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Religion

  • Martin Buber's I and Thou

    1st Edition

    By Simon Ravenscroft

    Martin Buber’s I and Thou argues that humans engage with the world in two ways. One is with the attitude of an ‘I’ towards an ‘It’, where the self stands apart from objects as items of experience or use. The other is with the attitude of an ‘I’ towards a ‘Thou’, where the self enters into real…

    Paperback – 2018-05-15
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  • Friedrich Schleiermacher's On Religion

    Speeches to its Cultured Despisers, 1st Edition

    By Ruth Jackson

    On Religion is a major text for the development of modern religious thought in the West and its author, German theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher, is remembered as the Father of Modern Protestant Theology, as well as for his contributions to philosophy, ethics and hermeneutics. Comprising five…

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  • Augustine of Hippo’s The City of God Against the Pagans

    1st Edition

    By Jonathan D. Teubner

    The City of God against the Pagans is a central text in the Western intellectual tradition. Made up of twenty-two lengthy books, Augustine wrote his masterpiece over a thirteen-year period during which the Western Roman Empire began to unravel. The first ten books are a critique of pagan religion…

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  • N.T. Wright's The New Testament and the People of God

    1st Edition

    By Benjamin Laird

    Wright’s The New Testament and the People of God is the first volume of his acclaimed series ‘Christian Origins and the Question of God’ comprehensively addressing the historical and theological questions surrounding the origins of Christianity. The text outlines Wright's hermeneutical theory and…

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  • Baruch Spinoza's Ethics

    1st Edition

    By Gary Slater, Andreas Vrahimis

    Baruch Spinoza’s Ethics is a dense masterpiece of sustained argumentative reasoning. It earned its place as one of the most important and influential books in Western philosophy by virtue of its uncompromisingly direct arguments about the nature of God, the universe, free will, and human morals.…

    Paperback – 2018-02-21
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  • The Crusades

    Islamic Perspectives, 1st Edition

    By Robert Houghton, Damien Peters

    For many centuries, the history of the crusades, as written by Western historians, was based solidly on Western sources. Evidence from the Islamic societies that the crusaders attacked was used only sparingly – in part because it was hard for most westerners to read, and in part because much of it…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • The King's Two Bodies

    A Study in Medieval Political Theology, 1st Edition

    By Simon Thomson

    Few historians trace grand themes across many centuries and places, but Ernst Kantorowicz's great work on the symbolic powers of kingship is a fine example of what can happen when they do. The King's Two Bodies is at once a superb example of the critical thinking skill of evaluation – assessing…

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  • Religion Within the Boundaries of Mere Reason

    1st Edition

    By Ian Jackson

    The eighteenth-century philosopher Immanuel Kant is as daunting as he is influential: widely considered to be not only one of the most challenging thinkers of all time, but also one of the most important. His Religion Within the Boundaries of Mere Reason takes on two of his central preoccupations –…

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  • Fear and Trembling

    1st Edition

    By Brittany Pheiffer Noble

    Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard’s 1843 book Fear and Trembling shows precisely why he is regarded as one of the most significant and creative philosophers of the nineteenth century. Creative thinkers can be many things, but one of their common attributes is an ability to redefine, reframe and…

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  • Confessions

    1st Edition

    By Jonathan Teubner

    St. Augustine’s Confessions is one of the most important works in the history of literature and Christian thought. Written around 397, when Augustine was the Christian bishop of Hippo (in modern-day Algeria), the Confessions were designed both to spiritually educate those who already shared…

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  • Dialogue Concerning Natural Religion

    1st Edition

    By John Donaldson, Ian Jackson

    David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion is a philosophical classic that displays a powerful mastery of the critical thinking skills of reasoning and evaluation. Hume’s subject, the question of the existence and possible nature of God, was, and still is, a persistent topic of…

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  • Rule of St Benedict

    1st Edition

    By Benjamin Laird

    The Rule of St Benedict, written around 1500 years ago by the Italian monk St Benedict of Nursia, is a slim handbook for monastic life – a subject many modern readers would regard as relatively niche. It is, however, also a model of the organized and clearly expressed thought produced by good…

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  • The Politics of Piety

    The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject, 1st Edition

    By Jessica Johnson, Ian Fairweather

    Saba Mahmood’s 2005 Politics of Piety is an excellent example of evaluation in action. Mahmood’s book is a study of women’s participation in the Islamic revival across the Middle East. Mahmood – a feminist social anthropologist with left-wing, secular political values – wanted to understand why…

    Paperback – 2017-07-06
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  • Theology of Discontent

    The Ideological Foundation of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, 1st Edition

    By Magdalena C. Delgado, Bryan Gibson

    Hamid Dabashi’s 1997 work Theology of Discontent reveals a creative thinker capable not only of understanding how an argument is built, but also of redefining old issues in new ways. The Iranian Revolution of 1978–9 was front-page news in the West, and in some ways remains so today. Though it was…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • Mere Christianity

    1st Edition

    By Mark Scarlata

    C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity is a perfect example of one of the most effective aspects of critical thinking skills: the use of reasoning to build a strong, logical argument. ¶Lewis originally wrote the book as a series of radio talks given from 1942-1944, at the height of World War II. The talks…

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  • Religion and the Decline of Magic

    1st Edition

    By Simon Young, Helen Killick

    Keith Thomas's classic study of all forms of popular belief has been influential for so long now that it is difficult to remember how revolutionary it seemed when it first appeared. By publishing Religion and the Decline of Magic, Thomas became the first serious scholar to attempt to synthesize…

    Paperback – 2017-07-04
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  • The Sickness Unto Death

    1st Edition

    By Shirin Shafaie

    Søren Kierkegaard’s The Sickness unto Death is widely recognized as one of the most significant and influential works of Christian philosophy written in the nineteenth century. One of the cornerstones of Kierkegaard’s reputation as a writer and thinker, the book is also a masterclass in the art of…

    Paperback – 2017-07-04
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  • A Theology of Liberation

    1st Edition

    By Marthe Hesselmans, Jonathan Teubner

    Peruvian priest Gustavo Gutiérrez wanted to solve the problem of how the church could conduct itself to improve the lives of the poor, while consistently positioning itself as politically neutral. Despite being a deeply religious man, Gutiérrez was extremely troubled by the lukewarm way in which…

    Paperback – 2017-07-04
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