We don’t know who will be around after this weekend if all the prophecies are true, but if you are and want to brush up on your understanding of religious beliefs and the impact of religion on our culture, listed below are some new books you may want to check out (thanks Worldcat for the descriptions!). You can find these on the New Materials shelf in the Main Reading Room.
The Marketplace of Christianity
Robert B Ekelund, Robert F. Hébert, and Robert D. Tollison.
Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2006.
Call Number: BR115.E3 E43 2008
Description: Economics can help us understand the evolution and development of religion, from the market penetration of the Reformation to an exploration of today’s hot-button issues including evolution and gay marriage.
The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder.
William P. Brown
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Call Number: BS651 .B7878 2010
Description: Brown identifies seven different biblical perspectives on creation, and shows how a close reading of the biblical texts brings them to light. As he does so, Brown highlights both the connections and the conflicts between the ancient creation traditions and the natural sciences, arguing for a new way of reading the Bible in the light of current scientific knowledge and with a sensitivity to the needs of the environment.
Sex, Marriage, and Family in World Religions
Don S. Browning, M Christian Green, and John Witte
New York : Columbia University Press, 2006.
Call Number: BL65.S4 S48 2006
Description: “Spanning thousands of years, this new collection brings together writings and teachings about sex, marriage, and family from the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and Confucian traditions. Chosen and introduced by leading scholars of each religion, the volume’s selections include a wide array of traditional texts. The book also contains contemporary writings, responding to the changing mores and conditions of modern life.” “Sex, Marriage and Family in World Religions reveals the similarities and differences among the various religions and the development of ideas and teachings within each tradition. It sheds light on each religion’s views on a wide variety of subjects, including sexuality and sexual pleasure, the meaning and purpose of marriage, the role of betrothal, the status of women, the place of romance, grounds for divorce, celibacy, and sexual deviance.”–Jacket.