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Autobiography, Biography, and Theological Questioning

John D. Barbour.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion

P ublished online August 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Religion and Art, Literature, and Music; Religious Issues and Debates. 12006 words.

Autobiography and biography (which together will be called “life writing”) raise theological questions in ways different from systematic or constructive theology. These forms of life...

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Baptism in Martin Luther’s Theology

Kirsi Stjerna.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion

P ublished online March 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Christianity; Religious Issues and Debates. 11325 words.

Baptism opens a window to the heart of Martin Luther’s 16th-century theology. It offers a perspective for how Luther understands the impact of grace and its channels, as well as the nature...

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Canon Law

Norman Doe.

in The Oxford Handbook of Anglican Studies

October 2015; p ublished online July 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Christianity; Religious Issues and Debates. 7461 words.

The Anglican Communion has recently experienced a sea change in its understanding of and approach to canon law, hitherto a matter lacking worldwide attention amongst Anglicans. Whilst the...

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Certainty and Security in Martin Luther’s Theology

Susan E. Schreiner.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion

P ublished online March 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Christianity; Religious Issues and Debates. 9820 words.

Crucial for Luther’s theology and his own experience was the question of whether one’s salvation was certain. And the security of the truth which underlay doctrine was complexly related to...

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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 and Torture

Karen L. King.

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence

January 2013; p ublished online March 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Studies; Christianity; Religious Issues and Debates. 6131 words.

This chapter considers the religious justifications for and against torture. It also describes the torturous narratives at Christianity's foundations, the notion of redemptive martyrdom,...

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Clergy and American Politics

Laura R. Olson.

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics

August 2009; p ublished online January 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Issues and Debates; Christianity; Religious Studies. 10625 words.

This article observes the central currents in the literature on politics and clergy. The first section centers on charting a short historical map of scholarship on clergy and politics. It...

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Colonialism

A. Dirk Moses.

in The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies

November 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Studies; Judaism and Jewish Studies; Interfaith Relations; Religious Issues and Debates. 5346 words.

A long tradition of scholarship has posited colonialism and ‘racial imperialism’ as an enabler of the genocide against European Jewry, though often in imprecise ways. In response, critics...

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The Common Core Thesis in the Study of Mysticism

Ralph W. Hood.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion

P ublished online July 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Comparative Religion; Religious Studies; Religious Issues and Debates. 6914 words.

The common core thesis contends that mystical experience is an ultimate non-sensuous experience of unity of all things. It can be identified within major faith traditions, whether...

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The Comparative Study of Ethics and the Project of the Justpeace

John Kelsay.

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

March 2015; p ublished online March 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Issues and Debates; Religious Studies. 12929 words.

This chapter focuses on the role of the comparative study of ethics in peacebuilding. The argument proceeds as follows. First, comparative ethics is presented primarily as a hermeneutical...

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