From the beginning, American culture was steeped in the language of theology. The arts, in particular, were inextricably linked with religion. As author Gene Edward Veith shows in Painters of Faith, belief in the spiritual power of art provided the basis for America’s first major artistic movement, the Hudson River School. The personal faith of Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Jasper Cropsey, Frederic Church, and the other Hudson River School painters inspired their transcendent landscapes. In this fascinating and beautifully illustrated work, Veith explores that faith and the crucial role it played in their artistic creations. Aesthetics, he shows, could not be separated from theology. In reconstructing the worldview of the artists as well as of much of the American public in the nineteenth century, Veith delves into the writings of Martin Luther, John Calvin, and the American Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards to find the roots of a Protestant aesthetic. While Protestantism is not ordinarily associated with a strong artistic tradition, Veith reveals how Protestant Christianity in nineteenth-century America was indeed a catalyst for the arts. In fact, the clergy were among the most ardent promoters of the arts in the new republic, and theological journals continually carried on discussions about art. The Hudson River School artists, in particular, expressed ambitious themes, employing narrative, symbolism, and allegory to convey moral and spiritual truths. Complete with forty-two full-color illustrations, Painters of Faith is an in-depth examination of the artistic and theological context in which these painters worked—and a gripping look at the cultural development of early America.
"Holy. Cow! If you love myth and fairy tale, then this is the story for you!" - Amazon Customer “I’m sorry I didn’t slit your throat,” Cree growled. “You’d be a heck of a lot quieter right now if I had.” Faeries are supposed to be nice, aren’t they? At least that’s what Ben thought. Then again, according to some, he was the last Gatekeeper. Charged with closing the portal between his world and the magical world of Em. He’d entered Em by accident and all he wanted was to get back home again. Cree, however, had different wants.
The primary one being to snuff out the life of the interloper laying claim to her late father’s role as Gatekeeper. Unfortunately, her mother won’t let her do that. With magical creatures aplenty; friends and foe alike, the two embark on a series of adventures unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Will Ben leave Em forever, or will he fulfill his destiny as the last Gatekeeper and close the gate between the worlds? More importantly, will he survive the volatile purple-haired half-breed faerie out to end his life in the most violent manner imaginable?
Women as Wartime Rapists reveals the stories of female perpetrators of sexual violence and their place in wartime conflict, legal policy, and the punishment of sexual violence. Very few women are wartime rapists. Very few women issue commands to commit sexual violence. Very few women play a role in making war plans that feature the intentional sexual violation of other women.
This book is about those very few women. More broadly, Laura Sjoberg asks, what do the actions and perceptions of female perpetrators of sexual violence reveal about our broader conceptions of war, violence, sexual assault, and gender? This book explores specific historical case studies, such as Nazi Germany, Serbia, the contemporary case of ISIS, and others, to understand how and why women participate in rape during war and conflict. Sjoberg examines the contrast between the visibility of female victims and the invisibility of female perpetrators, as well as the distinction between rape and genocidal rape, which is used as a weapon against a particular ethnic or national group. Further, she explores women's engagement with genocidal rape and how some orchestrated the ethnic cleansing of entire regions. A provocative approach to a sensationalized topic, Women as Wartime Rapists offers important insights into not only the topic of female perpetrators of wartime sexual violence, but to larger notions of gender and violence with crucial cultural, legal, and political implications.
Nelly och Valle är på cykelsemester. Deras lärare från Monsterakademin, LENA-SLEVA, har tipsat dem om att slå läger nära en nedlagd skola. Lägerplatsen ser idyllisk ut, men på natten tränger höga skrik ut från den gamla skolan. Uppskrämda smyger de dit och möts av en märklig syn: ett gammalt spöke försöker rytande få tre sjövilda gastar att lära sig läsa och räkna. Han berättar uppgivet att detta är hans sista uppdrag innan han kan få frid. Nelly och Valle inser att de måste hjälpa honom, och spöket låter dem tacksamt ta över undervisningen. De börjar med att låta gastarna vara med och bestämma, därefter använder de sina "tre L" ovanligt listigt ...
The Dominican priest Bartolom de las Casas (1485 1566) was a prominent chronicler of the early Spanish conquest of the Americas, a noted protector of the American Indians, and arguably the most significant figure in the early Spanish Empire after Christopher Columbus. Following an epiphany in 1514, Las Casas fought the Spanish control of the Indies for the rest of his life, writing vividly about the brutality of the Spanish conquistadors. Once a settler and exploiter of the American Indians, he became their defender, breaking ground for the modern human rights movement. Las Casas brought his understanding of Christian scripture to the forefront in his defense of the Indians, challenging the premise that the Indians of the New World were any civilized or capable of practicing Christianity than Europeans. Bartolom de las Casas: A Biography is the first major English-language and scholarly biography of Las Casas' life in a generation.
Lily refuses to believe what everyone else accepts to be true: that her father has died while climbing Denali, the highest mountain in North America. Lily has grown up hiking in the Alaskan wilderness with her dad. He's an expert climber. There's no way he would let something like this happen. So instead of grieving, Lily decides to rescue him. Her plan takes her to Denali and on a journey that tests her physically and emotionally. In this powerful debut, Hannah Moderow has written an authentic Alaskan adventure that crosses terrain both beautiful and haunting—and ultimately shows the bond of family and the wonder of wild places.