Religion and Philosophy
S. Claussen, MBA'86,
editor, Standing on the Promises: Promise Keepers
and the Revival of Manhood (Pilgrim Press) and The Promise
Keepers: Essays on Masculinity and Christianity (McFarland
& Company). In these essay collections, scholars in sociology,
religion, communications, women's studies, and other fields analyze
the Promise Keepers Christian men's movement. The contributors
focus on gender and sexuality issues and present positive, negative,
and neutral views of the group.
R. Flynn, AB'52, AM'55, PhD'58,
How to Defend Humane Ideals: Substitutes for Objectivity
(University of Nebraska Press). Flynn argues that both objectivism
and postmodernism in ethics are rationally indefensible and counterproductive.
He uses philosophical analysis to show the relevance of social
science to moral debate, and uses social science to defend humane-egalitarian
ideals against racism, Social Darwinism, evolutionary ethics,
Nietzsche, and the meritocracy thesis of the Bell Curve.
H. Friedlander, PhB'46, editor,
Out of the Whirlwind: The Literature of the Holocaust (UAHC
Press). This revised edition has been expanded to include works
by second-generation Christian Germans, Harvard professor Daniel
J. Goldhagen, artist and graphic novelist Art Spiegelman, and
other young contemporary writers.
W. Howard, AB'74,
Self-Management and the Crisis of Socialism: The Rose in the
Fist of the Present (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers). Howard
critiques liberal, communitarian, postmodern, and some Marxist
perspectives to develop a model of self-managed market socialism
that advocates a basic income for all.
Varma Mayaram, AM'81,
Resisting Regimes: Myth, Memory, and the Shaping of a Muslim
Identity (Oxford University Press). Mayaram contributes to
debates in the studies of ethnic identities and sub-continental
Islam, state formation, nationalism, peasant and religious movements,
oral history and memory, and violence. He focuses on the past
century's reshaping of the identity of the Meo, a group situated
between Hinduism and Islam.
R. McDermott, AB'74,
Jonathan Edwards Confronts the Gods: Christian Theology, Enlightenment
Religion, and Non-Christian Faiths (Oxford University Press)
and Can Evangelicals Learn from World Religions? Jesus, Revelation,
and the Religions (InterVarsity Press). In the first work,
McDermott unpacks Edwards's encounters with Islamic, Chinese,
Judaic, Greco-Roman, and Native-American thought. In the second,
he asks whether Christians can better understand what they call
the revelation of God in Christ through the study of other religions.