In Women and New and Africana Religions, readers hear from women from a number of religious/spiritual persuasions around the world, including Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, South America, and North America. These voices form the core of remarkable explorations of family and environment, social and spiritual empowerment, sexuality and power, and ways in which worldview informs roles in religion and society. Each essay includes scene-setting historical and social background information and fascinating insights from renowned scholars sharing their own research and firsthand experiences with their subjects.
fathermothergod is Lucia Greenhouse's story about growing up in Christian Science, in a house where you could not be sick, because you were perfect; where no medicine, even aspirin, was allowed. As a teenager, her visit to an ophthalmologist created a family crisis. She was a sophomore in college before she had her first annual physical. And in December 1985, when Lucia and her siblings, by then young adults, discovered that their mother was sick, they came face-to-face with the reality that they had few--if any--options to save her. Powerless as they watched their mother’s agonizing suffering, Lucia and her siblings struggled with their own grief, anger, and confusion, facing scrutiny from the doctors to whom their parents finally allowed them to turn, and stinging rebuke from relatives who didn’t share their parents’ religious values.
In this haunting, beautifully written book, Lucia pulls back the curtain on the Christian Science faith and chronicles its complicated legacy for her family. At once an essentially American coming-of-age story and a glimpse into the practices of a religion few really understand, fathermothergod is an unflinching exploration of personal loss and the boundaries of family and faith.
The Power of Neuroplasticity for Pastoral and Spiritual Care focuses on the groundbreaking finding of contemporary neuroscience—that the brain is built for change across the entire lifespan. It is designed to make the research accessible to and relevant for those engaged in the work of pastoral and spiritual care in order to help clients and congregants effect lasting and transformative changes in the mind and brain. Through the regular practice of contemplative prayer and meditation, we can literally calm the stress region of the brain in order to live less anxiously and experience more fully the peace and joy of the present moment. The introduction of mindfulness- and acceptance-based counseling approaches will provide pastoral and spiritual practitioners with an important therapeutic framework to situate their work, from which they can make more informed and effective interventions geared toward using the mind to change the brain.
It was a coincidence of history that brought together one of America’s fastest-growing religious movements and its most famous humorist. Christian Science, which became the First Church of Christ, Scientist, started from nothing in 1866 and by the turn of the century had become a force to be reckoned with. Hannibal, Missouri’s Mark Twain had also made his mark, becoming a celebrated international figure with several bestselling novels under his belt. With his background in journalism, Twain felt it was his duty to offer his observations and opinions on the substance of Christian Science and the character of its founder, Mary Baker Eddy. His essays on the subject, assembled together in 1907 as Christian Science, represent both the most humorous and insightful look at Eddy and her church.
Despite the potent, even venomous criticism of Twain, the momentum that the church had established leading up the new century could not be stopped. By 1910, there were hundreds of Christian Science churches dotted across the country, with a growing international presence as well. Twain may have feared what he saw as a power and money-hungry movement that was capturing the attention of people he knew; even his daughter Clara eventually counted herself among its members.
This book provides insight into Twains troubled relationship with religion—and Christian Science in particular.
This book discusses about the concepts Darwin would have probably worked on, if he would be living (amongst us) in these days. The days of information superhighways, exponential growth in genomic knowledge and the unfortunate information overload that has come with it.
Though this book is basic it can be called a research edition, in that sense that it requires at least some prior knowledge in the subject area to continue to understand and enjoy reading it.
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