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Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics

The booklet that has sparked a energetic nationwide debate about the kingdom of yankee religion, praised via Timothy Keller as “provocative” and “compelling,” whereas The New York Times says “Douthat assaults nonsense on either the cultural correct and left…responsible and fair,” and the Washington Times raves “a fantastic documentation of America’s concern of faith,” now in paperback.

AS THE YOUNGEST-EVER OP-ED COLUMNIST FOR The long island Times, Ross Douthat has emerged as probably the most provocative and influential voices of his new release. In Bad faith he bargains a masterful and forceful account of the way American Christianity has misplaced its way—and why it threatens to take American society with it.

In an international populated through “pray and develop wealthy” gospels and Christian cults of vainness, Ross Douthat argues that America’s challenge isn’t an excessive amount of faith; neither is it illiberal secularism. really, it’s bad religion. Conservative and liberal, political and pa cultural, usually spiritual and fashionably “spiritual”—Christianity’s position in American lifestyles has more and more been taken over, no longer through atheism, yet by way of heresy: debased types of Christian religion that stroke our egos, indulge our follies, and inspire our worst impulses.

In a super and provocative tale that strikes from the Fifties to the age of Obama, Douthat explores how undesirable faith has crippled the country’s skill to confront our such a lot urgent demanding situations and speeded up American decline.

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The Meaning of Things: Applying Philosophy to Life

By A. C. Grayling

A clean distillation of insights into the human situation, via one of many best-known and most well liked philosophers within the united kingdom. considering existence, what it capability and what it holds in shop doesn't need to be a despondent event, yet fairly should be enlightening and uplifting. A existence really worthy dwelling is one who is knowledgeable and regarded so a level of philosophical perception into the inevitabilities of the human situation is inherently very important and such an procedure can help us to accommodate genuine own dilemmas. This e-book is an available, vigorous and thought-provoking sequence of associated commentaries, in accordance with A. C. Grayling's 'The final note' column within the mum or dad. Its target isn't really to cajole readers to simply accept one specific philosophical perspective or thought, yet to aid us give some thought to the glorious variety of insights which might be drawn from an immeasurably wealthy heritage of philosophical concept. thoughts coated comprise braveness, love, betrayal, ambition, cruelty, knowledge, ardour, good looks and demise. this can be a superbly stimulating learn and act as a useful advisor as to what's really very important in residing existence, even if dealing with good fortune, failure, justice, flawed, love, loss or any of the opposite profound adventure lifestyles throws out.

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The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics

By Kenan Malik

The tale of the worldwide look for ethical truths

In this impressive and groundbreaking booklet, Kenan Malik explores the historical past of ethical concept because it has constructed over 3 millennia, from Homer’s Greece to Mao’s China, from historic India to fashionable the United States. It tells the tales of the good philosophers, and breathes existence into their rules, whereas additionally difficult lots of our such a lot loved ethical beliefs.

Engaging and provocative, the hunt for an ethical Compass confronts a few of humanity’s private questions. the place do values come from? Is God invaluable for ethical information? Are there absolute ethical truths? It additionally brings morality right down to earth, displaying how, all through heritage, social wishes and political wants have formed ethical pondering. it's a background of the area advised throughout the background of ethical idea, and a background of ethical proposal that casts new mild on worldwide history.

From the booklet edition.

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Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character: Engaging Joel J. Kupperman (SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture)

A attention of Confucian ethics that employs the paintings and issues of the eminent comparative ethicist Joel J. Kupperman.

In this quantity, prime students in Asian and comparative philosophy take the paintings of Joel J. Kupperman as some degree of departure to contemplate new views on Confucian ethics. Kupperman is one of the few eminent Western philosophers to have built-in Asian philosophical traditions into his notion, constructing a character-based ethics synthesizing Western, chinese language, and Indian philosophies. With their specialize in Confucian ethics, participants reply, extend, and have interaction in severe discussion with Kupperman’s perspectives. Kupperman joins the dialog with responses and reviews that finish the volume.

“…the essays in Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character all have unique advantages in their personal, making the quantity a energetic platform of latest scholarship on ethics in its personal right.” — SirReadaLot.org

“Joel Kupperman is rightly celebrated for his good fortune at drawing on japanese traditions to amplify our (Western) figuring out of key matters in philosophy. The notable essays in this quantity expand Kupperman’s method with stimulating reflections on personality, feelings, and well-being.” — Stephen C. attitude, writer of Contemporary Confucian Political Philosophy

“Each essay by way of a big determine in comparative philosophy is a masterful engagement with the Confucian culture that finds its assets for us today. Scholars and scholars of either chinese language philosophy and comparative philosophy should want to learn this amazing volume.” — Owen Flanagan, writer of The Bodhisattva’s mind: Buddhism Naturalized

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Heidegger's Confessions: The Remains of Saint Augustine in "Being and Time" and Beyond (Religion and Postmodernism)

By Ryan Coyne

Although Martin Heidegger is almost as infamous as Friedrich Nietzsche for embracing the loss of life of God, the thinker himself said that Christianity observed him at each degree of his occupation. In Heidegger's Confessions, Ryan Coyne isolates a crucially vital participant during this tale: Saint Augustine. Uncovering the importance of Saint Augustine in Heidegger’s philosophy, he information the complicated and conflicted ways that Heidegger sarcastically sought to outline himself opposed to the Christian culture whereas even as using its resources.

Coyne first examines the function of Augustine in Heidegger’s early interval and the improvement of his magnum opus, Being and Time. He then is going directly to express that Heidegger owed an abiding debt to Augustine even following his personal upward push as a mundane thinker, tracing his early encounters with theological texts via to his overdue options and writings. Bringing a clean and unforeseen standpoint to undergo on Heidegger’s profoundly influential critique of recent metaphysics, Coyne lines a bigger lineage among non secular and theological discourse and continental philosophy.

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The Huguenots and French Opinion, 1685-1787: The Enlightenment Debate on Toleration (Editions SR)

By Geoffrey Adams

the choice of Louis XIV to revoke the Edict of Nantes and hence liquidate French Calvinism used to be good acquired within the highbrow neighborhood which was once deeply prejudiced opposed to the Huguenots. This antipathy could steadily disappear. After the dying of the sunlight King, a extra sympathetic view of the Protestant minority used to be offered to French readers through prime thinkers akin to Montesquieu, the abbé Prévost, and Voltaire. by way of the center years of the eighteenth century, liberal clerics, attorneys, and executive ministers joined Encyclopedists in urging the emancipation of the Reformed who have been visible to be dependable, peaceful and effective. Then, in 1787, because of in depth lobbying by means of a gaggle which incorporated Malesherbes, Lafayette, and the long run innovative Rabaut Saint-Étienne, the govt of Louis XVI issued an edict of toleration which granted the Huguenots a modest invoice of civil and non secular rights.

Adams’ illuminating paintings treats an enormous bankruptcy within the historical past of toleration; it explores extensive a desirable shift in mentalités, and it bargains a brand new concentrate on the method of “reform from above” in pre-Revolutionary France.

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Law, Medicine and Engineering in the Cult of the Saints in Counter-Reformation Rome: The Hagiographical Works of Antonio Gallonio, 1556–1605 (Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions, Volume 178)

By Jetze Touber

This ebook indicates how the sixteenth-century priest Antonio Gallonio engaged with legislations, medication and engineering, to attract realization to saintly virtues. It exposes the tensions among a theocratic clergy and the self-assertion of secular pros within the Italian Counter-Reformation

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I & II Samuel: A Commentary (The Old Testament Library)

By A. Graeme Auld

During this new addition to the previous testomony Library sequence, Graeme Auld writes, "This booklet is ready David." the writer demonstrates how all of the different personalities in First and moment Samuel--including Samuel, for whom the books have been named--are current in order that we might even see and recognize David better.These attention-grabbing tales aspect the lives of David, his predecessors, and their households. Auld explains that notwithstanding we learn those books from starting to finish, we have to keep in mind that they have been composed from finish to starting. via reconstructing what mus thave long past ahead of, the tale of David units up and explains the succeeding tale of monarchy in Israel.

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A Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism (Concise Encyclopedia of World Faiths)

With entries on every thing from Manu to Gandhi and the Ramesvaram to the Himalayas, this can be a useful reference book.

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The Cambridge Companion to the Gospels (Cambridge Companions to Religion)

The 4 gospels are a principal a part of the Christian canon of scripture. within the religion of Christians, this canon constitutes a life-giving witness to who God is and what it potential to be actually human. This 2006 quantity treats the gospels not only as old assets, but in addition as an important testimony to the lifetime of God made recognized in Jesus Christ. This procedure is helping to beat the occasionally destructive break up among serious gospel research and questions of theology, ethics and the lifetime of religion. The essays are by means of stated specialists in a number of theological disciplines. the 1st part considers what are acceptable methods of analyzing the gospels given the categories of texts they're. the second one, critical part covers the contents of the gospels. The 3rd part appears on the effect of the gospels in church and society throughout historical past and as much as the current day.

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