John Wyclif (Great Medieval Thinkers)

By Stephen E. Lahey

John Wyclif (d. 1384) has too usually been defined as "Morning superstar of the Reformation" and only in the near past started to be studied as a fourteenth-century English thinker and theologian. This paintings attracts on contemporary scholarship situating Wyclif in his fourteenth-century milieu to give a survey of his notion and writings as a coherent theological place bobbing up from Oxford's "Golden Age" of theology.

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Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths

By Karen Armstrong

"SPLENDID . . . Eminently sane and sufferer . . . crucial examining for Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike."
--The Washington Post

Venerated for millennia by means of 3 faiths, torn by means of irreconcilable clash, conquered, rebuilt, and mourned for time and again, Jerusalem is a sacred urban whose very sacredness has engendered bad tragedy. during this interesting quantity, Karen Armstrong, writer of the hugely praised A heritage of God, strains the background of the way Jews, Christians, and Muslims have all laid declare to Jerusalem as their holy position, and the way 3 significantly diversified suggestions of holiness have formed and scarred the town for hundreds of thousands of years.

Armstrong unfolds a fancy tale of religious upheaval and political transformation--from King David's capital to an administrative outpost of the Roman Empire, from the cosmopolitan urban sanctified via Christ to the religious middle conquered and glorified through Muslims, from the sparkling prize of ecu Crusaders to the bullet-ridden image of the present-day Arab-Israeli clash.

Written with grace and readability, the made of years of meticulous learn, Jerusalem combines the competition of background with the profundity of looking religious research. Like Karen Armstrong's A historical past of God, Jerusalem is a publication for the ages.

"THE top severe, obtainable historical past OF the main SPIRITUALLY vital urban within the WORLD."
--The Baltimore Sun

"A paintings OF amazing SWEEP AND GRANDEUR."
--Los Angeles occasions e-book evaluation

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Science and Religion: New Historical Perspectives

By Thomas Dixon, Geoffrey Cantor

The assumption of an inevitable clash among technological know-how and faith was once decisively challenged by means of John Hedley Brooke in his vintage technological know-how and faith: a few ancient views (Cambridge, 1991). nearly twenty years on, technological know-how and faith: New old views revisits this argument and asks how historians can now impose order at the advanced and contingent histories of non secular engagements with technological know-how. Bringing jointly top students, this quantity explores the background and altering meanings of the kinds 'science' and 'religion'; the function of publishing and schooling in forging and spreading principles; the relationship among wisdom, strength and highbrow imperialism; and the explanations for the disagreement among evolution and creationism between American Christians and within the Islamic global. an immense contribution to the historiography of technology and faith, this publication makes the newest scholarship in this a lot misunderstood debate extensively obtainable

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The Gospel of Thomas: The Gnostic Wisdom of Jesus

A brand new translation and research of the gospel that documents the particular phrases of Jesus

• Explores the gnostic importance of Jesus's teachings recorded during this gospel

• Explains the real nature of the hot guy whose coming Jesus anticipated

• Translated and interpreted via the writer of the bestselling The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and The Gospel of Philip

One of the cache of codices and manuscripts chanced on in Nag Hammadi, the Gospel of Thomas, not like the canonical gospels, doesn't include a story recording Christ's lifestyles and prophecies. as an alternative it's a selection of his teachings--what he really stated. those 114 logia, or sayings, have been amassed through Judas Didymus Thomas, whom a few declare to be Jesus's closest disciple. No faster used to be this gospel exposed from the sands of higher Egypt than students and theologians started to bury it anew in a bunch of conflicting interpretations and polemics. whereas a few say it's a hodgepodge from the canonical gospels, for others it's the resource textual content from which the entire gospel writers drew their fabric and idea.

In this new translation of the Gospel of Thomas, Jean-Yves Leloup indicates that the Jesus recorded via the "infinitely skeptical and infinitely believing" Thomas has a lot in universal with gnostics of non-dualistic faculties. Like them, Jesus preaches the arriving of a brand new guy, the genesis of the fellow of information. during this gospel, Jesus describes a trip from constrained to limitless cognizance. The Jesus of Thomas invitations us to drink deeply from the good of information that lies inside of, now not in order that we might turn into sturdy Christians yet so we may possibly reach the self-knowledge that would make every one people, too, a Christ.

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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 way of fault strains of non secular, ethnic, and political identification that experience formed its heritage. afflicted Geographies maps this heritage through detailing the styles of switch in eire from sixteenth century makes an attempt to "plant" components of eire with dependable English Protestants to guard opposed to threats posed via 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 non secular trust, ethnic/national id, and political conviction that maintains to form the geographies of contemporary eire. stricken Geographies indicates how alterations in spiritual association, identification, and territoriality have impacted Irish society in this interval. It explores the reaction of society as a rule and faith particularly to significant cultural shocks comparable to the Famine and to long-term methods akin to urbanization.

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The Kabbalistic Mirror of Genesis: Commentary on Genesis 1-3

By David Chaim Smith

The Kabbalistic reflect of Genesis is the 1st publication of its variety. It conscientiously re-examines the 1st 3 chapters of the booklet of Genesis from a thorough non-theistic place, thoroughly elimination the concept that of a writer God. regardless of this 'heretical' place, the ebook makes use of a historically distinct kabbalistic vocabulary and constitution. earlier works that experience tried to unpack the textual content at all times depend upon theistic dogma and mythology. Smith's booklet is basically with out traditional spiritual 'truth', and probes the final word mysteries utilizing epistemological and ontological wondering from a base of gnostic realization. The Kabbalistic reflect of Genesis was formerly merely on hand to a small team of Smith's scholars and shut colleagues, however it is now obvious that this paintings is vastly vital and needed to be made to be had to a much broader audience.

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Literature on Adam and Eve: Collected Essays (Studia in Veteris Testamenti Pseudepigrapha,)

For plenty of centuries, the acts and destinies of the first-created people, Adam and Eve, have intrigued artists, story-tellers and theologians alike. This quantity is a set of articles on those traditions, written by way of the various ideal students within the box. the amount comprises components. within the first half G.A. Anderson and M.E. Stone, shut collaborators for years, have mixed a couple of experiences at the wealthy number of Adam and Eve-traditions, from the "Life of Adam and Eve" onwards to past due medieval writings in Armenian. the second one half, edited by means of Joh. Tromp, involves papers learn on the 1998 Leiden symposium, and offers extra particularly with the "Life of Adam and Eve."

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The Age of Atheists: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God

By Peter Watson

A Publishers Weekly Best e-book of 2014

From considered one of England’s so much extraordinary highbrow historians comes “an exhilarating ride…that will stand the try out of time as a masterful account of” (The Boston Globe) one of many West’s most vital highbrow routine: Atheism.

In 1882, Friedrich Nietzche declared that “God is lifeless” and ever due to the fact that tens of millions of great, brave, considerate members have committed their artistic energies to devising how you can dwell with out God with self-reliance, invention, desire, wit, and exuberance. Now, for the 1st time, their tale is revealed.

A fascinating tale of contest, failure, and luck, The Age of Atheists sweeps up William James and the pragmatists; Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis; Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, and Albert Camus; the poets of worldwide struggle One and the novelists of worldwide warfare ; scientists, from Albert Einstein to Stephen Hawking; and the increase of the recent Atheists—Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens. it is a tale of braveness, of the millions of people who, occasionally at nice threat, dedicated super artistic energies to devising how you can fill a godless global with self-reliance, invention, desire, wit, and exuberance. Watson explains how atheism has advanced and divulges that the best artistic endeavors and literature, of technology and philosophy of the final century could be traced to the increase of secularism.

From Nietzsche to Daniel Dennett, Watson’s stirring highbrow background manages to take the innovative rules and massive questions of those nice minds and hobbies and clarify them, making the connections and ideas easy with no being simplistic. The Age of Atheists is “highly readable and immensely wide-ranging…For anyone who has puzzled concerning the that means of life…an spell binding and mind-expanding adventure” (The Washington Post).

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