The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth

By Barbara Mor

This vintage exploration of the Goddess via time and through the international attracts on non secular, cultural, and archaeological assets to recreate the Goddess faith that's humanity’s history. Now, with a brand new advent and full-color paintings, this passionate and critical textual content exhibits much more basically that the faith of the Goddess--which is tied to the cycles of women’s our bodies, the seasons, the levels of the moon, and the fertility of the earth--was the unique faith of all humanity.

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Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism

By Susan Jacoby

"Jacoby accomplishes her job with readability, thoroughness, and an enticing passion."
-Los Angeles occasions booklet Review

At a time whilst the separation of church and country is lower than assault as by no means prior to, Freethinkers deals a robust safety of the secularist background that gave americans the 1st executive on this planet based no longer at the authority of faith yet at the bedrock of human cause. In impassioned, based prose, celebrated writer Susan Jacoby strains greater than 200 years of secularist activism, starting with the fierce debate over the omission of God from the structure. relocating from nineteenth-century abolitionism and suffragism throughout the 20th century's civil liberties, civil rights, and feminist routine, Freethinkers illuminates the overlooked achievements of secularists who, allied with tolerant believers, have led the conflict for reform some time past and today.

Rich with such iconic figures as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Paine, and the once-famous Robert eco-friendly Ingersoll, Freethinkers restores to historical past the passionate humanists who struggled opposed to those that could undermine the combo of secular govt and non secular liberty that's the glory of the yank system.

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The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption

By Kathryn Joyce

When Jessie Hawkins’ followed daughter informed her she had one other mother again in Ethiopia, Jessie didn’t, firstly, be aware of what to imagine. She’d sought after her adoption to be nice tale a couple of baby who wanted a house and received one, and a relations led by means of God to undertake. as a substitute, she felt like she’d performed whatever wrong.

Adoption has lengthy been enmeshed within the politics of reproductive rights, pitched as a “win-win” compromise within the unending abortion debate. yet as Kathryn Joyce makes transparent in The baby Catchers, adoption has in recent times develop into much more entangled within the conservative Christian agenda.

To thousands and thousands of evangelicals, adoption is a brand new entrance within the tradition wars: a attempt of “pro-life” bona fides, a manner for born back Christians to reinvent compassionate conservatism at the international degree, and a method to meet the “Great fee” mandate to evangelize the international locations. Influential leaders fervently advertise a brand new “orphan theology,” urging fans to undertake en masse, with little idea for the households those “orphans” might already have.
Conservative evangelicals regulate a lot of that via an infrastructure of adoption organisations, ministries, political lobbying teams, and publicly-supported “crisis being pregnant centers,” which persuade girls not only to “choose life,” yet to decide on adoption. out of the country, conservative Christians preside over a spiraling boom-bust adoption industry in international locations the place individuals are negative and rules vulnerable, and the place hefty adoption charges supply plenty of incentive to extend the “supply” of adoptable kids, recruiting “orphans” from intact yet susceptible families.

The baby Catchers is a stunning exposé of what the adoption has develop into and the way it received there, advised via deep investigative reporting and the heartbreaking tales of people who turned collateral harm in a industry pushed via revenue and, now, pulpit command.

Anyone who seeks to adopt—of no matter what religion or no religion, and besides the fact that well-meaning—is plagued by the evangelical adoption flow, whether or not they realize it or no longer. The move has formed the way in which we predict approximately adoption, the language we use to debate it, the locations we search to undertake from, and the rules and legislation that govern the method. In The baby Catchers, Kathryn Joyce unearths with nice sensitivity and empathy why, if we really take care of youngsters, we have to see extra truly.  

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Christ in the Life and Teaching of Gregory of Nazianzus (Oxford Early Christian Studies)

Christ within the existence and educating of Gregory of Nazianzus is the 1st full-length publication dedicated to an summary of the Christology of this fourth-century Father of the Church. Andrew Hofer examines the breadth of Gregory's corpus--orations, letters, and poems (often missed in doctrinal studies)--to argue that Gregory's writing on Christ should be top understood in tandem along with his autobiography.

This research starts with an articulation of Gregory's theology of the notice during which phrases come from the notice who grew to become incarnate. Hofer then deals an in depth studying of ways Gregory writes to or approximately Christ within the poetry referred to as "on himself." inside of a three-part examine of "autobiographical Christology," Hofer explores the philosophical heritage of Gregory's rhetoric for what he calls the "mixtures" of Christ and himself. He then elucidates this autobiographical situation in Gregory's famous Ep. a hundred and one, a landmark textual content within the Christological controversies. Thirdly, Hofer considers how Gregory celebrates the mysteries of Christ within the festal orations. ahead of the book's epilogue, a bankruptcy describes how Gregory wrote of Christ for his pastoral ministry. during the paintings, Hofer demonstrates the significance in Gregory's writings of the language of mixing (such as within the Greek observe krasis, rejected via the Council of Chalcedon to explain the Incarnation). This e-book therefore bargains a special viewpoint at the one referred to as "the Theologian" in Chalcedon's acts and in next Christian tradition.

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Dans l'ombre des cathédrales

By Robert Ambelin

Réédition d'un ouvrage publié en 1939, ce titre du célèbre érudit est une étude exemplaire de l'ésotérisme architectural et décoratif de Notre-dame de Paris, dans ses rapports avec le symbolisme hermétique, les doctrines secrètes, l'astrologie, los angeles magie et l'alchimie.
Dans l'Ombre des Cathédrales est une oeuvre a fait couler beaucoup d'encre, mais elle révèle malgré tout l'érudition de ce "cherchant" de 32 ans, qui devait devenir un Maître de l'ésotérisme par l. a. suite. Cet ouvrage est le creuset de toutes les idées de Robert Ambelain et il y a des issues extrêmement importants qui ne peuvent pas être développés dans une préface, mais qui sont explicités par l"auteur dans los angeles suite de son oeuvre magistrale de fifty two ouvrages. Il a en outre rédigé beaucoup d"articles pour les announcements internes de Memphis-Misraïm et pour de nombreuses autres revues (sans compter ses conférences publiques ou privées).
« Dans l'Ombre des Cathédrales » est un de ses ouvrages fondamentaux. Souhaitons que d'autres ouvrages du même auteur soient réédités.
En synthèse, Robert Ambelain a marqué le XXe siècle de l'occultisme, il fut, répétons-le, le véritable Maître de ces nouveaux « Compagnons de l. a. Hiérophanie ».
« Dans l'Ombre des Cathédrales » préfigure déjà los angeles démarche initiatique qu'il devait mener ultérieurement. C'est pourquoi il convient de lui accorder une très grande consciousness. C'est un livre fondamental pour ceux qui veulent évoluer sur le sentier de l. a. connaissance, avec méthodologie, prudence et sagesse.

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Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution

By Diana Butler Bass

The headlines are transparent: faith is at the decline in the United States as many folks go away at the back of conventional non secular practices. Diana Butler Bass, major commentator on faith, politics, and tradition, follows up her acclaimed ebook Christianity After Religion through arguing that what seems to be a decline really signs a huge transformation in how humans comprehend and adventure God. The far-off God of traditional faith has given technique to a extra intimate feel of the sacred that's with us on this planet. This shift, from a vertical figuring out of God to a God came upon at the horizons of nature and human neighborhood, is on the middle of a non secular revolution that surrounds us – and that's demanding not just non secular associations yet political and social ones as well.

Grounded explores this cultural flip as Bass unpacks how everyone is discovering new non secular flooring by way of learning and embracing God all over the global round us—in the soil, the water, the sky, in our houses and neighborhoods, and within the worldwide commons. religion isn't any longer a question of mountaintop adventure or institutional perform; as a substitute, individuals are connecting with God in the course of the atmosphere during which we are living. Grounded courses readers via our modern religious habitat because it issues out and can pay recognition to the ways that humans event a God who animates production and community.

Bass brings her realizing of the most recent study and reviews and her deep wisdom of background and theology to Grounded. She cites information, tendencies, information, and dad tradition, weaves in non secular texts and historic traditions, and pulls all of it jointly via tales of her personal and others' non secular trips. Grounded observes and stories an intensive switch within the means many folks comprehend God and the way they perform religion. In doing so, Bass invitations readers to affix this rising non secular revolution, discover a revitalized expression of religion, and alter the world.

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The Koran

The Koran, the holy scripture of Islam, is the checklist of Muhammad's oral educating added among the years instantly previous the hegira in advert 622 and the Prophet's loss of life in advert 632.

It has exerted untold impression upon heritage of mankind. except its in particular non secular content material, inspiring the victorious hands of Islam all through giant components of Asia, Africa and southern Europe, it was once the place to begin of a brand new literary and philosophical flow which powerfully affected the main cultivated minds between either Christians and Jews within the center a long time; and the circulate inaugurated has ended in a number of the most interesting items of genius and learning.

Alan Jones has restored the normal ordering of the Suras permitting the reader to track the advance of the Prophet's brain from the early flush of idea to his later roles of warrior, baby-kisser and founding father of empire.

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Imagining the Fetus the Unborn in Myth, Religion, and Culture (Cultural Criticism)

In modern Western tradition, the observe "fetus" introduces both a political topic or a literal, medicalized entity. Neither of those frameworks does justice to the mammoth array of spiritual literature and oral traditions from cultures around the globe within which the fetus emerges as a robust image or metaphor. This quantity provides essays that discover the depiction of the fetus within the world's significant spiritual traditions, discovering a few outstanding commonalities in addition to exciting adjustments. one of the topics that emerge is the tendency to conceive of the fetus as someway self reliant of the mother's physique -- as when it comes to the Buddha, who's defined as inhabiting a palace whereas gestating within the womb. however, the fetus may also symbolically signify profound human wishes and feelings, resembling the common adventure of vulnerability. The authors be aware how the appearance of the fetal sonogram has reworked how humans in all places think the unborn this day, giving upward thrust to a slim variety of decidedly literal questions on personhood, gender, and disability.

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American Buddhism as a Way of Life

The U.S. appears changing into a Buddhist nation. superstar converts, the recognition of the Dalai Lama, motifs in renowned video clips, and mala beads on the mall point out an expanding inculcation of Buddhism into the yank realization, whether a comparatively small percent of the inhabitants truly describe themselves as Buddhists. This booklet seems past the trendier manifestations of Buddhism in the USA to examine surprisingly American Buddhist methods of life—ways of perceiving and knowing. John Whalen-Bridge and Gary Storhoff have geared up this detailed assortment according to the Buddhist thought of the 3 Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.

The Buddha part discusses the 2 key lecturers who popularized Buddhism in the United States: Alan Watts and D. T. Suzuki and the actual forms of spirituality they proclaimed. The Dharma part bargains with how Buddhism can enlighten present public debates and a attention of our nationwide earlier with explorations of bioethics, abortion, end-of-life judgements, and recognition in past due capitalism. the ultimate part at the Sangha, or group of believers, discusses how Buddhist groups either formal and casual have affected American society with chapters on family members existence, Nisei Buddhists, homosexual liberation, and Zen gardens.

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Boundaries of Faith: Catholics and Protestants in the Diocese of Geneva (Early Modern Studies, Volume 5)

By Jill Fehleison

On the political and non secular crossroads the place John Calvin and the Protestant Reformation had taken carry, the Catholic diocese of Geneva struggled to transform their Protestant associates again to the Church whereas keeping a practice of piety and a company disciplinary hand. This serious examine examines the good fortune of Catholic counter-reform in key rural villages and appears on the major function performed by means of Bishop François de revenues, who had the weird problem of facing the 2 political gurus of Savoy and France. Drawing from a wealth of basic resources, together with visitation files of bishops and different diocesan records, Jill Fehleison contributes to our knowing of early glossy Catholicism because it addressed the demanding situations of coexisting with Protestantism.

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