Subject Area: Religion & Society

Anthology of Spiritual and Historical Sikh Names
1995 0-7734-8888-6
Provides the reader with the key patterns of name formulation, with an emphasis on those names which have inspirational value and are particularly associated with Gurbani (Sikh gospel) and Sikh history. The spellings of all names, terms and titles are in the phonetic modes, to enable the reader to pronounce them. The hyphen is also used to emphasize the syllables from which the name is derived.

Anti-Blackness in English Religion 1500-1800
1985 0-88946-808-7
Traces the idea of anti-blackness (where black is a synonym for evil) and its relation to anti-Blackness (where Black implies those of native African ancestry).

Attitudes of Religions and Ideologies Toward the Outsider: the Other
1990 0-88946-270-4
Includes essays on the attitudes of Jewish, Orthodox Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Yoruba religions towards non-members, and essays on "Types of Encounter Between Religions," "What is Dialogue?" "The Religions of Others in ISKON's Eyes," and "Marxism and the Religious Question."

Autobiographies of Conversion
1987 0-88946-857-5
Presents conversion autobiographies of 18 members of the Unification Church. Concluding essay discusses theories of conversion and tests the validity of these theories against the autobiographies themselves.

Balance of Human Kindness and Cruelty: Why We are the Way We Are
2005 0-7734-6287-2
This book reviews the many conflicting theories about human nature, those that stress our dark side, and those that emphasize our goodness. It then explores actual human behavior in societies around the world beginning with earliest and smallest known societies, foraging people such as the !Kung San Pygmies, then various kinds of farming people, and finally, city dwellers. It also focuses on human behavior during the 20th Century providing detailed examples of human kindness and inhumanity. It also examines human behavior under the most terrible kind of stress imaginable--deadly, prolonged famine. How people respond to famine around the world is described with an emphasis on the killer famine that starved much of Ireland from 1845 to 1850. Many Irish people died of starvation but unlike other parts of the world where starvation led the strong to kill and eat the weak, Irish culture forbade such killing and in reality it did not take place. Finally, the book summarizes the evidence, then concludes that even though people have biological urges that lead toward anti-social behavior, human rule systems can control most of these anti-social predispositions.

Barmen Confession Papers From the Seattle Assembly
1987 0-88946-770-6
The twelve papers presented provide a broad spectrum of both historical assessment and fresh theological discourse. They include contributions by witnesses and survivors of the German church struggle, veteran American commentators on that struggle, and recent interpreters of the theology of Barmen working in a variety of contexts.

Barth, Barmen, and the Confessing Church Today Katallegete
1995 0-88946-720-X
Individuals and institutions concerned with the meaning of the Barmen Confession in the 1930's and its relevance for the Church in the 20th century will want to acquire this volume. The original article, Hunsinger's "Barth, Barmen, and the Confessing Church Today" appeared in the journal KATALLAGETE in the 1985 issue, raising the question for many Christians: is our time a status confessionis? By the Fall 1987 issue, many known and unknown Christians responded, across denominational and other lines: Hehmann, Berrigan, Cochrane, deGruchy, Cos, Stackhouse, Hellwig, Gritsch, Hauerwas, MacEoin, Yoder: eighteen responses as well as Hunsinger's response to each. Besides those essays, a unique feature of the volume is the photography of the Barmen church where the Confession was signed, May 1934. The present church was built after the original church was destroyed by Allied bombings in 1943. The volume also includes a facsimile of the final typescript of the Declaration, edited by Karl Barth, with the signatures of Barth, Asmussen, Putz, Beckmann, and Obendiek, and scores of Thomas Merton's calligraphies. The issues raised in Katallagete '85 and '87 are no less germane now in view of the events in Eastern Europe and the Persian Gulf.

Bishop Reginald Pecock and the Lancastrian Church Securing the Foundations of Cultural Authority
1989 0-88946-813-3
A study of the controversial Bishop Pecock, a minor but notorious theologian and "hammerer of Lollards" (Albion) who was misjudged by Catholics and Protestants alike. ". . . a straightforward analysis of Pecock's thought . . . . By his clear and useful survey Brockwell has thrown light on a still enigmatic figure." - V. H. H. Green in The English Historical Review

Brainwashing- Deprogramming Controversy: Sociological, Legal, and Historical Perspectives
1983 0-88946-868-0
Twenty-one essays that comprise a multidisciplinary examination of the issues and controversies raised by the activities of religious cults.

Can Muslims and Christians Resolve Their Religious and Social Conflicts? Cases From Africa and the United States
2012 0-7734-3071-7
This is a collection of essays that address inter-faith dialogue between Muslims and Christians in America and Africa. It addresses the issues dealing with how some Christians depict America as founded on Christian principles, and how this might deter dialogue across different religions. The goal is to get people to converse, not as formulaic Muslims or Christians, but as people with complex, plural, and ever-changing identities that defuse religious antagonism.

Case of Michael Servetus (1511-1553) the Turning Point in the Struggle for Freedom of Conscience
1997 0-7734-8572-4
Studies in the western history of church and religion often ignore the role played by the church in the destruction of the humanistic principle of morality and freedom of conscience and intellectual inquiry. This book is intended to fill this gap and trace the development of modern thought in history back to its turning point. It traces first the establishment of the morally bankrupt ideology by the post-Nicaean Christianity and its implementation in societies. On this historical background then is shown the figure of Michael Servetus, his program, his struggle to express his ideas, their repression, and their impact on the intellectual spheres of the epoch. Servetus' sacrifice induced another humanist, Sebastian Castellio, to rethink the issue of heresy and its repression and was a crucial step in forcing people evaluate the morality of prevailing church ideology. Servetus' theological inquiry initiated the study of the Bible and an attempt to uncover the real religious doctrines contained in it. Both these aspects led to a chain reaction - development of the Antitrinitarian movement - the Socinianism - the Enlightenment - American Democracy - French Revolution.

Chicago School of Theology. Pioneers in Religious Inquiry Volume I: The Early Chicago School, 1906-1959 - G. B. Foster, E. S. Ames, S. Mathews, G. B. Smith, S. J. Case
1996 0-7734-8748-4
In these two volumes, lengthy selections are presented by each contributor in the Chicago School. The material is presented so that an individual or class may explore the development of this School, as well as the changing issues facing philosophy and religious thought in this century.

Christmas Eve
1991 0-7734-9890-7


Church Confronts the Nazis Barmen Then and Now
1984 0-88946-762-5


Clergy Burnout and Emotional Exhaustion: A Socio-Psychological Study of Job Stress and Job Satisfaction
2010 0-7734-3648-0
This study examines the practical implications of a questionnaire survey on the experiences of Church of England clergy.

Confessing Church, Conservative Elites, and the Nazi State
1986 0-88946-816-8
Examines the close relationship between aristocratic Prussian landowners and the leadership of the Confessing Church and shows the limits of German conservative-elite opposition to Nazism. Contends that the opposition of the Confessing Church to the Nazi regime was highly ambiguous and argues that the so-called church struggle was but a special case of class struggle.

Contemporary Religious Movements in Taiwan
2008 0-7734-5241-9
This book is a study of the recruitment strategies and conversion rhetoric in contemporary religious movements, focusing primarily on two movements in Taiwan, Tzu Chi and Falun Gong. The author demonstrates that an examination of such rhetoric has the potential to provide genuine insights into how a given religion gains adherents. This book contains seven black and white photographs of figures.

Do the Ten Commandments Have a Universal Significance? God’s Law as the Basis of a Global Culture
2011 0-7734-1389-8
This study focuses on the role of the Ten Commandments in Christian mission. The work tests an ancient instrument's potentiality to accurately differentiate world views in the twenty-first century.

Ecumenical Orthodoxy of Charles Augustus Briggs (1841-1913)
1995 0-7734-2273-0
This study of controversial biblical scholar Charles Augustus Briggs substantially revises our understanding of Briggs as an important figure in the world of late 19th-century theology. The book demonstrates that he made unique contributions to ecumenism which anticipated much of the present-day ecumenical dialogue. Briggs provides an extraordinary example of the bridge between conservative and liberal Protestantism and between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism, and was an early precursor to the discussions on theological pluralism and church unity in vogue today.

Encounter of Religions and Quasi-Religions
1990 0-88946-756-0
Essays addressing the problem of the encounter of religions and secular worldviews.

Ethical Issues and the Religious and Historical Basis for the Objection of Jehovah’s Witnesses to Blood Transfusion Therapy
2003 0-7734-6542-1
This book explores the sensitive area of medical decision-making in cases where a patient refuses recommended medical treatment for religious or moral reasons. The case in point is the refusal of blood transfusion therapy by Jehovah’s Witnesses. The theological and historical basis is examined in depth. The history of blood use in medicine is also analyzed, including the role of bloodletting as the ‘queen of remedies’ for centuries and eventually the emergence of the reverse practice, blood transfusion. Against this backdrop of theological, historical, and medical information, the study examines the ethical and legal issues raised by the stand of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The principle of ‘autonomy’ and its development into a legal concept, as well as its introduction into medical ethics leading to the development of the doctrine of ‘informed consent’ into both a legal rule as well as an ethical duty imposed on health care professionals are considered.

Ethics of World Religions
1993 0-7734-1940-3
This book meets two specific needs: for an introduction to the ethical teachings of world religions and their basic concepts and desires; and for presentation of ethical teaching as it relates to theology and the basic religious system. This book will clarify many of the ethical teachings of world religions both theistic and non-theistic and how they are understood in the field of religious studies today.

Exploring Neglected Dimensions of Religion in Quality of Life Research
1991 0-7734-9672-6
Based on analysis of 560 telephone interviews with randomly selected adults from the Akron, OH area, the results of this survey clearly demonstrate the importance of religion in accounting for the differences in quality of life, and the need to include multiple religiosity measures in assessing the impact of religion on well-being.

God, Sex, and the Social Project. Glassboro Papers on Religion and Human Sexuality
1978 0-88946-900-8
Essays deal with a wide variety of materials addressing issues such as "Process Thought and a Theology of Sexuality".

Hare Krishna Character Type a Study of the Sensate Personality
1986 0-88946-859-1


Healing in Religion and Society, From Hippocrates to the Puritans
1999 0-7734-8145-1


Horkheimer's Critical Sociology of Religion the Relative and the Transcendent
1979 0-88946-024-8


How Can the Religions of the World Be Unified? Interdisciplinary Essays in Honor of David S. C. Kim
1987 0-88946-713-7


Influence of the French Revolution on the Lives and Thought of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft, Immanuel Kant, and Pius VI. The End of Conservatism
2012 0-7734-2645-0
Langan discusses the French Revolution from a variety of perspectives given by influential thinkers of the late 18th century. His thesis is that conservatism was forever changed by the French Revolution, and that conservatism’s modern origins are in direct response to the revolution and its ideals as they were critically examined by Edmund Burke. As Langan argues, conservatives tend to adopt intellectual categories which if taken to their natural conclusions lead to liberal results.

Is There Any Relation Between Religious Participation and Criminal Delinquency? A Test of Social Control Theory
2010 0-7734-3759-2
This study presents a revision of Hirschi’s social control theory that includes religion as an additional measurement arena of the social bond and tests its impact on various forms of criminality (property crime, drug use, violence, and general crime). This project also addresses the criticism that methodological problems and limited applications of the theory plague the literature by employing a longitudinal test of the theory using a nationally representative sample.

Jonestown Letters. Correspondence of the Moore Family, 1970-1985
1986 0-88946-667-X
Contains letters from the editor's sisters and parents during the period leading up to the Jonestown suicides. From these letters emerges a picture of the Peoples Temple and the people who joined it.

Liberalism, Socialism and Christian Social Order Book 4: The Christian Concept of the State
2001 0-7734-7482-X
This book is the first translation into English of Der moderne Socialismus by the German Jesuit scholar Heinrich Pesch (1854-1926). That book appeared in 1990 as the last in a series of five works by Pesch under the overall title Liberalismus, Socialismus und christliche Gesellschaftsordnung (Liberalism, Socialism and Christian Social Order). These century-old works have much relevancy in view of the significant revival during the post-World War II era of the free market concept.

L’activisme Anti-Sectes De L’assistance À L’amalgame
1999 0-7734-8291-1
This work is presented as a non-partisan contribution to the subject of opposition to sects in contemporary France. The author is a law professional with extensive experience in the French fiscal Administration. The debate surrounding sects has been in the center of the public arena, subject to deep social and religious discussion. The book examines the National Union of Associations for the Defence of the Family and the Individual, and the Center Against Manipulation of the Mind, anti-sect movements who lobby heavily and are largely subsidized by the government. They have compiled a list of 173 movements that qualify as sects, and criminal prosecutors in general and fiscal agencies in particular have plagued many of these associations. In this era of political and religious correctness, few voices are heard in France denouncing the aberration of the anti-sect discourse. One of the problems is that there is no legal definition of the word "sect" in France. For example, the Jehovah's Witnesses are the largest "sect" in France, though they have been recognized as a religion in Italy. The author believes that the creation of some independent panel for critical thought and deliberation is urgently needed. In French throughout.

Mesopotamian Šuilla Prayers to Ea, Marduk, and Nabu: Exegetical Studies
2010 0-7734-3652-9
First published over a century ago, the Šuilla ("Raised-Hand") prayers have received little close study. This book focuses on the hymnic introductions of these multipurpose prayers as theological texts in their own right.

Money and Power in the New Religions
1990 0-88946-852-4
A collection of essays focusing on the interaction of material and ideological or theological elements in some of the new religions or cults that have achieved prominence in recent years. Particularly noteworthy are case studies showing how several of these groups have been greatly influenced by material concerns. Among the new religions or cults examined are Mormonism, the Unification Church (Moonies), Hare Krishna, the Love Family, the English Rajneesh commune, est, Transcendental Meditation, 3HO, Divine Light Mission, and Centerpoint (a New Zealand group).

New Religions and Mental Health Understanding the Issues
1988 0-88946-910-5
Presents a series of essays and legislative documents dealing with a variety of cults, and the discrimination against them.

New Religious Movements a Perspective for Understanding Society
1982 0-88946-864-8
Nineteen papers that treat new religious movements as "strategic sites for understanding societal patterns" (Religious Studies Review). The focus is on five topics: comparative perspectives, historical patterns, societal responses to cultural imports, what new religious movements signify about a society, and social perceptions of new religious movements. Contains a valuable glossary.

Norwegian Religious Pluralism a Trans- Atlantic Comparison
1992 0-7734-9217-8
This is a historical study of religious transition in Norway and among Norwegian immigrants in the United States and southern Africa. It traces the domestic and Anglo-American factors which by 1900 had changed Norway from a society almost uniformly Lutheran by law and deeply-rooted tradition into one in which many people had only tenuous ties to their established church while tens of thousands of their countrymen became members of nonconformist denominations. These copiously documented findings challenge assumptions which have been axiomatic among historians of Norwegian immigration throughout the twentieth century. They also undermine unproven generalizations about immigrant religiosity made by such prominent historians as Oscar Handlin and Timothy Smith and reproduced uncritically by many of their colleagues.

Odyssey of New Religious Movements Persecution, Struggle, Legitimation. A Case Study of the Unification Church
1988 0-88946-710-2
Presents the thesis that all new, conversion-oriented religious movements which call their members to a radical change of life normally receive persecution. Includes ample reference to such contemporary researchers in the sociology of religion as A. Shupe, E. Barker, and J. Richardson, in order to identify and contextualize the main lines of attack upon the new religion that is the subject of this case study, the Unification movement (UM).

Patterns and Processes of Religious Change in Modern Industrial Societies - Europe and the United States
2004 0-7734-6431-X
This book addresses the central debates about religious change in advanced industrial societies. The contributors, among them some of the best known sociologists of religion in Britain, the United States and continental Europe, present a wide range of opinions on the central question of whether the overriding characteristic of religious change in modern industrial societies is decline, persistence or transformation. It includes proponents of the two main paradigms in the sociology of religion: the traditional paradigm of secularization theory, and the ‘new’ paradigm of ‘rational choice’ and ‘supply-side’ theory. Many of the chapters contain highly sophisticated, yet simply presented, analyses of the best available empirical data from current and historical social surveys in western and eastern Europe (including Russia) and the United States.

Permanence and Evolution of Behavior in Golden Age Spain
1992 0-7734-9527-4
The book is divided into three parts: Religious Control and its Limits in the Iberian World; Images of the Body in Spanish Society; and Women, Gender, and Family in Hapsburg Spain. These nine thought-provoking essays are revised versions of papers originally presented at the 1990 Annual Meeting of the Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies in New Orleans.

Pilgrim Experiences the World's Religions Discovering the Human Faces of the Hidden God
1983 0-88946-010-8
Covers the spiritual pilgrimage to the holy sites of six major world religions undertaken by the Youth Seminar on World Religions, an event during which 150 young people and professors from 31 nations traveled around the world together to view the historical settings of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.

Portraits in Victorian Religious Thought
1997 0-7734-8423-X
This volume approaches the extraordinarily rich dialogue between faith and doubt in the Victorian era through a series of intellectual 'portraits' that express and personalize the creative ferment and diversity of the period. Essays include; the Christian Humanism of Anne Brontë; Henry Longueville Mansel - A British Kierkegaard?; Stoicism and Christianity - Four Modern Perspectives; Leslie Stephen, Evangelical Agnostic; J. R. Illingworth - Portrait of a Theological Era; Religion as Imaginative Moral Valuation - Matthew Arnold and George Santayana; William James on Victorian Agnosticism - A Strange Blindness.

Problem of Christianity in Multi-Religious Societies Today. The Bible in a World of Many Faiths
1995 0-7734-8877-4
This book examines the situation of the church during the last three decades, and throws light upon the relationship between the new ideas in the field of theology of religions and biblical theology.

Reading and Responding to Mircea Eliade's History of Religious Ideas the Lure of the Late Eliade
1993 0-7734-9283-6
Mircea Eliade was the 20th century's foremost historian of religions. This is the first book devoted to the last years of Eliade's life when he was writing A History of Religious Ideas, a work he considered his magnum opus. It draws on his personal journals to describe the context in which the History was written. The reader is invited both to explore his understanding of religion and to experience his effort to construct "a truly universal history of religions." It also responds to Eliade's History by raising critical questions regarding its scientific status, his relationship to Goethe, and allegations of involvement in fascism in the 1930s. It suggest how Eliade's project can be enhanced through the recent work of Robert Cummings Neville. The study includes substantial bibliographical notes that will further the study of both Eliade and Neville.

Reconciliation of Classes and Races: How Religion Contributes to Politics and Law
2009 0-7734-4762-8
This book proposes reconciliation as an ethic for fractured relationships in multiracial and multiethnic societies. The work traces the origin of reconciliation in various religions and philosophies and proposes how it can provide a common framework to govern society. Includes detailed case studies on making reconciliation between ethnic groups possible in the United States and Malaysia.

Religion and Its Relevance in Post-Modernism. Essays in Honor of Jack C. Verheyden
2001 0-7734-7284-3


Religion and Political Society
1970 0-88946-953-9
Five seminal essays by Jürgen Moltmann, M. Darrol Bryant, Herbert W. Richardson, Willi Oelmüller, and Johann Baptist Metz.

Religion in Contemporary Europe
1994 0-7734-9028-0
In this book, some of Europe's foremost academic authorities on the social analysis of religion come together to examine its contemporary role in Europe. David Martin opens by tracing the shifting shape of European religion, focusing on the dynamics of the emerging situation in Central and Eastern Europe. Richard Roberts reviews the interaction of theology and politics in shaping European cultural identity, and Patrick Michel and Petya Nitzova present empirical analyses of the situation in Eastern Europe, in studies of the role of Roman Catholicism and Islam. Grace Davie, Régine Azria and Ahmed Andrews look at Western Europe, examining Britain and France, Jews and Europe and Muslim Women. Jean-Paul Williame outlines the attitudes of Protestantism to the European Community, and Liliane Voyé, and Danièle Hervieu-Léger consider the contribution of Catholicism in the development of subsidiarity and the task of reconstructing a Catholic identity. Jon Davies confronts the impact of war and Michael Watson details the political effects of the Green Movement on European Christianity. James Beckford concludes, drawing out the book's key themes.

Religion, State, and Society in Modern Britain
1989 0-88946-832-X
Twenty essays comprising a unique work, the first survey of the state of religion in today's Britain which seeks to be fully comprehensive, focusing on Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland as well as on England. Takes into account not only the mainstream Christian traditions but also the dynamic black-led churches, the folk-religionists, the minor sects, and the controversial New Religious Movements. Also recognizes the multi-faith dimension of modern Britain and includes chapters on the Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim and Buddhist communities. Takes an overall perspective on issues of Church and State, the "troubles" of Northern Ireland, attitudes toward women, permissive society, and secularization.

Religious Discourse in Post-colonial Studies
2006 0-7734-5686-4
No other study explores the topic of religious discourse from within the context of postcolonial studies. This book uniquely analyzes two novels from very different contexts, Guatemala and Sudan, to illustrate that there is a profoundly problematic area within the ‘ethical purchase’ of postcolonial studies. It relates this problem to the ‘magical realism’ label that is applied to various postcolonial fiction. The book demonstrates this problem within postcolonial studies by critiquing the works of some of the foremost postcolonial critics. The study ends by bringing theory down to reality when it asserts that because of the differences between societies and cultures as they stand today, and with postcolonial studies lacking the necessary theoretical apparatus to deal with these differences, cultural contact is bound to elicit violence in one sense or another.

Sacralization of the World in the Seventeenth-Century: The Experience of Holiness in Everyday Life
2009 0-7734-3884-X
This work examines the English church and the Russian church during the seventeenth century, with special attention given to the period after the Civil War in England and the raskol’ in Russia [i.e., 1660-1700]. It argues that the logocentric religious identity overcame the iconographic perspective during the years 1660 to 1700, and that this development weakened the church during the modern period. This book contains two color photographs and fourteen black and white photographs.

Six Perspectives on New Religions a Case Study Approach
1981 0-88946-983-0


Society, Religion and Culture in Seventeenth-Century Nottinghamshire
2005 0-7734-6045-4
Early Modern Nottinghamshire was a vibrant county, and within its borders men and women were at the heart of the nation’s culture, religion and politics. Nottinghamshire people created credit networks to support each other’s economic activity and protested at non-parliamentary taxation in the 1630s. While some of the county’s ministers discussed the nature of the Church of England at the beginning of the seventeenth century, a few decades later county men and women took advantage of the fall of the Church in the mid-seventeenth century, building upon the traditions of their fellow countrymen and women who had left the county for the United Provinces and America earlier in the century. Nottinghamshire’s aristocracy and gentry were at the centre of the nation’s cultural world, as authors and playwrights themselves and as spectators and consumers of the written and performed works of some of the greatest names in English literature. The county had its darker side, too, with the courts dealing with cases of theft, slander and infanticide. There were others, too, men and women who practised healing and divinations, leaving themselves open to accusations of witchcraft. The essays in this book deal with the wide range of Nottinghamshire people who contributed to the history and culture of this very central Midlands county.

Spiritual Intelligence, Behavioral Sciences, and the Humanities
2002 0-7734-7213-4
Dr. Howard Gardner proposed that intelligence is multi-faced and suggests there are several distinct types. This book explores the features, scope and function in personality development of Spiritual Intelligence (SIQ). It begins with an overview of spiritual intelligence and its place in intelligence and personality theory. Later chapters place it in the historical context of the world’s religions and philosophies, from ancient times to the present. There is a Spiritual Awareness Inventory to measure reader spiritual awareness, practical exercises, and a list of recommended readings, augmented by an index and bibliography.

Study of Religious Fanaticism and Responses to it as adversary identity
1990 0-88946-238-0
Explores the phenomenon of religious fanaticism as it arises from attitudes generated by "adversary identity," a term that describes the existence of religious groups which see themselves as possessors of dogmatic "truth packages," received through revelatory channels, which deny the validity of the channels and traditions of other religions.

Themes in the Current Reformation in Religious Thinking. The Covenantal Friendship of God
1997 0-7734-8674-7
This volume provides in clear and non-technical language a systematic framework within which to understand and assess some of the important components in the current reformations in religious thinking. Based on the work of Abraham Heschel and Martin Buber (Jewish theologians), Terence Fretheim (Hebrew Scripture scholar), Sally McFague, Wendy Farley, and other feminist theologians, Jurgen Moltmann (liberation theologian), Karl Barth, Emil Brunner, Reinhold Neibuhr (neo-orthodox theologians), and others, it also then develops a covenantal theology to reshape our thinking about the nature of sin and redemption.

Theoretical Explorations and Empirical Investigations of Communication and Prayer
2003 0-7734-6649-5
Nearly every definition of prayer refers to some type of communication phenomenon, yet most scholars, especially those in the field of communication, have not pursued the study of prayer as communication. This work brings the relational characteristics of communication into contact with the spiritual life of prayer. It employs quantitative and qualitative methodologies to legitimize the study of prayer as a communication phenomenon, create a theoretical model of prayer, provide three empirical tests of the model, and apply the model to several different contexts, including health, eastern religions, and teaching. The future of communication and prayer research is also considered in terms of theory building, improvements in methodology, and practical applications. This study will be of interest to scholars in the fields of communication, religious studies, psychology, and medicine.

Time for Consideration. A Scholarly Appraisal of the Unification Church
1978 0-88946-954-7
Series of articles which place the Unification Church in the context of church history, sociology, and theology.

Twentieth-Century World Religious Movements in Neo-Weberian Perspective
1992 0-7734-9550-9
These essays seek to apply the conceptual apparatus pioneered by Max Weber in his studies of the major world religions to developments in religious traditions around the globe over the past century. Topics covered include the continuing legacy of Confucianism and Taoism in Chinese culture; neo-Confucianism in Singapore schools; political religion in Communist China; Zen Buddhism in the United States and Japan; Buddhist reinterpretation in Sri Lanka; the role of the Ayatollah Khomeini in the Iranian revolution; Russian sectarianism; the Protestant ethic introduced by the Basel Mission in Ghana; charismatic Christianity in South Africa and North America; Protestant and Catholic movements in Latin America; Church of England parishes in New Towns; Protestant-Catholic agendas in Northern Ireland; the ordination of women in the Anglican Communion; and a California flying-saucer cult. Shows in rich detail that a neo-Weberian approach is relevant to present-day developments and therefore potentially futuritive.

Venetian Upper Clergy in the 16th and Early 17th Centuries. A Study in Religious Culture
1996 0-7734-8927-4
This monograph, an approach to the sheer variety of Renaissance Catholic thought, is a study of discourse, confronting the fact there was no such thing as a clerical culture or clerical language in Renaissance in Italy, but rather a gamut of cultures and languages. It presents a cross-section of religious writings, cutting across genres and spiritual or intellectual currents. The study describes an early modern elite, and a phase in Catholic culture; it has a strong emphasis on notions of pastorality and of the culture of persons engaged in the pastoral ministry, and is also an investigation of the rhetorical and argumentative resources of postclassical culture.

W. H. Auden's Moral Imagination
1998 0-7734-2237-4
Places Auden among several twentieth-century Christian writers who, as Flannery O'Connor said they must, pushed as hard against the secular spirit of the age as it pushed against them. It challenges the common assumption that Auden, after all else failed, reluctantly converted to Christianity. Instead, it argues that Auden became a Christian after discovering that he already was one. "Bruce's study issues from exceptional grasp of and commitment to critical values that nourish civilization in its humane capacities and meaning. . . . One who reads Bruce's text will perceive a probing critical intelligence and integrity in work and word." - George A. Panichas

Why and How Secular Society Should Accommodate Religion. A Philosophical Proposal
2010 0-7734-3811-4
This study examines judiciary attempts to refine the neutrality worldview called for by the U.S. Constitution.

Abstract: The author argues that religion should be reasonably accommodated in the public arena, especially in the United States. To this end he reviews and critiques the way this issue has been considered in both philosophical and legal circles. He finds that neither the philosophical nor the legal case for suppressing religion-based statements in the public arena is persuasive or definitive.

Yezidism - Its Background, Observances and Textual Tradition
1995 0-7734-9004-3
The Yezidi faith has fascinated and tantalized Western scholars since the mid-nineteenth centuries, but actual knowledge of the Yezidi tradition has remained limited. Recently a substantial corpus of Yezidi sacred Hymns has come to light, which had always been transmitted orally, and did not exist in written form until the late 1970s. These texts offered a more detailed insight into the beliefs, observances, and background of the faith. The first half of this volume re-examines the findings of earlier works on Yezidism in the light of the author's field-work with the Yezidi community of Northern Iraq, and of novel insights into the history of the religions of Iranian peoples. The second part consists of text and translations of nineteen Yezidi Hymns, with a commentary on points of philological and theological interest.