By Nikos Kazantzakis
The Francis of Assisi in those pages is a guy of fight and soreness, a guy God-possessed.”—Saturday Review
“The writing . . . is direct and vigorous.”—Commonweal
“The novel is powerful, deep, and relocating. . . . a penetration into the secret and beauty of life.”—San Francisco Chronicle
The protean Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis retells the tale of the so much cherished of saints—Francis of Assisi, who completely replaced the method humans take into consideration following God. Drawing at the conventional tales of the saint’s existence, Kazantzakis infuses the story with a fervent imaginative and prescient that's uniquely his personal, highlighting the saint’s heroic
single-mindedness within the face of utmost actual and religious anguish. He portrays the saint as an excellent lover and encouraging chief who embraced radical poverty within the face of many hindrances and temptations whereas attaining a lifestyle marked via epic generosity.
A entire and authoritative account of the 'heretic' Marcion, this quantity lines the advance of the idea that and language of heresy within the surroundings of an exploration of second-century Christian highbrow debate. Judith M. Lieu analyses debts of Marcion by means of the key early Christian polemicists who formed the belief of heresy, together with Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Epiphanius of Salamis, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and Ephraem Syrus. She examines Marcion's 'Gospel', 'Apostolikon', and 'Antitheses' intimately and compares his ideas with these of latest Christian and non-Christian thinkers, overlaying quite a lot of debatable concerns: the character of God, the relation of the divine to construction, the individual of Jesus, the translation of Scripture, the character of salvation, and the right way of life of adherents. during this cutting edge learn, Marcion emerges as a particular, inventive determine who addressed frequent issues inside of second-century Christian variety.
Weather swap and different worldwide environmental alterations deserve awareness by way of the the arts - they're prompted as a rule via human attitudes and actions and feed again to human societies. Focussing on faith permits research of assorted human modes of belief, motion and concept in terms of international environmental switch. at the one hand, spiritual corporations are aiming to develop into "greener" nevertheless, a few non secular rules and practices show fatalism in the direction of affects of weather swap. What may be the destiny of other religions in an ever-warming international? This publication gathers contemporary examine on capabilities of faith in weather switch from theological, moral, philosophical, anthropological, historic and earth approach analytical views. Charting the unfold from local case reports to global-scale syntheses, the authors show that international religions and indigenous trust platforms are already responding in hugely dynamic how you can ongoing and projected weather alterations - in conception and perform, for higher or for worse. The publication establishes the examine box "religion in weather swap" and identifies avenues for destiny examine throughout disciplines.
By Graham Oppy
Easy methods to determine even if to think in God is to match the simplest conception that claims that God exists with the easiest idea that claims that God doesn't exist, making an allowance for all the suitable information. This ebook compares Theism – the easiest conception that claims that God exists – with Naturalism – the simplest conception that says that God doesn't exist – on a truly wide selection of information. the belief of the comparability is that Naturalism is a greater concept than Theism: for Naturalism is less complicated than Theism, and all the thought of facts is defined a minimum of in addition via Naturalism because it is by means of Theism. The argument for Naturalism is novel either in define, and within the info of the case that there's no info that Theism explains greater than Naturalism does.
By Murray J. Leaf
The world’s “great” religions depend upon traditions of great scholarship, devoted to retaining their key texts but in addition to realizing them and, as a result, to debating what knowing itself is and the way top to do it. additionally they have very important public missions of many varieties, and their principles and agencies effect many different vital associations, together with govt, legislation, schooling, and kinship. The Anthropology of Western Religions: rules, firms, and Constituencies is a comparative survey of the world’s significant non secular traditions as specialist corporations and, frequently, as social events. Documenting the primary principles in the back of Western non secular traditions from an anthropological viewpoint, Murray J. Leaf demonstrates how those principles were utilized in development inner enterprises that mobilize or fail to mobilize exterior support.
By Erika Rummel
This e-book offers with the influence of the Reformation debate in Germany at the such a lot widespread highbrow move of the time: humanism. even though it is right that humanism encouraged the process the Reformation, says Erika Rummel, the dynamics of the connection are greater defined through asserting that humanism was once co-opted, maybe even exploited, within the non secular debate.
By Matthew J. M. Coomber
The Fortress remark at the Bible: The previous testomony and Apocrypha offers a balanced synthesis of present scholarship, permitting readers to interpret Scripture for a posh and pluralistic world.
The participants carry a wealthy range of views to the duty of connecting good historic serious research of the Scripture with sensitivity to theological, cultural, and interpretive concerns coming up in our come upon with the textual content. The individuals characterize a large array of theological commitment—Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and others.
The introductory articles and part introductions within the quantity speak about the dramatic demanding situations that experience formed modern interpretation of the previous testomony and Apocrypha. person ebook articles supply an creation and remark on key feel devices which are explored during the lenses of 3 serious questions:
The textual content in Its historical Context. What did the textual content most likely suggest in its unique old and cultural context?
The textual content within the Interpretive Tradition. How have centuries of examining and reading formed our realizing of the text?
The textual content in modern Discussion. What are the original demanding situations and interpretive questions the textual content addresses for readers and hearers today?
The result's a observation that's entire and invaluable for preaching, instructing, and research.
By Mary Midgley
In keeping with The mum or dad, Midgley is 'the premiere scourge of clinical pretentions during this kingdom; anyone whose wit is sought after even by way of those that rate she occasionally oversteps the mark'. This booklet examines how technological know-how involves be used instead for faith and issues out how badly that position distorts it. Her argument is perfectly insightful: a punch, compelling, vigorous indictment of those misuses of science. either the booklet and its writer are precise classics of our time.
By Elwood Watson, Darcy Martin
Whereas a few see the leave out American festival as hokey vestige of one other period, many stay enthralled via the once a year Atlantic urban occasion. And even if you're keen on it or hate it, nobody can deny the influence the competition has had on American well known culture-indeed, many fact tv indicates appear to have taken cues from the festival. based in 1921, the leave out the US competition has supplied a desirable glimpse into how American criteria of femininity were outlined, projected, maintained, and challenged. At a variety of occasions, it's been praised as a favorable function version for younger American girls, protested as degrading to girls via feminists, and shamed via scandals, comparable to the single as a result of the Penthouse pictures of Vanessa Williams in 1984. during this first interdisciplinary anthology to check this uniquely American occasion, students guard, critique, and consider the festival, grappling with topics like attractiveness, race, the physique, identification, kitsch, and consumerism. "There She Is, pass over America" presents a desirable exam of a permanent American icon.
By Howard Bloom
How does the cosmos do whatever it has lengthy been proposal that in basic terms gods may possibly in attaining? How does an inanimate universe generate gorgeous new varieties and unimaginable new powers with out a writer? How does the cosmos create? That’s the critical query of a ebook that during its unique variation was once referred to as profound, notable, provocative, mind-bending, and daring.
writer Howard Bloom takes you on a systematic excursion into the key middle of a cosmos you’ve by no means noticeable. not only any cosmos. An electrifyingly creative cosmos. An obsessive-compulsive cosmos. A pushed, formidable cosmos. A cosmos of monstrous shocks. A cosmos of screaming, lovely surprise. A cosmos that breaks 5 of science’s such a lot sacred legislation. convinced, five.
on the finish of this highbrow thrill-ride is an entire new idea of the start, heart, and finish of the universe—the Bloom toroidal version, often referred to as the massive bagel theory—which explains of the most important mysteries in physics: darkish strength and why, if antimatter and topic are created in equivalent quantities, there's so little antimatter during this universe.
known as “truly impressive” via Nobel Prize–winner Dudley Herschbach, this paperback edition of The God Problem will pull you in with the impossible to resist appeal of a black gap and spit you out back enlightened with the strength of a giant bang. Be ready to have your brain blown.