Download E-books Troubled Geographies: A Spatial History of Religion and Society in Ireland (The Spatial Humanities) PDF

By Ian N. Gregory

Ireland’s panorama is marked by means of fault strains of spiritual, ethnic, and political identification that experience formed its bothered heritage. Geographies maps this historical past by way of detailing the styles of swap in eire from sixteenth century makes an attempt to "plant" components of eire with unswerving English Protestants to shield opposed to threats posed via indigenous Catholics, during the violence of the latter a part of the twentieth century and the increase of the "Celtic Tiger." The publication is worried with how a geography laid down within the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries resulted in an amalgam according to spiritual trust, ethnic/national identification, and political conviction that maintains to form the geographies of contemporary eire. afflicted Geographies indicates how alterations in spiritual association, identification, and territoriality have impacted Irish society in this interval. It explores the reaction of society usually and faith specifically to significant cultural shocks similar to the Famine and to long-term tactics corresponding to urbanization.

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Download E-books Mary Magdalen: Myth and Metaphor PDF

By Susan Haskins

The normal suggestion of Mary Magdalen has been one in all a prostitute who committed herself to following the methods of Jesus. All that readers understand of the true Mary Magdalen comes from 4 biblical references within the gospels. utilizing proof from early Christian writings, medieval sermons, and the artwork and literature of approximately 2,000 years, Haskins exhibits how Mary Magdalen got here to epitomize the of girls within the Church and in society. ninety illustrations.

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Download E-books Redescribing Paul and the Corinthians (Early Christianity and Its Literature) PDF

This moment quantity of reviews via contributors of the SBL Seminar on old Myths and glossy Theories of Christian Origins reassesses the time table of contemporary scholarship on Paul and the Corinthians. The participants problem the idea of faith assumed in such a lot New testomony scholarship and undertake a unique set of theoretical and old phrases for redescribing the beginnings of the Christian faith. They suggest causes of the connection among Paul and the recipients of one Corinthians; where of Paul s Christ-myth for his gospel; the explanations for a disinterest in and rejection of Paul s gospel and/or for the reception and allure of it; and the disjunction among Paul s collective illustration of the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians and the Corinthians personal engagement with Paul in mythmaking and social formation, together with mutual (mis)translation and (mis)appropriation of the opposite s discourse and practices. The participants are Ron Cameron and Merrill P. Miller, Jonathan Z. Smith, Burton L. Mack, William E. Arnal, Stanley okay. Stowers, Richard S. Ascough, and John S. Kloppenborg.

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Download E-books Life After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism (The Terry Lectures Series) PDF

Although there is not any scarcity of modern books arguing opposed to faith, few supply a favorable alternative—how somebody may well reside a satisfying existence with out the aid of non secular ideals. This enlightening booklet fills the space. Philip Kitcher constructs an unique and persuasive secular viewpoint, one who solutions human wishes, acknowledges the objectivity of values, and offers for the common hope for meaningfulness.
 
Kitcher thoughtfully and sensitively considers how secularism can reply to the troubles and demanding situations that each one humans confront, together with the problem of mortality. He investigates how secular lives examine with these of people that undertake spiritual doctrines as literal fact, in addition to those that embody much less literalistic types of faith. while spiritual trust has been vital prior to now, Kitcher concludes that evolution clear of faith is now crucial. He envisions the successors to spiritual lifestyles, the place the senses of identification and neighborhood regularly fostered via faith will in its place draw on a broader variety of cultural items—those supplied by means of poets, filmmakers, musicians, artists, scientists, and others. With readability and deep perception, Kitcher finds the ability of secular humanism to motivate satisfying human lives outfitted on moral truth.

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Download E-books Infidels: A History of the Conflict Between Christendom and Islam PDF

By Andrew Wheatcroft

Here's the 1st panoptic background of the lengthy fight among the Christian West and Islam.

In this dazzlingly written, acutely nuanced account, Andrew Wheatcroft tracks a deep fault line of animosity among civilizations. He starts with a beautiful account of the conflict of Lepanto in 1571, then turns to the most zones of clash: Spain, from which the descendants of the Moors have been ultimately expelled; the center East, the place Crusaders and Muslims clashed for years; and the Balkans, the place far away thoughts spurred atrocities even into the 20th century. all through, Wheatcroft delves underneath stereotypes, taking a look incisively at how photos, principles, language, and expertise (from the printing press to the Internet), in addition to politics, faith, and conquest, have allowed both sides to demonize the opposite, revive outdated grievances, and gas throughout centuries a doubtless unquenchable enmity. eventually, Wheatcroft tells how this fraught heritage resulted in our current maelstrom. we won't, he argues, come to phrases with today’s difficult animosities with no confronting this darkish previous.

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Download E-books Osogbo: Speaking to the Spirits of Misfortune PDF

Through knowing osogbo, the spirits of misfortune, we will larger conquer them and go back to healthiness and stability in our lives

• Explains how misfortune works during this international as residing spirits that plague humanity yet also are a catalyst for self-development and awake evolution

• exhibits that we will triumph over osogbo via ebó, sacrifice, and difficult paintings as prescribed via consulting the orishas during the casting of the diloggún

• stocks greater than forty old African sacred tales concerning the spirits of osogbo

Beginning with the tale of his goddaughter's conflict with degree IV melanoma, Lucumi priest Ócha'ni Lele explains the position of osogbo, or misfortune, in our lives. whereas every person seeks benefits in existence, undeserved advantages make us susceptible and lazy. it's tragedy that encourages us to develop and persevere. Exploring the Lucumí ideals relating to osogbo, he indicates that the Lucumí religion is neither fatalistic nor defeatist yet therapeutic and existence putting forward. He stocks greater than forty patakís--stories stemming from the traditional Yoruba of West Africa--about the various spirits of osogbo, who just like the orishas as soon as walked the earth in human our bodies. He explains where of those spirits in the 256 odu of the diloggún, the divination method utilized in Santería to obtain tips from the orishas.

Lele exhibits that the spirits of osogbo are usually not simply recommendations but additionally genuine deities and that we will, if we comprehend their nature, struggle them via ebó, sacrifice, and difficult paintings. He unearths how the osogbos see themselves as entities of misfortune who stand opposed to existence and all that's solid on this planet, yet honestly it's misfortune that strengthens us, misfortune that motivates us, and misfortune that brings nice evolution to the realm. because the writer exhibits, “Without bitterness, you will now not comprehend sweetness.” Likewise, with no misfortune in our lives, we'd by no means comprehend advantages or what it skill to be blessed.

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Download E-books The Heresy of Orthodoxy: How Contemporary Culture's Fascination with Diversity Has Reshaped Our Understanding of Early Christianity PDF

By Andreas J. Kostenberger, Michael J. Kruger

Beginning with Walter Bauer in 1934, the denial of transparent orthodoxy in early Christianity has formed and principally outlined smooth New testomony feedback, lately given new lifestyles in the course of the paintings of spokesmen like Bart Ehrman. Spreading from academia into mainstream media, the advice that variety of doctrine within the early church ended in many competing orthodoxies is indicative of today's postmodern relativism. Authors Köstenberger and Kruger have interaction Ehrman and others during this polemic opposed to a dogged adherence to renowned beliefs of diversity.

Köstenberger and Kruger's available and cautious scholarship not just counters the "Bauer Thesis" utilizing its personal phrases, but additionally engages missed facts from the hot testomony. Their conclusions are drawn from research of the proof of cohesion within the New testomony, the formation and shutting of the canon, and the technique and integrity of the recording and distribution of non secular texts in the early church.

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Download E-books Science and Religion: New Historical Perspectives PDF

By Thomas Dixon, Geoffrey Cantor

The belief of an inevitable clash among technology and faith used to be decisively challenged by means of John Hedley Brooke in his vintage technological know-how and faith: a few old views (Cambridge, 1991). virtually twenty years on, technological know-how and faith: New ancient views revisits this argument and asks how historians can now impose order at the complicated and contingent histories of spiritual engagements with technology. Bringing jointly top students, this quantity explores the heritage and altering meanings of the types 'science' and 'religion'; the function of publishing and schooling in forging and spreading rules; the relationship among wisdom, strength and highbrow imperialism; and the explanations for the war of words among evolution and creationism between American Christians and within the Islamic international. an incredible contribution to the historiography of technology and faith, this e-book makes the latest scholarship in this a lot misunderstood debate broadly obtainable

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Download E-books Your Religion Is False PDF

By Joel Grus

An important booklet ever written! even if youʹre a Christian or a Jew, a Muslim or a Hindu, a Rasta or a Jain, an Environmentalist or a Cheondoist, a Scientologist or a huge Stone Head Worshipper, your faith is fake. during this long-awaited e-book, Joel Grus finds the main points of not just how your faith is fake but in addition how any other faith is fake. in the event you need to know what to not think, this can be the single booklet you wish. furthermore, youʹll examine * Why ʺgodʺ doesnʹt exist * Why thereʹs no such factor as a ʺsoulʺ * how to define ʺmeaningʺ in a religion-less international * Which of your non secular heroes are pedophiles * Why ʺreligious toleranceʺ is a bad proposal And, as an advantage, the best non secular comic story ever informed. You canʹt have the funds for to not learn this publication!

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Download E-books Holy Sci-Fi!: Where Science Fiction and Religion Intersect (Science and Fiction) PDF

By Paul J. Nahin

Can a working laptop or computer have a soul? Are faith and technological know-how collectively unique? Is there relatively this sort of factor as unfastened will? when you might time go back and forth to go to Jesus, might you (and should still you)? for centuries, philosophers, scientists and technological know-how fiction writers have contemplated those questions and plenty of more.

In Holy Sci-Fi!, well known author Paul Nahin explores the fertile and infrequently uneasy courting among technological know-how fiction and faith. With a scope spanning the heritage of faith, philosophy and literature, Nahin follows non secular topics in technological know-how fiction from Feynman to Foucault and from Asimov to Aristotle.

An interesting trip via renowned and well-loved books and tales, Holy Sci-Fi! indicates how sci-fi has expert humanity's attitudes in the direction of our faiths, our destiny and ourselves.

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