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||Bailey, Lloyd. Leviticus-Numbers:
Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary (Smyth & Helwys Publishing,
The contrast in appreciation of Leviticus and Numbers by the synagogue
on the one hand, and by the church on the other, is little short of
astonishing. The former has considered it crucial to an understanding
of God and of the nature of the "chosen people" of Israel.
The latter has usually reduced it to allegory or as a mere historical
record of Israelite religion. In this new volume, Hebrew Bible scholar
Lloyd R. Bailey examines these often overlooked or underappreciated
books of Moses in the contexts of both the Jewish and Christian traditions.
Bailey, Lloyd. Genesis,
Creation, and Creationism (Wipf & Stock, 2006)
Genesis, Creation, and Creationism is an important new
study that explores all sides of the creationism debate, and gives
a sound and spiritually rich way of understanding the creation stories
Bailey, Lloyd. Capital
Punishment: What the Bible Says. Contemporary Christian
Concern Series (Abingdon Press, 1987).
In Capital Punishment, Lloyd R. Bailey offers straight
talk about the death penalty. Focusing squarely on what the Bible
says, Bailey clears up confusion and misinformation on this emotionally
Faber, Hustwit, and Phelps (eds.) Beyond
Superlatives: Regenerating Whitehead's Philosophy of Experience
(Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014).
This collection of essays, drawn from the latest generation of Whitehead
scholars, explores how, in the deconstruction of certain concepts,
an unceasing invitation of possibility and change is released, both
in relation to ongoing philosophical conversations, and as applied
to lived experience. This volume applies Whitehead's philosophy
to superlatives-those valued concepts that limit and define our
categories amid the flux of experience. The first half of this book
probes the superlatives that have historically defined philosophical
method in the West. The essays in the second half of the book reflect
on the influx, fragility, and impossibility of superlatives like
care, tragedy, love, and loss in human experience, generating new
matters of philosophical discourse.
Hustwit, J. R. Interreligious
Hermeneutics and the Pursuit of Truth (Lexington Books,
In terms of interreligious dialogue, Hustwit's hermeneutical approach
treats religious truth claims as tentative hypotheses, but hypotheses
that are frequently commensurable and rationally contestable. Interreligious
dialogue goes beyond facilitating bonhomie or negotiating tolerance;
dialogue can and should be a disciplined space for rationally adjudicating
claims about what lies beyond the limits of human understanding.
Brey, Steven and Lynda Ward. Ready,
Set Lead: The New Pastor's Guide to Starting Ministry (Abingdon,
This book leads the new pastor through creative ideas and concrete
suggestions for getting started in church ministry by providing,
for example, worksheets for planning and organizing worship, weddings,
and funerals; questions to ask during pastoral visits to help both
the pastor and parishioner feel at ease; suggestions for managing
conflict; and ways to create opportunities for fellowship, study,
outreach, and mission in the church.
Potts, Michael; Byrne, Paul A.; Nilges, Richard
G. (eds.) Beyond Brain Death: The Case against Brain Based Criteria
for Human Death (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic
Beyond Brain Death offers a provocative challenge to
one of the most widely accepted conclusions of contemporary bioethics:
the position that brain death marks the death of the human person.
Eleven chapters by physicians, philosophers, and theologians present
the case against brain-based criteria for human death. Each author
believes that this position calls into question the moral acceptability
of the transplantation of unpaired vital organs from brain-dead
patients who have continuing function of the circulatory system.
Walsh, Richard G. Finding
St. Paul in Film (T&T Clark International, 2005).
Walsh finds a Paul who is a stranger to our questions and ideologies.
As Paul does not appear often in film, the films that the book brings
into dialogue with Paul have only metaphorical connections with
the Paul of Christian and academic discourse. The films relate to
Paul only as Walsh's interpretations of the films and of Paul render
Paul the films' precursor. Walsh's book works more abstractly. It
has four major topics distributed in an equal number of chapters:
(1) Paul's concept of grace (the inclusion of the Gentiles); (2)
Paul's apocalyptic visions and worldview; (3) Paul's struggles with
theodicy and community formation; and (4) Paul's "apostolic"
or "canonical" status. He examines movies such as Tender
Mercies, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Places
in the Heart, Donnie Darko, Witness, The
Truman Show, Strange Days, Being John Malkovich,
Fargo, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and The Apostle.
Walsh, Richard G. Reading
the Bible: An Introduction (Cross Cultural Publications,
Excellent background information on all the books of the Bible.
Indispensable for the understanding of the Scriptures, prepared
by a most respected scholar and teacher. Full of helpful charts
and literary parallels.
Walsh, Richard G. Reading
the Gospels in the Dark: Portrayals of Jesus in Film (Trinity
Press International, 2003).
From The Greatest Story Ever Told to Jesus of Montreal to Shane,
the figure of Jesus has made repeated—and varied—appearances
in American cinema. In Reading the Gospels in the Dark, Richard
Walsh brings "Jesus-films," the canonical gospels, and
American culture into conversation. The discourse begins in the
theater with the lights down low and the Jesus-films on the big
screen. Walsh's commentary starts with the films themselves and
the American Jesus(es) portrayed therein. Ironically, while we do
not expect Jesus-films to "get Jesus or the gospels right,"
they do cast light on interesting literary and mythical features
of the gospels—and on American culture.
Walsh, Richard G., and George Aichele (eds). Screening
Scripture: Intertextual Connections Between Scripture and Film
(Trinity Press International, 2002).
The book proposes that there is no natural connection between
scripture and film—even for those movies that seem to have
an obvious relationship to religious text. It is only the viewer
that makes this connection. From this perspective, Screening Scripture
opens up new possibilities for viewing these movies and reading
these texts with each other. The contributors to this volume serve
as creative viewers who make these connections for some of today's
most popular and provocative films. The scriptures discussed include
not only the Bible, but apocryphal, heretical, and non-Western scriptures.
Walsh, Richard G., and George Aichele (eds). Those
Outside: Noncanonical Readings of Canonical Gospels. (T&T
Readings of the canonical gospels have a particular place in this
history. Indeed, the gospels are the pride and joy of the church(es),
as they are of an academy that scarcely separates itself from the
church. The following essays, however, all share a desire to read
Herme(s)tically, in heterodox or even heretical directions. In this
volume, and against the traditional readings and their keepers,
the contributors practice interpretative thefts or, put differently,
they pursue "lines of flight" (Deleuze and Guattari 1987),
not movements of escape but rather creative ways of contesting prevailing
Walsh, Richard G. Three
Versions of Judas (Equinox Publishing, 2010).
Three Versions of Judas explores the mythic work transpiring in
the Judases of the gospels and of subsequent scholarly and artistic
interpretation from the perspective of Jorge Luis Borges' "Three
Versions of Judas".
Recent Articles and Chapters
Hustwit, J. R. "Models, Idols, and the Great White Whale: Toward
a Christian Faith of Nonattachment," in Models of God and of
Other Ultimate Realities, ed. Jeanine Diller and Asa Kasher. (Forthcoming,
Springer Publishing, 2012).
_____. "The Imaginal Solvent: Whitehead and Coleridge on Novel Forms"
in Beyond Superlatives: Regenerating Whitehead's Philosophy of Experience,
eds. Roland Faber, J.R. Hustwit, and Hollis Phelps (Cambridge Scholars
_____. "Is Paul Ricoeur a Process Philosopher? Interpretation and
Becoming," Process Studies 37, no. 1 (2008).
_____. "Can Models of God Compete?" Philosophia 35,
no. 3-4 (Fall 2007), 433-439. Revised and republished in Models of
God and of Other Ultimate Realities, ed. Jeanine Diller and Asa Kasher.
(Forthcoming, Springer Publishing, 2012).
_____. "Process Philosophy," The Internet Encyclopedia
of Philosophy, hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin, available
_____. "Open Interpretation: Whitehead and Schleiermacher on Hermeneutics,"
in Whitehead and Schleiermacher: Open Systems in Dialogue, ed.
Christine Helmer et al. (New York: De Gruyter, 2004), 185-213.
_____. "Self-Determination, Evil, and Process Theology," New
Perspectives 16:1 (Winter 2004), 20-21.
Potts, Michael; Verheijde, Joseph L; Rady, Mohamad Y.; Evans, David W.
"The Ethics of Limiting Informed Debate: Censorship of Select Medical
Publications in the Interest of Organ Transplantation." Journal
of Medicine and Philosophy 38 (December 2013):625-638.
_____. and Devanno, Amy. "Tertullian's Theory of the Soul and Contemporary
Psychical Research." Journal of the Society for Psychical Research
77 (October 2013): 209-219.
_____. and Verheijde, Joseph L; Rady, Mohamad Y. (2012). "When a
Nudge Becomes a Shove." The American Journal of Bioethics
_____. and Rady, Mohamad Y.; Verheijde Joseph L.; Potts, Michael. "Quality
Palliative Care or Physician-Assisted Death: A Comment on the French Perspective
of End-of-life Care in Neurological Disorders." Journal of Clinical
Research and Bioethics (2011) 2:102e
_____. and Verheijde, Joseph L.; Rady, Mohamad Y.; Evans, David W. "Normative
Consent and Presumed Consent for Organ Donation: A Critique." Journal
of Medical Ethics 36 (2010):498-499.
_____. and Verheijde, Joseph L.; (2010). Commentary on the Concept of
Brain Death within the Catholic Bioethical Framework. Christian Bioethics
16:3 (December 2010):246-256.
_____.; and Byrne, Paul A.; Evans, David W. (2010). "Infant Heart
Transplantation after Cardiac Death: Ethical and Legal Problems."
Journal of Clinical Ethics 21:3 (Fall 2010):224-228.
_____. "Risk Management, Chaos Theory, and the Corporate Board
of Directors." In Corporate Boards: Managers of Risk, Sources
of Risk, ed. Robert W. Kolb and David Schwartz (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell,
2010), pp. 55-69.
_____. and Byrne, Paul A. (2009). "Is it Morally Right to Kill
Patients that Good may Come?" The Internet Journal of Law,
Healthcare, and Ethics 6:1 (2009)
_____. and Evans, David W. (2008). "Is Solid Organ Donation by
Living Kidney Donors Ethical?" The Case of Kidney Donation. In Organ
Transplantation: Ethical, Legal, and Psychosocial Aspects, ed. W.
Weimar, M. A. Bos, and J. J. Busschlach (Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers),
_____. (2008). "Pharmaceutical Mergers and Genetic Technology:
A Problematic Combination." In The Ethics of Genetic Commerce,
ed. Robert Kolb (Malden, MA: Blackwell), pp. 177-189.
Walsh, Richard. "(Carrying the Fire on) No Road for Old Horses:
Cormac McCarthy's Untold Biblical Stories," The Journal of Religion
and Popular Culture (forthcoming,Fall 2012).
_____. "Crimes and Misdemeanors," in Adele Reinhartz, ed. Bible
and Cinema: Fifty Key Films (London: Routledge, forthcoming).
_____. "Monty Python's Life of Brian," in Adele Reinhartz, ed.
Bible and Cinema: Fifty Key Films (London: Routledge, forthcoming).
_____. "Jesus and the Zealots: A Leitmotif in BibleFilms." Forthcoming
in a Collection of the Papers of the Religion und Gewalt im Bibelfilm
_____. "Epic, Film," in The Encyclopedia of the Bible and
Its Reception (Walter DeGruyter).
_____. "Metamorphosis, Transfiguration, and the Body." With
George Aichele. Biblical Interpretation 19.3 (2011): 253-75.
_____. "The Christians Kill Jesus Again: Spectacle, Drama, and Politics
at Oberammergau." The Bible and Critical Theory 7.1 (2011):
_____. "The Horror, the Horror: What Kind of (Horror) Movie is the
Apocalypse?" The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
22.3 (Fall 2010).
_____. "Sanctifying Empire: Or the (Hopeful?) Paradox of Apocalysia."
In John Walliss and Lee Quinby, eds., Reel Revelations: Apocalypse
and Film, Apocalypse and Popular Culture Series 1 (Sheffield Phoenix,
_____. "Imagine There's No Heaven Canon." The Bible and
Critical Theory. 6.3 (2010) (Monash University EPress).
_____. "The Hollywood Gospel and its Scholars: Lessons from Stigmata."
Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds
4.1 (2008, published 2010): 93-109.
_____. "Passover Plots: From Modern Fictions to Mark and Back Again."
Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds
3.2-3 (August-November2007; published Feb. 2010): 201-22.
_____. "'Realizing' Paul's Visions: The New Testament, Caravaggio,
and Paxton's Frailty." Biblical Interpretation 18.1 (2010):28-51.
_____. "Bible Movies." In William L. Blizek, ed. The Continuum
Companion to Religion and Film (London/New York: Continuum, 2009).
Reprinted as The Bloomsbury Companion to Religion and Film (2013).
_____. "An Elephant in the Room: Historical, Critical, and Postmodern
Interpretations of the Bible." With George Aichele and Peter Miscall.
The Journal of Biblical Literature 128.2 (Summer 2009): 399-419.
_____. "The Passionas Horror Show: St. Mel of the Cross," The
Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 20 (Fall 2008).
_____. "Barabbas: The Cross that Damns." In David Shepherd,
ed. Images of the Word: Hollywood's Bible and Beyond. Semeia
Studies 54 (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature,2008), pp. 113-29.
Potts, Michael. End of Summer (Tullahoma, TN: WordCrafts Press,
_____. From Field to Thicket. (North Carolina Writers' Network,
2006). Winner, 2006 Mary Belle Campbell Poetry Book Award, North Carolina
_____. "Death Rattle." Belle Rêve Literary
Journal 14:3 (Summer 2014):40-48.
_____. "Earnest Expectations." In: We are Dust
and Shadow, edited by James Ward Kirk (Lexington, KY: James Ward
Kirk Fiction, 2014), 98-103.
Potts, Michael. "Obedience." Finalist, Peachtree Village International
Film Festival, Atlanta, GA, August 2013; Official Selection, Fright Night
Film Festival, Louisville, KY, July 2013.
_____. "Business Meeting" Semi-Finalist, Screamfest, 2013.
Potts, Michael. "Butterscotch." In: The Southern Poetry
Anthology, Volume 6: Tennessee, edited by Jesse
Graves, Paul Ruffin, and William Wright (Huntsville, TX: Texas Review