The query that is the true Jesus is approached from diverse views, illustrating the function the search for the old Jesus performs inside a much broader framework, together with not just old, but additionally philosophical and hermeneutical matters.
By David A. Leeming, Kathryn Madden, Stanton Marlan
Integrating psychology and faith, this particular encyclopedia bargains a wealthy contribution to the advance of human self-understanding. It presents an intellectually rigorous number of mental interpretations of the tales, rituals, motifs, symbols, doctrines, dogmas, and stories of the world’s spiritual traditions. Easy-to-read, the encyclopedia attracts from 40 various religions, together with sleek international religions and older spiritual hobbies. it really is of specific curiosity to researchers and pros in psychology and faith.
By PZ Myers
“I’m an atheist swimming in a sea of superstition, surrounded by way of well-meaning, sturdy individuals with whom I percentage a tradition and comparable issues, and there’s just one factor i will be able to do. i need to laugh.” —PZ Myers
On his renowned technological know-how blog, Pharyngula, PZ Myers has entertained hundreds of thousands of readers along with his infectious love of evolutionary technology and his both infectious disdain for creationism, biblical literalism, clever layout conception, and different items of godly illogic. This humorous and fearless ebook collects and expands on a few of his most well-liked writings, giving the spiritual fanaticism of our instances the gleeful disrespect it merits by means of skewering the apocalyptic fantasies, magical pondering, hypocrisies, and pseudoscientific theories complex via spiritual fundamentalists of all stripes.
With a fit appreciation of the absurd, Myers not just pokes enjoyable on the ridiculous tenets of well known religions but in addition highlights how the endurance of Stone Age superstitions may have darkish outcomes: interfering with our politics, slowing our clinical development, and proscribing 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 technological know-how and reason.
By Todd Outcalt
We’re accustomed to the Jesus portrayed within the New testomony, yet many folks are shocked to profit wealth of news and traditions approximately Jesus have consistently existed along the standard Biblical resources. Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism—among different religions—have created their very own stories approximately Jesus, occasionally out of priceless self-preservation and response to the claims of the church, yet extra usually via considerate and creative version. The different Jesus explores those different traditions and gives a clean exploration of Jesus—new views that problem long-accepted ideals approximately his position in background and his impression on different religions.
What if religions are neither all actual nor all nonsense? Alain de Botton’s daring and provocative ebook 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 in its place scouse borrow from it—because the world’s religions are filled with strong principles on how we'd stay and organize our societies. De Botton seems to faith for insights into find out how to construct a feeling of neighborhood, make relationships final, triumph over emotions of envy and inadequacy, motivate go back and forth, get extra out of paintings, and reconnect with the wildlife. For too lengthy non-believers have confronted a stark selection among swallowing plenty of odd doctrines or disposing of more than a few consoling and gorgeous rituals and ideas. Religion for Atheists deals a much more attention-grabbing and really invaluable alternative.
The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary presents a visually stimulating trip for someone attracted to studying extra concerning the international of the Bible. during the articles, sidebars, charts, maps, and full-color photos integrated during this quantity, the textual content of the outdated and New Testaments will come alive for you as by no means ahead of. As a condensation of the Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible, the data contained inside this reference paintings is good and biblically sound. the cloth is predicated thoroughly at the NIV and cross-referenced to the King James model, and it includes over 7,200 entries, 500 full-color pictures, charts, and illustrations, seventy five full-color maps, and a Scripture index … making this excellent religious study source vital even if you’re a common reader of the Bible, a pastor, or a student.
By Febe Armanios
During this publication, Febe Armanios explores Coptic non secular lifestyles in Ottoman Egypt (1517-1798), focusing heavily on manuscripts housed in Coptic files. Ottoman Copts often became to spiritual discourses, practices, and rituals as they handled quite a few variations within the first centuries of Ottoman rule. those integrated the institution of a brand new political regime, alterations inside communal management constructions (favoring lay leaders over clergy), the industrial ascent of the archons (lay elites), and advancements within the Copts' dating with different non secular groups, relatively with Catholics.
Coptic Christianity in Ottoman Egypt highlights how Copts, as a minority dwelling in a dominant Islamic tradition, pointed out and exclusive themselves from different teams via turning to a magnificent array of spiritual traditions, akin to the visitation of saints' shrines, the relocation of significant gala's to distant locations, the advance of latest pilgrimage practices, in addition to the writing of sermons that articulated a Coptic non secular ethos in response to Catholic missionary discourses. inside this dialogue of non secular lifestyles, the Copts' dating to neighborhood political rulers, army elites, the Muslim spiritual institution, and to different non-Muslim groups also are elucidated. In all, the ebook goals to record the Coptic event in the Ottoman Egyptian context whereas targeting new documentary resources and on an ancient period that has been lengthy neglected.
By C W Leadbeater
Combining seership with technology, Leadbeater provides this soaking up, in-depth, research of the secret faculties of Egypt, Greece, Judea, the Knights Templar of the center a while, and the emergence of Co-Masonry within the 20th century.
By Stephen M Barr
A massive quantity of public debate and media print has been dedicated to the “war among technological know-how and religion.” In his available and eminently readable new booklet, Stephen M. Barr demonstrates that what's fairly at conflict with faith isn't technology itself, yet a philosophy known as medical materialism. Modern Physics and historic Faith argues that the nice discoveries of recent physics are extra appropriate with the crucial teachings of Christianity and Judaism approximately God, the cosmos, and the human soul than with the atheistic standpoint of clinical materialism.
By Yuri Slezkine
This masterwork of interpretative historical past starts with a daring announcement: the trendy Age is the Jewish Age--and we're all, to various levels, Jews.
The statement is, after all, metaphorical. however it underscores Yuri Slezkine's provocative thesis. not just have Jews tailored larger than many different teams to residing within the glossy international, they've got turn into the most advantageous image and traditional of recent lifestyles everywhere.
Slezkine argues that the Jews have been, in influence, one of the world's first loose brokers. They characteristically belonged to a social and anthropological classification referred to as "service nomads," an interloper crew focusing on the supply of products and companies. Their function, Slezkine argues, was once a part of a broader department of human exertions among what he calls Mercurians-entrepreneurial minorities--and Apollonians--food-producing majorities.
because the dawning of the trendy Age, Mercurians have taken middle level. actually, Slezkine argues, modernity is all approximately Apollonians changing into Mercurians--urban, cellular, literate, articulate, intellectually tricky, bodily fastidious, and occupationally versatile. given that no workforce has been more proficient at Mercurianism than the Jews, he contends, those exemplary ancients are actually version moderns.
The e-book concentrates at the drama of the Russian Jews, together with émigrés and their offspring in the United States, Palestine, and the Soviet Union. yet Slezkine has as a lot to claim in regards to the many faces of modernity--nationalism, socialism, capitalism, and liberalism--as he does approximately Jewry. Marxism and Freudianism, for instance, sprang mostly from the Jewish concern, Slezkine notes, and either Soviet Bolshevism and American liberalism have been affected in basic methods by means of the Jewish exodus from the light of Settlement.
wealthy in its perception, sweeping in its chronology, and fearless in its research, this sure-to-be-controversial paintings is a crucial contribution not just to Jewish and Russian heritage yet to the heritage of Europe and the US as well.