Review of The Lost Literature of Socialism

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By George Watson

This controversial study of socialist literature, expanded from the 1st Edition, considers the forgotten texts of socialism of the 19th and early 20th centuries, and reveals how socialism was often linked to conservative, racist and genocidal ideas.

This title will be made available as an ebook in July, so keep your digital eyes peeled!

 

“I highly recommend Watson’s The Lost Literature of Socialism, especially to those socialists among us who wish to redistribute our lives, our property, and our futures. As a friend who has read it remarked, ‘there is a nugget on every page.'”

-Edward Cline, Rule of Reason (blog), 12/05/2016

You can read the full review at Edward Cline’s blog here.

 

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Happy National Limerick Day!

There once was a publishing house,
Who released books from North to the South,
From Theology to Art,
They were all fairly smart,
Selling collections that were very routh!
Happy #NationalLimerickDay from all of us at James Clarke & Co / The Lutterworth Press!
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UK release of Liminal Reality and Transformational Power

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What fun! On the other side of the pond Lutterworth Press of Cambridge, England is releasing the 2nd edition of Liminal Reality and Transformational Power. As a part of the release they interviewed me for their blog. You may catch some spelling differences between British English and American English! To read the interview click here.

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Monthly Special Offers!

Are you Lutterworthy enough for these offers? Of course you are! Check out this months line up of discounted titles.

The usual suspects:

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Peacemaking and Religious Violence: From Thomas Aquinas to Thomas Jefferson
By Roger A. Johnson
A penetrating study of the history of violence within Christianity, and the theological responses of five major critics of religious violence from within the Christian tradition.
Was £21.25, Now £19.13

Returning to Reality: Thomas Merton’s Wisdom for a Technological Age
By Phillip M. Thompson
An insightful critique of the often unthinking technophilia that pervades our culture, as viewed through the lens of the spiritual writings of Thomas Merton.
Was £15.00, Now £13.50

Looking unto Jesus: The Christ-Centered Piety of Seventeenth-Century Baptists
By J. Stephen Yuille
A concise exploration of the Christ-centered life through the writings of two neglected 17th Century Puritan Baptist thinkers, Thomas Wilcox and Vavasor Powell.
Was £17.50, Now £15.75

And May’s big deal is the tremendously fascinating:

Playing with Dragons
Living with Suffering and God
By Andy Angel

Playing with Dragons 9780718893484

A fascinating study of a neglected form of biblical imagery, showing how the portrayal of dragons and similar beings in the scriptures creates a context and language through which the experience of suffering can be explored.
Was £16.50, Now £14.03

What subject has picqued your interest this month? Which books are you looking at to further inspire you? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Got a Hankering for Karl Barth?

Happy 130th Birthday Karl Barth! Here are just a few titles to celebrate your wisdom and holistic understanding of Christian Theology.

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Cherry picking from our most recent newsletter of new titles and from a list of forthcoming titles there’s a bit of a theological thinker theme going on. If you’re in the mood for some philosophical and theological discourse then look no further.

First up we have possibly the greatest Protestant Theologian of the twentieth century; Karl Barth. Influencing many important figures with his thinking Karl Barth is a theolgian not to be ignored. In Claim of God Ethan A. Worthington offers an exposition of Barth’s doctrine of sanctification in his earlier theology and if you’re looking for more on Karl Barth and his other doctrines and theological thoughts check out the rest of our titles on him.

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The Claim of God
Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Sanctification in His Earlier Theology

By Ethan A. Worthington

“This book presents a close, attentive, and convincing reading of Barth’s doctrine of sanctification during…

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Meet the Author! A Q&A Session with Rev Dr Timothy Carson

In light of the revised edition of Timothy Carson’s Liminal Reality and Transformational Power: Transition, Renewal and Hope, we were excited to host a Q&A session with him, to find out more!

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1. What inspired you to write this book?

You might call this a deep curiosity fuelled by intuition and empirical research both. I have always had a sense of the ingredients that make up what we call liminal reality. Life itself is always unfolding, passing, changing, transforming. That dynamism is embedded in the nature of life itself, characterizing, defining it. This is found in personal experience, sacred texts, literature, research on crisis and loss, and the fog of war. It is so ubiquitous that it cannot be ignored. Which is why when people discover it, hear it described, something clicks, a light turns on and they say, “Yes, that’s the way it is.”

2. What does your writing process consist of?

Like most authors my writing is indeed a process, an often uneven process, one that gathers, considers, combines and redefines. If I were a chef I would say that a have a tradition of cooking upon which I rely, great menus to follow and upon which I improvise. I spend much time searching for the right ingredients and then preparing them, experimenting, adding, subtracting. At least half of the writing enterprise is intuitive and imaginative; things function on the subconscious level and not merely the rational. And I often end up in surprising destinations that I could not have anticipated when I began.

3. In layman’s terms, what are the main ideas that the book explores?

The book is about what happens when things change, when what we know disappears and we are faced with recreating ourselves in unknown territory. When all the balls are in the air, when the past foundations seem to have melted away, a whole new possibility appears, one that is defined more by a future toward we move than the past from which we have come. It is a dangerous time and a hopeful one. Whole societies pass through liminal crisis moments and individuals pass through prescribed and unscripted rites of passage all the time.

4. Which writers or academics do you think have had the greatest impact on you and why?

Because liminality is a universal experience its phenomena are embedded everywhere that people have written about their experience, whether it be fiction or non-fiction. It is impossible to read Dante, Cervantes, Saramago or T.S. Eliot and miss it. It drives J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling alike. So there is this. But there are also the researchers, the empiricists, those who have analysed the dynamics of liminality and identified its function, components and process. When you think of this level of discourse the name Victor Turner immediately rises to the surface. But there are others who have applied these insights to many disciplines and their names are legion. And I would be remiss to not credit Whitehead and the Process folks. That influence, along with the rise of the new physics, runs as a background soundtrack for me all the time.

 5. Who do you think the book will appeal most to?

It really has a broad reach because the applications are broad. On the research level it has appeal to those who want a thorough distillation of the various aspects of liminality. And on this score writers from many disciplines have already appealed to my work in its first edition. But there is also the very theological dimension of this particular book which makes it attractive to the theologian, the theological student, the pastor, the study group that wants to dig deep into territory that is new and brings a different perspective to whatever it is they are considering – pastoral care, scriptural studies, the nature of church in society, the deep spiritual transformation of the psyche.

 6. What are the most obscure notions the book explores and how has it developed as a revised edition?

The most obscure areas involve that which is most obscure – the intrapsychic dimensions of the person and its unconscious, neurological connections. Many who work in the area of ritual and the brain have identified the intimate relationship between passage, consciousness and transformation. Actual changes take place in the brain as a result of all this and in fact, the brain seems to be hard-wired for noetic experience and the integrative experience of social and person ritual. Like most contemplative experience, this is the most difficult to explore and describe.

Ask a mystic, a Teresa of Avila or Thomas Merton or the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing what this all means and they might just shrug their shoulders and smile an odd little smile. And maybe that is its power, the unnameable mystery.

 7. Who are your favourite authors?

Like everyone my interests are cyclical in that I come back around to my favourite authors.  For me Dostoyevsky and Camus just keep on giving. In the Bible I am more and more drawn to the Jewish wisdom literature. Right now the three authors who are residing on my reading desk are John Cleese, one who is always guaranteed to make me laugh out loud, Joan Chittister, the spiritual luminary and social activist who brings the wisdom of the winter of life, and a new author, Victoria Kelly, who has a new novel out by the title Mrs. Houdini. I haven’t seen such fine poetic prose in a long time.

 8. We understand that you are an EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques Practitioner); is this something which has influenced your writing?

That’s a really interesting question because no one has asked it. I suppose the average reader of my work doesn’t know that I am an EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) practitioner and the EFT crowd doesn’t know I’m an author that has focused on liminality. EFT is a healing modality that falls under the energy psychology umbrella. It utilizes tapping on the body’s meridians (energy centers) while exposing traumatic or troubling emotions and memories. Some of EFT’s roots are ancient and others are as current as Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Restructuring and Quantum Physics.

I suppose I do draw on liminal categories to understand this work as well. So often people find themselves stuck inbetween … held in a kind of emotional/psychic limbo. EFT really works to clear these impasses. As a result, in liminal terms, they are ushered out of the liminal domain into a new free state of being. In religious terms we would say they have experienced liberation or redemption. If you are interested you could take a look at my EFT site www.athomewitheft.com

 9. From your author questionnaire, you detail being very involved with your community; dealing with homelessness and the healing of warriors who suffer with moral injury. How would you describe this experience and how has it impacted your work?

It is a core conviction of mine that our faith should take us toward the wounds and brokenness of the world to participate in whatever healing we can. Most usually that means organizing many partners around a common cause. I would misguide you to say that I am a community organizer or activist and leader in that regard. But I have been on the front lines of developing a homeless shelter and resource center in my community. And much of my recent effort has been working with others to develop an outreach to veterans who suffer the invisible wounds of war. EFT is of special help here. And the categories of liminality are, in my mind, central to the healing of a whole generation of veterans who return to home partially, broken on the inside.

Our communities do not do well at reintegrating them. They bear inner wounds that take a village to heal. That’s why in the second edition of Liminal Reality I devote an entire chapter to just this, War and Liminality. War is the quintessential liminal state of being. For more information about what we are doing go to www.vetsallthewayhome.org.

 10. Alongside having taken a diverse interest in the world of academia, we have learned that you also have a great array of hobbies- tell us all about these!

Yes, my personal escape hatches are many! I’m well-travelled and have spent a lot of time in Latin America. I love the arts scene and take in as much as is available. Music is a life passion – as an appreciator of course, but I play a variety of instruments as well. My two current instruments are the Tin Whistle and the Bass Guitar. Since I grew up as a brass play it is fun to branch out in these new directions. I have been a horseman, sailor and scuba diver. I do those infrequently now. In recent years I have volunteered in a raptor rehabilitation center working with federally protected birds of prey – eagles, hawks, owls.

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But most recently I have returned to an earlier passion of life, motorcycle riding. With the reintroduction of the classic Indian motorcycle (the first motorcycle produced in the United States in 1901) I have picked up my own. I am riding it whenever the weather permits. And this summer I have some long tours in the making. To be honest I’m just an unreformed cowboy. The motorcycle is, after all, the urban horse.

Tim Carson Bike  Of course, I love writing. Two of my most recent projects are The Square Root of God:Mathematical Metaphors and Spiritual Tangents and Six Doors to the Seventh Dimension. If readers are willing to take a risk on Liminal Reality and Transformational Power they might dare to read these as well!

 

Timothy Carson is Senior Minister at the Broadway Christian Church in Columbia, Missouri, and holds the Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Education degrees.

 

Some recent reviews of the book are featured below:

“This text models how the pursuit of knowledge may be explored and enhanced as the history of scholarship intersects with present human narratives. Academics and pastors alike will find this study a definitive source for the depth issues surrounding liminality. It opens up new vistas as it discloses everything that pastoral epistemology can be.”
Dr Peggy Way, Emeritus Professor of Pastoral Theology, Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

“Liminal Reality is insightful and thought-provoking. It helps us to deepen our understanding of the many liminal realities in our lives, and to think how such spaces can lead us to heal and transform ourselves and our world. I highly recommend it.”

Gabriella Lettini, Aurelia Henry Reinhardt Professor of Theological Ethics, Starr King School for the Ministry, Berkeley, CA

For more on Timothy’s book, reviews and where to order your copy, click here: http://tinyurl.com/h7tmuwk

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Dr. William Atkinson at LST

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Dr. William Atkinson is Director of Research and a Senior Lecturer in Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies at the London School of Theology. He is also the author of Baptism in the Spirit and Trinity After Pentecost and we are proud to support him at this launch for a new book.

The Lutterworth Press will be at the book launch, will you?

 

Praise for Baptism in the Spirit:

“Atkinson has done a superb job of synthesizing and evaluating key elements of the ‘Dunn Debate’. To borrow a phrase from a cable network, this book is ‘fair and balanced.’ It should be required reading for all students preparing for Pentecostal ministry. And I strongly encourage all ministers who identify themselves as Pentecostal or charismatic to read it.”
Anthony D. Palma, Emeritus Professor of New Testament, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Praise for Trinity After Pentecost:

“Mysterious yet illuminating! Paradoxical yet clarifying! Opaque yet brilliant! Atkinson shows that starting with the Spirit poured out at Pentecost opens up multiple dissonant and yet altogether coherent tongues and pathways toward a dynamic, perichoretic, and relational theology of the Trinity that anticipates the fullness of eschatological divine glory. No longer is the Spirit the shy, hidden, or neglected Trinitarian member.”
Amos Yong, Professor of Theology and Dean, School of Divinity, Regent University

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It’s National Flower Arranging Day!

With Springtime now truly upon us and temperatures rising by the day, the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies, or NAFAS as they are more commonly known, have placed 6th May as National Flower Arranging Day!

Following the great success of ‘The Lonely Bouquet’ campaign last year, members of the societies have gathered to leave bouquets of posies across Britain to demonstrate random acts of kindness. The flowers will each have unique tags, urging passers-by to take the bouquets home to enjoy;  urging more people to take up the art of flower arranging.

Inspired by the kindness seen in NAFAS’ National Flower Arranging campaign, here at The Lutterworth Press, we would be delighted to share with you our garden-centric, green-fingered book, perfect for a Friday afternoon read…

In this informative and charming volume, Dr Shirley Evans explores the lives of two of the most prominent designers of the nineteenth century; designers who have left their distinctive mark on buildings and gardens throughout the British Isles. William Andrews Nesfield and William Eden Nesfield, father and son, were infatuated with the beauty and romance of the past, and both played an important role in the nineteeth-century revivals of the Jacobean, Renaissance and Gothic styles.

A masterful work of biography and art history, telling the story of the eminent Victorian designers William Andrews Nesfield and William Eden Nesfield, the development of their styles, and their legacy for British architecture and design.

Extensively illustrated, Masters of their Craft will be of great interest to enthusiasts of the remarkable work of the Nesfields in particular, and of Victorian design in general.

“This book is a serious read and a historical account of the changes going on in public parks and private estates and it is also a very handy reference work about the many scores of stately homes and country estates that the Nesfields added to in many ways.”
RW, in Follies: The International Magazine, Vol 24, Issue 1

“Shirley Rose Evans’ long-awaited study of the Nesfields launches them into the limelight at last; her warm-hearted and colourful family saga of war and peace, of dutiful soldiering unleashed into passions for watercolours, decorative gardening and architecture reveals the humanity of these Victorian taste-makers.”
Jane Brown, author of The Pursuit of Paradise, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown 1716-83 and A History of the Garden at Buckingham Palace

For more reviews, extracts & where to get your copy, click through here: http://tinyurl.com/zgrqb8j

Likewise, to learn more about NAFAS and #NationalFlowerArrangingDay, click here: http://tinyurl.com/z8gfwjh

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Happy Star Wars Day! Here’s our list of top picks to celebrate.

May 4th is upon us once again, and fans around the globe are set to pay homage to George Lucas’ Science Fantasy cult saga. Over the years the popular saying “May the fourth be with you” has gained a life of its own, making Star Wars Day possibly the punniest holiday in existence.

As such, here at James Clarke & Co/ The Lutterworth Press  we think it is only right to celebrate by exploring our list of titles that demonstrate spiritualism, liminality and the forces of good and evil and without the need of travelling far, far away…

At the number one spot, we have a study of how we treat our own planet and each other in a theologically literate exploration of the spiritual and ethical dimensions of the possibilities of alien contact:

Encountering ETI weaves together scientific knowledge and spiritual faith in a cosmic context. It explores consequences of Contact between terrestrial intelligent life (TI) and extraterrestrial intelligent life (ETI). Humans will face cosmic displacement if there are other complex, technologically advanced intelligent beings in the universe; our economic structures and religious beliefs might need substantial revision. On Earth or in space, humans could encounter benevolent ETI (solicitous of our striving for maturity as a species) or malevolent ETI (seeking our land and goods to benefit themselves, claiming that their “superior civilization” gives them the right) – or meet both types of species.

“Encountering ETI manages to raise the level of anticipation significantly while respecting the need for good science, a need not always respected in the public domain.
George V. Coyne, author of Wayfarers in the Cosmos 

Next, a book which explores God’s influence in understanding the problems of knowledge, and in particular our knowledge of the external world through Descartes’ epistemology:

Descartes’ attempt to ground the possibility of human knowledge in the existence of God was judged to be a complete failure by his contemporaries. This remains the universal opinion of philosophers to this day, despite the fact that three and a half centuries of secular epistemology – which attempts to ground the possibility of knowledge either in the unaided human intellect or in natural processes – has failed to do any better. Further, the leading twentieth century attempts at theistic epistemology reject both the conception of knowledge and the standards of epistemic evaluation that Descartes takes for granted.

In this book – partly an interpretation of Descartes and partly an attempt to complete his project – the author endeavours to show that a theistic epistemology incorporating Platonic and Aristotelian elements can revitalize the Cartesian approach to the solution of the central problems of epistemology, including that most elusive of prizes – the proof of the external world.

“Steven Duncan has produced a rigorous and highly original contribution to one of the greatest philosophical problems of all time. Specialists in Descartes and philosophers doing epistemology will find this book very provocative and original, but The Proof of the External World will also appeal to the general reader interested in the history of philosophy. A wonderful contribution!”
Paul Herrick, Professor of Philosophy, Shoreline Community College

Likewise, in Groundless Gods we are taken through an anthology of essays that explores the intriguing possibilities of theology in a context that transcends traditional metaphysical forms…

Groundless Gods deals with possible interpretations of an emerging interest in contemporary theology: post-metaphysical theology. The authors grapple with what metaphysics and post-metaphysics imply, and also with what it could mean to write theology from the standpoint of the non-metaphysician. The book asks, for instance, whether this world has any singular definition, and whether God is some being standing apart from the world or an experience within the world.

“Von Sass and Hall have assembled a powerful group of established and emerging philosophical theologians from Europe and North America. This book boldly addresses a faith that is freed from its traditional ‘man-behind-the-curtain’ metaphysics. As theology moves into a postmetaphysical age in order to account for 21st-century religious praxis, this anthology leads the way.”
Brad Elliott Stone, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

Similarly, our new title Liminal Reality and Transformational Power: Transition, Renewal and Hope explores, draws together, and integrates the many facets of liminality, and informs our understanding of liminal phenomena in the world. Through anthropology, sociology, theology, neurology and psychology, Carson correlates exterior transitions with their corresponding intra-psychic movements and points toward useful methods that contribute to personal and social transformation.

Liminal Reality is insightful and thought-provoking. It helps us to deepen our understanding of the many liminal realities in our lives, and to think how such spaces can lead us to heal and transform ourselves and our world. I highly recommend it.”
Gabriella Lettini, Aurelia Henry Reinhardt Professor of Theological Ethics, Starr King School for the Ministry, Berkeley, CA

“In recent years, and for very good reasons, the concept of liminality has come to the fore in the wider social sciences. Scholars are today revitalising the original insights of Arnold van Gennep concerning the centrality of rites of passage toward a deeper understanding of both continuity and change. Equipped with liminality, this book takes the reader on a voyage into the heart of theology, and into the human search for meaning. It is worth a read for scholars and non-scholars alike.”
Bjørn Thomassen, Associate Professor, Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University, Denmark

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And May the fourth be with you.

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Liminal Reality and Transformational Power

One of our newly published titles, Liminal Reality and Transformational Power explores transitional periods, those liminal moments of life. For the unintiated, liminality describes a place between, a moment where one thing has ceased to be what it was but has yet to become what it will be. Liminality commonly represents moments of unknowing in the middle of a ritual or transitional period.

Exploring a variety of liminal periods, Timothy Carson draws on a variety of perspectives; anthropological, sociological, theological, neurological and psychological to deepen our understanding of these liminal moments. It is through these explorations that we are able to learn to cope, heal and develop ourselves in these liminal spaces.

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We hope you like the design of the book’s cover, a picture of a tunnel of the medieval castle of Parga in Greece. Chosen here as a physical representation of a liminal space, a location between two realities.

This publication is a new edition, the original was published by the University Press of America. Bringing this thought provoking text to the forefront once more has afforded the chance to create a revised edition.  In this revised edition, Timothy Carson delves into more modern examples of liminality in addition to examining the influence and roles of spiritual leaders and religious professionals in guiding others through liminal space.

The author, Timothy Carson, is an established professional and religious leader himself. Senior Minister at the Broadway Christian Church in Columbia, Missouri, with a Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Education degrees. Also a certified practitioner of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Timothy Carson has worked long in assisting and guiding communtities. He is also the author of several other works: Your Calling as a Christian, The Square Root of God: Mathematical Metaphors and Spiritual Tangents and Six Doors to the Seventh Dimension.

Liminal Reality and Transformational Power – Revised Edition: Transition, Renewal, & Hope
By Timothy Carson
ISBN: 9780718894016

The book is available for purchase on our website here.

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