Category: Religion

  • The Cambridge Companion to Atheism (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy)

    By Michael Martin

    During this 2007 quantity, eighteen of the world's prime students current unique essays on a number of features of atheism: its historical past, either historical and smooth, safety and implications. the subject is tested when it comes to its implications for a variety of disciplines together with philosophy, faith, feminism, postmodernism, sociology and psychology. In its safety, either classical and modern theistic arguments are criticized, and, the argument from evil, and impossibility arguments, besides a non non secular foundation for morality are defended. those essays supply a huge knowing of atheism and a lucid advent to this arguable subject.
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  • A Short History of Atheism (I.B.Tauris Short Histories)

    By Gavin Hyman

    The previous few years have visible a extraordinary surge of well known curiosity within the subject of atheism. Books approximately atheism by way of writers like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have figured prominently in bestseller lists and feature attracted frequent dialogue within the media. The ubiquity of public debates approximately atheism, particularly in awake competition to the perceived social danger posed by means of religion and faith, has been startling. even though, as Gavin Hyman issues out, regardless of their incidence and recognition, what usually characterizes those debates is a scarcity of nuance and class. they are often shrill, blind to the historic complexity of debates approximately trust, and have a tendency to lapse into cartoon. what's wanted is a transparent and good expert presentation of the way atheistic principles originated and built, in an effort to light up their modern relevance and alertness. That job is what the writer undertakes the following. Exploring the increase of atheism as an specific philosophical place (notably within the paintings of Denis Diderot), Hyman strains its improvement within the later rules of Descartes, Locke, and Berkeley. Drawing additionally at the paintings of up to date students like Amos Funkenstein and Michael J Buckley, the writer exhibits that, given that in fresh theology the idea that of God which atheists negate is altering, the triumph of its advocates will not be particularly as unequivocal as Hitchens and Dawkins could have us believe.

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  • Dream Killers: Igniting the Passion to Overcome Your Obstacles and Mistakes

    By Jim Raley

    Dare to Dream Big
    “When desires come real there's existence and joy.” —Proverbs 13:12, NLT 1996

    God has designed you to dream enormous. yet you usually must be reminded how to define God’s dream to your lifestyles and to pursue its achievement within the face of problem. Dream Killers specializes in the lifetime of Joseph to teach you the way to beat stumbling blocks and to re-ignite your desire so you might in achieving God’s goals for you. It provides…

    · Encouragement to carry directly to your goals in attempting times
    · innovations to accommodate “dream killers” which can come disguised as associates, relatives, coworkers, or even error out of your past
    · wish that God can deliver stable out of the damaging and satisfy each of His reasons on your life

    God desires to take you from tension to divine procedure, from a setback to a setup, and from a breakdown to a step forward! It’s time to begin dreaming for a brighter, greater destiny.
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  • The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession

    By John Cornwell

    Confession is an important ritual of the Catholic Church, supplying absolution of sin and religious suggestions to the trustworthy. but this old sacrament has additionally been a resource of controversy and oppression, culminating, as prize-winning historian John Cornwell unearths in The darkish Box, with the scandal of clerical baby abuse. Drawing on wide historic assets, modern stories, and first-hand bills, Cornwell takes a troublesome examine the lengthy evolution of confession.

    The papacy made annual, one-on-one confession compulsory for the 1st time within the thirteenth century. within the period that undefined, confession used to be a resource of religious comfort in addition to sexual and mercenary scandal. throughout the sixteenth century, the Church brought the confession field to avoid sexual solicitation of ladies, yet this inner most area gave upward push to new types of temptation, either for penitents and confessors. but no section within the tale of the sacrament has had such drastic effects as a ancient decree by way of Pope Pius X in 1910. In response to the non secular perils of the recent century, Pius sought to guard the Catholic devoted by way of decreasing the age at which young children made their first confession from their early youngsters to seven, whereas exhorting all Catholics to admit often rather than every year. This sweeping, inappropriately early imposition of the sacrament gave clergymen an exceptional and privileged function within the lives of younger boys and girls—a position major quantity may make the most within the a long time that followed.

    A much-needed account of confession’s fraught historical past, The darkish Box explores the resources of the sacrament’s damage and disgrace, whereas spotting its carrying on with energy to supply comfort and reconciliation.
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  • The Gospel in Christian Traditions

    During the background of Christianity, there were theological disputes that prompted fissures one of the trustworthy. there have been the main ruptures of the nice Schism of 1054 and the Protestant Reformation. because the Reformation, notwithstanding, there was an eruption of latest denominations. the realm Christian Database now record over 9000 all over the world. And new denominations are created each day, frequently while a bunch splits off from a longtime church as a result of a dispute over doctrine or management. With the sort of proliferation of denominations, may well there very likely be one middle Christian message that each one church buildings percentage? that is the query that Ted Campbell units out to reply to during this ebook. He starts off his exam of Christian doctrine the place it began: within the gospels. He then indicates how the gospel has been obtained and professed through Christian groups throughout the centuries, from the 1st "proto-Orthodox" Christian groups all the way through the trendy evangelical, Pentecostal, and ecumenical activities. Campbell indicates that, regardless of the entire divisions, there's certainly a unmarried unifying center of the religion that every one Christians proportion. within the strategy, he bargains a short, well-written, and applicable historical past of Christian doctrine that would be excellent for classes within the background of Christian thought.
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  • How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

    By Thomas E. Woods

    Ask an individual at the present time the place Western Civilization originated, and she or he may perhaps say Greece or Rome. yet what's the final resource of Western Civilization? Bestselling writer and professor Thomas E. Woods, Jr. presents the lengthy missed resolution: the Catholic Church. within the new paperback variation of his critically-acclaimed booklet, How the Catholic Church outfitted Western Civilization, Woods is going a ways past the general story of clergymen copying manuscripts and retaining the knowledge of classical antiquity. presents similar to glossy technological know-how, free-market economics, artwork, tune, and the assumption of human rights come from the Catholic Church, explains Woods. In How the Catholic Church equipped Western Civilization, you’ll learn:

    • Why smooth technology used to be born within the Catholic Church
    • How Catholic monks built the belief of free-market economics years earlier than Adam Smith
    • How the Catholic Church invented the university
    • Why what you recognize in regards to the Galileo affair is wrong
    • How Western legislation grew out of Church canon law
    • How the Church humanized the West via insisting at the sacredness of all human life

    No establishment has performed extra to form Western civilization than the two-thousand-year-old Catholic Church—and in ways in which many folks have forgotten or by no means identified. How the Catholic Church equipped Western Civilization is vital analyzing for getting better this misplaced truth.
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  • The Bible as Christian Scripture: The Work of Brevard S. Childs (Biblical Scholarship in North America)

    This memorial quantity either screens and evaluates the canonical process of Brevard S. Childs, whose consciousness to historical past via time lively his curiosity within the Bible s use within the church in the course of the a while as much as and together with the current. simply as Childs wrote on a variety of themes canonical and theological either Testaments, Isaiah and Exodus, the Pauline letters, the historical past of biblical interpretation, biblical theology, and old, theological, and methodological questions the members to this quantity, professional colleagues in addition to more youthful students who studied with Childs, provide a global number of old, theological, and New testomony essays in addition to contributions curious about the previous testomony. The participants are Stephen B. Chapman, Brevard S. Childs, Don Collett, Daniel R. motive force, Mark W. Elliott, Leonard G. Finn, Mark Gignilliat, Bernd Janowski, Jörg Jeremias, Leander E. Keck, Neil B. MacDonald, David L. Petersen, Murray A. Rae, C. Kavin Rowe, and Christopher R. Seitz.
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  • The Popular Encyclopedia of Church History: The People, Places, and Events That Shaped Christianity

    Announcing the latest liberate in our well-received well known Encyclopedia series―The renowned Encyclopedia of Church History, an awesome source for someone who need a transparent, straight forward advisor to figuring out the most important humans, areas, and occasions that formed Christianity.

    General editors Ed Hindson and Dan Mitchell have large event with generating reference works that mix professional scholarship and renowned accessibility. including a wide diversity of well-qualified members, they've got prepare what's bound to develop into a regular must-have for either Bible lecturers and students.

    With approximately three hundred articles throughout four hundred pages, readers will enjoy…

    • a finished landscape of church historical past from Acts 2 to today
    • a transparent presentation of ways the church and its teachings have developed
    • concise biographies of significant Christian figures and their contributions
    • fascinating overviews of key turning issues in church history

    This useful source will increase believers’ appreciation for the fantastic history at the back of their Christian faith.

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