"Honestly, my students actuallyenjoyed the text, Introduction to Religious Studies. There are several reasons for this: the distinction it makes, early on, between the academic and devotional study of religion; the accessibility of the majority of the articles; the wide range of diverse topics it offers, as well as the meaningful questions for reflection and discussion it encourages. Non-traditional and first-year students alike gave it high ratings.
I recommend it enthusiastically."
Mary Hembrow Snyder, Ph.D.
Professor of Religious Studies
Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA
"A well researched and reflective account of the position of women in ecclesiastical and secular society, in the past and present. Verena Wright, wife, mother and 'unruly' woman uses literature, her own experience and other sources to discern and tell the story of women's inferior status."
Mary Kelly, nds
“The author has done a commendable job in highlighting important modern developments in Roman Catholicism. I especially found the chapters on ecumenism and interfaith dialogue helpful in my introductory courses, which are becoming more and more confessionally and even religiously diverse."
Christopher Dorn, PhD
"[First Edition] I can't wait to use [this text] in the classroom. . . . One strength is those sections that discuss the specific details and background of the biblical passages students are to read. . . . Another strength is the many sidebars and 'In Case You Were Wondering' sections. I can't tell you how helpful the information given in these sections is, and how helpful it is to have this material in these sorts of separate sections."
Dr. Claire Matthews McGinnis
Loyola College in Maryland, MD
"A uniquely engaging, provocative, and I daresay fun invitation into the fascinating worlds of the Bible by two master teachers who clearly love what they do and want to share that love with others. It's a gift to teachers and students alike. I can't wait to use it in my own introductory courses."
Florence Harkness Professor of Religion
Case Western Reserve University
"Father Givey brings to life once again the man, the monk, and the mystic who helped to shape the soul of his own generation and who continues to offer a vision of 'peace for the future'"
Very Reverend David M. O'Connell, CM, President
The Catholic University of America
"Among study Bibles, the Anselm Academic Study Bible stands out for its excellent translation and notes (New American Bible Revised Edition), fresh introductions to the biblical books, and articles on important and neglected topics such as the social context of the Bible, the Christian Bible and Jews, and contextual and transformative interpretation. Expertly edited and amply illustrated, the volume is a most welcome resource for students and interested adults.
Richard J. Clifford, S.J.
School of Theology and Ministry
"Mark Allman's Who Would Jesus Kill? provides a rich resource for courses that focus on holy war, pacifism, or just war theory. The detailed treatment of these foci in the book is supported well by an introductory chapter on Christian ethics, discussion questions at the end of each chapter, and appendices on Jewish and Muslim perspectives on war and peace. In short, this volume provides a rare blend of substance and pedagogical usefulness."
author of Imperial-Way Zen
"Celia Deane-Drummond's new book provides a wonderful resource for those who are new to ecological theology as well as for those who have been long involved. She maps the field in a way that is accessible and user-friendly. Her approach is critical, intelligent, and learned, the fruit of her grounding in science as well as in theology, and of love for creation as well as her strong commitment to the Christian tradition."
The Rev. Dr. Denis Edwards
University of Flinders, Australia
"What a stroke of good fortune to discover Sr. Marielle Frigge's Beginning Biblical Studies! Thorough, lucid, engagingly written and visually appealing, this book makes a teacher's job easier. While supplying the critical mass of clear, reliable information that makes basic sense of what's going on, it leaves students ample time to read the Bible itself. Offering guidance to the biblical texts rather than overly detailed explanations that compete with them, Beginning Biblical Studies expertly builds a strong foundation for further study. Highly recommended!"
Michael Cameron, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Historical Theology
University of Portland