Category: Christianity

Why I Am Not a Christian: Four Conclusive Reasons to Reject the Faith

By Richard Carrier

Dr. Richard provider, international popular thinker and historian, explains the 4 purposes he doesn't settle for the Christian faith, describing 4 evidence of the realm that, had they been various, he might think. he's short, transparent, and level-headed, masking the complete subject in below 90 pages of easy-to-read clarification. these 4 purposes are God's silence, God's inactivity, the shortcoming of proof, and how the universe appears to be like precisely like a godless universe may, and never in any respect like a Christian universe could, even all the way down to its very constitution. Dr. service addresses all of the ordinary replies to those claims, in methods it's possible you'll no longer have heard earlier than, counting on his broad event in debating and learning those matters around the globe for greater than fifteen years. an ideal ebook to introduce your self, or your mates, to why fewer informed everyone is embracing Christianity than ever earlier than. perfect for handing out to door-to-door missionaries.

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Life After Death: A History of the Afterlife in Western Religion

A magisterial paintings of social background, Life After Death illuminates the various other ways old civilizations grappled with the query of what precisely occurs to us when we die.

In a masterful exploration of the way Western civilizations have outlined the afterlife, Alan F. Segal weaves jointly biblical and literary scholarship, sociology, historical past, and philosophy. A popular student, Segal examines the maps of the afterlife present in Western non secular texts and divulges not just what a number of cultures believed yet how their notions mirrored their societies’ realities and beliefs, and why these ideals replaced over the years. He continues that the afterlife is the reflect during which a society arranges its inspiration of the self. The composition procedure for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam begins in grief and leads to the victory of the self over death.

Arguing that during each non secular culture the afterlife represents the final word present for the great, Segal combines ancient and anthropological information with insights gleaned from spiritual and philosophical writings to give an explanation for the subsequent mysteries: why the Egyptians insisted on an afterlife in heaven, whereas the physique used to be embalmed in a tomb in the world; why the Babylonians seen the useless as dwelling in underground prisons; why the Hebrews remained silent approximately existence after dying throughout the interval of the 1st Temple, but embraced it in the second one Temple interval (534 B.C.E. –70 C.E.); and why Christianity put the afterlife within the middle of its trust method. He discusses the interior dialogues and arguments inside Judaism and Christianity, exhibiting the underlying dynamic in the back of them, in addition to the tips that mark the variations among the 2 religions. In a considerate exam of the impression of biblical perspectives of heaven and martyrdom on Islamic ideals, he deals a desirable viewpoint at the present troubling upward push of Islamic fundamentalism.

In tracing the natural, ancient relationships among sacred texts and groups of trust and evaluating the visions of lifestyles after dying that experience emerged all through background, Segal sheds a brilliant, revealing mild at the intimate connections among notions of the afterlife, the societies that produced them, and the individual’s look for the final word which means of lifestyles in the world.

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The Essential Kierkegaard

This is the main finished anthology of Søren Kierkegaard's works ever assembled in English. Drawn from the volumes of Princeton's authoritative Kierkegaard's Writings sequence via editors Howard and Edna Hong, the choices symbolize each significant element of Kierkegaard's striking profession. They demonstrate the robust mixture of philosophy, psychology, theology, and literary feedback that made Kierkegaard some of the most compelling writers of the 19th century and a shaping strength within the 20th. With an advent to Kierkegaard's writings as an entire and explanatory notes for every choice, this can be the fundamental one-volume advisor to a philosopher who replaced the process smooth highbrow history.

The anthology starts with Kierkegaard's early magazine entries and lines the improvement of his paintings chronologically to the ultimate The Changelessness of God. The publication offers beneficiant choices from all of Kierkegaard's landmark works, together with Either/Or, worry and Trembling, Works of Love, and The ailment unto Death, and attracts new awareness to a number of such lesser-known writings as Three Discourses on Imagined Occasions and The Lily of the sphere and the chicken of the Air. the decisions are rigorously selected to mirror the original personality of Kierkegaard's paintings, with its moving pseudonyms, its advanced dialogues, and its powerful blend of irony, satire, sermon, polemic, humor, and fiction. We see the esthetic, moral, and ethical-religious methods of existence in the beginning provided as discussion in parallel sequence of pseudonymous and signed works and later within the "second authorship" as direct tackle. And we see the topics that bind the complete jointly, particularly Kierkegaard's overarching challenge with, in his personal phrases, "What it capability to exist; . . . what it skill to be a human being."

Together, the choices give you the most sensible on hand advent to Kierkegaard's writings and express extra thoroughly than the other booklet why his paintings, in all its creativity, kind, and tool, keeps to talk so without delay at the present time to such a lot of readers round the world.

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Adam Smith's System of Liberty, Wealth, and Virtue: The Moral and Political Foundations of The Wealth of Nations

By Athol Fitzgibbons

This e-book examines the impact that Adam Smith's philosophy had on his economics, drawing at the overlooked elements of Smith's writings to teach that the political and financial theories equipped logically on his morals. It analyses the importance of his stoic ideals, his notions of artwork and song, astronomy, philosophy and struggle, and indicates that Smith's invisible hand used to be a part of a `system' that used to be intended to exchange medieval Christianity with an ethic of advantage during this global instead of the subsequent.
Smith was once influenced essentially through a political perfect, an ethical model of liberalism. He rejected the political philosophy of the Greeks and Christians as authoritarian and unworldly, yet opposite to what many economists think, he additionally rejected the amoral liberalism that was once being recommended through his countryman and good friend David Hume. faraway from being myopic approximately self-love, Smith arrived at his theories of loose exchange, financial development, and alienation through his reinterpretation of Stoic advantage. Athol Fitzgibbons' account is obviously written, and its recommendations display the hitherto hidden harmony in Smith's overarching process of morals, politics and economics.

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The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church [...]

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Killing History: Jesus in the No-Spin Zone

By Robert M. Price

Killing Jesus, the bestselling blockbuster through invoice O'Reilly, claims to be a in basic terms old account of the occasions within the lifetime of Jesus major as much as his crucifixion. New testomony student Robert M. rate (a member of the Jesus Seminar) indicates how unfounded this declare is during this severe evaluation of O'Reilly's paintings. actually, he judges the publication to be the #1 resource of incorrect information on Jesus this present day. Ignoring over 100 years of latest testomony scholarship, O'Reilly and his coauthor, Martin Dugard, have produced what rate describes as a Christian ancient mystery that performs quickly and unfastened with the proof.

Price is going in the course of the key occasions of Jesus’ later lifestyles as defined within the gospels and retold in Killing Jesus, painstakingly displaying in every one case what students be aware of and don’t understand. utilizing humor, down-to-earth analogies, and witty sarcasm—not in contrast to O’Reilly’s personal interview style—Price makes it transparent that O’Reilly’s e-book is extra ancient novel than a piece of great historical past. via cobbling jointly the 4 gospel tales, ignoring the contradictions, and including lots of quasi-historical historical past elaborations, O’Reilly and Dugard have created an excellent narrative that resonates with loads of Christians. interesting examining this can be, yet background it truly is not.

Killing History offers lay readers with an obtainable advent to New testomony scholarship whereas displaying the numerous difficulties in O’Reilly’s e-book.

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The Gospel of Philip: Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and the Gnosis of Sacred Union

A brand new translation and research of 1 of the main arguable of the apocryphal gospels

• Emphasizes an initiatic marriage among the female and male ideas because the center of the Christian secret

• Bears witness to the actual dating shared by means of Jesus and Mary Magdalene

• Translated from the Coptic and analyzed by means of the writer of the bestselling The Gospel of Mary Magdalene (over 90,000 bought)

The mainstream place of the Christian church on sexuality used to be probably most sensible summed up by way of Pope blameless III (1160-1216) while he said that “the sexual act is so shameful that it really is intrinsically evil.” one other Christian theologian maintained that the “Holy Ghost is absent from the room shared by way of a wedded couple.” What Philip documents in his gospel is that Christ acknowledged exactly the contrary: The nuptial chamber is in truth the holy of holies. For Philip the holy trinity contains the female presence. God is the daddy, the Holy Ghost is the mum, and Jesus is the Son. Neither guy nor lady by myself is created within the picture of God. it's only of their courting with one another--the sacred include within which they percentage the divine breath--that they resemble God.

The Gospel of Philip is better recognized for its portrayal of the actual dating shared by means of Jesus and his so much cherished disciple, Mary of Magdala. since it ran counter to the path of the Church, which condemned the “works of the flesh,” Philip’s gospel used to be suppressed and misplaced until eventually rediscovered at Nag Hammadi in 1947. Orthodox theologian Jean-Yves Leloup’s translation from the Coptic and his research of this gospel are offered the following for the 1st time in English. What emerges from this crucial resource textual content is a recovery of the sacred initiatic union among the female and male ideas that used to be on the middle of Christianity’s sacred secret.

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Christianity and Culture: The Idea of a Christian Society and Notes Towards the Definition of Culture

By T. S. Eliot

Lengthy essays: “The inspiration of a Christian Society” (on the course of non secular inspiration towards feedback of political and financial structures) and “Notes in the direction of the Definition of Culture” (on tradition, its which means, and the risks threatening the legacy of the Western world).

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Good and Evil

By Lacey Deaver

A haunting tale of selections and outcomes, darkness and lightweight, and males top very diverse lives. One guy is a ruthless, calculating businessman who has effectively equipped up a company empire at the backs of these he has trod into the airborne dirt and dust to accomplish his ambitions. Unwavering and devoted in his occupation, Jack Krantz is familiar with the bits and bobs of the enterprise global, yet ignores the vacancy in his personal center. he'll do whatever to arrive his definition of luck, together with swindling his ex-partner and good friend, Tyler Emerson, out of his livelihood. Bowed by way of sorrow and beleaguered with monetary concerns, in addition to taking care of his sister in the house they've been threatened to lose, Tyler watches as not just his lifestyles crumbles round him, yet his outdated good friend is wasting his soul.

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