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Faculty-Authored Books

God, Freedom and Human Dignity: Embracing a God-Centered Identity in a Me-Centered Culture

Ronald Highfield

God, Freedom and Human Dignity: Embracing a God-Centered Identity in a Me-Centered Culture

Does God's all-encompassing will restrict our freedom? Does God's ownership and mastery over us diminish our dignity?

The fear that God is a threat to our freedom and dignity goes far back in Western thought. Such suspicion remains with us today in our so-called secular society. In such a context any talk of God tends to provoke responses that range from defiance to subservience to indifference. How did Western culture come ... more


A Literary Map of Spain in the 21st Century

Graciela Susana Boruszko

A Literary Map of Spain in the 21st Century

A Literary Map of Spain in the 21st Century is a unique scholarly publication that participates in the debates of literary researchers by exploring the linguistic and literary map of Spain in the twenty-first century. Each chapter is centered in a particular cultural and linguistic area of Spain; and there the study extrapolates to other regions of interest. This book covers all or at least most of the sociolinguistic and ... more


Terrorism and Violent Conflict: Women's Agency, Leadership, and Responses

Candice Ortbals and Lori Poloni-Staudinger

Terrorism and Violent Conflict: Women's Agency, Leadership, and Responses

This book explores how gender intersects with political violence, and particularly terrorism. We ask how gender relations and understandings of femininity and masculinity influence political violence, which includes politics related to terrorism, state terrorism, and genocide. We investigate how women cope with and influence the politics of terrorism and genocide. The book’s goals are descriptive and analytical. We (1) describe in what ways women are present (and/or perceived ... more


Don't Stop Believin': Pop Culture and Religion from Ben-hur to Zombies

Craig Detweiler, Robert K. Johnston, and Barry Taylor

Don't Stop Believin': Pop Culture and Religion from Ben-hur to Zombies

Elvis Presley. Andy Warhol. Nike. Stephen King. Ellen DeGeneres. Sim City. Facebook. These American pop culture icons are just a few examples of entries you will find in this fascinating guide to religion and popular culture. Arranged chronologically from 1950 to the present, this accessible work explores the theological themes in 101 well-established figures and trends from film, television, video games, music, sports, art, fashion, and literature. This book is ... more


Confucianism, Democratization, and Human Rights in Taiwan

Joel S. Fetzer and J. Christopher Soper

Confucianism, Democratization, and Human Rights in Taiwan

Responding to the “Asian values” debate over the compatibility of Confucianism and liberal democracy, Confucianism, Democratization, and Human Rights in Taiwan, by Joel S. Fetzer and J. Christopher Soper, offers a rigorous, systematic investigation of the contributions of Confucian thought to democratization and the protection of women, indigenous peoples, and press freedom in Taiwan. Relying upon a unique combination of empirical analysis of public opinion surveys, legislative debates, public school ... more



Selected Works by Faculty

Religious Institutionalism, Implied Consent and the Value of Voluntarism

Author: Michael A Helfand
Categories: Law & Religion, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Jewish Law

Increasingly, clashes between the demands of law and aspirations of religion center on the legal status and treatment of religious institutions. Much of the rising tensions revolving around religious institutions—exemplified by recent Supreme Court decisions such as Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby—stem from conflicts between the religious ... more

The Latest Paradigm Shift in Health Care

Author: Craig B. Garner
Category: Health Care Reform

Unconstitutional Regulatory Seizures under the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of 1991: The Final Blow to the Business of National Banks

Author: Craig B. Garner

Hebrews 2.10-18

Author: Jennifer H Christy
Category: Sermons

A sermon based on Hebrews 2.10-18, delivered by Jennifer Hale Christy at the Camarillo Church of Christ.

Academic Standards or Discriminatory Hoops? Learning-Disabled Student-Athlete and the NCAA Initial Academic Eligibility Requirements

Author: Maureen A Weston
Categories: Dispute Resolution, Sports Law

This Article explores the impact of federal disability laws on the NCAA's authority to apply its initial academic eligibility requirements to learning-disabled student-athletes. Part II provides an overview of the three primary federal laws governing students with learning disabilities. Part III describes the NCAA and the standards and processes it ... more