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Recommend a survey text on the (History of the) Philosophy of Religion

I'm looking for a basic survey or overview text on the History of the Philosophy of Religion. Not an exhaustive text but one that would provide explicitly a kind of syllabus for background on key works in this thread of philosophy. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Jul 21, 2016 - 6 answers

Books on the tendency toward anachronistic approaches to church history?

So I've been listening to this podcast on the History of Christianity from the Reformed Theological Seminary and there is an odd way that events in the early period of the church are presented which seems rather anachronistic or suffers from "hindsight bias". Is there a term for this? I was wondering if there is literature on this tendency in religious thought (i.e. in which present orthodoxy is retrojected into past debates and conflicts over doctrine.) Is it common? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on May 20, 2016 - 5 answers

Romans 9 and the responsibility for sin

In the recent book by Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, I stumbled at the following in chapter VI: "None of us should speak of injustice without thinking of all the injustice we have committed before God. We must never forget our origins, the mud of which we were made." If God made us out of mud (i.e. something base and, literally, dirty), why is it the Christian view that God is upset when we act according to our base and dirty nature, and that we must seek forgiveness for our actions and our nature? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Mar 9, 2016 - 11 answers

Introduction to Political Theology and Philosophy

I"m looking for an introductory historico-philosophical text on religion and politics, political-theology, or secularism and anti-secularism philosophically? Specifically, I'm interested in understanding, the context and surrounding works which would situate Carl Schmitt's claims regarding the persistence of theological concepts in 20thC political philosophy. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Dec 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Discussions of the Name of God? YHWH as "Being" and Philosophy.

I am trying to find a text that discusses the interpretations of God as "Being" that exist in philosophy (e.g. Spinoza, Hegel, Ancient Greek Philosophy etc) in connection with the common translations of YHWH as "I am". There must be writings on this? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Nov 19, 2015 - 6 answers

WWJD: What [Boundaries] Would Jesus Designate?

Growing up Christian with a fundamentalist slant, I internalized Jesus's "turn the other cheek" teachings to mean, "don't ever set boundaries or express anger."** I'm no longer Christian, but I'm working on reclaiming my spiritual past and figuring out what to keep and what to set aside. Are there texts that interpret the teachings of Jesus through a lens of social justice/personal boundaries/feminism/activism? I'm interested in scholarly or theological texts rather than pop psychology books. [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Mar 24, 2015 - 10 answers

No Dogs Go To Heaven Under Any Circumstances

There are widespread reports that the Pope now claims that animals go to heaven, based on this article from the illustrious Daily Express newspaper, and in particular this line: “One day we will see our animals again in eternity of Christ’, Francis quoted Paul as saying. Is this a real quote attributed to Paul, or is the Express making shit up, or is Francis making shit up, or what is happening
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Dec 12, 2014 - 18 answers

What are good sources for an overview of early Christianity/Gnosticism?

Help me out, Hivemind. I'm looking for respectable, scholarly books, friendly to the layman, on the early beginnings of Christianity. More specifically, I'm interested in its first few centuries. I'm also hoping to attain a better understanding of Gnosticism and its place in Christianity's history. I am NOT looking for New Age-y neognostic inculcations.
posted by fignewton on Nov 13, 2014 - 14 answers

Calling all medievalists! The Tree of the Seven Deadly Sins

I had a particularly useful version of this in a book some years ago while teaching a class on Chaucer's The Merchant's Tale. It was an (I think) early monochrome block-print of a tree with the peripheral twigs and branches taking one from multiple minor indiscretions to the core seven branches of the deadly sins. For example the twig of impatience might lead to the the branch of wrath. Google image search is not throwing up the detailed "mind-map" tree I recall. It may have been a more modern representation/interpretation of the idea.
posted by Hugobaron on May 29, 2014 - 3 answers

All Carrots, No Sticks?

I've been a self-studied, involved Christian for most of my adolescence and early adulthood - first as a Catholic, now as an Episcopalian. Here's the thing: I'm pretty sure I don't believe in sin. So, what am I, exactly? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Jun 20, 2013 - 33 answers

A guide to Christian theology?

I grew up in an atheist household and have never read the Bible. I would like to tackle that beast and start wandering through various branches of Christian theology, with my main goal to start in on Barth's complete works. Can you recommend a good Academic primer or companion to the Bible and general theology that doesn't try to convert me? I am interested in the topic in a scholarly/philosophic sense. I do have a good understanding of the Old World and its various empires and wars, but I am still in the shallow end as far as biblical knowledge is concerned.
posted by Think_Long on Feb 4, 2013 - 24 answers

Please help me find reputable online theology degree options

I am trying to find some reputable graduate schools that offer masters degrees in Christian theology which can be completed mostly or completely online. [more inside]
posted by michellenoel on Nov 21, 2012 - 16 answers

Buddhism for Middle Class Methodists

I belong to a progressive congregation of the United Methodist Church, and we often host educational series exploring other religions/belief systems (our congregation isn't of the "one true path to God" variety). This fall, we're planning a series on Buddhism. Our adult education committee has tasked me with selecting a book to study. [more inside]
posted by girlbowler on Jun 22, 2012 - 13 answers

What is the ultimate mashup of science and belief/religion?

I'm looking for a book that is essentially a mashup of behavioral economics, social psychology, neuroscience, wisdom/bible literature, and mythology. [more inside]
posted by Slacker Manager on May 23, 2012 - 13 answers

Pro-gay Bible Exegesis

Looking for recommendations for websites and books that explain gay theology. More specifically, pro-gay arguments explaining tough Bible passages that have respected scholarship. I'm tending to see all the usual conservative stuff instead.
posted by snap_dragon on Jan 9, 2012 - 13 answers

What is the best Latin lexicon for translating theological works, especially John Calvin?

What is the best Latin lexicon for translating theological works, especially John Calvin? [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks on Dec 30, 2011 - 2 answers

Why is the concept of evolution seen as contrary to Christian teaching?

Why is the concept of evolution seen as contrary to Christian teaching? [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Jul 27, 2011 - 43 answers

Theology reading list, please

I want a primer on 20th century theology. Reading suggestions? [more inside]
posted by resiny on Jul 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Christian readings for discussion

I'm looking for short Christian/theological readings for a weekly group I'm facilitating this semester. [more inside]
posted by pecknpah on Jan 15, 2011 - 12 answers

John Calvin was a hipster long before it was cool.

A couple years ago, I read a really intriguing essay that compared the American cultural ideal of "effortless cool" to the theological debate over the importance of grace vs. good acts. I believe that the writer identified the Puritans as coming down on the side of grace, and made a connection between their influence on early America and our cultural preference for grace (i.e. "effortless cool") over good acts (i.e. "trying too hard"). I would really love to cite this essay, but unfortunately, my Google-Fu is failing me. I remember that I read it online, and it was probably linked from a comment on The Blue. Any idea what I read or who wrote it?
posted by Afroblanco on Sep 7, 2010 - 11 answers

Hellenistic influences of the early Christian church?

I am interested in finding a layman's book about the Hellenistic influences of early Christianity. (Basically how Christianity either adopted or smuggled it in. Not sure which word to use.)
posted by snap_dragon on Aug 19, 2010 - 10 answers

What material is out there that specifically talks about doubt in Christianity?

I'm looking for books, documentary, video, anything decently published on the topic of doubt and doubting in Christianity. [more inside]
posted by superiorchicken on Jul 17, 2010 - 25 answers

Introducing Cornel West

What books or articles should I read to introduce me to the theology of Cornel West? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on May 24, 2010 - 4 answers

Good Argument/ Topic for an Essay on St. Augustine?

Good argument/ ideas for an essay on St. Augustine's work? [more inside]
posted by howgenerica on May 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Looking for the WCF in Telugu

I am looking for suggestions and advice: On obtaining an accurate translation of the Westminster Confession of Faith in Telugu. Thanks!
posted by yoyoceramic on Feb 19, 2010 - 2 answers

History of Liberation Theology

Can anyone recommend a history of liberation theology? [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Jan 4, 2010 - 4 answers

Nietzsche is to Nihilism as Who is to Optimism?

I'm looking for philosophers, both classical and modern, who have constructed arguments for optimism. [more inside]
posted by MikeHarris on Dec 12, 2009 - 33 answers

What makes an Episcopalian?

EpiscopalFilter: What must one believe to be an Episcopalian? What do a significant majority of Episcopalians agree on? What (non-political) issues are members fairly evenly split on? What beliefs are left up to individual members? [more inside]
posted by Picklegnome on Apr 16, 2009 - 8 answers

Atlas of Biblical Rome in Detail ...

I'm trying to find a good atlas that shows all of the Roman Roads built throughout the Roman Empire for my pastor friend. I think there were some 53,000 miles of highway built by the Romans, and, as he is preaching through Acts and following Paul's journeys, he'd like to have a good atlas that shows the period Roman district names, cities, terrain features, and especially the roads. Do you have any idea where he might find something like that?
posted by snap_dragon on Feb 6, 2009 - 5 answers

Satan(?) in Reformed Theology

In Reformed Theology, what is the role of Satan? There is talk of foreordination and foreknowledge and absolute sovereignty of God so I don't understand Satan's creation and necessity in this theological framework. Can anybody explain the view or John Calvin's view?
posted by snap_dragon on Nov 5, 2008 - 9 answers

add to wish list, rinse, repeat

Recommendations for books about religion & theology - phenomenology of, anthropological, sociological, etc. [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Aug 3, 2007 - 15 answers

Why doesn't God call any more?

Are there strong theological explanations for why the current activity in miracles isn't quite what it used to be? No more pillars of salt, burning bushes, days being stopped etc... Doesn't he love us?
posted by wilful on Jun 12, 2007 - 45 answers

Looking for a copy of a rare book for a present to a professor!

I'm looking for a place to find a rare copy of a theological text as a present for a retiring professor. [more inside]
posted by Mali on Apr 27, 2007 - 4 answers

Can anyone help me find a book including a letter to God written by a Holocaust victim?

My apologies for this vague description--I used to work in a bookstore where I'd pick up and browse through a number of books. One book included a letter written to God by a Jewish man (maybe a rabbi?) imprisoned during the Holocaust. Part of the letter involved him saying, essentially, "no matter what you do to me, God, or what suffering you send, you can't make me stop loving you. That is the form my free will takes." Does anyone know the author or title?
posted by piers on Mar 30, 2006 - 4 answers

Who was Reagan's theologian of apocalypse?

A tough one: I remember reading that during the Reagan years, as part of the campaign to convince the Russians that the US really would launch a second strike if faced with a preemptive Russian attack, Reagan turned to a religious figure or theologian who explained that a retaliatory attack, even if it resulted in the extinction of the human species, would be morally approvable and even required by God, and that it would serve the glory of God, despite the unfortunate consequences it might have for human beings. I don't think I just imagined all this, so I wonder: who was the religious person that articulated this position? What source can tell me about this stuff? Many thanks for any clues.
posted by washburn on Jan 15, 2006 - 7 answers

Help tracking down an O'Connor quotation.

Help tracking down a Flannery O'Connor quotation. [more inside]
posted by macinchik on Nov 25, 2005 - 4 answers

Origin of the human as half angel, half devil?

Who is the originator of the familiar literary trope that human beings are half lofty/angelic, half base? [more inside]
posted by ori on Jun 7, 2005 - 12 answers

Why are Christians opposed to heterosexual pre-marital sex?

Why are Christians opposed to heterosexual pre-marital sex. I can find some Paul diktats but is that the only problem?
posted by Pericles on Dec 1, 2004 - 39 answers

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