The Case for God by Karen Armstrong

By Karen Armstrong

Relocating from the Paleolithic age to the current, Karen Armstrong info the nice lengths to which humankind has long gone for you to adventure a sacred fact that it referred to as via many names, reminiscent of God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. Focusing specifically 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 fashion that veers so profoundly from the contemplating our ancestors?

Answering those questions with an identical intensity of data and profound perception that experience marked all her acclaimed books, Armstrong makes transparent how the altering face of the area has inevitably replaced the significance of faith at either the societal and the person point. and she or he makes a strong, convincing argument for drawing at the insights of the previous with a view to construct a religion that speaks to the wishes of our dangerously polarized age. 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 aid us stay creatively, peacefully, or even joyously with realities for which there aren't any effortless explanations.” She emphasizes, too, that faith won't paintings immediately. it truly is, she says, a pragmatic self-discipline: its insights are derived now not from summary hypothesis yet from “dedicated highbrow endeavor” and a “compassionate way of life that permits us to wreck out of the prism of selfhood.”

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God's troublemakers: how women of faith are changing the by Katharine Rhodes Henderson

By Katharine Rhodes Henderson

This is a ebook approximately ladies who're altering the realm as leaders within the public enviornment. no matter if Christian, Jewish or Muslim―their paintings is religiously or spiritually inspired. they're spiritual or socio-ethical marketers, who've invented corporations or routine to fix the area. What formed and shaped them? How do they combine a revolutionary social schedule with their religion? How do they workout public management in an international the place women's public roles are often nonetheless suspect? The publication is thematically geared up and touches on a number of the such a lot suitable issues being mentioned this day: separation of church and nation, the intersection of politics and faith, the silence of the innovative left and the embodiment of actual non secular pluralism. This ebook claims area for innovative sorts of faith in a space ruled through the spiritual correct.
God's Troublemakers is predicated on large interviews with eleven girls social marketers. the three top recognized are Sr. Helen Prejean, the anti-death-penalty activist; Ruth Messenger, former ny Borough President and now government director of yank Jewish global provider; and Helen LaKelly Hunt, who has been a countrywide activist investment women's explanations and a pacesetter in persuading secular feminists to make universal reason with spiritual women.

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Cults and New Religions: A Brief History (2nd Edition) by Douglas E. Cowan, David G. Bromley

By Douglas E. Cowan, David G. Bromley

This exceptional advent to cults and new non secular routine has been thoroughly up-dated and increased to mirror the most recent advancements; every one bankruptcy reports the origins, leaders, ideals, rituals and practices of a NRM, highlighting the categorical controversies surrounding every one group.

A totally up-to-date, revised and increased variation of an extraordinary creation to cults and new non secular movements
Profiles a few of the such a lot seen, major, and arguable new non secular activities, featuring every one group’s historical past, doctrines, rituals, management, and organization
Offers a dialogue of the main controversies within which new spiritual pursuits were concerned, utilizing every one profiled workforce to demonstrate the character of 1 of these controversies
Covers debates together with what constitutes an genuine faith, the validity of claims of brainwashing options, the consequences of experimentation with unconventional sexual practices, and the deeply rooted cultural fears that cults engender
New sections comprise equipment of learning new religions in every one bankruptcy in addition to displays on ‘groups to watch’

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Social Theory and Religion by James A. Beckford

By James A. Beckford

This e-book seems to be at methods of enhancing our realizing of non secular switch through strengthening the hyperlinks among social thought and the social medical examine of faith. James Beckford stories the present nation of social medical wisdom approximately faith. He clarifies the social procedures considering developing spiritual and non-religious environments in private and non-private existence. Beckford unearths the significance of those limitations by means of pertaining to stories of secularization, spiritual range, globalization, spiritual events and self-identity.

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Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age by Huston Smith

By Huston Smith

Huston Smith, the writer of the vintage bestseller The World's Religions, provides a passionate, well timed message: The human spirit is being suffocated through the dominant materialistic worldview of our instances. Smith champions a society during which faith is once more precious and authentically practiced because the very important resource of human knowledge.

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Free Will: A Philosophical Study by Laura Waddell Ekstrom

By Laura Waddell Ekstrom

During this complete new learn of human loose business enterprise, Laura Waddell Ekstrom significantly surveys modern philosophical literature and offers a singular account of the stipulations at no cost motion. Ekstrom argues that incompatibilism referring to unfastened will and causal determinism is right and therefore the suitable account of the character of loose motion has to be indeterminist in nature. She examines quite a few libertarian techniques, eventually protecting an account counting on indeterministic causation between occasions and beautiful to agent causation in basic terms in a reducible experience. Written in a fascinating kind and incorporating contemporary scholarship, this examine is necessary interpreting for students and scholars attracted to the themes of motivation, causation, accountability, and freedom. In greatly masking the $64000 positions of others in addition to its exposition of the author’s personal view, unfastened Will presents either an important scholarly contribution and a beneficial textual content for classes in metaphysics and motion concept.

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