BOOKS RECEIVED: Kristen Tobey, “Plowshares: Protest, Performance, and Religious Identity in the Nuclear Age” (Penn State UP, 2016)
In September 1980, eight Catholic activists made their way into a Pennsylvania General Electric plant housing parts for nuclear missiles. Evading security guards, these activists pounded on missile nose cones with hammers and then covered the cones in their own… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Leif E. Vaage, “Borderline Exegesis” (Penn State UP, 2014)
In Borderline Exegesis, Leif Vaage presents an alternative approach to biblical interpretation, or exegesis—an approach that bends the boundaries of the traditional North American methodology to analyze the meaning of biblical texts for a wider audience. To accomplish this, Vaage… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Robert F. Darden, “Nothing But Love in God’s Water, V.1: Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement” (Penn State UP, 2014)
The first of two volumes chronicling the history and role of music in the African American experience, Nothing but Love in God’s Water explores how songs and singers helped African Americans challenge and overcome slavery, subjugation, and suppression. From the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Christopher M. S. Johns, “The Visual Culture of Catholic Enlightenment” (Penn State UP, 2014)
Until relatively recently, most scholars considered the notion of a Catholic enlightenment either oxymoronic or even illusory, since the received wisdom was that the Catholic Church was a tireless and indefatigable enemy of modernist progress. According to Christopher Johns, however,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: W. Clark Gilpin, “Religion Around Emily Dickinson” (Penn State UP, 2014)
Religion Around Emily Dickinson begins with a seeming paradox posed by Dickinson’s posthumously published works: while her poems and letters contain many explicitly religious themes and concepts, throughout her life she resisted joining her local church and rarely attended services.… Read More
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