Recently Reviewed Books from Fortress Press: Fortress Press is academic imprint for Augsburg Fortress Publishers, publishing house for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Every year Fortress Press publishes a wide variety of books on theology, biblical studies, Christian history, and more.
Religious leaders normally argue that religion is a force for good and love in the world. Yet, at the same time, we see religion regularly used for war, mass murder, and even genocide. Why does this difference exist - how can religion be claimed as a basis for peace while so many use it as a basis for terrorism?
There exist many different methodologies used today by scholars for understanding and drawing meaning from biblical texts - and quite a few of these were developed over the past century. One of the more informative and controversial is New Historicism, a movement which began in the field of literary studies in the 1980s. What impact has it had on biblical scholarship?
Family planning, contraception and abortion are all intimately related issues which are often subject to rancorous debates in modern society and international politics. According to conventional wisdom, religion is inevitably anti-choice in such matters. But what if conventional wisdom is wrong?