The History of the Qur'an (Texts and Studies on the Qur'an)

By Theodor Noldeke

This primary whole translation of Theodor Nöldekes The heritage of the Qurn deals a foundational paintings of recent Quranic reviews to the English-speaking public. Nöldekes unique e-book, as revised and multiplied over approximately 3 quarters of a century by means of his scholarly successors, Friedrich Schwally, Gotthelf Bergsträsser and Otto Pretzl, is still an fundamental source for any scholarly paintings at the textual content of the Qurn.

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Love, Sex, Fear, Death: The Inside Story of The Process Church of the Final Judgment

By Adam Parfrey

The strategy Church of the ultimate Judgment was once the apocalyptic shadow aspect of the flower-powered ’60s and maybe the main infamous cult of recent times.

Hundreds of black-cloaked devotees, usually donning a satanic “Goat of Mendes” and a swastika-like mandala, swept the streets of London, manhattan, Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, and Toronto, promoting magazines and books with titles like Fear and Humanity is the Devil. And in the group’s “Chapters,” contributors might perform “Midnight Meditations” underneath images of the Christ-like leader.

Celebrities like Marianne trustworthy, James Coburn, and Mick Jagger participated in approach courses, and Funkadelic, in its Maggot Brain album, reprinted strategy’ “Fear Issue.”

Process’ “Death factor” interviewed the freshly-imprisoned Charles Manson resulting in conspiracy hysteria in such books as Ed Sanders’ The Family and Maury Terry’s The final Evil. A lawsuit opposed to Sanders’ Manson booklet resulted in the elimination of its Process-themed bankruptcy by means of Dutton.

Love, intercourse, worry, Death is the surprising, spectacular, and secretive within tale of the method Church, which used to be later reworked into starting place religion of the Millennium, and so much lately because the Utah-based animal sanctuary, most sensible Friends.

Included may be textual content via Timothy Wyllie, a formative member of the method and beginning religion companies; interviews with different former Processeans; infrequent reproductions of technique magazines; never-before-seen pictures; and interesting transcripts from holy books and criminal actions.

The certain restricted variation might be hardcover, signed, numbered, and slipcased, and it'll contain a facsimile variation of the infamous “Death Issue.”

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The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction

With over one hundred forty million copies in print, and serving because the imperative proselytizing device of 1 of the world's quickest becoming faiths, the booklet of Mormon is absolutely essentially the most influential non secular texts produced within the western global. Written via Terryl Givens, a number one authority on Mormonism, this compact quantity bargains the one concise, obtainable advent to this awesome paintings.

Givens examines the ebook of Mormon in the beginning by way of the claims that its narrators make for its historic genesis, its objective as a sacred textual content, and its that means for an viewers which shifts over the process the background it unfolds. the writer strains 5 governing topics in particular--revelation, Christ, Zion, scripture, and covenant--and analyzes the Book's principal doctrines and teachings. a few of these resonate with commonplace nineteenth-century non secular preoccupations; others include radical and unforeseen takes on issues from the autumn of guy to Christ's mortal ministries and the which means of atonement. Givens additionally presents samples of a solid of characters that quantity within the enormous quantities, and analyzes consultant passages from a piece that encompasses tragedy, poetry, sermons, visions, kinfolk histories and army chronicles. eventually, this creation surveys the contested origins and construction of a piece held through thousands to be scripture, and stories the scholarly debates that deal with questions of the record's historicity.

Here then is an available advisor to what's, through any degree, an vital key to realizing Mormonism. however it is usually an advent to a compelling and intricate textual content that's too frequently overshadowed by way of the controversies that encompass it.

About the sequence: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and magnificence, Very brief Introductions provide an creation to a couple of life's best themes. Written via specialists for the newcomer, they reveal the best modern puzzling over the relevant difficulties and concerns in hundreds and hundreds of key subject matters, from philosophy to Freud, quantum concept to Islam.

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The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America

As the 2000 census resoundingly confirmed, the Anglo-Protestant ethnic middle of the us has all yet dissolved. In a rustic based and settled via their ancestors, British Protestants now make up under a 5th of the inhabitants. This demographic shift has spawned a "culture warfare" inside of white the United States. whereas liberals search to diversify society towards a sophisticated endpoint, a few conservatives try to take care of an American ethno-national identification. Eric Kaufmann lines the roots of this tradition warfare from the increase of WASP the US after the Revolution to its fall within the Sixties, while social associations eventually started to replicate the nation's ethnic composition.

Kaufmann starts off his account almost immediately after independence, while white Protestants with an Anglo-Saxon delusion of descent validated themselves because the dominant American ethnic workforce. yet from the past due Nineties to the Nineteen Thirties, liberal and cosmopolitan ideological currents inside white Anglo-Saxon Protestant the United States fastened a strong problem to WASP hegemony. This fight opposed to ethnic dominance was once fastened no longer through subaltern immigrant teams yet via Anglo-Saxon reformers, significantly Jane Addams and John Dewey. It amassed social strength by way of the Twenties, suffering opposed to WASP dominance and reaching institutional step forward within the overdue Nineteen Sixties, while the United States actually started to combine ethnic minorities into mainstream culture.

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It is the Spirit that Gives Life: A Stoic Understanding of Pneuma in John's Gospel (Beihefte Zur Zeitschrift Fur Die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft)

By Gitte Buch-Hansen

Due to the fact that Origen and Chrysostom, John´s Gospel has been valued because the so much non secular one of the New testomony writings. even supposing Origen acknowledges the Stoic personality of John´s assertion that ""God is pneuma"" (4:24), an exam of the gospel in gentle of Stoic physics has no longer but been performed. Combining her perception into Stoic physics and historical body structure, the writer situates her thesis within the significant discussions of contemporary Johannine scholarship - e.g. the position of the Baptist and the functionality of the Johannine symptoms - and demonstrates new strategies to recognized difficulties. The Stoic research of the Fourth Gospel unearths a coherent narrative tied jointly by means of the spirit. the matter with which John´s Gospel wrestles isn't the identification of Jesus, however the transition from the Son of God to the following new release of divinely begotten childrens: how did it happen? A examining conducted from a Stoic standpoint issues to the interpretation of the risen physique of Jesus into spirit because the decisive occasion. the supply of the spirit is a precondition of the divine new release of believers. either occasions are defined via Stoic conception which permits of a change of fleshly parts into pneuma and of a number of fatherhood. in reality, in his observation on John, Origen defined Jesus´ ascension as an occasion of anastoixeiôsis, that's the Stoic time period for the transformation of seriously parts into lighter and pneumatic ones.

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The Hidden Lives of Brahman: Sankara's Vedanta Through His Upanisad Commentaries, in Light of Contemporary Practice (SUNY Series in Religious Studies)

By Joël André-Michel Dubois

FINALIST - 2014 American Academy of faith top First ebook Award within the background of Religions

Uses either textual and ethnographic assets to illustrate that during Śaṅkara’s vedānta, brahman is an energetic strength in addition to a transcendent ultimate.

Śaṅkara’s suggestion, advaita vedānta or non-dual vedānta, is a convention inquisitive about brahman, the final word fact transcending all specific manifestations, phrases, and concepts. it truly is more often than not thought of that the transcendent brahman can't be attained via any attempt or task. whereas this belief is technically right, within the Hidden Lives of Brahman, Joël André-Michel Dubois contends that it really is misleading.

Hidden lives of brahman come into sight whilst research of Śaṅkara’s seminal commentaries is mixed with ethnographic descriptions of up to date Brahmin scholars and lecturers of vedānta, a bunch mostly missed in so much reviews of this custom. Dubois demonstrates that for Śaṅkara, as for Brahmin culture as a rule, brahman is simply as a lot an energetic strength, totally hooked up to the dynamic energy of phrases and mind's eye, because it is a transcendent ultimate.

“The crucial proposal of a multifaceted brahman in Śaṅkara’s concept is unique and may be good received.” — Frederick Smith, coeditor of recent and worldwide Ayurveda: Pluralism and Paradigms

“The author’s exact descriptions of the particular pedagogical practices of up to date Brahmin education is a welcome contribution. One will get a true experience of the teacher-student dating from this book.” — Andrew O. fortress, writer of Jīvanmukti in Transformation: Embodied Liberation in Advaita and Neo-Vedānta

“[Dubois] captures the sounds, attractions, and tastes of India’s Brahmin colleges and facilities of research, conveying a feeling of what he calls the ‘hidden lives’ of adolescents who later emerge to hold at the culture of advaita vedānta. In based, descriptive language, Dubois conjures up the temper and effort of the lifestyle by means of those younger males as they organize for hugely really expert careers.” — from the Foreword through Christopher Key Chapple

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Sign and the Seal: The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant

By Graham Hancock

The very fact of the misplaced Ark of the Covenant is likely one of the furnish old mysteries of all time. To believers, the Ark is the mythical vesel protecting the stone capsules of the 10 Commandments. The Bible comprises 1000's of references to the Ark's strength to point mountains, damage armies, and lay waste to towns. The Ark itself, although, mysteriously disappears from recorded heritage someday after the development of the Temple of Solomon.
After ten years of looking through the dusty information of Europe and the center East, in addition to braving the real-life hazards of a bloody civil warfare in Ethiopia, Graham Hancock has succeeded the place rankings of others have failed. This intrepid journalist has tracked down the genuine tale at the back of the myths and legends -- revealing the place the Ark is this present day, the way it bought there, and why it continues to be hidden.
half interesting scholarship and half unique experience yarn, tying jointly one of the most interesting stories of all time -- from the Knights Templar and Prester John to Parsival and the Holy Grail -- this e-book will attract a person desirous about the revelation of hidden truths, the invention of mystery mysteries.

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A Biblical Theology of Gerassapience (Studies in Biblical Literature)

By Joel A. A. Ajayi

Historical cultures, reminiscent of that of the Hebrews, in general linked knowledge with complex years. In A Biblical Theology of Gerassapience the writer investigates the validity of this correlation via an eclectic method - together with linguistic semantic, tradition-historical, and socio-anthropological tools - to pertinent biblical and extra-biblical texts. There are major adaptations within the estimation of gerassapience (or «old-age wisdom») in every one interval of historic Israel’s existence - that's, in pre-monarchical, monarchical, and post-monarchical Israel. all through this research, applicable cross-cultural parallels are drawn from the cultures of old Israel’s acquaintances and of contemporary societies, similar to the West African Yoruba tribe.
the final effects are bi-dimensional. at the one hand, there are semantic parts of gerassapience, comparable to the elusiveness of «wisdom» and the light fluidity of «old age». either phrases have robust contextual affinity with minimum exceptions. hence, the attribution of knowledge to outdated age is clear yet now not absolute within the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). nonetheless, gerassapience is depicted as basically didactic, via direct and oblique directions and counsels of the aged, fostering the saging fear-of-Yahweh legacies. often, socio-anthropocentric developments of gerassapience (that is, of constructing outdated age a repertoire of knowledge) are checked by means of theological warrants of theosapience (Yahwistic wisdom). consequently, within the Hebrew Bible, the phobia of Yahweh is additionally the start of growing older and clever.

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Atheism For Dummies

By Dale McGowan

The effortless method to comprehend atheism and secular philosophy

For humans looking a non-religious philosophy of lifestyles, in addition to believers with atheist associates, Atheism For Dummies bargains an clever exploration of the historic and ethical case for atheism. frequently wildly misunderstood, atheism is a mundane way of living in line with the knowledge that fact is an association of actual subject, without any consideration of unverifiable religious forces.

Atheism For Dummies bargains a short heritage of atheist philosophy and its evolution, explores it as a old and cultural flow, covers very important ancient writings at the topic, and discusses the character of ethics and morality within the absence of religion.

  • A uncomplicated, but clever exploration of a frequently misunderstood philosophy
  • Explores the diversities among specific and implicit atheism
  • A accomplished, readable, and punctiliously impartial resource

As the variety of atheists world wide maintains to develop, this e-book bargains a vast realizing of the topic for these exploring atheism as an method of living.

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