Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

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.

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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, 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.

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The Other Jesus: Stories from World Religions

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.

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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 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.

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Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary (Premier Reference Series)

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.

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Coptic Christianity in Ottoman Egypt

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.

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Modern Physics and Ancient Faith

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.

Scientific materialism grew out of medical discoveries made up of the time of Copernicus as much as the start of the 20th century. those discoveries led many considerate humans to the realization that the universe has no reason or function, that the human race is an unintentional derivative of blind fabric forces, and that the last word truth is topic itself. Barr contends that the progressive discoveries of the 20 th century run counter to this line of suggestion. He makes use of 5 of those discoveries—the huge Bang concept, unified box theories, anthropic coincidences, Gödel’s Theorem in arithmetic, and quantum theory—to solid critical doubt at the materialist’s view of the area and to offer higher credence to Judeo-Christian claims approximately God and the universe.
 
Written in transparent language, Barr’s rigorous and reasonable textual content explains smooth physics to common readers with out oversimplification. utilizing the insights of recent physics, he finds that glossy medical discoveries and spiritual religion are deeply consonant. someone with an curiosity in technological know-how and faith will locate Modern Physics and old Faith invaluable.
 
“A smooth physicist who writes with outstanding readability and verve, and knows the highbrow arguments lengthy utilized by the traditional faiths, Stephen Barr provides an excellent security of the integrity of technology within the the teeth of its strongest sleek bias, by means of telling the fascinating tale of the increase, complacency, and fall of clinical materialism. As his tale crackles alongside, and simply on the element of achieving quite tough innovations, he has a knack for inventing illustrations that make one's internal mild bulbs flash back and again.” —Michael Novak, Winner of the 1994 Templeton Prize for growth in Religion
 
“Barr has produced an excellent and authoritative security of Biblical religion within the gentle of up to date technology. He perceives a significant clash, now not among smooth physics and historical religion, yet among faith and materialism. I recognize of no different booklet that makes the case opposed to materialism so lucidly, in truth, and deftly.” —Owen Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian middle for Astrophysics
 
“Written from the point of view of an entire physicist, this publication is a useful contribution to the turning out to be curiosity within the dating among technology and faith. The arguments are carefully logical and the documentation is excellent.” —Robert Scherrer, Ohio country University

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The Jewish Century

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.

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