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Religion & Theology 2012

Table of Contents 1

General Interest




Biblical Studies




Study of Religion


World Religions


World Christianity


Eastern Religions


Islamic Studies


History of Religion


Science & Religion


Sociology & Anthropology of Religion


Religious Ethics


Philosophy of Religion


Digital options explained





RELIGION & THEOLOGY 2012 Welcome to the 2012 Religion & Theology catalog, featuring new titles, along with recent publications and some of our bestselling backlist. Further information about all of our books and our portfolio of prestigious journals is available online at Just a few of the new titles highlights from this year’s catalog include the much-anticipated The Modern Theologians Reader (page 12); the essential student reference by John Morreall and Tamara Sonn, The Religion Toolkit (page 16); a number of Companions bringing together newly-commissioned research from teams of international scholars (see pages 3-7 for our reference titles); and new editions of Alister McGrath’s popular concise introductions, Theology: The Basics and Theology: The Basic Readings (see page 11). As ever, we have been working hard to publish the content you want, when you want it, and in the format you need – be that in print or online. Throughout the catalog you’ll see digital icons indicating titles available electronically as well as print, along with information about the ways you can access this content. This can be as an individual e-book, or as part of collections such as Blackwell Reference Online or through Wiley Online Library’s multidisciplinary collection of online resources. For full details about the books featured in this catalog, visit


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The Future of Christian Theology

Evolutionary Thought and Natural Theology

David F. Ford

Alister E. McGrath

University of Cambridge, UK

King’s College, London, UK

“It’s really, really good ... Few theologians writing today are better positioned to see where theology needs to stay the same and where it needs to change for a new century.” Christian Century

“A typically thoughtful and stimulating book on a major topic ... In an age when extremists of all kinds are glossing over the really important issues, it is most welcome to have scholarship that truly moves the debate forward.”  Michael Ruse, The Florida State University There remains a widespread perception that Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection marked the demise of any viable Christian natural theology – most notably, that of William Paley. But did Darwinism really shake such fundamental beliefs to the core? Or did Darwin’s “dangerous idea” instead serve to transform and illuminate our views on the relation between the natural world and the divine? Darwinism and the Divine presents a detailed examination of the implications of evolutionary thought for natural theology, from the publication of On the Origin of Species more than a century-and-ahalf ago, through to the present day. 320 pages • February 2011 978-1-4443-3344-2 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$34.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4443-3343-5 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$89.95 / AUD$110.00

Dawkins’ GOD Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life

In The Future of Christian Theology, one of the world’s leading theologians tackles the question of how we should think about Christian faith and practice today – and especially tomorrow. The book explores the ways Christian theology in the twenty-first century can face the challenges of our complex religious and secular world in a way that is creative, empathetic, and wise.

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Darwinism and the Divine

Ford seeks to answer some of the most thought-provoking questions in contemporary theological thinking and scholarship. Themes and topics covered include what makes for ‘good theology’; the relationship of Christian theology to church, academy, society, and other faiths; and what it takes to become a theologian in today’s world. Series: Blackwell Manifestos 256 pages • February 2011 978-1-4051-4273-1 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$34.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-4272-4 • HB • £50.00 / €65.90 / US$84.95 / AUD$99.95


Alister E. McGrath King’s College, London, UK

“ In Dawkins’ God, McGrath has written a brilliant book, and it is difficult to think that the exposition of Dawkins’ writings and their religious implications, will ever be better stated, explored and critized ... at once dispassionate, robust and readable.”  Times Higher Education Supplement 208 pages • 2004 978-1-4051-2538-3 • PB • £15.99 / €20.90 / US$26.95 / AUD$32.95

Christian Mission How Christianity Became a World Religion

Dana L. Robert Boston University, USA

“A masterful survey of mission in Christian history from the very origins of the religion to the present. It should be required reading for any undergraduate course on Christianity or world religions.”  International Bulletin of Missionary Research Series: Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion 232 pages • 2009 978-0-631-23620-7 • PB • £16.99 / €21.90 / US$26.95 / AUD$34.95 978-0-631-23619-1 • HB • £62.50 / €81.90 / US$99.95 / AUD$125.00

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“It deserves [its] success. Students need such a clearly presented, sure-footed account of the theological basics.”   Theological Book Review (of Theology: The Basics)

Academic Knowledges and the Knowledge of God

Stanley Hauerwas Duke University, USA

“A first-order theologian turns his sights on one of the most influential institutions in the modern society: the university ... Lively reading.”  Books

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Against Atheism

A Brief History of the Soul

Why Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris Are Fundamentally Wrong

Stewart Goetz & Charles Taliaferro

Ian S. Markham

Ursinus College in Pennsylvania, USA; St. Olaf College in Minnesota, USA

Virginia Theological Seminary, USA

“Of the many current contra-atheism books suddenly on the market, Markham’s is helpful for its seriousness yet conciseness and accessibility.”  Christian Scholar’s Review Against Atheism challenges the successful and provocative books of high-profile atheist authors such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris. Their books have generated a wide-ranging and fierce debate, but until now, no one has confronted these authors on their understanding of atheism and belief. Ian Markham analyzes the atheistic world view from the inside out, tackling them on their own ground by arguing that they do not understand the nature of atheism, let alone theology and ethics. 176 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-8963-7 • PB • £16.99 / €21.90 / US$26.95 / AUD$34.95 978-1-4051-8964-4 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$89.95 / AUD$110.00

This book provides a clear and concise history of the soul, from Plato to cuttingedge contemporary work in philosophy of mind. Taking in the arguments of influential thinkers, such as Aquinas, Locke, Hume, and Descartes, Goetz and Taliaferro tackle keys issues, including the problem of mind-body interaction, the causal closure of the physical world, and the philosophical implications of the brain sciences for the soul’s existence. Series: Brief Histories of Philosophy 240 pages • April 2011 978-1-4051-9632-1 • PB • £14.99 / €19.90 / US$24.95 / AUD$29.95 978-1-4051-9633-8 • HB • £50.00 / €65.90 / US$89.95 / AUD$99.95

The God Debates A 21st Century Guide for Atheists and Believers (and Everyone in Between)

Why Politics Can’t Be Freed From Religion

John R. Shook Center for Inquiry in Amherst, New York and University at Buffalo, USA

Ivan Strenski University of California, Riverside, USA

“The book is written in an accessible and engaging style, and readers who are new to the field of religion and politics will find it readable and helpful”.  Religion In this thought-provoking book, Ivan Strenski unpacks the central concepts and influences of religion, politics and power, and provides a new theoretical framework to think about what they mean in today’s society. In addition to offering radical critiques of the religious and political perspectives of thinkers such as Talal Asad and Michel Foucault, Strenski moves beyond the theory in applying his intellectual framework to a variety of real-world issues, including insights into suicide bombers in the Middle East. Series: Blackwell Manifestos 216 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-7648-4 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$31.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-7649-1 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$89.95 / AUD$110.00

 oving well beyond medieval and modern M arguments about God’s existence, The God Debates brings theology’s story right into the twenty-first century by considering various existentialisms, postmodernisms, and fideisms, as well as the ongoing controversy of evidentialism / presuppositionalism. 256 pages • 2010 978-1-4443-3642-9 • PB • £16.99 / €21.90 / US$24.95 / AUD$32.95 978-1-4443-3641-2 • HB • £50.00 / €65.90 / US$84.95 / AUD$99.95

Adieu to God Why Psychology Leads to Atheism

Mick Power University of Edinburgh, UK

Rumors of the shortcomings and death of organized religion abound in modern society. However, even in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary, organized religion continues to prosper. In Adieu to God, psychologist and atheist Mick Power examines this dichotomy from a psychological perspective. Using examples from a variety of religions to demonstrate how psychological principles explain key religious beliefs and phenomena, he argues that although religion provides certain social and psychological benefits, atheism provides a more fulfilling path to these objectives.

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Edited by George Thomas Kurian

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President of the Encyclopedia Society

Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, USA

Available in print and online, The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization is a comprehensive reference work on the history and impact of Christianity. Over 1,400 entries provide an in-depth and dynamic look at Christianity, both through its history and the way it has shaped societies around the world. The result is an essential reference work for students, researchers, academics, and practitioners. • Comprehensive – includes over 1,400 entries within four volumes, examining the sources of Christian culture, the depth of its influence, and the reasons for its enduring strength • Interdisciplinary – a series of interconnecting themes offers a rich account of Christianity including: key theological ideas; global and regional history; worship; society and Christianity; literature; music; art; architecture; education; politics; law; and scholarship • International – written by a team of over 350 scholars and teachers from over 24 countries, it presents a truly global account of Christianity, with strong denominational and regional identities • Accessible – an A-Z format offers a clear, concise and attractive layout, alongside sophisticated cross-referencing, an extensive bibliography, and a comprehensive index

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The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to African Religions

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology

Edited by Elias Kifon Bongmba

Edited by Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore

Rice University, USA

This Companion brings together a team of international scholars to create a singlevolume, multidisciplinary resource on the religious beliefs and practices of the peoples in Africa. Collectively, the essays offer rich insights into both the historical developments in African religions and contemporary religious issues, such as the development of African-initiated churches, neo traditional religions, and Pentecostalism. A concluding section of essays delves into many topics at the intersection of culture and religion in Africa, including the arts, health, politics, gender relations, globalization, and the economy. Series: Blackwell Companions to Religion 560 pages • March 2012 978-1-4051-9690-1 • HB • £110.00 / €142.00 / US$199.95 / AUD$220.00

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Chinese Religions

Vanderbilt University, USA

“ This long-awaited volume is a tour de force … It will provide an outstanding reference for practical theologians everywhere, and will serve as a critical source for courses.”  Mary Elizabeth Moore, Boston University In this volume, distinguished theologians from around the world provide a comprehensive introduction to practical theology as a major area of Christian study and practice, including an overview of its key developments, themes, methods, and future directions. In a pathbreaking move to clarify a complex term, the volume is organized around four distinct meanings of practical theology: an activity of believers seeking to sustain a life of reflective faith; a method of understanding theology in practice by religious leaders; a curricular area in theological education; and an academic discipline pursued by scholars. Series: Blackwell Companions to Religion 600 pages • December 2011 978-1-4443-3082-3 • HB • £110.00 / €142.00 / US$199.95 / AUD$220.00

Edited by Randall L. Nadeau Trinity University, Texas, USA

Comprising the most up-to-date interdisciplinary research on the study of Chinese religious beliefs and cultural practices, this volume brings together a team of acclaimed experts in Chinese history, society, and religion. The collection includes a historical overview of Chinese forms of worship, and addresses the main Chinese religious traditions of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism, as well as readings on Christianity and Islam. It also explores various contemporary religious topics, including gods and spirits, ritual, text, nature, gender, violence, divination, material culture, and lineage. Series: Blackwell Companions to Religion 544 pages • March 2012 978-1-4051-9031-2 • HB • £110.00 / €142.00 / US$199.95 / AUD$220.00

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism Edited by Julia A. Lamm Georgetown University, USA

This collection of newly-commissioned articles by leading scholars explores the origins, evolution, and contemporary debates relating to Christian mystics, texts, and the movements they inspired. It covers mysticism in both Eastern and Western Christianity, and offers a brilliant synthesis of the key figures and periods in history; themes such as heresy, gender, and aesthetics; and theoretical approaches, including theological, literary, social scientific, and philosophical. Series: Blackwell Companions to Religion 544 pages • August 2012 978-1-4443-3286-5 • HB • £110.00 / €142.00 / US$199.95 / AUD$220.00

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Social Justice Edited by Michael D. Palmer & Stanley M. Burgess Both of Regent University, USA

Virtually all major religions, faith traditions, and sacred belief systems have found ways to express ‘social justice’. This is the first time this work has been brought together for each religion, across all the major world religions, in a comparative way. Newlycommissioned essays by distinguished authors explain exactly what individual traditions believe in relation to social justice; what the main issues are and how the major faiths differ in their approaches; which social justice movements exist and what they do; the key thinkers and activists in each religion; and an account of the key texts within religions. Series: Blackwell Companions to Religion 736 pages • February 2012 978-1-4051-9547-8 • HB • £110.00 / €142.00 / US$199.95 / AUD$220.00

The Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence Edited by Andrew R. Murphy Rutgers University, USA

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The Blackwell Companion to the New Testament

Edited by Stephen Westerholm

Edited by David E. Aune

McMaster University, Canada

University of Notre Dame, USA

“This volume boasts a galaxy of scholars and an unusually wide array of topics and approaches.”  L. W. Hurtado, University of Edinburgh

“An impressive compilation, an excellent indicator of the range and depth of current New Testament scholarship.”  Church Times

This volume offers a comprehensive overview of the life, teachings, and legacy of one of the founding figures of Christianity. Combining a distinctive dual focus approach, this volume encompasses both the historical Paul and the history of Paul’s influence. Essays span the major themes of Paul’s life and work, as well as his impact through the centuries on theology, Church teaching, social beliefs, art, literature, and contemporary intellectual thought. Series: Blackwell Companions to Religion 632 pages • April 2011 978-1-4051-8844-9 • HB • £110.00 / €142.00 / US$199.95 / AUD$220.00

The Blackwell Companion to Jesus Edited by Delbert Burkett Louisiana State University, USA

“ A superb collection of articles that both summarizes scholarly knowledge about the figure of Jesus through the centuries and also provides fascinating new interpretations of his cultural and religious significance.”  Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College This companion spans the centuries to explore the diverse ways in which Jesus of Nazareth has been imagined or portrayed from the beginnings of Christianity to the present day. It considers portrayals of Jesus in the New Testament and beyond, Jesus in non-Christian religions, philosophical and historic perspectives, modern manifestations, and representations in Christian art, novels, and film. Also included are both Christian and non-Christian perspectives on Jesus, including those from ethnic and sexual groups, as well as from other faiths. Series: Blackwell Companions to Religion 576 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-9362-7 • HB • £110.00 / €142.00 / US$199.95 / AUD$220.00 ALSO OF INTEREST See page 10 for Paul: A Brief History by Robert Paul Seesengood, and Jesus: A Brief History by W. Barnes Tatum

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The Blackwell Companion to Paul

Written by more than 40 scholars from a variety of Christian denominations, this companion is a detailed introduction to New Testament study. Distinctive features include a unified treatment of Luke through Acts, articles on the canonical Gospels, and a discussion of the apocryphal New Testament. Series: Blackwell Companions to Religion 712 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-0825-6 • HB • £120.00 / €155.00 / US$199.95 / AUD$240.00

The Blackwell Companion to Christian Spirituality Edited by Arthur Holder Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA

“For those who want to respond to the spiritual search of our times and wonder what Christianity can contribute at this moment in our history, I strongly recommend the book – it will not disappoint.”  Journal of Contemporary Religion Series: Blackwell Companions to Religion 576 pages • 2010 978-1-4443-3765-5 • PB • £24.99 / €32.90 / US$44.95 / AUD$49.95 978-1-4051-0247-6 • HB (2005) • £125.00 / €162.00 / US$193.95 / AUD$250.00

The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism Edited by James J. Buckley, Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt & Trent Pomplun All of Loyola College, USA

“ The Companion aims for, and achieves, comprehensiveness: it is rare to find in one place so many snapshots of that vast, bordered but messily unfenced world we call Catholicism ... learned, succinct and engaging.”  The Way Recipient of a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title award Series: Blackwell Companions to Religion 544 pages • 2010 978-1-4443-3732-7 • PB • £24.99 / €32.90 / US$44.95 / AUD$49.95 978-1-4051-1224-6 • HB (2007) • £125.00 / €162.00 / US$199.95 / AUD$250.00


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The Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture


Edited by David Fergusson

Edited by John F. A. Sawyer

University of Edinburgh, UK

Formerly Newcastle University, UK

“ This is a magnificent book ... Within the confines of the space available, the essays are as definitive and comprehensive as they can be, written in many cases by the foremost scholars working on the thinker or theme ... This, then, is a book to be savoured, wrestled with, and actively used over a long period of time.”  Theology

“ This volume is a delight, full of interest and surprises. It contains a wealth of fine scholarship made readable and the book is highly recommended ... Immensely varied, accessible, and fascinating.”  Journal of Contemporary Religion This stimulating, one-volume reference source about twenty-first century approaches to the Bible draws on interdisciplinary and international examples. It explores how the Bible has impacted on all the major social contexts where it has been influential – ancient, medieval and modern, world-wide.

Bringing together a collection of essays by prominent scholars, this companion offers a comprehensive account of the most significant theological figures, movements, and developments of thought that emerged in Europe and America during the nineteenth-century. Series: Blackwell Companions to Religion 552 pages • 2010 978-0-631-21718-3 • HB • £120.00 / €155.00 / US$199.95 / AUD$240.00

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The Blackwell NEw in PAPERBACK Companion to the Bible in English Literature Edited by Rebecca Lemon, Emma Mason, Jonathan Roberts & Christopher Rowland University of Southern California, USA; University of Warwick, UK; University of Liverpool, UK; University of Oxford, UK

“This is indeed a true companion, one that succeeds in its aim of being both scholarly and accessible ... In short, all students of English literature ought to put aside a month to read and study this book before going up to university.”  Church Times This companion offers a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary examination of the Bible’s role and influence on English Literature, from Old English poetry through to T. S. Eliot. Series: Blackwell Companions to Religion 720 pages • April 2012 978-0-470-67499-4 • PB • £27.99 / €35.90 / US$44.95 / AUD$57.95 978-1-4051-3160-5 • HB (2009) • £125.00 / €162.00 / US$199.95 / AUD$250.00

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America Edited by Philip Goff Indiana University-Purdue University, USA

“ A remarkable achievement ... It should be on the desk of anyone who teaches about religion in America.”   Peter W. Williams, Miami University, Ohio This groundbreaking companion brings together a team of leading scholars to document the rich diversity and unique viewpoints that have formed the religious history of the United States. Topics addressed extend from religion and media to social reform; and the religious traditions explored range from Baptists and Methodists to Buddhists and Mormons. Collectively, it represents the most sustained effort by scholars of American religious history to provide insights into the historiography of religion and its creation within evolving political and social frameworks. Series: Blackwell Companions to Religion 752 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-6936-3 • HB • £120.00 / €155.00 / US$199.95 / AUD$240.00

The Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Islamic Thought Edited by Ibrahim Abu-Rabi’

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The Blackwell Companion to the Theologians




2nd Edition

Edited by Ian S. Markham

Edited by Stanley Hauerwas & Samuel Wells

Virginia Theological Seminary, USA

“ Worth the money, intellectually sound, and well targeted.”  Reference Reviews

Both of Duke University, USA

“ An important, often insightful and almost always provocative book that would be unwise to ignore.”  Studies in Christian Ethics (of the previous edition) Featuring updates, revisions, and new essays from various scholars within the Christian tradition, The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics, Second Edition reveals how Christian worship is the force that shapes the moral life of Christians. This second edition extends the topics covered to include class, race, feminism and gender, disability, peace, and the virtues. There are also a number of substantially revised essays and a team of new outstanding authors. Ecumenical in outlook, it encompasses chapters from leading commentators within the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, Mennonite and Pentecostal traditions. It is designed to be accessible to beginning students and upwards studying Christian ethics. Series: Blackwell Companions to Religion 592 pages • April 2011 978-1-4443-3134-9 • HB • £110.00 / €142.00 / US$199.95 / AUD$220.00

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The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

This two-volume companion brings together a team of contemporary theologians and writers to provide substantial introductions to the key people who shaped the Christian story and tradition. • Structured accessibly around five periods: early centuries, middle ages, reformation period, the Enlightenment, and the twentiethcentury to the present • A to Z entries range from substantial essays to shorter overviews, each of which locates the theologian in their immediate context, summarizes the themes of their work, and explains their significance • Covers a broad span of theologians, from Augustine to Thomas Aquinas, through to C. S. Lewis, James Cone, and Rosemary Radford Reuther • Provides profiles of key Catholic, protestant, evangelical, and progressive theologians Series: Blackwell Companions to Religion 1008 pages • 2009 978-1-4051-3507-8 • HB • £235.00 / €302.00 / US$400.00 / AUD$465.00

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The Blackwell Companion to Religious Ethics

University of South Florida, USA

We are delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of The International Encyclopedia of Ethics: a comprehensive, authoritative print and electronic ethics resource. Written by highly respected thinkers from around the world, it covers all major philosophical and religious traditions, and explores topics, movements, arguments, and figures in normative ethics, metaethics, and practical ethics. Comprising nearly four million words, this ambitious project will publish simultaneously in a 12-volume print edition and online. The electronic version will also be regularly updated, making The International Encyclopedia of Ethics the preferred resource for any professional, layperson, or student wanting to know more about ethics. For further information and sample entries visit 4000 pages • December 2013 978-1-4051-8641-4 • HB • 12 volumes 978-1-4443-6707-2 • Online edition


The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics

Edited by William Schweiker

The Blackwell Companion to the Hebrew Bible Edited by Leo G. Perdue

The Blackwell Companion to Modern Theology Edited by Gareth Jones

The Blackwell Companion to Political Theology Edited by Peter Scott & William T. Cavanaugh

The Blackwell Companion to Postmodern Theology Edited by Graham Ward For further details on all the titles in the Blackwell Companions to Religion series, including detailed table of contents and contributor information, visit our website at and select the series link at the bottom of the page. ALSO OF INTEREST See page 16 for The Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion, edited by Robert Segal

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Biblical Studies

The Blackwell Bible Commentaries series Series editors: John Sawyer, Christopher Rowland, Judith Kovacs & David M. Gunn

“The series emphasizes the influence of the Bible on literature, art, music and film, its role in the evolution of religious beliefs and practices and its impact on social and political developments. Drawing on work in a variety of disciplines, it is designed to provide a convenient and scholarly means of access to material until now hard to find, and a much needed resource for all those interested in the influence of the Bible of Western culture.”  Theological Book Review More information about the Blackwell Bible Commentaries series is available at

Six Minor Prophets Through the Centuries Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi

1 & 2 Thessalonians Through the Centuries Anthony C. Thiselton University of Nottingham, UK

“Anthony Thiselton has set a high bar for those who will follow.”  Joel B. Green, Fuller Theological Seminary This unique commentary on Paul’s early letters by an outstanding New Testament specialist, investigates the evolution of religious beliefs and practices resulting from the letters, and their impact on social and political developments across the centuries. The book considers responses from leading scholars, poets, hymn writers, preachers, theologians, and biblical scholars throughout the ages. Thiselton also offers new insights into issues the letters raise concerning feminist biblical interpretation. Series: Blackwell Bible Commentaries 336 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-9682-6 • HB • £70.00 / €89.90 / US$114.95 / AUD$140.00

Richard Coggins & Jin H. Han Formerly of King’s College London, UK; New York Theological Seminary, USA

“What a marvelous treasure trove! Jin Hee Han and Richard Coggins have made these six prophets come alive by providing rich documentation of their interpretation and impact from the ancient translations to contemporary media. This volume is a must for all students of these prophets – scholars, clergy, and lay people alike.”  C. L. Seow, Princeton Theological Seminary The Minor Prophets have left a mark on the history of biblical reception that is disproportionate to their length. Suggestive allusions and references appear throughout ancient, medieval and modern literature, as well as in sculpture and paintings. Each has a special role to play in the Jewish and Christian traditions. Written by highly respected biblical scholars, this volume explores the rich and complex reception history of the last six Minor Prophets in Jewish and Christian exegesis, theology, worship, and arts. Series: Blackwell Bible Commentaries 296 pages • August 2011 978-1-4051-7675-0 • HB • £70.00 / €89.90 / US$119.95 / AUD$140.00

Ecclesiastes Through the Centuries


Psalms Through the Centuries


Volume One

Susan Gillingham University of Oxford, UK

“A most impressive piece of work. The coverage is truly encyclopedic in scope and nothing seems to have escaped Gillingham’s attention.”  Journal for the Study of the Old Testament This is the first of a two-volume bible commentary covering the Psalms and examining the role of these biblical poems throughout Jewish and Christian history. Volume One provides a fascinating introduction to the literary, historical, and theological background of psalmody; exploring the psalms through liturgy and prayer, study and preaching, translation and imitation, and musical and artistic illustration. The book includes illustrations, helpful maps, and an extensive bibliography. Series: Blackwell Bible Commentaries 400 pages • January 2012 978-0-470-67490-1 • PB • £24.99 / €32.90 / US$44.95 / AUD$49.95 978-0-631-21855-5 • HB (2007) • £70.00 / €89.90 / US$109.95 / AUD$140.00

Eric S. Christianson “Heartily recommended, without reservation.”  Bible and Critical Theory Over the centuries, Ecclesiastes has influenced diverse areas of life and thought. This volume assesses the effects of Ecclesiastes on the culture of the various times in religion, art, literature, and social thought. It explores a fascinating range of Jewish and Christian readings, and features engaging and unusual examples: from Thackeray and Orwell, to Salvador Dali’s Illustrated Bible. Series: Blackwell Bible Commentaries 256 pages • January 2012 978-0-470-67491-8 • PB • £24.99 / €32.90 / US$44.95 / AUD$49.95 978-0-631-22529-4 • HB (2006) • £65.00 / €83.90 / US$104.95 / AUD$130.00


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Prophetic Literature

Jay Twomey

Ronald L. Troxel

From Oracles to Books

University of Cincinnati, USA

University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

“A fine addition to the Blackwell Bible Commentary series ... Twomey has given us an excellent commentary, lucid and elegantly written. “  Journal for the Study of the New Testament

“Troxel has written a thorough and careful analysis of the ways in which prophetic oracles were shaped into books by later scribes. An excellent introduction to the prophets in light of contemporary scholarship.”  John J. Collins, Yale University

Series: Blackwell Bible Commentaries 272 pages • 2008 978-1-4051-2614-4 • HB • £70.00 / €89.90 / US$109.95 / AUD$140.00

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Galatians Through the Centuries John Riches 352 pages • 2007 978-0-631-23084-7 • HB • £70.00 / €89.90 / US$109.95 / AUD$140.00

Esther Through the Centuries Jo Carruthers 320 pages • 2007 978-1-4051-3213-8 • HB • £70.00 / €89.90 / US$109.95 / AUD$140.00

Prophetic Literature presents an in-depth introduction to the origins and development of the prophetic books of the Old Testament, including an examination of the literary structure, authorship, and editorial processes that produced each book.

Biblical Studies

The Pastoral Epistles Through the Centuries

• The only introductory textbook that explores both how the prophetic books were composed and edited • Accessible and engaging, the book contains numerous student features to encourage learning, including introductions, summaries, tables and highlight boxes • Based on international research on the individual prophetic books, including German scholarship that is otherwise inaccessible to most English readers 288 pages • December 2011 978-1-4051-8845-6 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$34.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-8846-3 • HB • £55.00 / €65.90 / US$89.95 / AUD$110.00

Exodus Through the Centuries Scott M. Langston 320 pages • 2005 978-0-631-23524-8 • PB • £29.99 / €38.90 / US$57.95 / AUD$59.95 978-0-631-23523-1 • HB • £70.00 / €89.90 / US$110.95 / AUD$140.00

Judges Through the Centuries David M. Gunn 344 pages • 2004 978-0-631-22252-1 • PB • £28.99 / €37.90 / US$54.95 / AUD$57.95 978-0-631-22251-4 • HB • £80.00 / €105.00 / US$129.95 / AUD$160.00

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John Through the Centuries Mark Edwards 256 pages • 2003 978-0-631-22907-0 • PB • £28.99 / €37.90 / US$54.95 / AUD$57.95 978-0-631-22906-3 • HB • £80.00 / €105.00 / US$129.95 / AUD$160.00

Revelation The Apocalypse of Jesus Christ

Judith Kovacs & Christopher Rowland 336 pages • 2003 978-0-631-23215-5 • PB • £28.99 / €37.90 / US$54.95 / AUD$57.95 978-0-631-23214-8 • HB • £80.00 / €105.00 / US$129.95 / AUD$160.00

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Biblical Studies

An Introduction to the Bible Sacred Texts and Imperial Contexts

David M. Carr & Colleen M. Conway Union Theological Seminary, New York, USA; Seton Hall University, USA

“ As reliable as Carr and Conway are in their guidance to the Bible and to biblical scholarship, they are also not afraid to push at the cutting edge. Combine that fearlessness with a genuine concern for and knowledge of how students actually learn, and you’ve got a truly outstanding textbook.”  Tod Linafelt, Georgetown University This groundbreaking introductory textbook explores the emergence and development of the Bible, placing it in the broader context of world history. It particularly focuses on the role of a number of empires in the formation of the Biblical canon. Packed throughout with reader-friendly features including study questions, bibliographies, timelines, and illustrations and photos, this is a balanced and informed introduction. An accompanying website for instructors featuring multiple choice questions, images, quizzes and more is available at 408 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-6737-6 • PB • £24.99 / €32.90 / US$59.95 / AUD$49.95 978-1-4051-6738-3 • HB • £65.00 / €83.90 / US$104.95 / AUD$130.00

Paul A Brief History

Sacred Texts and Imperial Contexts of the Hebrew Bible

David M. Carr Union Theological Seminary, New York, USA

“An innovative approach to the Hebrew Bible. Instead of surveying the Bible book-by-book beginning with Genesis, this work introduces readers to the major works of the Bible by timeframe. With this approach, it is easier for readers to see both how biblical works are products of their times and how they respond to their times ... A very readable introduction and a model of judicious synthesis.”  Mark S. Smith, New York University This comprehensive, introductory textbook is unique in exploring the emergence of the Hebrew Bible in the broader context of world history. It particularly focuses on the influence of pre-Roman empires, empowering students with a richer understanding of Old Testament historiography. Additional instructor and student resources are available at 296 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-8467-0 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$39.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-8468-7 • HB • £60.00 / €77.90 / US$94.95 / AUD$120.00

Exploring Postcolonial Biblical Criticism History, Method, Practice

R. S. Sugirtharajah

Robert Paul Seesengood

University of Birmingham, UK

Albright College, USA

“Sugi is at it again – he has put before his readers another well-written, compellingly-argued, fascinating and challenging read.”  Vincent L. Wimbush, Claremont Graduate University

 his insightful, brief history offers a unique T approach to the subject, distilling the many interpretations of Paul and his impact on Christianity – from the Gnostic controversy, to Luther and the Reformation, to contemporary debates over religion and science. It also includes a glossary of key people, places and terms in the Pauline letters, making it a vital resource for anyone studying the life and letters of Paul and the New Testament. 264 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-7890-7 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$31.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-7891-4 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$89.95 / AUD$110.00

Jesus A Brief History

W. Barnes Tatum Greensboro College, USA

Exploring literature, art, and popular culture, as well as theology, this engaging book reveals the importance of the question, “whose was he?” in fully understanding the life and legacy of Jesus. Tatum draws on a fascinating range of materials, from ancient texts, creeds, and theological treatises, to the visual and dramatic arts, including The DaVinci Code and The Passion of the Christ. 288 pages • 2009 978-1-4051-7018-5 • PB • £18.99 / €24.90 / US$31.95 / AUD$37.95 978-1-4051-7019-2 • HB • £60.00 / €81.90 / US$99.95 / AUD$125.00


An Introduction to the Old Testament

Postcolonial biblical criticism has been one of the most important and vibrant developments in contemporary biblical studies. In this book, R. S. Sugirtharajah – widely regarded as the field’s leading proponent – offers a concise and multifaceted overview of its origins, development, and application to biblical studies. 224 pages • April 2011 978-1-4051-5857-2 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$34.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-5856-5 • HB • £50.00 / €65.90 / US$84.95 / AUD$99.95

The Apocalypse A Brief History

Martha Himmelfarb Princeton University, USA

This concise history explores the fascinating genre of apocalyptic literature, showing how the apocalypse encompasses far more than popular views of the last judgment and violent end of the world might suggest. Series: Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion 192 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-1347-2 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$31.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-1346-5 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$89.95 / AUD$110.00

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An Introduction


5th Edition

Theology: The Basics 3rd Edition


Alister E. McGrath

Alister E. McGrath

King’s College, London, UK

King’s College, London, UK

“It deserves [its] success. Students need such a clearly presented, sure-footed account of the theological basics.”  Theological Book Review

“ Alister McGrath has proven himself a master at engagingly and simply introducing Christian theology in all of its contested complexity. The fifth edition continues the development of the art to the great profit of student and teacher. All who work at the critical appropriation of the theological tradition stand in debt to McGrath.”  M. Douglas Meeks, Vanderbilt University Divinity School Alister McGrath’s Christian Theology: An Introduction is one of the most internationally-acclaimed and popular Christian theology textbooks in use today. This fifth edition has been completely revised, and now features new and extended material, numerous additional illustrations, and companion resources, ensuring it retains its reputation as the ideal introduction to Christian theology. The revised fifth edition includes: • Entirely new sections exploring Copernicanism and Darwinism • Extended discussions of Augustine’s doctrine of creation, Trinitarian theologies of religion, and the relation of Christianity to other faiths • A number of additional illustrations and student-friendly features throughout • A fully updated website available at, featuring new student resources such as study questions and additional author lectures 536 pages • 2010 978-1-4443-3514-9 • PB • £22.99 / €29.90 / US$49.95 / AUD$47.95

The Christian Theology Reader


4th Edition

Edited by Alister E. McGrath King’s College, London, UK

“ Alister McGrath’s anthology is a treasure trove of theological texts, the best such reader currently available. His brief introduction, comment, and questions for each reading make this a very handy resource for teachers and students alike.”  Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Wheaton College Graduate School


Christian Theology

From acclaimed theologian and author Alister E. McGrath, comes this third edition of the bestselling Theology: The Basics. Using the Apostle’s Creed as a framework, it introduces students to the core topics of Christianity – such as God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, faith, creation, salvation, atonement, religious history, and heaven – and discusses them in relation to the Bible and the work of major theologians. The third edition includes a major new chapter on the Holy Spirit and features expanded discussions throughout, especially those relating to contemporary and feminist theologians. It also now includes images and additional pedagogical features to engage the reader. 256 pages • November 2011 978-0-470-65675-4 • PB • £14.99 / €19.90 / US$29.95 / AUD$29.95

Theology: The Basic Readings


2nd Edition

Edited by Alister E. McGrath King’s College, London, UK

 his fully expanded and updated new T edition brings together key theological readings to provide a concise and balanced introduction to the Christian faith. Readings are drawn from a broad theological spectrum and include both historical and contemporary, and mainstream and cutting-edge approaches. Each reading includes an introduction and analysis, along with a helpful glossary. The third edition benefits from a new section on the Holy Spirit and increased coverage of contemporary and feminist theology. Also using the Apostle’s Creed as a framework, it serves as an ideal companion to the bestselling textbook, Theology: The Basics, third edition, but can also be used as a concise, stand-alone reader. 256 pages • November 2011 978-0-470-65676-1 • PB • £17.99 / €23.90 / US$29.95 / AUD$37.95

This bestselling volume is now available in a fully updated and expanded fourth edition, bringing together 378 readings, drawn from over 230 sources, and charting 2,000 years of Christian history. New material includes several readings on religion and science, expanded coverage of feminist theological voices, extracts from radical Protestant perspectives, and more contemporary theology. Additional writers featured include Pope Benedict XVI, John Polkinghorne, John Milbank, Elizabeth A. Johnson, and John Yoder. 656 pages • March 2011 978-0-470-65484-2 • PB • £22.99 / €29.90 / US$49.95 / AUD$47.95

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The Modern Theologians Reader

Comparative Theology

Edited by David F. Ford & Mike Higton with Simeon Zahl

Deep Learning Across Religious Borders

All of University of Cambridge, UK

Harvard University, USA

“Here for the first time is an impressive collection of excerpts which reveal the kaleidoscope of ways in which people, over the past century or so, have grappled intellectually with the multiple contexts which have demanded attentive theological thinking. It should prove an indispensable springboard for the study of modern theology.”   Frances Young, University of Birmingham

“It’s a fascinating book ... I warmly recommend it .”  Theology

 he Modern Theologians Reader is an outstanding selection of the key T writings in modern theology, with each extract introduced and annotated to help students understand the relevance and importance of the reading. • A unique stand-alone text which can also be used alongside the highly successful textbook, The Modern Theologians

Francis X. Clooney

This multi-faceted introduction to the field enables the reader to engage in comparative study, demonstrating that it can be initiated from within any religious tradition and even in accord with a personally defined spiritual path. Drawing upon the author’s three decades of work in comparative theology, the book includes examples specific to Hindu-Christian studies to show how it is possible to understand more deeply the diversity around us. 200 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-7974-4 • PB • £18.99 / €24.90 / US$31.95 / AUD$37.95 978-1-4051-7973-7 • HB • £60.00 / €77.90 / US$94.95 / AUD$120.00

• Includes selections from major twentieth-century theologians and theological movements


• Discusses theology and the visual arts, music, and film

See page 26 for David Clairmont’s Moral Struggle and Religious Ethics

• Considers Christian theology’s relation to science and globalization, and to other faiths including Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam Visit for a detailed table of contents for this major new text.

An Introduction

472 pages • December 2011 978-1-4051-7110-6 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$39.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-7111-3 • HB • £65.00 / €83.90 / US$99.95 / AUD$130.00

The Modern Theologians

God, Sex, and Gender Adrian Thatcher University of Exeter, UK


An Introduction to Christian Theology Since 1918 3rd Edition

Edited by David F. Ford with Rachel Muers University of Cambridge, UK; University of Leeds, UK

“This book represents exceptional value for money, all too rare in theological publishing. We are in the editors’ debt. Buy it, read it, and be lured onto new theological ground. I hope its spine is up to the use it will no doubt get.”  Reviews in Religion and Theology Series: The Great Theologians 848 pages • 2005 978-1-4051-0277-3 • PB • £24.99 / €32.90 / US$59.95 / AUD$49.95

“Adrian Thatcher brings an unparalleled knowledge and understanding to the writing of this book ... His book provides a truly excellent introduction.”  Gerard Loughlin, Durham University Engagingly written by a highly respected theologian, this is the first comprehensive introduction to a theology of both sexuality and gender available in a single volume. Throughout the book, Thatcher connects theological ideas with broader, secular thought. Its comprehensive and even-handed discussion of these issues will ensure it becomes a vital text in the field. 288 pages • April 2011 978-1-4051-9370-2 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$34.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-9369-6 • HB • £50.00 / €65.90 / US$84.95 / AUD$99.95

Christianity and Contemporary Politics The Conditions and Possibilites of Faithful Witness


Luke Bretherton

See page 1 for The Future of Christian Theology by David F. Ford

King’s College, London, UK

“I cannot commend it highly enough.”  Regent’s Reviews

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Through insightful case studies of faith-based organizations, Christian political activism and welfare provision in the West, this innovative, informative, and wide-ranging book shows how Christians can engage politically in a multi-faith, liberal democracy. 272 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-9969-8 • PB • £20.99 / €26.90 / US$41.95 / AUD$42.95 978-1-4051-9968-1 • HB • £60.00 / €77.90 / US$94.95 / AUD$120.00

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Rethinking Christian Idenitity

David B. Burrell

Medi Ann Volpe

Modern Theology and Christian Formation

University of Notre Dame, USA

Durham University, UK

“Comparative Theology at its best, focusing on fundamental religious questions and pointing to ways in which the dialogue between religious traditions can both expand and deepen theological understanding.”  Catherine Cornille, Boston College

In recent decades there have been major shifts in the understanding of Christian identity. What does characterize a Christian these days? What unites and sets them apart from the dominant patterns of social and political understanding? How is this identity forged and can it be ‘passed on’ to others?

Religious debate among Jewish, Christian, and Islamic scholars has acquired urgent new dimensions in recent years. Yet over the course of 1,400 years, what have the Abrahamic traditions really learned from each other? Brilliantly demonstrating the ways that Christianity, Islam, and Judaism have struggled with similarly intractable issues over the centuries, Burrell offers insightful new pathways for productive theological work, along with deep insights into the topic of faith itself. 224 pages • April 2011 978-0-470-65755-3 • HB • £65.00 / €83.90 / US$99.95 / AUD$130.00

Divine Illumination The History and Future of Augustine’s Theory of Knowledge

Lydia Schumacher University of Oxford, UK

“An important and ground-breaking study.”  Janet Soskice, University of Cambridge Schumacher offers an original approach to Augustine’s theory of divine illumination, the precondition of all human knowledge. Written with great originality, this book traces the idea through medieval thinkers, into early modernity, and reveals its importance in modern theories of knowledge. In doing so, it lays the foundation for future efforts to come to terms with the contemporary epistemological situation and its inherent problems. Series: Challenges in Contemporary Theology 264 pages • April 2011 978-0-470-65742-3 • HB • £65.00 / €83.90 / US$99.95 / AUD$130.00

This book engages with these changing ideas through the work of the three major schools of theological thought, taking the work of a leading figure – such as Rowan Williams, John Milbank, or Kathryn Tanner – to represent each school. This analysis is then used as a springboard from which to develop a new, relevant, and fuller understanding of Christian identity. Series: Challenges in Contemporary Theology 272 pages • June 2012 978-1-4051-9511-9 • HB • £75.00 / €97.90 / US$119.95 / AUD$150.00

In Adam’s Fall A Meditation on the Christian Doctrine of Original Sin

Ian A. McFarland Emory University, USA

“Historically sensitive and dogmatically astute ... a work of rare theological and spiritual penetration.”  John Webster, King’s College, Aberdeen McFarland offers refreshingly original insights into the contemporary relevance of the Christian doctrine of original sin. He balances historic and contemporary criticism with original theological arguments; combining the substance of a traditional Augustinian doctrine of sin with the pastoral and social concerns of contemporary contextual theologies. Series: Challenges in Contemporary Theology 256 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-8365-9 • HB • £70.00 / €89.90 / US$119.95 / AUD$140.00

The Vietnam War and Theologies of Memory

Dust that Breathes

Time and Eternity in the Far Country

Christian Faith and the New Humanisms

Jonathan Tran

William Schweiker

Baylor University, USA

University of Chicago, USA

“A model for contextually grounded theological analysis.”  CHOICE

“This is a seminal text from an author who is at the forefront of the debate, deserving a wide readership.”   John W. de Gruchy, University of Cape Town In this insightful exploration of the practical challenges and possibilities for Christian life in the global age, Schweiker investigates Christianity’s current relevance and discusses how the life of faith can be oriented. He explores the big religious themes of modern life, including religious identity in global times, the role of conscience, integrity, and versions of religious humanism.


Towards a Jewish-ChristianMuslim Theology

This unique work develops a theological analysis of the American war in Vietnam, constructing a Christian account of memory in relation to the events that unfolded during the course of this long and tragic conflict. In doing so, it reveals broader insights about history, memory, and redemption. Series: Challenges in Contemporary Theology 304 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-8320-8 • HB • £75.00 / €97.90 / US$119.95 / AUD$150.00

256 pages • 2010 978-1-4443-3535-4 • HB • £65.00 / €83.90 / US$119.95 / AUD$130.00

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Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit

The Theology of Food

The Idealistic Logic of Modern Theology

Angel F. Méndez Montoya

Eating and the Eucharist

Gary Dorrien


Union Theological Seminary, USA

Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico

“This book is a brilliant and much needed account of the influence of Immanuel Kant and the tradition of post-Kantian idealism on modern theology.”  William Stacy Johnson, Princeton Theological Seminary

“This book deserves to be widely read and, if you will forgive the metaphor, digested.”  Christian Century

In this thought-provoking new work, noted theologian Gary Dorrien argues that Kantian and post-Kantian idealism were instrumental in the foundation and development of modern Christian theology. It offers deeply illuminating insights into the impact of nineteenth-century philosophical idealism on contemporary religious thought. Dorrien contends that while pre-Kantian rationalism offered a critique of religion’s authority, it held no theory about the creative powers of mind, nor about the spiritual ground and unifying reality of freedom. As Kant provided both of these, he can be considered the originator of modern religious thought. Dorrien carefully dissects Kant’s three critiques of reason and his moral conception of religion, and analyzes the alternatives to Kant offered by Schleiermacher, Schelling, Hegel, and others. Presenting these notoriously difficult arguments in a wonderfully lucid and accessible manner, Dorrien solidifies his reputation as a pre-eminent social ethicist.

The links between religion and food have been known for centuries, and yet we rarely examine or understand the nature of the relationship between food and spirituality, or food and sin. Drawing on literature, politics, and philosophy as well as theology – and on examples from different religions – this book unlocks the role food has played, and shows religion in a new and illuminating light. Shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey prize 2011 Series: Illuminations: Theory & Religion 184 pages • February 2012 978-0-470-67498-7 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$34.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-8967-5 • HB (2009) • £60.00 / €81.90 / US$99.95 / AUD$125.00

Theology and Social Theory Beyond Secular Reason 2nd Edition

600 pages • March 2012 978-0-470-67331-7 • HB • £95.00 / €122.00 / US$174.95 / AUD$190.00

John Milbank University of Nottingham, UK


“ A dense, challenging and elusive masterpiece of a book, which has lost none of its power to intrigue and repel in equal measure.”  Times Literary Supplement

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After Enlightenment Hamann as Post-Secular Visionary


John R. Betz

480 pages • 2005 978-1-4051-3684-6 • PB • £27.99 / €35.90 / US$54.95 / AUD$57.95 978-1-4051-3683-9 • HB • £80.00 / €105.00 / US$129.95 / AUD$160.00

Loyola College, Maryland, USA

“Simply put, Betz’s accomplishment is superb. He comprehensively introduces the entire span of Hamann’s work in its theological and philosophical significance ... a major accomplishment that deserves wide readership.”  Lutheran Quarterly This comprehensive introduction charts the fascinating life and controversial works of eighteenth-century German philosopher, J. G. Hamann, the founding father of what has come to be known as Radical Orthodoxy. It explores his views on a range of topics including faith, reason, history, hermeneutics, aesthetics, politics, the origin of language, and the relationship between Judaism and Christianity. Betz presents Hamann as the prophetic founder of a distinctly postmodern, post-secular theology, and as such, an alternative to the postmodern philosophies of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida. Series: Illuminations: Theory & Religion 376 pages • February 2012 978-0-470-67492-5 • PB • £24.99 / €32.90 / US$39.95 / AUD$49.95 978-1-4051-6246-3 • HB (2008) • £70.00 / €89.90 / US$110.95 / AUD$140.00


On Christian Theology Rowan Williams


Archbishop of Canterbury

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Series: Challenges in Contemporary Theology 328 pages • 1999 978-0-631-21440-3 • PB • £22.99 / €29.90 / US$49.95 / AUD$47.95

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Classic and Contemporary Readings

Edited by Eugene F. Rogers Jr. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA

“This excellent resource gathers writings on the Holy Spirit from the patristic era to the present, giving each a preface introducing its context and contribution.”  Religious Studies Review Beginning with the Church Fathers and moving right through to the present day, The Holy Spirit offers a theologically informed, international collection of the most important texts relating to Christians’ understanding of the Holy Spirit. Foundational issues are questioned, critiqued, and clarified by drawing on Greek, Latin, Eastern Orthodox, Mystical, and oft-neglected Syriac and Russian resources from throughout Christianity’s rich history. 360 pages • 2009 978-1-4051-3624-2 • PB • £22.99 / €29.90 / US$44.95 / AUD$47.95 978-1-4051-3623-5 • HB • £70.00 / €89.90 / US$110.95 / AUD$140.00

The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology


Edited by William Lane Craig & J. P. Moreland Both of Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, USA

“Laudable and timely.”  Church Times Gathering together original contributions from leading philosophers, this companion provides a timely and thought-provoking exploration of the nature and existence of God through the beauty and order of the natural world. 704 pages • October 2011 978-1-4443-5085-2 • PB • £26.99 / €34.90 / US$44.95 / AUD$54.95 978-1-4051-7657-6 • HB (2009) • £125.00 / €162.00 / US$214.95 / AUD$250.00

The Blackwell Reader in Pastoral and Practical Theology Edited by James Woodward & Stephen Pattison Rector of Middleton and Wishaw, UK; University of Wales, Cardiff

“ This is a textbook to be recommended. The whole spectrum of practical theology, including the feminist perspective, is covered.”  International Journal of Practical Theology

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Faith, Rationality and the Passions


The Holy Spirit

Edited by Sarah Coakley University of Cambridge, UK

Faith, Rationality and the Passions undertakes a fresh examination of the relationship between religious faith, philosophical rationality, and the passions by bringing together the insights of leading scholars in philosophy, theology, history of science, psychology, and neuroscience. It examines afresh the wisdom of some notable pre-modern accounts of passion, reason, and faith, and puts paid to the widely-canvassed idea that it was the religious Enlightenment that forced passion and reason apart. It then reveals that such a disjunction is more truly the effect of the invention of the category of ‘emotion’ in the latter part of the nineteenth-century, demonstrating that once again contemporary philosophers, theologians, and scientists are creatively collaborating in efforts to integrate belief, reason, and the realm of ‘emotion’. Series: Directions in Modern Theology 232 pages • March 2012 978-1-4443-6193-3 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$34.95 / AUD$39.95

Re-thinking Dionysius the Areopagite Edited by Sarah Coakley & Charles M. Stang University of Cambridge, UK; Harvard Divinity School, USA

“A helpful tool in navigating the great tidal wave of Dionysian-inspired literature.”  Journal of Church History Dionysius the Areopagite, the early sixth-century Christian writer, bridged Christianity and neo-Platonist philosophy. Bringing together a team of international scholars, this volume surveys how Dionysius’s thought and work has been interpreted, in both East and West, up to the present day. Series: Directions in Modern Theology 240 pages • 2009 978-1-4051-8089-4 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$34.95 / AUD$39.95

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A World Religions Reader

A Complete Guide to Religious Studies

3rd Edition

John Morreall & Tamara Sonn

Edited by Ian S. Markham & Christy Lohr

Both of College of William and Mary, USA

This complete overview of religious studies provides students with the essential knowledge and tools they need to explore and understand the nature of religion. A range of online resources are available at: • Covers the early development of religion, with overviews of major and minor religions from Islam to Scientology • Considers recent developments including secularization; the relationship between religion and science; and scientific studies on religion, health, and mystical experience • Packed with student-friendly features including photos, maps, timelines, and historical profiles • Provides classroom users with a lively website including questions, quizzes, extra material, and helpful primary and secondary sources 376 pages • October 2011 978-1-4051-8246-1 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$49.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-8247-8 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$94.95 / AUD$110.00

 roviding a comprehensive exploration of P the teachings and beliefs of the world’s living faiths, the third edition of this popular book has been revised and updated to reflect the vibrant role religion plays in the twenty-first century. • Explores the unique nature of various faiths by introducing their traditions and rituals, ethical dimensions, and modern expressions • Combines excerpts from sacred texts with reflections from a range of classic and contemporary thinkers – from the Bhagavad Gita and the Qur’an to Maimonides and Martin Luther King, Jr. • Significantly expands material on Christianity, with a greater emphasis on the diversity of the tradition as expressed in Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Protestantism • Broadens its coverage with new chapters on Emerging Religions, Jainism, Zoroastrianism and Indigenous Religions 344 pages • 2009 978-1-4051-7109-0 • PB • £22.99 / €29.90 / US$51.95 / AUD$47.95

World Religions in Practice A Comparative Introduction

The Importance of Religion

Paul Gwynne

Meaning and Action in our Strange World

Gavin Flood University of Oxford, UK

“The book has a creativity, comprehensiveness, and energy not often found in contemporary Religious Studies. It has the hallmarks of a milestone statement in theorizing about the phenomenology of religion.”  William E. Paden, The University of Vermont In this wide-ranging and brilliant book, Gavin Flood discusses the nature and meaning of religion and spirituality, and religion’s relationship with politics, science, evolutionary biology, human rights, culture, humanism, and more. It explores the central importance of religion in modern times, revealing how it crucially provides people with meaning to their lives and guides them in their everyday moral choices. Flood argues that modern religions do not just represent passive notions about the nature of reality, but are active and inspirational – they show us ways of living, dying, choosing a good life, and inhabiting the mysterious twenty-first century world. 264 pages • December 2011 978-1-4051-8971-2 • PB • £17.99 / €23.90 / US$29.95 / AUD$37.95 978-1-4051-8972-9 • HB • £50.00 / €65.90 / US$84.95 / AUD$99.95

The Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion


Edited by Robert A. Segal Series: Blackwell Companions to Religion 496 pages • 2008 978-1-4051-8598-1 • PB • £30.99 / €39.90 / US$52.95 / AUD$62.95 978-0-631-23216-2 • HB (2006) • £100.00 / €129.00 / US$164.95 / AUD$200.00


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University of New South Wales, Australia

World Religions in Practice introduces the world’s great religions through their customs, rituals and everyday practices. By focusing on this lived experience it goes beyond many traditional introductions to religious studies, providing an in-depth, comparative study, and an appreciation of the broader context in which these religions should be understood. 448 pages • 2008 978-1-4051-6703-1 • PB • £21.99 / €28.90 / US$49.95 / AUD$44.95 978-1-4051-6702-4 • HB • £65.00 / €83.90 / US$102.95 / AUD$130.00

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Introducing World Christianity

Who they are, Where they are, and How they got there

Edited by Charles E. Farhadian

Douglas Jacobsen Messiah College, Grantham, USA

“The single best introduction to world Christianity that I have ever read.”  Dale T. Irvin, New York Theological Seminary Offering a balanced account of global Christianity, past and present, this comprehensive introduction explores the world’s four major Christian traditions: Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, and Pentecostal. The geographical territory covered by the book is uniquely comprehensive, including Africa, Asia, and Latin America as well as Europe, North America, and the Pacific. Featuring clear maps and 4-color illustrations throughout, it blends history, sociology, anthropology, and theology to create a rich, multi-layered analysis of the world Christian movement. 416 pages • April 2011 978-1-4051-8887-6 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$39.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-8889-0 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$94.95 / AUD$110.00

Westmont College, USA

This multidisciplinary introduction brings together leading scholars in religious studies, history, sociology, and anthropology, to examine the major transformations in contemporary societies brought about through the influence of Christianity. Enriched by detailed historic and ethnographic material, the book shows how the broad themes within Christianity have been adopted and adapted by Christian denominations within each major region of the world, including Africa, Asia, Latin America, North Atlantic, and Oceania. Protestant, Evangelical, Catholic and Orthodox forms of Christianity are discussed. 320 pages • February 2012 978-1-4051-8248-5 • PB • £21.99 / €28.90 / US$39.95 / AUD$44.95 978-1-4051-8249-2 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$84.95 / AUD$110.00


The World’s Christians

Christianities in Asia Edited by Peter C. Phan

A New History of Christianity in China Daniel H. Bays Calvin College, USA

“Lucid, succinct, balanced, reader-friendly, informative, and altogether authoritative. Readers interested in solid historical treatment of the dynamic story of Christianity in China need look no further. This is THE book.”  Mark Noll, University of Notre Dame This new book explores Christianity’s long history in China, its extraordinarily rapid rise in the last half of the twentieth-century, and charts its future direction. Bays expertly tracks its expansion from the seventh-century to the present day, charting how a religion first brought into China by a foreign mission has been adapted by the local population into part of their religious landscape. Series: Blackwell Guides to Global Christianity 256 pages • July 2011 978-1-4051-5955-5 • PB • £24.99 / €32.90 / US$39.95 / AUD$49.95 978-1-4051-5954-8 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$89.95 / AUD$110.00

Georgetown University, USA

“A wonderful sampling of essays written by Asian theologians who present the wide variety of Christianities currently in existence in Asia ... this book will prove invaluable for generations to come as it lays out the historical, social and political identity of Asia.”  Studies in Religion Bringing together a truly international team of contributors to explore the history and development of Christianity, this volume offers detailed coverage of its growth within South Asia; among the thousands of islands comprising Southeast Asia; and across countries whose Christian origins were historically linked, including Vietnam, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. Series: Blackwell Guides to Global Christianity 288 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-6090-2 • PB • £22.99 / €29.90 / US$36.95 / AUD$47.95 978-1-4051-6089-6 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$89.95 / AUD$110.00



Christianity and World Religions

An Introduction

Disputed Questions in the Theology of Religions

Alister E. McGrath

Gavin D’Costa University of Bristol, UK

“Fascinating ... The closing pages are as perceptive a meditation on what the dereliction of the cross can and cannot mean as we might expect to find in a first-rate book devoted entirely to that subject.”   Church Times Timely and accessible, this book tackles the question of why the reality, and vitality, of other religions has become a challenge for Christianity. 248 pages • 2009 978-1-4051-7673-6 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$32.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-7674-3 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$89.95 / AUD$110.00

2nd Edition 400 pages • 2005 978-1-4051-0899-7 • PB • £23.99 / €30.90 / US$62.95 / AUD$47.95

Christian Spirituality An Introduction

Alister E. McGrath 224 pages • 1999 978-0-631-21281-2 • PB • £22.99 / €29.90 / US$53.95 / AUD$47.95

Historical Theology An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought

Alister E. McGrath 224 pages • 1999 978-0-631-21281-2 • PB • £22.99 / €29.90 / US$53.95 / AUD$47.95

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A New History of Shinto

A Global History

John Breen & Mark Teeuwen

Nile Green

International Research Centre for Japanese studies, Kyoto, Japan; University of Oslo, Norway

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

“A magisterial survey of Sufism, from its origins and early brotherhoods to the challenges of first Islamic, then European empires.”  Bruce Lawrence, Duke University Offering the first truly global account of the history of Sufism, this illuminating book traces the gradual spread and influence of Sufi Islam through the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and ultimately into Europe and the United States. It covers the entire historical period of Sufism, from its ninth-century origins to the end of the twentieth-century. Moving beyond the description of doctrine, this book places Sufism in its social, cultural, political, and historical contexts. It dismantles the stereotypes of Sufis as otherworldly ‘mystics’ by anchoring Sufi Muslims in the lives of their communities. Requiring no background knowledge of Islamic history or doctrine, it provides readers with an ideal introduction to Sufism as a global phenomenon.

“For anyone interested in Shinto studies, religion and nationalism, and the contested and ever-changing nature of religious traditions, this is an essential read.”  Religious Studies Review This accessible guide to the development of Japan’s indigenous religion from ancient times to the present day, offers an illuminating introduction to the myths, sites and rituals of kami worship, and their role in Shinto’s enduring religious identity. Taking a unique new approach to Shinto history, it combines critical analysis with original research. Series: Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion 280 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-5516-8 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$31.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-5515-1 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$89.95 / AUD$110.00

Series: Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion 264 pages • February 2012 978-1-4051-5765-0 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$34.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-5761-2 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$84.95 / AUD$110.00

The Orthodox Church An Introduction to its History, Doctrine, and Spiritual Culture

John Anthony McGuckin

Confucius and Confucianism

Union Theological Seminary, USA

The Essentials

“[It] will help the Orthodox to a deeper understanding of the riches of their faith and will introduce the non-Orthodox to fresh ways of thinking about their faith, and both to a renewed engagement with the life of the church.”  Ecclesiastical History

Lee Dian Rainey Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

“An excellent survey of the history of Confucianism, incorporating philosophical issues and development and the received histories of key figures in the tradition.”  Jennifer L. Oldstone-Moore, Wittenberg University This accessible introduction explores the philosophical and religious questions at the heart of Confucius’s thought, providing a comprehensive account of his life and teachings, and the development of Confucian thought from ancient times to the present day. Rainey seamlessly links Confucius with our modern age, revealing how his teachings have become the basis of East Asian culture and have influenced the West. 280 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-8840-1 • PB • £20.99 / €26.90 / US$36.95 / AUD$42.95 978-1-4051-8841-8 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$89.95 / AUD$110.00


This important work offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date account of the Orthodox Church available. It provides a detailed account of its historical development, as well as exploring Orthodox theology and culture, and offering an engaging assessment of its political role in today’s secularized Western world. Scholarly, timely, and always thought-provoking, The Orthodox Church provides Orthodoxy with the long-awaited voice to engage in a meaningful dialogue with contemporary Western culture. Recipient of a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title award 480 pages • 2010 978-1-4443-3731-0 • PB • £24.99 / €32.90 / US$44.95 / AUD$49.95 978-1-4051-5066-8 • HB (2008) • £110.00 / €142.00 / US$171.95 / AUD$220.00 ALSO OF INTEREST

Unmasking Buddhism

The Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, edited by John Anthony McGuckin on page 3

Bernard Faure Columbia University, USA Translated by Melanie Hersey

“Many people know something about Buddhism, but, for interesting historical reasons, much of what they know is wrong . . . Faure offers a clear catalogue of these misconceptions and then compassionately dispels the darkness of ignorance.”  Donald S. Lopez, University of Michigan 168 pages • 2009 978-1-4051-8064-1 • PB • £13.99 / €17.90 / US$21.95 / AUD$27.95 978-1-4051-8065-8 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$88.95 / AUD$110.00


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History, Religion, and Politics

A Brief History

Jon Armajani

2nd Edition

College of St. Benedict & St. John’s University, USA

Tamara Sonn

“ A lucidly written and comparative portrayal of radical Islamist movements and doctrines in the Middle East and South Asia. Armajani offers an especially compelling portrayal of the emergence of al-Qa’ida and the Taliban.”  Juan E. Campo, University of California, Santa Barbara Modern Islamist Movements provides a clear and accessible examination of the history, beliefs and rationale of Islamist groups. It considers their grievances with the West and governments within the majority-Muslim world, while examining some of their visions for a global Islamic empire. • Explores Islam’s relations with the West from the period of the Crusades to the modern age • Discusses the historic development of Islamism in Egypt, the West Bank and Gaza, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan • Explains classic Islamic understandings of jihad, alongside Bin Laden’s, al-Qaida’s, and other Islamists’ interpretations of this concept • Offers an historical account of the formative relationship between al-Qaida, other Islamists, and Islamic intellectual trends beginning in the eighteenth-century 248 pages • October 2011 978-1-4051-1742-5 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$39.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-1741-8 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$89.95 / AUD$110.00

The College of William and Mary, USA

“A masterful study accessible to students, scholars and the general reader. Few authors are more knowledgeable or better equipped to write such a comprehensive and engaging introduction to the history of Islam.”  John L. Esposito, Georgetown University


Modern Islamist Movements

Few subjects have gripped the Western world in the twenty-first century to the same degree as Islam, yet it remains widely misunderstood. The second edition of Islam: A Brief History is the ideal introduction, offering readers a concise yet thoroughly absorbing account of a faith that is shared by more than a billion people today. Reflecting recent global developments, the second edition expands its coverage of the Qur’an, Sufism, and Muslim views on human rights, including the rights of women. It also includes fascinating vignettes of Islamic life, increasing its representation of mainstream Muslim viewpoints on issues of global concern. 248 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-8093-1 • PB • £20.99 / €26.90 / US$41.95 / AUD$42.95 978-1-4051-8094-8 • HB • £60.00 / €77.90 / US$94.95 / AUD$120.00

The Story of the Qur’an Its History and Place in Muslim Life

Ingrid Mattson Hartford Seminary, USA

A New Introduction to Islam 2nd Edition

Daniel W. Brown Independent Scholar

“This excellent undergraduate textbook presents a thorough history of the Islamic faith.”  The Bookseller (of the previous edition) A New Introduction to Islam offers students a fresh account of the origins, major features, and lasting impact of the Islamic tradition. This second edition builds on the success of the first and offers additional material on Islam in America, on gender and women, and on recent trends in Islamic thought, making it more comprehensive and up to date. Additional features such as detailed chronologies, tables summarizing key information, useful maps and diagrams, and many more illustrations further enhance this critical introduction to the major issues in Islamic studies. 360 pages • 2009 978-1-4051-5807-7 • PB • £20.99 / €26.90 / US$43.95 / AUD$42.95

“ This well-researched, informative, carefully written introduction to the Qur’an by a young Muslim scholar is a sign of the times. Mattson brings to her work an impressive set of credentials. Readers of whatever stripe will find her introduction a welcome addition to the academic literature on the Qur’an. This is an ideal undergraduate text, but also a useful resource for a general audience. Highly recommended.”  CHOICE 272 pages • 2007 978-1-4051-2258-0 • PB • £18.99 / €24.90 / US$27.95 / AUD$37.95

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Reformation Thought An Introduction


The Reformation A Brief History

4th Edition

Kenneth G. Appold

Alister E. McGrath

Princeton Theological Seminary, USA

King’s College, London, UK

“This deft, nuanced survey will serve general readers and classroom teachers alike as a reliable introduction to the Reformation era. I recommend it highly.”  John D. Roth, Goshen College

 his new edition of Reformation Thought T offers an ideal introduction to the central ideas of the European reformations for students of theology and history. Written by the bestselling author and renowned theologian, Alister McGrath, this engaging guide is accessible to students with no prior knowledge of Christian theology. • This new edition of a classic text has been updated throughout with the very latest scholarship • Includes greater coverage of the Catholic reformation, the counter-reformation, and the impact of women on the reformation • Explores the core ideas and issues of the reformation in terms that can be easily understood by those new to the field • Student-friendly features include images, updated bibliographies, a glossary, and a chronology of political and historical ideas • Retains all the features which made the previous editions so popular with readers, whilst McGrath’s revisions have ensured it remains the essential student guide to the subject 380 pages • January 2012 978-0-470-67281-5 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$44.95 / AUD$39.95 978-0-470-67283-9 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$84.95 / AUD$110.00

In this rich account, the author skillfully blends social history, and religious and theological ideas, with economic and political factors. The description is well-rounded, drawing not just on the actions of the main characters, but also the experiences and ideas of ordinary people. The volume also includes coverage of the history of the reformation in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, areas that are rarely covered in any detail. Throughout, the events of the reformation are placed in the context of Christian history to offer a fuller understanding of the period. The result is a truly engaging narrative that shows the reader exactly what was at stake, and why, as the events unfolded. Series: Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion 216 pages • April 2011 978-1-4051-1750-0 • PB • £17.99 / €23.90 / US$29.95 / AUD$37.95 978-1-4051-1749-4 • HB • £50.00 / €65.90 / US$84.95 / AUD$99.95

The European Reformations 2nd Edition

Women and the Reformation Kirsi Stjerna Lutheran Theological Seminary, USA

“A very welcome teaching resource: it provides novice undergraduate students of the early modern period with the means to be informed about and inspired by the Reformation, whilst offering ample resources for postgraduates to develop ideas.”  Journal of Theological Studies The first book of its kind, this groundbreaking text brings together social history and theology to provide an original assessment of the theological effects women had in Christian life and spirituality during this period. 280 pages • 2008 978-1-4051-1423-3 • PB • £21.99 / €28.90 / US$43.95 / AUD$44.95 978-1-4051-1422-6 • HB • £65.00 / €83.90 / US$104.95 / AUD$130.00

Carter Lindberg Boston University, USA

With its seamless synthesis of original material with updated scholarship, The European Reformations provides the most comprehensive and engaging textbook available on the origins and impacts of Europe’s reformations – and the consequences that continue to resonate today. The second edition has been updated with the best of recent scholarship, with new sections covering the Catholic reformation, the counter-reformation, and the reformation in Britain. 472 pages • 2009 978-1-4051-8067-2 • PB • £22.99 / €29.90 / US$54.95 / AUD$47.95 978-1-4051-8068-9 • HB • £65.00 / €83.90 / US$104.95 / AUD$130.00

The European Reformations Sourcebook


Edited by Carter Lindberg 328 pages • 1999 978-0-631-21362-8 • PB • £21.99 / €28.90 / US$54.95 / AUD$44.95

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Luther’s Theology of the Cross

Edited by Alan T. Levenson

Martin Luther’s Theological Breakthrough

University of Oklahoma, USA

2nd Edition

 his substantial and significant volume T spans the periods and themes in Jewish history and the history of Judaism, presenting Judaism – to both non-Jews and Jews – as a religious system on its own terms and in its own unique vocabulary. The book examines our understanding of Jews as a religious and ethnic group, tracing the major periods of Jewish history from Biblical Israel, through medieval and early modern periods, to Judaism since the Holocaust, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and Judaism today. Topics explored include: questions of historical realities in comparison to their portrayal in elite texts; gender bias within Jewish history; geographic and cultural diversity in Jewish life; and the correlation of developments in Jewish history to those within world history and religion. Edited by an experienced teacher and writer in Jewish studies and history, and written by an international team of leading and emerging scholars, this is an essential guide to the history of Jews and Judaism. 608 pages • March 2012 978-1-4051-9637-6 • HB • £95.00 / €122.00 / US$199.95 / AUD$220.00


Alister E. McGrath King’s College, London, UK

“ The first edition of this book was an excellent guide to Luther’s breakthrough to a theology of the cross. This new fuller and updated edition is to be greatly welcomed.”  Tony Lane, London School of Theology Upon its publication in 1985, Luther’s Theology of the Cross received widespread acclaim as one of the most innovative and important works on Luther scholarship in recent memory. In this re-written and revised edition of his classic text, Alister McGrath draws on new sources and advances in our understanding of late medieval intellectual, cultural, and religious life to offer a fresh understanding of this pivotal moment in Protestant history. Readers will especially appreciate its extensive use and assessment of recent German-language scholarship, especially of currents in the late Middle Ages. The result is a second edition which will be as innovative and ground-breaking as the first.


The Wiley-Blackwell History of Jews and Judaism

264 pages • April 2011 978-0-470-65530-6 • HB • £65.00 / €83.90 / US$109.95 / AUD$130.00

Protestants A History from Wittenberg to Pennsylvania 1517 – 1740

Religion in American History

C. Scott Dixon

Edited by Amanda Porterfield & John Corrigan

Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Both of Florida State University, USA

“Dixon’s writing here is detailed, solid, and compelling ... Highly recommended.”  CHOICE

280 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-5084-2 • HB • £70.00 / €89.90 / US$119.95 / AUD$140.00

Ancient Egyptian Tombs The Culture of Life and Death

Steven Snape University of Liverpool, UK

This book explores the development of tombs as a cultural phenomenon in ancient Egypt, examining what they reveal about ancient Egyptian culture and Egyptians’ belief in the afterlife.

“ Porterfield and Corrigan have put together a stellar lineup of scholars and collectively produced a classroom-usable book that simultaneously defines and stretches the field of American religious history.”  Paul Harvey, University of Colorado This comprehensive introduction to American religious history brings together a first-rate team of experts to trace the development of theology, the political order, practice, and race, ethnicity, gender, and class throughout America’s history. Successfully combining thematic and chronological approaches, the volume is accessibly structured in to four key eras: Exploration and Encounter (1492–1676); The Atlantic World (1676–1802); American Empire (1803–1898); and Global Reach (1898-present). 360 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-6138-1 • PB • £22.99 / €29.90 / US$41.95 / AUD$47.95 978-1-4051-6137-4 • HB • £60.00 / €77.90 / US$94.95 / AUD$120.00 ALSO OF INTEREST See page 6 for The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America, edited by Philip Goff

Series: Blackwell Ancient Religions 320 pages • January 2011 978-1-4051-2089-0 • HB • £70.00 / €89.90 / US$119.95 / AUD$140.00

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Religion of the Roman Republic

A Companion to Greek Religion

Chris McDonough & Lora Holland

Edited by Daniel Ogden

University of the South, USA; University of North Carolina at Asheville, USA

It is impossible to understand Roman society and culture without understanding Roman religion. This text presents the religion of the Romans in concrete terms, focusing on the religious culture of the Republic. It provides a complete study of public and private religion, integrating picture and text in order to facilitate learning and spark enthusiasm in the reader. A further significant feature of the book is its inclusion of definitions of requisite Latin words and phrases, explaining the many linguistic complexities that accompany Roman study.

University of Exeter, UK

“An excellent package of the best and most interesting research in Greek religion.”  Scholia Reviews

Series: Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World 520 pages • 2010 978-1-4443-3417-3 • PB • £30.99 / €39.90 / US$51.95 / AUD$62.95 978-1-4051-2054-8 • HB (2007) • £120.00 / €155.00 / US$194.95 / AUD$240.00

Series: Blackwell Ancient Religions 288 pages • June 2012 978-1-4051-1577-3 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$39.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-1576-6 • HB • £50.00 / €65.90 / US$99.95 / AUD$110.00

A Companion to Roman Religion


Ancient Greek Religion Historical Sources in Translation

Edited by Emily Kearns University of Oxford, UK


This invaluable sourcebook brings together a wide range of documents relating to the religious world of the ancient Greeks, from the earliest surviving literature to around the end of the fourth-century BCE.

Edited by Jörg Rüpke University of Erfurt, Germany

“I would recommend this volume as worthy reference status in any library for its many valuable gems of information.”  Journal of Classics Teaching Now available in paperback, this companion provides a comprehensive treatment of the significant images and institutions of Roman religion, placing the various religious symbols, discourses, and practices – including Judaism and Christianity – into a larger framework to reveal the sprawling landscape of the Roman religion. It offers an innovative introduction, approaching the field with a focus on the human-figures instead of the gods.

Series: Blackwell Sourcebooks in Ancient History 384 pages • 2009 978-1-4051-4928-0 • PB • £23.99 / €30.90 / US$47.95 / AUD$47.95

Ancient Greek Religion 2nd Edition

Jon D. Mikalson University of Virginia, USA

Series: Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World 576 pages • March 2011 978-1-4443-3924-6 • PB • £29.99 / €38.90 / US$49.95 / AUD$59.95 978-1-4051-2943-5 • HB (2007) • £125.00 / €162.00 / US$204.95 / AUD$250.00

“A brilliant general synthesis covering the Greek world over the period of ‘classical’ Athens . . . a model of how it should be done.”  BBC History Magazine (of the first edition)  ecipient of a CHOICE Outstanding R Academic Title award


The Roman Calendar from Numa to Constantine Time, History, and the Fasti

Series: Blackwell Ancient Religions 256 pages • 2009 978-1-4051-8177-8 • PB • £20.99 / €26.90 / US$42.95 / AUD$42.95

Jörg Rüpke

Translated by David M. B. Richardson


240 pages • April 2011 978-0-470-65508-5 • HB • £90.00 / €119.00 / US$149.95 / AUD$180.00

Exploring Greek Myth

A Companion to Augustine

Matthew Clark 304 pages • April 2012 978-1-4051-9455-6 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$39.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-9456-3 • HB • £50.00 / €65.90 / US$99.95 / AUD$110.00

Edited by Mark Vessey 640 pages • January 2012 978-1-4051-5946-3 • HB • £110.00 / €142.00 / US$199.95 / AUD$220.00


A Companion to Greek Mythology Edited by Ken Dowden & Niall Livingstone 672 pages • April 2011 978-1-4051-1178-2 • HB • £110.00 / €145.00 / US$199.95 / AUD$220.00


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A New Introduction


2nd Edition

Science and Religion: Understanding the Issues Nancy Morvillo

Alister E. McGrath

Florida Southern College, USA

King’s College, London, UK

“ This is an excellent introduction to science and religion that focuses on how the disciplines of science and Christian theology can inform each other. Nancy Morvillo offers both a historical perspective and an up-to-date survey of contemporary thinking on the central topics of methodology, cosmology, evolution, and ethics.”  Mary Kathleen Cunningham, North Carolina State University

“A first rate introduction to the field.”  Network (of the previous edition) Now thoroughly updated to reflect the latest debates, this popular textbook introduces readers to the central questions in the field of science and religion. It examines the historical, theological, philosophical and scientific aspects of the interaction between these two areas, offering a uniquely comprehensive coverage. The second edition has been fully updated to reflect current, cutting-edge debates concerning scientific atheism and the limits of scientific method, and also incorporates discussion about the relationship between science and religion in major world faiths. The book is specifically designed for students with no prior knowledge of science or religion. A historical component enables readers to orientate themselves within the subject, and along with numerous illustrations, tables, maps, summaries, and questions, creates a user-friendly and engaging approach to the field. 264 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-8791-6 • PB • £20.99 / €26.90 / US$41.95 / AUD$42.95 978-1-4051-8790-9 • HB • £60.00 / €77.90 / US$94.95 / AUD$120.00

Psychosis and Spirituality


Consolidating the New Paradigm 2nd Edition

Edited by Isabel Clarke Consultant Clinical Psychologist, UK

“Spirituality is the key strand that unites the great variety of cultural understandings of psychosis with recovery. This text contains contributions from leading authorities in the field; it points towards a more complete human approach to psychosis, and challenges long-held assumptions about the nature of human experience.”  Philip Thomas, University of Bradford The second edition of this successful text builds on the very latest research to present an original and unique exploration of the psychology of both spirituality and psychosis. The volume brings together fascinating perspectives from a distinguished and multidisciplinary team of contributors. 304 pages • 2010 978-0-470-68347-7 • PB • £29.99 / €38.90 / US$49.95 / AUD$59.95 978-0-470-68348-4 • HB • £75.00 / €97.90 / US$119.95 / AUD$150.00

From the heliocentric controversy and evolution, to debates on biotechnology and the environment, this book offers a balanced introduction to the key issues in science and religion. Each chapter is accompanied by discussion questions and an appendix including biblical passages and relevant primary readings by a wide range of scientists and theologians. Timely, and without engaging in advocacy, Science and Religion: Understanding the Issues is an accessible introduction to the fascinating interface of science and theology.


Science and Religion

368 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-8965-1 • PB • £23.99 / €30.90 / US$41.95 / AUD$47.95 978-1-4051-8966-8 • HB • £65.00 / €83.90 / US$104.95 / AUD$130.00

Science and Religion in Dialogue



Edited by Melville Y. Stewart University of St. Thomas, USA

“These world-class scientists, philosophers, and theologians engage in a genuine dialogue in their papers ... This collection is an excellent resource for those wishing to explore the current state of dialogue between science and religion.”  CHOICE This cutting-edge, two-volume collection shows how scientific and religious practices of inquiry can be viewed as logically compatible, complementary, and mutually supportive. Consisting of 70 articles by eminent scientists and philosophers, it explores issues such as Big Bang cosmology, evolution, intelligent design, dinosaurs and creation, and the God-Gene Hypothesis. The implications of religious beliefs on topical scientific issues such as stem cell research, bioethics, and neuroscience, are also considered. 1168 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-8921-7 • HB • £250.00 / €322.00 / US$410.00 / AUD$495.00

The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity Edited by J. B. Stump & Alan G. Padgett

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Bethel College, USA; Luther Seminary, USA

Bringing together a team of world-leading scholars and rising stars in the discipline, this is a comprehensive, single-volume survey of the central ideas at play at the intersection of science and Christianity. 608 pages • May 2012 978-1-4443-3571-2 • HB • £120.00 / €155.00 / US$199.95 / AUD$240.00

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The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion

A Brief History from Ancient Writings to Virtual Communities

Edited by Bryan S. Turner

Howard P. Segal

University of Western Sydney, Australia

University of Maine, USA

Reflecting the very latest developments in the field, this new companion provides a comprehensive introduction to the sociology of religion with a clear emphasis on comparative and historical approaches.

712 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-8852-4 • HB • £125.00 / €162.00 / US$204.95 / AUD$250.00

The Anthropology of Religion


An Introduction

This book explores the history of utopias, their varying manifestations, and their reflection of the societies from which they hail. Howard Segal considers the many genres in which utopianism has expressed itself – prophecies and oratory, writings, political movements, world’s fairs, physical communities, and cyberspace communities. Tracing these varying forms, from ancient Greece through to the Renaissance and on into modernity and the present day, he shows that far from an exclusively Western enterprise, utopias have been worldwide, appearing in regions such as Latin America and Asia. With the current interest in utopias – now conceived as cyberspace paradises or as the result of high-tech advances – this book offers a timely appraisal of the joys and pitfalls of utopian thought. 224 pages • March 2012 978-1-4051-8328-4 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$34.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-8329-1 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$74.95 / AUD$120.00

2nd Edition

Fiona Bowie University of Bristol, UK

 his popular textbook introduces readers to T the central theoretical ideas in the anthropology of religion, illustrating them with specific case studies.

Cults and New Religions A Brief History

Douglas E. Cowan & David G. Bromley

344 pages • 2005 978-1-4051-2105-7 • PB • £21.99 / €28.90 / US$45.95 / AUD$44.95

University of Waterloo, Canada; Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

“A wealth of accurate and up to date information in a compact and user-friendly format ... an outstanding book.”  Reformed Theological Journal

A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion 2nd Edition

Edited by Michael Lambek University of Toronto, Canada

“ The most comprehensive anthology on its subject, this is a splendid tool for teaching and a matchless scholarly resource.”  International Review of Biblical Studies


A Reader 2nd Edition

Edited by Lorne L. Dawson 312 pages • 2003 978-1-4051-0181-3 • PB • £23.99 / €30.90 / US$47.95 / AUD$47.95

The Anytime, Anywhere Textbook

Islam, Politics, Anthropology Edited by Filippo Osella & Benjamin Soares

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256 pages • 2010 978-1-4443-3295-7 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$34.95 / AUD$39.95

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Series: Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion 272 pages • 2007 978-1-4051-6128-2 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$32.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-6127-5 • HB • £65.00 / €83.90 / US$104.95 / AUD$130.00

Cults and New Religious Movements

Series: Blackwell Anthologies in Social and Cultural Anthropology 696 pages • 2008 978-1-4051-3614-3 • PB • £25.99 / €33.90 / US$59.95 / AUD$52.95 978-1-4051-3615-0 • HB • £70.00 / €89.90 / US$110.95 / AUD$140.00



184 pages • 2009 978-1-4051-2957-2 • PB • £20.99 / €26.90 / US$31.95 / AUD$42.95 978-1-4051-2958-9 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$89.95 / AUD$110.00

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Christian Ethics

Samuel Wells & Ben Quash

An Introductory Reader

Duke University, USA; King’s College, London, UK

Edited by Samuel Wells

“Every decade or so, it pays to be introduced to Christian ethics all over again. A strong introduction can lead us to question what we’ve taken for granted, notice what we’ve failed to see and connect what has seemed disjointed. This book does all that and more. Wells and Quash present a stunningly clear account of Christian ethics; sources; an insightful typology of approaches – universal, subversive, and ecclesial; and an irenic display of diverse responses to politics and relationships.”  Christian Century

Duke University, USA

This comprehensive anthology of primary documents and materials explores the evolution and study of Christian ethical principles. It represents the entire canon of Christian ethics, including first-hand accounts from major figures in the theological and ecclesial tradition.

This comprehensive textbook offers an unparalleled introduction to the study of Christian ethics, mapping and exploring all the major ethical approaches, and offering thoughtful insights into the complex moral challenges facing people today.

Readers are introduced to foundational figures such as Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, and Barth; as well as contemporary theorists including Paul Ramsey, Jürgen Moltmann, Stanley Hauerwas, Oliver O’Donovan, Wendell Berry, and many others. This introductory Reader may be used independently, or alongside the accompanying textbook, Introducing Christian Ethics, for a complete overview of the field.

400 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-5276-1 • PB • £20.99 / €26.90 / US$46.95 / AUD$42.95 978-1-4051-5277-8 • HB • £60.00 / €77.90 / US$94.95 / AUD$120.00

360 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-6887-8 • PB • £20.99 / €26.90 / US$49.95 / AUD$42.95 978-1-4051-6886-1 • HB • £60.00 / €77.90 / US$94.95 / AUD$120.00

Comparative Religious Ethics


A Narrative Approach to Global Ethics 2nd Edition

Darrell J. Fasching, Dell deChant & David M. Lantigua University of South Florida, USA; University of South Florida, USA; University of Notre Dame, USA

“Intellectually rigorous, profoundly insightful and beautifully written, it is an invaluable resource for the instructor and student alike.”  Louise M. Doire, College of Charleston The new edition of this popular textbook has been thoroughly revised, yet retains the unique and compelling narrative-style approach which has proved so successful with students: reflecting the ways in which ancient stories from diverse religions, such as the Bhagavad Gita and the lives of Jesus and Buddha, have been used to provide ethical orientation in the modern world. The second edition features substantial additions, including discussions of globalization and its influence on cross-cultural and comparative ethics; global ethics in an age of terrorism; Chinese influences on Thich Nhat Hanh’s Zen Buddhism and Augustine’s Confessions; and expanded coverage of Asian religions, quest narratives, and the religious and philosophical approach to ethics in the West. It is accompanied by an online instructor’s manual at which shows how to use the book in conjunction with contemporary films. 376 pages • April 2011 978-1-4443-3133-2 • PB • £22.99 / €29.90 / US$44.95 / AUD$47.95

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Introducing Christian Ethics

Understanding Religious Ethics Charles Mathewes University of Virginia, USA

“Comparative, comprehensive and highly readable, Matthewes’ book provides an overview of religious ethics in three traditions without sacrificing the specificity of each ethical system.”  Ebrahim Moosa, Duke University This accessible introduction to religious ethics focuses on the major forms of moral reasoning encompassing the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It examines the ethical dimensions of these faiths, both individually and comparatively, by exploring how and what they think about a series of important issues, such as friendship, marriage, homosexuality, lying, forgiveness and its limits, the death penalty, the environment, warfare, and the meaning of work, career, and vocation. In doing this, the book offers insight both into these particular traditions and into the common moral challenges confronting all of us today. 280 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-3352-4 • PB • £23.99 / €30.90 / US$41.95 / AUD$47.95 978-1-4051-3351-7 • HB • £65.00 / €83.90 / US$104.95 / AUD$130.00

Christian Ethics A Brief History

Michael Banner Trinity College, Cambridge, UK

“This book is part of a series that aims to present brief, accessible, and lively accounts of key topics within theology and religion. This history of Christian ethics succeeds in all three aims.”  CHOICE

Series: Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion 160 pages • 2009 978-1-4051-1518-6 • PB • £15.99 / €20.90 / US$24.95 / AUD$32.95 978-1-4051-1517-9 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$88.95 / AUD$110.00

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A Short History of Jewish Ethics Conduct and Character in the Context of Covenant

Alan L. Mittleman

On the Person as Classic in Comparative Theological Contexts

The Jewish Theological Seminary, USA

David A. Clairmont

“This work is a thorough treatment of the history of Jewish ethics. It is learned, beautifully written, and truly philosophical insofar as it deals with the thought of the various thinkers it covers.”  David Novak, University of Toronto

University of Notre Dame, USA

In this engaging and unique introduction, religious scholar Alan Mittleman explores Jewish moral concepts through Jewish historical sources, beginning with the Bible and then looking at the Hellenistic Jewish synthesis of biblical thought and Greek philosophy. He covers various types of rabbinic, medieval, philosophical and popular pietistic literature, and modern Jewish thought. In addition, he considers traditional Jewish work on ethics in the modern period and a consideration of contemporary Jewish ethics. From Moses and Mendelssohn, to modern figures such as Emmanuel Levinas, A Short History of Jewish Ethics offers fascinating insights into the evolution of the historical voices and writings that remain woven into the fabric of contemporary Jewish consciousness. 248 pages • November 2011 978-1-4051-8941-5 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$34.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-8942-2 • HB • £50.00 / €65.90 / US$84.95 / AUD$99.95

“ Clairmont has given us a significant contribution to comparative ethics and comparative theology more broadly ... I strongly recommend this book.”  Rev. James L. Fredericks, Loyola Marymount University This volume examines the need that drives us from the comforts of our own religious traditions to learn about those that are unknown and even irreconcilably different. It takes as its theme a problem common throughout religions: that religious people do not always behave morally. Clairmont offers a fresh approach by offering an in-depth reading of the work of the two important religious figures, Bonaventure and Buddhaghosa. These two men offer crucial insights into the development of moral thinking in Christianity and Buddhism respectively. In focusing on the shared human problem of moral failure, Clairmont demonstrates that we are only able to fully understand a religious tradition through open-minded and respectful comparison to others. 256 pages • February 2011 978-1-4443-3682-5 • HB • £70.00 / €89.90 / US$99.95 / AUD$140.00

An Introduction to Evolutionary Ethics

Social Ethics in the Making

Scott M. James

Gary Dorrien

Interpreting an American Tradition

University of North Carolina, Wilmington, USA

Union Theological Seminary, USA

“A terrific introduction to a topic of growing interest. Balanced and comprehensive, it should be the definitive text for many years.”  Michael Ruse, The Florida State University

In the early 1880s, proponents of what came to be called the social gospel founded what is now known as social ethics. This ambitious and magisterial book describes the tradition of social ethics: one that began with the distinctly modern idea that Christianity has a social-ethical mission to transform the structures of society in the direction of social justice.

240 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-9396-2 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$34.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-9397-9 • HB • £60.00 / €77.90 / US$99.95 / AUD$120.00

Virtue and Vice, Moral and Epistemic Edited by Heather Battaly California State University, Fullerton, USA

This volume brings together leading ethicists and epistemologists to offer the latest thinking on moral and intellectual virtues and vices, the structure of virtue theory, and the connections between virtue and emotion. Series: Metaphilosophy 256 pages • 2010 978-1-4443-3562-0 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$34.95 / AUD$39.95


Moral Struggle and Religious Ethics

Recipient of a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title award 752 pages • 2010 978-1-4443-3730-3 • PB • £24.99 / €32.90 / US$44.95 / AUD$49.95

Moral Psychology Historical and Contemporary Readings

Edited by Thomas Nadelhoffer, Eddy Nahmias & Shaun Nichols Dickinson College, USA; Georgia State University, USA; University of Arizona, USA

This volume provides a comprehensive introduction to moral psychology – the study of psychological mechanisms and processes underlying ethics and morality. 400 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-9019-0 • PB • £21.99 / €28.90 / US$44.95 / AUD$44.95 978-1-4051-9020-6 • HB • £60.00 / €77.90 / US$99.95 / AUD$120.00

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The Necessary Shape of Contingency

Freedom of Religion and the Secular State

Timothy O’Connor

Russell Blackford

Indiana University, USA

University of Newcastle, Australia

 his volume engages with the traditional T metaphysician’s quest for a true and ultimate explanation of the most general features of the world we inhabit. The first part of the book develops an original view concerning the epistemology and metaphysics of modality, or truths concerning what is possible or necessary. This framework is then applied to a re-examination of the cosmological argument for theism. 250 pages • October 2011 978-1-4443-5088-3 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$31.95 / AUD$39.95

In the Name of God The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Ethics and Violence

Focusing on the intersection of religion, law, and politics in contemporary liberal democracies, Blackford explores the concept of the secular state, revising and updating enlightenment views for the present day. Drawing on his background in legal and political philosophy, philosophy of religion, and moral theory, he traces the historical background both of religious persecution and the modern liberal state’s embrace of secularity and religious freedom. Engaging in topical, contemporary debates – including blasphemy and religious vilification, the teaching of biological evolution in schools, and the recognition of Sharia law in Western societies – he argues for a balanced view of what religious freedom is about, and how the state should approach it. Series: Blackwell Public Philosophy Series 224 pages • January 2012 978-0-470-67403-1 • PB • £16.99 / €21.90 / US$26.95 / AUD$34.95 978-0-470-65886-4 • HB • £60.00 / €77.90 / US$99.95 / AUD$120.00


Theism and Ultimate Explanation

John Teehan Hofstra University, USA

The Secular Outlook

“Anyone who has pondered the nature of religion and its apparent contradictions will find In the Name of God a gem and emerge with a deeper understanding of morality and the religious mind.”  Evolutionary Psychology

In Defense of Moral and Political Secularism

Paul Cliteur University of Leiden, The Netherlands

“It is a level-headed contribution to an important debate about how best to address religious fundamentalism and political fanaticism.”  Christian Century

Series: Blackwell Public Philosophy Series 288 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-8381-9 • PB • £16.99 / €21.90 / US$26.95 / AUD$34.95 978-1-4051-8382-6 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$89.95 / AUD$110.00

Series: Blackwell Public Philosophy Series 328 pages • 2010 978-1-4443-3521-7 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$31.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4443-3520-0 • HB • £65.00 / €83.90 / US$99.95 / AUD$130.00

Meaning and Mystery What It Means To Believe in God

David M. Holley University of Southern Mississippi, USA

Dante’s Deadly Sins

Holley offers a challenge to the way philosophy has traditionally approached the issue of belief in God as a theoretical problem, proposing instead a form of reflection more appropriate to the practical nature of the issue.

Moral Philosophy In Hell

Raymond Angelo Belliotti State University of New York at Fredonia, USA

 ante’s Deadly Sins is a unique study of D the moral philosophy behind Dante’s master work that considers the Commedia as he intended, namely, as a practical guide to moral betterment. Focusing on Inferno and Purgatorio, Belliotti examines the puzzles and paradoxes of Dante’s moral assumptions, his treatment of the seven deadly sins, and how ten of his most powerful moral lessons anticipate modern existentialism.

256 pages • 2010 978-1-4051-9344-3 • PB • £19.99 / €25.90 / US$31.95 / AUD$39.95 978-1-4051-9345-0 • HB • £55.00 / €71.90 / US$89.95 / AUD$110.00

Is God A Delusion? A Reply to Religion’s Cultured Despisers

Eric Reitan 256 Pages • 2008 978-1-4051-8361-1 • PB • £16.99 / €21.90 / US$27.95 / AUD$34.95


208 pages • November 2011 978-0-470-67105-4 • HB • £60.00 / €77.90 / US$99.95 / AUD$120.00 ALSO OF INTEREST  ee page 14 for Gary Dorrien’s Kantian Reason and Hegelian S Spirit

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Reading Philosophy of Religion Edited by Graham Oppy & Michael Scott Monash University, Australia; University of Manchester, UK

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