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March 20, 2013

God Is Alive and Well: The Future of Religion in America

Frank Newport, BA '70, Gallup editor-in-chief and one of the nation's leading public opinion analysts, provides a new evidence-based perspective on Americans' religious beliefs and practices, while offering predictions about religion's future in the U.S. The book dissects religion's important relationship with politics and suggests that Americans may increasingly come to recognize that religion is good for their well-being and health.

Gallup Books, 2012 - 220 pages


America's Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists

Dr. Rodney Stark, Baylor Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and Co-Director of The Institute for the Studies of Religion, seeks to clear the air of hostility between atheists and religious believers and debunk many of the debate's most widely perpetuated misconceptions. Looking at the measurable effects of religious faith and practice on American society, Stark rises above the fray and focuses exclusively on facts. His findings may surprise many, atheists and believers alike.

Templeton Press, 2012 - 208 pages


Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses

Dr. Philip Jenkins, distinguished professor of history at Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion, offers a way to read troubling biblical passages, presenting a vital framework for understanding the Bible, and calls believers in every tradition to create a more honest and deeper-rooted faith.

HarperOne, 2012 - 310 pages


Islamic Feminism in Kuwait: The Politics and Paradoxes

Dr. Alessandra L. Gonzalez, MA '08, PhD '12, a research fellow at Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion, highlights the voices of cultural elites in the oil-rich State of Kuwait, where a modern suffrage movement began when women were given their political rights in 2005. The result is a new brand of feminism, one born out of a traditional and culturally conservative climate, which gives Islamic Feminists in Kuwait the edge they need to soar to new heights.

Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 - 264 pages


Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards

Author Jan Reid draws on his long friendship with Ann Richards, BA '54, interviews with her family and many of her closest associates, her unpublished correspondence, and extensive research to tell a very personal, human story of Richards' remarkable rise to power in becoming governor of Texas.

U of Texas Press, 2012 - 495 pages


One Body: An Essay in Christian Sexual Ethics

Dr. Alexander Pruss, Baylor associate professor of philosophy, offers a philosophical reflection on love and sexuality from a broadly Christian perspective aimed at philosophers, theologians and educated Christian readers. Pruss focuses on foundational questions on the nature of romantic love and on controversial questions in sexual ethics on the basis of the fundamental idea that romantic love pursues union of two persons as one body.

U of Notre Dame Press, 2012 - 464 pages

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