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    • Encountering the Saracen Other: Anastasios of Sinai and the Arab Conquest 

      Schenkewitz, Kyle A. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
      Anastasios of Sinai wrote in the midst of the Arab conquest of Egypt and Palestine in the seventh century. He shared his monastic wisdom with various Christian correspondents in a series of replies to questions from the ...
    • Evolution, Human Enhancement, and Human Nature: Four Challenges to Essentialism in Theological Anthropology 

      Lenow, Joseph E. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
      The Christian theological tradition has been predominantly essentialist: it has held that creation is ordered by God’s providential work into natural kinds, and that each kind exemplifies a nature proper to it. Yet ...
    • Creation and Theodicy in the Context of Climate Change: A New Cosmology for the Anthropocene? 

      Simkins, Ronald A. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
      The Bible was composed during the Holocene era, which was characterized by a stable climate enabling humans and human civilization to grow and flourish. The biblical cosmology, as expressed through its creation stories and ...
    • Reformations in Reading: Short Bibles and the Aesthetics of Abridgment 

      Elser, Ashleigh Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
      This article takes up a period in the Bible’s history of publication when the text was redacted to approximately half of its original size. In the mid-twentieth century, editors, publishers, and book designers worked to ...
    • Reforming Our Responses to Crime: Recent Papal Contributions 

      Fleming, Julia Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
      Pope Francis and his immediate predecessors, Benedict XVI and John Paul II, offer a positive vision of an appropriate societal response to crime and to criminals by emphasizing human dignity, rehabilitation, and social ...
    • Can Technology Forestall a Secular Future? 

      Maciejewski, Jeffrey J. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
      Recent research has presented evidence that among demographic groups, Millennials are reporting reduced levels of religious affiliation, of religiousness, or of religiosity. This has led some to characterize this decline ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...