Download E-books Dreams of Glory: The Sources of Apocalyptic Terror PDF

By Richard K. Fenn

Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are engaged now not in a 'clash of civilizations' yet in a sectarian clash between branches of a unmarried civilization usually steeped in apocalyptic imagery and ideology. Apocalypticism is a spiritual luxurious that smooth civilizations can now not have the funds for. Many could agree that the propagandists of the Christian correct have raised apocalyptic tensions to a perilous point given that Sep 11, yet during this ebook Richard Fenn takes at the mainline church leaders for his or her function in selling an apocalyptic view of heritage. those that preserve apocalyptic ideals in a decent position in non secular religion and perform needs to undergo their percentage of accountability for worldwide terror. it's not simply tragic yet ironic that the church buildings have given apocalyptic literature this type of decent position of their sacred texts, as the apocalyptic mind's eye itself has its resources in non-Biblical literature: the Hellenistic prophesies that gave convenience and braveness to the sufferers of battle within the close to and center east from the time of Alexander the nice and Darius. Fenn is going directly to carry apocalyptic fanatics within the mainline church buildings, in addition to at the correct, accountable for holding previous grievances alive of their calls for for an afternoon of ultimate reckoning, and he demonstrates that totalitarian and imperial regimes have made potent use of apocalyptic literature to justify their very own violence and to terrify their matters and enemies.

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Download E-books How to Start Your Own Religion: Form a Church, Gain Followers, Become Tax-Exempt, and Sway the Minds of Millions in Five Easy Steps PDF

By Philip Athans

Yes, international domination and everlasting adoration might be yours!

"The solution to make 1000000 money is to begin a religion."
—Attributed to L. Ron Hubbard, founding father of Scientology

Wouldn't you love to regulate numerous worshippers with a unmarried be aware? to name forth bountiful choices of gold and silver? Wouldn't you're keen on to make your acolytes bow in awe of your greatness?

Starting a brand new faith could be enjoyable and ecocnomic. You'll snicker in addition to Philip Athans (founder, chief, and sole member of the Church of Phil), as he indicates you ways to:

• assemble the flock and retain 'em coming again for more
• manage mysterious and intricate rituals
• Interrogate (or simply ridicule) the hell out of nonbelievers
• Recruit superstar spokespeople, from Tom Cruise to Uma Thurman
If you've ever felt the necessity to sacrifice on an altar underneath a blood-red moon, or simply make Friday a holy day (three-day weekend, anyone?), this is often the single sacred creed you need.
Live lengthy and prosper.

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Download E-books Cottage Witchery: Natural Magick for Hearth and Home PDF

By Ellen Dugan

Ellen Dugan, the writer of Garden Witchery, is the fitting advisor to teach us find out how to deliver the great thing about nature and its magickal energies interior. utilizing universal loved ones and outside items-such as herbs, spices, dried plants, crops, stones, and candles-she deals a down-to-earth method of developing an enchanted domestic.

From really expert spells and charms to kitchen conjuring and colour magick, this hands-on advisor teaches Witches of all degrees the right way to boost a home's air of mystery and effort. Readers will find out how to use begonias and lilacs for cover, dispel undesirable vibes with salt and lemon, practice tea leaf readings, bless the house with fruit, invite assistance from domestic faeries, practice houseplant magick, and create a loving domestic for the total relations.

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Download E-books God, Science, and Humility: Ten Scientists Consider Humility Theology PDF

Editor Robert Herrmann has accrued the reviews of ten scientists, all leaders of their fields, who've thought of the relevance in their technological know-how to theology. The members convey various spiritual reviews to the respect of humility theology, a humble method of our truth-seeking approximately God.

As a physicist, Russell Stannard offers an summary of humility theology during which fact is approached in an experimental, hypothetical mode, as is finished within the sciences. Physicist and theologian Robert Russell makes a speciality of the interplay among cosmology and theology. Charles Harper writes of the chance for an immense flowering of planetary technological know-how via a joint partnership among technology and religion.

Owen Gingerich, historian of technology, appears on the different part of humility theology—the hazard that we will really arrive at unreasonable expectancies— concerning the lifestyles and nature of extraterrestrial intelligence. Francisco Ayala starts off with the wonderful distinction among the very short interval of human evolution and its extraordinary and totally detailed end-product, homo sapiens. Psychologist David Myers issues out that instinct could be a strong school, yet there are various barriers to this “inner knowing.”

Chemist Giuseppe Del Re writes an engaging view of the historical past of the advance of chemistry as a self-discipline. Herbert Benson and Patricia Myers learn the parts of mind-body drugs that relate to the rubric of self-care, together with rest tactics, foodstuff, workout, rigidity administration, and religion. David and Susan Larson introduce the reader to a brand new box of scientific technological know-how that specializes in the effect of religious values on sufferers' overall healthiness. Fraser Watts appears at synthetic intelligence research.

The dialogue incorporated during this e-book will considerably relief students and basic readers within the look for better realizing of the connection among technology and religion.

Contributors contain Russell Stannard, Robert John Russell, Charles L. Harper Jr., Owen Gingerich, Francisco J. Ayala, David G. Myers, Giuseppe Del Re, Herbert Benson, Patricia Myers, David B. Larson, Susan S. Larson, and Fraser Watts.

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Download E-books The Copernican Question: Prognostication, Skepticism, and Celestial Order PDF

By Robert S. Westman

In 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus publicly defended his speculation that the earth is a planet and the solar a physique resting close to the guts of a finite universe. yet why did Copernicus make this daring suggestion? And why did it subject? The Copernican Question reframes this pivotal second within the heritage of technology, centering the tale on a clash over the credibility of astrology that erupted in Italy simply as Copernicus arrived in 1496. Copernicus engendered huge, immense resistance whilst he sought to guard astrology by way of reconstituting its astronomical foundations. Robert S. Westman exhibits that efforts to reply to the astrological skeptics grew to become an important unifying subject of the early glossy medical flow. His interpretation of this "long 16th century," from the 1490s to the 1610s, bargains a brand new framework for knowing the nice adjustments in normal philosophy within the century that followed.

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Download E-books Catholicism and the Shaping of Nineteenth-Century America PDF

By Jon Gjerde

Catholicism and the Shaping of Nineteenth-Century the US bargains a chain of unpolluted views on probably the most primary topics - the nation's come upon with Catholicism - in nineteenth-century American background. whereas non secular and immigration historians have construed this background in univocal phrases, Jon Gjerde bridges sectarian divides by means of featuring Protestants and Catholics in dialog with one another. In so doing, Gjerde finds the ways that America's come upon with Catholicism used to be even more than a narrative approximately American nativism. Nineteenth-century non secular debates raised questions about the elemental underpinnings of the yankee nation and society: the form of the antebellum industry economic system, the transformation of gender roles within the American relatives, and where of slavery in an ostensibly democratic polity have been just a couple of of the problems engaged by way of Protestants and Catholics in a full of life and enduring dialectic. whereas the query of where of Catholics in the USA was once left unresolved, the very debates surrounding this question generated a number of conceptions of yankee pluralism and American nationwide identification.

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Download E-books Quand notre monde est devenu chrétien PDF

By Paul Veyne

Quand notre monde est devenu chrétien a reçu le prix du Sénat du livre d'histoire et le grand prix Gobert (décerné sur proposition de l'Académie française) 2007.
Il faisait en outre partie des sélections des 20 meilleurs livres de l'année 2007 sélectionnés par le journal LIRE, ainsi que des 20 meilleurs livres de l'année 2007 sélectionnés par Le Point.

C'est le livre de bonne foi d'un incroyant qui cherche à comprendre remark le christianisme, ce chef-d'oeuvre de création religieuse, a pu, entre three hundred et four hundred, s'imposer à l'Occident tout entier. À sa manière inimitable, érudite et impertinente à l. a. fois, Paul Veyne retient trois raisons :
1. Un empereur romain nommé Constantin, maître de cet Occident, s'est converti sincèrement au christianisme et a résolu de christianiser le monde pour le sauver.
2. Constantin s'est converti parce qu'au grand empereur qu'il voulait être il fallait une grande faith. Or, à cette époque, face aux dieux païens, le christianisme, bien que secte très minoritaire, était le frisson nouveau, l. a. faith d'avant-garde qui déroulait un gigantesque plan d'amour pour le salut éternel de l'humanité.
3. Constantin n'a forcé personne à se convertir, il s'est contenté d'aider financièrement et administrativement les chrétiens à mettre en position leur Église, c'est-à-dire un réseau d'évêchés tissé sur l'immense empire romain. Lentement, par docilité, les foules païennes se sont retrouvées chrétiennes. los angeles christianisation de cent thousands de personnes n'a pas fait de martyrs. Dès lors, on naîtra chrétien comme auparavant on naissait païen.
Au passage, Paul Veyne est amené à évoquer certaines questions : d'où vient le monothéisme ? Faut-il parler ici d'idéologie ? l. a. faith a-t-elle des racines psychologiques ? Avons-nous des origines chrétiennes ?

Quand notre monde est devenu chrétien a reçu
le prix du Sénat du livre d'histoire 2007
ainsi que le grand prix Gobert, décerné sur proposition de l'Académie française, et récompensant « le morceau le plus éloquent d'histoire de France, ou celui dont le mérite en approchera le plus ».

« Paul Veyne est un bold conteur. Il a une façon inimitable et joyeuse de nouer le discussion avec les textes classiques et les lecteurs d'aujourd'hui, de prendre ces derniers à témoin en leur offrant, par des analogies éclairantes et audacieuses, un livre passionnant qui research chaque facette de cette aventure humaine, religieuse et politique extraordinaire. » Gilles Heuré, Télérama.
« Une revigorante prom spirituelle, imagée, anticonformiste, passionnante, qui rend le lecteur plus clever. » L'Express.
« Une démonstration aussi rigoureuse qu'enlevée. Une revigorante prom spirituelle, imagée, anticonformiste, passionnante, qui rend le lecteur plus clever. » Christian Makarian, Le Vif/L'Express.
« Paul Veyne mêle histoire et philosophie avec expertise et impertinence. » Juliette Cerf, Philosophie magazine.
« Pétillante d'ironie, cette sociologie des commencements du christianisme n'est pas seulement un modèle, elle est un plaisir de lecture. » Lire.
« Un sommet d'érudition mais aussi une somme écrite dans une langue magnifique. » Le Point.
« Une magistrale leçon d'histoire qui renvoie au débat contemporain sur les fondements de notre tradition. » Le Figaro journal.

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Download E-books An Introduction to Catholicism (Introduction to Religion) PDF

By Lawrence S. Cunningham

The Vatican. The Inquisition. birth control. Celibacy. Apparitions and miracles. Plots and scandals. The Catholic Church is seldom out of the inside track. yet what do its a billion adherents relatively think, and the way do they positioned their ideals into perform in worship, the kinfolk, and society?

This down-to-earth account is going again to the early Christian creeds to discover the roots of recent Catholic considering. It avoids getting slowed down in theological technicalities, and throws mild on elements of the Church's institutional constitution and liturgical perform that even Catholics can locate baffling: why visit confession? How are humans made saints? what's 'infallible' concerning the Pope? subject matters addressed comprise: • scripture and culture • sacraments and prayer • renowned piety • own and social morality • reform, undertaking, and interreligious discussion Lawrence Cunningham, a theologian, prize-winning author and collage instructor, offers an summary of Catholicism at the present time in an effort to be imperative for undergraduates and lay research teams.

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Download E-books Dao De Jing: A Philosophical Translation PDF

By Roger T. Ames

Composed greater than 2,000 years in the past in the course of a turbulent interval of chinese language historical past, the Dao de jing set forth an alternate imaginative and prescient of fact in a global torn aside via violence and betrayal. Daoism, as this refined yet enduring philosophy got here to be identified, deals a complete view of expertise grounded in a whole knowing of the wonders hidden within the usual. Now during this luminous new translation, in response to the lately stumbled on historical bamboo scrolls, China students Roger T. Ames and David L. corridor deliver the undying knowledge of the Dao de jing into our modern world.

Though attributed to Laozi, “the outdated Master,” the Dao de jing is, in truth, of unknown authorship and will good have originated in an oral culture 400 years ahead of the time of Christ. Eschewing philosophical dogma, the Dao de jing set forth a sequence of maxims that defined a brand new viewpoint on fact and invited readers to embark on a routine of self-cultivation. within the Daoist global view, every one specific aspect in our adventure sends out an never-ending sequence of ripples in the course of the cosmos. The unspoken objective of the Dao de jing is self-transformation–the attainment of non-public excellence that flows from the realm and again into it. Responding to the lessons of Confucius, the Dao de jing revitalizes ethical habit by way of recommending a spontaneity made attainable through the cultivated “habits” of the individual.

In this stylish quantity, Ames and corridor characteristic the unique chinese language texts of the Dao de jing and translate them into crisp, chiseled English that reads like poetry. all the eighty-one short chapters is via transparent, thought-provoking remark exploring the layers of which means within the textual content. The book’s large advent is a version of available scholarship within which Ames and corridor examine the foundation of the textual content, position the emergence of Daoist philosophy in its historic and political context, and description its principal tenets.

The Dao de jing is a piece of undying knowledge and sweetness, as important this day because it was once in historical China. This new edition will stand as either a compelling advent to the complexities of Daoist proposal and because the vintage smooth English translation.

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