The Journal of Religion & Society is a cross-disciplinary, electronic journal published by the Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Creighton University.

The Journal of Religion & Society has been established to promote the cross-disciplinary study of religion and its diverse social dimensions through the publication of research articles, essays and opinions, review articles, and book reviews. The focus of the journal is American religions and Western religious traditions.

The Journal of Religion & Society is a refereed academic journal dedicated to the publication of scholarly research in religion and its diverse social dimensions (ISSN: 1522-5658). All submissions to the journal will be subject to blind peer review. The journal also publishes a Supplement Series (ISSN: 1941-8450) consisting of occasional collections of essays on a particular theme or topic. The journal welcomes proposals for the Supplement Series.

The journal will accept submissions on an ongoing basis, and will publish new material periodically throughout the year. Each volume of the journal will be limited to material published within a given calendar year.

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  • From Exemplum to Sacramentum: Augustine’s Eschatological Hermeneutic of Salvation 

    Daley, Brian E., S.J. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 15, 2018. )
    Abstract|Augustine always cherished a strong hope in the fulfillment of human life and history and in God’s coming judgment. He remained agnostic about the time of history’s end, or what the signs of its nearness would be, ...
  • Orthodox Perspectives on Saint Augustine 

    Roddy, Nicolae Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 15, 2018. )
    Abstract|It is not unusual in Orthodox circles to hear Augustine of Hippo mentioned in polemical if not pejorative terms – that is, if discussed at all. Until very recently, the prevailing general narrative in modern times ...
  • Keeping Custody of the Eyes: Dangers of the Gaze in Augustine’s Consideration of Visual Images 

    Jensen, Robin M. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 15, 2018. )
    Abstract|Augustine’s concern about the influence of witnessing brutal spectacles upon the human soul is expressed when he recounts his friend Alypius’s addiction to the arena in Confessions, Book 6. He elaborates this ...
  • Augustine’s Changed Interpretation of Romans 7 and His Doctrine of Inherited Sin 

    Burns, Patout Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 15, 2018. )
    Abstract|During Augustine’s first decade of commenting on the Pauline literature, he regularly used the mortality consequent upon the failure of the first humans in the paradise and the desires that arose from this weakened ...
  • Love Actually: Modeling Amor in Augustine’s De catechizandis rudibus 

    Cameron, Michael Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 15, 2018. )
    Abstract|A Carthaginian deacon named Deogratias asked Augustine for advice on how to improve his teaching for inquirers. Augustine obliged by writing De catechizandis rudibus (On Instructing Beginners), a masterful survey ...
  • “Stretch Yourself on the Rack of Your Heart” (S. 13.7): Reality, Spirituality, and Emotions in Augustine’s Imagery 

    Drobner, Hubertus R. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 15, 2018. )
    Abstract|When transmitted in writing sermons lose most of the actual contemporary context of their oral delivery. However, the rhetorical images used by the preacher may provide a key to access state of mind and emotions ...
  • An Augustinian Theology of the Heart’s Privacy 

    Kolbet, Paul R. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 15, 2018. )
    Abstract|A contested line between the public and the private is well attested in Augustine’s writings and runs through every human society and individual human heart. What Augustine calls “privacy” involves a movement where ...
  • Evil and the God of Augustine 

    Kenney, John Peter Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 15, 2018. )
    Abstract|In the introduction to the book he was writing at the time of his death, Bill Harmless spoke of Augustine’s meditations on evil and its origins in the self-made darkness of the human heart. This paper reflects on ...
  • Expanding the Heart: Graced Desire 

    Fitzgerald, Allan Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 15, 2018. )
    Abstract|This article presents Augustine’s reflections on how the heart is stretched by welcoming God in the midst of difficulty. Divine initiative and human response are intertwined in beautifully mysterious ways. This ...
  • Publications of William Harmless, S.J. 

    Simkins, Ronald A. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 15, 2018. )
  • Not so Alien and Unnatural After All: The role of Privation and Deification in Augustine’s Sermons 

    Rosenburg, Stanley P. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 15, 2018. )
    Abstract|One typically reads that deification, or theosis, was the view held among the Eastern churches and something quite foreign to the West. In such works one finds Augustine presented as the preeminent champion of ...
  • Doxology and Loving Knowledge in Augustine’s De doctrina christiana Book 1 

    Harrison, Carol Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 15, 2018. )
    Abstract|This paper will explore why Augustine persists in using the categories of signs and things and use and enjoyment, even though they give rise to so many difficulties and proved so inimical to what he actually wanted ...
  • Augustine’s Tragic Vision 

    Blowers, Paul M. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 15, 2018. )
    Abstract|This essay explores Augustine’s capacity to accommodate a tragic vision of human existence within his interpretation of the Christian revelation. Broadly speaking, for Augustine, sacred history combines the tragic ...
  • In Memoriam: Memory and Imitation in Augustine and Athanasius 

    Smith, Zachary B. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 15, 2018. )
    Abstract|Compositions moved Augustine, and nowhere is that more evident than in his Confessions. I argue that in this late-fourth-century biography-cum-protreptic, Augustine tries to replace earlier philosophical (Cicero’s ...
  • Augustine and the Anthropocene 

    O'Keefe, John J. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 15, 2018. )
    Abstract|The term "Anthropocene” has recently emerged as part of an effort to name the geological impact of modern humans. For some, this “recent human age” is a “Good Anthropocene,” an opportunity for humans to finally ...
  • Introduction 

    O'Keefe, John J. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 15, 2018. )
  • Abbreviations of the Works of Augustine 

    Simkins, Ronald A. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 15, 2018. )
  • Augustine & the Mystery of the Human Heart (opus imperfectum). Chapter 1: The Voice & the Word 

    Harmless, William, S.J. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 15, 2018. )
  • Desert Silence: Why the Apophthegmata Patrum is Reticent about Christology 

    Harmless, William, S.J. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 15, 2018. )
  • Augustine & the Mystery of the Human Heart (opus imperfectum). Introduction 

    Harmless, William, S.J. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 15, 2018. )

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