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Asian Religions: A Cultural Perspective

This energetic advent bargains a whole assessment of the most Asian religions, their traditions and modern relevance, and the way they're lived and practiced today.

  • Provides readers with an all-embracing creation to Asian religions, masking all the major traditions in a method that's full of life and distinctive
  • Focuses on Asian religions as lived and practiced by means of genuine humans, top readers to a deeper realizing of Asian spiritualities and traditions, and their modern relevance
  • Uses routines, actions, and an beautiful mix of examples, resembling novels, during the e-book, to either tell and have interaction readers
  • Employs a comparative method, highlighting the contrasts among Asian and Western modes of considering and living
  • Debates the impact of faith on real-world matters together with paintings, monetary development, the surroundings, human rights, and gender relations
  • Written through an acclaimed pupil during this box, who's capable of draw on his awesome wisdom throughout all proper spiritual traditions

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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 means of fault strains of spiritual, ethnic, and political identification that experience formed its background. stricken Geographies maps this historical past by way of detailing the styles of swap in eire from sixteenth century makes an attempt to "plant" components of eire with dependable 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 publication is anxious with how a geography laid down within the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries resulted in an amalgam in line with spiritual trust, ethnic/national id, and political conviction that keeps to form the geographies of contemporary eire. bothered Geographies exhibits how alterations in non secular association, identification, and territoriality have impacted Irish society in this interval. It explores the reaction of society mostly and faith specifically to significant cultural shocks reminiscent of the Famine and to long-term approaches corresponding to urbanization.

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The Dhammapada

The Dhammapada is a set of sayings of the Buddha in verse shape and some of the most largely learn and most sensible recognized Buddhist scriptures. the unique model of the Dhammapada is in theKhuddaka Nikaya, a department of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism. The Buddhist pupil and commentator Buddhaghosa explains that every asserting recorded within the assortment used to be made on a distinct social gathering based on a special state of affairs that had arisen within the lifetime of the Buddha and his monastic neighborhood. His observation, the Dhammapada Atthakatha, provides the main points of those occasions and is a wealthy resource of legend for the existence and occasions of the Buddha.

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

By Sam Harris

"The finish of Faith articulates the hazards and absurdities of equipped faith so fiercely and so fearlessly that I felt relieved as I learn it, vindicated....Harris writes what a large variety of us imagine, yet few are prepared to say."―Natalie Angier, ?New York Times

In ?The finish of Faith?, Sam Harris grants a startling research of the conflict among cause and faith within the sleek global. He deals a bright, old journey of our willingness to droop cause in want of non secular beliefs―even whilst those ideals encourage the worst human atrocities. whereas caution opposed to the encroachment of geared up faith into global politics, Harris attracts on insights from neuroscience, philosophy, and jap mysticism to convey a choice for a very glossy origin for ethics and spirituality that's either secular and humanistic. Winner of the 2005 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction.

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Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

By Richard Bach

Within the cloud-washed airspace among the cornfields of Illinois and blue infinity, a guy places his religion within the propeller of his biplane. For upset author and itinerant barnstormer Richard Bach, trust is as genuine as an entire tank of gasoline and sparks firing within the cylinders ...until he meets Donald Shimoda - former mechanic and self-described messiah who could make wrenches fly and Richard's mind's eye soar...In Illusions, the unforgettable follow-up to his out of the ordinary big apple instances bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach takes wing to find the ageless truths that provide our souls wings: that individuals don't desire airplanes to bounce ...that even the darkest clouds have that means when we carry ourselves above them ...and that messiahs are available within the unlikeliest areas - like hay fields, one-traffic-light midwestern cities, and so much of all, deep inside ourselves.

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Persephone's Quest: Entheogens and the Origins of Religion

By R. Gordon Wasson

This interesting publication discusses the position performed by means of psychoactive mushrooms within the spiritual rituals of historic Greece, Eurasia, and Mesoamerica. R. Gordon Wasson, an the world over identified ethnomycologist who used to be one of many first to enquire how those mushrooms have been honored and hired by way of diversified local peoples, right here joins with 3 different students to debate the facts for his discoveries approximately those fungi, which he has referred to as enthoegens, or "god generated within." within the e-book Wasson describes his quest for the soma plant, which led him to the center East and India, to shamanic rites of Siberia, Mesoamerica, and the United Statess, and to the folklore of Europeans, Bedouins, or even the Pennsylvania Dutch. Stella Dramrisch information rituals of the putka mushroom, a later replacement for soma. Jonathan Ott reviews at the "disembodied eyes" discovered on carvings in Mexico and on an historical ring from Crete, eyes that he argues are metaphors for the country produced through ingestion of entheogenic mushrooms. ultimately, Carl A. P. Ruck relates various fungi to Greek delusion and formality, focusing particularly on ergot, a typical progress on barley that he feels could have been imbibed on the Eleusinian Mysteries. "[This booklet] is the pious meditation of an encouraged devotee, a spiritual booklet within the inner most feel, the credo of a passionate begin, certainly a convert.....A pleasant e-book to read....[It] may perhaps take its rightful position within the lengthy chain of resourceful meditations at the magic plant of immortality." - Wendy Doniger, instances Literary complement

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Doubting Thomas

By Glenn W. Most

About the disciple referred to as Doubting Thomas, we all know not less than this a lot: he caught his finger into the risen Jesus’ wounds. Or did he? A clean examine the Gospel of John finds how little we may perhaps particularly comprehend approximately this so much difficult of biblical figures, and what sort of we would study from the unusual twists and turns Thomas’s tale has taken over time.

From the hot testomony, Glenn W. such a lot lines Thomas’s variations throughout the centuries: as Gnostic saint, missionary to India, paragon of Christian orthodoxy, hero of skepticism, and detrimental instance of doubt, blasphemy, stupidity, and violence. Rife with paradoxes and tensions, those artistic alterations by the hands of storytellers, theologians, and artists let us know greatly in regards to the advanced family among texts and their interpretations―and approximately religion, love, own id, the physique, and twins, between different matters.

Doubting Thomas starts off with an in depth interpreting of bankruptcy 20 of the Gospel of John, set opposed to the conclusions of the opposite Gospels, and ends with an in depth research of the portray of this topic through Caravaggio, environment it in the pictorial traditions of past due antiquity, the center a while, and the Renaissance. alongside the way in which, so much considers narrative reactions to John’s account through storytellers of varied non secular persuasions, and Christian theologians’ interpretations of John 20 from the second one century advert until eventually the Counter-Reformation. His paintings exhibits how Thomas’s tale, in its many guises, touches upon critical questions of faith, philosophy, hermeneutics, and, now not least, life.

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Analytic Philosophy of Religion (Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion)

While Gene lengthy, editor of Kluwer's guide of latest Philosophy of faith sequence, first invited me to jot down the amount on Analytic Philosophy of faith, I authorized with nice enthusiasm. My purely reason for that enthusiasm now could be that i used to be more youthful and extra naive on the time. quickly after beginning paintings at the quantity, my enthusiasm was once dampened through the daunting importance of the duty. i started as a sprinter and speedy settled into the velocity of a long-distance runner. even though I thought of myself good learn within the topic, I quickly chanced on that I had loads of examine to do to be convinced that I had thought of the entire significant contributions to a number of the discussions, matters, and of faith. As I learn a growing number of difficulties discovered inside of analytic philosophy books and articles, i noticed that I had rushed right into a territory already good trodden via the angels. i'm significantly inspired by way of the sophistication and subtlety of philosophical argument that symbolize the several debates in modern analytic philosophy of faith. This quantity covers an unlimited quantity of fabric. i've got endeavored to supply the fairest attainable interpreting of other authors, and, in situations the place I comprise my very own severe reviews and strengthen my very own positions, i've got endeavored to supply the most powerful attainable interpretations of the positions I criticize.

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The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Zoroastrianism (Wiley Blackwell Companions to Religion)

This is often the 1st ever accomplished English-language survey of Zoroastrianism, one of many oldest dwelling religions

  • Evenly divided into 5 thematic sections starting with an creation to Zoroaster/Zarathustra and concluding with the intersections of Zoroastrianism and different religions
  • Reflects the worldwide nature of Zoroastrian experiences with contributions from 34 overseas experts from 10 countries
  • Presents Zoroastrianism as a cluster of dynamic historic and contextualized phenomena, reflecting the present pattern to maneuver clear of textual essentialism within the learn of religion

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