Download E-books The Case for God PDF

By Karen Armstrong

A nuanced exploration of the half that faith performs in human lifestyles, drawing at the insights of the previous for you to construct a religion that speaks to the wishes of our dangerously polarized age.
Moving from the Paleolithic age to the current, Karen Armstrong information the good lengths to which humankind has long gone for you to event a sacred truth that it referred to as through many names, equivalent to God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. Focusing in particular on Christianity yet together with Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and chinese language spiritualities, Armstrong examines the decreased impulse towards faith in our personal time, whilst an important variety of humans both wish not anything to do with God or query the efficacy of religion. Why has God develop into incredible? Why is it that atheists and theists alike now imagine and talk about God in a manner that veers so profoundly from the contemplating our ancestors?

Answering those questions with an identical intensity of information and profound perception that experience marked all her acclaimed books, Armstrong makes transparent how the altering face of the realm has unavoidably replaced the significance of faith at either the societal and the person level.  but she cautions us that faith was once by no means presupposed to supply solutions that lie in the competence of human cause; that, she says, is the position of logos. the duty of faith is “to support us dwell creatively, peacefully, or even joyously with realities for which there are not any effortless explanations.” She emphasizes, too, that faith won't paintings instantly. it's, she says, a realistic self-discipline: its insights are derived no longer from summary hypothesis yet from “dedicated highbrow pastime” and a “compassionate way of life that allows us to wreck out of the prism of selfhood.”

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Download E-books Jesus Reclaimed: Jewish Perspectives on the Nazarene PDF

After centuries of persecution, oppression, compelled migrations, and exclusion within the identify of Christ, the improvement of a Jewish "Quest for the old Jesus" may appear unexpected.  This e-book provides an outline and research of many of the Jewish views at the Nazarene in the course of the centuries, emphasizing the range of German voices in Anglo-American contexts. It explores the explanations for a gentle raise in Jewish curiosity in Jesus because the finish of the eighteenth century, arguing that this development had a strategic aim: the justification of Judaism as a residing religion along Christianity.

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Download E-books The Concept of Time: The First Draft of Being and Time (Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers) PDF

By Martin Heidegger

The suggestion of Time provides Heidegger's so-called Dilthey evaluate, generally thought of the 1st draft of his celebrated masterpiece, Being and Time. right here Heidegger finds his deep dedication to Wilhelm Dilthey and count number Yorck von Wartenburg. He concurs with them that historicity has to be on the centre of the hot philosophy to come back. even though, he additionally argues for an ontological method of historical past. From this ontological flip he develops the so-called different types of Dasein.

This paintings demonstrates Heidegger's indebtedness to Yorck and Dilthey and provides additional proof to the view that considered historical past is the germ telephone of Being and Time. although, it additionally indicates that Heidegger's dedication to Dilthey was once now not with out reservations and that his research of Dasein truly employs Husserl's phenomenology. The paintings reopens the query of historical past in a broader experience, as Heidegger struggles to thematize heritage with out aligning it with world-historical occasions. The textual content additionally offers a concise and readable precis of the most issues of Being and Time and as such is a perfect significant other to that textual content.

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Download E-books The Confessions of St. Augustine (Paraclete Essentials) PDF

By Augustine of Hippo

The 1st autobiography ever written, and the most profound testaments of religion, ever.

"This publication is the masterpiece from which all different Christian memoirs circulation. Augustine's awesome tale continues to be as clean because it did whilst he wrote it within the overdue fourth century. The Confessions nonetheless speaks with a transparent, vibrant and altogether special voice to believers and seekers looking for the one that will provide leisure to their stressed hearts."
—James Martin, SJ, writer of My existence with the Saints

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Download E-books The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss PDF

By David Bentley Hart

Regardless of contemporary ferocious public debate concerning the probability of the life of God, the main valuable idea in such arguments is still unusually imprecise. what's God? Are these engaged within the debate all conversing in regards to the comparable factor? during this fantastically written contribution to reasoned dialogue, a respected non secular philosopher clarifies how the be aware 'God' features in a variety of spiritual traditions.

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Download E-books The Vernacular Spirit: Essays on Medieval Religious Literature PDF

The late-medieval move into 'vernacular theology,' because it has grow to be known as, encouraged many sorts of literary expression, in the entire languages of Europe. Spanning a large box, the individuals to this quantity think about hagiography, translations of and commentaries on scripture, bills of visionary stories, and devotional literature. Their essays remove darkness from encounters with the divine mediated via language, bringing into play a variety of nationwide cultures and disciplinary issues of view. additionally they have interaction very important social and political matters attached with non secular adventure, together with demanding situations to authority, reinterpretations of texts, and renegotiations of gender roles.

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Download E-books Dialectical Theology and Jacques Ellul: An Introductory Exposition PDF

In Dialectical Theology and Jacques Ellul, Jacob E. Van Vleet argues that the paintings of Jacques Ellul is frequently—and deleteriously—misread as a result of inattention to the theological underpinning that governs Ellul's notion. In a penetrating research, the 1st of its type, Van Vleet presents a sizeable account of the theological constitution of Ellul's paintings and demonstrates the determinative function that theology, particularly dialectical theology, performs in a formal knowing of Ellul.

Van Vleet deals an incredible creation to Ellul's notion, his contribution to theology and philosophy, and the way his philosophy of know-how is either theologically educated and culturally suitable. in addition, this paintings situates Ellul's theological and philosophical notion inside of a major genetic context, from Kierkegaard to the dialectical theologians of the 20th century.

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Download E-books Naming Evil, Judging Evil PDF

Is it extra risky to name anything evil or now not to?  This primary query deeply divides those that worry that the time period oversimplifies grave difficulties and people who fear that, to successfully handle such matters as terrorism and genocide, we needs to first recognize them as evil. spotting that the way in which we process this quandary can considerably have an effect on either the damage we undergo and the agony we inflict, a unusual crew of individuals engages within the debate with this sequence of well timed and unique essays.

Drawing on Western conceptions of evil from the center a while to the present,  those items show that, whereas it will possibly now not be attainable to definitively settle ethical questions, we're nonetheless able—and in truth are obligated—to make ethical arguments and judgments. utilizing a large choice of techniques, the authors increase difficult questions: Why is a lot evil perpetrated within the identify of good?  may possibly evil ever be eliminated? How can liberal democratic politics aid us strike a stability among the necessity to go judgment and the necessity to stay tolerant? Their insightful solutions exemplify how the occasionally rarefied worlds of political idea, philosophy, theology, and heritage can light up urgent modern concerns.

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Download E-books The Serpent's Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion PDF

“Because thou hast performed this, thou paintings cursed primarily livestock, and above each beast of the field.” With these phrases in Genesis, God condemns the serpent for tempting Adam and Eve, and the serpent has shouldered the blame ever seeing that. yet how could the examine of faith switch if we checked out the autumn from the snake’s perspective? could he look as a bringer of knowledge, extra beneficiant than the God who needs to maintain his construction ignorant? 

Inspired via the early Gnostics who took that startling view, Jeffrey J. Kripal makes use of the serpent as a place to begin for a groundbreaking reconsideration of non secular reviews and its equipment. In a sequence of similar essays, he strikes past either rational and faith-based techniques to faith, exploring the erotics of the gospels and the sexualities of Jesus, John, and Mary Magdalene. He considers Feuerbach’s Gnosticism, the untapped mystical capability of comparative faith, or even the fashionable mythology of the X-Men. 

Ultimately, The Serpent’s reward is a provocative demand an entire reorientation of spiritual reviews, geared toward a bigger knowing of the area, the self, and the divine.

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Download E-books When Giants Were Upon the Earth: The Watchers, the Nephilim, and the Biblical Cosmic War of the Seed PDF

By Brian Godawa

The Appendices of All eight Chronicles of the Nephilim jointly in a single Book.

The bestselling Biblical delusion novel sequence Chronicles of the Nephilim has opened a door for Christian mind's eye and theology like none different. writer Brian Godawa stocks the Biblical and historical old and legendary learn that undergirds the fiction. Now all these appendices were positioned jointly in a single booklet if you wish severe research of the subjects of the Watchers, Nephilim, and the Biblical Cosmic battle of the Seed.

This ebook has the detailed bonus of a formerly unpublished bankruptcy at the ebook of Enoch, in addition to newly increased chapters.

The publication of Enoch: Scripture, Heresy or What?
Bonus bankruptcy. How influential the traditional e-book of Enoch has been at the Church and the recent testomony either without delay and in some way.

Sons of God (Newly extended from Noah Primeval)
Noah Primeval Appendix. creation to the Divine Council within the Bible. Are the Sons of God in Genesis 6 angels, Sethites or divine kings?

The Nephilim (Newly multiplied from Noah Primeval)
Noah Primeval Appendix. The Nephilim within the Bible is arguable. yet Genesis 6 isn't the purely position they appear. This bankruptcy explores in all places giants look within the Bible, and there are various of them.

Noah Primeval Appendix. The suggestion of a sea dragon of chaos is common within the old close to East and the Bible. what's its theological which means? Dinosaur? Whale? Sea Dragon? The Bible could shock you.

Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography within the Bible
Noah Primeval Appendix. Did the Bible writers think the traditional Mesopotamian view of a flat earth supported via pillars over an Underworld with a high-quality dome overhead? This bankruptcy we could the Bible converse for itself.

Retelling Bible tales and Mythic mind's eye
Enoch Primordial Appendix. historical Jewish writers retold Bible tales to carry desiring to their international. Jewish legends and Biblical creatures in Enoch Primordial: Cain as a vampire, Lilith the demon, Rahab the ocean dragon, Behemoth, Cherubim, Seraphim, Rephaim, and devil.

Gilgamesh and the Bible
Gilgamesh Immortal Appendix. a glance at what the traditional Epic of Gilgamesh has in universal with the Bible: much. What used to be “Noah’s nakedness”? a glance on the a variety of theories of who Gilgamesh fairly was once in heritage and the Bible.

In security of old Traditions
Abraham Allegiant Appendix. Why are there a number of names for God within the Bible? The legends in the back of the Tower of Babel and who Nimrod quite was once in heritage. the traditional ebook of Jasher quoted within the Bible. What does it suggest that the Sons of God inherited the international locations at Babel?

Mythical Monsters within the Bible
Joshua Valiant Appendix. a glance at legendary creatures within the Bible: Satyrs, centaurs, Lilith, winged fiery serpents, and Azazel. an in depth examine recognized Biblical giants: Og of Bashan and the Anakim giants; Ahiman, Talmai, and Sheshai.

Canaanite Baal and outdated testomony Storytelling Polemics
Caleb Vigilant Appendix. How Bible writers used Canaanite notions subversively to undermine Baal the hurricane god, and raise Yahweh because the precise God.

Goliath was once no longer by myself
David Ascendant Appendix. a more in-depth examine the main recognized Biblical titanic, Goliath. yet there are 5 different giants spoken of within the Bible as going after David. have been they part of a mystery pact to kill the messiah king? And who have been the Lion males of Moab?

Jesus and the Cosmic warfare
Jesus victorious Appendix. Nephilim and demons. Satan’s position as “god of this world.” The Transfiguration of Christ as a announcement of warfare at the Watchers. Exegesis of one Peter three as Christ descends into Sheol with effective overcome the Powers.

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