Historical Jesus and the Literary Imagination 1860-1920
In response to theologians’ quest for the historical Jesus, a new genre of Gospel-inspired fictional reconstructions became increasingly popular during the Victorian period. By exploring how such writers as Oscar Wilde, George Moore and Marie Corelli used fiction to revitalize the Scriptures, Stevens shows that they not only helped to disseminate modernist theology to the reading public but also set down the template for a literary tradition within which later authors, from Robert Graves to Dan Brown, have worked.
Cultural Memories of a Young Jesus
Using insights from the sociological study of human memory, and particularly the concept of physical and practical 'sites of memory', Davis explores how ancient Christians recollected Jesus' childhood and how early Christian history was created. Central to the study is the collection of stories known as the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, or the Paidika ('Childhood Deeds'), which begins with Jesus at the age of five and includes tales of miracles, cursing and his classroom encounters with the teacher Zacchaeus.
The Doctrine of Faith
In the Reign of Henry VIII
Justification by faith is the foundation of Protestant theology, the 'chief, lord, ruler and judge' of all other doctrine according to Luther. This ground-breaking theological history charts its emergence and development in the writings of English reformers such as William Tyndale, the virulent opposition it attracted from Thomas More and Henry VIII, and its eventual acceptance by the Church of England under Archbishop Cranmer.
Eminent Tractarians: How Lay Followers of the Oxford Revival
Expressed their Faith in Their 'Trivial Round and Common Task'
Launched in 1833, the Oxford or Tractarian Movement aimed to revive the Church of England as a moral force and bring its ritual closer to that of Catholicism. This book shows how its principles shaped the lives and works of four leading followers: the merchant William Gibbs, the architect William Butterfield, the banker Thomas Heywood and the theatre director Lilian Baylis. Its examination of the role of faith in a capitalist society is as relevant today as in the 19th century.
God and the Atlantic
America, Europe, and the Religious Divide
Addressing the religious divide between Europe and America, and the causes of that divide, this study carefully examines European views of America since the late 18th century to explore how transatlantic comparisons and prejudices developed and solidified.
The Making of a Saint
The Life, Times and Sanctification of Neophytos the Recluse
How does an individual become a saint? This study answers that question by giving a detailed analysis of the case of a late 12th and early 13th century Byzantine holy man, the Cypriot Saint Neophytos the Recluse. No jacket.
Sedulius Scottus, De Rectoribus Christianis
'On Christian Rulers'
In his significant political treatise On Christian Rulers, Sedulius Scottus (fl. c.850) attempted to clarify the proper relation between spiritual and secular power. Dyson has produced this new critical edition of the Latin text, with facing translation; he also provides an introduction covering what we know of Sedulius' life, the background to this work and its place in the development of political theory in the Christian West.
Deism in Enlightenment England
Theology, Politics, and Newtonian Public Science
With the growth of scientific understanding in the 17th and 18th centuries, Deism - the belief that God created the universe but keeps apart from it - gained currency among educated people. This absorbing study examines the theology of leading English Deists such as John Toland and Anthony Collins as they struggled to reconcile the discoveries of Newton and others with belief in a Creator. It also relates their ideas to the politics of the period after the revolution of 1688.
A Century of New Testament Study
The past 100 years have seen profound changes in New Testament study. This book follows its development from the late 19th century through the challenges of the 20th. Central to its argument is Rudolf Bultmann's attempt to reconcile critical, historical and theological studies, and its ultimate failure. Reviewing recent developments, Riches concludes by asking if the time has not come for a similar attempt to integrate modern approaches.
A Century of Protestant Theology
Many significant developments have taken place in Protestant theology over the past century. After an historical survey of Protestant responses to the Enlightenment, this book examines the ideas of the Swiss theologian Karl Barth, the work of Bultmann, and the radical theologies that emerged after the Second World War. The final chapter surveys the horizons opened by ecumenical encounters with the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, with other faiths, and with the natural sciences.
Conscience and Its Problems
An Introduction to Casuistry
One of the great classics of moral theology, first published in 1927, and a benchmark in 20th-century casuistry, this work both recognizes the legacy of 16th and 17th century casuists and faces the moral issues relevant to modern times. An extensive new introduction by David H Smith places Kirk's approach to casuistry in the context of a general discussion of the term, its meaning and the ways it has been variously interpreted.
You Looked at Me
The Spiritual Testimony of Claudine Moine
A refugee from the Thirty Years War, the French dressmaker Claudine Moine lived in Paris in the middle of the 17th century. Under instructions from her spiritual director, she kept a detailed account of God's action in her life during the three years from 1652 to 1655. The result is a work of extraordinary spiritual and theological richness, made available in English for the first time in Father Gerard Carroll's fine translation. With an introduction and notes.
Letter to a Priest
Wrestling with the moral dilemmas entailed by commitment to the Catholic Church, Letter to a Priest is a meditation on the perennial battle between faith and doubt and resonates today as much as it did when it was first written in 1942. This edition also includes the essay 'Human Personality' (1943), in which Weil offers a brilliant and unorthodox account of the preciousness of human beings. Foreword by Raimond Gaita. From the Routledge Great Minds series.
Ancient Philosophy of Religion
Volume One: The History of Western Philosophy of Religion
Comprising chapters devoted to individual thinkers from Pythagoras to Pseudo-Dionysius, this volume covers ancient and early Christian thought on God, the gods, religious belief and practice. Vol 1 of The History of Western Philosophy of Religion.
Robert Grossetest: Hexaemeron
Robert Grosseteste's influential Hexaemeron is a study of the creation story found in the opening chapters of Genesis, which he interpreted not only through the contemporary scientific ideas of the 1230s but also in the light of ancient philosophical thought which was being re-introduced into western Europe. This critical edition presents the full Latin text, based on all the available manuscripts, one of which contains Grosseteste's own annotations and corrections.
Translating the Bible
The Ethiopic Version of the Old Testament
Dating from the 5th or 6th century CE, the Ethiopic translation of the Old Testament is one of the 'daughter versions' derived from the Greek text of the Septuagint. In this book, based on his 1995 Schweich Lectures, Knibb analyses details of the translation's syntax and the consistency and diversity of its translation-equivalents; and he assesses the evidence for later revisions made on the basis of versions in other languages.
Irenaeus of Lyons (c.130-200) represents an important stage in the development of Christian orthodoxy: largely eschewing original thought (which was likely to lead to heresy), he attacked the followers of 'agnostic' worldviews and brought together the teachings of the Church as expressed by earlier theologians. Minns discusses the evidence for Irenaeus's life and milieu, outlines the literary structure of his surviving works and explains both his theology and his understanding of the nature of tradition.
Sex These Days
Essays on Theology, Sexuality and Society
What has been lost and what has been gained in replacing the sexual orthodoxy of heterosexual procreative monogamy with the 'heresies' of postmodern sexualities? In this volume, nine writers look first at the present 'pornotopia' in which the goal of sex is no longer procreation but self-satisfaction, discussing how it has come to dominate Western societies and its consequences for social life. Part two looks to the future in discussions of topics including chastity, celibacy, sexual difference and homosexuality.