Wordsmith Media, Inc. (OTC Pink: WDIS) announced today the launch of SacredNews.com a new source for religious news and elements relating to sacred history. The award-winning Sacred History Magazine first launched in 2005, remains one of the few sources of religious history for the popular culture. Wordsmith Media, Inc. plans to re-launch the publication in 2013 following the extreme metamorphosis in the publishing industry and unfavorable conditions in the global economy. The business plan calls for a balanced approach of digital and print media serving a multi-generational audience. The precedent-setting resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has illuminated the tremendous importance of sacred history throughout the centuries. Benedict's abdication of his office is the first in over 600 years impacting the 1.2 billion Catholics world-wide. It is estimated that there are over 75 million self-identified Catholics in the U.S. alone.
At such a momentous time, Wordsmith Media, Inc. in association with The Sacred History Society, have launched SacredNews.com (www.sacrednews.com) a domain held since 2005. The purpose of the site is to provide sacred news from around the world including decisions and events surrounding the conclave of Cardinals to elect the new pope. As an added benefit, visitors to the site can subscribe free to an original article which first appeared in Sacred History Magazine's inaugural issue entitled, "Electing a Pope: Some Historical Reflections" by renowned Catholic scholar, Dr. Charles A. Frazee .
Wordsmith Media, Inc. and Highland Loch Press also announced today the release of a new book entitled, Shaking Hands with the Devil: The Intersection of Terrorism and Theology by Dr. William J. Abraham .
Dr. Abraham recounts his experience growing up in Northern Ireland and the correlations inherent in all terrorism albeit from the IRA or more rampant expressions of its evil roots in modern times. This is a fascinating read developing the correlations between prominent forms of terrorism as they intersect with theological beliefs and the deadly effects on society. Why do people resort to such extreme exhibitions of faith? What causes such distain and disregard of the innocent? Dr. Abraham explores these ideas and others in this very telling work never more needed than in today's world.
"In the wake of 9/11 much has been written on terrorism. Some have examined the potential relation between religion and terrorism, few, if any, have studied the relation between theology and terrorism. In the latter case, the crucial issue is whether theology provides indirect or direct motivation and justification for terrorist acts. Drawing on his childhood and youth in Northern Ireland, William J. Abraham tackles the latter question head on. He argues that religious themes and practices play a pivotal indirect role in terrorism in Ireland and shows that theology plays a pivotal direct role in forms of modern terrorism. Hence current forms of terrorism cannot be fully understood without coming to terms with the crucial place of religion and theology in their origins and persistent existence. Beyond this he explores what ordinary people can do to respond to terrorism, what they should expect from the state by way of protection, how they can resist pious nonsense about forgiveness in respect to terrorism, and how they can face the depth of evil that terrorism represents for all of us. Written with economy and energy, this book is an eye-opener on terrorism; it is also a rigorous theological response to the moral and spiritual challenges posed by one of the great evils of our time."
This new publication is available in e-book, special hardcover and paperback formats at Amazon.com and can be purchased here: www.amazon.com/dp/0988881225
About William J. Abraham :
Dr. William J. Abraham is the Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies, Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Among many other titles, he published Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology: From the Fathers to Feminism by Oxford University Press.
About The Sacred History Society: www.sacredhistory.orgThe Sacred History Society (SHS) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the promotion of research and the exchange of ideas within academic fields related to historical and religious studies. The society serves as a vehicle to investigate where history intersects religion, with a vision to offer an academic journal for scholars and provide resources to the award-winning Sacred History Magazine.
About Highland Loch Press: www.highlandlochpress.comThe 21st century has brought many changes to how we view the world, our knowledge, and ourselves. New media abounds. With the continuing technological advances made on all fronts; faster networks, quicker computers, laptops, smart phones, E-readers, and the internet itself. We as a civilization are constantly evolving. We have greater access to more information than any other civilization has ever had in the history of humankind. We at Highland Loch Press are developing books and media that will share this brave new world with you. By developing current technologies we will provide new ways for you to enjoy your favorite classics and modern best-sellers.
About Wordsmith Media, Inc: www.wordsmithmedia.net
Wordsmith Media, Inc. is a brand-driven company specializing in historical and cultural media, operating a global content network throughout the U.S. and Europe for marketing and advertising, television broadcasting, DVDs, books, e-books, enhanced e-books and more traditional magazines. Over the past seven years, the company has partnered with other key media companies such as The History Channel, A&E Network, National Geographic and Walt Disney Pictures.
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