1/19).

Reformed Scholasticism: Recovering the Tools of Reformed Theology. By Ryan McGraw (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 1/24/19).

Transhumanism and the Image of God: Today's Technology and the Future of Christian Discipleship. By Jacob Shatzer (InterVarsity Press, 4/9/19).

Imitating Christ in Magwi: An Anthological Theology (T&T Clark Studies in Social Ethics, Ethnography and Theology). By Todd D. Whitmore (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 1/24/19).

A Beautiful Bricolage: Theopoetics as God-Talk for Our Time. By Silas C. Krabbe (Wipf & Stock, 6/6/16).


Critical Theory, Methods/Theories in Religious Studies

Recognition and Religion: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives. By Maijastina Kahlos, Heikki J. Koskinen and Ritva Palm̩én (eds) (Routledge, 3/11/19).


East Asian Religions, excluding Buddhism-only books

Confucius and Modern World (Routledge Studies in Contemporary Chinese Philosophy). By Lai Chen (Routledge, 12/3/18).



Giving to God: Islamic Charity in Revolutionary Times. By Amira Mittermaier (University of California Press, 2/26/19).

Divine Words, Female Voices: Muslima Explorations in Comparative Feminist Theology. By Jerusha Tanner Lamptey (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 10/15/18).

Inviting Muslims to Christ: A Clear Pathway to Salvation. By Randall L. Ireland (Middle East Religious Studies Foundation, 2/24/17).

Early Modern Trends in Islamic Theology: Abd Al-ghani Al-nabulusi and His Network of Scholarship (Sapientia Islamica: Studies in Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism). By Leijla Demiri and Samuela Pagani (eds) (Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Company KG, 1/1/19).



The Holocaust's Jewish Calendars: Keeping Time Sacred, Making Time Holy (Jewish Literature and Culture). By Alan Rosen (Indiana University Press, 2/28/19).

The World of Aufbau: Hitler's Refugees in America. By Peter Schrag (University of Wisconsin Press, 3/19/19).

Studies on Jews and Christians in the First and Second Centuries. By Peter J. Tomson (Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Company KG, 2/1/19).

The Origins of Democratic Zionism. By Gregory B. Kaplan (Routledge, 3/28/19).

Antisemitism in Film Comedy in Nazi Germany. By Valerie Weinstein (Indiana University Press, 3/5/19).


Philosophy of Religion

The Logos of the Sensible World: Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenological Philosophy (The Collected Writings of John Sallis). By John Sallis and Richard Rojcewicz (eds) (Indiana University Press, 3/5/19).

The Shape of the Soul: What Mystical Experience Tells Us about Ourselves and Reality. By Paul Marshall (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 4/1/19).


Religion & Law

The Foundation of Norms in Islamic Jurisprudence and Theology. By Omar Farahat (Cambridge University Press, 2/28/19).


Religion & Literature

Religious Devotion and the Poetics of Reform: Love and Liberation in Malayalam Poetry. By George Pati (Routledge, 2/14/19).

Imagined Romes: The Ancient City and Its Stories in Middle English Poetry. By C. David Benson (Pennsylvania State University Press, 3/12/19).

Kafka's Last Trial: The Case of Literary Legacy. By Benjamin Balint (W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated, 9/18/18).


Religion & Politics

Refugees, Human Rights and Realpolitik: The Clandestine Immigration of Jewish Refugees from Italy to Palestine, 1945-1948 (Routledge Studies in Modern European History). By Daphna Sharfman (Routledge, 1/16/19).

Faking Liberties: Religious Freedom in American-Occupied Japan (Class 200: New Studies in Religion). By Jolyon Baraka Thomas (University of Chicago Press, 3/25/19).

Utilitarinism in the Age of Enlightenment: The Moral and Political Thought of William Paley (Ideas in Context). By Niall O'Flaherty (Cambridge University Press, 2/7/19).


Religion & Science

Medicine and Religion in the Life of an Ottoman Sheikh: Al-Damanhuri's "Clear Statement" on Anatomy (Religious Cultures in the Early Modern World". By Ahmed Ragab (Routledge, 2/22/19).

The Spatial Reformation: Euclid Between Man, Cosmos, and God (Intellectual History of the Modern Age). By Michael J. Sauter (University of Pennsylvania Press, 12/14/18).


Religion in North America

Walking to Magdalena: Personhood and Place in Tohono O'odham Songs, Sticks, and Stories (New Visions in Native American and Indigenous Studies). By Seth Schermerhorn (University of Nebraska Press, 4/1/19).


Religion, Art, & Music

Ottoman Baroque: The Architectural Refashioning of Eighteenth-Century Istanbul. By Ünver Rüstem (Princeton University Press, 4/2/19).

Over the Threshold, Into the World: Experience in the Context of Staged Events. By Kim Skjoldager-Nielsen (University of Sweden Press, 9/28/2018).