The Problem of Pain

By C. S. Lewis

In The challenge of Pain, C.S. Lewis, essentially the most well known Christian authors and thinkers, examines a universally appropriate query in the human situation: “If God is nice and omnipotent, why does he enable his creatures to endure pain?” along with his signature wealth of compassion and perception, C.S. Lewis bargains solutions to those an important questions and stocks his wish and knowledge to assist heal an international hungering for a real figuring out of human nature.

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Homer on the Gods and Human Virtue: Creating the Foundations of Classical Civilization

By Peter J. Ahrensdorf

This publication seeks to revive Homer to his rightful position one of the significant figures within the background of political and ethical philosophy. via this clean and provocative research of the Iliad and the Odyssey, Peter J. Ahrensdorf examines Homer's realizing of the easiest existence, the character of the divine, and the character of human excellence. based on Ahrensdorf, Homer teaches that human greatness eclipses that of the gods, that the contemplative and compassionate singer finally surpasses the heroic warrior in grandeur, and that it's the courageously wondering Achilles, no longer the dependable Hector or perhaps the wily Odysseus, who comes closest to the humane knowledge of Homer himself. due to Homer, of the particular beneficial properties of Greek civilization are its remarkable party of human excellence, as will be visible in Greek athletics, sculpture, and nudity, and its singular wondering of the divine, as will be noticeable in Greek philosophy

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Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession

By Anne Rice

Anne Rice’s first paintings of nonfiction—a robust and haunting memoir that explores her carrying on with religious transformation.
 
Anne Rice was once raised in New Orleans because the religious baby in a deeply spiritual Irish Catholic relatives. right here, she describes how, as she grew up, she misplaced her trust in God, yet now not her wish for a significant life.  She used her novels—beginning with Interview with a Vampire—to combat with otherworldly subject matters whereas in her personal existence, she skilled either loss (the loss of life of her daughter and, later, her liked husband, Stan Rice) and joys (the delivery of her son, Christopher).  and he or she writes approximately how, eventually, after years of wondering, she skilled the serious conversion and re-embracing of her religion that lie in the back of her most modern novels concerning the lifetime of Christ.

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Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths

By Karen Armstrong

"SPLENDID . . . Eminently sane and sufferer . . . crucial interpreting for Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike."
--The Washington Post

Venerated for millennia by means of 3 faiths, torn through irreconcilable clash, conquered, rebuilt, and mourned for repeatedly, Jerusalem is a sacred urban whose very sacredness has engendered negative tragedy. during this interesting quantity, Karen Armstrong, writer of the hugely praised A historical past of God, strains the heritage of ways Jews, Christians, and Muslims have all laid declare to Jerusalem as their holy position, and the way 3 substantially various recommendations of holiness have formed and scarred town for millions of years.

Armstrong unfolds a posh tale of religious upheaval and political transformation--from King David's capital to an administrative outpost of the Roman Empire, from the cosmopolitan urban sanctified through Christ to the religious middle conquered and glorified by way of Muslims, from the sparkling prize of ecu Crusaders to the bullet-ridden image of the present-day Arab-Israeli clash.

Written with grace and readability, the fabricated from years of meticulous learn, Jerusalem combines the festival of background with the profundity of looking religious research. Like Karen Armstrong's A background of God, Jerusalem is a ebook for the ages.

"THE top severe, available background OF the main SPIRITUALLY very important urban within the WORLD."
--The Baltimore Sun

"A paintings OF outstanding SWEEP AND GRANDEUR."
--Los Angeles occasions booklet overview

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The A to Z Guide to Bible Signs and Symbol: Understanding Their Meaning and Significance

By Neil Wilson, Nancy Ryken Taylor

How may our figuring out of God's notice be deepened if we recognized the importance of the indicators and emblems came upon inside its pages symptoms that might were visible to the unique readers? From the tree of existence to Noah's ark, from circumcision to animal sacrifice. From the feasts, the Passover lamb, and the manna within the barren region to the furnishings within the tabernacle and the visions of prophets. From the Lord's Supper to baptism and from the go to the empty tomb. in the course of the Scriptures, indicators and logos weave a constant message of God's presence, grace, and faithfulness. This illustrated source may help readers comprehend key biblical photographs that exhibit God's reasons and fact. each one access contains a number of illustrations, causes, and key Bible passages. Sidebars, prices, and photographs make this consultant approachable and interesting.

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Encyclopedia of African Religion

By Molefi Kete Asante

"Numerous titles concentrating on specific ideals in Africa exist, together with Marcel Griaule's Conversations with Ogotemmeli, yet this one offers an unparallelled exploration of a mess of cultures and experiences. It is either a gateway to deeper exploration and a penetrating source by itself. this can be guaranteed to develop into the definitive scholarly source on African religions."
Library magazine, Starred Review

"Overall, due to its singular concentration, reliability, and scope, this encyclopedia will end up important the place there's massive curiosity in Africa or in several spiritual traditions."
Library Journal

As the 1st accomplished paintings to gather principles, techniques, discourses, and vast essays during this important quarter, the Encyclopedia of African faith explores such subject matters as deities and divinities, the character of humanity, the tip of existence, the conquest of worry, and the search for attainment of concord with nature and different people. Editors Molefi Kete Asante and Ama Mazama contain approximately 500 entries that search to rediscover the unique good looks and majesty of African faith.

Features

· deals the simplest illustration to this point of the African reaction to the sacred

· is helping readers grab the enormity of Africa's contribution to spiritual rules through featuring richly textured options of spirituality, ritual, and initiation whereas at the same time advancing new theological different types, cosmological narratives, and how you can conceptualize moral behavior

· offers readers with new metaphors, figures of speech, modes of reasoning, etymologies, analogies, and cosmogonies

· finds the complexity, texture, and rhythms of the African spiritual culture to supply students with a baseline for destiny works

The Encyclopedia of African faith is meant for undergraduate and graduate scholars in fields reminiscent of faith, Africana stories, Sociology, and Philosophy.

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Wounded by God's People: Discovering How God's Love Heals Our Hearts

By Anne Graham Lotz

Tucked into Abraham’s biography is the tale of Hagar, a tender Egyptian slave with whom Abraham had a son named Ishmael.  Hagar stood out simply because she was once wounded―not bodily, yet in ways in which have been as emotionally and spiritually painful as any harm to a physique will be. a few wounds have been provoked through her personal undesirable habit, yet others have been inflicted by means of those that thought of themselves God’s people.

 

Anne Graham Lotz too has been wounded through God’s humans. a few wounds were deeper than others, a few have pop out of nowhere, and nonetheless others were provoked by way of her personal habit, yet all the wounds were deeply painful. They appeared to damage much more while the wounders wrapped their habit in a semblance of faith or piety.

 

As Hagar’s tale unfolds, you'll find that wounded humans usually develop into wounders themselves. whereas Anne identifies with the wounded, the disagreeable fact is that she additionally identifies with the wounders, simply because she has been one, too.  She is familiar with from adventure that wounding is a cycle that should be broken.  And via God’s grace, it may well be.

 

Many have had related reviews. and maybe you're between those that were so deeply damage that you've got burdened God’s imperfect individuals with God. possibly you may have even run clear of God as a result.  or even you've been a wounder to the level that you're residing in a self-imposed exile, believing you're unworthy to be restored to a hot, loving dating with God or with God’s humans. no matter what your hurts should be, Wounded via God’s People allows you to commence a therapeutic journey―one that permits you to reclaim the enjoyment of God’s presence and all of the benefits God has for you.

 

God loves the wounded.  And the wounders.

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The God Delusion

By Richard Dawkins

A preeminent scientist -- and the world's such a lot trendy atheist -- asserts the irrationality of trust in God and the grievous damage faith has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11.

With rigor and wit, Dawkins examines God in all his varieties, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the previous testomony to the extra benign (but nonetheless illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favorite via a few Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the main arguments for faith and demonstrates the excellent improbability of a excellent being. He exhibits how faith fuels warfare, foments bigotry, and abuses youngsters, buttressing his issues with historic and modern facts. The God Delusion makes a compelling case that trust in God is not only unsuitable yet in all probability lethal. It additionally deals exhilarating perception into the benefits of atheism to the person and society, now not the least of that's a clearer, more true appreciation of the universe's wonders than any religion might ever muster.

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The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity (Case for ... Series)

By Lee Strobel

Was God telling the reality whilst he acknowledged, “You will search me and locate me for those who search me with your whole heart”?

In his number 1 bestseller The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel tested the claims of Christ, attaining the hard-won verdict that Jesus is God’s detailed son. In The Case for Faith, Strobel turns his talents to the main chronic emotional objections to belief―the 8 “heart limitations” to religion. This Gold Medallion-winning booklet is if you might be feeling interested in Jesus yet who're confronted with tricky questions status squarely of their direction. For Christians, it's going to deepen their convictions and provides them clean self assurance in discussing Christianity with even their so much skeptical friends.

“Everyone―seekers, doubters, fervent believers―benefits while Lee Strobel hits the line looking for solutions, as he does back in The Case for religion. In the process his probing interviews, the various hardest highbrow hindrances to religion fall away.”

―Luis Palau

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Zen and Japanese Culture (Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology)

Zen and jap Culture is without doubt one of the 20th century's major works on Zen, and a helpful resource for these wishing to appreciate its thoughts within the context of eastern lifestyles and paintings. In uncomplicated, frequently poetic, language, Daisetz Suzuki describes his belief of Zen and its old evolution. He connects Zen to the philosophy of the samurai, and subtly portrays the connection among Zen and swordsmanship, haiku, tea ceremonies, and the japanese love of nature. Suzuki's contemplative paintings is stronger by way of anecdotes, poetry, and illustrations displaying silk monitors, calligraphy, and examples of architecture.

when you consider that its unique book in 1938, this significant paintings has performed an important function in shaping conceptions of Zen's effect on eastern conventional arts. Richard Jaffe's advent acquaints a brand new new release of readers with Suzuki's existence and occupation in either Japan and the USA. Jaffe discusses how Zen and eastern Culture used to be acquired upon its first booklet and analyzes the booklet in mild of latest feedback, specially via students of jap Buddhism.

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