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WINTER 2003
Vol 38


Editorial
THE EXCITING COUNCIL

Brendan Byrne SJ
SCRIPTURE AND VATICAN II: A VERY INCOMPLETE JOURNEY

Gerard Moore SM
FORDING THE IMPASSE: BEYOND THE ‘REFORM OF THE REFORM’ OF THE LITURGY

Neil Brown
THE CHURCH IN THE POST-POSTMODERN WORLD

John Ozolins
LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

Claude Mostowik MSC
PALM SUNDAY RALLY FOR PEACE

Bruce Duncan CSsR
WHAT THE JUST WAR TRADITION HAS TO OFFER TODAY

BOOKROOM

Kevin Mark
NEW RELIGIOUS BOOKS BY AUSTRALASIAN AUTHORS



 

NEW RELIGIOUS BOOKS BY AUSTRALASIAN AUTHORS

KEVIN MARK

Islam in Australia; Abdullah Saeed; Allen & Unwin; PB $19.95 [1865088641]; 239pp; 195x130mm; 2003

Introduction to the Islamic religion, with a particular focus on its place in contemporary Australian society. Challenges common misconceptions of Muslims in Australia in the light of September 11 and current disputes over Islamic asylum seekers. Topics covered include the Islamic worldview, essential beliefs and practices, sacred times and places, Muslim community leadership, Muslim women, and perceptions of Islam and Muslims. Glossary; bibliography; endnotes; index. Author is Associate Professor and Head of the Arabic and Islamic Studies Program at the University of Melbourne. His other titles include Muslim Communities in Australia (co-edited, 2001) and Freedom of Religion, Apostasy and Islam (co-authored, 2003).


A Long Way from Rome: Why the Australian Catholic Church is in crisis; Chris McGillion (editor); Allen & Unwin; PB $29.95 [1865089176]; 240pp; 210x140mm; 2003

Collection of essays by Catholic commentators and writers critiquing the state of their church in Australia. They criticize the intervention of the Vatican in local affairs, the abuse of authority, the development of a Catholic cultural ghetto, the marginalisation of women, and the loss of a distinctive Catholic imagination. The contributors are John Carmody, Paul Collins, Morag Fraser, Damian Grace, Juliette Hughes, Chris McGillion, and Michael Mullins. Includes foreword by Geraldine Doogue, as well as an introduction and afterword by the editor. Notes on contributors; endnotes; bibliography; index. Editor is the religious affairs columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper and is a senior lecturer in print journalism at Charles Sturt University.


Reading the Bible: An introduction for students; Maurice Ryan (editor); Social Science Press; PB $43.45 [187663362X]; 280pp; 240x175mm; 2003

Textbook for tertiary students providing a survey of contemporary biblical scholarship. Individual chapters cover topics such as the Pentateuch, Wisdom Literature, the world and literature of the New Testament, the formation of the Gospels, Jesus’ parables and miracles, and women in the Bible. The Australian contributors are Antoinette Collins, Mary Coloe, Robert Crotty, Drasko Dizdar, Peta Goldburg, Gerard Hall, Chris Harris, Alan Moss, Maurice Ryan, David Sim and Laurie Woods. There is also a chapter by John Drane of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Photos; footnotes; notes on contributors; references; index of names and subjects. Editor is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Religious Education at Australian Catholic University, Brisbane. His previous books include Teaching the Bible: A Manual of Teaching Activities (2001).


Rethinking Religion: Exploratory investigations; Douglas Pratt; Australian Theological Forum (AFT Press); PB $30.00 [1920691073]; 214pp; 210x145mm; 2003

Number 6 in the ‘AFT’ series, edited by Veronica Brady IBVM and Hilary Regan. Collection of scholarly essays on a range of philosophical-theological topics based on the author’s work as both a theologian and a religious studies scholar. The essays have been previously published but have been revised for this volume. Topics include the meaning of religion, religion and the environment, interreligious dialogue, rethinking the concept of God, and Trinity and relational deity. Foreword by Ruth Page. Footnotes; author and subject indexes. Author is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Religious Study Programme in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Kevin Mark is editor of Guide to New Australian Books and a former religious publisher for HarperCollins Publishers.