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Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions

By Cami Ostman, Susan Tive

Beyond Belief addresses what occurs while ladies of utmost religions choose to stroll away. Editors Susan Tive (a former Orthodox Jew) and Cami Ostman (a de-converted fundamentalist born-again Christian) have compiled a suite of robust own tales written via ladies of various a long time, races, and non secular backgrounds who proportion one commonality: they’ve all skilled and rejected severe religions.

Covering a variety of spiritual communities—including Evangelical, Catholic, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, Calvinist, Moonie, and Jehovah’s Witness—and containing contributions from authors like Julia Scheeres (Jesus Land), the tales in Beyond Belief show how those girls grew to become concerned, what their lives have been like, and why they got here to the choice to ultimately abandon their faiths. The authors shed a brilliant gentle at the inflexible expectancies and misogyny so frequently outfitted into non secular orthodoxy, but in addition they clarify the lure—why such a lot of ladies are interested in those life, what they locate that’s appealing approximately dwelling a non secular lifestyles, and why leaving may be not just very tough but additionally bittersweet.

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Forbidden Words: On God, Alcohol, Vegetarianism, and Violence

This booklet provides writings Tolstoy was once by no means, in his lifetime, allowed to submit in his local Russia. He used to be a winning writer through center age; international well-known for his novels 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina.' yet after a mid-life religious awakening, Tolstoy selected a distinct course, and for the final 30 years of his existence, produced fabric that indignant either Church and nation. His spiritual writings set him at odds with the Orthodox Church, and led finally to his excommunication. His political and social writings set him against the govt, and taken strict censorship and the specter of imprisonment. yet even though doorways closed on him in Russia, doorways opened for him somewhere else; for while Tolstoy's secretary and buddy Vladimir Chertkov was once exiled through the govt in 1897, he travelled to England. Tolstoy used to be before everything distressed at his departure. He overlooked the devotion of his so much intimate disciple; and in addition apprehensive for him: 'I'm a great deal afraid you may be corrupted in England,' he wrote to Chertkov. 'I've simply bought the evaluate of experiences and browse it, and that i stuck any such experience of that wonderful English self-satisfied dullness that I placed myself on your position and attempted to imagine the way you might get on with them.' yet Tolstoy don't need to have frightened. It was once stated of Chertkov that he was once much more Tolstoyan than Tolstoy, and his time in England was once completely spent in selling his master's reason. Chertkov positioned his cash, power and management talents into the extraordinary unfastened Age Press, run through AC Fifield. Over the following few years, this small press produced 424 million pages of Tolstoy's writing. Seven of those brief works are awarded the following, each one with their very own advent, in party of the a hundredth anniversary of Tolstoy's dying. He died at the railway station in Astapovo, in November, 1910. by way of then, although, due to the loose Age Press, his writings have been spilling out method past the borders of his Russian place of birth. The censors may possibly purely achieve so far...

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Por que no soy cristiano

By Bertrand Russell

En esta obra lord Bertrand Russell, uno de los pensadores mas lucidos e influyentes que ha dado el siglo XX, reune catorce ensayos escritos entre 1899 y 1954. En ellos expone y desarrolla los motivos de su agnoticismo, rebate los argumentos tradicionales del cristianismo, identifica el miedo como uno de los fundamentos principales de l. a. faith cuestiona las contribuciones de l. a. faith a l. a. felicidad del ser humano y critica muy duramente los planteamientos del cristianismo en cuestiones sexuales. Por que no soy cristiano es una de las mas conmovedoras y convincentes defensas del no creyente que se han escrito desde los dias de Hume y Voltaire.

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Dioses, templos y oráculos (Spanish Edition)

Desde los inicios de los angeles civilización, el hombre he pretendido responder al sentido de su propia existencia, a su misión en l. a. tierra y a qué le espera tras l. a. muerte,
l. a. respuesta a estas preguntas condiciona l. a. vida humana desde l. a. Prehistoria hasta l. a. actualidad.

Desde las primeras organizaciones tribales, el hombre ha sentido l. a. necesidad de responder a las cuestiones trascendentales de los angeles existencia y de poner en común las distintas respuestas para elaborar un código de creencias que aliviara los angeles ansiedad ante el destino desconocido del hombre y ante los angeles incertidumbre de l. a. muerte, pero que también funcionara como marco ético de las comunidades y como un modo de jerarquizarlas. Dioses, templos y oráculos describe las creencias de cinco civilizaciones antiguas ?los hititas, los babilonios, los egipcios, los griegos y los romanos- y nos enseña con ello cómo a aquellos hombres les inquietaban las mismas cosas que a nosotros.

Francisco José Gómez desentrañará en este libro las preguntas sobre l. a. existencia, las creencias sobre el origen del mundo, las convicciones sobre los angeles muerte, las complejas mitologías y, algo menos tratado en los manuales, las artes adivinatorias de estas cinco culturas. Pero también, el rastro fabric que esas creencias trascendentales dejaban en los pueblos: los templos, los altares, las castas sacerdotales, los túmulos, tumbas y panteones? Los primeros en aparecer serán los hititas de los que descubriremos l. a. lucha salvaje que, según ellos, daba origen al universo o los angeles adivinación del futuro a través del vuelo de ciertas aves; los babilonios sin embargo tenían un specific panteón con más de 3.000 deidades, sus templos, los zigurats, no eran menos curiosos, además como los dioses se manifestaban a través de los angeles naturaleza, unas personas elegidas podían descifrar sus designios; Egipto tenía un sistema de creencias complejo, que combinaba zoolatrismo con los angeles figura del faraón que es a los angeles vez dios, rey, sacerdote y padre, además l. a. sociedad egipcia se articulaba gracias a una casta de sacerdotes que aglutinaban un saber que mezclaba ciencia y misticismo; curioso caso es el de Grecia, cuya teogonía y sistema de creencias fue inspirado por dos poetas ? Homero y Hesíodo- , sus sacerdotes eran un ciudadano más sin privilegios y, en cuanto a l. a. adivinación, además de oráculos y augures consideran los sueños como premonitorios; por último los romanos adaptan los dioses de sus predecesores y los mitos como modelos éticos, tienen videntes, profetisas y astrólogos, pero sin duda lo más relevante es su evolución del politeísmo sincrético a convertirse en el centro mundial del cristianismo.

Razones para comprar los angeles obra:

- l. a. obra conecta el pasado con los angeles actualidad a través de desvelarnos que, en el pasado, los hombres sentían las mismas inquietudes que ahora.

- El autor relaciona historia, mitología, religión, arte, literatura y adivinación que normalmente se tratan por separado.

- Aborda un conjunto de culturas del pasado íntimamente relacionadas y permite así que el lector se forme una visión amplia de los angeles antigüedad.

- Es un libro riguroso en el que se intercalan conocimientos, fotos, mapas, textos de los angeles época, personajes célebres de los angeles historia, anécdotas?

Una historia sobre las más íntimas creencias de nuestros ancestros, en l. a. que se dan cita personajes de l. a. talla de Nabucodonosor, Amenhotep, Aquiles, Pericles, Pitágoras, Platón, Cicerón y Marco Aurelio y en el que se intercalan preguntas trascendentales, anécdotas y auténticas obras de arte.

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I Am Not Esther

By Fleur Beale

Think that your mom tells you that she goes away. She is leaving you with kinfolk whom you will have by no means heard of-and they're participants of a strict spiritual cult. Your identify is modified to a biblical one, Esther, and also you are pressured to stick to the critical set of social criteria set by means of the cult. you do not know the place you mom is, and also you are starting to lose your personal id.

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Homicide in the Biblical World

By Pamela Barmash

Interpreting the remedy of murder within the Hebrew Bible, this research demonstrates that it truly is at once associated with the social constitution and faith of old Israel. Pamela Barmash reconstructs biblical legislation from either criminal texts and narrative texts and analyzes the legislations collections and files of tangible criminal situations from the traditional close to East.

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Apophasis and Pseudonymity in Dionysius the Areopagite: "No Longer I" (Oxford Early Christian Studies)

By Charles M. Stang

This is often an open entry name on hand lower than the phrases of a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 overseas licence. it really is unfastened to learn at Oxford Scholarship on-line and provided as a loose PDF obtain from OUP and chosen open entry locations.

This booklet examines the writings of an early sixth-century Christian mystical theologian who wrote less than the identify of a convert of the apostle Paul, Dionysius the Areopagite. This 'Pseudo'-Dionysius is known for articulating a paranormal theology in elements: a sacramental and liturgical mysticism embedded within the context of celestial and ecclesiastical hierarchies, and an austere, contemplative routine during which one gradually negates the divine names in hopes of soliciting union with the 'unknown God' or 'God past being.'

Charles M. Stang argues that the pseudonym and the impression of Paul jointly represent the simplest interpretive lens for knowing the Corpus Dionysiacum [CD]. Stang demonstrates how Paul animates the full corpus, and indicates that the impression of Paul illuminates such valuable topics of the CD as hierarchy, theurgy, deification, Christology, confirmation (kataphasis) and negation (apophasis), distinct similarities, and unknowing. most significantly, Paul serves as a fulcrum for the expression of a brand new theological anthropology, an 'apophatic anthropology.' Dionysius figures Paul because the optimal apostolic witness to this apophatic anthropology, because the ecstatic lover of the divine who confesses to the rupture of his self and the indwelling of the divine in Gal 2:20: 'it isn't any longer I who dwell, yet Christ who lives in me.'

Building in this concept of apophatic anthropology, the booklet forwards a proof for why this sixth-century writer selected to jot down below an apostolic pseudonym. Stang argues that the very perform of pseudonymous writing itself serves as an ecstatic devotional workout wherein the author turns into break up in and thereby open to the indwelling of the divine. Pseudonymity is in this interpretation indispensable and inner to the goals of the broader mystical firm. hence this ebook goals to query the excellence among 'theory' and 'practice' through demonstrating that detrimental theology-often figured as a speculative and rarefied thought in regards to the transcendence of God-is actually most sensible understood as a type of asceticism, a devotional perform aiming for the entire transformation of the Christian topic.

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Blown for Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology

Nominated through Foreword journal as 2009 publication of the yr Award Finalist. Marc Headley offers a unprecedented, by no means sooner than obvious insider's examine existence inside of Scientology. He spent 15 years hired at their mystery headquarters, the sprawling 500 acre estate positioned deep within the California desolate tract. The neighborhood townspeople have been instructed that Scientology lectures and flicks have been being made there. yet is that each one that's taking place there? it's the situation of a multi-million greenback domestic for L. Ron Hubbard, equipped 20 years after his arguable dying. it's the domestic of Scientology's present chief, David Miscavige. Rumor has it that prime rating Scientology celebrities comparable to Tom Cruise were there. So what quite occurs on the Int Base? Are the tales on the web real? How does Scientology behavior administration of its each day operations? experiences from former individuals have proven up right here and there over the last twenty years. may well tales of armed guards, guns, employees beatings, and razor cord fences surrounding the full estate be actual? if this is the case, how might a facility like this exist in modern-day the US? hundreds and hundreds of employees had made makes an attempt to flee through the years. a few had succeeded yet had by no means been noticeable or heard of back, yet such a lot had failed. Marc knew it'll now not be effortless getting out of the Scientology compound. Why have been humans stored right here? Why did extra humans now not try to get away through the years? What was once it that went on on the overseas headquarters of Scientology? this is often the tale of what occurred at the back of the Iron Curtain of Scientology.

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By Heresies Distressed (Safehold)

By David Weber

Now the conflict for the soul of the planet Safehold has begun.

The state of Charis and the dominion of Chisholm have joined jointly, pledged to face opposed to the tyranny of a corrupt Church. The younger Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm has wed King Cayleb of Charis, forging a unmarried dynasty, a unmarried empire, devoted to the safety of human freedom. topped Empress of that empire, Sharleyan has present in Cayleb s palms the affection she by no means dared desire for in a wedding of nation. In Cayleb s reason, his defiance of the ruthless staff of 4 who govern mom Church, she has came across the duty to which she will devote her brain and her braveness. it's a reason for which she used to be born.

Yet there are issues Sharleyan nonetheless doesn't comprehend. secrets and techniques Cayleb has no longer been authorised to percentage, despite her. secrets and techniques just like the precise tale of humanity on Safehold. just like the complex net of lies, deception, and fabricated faith that have chained humanity for nearly 1000 years. just like the life of the genocidal alien Gbaba, ready to accomplish mankind s destruction should still people ever allure their recognition once again. just like the life of a tender lady, Nimue Alban, 9 hundred years lifeless, whose center, brain, and thoughts survive in the android physique of the warrior-monk she is familiar with as Merlin.

And so Empress Sharleyan faces the the good problem of her existence blind to all that job really entails...or of ways the secrets and techniques the guy who loves her can't percentage may perhaps threaten all they've got accomplished among them...and her personal existence.

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Yoga Spandakarika: The Sacred Texts at the Origins of Tantra

By Daniel Odier

Translation and observation of 1 of crucial texts of the Kashmirian Shivaism culture of Tantra

• writer used to be a scholar of the past due Kalu Rinpoche

• Explores the transmission of Mahamudra, the nice Cosmic Gesture

• comprises the Vijnanabhaïrava Tantra, which incorporates the totality of the oldest resource textual content on Yoga

The Spandakarika, the "Tantric tune of the Divine Pulsation," is related to were transmitted on to the sage Vasugupta from the fingers of Shiva on Mount Kailas. In his observation on those fifty-two stanzas, the sage Ksemaraja defined them because the middle of the Mahamudra.

The oldest masters of Spandakarika considered every little thing within the universe, together with subject, as attention and created a yoga perform according to this cognizance. The sacred dance of Yoga Spandakarika, Tandava, is very refined and hard, requiring millions of hours of perform to grasp, but it surpasses the other actual perform, permitting the practitioner to the touch the divine internal pulse. as soon as its 3rd level has been mastered, the yogi or yogini is ready to show up the dance of Shiva in area, a convention obvious within the statuary of Tantric temples in India and Tibet. power isn't any longer shrunk via the conception of duality, and the brain and physique develop into unbounded, forming a sphere that includes all that used to be previously outdoors. In Yoga Spandakarika Daniel Odier passes on those vanishing teachings as he got them from his Tibetan grasp, Kalu Rinpoche, and Kashmiri yogi Lalita Devi.

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