Reading Religion Bi-Weekly Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 8

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BOOKS REVIEWED, 4/16/2019 to 4/30/2019

African religions

Funeral Culture: AIDS, Work, and Culture Change in an African Kingdom. By Casey Golomski (Indiana University Press, 6/4/18). Reviewed by Genevieve Nrenzah.



Love Letters from Golok: A Tantric Couple in Modern Tibet. By Holly Gayley (Columbia University Press, 12/6/16). Reviewed by Miranda Arocha Smith.


Christianity (mostly), history of

Monastic Education in Late Antiquity: The Transformation of Classical Paideia . By Lillian I. Larsen and Samuel Rubenson (eds) (Cambridge University Press, 7/31/18). Reviewed by Jon Balserak.

Dan Taylor (1738-1816), Baptist Leader and Pioneering Evangelical (Monographs in Baptist History). By Richard T. Pollard (Pickwick Publications, 7/31/18). Reviewed by Keith Harper.

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


Christianity, biblical interpretation and reception

Ten Commandments: The Secrets of Spiritual Growth Found in God's Principles for Living. By Emanuel Swedenborg (Swedenborg Foundation, 12/1/16). Reviewed by Norman Weinstein.

Remembrance, Communion, and Hope: Rediscovering the Gospel at the Lord's Table. By J. Todd Billings (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2/15/18). Reviewed by Bo Helmich.


Christianity, contemporary

Christian Mission, Contextual Theology, Prophetic Dialogue: Essays in Honor of Stephen B. Bevans, Svd (American Society of Missiology Series). By Dale T. Irvin and Peter C. Phan (eds) (Orbis Books, 12/20/18). Reviewed by Daniel Topf.

Desire Work: Ex-Gay and Pentecostal Masculinity in South Africa. By Melissa Hackman (Duke University Press, 8/10/18). Reviewed by Marian Burchardt.


Christianity, ethics and social justice

Hope in the Age of Climate Change: Creation Care This Side of the Resurrection. By Chris Doran (Cascade Books, 4/27/17). Reviewed by Blair Wilner.

Entangled: A History of American Methodism, Politics, and Sexuality . By Ashley Boggan Dreff (United Methodist Board of Higher Education & Ministry, 5/1/18). Reviewed by Alex Parrish.


Christianity, theology

Work of Love: A Theological Reconstruction of the Communion of Saints. By Leonard J. DeLorenzo (University of Notre Dame Press, 3/30/17). Reviewed by Joanne Pierce.

On the Resurrection of the Dead: A New Metaphysics of Afterlife for Christian Thought (Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies) . By James T. Turner (Routledge, 9/18/18). Reviewed by Daniel Lendman.

The Spiritual Life: Eight Essential Titles by Henri Nouwen. By Henri J. M. Nouwen (HarperOne, 5/10/16). Reviewed by Mary Margaret Pierson.

Seeing Things As They Are: G. K. Chesterton and the Drama of Meaning. By Duncan Reyburn (The Lutterworth Press, 8/31/17). Reviewed by Stephanie Gehring.


Comparative Religions, Anthropology of Religions

Living Traditions and Universal Conviviality: Prospects and Challenges for Peace in Multireligious Communities. By Roland Faber and Santiago Slabodsky (Lexington Books, 3/3/2016). Reviewed by Devin O'Rourke.


East Asian Religions, excluding Buddhism-only books

P'ungsu: A Study of Geomancy in Korea. By Hong-Key Yoon (State University of New York Press, 1/1/18). Reviewed by Hyung Chan Koo.



Shurāt Legends, Ibādī Identities: Martyrdom, Asceticism, and the Making of an Early Islamic Community. By Adam R. Gaiser (University of South Carolina Press, 10/15/16). Reviewed by Nathaniel Miller.

The Apocalypse of Empire: Imperial Eschatology in Late Antiquity and Early Islam (Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion). By Stephen J. Shoemaker (University of Pennsylvania Press, 8/14/18). Reviewed by Aaron W. Hughes.

Politicizing Islam: The Islamic Revival in France and India (Religion and Global Politics). By Z. Fareen Parvez (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 2/10/17). Reviewed by Iza R. Hussin.

The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment. By Alexander Bevilacqua (Harvard University Press, 2/23/18). Reviewed by Brooke Baker.



A Critical Theology of Genesis: The Non-Absolute God (Radical Theologies and Philosophies). By Itzhak Benyamini (Palgrave Macmillan, 10/2/16). Reviewed by Craig Evan Anderson.

Italian Jewish Networks from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century: Bridging Europe and the Mediterranean. By Francesca Bregoli, Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti, and Guri Schwarz (eds) (Palgrave Macmillan, 7/27/18). Reviewed by Evelien Chayes.

A Redactional Study of the Book of Isaiah 13-23 (Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs) . By Jongkyung Lee (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 8/7/18). Reviewed by J. Todd Hibbard.


Philosophy of Religion

Acute Melancholia and Other Essays: Mysticism, History, and the Study of Religion (Gender, Theory, and Religion). By Amy Hollywood (Columbia University Press, 3/15/16). Reviewed by Mark Lambert.

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

The Routledge Handbook of Moral Epistemology (Routledge Handbooks). By Aaron Zimmerman, Karen Jones and Mark Timmons (eds) (Routledge, 11/16/18). Reviewed by Jamin A. Hübner.


Religion & Law

Jesus Saved an Ex-Con:Political Activism and Redemption after Incarceration (Religion and Social Transformation) . By Edward Orozco Flores (New York University Press, 10/16/18). Reviewed by Cyrus O'Brien.


Religion & Literature

Archetypes and the Fourth Gospel: Literature and Theology in Conversation. By Brian Larsen (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 6/14/18). Reviewed by Patrick Horn.

Andrew Young: Priest, Poet and Naturalist: A Reassessment. By Richard Omrod (Lutterworth Press, 8/30/18). Reviewed by Terri Tomlinson.

Walter Map and the Matter of Britain (The Middle Ages Series). By Joshua Byron Smith (University of Pennsylvania Press, 6/27/17). Reviewed by Anita Obermeier.


Religion in North America

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death. By Caitlin Doughty (W. W. Norton & Company, 10/3/17). Reviewed by Hannah D. Olson.

All My Relatives: Exploring Lakota Ontology, Belief, and Ritual (New Visions in Native American and Indigenous Studies Series). By David C. Posthumus (University of Nebraska Press, 7/1/18). Reviewed by Frederick E. (Fritz) Detwiler.

Jezebel Unhinged: Loosing the Black Female Body in Religion and Culture. By Tamura Lomax (Duke University Press, 9/28/18). Reviewed by Ahmad Greene-Hayes.


Religion, Art, & Music

The Forge of Vision: A Visual History of Modern Christianity. By David Morgan (Univ of California Press, 10/20/15). Reviewed by Frank England.

dc Talk's Jesus Freak (33 1/3). By Will Stockton and D. Gilson (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 11/1/18). Reviewed by Scot Loyd.



BOOKS RECEIVED, 4/16/2019 to 4/30/2019


The "Zhenzheng lun" by Xuanyi: A Buddhist Apologetic Scripture of Tang China (Monumenta Serica Monograph Series). By Thomas Jülch (Routledge, 12/18/18).

Malleable Māra: Transformations of a Buddhist Symbol of Evil. By Michael D. Nichols (State University of New York Press, 3/1/19).

Our Human Potential: The Unassailable Path of Love, Compassion, and Meditation (Core Teachings of Dalai Lama). By Dalai Lama (Shambhala Publications, 5/28/19).

Deep Hope: Zen Guidance for Staying Steadfast When the World Seems Hopeless. By Diane Eshin Rizzetto (Shambhala Publications, 6/4/19).


Christianity (mostly), history of

Multiple Reformations?: The Many Faces and Legacies of the Reformation (Colloquia historica et theologica). By Jan Stievermann and Randall C. Zachman (eds) (Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Company KG, 11/1/18).

Martyred for the Church: Memorializations of the Effective Deaths of Bishop Martyrs in the Second Century CE. By Justin Buol (Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Company KG, 9/1/18).

The Lateran Church in Rome and the Ark of the Covenant: Housing the Holy Relics of Jerusalem, With an Edition and Translation of the Descriptio Lateranensis Ecclesiae (Studies in the History of Medieval Religion). By Eivor Andersen Oftestad (Boydell & Brewer, Limited, 3/15/19).

Remembering Wolsey: A History of Commemorations and Representations. By J. Patrick Hornbeck II (Fordham University Press, 2/5/19).

The Sacred and the Sinister: Studies in Medieval Religion and Magic. By David J. Collins (ed) (Pennsylvania State University Press, 3/20/19).

Orthodox Christianity: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions). By A. Edward Siecienski (Oxford University Press, 6/10/19).


Christianity, biblical interpretation and reception

Written to Be Heard: Recovering the Messages of the Gospels. By Paul C. Borgman and Kelly James Clark (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 3/14/19).

Deification in the Latin Patristic Tradition (Studies in Early Christianity). By Jared Ortiz (Catholic University of America Press, 1/9/19).

Envisioning God in the Humanities: Essays on Christianity, Judaism, and Ancient Religion in Honor of Melissa Harl Sellew (Westar Seminar on God and the Human Future). By Courtney J.P. Friesen (ed) (Cascade Books, 11/9/18).

Deacons and Diakonia in Early Christianity: The First Two Centuries. By Bart J. Koet, Edwina Murphy and Esko Ry̦ökäs (eds) (Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Company KG, 1/1/19).

Reformation Commentary on Scripture: Roman 1-8. By Gwenfair Walters Adams (IVP Press, 4/30/19).

Hearing Kyriotic Sonship: A Cognitive and Rhetorical Approach to the Characterization of Mark's Jesus (Biblical Interpretation Series). By Michael R. Whitenton (Brill Publishers, 9/27/16).


Christianity, contemporary

What Does It Mean to Be Welcoming?: Navigating LGBT Questions in Your Church. By Travis Collins (IVP 

Consuming Mission: Towards a Theology of Short-Term Mission and Pilgrimage. By Robert Ellis Haynes (Pickwick Publications, 11/9/18).

Sola Scriptura in Asia. By Yongbom Lee and Andrew R. Talbert (eds) (Pickwick Publications, 11/9/18).

Christian Ministry in the Divine Milieu (Catholicity in an Evolving Universe). By Donald C. Maldari (Orbis Books, 1/1/19).

The Preacher's Wife: The Precarious Power of Evangelical Women Celebrities. By Kate Bowler (Princeton University Press, 10/1/19).


Christianity, ethics and social justice

Religion and Relationships in Ragged Schools: An Intimate History of Educating the Poor, 1844-1870 (Routledge Studies in Evangelicalism). By Laura M. Mair (Routledge, 4/2/19).

Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice That Restores. By Dominique DuBois Gilliard (InterVarsity Press, 2/6/18).


Christianity, theology

The Evangelical Party and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Return to the Church of England (Routledge Studies in Romanticism). By Christopher W. Corbin (Routledge, 12/14/18).

Crossing Boundaries: Sharing God's Good News through Mission. By David W. Scott (General Board of Higher Education & Ministry, 3/1/19).

Disruption and Hope: Religious Traditions and the Future of Theological Education. By Barbara G. Wheeler (ed) (Baylor University Press, 3/1/19).

The Essential Karl Barth: A Reader and Commentary. By Keith L. Johnson (Baker Academic, 4/2/19).

Freedom Made Manifest: Rahner's Fundamental Option and Theological Aesthetics. By Peter Joseph Fritz (Catholic University of America Press, 12/12/18).

Before Truth: Lonergan, Aquinas, and the Problem of Wisdom. By Jeremy D. Wilkins (Catholic University of America Press, 9/1/18).

Alfred Loisy and Modern Biblical Studies. By Jeffrey L. Morrow (Catholic University of America Press, 12/1/18).

Minding the Web: Making Theological Connections. By Stanley Hauerwas; Robert J. Dean (ed) (Cascade Books, 11/6/18).


Comparative Religions, Anthropology of Religions

Abraham's Family: A Network of Meaning in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. By Lukas Bormann (ed) (Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Company KG, 11/1/18).

Amen: Jews, Christians, and Muslims Keep Faith with God (Islam and Catholic Theology). By Patrick J. Ryan (Catholic University of America Press, 10/1/18).

Thinking through Revelation: Islamic, Jewish, and Christian Philosophy in the Middle Ages. By Robert J. Dobie (The Catholic University of America Press, 9/19/18).

Magic and the Witchery in the Modern West: Celebrating the Twentieth Anniversary of "The Triumph of the Moon" (Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic). By Shai Feraro and Ethan Doyle White (Palgrave Macmillian, 8/16/19).

Translations in Korea: Theory and Practice. By Wook-Dong Kim (Palgrave Macmillian, 3/28/19).


East Asian Religions, excluding Buddhism-only books

Religion in China: Ties That Bind (China Today Series). By Adam Yuet Chau (Polity Press, 5/28/19).



The Regulation of Religion and the Making of Hinduism in Colonial Trinidad. By Alexander Rocklin (University of North Carolina Press, 4/1/19).


Indigenous Religions

A Theology of Southeast Asia: Liberation-Postcolonial Ethics in the Philippines. By Agnes M. Brazal (Orbis Books, 3/27/19).



Qur'anic Hermeneutics: Between Science, History, and the Bible. By Abdulla Galadari (Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 8/9/18).

In a Pure Muslim Land: Shi'ism between Pakistan and the Middle East (Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks). By Simon Wolfgang Fuchs (University of North Carolina Press, 4/22/19).

Locating Maldivian Women's Mosques in Global Discourses. By Jacqueline H. Fewkes (Palgrave Macmillian, 3/19/19).

Management of Shari'ah Compliant Businesses: Case Studies on Creation of Sustainable Value (Management for Professionals). By Ezlika M. Ghazali, Dilip S. Mutum, Mamunur Rashid and Jashim U. Ahmed (eds) (Palgrave Macmillian, 3/18/19).

Muslims in Southern Africa: Johannesburg's Somali Diaspora (Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship). By Samadia Sadouni (Palgrave Macmillian, 3/14/19).



Eldad's Travels: A Journey from the Lost Tribes to the Present. By Micha J. Perry (Routledge, 2/6/19).

Jabotinsky: A Life (Jewish Lives). By Hillel Halkin (Yale University Press, 3/26/19).

Kaiser, Christ, and Canaan: The Religion of Israel in Protestant Germany, 1871-1918. By Paul Michael Kurtz (Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Company KG, 11/1/18).

On Dating Biblical Texts to the Persian Period: Discerning Criteria and Establishing Epochs. By Richard J. Bautch and Mark Lackowski (eds) (Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Company KG, 2/1/19).

Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, the Holocaust, and David Duke's Louisiana, 2nd Ed.. By Lawrence N. Powell (University of North Carolina Press, 2/1/19).

Unwelcome Memory: Holocaust Monuments in the Soviet Union. By Arkadi Zeltser (Yad Vashem Publications, 3/30/19).

Denunciation and Rescue: Dutch Society and the Holocaust. By Pinchas Bar-Efrat (Yad Vashem Publications, 4/1/18).

The Jewish Underground Press in Warsaw: Volume One: May 1940-January 1941. By Joseph Kermish; Tikva Fatal-Knaani (ed) (Yad Vashem Publications, 12/1/17).

Unlikely Heroes: The Place of Holocaust Rescuers in Researching and Teaching (Contemporary Holocaust Studies). By Ari Kohen and Gerald J. Steinacher (eds) (University of Nebraska Press, 5/1/19).

Witness to the Storm: A Jewish Journey from Nazi Berlin to the 82nd Airborne, 1920-1945. By Werner T. Angress (Indiana University Press, 5/1/19).

From Catalonia to the Caribbean: The Sephardic Orbit from Medieval to Modern Times -- Essays in Honor of Jane S. Gerber (Brill Series in Jewish Studies). By Federica Francesconi, Stanley Mirvis and Brian M. Smollett (Brill, 9/6/18).

The Cambridge Companion to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (Cambridge Companions to Religion). By Stephen B. Chapman and Marvin A. Sweeney (eds) (Cambridge University Press, 7/21/16).

The Economy of Salvation: Ethical and Anthropological Foundations of Market Relations in the First Two Books of the Bible (Virtue and Economics). By Luigino Bruni (Palgrave Macmillian, 4/1/19).


Philosophy of Religion

Invisible Hosts: Performing the Nineteenth-Century Spirit Medium's Autobiography. By Elizabeth Schleber Lowry (State University of New York Press, 7/2/18).

Jesus, Interpreted: Benedict XVI, Bart Ehrman, and the Historical Truth of the Gospels. By Matthew J Ramage (The Catholic University of America Press, 1/19/17).

The Maturing of Monotheism: A Dialectical Path to its Truth. By Garth Hallett (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 1/24/19).

Nietzsche and The Antichrist: Religion, Politics, and Culture in Late Modernity (Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy). By Daniel Conway (Bloomsbury Academic, 1/24/19).

The Philosophy of Death Reader: Cross-Cultural Readings on Immortality and the Afterlife. By Markar Melkonian (ed) (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 2/21/19).

Why Medieval Philosophy Matters (Why Philosophy Matters). By Stephen Boulter (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 1/24/19).


Religion & Literature

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Walker Percy, and the Age of Suicide. By John F. Desmond (Catholic University of America Press, 1/9/19).

Religion Around John Donne. By Joshua Eckhardt (Pennsylvania State University Press, 3/19/19).

Monsters and Monstrosity in Jewish History: From the Middle Ages to Modernity. By Iris Idelson-Shein and Christian Wiese (eds) (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 2/21/19).

The Song of Songs: A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books). By Ilana Pardes (Princeton University Press, 8/13/19).

Peformance Studies and Negative Epistemology: Performance Apophatics (Performance Philosophy). By Claire Maria Chambers (Palgrave Macmillian, 10/13/17).


Religion in North America

Ukrainian Bishop, American Church: Constantine Bohachevsky and the Ukrainian Catholic Church. By Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak (Catholic University of America Press, 10/1/18).

Intestine Enemies: Catholics in Protestant America, 1605-1791 -- A Documentary History. By Robert Emmett Curran (Catholic University of America Press, 3/1/17).

Roman Catholicism in the United States: A Thematic History (Catholic Practice in North America). By Margaret M. McGuinness and James T. Fisher (eds) (Fordham University Press, 2/5/19).

Governing Gifts: Faith, Charity, and the Security State (School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar Series). By Erica Caple James (ed) (University of New Mexico Press, 4/15/19).

Irish-American Autobiography: The Divided Hearts of Athletes, Priests, Pilgrims, and More. By James Silas Rogers (The Catholic University of America Press, 12/20/16).

Communes in America, 1975-2000. By Timothy Miller (Syracuse University Press, 3/26/19).


Religion, Art, & Music

Heaven and the Popular Imagination. By T. M. Allen (Pickwick Publications, 11/15/18).

Mimetic Theory and Film (Violence, Desire, and the Sacred). By Paolo Diego Bubbio and Chris Fleming (eds) (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 2/21/19).


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

In Dialogue with Classical Indian Traditions: Encounter, Transformation and Interpretation (Dialogues in South Asian Traditions: Religion, Philosophy, Literature and History). By Brian Black and Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad (eds) (Routledge, 3/25/19).