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Revisioning Christology: Theology in the Reformed Tradition

by Oliver D. Crisp

This book offers a series of studies in the Christology of key representatives in the Reformed tradition engaging their thought for contemporary dogmatics. Thinkers from each of the five centuries in which Reformed...


Gender Differences and the Making of Liturgical History: Lifting a Veil on Liturgy's Past

by Teresa Berger

Mapping uncharted territory in the study of liturgy's past, this book offers a history to contemporary questions around gender and liturgical life. Berger looks at liturgy's past through the lens of gender history,...


Literature and Theology: New Interdisciplinary Spaces

by Heather Walton

This book explores current trends in the interdisciplinary study of literature and theology - an area of academic activity that has developed dramatically in the past twenty years and brings together the work...


The Future of Christianity: Reflections on Violence and Democracy, Religion and Secularization

by David Martin

The Future of Christianity offers a mature assessment of themes preoccupying David Martin over some fifty years, and acts as a complement to his earlier volume, On Secularization. Particular themes of focus...


Hell and its Afterlife: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

by Isabel Moreira & Margaret Toscano

The notion of an infernal place of punishment for 'undesired' elements in human culture and human nature has a long history both as religious idea and as cultural metaphor. This book brings together a wide array...


Friars on the Frontier: Catholic Renewal and the Dominican Order in Southeastern Poland, 1594-1648

by Piotr Stolarski

Focusing on the Dominican Order's activities in south-eastern Poland from the late sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth centuries this book reveals the renovation and enduring popularity of the pre-existing Mendicant...


The Debate on the Trial of the Templars (1307-1314)

by Jochen Burgtorf & Paul F. Crawford

In October 1307, all the brothers of the military-religious order of the Temple in France were arrested on the instructions of King Philip IV and charged with heresy and other crimes. In 1312, Pope Clement V,...


Heinrich Heshusius and Confessional Polemic in Early Lutheran Orthodoxy

by Michael J. Halvorson

Heinrich Heshusius (1556-97) became a leading church superintendent and polemicist during the early age of Lutheran orthodoxy, and played a major role in the reform and administration of several German cities...


Commonwealth and the English Reformation: Protestantism and the Politics of Religious Change in the Gloucester Vale, 1483-1560

by Ben Lowe

Taking the Vale of Gloucester as a case study, the book refocuses attention onto issues left unfinished in the wake of current Reformation scholarship. By examining the connections between local gentry, city...


Clerical Celibacy in the West: c.1100-1700

by Helen Parish

The issue of clerical celibacy has played a long and profound role in the history of the Christian church. From the first Christian centuries to the present day, the question of whether clergy should be allowed...


The Death of Sacred Texts: Ritual Disposal and Renovation of Texts in World Religions

by Kristina Myrvold

The Death of Sacred Texts draws attention to a much neglected topic in the study of sacred texts: the religious and ritual attitudes towards texts which have become old and damaged and can no longer be used...


Church Music and Protestantism in Post-Reformation England: Discourses, Sites and Identities

by Jonathan Willis

Church Music and Protestantism in Post-Reformation England breaks new ground in the religious history of Elizabethan England through a closely focused study of the role of music and the Reformation. By reintegrating...


Reforming the Scottish Parish: The Reformation in Fife, 1560-1640

by John McCallum

Whilst the Protestant Reformation of 1560 is acknowledged as being a watershed moment in Scottish history, relatively little is known about the actual process of establishing a reformed church in the parishes...


Narratives of the Religious Self in Early-Modern Scotland

by David George Mullan

Drawing on a rich, yet untapped source of Scottish autobiographical writing, this book provides a fascinating insight into the nature and extent of early-modern religious narratives. Over 80 such personal documents,...


Grace Jantzen: Redeeming the Present

by Elaine L. Graham

Grace Jantzen was an internationally-renowned feminist philosopher of religion whose work has transformed the way we think about the interactions between religion, culture and gender in Western culture. Jantzen's...


Fathers and Godfathers: Spiritual Kinship in Early-Modern Italy

by Guido Alfani

In medieval Europe baptism did not merely represent a solemn and public recognition of the 'natural' birth of a child, but was regarded as a second, 'spiritual birth', within a social group often different from...


Dealings with God: From Blasphemers in Early Modern Zurich to a Cultural History of Religiousness

by Francisca Loetz

Blasphemy could be a serious business in early modern Europe, and those judged to have cursed, abused or denied God could in some cases find themselves on trial for their lives. Whilst such attitudes may appear...


Humanism and the Reform of Sacred Music in Early Modern England: John Merbecke the Orator and The Booke of Common Praier Noted (1550)

by Hyun-Ah Kim

This book provides a new interpretation of John Merbecke (c.1505-c.1585), the Tudor musician, copyist and writer. Providing a new contextual study of Merbecke, it re-interprets his work in the light of humanist...


Saint Cicero and the Jesuits: The Influence of the Liberal Arts on the Adoption of Moral Probabilism

by Robert Aleksander Maryks

Over the past decade various historians have examined the consequences of Ignatius Loyola's decision to involve his newly approved Society of Jesus in various educational enterprises. The first Jesuits emphasized...


Vittoria Colonna and the Spiritual Poetics of the Italian Reformation

by Abigail Brundin

Vittoria Colonna was one of the best known and most highly celebrated female poets of the Italian Renaissance. She was best known for her skill in constructing tightly controlled and beautifully modulated Petrarchan...