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International Journal for Religious Freedom - Volume 5, Issue 1, 2012
Volume 5, Issue 1, 2012
Author James Nkansah-ObrempongSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 5 (2012)More Less
Martyrdom, though neglected in theological and religious studies, after the September 11, 2001 incident at the World Trade Center, has become a subject of global significance. Middleton argues martyrdom has a long history and he examines and demonstrates this by comparing martyrdom narratives in the three Abrahamic religious traditions namely, Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
The right to religious freedom in international law: Between group rights and individual rights, Anat Scolnicov : book reviewAuthor Daniel OttenbergSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 5, pp 178 –179 (2012)More Less
Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 5, pp 179 –181 (2012)More Less
Haynes is Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion, Conflict and Cooperation at London Metropolitan University and has written several books on religion and third world politics. In the editor's words, this collection of essays "examines the recent 'return' of religion to politics and international relations" (cover). Beside the introduction there are 25 essays from altogether 27 experts. 12 experts come from Great Britain, seven from the rest of the Anglosaxon world (including Australia and Canada), three from Japan, two from Singapore, two from Israel, and one from Sweden. Each essay would be worth its own review.
Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 5, pp 181 –183 (2012)More Less
The academic publisher Routledge publishes sets, usually of four volumes, with reprints of a wide range of older and recent articles and book chapters, always edited by a well known scholar and expert on a specific subject. In this 'Major Works Collection', a dozen of them so far have appeared in the field of religions ('Critical Concepts in Religious Studies'). Those sets are not meant for the wider public - as the price of the set is usually above $1000 - but mainly for libraries and specialists, who want material scattered around the globe and in dozens of publications.
Paul and the mission of the church: Philippians in ancient Jewish context, James P. Ware : book reviewAuthor Christoph StenschkeSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 5, pp 183 –184 (2012)More Less
In this monograph the North American New Testament scholar James P. Ware first surveys early Jewish views regarding the conversion of Gentiles (23-159; with an emphasis on the significance of Isaiah). Against this backdrop, Ware examines in three chapters various aspects of mission in Philippians 1:12-2:18. He first sketches "The progress of the Gospel in Philippians 1:12-18a" (163-199). The chapter "Suffering and Mission in Philippians 1:18b-2:11" (201-236) is of particular interest. Ware rightly notes that it is essential to understand Philippians 1:12-18 within the larger context of Paul's exhortation in 1:12-2:18 (actually of the whole letter).
Very stones cry out: The persecuted church - pain, passion and praise, Baroness Cox and Benedict Rogers : book reviewAuthor Sukhvinder PadayacheeSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 5, pp 184 –185 (2012)More Less
Witness of the body: The past, present, and future of Christian martyrdom, Michael L. Budde & Karen Scott (Eds.) : book reviewAuthor Wolfgang HaedeSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 5, pp 185 –186 (2012)More Less
The purpose of this collection of essays is clearly defined: "returning martyrdom to a more central place in the self-understanding of the church" (VII) and instead of seeing martyrdom "as an object of fascination or dread ... resituate martyrdom within the everyday practices of the church" (VIII). I can welcome this goal from all my heart.
Taken! North Korea's criminal abduction of citizens of other countries, Yoshi Yamamoto : book reviewAuthor Matt DuboisSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 5, pp 186 –187 (2012)More Less
"Taken" relates the many stories of the individual abductions by North Korea over the past 60 years. The majority of abductions are those counted by the removal of nearly 83,000 Koreans to the North during the initial invasion by North Korea during the Korean War. Another 93,000 Korean immigrated to North Korea, mostly from Japan, deceived into believing they would have a better life in North Korea.
Author Marvin A. 'Tony' DrakeSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 5, pp 187 –188 (2012)More Less
Johnstone chronicles the worldwide history of Christian mission, and projects its future from an evangelical perspective in the context of demographics, major religious movements and ideological developments. An impressive array of color-coded maps and charts presents data on the evangelization of people groups drawn from the World Christian Encyclopedia and Operation World databases.
,,Das Wort sie sollen lassen stahn...": Das Kirchenlied im ,,Kirchenkampf" der evangelischen Kirche 1933-1945, Matthias Biermann : book reviewAuthor Daniel DangendorfSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 5, pp 188 –189 (2012)More Less
This recent doctoral dissertation, accepted at the University of Jena, deals with the role of church hymns in the German Church Struggle ("Kirchenkampf") during the National Socialist dictatorship 1933-1945. It analyses the practice of liturgical singing, evaluating primary sources from Protestant church archives from all over Germany, which up to now had remained unconsidered or unpublished (i.e. hand outs, song sheets, song books). He compares the use of hymns among the Confessing Church ("Bekennende Kirche") and the "German Christians" ("Deutsche Christen"). According to Biermann, both movements are not to be seen as monolithic blocks. The boundaries between the apostate "German Christians" and the persecuted Confessing Church remained rather fluid.
The privilege of persecution: And other things the global church knows that we don't, Carl A. Moeller and David W. Hegg : book reviewAuthor Michael BurnardSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 5 (2012)More Less
"What we need is not revival but reformation. Revival will put more people in the pews. Reformation will transform the thinking and the behaviour of the church" (p. 10). This introduction by Brother Andrew sets the tone for a book which demands transformational and reformational thinking in dispersing the traditional approach to the persecuted church from the point of view of our strength and their weakness. By using a well balanced recipe of testimonies, first-hand experiences and key Scripture verses, the two authors explore six areas where the persecuted church can teach the church in freedom what reformational thinking should look like: (1) God and his word, (2) worship and the church, (3) prayer and dependence, (4) community, culture and evangelism, (5) leadership, authority and power, (6) generosity and stewardship.