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The Gnostic Bible (Revised and Expanded Edition) by Willis Barnstone, Marvin Meyer

By Willis Barnstone, Marvin Meyer

Gnosticism was once a wide-ranging non secular circulation of the 1st millennium CE—with past antecedents and later flourishings—whose adherents sought salvation via wisdom and private non secular event. Gnostic writings provide outstanding views on either early Christian and non-Christian suggestion. for instance, a few gnostic texts recommend that god will be celebrated as either mom and dad, and that self-knowledge is the preferrred route to the divine. in simple terms long ago fifty years has it turn into transparent how some distance the gnostic impact unfold in old and medieval religions—and what a wonderful physique of scriptures it produced.

The decisions collected the following, in poetic, readable translation, characterize Jewish, Christian, airtight, Mandaean, Manichaean, Islamic, and Cathar expressions of gnostic spirituality. Their areas of starting place comprise Egypt, the Greco-Roman global, the center East, Syria, Iraq, China, and France. additionally integrated are introductions, notes, an in depth word list, and a wealth of feedback for additional examining.

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When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical by T. M. Luhrmann

By T. M. Luhrmann

            How does God turn into and stay actual for contemporary evangelicals? How are rational, good humans of religion in a position to event the presence of a robust but invisible being and maintain that trust in an atmosphere of overwhelming skepticism? T. M. Luhrmann, an anthropologist knowledgeable in psychology and the acclaimed writer of Of Minds, explores the extreme procedure that leads a few believers to a spot the place God is profoundly genuine and his voice could be heard amid the litter of daily thoughts.
            whereas attending providers and numerous small workforce conferences at her neighborhood department of the winery, an evangelical church with hundreds and hundreds of congregations around the nation, Luhrmann sought to appreciate how a few contributors have been in a position to speak with God, not only via one-sided prayers yet with discernable suggestions. a few observed visions, whereas others claimed to listen to the voice of God himself. For those congregants and plenty of different Christians, God used to be intensely alive. After maintaining a sequence of sincere, own interviews with winery participants who claimed to have had remoted or ongoing supernatural reports with God, Luhrmann hypothesized that the perform of prayer may possibly educate anyone to listen to God’s voice—to use one’s brain in a different way and concentrate on God’s voice until eventually it turned transparent. A next scan carried out among those who have been and weren’t practiced in prayer additional illuminated her end. in the event you have knowledgeable themselves to be aware of their internal stories, God is skilled within the mind as a precise social courting: his voice used to be pointed out, and that identity used to be relied on and considered as actual and interactive.
Astute, deeply clever, and delicate, When God Talks Back is a awesome method of the intersection of faith, psychology, and technology, and the impression it has at the day-by-day practices of the faithful.

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The Osha: Secrets of the Yoruba-Lucumi-Santeria Religion in by Julio Garcia Cortez

By Julio Garcia Cortez

The Osha examines a faith. (not a cult) practiced through thousands of individuals in numerous international locations largely Cuba, Brazil, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Latin the USA and so much lately the U.S.. The Osha presents the tales, heritage, kinds and demeanour of divination, the systems of vestment, names of the deities and every little thing that is a part of the Yoruba/Santeria faith. A daring paintings of serious intimacy with "The Religion."

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Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliott Friedman

By Richard Elliott Friedman

"It is an odd incontrovertible fact that now we have by no means identified with simple task who produced the publication that has performed the sort of relevant position in our civilization," writes Friedman, a prime Bible student. From this element he starts an research and research that reads as compellingly as a very good detective tale. targeting the primary books of the outdated Testament--Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy--he attracts upon biblical and archaeological facts to make a powerful argument for the identities in their authors. within the procedure he paints a brilliant photo of the realm of the Bible--its politics, heritage, and personalities. the result's a wonder of scholarship that sheds a brand new and enriching mild on our knowing of the Bible as literature, heritage, and sacred textual content.

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Reduced Laughter: Seriocomic Features and Their Functions in by Helen Paynter

By Helen Paynter

During this publication Helen Paynter bargains a thorough re-evalution of the principal component to Kings. interpreting with cognizance to the literary units of carnivalization and mirroring, she demonstrates that it features a florid satire on kings, prophets and nations.
Building at the paintings of humorists, literary critics and biblical students, the writer constructs diagnostic standards for carnivalization (seriocomedy), and identifies an abundance of those gains in the Elijah/Elisha and Aram narratives, displaying how literary mirroring extra complements their satirical effect.
This e-book can be of specific curiosity to scholars and students excited by the Hebrew Bible as literature yet could be valued via those that favour extra historic ways for its insights into the Hebrew textual content.

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Great World Religions: Islam by Prof. John L. Eposito

By Prof. John L. Eposito

College professor and overseas executive and media advisor John L. Esposito courses you thru the proof and myths surrounding Islam and its greater than 1.2 billion adherents. How frequent are you with the world's moment greatest and fastest-growing faith? Many within the West recognize little concerning the religion and are commonplace basically with the activities of a minority of radical extremists

This path can assist you larger comprehend Islam's function as either a faith and a lifestyle, and its deep effect on global affairs either traditionally and this day. it is very important comprehend what Muslims think, and likewise how their ideals are performed privately and publicly as contributors in addition to participants of a bigger community

Learning approximately Islam: What Does the longer term Hold?

What does the longer term carry for Islam and the West within the new century? How will it swap lower than the impression of conservatives, reformers, and extremists?

"The concentration of this path could be to raised comprehend Islam's position as a faith and as a fashion of life," says Professor Esposito. "In 12 lectures, relocating from Muhammad to the current, from the seventh to the twenty first centuries, we are going to discover Muslim ideals, practices, and historical past within the context of its value and impression on Muslim lifestyles and society during the a long time, in addition to global occasions today."

You will research about:

Muhammad
Jihad
Muslim ideals approximately different faiths
Whether the Quran condones terrorism and what it says approximately God
The contributions to arithmetic, technological know-how, and artwork made via a flourishing Islamic civilization
The function of girls in Islam
Whether Islam is suitable with modernization, capitalism, and democracy.

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Islam and Nonviolence by Chaiwat Satha-Anand

By Chaiwat Satha-Anand

Nonviolence and Islamic Imperatives is a well timed e-book that gives a important viewpoint to the continued discussion on Islam, peace, and Islamophobia this day. Chaiwat Satha-Anand bargains his services as a peace researcher to notify readers at the historical past and current program of Islamic nonviolent routine, via contextual research of sacred texts, in addition to, present examples of Islamic nonviolence in motion. this angle is essential to counter the fake belief of violence in Islam. Nonviolence and Islamic Imperatives is extremely suitable and demanding to carrying on with a very important discussion at the material.

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New Political Religions, or an Analysis of Modern Terrorism by Barry Cooper

By Barry Cooper

In "New Political Religions, or an research of contemporary Terrorism", Barry Cooper applies the insights of Eric Voegelin to the phenomenon of recent terrorism. Cooper issues out that the executive omission from so much modern experiences of terrorism is an research of the "spiritual motivation" that's principal to the activities of terrorists at the present time. while non secular parts are mentioned in traditional literature, they're grouped lower than the opaque time period faith. A extra conceptually sufficient strategy is equipped by way of Voegelin

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