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Anthropology of Religious Conversion  

Henri Gooren

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Apr 2014
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May 2014
This chapter analyzes important approaches in anthropology that have dealt with religious change. The central question is how anthropologists identify and analyze the main factors in the ... More

The Christian Reconstruction Movement in U.S. Politics  

Julie Ingersoll

For more than half a century, Rousas John Rushdoony and his followers have articulated and disseminated what they understand to be a biblical worldview, based in aspects of traditional ... More

Contributions from Anthropology  

Simon Coleman and Anna Stewart

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Nov 2014
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May 2014
This chapter provides an overview of anthropological research on the ways in which religions both construct and constrain gender and sexuality. Using examples drawn from a wide range of ... More

Contributions from Queer Theory  

Patrick S. Cheng

This chapter provides an overview of what Christian theologians need to know about queer theory, which is a critical approach to sexuality and gender that challenges the ‘naturalness’ of ... More

Contributions from Sociology  

Marta Trzebiatowska

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Nov 2014
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May 2014
Sociologists are concerned with the way human behaviour is patterned. They look for plausible explanations of phenomena that strike them as important due to their objective prevalence in ... More

Demographics of Religious Conversion  

Todd M. Johnson

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Apr 2014
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May 2014
In the past twenty-five years, an enormous amount of data on religious affiliation has been collected and analyzed. New sources of information include government censuses (half the ... 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

Gender  

Melissa Raphael

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Dec 2007
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Sep 2009
Social class or ethnicity in a given religion, as much as gender, can be the factor which inhibits or permits the release of religious emotion. Accordingly, whether or not women and men's ... More

Psychology of Religious Conversion and Spiritual Transformation  

Raymond F. Paloutzian

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Apr 2014
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May 2014
This chapter presents a comprehensive overview of psychological research on religious conversion and spiritual transformation, in which a marked increase has occurred in the past ... More

Settlement and State in Eretz Israel  

S. Ilan Troen

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Dec 2004
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Sep 2009
While Zionist ideology has long been part of the rubric of Jewish history, the study of its realization through the social, cultural, and political history of the Yishuv and Israel has ... More

Sexuality and the Erotic  

Jeffrey J. Kripal

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Dec 2007
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Sep 2009
The biological, psychological, cultural, and ethical complexities of what we today call sexuality, gender, sexual orientation, and sexual trauma have been the focus of intense research for ... More

Sociology of Religious Conversion  

Fenggang Yang and Andrew Stuart Abel

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Apr 2014
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May 2014
Sociological analysis of conversion was once dominated by the Lofland-Stark model. However, recent research has moved beyond that model’s mostly micro-level approach. Studies of ... 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

Theology and Practice in Evangelical Churches  

Andrew Goddard

This chapter examines the continuities, development, and diversity found among evangelical Christians as they explore different patterns of evangelical response to new and challenging ... More

Violence and Justice  

Pamela Cooper-White

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Nov 2014
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May 2014
Sexuality is a domain of experience that has been variously described as embodied, deeply personal, intimate, ecstatic, and even sacred. Yet, precisely because of some of these qualities ... More

Wives and Husbands  

Thomas Knieps-Port le Roi

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Nov 2014
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Jun 2014
The chapter provides an overview of recent developments in the theology and ethics of marriage. It places the debates first in a sociocultural context of deinstitutionalization and ... More

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