The Convergence of Judaism and Islam: Religious, Scientific, by Michael M. Laskier, Yaacov Lev

By Michael M. Laskier, Yaacov Lev

The Convergence of Judaism and Islam bargains fifteen interdisciplinary experiences that examine the advanced relationships among the cultures of Jews and Muslims through the medieval and early sleek sessions. They demonstrate that, for the main half, Jewish-Muslim family have been peaceable and concerned highbrow cooperation.

Eschewing a chronological strategy and that includes contributions from eu, Israeli, and North American students, together with veterans and up to date PhDs, the amount makes many desirable and stimulating juxtapositions. to provide one instance, chapters on early Islam and the shaping of Jewish-Muslim relatives within the heart a long time make clear the criminal battles over the prestige of synagogues in twentieth-century Yemen or the execution of a fourteen-year-old lady in nineteenth-century Morocco.

Sure to impress controversy and dialogue, this quantity specializes in a interval of unfastened trade among those cultures that ended in one of the most seminal breakthroughs in math, technological know-how, and drugs the area has recognized

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Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims Of The Christian by Ravi Zacharias

By Ravi Zacharias

Zacharias is easily trained, super eloquent, and scripted like a Hollywood b-movie. His easy flaw lies in that he's no longer supporting the negative, oppressed, and missed, whatever Jesus could do... in its place he's attempting to end up as truth anything that many people understand to be delusion, and that the remainder suspect may actually be.
Zacharias used to be a Christian and Missionary Alliance preacher, that used to be prior to he chanced on he might promote millions of books, wherein he then set-off on a profitable ministry outdoors the confines of company, equipped faith. also, he frequently speaks to college-age crowds, and since they're often looking for a worldview, and through his proselytizing, he manages to deliver clean new trained converts into the Galilean's fold. one of many extra pleasing defenses of his religion have been the pseudo-debates he held at Georgia Tech. He claims to have really logically "proved" the life of the Christian god in a debate with a bunch of engineers... certain, engineers.
As for this name, Zacharias is back trying to undermine paths that thousands have discovered to be comforting, and he attempts to undermine them with one other that excludes everybody other than its personal fundamentalist Christian believer. might be it is time for Zacharias to chill and revel in his multi-million buck Dunwoody domestic, grandchildren, and his source of revenue streams from the dribble he is noticeable healthy to pen over the many years. He should still permit a few new Christians to benefit from the phobia and intolerance they like to promulgate. probably it is time for previous Ravi to proportion the wealth.

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Sacred schisms: how religions divide by James R. Lewis, Sarah M. Lewis

By James R. Lewis, Sarah M. Lewis

Schism (from the Greek 'to split') refers to a bunch that breaks clear of one other, often greater service provider and types a brand new organization. even though the time period is usually restricted to spiritual schisms, it may be prolonged to other forms of breakaway teams. simply because schisms emerge out of controversies, the time period has damaging connotations. although they're a big element of many analyses, schisms more often than not haven't been subjected to systematic research. This quantity offers the 1st book-length research of spiritual schisms as a common phenomenon. a few chapters research particular case experiences whereas others supply surveys of the background of schisms inside greater spiritual traditions, reminiscent of Islam and Buddhism. different chapters are extra theoretically centred. Examples are drawn from a wide selection of other traditions and geographical parts, from early Mediterranean Christianity to fashionable eastern New Religions, and from the Jehovah's Witnesses to Neo-Pagans.

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A popular dictionary of Sikhism by Cole, William Owen; Sambhi, Piara Singh

By Cole, William Owen; Sambhi, Piara Singh

The be aware 'sikh' comes from the Punjabi verb 'sikhna', to profit. A Sikh is for this reason a learner, that's, onewho learns and follows the trail of liberation taught through a guy referred to as Gur N nak and his 9 successors, who lived within the Punjab quarter of India among 1469 and 1708. The Sikh faith has just recently come to the tutorial realization of western students. there have been a fewbooks written ahead of M.A. Read more...

summary: The observe 'sikh' comes from the Punjabi verb 'sikhna', to profit. A Sikh is accordingly a learner, that's, onewho learns and follows the trail of liberation taught through a guy known as Gur N nak and his 9 successors, who lived within the Punjab sector of India among 1469 and 1708. The Sikh faith has only in the near past come to the tutorial consciousness of western students. there have been a fewbooks written ahead of M.A. Macauliffe's huge research of the lives and instances of the Gur s, The SikhReligion (Oxford 1909), yet those have been usually the paintings of infantrymen or directors, like Macauliffehimself, who neede

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Jews and Christians by William Horbury

By William Horbury

Jewish-Christian touch and controversy have been important to early Christian event. An knowing in their position in Christian origins and their continuation over the centuries is key for any critical engagement with the background of Christianity and the heritage of Judaism. In Jews and Christians William Horbury makes a tremendous contribution to the realizing of under-explored fundamental resources, either Jewish and Christian. 'Horbury is to be applauded for writing a cautious, thought of paintings approximately historic Christianity and Judaism, and the contacts among Jews and Christians. His paintings will extra dialogue within the academy and, without doubt, engender extra fruitful and sincere discussion among church and synagogue. The publication garners excessive compliment for its thoroughness and utter loss of cant. William Horbury has peered in the course of the darkish glass of Jewish-Christian kinfolk of the previous thousand years and controlled to shed light.' magazine of Biblical Literature 'William Horbury monitors an amazing wisdom of an unlimited variety of fundamental texts and secondary literature. it truly is worthy asking who else may possibly express whatever like this sort of command of such an broad chronological interval and this sort of wide variety of texts and themes.' Novum Testamentum William Horbury is Professor of Jewish and Early Christian stories within the college of Cambridge, a Fellow of Corpus Christi university, Cambridge, and a Fellow of the British Academy.

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To Take Place. Toward Theory in Ritual by Jonathan Z. Smith

By Jonathan Z. Smith

In this broad-ranging inquiry into ritual and its relation to put, Jonathan Z. Smith prepares the best way for a brand new method of the comparative research of religion.

Smith stresses the significance of place—in specific, built ritual environments—to a formal knowing of the ways that "empty" activities develop into rituals. He constructions his argument round the territories of the Tjilpa aborigines in Australia and websites in Jerusalem—the temple predicted via Ezekiel and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. the 1st of those locales—the concentration of 1 of the extra vital modern theories of non secular ritual—allows Smith to elevate questions about the company of comparability. His shut exam of Eliade's influential interpretation of the Tjilpa culture ends up in a strong critique of the method of faith, fable, and formality that starts with cosmology and the class of "The Sacred."

In substance and in procedure, To Take Place represents an important develop towards a conception of formality. it truly is of serious worth not just to historians of faith and scholars of formality, yet to all, even if social scientists or humanists, who're concerned about the character of place.

"This booklet is very stimulating in prompting one to contemplate the ways that area, or position, is perceived, marked, and applied religiously. . . . A provocative instance of the applying of humanistic geography to our figuring out of what takes place in religion."—Dale Goldsmith, Interpretation

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The Persistence of Religion: Comparitive Perspectives on by Harvey G. Cox, Daisaku Ikeda

By Harvey G. Cox, Daisaku Ikeda

In the 19th century, Nietzsche famously introduced that God used to be lifeless. within the 20th century, expanding reliance on technology and know-how ended in a frequent rejection of trust at the grounds of its irrationality. but faith has now not died. in reality, the other has happened: it has continued and proliferated. regardless of the relentless pursuit of clinical development, within the twenty-first century we now see spiritual impression all over. during this wide-ranging discussion, top commentators on faith deal with - from their diverse yet complementary traditions of Christianity and Buddhism - the continued attraction of spirituality to humans wanting to discover basic questions of that means. The authors point out that technological know-how, for all its advantages, has limits of rationalization. it can be capable of exhibit how, yet no longer unavoidably why. but trust too must never cross unchallenged, due to the fact that, as Ikeda says, ""religion can develop into both a medication or a poison."" What then is the right kind function of faith in an international tormented by intolerance and extremism? The authors element to its position in discussion, schooling and peacebuilding. They emphasise the centrality of non-violence, and the inspiring examples of Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. In so doing they recount formative reviews of involvement within the civil rights circulation and protest opposed to Vietnam (Cox) and private publicity to the distress and destruction of conflict (Ikeda). Their joint imaginative and prescient of a simply and real spiritual sensibility makes an essential contribution to the field.

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Peacemaking and the Challenge of Violence in World Religions by Irfan A. Omar, Michael K. Duffey

By Irfan A. Omar, Michael K. Duffey

Written by way of most sensible practitioner-scholars who deliver a severe but empathetic eye to the subject, this textbook presents a entire examine peace and violence in seven global religions. * bargains a transparent and systematic narrative with insurance of Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and local American religions * Introduces a distinct faith and its sacred texts in each one bankruptcy; discusses principles of peace, battle, nonviolence, and permissible violence; recounts historic responses to violence; and highlights members in the culture operating towards peace and justice * Examines innovations inside their non secular context for a greater figuring out of the values, motivations, and ethics concerned * comprises student-friendly pedagogical gains, akin to enriching end-of-chapter reviews by means of practitioners of alternative traditions, definitions of keyword phrases, dialogue questions, and extra analyzing sections

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Deep Ecology and World Religions: New Essays on Sacred by David Landis Barnhill, Roger S. Gottlieb (editors)

By David Landis Barnhill, Roger S. Gottlieb (editors)

Bringing jointly 13 new essays at the very important courting among conventional international spirituality and the modern environmental standpoint of deep ecology, this landmark ebook explores parallels and contrasts among non secular values and people proposed by way of deep ecology. In reading how deep ecologists and many of the non secular traditions can either examine from and critique each other, the subsequent traditions are thought of: indigenous cultures, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism, Christian ecofeminism, and New Age spirituality.

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On Belief (Thinking in Action) by Slavoj Zizek

By Slavoj Zizek

This can be one of many my favorites via Zizek (the different being the delicate Absolute). Zizek is a grasp at diagnosing the modern online game for what it truly is: artificial, gnostic, and with out which means (Nietzsche wins?!). but, he does so in a fashion that offers, might be theoretically, a few type of highbrow assets for a way to head past our twin fascination with all issues fabric and, satirically, immaterial. Plus, he's only a enjoyable learn. he's considered one of few writers that I certainly can go back to time and time back (even whether it is to find precisely the place I disagree with him).

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