This volume investigates the great divide introduced by modernization theorists between the “rational,” “scientific,” or “modern,” on the one hand, and “irrational,” “ritual,” or “nonmodern,” on the other.
An anthology by ancient historians Prof. Dr. Hans Beck from McGill University, Montreal and Prof. Dr. Peter Funke from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” in Münster provides the first comprehensive reassessment of federalism in Greek antiquity. The world of ancient Greece witnessed some of the most sophisticated and varied experiments with federalism in the pre-modern era
In his new historical-critical commentary on the Book of Exodus protestant theologian Prof. Dr. Rainer Alberts presents a new model for explaining the formation of the Pentateuch. The commentary provides the reader with a detailed exegesis (about 700 pages) of a central part of that foundation chart (Torah, Pentateuch), by which ancient Israel intended to define its religious and ethnic identity after the loss of its own statehood in a new way.
In the history of procedural law, there are two major epochs: the one without monopoly on violence and since 1495 the one with monopoly on violence. The textbook shows where and in which historical contexts the direction was set.
From different research perspectives of a number of various disciplines, the volume examines the interplay between tradition and criticism of tradition in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, an interplay that has significantly shaped the development of the three religions.
This is not a book that provides a new integrated theory of religious change in modern societies, but one which develops some theoretical elements suited to make some of the contemporary religious alterations understood. Most of the approaches in sociology of religion are prone to emphasize either processes of religious decline or of religious upswing.
This is not a book that provides a new integrated theory of religious change in modern societies, but one which develops some theoretical elements suited to make some of the contemporary religious alterations understood.