Item description for Religion and Empire: People, Power, and the Life of the Spirit (Facets) by Richard A. Horsley...
Overview 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.
Publishers Description Readers: General readers (college level); college, university, and seminary students; scholars of religion and history
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Studio: Fortress Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7" Width: 4.24" Height: 0.37" Weight: 0.27 lbs.
Release Date Nov 18, 2003
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN 0800636317 ISBN13 9780800636319
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More About Richard A. Horsley
Richard A. Horlsey is Professor of Classics and Religion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is author of Galilee: History, Politics, People; Archaeology, History, and Society in Galilee: The Social Context of Jesus and the Rabbis; and editor of Paul and Empire: Religion and Power in Roman Imperial Society, all published by Trinity Press.
Richard A. Horsley currently resides in the state of Massachusetts.
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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.