Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), Benedictine monk and the second one Norman archbishop of Canterbury, is thought of as probably the most very important philosophers and theologians of the center a long time. The essays during this quantity discover all his significant philosophical and theological principles, together with his teachings on religion and cause, God's life and nature, good judgment, freedom, fact, ethics, and key Christian doctrines. in addition they conceal his lifestyles, the resources of his notion, and his impact on different thinkers.
Moses ben Maimon, recognized to English conversing audiences as Maimonides (1138-1204), represents the excessive aspect of Jewish rationalism within the heart a long time and performed a pivotal function within the transition of philosophical curiosity from the Islamic East to the Christian West. His maximum philosophical paintings, The consultant of the puzzled had a decisive impression on all next Jewish inspiration and continues to be the topic of severe scholarly debate. The twelve essays during this quantity by way of famous students provide a entire interpretation of his existence and suggestion.
By Christopher Craig Brittain
Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno (1903-1969), the German sociologist and thinker used to be one of many highbrow leaders of the post-war Frankfurt institution. This ebook provides and analyzes Adorno's writings on theology and faith in a transparent and available demeanour. it truly is exact at higher point undergraduate and postgraduate scholars, and won't presuppose any familiarity with Adorno. The e-book features a common creation to Adorno's inspiration, and examines his courting with the paintings of Walter Benjamin and Jewish theology, his war of words with clinical positivism (Karl Popper), and his feedback of the "Culture undefined" and beliefs. All of those issues are explored with cognizance to how they have interaction with modern debates inside of theology. this can be complete via bringing Adorno's paintings into discussion with significant matters and authors. the quantity concludes by way of highlighting a frequently missed point of Adorno's writing - his philosophy of song - and the way this aesthetic appreciation of the elegant informs modern theological mirrored image.
By Pink Dandelion
This is the ideal introductory advisor to the historical past and concepts of the Quakers, one of many world's such a lot interesting and enigmatic non secular teams. rising in England within the 1650s as an intensive sect demanding the established order, the Quakers at the moment are most sensible recognized for his or her anti-slavery actions, their principled stance opposed to battle, and their pioneering paintings in penal reform. recognized Quakers contain Thomas Paine, Walt Whitman, Lucretia Mott, Herbert Hoover, James Dean, Judi Dench, and A.S. Byatt. And whereas the crowd nonetheless keeps a particular worship option to in attaining an instantaneous come upon with God, which has been on the middle of the circulate in view that its starting, Quakers this day are hugely varied: a few perform a protestant evangelicalism, others aren't any longer Christian. during this generously illustrated publication, red Dandelion, the top professional on Quaker reviews, attracts at the most up-to-date scholarship to chart the historical past of the sect and its present-day variety world wide, exploring its new angle to worship, trust, theology and language, and ecumenism. It concludes via putting the Quakers within the wider spiritual photo and predicting its future.
About the Series: Oxford's Very brief Introductions bargains concise and unique introductions to a variety of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, and Literary idea to historical past. now not easily a textbook of definitions, every one quantity presents trenchant and provocative--yet constantly balanced and complete--discussions of the relevant concerns in a given subject. each Very brief advent supplies a readable evolution of the topic in query, demonstrating the way it has built and prompted society. regardless of the region of analysis, regardless of the subject that fascinates the reader, the sequence has a convenient and reasonable advisor that would most likely end up indispensable.
Development and Religion explores how the world's 5 significant religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam - comprehend and perform 'development' via an exam in their sacred texts, social instructing and simple ideals.
spiritual trust is a typical human attribute with 80 percentage of the world's inhabitants professing non secular religion. Observable in all societies, non secular trust is pervasive, profound, persuasive and protracted. the idea of this ebook is that regardless of this, faith has lengthy been missed inside of mainstream improvement paradigms and via improvement practitioners (both in the community and on the overseas point) leading to sub-optimal improvement results. Matthew Clarke argues that every faith bargains beneficial insights into numerous concerns referring to improvement that are meant to be thought of via donors, NGOs, and others looking to enhance the lives of the terrible.
Undergraduates and postgraduate scholars of improvement reviews, non secular experiences and theology will gratefully welcome this very popular book.
Contents: Foreword by means of Katherine Marshall; Preface; 1. the faith - improvement Nexus; 2. Hinduism - Dharma and lively Citizenship; three. Buddhism - a center means for improvement; four. Judaism - A Cry for Justice; five. Christianity - improvement as an alternative for the negative; 6. Islam: Equality and motion; 7. end; References; Index
By Debbie J. Christensen
In 1852, sisters in a small village in England spoke back to the message of Mormon missionaries and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Julia Hill was once nineteen years outdated, and her sister, Emily, used to be simply 16. After operating and saving their cash for 4 extra years, they made their approach to the United States and joined the Willie handcart corporation for the exhausting trip to the Salt Lake Valley. confronted with exhaustion, hunger, publicity, or even loss of life, they bolstered each other and intensified their get to the bottom of. by myself they might fail, yet jointly they can be triumphant and live.
Emily later wrote a poem approximately her adventure, which has been set to track and sung by means of aid Society sisters worldwide. however the tale of that hymn, "As Sisters in Zion," is greater than the event of 2 sisters. at the back of this famous track lies a desirable, little-known tale of the sisters, own name to "comfort the weary and improve the weak."
By Damien Keown
This Very brief creation bargains readers an excellent evaluation of the lessons of the Buddha, in addition to a succinct consultant to the mixing of Buddhism into lifestyle. What are the precise good points of Buddhism? Who used to be the Buddha, and what are his teachings? phrases reminiscent of "karma" and "nirvana" have entered our vocabulary, yet what do they suggest? Damien Keown offers a full of life, informative reaction to those commonly asked questions on Buddhism. As he sheds gentle into how Buddhist suggestion constructed over the centuries, Keown additionally highlights how modern dilemmas will be confronted from a Buddhist point of view.
In the second one variation Keown offers new views on Buddhist inspiration, together with updated fabric in regards to the evolution of Buddhism all through Asia, the cloth tradition of Buddhism and its value, new teachings at the ethics of warfare and peace, and adjustments to ethnicity, type, and gender.
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Oxford's Very brief Introductions sequence deals concise and unique introductions to a variety of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary thought to historical past, and Archaeology to the Bible. now not easily a textbook of definitions, each one quantity during this sequence offers trenchant and provocative--yet constantly balanced and complete--discussions of the significant matters in a given self-discipline or box. each Very brief creation offers a readable evolution of the topic in query, demonstrating how the topic has constructed and the way it has stimulated society. finally, the sequence will surround each significant educational self-discipline, supplying all scholars an available and ample reference library. regardless of the zone of analysis that one deems very important or attractive, regardless of the subject that fascinates the overall reader, the Very brief Introductions sequence has a convenient and reasonable consultant that may most likely turn out indispensable.