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First Communion: Ritual, Church and Popular Religious Identity

by Peter McGrail

One of the most carefully prepared liturgies of any Roman Catholic parish's year is the celebration of 'First Communion'. This is the ritual by which seven or eight year old children are admitted to the Eucharist...


Mi'kmaq Landscapes: From Animism to Sacred Ecology

by Anne-Christine Hornborg

This book seeks to explore historical changes in the lifeworld of the Mi'kmaq Indians of Eastern Canada. The Mi'kmaq culture hero Kluskap serves as a key persona in discussing issues such as traditions, changing...


The Theory and Practice of Extended Communion

by Phillip Tovey

Three churches have recently produced liturgies for 'extended communion'. This is the distribution of previously consecrated elements at a public service by lay people or a deacon in the absence of a priest....


New Era - New Religions: Religious Transformation in Contemporary Brazil

by Andrew Dawson

New Era - New Religions examines new forms of religion in Brazil. To better understand the changing face of 21st Century religion, New Era - New Religions situates the rise of new era religiosity within the...


Historical Dictionary of the Crusades

by Corliss K. Slack

The second edition of Historical Dictionary of the Crusades is an accessible one-volume overview of the medieval crusades to the Middle East between 1095 and 1291, with substantial information on crusades in...


Islam in China: Religion, Ethnicity, Culture, and Politics

by Raphael Israeli

'Are they really Muslims?' Islam in China reveals the struggle for identity of the small yet vital Muslim community of China, a little-studied minority on the fringes of the Islamic world now thrust into the...


Baal's Priests: The Loyalist Clergy and the English Revolution

by Fiona McCall

The English Civil War was a time of disruption, suffering and persecution for many people, not least the clergy of the established church, who found themselves ejected from their livings in increasing numbers...


Missionary Bishop: Jean-Marie Odin in Galveston and New Orleans

by Patrick Foley & Gilbert R. Cruz

In 1822 a young French missionary priest arrived in America, where he would devote the rest of his life to the mission field on behalf of the Catholic Church. Jean-Marie Odin served first in Missouri and Arkansas,...


The American YMCA and Russian Culture: The Preservation and Expansion of Orthodox Christianity, 1900-1940

by Matthew Lee Miller

In The American YMCA and Russian Culture, Matthew Lee Miller explores the impact of the philanthropic activities of the Young Men’s Christian Association on Russians during the late imperial and early Soviet...


Historical Dictionary of Judaism

by Norman Solomon

Judaism, the religion of the Jewish people, is one of the first recorded monotheistic religions, and as such is one of the oldest religious traditions still practiced today. While its influences can be seen...


The Bible in Arabic: The Scriptures of the 'People of the Book' in the Language of Islam

by Sidney H. Griffith

From the first centuries of Islam to well into the Middle Ages, Jews and Christians produced hundreds of manuscripts containing portions of the Bible in Arabic. Until recently, however, these translations remained...


Barth, Israel, and Jesus: Karl Barth's Theology of Israel

by Mark R. Lindsay

The attitude of Karl Barth to Israel and the Jews has long been the subject of heated controversy amongst historians and theologians. The question that has so far predominated in the debate has been Barth's...


Signs of God: Miracles and their Interpretation

by Mark Corner

Signs of God reveals why discussion of the nature of miracles is of central rather than marginal importance where belief in God is concerned. This accessible book examines the nature of miracles both in philosophical...


Reconciliation, Nations and Churches in Latin America

by Iain S. Maclean

This book examines the recent phenomenon in Latin America of national Truth and Reconciliation commissions. Few studies have examined the role of Churches or religion in political processes that proclaim valued...


Pain, Pleasure and Perversity: Discourses of Suffering in Seventeenth-Century England

by John R. Yamamoto-Wilson

Luther's 95 Theses begin and end with the concept of suffering, and the question of why a benevolent God allows his creations to suffer remains one of the central issues of religious thought. In order to chart...


Writing History, Constructing Religion

by James G. Crossley & Christian Karner

Writing History, Constructing Religion presents a much-needed interdisciplinary exploration of the significance of debates among historians, scholars of religion and cultural theorists over the 'nature' of history...


Law, Liberty and Church: Authority and Justice in the Major Churches in England

by Gordon Arthur

Law, Liberty and Church examines the presuppositions that underlie authority in the five largest Churches in England - the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed...


Renewing Pastoral Practice: Trinitarian Perspectives on Pastoral Care and Counselling

by Neil Pembroke

This is the first comprehensive treatment of the relationship between the doctrine of the Trinity and pastoral care and counseling. Neil Pembroke contends that an in-depth reflection on the relational dynamics...


Religion and Law: An Introduction

by Peter W. Edge

Discussion of the way in which law engages with religious difference often takes place within the context of a single jurisdiction. Religion and Law: An Introduction, presents a comprehensive text for students,...


Religion, Identity and Politics in Northern Ireland: Boundaries of Belonging and Belief

by Claire Mitchell

There has been increased interest in the relationship between religion, identity and politics in modern societies. Building on this debate, Claire Mitchell presents a challenging analysis of religion in contemporary...