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image: Class Notes headlineDane 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.

James 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.

Albert 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.

Michael 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.

Shail 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.

Gerald 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.

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