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International Journal for Religious Freedom - Volume 5, Issue 2, 2012
Volume 5, Issue 2, 2012
Author Shaun De FreitasSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 5, pp 177 –179 (2012)More Less
According to Steven Smith the transition to the modern world occurred when it came to be accepted that progress in knowledge would be enhanced by leaving behind the metaphysical (and theological) cosmos in favour of a world viewed as complete in its empirically observable dimension - "God, although not being denied, was to be excluded from scientific explanations, and later, from public political justifications" and consequently a "secular" worldview has come to dominate some areas of life - "It is the cage of secular discourse, within which public conversation and especially judicial and academic discourse occurs today".
Author Roman LunkinSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 5, pp 179 –181 (2012)More Less
In the area of research on the relationship between the state and churches in the post-Soviet space there is a deficit of books describing the more than twenty years old history of religious freedom as a whole. In fact, no such scholarly monographs have been ever published in Russia. The contribution of Geraldine Fagan is that she made an attempt to collect a practically immense material and present it as one history of how people believe in Russia. But it turned out a difficult task due to the paradoxes shaping the attitudes to faith in the post-communist space and the danger of presenting faith and religious situation in the country only on the basis of the human rights information.
Coping with violence in the New Testament, Pieter G. R. De Villiers, Jan Willem van Henten (Eds.) : book reviewSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 5, pp 182 –183 (2012)More Less
This collection of essays had its origin in a conference on violence in the New Testament held at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. The authors are with one exception from South Africa and the Netherlands. They aim "to contribute to the recent scholarly debate about the interconnections between violence and monotheistic religions by analysing the role of violence in the NT as well as by offering some hermeneutical perspectives on violence as it is articulated in the earliest Christian writings" (ix).
Christian Zionism examined: A review of ideas on Israel, the church and the kingdom, Steven Paas : book reviewAuthor Efraim GoldsteinSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 5, pp 183 –184 (2012)More Less
There is a need for thoughtful books that probe the issues concerning Israel and the current Middle East conflict. Dr. Steven Paas contributes to this need in "Christian Zionism examined". The book offers a poignant critique of the Christian Zionists movement. Paas cites Christian Zionism for excessive defense of the modern State of Israel and failure to present a balanced and biblical based theology.
Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 5, pp 184 –185 (2012)More Less
The present volume offers the Greek text and a fresh German translation of Origen's treatise on Christian martyrdom (best known under its Latin title Exhortatio ad martyrium). It is the first extant detailed treatment of martyrdom in the ancient church and has had a wide impact on subsequent notions of persecution, suffering and martyrdom.
Author Bernhard ReitsmaSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 5, pp 185 –186 (2012)More Less
Miroslav Volf is the son of a pentecostal preacher from a country that no longer exists, Yugoslavia. He has witnessed the destruction of his country through ethnic conflict and wars. Religion played an important role in these conflicts. Ever since, Volf is reflecting on issues of religion and conflict. He is currently professor at Yale Divinity School in the USA and can be considerd an expert in this field.