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Finalist in USA Book News National "Best Books 2007" Awards! ́Not by force but by good will ́ reads the inscription over the gate of a market farm in Puteoli, Roman Campania. Quintus the master lives by these words. Lucan his slave defies them. Both are nearly destroyed by them. The fugitive slave Lucan, seeking asylum, crashes the farm gate of Good Will, and Quintus rescues him. ́Slaves, serve your master as you would your Lord, ́ Lucan is told. How can he possibly do that? Quintus sows discontent among his sixteen slaves by choosing Lucan for a companion. Letitia the young slave girl refuses to grow up in defense against the deprived farm slaves. She eyes Lucan and longs for her inevitable marriage to be a bond, not a bondage. An insidious bet regarding Lucan convulses the farm and he runs to the safety of the church. But the church will not let him live a lie. The historical novel, Not By Force But By Good Will, resurrects the grass roots of the fourth Century Roman empire. Like the farmer Quintus, three-fourths of the free populace are rustics, and like Lucan, two-thirds of the populace are slaves. The Emperor Constantine ́s foreign war and civil war triumphs and edicts have momentous impact on Quintus. The draft leaches the farmland of his brothers and their men to defend an overextended front. Excessive production quotas exhaust the soil. Taxes to support the state, to build churches and Constantinople, the New Rome in the East, gut him. Nor can Quintus escape; the Colonate law binds farmers and slaves to the land as serfs. Failing to meet his production and tax quotas, Quintus faces prison, and confiscation of his land and household by the state into vast plantations. Since no free person would marry a serf, anyone seducing or cohabiting with a slave, and the family, are threatened by Constantine ́s morality edicts with the death penalty and seizure of land. Only Lucan can save them. Running from Puteoli to Nicaea, to Rome and back, Lucan experiences the grassroots impact of the Nicene Council of Churches, convened by Constantine, that settles a schism threatening to divide the empire newly united by the sword. The Council gives the Nicene Creed to posterity. The consequences to Lucan ́s life are profound. Peopled with vivid characters, Not by Force but by Good Will explores how slaves like Lucan may have struggled to transcend slavery and obey the scriptural mandate to serve the master as the Lord, even when there was not so much as a whisper of hope for freedom. Readers ́ Comments Good Will is more than a farm. I just finished your book and am so glad that I have read it. Thank you for a lifetime of work, your many rewrites and deep scholarly insights. I was amazed at all of the detail of people ́s lives, places in the Roman Empire, political/military strategies and the trap of slavery that existed. The personal emotion-from anger to hope to love (in all forms!) was moving and clearly felt. I had never thought about Christianity through the eyes of a slave at that time. Now, I am recalling that much of the text of the Old and New Testaments was spoken to people in bondage and with no hope of anything else. Jesus ́ message and writers of the time had them in mind. We think of those words quite differently now. The story kept me wondering right up to the last paragraph. Terry Wollen, veterinarian with Heifer International, Little Rock, AR. 03/20/2007 What it ́s like to live in someone else ́s shoes as a slave. I loved reading this book - I couldn ́t put it down! Wow, what an amazingly engaging immersion in that time - truly spectacular and very enjoyable. It not only opened my eyes but often raised my eyebrows, which is also a very good thing. Janet Huie, biological scientist and teacher, Ithaca, NY. 08/16/2007 An original and exciting read!

The Department of State Bulletin

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The official monthly record of United States foreign policy.

NPNF2 07 Cyril of Jerusalem Gregory Nazianzen

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A commentary upon the holy Bible

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Literature and Development in North Africa

Author : Perri Giovannucci
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The book examines how modern global development largely privileges Western multinational interests at the expense of local or indigenous concerns in the "developing" nations of the East. The practices of development have mostly led not to economic, social, and political progressivism in local society but rather to instability, poverty, debt, and repression. "Modernization" may therefore be seen as the catalyst of anti-Western reaction. The record of exploitative "development" is traceable in the anti-colonial works of Frantz Fanon, Albert Memmi, and Jean-Paul Sartre, as well as in the fiction and memoirs of several North African authors, including Albert Camus, Naguib Mahfouz, Nawal El Saadawi, Assia Djebar, and Edward Said, who address decolonization in the middle twentieth century. The critical regard of development provides better understanding of the independence movements in North Africa. Further, one may look to the colonial past for perspective upon global development today. One sees similar practices and rhetoric are now invoked under "globalization." This recognition is key to understanding today’s so-called "war on terror." The understanding of things "postcolonial" is therefore critical for Americans today. Grounded in literature in English translation, this work has relevance for cultural studies in the Middle East, Africa, globalization, postcolonialism, and women’s studies.

The First Booke of the Christian Exercise Appertayning to Resolution

Author : Robert Parsons
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Tracts and Pamphlets by Richard Steele

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First Published in 1968. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Raising Your Child Not by Force But by Love

Author : Sidney D. Craig
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A clinical psychologist offers advice designed to improve parent-child relationships through the application of Judeo-Christian teachings

Specimens of Irish Eloquence

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Answer to the Pelagians

Author : Saint Augustine (of Hippo)
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Angela of Foligno has risen from relative obscurity to a prominent rank among the most significant representatives of the Franciscan and Christian mystical tradition. The scorching yet feminine way in which she narrates her dramatic love affair with the passionate ldquo;suffering Godmanrdquo; strikes a chord in contemporary readers. The intensity of her account has no match in Christian mystical literature.Selections from Memorial the first part of her book recount the progression in her spiritual journey. Passages from Instructions the second part reveal her role as mother and ldquo;teacher of theologians.rdquo;

Ethics and Experience

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Email blast to SS8500 Religious Ethics, 1043 names, SS5450 Ethical Theory, 266 names, and SS5410 Intro to Ethics, 1621 names. Comp mailing to PT to competing book A Complete Method for Moral Choice.

National and State Rights

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Thucydides and the Pursuit of Freedom

Author : Mary P. Nichols
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In Thucydides and the Pursuit of Freedom, Mary P. Nichols argues for the centrality of the idea of freedom in Thucydides’ thought. Through her close reading of his History of the Peloponnesian War, she explores the manifestations of this theme. Cities and individuals in Thucydides’ history take freedom as their goal, whether they claim to possess it and want to maintain it or whether they desire to attain it for themselves or others. Freedom is the goal of both antagonists in the Peloponnesian War, Sparta and Athens, although in different ways. One of the fullest expressions of freedom can be seen in the rhetoric of Thucydides’ Pericles, especially in his famous funeral oration. More than simply documenting the struggle for freedom, however, Thucydides himself is taking freedom as his cause. On the one hand, he demonstrates that freedom makes possible human excellence, including courage, self-restraint, deliberation, and judgment, which support freedom in turn. On the other hand, the pursuit of freedom, in one’s own regime and in the world at large, clashes with interests and material necessity, and indeed the very passions required for its support. Thucydides’ work, which he himself considered a possession for all time, therefore speaks very much to our time, encouraging the defense of freedom while warning of the limits and dangers in doing so. The powerful must defend freedom, Thucydides teaches, but beware that the cost not become freedom itself.

The Christian and civic economy of large towns

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The Work

Author : John Locke
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Religious Expression and the American Constitution

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First Amendment rights have been among the most fiercely debated topics in the aftermath of 9/11. In the current environment and fervor for “homeland security,” personal freedoms in exchange for security are coming under more scrutiny. Among these guaranteed freedoms are the protection of religious expression given by the U.S. Constitution and the constitutional prohibitions against behaviors that violate the separation of church and state. The mandate that the government “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” is a general principle that has guided American courts in interpreting the original intent of the First Amendment. In Religious Expression and the American Constitution, Haiman focuses on the current state of American law with respect to a broad range of controversial issues affecting religious expression, both verbal and nonverbal, along with a review of the recent history of each issue to provide a full understanding.

A Refutation of Calvinism

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A Letter Concerning Toleration

Author : John Locke
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John Locke's subtle and influential defense of religious toleration as argued in his seminal Letter Concerning Toleration (1685) appears in this edition as introduced by one of our most distinguished political theorists and historians of political thought.

The Works of John Locke Esq in Three Volumes

Author : John Locke
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Locke Political Writings

Author : John Locke
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John Locke's Second Treatise of Government' (c1681) is perhaps the key founding liberal text. A Letter Concerning Toleration', written in 1685 (a year when a Catholic monarch came to the throne of England and Louis XVI unleashed a reign of terror against Protestants in France), is a classic defence of religious freedom. Yet many of Locke's other writings -- not least the Constitutions of Carolina', which he helped draft -- are almost defiantly anti-liberal in outlook. This comprehensive collection brings together the main published works (excluding polemical attacks on other people's views) with the most important surviving evidence from among Locke's papers relating to his political philosophy. David Wootton's wide-ranging and scholarly Introduction sets the writings in the context of their time, examines Locke's developing ideas and unorthodox Christianity, and analyses his main arguments. The result is the first fully rounded picture of Locke's political thought in his own words.