The Bhagavad-Gita has been a vital textual content of Hindu tradition in India because the time of its composition within the first century A.D. one of many nice classics of global literature, it has encouraged such various thinkers as Henry David Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi, and T.S. Eliot; such a lot lately, it shaped the middle of Peter Brook's celebrated creation of the Mahabharata.
By Mark Hall
Casting Crowns’ lead singer Mark corridor asks, “Do you've gotten your personal Jesus?” Why do you're feeling just about God one minute and thus far away the following? Why does your religion appear empty? Why is it really easy to compromise with the area? possibly it’s simply because we have now simply inherited an individual else’s Jesus, hoping on what we’ve obvious and heard from relatives, buddies, or pastors. a real storyteller and a instructor with a middle for ministry, Mark corridor strains the downward spiral as a result of non secular compromise with the area, after which charts the upward highway to wholeness and future health that comes after we declare our personal Jesus. you want to realize your individual Jesus. the genuine Jesus. the one that desires you to be sincere, dedicated, and uncompromising. the one that is ready to have a courting with you. movement previous imitating a faith to experiencing a courting that's vivid, own, and pleasurable.
By Greg Graffin, Steve Olson
“Take one guy who rejects authority and faith, and leads a punk band. Take one other guy who wonders no matter if vertebrates arose in rivers or within the ocean….Put them jointly, what do you get? Greg Graffin, and this uniquely attention-grabbing book.” —Jared Diamond, writer of Guns, Germs, and Steel
Anarchy Evolution is a provocative examine the collision among faith and technological know-how, by means of an writer with certain authority: UCLA lecturer in Paleontology, and founding member of undesirable faith, Greg Graffin. along technological know-how author Steve Olson (whose Mapping Human heritage was a countrywide publication Award finalist) Graffin promises a robust dialogue guaranteed to ring a bell with readers of Richard Dawkins’ The God fable or Christopher Hitchens God isn't really Great. undesirable faith die-hards, more moderen lovers received over in the course of the band’s thirtieth Anniversary journey, and a person drawn to this more and more very important debate should still try out this treatise on technology from the god of punk rock.
By Lawrence Durrell
Durrell’s impressive memoir of his non secular trip with famed Taoist thinker JolanChang
Beginning with their first assembly over lunch at Lawrence Durrell’s Provencal domestic, Durrell and Jolan Chang—renowned Taoist thinker and professional on japanese sexuality—developed an everlasting courting in accordance with mutual non secular exploration. Durrell’s autobiographical rumination on their friendship and on Taoism recounts the author’s existential ponderings, beginning along with his creation to the magical and enigmatic “smile within the mind’s eye.” From parsimony, cooking, and yoga to poetry, Petrarch, and Nietzche, a grin within the Mind’s Eye is a captivating story of a writer’s religious and philosophical awakening.
By Keiji Nishitani
The problem that the idea of Keiji Nishitani offers to the West, as a latest model of an jap speculative culture that's each piece as outdated and as variegated as our personal, is person who brings into cohesion the main of fact and the main of salvation. within the method, one conventional Western inspiration after one other comes less than scrutiny: the dichotomy of religion and cause, of being and substance, the non-public and transcendent notions of God, the exaggerated function given to the understanding ego, or even the Judeo-Christian view of historical past itself.
Religion and Nothingness represents the most important paintings of 1 of Japan's strongest and dedicated philosophical minds.
By Stephen Prothero
On the sunrise of the twenty-first century, dizzying medical and technological developments, interconnected globalized economies, or even the so-called New Atheists have performed not anything to alter something: our international continues to be furiously spiritual. For strong and for evil, faith is the only maximum impression on the planet. We settle for as self-evident that competing monetary structures (capitalist or communist) or clashing political events (Republican or Democratic) suggest very various strategies to our planet's difficulties. So why can we faux that the world's non secular traditions are various paths to a similar God? We blur the pointy differences among religions at our personal peril, argues faith student Stephen Prothero, and it's time to substitute naÏve hopes of interreligious harmony with deeper wisdom of spiritual differences.
In non secular Literacy, Prothero verified how little american citizens find out about their very own spiritual traditions and why the world's religions will be taught in public colleges. Now, in God isn't really One, Prothero offers readers with this much-needed content material approximately all the 8 nice religions. to say that each one religions are an identical is to misconceive that every makes an attempt to resolve a unique human challenge. For example:
--Islam: the matter is satisfaction / the answer is submission
--Christianity: the matter is sin / the answer is salvation
--Confucianism: the matter is chaos / the answer is social order
--Buddhism: the matter is pain / the answer is awakening
--Judaism: the matter is exile / the answer is to come back to God
Prothero finds each one of those traditions by itself phrases to create an necessary advisor for someone who desires to larger comprehend the massive questions people have requested for millennia--and the disparate paths we're taking to respond to them at the present time. A daring polemical reaction to a iteration of erroneous scholarship, God isn't really One creates a brand new context for figuring out faith within the twenty-first century and disproves the assumptions such a lot people make in regards to the method the world's religions paintings.
By Marc Headley
Nominated by means of Foreword journal as 2009 publication of the yr Award Finalist. Marc Headley presents an insider's view of lifestyles as a member of Scientology's "Sea Organization". Marc labored at Scientology's mystery barren region compound, which homes all Scientology administration, for 15 years. the five hundred acre estate is found deep within the California barren region. The neighborhood townspeople have been informed lectures and movies have been made there. yet is that every one that used to be occurring? it's the place of a multi-million buck domestic for L. Ron Hubbard, outfitted twenty years after his loss of life. it's the domestic of Scientology's present chief, David Miscavige. So what rather occurs on the Int Base? Are the tales on the net precise? How does Scientology behavior administration of its day after day operations? may tales of armed guards, guns, employees beatings, and razor twine fences be actual? if this is the case, how may a facility like this exist in modern-day the US? hundreds of thousands of employees attempted to flee through the years. a few succeeded yet have been by no means noticeable or heard of back, such a lot failed. Why have been humans saved right here? What rather went on on the headquarters of Scientology? this is often the tale of what occurred at the back of the Iron Curtain of Scientology. "...the Scientology cult, is I warrantly you, 1000 occasions more strange than you've ever imagined." the loo & Ken convey, KFI AM 640 "Headley's publication additionally presents attractive fabric that has hardly ever been gathered in a single place... a damning account of existence operating for Scientology chief David Miscavige on the secretive wilderness base..." Tony Ortega, The Village Voice "...a new publication exposing alleged information about not only Scientology -- yet Tom Cruise's organization with the church -- is available..." The Washington submit "Marc Headley , a former insider on the church, has written a tell-all ebook, known as Blown for stable, approximately his 15 years of labor with Scientology. And folks...you can't deal with the truth..." The Frisky "
Letter collections in overdue antiquity provide witness to the flourishing of letter-writing, with the improvement of the in general formulaic exchanges among elites of the Graeco-Roman international to a extra wide-ranging correspondence by way of bishops and clergymen, in addition to emperors and Gothic kings. The individuals to this quantity examine 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 numerous reasons. this can be the 1st multi-authored learn of recent testomony and past due vintage letter collections, crossing the normal divide among those disciplines through targeting Latin, Greek, Coptic and Syriac epistolary resources. It attracts jointly prime students within the box of overdue vintage epistolography from Australasia, Sweden, the uk and the USA.
By Jim Willis
the various winning campaigns for nationwide liberation within the years following international conflict II have been at the start in accordance with democratic and secular beliefs. as soon as confirmed, despite the fact that, the newly autonomous international locations needed to take care of totally unforeseen spiritual fierceness. Michael Walzer, one among America’s premier political thinkers, examines this puzzling development by means of learning India, Israel, and Algeria, 3 international locations whose founding rules and associations were sharply attacked via 3 totally different teams of non secular revivalists: Hindu militants, ultra-Orthodox Jews and messianic Zionists, and Islamic radicals. In his provocative, well-reasoned dialogue, Walzer asks, Why have those secular democratic routine been not able to breed their political tradition past one or generations? In a postscript, he compares the problems of latest secularism to the profitable institution of secular politics within the early American republic—thereby making an issue for American exceptionalism yet gravely noting that we could be much less unprecedented today.