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god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope s awesome view of the universe and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix br br In the tradition of Bertrand Russell s Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris s recent bestseller The End of Faith Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts he documents the ways in which religion is a man made wish a cause of dangerous sexual repression and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos br br With eloquent clarity Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope s awesome view of the universe and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix


Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion

What if religions are neither all true or all nonsense The boring debate between fundamentalist believers and non believers is finally moved on by Alain s inspiring new book which boldly argues that the supernatural claims of religion are of course entirely false and yet that religions still have some very important things to teach the secular world br br Religion for Atheists suggests that rather than mocking religions agnostics and atheists should instead steal from them because they re packed with good ideas on how we might live and arrange our societies Blending deep respect with total impiety Alain a non believer himself proposes that we should look to religions for insights into among other concerns how to br br build a sense of community br br make our relationships last br br overcome feelings of envy and inadequacy br br escape the twenty four hour media br br go travelling br br get more out of art architecture and music br br and create new businesses designed to address our emotional needs br br For too long non believers have faced a stark choice between either swallowing lots of peculiar doctrines or doing away with a range of consoling and beautiful rituals and ideas At last in Religion for Atheists Alain has fashioned a far more interesting and truly helpful alternative


The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

In i The End of Faith i Sam Harris delivers a startling analysis of the clash between reason and religion in the modern world He offers a vivid historical tour of our willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs even when these beliefs inspire the worst human atrocities While warning against the encroachment of organized religion into world politics Harris draws on insights from neuroscience philosophy and Eastern mysticism to deliver a call for a truly modern foundation for ethics and spirituality that is both secular and humanistic br br Winner of the PEN Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction


Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion Sam Harris s new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology br br From multiple New York Times bestselling author neuroscientist and new atheist Sam Harris Waking Up is for the percent of Americans who follow no religion but who suspect that Jesus Buddha Lao Tzu Rumi and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics schizophrenics or frauds Throughout the book Harris argues that there are important truths to be found in the experiences of such contemplatives and therefore that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow br br Waking Up is part seeker s memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way and no author other than Sam Harris a scientist philosopher and famous skeptic could write it


Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

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The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

This well researched examination of human moral impulses will appeal to liberals and conservatives alike following the presidential campaign and election br br As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossible challenged conventional thinking about morality politics and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology he shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings He shows why liberals conservatives and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns In this subtle yet accessible book Haidt gives you the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and conflicts If you re ready to trade in anger for understanding read The Righteous Mind br br A groundbreaking investigation into the origins of morality which turns out to be the basis for religion and politics The book is timely explaining the American culture wars and refuting the New Atheists scholarly integrating insights from many fields and great fun to read like Haidt s last book i The Happiness Hypothesis i


The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion

In the classic text i The Sacred and the Profane i famed historian of religion Mircea Eliade observes that even moderns who proclaim themselves residents of a completely profane world are still unconsciously nourished by the memory of the sacred Eliade traces manifestations of the sacred from primitive to modern times in terms of space time nature and the cosmos In doing so he shows how the total human experience of the religious man compares with that of the nonreligious br This book of great originality and scholarship serves as an excellent introduction to the history of religion but its perspective also emcompasses philosophical anthropology phenomenology and psychology It will appeal to anyone seeking to discover the potential dimensions of human existence


The Invention of Religion

In this book the author explores the question of whether religions were invented by humans or given to us by some other means It is a scientific look at how ancient humans made sense of the world and the phenomena they encountered around them br br In the past arguments against the existence of gods have mainly come in the form of scientific inquiries that attempt to show there is no evidence for their existence The Invention of Religion however investigates the psychological mechanisms that cause religions to originate and it sets out to prove that when humans have neither science nor religion these mechanisms cause them to invent new religions It also investigates how the differences like monotheism vs pantheism between religions arise and how probable these differences are


Religion and Science

In this timely work Russell philosopher agnostic mathematician and renowned peace advocate offers a brief yet insightful study of the conflicts between science and traditional religion during the last four centuries Examining accounts in which scientific advances clashed with Christian doctrine or biblical interpretations of the day from Galileo and the Copernican Revolution to the medical breakthroughs of anesthesia and inoculation Russell points to the constant upheaval and reevaluation of our systems of belief throughout history In turn he identifies where similar debates between modern science and the Church still exist today This classic is sure to interest all readers of philosophy and religion as well as those interested in Russell s thought and writings


Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 Vols

This is the definitive English language edition of one of the monumental works of the Christian church All previous editions in Latin French German and English have been collated references and notes have been verified corrected and expanded and new bibliographies have been added The translation preserves the rugged strength and vividness of Calvin s writing but also conforms to modern English and renders heavy theological terms in simple language The result is a translation that achieves a high degree of accuracy and at the same time is eminently readable br br Long recognized for the quality of its translations introductions explanatory notes and indexes the Library of Christian Classics provides scholars and students with modern English translations of some of the most significant Christian theological texts in history Through these works each written prior to the end of the sixteenth century contemporary readers are able to engage the ideas that have shaped Christian theology and the church through the centuries


The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions

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Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

Hume s brilliant and dispassionate essay Of Miracles has been added in this expanded edition of his i Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion i which also includes Of the Immortality of the Soul Of Suicide and Richard Popkin s illuminating Introduction


Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects

Dedicated as few men have been to the life of reason Bertrand Russell has always been concerned with the basic questions to which religion also addresses itself questions about man s place in the universe and the nature of the good life questions that involve life after death morality freedom education and sexual ethics He brings to his treatment of these questions the same courage scrupulous logic and lofty wisdom for which his other work as philosopher writer and teacher has been famous These qualities make the essays included in this book perhaps the most graceful and moving presentation of the freethinker s position since the days of Hume and Voltaire p I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue Russell declares in his Preface and his reasoned opposition to any system or dogma which he feels may shackle man s mind runs through all the essays in this book whether they were written as early as or as late as p p The book has been edited with Lord Russell s full approval and cooperation by Professor Paul Edwards of the Philosophy Department of New York University In an Appendix Professor Edwards contributes a full account of the highly controversial Bertrand Russell Case of in which Russell was judicially declared unfit to teach philosophy at the College of the City of New York p p Whether the reader shares or rejects Bertrand Russell s views he will find this book an invigorating challenge to set notions a masterly statement of a philosophical position and a pure joy to read p


Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

Scientology created in by pulp science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard claims to be the world s fastest growing religion with millions of members and huge financial holdings Celebrity believers keep its profile high Teams of volunteer ministers offer aid at disaster sites like Haiti and the World Trade Center But Scientology is also a very closed faith harassing journalists and others thru litigation amp intimidation even infiltrating high levels of the government to further its goals Its attacks on psychiatry amp its requirement that believers pay as much as tens even hundreds of thousands of dollars for salvation have drawn scrutiny and skepticism Ex members use the Internet to share stories of harassment and abuse Reitman offers the first full journalistic history of the Church of Scientology in an evenhanded account that establishes the truth about the controversial religion She traces Scientology s development from the birth of Dianetics to today following its metamorphosis from a pseudoscientific self help group to a global spiritual corporation with profound control over its followers and ex followers Based on five years of research unprecedented access to Church officials confidential documents and extensive interviews with current and former members this is a defining book about a little known world


The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess

The twentieth anniversary edition of The Spiral Dance celebrates the pivotal role the book has had in bringing Goddess worship to the religious forefront This bestselling classic is both an unparalleled reference on the practices and philosophies of Witchcraft and a guide to the life affirming ways in which readers can turn to the Goddess to deepen their sense of personal pride develop their inner power and integrate mind body and spirit Starhawk s brilliant comprehensive overview of the growth suppression and modern day re emergence of Wicca as a Goddess worshipping religion has left an indelible mark on the feminist spiritual consciousness br br In a new introduction Starhawk reveals the ways in which Goddess religion and the practice of ritual have adapted and developed over the last twenty years and she reflects on the ways in which these changes have influenced and enhanced her original ideas In the face of an ever changing world this invaluable spiritual guidebook is more relevant than ever


Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

b An unprecedented event a beloved world religious leader proposes a way to lead an ethical happy and spiritual life beyond religion and offers a program of mental training for cultivating key human values b br br Ten years ago in his best selling i Ethics for a New Millennium i His Holiness the Dalai Lama first proposed an approach to ethics based on universal rather than religious principles Now in i Beyond Religion i the Dalai Lama at his most compassionate and outspoken elaborates and deepens his vision for the nonreligious way br br Transcending the mere religion wars he outlines a system of ethics for our shared world one that gives full respect to religion With the highest level of spiritual and intellectual authority the Dalai Lama makes a stirring appeal for what he calls a third way a path to an ethical and happy life and to a global human community based on understanding and mutual respect br br i Beyond Religion i is an essential statement from the Dalai Lama a blueprint for all those who may choose not to identify with a religious tradition yet still yearn for a life of spiritual fulfillment as they work for a better world


Psychology and Religion

In this book Dr Jung who has been the author of some of the most provocative hypotheses in modern psychology describes what he regards as an authentic religious function in the unconscious mind Using a wealth of material from ancient and medieval gnostic alchemistic and occultistic literature he discusses the religious symbolism of unconscious processes and the possible continuity of religious forms that have appeared and reappeared through the centuries


Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

b From the renowned and best selling author of i A History of God i a sweeping exploration of religion s connection to violence b br br For the first time in American history religious self identification is on the decline Some have cited a perception that began to grow after September that faith in general is a source of aggression intolerance and divisiveness something bad for society But how accurate is that view And does it apply equally to all faiths In these troubled times we risk basing decisions of real and dangerous consequence on mistaken understandings of the faiths around us in our immediate community as well as globally And so with her deep learning and sympathetic understanding Karen Armstrong examines the impulse toward violence in each of the world s great religions The comparative approach is new while there have been plenty of books on jihad or the Crusades for example this one lays the Christian and the Islamic way of war side by side along with those of Buddhism Hinduism Confucianism Daoism and Judaism Each of these faiths arose in an agrarian society with plenty of motivation for violence landowners had to lord it over peasants and warfare was essential to increase one s landholdings the only real source of wealth before the great age of trade and commerce In each context it fell to the priestly class to legitimate the actions of the state And so the martial ethos became bound up with the sacred At the same time however the faiths developed ideologies that ran counter to the warrior code around sages prophets and mystics within each tradition there grew up communities that represented a protest against the injustice and violence endemic to agrarian society This book explores the symbiosis of these two impulses and its development as these confessional faiths came of age But modernity has also been spectacularly violent and so Armstrong goes on to show how and in what measure religions in their relative maturity came to absorb modern belligerence and what hope there might be for peace among believers in our time


The Religion (Tannhauser, #1)

This is what we dream of to be so swept away so poleaxed by a book that the breath is sucked right out of us Brace yourselves br br May Suleiman the Magnificent emperor of the Ottomans has declared a jihad against the Knights of Saint John the Baptist The largest armada of all time approaches the knights Christian stronghold on the island of Malta The Turks know the knights as the Hounds of Hell The knights call themselves The Religion br br In Messina Sicily a French countess Carla La Penautier seeks passage to Malta in a quest to find the son taken from her at his birth twelve years ago The only man with the expertise and daring to help her is a Rabelaisian soldier of fortune arms dealer former janissary and strapping Saxon adventurer by the name of Mattias Tannhauser He agrees to accompany the lady to Malta where amid the most spectacular siege in military history they must try to find the boy whose name they do not know and whose face they have never seen and pluck him from the jaws of Holy War br br The Religion is the first book of the Tannhauser Trilogy and from the first page of this epic account of the last great medieval conflict between East and West it is clear we are in the hands of a master Not since James Clavell has a novelist so powerfully and assuredly plunged readers headlong into another world and time Anne Rice transformed the vampire novel Stephen King reinvented horror Now in a spectacular tale of heroism tragedy and passion Tim Willocks revivifies historical fiction


Psychoanalysis and Religion

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Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion and The Natural History of Religion

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Buddhism: The Religion of No-Religion

b The widespread influence of Buddhism is due in part to the skill with which a way of liberation was refined by its teachers and became accessible to people of diverse cultures b br br In this dynamic series of lectures Alan Watts takes us on an exploration of Buddhism from its roots in India to the explosion of interest in Zen and the Tibetan tradition in the West Watts traces the Indian beginnings of Buddhism delineates differences between Buddhism and other religions looks at the radical methods of the Mahayan Buddhist and reviews the i Four Noble Truths i and i The Eightfold Path i


The Holy Bible: The King James Version ( bible, the bible, the holy bible, bible study, god, church, king james, religion, )

In King James I of England authorized that a new translation of the Bible into English be started It was finished in just years after the first translation of the New Testament into English appeared Tyndale The Authorized Version or King James Version quickly became the standard for English speaking Protestants Its flowing language and prose rhythm has had a profound influence on the literature of the past years The King James Version present on the Bible Gateway matches the printing The KJV is public domain in the United States


The Sociology of Religion

Sociology of Religion by Max Weber economist amp sociologist was originally published in German Weber studied the effects of religious action amp inaction Instead of viewing religion as an opiate of the people or as a method of promoting morality he simply categorized different religions in order to understand religion s subjective meaning to individuals Verstehen By viewing religion strictly in the scientific sense he was striving for objectivity attempting to ignore value judgments amp to understand religion as those human responses that give meaning to inescapable problems of existence such as birth death illness aging injustice tragedy amp suffering In The Sociology of Religion he proposes that people pursue their own goals amp that religion facilitates that br The rise of religions br Gods magicians amp priests br The idea of God Religious ethics amp taboo br The prophet br The religious congregation preaching amp pastoral care br Castes estates classes amp religion br Religion amp non privileged classes br Intellectualism intellectuals amp the history of religion br Theodicy salvation amp rebirth br The different roads to salvation br Asceticism mysticism amp salvation religion br Soteriology amp types of salvation br Religious ethics the world order amp culture br The relationship of religion to politics economics sexuality amp art br Judaism Christianity amp the socio economic order br The attitude of the other world religions to the social amp economic order


The Religions Book

Surveying the world s religions and providing succinct yet thought provoking insight into the philosophy and practices of each The Religions Book is ideal for anyone seeking to gain a better understanding of the world s religions br br With intriguing artwork flow charts and diagrams complex ideas are made accessible in this comprehensive guide The Religions Book is also perfect for religion and philosophy students


God Is Red: A Native View of Religion

First published in Vine Deloria Jr s i God Is Red i remains the seminal work on Native religious views asking new questions about our species and our ultimate fate Celebrating three decades in publication with a special th anniversary edition


Theory of Religion

Theory of Religion brings to philosophy what Bataille s earlier book The Accursed Share brought to anthropology and history namely an analysis based on notions of excess and expenditure Bataille brilliantly defines religion as so many different attempts to respond to the universe s relentless generosity Framed within his original theory of generalized economics and based on his masterly reading of archaic religious activity Theory of Religion constitutes along with The Accursed Share the most important articulation of Bataille s work br br Georges Bataille founder of the French review Critique wrote fiction and essays on a wide range of topics His books in English translation include Story of the Eye Blue of Noon Literature and Evil Manet and Erotism Robert Hurley is the translator of The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault and cotranslator of Anti Oedipus by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari Distributed for Zone Books


Dead Religion

A hotel explodes in Mexico City killing thousands and all available evidence points to an American citizen Alex Valdez The FBI desperately needs to find him or if he s dead the reasons behind his attack before the Mexican government can br br Agent James Allison is tasked with finding Alex Valdez wherever that may lead br br What Allison can t know what the FBI doesn t understand is Valdez s past br br Alex Valdez was raised by parents convinced their religion their God discarded by European conquerors needed to return Convinced that their God s rightful place was in charge of this world just as it had been the Aztec civilization From this a small child turned into a haunted man Married now unable to distinguish if the God exists and if it does does it mean to kill him and all that he loves Alex Valdez is a man that can no longer tell reality from dreams with a wife who has watched her husband cut himself to shreds from that terror br br i Dead Religion i follows both Alex Valdez and James Allison in their searches for truth Valdez believes he knows how to stop this God while James only wants to make it home alive br br In a time when miracles and Gods have been pushed to a past age Agent Allison must walk the fine line between insanity and reality trying to uncover the facts behind the terrific loss of life in Mexico City before the same torments find their way into his own life


The Tao Teh King: A Short Study in Comparative Religion

While debate continues about the historicity of Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching the collection of sayings attributed to him has remained one of the most influential religious texts of all time Using simple yet profound language the author probes the eternal mystery of the Tao the elusive substrate which underlies all creation


The God Argument: The Case against Religion and for Humanism

What are the arguments for and against religion and religious belief all of them right across the range of reasons and motives that people have for being religious and do they stand up to scrutiny Can there be a clear full statement of these arguments that once and for all will show what is at stake in this debate Equally important what is the alternative to religion as a view of the world and a foundation for morality Is there a worldview and a code of life for thoughtful people those who wish to live with intellectual integrity based on reason evidence and a desire to do and be good that does not interfere with people s right to their own beliefs and freedom of expression In The Case Against Religion Anthony Grayling offers a definitive examination of these questions and an in depth exploration of the humanist outlook that recommends itself as the ethics of the genuinely reflective person


god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope s awesome view of the universe and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix br br In the tradition of Bertrand Russell s Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris s recent bestseller The End of Faith Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts he documents the ways in which religion is a man made wish a cause of dangerous sexual repression and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos br br With eloquent clarity Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope s awesome view of the universe and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix


Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion

What if religions are neither all true or all nonsense The boring debate between fundamentalist believers and non believers is finally moved on by Alain s inspiring new book which boldly argues that the supernatural claims of religion are of course entirely false and yet that religions still have some very important things to teach the secular world br br Religion for Atheists suggests that rather than mocking religions agnostics and atheists should instead steal from them because they re packed with good ideas on how we might live and arrange our societies Blending deep respect with total impiety Alain a non believer himself proposes that we should look to religions for insights into among other concerns how to br br build a sense of community br br make our relationships last br br overcome feelings of envy and inadequacy br br escape the twenty four hour media br br go travelling br br get more out of art architecture and music br br and create new businesses designed to address our emotional needs br br For too long non believers have faced a stark choice between either swallowing lots of peculiar doctrines or doing away with a range of consoling and beautiful rituals and ideas At last in Religion for Atheists Alain has fashioned a far more interesting and truly helpful alternative


The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

In i The End of Faith i Sam Harris delivers a startling analysis of the clash between reason and religion in the modern world He offers a vivid historical tour of our willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs even when these beliefs inspire the worst human atrocities While warning against the encroachment of organized religion into world politics Harris draws on insights from neuroscience philosophy and Eastern mysticism to deliver a call for a truly modern foundation for ethics and spirituality that is both secular and humanistic br br Winner of the PEN Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction


Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion Sam Harris s new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology br br From multiple New York Times bestselling author neuroscientist and new atheist Sam Harris Waking Up is for the percent of Americans who follow no religion but who suspect that Jesus Buddha Lao Tzu Rumi and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics schizophrenics or frauds Throughout the book Harris argues that there are important truths to be found in the experiences of such contemplatives and therefore that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow br br Waking Up is part seeker s memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way and no author other than Sam Harris a scientist philosopher and famous skeptic could write it


Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

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The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion


The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion

In the classic text i The Sacred and the Profane i famed historian of religion Mircea Eliade observes that even moderns who proclaim themselves residents of a completely profane world are still unconsciously nourished by the memory of the sacred Eliade traces manifestations of the sacred from primitive to modern times in terms of space time nature and the cosmos In doing so he shows how the total human experience of the religious man compares with that of the nonreligious br This book of great originality and scholarship serves as an excellent introduction to the history of religion but its perspective also emcompasses philosophical anthropology phenomenology and psychology It will appeal to anyone seeking to discover the potential dimensions of human existence


The Invention of Religion

In this book the author explores the question of whether religions were invented by humans or given to us by some other means It is a scientific look at how ancient humans made sense of the world and the phenomena they encountered around them br br In the past arguments against the existence of gods have mainly come in the form of scientific inquiries that attempt to show there is no evidence for their existence The Invention of Religion however investigates the psychological mechanisms that cause religions to originate and it sets out to prove that when humans have neither science nor religion these mechanisms cause them to invent new religions It also investigates how the differences like monotheism vs pantheism between religions arise and how probable these differences are


Religion and Science

In this timely work Russell philosopher agnostic mathematician and renowned peace advocate offers a brief yet insightful study of the conflicts between science and traditional religion during the last four centuries Examining accounts in which scientific advances clashed with Christian doctrine or biblical interpretations of the day from Galileo and the Copernican Revolution to the medical breakthroughs of anesthesia and inoculation Russell points to the constant upheaval and reevaluation of our systems of belief throughout history In turn he identifies where similar debates between modern science and the Church still exist today This classic is sure to interest all readers of philosophy and religion as well as those interested in Russell s thought and writings


Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 Vols

This is the definitive English language edition of one of the monumental works of the Christian church All previous editions in Latin French German and English have been collated references and notes have been verified corrected and expanded and new bibliographies have been added The translation preserves the rugged strength and vividness of Calvin s writing but also conforms to modern English and renders heavy theological terms in simple language The result is a translation that achieves a high degree of accuracy and at the same time is eminently readable br br Long recognized for the quality of its translations introductions explanatory notes and indexes the Library of Christian Classics provides scholars and students with modern English translations of some of the most significant Christian theological texts in history Through these works each written prior to the end of the sixteenth century contemporary readers are able to engage the ideas that have shaped Christian theology and the church through the centuries


The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions

No description available


Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

Hume s brilliant and dispassionate essay Of Miracles has been added in this expanded edition of his i Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion i which also includes Of the Immortality of the Soul Of Suicide and Richard Popkin s illuminating Introduction


Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects

Dedicated as few men have been to the life of reason Bertrand Russell has always been concerned with the basic questions to which religion also addresses itself questions about man s place in the universe and the nature of the good life questions that involve life after death morality freedom education and sexual ethics He brings to his treatment of these questions the same courage scrupulous logic and lofty wisdom for which his other work as philosopher writer and teacher has been famous These qualities make the essays included in this book perhaps the most graceful and moving presentation of the freethinker s position since the days of Hume and Voltaire p I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue Russell declares in his Preface and his reasoned opposition to any system or dogma which he feels may shackle man s mind runs through all the essays in this book whether they were written as early as or as late as p p The book has been edited with Lord Russell s full approval and cooperation by Professor Paul Edwards of the Philosophy Department of New York University In an Appendix Professor Edwards contributes a full account of the highly controversial Bertrand Russell Case of in which Russell was judicially declared unfit to teach philosophy at the College of the City of New York p p Whether the reader shares or rejects Bertrand Russell s views he will find this book an invigorating challenge to set notions a masterly statement of a philosophical position and a pure joy to read p


Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

Scientology created in by pulp science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard claims to be the world s fastest growing religion with millions of members and huge financial holdings Celebrity believers keep its profile high Teams of volunteer ministers offer aid at disaster sites like Haiti and the World Trade Center But Scientology is also a very closed faith harassing journalists and others thru litigation amp intimidation even infiltrating high levels of the government to further its goals Its attacks on psychiatry amp its requirement that believers pay as much as tens even hundreds of thousands of dollars for salvation have drawn scrutiny and skepticism Ex members use the Internet to share stories of harassment and abuse Reitman offers the first full journalistic history of the Church of Scientology in an evenhanded account that establishes the truth about the controversial religion She traces Scientology s development from the birth of Dianetics to today following its metamorphosis from a pseudoscientific self help group to a global spiritual corporation with profound control over its followers and ex followers Based on five years of research unprecedented access to Church officials confidential documents and extensive interviews with current and former members this is a defining book about a little known world


The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess

The twentieth anniversary edition of The Spiral Dance celebrates the pivotal role the book has had in bringing Goddess worship to the religious forefront This bestselling classic is both an unparalleled reference on the practices and philosophies of Witchcraft and a guide to the life affirming ways in which readers can turn to the Goddess to deepen their sense of personal pride develop their inner power and integrate mind body and spirit Starhawk s brilliant comprehensive overview of the growth suppression and modern day re emergence of Wicca as a Goddess worshipping religion has left an indelible mark on the feminist spiritual consciousness br br In a new introduction Starhawk reveals the ways in which Goddess religion and the practice of ritual have adapted and developed over the last twenty years and she reflects on the ways in which these changes have influenced and enhanced her original ideas In the face of an ever changing world this invaluable spiritual guidebook is more relevant than ever


Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

b An unprecedented event a beloved world religious leader proposes a way to lead an ethical happy and spiritual life beyond religion and offers a program of mental training for cultivating key human values b br br Ten years ago in his best selling i Ethics for a New Millennium i His Holiness the Dalai Lama first proposed an approach to ethics based on universal rather than religious principles Now in i Beyond Religion i the Dalai Lama at his most compassionate and outspoken elaborates and deepens his vision for the nonreligious way br br Transcending the mere religion wars he outlines a system of ethics for our shared world one that gives full respect to religion With the highest level of spiritual and intellectual authority the Dalai Lama makes a stirring appeal for what he calls a third way a path to an ethical and happy life and to a global human community based on understanding and mutual respect br br i Beyond Religion i is an essential statement from the Dalai Lama a blueprint for all those who may choose not to identify with a religious tradition yet still yearn for a life of spiritual fulfillment as they work for a better world


Psychology and Religion

In this book Dr Jung who has been the author of some of the most provocative hypotheses in modern psychology describes what he regards as an authentic religious function in the unconscious mind Using a wealth of material from ancient and medieval gnostic alchemistic and occultistic literature he discusses the religious symbolism of unconscious processes and the possible continuity of religious forms that have appeared and reappeared through the centuries


Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

b From the renowned and best selling author of i A History of God i a sweeping exploration of religion s connection to violence b br br For the first time in American history religious self identification is on the decline Some have cited a perception that began to grow after September that faith in general is a source of aggression intolerance and divisiveness something bad for society But how accurate is that view And does it apply equally to all faiths In these troubled times we risk basing decisions of real and dangerous consequence on mistaken understandings of the faiths around us in our immediate community as well as globally And so with her deep learning and sympathetic understanding Karen Armstrong examines the impulse toward violence in each of the world s great religions The comparative approach is new while there have been plenty of books on jihad or the Crusades for example this one lays the Christian and the Islamic way of war side by side along with those of Buddhism Hinduism Confucianism Daoism and Judaism Each of these faiths arose in an agrarian society with plenty of motivation for violence landowners had to lord it over peasants and warfare was essential to increase one s landholdings the only real source of wealth before the great age of trade and commerce In each context it fell to the priestly class to legitimate the actions of the state And so the martial ethos became bound up with the sacred At the same time however the faiths developed ideologies that ran counter to the warrior code around sages prophets and mystics within each tradition there grew up communities that represented a protest against the injustice and violence endemic to agrarian society This book explores the symbiosis of these two impulses and its development as these confessional faiths came of age But modernity has also been spectacularly violent and so Armstrong goes on to show how and in what measure religions in their relative maturity came to absorb modern belligerence and what hope there might be for peace among believers in our time


The Religion (Tannhauser, #1)

This is what we dream of to be so swept away so poleaxed by a book that the breath is sucked right out of us Brace yourselves br br May Suleiman the Magnificent emperor of the Ottomans has declared a jihad against the Knights of Saint John the Baptist The largest armada of all time approaches the knights Christian stronghold on the island of Malta The Turks know the knights as the Hounds of Hell The knights call themselves The Religion br br In Messina Sicily a French countess Carla La Penautier seeks passage to Malta in a quest to find the son taken from her at his birth twelve years ago The only man with the expertise and daring to help her is a Rabelaisian soldier of fortune arms dealer former janissary and strapping Saxon adventurer by the name of Mattias Tannhauser He agrees to accompany the lady to Malta where amid the most spectacular siege in military history they must try to find the boy whose name they do not know and whose face they have never seen and pluck him from the jaws of Holy War br br The Religion is the first book of the Tannhauser Trilogy and from the first page of this epic account of the last great medieval conflict between East and West it is clear we are in the hands of a master Not since James Clavell has a novelist so powerfully and assuredly plunged readers headlong into another world and time Anne Rice transformed the vampire novel Stephen King reinvented horror Now in a spectacular tale of heroism tragedy and passion Tim Willocks revivifies historical fiction


Psychoanalysis and Religion

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Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion and The Natural History of Religion

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Buddhism: The Religion of No-Religion

b The widespread influence of Buddhism is due in part to the skill with which a way of liberation was refined by its teachers and became accessible to people of diverse cultures b br br In this dynamic series of lectures Alan Watts takes us on an exploration of Buddhism from its roots in India to the explosion of interest in Zen and the Tibetan tradition in the West Watts traces the Indian beginnings of Buddhism delineates differences between Buddhism and other religions looks at the radical methods of the Mahayan Buddhist and reviews the i Four Noble Truths i and i The Eightfold Path i


The Holy Bible: The King James Version ( bible, the bible, the holy bible, bible study, god, church, king james, religion, )

In King James I of England authorized that a new translation of the Bible into English be started It was finished in just years after the first translation of the New Testament into English appeared Tyndale The Authorized Version or King James Version quickly became the standard for English speaking Protestants Its flowing language and prose rhythm has had a profound influence on the literature of the past years The King James Version present on the Bible Gateway matches the printing The KJV is public domain in the United States


The Sociology of Religion

Sociology of Religion by Max Weber economist amp sociologist was originally published in German Weber studied the effects of religious action amp inaction Instead of viewing religion as an opiate of the people or as a method of promoting morality he simply categorized different religions in order to understand religion s subjective meaning to individuals Verstehen By viewing religion strictly in the scientific sense he was striving for objectivity attempting to ignore value judgments amp to understand religion as those human responses that give meaning to inescapable problems of existence such as birth death illness aging injustice tragedy amp suffering In The Sociology of Religion he proposes that people pursue their own goals amp that religion facilitates that br The rise of religions br Gods magicians amp priests br The idea of God Religious ethics amp taboo br The prophet br The religious congregation preaching amp pastoral care br Castes estates classes amp religion br Religion amp non privileged classes br Intellectualism intellectuals amp the history of religion br Theodicy salvation amp rebirth br The different roads to salvation br Asceticism mysticism amp salvation religion br Soteriology amp types of salvation br Religious ethics the world order amp culture br The relationship of religion to politics economics sexuality amp art br Judaism Christianity amp the socio economic order br The attitude of the other world religions to the social amp economic order


The Religions Book

Surveying the world s religions and providing succinct yet thought provoking insight into the philosophy and practices of each The Religions Book is ideal for anyone seeking to gain a better understanding of the world s religions br br With intriguing artwork flow charts and diagrams complex ideas are made accessible in this comprehensive guide The Religions Book is also perfect for religion and philosophy students


God Is Red: A Native View of Religion

First published in Vine Deloria Jr s i God Is Red i remains the seminal work on Native religious views asking new questions about our species and our ultimate fate Celebrating three decades in publication with a special th anniversary edition


Theory of Religion

Theory of Religion brings to philosophy what Bataille s earlier book The Accursed Share brought to anthropology and history namely an analysis based on notions of excess and expenditure Bataille brilliantly defines religion as so many different attempts to respond to the universe s relentless generosity Framed within his original theory of generalized economics and based on his masterly reading of archaic religious activity Theory of Religion constitutes along with The Accursed Share the most important articulation of Bataille s work br br Georges Bataille founder of the French review Critique wrote fiction and essays on a wide range of topics His books in English translation include Story of the Eye Blue of Noon Literature and Evil Manet and Erotism Robert Hurley is the translator of The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault and cotranslator of Anti Oedipus by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari Distributed for Zone Books


Dead Religion

A hotel explodes in Mexico City killing thousands and all available evidence points to an American citizen Alex Valdez The FBI desperately needs to find him or if he s dead the reasons behind his attack before the Mexican government can br br Agent James Allison is tasked with finding Alex Valdez wherever that may lead br br What Allison can t know what the FBI doesn t understand is Valdez s past br br Alex Valdez was raised by parents convinced their religion their God discarded by European conquerors needed to return Convinced that their God s rightful place was in charge of this world just as it had been the Aztec civilization From this a small child turned into a haunted man Married now unable to distinguish if the God exists and if it does does it mean to kill him and all that he loves Alex Valdez is a man that can no longer tell reality from dreams with a wife who has watched her husband cut himself to shreds from that terror br br i Dead Religion i follows both Alex Valdez and James Allison in their searches for truth Valdez believes he knows how to stop this God while James only wants to make it home alive br br In a time when miracles and Gods have been pushed to a past age Agent Allison must walk the fine line between insanity and reality trying to uncover the facts behind the terrific loss of life in Mexico City before the same torments find their way into his own life


The Tao Teh King: A Short Study in Comparative Religion

While debate continues about the historicity of Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching the collection of sayings attributed to him has remained one of the most influential religious texts of all time Using simple yet profound language the author probes the eternal mystery of the Tao the elusive substrate which underlies all creation


The God Argument: The Case against Religion and for Humanism

What are the arguments for and against religion and religious belief all of them right across the range of reasons and motives that people have for being religious and do they stand up to scrutiny Can there be a clear full statement of these arguments that once and for all will show what is at stake in this debate Equally important what is the alternative to religion as a view of the world and a foundation for morality Is there a worldview and a code of life for thoughtful people those who wish to live with intellectual integrity based on reason evidence and a desire to do and be good that does not interfere with people s right to their own beliefs and freedom of expression In The Case Against Religion Anthony Grayling offers a definitive examination of these questions and an in depth exploration of the humanist outlook that recommends itself as the ethics of the genuinely reflective person