SHERM Vol. 2, No. 2 Is Now On Sale!

The Global Center for Religious Research is excited to announce the release of our latest issue of the peer-reviewed academic journal, Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry (SHERM). As a not-for-profit publication, SHERM publishes the latest social-scientific, historiographic, and ecclesiastic research on religious institutions and their ministerial practices. The journal is dedicated to the critical and scholarly inquiry of historical and contemporary religious phenomena, both from within particular religious traditions and across cultural boundaries, so as to inform the broader socio-historical analysis of religion and its related fields of study.

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Table of Contents


  • The Curse of Ham: Biblical Justification for Racial Inequality? Charles David Isbell

Dialogues in Philosophy

  • On Behalf of Resurrection: A Second Reply to Cavin and Colombetti Stephen T. Davis

  • Why Religious Experience Cannot Justify Religious Belief David Kyle Johnson

Social-Scientific and Philosophical Research

  • The Influence of Humanism on the Main Magisterial Reformers John F. Lingelbach

  • Atheism is Global Atheism Jack David Eller

  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea? Re-Examining ChristianEngagement with Ba’athism in Syria and Iraq Louis Elton

Ministry Research

  • Hermeneutic Applications from the Patristic Exegetes James D. Johansen

Invited Position Papers Respond to John Hartung's now (in)famous article, “Love Thy Neighbor: The Evolution of In-Group Morality,” where he argues that Jesus was not, in fact, commanding his followers to love all people (like nonbelieving Gentiles). Rather, “love thy neighbor” applied only to fellow Jews. Answer whether or not you agree with Hartung's conclusion and explain why.

  • Love Thy Neighbor: The Expansive Command Steven Bishop

  • “From Every Tribe and Tongue and People and Nation”: The All-Inclusive Group David G. Hellwig

Book Reviews

  • Judaism and Jesus, by Zev Garber and Kenneth Hanson Eugene J. Fisher

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