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Religion and Empire: People, Power, and the Life of the Spirit (Facets) [Paperback]

By Richard A. Horsley (Author)
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Item description for Religion and Empire: People, Power, and the Life of the Spirit (Facets) by Richard A. Horsley...

In this perceptive look at ways that politics and religion intertwine, Richard Horsley examines relationships between imperial power and religious life. He describes how ancient and modern empires subjugate peoples by co-opting their local religious practices and attitudes, and he identifies similarities among resistance movements.

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Readers: General readers (college level); college, university, and seminary students; scholars of religion and history

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Fortress Press
Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7" Width: 4.24" Height: 0.37"
Weight:   0.27 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 18, 2003
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Edition  New  
Series  Facets  
ISBN  0800636317  
ISBN13  9780800636319  

Availability  0 units.

More About Richard A. Horsley

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Richard A. Horsley is Professor of Classics and Religion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA, and is author of Galilee: History, Politics, and People (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 1995).

Richard A. Horsley currently resides in the state of Massachusetts.

Richard A. Horsley has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Abingdon New Testament Commentaries

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1Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Politics > General
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Politics
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Criticism & Interpretation > Criticism & Interpretation
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > New Testament > Study
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > New Testament
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > Philosophy

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clear, concise introduction to wide range of topics  Apr 24, 2006
Richard Horsley has been an immensely productive scholar in recent years, publishing or editing a plethora of books in the emerging field of the intersection of religion and empire. "Jesus and Empire," "Paul and Empire," "Paul and Politics" all provide detailed explanations of how the New Testament can only truly be heard for what it is in the context of the Roman imperial reality of the first century, and the ongoing imperial reality of our world today.

This book, part of the "Facets" series, offers pithy chapters on major themes, both within and beyond Christianity. I have used several chapters in an undergraduate class on "God and Empire" to the positive response of students. In particular, most helpful have been:
1. the summaries of his earlier writing on popular resistance to empire in the time of Jesus
2. "Christmas" as a celebration not of the birth of the Messiah but of the "victory" of consumer capitalism
3. the chapter in how western media have twisted "Islam" in the context of Iran into something unrecognizable by practicing Muslims for reasons all too clear from the perspective of Western empire.

In under 100 pages, Horsley offers solid material to start valuable conversations among students or others interested in politics and religion in the world today.

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