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Rethinking Greek Religion

By Julia Kindt

Who marched in non secular processions and why? How have been blood sacrifice and communal feasting regarding identities within the old Greek urban? With questions equivalent to those, present scholarship goals to illustrate the ways that faith maps directly to the socio-political constructions of the Greek polis ('polis religion'). during this ebook Dr Kindt explores a extra accomplished belief of historical Greek faith past this conventional paradigm. Comparative in process and outlook, the ebook invitations its readers to embark on an interdisciplinary trip touching upon such various subject matters as non secular trust, own faith, magic and theology. particular examples comprise the transformation of tyrant estate into ritual gadgets, the cultural perform of constructing dedications at Olympia, and a guy trying to make like to Praxiteles' well-known statue of Aphrodite. The publication may be priceless for all scholars and students trying to comprehend the complicated phenomenon of historic Greek faith.

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Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

By Scott Cunningham

Cunningham’s vintage advent to Wicca is set how one can stay lifestyles magically, spiritually, and thoroughly attuned with nature. it's a ebook of feel and customary experience, not just approximately magick, yet approximately faith and some of the most serious problems with this day: the way to in achieving the a lot wanted and healthy dating with our Earth. Cunningham offers Wicca because it is at the present time: a steady, Earth-oriented faith devoted to the Goddess and God. Wicca also contains Scott Cunningham’s personal booklet of Shadows and up-to-date appendices of periodicals and occult providers.

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The Proprietary Church in the Medieval West

By Susan Wood

This publication examines in what methods and the way some distance medieval church buildings have been handled as goods of estate. It levels over so much of Western Europe, from beginnings within the overdue Roman Empire and post-Roman kingdoms, into the Carolingian empire and its neighbours and successor states; and during the Gregorian reform, as much as the overdue 12th century while estate in church buildings was once patchily outmoded via the canon-law correct of patronage. The strategy is as a lot social and non secular as criminal and administrative, and explores rules and assumptions in addition to sensible exploitation and estate dealings.

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Sacrifice in the Post-Kantian Tradition: Perspectivism, Intersubjectivity, and Recognition (SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy)

By Paolo Diego Bubbio

An exam of the philosophical thought of sacrifice from Kant to Nietzsche.

In this booklet, Paolo Diego Bubbio deals an alternative choice to common philosophical money owed of the inspiration of sacrifice, which usually start with the hermeneutic and postmodern traditions of the 20th century, beginning as a substitute with the post-Kantian culture of the 19th century. He restructures the ancient improvement of the idea that of sacrifice via a examine of Kant, Solger, Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche, and indicates how each one is indebted to Kant and has extra in universal with him than is usually stated. Bubbio argues that even though Kant sought to loose philosophical proposal from spiritual foundations, he didn't thereby render the function of non secular claims philosophically dead. This makes it attainable to contemplate sacrifice as a regulative and symbolic thought, and ends up in an unorthodox suggestion of sacrifice: no longer the destruction of whatever for the sake of anything else, yet really a kenotic emptying, conceived as a withdrawal or a “making room” for others.

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The Acts of Peter, Gospel Literature, and the Ancient Novel: Rewriting the Past

By Christine M. Thomas

The Acts of Peter, one of many Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles that aspect the exploits of the main figures of early Christianity, presents a distinct window into the formation of early Christian narrative. just like the Gospels, the Acts of Peter built from disparate oral and written narrative from the 1st century. The apocryphal textual content, besides the fact that, persisted to turn into a couple of re-castings, translations, abridgements, and expansions. The Acts of Peter current Christian narrative in an alternative universe, during which canonization didn't halt the method of inventive re-composition.

Now, during this groundbreaking e-book, Thomas examines the resources and next models of the Acts, from the earliest traditions in the course of the sixth-century Passions of the Apostles, arguing the significance of its "narrative fluidity": the life of the paintings in numerous types or multiforms. this selection, shared with the Jewish novels of Esther and Daniel, the Greek romance approximately Alexander the good, and the Christian Gospels, permits those narratives to conform to deal with the altering old conditions in their audiences. In each one new edition, the audiences' defining conflicts have been mirrored within the textual content, echoing a old realization extra frequently pointed out with basic oral societies, during which the account of the previous is a malleable script explaining the current. even if the style so much heavily such as those works is the traditional novel, their severe ancient cause separates them from the later, extra self-consciously fictive novels, and continues them in the realm of the sooner ancient novels produced by means of ethnic subcultures in the Roman empire.

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The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails

By John W. Loftus

During this anthology of modern criticisms aimed toward the reasonableness of Christian trust, a former evangelical minister and apologist, writer of the severely acclaimed Why I grew to become an Atheist, has assembled fifteen striking articles via prime skeptics, increasing on topics brought in his first book.

relevant is a protection of his "outsider try of faith," arguing that believers should still attempt their religion with an analogous skeptical criteria they use to guage the opposite faiths they reject, as though they have been outsiders. specialists in drugs, psychology, and anthropology sign up for Loftus to teach why, whilst this try is utilized to Christianity, it turns into very tough to rationally protect.

Collectively, those articles demonstrate that well known Christian ideals are inclined to depend on lack of knowledge of the proof. Drawing jointly specialists in different fields, together with Hector Avalos, Richard service, David Eller, and Robert rate, this e-book bargains a robust blow opposed to Christian religion.

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Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America, 25th Anniversary Edition

Randall Balmer's Mine Eyes Have obvious the Glory is an insightful and interesting trip into the realm of conservative Christians in the US. initially released twenty-five years in the past and the foundation for an award-winning, three-part PBS documentary, this re-creation is whole with a brand new bankruptcy and an Afterword.

In this immensely readable journey of the highways and byways of yank evangelicalism, Balmer visits a revival assembly in Florida, an Indian reservation within the Dakotas, a trade event for Christian booksellers, and a fundamentalist Bible camp within the Adirondacks. in the course of the eyes of these that Balmer meets on his trips, we arrive at a extra exact and balanced realizing of an abiding culture that, because the writer argues, is either wealthy in theological insights and mired in contradictions. Mine Eyes Have obvious the Glory deals readers a real perception into the charm that the evangelical move holds for hundreds of thousands of Americans.

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Modern Physics and Vedanta

Collecting Early Christian Letters: From the Apostle Paul to Late Antiquity

Letter collections in past due antiquity supply witness to the flourishing of letter-writing, with the advance of the more often than not formulaic exchanges among elites of the Graeco-Roman international to a extra wide-ranging correspondence through bishops and priests, in addition to emperors and Gothic kings. The individuals to this quantity learn person collections from the 1st to 6th centuries CE, starting from the Pauline and Deutero-Pauline letters via monastic letters from Egypt, bishops' letter collections and early papal collections compiled for varied reasons. this is often the 1st multi-authored learn of recent testomony and overdue old letter collections, crossing the normal divide among those disciplines by means of targeting Latin, Greek, Coptic and Syriac epistolary resources. It attracts jointly major students within the box of past due vintage epistolography from Australasia, Sweden, the uk and the U.S..

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American Buddhism as a Way of Life

The USA looks changing into a Buddhist nation. superstar converts, the recognition of the Dalai Lama, motifs in renowned video clips, and mala beads on the mall point out an expanding inculcation of Buddhism into the yankee awareness, no matter if a comparatively small percent of the inhabitants truly describe themselves as Buddhists. This booklet seems past the trendier manifestations of Buddhism in the US to examine especially American Buddhist methods of life—ways of perceiving and figuring out. John Whalen-Bridge and Gary Storhoff have geared up this particular assortment in keeping with the Buddhist notion of the 3 Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.

The Buddha part discusses the 2 key academics who popularized Buddhism in the USA: Alan Watts and D. T. Suzuki and the actual varieties of spirituality they proclaimed. The Dharma part offers with how Buddhism can enlighten present public debates and a attention of our nationwide previous with explorations of bioethics, abortion, end-of-life judgements, and recognition in past due capitalism. the ultimate part at the Sangha, or group of believers, discusses how Buddhist groups either formal and casual have affected American society with chapters on kinfolk lifestyles, Nisei Buddhists, homosexual liberation, and Zen gardens.

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