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Michael Lawler & Gail Risch, Eds.
Practical Theology:
Perspectives from the Plains

The source of this book of practical theology is the Great Plains, its focus the sense of place, space shaped by personal and communal experience and meaning. Place is where we locate our sense of deepest meaning, from where we interpret the present and envision the future. The authors represented in this collection are all Christian theologians living and working on the Plains, and sharing the life of the intellect and spirit characteristic of the Plains. These theologians reflect on and write about not only the theological truths that make up the Christian tradition but also how these truths are incarnated, made down-to-earth, in their lives and the lives of their local and global neighbors. The subjects addressed include church, authority, gender, the environment, and even gambling. The authors include Michael G. Lawler, Wendy M. Wright, Bruce J. Malina, Ronald A. Simkins, Susan A. Calef, Dennis Hamm, S.J., David G. Schultenover, John J. O’Keefe, Russell R. Reno, Julia A. Fleming, Roger Bergman, Todd A. Salzman, Joan M. Mueller, and Richard J. Hauser. All offer their reflections to students, young and old, who seek God down-to-earth in their lives.

Cloth $25.00 / ISBN 1-881871-36-3
Paper $17.00 / ISBN 1-881871-37-1
2000 / 309 PAGES

Todd Salzman
Method and Catholic Moral Theology:
The Ongoing Reconstruction

The decisive break from the traditional manual approach to moral theology represented by Vatican II reoriented moral theology away from universal natural law morality based on the commandments to a morality based on specifically Christian sources. This reorientation, however, was not an either/or but a both/and proposition. Father Norbert Rigali, S.J. has been an inspiration and a challenge to moral theologians working toward reconstruction. The essays in this collection address four questions in the renewal movement: an investigation of normative methods, a clarification of sources, an investigation of the tension between natural law morality and Christian ethics and/or morality, and a combination of methodical insights of philosophy with traditional Christian sources in their investigation of biomedical ethical issues. The contributors to the collection include Richard M. Gula, S.S., Joseph A. Selling, Bernard Hoose, Mark O'Keefe, O.S.B., James F. Keenan, S.J., Edward Collins Vacek, S.J., Charles E. Curran, James J. Walter, Todd A. Salzman, Jean Porter, Lisa Sowle Cahill, and Richard A. McCormick, S.J.

 Cloth $25.00 / ISBN 1-881871-30-4
Paper $17.00 / ISBN 1-881871-30-4
1999/ 279 PAGES

Amelia O'Dea
In a Place of Flame:
Prayers for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

In a Place of Flame is a collection of prayers written by an abuse survivor. It gives voice to the particular thoughts and fears of a person struggling mightily to come to terms with past trauma. At bottom, the surivor's struggle is one for spiritual rebirth. This books represents one person's struggle, one person's journey. It is our hope that this book will guide you on your own journey toward light.

A deeply personal and moving collection of prayers by a victim of incest, In a Place of Flame traces the survivor’s journey from trauma to recovery. In language by turns powerful and poetic, this book offers a new model of prayer for people of faith who have lived through personal tragedy. By turns lyrical, meditative, comic, and irreverent, the author leads us along the path to self-acceptance. This is a book that promises to become a classic in the literature of recovery.

Amelia O'Dea grew up on a small farm in Nebraska and was a victim of incest from infancy through her teens. Later, in despair over her inability to cope with her trauma, Amelia dropped out of college and has for many years been struggling to come to terms with her history of abuse. "Amelia O'Dea" is not her real name.

Paper $7.95 / ISBN 1-881871-24-X
1998 / 114 PAGES


Edited by Leonard J. Greenspoon, Ronald A. Simkins, and Gerald Shapiro
Food and Judaism:
Studies in Jewish Civilization, Volume 15

Food is not simply a popularly imagined and well-known manifestation of Jewish culture. For Jews, food has been a means of exclusion, persecution, and assimilation by the larger society. Equally important, it has been an instrument of community, reparation, and renewal of identity. Food and Judaism presents a wide range of research on the history and interpretation of Jewish food practices and meanings.

This volume covers a comprehensive array of topics, including American regional manifestations of food practices from little-known Jewish communities in cities such as contemporary Brighton Beach and Memphis; a social history of Jewish food in America by the renowned expert on Jewish food Joan Nathan; and an examination of how the American food industry appealed to early twentieth-century Jews.

Several discussions of the religious meaning and personal advantages of following a vegetarian lifestyle are considered from biblical and historical perspectives. A rescued cookbook text from the Theresienstadt concentration camp is juxtaposed with an examination of how garlic in Jewish cooking served as an anti-Semitic caricature in early modern Europe. Historical perspectives are also provided on the use of separate dishes for milk and meat, the sanctification of Hasidic foods in Eastern Europe, and "mystical satiation" as found in the medieval Kabbalah.

Leonard J. Greenspoon is a professor of classical and Near Eastern studies and theology and holds the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University. Ronald A. Simkins is an associate professor of theology and director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Creighton University. Gerald Shapiro is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Paper $21.95 / ISBN 1-881871-46-0
2004 / 376 PAGES

Leonard Jay Greenspoon and Ronald A. Simkins
"A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey": Visions of Israel from Biblical to Modern Times
Studies in Jewish Civilization, Volume 11

"A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey" examines how the promised land of Israel has been seen and interpreted differently over the course of Jewish history by those who call it home and by the many other individuals and cultures it has affected. The first glimpse of the promised land was God's description to Moses of "a land flowing with milk and honey." Since that time, the land has been more than a geographical or political entity. Visions of Israel have proliferated — uniting, dividing, and inspiring individuals and societies for thousands of years.

The fourteen contributors to this volume draw upon a variety of scholarly disciplines to consider how and why Israel has been interpreted in so many different ways. Topics include the transplanting of the idea of Zion to a sacred mountain in New Zealand; the roles of archaeology and cartography in shaping perceptions of Israel; the understanding of classical Islamic followers; the multiple meanings of "milk and honey"; the vision of noted engraver and photographer E. M. Lilien; how the land inspired two German-born Jewish women poets; the current meaning of Israel to its political right; the distinct visions of Israeli sculptors and of artist Hermann Struck; images of Israel that appear in Egyptian films; the perceptions of first-time American Jewish tourists to Israel; old stereographic photo tours of the land; and the perspectives of British millenarian missionaries in nineteenth-century Palestine.

Leonard J. Greenspoon is professor of classical and Near Eastern studies and theology and holds the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University. Ronald A. Simkins is an associate professor of theology and director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Creighton University. Jean Axelrad Cahan is a senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Cloth $29.95 / ISBN 1-881871-40-1
2001 / 317 PAGES

Leonard Greenspoon & Bryan F. LeBeau
Sacred Text, Secular Times: The Bible in the Modern World
Studies in Jewish Civilization, Volume 10

Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Symposium of the Philip M and Ethel Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization, October 27 & 28, 1996.


Cloth $25.00 / ISBN 1-881871-32-0
1998 / 290 PAGES



Leonard Greenspoon
Yiddish Language and Culture: Then and Now
Studies in Jewish Civilization, Volume 9

Yiddish language and literature played a major role in the lives of millions of Eastern European Jews, both in their homelands and in the centers to which they immigrated in America. Aspects of that culture have continued to be enjoyed and explored by Jews and non-Jews alike in many "translated" contexts. Yiddish, then, clearly has a past and and something of a present. Its future, in doubt according to some, should be vibrant, if considerably changed, in the opinion of others. These are among the topics and issues addressed in this series of papers, which manage to be scholarly, lyrical, challenging, and evocative all at the same time.

Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Symposium of the Philip M and Ethel Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization, October 27 & 28, 1996

Cloth $25.00 / ISBN 1-881871-25-8
1998 / 290 PAGES


Edited By Leonard Jay Greenspoon & Bryan F. LeBeau
Representations of Jews Through the Ages:
Studies in Jewish Civilization, Volume 8

Representations of Jews Through the Ages provides a wide-ranging and challenging examination of the ways in which Jews have been presented in art, literature, popular culture, propaganda, and cultural mythology. The focus of the first section is primarily intra-Jewish in perspective. The second looks at Jews and Judaism from the outside. The third section represents several viewpoints. The combination of insider and outsider points of view results in a rich and diverse analysis of the changing image of the Jew in different cultures, providing a fascinating look at a variety of topics, including George Segal's Holocaust Memorial, the image of the contemporary American Jew in the films of Woody Allen, the Jewas represented in Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and the idea of the Jew in the novels of Henry James.

The papers were delivered at Creighton University in 1995 as part of the Eighth Annual Klutznick Symposium in Jewish Civilization. This is Volume 8 in the series Studies in Jewish Civilization.

Leonard Jay Greenspoon, holder of the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University, is presently working on a biography of H.M. Orlinksy and the intersection of Biblical and Jewish studies.

Bryan F. LeBeau, Director of Creighton University's Center for the Study of Religion and Society, also serves as Chairman of the Department of History and Coordinator of the American Studies Program. He has published widely in the field of American religious history and coedited two earlier volumes in the series Studies in Jewish Civilization: Religion in the Age of Exploration (Volume 5) and Pilgrims and Travelers to the Holy Land (Volume 7).

Cloth $25.00 / ISBN 1-881871-22-3
1998 / 254 PAGES

Charlotte Akin
The Long Road Called Goodbye: Tracing the Course of Alzheimer's

"This is not just another book about Alzheimer’s disease. It is a story about individuals, professionals, families and friends — how the disease becomes a part of their lives and how they help each other. One person may have the disease — in this case, Charlotte Akin’s mother, AKA The Doctor Agnes, K.E. (Knows Everything) — but in this story we see that the lives of many are continually touched by a disease and by each another. All the people — several generations of family, close friends, and professionals — are touched. In Charlotte’s compelling story, people discover meaning in their own struggles to deal with Alzheimer’s disease and accept themselves. Despite the desecration of the disease we follow the life of a woman whose personhood remained until the end. It’s no coincidence that everyone treated her with respect and dignity from beginning to end. We are fortunate that Charlotte chose to introduce us not only to the long journey that encompassed her mother’s illness, but also to her imperfect family and the problems they were able to overcome. We are enriched by the day-to-day details of managing care and preserving the rights of the person. We are introduced to the philosophical and spiritual questions that challenge us to decide what is best so that we honor the person and their wishes. The incredible moral and physical challenges are here, too. We have a story, then, of how Alzheimer’s disease affects a person we were able to know as a little girl born in a one-room sod house in South Dakota, a child of immigrants from Norway who once played “funeral” with her brothers and sisters. Dying was very familiar to children who grew up on the stark and endless prairie. They witnessed more funerals so it was something they learned to play. Stark and endless. Alzheimer’s disease. Living and dying and living again. Life goes on. Thanks for sharing your journey, Charlotte. We knew that people suffered. But you show us how they laugh, they cry, they learn, they grow, they fall and get up again. The Long Road Called Goodbye: Tracing the Course of Alzheimer’s is story about finding and living the courage to love." — Howard Gruetzner, M.Ed., author of Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide and Source Book

Cloth $25.00/ ISBN 1-881871-30-4
Paper $17.00/ ISBN 1-881871-30-4
1999 / 279 PAGES

David Hilfiker, M.D.
Healing the Wounds:
A Physician Looks at His Work

Healing the Wounds is the most revealing book every written by a doctor about his own profession. In it David Hilfiker breaks the silence surrounding the everyday practice of medicine and gives us a dramatically personal account of how the family doctor gets by in a world of spiraling information and high anxiety. Drawing on his years of rural and urban experience, Dr. Hilfiker lets us all know what it really feels like to be a doctor. What do you do when you make a serious medical mistake? Is it enjoyable to play God? What do you say to a patient who wants reassurance when the essence of diagnosis is uncertainty? What about money? What happens when a patient is taking forever, your waiting room's full, and you want to get home?

Published with a new preface and afterword by the author.

"A strikingly honest, courageous, and clear-sighted depiction of problems which have become central in medicine today." — Oliver Sacks, M.D., author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Paper $16.95 / ISBN 1-881871-23-1
1998 / 165 PAGES

Jos VM Welie
In the Face of Suffering:
The Philosophical-Anthropological Foundations of Clinical Ethics

In contemporary health care ethics, respect for patient autonomy is often considered the primary ethical principle, trumping all others. Many health care ethicists and clinicians alike presume that it is impossible to make judgments about patients' best interests. Patients and their health care providers meet as moral strangers. Hence, the conventional wisdom is that clinical interactions should be based on a contractual relationship between two respectful but estranged people.

Dr Jos Welie challenges this moral stranger metaphor and attempts to restore the phenomenon of intersubjective, benevolent care. He presents a philosophical-anthropological foundation for clinical ethics in which such notions as suffering, sympathy and solidarity are central.

The author's multidisciplinary background in medicine, philosophy and law, and his experience as a clinical ethicist, merge in this powerful argument for a personalist ethics in health care. His extensive discourse with so many established names in both European and American philosophy and bioethics will make this book a valuable resource to many professionals.

Cloth $29.95 / 1-881871-26-6
Paper $19.95 / 1-881871-27-4
1998 / 321 PAGES

Michael Lawler
Symbol & Sacrament
A Contemporary Sacramental Theology

In this comprehensive study, Michael Lawler incorporates the insights of philosophy, anthropology, biblical and liturgical studies to fashion a theology of sacraments as "prophetic symbols." Reflecting on each of the sacraments, he presents the significant biblical data, highlights important historical shifts, and notes contemporary revisions of the sacramental rites and current theological developments. With an excellent command of the sources, and employing insights of contemporary sacramental theology, Michael Lawler develops a theology of the sacraments which seeks to respond to the many pressing pastoral issues of today.

Expanded and revised text.

"This revised text on the Christian sacraments is not merely an accurate summary and exposition of the theological meaning of the different sacraments. It is also challenge undertaken with courage and sensitivity. Lawler does not shy away from the many difficult theological and pastoral issues emerging within sacramental life.... His courage is refreshing. The author embraces a position on debated issues and sustains this position with clearly articulated theological principles, reasoned insight and pastoral sensitivity." — George Worgul

Dr. Michael G. lawler is Professor of Theology at Creighton University. He holds an S.T.L. from the Gregorian University in Rome and Ph.D. from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. He is the author of more than ten books, among them Marriage and Sacrament: A Theology of Christian Marriage (Liturgical Press, 1993) and Church: A Spirited Communion (Liturgical Press, 1994).

Cloth (available for paperback cost) $17.50 / ISBN 1-881871-11-8 
1995/ 293 PAGES

Eugene Hollahan
Hopkins Against History

Scrutinizing the claim frequently made by critics that literary forms represent forms of consciousness, Eugene Hollahan attempts in Hopkins Against History a double-edged project. He applies popular critical methods — psychoanalytical, New Historical, interdisciplinary, and the like — as procedures in an examination of that rare poetic spirit Gerard Manley Hopkins. At the same time, and dialectically, the author uses Hopkins's life and oeuvre as a test case or paradigm case by which to measure some of the critical methods that attract much interest today.

Hopkins Against History presents a new perspective on Gerard Manley Hopkins, the self-conscious unbordered soul struggling against history but in the process becoming a kind of antithetical hero, producing poems in sprung rhythm, a strange new poetic of lasting value.

Eugene Hollahan edits the critical journal Studies in the Literary Imagination. His recent books are Crisis-Consciousness and the Novel (1992), Gerard Manley Hopkins and Critical Discourse (1993), and Saul Bellow and the Struggle at the Center (1994). His essays and reviews appear in journals such as PMLA and Novel: A Form of Fiction. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Hollahan teaches literary criticism in the English graduate program at Georgia State University.

Cloth $27.50 / ISBN 1-881871-12-6
Paper $17.50 / ISBN 1-881871-13-4
1995 / 263 PAGES

R. Randall Rainey, S.J., and Gerard Magill
Abortion and Public Policy:
An Interdisciplinary Investigation within the Catholic Tradition

The ongoing debate over abortion serves as a clear indication taht the Supreme Court decision of 1973 did little to settle the question of abortion's legitimacy. If anything, in fact, the debate has grown, with more strident voices and, in some cases, more violent dimensions than ever before. On both sides, the debate has been dominated by passionate but not always rational arguments. It seems as though there are no tame opinions about abortion in this country, that public policy is the product of slogans, sound bites, and placards, instead of principled argument.
This collection of essays provides an interdisciplinary analysis of the abortion debate in the United States from the perspective of the Catholic tradition. The essays, presented originally at a conference at St. Louis University in 1993, examine the scientific, philosophical, theological, legal, and political dimensions of public policy on abortion. By presenting the balanced, rational argument for the Catholic position on this highly charged subject, Abortion and Public Policy makes a major contribution to public policy discourse in our pluralistic society.

R. Randall Rainey, S.J., J.D., LL.M., is Senior Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. Gerard Magill, Ph.D., is Chair of the Department of Health Care Ethics and Director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University.

Cloth $24.95 / ISBN 1-881871-17-7
Paper $16.95 / ISBN 1-881871-18-5
1996 / 215 PAGES

Peter A. Clark S.J. Ph.D. 
To Treat Or Not To Treat

New medical technologies, surgical procedures, and pharmaceutical advancements have made neonatology a technological complex medical subspecialty.  Techniques and procedures considered a medical possibility just a few years ago have become a medical reality today.  Unfortunately, this technological progress often takes place without the benefit of reflective analysis.  Consequently, both medically and ethically, neonatology has entered into uncharted waters with no clearly defined ethical goals in sight. 

This book will articulate, examine, and critically analyze Richard McCormick's ethical methodology.  Then it will apply it systematically to four diagnostic treatment categories of handicapped newborns, to show that this ethical methodology is a viable public policy option for the treatment of handicapped newborns.  McCormick believes his ethical methodology is practical, beneficial, and appropriate for both Christian and non-Christian decision-makers. 

ISBN:  1-881871-44-4