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A Communion of Shadows

A Communion of Shadows

Author: Rachel McBride Lindsey

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9781469633732

Category: Religion

Page: 312

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When the revolutionary technology of photography erupted in American culture in 1839, it swiftly became, in the day's parlance, a "mania." This richly illustrated book positions vernacular photography at the center of the study of nineteenth-century American religious life. As an empirical tool, photography captured many of the signal scenes of American life, from the gold rush to the bloody battlefields of the Civil War. But photographs did not simply display neutral records of people, places, and things; rather, commonplace photographs became inscribed with spiritual meaning, disclosing, not merely signifying, a power that lay beyond. Rachel McBride Lindsey demonstrates that what people beheld when they looked at a photograph had as much to do with what lay outside the frame--theological expectations, for example--as with what the camera had recorded. Whether studio portraits tucked into Bibles, postmortem portraits with locks of hair attached, "spirit" photography, stereographs of the Holy Land, or magic lanterns used in biblical instruction, photographs were curated, beheld, displayed, and valued as physical artifacts that functioned both as relics and as icons of religious practice. Lindsey's interpretation of "vernacular" as an analytic introduces a way to consider anew the cultural, social, and material reach of religion. A multimedia collaboration with MAVCOR—Center for the Study of Material & Visual Cultures of Religion—at Yale University.

Speaking with the Dead in Early America

Speaking with the Dead in Early America

Author: Erik R. Seeman

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812296419

Category: History

Page: 344

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In late medieval Catholicism, mourners employed an array of practices to maintain connection with the deceased—most crucially, the belief in purgatory, a middle place between heaven and hell where souls could be helped by the actions of the living. In the early sixteenth century, the Reformation abolished purgatory, as its leaders did not want attention to the dead diminishing people's devotion to God. But while the Reformation was supposed to end communication between the living and dead, it turns out the result was in fact more complicated than historians have realized. In the three centuries after the Reformation, Protestants imagined continuing relationships with the dead, and the desire for these relations came to form an important—and since neglected—aspect of Protestant belief and practice. In Speaking with the Dead in Early America, historian Erik R. Seeman undertakes a 300-year history of Protestant communication with the dead. Seeman chronicles the story of Protestants' relationships with the deceased from Elizabethan England to puritan New England and then on through the American Enlightenment into the middle of the nineteenth century with the explosion of interest in Spiritualism. He brings together a wide range of sources to uncover the beliefs and practices of both ordinary people, especially women, and religious leaders. This prodigious research reveals how sermons, elegies, and epitaphs portrayed the dead as speaking or being spoken to, how ghost stories and Gothic fiction depicted a permeable boundary between this world and the next, and how parlor songs and funeral hymns encouraged singers to imagine communication with the dead. Speaking with the Dead in Early America thus boldly reinterprets Protestantism as a religion in which the dead played a central role.

Glimpses of Communion

Glimpses of Communion

Author: Grady W. Troute

Publisher: Xulon Press

ISBN: 9781607919636

Category: Reference

Page: 124

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The author Grady W. Troute has been an elder with the Centerville Church of Christ in Centerville, Ohio, for about three decades. It has been a work of love. His roots with the church go back through his mother's side of the family to an early Arkansas pioneer, Michael Womack. Memories of Grady's youth go back to the Pleasant Home congregation, just out of Murfreesboro, Arkansas. This congregation likely resulted from from a wagon train that arrived from Tennessee in 1849. Grady lives with his wife, Sharon Shipley Troute, in Franklin, Ohio. Sharon provides inspiration to Grady. She has written several articles for the Christian Woman Magazine, and she has been a speaker at Ladies' retreats. She has been quite persuasive in insisting that this book be written. Grady's career background is mostly technical and involved both airborne and earthbound computer systems. Grady holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mathematics from North Texas State University. Grady has worked on the F - 111 aircraft, the Minuteman missile, the P - 3c military aircraft, the Space Shuttle, and robotics. Grady spent the last years of his career in management with General Motors and Electronic Data Systems. There was a time when Grady began to record and keep the communion comments that he made when asked to preside over the Lord's Supper. The number recorded grew and in a somewhat surprising way "fed back," influencing Grady as much or more than the audience. Cascading thoughts came, suggesting that more attention should be paid to the communion, congregations should emphasize it more, and more men should be recording their communion remarks to their congregations. Additionally, younger men should be taught. When Grady's communion themes numbered in the thirties, a book of 52 was more in reach. The author has been profoundly moved by thoughts of communion.

The Sacraments

The Sacraments

Author: Gerrit Cornelis Berkouwer

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802848222

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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Becoming a vampire saved Alyssa from death, but the price was high: the loss of everything and everyone attached to her mortal life. She's still learning to cope when a surprise confrontation with Santino Vitale, the Acta Sanctorum's most fearsome hunter, sends her fleeing back to the world she once knew, and Fallon, the friend she's missed more than anything. Alyssa breaks vampire law by revealing her new, true self to her old friend, a fact which causes strong division in the group that should support her most: her clan. Worse yet, her revelation entangles Fallon in the struggle between vampires and hunters and The Acta Sanctorum is ready to attack again, with a new army of hybrid creations: the Frenzy Soldiers. If Alyssa hopes to survive and keep her mortal friend safe, she'll have to be willing to make a deal with the enemy, and regain her clan's support. It will take everyone working together in a precarious truce to fight against the Acta Sanctorum's new threat.

Shadow of the Third Century

Shadow of the Third Century

Author: Alvin Boyd Kuhn

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 9781789123449

Category: Religion

Page: 547

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Shadow of the Third Century: A Revaluation of Christianity, first published in 1949, begins with the assertions that a true history of Christianity has never before been written and that the roots of the Christian religion lie in earlier religions and philosophies of the ancient world. The author, Alvin Boyd Kuhn, asserts that Christianity as we know it took the form it did due to a degeneration of knowledge rather than to an energization produced by a new release of light and truth into the world. In the ancient world, knowledge was commonly passed down by esoteric traditions, its inner meaning known only to the initiated. The Gospels, according to Kuhn, should therefore be understood as symbolic narratives rather than as history. Sacred scriptures are always written in a language of myth and symbol, and the Christian religion threw away and lost their true meaning when it mistranslated this language into alleged history instead of reading it as spiritual allegory. This literalism necessarily led to a religion antagonistic toward philosophy. Moreover, it produced a religion that failed to recognize its continuity with, and debt to, earlier esoteric schools. As evidence of this, Kuhn finds that many of the gospel stories and sayings have parallels in earlier works, in particular those of Egypt and Greece. The transformation of Jesus’ followers into Pauline Christians drew on these sources. Moreover, the misunderstanding of true Christianity led to the excesses of misguided asceticism. Overall, the book seeks to serve as a “clarion call to the modern world to return to the primitive Christianity which the founder of Christian theology, Augustine, proclaimed had been the true religion of all humanity.” With its many citations from earlier works, Shadow of the Third Century also serves as a bibliographic introduction to alternative histories of Christianity.

Meeting the Shadow

Meeting the Shadow

Author: Connie Zweig

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780593329986

Category: Psychology

Page: 368

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The author offers exploration of self and practical guidance dealing with the dark side of personality based on Jung's concept of "shadow," or the forbidden and unacceptable feelings and behaviors each of us experience.

In the Shadow of the Dragon's Back

In the Shadow of the Dragon's Back

Author: Rachel Odhner Longstaff


ISBN: 9781683150121

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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The book is the story of a young American girl living in South Africa during the early years of Apartheid (1948-1960). One of six children of a Swedenborgian minister who was sent to South Africa to establish a theological school for Africans, the author reaches back into this unique time and place in an effort to rediscover the culture that influenced her own adult attitudes. Rather than following a strictly chronological format, the story is laid out in a series of verbal snapshots, supported by photographs. Family life, experienced through the eyes of a child living in a complex environment, contrasts with the lives of those who were impacted by the institutionalized racism of apartheid. Examples of the Acts of Apartheid at the end of each chapter include news articles, interviews, and commentary. Deep childhood fears of some unnamed threat are represented by home invasions, wildfires, and the cry of a hyena in the mountains. The mountains are dangerous, they present a great barrier, but they can be conquered. After returning permanently to America as a teenager¿through a confusing and sometimes painful process of discussion and observation¿the author uncovers those artifacts of the past that inform her place in the world today.