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  • The Way of the Starsby Robert C. Sibley

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 23.95

    Since medieval times, pilgrimages have been a popular religious or spiritual undertaking. Even today, between seventy and one hundred million people a year make pilgrimages, if not for expressly religious reasons, then for an alternative to secular goals and the preoccupation with consumption and entertainment characteristic of contemporary life.... more...

  • Textual Intimacyby Wesley A. Kort

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 22.50

    Given its affinity with questions of identity, autobiography offers a way into the interior space between author and reader, especially when writers define themselves in terms of religion. In his exploration of this "textual intimacy," Wesley Kort begins with a theorization of what it means to say who one is and how one's self-account as a religious... more...

  • Sobering Wisdomby Jerome A. Miller; Nicholas Plants

    University of Virginia Press 2014; US$ 22.50

    Originally developed by Alcoholics Anonymous, the Twelve Step program now provides life direction for the millions of people worldwide who are recovering from addiction and undergoing profound personal transformation. Yet thus far it has received surprisingly little attention from philosophers, despite the fact that, like philosophy, the program... more...

  • The Law of Love and The Law of Violenceby Leo Tolstoy

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 7.95

    An examination of the conflicts within and among nations, this treatise proposes a remedy based on true Christian doctrine: recognition of love as the supreme law of life. Written just before World War I, it articulates Tolstoy's famous dictum that it is morally superior to suffer violence than to do violence?a philosophy that has inspired Gandhi,... more...

  • The Paradox of God and the Science of Omniscienceby Clifford A. Pickover

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 22.99

    In his most ambitious book yet, Clifford Pickover bridges the gulf between logic, spirit, science, and religion. While exploring the concept of omniscience, Pickover explains the kinds of relationships limited beings can have with an all-knowing God. Pickover's thought exercises, controversial experiments, and practical analogies help us transcend... more...

  • The Pagan Writes Backby Zhange Ni

    University of Virginia Press 2015; US$ 27.50

    In the first book to consider the study of world religion and world literature in concert, Zhange Ni proposes a new reading strategy that she calls "pagan criticism," which she applies not only to late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century literary texts that engage the global resurgence of religion but also to the very concepts of religion and... more...

  • Religion, Torture and the Liberation of Godby Mario I Aguilar

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 115.00

    If God can be used by the powerful to justify violence in the name of order, he can also be used by the weak to illuminate the position of the victims of political conflict. Religion, Torture and the Liberation of God explores the theological possibilities of a God who is a prisoner and a victim of torture. The book relocates God to the horrors... more...

  • Hope without Optimismby Terry Eagleton

    University of Virginia Press 2015; US$ 22.95

    In his latest book, Terry Eagleton, one of the most celebrated intellects of our time, considers the least regarded of the virtues. His compelling meditation on hope begins with a firm rejection of the role of optimism in life?s course. Like its close relative, pessimism, it is more a system of rationalization than a reliable lens on reality, reflecting... more...

  • Ideas to Live Forby Giles B. Gunn

    University of Virginia Press 2015; US$ 29.50

    Over the course of his distinguished interdisciplinary career, Giles Gunn has sustained his focus on the continuing threats to our collective sense of the human that seem to result from the link between the collision of fundamental values and the increase of systemic violence. He asks whether such threats can be at least mitigated, even if not removed,... more...

  • Paths to Godby Ram Dass

    Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony 2007; US$ 12.12

    For centuries, readers have turned to the Bhagavad Gita for inspiration and guidance as they chart their own spiritual paths. As profound and powerful as this classic text has been for generations of seekers, integrating its lessons into the ordinary patterns of our lives can ultimately seem beyond our reach. Now, in a fascinating series of reflections,... more...