Category: Religion

  • Zwingli

    By G. R. Potter

    Huldrych Zwingli was once widely recognized as a humanist and admirer of Erasmus while he got here to Zurich from Glarus and Einsiedeln in 1519. The phases of the Zwinglian Reformation there have been marked via the assault on obligatory fasting, pictures in church buildings and the doctrine of purgatory, culminating within the rejection of the sacrificial nature of the mass. Like Luther, Zwingli approved sola scripture because the in basic terms criterion through which non secular ideals have been to be judged, yet he parted corporation with Luther at the critical factor of the character of the eucharist. Their war of words at Marburg did not result in contract. yet another very important problem got here from the Anabaptists, who rejected child baptism, army provider, oaths and money of tithe. Zwingli's many verbal and written discussions with them and his family members with Grebel, Mentz, Blaurock and Hubmaier shape a part of the tale.
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  • A Journey in Islamic Thought: The Life of Fathi Osman

    By Ghada Osman

    From pre-revolutionary Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood, and from imprisonment to exile, this can be the lifetime of Fathi Osman: a number one Egyptian-born philosopher on the vanguard of recent Islamic reformism for almost 4 many years. becoming a member of the Muslim Brotherhood as a tender guy, Fathi Osman rose throughout the ranks of the association due to his personal substantial oratory abilities and his courting with prime Brotherhood figures, Sayyid Qutb and Hasan al-Hudaybi. yet as he started to realize the covert violent features of the Brotherhood, he more and more distanced himself and voiced his competition. He was once, because of his organization with the Muslim Brothers, imprisoned a couple of instances earlier than he finally left Egypt in self-imposed exile. utilizing interviews, kin records, and archival fabrics to chronicle Fathi Osman’s ideological improvement from spokesperson for the prototypical Islamist circulate to formulator of an intensive Islamic reformist ideology, Ghada Osman sheds mild at the entice and internal workings of an immense Islamist circulation and the position of Islamic reform within the international enviornment. within the approach, she has produced a dispassionate and punctiliously researched biography of an enormous determine of the twentieth-century Arab and Muslim highbrow world.
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  • Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion

    What if religions are neither all actual nor all nonsense? Alain de Botton’s daring and provocative publication argues that we will be able to enjoy the knowledge and tool of religion—without having to think in any of it.

    He means that instead of mocking faith, agnostics and atheists should still as an alternative thieve from it—because the world’s religions are choked with reliable principles on how we'd reside and organize our societies. De Botton seems to be to faith for insights into tips to construct a feeling of neighborhood, make relationships final, conquer emotions of envy and inadequacy, encourage shuttle, get extra out of artwork, and reconnect with the wildlife. For too lengthy non-believers have confronted a stark selection among swallowing plenty of atypical doctrines or removing a number consoling and lovely rituals and ideas. Religion for Atheists deals a much more fascinating and actually necessary alternative.

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  • The Science of the Rishis: The Spiritual and Material Discoveries of the Ancient Sages of India

    A whole creation to Sanatana Dharma, the non secular technology of the Hindu sages

    • Examines what percentage middle strategies of Hinduism, together with Brahman, Atman, bhakti, karma, and reincarnation, relate to trendy technological know-how

    • Explores the clinical discoveries of the rishis, historical Vedic sages, and the way they've got just recently been rediscovered via Western scientists

    • finds the options of quantum physics hidden in the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and the Puranas

    Called “the scientists of Hinduism,” the rishis of historic India have been the scribes of the Vedas. They built the religious technological know-how of Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma, as their approach of making sure the consistent renewal and growth of India’s religious culture and tradition. Sanatana Dharma permeates each element of Hindu tradition, from faith to the humanities to the sciences. Woven inside its Vedic texts lie all the crucial options of quantum physics and different sleek medical discoveries.

    Providing an entire creation to the technological know-how of Sanatana Dharma, Vanamali unearths how the middle techniques of Hinduism, together with Brahman, Atman, bhakti, karma, and reincarnation, relate to fashionable technological know-how and the way the medical discoveries of the traditional rishis were lately rediscovered by way of the West. She examines the medical ideas in the vintage tales and texts of India, together with the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and the Puranas. in the teachings of the traditional Puranic sages and saints comparable to Valmiki and Vyasa and mythical physicians and mathematician-philosophers akin to Aryabhatta and Varahamihir, the writer unearths nice medical truths--not these believed via the traditional international, yet truths nonetheless upheld by means of glossy technology, really quantum physics. She explores Desha and Kaala (Space and Time), Shankara and his philosophy of Advaita Vedanta, and the Hindu sciences of arithmetic, astronomy, and Vedic astrology.

    In illustrating the medical foundation of Hinduism and the discoveries of its sages, Vanamali offers a window into the depths of this such a lot historical non secular lifestyle.
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  • Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character: Engaging Joel J. Kupperman (SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture)

    A attention of Confucian ethics that employs the paintings and issues of the eminent comparative ethicist Joel J. Kupperman.

    In this quantity, prime students in Asian and comparative philosophy take the paintings of Joel J. Kupperman as some degree of departure to think about new views on Confucian ethics. Kupperman is one of the few eminent Western philosophers to have built-in Asian philosophical traditions into his inspiration, constructing a character-based ethics synthesizing Western, chinese language, and Indian philosophies. With their concentrate on Confucian ethics, participants reply, extend, and have interaction in severe discussion with Kupperman’s perspectives. Kupperman joins the dialog with responses and reviews that finish the volume.

    “…the essays in Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character all have specified advantages in their personal, making the amount a vigorous platform of up to date scholarship on ethics in its personal right.” — SirReadaLot.org

    “Joel Kupperman is rightly celebrated for his good fortune at drawing on jap traditions to magnify our (Western) knowing of key matters in philosophy. The striking essays in this quantity expand Kupperman’s strategy with stimulating reflections on personality, feelings, and well-being.” — Stephen C. attitude, writer of Contemporary Confucian Political Philosophy

    “Each essay via an immense determine in comparative philosophy is a masterful engagement with the Confucian culture that finds its assets for us today. Scholars and scholars of either chinese language philosophy and comparative philosophy probably want to learn this striking volume.” — Owen Flanagan, writer of The Bodhisattva’s mind: Buddhism Naturalized
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  • Homies and Hermanos: God and Gangs in Central America

    Why might a gun-wielding, tattoo-bearing "homie" exchange in la vida loca for a Bible and the buttoned-down way of life of an evangelical hermano (brother in Christ)? to reply to this question, Robert Brenneman interviewed sixty-three former gang contributors from the "Northern Triangle" of vital America--Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras--most of whom left their gang for evangelicalism. not like within the usa, club in a significant American gang is hasta los angeles morgue. however the commonest exception to the "morgue rule" is that of conversion or normal participation in an evangelical church. Do gang participants who weary in their harmful way of life easily make a rational option to choose evangelical faith? Brenneman reveals this is often in basic terms in part the case, for plenty of others file emotional conversions that got here all of sudden, after they discovered themselves beaten by way of a sermon, a talk, or a prayer provider. An greatly researched and gritty account, Homies and Hermanos sheds gentle at the nature of adlescent violence, of spiritual conversion, and of evangelical church buildings in imperative America.
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  • Cults and New Religions: A Brief History (Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion)

    This extraordinary creation to cults and new non secular hobbies has been thoroughly up-dated and improved to mirror the newest advancements; each one bankruptcy reports the origins, leaders, ideals, rituals and practices of a NRM, highlighting the explicit controversies surrounding each one group.

    • A absolutely up to date, revised and extended variation of an unheard of advent to cults and new spiritual movements
    • Profiles some of the such a lot obvious, major, and debatable new spiritual pursuits, offering each one group’s background, doctrines, rituals, management, and organization
    • Offers a dialogue of the key controversies during which new spiritual activities were concerned, utilizing each one profiled team to demonstrate the character of 1 of these controversies
    • Covers debates together with what constitutes an actual faith, the validity of claims of brainwashing suggestions, the consequences of experimentation with unconventional sexual practices, and the deeply rooted cultural fears that cults engender
    • New sections contain equipment of learning new religions in every one bankruptcy in addition to shows on ‘groups to watch’
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  • Atheism For Dummies

    By Dale McGowan

    The effortless option to comprehend atheism and secular philosophy

    For humans looking a non-religious philosophy of lifestyles, in addition to believers with atheist acquaintances, Atheism For Dummies deals an clever exploration of the historic and ethical case for atheism. usually wildly misunderstood, atheism is an earthly lifestyle in keeping with the knowledge that fact is an association of actual subject, for granted of unverifiable non secular forces.

    Atheism For Dummies bargains a short background of atheist philosophy and its evolution, explores it as a old and cultural move, covers vital ancient writings at the topic, and discusses the character of ethics and morality within the absence of religion.

    • A basic, but clever exploration of a regularly misunderstood philosophy
    • Explores the diversities among specific and implicit atheism
    • A complete, readable, and carefully independent resource

    As the variety of atheists all over the world keeps to develop, this booklet bargains a extensive figuring out of the topic for these exploring atheism as an method of living.

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  • Jesus and the Lost Goddess: The Secret Teachings of the Original Christians

    By Timothy Freke, Peter Gandy

    Why have been the lessons of the unique Christians Brutally Suppressed via the Roman Church?


    • simply because they painting Jesus and Mary Magdalene as mythic figures in line with the Pagan Godman and Goddess
    • simply because they convey that the gospel tale is a religious allegory encapsulating a profound philosophy that ends up in legendary enlightenment
    • simply because they've got the facility to show the area within out and remodel lifestyles into an exploration of consciousness

    Drawing on sleek scholarship, the authors of the overseas bestseller The Jesus Mysteries decode the key teachings of the unique Christians for the 1st time in virtually millennia and theorize approximately who the unique Christians rather have been and what they really taught. additionally, the ebook explores the numerous myths of Jesus and the Goddess and unlocks the misplaced mystery teachings of Christian mysticism, which promise happiness and immortality to those that reach the kingdom of Gnosis, or enlightenment. This bold and debatable booklet recovers the traditional knowledge of the unique Christians and demonstrates its relevance to us this day.
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  • The Fire Gospel

    By Michel Faber

    From The ny Times best-selling writer of The purple Petal and the White, Michel Faber’s The hearth Gospel is a wickedly humorous, acid-tongued, media-savvy picaresque that delves into our sensationalist tradition. Theo Griepenkerl, a Canadian linguistics student, is distributed to Iraq looking for artifacts that experience survived the destruction and looting of the struggle. whereas vacationing a museum in Mosul, he reveals 9 papyrus scrolls tucked within the abdominal of a basrelief sculpture: they've been completely preserved for greater than thousand years. After smuggling them out of Iraq and translating them from Aramaic, Theo realizes the level of his career-making locate, for he's in ownership of the 5th Gospel, and it deals a surprising and incomparable eyewitness account of Christ’s crucifixion and final days on the earth. A highly interesting, and via turns stunning tale, The fireplace Gospel is a great, fashionable, and suspenseful novel.
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