Lifelong Dewey

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Category: 260s

266: By the Rivers of Water by Erskine Clarke

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266.5092: Clarke, Erskine. By the Rivers of Water: A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey. New York: Basic Books, 2013. 378 pp. ISBN 978-0-465-00272-6.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 260: Christian social and ecclesiastical theory
  • 266: Missions
  • 266.5: Presbyterian Church missions
  • +092: Biography

Slavery was a way of life in early 19th-century Georgia. While the wholesale importation of slaves from Africa was officially banned by law by 1807, the subjugation of existing blacks in the South was still legal. The different layers of culture, status, and race blended to create a complicated atmosphere. Erskine Clarke’s By the Rivers of Water details the lives of plantation owners turned missionaries John Leighton and Jane Bayard Wilson to West Africa and how their journey to help others offers new perspective on an old problem.

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263: Journey Into the Heart of God by Philip Pfatteicher

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263.9: Pfatteicher, Philip H. Journey Into the Heart of God: Living the Liturgical Year. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013. 350 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-999712-1.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 260: Christian social and ecclesiastical theory
  • 263: Days, times, places of religious observance
  • 263.9: Church year and other days and times

Philip Pfatteicher’s Journey Into the Heart of God is a look at the how truly observing the liturgical can bring one closer to one’s Christian faith. The liturgical year is the calendar of events that leads up to and includes the holy days. For Christianity, this runs through the cycle of Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, Easter, Ordinary Time. Each season is broken down further into seasons where different aspects of Christianity are observed and explored.

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261: Hope After Faith by Jerry DeWitt

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261.21092: DeWitt, Jerry. Hope After Faith: An Ex-Pastor’s Journey from Belief to Atheism. Boston, MA: Da Capo Press, 2012. 266 pp. ISBN 978-0-306-82224-7.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 260: Christian organizations, social work, and worship
  • 261: Social theology and interreligious relations and attitudes
  • 261.2: Christianity and other systems of belief
  • 261.21: Christianity and irreligion
  • +092: Biography

Jerry DeWitt was a man of faith. The “was” is critical part in this book. For 25 years, he spent his life preaching, pastoring, and ministering to congregations in Louisiana and Iowa. Raised in the Pentecostal church, he grew up believing that he was destined to become one of the great pastors he’d seen on television. He spent his youth connecting with his religion and the Bible so that he could become such a preacher. And for a while, that worked. Until, one day, it all came crashing down. DeWitt’s Hope After Faith is a hard look at what happens to a person who decides that faith isn’t the answer for him.

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269: A Shopkeeper’s Millennium by Paul E. Johnson

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269.20974789: Johnson, Paul E. A Shopkeeper’s Millennium: Society and Revivals in Rochester, New York, 1815-1837. New York: Hill and Wang, 1990 [1978]. 141 pp. ISBN 0-8090-0136-5.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 260: Christian social theology
  • 269: Spiritual renewal
  • 269.2: Evangelism
  • +0974789: Rochester, New York

The early 1800s in America were a very interesting time. The Revolution was behind us and the population was moving inland. Most U.S. cities were concentrated around sea ports, but the vastness of the interior of the new United States was a big temptation for land speculators and budding farmers. Along with them came a new era of quasi-lawlessness and country justice. Rushing to fill this moral vacuum were local ministers and preachers fostering a sense of personal responsibility and religious living. This was the Second Great Awakening.

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260: A Gathering of Memories by Charles R. Pinches

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260: Pinches, Charles R. A Gathering of Memories: Family, Nation, and Church in a Forgetful World. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2006. 170 pp. ISBN 1-58743-104-1.

Dewey Construction:

  • 200: Religion
  • 260: Christian social and ecclesiastical theology

As I dig into my dinner of homemade chicken curry korma tonight (and the inevitable large helping of ice cream after that), along with the flavor, there is another sensation: one of memory. When I was eleven, our family moved to Turkey, and I remembered thinking that that new place wouldn’t be my home; it would just be someone else’s home that we were staying in. While I wasn’t overly dramatic or moribund over the thought of moving (we had moved several times before), it was the first time I can remember the anticipation of changing places and how that would feel.

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262: The Legend of Pope Joan by Peter Stanford

262.13: Stanford, Peter. The Legend of Pope Joan: In Search of the Truth. New York: Henry Holt, 1999. 185 pp. ISBN 0-8050-3910-4.

Dewey Construction:

  • 200: Religion
  • 260: Christian social and ecclesiastical theology
  • 262: Ecclesiology (Study of Church doctrine)
  • 262.1: Governing leaders of churches
  • 262.13: Papacy and patriarchate

While on vacation in Rome, journalist Peter Stanford , watching the people weave in and out of the piazza, came upon a peculiar phenomenon. Every once in a while, a woman would leave flowers at a small gate. Once he looked inside the gate, he saw a small sculpture obscured by the darkness. After consulting numerous travel guides, he discovered that this was the purported site of a very special aedicola (small shrine). The aedicola was the shrine of a woman who, legend has it, elected to be the Bishop of Rome. But the Bishop of Rome has another title—His Holiness The Pope.

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