Month: February 2017

  • European Paganism

    By Ken Dowden

    European Paganism offers a entire and obtainable assessment of old pagan religions in the course of the eu continent.
    Before there the place Christians, the peoples of Europe have been pagans. have been they bloodthirsty savages striking human choices from bushes? have been they chuffed ecologists, valuing the unpolluted rivers and mountains? In European Paganism Ken Dowden outlines and analyses the varied facets of pagan ritual and tradition from human sacrifice to pilgrimage lunar fairs and tree worship. It includes:
    * a 'timelines' chart to assist with chronology
    * many quotations from historical and sleek resources translated from the unique language the place valuable, to lead them to accessible
    * a accomplished bibliography and advisor to additional reading.
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  • On Hinduism

    By Wendy Doniger

    During this magisterial quantity of essays, Wendy Doniger complements our realizing of the traditional and complicated faith to which she has committed herself for part a century. This sequence of interconnected essays and lectures surveys the main seriously very important and hotly contested concerns in Hinduism over 3,500 years, from the traditional time of the Vedas to the current day.

    The essays ponder the character of Hinduism; Hindu suggestions of divinity; attitudes touching on gender, keep an eye on, and hope; the query of fact and phantasm; and the impermanent and the everlasting within the nice Sanskrit epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. one of the questions Doniger considers are: Are Hindus monotheists or polytheists? How can atheists be Hindu, and the way can unrepentant Hindu sinners locate salvation? Why have Hindus dedicated a lot consciousness to the psychology of dependancy? What does the importance of canines and cows let us know approximately Hinduism? How have Hindu recommendations of loss of life, rebirth, and karma replaced over the process heritage? How and why does a pluralistic religion, amazing for its highbrow tolerance, foster spiritual intolerance?

    Doniger concludes with 4 concise autobiographical essays during which she displays on her life of scholarship, Hindu feedback of her paintings, and the effect of Hinduism on her personal philosophy of lifestyles. On Hinduism is the fruits of over 40 years of scholarship from a well known specialist on one of many world's nice faiths.
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  • Holy Blood, Holy Grail: The Secret History of Jesus, the Shocking Legacy of the Grail

    By Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh

    Targeted ILLUSTRATED variation WITH particular NEW MATERIAL

    "One of the extra arguable books of the 20 th century." --UPI

    "Enough to significantly problem many conventional ideals, if no longer modify them." --Los Angeles publication instances Review

    Explosive, thought-provoking, fiercely compelling, Holy Blood, Holy Grail breaks daring new floor with its stunning conclusions concerning the lineage of Christ and the legacy of the Holy Grail. Now this lavishly illustrated
    collector's version gains specific new fabric plus dozens of full-color photos, drawings, symbols, structure, and paintings, making it a blinding ceremonial dinner for the eyes in addition to the brain. in keeping with decades
    of study, full of eye-opening new
    evidence and beautiful scholarship, this authoritative paintings uncovers an alternative heritage as stunning because it is believable--as it dares to ask:

    Is the normal, authorised view of the lifetime of Christ in a roundabout way incomplete?

    Is it attainable Christ didn't die on the
    cross?

    Is it attainable Jesus was once married, a father,
    and that his bloodline nonetheless exists?

    Is it attainable that parchments present in the
    South of France a century in the past demonstrate one
    of the best-kept secrets and techniques in Christendom?

    Is it attainable that those parchments contain
    the very middle of the secret of the Holy
    Grail?

    According to the authors of this terribly provocative, meticulously researched publication, not just are this stuff possible--they are most likely actual. So progressive, so unique, so convincing, the main devoted Christians might be moved; here's the e-book that has sparked around the world controversy, now newly up-to-date and fantastically illustrated for the collector's shelf.
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  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    By Christopher Hitchens

    Within the culture of Bertrand Russell's Why it's not that i am a Christian and Sam Harris's fresh bestseller, The finish of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the last word case opposed to faith. With an in depth and erudite interpreting of the most important spiritual texts, he records the ways that faith is an artificial want, a explanation for risky sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins within the cosmos. With eloquent readability, Hitchens frames the argument for a extra secular existence in response to technological know-how and cause, within which hell is changed by means of the Hubble Telescope's remarkable view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush fall down to the wonder and symmetry
    of the double helix.
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  • God Is Red: A Native View of Religion

    By Vine Deloria Jr.

    Contributor note: ahead via George E. Tinkler and Leslie Marmon Silko
    Publish 12 months note: First released in 1972
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    First released in 1972, God Is Red is still the seminal paintings on local non secular perspectives, asking new questions on our species and our final destiny. Celebrating 3 a long time in ebook with a distinct thirtieth anniversary version, this vintage paintings reminds us to benefit "that we're part of nature, no longer a transcendent species with out repsponsibilities to the typical world." it's time back to hear Vine Deloria Jr.'s robust voice, telling us approximately spiritual existence that's self reliant from Christianity and that reveres the interconnectedness of all residing things.

    Vine's books motivated our iteration and are as vital to usa culural historical past as are books through Norman Mailer and Tom Wolfe. this may be favored by means of destiny generations while U.S. heritage ceases to be fabricated for the distinction of the white guy. In God is Red Vine explains how Christianity is the basis explanation for this nice weak point of the United States—the inablity to appreciate to recognize or tolerate people who are diverse. truly, this weak point of the us has in basic terms worsened lately, with wars opposed to former allies Manuel Noriega, Saddam Hussein, and Osama Bin Laden...God is Red could be learn and re–read by means of americans who are looking to comprehend why the USA retains wasting the peace, warfare after battle. — from the ahead through Leslie Marmon Silko, writer of Ceremony.
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  • A Companion to Greek Religion

    This significant addition to Blackwell’s Companions to the traditional World sequence covers all facets of faith within the historical Greek international from the archaic, in the course of the classical and into the Hellenistic interval.
    • Written by means of a panel of overseas experts
    • Focuses on spiritual lifestyles because it was once skilled by means of Greek women and men at diversified instances and in several places
    • Features significant sections on neighborhood non secular structures, sacred areas and formality, and the divine
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  • Historical Dictionary of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation (Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements ; 100)

    The Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century has typically been considered as marking the onset of modernity in Europe. It eventually broke up the federal Christendom of the center a while, lower than the management of the papacy and substituted for it a continent of self reliant and nationwide states, self sufficient of Rome.

    The Historical Dictionary of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation presents a entire account of 2 chains of events―the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation―that have left an everlasting imprint on Europe, the United States, and the realm at huge. this is often performed via a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over three hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries on folks, areas, nations, associations, doctrines, rules, and occasions.
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  • The Role of Religion in Modern Societies (Routledge Advances in Sociology)

    Does modernization result in the decline of faith? this question lies on the centre of a key debate within the sociology of faith. in past times decade American students, utilizing essentially American information, have ruled this debate and feature made a robust case that the reply to this query isn't any. lately, even if, a brand new crop of ecu students, operating with new resources of eu information, have exposed proof that issues towards an affirmitive answer.

    This quantity will pay designated recognition to those traits and advancements to supply the reader with a extra well-rounded realizing of the numerous ways that faith interacts with modernization. revered students equivalent to David Voas, Steve Bruce and Anthony Gill research glossy societies internationally during this excellent e-book so one can curiosity sociologists, political scientists, historians, and theologians in equivalent degree.
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  • The Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Volumes 1-3

    The restoration of 800 files within the 11 caves at the northwest seashores of the lifeless Sea is likely one of the such a lot sensational archeological discoveries within the Holy Land thus far. those 3 volumes, some of the best of severe scholarship, display intimately how the scrolls have revolutionized our wisdom of the textual content of the Bible, the nature of moment Temple Judaism, and the Jewish beginnings of Christianity.
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  • Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible

    By Karel van der Toorn

    Each decade we see the book of just one or works of scholarly excellence that essentially develop the certainty of the Hebrew Bible and alter the highbrow contours of the biblical box. Karel van der Toorn has complete this rarest of highbrow achievements. varied branches of bible study, no matter if literary, theological or historic in orientation, will strongly take advantage of this quantity. (Mark S. Smith, Skirball Professor of Bible and old close to japanese reports, long island University)

    Van der Toorn has made a masterful case that the Hebrew Bible is the made of the scribal tradition of historic Israel and Judaism. His argument is lucidly and skillfully plotted and relentlessly and convincingly logical. quite amazing is his skill to convey facts from different old close to jap cultures at the scribal craft, particularly Mesopotamia, to a penetrating and nuanced elucidation of the Biblical case. In all, this is often particularly an immense contribution to bible study and a triumph of the comparative method of them. (Peter Machinist, Hancock Professor of Hebrew and different Oriental Languages, Harvard University)

    Karel van der Toorn has really swept away a couple of unbelievable theories and even as has laid a company beginning for destiny learn. He cuts via a lot of the idea of the hot scholarly debate and proposes new theories that may be debatable yet are according to good facts. destiny debates in this subject might want to take his contributions under consideration or danger being looked as if it would be out of contact with the truth of historic literary perform. (Robert R. Wilson, Hoober Professor of spiritual reviews and Professor of previous testomony, Yale University)

    This scrupulous examine via the Dutch pupil Karel van der Toorn of the way the Hebrew Bible used to be written after which developed through the years is in such a lot respects finely instructive. a few of what Toorn has to claim comprises thoughts lengthy common to Biblical students, notwithstanding even during this regard he offers many clean insights. approximately all of the book's argument, additionally, deals a powerful corrective to misconceptions in regards to the Bible...Karel van der Toorn is the perfect--and bracing--antithesis to Harold Bloom...Scribal tradition and the Making of the Hebrew Bible is a salutary e-book according to the main bold scholarly wisdom and research. it's going to compel readers to reconsider their conceptions of literary creation in old Israel, and it's a important reminder that during many respects these answerable for the biblical corpus have been particularly faraway from being early Iron Age equivalents of Flaubert or Henry James. (Robert regulate London evaluate of Books 2007-07-19)

    Building upon the becoming acceptance that the Hebrew Bible got here into being because the close to East moved from an oral to a written culture…Van der Toorn...examines the primary position old scribes performed in shaping the biblical textual content. the writer brings to undergo his giant wisdom of scribal practices during the historic close to East, and thereby exhibits how the Bible’s development is illuminated while visible in contrast history. whereas every now and then speculative (e.g., his rivalry that Deuteronomy gone through 4 versions, which he well delineates), the author’s learn calls into query those that blithely brush off resource and redaction feedback; it additionally demanding situations the conclusions of old minimalists who date the monstrous bulk of the Hebrew Bible to overdue within the Persian or early within the Hellenistic period. moreover, the portrait Van der Toorn attracts of scribal education offers a devastating blow to critics who argue that J can have been a girl. Van der Toorn demonstrates that the scribes who produced the Hebrew Bible have been a part of a much wider scribal tradition and that those that forget about this truth prove false impression the biblical textual content and its heritage. (J.S. Kaminsky selection 2007-09-01)

    Van der Toorn covers enormous flooring during this quantity. He surveys literacy and authorship within the old global, the tradition and vocation of scribes, creation of the Moses and prophetic traditions, and the problems of revelation and canon...This quantity is very useful. Scribal tradition is a must-read for someone drawn to the problems of the formation, transmission, and standardization of the Hebrew Bible. (Charles Halton magazine of the Evangelical Theological Society 2007-12-01)
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