Category: Religious Studies Reference

The World’s Oldest Church: Bible, Art, and Ritual at by Michael Peppard

By Michael Peppard

Michael Peppard offers a historic and theological reassessment of the oldest Christian construction ever came across, the third-century house-church at Dura-Europos. opposite to typically held assumptions approximately Christian initiation, Peppard contends that rituals the following didn't basically include notions of dying and resurrection. relatively, he portrays the motifs of the church’s wall work as these of empowerment, therapeutic, marriage, and incarnation, whereas boldly reidentifying the determine of a lady previously believed to be a repentant sinner because the Virgin Mary. This richly illustrated quantity is a step forward paintings that reinforces our realizing of early Christianity on the nexus of Bible, paintings, and ritual.

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Thinking Through Myths: Philosophical Perspectives by Kevin Schilbrack

By Kevin Schilbrack

8 awesome essays, from top teachers, deconstruct perennial difficulties of rationality, mind's eye and narrative to track the effect of fantasy in our personal ideals, origins, and strength futures. Thinking via Myths makes an attempt to reconcile the adversarial claims of pragmatism and sweetness, calling for the acknowledgement of myths in daily event.

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The Specification of Human Actions in St Thomas Aquinas by Joseph Pilsner

By Joseph Pilsner

Thomas Aquinas believed that human activities have species, similar to robbery or almsgiving. an issue arises, besides the fact that, bearing on his educating on how such ethical forms are decided. Aquinas makes use of 5 varied phrases - finish, item, subject, condition, and reason - to spot what supplies species to human activities. even if similarities in that means may be discerned among sure of those phrases, obvious changes among others make it tricky to know how all 5 may possibly discuss with what specifies human activities. Joseph Pilsner examines and compares Aquinas's figuring out of those 5 phrases to determine if a constant account of his educating on specification will be proposed.

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Roman Religion in Valerius Maximus (Routledge Classical by Hans-Friedrich Mueller

By Hans-Friedrich Mueller

Valerius Maximus used to be an indefatigable collector of ancient anecdotes illustrating vice and advantage. His Memorable Deeds and Sayings are extraordinary as a resource for the critiques of Romans within the early empire on an unlimited variety of matters. Mueller specializes in what Valerius can let us know approximately modern Roman attitudes to faith, attacking numerous orthodoxies alongside the way in which. He argues that Roman faith might be deeply emotional. That it used to be attainable to think passionately within the divinity of the emperor - even if, like Tiberius, he used to be nonetheless alive - and that Rome's gods and non secular rituals had a major position in fostering traditional morality. The examine extra explores components of old rhetoric, Roman historiography, and Tiberian Rome. the truth that Valerius used to be a latest of Jesus ability his paintings can also be priceless in reflecting the attitudes and ideology of the ruling classification to which Christ and his fans have been politically topic, and which shaped the historical past to the expansion and persecution of Christianity.

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Historical dictionary of Islamic fundamentalism by Mathieu Guidère

By Mathieu Guidère

The Historical Dictionary of Islamic Fundamentalism presents a complete and precise exam into Islam as a faith, Islam as a central authority, and Islam as a lifestyle. it's a thorough research of assorted teams, occasions, events, key figures, and dogmas that experience prompted modern Islamic Fundamentalism.

In this ebook, Dr. Guidère presents an in-depth examine Islamic Fundamentalism via a close chronology, an introductory essay, an Arabic-to-English word list, and an intensive bibliography. the most component to the publication comprises the dictionary part, which has over 500 cross-referenced entries on teams, occasions, activities, key figures, dogmas, ideologies, and events of the twentieth and twenty first centuries. This booklet is a superb entry aspect for prime tuition scholars, students, and a person drawn to a greater realizing of the realm of Islam.

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Islam: Religion of Bigots by Robert Spencer

By Robert Spencer

Barack Obama has acknowledged again and again that Islam is “a faith of peace.” His management has accused those that don't trust this proposition — or who dare point out Islamic violence opposed to girls and homicidal oppression of homosexuals — of “Islamophobia.” those are fictions and the President has performed the rustic a primary disservice via promulgating them.
The fact? In Saudi Arabia, the life of Christian church buildings is illegitimate, in addition to the Bible itself; no Christian or Jew can input Mecca or Medina lest their mere footsteps desecrate Islam’s holiest websites. In Pakistan and Afghanistan and in other places within the Muslim international, conversion from Islam to Christianity is punishable via demise. In Iraq, Syria, Nigeria or even the President’s liked Indonesia, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and different “infidels” frequently face acts of spiritual genocide via fundamentalists who invoke middle Islamic texts and teachings to justify their actions.
In brief, as Robert Spencer indicates during this paintings, the creed of Muhammad, faraway from being a faith of peace, has printed itself within the post-9/11 global to be a faith of bigotry.

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Women, Religion and Education in Early Modern England by Kenneth Charlton

By Kenneth Charlton

Girls, faith and schooling in Early smooth England is a research of the character and volume of the schooling of girls within the context of either Protestant and Catholic ideological debates. analyzing the function of girls either as recipients and brokers of spiritual guide, the writer assesses the character of energy endowed in ladies via spiritual schooling, and the restraints and freedoms this introduced.

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Revolve: Man's Scientific Rise to Godhood by Aaron Franz

By Aaron Franz

Is expertise rushing up human evolution or are we simply spinning our wheels?

Artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, implantable chips, and lifestyles extension. those and plenty of different applied sciences are being promoted because the means for humanity to turn into anything extensively diversified. The transhumanist circulation claims that by way of using them to our biology, we are going to turn into posthuman. a brand new faith for a brand new age is being born, and it facilities round Man's clinical attainment of everlasting existence. The Philosopher's Stone of the alchemists now seems to be close by. Revolve takes you past the common Singularity revenues pitch to deliver you eyeball to eyeball with whatever way more profound, anxious, and ancient.

If you loved The Age of Transitions documentary, then this booklet is for you. It enormously expands upon the knowledge coated within the movie. The e-book is split into sections, the 1st being what's going? and the second one is titled Digging Deeper. half one explains what the transhuman undertaking is, who's engaged on it, and the way it suits into the larger photograph. It exhibits how converging applied sciences are dismantling each human price that we carry sacred during this age. half delves into the occult aspect of this venture. It uncovers many facets of a hidden esoteric faith that has existed globally for hundreds of thousands of years. the traditional Mysteries are alive and good at the present time, and they're really the foundation for medical development. this can be undeniable to work out in the event you comprehend the cryptic symbolism of the unusual propaganda we're now swimming in. we're being hit with strong messages persuading us to "upgrade," that hire historic and robust alchemical motifs. This truth needs to now be recognized, and can't be taken without any consideration.

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The Telengits of Southern Siberia: Landscape, Religion and by Agnieszka Halemba

By Agnieszka Halemba

In a brand new and fascinating learn, Halemba explores the faith and international outlook of the Telengits of Altai. The ebook offers an account of the Altai, its peoples, clans and political constructions, focusing relatively on at the Telengits, while additionally contemplating the several components of non secular trust exhibited between those local peoples. satirically, because the call for for nationwide attractiveness grows between such humans, and with it the necessity for extra formal kingdom buildings, outfitted round the country, faith too starts off to develop into formalized, and loses its normal, all-pervasive personality. With the Telengits, whose usual faith contains parts of Buddhism, this takes the shape of a debate as to if the country faith in their polity is to be Buddhism or, opposite to the nature of shamanism, a proper, based, fastened shamanism. this can be a accomplished anthropological account of the modern spiritual lifetime of the Telengits, keeping very important implications for wider debates in sociology and politics.

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The paradoxical rationality of Søren Kierkegaard by Richard McCombs

By Richard McCombs

Richard McCombs provides Søren Kierkegaard as an writer who intentionally pretended to be irrational in lots of of his pseudonymous writings that allows you to galvanize his readers to find the hidden and paradoxical rationality of religion. targeting pseudonymous works by way of Johannes Climacus, McCombs translates Kierkegaardian rationality as a striving to turn into a self constantly unified in all its dimensions: considering, feeling, prepared, performing, and speaking. McCombs argues that Kierkegaard’s technique of feigning irrationality is typically brilliantly instructive, but additionally partially inaccurate. This clean studying of Kierkegaard addresses an important challenge within the philosophy of religion—the relation among religion and reason.

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