BOOKS RECEIVED: Mensah Adinkrah, “Witchcraft, Witches, and Violence in Ghana” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley Witchcraft violence is a feature of many contemporary African societies. In Ghana, belief in witchcraft and the malignant activities of putative witches is prevalent. Purported witches are blamed for all manner of adversities including… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Jonathan Strom, “German Pietism and the Problem of Conversion” (Penn State UP, 2018)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley August Hermann Francke described his conversion to Pietism in gripping terms that included intense spiritual struggle, weeping, falling to his knees, and a decisive moment in which his doubt suddenly disappeared and he was… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Donald B. Kraybill, “Eastern Mennonite University: A Century of Countercultural Education” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley In this unique educational history, Donald B. Kraybill traces the sociocultural transformation of Eastern Mennonite University from a fledgling separatist school founded by white, rural, Germanic Mennonites into a world-engaged institution populated by many… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: F. Samuel Brainard, “Reality’s Fugue: Reconciling Worldviews in Philosophy, Religion, and Science” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley Science, religion, philosophy: these three categories of thought have organized humankinds search for meaning from time immemorial. Realitys Fugue presents a compelling case that these ways of understanding, often seen as competing, are part… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED:  Bissera V. Pentcheva, “Hagia Sophia: Sound, Space, and Spirit in Byzantium” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley Experiencing the resonant acoustics of the church of Hagia Sophia allowed the Byzantine participants in its liturgical rituals to be filled with the Spirit of God, and even to become his image on earth.… Read More
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