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Gifford, Paul

Overview
Works: 22 works in 76 publications in 3 languages and 3,048 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  History  Church history  Controversial literature 
Roles: Editor, Author, Publishing director, Other
Classifications: PQ2643.A26, 270.82
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Most widely held works by Paul Gifford
Reading Paul Valéry : universe in mind by Paul Gifford( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul Valery's work is a unique Odyssey in the universe of ideas and mental forms. He navigates freely within the mental galaxies known to scientists, poets, literary theorists, musicians, philosophers, historians and social anthropologists, always concerned to explore the potential and limits of the human mind
Love, desire and transcendence in French literature : deciphering Eros by Paul Gifford( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He first retraces the formative matrix of French tradition by engaging with five classic sources: Plato's Symposium, the Song of Songs, the myth of Genesis, the tension between Greek Eros and Christian Agape and the repercussions of Nietzsche's declaration of the 'death of God'. The book will appeal not only to students of French literature, but to all those interested in the cultural upheavals of the twentieth century."--Jacket
Cahiers by Paul Valéry( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La création en acte : devenir de la critique génétique by Paul Gifford( Book )

10 editions published in 2007 in French and Spanish and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

À l'aube de notre jeune XXIe siècle, la critique génétique se trouve enfin en mesure de faire le point sur son passé et de tracer les grandes lignes de son avenir : qu'est-elle susceptible d'apporter à d'autres approches critiques telles que la sociologie, l'intertextualité et l'herméneutique? Comment modifie-t-elle notre compréhension des œuvres littéraires, ainsi que notre conception du texte? Pourquoi, trente ans après son émergence dans le paysage critique, continue-t-elle à susciter la méfiance, voire l'hostilité dans les milieux universitaires? Quelles seront ses pistes d'investigatio
Can we survive our origins? : readings in René Girard's theory of violence and the sacred by Pierpaolo Antonello( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Are religions intrinsically violent (as is strenuously argued by the 'new atheists')? Or, as Girard argues, have they been functionally rational instruments developed to manage and cope with the intrinsically violent runaway dynamic that characterizes human social organization in all periods of human history? Is violence decreasing in this time of secular modernity post-Christendom (as argued by Steven Pinker and others)? Or are we, rather, at increased and even apocalyptic risk from our enhanced powers of action and our decreased socio-symbolic protections? Rene Girard's mimetic theory has been slowly but progressively recognized as one of the most striking breakthrough contributions to twentieth-century critical thinking in fundamental anthropology: in particular for its power to model and explain violent sacralities, ancient and modern. The present volume sets this power of explanation in an evolutionary and Darwinian frame. It asks: How far do cultural mechanisms of controlling violence, which allowed humankind to cross the threshold of hominization, i.e., to survive and develop in its evolutionary emergence, still represent today a default setting that threatens to destroy us? Can we transcend them and escape their field of gravity? Should we look to-or should we look beyond-Darwinian survival? What-and where (if anywhere)-is salvation?
How we became human : mimetic theory and the science of evolutionary origins( Book )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since his groundbreaking Violence and the Sacred and Things Hidden since the Foundation of the World, Rene Girard's mimetic theory has elucidated "the origins of culture." Girard posits that archaic religion (or "the sacred"), particularly in its dynamics of sacrifice and ritual, is a neglected and major key to unlocking the enigma of " how we became human." French philosopher of science Michel Serres states that Girard's theory provides a Darwinian concept of culture, because it "proposes a dynamic, shows an evolution and gives a universal explanation." This claim, however, has remained underscrutinized by scholars, and it is mostly overlooked within the natural and social sciences. Joining disciplinary worlds, this book aims to explore this ambitious claim, invoking viewpoints as diverse as evolutionary culture theory, cultural anthropology, archaeology, cognitive psychology, ethology, and philosophy. The contributors provide major evidence in favor of Girard's hypothesis. Equally, Girard's theory is presented as having the potential to become for the human and social sciences something akin to the integrating framework that present-day biological science owes to Darwin - - something compatible with it and complementary to it in accounting for the still remarkably little understood phenomenon of human emergence." --Cover
Exporting the American gospel : global Christian fundamentalism by Steve Brouwer( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the pressures of globalization are crushing local traditions, millions of uprooted people are buying into a new American salvation product. This fundamentalist Christianity, a fusion of American popular religion and politics, is one of the most significant cultural influences exported from the United States. With illuminating case studies based on extensive field research, Exporting the American Gospel demonstrates how Christian fundamentalism has taken hold in many nations in Africa, Latin America and Asia
Christianity, development and modernity in Africa by Paul Gifford( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There is an important if largely unremarked diversity within African Christianity; on the one hand, an enchanted Christianity that views the world as pervaded by spiritual forces, and on the other a disenchanted Christianity that discounts them. An enchanted Christian sees his glorious destiny threatened by witches, spirits, and ancestral curses. Churches catering for this worldview lay bare the workings of this spirit world, and this enchanted imagination, along with the prosperity gospel, and emphasis on the pastor's "anointing," are the principal characteristics of much African Pentecostalism. Gifford argues that the enchanted religious imagination militates against development by encouraging fear and distrust, diminishing human responsibility and agency, and downplaying functional rationality. The prosperity gospel of "covenant wealth from tithes and offerings" is the antithesis of Weber's Protestant ethic; and to magnify the person of the pastor is to perpetuate the curse of the "Big Man". Official Catholicism, totally disenchanted and long associated with schools and hospitals, is now involved in development, from microfinance to election monitoring, from conflict resolution to human rights. This "NGO-ization of Catholicism," made almost inevitable by funding from secular donors like the EU and UN, even if defended theologically, comes at the price of failing to address the "religious" needs of so many African Christians."--Publisher's description
The new crusaders : Christianity and the New Right in Southern Africa by Paul Gifford( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African Christianity: its public role by Paul Gifford( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Christian crusade for southern Africa by Paul Gifford( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fundamentalism in Africa religion and politics( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion and politics in contemporary Senegal by Paul Gifford( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The nature and effects of mission today : a case study from Kenya by Paul Gifford( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Christianity and politics in Doe's Liberia by Paul Gifford( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This study analyses the socio-political function of Christianity in Liberia under the Doe regime
The Protestant ethic and African Pentecostalism : a case study by Paul Gifford( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Ghana's charismatic churches by Paul Gifford( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Liberia's Never-Die Christians by Paul Gifford( )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Christianity, development and modernity in Africa by Paul Gifford( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Cambridge Studies in Ideology and Religion, Volume 2 by Paul Gifford( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Reading Paul Valéry : universe in mind
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Gifford, Paul

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Love, desire and transcendence in French literature : deciphering ErosCahiersLa création en acte : devenir de la critique génétiqueExporting the American gospel : global Christian fundamentalismAfrican Christianity: its public roleChristianity and politics in Doe's Liberia