The Production of Prophecy: Constructing Prophecy and by Diana V. Edelman, Ehud Ben Zvi

By Diana V. Edelman, Ehud Ben Zvi

The editors have equipped a long term learn application on Israel and the creation and Reception of Authoritative Books within the Persian and Hellenistic sessions on the Annual assembly of the eu organization of bible study. the 1st introduced subject of enquiry was once the development of prophecy and prophetic books through the Persian interval, for which committed classes have been held on the EABS conferences in 2006 and 2007. the current quantity comprises revised models of the shows made via Rainer Albertz, Ehud Ben Zvi, Philip R. Davies, Diana Edelman, Erhard S. Gerstenberger, Ernst Axel Knauf, Thomas C. Romer, and Rannfrid I. Thelle. the final photograph that emerges from the quantity is that of biblical prophecy as a written phenomenon, even though probably open to chose public readings. the connection among prophetic and different authoritative written texts (e.g., the e-book of Kings, the Deuteronomistic historical past) is explored, in addition to the overall social and ideological environment within which the prophetic books emerged. the quantity offers with the development of pictures of prophets of the prior and relates them to the overall building of the earlier in Yehud. It comprises either normal, methodological and comparative contributions and reports on specific issues/books (e.g., Deutero-Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos and Jonah).

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Beyond Mere Christianity: C. S. Lewis and the Betrayal of by Brandon Toropov

By Brandon Toropov

The e-book is named past Mere Christianity for 2 purposes. First, in line with C.S. Lewis' influential 1952 paintings, Mere Christianity, which stands as a masterpiece of Christian apologetics. the second one cause, maybe much less noticeable, is case should be made, according to present, dependable Gospel scholarship, that Jesus was once calling his humans to the Salvation that lies past the worship of the in basic terms created, the Salvation that is predicated as an alternative at the direct worship of the author. i feel emphatically that the actual phrases of Jesus invite us to maneuver past what's conventionally understood as Christianity for this Salvation.

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The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails by John W. Loftus, Dan Barker

By John W. Loftus, Dan Barker

Foreword by way of Dan Barker

In this anthology of modern criticisms geared toward the reasonableness of Christian trust, former evangelical minister and apologist John W. Loftus, writer of the severely acclaimed Why I grew to become an Atheist, has assembled fifteen remarkable articles by way of major skeptics, increasing on topics brought in Loftus's first book.

Central is a safeguard of Loftus's "outsider's attempt of faith," arguing that believers should still try out their religion with an identical skeptical criteria they use to guage the opposite faiths they reject, as though they have been outsiders. specialists in drugs, psychology, and anthropology subscribe to Loftus to teach in 4 chapters why, while this attempt is utilized to Christianity, it turns into very tricky to rationally defend.

Three chapters stick with that exhibit mistakes and superstitions during the Bible, making any declare of the Bible being God's note approximately very unlikely to maintain. Then chapters divulge the immorality of the biblical God, with an leading edge argument from animal agony, and a cogent respond to Christians who try and shield the depravity of the Bible's God. 3 chapters then concentrate on why it's unreasonable to think that Jesus is the risen son of God.

Finally, 3 renowned Christian claims are dispatched. The participants exhibit why Christianity doesn't give you the foundation for morality, atheism used to be no longer the explanation Hitler murdered such a lot of, and Christianity was once no longer chargeable for sleek technological know-how. jointly, those articles exhibit that well known Christian ideals are inclined to depend on lack of expertise of the facts.

Drawing jointly specialists in diversified fields, together with Hector Avalos, Richard service, David Eller, and Robert rate, The Christian Delusion bargains a strong blow opposed to Christian religion.

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Christianophobia by Rupert Shortt

By Rupert Shortt

The purpose of this booklet is twofold: One is to counter the large weight of column inches being spent at the perceived, and real, persecution of Islam. the second one is to show up the amount at the aspect of Christians instead of Atheists (a place which has been underpinned so vociferously through Dawkins et al in contemporary times). in truth there were - and nonetheless are - many poor tales of homicide, oppression and persecution of Christians world wide, in East Timor, Burma, Egypt, China, Iran, and plenty of different international locations. the explanation we don't pay attention a lot approximately them, says the writer, is the terror of giving offence; the very fact younger Christians don't develop into radicalised; and persecuted Christians have a tendency to not reply with violence. but Christians are persecuted in higher numbers than the other worldwide non secular physique, and this truth is significantly under-recognised. It seems to be most likely interfaith family members could be an immense problem of the twenty first century, and concord among religions is calling beautiful distant. Why are faiths now so linked to violent clash? Why has the communications revolution had a deeper impression on Islam than on Christianity? Why is there a bent to affiliate Christianity with the West, and with overt/covert different types of colonialism? simply how insular and prejudiced are we within the West approximately Christians in another country?

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The Gospel of Thomas: The Gnostic Wisdom of Jesus by Jacob Needleman, Jean-Yves Leloup

By Jacob Needleman, Jean-Yves Leloup

One of many cache of codices and manuscripts came upon in Nag Hammadi, the Gospel of Thomas, not like the canonical gospels, doesn't comprise a story recording Christ's existence and prophecies. in its place it's a choice of his teachings--what he really stated. those 114 logia, or sayings, have been accrued by means of Judas Didymus Thomas, whom a few declare to be Jesus's closest disciple. No quicker was once this gospel exposed from the sands of higher Egypt than students and theologians started to bury it anew in a number 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 all of the gospel writers drew their fabric and idea.

In this new translation of the Gospel of Thomas, Jean-Yves Leloup indicates that the Jesus recorded through the "infinitely skeptical and infinitely believing" Thomas has a lot in universal with gnostics of non-dualistic faculties. Like them, Jesus preaches the arrival of a brand new guy, the genesis of the fellow of data. during this gospel, Jesus describes a trip from constrained to limitless recognition. The Jesus of Thomas invitations us to drink deeply from the good of information that lies inside, no longer in order that we could turn into reliable Christians yet so we may well reach the self-knowledge that would make each one people, too, a Christ.

Jean-Yves Leloup is the founding father of the Institute of different Civilization reviews and the overseas collage of Therapists. His different books comprise the bestselling The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and The Gospel of Philip. He lives in France.

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The Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus, John Wilson

By Desiderius Erasmus, John Wilson

Erasmus of Rotterdam wrote the essay The compliment of Folly in the course of every week at Sir Thomas More's property in Bucklersbury. He later sophisticated and prolonged the piece. In it he personifies Folly as a god, whose partners are likewise-personified sins and human weaknesses. His paintings criticizes the Catholic Church, and culminates in an announcement of Christian beliefs. Erasmus used to be a devoted Catholic, yet his textual content is taken into account a catalyst to the Protestant flow.

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Islam: Questions And Answers - Jurisprudence and Islamic by Muhammad, Saed Abdul-Rahman

By Muhammad, Saed Abdul-Rahman

This e-book, Jurisprudence and Islamic Rulings: common and Transactions - half 1, is the twenty-second quantity of a sequence of authoritative Islamic books entitled Islam: Questions And Answers.This quantity bargains with Spending on these less than one's accountability, presents and offers, Inheritance and distribution of the property, repayment, Borrowing Lending, playing, Rulings on misplaced estate, Illegitimate young ones, trusts, rate provided (Ja'aalah), Animal Rights, Slavery, Guardianship, illustration the general sequence talk about concerns appropriate to Islam, and current actual and trustworthy info according to the real ideals and practices of the Prophet (Peace and benefits of Allaah be upon Him) and his partners. The pursuits of many of the books include:(1) to coach and familiarize Muslims with quite a few features in their religion(2) to be a resource for directing humans to Islam(3) to help in fixing the social and private difficulties of the Muslims in an Islamic contextThe books are directed in the direction of Muslims and non-Muslims alike. topic parts comprise, yet are usually not constrained to, Islamic fiqh and jurisprudence, Islamic historical past, Islamic social legislation (including marriage, divorce, contracts, and inheritance), Islamic finance, simple tenets and aqeedah of the Islamic religion and tawheed, and Arabic grammar because it pertains to the Qur'an and Islamic texts.The books are compilations of questions and responses approximately Islam, from either Muslims and Non-Muslims. The responses are dealt with almost always through the world over re-nowned Islamic shaykhs and students, together with Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah, Ibn Katheer, al-Albaani, Shaykh Ibn Baaz, Ibn al-Jawzi, Ibn al-Qayyim, Al-'Izz ibn 'Abd al-Salaam, al-Nawawi, Shaykh 'Abd al-Kareem, al Khudayr, Al-Dhahabi, al -Qurtubi, Al-Sindi, al-Shawkaani and al-Bastawi utilizing merely actual, scholarly assets in accordance with the Qur'an and sunnah. References are supplied the place applicable within the responses.The publication presents the reader with pass references of alternative pertinent responses no longer inevitably within the related quantity, yet additionally in different volumes of the sequence. despite the fact that, each one quantity is entire in itself. The booklet documents adequately the solutions the contributing Sheikhs and students gave to the questions positioned to them..

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Mātr̥kā-bheda Tantram: A Book on the Ancient Indian Chemistry by Balaram Chakravarti

By Balaram Chakravarti

The Matrikabheda Tantra is a quick Kaula textual content which, even though, comprises a few attention-grabbing threads alluded to in just a number of different tantras. for instance, there are transparent references to alchemy, so linking this paintings to Indian texts of the Raseshvaras - Lords of the Rasa or the quintessence. It additionally in actual fact units out tools of meditation at the goddess as Kundalini on the root of the backbone, alludes to sexual suggestions of the Kaulas, to the pre-eminence of the guru, to Chandi, and descriptions the significance of creating temples, constructing tanks and the harmony of the various types of Shakti.

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