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Augustine

James Wetzel.

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion

December 2007; p ublished online September 2009 .

Article. Subjects: Sociology of Religion; Christianity; Religious Studies. 8045 words.

The dazzling display of emotional intelligence that gives the Confessions, Augustine's most famous work, its resonance for students of the inner life is evident, albeit in more muted hues,...

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Christian Initiation

Maxwell E. Johnson.

in The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies

September 2008; p ublished online September 2009 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Christianity; Religious Studies; Sociology of Religion. 8412 words.

To study the rites of Christian initiation in the early church is to encounter not one but several liturgical traditions in development. This article seeks to provide an introductory...

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The Christian Reconstruction Movement in U.S. Politics

Julie Ingersoll.

P ublished online January 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Christianity; Religious Issues and Debates; Religious Studies; Sociology of Religion. 6610 words.

For more than half a century, Rousas John Rushdoony and his followers have articulated and disseminated what they understand to be a biblical worldview, based in aspects of traditional...

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Christianity

Andrew Tallon.

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion

December 2007; p ublished online September 2009 .

Article. Subjects: Sociology of Religion; Christianity. 6529 words.

This essay explores philosophical and theological frameworks for the development in Christianity of notions of “head” religion and “heart” religion. Such notions are the product of a...

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Jonathan Edwards

Michael J. McClymond.

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion

December 2007; p ublished online September 2009 .

Article. Subjects: Sociology of Religion; Christianity; Religious Studies. 6414 words.

Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758)—pastor, philosopher, theologian, and Calvinist saint—was a man of deep piety and a meticulous observer of others' spiritual experiences. He devoted much of his...

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Luther on Baptism and Penance

Jonathan Trigg.

in The Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther's Theology

April 2014; p ublished online December 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Sociology of Religion; Christianity. 6304 words.

Luther criticized the medieval restriction of baptism to an initiating role in the Christian life and expanded its place on the basis of Romans 6:3–11 to embrace daily dying and rising in...

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Luther on Christ’s Person and Work

Matthieu Arnold.

in The Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther's Theology

April 2014; p ublished online January 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Christianity; Sociology of Religion; Religious Studies. 10085 words.

Dogmatic interpretations of Luther’s treatment of Christ’s atoning work dominated much of nineteenth- and twentieth-century assessment of his Christology and soteriology. Marc Lienhard and...

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Penance

Allan D. Fitzgerald, OSA.

in The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies

September 2008; p ublished online September 2009 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Christianity; Religious Studies; Sociology of Religion. 9775 words.

The study of penance in the early church can be challenging because of the variety of opinions among scholars; it can also be difficult because of the apparent diversity in penitential...

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Pilgrimage

Georgia Frank.

in The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies

September 2008; p ublished online September 2009 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Christianity; Religious Studies; Sociology of Religion. 6890 words.

Early Christian pilgrimage involved a journey to a place in order to gain access to sacred power, whether manifested in living persons, demarcated spaces, or specific objects. Movement...

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Politics

Thabo Makgoba.

in The Oxford Handbook of Anglican Studies

October 2015; p ublished online July 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Christianity; Sociology of Religion; Religious Studies. 5867 words.

For Anglicans there has never been a distinct division between public and private, political and personal, when it comes to matters of faith and their application in Christian ethics. This...

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