Category: Religion

  • 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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  • Economic Origins of Roman Christianity

    In the worldwide industry of rules, few geographical regions spark as a lot clash as faith. For hundreds of thousands of individuals, it's an essential component of daily life, mirrored via a commonly divergent offer of practices and philosophical views. but, traditionally, has no longer constantly been aggressive. whereas the early universal period observed festival among Christianity, Judaism, and the numerous pagan cults, Roman Christianity got here finally to dominate Western Europe.
    Using uncomplicated thoughts of financial conception, Robert B. Ekelund Jr. and Robert D. Tollison clarify the beginning and next unfold of Roman Christianity, exhibiting first how the normal thoughts of danger, fee, and gain can account for the call for for faith. Then, drawing at the economics of networking, entrepreneurship, and business association, the publication explains Christianity's swift ascent. Like a company, the church built sound company suggestions that elevated its marketplace percentage to a close to monopoly within the medieval period. This e-book bargains a desirable examine the dynamics of Christianity’s upward thrust, in addition to how features the church’s structure—developed over the 1st millennium—illuminate a couple of serious difficulties confronted via the church today.

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  • Jonah's Gourd Vine: A Novel

    By Zora Neale Hurston

    Jonah's Gourd Vine, Zora Neale Hurston's first novel, initially released in 1934, tells the tale of John blood brother Pearson, "a dwelling exultation" of a tender guy who loves too many ladies for his personal reliable. Lucy, his long-suffering spouse, is his real love, yet there is additionally Mehaley and large 'Oman, in addition to the scheming Hattie, who conjures hoodoo spells to make sure his attentions. Even after changing into the preferred pastor of Zion wish, the place his sermons and prayers for detoxification rouse the congregation's fervor, John has to admit that notwithstanding he's a preacher on Sundays, he's a "natchel guy" the remainder of the week. And so during this sympathetic portrait of a guy and his neighborhood, Zora Neale Hurston indicates that religion, tolerance, and solid intentions can't get to the bottom of the strain among the religious and the actual. That she makes this age-old obstacle come so alive is a tribute to her realizing of the vagaries of human nature.

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  • Philosophy and Religion from Plato to Postmodernism

    From the works of the Greek philosophers to the Postmodernist theories of Jacques Derrida and Richard Rorty, this authoritative survey encompasses over thousand years of interplay among philosophical and non secular though.
    Exploring a number of the ways that philosophy can relate to the monotheistic religions, the writer tracks 5 key techniques in a delicately based and obtainable demeanour. Following a chronological trend, those 5 chapters give some thought to either significant and no more famous philosophers, and have specified insurance of:
    Plato, Aristotle and the traditional Greeks
    Philosophy and theology in St Augustine and Thomas Aquinas
    reason, agnosticism and the works of Kant and Kierkegaard
    Linguistic research, faith and Wittgenstein
    Postmodernism and faith: Heidegger, Derrida and Rorty
    Accompanied by way of complete reference notes, this thorough and recent textual content is key examining for all scholars and thinkers who desire to understand extra approximately philosophy,religion and the varied ways that those fields have come jointly over the centures.
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  • H.L. Mencken on Religion

    By H. L. Mencken, S. T. Joshi

    Not anyone ever argued extra forcefully or with such acerbic wit opposed to the silly facets of faith as H. L. Mencken (1880-1956). As a journalist, he won nationwide prominence via his newspaper columns describing the now-famous 1925 Scopes trial, which pitted Fundamentalists opposed to a public college instructor who dared to educate evolution. yet either earlier than and after the Scopes trial, Mencken spent a lot of his profession as a columnist and ebook reviewer lampooning the ignorant piety of gullible Americans.

    S. T. Joshi has introduced jointly and arranged lots of Mencken’s writings on faith during this provocative and unique assortment. The articles the following provided display that Mencken canvassed the total diversity of spiritual phenomena of his time, from evangelists Billy Sunday and Aime Semple McPherson, to Christian Scientists, and theosophists and spiritualists. On a extra severe notice are his discussions of the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and the medical worldview as a rival to spiritual trust. additionally integrated are poignant autobiographical debts of Mencken’s personal upbringing and his center ideals on faith, ethics, and politics.

    If whatever was once sacred to Mencken, it was once the precise to talk one’s brain freely, and lots of of his assaults are directed opposed to these real believers who he felt attempted to foist their ideals on others to stifle autonomous considering. for everybody who values freethought and sharp intelligence, this choice of articles through America’s top-rated iconoclast is a needs to.
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  • Philosophy of Religion: The Key Thinkers

    By Jeffrey J. Jordan

    PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION:  the key thinkers    contains 9 new essays via Michael Tooley, Richard Gale, William Hasker, William Rowe, Graham Oppy,  Peter Byrne, Mark Wynn, Katherin Rogers, David Johnson, and Jeff Jordan, which explain and evaluate the principal principles and arguments of the Philosophy of faith - together with the Ontological argument, the Cosmological argument, the Argument from layout, Pascal's guess, the ethical argument,  the argument from non secular adventure, the matter of evil - and why these rules and arguments are nonetheless relevant.
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  • 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life

    By Don Piper

    As he's using domestic from a minister's convention, Baptist minister Don Piper collides with a semi-truck that crosses into his lane. he's said lifeless on the scene. For the following ninety mins, Piper reports heaven the place he's greeted through those that had encouraged him spiritually. He hears attractive song and feels precise peace. again in the world, a passing minister who had additionally been on the convention is ended in pray for Don even if he is familiar with the guy is useless. Piper miraculously comes again to existence and the bliss of heaven is changed through a protracted and painful restoration. For years Piper saved his heavenly event to himself. eventually, notwithstanding, family and friends confident him to percentage his striking tale.
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  • The Book of Job: Aesthetics, Ethics, Hermeneutics (Perspectives on Jewish Texts and Contexts)

    The ebook of task has held a valuable position in defining the undertaking of modernity from the age of Enlightenment until eventually this day. Why has Job’s reaction to catastrophe develop into a touchstone for contemporary reflections on catastrophic occasions? This quantity engages this query and gives new views at the tragic bent of the booklet of task, on its dramatic irony, on Job’s place as mourner, and the original illustration of the Joban physique in pain.
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