Journal Celebrates Reformation Anniversary

by bjs | Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 2:33 PM

At the end of October, Lutherans around the world will mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Lutheran Quarterly will commemorate this milestone with a look back at the importance of Luther's actions and what has followed.

First, the journal has created a historical timeline of important events since Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.

Articles from the journal over the years help provide context to the significance of these events. Please explore the timeline to see the impact that rippled throughout over the past 500 years.

The journal has also released a video interview (below) with The Reverend Dr. Timothy J. Wengert, Professor Emeritus at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, where he shares insights on the Protestant Reformation.

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Explaining Civil Society Development: What are the “Social Origins of Civil Society?”

by krm | Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 6:00 AM

Over the past 25 years, the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project generated a powerful body of new systematic comparative data on the scope and structure of the nonprofit, or civil society, sector in more than 40 countries scattered widely around the world. Now, in a new book entitled Explaining Civil Society Development: A Social Origins Approach , authors Lester Salamon, Wojciech Sokolowski, and Megan Haddock draw on this sizable body of new data to test a variety of theories about what causes what turn out to be a number of intriguing puzzles that this research surfaced.

Why is it, for example, that the paid workforce of the civil society sector in Belgium stands at a whopping 10% of the country’s effective workforce but only 2.5% in Sweden, even though these two countries are at roughly similar levels of development? Why does government account for 65% of nonprofit revenue in Germany and only 36% in nearby Italy? And how is it that the overall size and shape of the civil society sector in Mexico is virtually...Read More

Behind the Book: Playboys and Mayfair Men

by krm | Monday, October 9, 2017 - 6:00 AM

At about 4:20 on the afternoon of December 20, 1937, Henrietta Gordon, a housemaid at the luxurious Hyde Park Hotel in London’s West End, heard some unusual noises—like something being smashed—coming from room 305. She alerted Enrico Laurenti, a waiter, who detected what he thought sounded like “muffled laughing.” Concerned that something was amiss, they knocked. When they received no response Laurenti used his master key to get in. He was shocked to find a large man lying on his back in a pool of blood. The maid thought he was dead, but he soon revived, crying out, with a distinct French accent, “Help, help! They’ve got my rings.”

I came across this dramatic scene several years ago when trolling through the British tabloids of the 1930s in search of a new research topic. I was initially puzzled to read that a gang of playboys had attacked a jeweler with a “life preserver.” For Americans, a life preserver (or life jacket) was a floatation device. In 1930s Britain it also meant a truncheon or what North Americans called a “blackjack” — a short club, heavily loaded with a lead weight at one end and a strap or lanyard at...Read More

Examining the International Standard Book Number

by krm | Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 6:00 AM

We use ISBNs daily, but did you know that just looking at one will tell you where a book was published and by whom? This is a simple look at the International Standard Book Number (ISBN). This global system works for publishers from Australia to Zimbabwe.

Dissecting an ISBN There are five parts to an ISBN:

Prefix: 978 is the prefix that came into use when the standard switched from 10 digits to 13 digits in 2005. When 978s run out, the prefix will become 979.

Registration group element: The second part is a group or country identifier. For example, English-speaking countries start with 0 or 1, French-speaking areas start with 2, German-speaking areas start with 3, Japan starts with 4, and so on. There is a complete list of country identifiers here: .

Registrant element: This set of numbers identifies the publisher who purchased the block of ISBNs.

Publication element: This group of numbers identifies a specific book.

Check digit: Finally there is a single check digit, which validates the ISBN.

ISBN FUN FACTS The first ISBNs were...Read More

Children's Literature and 'Fitting In'

by bjs | Monday, October 2, 2017 - 10:47 AM

When the 2017 issue of Children's Literature came out earlier this year, a familiar name appeared at the top of the masthead. Hollins University's Julie Pfeiffer returned as editor after a five-year hiatus. She joined us for apodcast where she talked about the issue, which features essays about the idea of "fitting in" for children's literature characters as well as what lies in store for the coming years for the journal.

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