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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

Catching the Wave: Using a Milestone to Reach New Audiences

Author: Kevin C. Miller
Category: Libraries and Archives

Panelist, "Who Will Be Exempted from the Affordable Care Act? Hobby Lobby, Little Sisters and the Other Religious Exemption Cases Before the Supreme Court"

Author: Michael A Helfand
Category: Constitutional Law

The Challenge of Co-Religionist Commerce

Author: Michael A Helfand
Category: Law & Religion

This Article addresses the rise of “co-religionist commerce” in the United States—that is, the explosion of commercial dealings that take place between co-religionists who intend their transactions to achieve both commercial and religious objectives. To remain viable, co-religionist commerce requires all the legal support necessary to sustain all other commercial ... more

Choreographing (against) Coup Culture: Reconciliation and Cross-Cultural Performance in the Fiji Islands

Author: Kevin C. Miller
Category: Ethnomusicology

Life Lessons in Love Letters

Author: Ellen C. Caldwell
Category: Personal Narrative

This personal narrative begins with an unexplained hatred for sandwiches and leads to the unlikely life lesson in love letters from the author to her grandfather.