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Barry Stephenson (Author of Ritual)
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Ritual is unavoidable, yet it holds a place in modern life that is decidedly ambiguous. What is ritual? What does it do? Is it useful?
What are the various kinds of ritual? Is ritual tradition bound and conservative or innovative and transformational? Alongside description of a number of specific rites, this Very Short Introduction explores ritual from both theoretical and historical perspectives. Barry Stephenson focuses on the places where ritual touches everyday life: in politics and power; moments of transformation in the life cycle; as performance and embodiment.
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He became interested in History at an early age as a result of an old family legend: that he was a descendant of the infamous French pirate Jean Lafitte, who was instrumental in helping the Americans defeat the British at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of His primary research explores how the religious divide between Catholics, Protestants, and Jews inflected the histories of the German-speaking lands, with a special focus on those sites at which religion, theology, and political culture intersected.
He also has strong ancillary interests in cultural hybridity and exchange, comparative world religions, historical memory and the popular reception of history. His research on historical memory and public history translate to an enduring interest in introducing undergraduates and non-majors to the academic study of History. He endeavors to personalize history and to convince students that history is a lived experience that defines their individual and collective identities, just as surely as it is an academic discipline.
This article is an intellectual and social history of the apostasy of the German theologian Bruno Bauer It locates Bauer's intellectual and spiritual development from orthodox Protestantism to militant atheism in his exposure It locates Bauer's intellectual and spiritual development from orthodox Protestantism to militant atheism in his exposure to historical criticism of the Bible, exclusion from German academic culture, and association with a group of Berlin atheists and dissidents.
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This is the first study dedicated exclusively to Bauer's apostasy. It underscores the personal experience of secularization and offers new insight into the complex intellectual and social processes behind individual apostasy and conversion. Save to Library.
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