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The Christianity of Culture

The Christianity of Culture

Author: L. Chua

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137012722

Category: Social Science

Page: 258

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In this richly contextualized study, Liana Chua explores how a largely Christian Bidayuh community has been reconfiguring its relationship to its old animist rituals through the trope and politics of "culture." Placing her ethnography in dialogue with developments in the nascent anthropology of Christianity, Chua argues that such efforts at "continuity speaking" are the product not only of Malaysian cultural politics, but also of conversion and Christianity itself. This book invites scholars to rethink the nature and scope of conversion, as well as the multifarious, yet distinctive, forms that Christianity can take.

Christianity and Imperial Culture

Christianity and Imperial Culture

Author: Xiaochao Wang

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004320000

Category: Religion

Page: 280

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This book studies the writings of the seventeenth century Chinese Christian apologist, Xu Guangqi, comparing them with those of early Latin Christian apologists in Europe to explore problems within the historical inculturation of Christianity in China.

Igbo Culture and the Christian Missions 1857-1957

Igbo Culture and the Christian Missions 1857-1957

Author: Augustine Senan Ogunyeremuba Okwu

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780761848844

Category: Religion

Page: 350

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This book explores the strategies and methods of the Protestant and Roman Catholic missionaries in Igboland and Igbo response during the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. Using oral traditions, primary sources, and the author's life experience as a Christian convert and missionary, the text examines the missions' programs, missteps, and impact.

Jewish Culture and Society Under the Christian Roman Empire

Jewish Culture and Society Under the Christian Roman Empire

Author: Richard Lee Kalmin

Publisher: Peeters Publishers

ISBN: 9042911816

Category: Social Science

Page: 20

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This book investigates the complexity, diversity, uniqueness and enduring significance of Jewish life in the Christian Roman Empire, from 312 to 634 C.E. During this period there occurred an unprecedented Jewish cultural explosion, encompassing the compilation and/or composition of such texts as the Palestinian Talmud, the main aggadic midrashim, an extensive magical/mystical literature, the revived apocalypse, a vast corpus of piyyutim and the beginnings of a practically oriented halakhic literature. Furthermore, this was the era of the florition of Jewish art, for it was only in the fourth century that a specifically Jewish iconographic language came into common use in synagogues and catacombs, the archaeological remains of almost all of which date from this period. This volume moves toward a synthesizing and contextualizing view of the Jewish cultural production of late antiquity, examining the interaction of Jews, Christians and pagans and with the emergence of new religious forms generated by such interaction.

Power Failure

Power Failure

Author: Albert Borgmann

Publisher: Brazos Press

ISBN: 9781587430589

Category: Philosophy

Page: 145

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Presents a call to redeem and restrain technology through everyday Christian practices and sacraments, identifying dangers related to technology-driven lifestyles while outlining the steps and benefits of citizen-based decision-making and daily Scripture reading.

Demonic Bodies and the Dark Ecologies of Early Christian Culture

Demonic Bodies and the Dark Ecologies of Early Christian Culture

Author: Travis W. Proctor

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780197581162

Category: Religion

Page: 289

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"Drawing insights from gender studies and the environmental humanities, Demonic Bodies analyzes how ancient Christians constructed the Christian body through its relations to demonic adversaries. Case studies on New Testament texts, early Christian church fathers, and "Gnostic" writings trace how early followers of Jesus construed the demonic body in diverse and sometimes contradictory ways, as both embodied and bodiless, "fattened" and ethereal, heavenly and earthbound. Across this diversity of portrayals, however, demons consistently functiond as personfications of "deviant" bodily practices such as "magical" rituals, immoral sexual acts, gluttony, and "pagan" religious practices. This demonization served an exclusionary function whereby Christian writers marginalized fringe Christian groups by linking their ritual activities to demonic modes of (dis)embodiment. Demonic Bodies demonstrates, therefore, that the formation of early Christian cultures was part of the shaping of broader Christian "ecosystems," which in turn informed Christian experiences of their own embodiment and community"--

Contemporary Christian Culture

Contemporary Christian Culture

Author: Omotayo O. Banjo

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498553902

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 218

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This book explores Christian messages, meanings, and their impact in a multicultural context, using a communication framework to help Christians and non-Christians alike navigate challenging issues surrounding ethnic and racial division in the United States today.

Syriac Christian Culture

Syriac Christian Culture

Author: Aaron Michael Butts

Publisher: CUA Press

ISBN: 9780813233680

Category: Religion

Page: 369

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Syriac Christianity developed in the first centuries CE in the Middle East, where it continued to flourish throughout Late Antiquity and the Medieval period, while also spreading widely, as far as India and China. Today, Syriac Christians are found in the Middle East, in India, as well in diasporas scattered across the globe. Over this extended time period and across this vast geographic expanse, Syriac Christians have built impressive churches and monasteries, crafted fine pieces of art, and written and transmitted a sizable body of literature. Though often overlooked, neglected, and even persecuted, Syriac Christianity has been – and continues to be – an important part of the humanistic heritage of the last two millennia. The present volume brings together fourteen studies that offer fresh perspectives on Syriac Christianity, especially its literary texts and authors. The timeframes of the individual studies span from the second-century Syriac translation of the Hebrew Bible up to the thirteenth century with the end of the Syriac Renaissance. Several studies analyze key authors from Late Antiquity, such as Aphrahat, Ephrem, Narsai, and Jacob of Serugh. Others investigate translations into Syriac, both from Hebrew and from Greek, while still others examine hagiography, especially its formation and transmission. Reflecting a growing trend in the field, the volume also devotes significant attention to the Medieval period, during which Syriac Christians lived under Islamic rule. The studies in the volume are united in their quest to explore the richness, diversity, and vibrance of Syriac Christianity.