Anointed with Oil

How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America

Author: Darren Dochuk

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1541673948

Category: History

Page: 688

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A groundbreaking new history of the United States, showing how Christian faith and the pursuit of petroleum fueled America's rise to global power and shaped today's political clashes Anointed with Oil places religion and oil at the center of American history. As prize-winning historian Darren Dochuk reveals, from the earliest discovery of oil in America during the Civil War, citizens saw oil as the nation's special blessing and its peculiar burden, the source of its prophetic mission in the world. Over the century that followed and down to the present day, the oil industry's leaders and its ordinary workers together fundamentally transformed American religion, business, and politics -- boosting America's ascent as the preeminent global power, giving shape to modern evangelical Christianity, fueling the rise of the Republican Right, and setting the terms for today's political and environmental debates. Ranging from the Civil War to the present, from West Texas to Saudi Arabia to the Alberta Tar Sands, and from oil-patch boomtowns to the White House, this is a sweeping, magisterial book that transforms how we understand our nation's history.

The Price of Paradise

Author: Iain Overton

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1787470881

Category: Political Science

Page: 560

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We live in the age of the suicide bomber. The suicide bomb itself takes more lives than any other type of explosive weapon. Moreover, in the last 5 years more people have been killed by suicide attacks than at any other time in history. How has this descent deep into the heart of terror escalated in such a way? What drives people to blow themselves up and what are the consequences? More importantly perhaps, what can be done to combat the rising spread of this form of violence? Investigative journalist Iain Overton addresses the fundamental drivers of modern day suicide attacks in this fascinating and important book, showing how the suicide bomber has played a pivotal role in the evolution of some of the most defining forces of the modern age - from Communism and the Cold War, to the modern day War on Terror. Interviewing Russian anarchists, Japanese kamikazes, Hezbollah militants, survivors of suicide bombings and countless other sources of valuable information, while travelling to places such as Iran, Irak and Pakistan, Overton skilfully combines historical narrative, travelogue, interviews and testimonies, and brings his research alive thanks to potent facts and visceral storytelling. The result is a powerful and unforgettable read, the first non-academic attempt to chart the rise and rise of this weapon.

Gender, Race, and Social Identity in American Politics

The Past and Future of Political Access

Author: Lori L. Montalbano

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1498573843

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 308

View: 7605


This book explores the convergence of gender, race, and social identities in the often-exclusionary arena of American politics. Contributors examine contemporary issues as they relate to candidate positioning, acceptance, and clashing ideologies that pervade America’s political landscape.

The Divine Romance

365 Days Meditating on the Song of Songs

Author: Brian Simmons,Gretchen Rodriguez

Publisher: BroadStreet Publishing Group LLC

ISBN: 1424555531

Category: Religion

Page: 384

View: 5735


Encounter God’s Delight in You! The Holy Spirit wants to wash you in the refreshing grace that streams every day from God’s presence. Listen to God’s life-giving words—words that heal and draw you into greater intimacy with Jesus. Be moved by his voice, stirred by his Spirit, and thrilled by these messages of love. Open your soul to the whispers of God so that you hear him whisper his message of love to you!

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Richard Middleton: Richard Barham Middleton (28 October 1882 - 1 December 1911) Was an English Poet and Author, Who Is Remembered Mostly for His Short Ghost Stories, in Particular "The Ghost Ship."

Author: Richard Middleton

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781985197121


Page: 70

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Richard Barham Middleton (28 October 1882 - 1 December 1911) was an English poet and author, who is remembered mostly for his short ghost stories, in particular "The Ghost Ship." Biography" Born in Staines, Middlesex, and educated at Cranbrook School, Kent, Middleton worked in London for the Royal Exchange Assurance Corporation bank, as a clerk, from 1901 to 1907. Unhappy in this, he affected a Bohemian life at night; he is mentioned, in disguised terms, in Arthur Ransome's Bohemia in London. He moved out of his parents' house and into rooms in Blackfriars, and he joined the club The New Bohemians, where he acquired literary contacts who included Arthur Machen, Louis McQuilland (1880-1946), and Christopher Wilson. He became an editor at Vanity Fair under Edgar Jepson, where he confided to his fellow editor Frank Harris that what he really wanted to do was make a living as a poet. Shortly after, Harris published Middleton's poem "The Bathing Boy": I saw him standing idly on the brim Of the quick river, in his beauty clad, So fair he was that Nature looked at him And touched him with her sunbeams here and there So that his cool flesh sparkled, and his hair Blazed like a crown above the naked lad. And so I wept; I have seen lovely things, Maidens and stars and roses all a-nod In moonlit seas, but Love without his wings Set in the azure of an August sky, Was all too fair for my mortality, And so I wept to see the little god. Till with a sudden grace of silver skin And golden lock he dived, his song of joy Broke with the bubbles as he bore them in; And lo, the fear of night was on that place, Till decked with new-found gems and flushed of face He rose again, a laughing, choking boy. His work was also published by Austin Harrison in The English Review, and he wrote book reviews for The Academy. Middleton suffered from severe depression, known as melancholia at that time. He spent the last nine months of his life in Brussels, where in December 1911 he took his life by poisoning himself with chloroform, which had been prescribed as a remedy for his condition. His literary reputation was kept alive by Edgar Jepson and Arthur Machen, the latter of whom wrote an introduction to Middleton's collection The Ghost Ship and Other Stories, and later by John Gawsworth. His stories have appeared in several anthologies. An encounter by Middleton with the young Raymond Chandler is said to have influenced the latter to postpone his career as writer. Chandler wrote, "Middleton struck me as having far more talent than..............


Author: C. K. Barrett,Fred Barrett

Publisher: Cascade Books

ISBN: 9781532632518

Category: Religion

Page: 386

View: 9842


What is found in this series unveils an entirely different side of C. K. Barrett, a side one might never have known about if one had knowledge only of his famous commentaries and monographs. Herein lies a goodly selection of Kingsley''s sermons preached largely in small- and medium-sized Methodist churches in the northeast of England, though often elsewhere in England and around the world. Fred Barrett was not the scholar his son was, but on close inspection, one can most definitely see the impact of the father on the son when it came to preaching. It seems right to include as many sermons from both of these men as we can in this series. One thing sorely lacking in much preaching these days is in-depth engagement with both the biblical text and one''s tradition and theology. The sermons in these volumes demonstrate what such preaching can look like. This third volume presents sermons from both the Old Testament and the New Testament. ""I, like generations of preachers, have been tutored by C. K. Barrett, the biblical scholar who helped us into the biblical text by sharing his unending delight in the joys of scripture. But until Ben Witherington, I did not know C. K. Barrett the preacher, even less his father, Fred. In this book of Barrett sermons, Ben Witherington shows why he loves Barrett the preacher and how Barrett''s preaching can help us contemporary servants of the word. The sermons are disarmingly fresh, direct, and engaging, demonstrating how the biblical word can speak here and how. What a delightful collection of great biblical preaching."" --Will Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School; United Methodist Bishop, retired ""C. K. Barrett''s sermons are the gospel in miniature. Wearing his scholarship lightly, Barrett confronts us here first and foremost with the person of Jesus. In simple, pithy prose, he subverts comfortable piety and conventional religion by evoking the disturbing voice of Jesus, and then leads us beyond that bracing encounter into the limitless love of God. These down-to-earth reflections are both personal and profoundly theological, and they stand the test of time. Barrett was a brilliant communicator of the gospel in the Methodist chapels of County Durham, but these selected sermons have the capacity to speak powerfully to many contexts today."" --John Barclay, Lightfoot Professor of Biblical Studies, Durham University ""It was rather daunting to be C. K. Barrett''s successor. Our local church in Nottingham had been Methodist and so it was appropriate for another Methodist to succeed Barrett in a Theology Department whose other professors had traditionally been Anglicans and Canons of the Cathedral next door to the Department. Initially my wife and I bypassed our nearest Methodist chapel in North Road on Sundays because two New Testament Professors in the congregation might be somewhat intimidating for local (lay) preachers. But we soon realized that we need have no concerns on that front, since Kingsley was away every Sunday preaching elsewhere in the region, with local stewards more than willing to come and pick him up each time, since he didn''t drive. In my own preaching round Methodist chapels in the region, a typical warmly appreciative remark would refer to Mr. Barrett who taught somewhere in ''the college in Durham.'' One of my favourite memories was of an exceptional occasion when he took the service in North Road and began by holding up a piece of mechanism, which, he explained, came from his wife Margaret''s washing machine. He wryly noted Margaret''s comment that ''We need a little man'' (to mend the machine), and added, ''Apparently I was not ""a little man.""'' No indeed! He was a great man, the leading New Testament scholar in the United Kingdom, and high within the top ten in the world. Daunting, yes; but what an honour!"" --James D. G. Dunn, Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, Department of Theology, University of Durham ""C. Kingsley Barre