New in Religion
The Field
Cultivating Salvation
By Ignatius Brianchaninov, Translated by Nicholas Kotar

Many people today are uncertain about what they believe and how they should live. They seek for a tradition that demonstrates antiquity and possesses authenticity. This newly translated volume of the writings of the Orthodox spiritual teacher Ignatius Brianchaninov offers a vision of a life that flows from following Christ. The field is both a place of spiritual struggle and a garden in which to cultivate virtues. But are we willing to respond to the challenge of a life lived in accordance with the Christian Gospel? St Ignatius' writing is the Christian tradition at its deepest, intensely practical but also transcendent and mystical.

9780884653769
Holy Trinity Publications 
 
Holy Literary License
The Almighty Chooses Fallible Mortals to Write, Edit, and Translate GodStory

An award-winning western novelist (NORTH TO YESTERDAY, WANDERER SPRINGS) with decidedly liberal political leanings writes a spiritual autobiography unlike any other. The author grew up in a small west Texas town, attended seminary, became a war correspondent in Vietnam, and taught creative writing and literature for 40 years at Trinity University in San Antonio. With a deep sense of the irony of his project, he sets out to explain how the Bible came to be, delving into historical misconceptions, errors in translation, political and cultural biases, as well as the editorial failings of the Bible's many authors -- and yet, he arrives at a place of ultimate faith. HOLY LITERARY LICENSE is not anyone's traditional Sunday School material, but contemporary, open-minded Christians will find the book both enlightening and inspirational -- and at times, intensely humorous. Flynn, the author of GROWING UP A SULLEN BAPTIST, is known for his wry wit and his humane insight. This work is his masterpiece.

9781609404659
Wings Press
 


Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya on Knowledge
From Key to the Blissful Abode
By Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, Translated by Tallal Zeni

The renowned theologian and jurist Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya (d.1350) wrote numerous titles, many of which are still popular today. Amongst these is Key to the Blissful Abode (Mifta? dar al-sa?ada). The present work is an abridgement of the first volume of Key to the Blissful Abode. In it, Ibn Qayyim focuses on the importance of knowledge and willpower, as means through which a person may attain Paradise. Willpower is the door and knowledge--in particular knowledge which pertains to God and His Attributes, the Qur'an and the example of the Prophet--is the key. Ibn Qayyim discusses the virtues and benefits of knowledge over wealth and worldly matters; the path to it; the importance of pursuing knowledge and applying it in order to achieve guidance from God and protect oneself from doubts; the superiority of the scholar over the worshipper; the necessity of using knowledge and willpower as the bases for all actions if one is to achieve spiritual bliss. Ibn Qayyim then concludes by discussing the importance of contemplation and reflection in order to attain further knowledge and guidance.

9781903682975
Islamic Texts Society


The Politics of Muslim Intellectual Discourse in the West
The Emergence of a Western-Islamic Public Sphere
By Dilyana Mincheva

The book is a case study in the literary, psychoanalytic, and theological encounters between diasporic Muslim intellectuals and secular western modernity. It centers on the simultaneous search for the possibility of both a reformation of Islamic fundamentalism and a transformation of the exclusionary limitations of western public institutions. With roots in original research in the fields of comparative religion and cultural studies, and drawing on sources in English, French, and Arabic, the author introduces and elaborates the concept of "Western-Islamic public sphere". This concept defines what is at stake in the formative play of public representations where traditionalist foundations and modernist adaptations meet, clash, and produce discourse around their common disequilibrium. The Western-Islamic public sphere (which is secular but not secularist and which is Islamic but not Islamist), within which a critical Islamic intellectual universe can unfold, deals hermeneutically with texts and politically with lived practices.

9781845198381
Sussex Academic Press


The Principles of the Creed
Book 2 of the Revival of the Religious Sciences
Translated by  Khalid Williams

In the Principles of the Creed (Kitab Qawa'id al-'aqa'id), the second of the forty books of the Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya' 'ulum al-din), Abu Hamid al-Ghazali explains the fundamental beliefs of Islam, those that concern faith in God, His revelation, His messengers, and the hereafter. The scope of these beliefs includes the nature of God, Muhammad's status as a prophet, the virtues of the Companions, the events related to the resurrection and judgment, and the nature of faith itself. This presentation of beliefs goes beyond a list of creedal statements; al-Ghazali cites the scriptural foundations in the Qur'an and hadith, refers to transmitted reports from the Companions and others from the righteous predecessors, and supports these beliefs with rational arguments.

9781941610169
Fons Vitae

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