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
BOOKS RECEIVED: Paul Peucker, “A Time of Sifting: Mystical Marriage and the Crisis of Moravian Piety in the Eighteenth Century” (Penn State UP, 2015
At the end of the 1740s, the Moravians, a young and rapidly expanding radical-Pietist movement, experienced a crisis soon labeled the Sifting Time. As Moravian leaders attempted to lead the church away from the abuses of the crisis, they also… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Ingalls and Yong, eds., “The Spirit of Praise: Music and Worship in Global Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity” (Penn State UP, 2015)
In The Spirit of Praise, Monique Ingalls and Amos Yong bring together a multidisciplinary, scholarly exploration of music and worship in global pentecostal-charismatic Christianity at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The Spirit of Praise contends that gaining a… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Claire Fanger, “Rewriting Magic: An Exegesis of the Visionary Autobiography of a Fourteenth-Century French Monk” (Penn State UP, 2015)
In Rewriting Magic, Claire Fanger explores a fourteenth-century text called The Flowers of Heavenly Teaching. Written by a Benedictine monk named John of Morigny, the work all but disappeared from the historical record, and it is only now… Read More
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