Create Your Own Religion: A How-To Book without Instructions

By Daniele Bolelli

Create your individual Religion is a choice to arms--an open invitation to question all of the values, ideals, and worldviews that humanity has to this point held as sacred so one can locate the solutions we have to the very sensible difficulties dealing with us.

Writer, thinker, and professor of comparative faith, Daniele Bolelli, leads the reader via 3 thousand years of mythology, misogyny, incorrect information, and the flat-out lies approximately "revealed fact" that proceed to litter our skill to dwell a relaxed lifestyles, freed from guilt and disgrace and the final word worry of death.

"Our worldviews are in determined desire of a few housecleaning," says Bolelli. "We input the twenty first century nonetheless wearing on our backs the prejudices and methods of considering numerous prior generations. What labored for them might or won't nonetheless be of use, so it's our task to ensure to avoid wasting the instruments that may support us and allow cross of the lifeless weight."

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Collectivistic Religions: Religion, Choice, and Idendity in Late Modernity

By Slavica Jakelic

Collectivistic Religions attracts upon empirical reports of Christianity in Europe to handle questions of faith and collective identification, faith and nationalism, faith and public existence, and faith and clash. It strikes past the makes an attempt to take on such questions when it comes to 'choice' and 'religious nationalism' via introducing the thought of 'collectivistic religions' to modern debates surrounding public religions.

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Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

More than fifty years in the past, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. a lot has transpired within the half-century due to the fact that, and development has been made within the matters that have been with regards to Dr. King’s center. fortunately, the burning crosses, biting police canine, and offended mobs of that day are gone. yet of their position, passivity has emerged. A passivity that needs to be addressed.

That’s the purpose of Letters to a Birmingham Jail. a set of essays written by means of males of varied ethnicities and a long time, this booklet encourages us to pursue Christ exalting variety. every one contribution acknowledges that basically the pass and empty tomb of Christ can deliver actual harmony, and every notes that the gospel calls for justice in all its kinds. This used to be a fact that Dr. King fought and gave his lifestyles for, and this is often a fact that those modern-day "drum majors for justice" proceed to beat.


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Secure the Soul: Christian Piety and Gang Prevention in Guatemala

By Kevin Lewis O'Neill

“I’m now not perfect,” Mateo confessed. “Nobody is. yet I try.” Secure the Soul shuttles among the lifetime of Mateo, a born-again ex-gang member in Guatemala and the crowd prevention courses that paintings so not easy to maintain him alive. alongside the best way, this poignantly written ethnography uncovers the Christian underpinnings of important American safeguard. within the streets of Guatemala City—amid offended lynch mobs, overcrowded prisons, and paramilitary demise squads—millions of bucks empower church missions, faith-based courses, and probably secular defense tasks to avoid gang violence throughout the perform of Christian piety. With Guatemala more and more outlined by means of either God and gangs, Secure the Soul details an rising technique of geopolitical value: local defense when it comes to solid Christian living.

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Troubled Geographies: A Spatial History of Religion and Society in Ireland (The Spatial Humanities)

By Ian N. Gregory

Ireland’s panorama is marked by way of fault traces of non secular, ethnic, and political id that experience formed its bothered background. stricken Geographies maps this historical past by means of detailing the styles of switch in eire from sixteenth century makes an attempt to "plant" components of eire with unswerving English Protestants to safeguard opposed to threats posed by way of indigenous Catholics, during the violence of the latter a part of the 20 th century and the increase of the "Celtic Tiger." The ebook is anxious with how a geography laid down within the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries ended in an amalgam in accordance with non secular trust, ethnic/national identification, and political conviction that maintains to form the geographies of recent eire. bothered Geographies exhibits how alterations in non secular association, id, and territoriality have impacted Irish society in this interval. It explores the reaction of society regularly and faith particularly to significant cultural shocks resembling the Famine and to long-term approaches equivalent to urbanization.

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Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality

By Darrel W. Ray

Why are the entire significant religions fed on with intercourse? What makes intercourse so vital, even if Buddhism or Islam, Christianity or Mormonism? what's the influence of faith on human sexuality? This publication explores this and extra. It ventures into territory that hasn't ever been tested. you may be stunned at how a lot faith has stimulated your sexuality, who you marry, the excitement you get or don't get from intercourse, and what you are able to do approximately it.

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Compassion and Solidarity: The Church for Others

By Gregory Baum

Within the forthright kind that has earned him a name for controversy, theologian Gregory Baum provides the hot religion and Justice circulation in a variety of church buildings — specifically the Roman Catholic Church — including the substantial competition to it.

He discusses why many Christians have gotten activists, turning their religion into deeds via operating for the liberation of the bad. He argues for a brand new ecumenism, allowing a extra consultant opinion in the Church and, in a bigger feel, for what he believes are the basics of a "just society."

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The Last Witch of Langenburg: Murder in a German Village

A younger mom dies in soreness. used to be it a normal dying, murder—or witchcraft?

at the evening of the festive vacation of Shrove Tuesday in 1672 Anna Fessler died after consuming one in every of her neighbor's buttery tarts. may possibly it were poisoned? Drawing on bright courtroom records, eyewitness money owed, and an early post-mortem record, historian Thomas Robisheaux brings the tale to lifestyles. Exploring one in every of Europe's final witch panics, he unravels why pals and the courtroom magistrates grew to become confident that Fessler's neighbor Anna Schmieg used to be a witch—one of a number of within the area—ensnared via the satan. as soon as arrested, Schmieg, the spouse of the neighborhood miller, and her daughter have been stuck up in a high-stakes drama that resulted in fees of sorcery and witchcraft opposed to the total relations. Robisheaux indicates how usual occasions turned diabolical ones, major magistrates to torture and switch a daughter opposed to her mom. In so doing he portrays a whole international stuck among superstition and modernity.

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