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African American History and African American Theology  

Stephen C. Finley

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Aug 2014
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Jul 2014
The history of African Americans is important in the formation of, but presents a challenge to, black theology. African American history provided a lens through which to view the world and ... More

The Age of Enlightenment  

Alan Charles Kors

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Nov 2013
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Dec 2013
This article discusses the meanings, origin, context, scope, and central intellectual claims of atheism in the Age of the European Enlightenment. It emphasizes debates about proofs of the ... More

Allegory and Midrash in Origen  

Daniel Boyarin

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Feb 2022
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Mar 2022
This chapter discusses the fact that both Origen and the Rabbis grappled with the epistemological status of interpretations of a divinely ordained text. Behind the author’s comparativist ... More

American Jewish History  

Hasia Diner

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Dec 2004
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Sep 2009
American Jewish history as a field of scholarly inquiry takes as its subject-matter the experience of Jews in the United States and places it within the context of both modern Jewish ... More

Atheism and the Rise of Science  

Taner Edis

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Nov 2013
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Oct 2013
Atheists, conservative theists, and religious liberals often read the history of science in ways that support their own position. Atheists expect continual mutual support between science ... More

The Baltic Countries  

Sebastian Rimestad

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Dec 2021
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Dec 2021
The three Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) have a varied religious history. In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, they were the last region of Europe to be Christianized. ... More

Bonaventure and Dionysius  

Monica Tobon

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Feb 2022
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Mar 2022
Bonaventure, known as the ‘Seraphic Doctor’, has been described as ‘the most Dionysian mind of the Middle Ages’. Believing Dionysius to have been taught by Paul himself, he regarded him as ... More

The Book of Enoch and the Qumran Scrolls  

James C. VanderKam

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Oct 2010
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Jan 2011
The work that is today called the Book of Enoch or 1 Enoch is actually a collection of ancient booklets written at different times by several authors, almost all of them composed in the ... More

Buddhist Studies beyond the Nation-State  

Richard K. Payne

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Jun 2016
This essay examines a variety of dysfunctional consequences of employing modern nation-states as the default organizing category for Buddhist studies regardless of the period being studied. ... More

The Carthusians and the Cloud of Unknowing  

Peter Tyler

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Feb 2022
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Mar 2022
This essay explores the reception of the Dionysian corpus within the climate of thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Western culture and its subsequent interpretation in the development of ... More

Catholic Laity in the Latin American Church  

Robert S. Pelton C.S.C.

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Mar 2020
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Mar 2020
Before Vatican II, pastoral theology reflected a clear distinction between the ordained and non-ordained members of the Church, but a gradual nuancing of this issue was taking place in ... More

Central and Eastern Europe  

Irena Borowik, Branko Ančić, and Radosław Tyrała

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Nov 2013
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Oct 2013
This essay offers a fresh exploration of atheism in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), while also providing an overview of existing research into atheism and non-religion in ... More

Central Europe  

Árpád von Klimó

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Dec 2021
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Dec 2021
Central Europe is still imagined as an area dominated by Christianity, for the most part the Catholic Church, in close alliance with Christian rulers who minimized the impact of both the ... More

Christian Apophaticism before Dionysius  

Mark Edwards

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Feb 2022
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Mar 2022
The first section of this essay surveys the biblical roots of apophaticism, verifying Philo’s claim to be one of the first precursors of Dionysius. The second section offers examples of ... More

Christian Democracy and Europe  

Kees van Kersbergen

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Dec 2021
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Dec 2021
Christian democracy is the heir to the Catholic confessional parties that emerged in the late nineteenth century. It is a Western European phenomenon promoting a particular social policy, ... More

The Classical Origins of Natural Theology  

Stephen R. L. Clark

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Jan 2013
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Jun 2013
This chapter reviews classical accounts of natural theology. These include accounts by Hesiod of Boeotia in the late 8th century , Parmenides of Elea (early 5th century ), Empedocles of Acragas ( ... More

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE)  

Frank Turner SJ

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Dec 2021
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Dec 2021
This chapter describes the work of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), its evolving relationship with central institutions of the European Union, ... More

The Conference of European Churches  

Peter Pavlovic

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Dec 2021
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Dec 2021
This chapter outlines the history and work of the Conference of European Churches (CEC). CEC was founded in the middle of the Cold War in a divided Europe as an instrument promoting ... More

Content of the Dionysian Corpus  

Tim Riggs

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Feb 2022
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Mar 2022
This essay examines the content of the Dionysian Corpus in order to demonstrate the unity of its two fundamental characters: Christian and Neoplatonic. The essay takes as its cornerstone ... More

The Contribution of Bernhard Neuschäfer’s Origenes ALS Philologe  

Gerardo Rodriguez-Galarza

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Feb 2022
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Mar 2022
Bernhard Neuschäfer’s Origene als Philologe remains an influential reference point in the study of Origen. Neuschäfer builds on understudied observations regarding Origen’s philological ... More

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