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Augustine  

James Wetzel

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Dec 2007
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Sep 2009
The dazzling display of emotional intelligence that gives the Confessions, Augustine's most famous work, its resonance for students of the inner life is evident, albeit in more muted hues, ... More

Constructionism and Its Critics  

John Kloos

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Dec 2007
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Sep 2009
Since the 1970s, social scientists increasingly have cast human emotions in the arenas of culturally or linguistically constructed expression. A wide spectrum of theoretical terminology ... More

Desire and Love  

Ola Sigurdson

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Nov 2014
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Sep 2014
Desire and love have always been important themes in Christianity, but there is no self-evident meaning for either of these concepts. This chapter examines some important contributions in ... More

Emile Durkheim  

W. S. F. Pickering

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Dec 2007
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Sep 2009
Emile Durkheim founded his sociology enterprise on the equation that in order to understand social phenomena, the social must be explained in terms of the social. This becomes practically ... More

Friedrich Schleiermacher and Rudolf Otto  

Jacqueline Mariña

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Dec 2007
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Sep 2009
Two names often grouped together in the study of religion are Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768–1884) and Rudolf Otto (1869–1937). Central to their understanding of religion is the idea that ... More

Jonathan Edwards  

Michael J. McClymond

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Dec 2007
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Sep 2009
Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758)—pastor, philosopher, theologian, and Calvinist saint—was a man of deep piety and a meticulous observer of others' spiritual experiences. He devoted much of his ... More

Kierkegaard  

David Kangas

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Dec 2007
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Sep 2009
This essay explores the intersection of religion and emotion in the thought of Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855). Emotions—or, more generally, affectivity—play a central role in Kierkegaard's ... More

Prayer  

Columba Stewart OSB

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Sep 2008
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Sep 2009
Prayer is a universal feature of human religious practice. Among early Christians, it had two broad and frequently overlapping categories. First, and primordially, there was communal or ... More

Sociological Approaches to Qumran Sectarianism  

Jutta Jokiranta

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Oct 2010
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Jan 2011
Scholarly reflection on the people behind the Qumran documents has been coloured by the use of the term ‘sect’ from very early on, ever since the first announcement of the discovery of the ... More

The Theological Study of Gender  

Tina Beattie

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Nov 2014
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Sep 2014
This chapter traces the academic development of postmodern theology and gender studies, from the feminist theologies of the 1960s–1980s through the ‘linguistic turn’ to the emergence of ... More

The Theological Study of Sexuality  

Elizabeth Stuart

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Nov 2014
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Sep 2014
This article explores the key methodological approaches evident in theologies of sexuality since theological reflection upon sexuality emerged as a distinctive discipline in the latter ... More

The Trinity, Creation, and Christian Anthropology  

Risto Saarinen

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Oct 2011
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Jan 2012
This article examines the relationship between the Trinity and creation, which belongs to the broader dogmatic framework of God's interaction with the world. It outlines some traditional ... More

William James  

Jeremy Carrette

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Dec 2007
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Sep 2009
William James's 1884 theory of emotion is perhaps the most well known of all his psychological ideas, particularly as it forms a key historical landmark in the history of the concept. His ... More

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