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Download E-books Reluctant Witnesses: Jews and the Christian Imagination PDF

By Stephen R. Haynes

In this proposal frightening e-book, Stephen Haynes takes a troublesome examine modern Christian theology as he explores the pervasive Christian "witness-people" fable that dominates a lot Christian considering the Jews in either Christian and Jewish minds. This fantasy, an old theological build that has positioned Jews within the function of dwelling symbols of God's dealings with the area, has for hundreds of years, in accordance with Haynes, created ambivalence towards the Jews within the Christian brain with frequently disastrous results.

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Download E-books Gewalt im Namen Gottes: Die Verantwortung der Religionen für Krieg und Frieden. 16. Ökumenische Sommerakademie Kremsmünster 2014 (Linzer Philosophisch-Theologische Beiträge) (German Edition) PDF

Der Islamische Staat in Syrien und im Irak, die Massaker von Boko Haram in Nigeria - immer neue religiös motivierte Terrorakte rufen weltweite Betroffenheit hervor, auch unter gläubigen Menschen. Weder Bibel noch Koran rechtfertigen einfach jegliche Gewalttat oder Krieg im Namen Gottes, wenn guy sich mit Sprache und Sinn dieser Texte kritisch auseinandersetzt. Der Tagungsband der 16. Ökumenischen Sommerakademie Kremsmünster 2014 dokumentiert Vorträge mit unterschiedlichem konfessionellen, religiösen und weltanschaulichen Hintergrund. Sie alle beschäftigen sich mit der Thematik religiös motivierter Gewalt aus der Perspektive der Philosophie, der Praktischen Theologie und Religionspädagogik, der Religions-, Bibel- und Islamwissenschaft. Zu Wort kommen auch Repräsentanten der Friedensarbeit im Militär, in christlichen Vereinigungen und in der kirchlichen Pastoral.

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Download E-books Shrines and Pilgrimage in the Modern World: New Itineraries into the Sacred PDF

By Peter Jan Margry

The sleek pilgrimage—to websites starting from Graceland to the veterans’ annual journey to to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to Jim Morrison’s Paris grave—is intertwined with man’s existential uncertainties within the face of a speedily altering global. In a weather that reproduces the spiritual quest in doubtless secular areas, it’s not transparent precisely what the time period pilgrimage infers—and Shrines and Pilgrimage within the smooth World reviews our notions of the secular and the sacred, whereas commenting at the sleek media’s multiplication of pictures that renders the trendy pilgrimage a quest with out an item. utilizing new ethnographical and theoretical techniques, this quantity deals a stunning new imaginative and prescient at the non-secularity of the “secular” pilgrimage.
 
"This ebook may be certain to stoke our highbrow hearth and warmth up the dialogue over the hugely charged subject of secular pilgrimage.”—Simon Bronner, Penn nation University
 

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Download E-books Fundamentalism in Comparative Perspective PDF

Coming up from a dispute between conservative American Protestants within the early twentieth century, the time period fundamentalist has been utilized lately to a variety of humans - Christian, Jewish and Muslim - who've revolted opposed to what they see because the heresies of the trendy international. How do numerous fundamentalisms show up themselves, and what have they got in universal? To what volume is fundamentalism a burgeoning worldwide phenomenon, and to what volume a chain of remoted expressions of spiritual zealotry? those are a few of the questions addressed during this ebook. Essays featured contain Leo P. Ribuffo who analyses evangelical Protestantism in the US from the past due nineteenth century during the Fifties and Steve Bruce who deals a critique of the recent Christian correct, which emerged within the Eighties, less than the management of Jerry Falwell.

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Download E-books New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought (Suny Series, Western Esoteric Traditions) PDF

By Wouter J. Hanegraaff

Contemporary years have visible a superb upward push of the hot Age flow and an ever-increasing curiosity in its ideals and manifestations. This interesting paintings provides the 1st finished research of latest Age faith and its ancient backgrounds, hence supplying a way of orientation within the bewildering number of the circulate. Making vast use of basic assets, the writer thematically analyses New Age ideals from the viewpoint of the learn of religions. whereas taking a look at the old backgrounds of the flow, he convincingly argues that its foundations have been laid through so-called western esoteric traditions through the Renaissance. Hanegraaff eventually indicates how the trendy New Age circulation emerged from the expanding secularization of these esoteric traditions throughout the 19th century.

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Download E-books That's Just Your Interpretation: Responding to Skeptics Who Challenge Your Faith PDF

By Paul Copan

In our relativistic society, Christians greater than ever are bombarded by way of tricky questions on their religion. writer Paul Copan has saw that lots of those questions come to be "anti-truth claims" which are a part of ultra-modern skeptical way of thinking.

Christians protecting their religion frequently pay attention slogans and questions such as:
Ž it is all relative
Ž every thing is one with the Divine; all else is illusion
Ž The Gospels contradict each one other
Ž Why could an outstanding God create hell?

This booklet presents incisive solutions to slogans with regards to fact and truth; theism, pantheism/Eastern faith, and naturalism; and doctrinal matters resembling the incarnation and fact of Scripture. all of the twenty-two chapters presents succinct solutions and precis issues for countering the arguments.

Copan's publication is on the market for all Christians who are looking to shield the plausibility of Christianity available on the market of principles. it's also precious precis sections, extra assets, and extra documentation within the endnotes for assessment and dialogue.

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Download E-books Patterns of Faith Around the World PDF

By Wilfred Cantwell Smith

How does an adherent of 1 religion fluctuate from that of one other? Does the private caliber of religion differ among non secular traditions? Wilfred Cantwell Smith, one of many world's most famous authors within the box of comparative faith, deals solutions to those difficult questions during this pioneering learn. the place different authors current the actualities of spiritual platforms, Smith is worried with the standard of religion the faith evokes. utilizing this unparalleled method of assessing non secular variety, the writer contemplates now not rather a lot faith as non secular adventure. He fulfils this objective by means of settling on one merchandise to symbolize the religion of every non secular method, reminiscent of: the traditional chinese language image of yin and yang, a Sanskrit word from the Hindu culture, the Muslim 'creed': "There is not any god yet God, and Muhammad is God's apostle; and the Buddhist rite, Shin Byu. This ebook is should you search realizing and tolerance of others, and serves to reaffirm one's personal religion, or remove darkness from one's loss of it, by means of revealing how others locate paths to God.

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Download E-books New Age and Neopagan Religions in America (Columbia Contemporary American Religion Series) PDF

By Sarah M. Pike

From Shirley MacLaine's religious biography Out on a Limb to the teenage witches within the movie The Craft, New Age and Neopagan ideals have made sensationalistic headlines. within the mid- to overdue Nineties, numerous vital scholarly stories of the hot Age and Neopagan hobbies have been released, testifying to educational in addition to well known attractiveness that those religions are an important presence at the modern North American non secular panorama. Self-help books via New Age channelers and psychics are a wide and starting to be industry; annual spending on channeling, self-help companies, and replacement wellbeing and fitness care is at $10 to $14 billion; an predicted 12 million americans are concerned with New Age actions; and American Neopagans are anticipated at round 200,000. New Age and Neopagan Religions in America introduces the ideals and practices in the back of the general public faces of those arguable pursuits, which were transforming into progressively in past due 20th- and early twenty-first-century America.

What is the recent Age circulate, and the way is it diverse from and just like Neopaganism in its underlying ideals and still-evolving practices? the place did those decentralized and eclectic hobbies come from, and why have they grown and flourished at this aspect in American non secular heritage? what's the courting among the hot Age and Neopaganism and different religions in the US, relatively Christianity, that's usually construed as adverse to them? Drawing on old and ethnographic money owed, Sarah Pike explores those questions and gives a sympathetic but serious therapy of spiritual practices frequently marginalized but hovering in recognition. The ebook offers a normal creation to the forms of New Age and Neopagan religions within the usa this day in addition to an account in their nineteenth-century roots and emergence from the Nineteen Sixties counterculture. overlaying such subject matters as therapeutic, gender and sexuality, millennialism, and formality adventure, it additionally furnishes a wealthy description and research of the non secular worlds and social networks created through participants.

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Download E-books Poverty and Wealth in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam PDF

This ebook gathers students from the 3 significant monotheistic religions to debate the problem of poverty and wealth from the various views of every culture. It offers a cadre of values inherent to the sacred texts of Jews, Christians, and Muslims and illustrates how those values can be utilized to accommodate present fiscal inequalities. 

Contributors use the methodologies of spiritual reviews to supply descriptions and comparisons of views from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam on poverty and wealth. The publication offers citations from the sacred texts of all 3 religions. The members talk about the interpretations of those texts and the required contexts, either previous and current, for interpreting the stances chanced on there. Poverty and Wealth in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam identifies and info a beginning of universal values upon which person and institutional judgements can be made.

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Download E-books The Parting of the Ways: Between Christianity and Judaism and Their Significance for the Character of Christianity PDF

By James D.G. Dunn

The Parting of the methods is James Dunn's vintage exploration of the $64000 questions that encompass the emergence of Christian forte and the pulling aside of Christianity and Judaism within the first century of our period. The publication starts off by way of surveying the way questions were approached because the time of F C Baur within the 19th century. the writer then offers the 4 pillars of Judaism: monotheism, election and land, Torah and Temple. He then examines numerous concerns which arose with the emergence of Jesus: Jesus and the temple; the Stephen affair; temple and cult in earliest Christianity; Jesus, Israel and the legislations; 'the finish of the law'; and Jesus' instructing on God. The subject of 'one God, one Lord', and the debate among Jews and Christians over the harmony of God, bring about a concluding bankruptcy at the parting of the methods. the problems are offered with readability and the perspectives and findings of others are drawn jointly and extra to his personal, to make up this finished quantity.

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