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Love: Art of Emotion 1400-1800

by Angela Hesson, Matthew Martin, Charles Zika

Love: Art of Emotion 1400–1800
Editions:Hardcover
ISBN: 9781925432329
Pages: 256
Paperback
ISBN: 9781925432312
Pages: 256

This volume is published in conjunction with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, to coincide with an exhibition of the same title held at the National Gallery of Victoria. The essays gathered in this volume explore the manner in which visual and material culture from 1400 to 1800 developed the complex theme of love and gave it enumerable new emotional forms. While popular conceptions of love often focus on romance, this book explores through many depictions of love in paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings, as well as a selection of non-representational and functional objects, the emotion’s varied manifestations across the realms of human experience and exchange, including familial relationships, religious devotion, friendship, altruism, patriotism, narcissism, materialism and nostalgia.

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Publisher: National Gallery of Victoria
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About the Authors

Angela Hesson

Matthew Martin

Dr Matthew Martin held a position as an Honorary Research Associate with the University of Divinity from 2011-2018.

Matthew Martin is Curator of International Decorative Arts and Antiquities in the National Gallery of Victoria.  Holding degrees in Archaeology, Semitic philology and Art history, he was formerly Director of Studies at the Melbourne College of Divinity.


Charles Zika

Charting the Faith of Australians

Thirty Years in the Christian Research Association

by Philip Hughes

Charting the Faith of Australians: Thirty Years in the Christian Research Association
Editions:Kindle
ISBN: 9781875223848

The last 50 years have seen more rapid change than at any time in human history. Changes in technology have changed every aspect of life: from contraception to computation, from communication to community formation. These changes have affected the ways in which Christians have sought meaning in their lives, from the fulfilment of duty to the maximisation of subjective well-being. They have affected deeply the role that religion has played in life with the focus moving from the preservation of tradition to personal spirituality.

This book tells the story of these changes and how the Christian Research Association has charted them through the examination of census and survey data and through interviews with thousands of individuals. It explores these changes in youth culture and rural culture, the impact of migration and the rise of the Pentecostal and charismatic movements. It suggests ways in which churches and schools might respond to these changes.

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Publisher: Christian Research Association
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About the Author

Reverend Dr Philip Hughes held a position as an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Divinity since 2011.

Professor Philip Hughes has postgraduate degrees in philosophy, theology and education, has undertaken many empirical studies in the areas of religion, values, and personal and communal wellbeing. For many years Philip Hughes was a research fellow at the Centre for Social Justice Research, Edith Cowan University. He is also an honorary research fellow with the University of Divinity.

He is particularly interested in the relationship between Christianity to culture, and has done studies of youth, rural and immigrant cultures in Australia. He has written many books on religious faith in Australia, on ministry and on religious education.


A Vision for Effective Youth Ministry

Insights from Australian Research

by Philip Hughes

A Vision for Effective Youth Ministry: Insights from Australian Research
Editions:Kindle
ISBN: 9781875223824

This book has arisen out of Australian research into youth ministry, from visiting youth groups and talking with youth leaders and the youth themselves. It offers a vision for the development of youth ministry, recognising the diversity of youth and the backgrounds from which they come. It explores how to build a youth ministry team and the qualities needed in the team. It discusses issues of training, payment, and support for youth leaders and building bridges with parents, church and school. Based on the research, it identifies the following factors as important in making a difference in developing youth ministry:

  • A vision for developing the spirit of young people;
  • A commitment by the whole church to youth ministry;
  • A youth ministry team with strong relationships with God, each other, the youth, parents, the church and the wider society; and
  • A diversity of activities: both age-specific and intergenerational, for fun, friends, inquiry and developing the spirit.
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Publisher: Christian Research Association
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About the Author

Reverend Dr Philip Hughes held a position as an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Divinity since 2011.

Professor Philip Hughes has postgraduate degrees in philosophy, theology and education, has undertaken many empirical studies in the areas of religion, values, and personal and communal wellbeing. For many years Philip Hughes was a research fellow at the Centre for Social Justice Research, Edith Cowan University. He is also an honorary research fellow with the University of Divinity.

He is particularly interested in the relationship between Christianity to culture, and has done studies of youth, rural and immigrant cultures in Australia. He has written many books on religious faith in Australia, on ministry and on religious education.


A Dialogue between Haizi’s Poetry and the Gospel of Luke

by Xiaoli Yang

A Dialogue between Haizi’s Poetry and the Gospel of Luke
Editions:eBook
ISBN: 9789004363113
Pages: 332

In A Dialogue between Haizi’s Poetry and the Gospel of Luke, Xiaoli Yang offers a conversation between the Chinese soul-searching found in Haizi’s (1964– 1989) poetry and the gospel of Jesus

Christ through Luke’s testimony. It creates a unique contextual poetic lens that appreciates a generation of the Chinese homecoming journey through Haizi’s poetry, and explores its relationship with Jesus Christ. As the dialogical journey, it names four stages of homecoming—roots, vision, journey and arrival. By taking an interdisciplinary approach—literary study, inter-cultural dialogue and comparative theology, Xiaoli Yang convincingly demonstrates that the common language between the poet Haizi and the Lukan Jesus provides a crucial and rich source of data for an ongoing table conversation between culture and faith.

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Publisher: Brill
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Gebrochenes Brot für gebrochene Menschen

Eucharistie im Neuen Testament

by Francis J. Moloney

Gebrochenes Brot für gebrochene Menschen: Eucharistie im Neuen Testament
Editions:Hardcover (German)
ISBN: 9783451380440
Pages: 360

A Body Broken for a Broken People

In his studies of the Eucharistic theology in the Gospels and Paul, the internationally renowned New Testament scholar Francis J. Moloney shows what the eucharistic practice of the early Christians of the Church is to this day: The Eucharist is not a reward for the perfect, but God’s graceful Food for the weak and broken. Encouraged by the appeal of Pope Francis to further deepen the biblical and theological background on the issue of the sacrament of remarried divorced, the author also devoted himself to this question in his studies in detail. This is not just a book for scientists, though it does contain comments that place the author’s reflections on the broader scientific discussion on these issues. These remarks retain much of their previous documentation, but bring them up to date in terms of scale and foundation. However, they may be ignored. Moloney tries to write in a way that is understandable to all people who are interested in how the Eucharist is celebrated and lived in the Christian churches.

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Publisher: Freiburg Herder
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Correlating Sobornost

Conversations between Karl Barth and the Russian Orthodox Tradition

by Scott Kirkland, John McDowell, Ashley John Moyse

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The diaspora of scholars exiled from Russian in 1922 offered something vital for both Russian Orthodoxy and for ecumenical dialogue. Liberated from scholastic academic discourse, and living and writing in new languages, the scholars set out to reinterpret their traditions and to introduce Russian Orthodoxy to the West. Yet, relatively few have considered the works of these exiles, particularly insofar as they act as critical and constructive conversation partners. This project expands upon the relatively limited conversation between such thinkers with the most significant Protestant theologian of the last century, Karl Barth. Through the topic and in the spirit of sobornost, this project charters such conversation. The body of Russian theological scholarship guided by sobornost challenges Barth, helping us to draw out necessary criticism while leading us toward unexpected insight, and vice versa. This collection will not only illuminate but also stimulate interesting and important discussions for those engaged in the study of Karl Barth’s corpus, in the Orthodox tradition, and in the ecumenical discourse between East and West.

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Publisher: Fortress Press
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About the Authors

Scott Kirkland

Dr Scott A. Kirkland is an honorary postdoctoral research associate at Trinity College, University of Divinity, Melbourne. His work is primarily focused upon modern theological and literary constructions of subjectivity. He is the author of the forthcoming Into the Far Country: Karl Barth and the Modern Subject from Fortress Press.


John McDowell

Ashley John Moyse

Ashley John Moyse is a postdoctoral fellow in theology and science at Regent College in Vancouver.


Suffering in Romans

by Siu Fung Wu

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Most of the Jesus-followers in Rome would have been familiar with socioeconomic hardship. Suffering was a daily reality either for themselves or for someone they knew. Many lived below or just above subsistence level. Some were slaves, homeless, or chronically sick. Followers of Christ might have experienced persecution because of their refusal to take part in the local religious festivals. Suffering is, of course, a significant theme in Rom 5:1-11 and 8:17, 18-39. Paul mentions various types of affliction many times in these texts. How might Paul's audience have understood them? In Suffering in Romans Siu Fung Wu argues that Paul speaks of the vocation of the Jesus-followers to participate in Christ's suffering, with the purpose that they may be glorified with him. Indeed, their identification with Christ's suffering is an integral part of God's project of transforming humanity and renewing creation. It is in their faithful suffering that Christ-followers participate in God's triumph over evil. This is counter-intuitive, because most people think that victory is won by power and strength. Yet the children of God partake in his cosmic victory by their suffering, aided by the Spirit and the hope of glory.

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Publisher: Pickwick Publications
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The Gospel According to Star Wars: Faith, Hope, and the Force

by John McDowell

The Gospel According to Star Wars: Faith, Hope, and the Force
Editions:Paperback - Second Edition
ISBN: 9780664262839
Pages: 224

Star Wars is one of the most beloved movie series of all time, and in this book John McDowell explores the many spiritual themes that weave throughout the six films. From the Force to the dark side, the issues discussed in the films have a moral and spiritual complexity that, if paid attention to, can help us better understand our place in the world and our relation to others and to God. George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, did not intend for his films to be mere entertainment, McDowell argues. Rather, he hoped his films would be used as a vehicle for moral education.

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Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
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