AAR Book Awards

Past and Current Winners

In order to give recognition to new scholarly publications that make significant contributions to the study of religion, the American Academy of Religion offers Awards for Excellence. These awards honor works of distinctive originality, intelligence, creativity, and importance; books that affect decisively how religion is examined, understood, and interpreted. Awards for Excellence are given in four categories. In addition, there is a prize for the Best First Book in the History of Religions, and for Religion and the Arts.

For eligibility requirements and awards processes, please see the appropriate page:

Awards for Excellence in the Study of Religion – Four Categories

  • Analytical-Descriptive Studies: analysis or theory that focuses on religion as an object of enquiry or on its typical components, such as myth, ritual, or tradition
  • Constructive-Reflective Studies: contemporary ethics, philosophy, interpretation, theology or analogous forms of critical reflection
  • Historical Studies: the history of a particular religion or religions in a specific historical period or geographical area
  • Textual Studies: analysis, interpretation, or translation of a particular text or group of texts in the study of religion

Best First Book in the History of Religions – an author's first published monograph

Religion and the Arts Book Award - Awarded beginning in 2020

 

2020

Religion and the Arts Book Award

Sugata Ray
University of California, Berkeley
Climate Change and the Art of Devotion: Geoaesthetics in the Land of Krishna, 1550–1850
University of Washington Press, 2019

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Justine Buck Quijada
Wesleyan University
Buddhists, Shamans, and Soviets: Rituals of History in Post-Soviet Buryatia
Oxford University Press, 2019

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Jolyon Baraka Thomas (co-winner)
University of Pennsylvania
Faking Liberties: Religious Freedom in American-Occupied Japan
University of Chicago Press, 2019

Daniel Dubuisson (co-winner)
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, emeritus
The Invention of Religions
Equinox Publishing, 2019

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Kathryn Tanner
Yale Divinity School
Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism
Yale University Press, 2019

Historical Studies

Isabel Laack
Heidelberg University, Germany
Aztec Religion and Art of Writing: Investigating Embodied Meaning, Indigenous Semiotics, and the Nahua Sense of Reality
Brill, 2019

Textual Studies

Matthew W. King
University of California, Riverside
Ocean of Milk, Ocean of Blood: A Mongolian Monk in the Ruins of the Qing Empire
Columbia University Press, 2019

2019

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

J. Lorand Matory
Duke University
The Fetish Revisited: Marx, Freud, and the Gods Black People Make
Duke University Press, 2018

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Mara Benjamin
Mount Holyoke College
The Obligated Self: Maternal Subjectivity and Jewish Thought
Indiana University Press, 2018

Historical Studies

Geraldine Heng
University of Texas at Austin
The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages
Cambridge University Press, 2018

Textual Studies

Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz
Pennsylvania State University
Reciting the Goddess: Narratives of Place and the Making of Hinduism in Nepal
Oxford University Press, 2018

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Karin Vélez
Macalester College
The Miraculous Flying House of Loreto: Spreading Catholicism in the Early Modern World
Princeton University Press, 2018

 

2018

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Jenna Reinbold
Colgate University
Seeing the Myth in Human Rights
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Nancy Levene
Yale University
Powers of Distinction: On Religion and Modernity
University of Chicago Press, 2017

Historical Studies

Bissera V. Pentcheva
Stanford University
Hagia Sophia: Sound, Space, and Spirit in Byzantium
Penn State University Press, 2017

Textual Studies

Wallace D. Best
Princeton University
Langston's Salvation: American Religion and the Bard of Harlem
NYU Press, 2017

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Lincoln Mullen
George Mason University
The Chance of Salvation: A History of Conversion in America
Harvard University Press, 2017

 

2017

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Noah Salomon
Carleton College
For Love of the Prophet: An Ethnography of Sudan's Islamic State
Princeton University Press, 2017

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Noreen Khawaja
Yale University
The Religion of Existence: Asceticism in Philosophy from Kierkegaard to Sartre
University of Chicago Press, 2016

Historical Studies

Mona Hassan
Duke University
Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History
Princeton University Press, 2017

Textual Studies

Lena Salaymeh
Tel-Aviv University
The Beginnings of Islamic Law: Late Antique Islamicate Legal Traditions
Cambridge University Press, 2016

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Ruben van Luijk
Children of Lucifer: The Origins of Modern Religious Satanism
Oxford University Press, 2016

 

2016

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Bhrigupati Singh
Brown University
Poverty and the Quest for Life: Spiritual and Material Striving in Rural India
University of Chicago Press, 2015

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Francis J. Beckwith
Baylor University
Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics, and the Reasonableness of Faith
Cambridge University Press, 2015

Historical Studies

Richard E. Payne
University of Chicago
A State of Mixture: Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian Political Culture in Late Antiquity
University of California Press, 2015

Textual Studies

David A. Lambert
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
How Repentance Became Biblical: Judaism, Christianity, and the Interpretation of Scripture
Oxford University Press, 2016

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Shahab Ahmed (1966–2015)
Harvard University
What is Islam?: The Importance of Being Islamic
Princeton University Press, 2016

 

2015

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Winnifred Fallers Sullivan
A Ministry of Presence: Chaplaincy, Spiritual Care, and the Law
University of Chicago Press, 2014

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Michelle Voss Roberts
Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion
Fordham University Press, 2014

Historical Studies

Claudia Brosseder
The Power of Huacas: Change and Resistance in the Andean World of Colonial Peru
University of Texas Press, 2014

Textual Studies

Tariq Jaffer
Rāzī: Master of Quranic Interpretation and Theological Reasoning
Oxford University Press, 2014 (UK)

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Cécile Fromont
The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo
University of North Carolina Press, published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2014

 

2014

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Anya Bernstein
Religious Bodies Politic: Rituals of Sovereignty in Buryat Buddhism
University of Chicago Press, 2013

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Willis Jenkins
The Future of Ethics: Sustainability, Social Justice, and Religious Creativity
Georgetown University Press, 2013

Historical Studies

Kyle Harper
From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity
Harvard University Press, 2013

Textual Studies

Andrew Quintman
The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet's Great Saint Milarepa
Columbia University Press, 2013

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Anna Sun
Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities
Princeton University Press, 2013

 

2013

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Anna Fedele
Looking for Mary Magdalene: Alternative Pilgrimage and Ritual Creativity at Catholic Shrines in France
Oxford University Press, 2012

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Jeffrey L. Kosky
Arts of Wonder: Enchanting Secularity – Walter De Maria, Diller + Scofidio, James Turrell, Andy Goldsworthy
University of Chicago Press, 2012

Historical Studies

Christian K. Wedemeyer
Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism: History, Semiology, and Transgression in the Indian Traditions
Columbia University Press, 2012

Textual Studies

Emily T. Hudson
Disorienting Dharma: Ethics and the Aesthetics of Suffering in the Mahabharata
Oxford University Press, 2012

Best First Book in the History of Religions

A. Azfar Moin
The Millennial Sovereign: Sacred Kingship and Sainthood in Islam
Columbia University Press, 2012

 

2012

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Pamela E. Klassen
Spirits of Protestantism: Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity
University of California Press, 2011

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Elliot R. Wolfson
A Dream Interpreted within a Dream: Oneiropoiesis and the Prism of Imagination
Zone Books, 2011

Historical Studies

Thomas A. Tweed
America’s Church: The National Shrine and Catholic Presence in the Nation’s Capital
Oxford University Press, 2011

Textual Studies

David M. Freidenreich
Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Law
University of California Press, 2011

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Ronit Ricci
Islam Translated: Literature, Conversion, and the Arabic Cosmopolis of South and Southeast Asia
Chicago University Press, 2011

 

2011

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Amira Mittermaier
Dreams that Matter: Egyptian Landscapes of the Imagination
University of California, 2011

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Willie James Jennings
The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race
Yale University Press, 2010

Historical Studies

Johan Elverskog
Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011

Textual Studies

Ross Shepard Kraemer
Unreliable Witnesses: Religion, Gender, and History in the Greco-Roman Mediterranean
Oxford University Press, 2011

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Andrew Nicholson
Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History
Columbia University Press, 2010

 

2010

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Kimberley Christine Patton
Religion of the Gods: Ritual, Paradox, and Reflexivity
Oxford University Press, 2009

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Mark Johnston
Saving God: Religion after Idolatry
Princeton University Press, 2009

Historical Studies

Robert Ford Campany
Making Transcendents: Ascetics and Social Memory in Early Medieval China
University of Hawai’i Press, 2009

Textual Studies

Benjamin D. Sommer
Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel
Cambridge University Press, 2009

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Joseph Kip Kosek
Acts of Conscience: Christian Nonviolence and Modern American Democracy
Columbia University Press, 2009

 

2009

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

G. John Renard
Friends of God: Islamic Images of Piety, Commitment, and Servanthood
University of California Press, 2008

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Andrew F. March
Islam and Liberal Citizenship: The Search for an Overlapping Consensus
Oxford University Press, 2008

Historical Studies

Stuart B. Schwartz
All Can Be Saved: Religious Tolerance and Salvation in the Iberian Atlantic World
Yale University Press, 2008

Textual Studies

Shaul Magid
From Metaphysics to Midrash: Myth, History, and the Interpretation of Scripture on Lurianic Kabbala
Indiana University Press, 2008

Best First Book in the History of Religions
Co-Winners

Benjamin Lazier
God Interrupted: Heresy and the European Imagination between the World Wars
Princeton University Press, 2008

Christian Lee Novetzke
Religion and Public Memory: A Cultural History of Saint Namdev in India
Columbia University Press, 2008

Best First Book Shortlist

Rachel Wheeler
To Live Upon Hope: Mohicans and Missionaries in the 18th Century Northeast
Cornell University Press, 2008

M. Cecilia Gaposchkin
The Making of Saint Louis: Kingship, Sanctity and Crusade in the Later Middle Ages
Cornell University Press, 2008

Mark David Baer
Honored by the Glory of Islam: Conversion and Conquest in Ottoman Europe
Oxford University Press, 2008

 

2008

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Leor Halevi
Vanderbilt University
Muhammad’s Grave: Death Rites and the Making of Islamic Society
Columbia University Press, 2007

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Mark C. Taylor
Columbia University
After God
University of Chicago Press, 2007

Historical Studies

Benjamin J. Kaplan
University College, London
Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe
Belknap Press of Harvard University, 2007

Textual Studies

Wendi L. Adamek
Barnard College
The Mystique of Transmission
Columbia University Press, 2007

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Emma J. Anderson
University of Ottawa
The Betrayal of Faith: The Tragic Journey of a Colonial Native Convert
Harvard University Press, 2007

 

2007

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

David Frankfurter
University of New Hampshire
Evil Incarnate: Rumors of Demonic Conspiracy and Satanic Abuse in History
Princeton University Press, 2006

Constructive-Reflective Studies
Co-Winners

John D. Caputo
Syracuse University
The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event
Indiana University Press, 2006

John Clayton (deceased)
Boston University
Compiled by Anne Blackburn and Thomas Carroll
Religions, Reasons, and Gods: Essays in Cross-Cultural Philosophy of Religion
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions, 2006

Historical Studies
Co-Winners

Catherine Albanese
University of California, Santa Barbara
A Republic of Mind and Spirit: A Cultural History of American Metaphysical Religion
Yale University Press, 2006

Caroline Walker Bynum
Institute for Advanced Study
Wonderful Blood: Theology and Practice in Late Medieval Northern Germany and Beyond
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006

Textual Studies

Kristofer Schipper
Library of the Western Belvedere and Franciscus Verellen, École Française d'Extrême-Orient, eds.
The Taoist Canon: A Historical Companion to the Daozang
University of Chicago Press, 2004

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Leela Prasad
Duke University
Poetics of Conduct: Oral Narrative and Moral Being in a South Indian Town
Columbia University Press, 2006

 

2006

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Jonathan Z. Smith
Relating Religion: Essays in the Study of Religion
University of Chicago Press, 2004

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Dan Arnold
Buddhists, Brahmins, and Belief: Epistemology in South Asian Philosophy of Religion
Columbia University Press, 2006

Historical Studies

Daniel Boyarin
Border Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Ebrahim Moosa
Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination
University of North Carolina Press, 2005

 

2005

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Joanne Punzo Waghorne
Syracuse University
Diaspora of the Gods: Hindu Temples in an Urban Middle-Class World
Oxford University Press, 2004

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Robert A. Orsi
Harvard Divinity School
Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars who Study Them
Princeton University Press, 2004

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Sylvester A. Johnson
Florida A&M University
The Myth of Ham in Nineteenth-Century American Christianity: Race, Heathens, and the People of God
Palgrave Macmillian Press, 2004

 

2004

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

David H. Brown
Smithsonian Institution
Santería Enthroned: Art Ritual and Innovation in an Afro-Cuban Religion
University of Chicago Press, 2003

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Jeffrey Stout
Princeton University
Democracy and Tradition
Princeton University Press, 2004

Historical Studies

Alan Bray
The Friend
University of Chicago Press, 2003

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Edward Slingerland
University of Southern California
Effortless Action: Wu-wei Conceptual Metaphor and Spiritual Ideal of Early China
Oxford University Press, 2003

 

2003

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Paul Christopher Johnson
Princeton University; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; University of Missouri, Columbia
Secrets, Gossip, and Gods: The Transformation of Brazilian Candomblé
Oxford University Press, 2002

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Susan Neiman
Einstein Forum, Potsdam
Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy
Princeton University Press, 2002

Historical Studies

Norman J. Girardot
Lehigh University
The Victorian Translation of China: James Legge's Oriental Pilgrimage 
University of California Press, 2002

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Ananda Abeysekara
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Colors of the Robe: Religion, Identity, and Difference
University of South Carolina Press, 2002

 

2002

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Ariel Glucklich
Georgetown University
Sacred Pain: Hurting the Body for the Sake of the Soul
Oxford University Press, 2001

Historical Studies

Grant Wacker
Duke University
Heaven Below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture
Harvard University Press, 2001

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Mary Keller
University of Stirling
The Hammer and the Flute: Women, Power, and Spirit Possession
The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002

 

2001

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Susan Friend Harding
University of California, Santa Cruz,
The Book of Jerry Falwell: Fundamentalist Language and Politics 
Princeton University Press, 2000

Constructive-Reflective Studies
Co-Winners

Peter S. Hawkins
Boston University
Dante's Testaments: Essays in Scriptural Imagination 
Stanford University Press, 1999

J. J. Clarke
Kingston University
The Tao of the West: Western Transformations of Taoist Thought 
Routledge, 2000

Historical Studies
Co-Winners

Leigh Eric Schmidt
Princeton University
Hearing Things: Religion, Illusion, and the American Enlightenment
Harvard University Press, 2000

Jacqueline I. Stone
Princeton University
Original Enlightenment and the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism
University of Hawai'i Press, 1999

Best First Book in the History of Religions
Co-Winners

Jason David Beduhn 
Northern Arizona University
The Manichaean Body: In Discipline and Ritual 
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000

Jonathan Klawans
Boston University
Impurity and Sin in Ancient Judaism
Oxford University Press, 2000

 

2000

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Bruce Lincoln
University of Chicago
Theorizing Myth: Narrative, Ideology, and Scholarship
University of Chicago Press, 2000

Constructive-Reflective Studies

David Novak
University of Toronto
Covenantal Rights: A Study in Jewish Political Theory
Princeton University Press, 2000

Historical Studies

Sally M. Promey
University of Maryland
Painting Religion in Public: John Singer Sargent's Triumph of Religion at the Boston Public Library
Princeton University Press, 1999

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Robert Baum
Iowa State University
Shrines of the Slave Trade: Diola Religion and Society in Precolonial Senegambia
Oxford University Press, 1999

 

1999

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Elizabeth A. Johnson
Feminist Theological Reading of the Communion of Saints
New York: Continuum Publishing Group, 1998

Historical Studies

David Frankfurter
Religion in Roman Egypt: Assimilation and Resistance
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Charles D. Orzech
Politics and Transcendent Wisdom: The Scripture for Humane Kings in the Creation of Chinese Buddhism
University Park:  Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998

 

1998

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Manuel A. Vasquez
The Brazilian Popular Church and the Crisis of Modernity
New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997

Historical Studies

Thomas A. Tweed
Our Lady of the Exile: Diasporic Religion at a Cuban Catholic Shrine in Miami
New York: Oxford University Press, 1997

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Lionel M. Jensen
Manufacturing Confucianism: Chinese Traditions and Universal Civilization
Durham: Duke University Press, 1997

 

1997

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

David Chidester
Savage Systems: Colonialism and Comparative Religion in Southern Africa
Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1996

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Edward Farley
Divine Empathy: A Theology of God
Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996

Historical Studies
Co-Winners

Bernadette J. Brooten
Love Between Women: Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996

Michael A. Sells
The Bridge Betrayed: Religion and Genocide in Bosnia
Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Stephen R. Prothero
The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey of Henry Steel Olcott
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996

 

1996

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby, eds.
Fundamentalism Project, 5 vols.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991-1995

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Van A. Harvey
Feurbach and the Interpretation of Religion
New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995

Historical Studies

Steven Wasserstrom
Between Muslim & Jew: The Problem of Symbiosis under Early Judaism
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995

Best First Book in the History of Religions

Jeffrey J. Kripal
Kālī's Child:  They Mystical and the Erotic in the Life and Teaching of Ramakrishna
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995

 

1995

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Susan Starr Sered
Priestess, Mother, Sacred Sister: Religions Dominated by Women
New York: Oxford University Press, 1994

Constructive-Reflective Studies
Co-Winners

William Dean
The Religious Critic in American Culture
Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994

Gordon Kaufman
In the Face of Mystery: A Constructive Theology
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1993

Historical Studies

Elliot R. Wolfson
Through a Speculum that Shines: Vision and Imagination in Medieval Jewish Mysticism
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994

Best First Book in the History of Religions
Co-Winners

Devin DeWeese
Islamization and Native Religion in the Golden Horde: Baba Tukles and Conversion to Islam in Historical and Epic Sikh Tradition
University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1994

Harjot Oberoi
The Construction of Religious Boundaries: Culture, Identity and Diversity in the Sikh Tradition
Chicago and Oxford: University of Chicago Press and Oxford University Press, 1994

 

1994

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Theophus H. Smith
Conjuring Culture: Biblical Formations of Black America
New York: Oxford Univrsity Press, 1994

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Mark C. Taylor
Nots
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993

Historical Studies
Co-Winners

David L. Haberman
Journey Through the Twelve Forests: An Encounter with Krishna
New York: Oxford University Press, 1994

Patrick Olivelle
The Asrama System: The History of Hermeneutics of a Religious Institution
New York: Oxford University Press, 1993

 

1993

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Nancy Jay
Throughout Your Generations Forever: Sacrifice, Religion, and Paternity
University of Chicago Press, 1992

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Ian Barbour
Religion in an Age of Science and Ethics in an Age of Technology
Gifford Lectures, 1989–1991, volumes 1 and 2
HarperCollins, 1990, 1993

Historical Studies
Co-Winners

Juan Eduardo Campo
The Other Side of Paradise: Explorations into the Religious Meanings of Domestic Space in Islam
University of South Carolina Press, 1991

Evelyn Brooks Higgenbotham
Righteous Discontent: The Women’s Movement in the Black Baptist Church, 1880–1920
Harvard University Press, 1993

 

1992

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Caroline Walker Bynum
Fragmentation and Redemption: Essays on Gender and the Human Body
in Medieval Religion

MIT Press, 1991

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Nancey Murphy
Theology in the Age of Scientific Reasoning
Cornell University Press, 1990

Historical Studies

John Clifford Holt
Buddha in the Crown: Avalokitesvara in the Buddhist Tradition
of Sri Lanka

Oxford University Press, 1991

 

1991

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Howard Eilberg-Schwartz
The Savage in Judaism: An Anthropology of Israelite Religion and Ancient Judaism
Indiana University Press, 1990

Constructive-Reflective Studies

Mieke Bal
Murder and Difference: Gender, Genre, and Scholarship on Sisera’s Death
Indiana University Press, 1988

Historical Studies

Paula Sutter Fichtner
Protestantism and Primogeniture in Early Modern Germany
Yale University Press, 1989

 

1990

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Robert Detweiler
Breaking the Fall: Religious Reading of Contemporary Fiction
Harper and Row, 1989

Constructive-Reflective Studies

David Chidester
Salvation and Suicide: An Interpretation of Jim Jones, the People’s Temple, and Jonestown
Indiana University Press, 1988

Historical Studies

Bruce B. Lawrence
Defenders of God: The Fundamentalist Revolt against the Modern Age
Harper and Row, 1989

 

1989

Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Ivan Strenski
Four Theories of Myth in Twentieth Century History: Cassirer, Eliade, Levi-Strauss, and Malinowski
University of Iowa Press, 1987

Reflective Studies

Mark C. Taylor
Altarity
University of Chicago Press, 1987

Historical Studies

Sallie McFague
Models of God: Theology for an Ecological, Nuclear Age
Fortress Press, 1987

 

1988

Claude Welch
Protestant Thought in the Nineteenth Century, Volume II
Yale University Press, 1985

Eugene Rice
Saint Jerome in the Renaissance
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985

Norman Petersen
Rediscovering Paul: Philemon and the Sociology of Paul’s Narrative World
Augsburg Fortress Press, 1985

Masao Abe
Zen and Western Thought
Macmillan Press, 1985

 

1987

Wayne Meeks
The First Urban Christians
Yale University Press, 1983

John Van Seters
In Search of History
Yale University Press, 1983

Wayne Proudfoot
Religious Experience
University of California Press, 1985

Merold Westphal
God, Guilt, and Death
Indiana University Press, 1987