The Burdens of Sister Margaret: Inside a Seventeenth-Century by Craig Harline

By Craig Harline

In response to a treasure trove of letters, this interesting booklet tells the historical past of a seventeenth-century nun in a convent in Leuven and the way her complaints-of sexual harassment, fears of demonic ownership, alliances one of the different sisters opposed to her-led to her banishment from the convent on events. hugely acclaimed whilst it was once first released as a revealing examine woman non secular lifestyles in early smooth Europe, the e-book is now on hand in an abridged paperbound model with a brand new preface by way of the writer. experiences of the clothbound version: "A window to the previous. . . . I enjoyed, simply enjoyed, this book."-Carolyn See, Washington publish "The global Mr. Harline uncovers is an engaging one. . . . the tale of Sister Margaret offers an additional size of humanity to a turning element within the heritage of ideas."-Sonia Gernes, Wall highway magazine "Better-than-fiction social background. . . . it is a glimpse into diaries, letters, hearts, minds, hatreds, and hopes; it is going to enthrall."-Christian Century "Harline's swish writing permits the ladies and males during this non secular group to respire, gossip, pray with tears. . . . The Burdens of Sister Margaret is helping us see the usual Reformation in a clean way."-Kevin A. Miller, Christianity at the present time "Microhistory at its best."-Larissa Taylor, Renaissance Quarterly

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A Star in the East: The Rise of Christianity in China by Rodney Stark

By Rodney Stark

What is the country of Christianity in China, rather? a few students say that China is invulnerable to faith. a few say that previous efforts of missionaries have failed, writing off those that have been switched over as not anything greater than “rice Christians,” or cynical souls who had frequented the missions for the advantages they supplied. a few ponder whether the Cultural Revolution extinguished any possibilities of Christianity in China.
Rodney Stark and Xiuhua Wang provide a distinct viewpoint, arguing that Christianity is alive, good, or even at the upward thrust. Stark methods the subject from an intensive study heritage in either Christianity and chinese language heritage, and Wang presents an inside of examine Christianity and its position in her domestic state of China. either authors conceal the background of faith in China, disproving older theories bearing on not just the variety of Christians, however the types of Christians that experience emerged long ago a hundred and fifty five years.  Stark and Wang declare that once simply contemplating the noticeable Christians, these no longer a part of underground church buildings, there are nonetheless hundreds of thousands of chinese language being switched over to Christianity on a daily basis, and 40 new church buildings starting each one week.
A famous person within the East attracts on significant nationwide surveys to comic strip a close-up of faith in China. a competent estimate is that by means of 2007 there have been nearly 60 million Christians in China. If the present expense of progress have been to carry till 2030, there will be extra Christians in China—about 295 million—than in the other state in the world. This has major implications, not only for China yet for the higher international order. it truly is possible that chinese language Christianity will splinter into denominations, most likely resulting in an identical types of political, social, and financial ramifications noticeable within the West today.
            no matter if you’re new to learning Christianity in China, or no matter if this has been your niche for years, A superstar within the East provides a competent, thought-provoking, and fascinating account of the resilience of the Christian religion in China and the results it has for the future. 

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Hospital Preaching as Informed by Bedside Listening: A by Cajetan N. Ihewulezi

By Cajetan N. Ihewulezi

Health facility Preaching as trained through Bedside Listening states the good have to take a seat nose to nose and attentively take heed to tales, reports, and emotions of sufferers. those bedside encounters with sufferers can good tell the preacher (chaplain or pastoral minister) and will lead to more advantageous liturgical preaching in hospitals, hospice, criminal, and nursing domestic settings. This publication goals to enhance pastoral care ministry of the ailing. This pastoral method offers a homiletical consultant for preachers, pastors, and chaplains thinking about health center, hospice, or nursing domestic ministries. It additionally is helping pastoral ministers to enhance greater listening talents for the tales and reports of the unwell, in addition to the facility to exploit those tales and studies within the proclamation of the gospel. Such intentional bedside listening and the preaching that effects from listening are very important for addressing the issues of the ailing and will improve emotional, religious, and actual therapeutic.

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Finding Global Balance: Common Grounds Between the Worlds of by Katherine Marshall

By Katherine Marshall

This e-book relates the newest bankruptcy within the tale of a amazing partnership among the worlds of religion and improvement, introduced in 1998 through Jim Wolfensohn after which Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, after they convened a gathering of religion and improvement leaders in Lambeth Palace. The intervening years have noticeable the expansion and enhancement of a community of worldwide religion and improvement leaders who proportion a standard ardour to remove international poverty, expand social justice and confirm international defense for the entire world's humans. Periodically this staff of leaders gathers jointly to discuss problems with universal difficulty and worldwide value. the newest assembly happened in Dublin, eire in Janaury 2005. Debates over days have been wealthy and provocative, reading matters starting from the hot Asian tsunami, to HIV/AIDS, gender and early life, and the roots of clash, all considered in the course of the lens of fairness. References to the moral dimensions of poverty relief and the necessity for a powerful ethical underpinning as a origin for equitable and sustainable improvement lay on the middle of each consultation. the individuality of this partnership is the clean standpoint it bargains on severe improvement matters and the chance for religion leaders and improvement leaders to hunt new avenues for collaboration. This publication tells the tale of this partnership, in the context of the Dublin assembly.

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Augustine and the cure of souls : revising a classical ideal by Kolbet, Paul R.; Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo

By Kolbet, Paul R.; Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo

Augustine and the remedy of Souls situates Augustine in the historical philosophical culture of utilizing phrases to reserve feelings. Paul Kolbet uncovers a profound continuity in Augustine's concept, from his earliest pre-baptismal writings to his ultimate acts as bishop, revealing a guy deeply indebted to the Roman previous and but extraordinarily Christian. instead of supplanting his classical studying, Augustine's Christianity reinvigorated accurately these parts of Roman knowledge that he believed have been slipping into decadence. specifically, Kolbet addresses the way within which Augustine not just used classical rhetorical concept to precise his theological imaginative and prescient, but additionally infused it with theological content.

This publication deals a clean studying of Augustine's writings--particularly his a number of, even though usually ignored, sermons--and presents an obtainable aspect of access into the nice North African bishop's lifestyles and thought.

"For a person who doesn't comprehend Augustine good this ebook should be an outstanding creation to his concept from a completely an important standpoint. Augustine's preaching, educating, and makes an attempt to arrive the minds and hearts of his congregation were principally neglected. This e-book has the good advantage of demonstrating why those have been important." --Carol Harrison, Durham University

"In this insightful and lucid research Kolbet leads his readers around the obstacles of old philosophy, psychology, rhetoric, and theology. He examines the traditional perform of the 'cure of the soul' and charts its Christian appropriation by way of Augustine. the quantity deals its personal medicinal promise--the reordering of our modern realizing of early Christianity and its advanced organization with classical culture." --John Peter Kenney, St. Michael's College

 

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The Politics of Piety: Franciscan Preachers During the Wars by Megan C. Armstrong

By Megan C. Armstrong

The Politics of Piety situates the Franciscan order on the middle of the non secular and political conflicts of the past due 16th century to teach how a medieval charismatic spiritual culture turned an engine of political swap. The friars used their redoubtable abilities as preachers, highbrow education on the collage of Paris, and private connections with different Catholic reformers and consumers to effectively impress well known competition to the unfold of Protestantism during the 16th century. via 1588, the friars used those related ideas on behalf of the Catholic League to avoid the succession of the Protestant inheritor presumptive, Henry of Navarre, to the French throne. This publication contributes to our figuring out of faith as a formative political impulse through the 16th century through linking the long term political activism of the friars to the emergence of the French monarchy of the 17th century. via 1594, the resistance fastened via the Franciscans and different contributors of the League to Navarre's succession secured his conversion. Navarre's conversion marked the triumph of the Franciscan and League notion of the French physique politic. both importantly, it laid the spiritual foundations for the absolutist regulations of the Bourbon monarchs of the 17th century as those rulers made non secular unification a concern of royal coverage. The good fortune of the friars and different preachers of the League in mounting competition to the monarchy throughout the Wars of faith confident those rulers that political balance and powerful monarchical authority lay in spiritual harmony.

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