Atheism Explained: From Folly to Philosophy (Ideas Explained)

By David Ramsay Steele

Atheism Explained explores the claims made either for and opposed to the lifestyles of God. at the professional aspect: that the wonders of the area can merely be defined via an clever writer; that the universe needed to begin someplace; telepathy, out-of-body reports, and different paranormal phenomena show the life of a spirit international; and that those that adventure God without delay offer facts as genuine as any actual discovering. After disputing those arguments via calm, cautious feedback, writer David Ramsay Steele offers the explanations why God can't exist: mammoth, appalling evils; the impossibility of omniscience; and the mindless idea that God is a considering brain with no mind. He additionally explores debatable subject matters reminiscent of clever layout, the facility of prayer, faith with out God, and even if a trust in God makes humans happier and more healthy. Steele’s rational, easy-to-understand prose is helping readers shape their very own conclusions approximately this ceaselessly thorny topic.

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101 Myths of the Bible: How Ancient Scribes Invented Biblical History

By Gary Greenberg

In his startling e-book, Gary Greenberg exposes the truth in the back of the best tale ever informed. find out about the Egyptian myths and historical folklore that live to tell the tale in a single of history's such a lot sacred texts, and notice how:

-King David's bodyguard, now not David, killed Goliath
-Noah's Ark didn't land on Mount Ararat
-Samson didn't pull down a Philistine temple
-There are at the least models of the 10 Commandments
-The partitions of Jericho have been destroyed three hundred years sooner than Joshua arrived there
-Sodom and Gomorrah have been legendary towns that by no means existed
-The tale of Esther had not anything to do with the Jews of Persia
-And a lot, a lot more

101 Myths of the Bible offers a brand new size of religious study for believers, historians and a person who has ever puzzled in regards to the evidence in the back of the legends. through taking a look deeper into historical past, Greenberg indicates that the genuine tale makes the Bible extra attention-grabbing than ever imagined!

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The No-Nonsense Guide to Religion (No-Nonsense Guides)

By Symon Hill

Religion is a time period that's usually utilized in the media and public existence with none explanation. although, it's a notice that encompasses thousands of other ideals. it's a loaded note that has a unique which means for everyone; faith may be obvious as a resource of warfare and peace, love and hate, discussion and narrow-mindedness.

Symon Hill’s No-Nonsense advisor to Religion attempts to provide an explanation for what faith potential, how we relate to it, the way it used to be created, and the way it impacts us culturally, politically, and spiritually today.

Drawing on quite a lot of resources, The No-Nonsense consultant to Religion doesn't simply be aware of the preferred and well-established traditions, which in most cases over-emphasize robust figures. The consultant additionally makes a speciality of the range inside religions in addition to the similarities among them.

The globalization of communications has made extra humans conscious of spiritual conversion, with extra humans than ever ahead of belonging to another non secular group from their mom and dad. The No-Nonsense advisor to Religion considers how faith has formed our tradition in addition to how our tradition is shaping faith today.

Symon Hill is a instruct in useful theology, a author, a coach, and an activist. He has written remark items for newspapers starting from the Sunday Herald to The Daily Mail and contributes usually to the Guardian's website, The Friend, and Ekklesia.

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Dynamics of Faith (Perennial Classics)

By Paul Tillich

One of the best books ever written at the topic, Dynamics of Faithis a primer within the philosophy of faith. Paul Tillich, a number one theologian of the 20 th century, explores the belief of religion in all its dimensions, whereas defining the idea that within the process.

This sleek and obtainable quantity encompasses a new creation by means of Marion Pauck, Tillich's biographer.

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Questioning the Bible: 11 Major Challenges to the Bible's Authority

By Jonathan Morrow

The Bible is the main influential booklet in human background. But what are we presupposed to do with it within the twenty first century? or even extra importantly, can it nonetheless be depended on because the note of God?

Confusion and doubt concerning the Bible have gotten as universal contained in the church as they're open air. Questions come from all sides:

  • Is the Bible anti-intellectual?
  • Has the biblical textual content been corrupted over the centuries?
  • Who fairly selected the books of the Bible and why?
  • Which interpretation of the Bible is correct?
  • Are the gospels filled with contradictions?

There are an unheard of quantity of refined assaults at the foundation, credibility, and reliability of the Bible at the present time. Secularism has attempted to undercut even the opportunity of religious or ethical wisdom. Skepticism towards institutional faith is at an all-time high.

Yet, the Bible claims that fact is knowable and God is actively taken with our world.

What are we to do?

Pray for knowledge. imagine truly. choose up your Bible. learn in the course of the eleven significant demanding situations offered in those pages. And be ready.

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A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband "Master"

By Rachel Held Evans

What is “biblical womanhood” . . . really? 

Strong-willed and self sufficient, Rachel Held Evans couldn’t stitch a button on a shirt earlier than she launched into a thorough existence experiment—a yr of biblical womanhood. Intrigued through the traditionalist resurgence that led lots of her buddies to desert their careers to imagine conventional gender roles in the house, Evans comes to a decision to aim it for herself, vowing to take the entire Bible’s directions for ladies as actually as attainable for a 12 months.  

Pursuing a distinct advantage every month, Evans learns the demanding manner that her quest for biblical womanhood calls for greater than a “gentle and quiet spirit” (1 Peter 3:4). It capacity starting to be out her hair, making her personal outfits, overlaying her head, obeying her husband, emerging prior to sunrise, abstaining from gossip, final silent in church, or even tenting within the entrance backyard in the course of her period. 

See what occurs while a completely smooth lady starts off relating her husband as “master” and “praises him on the urban gate” with a do-it-yourself signal. research the insights she gets from an ongoing correspondence with an Orthodox Jewish lady, and discover what she discovers from her exchanges with a polygamist spouse.  Join her as she wrestles with tough passages of scripture that painting misogyny and violence opposed to women. 

With simply the fitting mix of humor and perception, compassion and incredulity, A 12 months of Biblical Womanhood is an workout in scriptural exploration and religious contemplation. What does God really anticipate of ladies, and is there rather a prescription for biblical womanhood? Come in addition to Evans as she seems for solutions within the wealthy historical past of biblical heroines, versions of grace, and all-around ladies of valor. 

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Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief

"Marvelously humorous and provocative."―Publishers Weekly

Why do 70 percentage of american citizens think in angels, whereas others are confident that they have been kidnapped by means of extraterrestrial beings? What makes humans think in inconceivable issues while all of the proof issues on the contrary? and do not just about all people, at it slow or one other, have interaction in magical thinking?In Six most unlikely issues prior to Breakfast, evolutionary biologist Lewis Wolpert delves into the real and well timed debate over the character of trust, its mental foundations to find simply what evolutionary objective it may well serve. Wolpert takes us via all that technology can let us know in regards to the ideals we think are instinctive. He deftly explores forms of belief―those of youngsters, of the spiritual, and of these struggling with psychiatric disorders―and he asks if it is attainable to stay with out trust, or if it is an important part of a functioning society.

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The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith

“From one of many brightest of the hot iteration of Mormon-studies students comes a crisp, enticing account of the religion’s history.”—The Wall road Journal
With Mormonism at the nation’s radar as by no means sooner than, spiritual historian Matthew Bowman has written a necessary booklet that pulls again the curtain on greater than a hundred and eighty years of Mormon heritage and doctrine. He recounts the church’s origins and explains how the Mormon imaginative and prescient has evolved—and with it the esteem within which Mormons were held within the eyes in their countrymen. in demand at the one hand as hardworking paragons of relatives values, Mormons have additionally been derided as oddballs and persecuted as polygamists, heretics, and zealots. where of Mormonism in public lifestyles maintains to generate heated debate, but the religion hasn't ever been extra renowned. one of many fastest-growing religions on this planet, it keeps an uneasy experience of its dating with the most line of yank culture.
Mormons would certainly play a fair larger function in American civic lifestyles within the years forward. The Mormon People comes as an important addition to the corpus of yank spiritual history—a frank and balanced demystification of a religion that is still a secret for many.
“Fascinating and fair-minded . . . a sweeping soup-to-nuts primer on Mormonism.”—The Boston Globe
“A cogent, sensible, and significant account of a religion that has been a huge aspect in American background yet remained unusually misunderstood.”—Michael Beschloss
“A thorough, stimulating rendering of the Mormon prior and present.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[A] shrewdpermanent, lucid history.”—Tom Brokaw

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism (2nd Edition)

By Linda Johnsen

A new examine an historical religion.

The whole Idiot's Guide® to Hinduism, moment Edition, includes up-to-date and elevated info on how the faith built from its very fragmented origins, the elemental Hindu ideals, and the a number of Hindu deities, in addition to the sociological elements of the faith together with ethics, sacraments, nutritional conduct, the caste process, and masses extra.

? Hinduism is the third-largest faith on the earth, with over 765 million fans world wide

? up-to-date info at the kingdom of Hinduism today

? An exploration of the Hindu paths to enlightenment together with karma yoga, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga, tantra and laya yoga

? elevated info at the Hindu Reformation

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