Category: Religion

Persephone's Quest: Entheogens and the Origins of Religion by Robert Gordon Wasson, Stella Kramrisch, Carl A. P. Ruck,

By Robert Gordon Wasson, Stella Kramrisch, Carl A. P. Ruck, Jonathan Ott

The subtitle to this publication is Entheogens and the Origins of faith. For these now not acquainted with the time period entheogen it actually potential `god generated inside of' and refers back to the a number of psychoactive components which have been used all through heritage in a non secular context. those contain the mushroom cults of rural glossy Mexico, using a soma by way of the traditional Indo-European Aryan tradition of pre Hindi India, or even within the rites of the Eleusis ceremonies of classical Greece. As could be inferred at this element, the publication issues itself to the research of those various religious rites that seem to shape a nearly universal topic during the improvement of faith world wide. Wasson is the driver in the back of not just the e-book, but additionally the research of entheogens as a self-discipline worldwide. His pioneering global within the box of ethnomycology and ethnobotany within the 1940's and 50's lead him to be the 1st individual from the western global to partake within the sacred mushroom rituals of Mesoamerica in 1953.

The booklet itself is split into elements. the 1st involves essays by way of R. Gordon Wasson, Stella Kramrisch, and Jonathan Ott overlaying every little thing from research of the final meal of the Buddha and the connections in mythology among the lightning bolt and the mushroom to the systematic collecting of proof throughout cultures and heritage of the frequent use of entheogens in non secular rites. the second one a part of the e-book contains 3 essays from Carl A. P. Ruck, a special Greek student. As may make feel, Ruck's essays concentration a piece extra carefully at the relation of entheogens to old Greek society.

Any booklet that could be a compilation of separate works from separate authors is necessarily going to be afflicted by a common loss of movement or unity and Persephone's Quest isn't any exception. convinced elements learn greater than different, particularly Wasson's efforts cleared the path during this regard, yet as a complete the theories and concepts raised are of the best significance. Ruck's efforts may be considered as a section tiresome, yet i'm a piece biased during this regard as Greek historical past is of big curiosity and a space of research for me. a few of what Ruck describes might be misplaced on readers no longer accustomed to the traditional Greek international, yet even so this is often the case relating to nearly any region. somebody with an curiosity in entheogens of psychedelics within the parlance of leisure utilization will do themselves good to learn this e-book.

It definitely holds loads of relevance for modern day global and will in truth nonetheless be visible in a number of the worlds nice religions reminiscent of Hinduism, the place on occasion a surrogate has changed the unique entheogen, within the Hindu case soma used to be changed with the putka mushroom, which isn't psychoactive. the easy undeniable fact that using entheogens was/is so frequent all through human historical past is a cause to review it and the present prejudice held opposed to such components by means of many lecturers and authority figures is totally unfounded. it kind of feels nearly to join a bigger move inside of a definite element of society that's keen to brush aside the scientific-analytical method of such diversified themes as international warming, evolution, stem mobile learn and different so referred to as `controversial' subject matters. in truth it sort of feels to me that this dismissal of cause is generally coming from a few type of faith encouraged dogma.

In gentle of this the booklet will not really be authorised very warmly in spiritual circles, that is unlucky. what's perhaps extra unlucky is that the desire the a part of society that without problems accepts the part of cause in lots of the aforementioned themes keeps to persist by way of in huge to a wholesale rejection of analyzing entheogens and their value within the improvement of human civilization. This e-book is an effective begin to expectantly switch the preferred belief on those awesome components.

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The Prestige of the Pagan Prophet Balaam in Judaism, Early by George H. van Kooten, Jacques van Ruiten

By George H. van Kooten, Jacques van Ruiten

This quantity bargains with the pagan prophet Balaam who figures within the booklet of Numbers. through the very nature of his stature as a non-Israelite, pagan prophet, the determine of Balaam increases vital questions in regards to the character of prophecy and the relation among the Israelite God and the pagan international locations. The conflicting tales and effective oracles of Balaam in Numbers 22-24 and different elements of the Jewish Scriptures triggered wide mirrored image in this ambiguous determine. hence the major point of view built during this quantity is the usually simultaneous compliment and feedback of Balaam as a prestigious pagan prophet all through old Judaism, early Christianity and the early Koranic commentaries.
The papers are clustered in 4 sections which take care of (1) Balaam within the outdated testomony and the traditional close to East, and related figures in old Greece; (2) Balaam in historical Judaism; (3) Balaam within the New testomony & Early Christianity; and (4) Balaam within the Koran and early Koranic commentaries. The reception of this enigmatic determine will be characterised because the simultaneous compliment and feedback of a pagan prophet.
The e-book is especially important because it additionally includes Émile Puech’s newly reconstructed textual content, translation and remark of the 1st mixture of the Deir ‘Alla inscriptions which comprise an excerpt of the publication of the historic Balaam. mixed with the opposite papers, the quantity images a desirable continuum among paganism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

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Religion(en) deuten: Transformationen der Religionsforschung by Friedrich Wilhelm Graf, Friedemann Voigt

By Friedrich Wilhelm Graf, Friedemann Voigt

Mit dem „cultural flip“ hat die Religionsforschung eine erhebliche disziplinäre Erweiterung erfahren. In den Kulturwissenschaften hat sich ein weites Spektrum von Theorien und Methoden entwickelt, mit denen die Rolle der faith in der modernen Welt vermessen wird. Auf der einen Seite ergibt sich damit ein breites Spektrum an unterschiedlichen Methoden und Theorien, auf der anderen Seite eine neue Konkurrenz um die religiöse Deutungshoheit.

Der Band dokumentiert den Internationalen Kongress der Ernst-Troeltsch-Gesellschaft aus dem Jahr 2006, bei dem Wissenschaftler aus Geschichts- und Politikwissenschaft, Soziologie und Islamwissenschaft, Ethnologie, Religionswissenschaft und Theologie neue Ansätze der Religionsforschung vorgestellt und interpretiert haben.

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Islam's Marriage with Neo-Liberalism: State Transformation by Yildiz Atasoy

By Yildiz Atasoy

The transformation of the Turkish state is tested the following within the context of globalized frames of neo-liberal capitalism and modern schemas of Islamic politics. It indicates how the historic emergence of 2 distinctive but intertwined imaginaries of country structuring, laiklik and Islam, maintains to persuade Turkish politics this present day.

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God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of by Matthew Vines

By Matthew Vines

"God and the homosexual Christian is a online game changer. Winsome, available, and punctiliously researched, each web page is delivered to existence via the author's transparent love for Scripture and deep, power religion. With this ebook, Matthew Vines emerges as one among my generation's most vital Christian leaders, not just on issues of sexuality but additionally on what it potential to stick with Jesus with knowledge, humility, and style. arrange to be challenged and enlightened, provoked and encouraged. learn with an open middle and brain, and also you are guaranteed to be changed."
-- Rachel Held Evans, writer of A 12 months of Biblical Womanhood and religion Unraveled

As a tender Christian guy, Matthew Vines harbored an analogous easy hopes of such a lot youth: to some-day proportion his existence with somebody, to construct a kin of his personal, to provide and obtain love. but if he learned he used to be homosexual, these hopes have been referred to as into query. The Bible, he'd been taught, condemned homosexual relationships.

Feeling the stress among his figuring out of the Bible and the truth of his same-sex orientation, Vines dedicated years of in depth examine into what the Bible says approximately homosexuality. With care and precision, Vines requested questions similar to:

• Do biblical teachings at the marriage covenant avoid same-sex marriage or no longer?
• How may still we practice the lessons of Jesus to the homosexual debate?
• What does the tale of Sodom and Gomorrah particularly say approximately human relationships?
• Can celibacy be a calling whilst it really is mandated, no longer selected?
• What did Paul take into account whilst he warned opposed to same-sex kinfolk?

Unique in its confirmation of either an orthodox religion and sexual range, God and the homosexual Christian is prone to spark heated debate, honest soul search­ing, even common cultural swap. not just is it a compelling interpretation of key biblical texts approximately same-sex family members, it's also the tale of a tender guy navigating relationships along with his relatives, his place of birth church, and the Christian church at huge as he expresses what it capability to be a devoted homosexual Christian.

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The History of the Devil: As Well Ancient as Modern by Daniel Defoe

By Daniel Defoe

This interesting quantity from the writer of such influential novels as Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders bargains an analytical tackle the determine of devil. even if Defoe deals a accomplished background of the symbolic and literary value of the satan, he additionally believes that the satan performs an lively and direct position in choosing the process international occasions, which he outlines in nice element. All in all, it's a must-read for these drawn to theology and the advance of the Christian worldview.

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Knowing the Unknowable: Science and Religions on God and the by John W. Bowker

By John W. Bowker

Albert Einstein as soon as remarked that in the back of all observable issues lay anything rather unknowable. And the inducement for his personal paintings in physics stemmed from whatever as it seems that harmless as his father first exhibiting him a compass while he was once a boy. but the beauty and proposal of that second , which he by no means forgot, led eventually to his personal stupendous medical breakthroughs. This booklet explores that unique territory perceived through Einstein: the place the unknown takes over from every little thing that's comprehensible, universal, and explicable. And that interface among identified and unknown is of the very maximum value: it lies on the center of the human quest to take wisdom past the limits of the identified. it's what scientists do once they adopt their study, from the trajectories of comets to the replication of cells. yet is can be what spiritual humans do once they begin to discover their courting with what they understand because the divine. Their mutual attempt to "know the unknowable" is a profoundly vital means within which people discover the bounds of themselves, in addition to of the universe. Bringing jointly distinctive participants, either scientists and theologians (including Rowan Williams the present Archbishop of Canterbury), to discover the results of what such a call for participation skill in perform, this groundbreaking e-book explores very important issues like cosmological absence, negativity in Christian mysticism, and the "hiddenness" of God in Buddhism.

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