Category: Comparative Religion

Jesus Potter Harry Christ: The Fascinating Parallels Between by Derek Murphy

By Derek Murphy

Jesus Potter Harry Christ makes use of the similarities among Jesus and Harry to re-open the talk over the ancient Jesus, arguing that either Harry and Jesus are non secular metaphors informed within the literary kind of ancient fiction. With 1000's of footnotes and references from either historic mythology and sleek tradition, Jesus Potter Harry Christ is a clean and arresting account of Christian heritage that's not predicated at the flesh and bones of a ancient founder. "For these whose minds can ask questions freely with no the enforcement of dogma, Derek Murphy increases a real argument which Christian apologists don't have any solutions to along with simply repeating their dogmatic convictions within the desire that re-asserting the dogma will ascertain it as truth." --John Thomas Didymus - Goddiscussion.com "Whether or now not one concurs with Murphy's final place, and even if one consents along with his arguments that Jesus was once totally (rather than in most cases) mythic, Jesus Potter Harry Christ is easily worthy wading via, and battle through it one needs to, just because of the sheer mass and quantity of facts the writer offers. Make this a publication whose pages you dog-ear for additional reference and moment readings." --Tim Callahan, Skeptic magazine's faith editor and writer of the books "Bible Prophecy" and "The mystery Origins of the Bible" "Murphy sifts via a number of secret religions and myths of a demise and resurrecting god, and their attainable impression upon the Gospel tale. For as soon as, it is performed tastefully and with out sensationalism. perhaps you could have learn works via Freke, Doherty, and Harpur. whereas i do not are looking to take something clear of these researchers--their books are attention-grabbing of their personal right--I chanced on Murphy's tempered therapy even more to my style. with no attempting to foist a Gnostic model of Christianity on me, and with out succumbing to overzealous scholarship, Murphy lightly but forcefully introduces the powerful similarities among Christianity and different first-century non secular philosophies and secret cults, concluding within the robust chance that Jesus was once a legendary savior." --Lee Harmon, writer of "Revelation: how it occurred" "In the newly-released (and blasphemously-titled) Jesus Potter Harry Christ, Derek Murphy makes the case that J. ok. Rowling -- the writer of the Harry Potter sequence -- accomplished her luck via tapping into a few of the inner most and such a lot historic longings of the human middle. those similar longings, Murphy argues, forced first-century pagans to build what he calls "the Jesus myth." Murphy issues to similarities among the Gospel money owed of Jesus' virgin start, His ardour and His go back from the grave with the myths of pagan idols like Isis, Sarapis, Horus and Apollo, Murphy hopes to persuade his readers that Jesus -- like the gods of mythology -- is fiction. in reality, he believes that Jesus is simply an amalgam of history's most sensible myths." --Chuck Colson, Christian chief, cultural commentator, and previous distinctive tips for President Richard Nixon

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Understanding World Religions: An Interdisciplinary Approach by Irving Hexham

By Irving Hexham

Globalization and high-speed verbal exchange placed twenty-first century humans in touch with adherents to a wide selection of global religions, yet frequently, precious wisdom of those different traditions is proscribed at top. at the one hand, non secular stereotypes abound, hampering a significant exploration of surprising philosophies and practices. nonetheless, the preferred concept that all religions result in an analogous God or an analogous ethical existence fails to account for the exact origins and extensively assorted teachings chanced on around the world’s many faiths. knowing international Religions provides faith as a fancy and exciting matrix of historical past, philosophy, tradition, ideals, and practices. Hexham believes definite measure of objectivity and critique is inherent within the examine of faith, and he publications readers in dependable methods of wearing this out. Of specific value is Hexham’s choice to discover African religions, that have usually been absent from significant faith texts. He surveys those as well as types of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

About the Author
Irving Hexham is professor of spiritual reports on the college of Calgary and adjunct professor of global Christianity at Liverpool wish college. He has released twenty-seven educational books, together with The Concise Dictionary of faith, realizing Cults and New Religions, and faith and fiscal notion, plus 80 significant educational articles and chapters in books, various well known articles, and ebook studies. lately he accomplished a record for the United countries’ refugee organization on spiritual clash in Africa and one other for the Canadian Government’s division of Canadian history on non secular courses in Canada. he's indexed in Who’s Who in Canada and diverse scholarly directories. In 2008, he used to be commemorated on the historical Humboldt college in Berlin with a Festschrift, Border Crossings: Explorations of an Interdisciplinary Historian (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag).

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Keys to Interfaith Parenting (Barron's Parenting Keys) by Iris M. Yob

By Iris M. Yob

Here is support for folks who needs to take care of the main points of elevating teenagers within the often-demanding modern atmosphere. households during which mom and dad have diverse non secular faiths are extra universal than ever this present day. this is suggestion on elevating satisfied, well-adjusted little ones in such atmosphere, in addition to knowledgeable dialogue of either the strengths and power difficulties ordinary between interfaith households.

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No Religion is an Island: The Nostra Aetate Dialogues by Edward J. Bristow

By Edward J. Bristow

Those dialogues all started in 1993 as an outgrowth of a 1990 convention on Catholic-Jewish kin that honored the twenty fifth anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the Vatican II record encouraging discussion among the Catholic church and non-Christian religions. This quantity encompasses a checklist of the 1st 5 Nostra Aetate dialogues, and it brings jointly a powerful array of Jewish and Catholic students. The conversations right here absorb the Jewishness of Jesus(John Meier and Shaye Cohen); the loss of life of Jesus(the past due Raymond Brown and Michael Cook); Catholic-Jewish discussion and the hot Millennium(Ismar Schorsch and John Cardinal O'Connor); Jerusalem in Jewish and early Christian Thought(Robert Wilkins and Michael Fishbane); and Abraham Joshua Heschel as prophet of social activism(Eugene Borowitz and Daniel Berrigan). Moderators and respondents comprise faith journalist Peter Steinfels, Rabbi Burton Visotzky and Susannah Heschel, Abraham Joshua Heschel's daughter. the amount is an excellent creation to a few of crucial historic paintings on Christian origins, Jewish-Christian kinfolk and the ancient Jesus. The dialogue of latest concerns, specially among Brown and prepare dinner and among Heschel and Berrigan, is vigorous and obtainable. This assortment serves as a version for interreligious discussion.

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The Origins of European Thought: About the Body, the Mind, by Richard Broxton Onians

By Richard Broxton Onians

Attention-grabbing little bit of scholarship, discovered connection with it in a Northrop Frye booklet. can have been extra vital if the Nineteen Sixties by no means hit the academy.
recommended for people that are looking to see type mature scholarship of people that have been encouraged by way of JG Frazer of their early life. and should be of curiosity to an individual who likes "history of ideas" approaches.

from publisher:
Onians' notable paintings of scholarship sought to house the very roots of ecu civilization and idea: the elemental ideals approximately existence, brain, physique, soul, and human future which are embodied within the myths and legends of the ancients. the quantity is is still a desirable number of rules and reasons of cultures as diversified because the Greeks and the Norse, the Celts and the Jews, and the chinese language and the Romans.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 1st edition
Preface to the second one edition
Introduction
Part I. The brain and the Body:
1. a few strategies of consciousness
2. The organs of consciousness
3. The stuff of consciousness
4. Cognition - the 5 senses
5. The liver and the belly

Part II. The Immortal Soul and the Body:
6. The psyche
7. The Genius, Numen, etc
8. Anima and Animus
9. The knees
10. The strength
11. The stuff of life
12. River-worship and a few varieties of the life-substance
13. the area: beginnings of Greek 'philosophy'
14. demise and cremation
15. The choices to the lifeless and to the Gods
16. Nectar and Ambrosia

Part III. destiny and Time:
17. 'On the knees of the Gods'
18. Peirata
19. Kairos
20. The ewaving of fate
21. different peoples - destiny and magic
22. Moiran epitithenal, pepromenos
23. Hyper moron and the relation of the Gods to fate
24. The Jars of Zeus, the scales of Zeus, and the Keres
25. Time - Emar
26. Lachesis, Klotho, and Atropos
27. levels of physique and brain, sorrow, sleep, dying, etc
28. Telos

Addenda
Indexes

from wikipedia:

Richard Broxton Onians (1899 - 1986) used to be a uncommon classicist and Hildred Carlile Professor of Latin within the collage of London.[1] His significant booklet used to be his enormous and eccentric[citation wanted] paintings, The Origins of ecu idea: concerning the physique, the brain, the Soul, the area, Time and destiny (Cambridge UP, 1951).

Onians' doctoral examine explored suggestions in Homer and was once offered the Hare Prize in 1926, a being that the paintings could be released via 1929. He negotiated an extension to this closing date, and even supposing a 1935 draft with the identify Origins of Greek & Roman proposal, customarily about the physique, the brain, the soul and destiny is held via the British Library,[3] his publication used to be now not released till 1951, because the Origins of eu notion: in regards to the physique, the brain, the Soul, the realm, Time and destiny (Cambridge college Press).[4]
An increased model was once released in 1954, and it was once reprinted in a paperback variation from Cambridge collage Press in 1988 and back in 2011 (ISBN 9781107648005).[5]
His obituary within the instances in 1986 acknowledged "Although the ebook, which covers an enormous box, doesn't continuously hold conviction, it used to be some of the most very important of its day within the box of classical reports and continues to be a important tool.", and commented that he had released little else even if he had labored on additions to the book.[2]

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Saracens by John Tolan

By John Tolan

Within the first century of Islam, many of the former Christian Roman Empire, from Syria to Spain, used to be introduced below Muslim keep watch over in a conquest of remarkable proportions. faced by means of the realm of Islam, numerous medieval Christians skilled a profound ambivalence, awed by way of its opulence, they have been additionally by way of its rival claims to the religious inheritance of Abraham and Jesus and humiliated via its social subjugation of non-Muslim minorities. a few switched over. Others took up hands. nonetheless others, the topics of John Tolan's research of anti-Muslim polemics in medieval Europe, undertook to assault Islam and its so much shiny avatar, the saracen, with words.In an attempt to make experience of God's obvious abandonment of Christendom in desire of a dynamic and increasing Muslim civilization, ecu writers distorted the lessons of Islam and caricatured its believers in a number of methods. What ideological reasons did those portrayals serve? and the way, in flip, did Muslims view Christianity? emotions of contention, contempt, and superiority existed on either side, tinged or tempered from time to time with emotions of doubt, inferiority, interest, or admiration. Tolan exhibits how Christian responses to Islam replaced from the 7th to 13th centuries, via fast-charging crusades and spirit-crushing defeats, crystallizing into polemical photos later drawn upon via Western authors within the fourteenth to 20th centuries. Saracens explores the social and ideological makes use of of contempt, explaining how the denigration of the opposite can be utilized to guard one's personal highbrow development of the area.

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Eurocentrism, Racism and Knowledge: Debates on History and by Marta Araújo, Silvia R. Maeso

By Marta Araújo, Silvia R. Maeso

This assortment addresses key concerns within the critique of Eurocentrism and racism relating to debates at the creation of information, ancient narratives and stories in Europe and the Americas. members discover the background of liberation politics in addition to educational and political response via formulation of lodging that re-centre the West.

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