Category: Religion

Religion in American Life: A Short History

By Jon Butler

"Quite formidable, tracing faith within the usa from ecu colonization as much as the twenty first century.... The writing is powerful throughout."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"One can rarely do higher than Religion in American Life.... an excellent learn, specially for the uninitiated. The initiated may additionally learn it for its felicity of narrative and the moments of illumination that superb students can inject even into tales we have now all heard prior to. learn it."--Church History

This new version of Religion in American Life, written via 3 of the country's most outstanding historians of faith, bargains an excellent evaluation that spans 4 centuries, illuminating the wealthy non secular background important to almost each occasion in our nation's historical past. starting with the country of spiritual affairs in either the previous and New Worlds at the eve of colonization and carrying on with via to the current, the booklet covers all of the significant American non secular teams, from Protestants, Jews, and Catholics to Muslims, Hindus, Mormons, Buddhists, and New Age believers. Revised and up-to-date, the ebook contains accelerated therapy of faith throughout the nice melancholy, of the spiritual affects at the civil rights move, and of utopian teams within the nineteenth century, and it now covers the position of faith through the 2008 presidential election, looking at how thoroughly faith has entered American politics.

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The Quest for the Real Jesus: Radboud Prestige Lectures by Prof. Dr. Michael Wolter (Biblical Interpretation)

The query that is the genuine Jesus is approached from diverse views, illustrating the position the hunt for the old Jesus performs inside a much broader framework, together with not just old, but additionally philosophical and hermeneutical matters.

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Equal in Monastic Profession: Religious Women in Medieval France (Women in Culture and Society)

By Penelope D. Johnson

In this examine of the style within which medieval nuns lived, Penelope Johnson demanding situations facile stereotypes of nuns dwelling passively lower than monastic rule, discovering as a substitute that jointly they have been empowered by means of their communal privileges and standing to imagine and act with no the various subordinate attitudes of secular ladies. within the phrases of 1 abbess evaluating nuns with priests, they have been "different as to their intercourse yet equivalent of their monastic profession."

Johnson researched greater than dozen nunneries in northern France from the 11th century during the 13th century, balancing a qualitative examining of medieval monastic records with a quantitative research of a long thirteenth-century visitation list which permits a huge comparability of nuns and clergymen. a desirable examine the area of medieval spirituality, this paintings enriches our figuring out of women's position in premodern Europe and in church history.

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Yoga Spandakarika: The Sacred Texts at the Origins of Tantra

By Daniel Odier

Translation and remark of 1 of crucial texts of the Kashmirian Shivaism culture of Tantra

• writer used to be a pupil of the past due Kalu Rinpoche

• Explores the transmission of Mahamudra, the good Cosmic Gesture

• comprises the Vijnanabhaïrava Tantra, which includes the totality of the oldest resource textual content on Yoga

The Spandakarika, the "Tantric tune of the Divine Pulsation," is related to were transmitted on to the sage Vasugupta from the arms of Shiva on Mount Kailas. In his statement on those fifty-two stanzas, the sage Ksemaraja defined them because the middle of the Mahamudra.

The oldest masters of Spandakarika considered every thing within the universe, together with topic, as recognition and created a yoga perform in response to this awareness. The sacred dance of Yoga Spandakarika, Tandava, is intensely sophisticated and tough, requiring hundreds of thousands of hours of perform to grasp, but it surpasses the other actual perform, permitting the practitioner to the touch the divine internal pulse. as soon as its 3rd level has been mastered, the yogi or yogini is ready to occur the dance of Shiva in house, a convention seen within the statuary of Tantric temples in India and Tibet. power isn't any longer reduced in size by means of the notion of duality, and the brain and physique turn into unbounded, forming a sphere that comprises all that used to be previously outdoors. In Yoga Spandakarika Daniel Odier passes on those vanishing teachings as he got them from his Tibetan grasp, Kalu Rinpoche, and Kashmiri yogi Lalita Devi.

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Global Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern Shakers

By Katherine Marshall

This paintings fills an important hole within the present literature by means of offering a concise creation to spiritual associations and an insightful research in their function in global affairs.

Focusing on formal associations particularly devoted to governing spiritual groups, the paintings examines the intersections among spiritual and different worldwide associations, set opposed to the elemental query: why and the way do those intersections matter?

The paintings explores the function of faith inside key matters including

  • Human rights
  • Human security
  • International improvement and humanitarian relief
  • Climate change
  • Moral tasks

The new kinds that non secular associations are taking, their healthy with human rights and democratic beliefs, their altering nature in plural societies, are a hugely suitable a part of the worldwide institutional photograph and this ebook is key studying for all scholars and students of world associations, diplomacy and faith.

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Praise of Folly

By Desiderius Erasmus

Erasmus of Rotterdam (c. 1466-1536) is without doubt one of the maximum figures of the Renaissance humanist circulate, which deserted medieval pieties in favour of a wealthy new imaginative and prescient of the individual's strength. compliment of Folly, written to amuse his buddy Sir Thomas extra, is Erasmus's best-known paintings. Its superb mix of myth and satire is narrated through a personification of Folly, dressed as a jester, who celebrates formative years, excitement, drunkenness and sexual wish, and is going directly to lambast human pretensions, foibles and frailties, to mock theologians and clergymen and to compliment the 'folly' of straightforward Christian piety. Erasmus's wit, wordplay and knowledge made the ebook an speedy luck, however it additionally attracted what can have been sales-boosting feedback. The Letter to Maarten van Dorp, that's a defence of his rules and strategies, can be incorporated.

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Ritual Memory: The Apocryphal Acts and Liturgical Commemoration in the Early Medieval West (c. 500–1215) (Mittellateinische Studien Und Texte, Volume 40)

By Els Rose

"Ritual Memory" brings jointly components of research that have hitherto hardly been studied compared: liturgy and the apocryphal Acts of the apostles. The ebook supplies an research of the liturgical party of the apostles within the medieval West and examines the incorporation of the apocrypha in practices of formality commemoration. It finds the position that liturgy performed within the transmission of the apocryphal Acts and visualises the way in which those narrative traditions constructed and altered via their incorporation right into a ritual context. the result's a dynamic photo of the ritual reception of the extra-canonical Acts within the Latin heart a while, the place the apocryphal legends in regards to the apostolic prior have been approached as memorable traditions at the origins of Christianity.

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The No-Nonsense Guide to Religion (No-Nonsense Guides)

By Symon Hill

Religion is a time period that's frequently utilized in the media and public existence with none explanation. despite the fact that, it's a note that encompasses enormous quantities of other ideals. it's a loaded be aware that has a unique which means for everyone; faith could be visible as a resource of struggle and peace, love and hate, discussion and narrow-mindedness.

Symon Hill’s No-Nonsense advisor to Religion attempts to give an explanation for what faith ability, how we relate to it, the way it used to be created, and the way it impacts us culturally, politically, and spiritually today.

Drawing on quite a lot of resources, The No-Nonsense consultant to Religion doesn't simply be aware of the preferred and well-established traditions, which more often than not over-emphasize robust figures. The consultant additionally makes a speciality of the variety inside religions in addition to the similarities among them.

The globalization of communications has made extra humans conscious of spiritual conversion, with extra humans than ever earlier than belonging to another non secular group from their mom and dad. The No-Nonsense consultant to Religion considers how faith has formed our tradition in addition to how our tradition is shaping faith today.

Symon Hill is a educate in sensible theology, a author, a coach, and an activist. He has written remark items for newspapers starting from the Sunday Herald to The Daily Mail and contributes on a regular basis to the Guardian's website, The Friend, and Ekklesia.

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Holy Blood, Holy Grail: The Secret History of Jesus, the Shocking Legacy of the Grail

By Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh

Targeted ILLUSTRATED variation WITH unique NEW MATERIAL

"One of the extra debatable books of the twentieth century." --UPI

"Enough to significantly problem many conventional ideals, if now not adjust them." --Los Angeles publication instances Review

Explosive, thought-provoking, fiercely compelling, Holy Blood, Holy Grail breaks daring new flooring with its stunning conclusions in regards to the lineage of Christ and the legacy of the Holy Grail. Now this lavishly illustrated
collector's variation positive factors particular new fabric plus dozens of full-color images, drawings, symbols, structure, and art, making it a stunning dinner party for the eyes in addition to the brain. in keeping with decades
of learn, jam-packed with eye-opening new
evidence and wonderful scholarship, this authoritative paintings uncovers an alternative heritage as stunning because it is believable--as it dares to ask:

Is the normal, permitted view of the lifetime of Christ indirectly incomplete?

Is it attainable Christ didn't die on the
cross?

Is it attainable Jesus used to be married, a father,
and that his bloodline nonetheless exists?

Is it attainable that parchments present in the
South of France a century in the past show one
of the best-kept secrets and techniques in Christendom?

Is it attainable that those parchments contain
the very center of the secret of the Holy
Grail?

According to the authors of this terribly provocative, meticulously researched ebook, not just are these items possible--they are most likely actual. So progressive, so unique, so convincing, the main devoted Christians could be moved; here's the ebook that has sparked all over the world controversy, now newly up to date and wonderfully illustrated for the collector's shelf.

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