John Knox

Jane Dawson has written the definitive lifetime of John Knox, a pacesetter of the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century Scotland. established largely on formerly unavailable resources, together with the lately came across papers of Knox’s shut buddy and colleague Christopher Goodman, Dawson’s biography demanding situations the usually held stereotype of this founding father of the Presbyterian denomination as a strident and misogynist non secular reformer whose effect hardly ever prolonged past Scotland. She keeps as a substitute that John Knox relied seriously at the aid of his “godly sisters” and conferred in addition to argued with Mary, Queen of Scots. He was once a proud member of the eu group of Reformed church buildings and deeply excited by the non secular Reformations inside England, eire, France, Switzerland, and the Holy Roman Empire. Casting a shocking new mild at the private and non-private personas of a hugely complicated, tough, and highly compelling person, Dawson’s attention-grabbing examine bargains a vibrant, absolutely rounded portrait of this popular Scottish preacher and prophet who had a seismic impression on faith and society.

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The War Texts: 1 QM and Related Manuscripts (Companion to the Qumran Scrolls, Volume 6)

By Jean Duhaime

The struggle Texts is the identify given to a small team of lifeless Sea Scrolls that depict the training for and a number of the stages of the eschatological conflict among the 'Sons of Light' and the 'Sons of Darkness'. Jean Duhaime in short surveys the historical past of those texts from their preliminary discovery to their authentic ebook. He describes the various scrolls and provides information in their contents and their relationships to each other. Duhaime summarizes many of the purposes assisting a courting of this composition to the Hellenistic or Roman interval and gives an instance of using the Bible within the battle Texts. The members to the significant other to the Qumran Scrolls sequence take account of all appropriate and lately released texts and supply huge bibliographies. The books within the sequence are authoritatively written in obtainable language and are perfect for scholars and non-specialist students. better half to the Qumran Scrolls

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Anatheism: Returning to God After God (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture)

By Richard Kearney

Has the passing of the outdated God cleared the path for a brand new form of spiritual venture, a extra accountable approach to search, sound, and love the issues we name divine? Has the suspension of dogmatic certainties and presumptions opened an area within which we will be able to stumble upon spiritual ask yourself anew? located on the cut up among theism and atheism, we have now the chance to reply in deeper, freer how you can issues we can't fathom or turn out.

Distinguished thinker Richard Kearney calls this situation ana-theos, or God after God-a second of artistic "not realizing" that indicates a holiday with former sureties and invitations us to forge new meanings from the main old of wisdoms. Anatheism refers to an inaugural occasion that lies on the center of each nice faith, a bet among hospitality and hostility to the stranger, the other—the experience of whatever "more." by means of interpreting the roots of our personal anatheistic second, Kearney indicates not just how a go back to God is feasible should you search it but in addition how a extra releasing religion could be born.

Kearney starts off via finding a flip towards sacred secularity in modern philosophy, concentrating on Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Paul Ricoeur. He then marks "epiphanies" within the modernist masterpieces of James Joyce, Marcel Proust, and Virginia Woolf. Kearney concludes with a dialogue of the position of theism and atheism in clash and peace, confronting the excellence among sacramental and sacrificial trust or the God who offers lifestyles and the God who takes it away. Accepting that we will be able to by no means make sure approximately God, he argues, is the single strategy to rediscover a hidden holiness in lifestyles and to reclaim a regular divinity.

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Doubting Thomas

By Glenn W. Most

About the disciple referred to as Doubting Thomas, we all know at the very least this a lot: he caught his finger into the risen Jesus’ wounds. Or did he? A clean examine the Gospel of John unearths how little we could particularly comprehend approximately this such a lot confusing of biblical figures, and what sort of we would study from the unusual twists and turns Thomas’s tale has taken over time.

From the hot testomony, Glenn W. so much lines Thomas’s variations during the centuries: as Gnostic saint, missionary to India, paragon of Christian orthodoxy, hero of skepticism, and adverse instance of doubt, blasphemy, stupidity, and violence. Rife with paradoxes and tensions, those artistic modifications by the hands of storytellers, theologians, and artists let us know greatly in regards to the advanced kinfolk among texts and their interpretations―and approximately religion, love, own identification, the physique, and twins, between different matters.

Doubting Thomas starts off with a detailed interpreting of bankruptcy 20 of the Gospel of John, set opposed to the conclusions of the opposite Gospels, and ends with an in depth research of the portray of this topic through Caravaggio, environment it in the pictorial traditions of past due antiquity, the center a while, and the Renaissance. alongside the best way, so much considers narrative reactions to John’s account by way of storytellers of assorted spiritual persuasions, and Christian theologians’ interpretations of John 20 from the second one century advert till the Counter-Reformation. His paintings exhibits how Thomas’s tale, in its many guises, touches upon relevant questions of faith, philosophy, hermeneutics, and, now not least, life.

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The Age of Doubt: Tracing the Roots of Our Religious Uncertainty

By Christopher Lane

The Victorian period was once the 1st nice "Age of Doubt" and a severe second within the heritage of Western principles. major nineteenth-century intellectuals battled the Church and struggled to soak up radical clinical discoveries that upended every little thing the Bible had taught them in regards to the global. In The Age of Doubt, uncommon student Christopher Lane tells the interesting tale of a society lower than pressure as almost all elements of existence replaced abruptly.

In deft graphics of medical, literary, and highbrow icons who challenged the present spiritual orthodoxy, from Robert Chambers and Anne Brontë to Charles Darwin and Thomas H. Huxley, Lane demonstrates how they and different Victorians succeeded in turning doubt from a non secular sin into a moral necessity.

The dramatic adjustment of Victorian society has echoes at the present time as know-how, technology, and faith grapple with ethical concerns that appeared unbelievable even a decade in the past. but the Victorians' difficulty of religion generated a much more looking engagement with non secular trust than the "new atheism" that has developed this present day. extra profoundly than any new release earlier than them, the Victorians got here to view doubt as inseparable from trust, idea, and debate, in addition to a much-needed antidote to fanaticism and unbridled sure bet. in contrast, a glance at trendy extremes--from the biblical literalists in the back of the production Museum to the pressure of Richard Dawkins's atheism--highlights our modern day lack of ability to embody doubt.

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Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character: Engaging Joel J. Kupperman (SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture)

A attention of Confucian ethics that employs the paintings and issues of the eminent comparative ethicist Joel J. Kupperman.

In this quantity, top students in Asian and comparative philosophy take the paintings of Joel J. Kupperman as some extent of departure to think about new views on Confucian ethics. Kupperman is one of the few eminent Western philosophers to have built-in Asian philosophical traditions into his proposal, constructing a character-based ethics synthesizing Western, chinese language, and Indian philosophies. With their concentrate on Confucian ethics, participants reply, extend, and have interaction in serious discussion with Kupperman’s perspectives. Kupperman joins the dialog with responses and reviews that finish the volume.

“…the essays in Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character all have particular advantages in their personal, making the amount a energetic platform of up to date scholarship on ethics in its personal right.” —

“Joel Kupperman is rightly celebrated for his luck at drawing on jap traditions to amplify our (Western) knowing of key matters in philosophy. The amazing essays in this quantity expand Kupperman’s method with stimulating reflections on personality, feelings, and well-being.” — Stephen C. perspective, writer of Contemporary Confucian Political Philosophy

“Each essay through a tremendous determine in comparative philosophy is a masterful engagement with the Confucian culture that unearths its assets for us today. Scholars and scholars of either chinese language philosophy and comparative philosophy probably want to learn this awesome volume.” — Owen Flanagan, writer of The Bodhisattva’s mind: Buddhism Naturalized

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Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

By Janet Reitman

“A masterful piece of reporting . . . Reitman tells a spellbinding tale of a larger-than-life character whose quirks, ticks and air of secrecy formed America’s latest homegrown spiritual movement.” — Washington Post

Scientology is understood for its big name believers and its staff of “volunteer ministers” at catastrophe websites similar to the area alternate middle; its significantly competitive reaction to feedback or its assaults on psychiatry; its requirement that believers pay up to thousands of greenbacks to arrive the top degrees of salvation. yet for all its notoriety, Scientology has remained America’s least understood new faith, whilst it's been one among its so much successful.

Now Janet Reitman tells its riveting complete tale within the first aim sleek background of Scientology, eventually revealing the magnificent fact approximately lifestyles in the debatable faith for its contributors and ex-members. in keeping with 5 years of study, exclusive records, and huge interviews with present and previous Scientologists, this can be an totally compelling paintings of nonfiction and the defining paintings on an elusive faith.

“A meticulously researched historical past and revealing exposé, a daunting portrait of a faith that many locate not only arguable, yet dangerous.” — Boston Globe

“This ebook is fearless.” — Wall road magazine

A New York Times impressive Book most sensible Books of 2011, Nonfiction
San Francisco Chronicle Top Ten of 2011

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Among the Gentiles: Greco-Roman Religion and Christianity (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library)

By Luke Timothy Johnson

The query of Christianity’s relation to the opposite religions of the realm is extra pertinent and hard at the present time than ever sooner than. whereas Christianity’s ancient failure to understand or actively have interaction Judaism is infamous, Christianity’s much more shoddy list with recognize to “pagan” religions is much less understood. Christians have inherited an almost unanimous theological culture that thinks of paganism by way of demonic ownership, and of Christian missions as a rescue operation that saves pagans from inherently evil practices. 

In venture this clean inquiry into early Christianity and Greco-Roman paganism, Luke Timothy Johnson starts with a huge definition of faith as a lifestyle equipped round convictions and reviews referring to final energy. within the culture of William James’s Variety of non secular Experience, he identifies 4 designated methods of being spiritual: faith as participation in merits, as ethical transformation, as transcending the realm, and as stabilizing the area. utilizing those standards because the foundation for his exploration of Christianity and paganism, Johnson reveals a number of issues of similarity in non secular sensibility.

Christianity’s failure to appropriately come to grips with its first pagan associates, Johnson asserts, inhibits any attempt to have interaction certainly with adherents of assorted global religions.  This considerate and passionate examine may also help holiday down the partitions among Christianity and different spiritual traditions.

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The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions

By David Berlinski

Militant atheism is at the upward thrust. in recent times Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens have produced a gradual circulate of best-selling books denigrating non secular trust. those authors are in basic terms the forefront of a bigger move that incorporates a lot of the medical community.

In reaction, mathematician David Berlinski, himself a mundane Jew, offers a biting safeguard of spiritual notion. The Devil’s Delusion is an excellent, incisive, and humorous publication that explores the boundaries of technological know-how and the pretensions of these who insist it's the final touchstone for realizing our world.

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