Why Faith Matters

Why Faith Matters
Author: David J. Wolpe
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2009-10-06
ISBN: 0061982474
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why Faith Matters Book Excerpt:

Why Faith Matters is an articulate defense of religion in America. It makes the case for faith and shows its relationship to history and science. Refuting the cold reason of atheists and the hatred of fanatics with a vision of religion informed by faith, love, and understanding, Rabbi David J. Wolpe follows in a literary tradition that stretches from Cardinal Newman to C. S. Lewis to Thomas Merton—individuals of faith who brought religion and culture together in their own works. Wolpe takes readers through the origins and nature of faith, the role of the Bible in modern life, and the compatibility of God and science, concluding with a powerful argument for the place of God, faith, and religion in today's world.

Faith Matters

Faith Matters
Author: Kerry Walters
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 226
Release: 2019-06-17
ISBN: 1532670397
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Faith Matters Book Excerpt:

In a day in which Christians too often reduce faith to mere sentimentality and atheists decry it as superstitious nonsense, Fr. Kerry Walters offers a series of reflections intended to show that, indeed, faith matters. Drawn from his popular weekly newspaper column "Faith Matters," these short meditations explore Christian faith from the perspectives of doctrine, spirituality, ethics, politics, art and science, the saints, and the holy seasons that mark the Christian year and set the rhythm of Christian living.

Faith Matters

Faith Matters
Author: Gordon Watson
Publsiher: ATF Press
Total Pages: 234
Release: 2000
ISBN: 9780958639941
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Faith Matters Book Excerpt:

In Faith Matters, Gordon Watson gives attention to the liturgical or doxological issues in the worship, life and mission of the church.

When Faith Matters Most

When Faith Matters Most
Author: Marc Cargill
Publsiher: Xulon Press
Total Pages: 268
Release: 2011
ISBN: 1612156800
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

When Faith Matters Most Book Excerpt:

Job loss. Financial difficulties. Diagnosis of a disease or a fractured relationship. These are challenging circumstances for anyone. So how do you handle them in a way that opens the door of possibility? How can you deal with the surge of hopelessness that claws at your heart and mind? In When Faith Matters Most, Marc Cargill explores the power of faith as we stare down these giant circumstances and difficulties. With transparency and personal stories of his own challenges combined with powerful truth, Marc lays out the principles for handling some of life's most hard and demanding situations. In his often humorous and very relevant style, important questions of faith are addressed. - How do I handle failure in a positive way? - What are important keys to dealing with financial lack? - How do you respond when God says, "No?" - How can I deal with a negative or hopeless situation? - How do I stand in faith when diagnosed with a sickness or disease? - When it seems I have exhausted every option-what do I do now? Do not give up. Do not surrender to the situation. Instead rise up with the conviction that it will work together for good. You may be in the toughest season of your life. Resist the temptation to give in. Instead fight against despair with faith. This is When Faith Matters Most. Marc Cargill is the Lead Pastor of Hope Church in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the author of training materials and equipping resources. Marc is an accomplished songwriter, respected leader, church planter, and pastor. He is known for his humor and prophetic, relevant speaking style. He and his wife Cheryl have five children and live in Gilbert, Arizona.

Today Matters

Today Matters
Author: John C. Maxwell
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2008-11-16
ISBN: 1599952068
Category: Self-Help
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Today Matters Book Excerpt:

Most of us look at our days in the wrong way: We exaggerate yesterday. We overestimate tomorrow. We underestimate today. The truth is that the most important day you will ever experience is today. Today is the key to your success. Maxwell offers 12 decisions and disciplines-he calls it his daily dozen-that can be learned and mastered by any person to achieve success.

A Faith Worth Living

A Faith Worth Living
Author: Chuck Queen
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 168
Release: 2011-03-03
ISBN: 1610971876
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Faith Worth Living Book Excerpt:

What does a Christianity constructed upon and pervaded by a theology of God's unconditional love look like? Aimed at a wide audience, A Faith Worth Living provides one portrait. Chuck Queen weaves together biblical interpretations, theological reflections, and spiritual observations drawn from stories, movies, literature, and common life experiences in his argument for an inclusive Christianity. In a simple, though scholarly informed style, he addresses Christians, students of religion, and spiritual seekers. Key elements of the presentation include: a transformative faith (holistic and non-dualistic), God's dream for the world (kingdom theology), Jesus' nonviolent atonement, the church as a kingdom community, universal salvation (judgment and the cosmic Christ), acceptance of other religious traditions, and the dynamics of a radical discipleship to the way of Jesus.

Why Religion and Spirituality Matter for Public Health

Why Religion and Spirituality Matter for Public Health
Author: Doug Oman
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 476
Release: 2018-05-08
ISBN: 3319739662
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why Religion and Spirituality Matter for Public Health Book Excerpt:

This volume reviews the exploding religion/spirituality (R/S) and health literature from a population health perspective. It emphasizes the distinctive Public Health concern for promoting health and preventing disease in societies, nations, and communities, as well as individuals. Part I offers a rigorous review of mainstream biomedical and social scientific theory and evidence on R/S-health relations. Addressing key gaps in previous literature, it reviews evidence from a population health viewpoint, surveying pertinent findings and theories from the perspective of Public Health subfields that range from Environmental Health Sciences to Public Health Nutrition to Health Policy & Management and Public Health Education. In Part II, practitioners describe in detail how attending to R/S factors enhances the work of clinicians and community health practitioners. R/S provides an additional set of concepts and tools to address opportunities and challenges ranging from behavior and institutional change to education, policy, and advocacy. Part III empowers educators, analyzing pedagogical needs and offering diverse short chapters by faculty who teach R/S-health connections in many nationally top-ranked Schools of Public Health. International and global perspectives are highlighted in a concluding chapter and many places throughout the volume. This book addresses a pressing need for Public Health research, practice and teaching: A substantial evidence base now links religious and spiritual (R/S) factors to health. In the past 20 years, over 100 systematic reviews and 30 meta-analyses on R/S-health were published in refereed journals. But despite this explosion of interest, R/S factors remain neglected in Public Health teaching and research. Public Health lags behind related fields such as medicine, psychology, and nursing, where R/S factors receive more attention. This book can help Public Health catch up. It offers abundant key resources to empower public health professionals, instructors, and students to address R/S, serving at once as a course text, a field manual and a research handbook.

Multifaith Chaplaincy in the Workplace

Multifaith Chaplaincy in the Workplace
Author: Fiona Stewart-Darling
Publsiher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2017-04-21
ISBN: 1784502790
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Multifaith Chaplaincy in the Workplace Book Excerpt:

As the global marketplace grows and becomes more complex, increasing stress is placed upon employees. Businesses are acknowledging this change in work habits by adapting the work place to offer support through multifaith chaplaincy. Multifaith chaplaincy is based on developing relationships of trust between diverse faith communities and the public workplace. Through the experience of starting the first multifaith chaplaincy in Canary Wharf, the author offers insights into current conditions and challenges of chaplaincy in the business community. Writing as an Anglican priest, Fiona Stewart-Darling shows the importance of chaplaincy teams drawing on different faith traditions. This book is an important contribution to the emerging debate around the role of chaplaincy in faith and business communities. This research will be of particular interest to those working in or setting up chaplaincies in different contexts such as hospitals, prisons, town centre chaplaincies working with businesses and business leaders, particularly those involved in diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Religious Leaders and Faith based Politics

Religious Leaders and Faith based Politics
Author: Jo Renee Formicola,Hubert Morken
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 274
Release: 2001
ISBN: 9780847699636
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religious Leaders and Faith based Politics Book Excerpt:

Religious Leaders and Faith-Based Politics offers a powerful and timely analysis of the dynamic relationship between religious leaders of all faiths and political activism in the United States. From the colonial era to the present, religious leaders have raised Americans' moral and political awareness of countless issues, including revolution, slavery, temperance, civil rights, and, most recently, the culture wars. This book is the first to explore the renewed and intense commitment of evangelicals, Catholics, Muslims, and Jews to preach, teach, and participate in politics today.

Religion Faith and Crime

Religion  Faith and Crime
Author: Kim Sadique,Perry Stanislas
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 385
Release: 2016-05-28
ISBN: 1137456205
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion Faith and Crime Book Excerpt:

This unique collection brings together international contributors from a range of disciplines to explore crime and responses to crime through a religious/faith-based lens. At a time when religion is under the media spotlight in terms of religiously-motivated hate crime, terrorism and child abuse this book provides an important platform for academic debate. It examines these and other key issues including: faith as a coping strategy, religion as a motivating factor and the role of religion and morality in shaping criminal justice responses. This collection clearly places religion/faith at the heart of criminological enquiry and illustrates its relevance in addressing wider social issues and would be of benefit to students and academics researching or studying in these areas. It will also be of interest to community and criminal justice practitioners and those with an interest in community engagement and multi-faith work.

Religion and Families

Religion and Families
Author: Loren D. Marks,David C. Dollahite
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 276
Release: 2016-10-04
ISBN: 1317804961
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion and Families Book Excerpt:

This is the first multidisciplinary text to address the growing scholarly connection between religion and family life. The latest literature from family studies, psychology, sociology, and religion is reviewed along with narratives drawn from interviews with 200 racially, religiously, and regionally diverse families which bring the concepts to life. Written in a thought-provoking, accessible, and sometimes humorous style by two of the leading researchers in the field, the book reflects the authors’ firsthand experience in teaching today’s students about religion’s impact on families. Prior to writing the book, the authors read the sacred texts of many faiths, interviewed religious leaders, and attended religious services for a wide array of faiths. The result is an accurate and engaging account of why and how families are impacted by their religion. The pedagogical features of the text include boldfaced key terms defined in the glossary, text boxes, chapter conclusions, summary points, and review questions. Religion and Families: Examines several denominations within Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Reviews findings from racially and ethnically diverse families, from traditional and diverse family forms, and examines gender and life-course issues. Addresses the impact of one’s religious involvement on longevity, divorce rates, and parenting styles. Considers demographic, family-, couple-, and individual-level data that relate to prayer and other sacred practices. Presents a balanced treatment of the latest research and a new model for studying family and religion. Explores the "whys," "hows," and processes at work in the religion-family connection. The book opens with a discussion of why religion and family connections matter. Chapter 2 defines religion and presents a new conceptualization of religion. Empirical research connections between religion and marriage, divorce, family, and parent-child relationships are explored in chapters 3 through 6. The interface between religion and the family in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are reviewed in chapters 7, 8, and 9. Chapter 10 explores the unique challenges that religion presents for diverse family forms. Prayer as a coping mechanism for life’s challenges such as death and disability are explored in chapter 11. Chapter 12 examines forgiveness in the context of marriages and families. The book concludes with a review of the book’s most important themes and findings. Intended as a text for undergraduate courses in family and religion, the psychology or sociology of the family, the psychology or sociology of religion, pastoral/biblical counseling, or family and youth ministry, taught in human development and family studies, psychology, sociology, religion, social work, pastoral counseling, and sometimes philosophy. This book also appeals to family therapists and counselors.

The Faith of Girls

The Faith of Girls
Author: Revd Dr Anne Phillips
Publsiher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Total Pages: 218
Release: 2013-06-28
ISBN: 1409481530
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Faith of Girls Book Excerpt:

Exploring the spirituality and faith of girls on the verge of adolescence, this book presents fresh insights into children's spirituality and their transition to adulthood. Phillips has listened to girls' voices speaking in depth on the themes of self, God, church, and world, and reflected on their experiences and understandings in the light of current psychological, philosophical and sociological thinking, all placed into dialogue with a feminist approach to contemporary theology and bible. Phillips offers 'wombing' as a metaphor for their transition to young adulthood, and suggests strategies faith communities might adopt to companion girls more effectively through the fragility of puberty. This book will appeal to all those exploring areas of youth ministry, pastoral care, Christian education, nurture and childhood studies, psychology and theology.

Faith Medicine and Science

Faith  Medicine  and Science
Author: Harold G Koenig
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 354
Release: 2013-10-11
ISBN: 1135422664
Category: Medical
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Faith Medicine and Science Book Excerpt:

A perfect introduction to the connection between religious faith and physical and mental health! Faith, Medicine, and Science: A Festschrift in Honor of Dr. David B. Larson is a comprehensive collection of groundbreaking work from one of the principal figures in the establishment, expansion, and acceptance of scientific research at the interface of religion, spirituality, and health. Dr. Jeff Levin and Dr. Harold G. Koenig honor their late colleague with a retrospective of his writings on the impact of religious faith and identity on physical and mental health and on a variety of social issues, including criminal behavior, substance abuse, mental illness, juvenile delinquency, reproductive decisions, marital satisfaction, family functioning, and the quality of life. The book also features a concise history of the religion and health field, a biography of Dr. Larson, and tributes, essays, and remembrances from the leading figures in the field. Faith, Medicine, and Science honors Dr. Larson’s role in raising awareness of the health effects of religious faith and his vision and efforts in establishing coursework on religion and spirituality within undergraduate and graduate medical education programs. His body of theoretical and empirical writings serves as a permanent record of the powerful role played by religion and spirituality, and his work stands as a lasting contribution to science, medicine, and society. These articles combine with the book’s supplemental features to provide social and behavioral scientists, medical researchers, and clinicians with an essential resource for clinical research and education. Topics examined in Faith, Medicine, and Science include: the religious life of alcoholics religion, spirituality, and mortality the impact of religion on men’s blood pressure the systematic analysis of research on religious variables a systematic review of nursing home research religious affiliations in mental health research samples as compared with national samples the associations between dimensions of religious commitment and mental health and much more! Faith, Medicine, and Science: A Festschrift in Honor of Dr. David B. Larson documents the work of one of the most important writers on the interface of the human spirit and the healing arts. His death in 2002 at the age of 54 remains a profound loss, but through this book, his pioneering research will continue to serve as a thorough and accessible introduction to the religion and health field.

When Texas Prison Scams Religion

When Texas Prison Scams Religion
Author: Michael G. Maness
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 894
Release: 2022-01-28
ISBN: 1665543825
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

When Texas Prison Scams Religion Book Excerpt:

State ordained child torturer Minister prisoner represents the offices of the Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, TDCJ. Bryan Collier, TCBJ, and wardens throughout the prison–but the greatest piece of fantasy is how the Executive Culture of cover ups came to see this Fool’s Parade as good for Texas, even “God’s will” to change the world. TDCJ destroys records of violence after 7 years and has hired the lowest qualified of the applicant pool many times in the last 25 years, even ordered the cleaning of contraband at the Polunsky Prison, and all those responsible for covering up a horde were promoted! 25 years of this! Who thinks a director that allowed that can competently supervise a naïve volunteer in a systemwide program of indenturing prisoners? Why is the director sponsoring psychopaths counseling psychopaths? Answer? MONEY–selling the Fool’s Parade Fantasy that buying faith from prisoners with favor turns them into saints after 4 years of Bible to naïve Evangelicals. Who thinks it JUSTICE that 400,000,000 hours of officer contact has zero definitive influence on parole when a commissioner spends

Faith Identity and Homicide

Faith  Identity and Homicide
Author: Shona Robinson-Edwards
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 306
Release: 2021-10-09
ISBN: 3030862194
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Faith Identity and Homicide Book Excerpt:

This book explores the role that religion plays in the lives of imprisoned homicide offenders. Drawing on interviews in an English prison, the author examines how they narrate their life stories and how religion intersects with other categories to rebuild their personal identities after committing a crime and being labelled as murderers or killers. This book seeks to bridge the gap between macro and micro phenomena, examining religion as both a social institution and a personal experience. It also explores the mediating role of institutions with regards to the nature and extent of their influence upon individual choices and actions, and provides insights into the nature of the therapeutic prison. It seeks to create some clarity of understanding the complex nature of religiosity, narrative, identity, desistance and rehabilitation whilst critically examining elements of social identity that may restrict or enhance this process. It provides a series of recommendations for organisations working with convicted homicide offenders/offenders and speaks to academics and practitioners in the fields of criminology, sociology, psychology and religious/theological studies.

American Grace

American Grace
Author: Robert D. Putnam,David E. Campbell
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 707
Release: 2012
ISBN: 1416566732
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Grace Book Excerpt:

Draws on three national surveys on religion, as well as research conducted by congregations across the United States, to examine the profound impact it has had on American life and how religious attitudes have changed in recent decades.

In Good Faith

In Good Faith
Author: Scott A. Shay
Publsiher: Post Hill Press
Total Pages: 950
Release: 2018-09-04
ISBN: 1682617939
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In Good Faith Book Excerpt:

Prominent atheists claim the Bible is a racist text. Yet Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. read it daily. Then again, so did many ardent segregationists. Some atheists claim religion serves to oppress the masses. Yet the classic text of the French Revolution, What is the Third Estate?, was written by a priest. On the other hand, the revolutionaries ended up banning religion. What do we make of religion’s confusing role in history? And what of religion’s relationship to science? Some scientists claim that we have no free will. Others argue that advances in neurobiology and physics disprove determinism. As for whispering to the universe, an absurd habit say the skeptics. Yet prayer is a transformative practice for millions. This book explores the most common atheist critiques of the Bible and religion, incorporating Jewish, Christian, and Muslim voices. The result is a fresh, modern re-evaluation of religion and of atheism. Scott A. Shay is a Co-Founder and Chairman of Signature Bank and a longstanding Jewish community activist. Shay started a Hebrew school, an adult educational program, and chaired several Jewish educational programs. He is the author of Getting our Groove Back: How to Energize American Jewry and has been thinking about religion, reason, and modernity since wondering why his parents sent him to Hebrew school.

GirlTalk GodTalk

GirlTalk   GodTalk
Author: Joyce Ann Mercer
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 158
Release: 2008-04-01
ISBN: 078797594X
Category: Family & Relationships
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

GirlTalk GodTalk Book Excerpt:

GirlTalk/GodTalk offers a refreshing exploration of the faith lives of adolescent girls and shows how they think about, experience, and express spiritual and religious meanings in their lives. The book also explores the important role mothers, fathers and other parenting adults play in shaping that faith. As Joyce Ann Mercer explains, religion and faith can hold things together for girls as they move between the childhood self, the person they are in the present, and the adult self that is beginning to develop.

Faith from a Positive Psychology Perspective

Faith from a Positive Psychology Perspective
Author: Cindy Miller-Perrin,Elizabeth Krumrei Mancuso
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 255
Release: 2014-10-01
ISBN: 9401794367
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Faith from a Positive Psychology Perspective Book Excerpt:

This book highlights religious faith from a positive psychology perspective, examining the relationship between religious faith and optimal psychological functioning. It takes a perspective of religious diversity that incorporates international and cross-cultural work. The empirical literature on the role of faith and cognition, faith and emotion, and faith and behaviour is addressed including how these topics relate to individuals’ mental health, well-being, strength, and resilience. Information on how these faith concepts are relevant to the broader context of relational functioning in families, friendships, and communities is also incorporated. Psychologists have traditionally focused on the treatment of mental illness from a perspective of repairing damaged habits, damaged drives, damaged childhoods, and damaged brains. In recent years, however, many psychological researchers and practitioners have attempted to re-focus the field away from the study of human weakness and damage toward the promotion of a positive psychology of well-being among individuals, families, and communities. One domain within the field of positive psychology is the study of religious faith as a human strength that has the potential to enhance individuals’ optimal existence and well-being.

Development Across Faith Boundaries

Development Across Faith Boundaries
Author: Anthony Ware,Matthew Clarke
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 194
Release: 2016-11-03
ISBN: 1134993951
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Development Across Faith Boundaries Book Excerpt:

Faith-based organisations (FBOs) have long been recognised as having an advantage in delivering programs and interventions amongst communities of the same faith. However, many FBOs today work across a variety of contexts, including with local partners and communities of different faiths. Likewise, secular NGOs and donors are increasingly partnering with faith-based organisations to work in highly-religious communities. Development Across Faith Boundaries explores the dynamics of activities by local or international FBOs that cross faith boundaries, whether with their partners, donors or recipient communities. The book investigates the dynamics of cross-faith partnerships in a range of development contexts, from India, Cambodia and Myanmar, to Melanesia, Bosnia, Ethiopia and Afghanistan. The book demonstrates how far FBOs extend their activities beyond their own faith communities and how far NGOs partner with religious actors. It also considers the impacts of these cross-faith partnerships, including their work on conflict and sectarian or ethnic tension in the relevant communities. This book is an invaluable guide for graduates, researchers and students with an interest in development and religious studies, as well as practitioners within the aid sector.