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Life After Death

Life after death is not quite a complete history of the afterlife in Western religion. Alan Segal follows the development of beliefs in the afterlife in Christianity down to Augustine and in Judaism through the rabbinic period. Only in the case of Islam does he comment briefly on contemporary beliefs.

A politics of hope

Throughout the years when the religious right was plotting for political power, there was a quietly subversive countermovement among evangelicals proclaiming a more authentic, biblical social witness.

Risky business

It is highly unlikely that the late Paul Holmer ever would have read a book about youth ministry. Holmer, who taught philosophical theology at the University of Minnesota and Yale Divinity School, was not particularly interested in practical ministry studies on their own terms.

Democracy Matters

For more than two decades, my favorite Cornel West book was Prophesy Deliverance! (1982). I liked it because his typology of black intellectual traditions helped me to organize my thinking about the role of black culture and religion in American life.

From Cells to Souls—and Beyond/What About the Soul

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