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PIERO'S LIGHT In Search of Piero della Francesca . . . Now Available!
A Renaissance Painter and the Revolution in Art, Science, and Religion. Pegasus Books, December 2013.
Painter, mathematician, geometer, and witness to the Renaissance revival of Platonism, Piero's life and legacy open up a new vista on how our aesthetic, scientific, and spiritual perceptions have changed in the modern world. The vivid story of a Renaissance figure, and an excursion across four centuries of philosophical debate and art historical interpretation.
"[An] illuminating treatment . . . A thorough account of an actual 'Renaissance man'--in every way."--Kirkus Reviews
Hardcover, 18 color plates, 368 pages.
A Story of Art . . .
A narrative adventure into one of the nation's top art colleges and the art world in which it exists. University Press of New England.
"A sympathetic look at a group of supremely talented but often misunderstood young people training to be artists. . . . a holistic view of a year on the urban campus."--Inside Higher Ed
"Bursting with history, rich characters, and anecdotes . . . a pleasurable, comprehensive read . . .The ideal reader would be someone considering pursuing an art degree or a family member."--Baltimore City Paper
Biographers of the Ages . . . . The God Biographers: Our Changing Image of God from Job to the Present. A story of the historic clash between the classical and modern images of God, culminating in the modern-day debate over process, relational, and open theism. Published by Lexington Books, 2010.
'A Concise and Elegant History'
The Proof of God: The Debate that Shaped Modern Belief, the engaging story of the Ontological Argument from St. Anselm, to William of Ockham, to René Descartes. Published by Atlas & Co., 2008
“Witham … enlivens every page. He accomplishes this not only by showing the subtle dynamism of Anselm's thought, but by embedding him, and his successors, firmly in their times.”—New York Sun.
“[A] concise and elegant history . . . concentrates mainly on Anselm and the subsequent engagements with him by Aquinas, Ockham and Descartes, while delighting in the intricacies of monastic and university politics, and dabbing in charming touches of colour.”—The Guardian.
Author photo by Owen T. Davis
PICASSO AND THE CHESS PLAYER: PABLO PICASSO, MARCEL DUCHAMP, AND THE BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF MODERN ART
A convincing and highly readable study whose juxtapositions create its originality. —Publishers Weekly
This thoughtful overview of modern art as a whole, punctuated by the movement's two most enigmatic figures, will appeal to fans of art history, particularly modernism. —Library Journal
(University Press of New England, 2013)
MARKETPLACE OF THE GODS: HOW ECONOMICS EXPLAINS RELIGION
"A good book." marginalrevolution.com
"A rich exposure to a blossoming academic field."—Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
"An important part of the conversation."—Publishers Weekly
(Oxford University Press, 2010)
A CITY UPON A HILL: HOW SERMONS CHANGED THE COURSE OF AMERICAN HISTORY
(HarperOne, Now in Paperback)
"Knows when to pick up the narrative pace and when to slow down for delicious detail."—Publishers Weekly
"The sermon is America's characteristic form of speech . . . a brilliant exposition."—Peter Gomes
"An important study worthy of a place in all libraries."—Library Journal
"A first-rate history of religion in America. . . . will reward readers in ways they can hardly foresee."—Edwin Gaustad
"Weaves a history of the theology contained in the American sermon."—Wall Street Journal
"Witham’s highly readable history of the American sermon strongly bolsters the contention that words change minds and alter the course of events."—Booklist
"[The author’s] engaging prose and broad and detailed history of American religious oratory will fuel discussion among students of American Christianity, homiletics, and U.S. history."—Choice