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Miles, Margaret R. (Margaret Ruth) 1937-

Overview
Works: 61 works in 202 publications in 1 language and 8,715 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Prayers and devotions  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree
Classifications: BL458, 791.43682
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Margaret R Miles
Seeing and believing : religion and values in the movies by Margaret R Miles( Book )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and held by 943 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores what popular films of the 1980s and 1990s say about religion and the values by which we live
Image as insight : visual understanding in Western Christianity and secular culture by Margaret R Miles( Book )

15 editions published between 1985 and 2006 in English and held by 833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Immaculate & powerful : the female in sacred image and social reality by Clarissa W Atkinson( Book )

15 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Eleven feminist scholars examine how various religions regard women and how women have been restricted, idealized and even creatively inspired by faith. Judith Van Kerik (Pennsylvania State Univ.) looks at the life of writer-mystic Simone Well, who surrendered herself to God, like a virgin bride awaiting the groom and a child awaiting food. In preferring physical hunger to material food, she ultimately died of anorexia. Frederique Apffel Marglin takes issue with the commonly-accepted Western view that Hindu goddesses, without a male consort to restrain them, are inevitably malevolent. She contends that celibacy--male or female--is the source of destructiveness. Sheila Briggs (USC) contends that the 'gender as destiny' theories of 19th-century German theologians ultimately led to 'race as destiny' and finally to the Lutheran church's concept of Jews as an 'alien force.' These fulminations, she argues, were crucial rationalizations for Hitler's campaign against the Jews. Clarissa W. Atkinson (Harvard Divinity School) demonstrates how changing perceptions of St. Monica (mother of St. Augustine) increasingly stressed selflessness and self-sacrifice as the ideal for motherhood: the saint became 'the embodiment of men's notions about 'good women'' Other essays in this first in a series of Harvard Women's Studies in Religion examine how the Bible, Black literature, the Catholic Church, Tibetan Buddhism, and antebellum America have regarded women. In sum, rather arcane. Many of the authors seem to stretch their evidence paper-thin to reach their intended conclusions. That's a problem for academe, in whose groves this volume will flourish or wither."--S://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/clarissa-w-constance-h-buchanan-margaret-r-mile/immaculate-and-powerful-the-female-in-sacred-im
Shaping new vision : gender and values in American culture( Book )

5 editions published between 1987 and 1994 in English and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Word made flesh : a history of Christian thought by Margaret R Miles( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This outstanding textbook offers an original history of Christian thought, asking what it has meant over the centuries to participate in the religion of the "Word made flesh." The volume: traces Christian ideas, conversations, experiences and practices from the first century through to the dawn of modernity at the end of the eighteenth century presents an inclusive history, considering the critical roles of women and religious "others"--Dissenting Christians, Jews, and Muslims - in shaping Christian thought demonstrates the importance of liturgical and devotional exercises to developing Christian practice treats words, images, music and architecture all as primary evidence in reconstructing past experiences of Christianity. The accompanying CD Rom contains over one hundred and fifty visuals to support the theories and examples discussed throughout the volume and detailed information concerning the musical selections is given at the appropriate locations to facilitate their classroom use. This superb resource will be essential for all those wanting an inclusive, accessible, and stimulating introduction to the history of Christianity
A complex delight : the secularization of the breast, 1350-1750 by Margaret R Miles( Book )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looking at painting and sculpture from the fourteenth through the eighteenth centuries, this work focuses on the symbolism of the female breast to open a view of Western European history over four centuries. Margaret Miles finds that while in 1350 the Virgin's bare breast represented nourishment and loving care, God's provision for the Christian, by 1750, artistic representations of the breast were either erotic or medical. The breast had lost its meaning as a religious symbol. But how did the breast, and nakedness more generally, lose the ability to represent human bodies as site and symbol of religious subjectivity and commitment? To explore this phenomenon, Miles engages in a wide-ranging investigation of the social, cultural, and religious circumstances within which a religious symbol came to be thoroughly "mastered" by erotic and medical meanings
Practicing Christianity : critical perspectives for an embodied spirituality by Margaret R Miles( Book )

5 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Desire and delight : a new reading of Augustine's Confessions by Margaret R Miles( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2016 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Augustine's Confessions is one of the most powerfully evocative autobiographies of the Christian West. It recounts the complex experiences through which this formative theologian came to renounce the compulsive sexual practice of his youth, reinvesting his attention and affection in a disciplined spirituality. The Confessions is explicitly about desire, longing, passion - physical and spiritual - constantly both, and both most evidently when Augustine most intended to distinguish spiritual from physical. It is an erotic text, preoccupied with bodies, pleasures, and pains. It narrates Augustine's desperate attempt to get, and to keep, the greatest degree of pleasure. Even his conversion to Catholic Christianity is narrated as a seduction to continence, and the model of spirituality he articulated relied intimately and profoundly on his sexual experience." "Desire and Delight explores the erotics of asceticism as described by Augustine, noticing the gendered foundation of his model of spiritual aspiration. Going beyond the tormented, self-conscious Augustine of conventional interpretations, one discovers in this book a man impelled by the eros that defines human beings as such: the pursuit up the scale of pleasures to the ultimate Pleasure. The pursuit is analyzed here in text, context, and subtext, with such intellectual and emotional engagement that the Confessions becomes a "text of pleasure.""--Jacket
Plotinus on body and beauty : society, philosophy, and religion in third-century Rome by Margaret R Miles( Book )

10 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Plotinus, the most profound philosopher of the third century C.E., has been influential on Byzantine and Western Christianity, and Islam. In the West, Augustine brought Plotinian philosophy into Christianity, ensuring the interest of a long line of Christian thinkers. As Margaret Miles shows, Plotinus's philosophy holds both perennial attraction and offers specific contributions to particular issues at the beginning of the twenty-first century."--BOOK JACKET. "Miles offers a fresh interpretation which situates Plotinus's philosophical ideas in the context of the society and culture in which those ideas developed."--Jacket
Augustine on the body by Margaret R Miles( Book )

8 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reading for life : beauty, pluralism, and responsibility by Margaret R Miles( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The image and practice of holiness : a critique of the classic manuals of devotion by Margaret R Miles( Book )

8 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The subjective eye : essays in culture, religion, and gender in honor of Margaret R. Miles( Book )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rereading historical theology : before, during, and after Augustine by Margaret R Miles( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Getting here from there : conversations on life and work by Margaret R Miles( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book of conversations between Margaret R. Miles and Hiroko Sakomura compares the experiences of two women who grew up in different societies, with different educations, different professions, and different religious orientations. Reflecting on the different ways in which Japanese and American societies inhibited and enabled them, these two women share their struggles, difficulties, and achievements. All of this is set in the context of one of the most radical social movements in the history of the world, as women are gaining increments of equality with men in designing and administering the institutions of public life with opportunities, dangers, and rewards. This is a moment in which a critical mass of women "want it all now," in the best sense of the phrase, seeking to preserve and reinterpret traditional values while exercising their capabilities and skills both in the home and in public life. This book is the memoir of two women's painful and joyful experiences in "getting here from there."
Beyond the centaur : imagining the intelligent body by Margaret R Miles( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beyond the Centaur questions the accuracy and usefulness of the virtually unquestioned ancient consensus that persons are composed of unequally valued, hierarchically stacked antagonistic components, usually soul or mind and body. Part I explores the gradual historical development of this notion of person. Part II consists of a thought experiment, examining an understanding of persons, not as stacked components, but as intelligent bodies -- one entity. It explores how a new understanding of persons can affect in important and fruitful ways how we live: how we move, feel, think, believe, and die
Bodies in society : essays on Christianity in contemporary culture by Margaret R Miles( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Getting Here from There by Margaret R Miles( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Maiden and mother : prayers, hymns, songs, and devotions to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout the year by Margaret Miles( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of hymns, prayers, songs and poems in honour of the Virgin Mary are drawn from all centuries, from liturgical and non-liturgical sources. The material is arranged in sections following the Church's year, and brief historical introductions cover each of the feasts of Mary
Augustine and psychology by Sandra Lee Dixon( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essays here show the interface and relevance of psychology to theology (and vice versa), and they do so in a way that will be useful to upper-level undergraduate or graduate-level courses in religious studies. The collection is also useful for presenting classic essays as well as new essays appearing here for the first time
 
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Seeing and believing : religion and values in the movies
Alternative Names
Miles, Margaret R.

Miles, Margaret Ruth 1937-

Languages
English (147)

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Image as insight : visual understanding in Western Christianity and secular cultureThe Word made flesh : a history of Christian thoughtA complex delight : the secularization of the breast, 1350-1750Practicing Christianity : critical perspectives for an embodied spiritualityDesire and delight : a new reading of Augustine's ConfessionsPlotinus on body and beauty : society, philosophy, and religion in third-century RomeAugustine on the bodyReading for life : beauty, pluralism, and responsibility