Category: Religion

  • Human Rights, Virtue and the Common Good: Untimely Meditations on Religion and Politics (Collected Essays, Volume 3)

    By Ernest L. Fortin, Brian Benestad

    Author note: Brian Benestad (Editor)

    Volume 3 of Ernest Fortin: accumulated Essays discusses the present kingdom of Christianity—especially twentieth-century Catholic Christianity—and the issues with which it has needed to combat in the course of quick clinical growth, profound social swap, and transforming into ethical anarchy.

    In this quantity, Fortin discusses such issues as Christianity and the liberal democratic ethos; Christianity, technology, and the humanities; Ancients and Moderns; papal social idea; advantage and liberalism; pagan and Christian advantage; and the yankee Catholic church and politics.
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  • Early Christian Discourses on Jesus Prayer at Gethsemane: Courageous, Committed, Cowardly? (Novum Testamentum, Supplements)

    From early on, Christians handed down the account of Jesus s suffering on the prospect of his personal demise and his prayer that the cup may still go from him (Gethsemane). but, it is a problematic point of Christian culture. Jesus was once dedicated to his demise, yet because it approached, he prayed for his break out, whilst he submitted himself to God s will. historical critics mocked Jesus and his fans for the occasions at Gethsemane. The hero didn't meet the cultural criteria for noble loss of life and masculinity. As such, this tale demands additional mirrored image and interpretation. the current booklet unfolds discourses from the earliest centuries of Christianity to figure out what recommendations have been constructed to come back to phrases with Gethsemane."
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  • The Happy Atheist

    By PZ Myers

    “I’m an atheist swimming in a sea of superstition, surrounded by way of well-meaning, solid individuals with whom I percentage a tradition and related issues, and there’s just one factor i will do. i need to laugh.” —PZ Myers
    On his renowned technology blog, Pharyngula, PZ Myers has entertained thousands of readers along with his infectious love of evolutionary technological know-how and his both infectious disdain for creationism, biblical literalism, clever layout conception, and different items of godly illogic. This humorous and fearless booklet collects and expands on a few of his hottest writings, giving the non secular fanaticism of our instances the gleeful disrespect it merits by means of skewering the apocalyptic fantasies, magical pondering, hypocrisies, and pseudoscientific theories complicated via non secular fundamentalists of all stripes.

    With a fit appreciation of the absurd, Myers not just pokes enjoyable on the ridiculous tenets of renowned religions but additionally highlights how the endurance of Stone Age superstitions may have darkish outcomes: interfering with our politics, slowing our medical development, and restricting freedom in our culture.

    Forceful and articulate, scathing and funny, The satisfied Atheist is a reaffirmation of the revelatory strength of humor and the truth-revealing powers of technology and reason.

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  • Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution

    By Diana Butler Bass

    The headlines are transparent: faith is at the decline in the US as many of us depart in the back of conventional non secular practices. Diana Butler Bass, major commentator on faith, politics, and tradition, follows up her acclaimed booklet Christianity After Religion by way of arguing that what seems to be a decline truly signs a tremendous transformation in how humans comprehend and adventure God. The far-off God of traditional faith has given method to a extra intimate feel of the sacred that's with us on the earth. This shift, from a vertical figuring out of God to a God stumbled on at the horizons of nature and human group, is on the middle of a non secular revolution that surrounds us – and that's hard not just spiritual associations yet political and social ones as well.

    Grounded explores this cultural flip as Bass unpacks how everyone is discovering new religious flooring via getting to know and embracing God all over the global round us—in the soil, the water, the sky, in our houses and neighborhoods, and within the international commons. religion is not any longer a question of mountaintop adventure or institutional perform; as an alternative, individuals are connecting with God throughout the atmosphere within which we are living. Grounded courses readers via our modern non secular habitat because it issues out and will pay awareness to the ways that humans adventure a God who animates production and community.

    Bass brings her figuring out of the newest examine and reports and her deep wisdom of historical past and theology to Grounded. She cites information, tendencies, information, and dad tradition, weaves in religious texts and old traditions, and pulls all of it jointly via tales of her personal and others' religious trips. Grounded observes and reviews a thorough switch within the manner many folks comprehend God and the way they perform religion. In doing so, Bass invitations readers to hitch this rising religious revolution, discover a revitalized expression of religion, and alter the world.

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  • Por que no soy cristiano

    By Bertrand Russell

    En esta obra lord Bertrand Russell, uno de los pensadores mas lucidos e influyentes que ha dado el siglo XX, reune catorce ensayos escritos entre 1899 y 1954. En ellos expone y desarrolla los motivos de su agnoticismo, rebate los argumentos tradicionales del cristianismo, identifica el miedo como uno de los fundamentos principales de los angeles faith cuestiona las contribuciones de los angeles faith a l. a. felicidad del ser humano y critica muy duramente los planteamientos del cristianismo en cuestiones sexuales. Por que no soy cristiano es una de las mas conmovedoras y convincentes defensas del no creyente que se han escrito desde los dias de Hume y Voltaire.
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  • Experiencing the World's Religions: Tradition, Challenge and Change

    Experiencing the World's Religions offers a transparent and compelling account of faith as a various, lived event via peoples around the globe. international in its assurance, the textual content conveys the power and richness of the world's religions as a dwelling cultural wellspring that not just matters platforms of trust yet how these ideals are expressed in ceremonies, foodstuff, garments, paintings, structure, pilgrimage, scripture, and tune. The textual content demonstrates why an figuring out of the world's religions enriches our lives. In a fascinating narrative emphasizing the adventure of faith, the textual content takes scholars on a private voyage via doctrines, background, the religiously encouraged arts, ceremonies, and daily expressions of trust and combines those with strong images from world wide. The textual content is going past conventional methods to for my part attach scholars with the power of the good religions and the way they achieve into the lives of people and the tradition at huge. This fourth variation has been completely up-to-date in either content material and representation, to handle contemporary international occasions and political adjustments, and supply extra perception into present conception and perform.
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  • Secure the Soul: Christian Piety and Gang Prevention in Guatemala

    By Kevin Lewis O'Neill

    “I’m no longer perfect,” Mateo confessed. “Nobody is. yet I try.” Secure the Soul shuttles among the lifetime of Mateo, a born-again ex-gang member in Guatemala and the crowd prevention courses that paintings so demanding to maintain him alive. alongside the best way, this poignantly written ethnography uncovers the Christian underpinnings of critical American safeguard. within the streets of Guatemala City—amid indignant lynch mobs, overcrowded prisons, and paramilitary demise squads—millions of greenbacks empower church missions, faith-based courses, and doubtless secular safety tasks to avoid gang violence during the perform of Christian piety. With Guatemala more and more outlined by means of either God and gangs, Secure the Soul details an rising technique of geopolitical importance: nearby protection in terms of stable Christian living.
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  • Jazz Religion, the Second Line, and Black New Orleans

    By Richard Brent Turner

    In his new booklet, Richard Brent Turner explores the heritage and modern importance of the preferred non secular traditions, identities, and function kinds celebrated within the moment strains of the jazz highway parades of black New Orleans. the second one line is the gang of dancers who stick to the 1st procession of church and membership individuals, brass bands, and grand marshals. right here musical and spiritual traditions interaction. Jazz faith, the second one Line, and Black New Orleans examines the connection of jazz to indigenous faith and spirituality. It explores how the African diasporist non secular identities and musical traditions―from Haiti and West and valuable Africa―are reinterpreted in New Orleans jazz and well known non secular performances, whereas describing how the individuals within the moment line create their very own social house and develop into informed within the arts of political cover, resistance, and performance.

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  • Colonizing the Realm of Words: The Transformation of Tamil Literature in Nineteenth-century South India (Suny Series in Hindu Studies)

    By Sascha Ebeling

    Details the transformation of Tamil literary tradition that got here with colonialism and the come upon with Western modernity.

    A precise travel de strength, this ebook files the transformation of 1 Indian literature, Tamil, below the impression of colonialism and Western modernity. whereas Tamil is a residing language, it's also India’s moment oldest classical language subsequent to Sanskrit, and has a literary heritage that is going again over thousand years. at the foundation of intensive archival examine, Sascha Ebeling tackles a number of matters pertinent to Tamil elite literary construction and intake throughout the 19th century. those contain the functioning and decline of conventional structures during which poet-scholars have been patronized via spiritual associations, landowners, and native kings; the anatomy of alterations in textual practices, genres, types, poetics, topics, tastes, and audiences; and the function of literature within the politics of social reform, gender, and incipient nationalism. The paintings concludes with a dialogue of the main awesome literary improvement of the time—the emergence of the Tamil novel.

    Colonizing the Realm of phrases is an incredible contribution to the examine of Tamil literature … The booklet provides a superb, certain photo of the biographies, writings and contexts of a few of crucial authors in Tamil of the 19th century.” — Relegere: reports in faith and Reception

    “…[Ebeling] presents a close philological research of the Tamil texts, particularly the poetics of Minatcicundaram Pillai and the Pulavars and the emergence of the Tamil novel. The transliterated Tamil texts following the epilogue make this ebook useful indeed.” — CHOICE

    “This is a pathbreaking research of textual fabrics that experience now not been tested earlier than in an English-language ebook. It fills a huge hole in our knowing of nineteenth-century literary tradition in South India in particular and in India generally.” —Srilata Raman, writer of Self-Surrender (Prapatti)to God in Śrīvaiṣṇavism: Tamil Cats and Sanskrit Monkeys

    “This e-book is impeccably grounded in philological services, and the writer screens mastery of the language and the complicated texts that he discusses. the total booklet is conceived with nice elegance.” — Indira Viswanathan Peterson, coeditor of Tamil Geographies: Cultural buildings of area and position in South India
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  • The Devil in Dover: An Insider's Story of Dogma V. Darwin in Small-town America

    By Lauri Lebo

    Local newspaper reporter Lauri Lebo used to be passed the tale of a life-time whilst the Dover (Pennsylvania) institution Board followed a degree to require its ninth-grade biology scholars to benefit approximately clever layout. In a case that recalled the famed 1925 Scopes “monkey” trial and made overseas headlines, 11 mom and dad sued the college board. whilst the case wound up in federal court docket sooner than a George W. Bush–appointed pass judgement on, Lebo had a front-row seat.

    Destined to turn into required analyzing for a iteration of newshounds, scientists, and technology academics, in addition to for somebody excited by the separation of church and kingdom, The satan in Dover is Lebo’s extensively praised account of an ideal hurricane of spiritual intolerance, First modification violations, and an attack on American technological know-how schooling. Lebo skillfully probes the compelling historical past of the case, introducing us to the plaintiffs, the defendants, the legal professionals, and a parade of witnesses, besides pass judgement on John E. Jones, who could finally condemn the varsity board’s determination as one in all “breathtaking inanity.”

    With the antievolution conflict having moved to the nation level—and the hot passage of country laws that protects the appropriate of colleges to educate possible choices to evolution—the tale will stay correct for years to come.

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