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Author :  Jacqueline Riding

Publisher : Paul Holberton Publishing

Joseph Highmore (1692-1780) is best known as a portrait painter of the Georgian middle class. During the 1740s, however, his art radically shifted, reflecting his involvement with London’s new Foundling Hospital - of which he was a governor - and its mission as a refuge for ‘exposed and deserted young children”. Through his art and writings Highmore explored the circumstances - from the trauma of sexual assault to the terror of public disgrace - by which parents, particularly unmarried mothers, would be driven to abandon or even murder their new-born infants.

This culminated in a work of exceptional power, The Angel of Mercy, the centrepiece of this book.

Bibliographic Details:

Format (cm): 21*26

Pages: 128

ISBN: 978-1-911300-28-1

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Author :  Max Bryant

Publisher : Paul Holberton Publishing

The depth of history at Queen Anne’s Gate is unusual even in London, and few houses resonate with more memories than the extraordinary No. 14. The story of the house over the centuries features political revolutionaries, occult initiations, clandestine war meetings, and a severed head. It begins, however, as a museum of Roman sculpture, unrivalled outside Italy, designed for the connoisseur and virtuoso Charles Townley (1737-1805).

Townley embodied Enlightenment values perhaps more completely than any other figure in the art world of eighteenth-century Britain - his portrait by Johann Zoffany is one of the iconic paintings of the period - yet remarkably he has never been the subject of a major publication.

Bibliographic Details

Format (cm): 22*26

Pages: 127

ISBN: 978-1-911300-32-8

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Author :  Cyril Orji

Publisher : James Clarke and Co

A Semiotic Approach to the Theology of Inculturation argues that though it is a difficult and delicate task, inculturation is still a requisite demand of a World Church and that without it the Church is unrecognisable and unsustainable. The book also suggests that the past failures of inculturation experiments in Africa can be overcome only by critically applying the science of semiotics, which can serve as an antidote to the nature of human knowing and reductionism that characterised earlier attempts to make Christianity African to the African.

Drawing from the semiotic works of C.S. Peirce, Clifford Geertz, and Bernard Lonergan, Cyril Orji shows why semiotics is best suited to an African theology of inculturation and offers ten pinpointed precepts, identified as ‘Habits’, which underline the attentiveness, reasonableness, and responsibility required in a semiotic approach to a theology of inculturation. The ‘Habits’ are also akin to the imperatives inherent in the notion of catholicity - that catholicity is not identified with uniformity but with reconciled diversity, and also that catholicity demands different forms in different places, times, and cultural settings.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cyril Orji is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Core Integrated Study at the University of Dayton. He is the author of The Catholic University and the Search for Truth (2013) and Ethnic and Religious Conflict in Africa: An Analysis of Bias and Conversion Based on the Works of Bernard Lonergan (2008).

Bibliographic Details

Format (cm): 23 * 15

Pages: 234

ISBN: 9780227176610

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Author : Duncan Reyburn

Publisher : The Lutterworth Press

The jovial journalist, philosopher, and theologian G.K. Chesterton felt that the world was almost always in permanent danger of being misjudged or even overlooked, and so the pursuit of understanding, insight, and awareness was his perpetual preoccupation. Being sensitive to the boundaries and possibilities of perception, he believed that it really was possible, albeit in a limited way, to see things as they are. Seeing Things as They Are, which marries Chesterton’s unique perspective with the discipline of philosophical hermeneutics, aims to outline what Chesterton can teach us about reading, interpreting, and participating in the drama of meaning as it unfolds before us in words and in the world. Chesterton’s unique interpretive approach seems to be the implicit fascination of all Chesterton scholarship to date, and yet this book is the first to comprehensively focus on the issue. By taking Chesterton back to his philosophical roots - via his marginalia, his approach to literary criticism, his Platonist-Thomist metaphysics, and his Catholic theology - Reyburn explicitly and compellingly tackles the philosophical assumptions and goals that underpin his unique posture towards reality.

THE AUTHOR:

Duncan Reyburn is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Bibliographic Details

Format (cm): 23 * 15

Pages: 310

ISBN: 9780718895013

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safeguarding-the-stranger-an-abrahamic-theology-and-ethic-of-protective-hospitality

Author : Jayme R. Reaves

Publisher : The Lutterworth Press

In our troubled world, protective hospitality is tragically necessary, and requires informed shared action and belief on behalf of the threatened other. In Safeguarding the Stranger, Jayme R. Reaves argues that protective hospitality and its faith-based foundations, as seen in the Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, merit greater theological attention. Reaves suggests that the practice of protective hospitality in Christianity can be enhanced by a better understanding of Jewish and Muslim practices of hospitality, as well as of their codes and etiquettes related to honour. Safeguarding the Stranger draws on a contextual and political theological approach, informed by liberation and feminist theologies, through the lens of a co-operative and complementary theological view, informed by inter-religious, Abrahamic, and hospitable approaches to dialogue, which forecasts the positive role that religions can play in resolving conflicts.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dr Jayme R. Reaves is a public theologian based in the United Kingdom. Originally from the American South, she has worked in post-conflict former Yugoslavia and Northern Ireland and focuses on bridging the gap between theology, peacemaking, and reconciliation. She has a MDiv from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Virginia, an MPhil in Reconciliation and a PhD in Theology from Trinity College, University of Dublin.

Bibliographic Details

Format (cm): 23 * 15

Pages: 318

ISBN: 9780718895020

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Author :  Jamey Heit

Publisher : The Lutterworth Press

When Jesus offers his body as a promise to his disciples, he initiates a liturgical framework that is driven by irony and betrayal. Through these deconstructive elements, however, the promise invites the disciples into an intimate space where they anticipate the fulfilment of what is to come. The Last Supper, symbol of unfinished life and sacrifice, becomes the common thread between John Donne and Emily Dickinson, whose poetics acquire liturgical - and therefore eschatological - features, and body and text become the same.

By tracing the displacing and yet co-ordinating theme of the body as a textual presence, Liturgical Liaisons opens into new readings of Donne and Dickinson in a way that enriches how these figures are understood as poets. The result is a risky and rewarding understanding of how these two gurus challenged accepted theological norms of their day.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dr Jamey Heit holds his doctorate from Glasgow University’s Centre for Literature, Theology and the Arts. He is the author of multiple books and has presented his work at a variety of international conferences.

Bibliographic Details

Format (cm): 23 * 15

Pages: 222

ISBN: 9780718895075

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Authors :  Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery

Publisher : William Collins

In The Hidden Life of Trees Peter Wohlleben makes the case that the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families : tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.

A walk in the woods will never be the same again.

THE AUTHORS:

Peter Wohlleben born in Bonn, 1964, is a German forester and author who writes on ecological themes in popular language.

Tim Flannery is one of Australia’s leading thinkers and writers.

An internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, he has published more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers and many books. His books include the landmark works The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers, which has been translated into more than 20 languages and in 2006 won the NSW Premiers Literary Prizes for Best Critical Writing and Book of the Year.

He received a Centenary of Federation Medal for his services to Australian science and in 2002 delivered the Australia Day address. In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year, and in 2007 honoured as Australian of the Year. More …

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Author :  Simon Reynolds

Publisher: Faber & Faber

At the dawn of the 1970s, glam smashed through the faded denim dream of the hippie era - an eruption of alien glamour, gender mayhem and thrilling music that changed pop for ever. Shock and Awe takes the reader on a wild tour of the era, chronicling the exploits of its flamboyant personalities. Simon Reynolds explores how artists such as David Bowie, T. Rex, Roxy Music, Alice Cooper, Sparks, The Sweet, and New York Dolls celebrated illusion and self-invention over authenticity, revelling in artifice and spectacle.

And he charts the reverberations of glam themes - fame, decadence, extreme fashion, theatrical excess - as they continue to influence pop today.

Pages: 687

ISBN: 978-0-571-30172-0

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Posted by AT on Samedi 26 août 2017

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Author : Richard Houghton

Publisher : Red Planet

The second in a series by author Richard Houghton, The Who -  I Was There provides a fan’s-eye account of the English rock band The Who. With over 400 fans, friends and colleagues accounts of their memories of seeing, working with and knowing members of one of the greatest live acts ever, this book contains fascinating anecdotes, stories, photographs and memorabilia that have never been published before. From their early years as The High Numbers, playing venues in and around London to the full blown tours with the classic Who line-up of Paltry, Townshend, Entwistle and Moon promoting their landmark albums such as Tommy, Quadrophenia, Live At Leeds, Who’s Next and beyond.

“Truly a great read and indispensable if you are a Who fan. Reading the book brought back many memories from my younger days. Also I have learned a lot about the band and the various gigs that they played at. Congratulations to Richard Houghton, a labour of love.” More …

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Author : Matthew Carr

Publisher : Hurst

In 1609, the entire Muslim population of Spain was given three days to leave Spanish territory or else be killed. In a brutal and traumatic exodus, entire families were forced to abandon the homes and villages where they had lived for generations. In just five years, Muslim Spain had effectively ceased to exist: an estimated 300,000 Muslims had been removed from Spanish territory making it what was then the largest act of ethnic cleansing in European history.

Blood and Faith is a riveting chronicle of this virtually unknown episode, set against the vivid historical backdrop of Muslim Spain. It offers a remarkable window onto a little-known period in modern Europe-a rich and complex tale of competing faiths and beliefs, of cultural oppression and resistance against overwhelming odds. More …