By Jenny Schroedel
"The Everything[registered] Saints e-book, 2d version" is an engaging advent to the lives (and occasionally premature deaths) of saints and the miracles ascribed to them. This authoritative re-creation is full of infrequent rates, little-known evidence, and pleasing tales of heroism and private sacrifice, together with: conventional saints; ecu, African, and Asian saints; soon-to-be saints; and, disappearing saints. From Mary, the mum of Jesus, to early eu saints like Saint Valentine, to fashionable women and men who're now being thought of for sainthood, "The Everything[registered] Saints booklet, second version" is full of inspirational bills in their personalities and their unwavering devotion to God.
By Christopher Hitchens
This ebook exploits fresh reevaluations of Roman faith in an effort to argue in prefer of taking the spiritual dimensions of Roman literature heavily, as very important cultural paintings of their personal correct. rather than seeing Roman spiritual and literary task as by-product and parasitic upon Greek originals, the booklet questions the romanticizing biases of classical experiences, and argues for the ability and creativity of the Romans of their engagements with Greek tradition.
During this landmark paintings, Paul Kurtz examines the explanations why humans settle for supernatural and paranormal trust platforms even with giant facts on the contrary. in line with Kurtz, this is because there's in the human species a deeply rooted tendency towards magical thinking—the “transcendental temptation”—which undermines severe judgment and paves the way in which for willful ideals.
Kurtz explores intimately the 3 significant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—finding impressive mental and sociological parallels among those religions, the spiritualism of the 19th century, and the mystical trust platforms of this present day. This acclaimed and debatable publication contains sections on mysticism, trust within the afterlife, the life of God, reincarnation, astrology, and ufology. Kurtz concludes via explaining and advocating rational skepticism as an antidote to trust within the transcendental.
This quantity illustrates the ways that the invention of the scrolls has altered our paradigms of biblical interpretation, investigating connections inside of and among Jewish and Christian interpretive texts.
By Graham Oppy
During this ebook, Graham Oppy examines arguments for and opposed to the lifestyles of God. He exhibits that none of those arguments is strong adequate to alter the minds of average individuals in debates at the query of the life of God.
His end is supported by way of precise analyses of the arguments in addition to by means of the improvement of a conception concerning the function of arguments and the factors that are meant to be utilized in judging even if arguments are profitable.
Oppy discusses the paintings of a big selection of philosophers, together with Anselm, Aquinas, Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, Kant, Hume and, extra lately, Plantinga, Dembski, White, Dawkins, Bergman, Gale and Pruss.
The perform of swearing oaths was once on the centre of the English Reformation. at the one hand, oaths have been the medium during which the Henrician regime carried out its ideology and secured loyalty one of the humans. at the different, they have been the instrument during which the English humans embraced, resisted and manipulated royal coverage. Jonathan Michael grey argues that because the Reformation used to be negotiated via oaths, their distinctive value and serve as are imperative to realizing it totally. Oaths and the English Reformation sheds new mild at the motivation of Henry VIII, the enforcement of and resistance to reform and the level of well known participation and negotiation within the political method. putting oaths on the center of the narrative, this booklet argues that the English Reformation was resolute as a lot via its approach to implementation and reaction because it used to be by means of the theology or political idea it transmitted.
The first publication to target the intersection of Western philosophy and the Asian martial arts, Striking Beauty relatively reports the historic and philosophical traditions of martial arts perform and their moral worth within the sleek international. increasing Western philosophy's worldwide outlook, the e-book forces a theoretical reckoning with the worries of chinese language philosophy and the classy and technical dimensions of martial arts practice.
Striking Beauty explains the connection among Asian martial arts and the chinese language philosophical traditions of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism, as well as Sunzi's Art of War. It connects martial arts perform to the Western suggestions of mind-body dualism and materialism, activities aesthetics, and the ethics of violence. The paintings ameliorates Western philosophy's hostility towards the physique, emphasizing the excitement of observing and interesting in martial arts, in addition to their attractiveness and the moral challenge in their violence.
By Carol Zaleski
Dozens of books, articles, tv indicates, and movies bearing on "near-death" stories have seemed long ago decade. those who have survived a detailed brush with dying display their awesome visions and ecstatic emotions in the meanwhile they died, describing trips via a tunnel to a realm of sunshine, visible stories in their previous deeds, encounters with a benevolent spirit, and everlasting transformation after returning to life.
Carol Zaleski's Otherworld Journeys deals the main entire remedy so far of the facts surrounding near-death studies. the 1st to put researchers' findings, first-person money owed, and attainable clinical or mental motives in historic standpoint, she discusses how those fabrics replicate the impression of up to date tradition. She demonstrates that sleek near-death reviews belong to an unlimited relatives of otherworld trip stories, with examples in approximately each spiritual historical past. She identifies common in addition to culturally particular good points through evaluating near-death narratives in unique classes of Western society: medieval Christendom and twentieth-century secular the USA. This comparability unearths profound similarities, equivalent to the life-review and the reworking after-effects of the imaginative and prescient, in addition to impressive contrasts, corresponding to the absence of hell or punishment scenes from smooth accounts.
Mediating among the "debunkers" and the near-death researchers, Zaleski considers present efforts to give an explanation for near-death event scientifically. She concludes via emphasizing the significance of the otherworld imaginative and prescient for knowing innovative and spiritual adventure typically.