Category: Christianity

Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments, Volume 2 (Kierkegaard's Writings, Volume 12)

By Søren Kierkegaard

In Philosophical Fragments the pseudonymous writer Johannes Climacus explored the query: what's required so that it will transcend Socratic recollection of everlasting principles already possessed by way of the learner? Written as an afterword to this paintings, Concluding Unscientific Postscript is on one point a philosophical jest, but on one other it really is Climacus's characterization of the subjective thinker's relation to the reality of Christianity. right away ironic, funny, and polemical, this paintings takes at the "unscientific" kind of a mimical-pathetical-dialectical compilation of rules. while the flow within the previous pseudonymous writings is clear of the classy, the stream in Postscript is clear of speculative notion. Kierkegaard meant Postscript to be his concluding paintings as an writer. the next "second authorship" after The Corsair Affair made Postscript the turning aspect within the complete authorship. half one of many textual content quantity examines the reality of Christianity as an goal factor, half the subjective factor of what's concerned for the person in turning into a Christian, and the amount ends with an addendum during which Kierkegaard recognizes and explains his relation to the pseudonymous authors and their writings. the second one quantity includes the scholarly gear, together with a key to references and chosen entries from Kierkegaard's journals and papers.

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The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics

By Elaine Pagels

From the non secular historian whose The Gnostic Gospels gained either the nationwide e-book Award and the nationwide publication Critics Circle Award comes a dramatic interpretation of devil and his position at the Christian culture. With magisterial studying and the elan of a born storyteller, Pagels turns Satan's tale into an audacious exploration of Christianity's shadow aspect, within which the gospel of affection provides approach to irrational hatreds that proceed to hang-out Christians and non-Christians alike.

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Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough

By Jefferson Bethke

A ny instances BESTSELLER

Abandon lifeless, dry, rule-keeping and include the promise of being actually identified and deeply loved. 

Jefferson Bethke burst into the cultural dialog in 2012 with a passionate, provocative poem titled “Why I Hate faith, yet Love Jesus.” The 4-minute video actually grew to become an in a single day sensation, with 7 million YouTube perspectives in its first forty eight hours (and 23+ million in a year). The message blew up on social-media, triggering an avalanche of responses operating the gamut from inspired to enraged.

In Jesus > Religion, Bethke unpacks comparable contrasts that he drew within the poem—highlighting the variation among enamel gritting and style, legislation and love, functionality and peace, melancholy and desire. With fresh candor he delves into the incentive in the back of his message, starting with the unvarnished story of his personal plunge from the top of a works-based, fake-smile life that sapped his power and led him down a course of harmful behavior.

Bethke is fast to recognize that he’s now not a pastor or theologian, yet easily a customary, twenty-something who cried out for a lifestyles more than the single for which he had settled. alongside his trip, Bethke came upon the real Jesus, who beckoned him past the props of fake religion.

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BIBLE Find It: A Simple, Illustrated Guide to Key Events, Verses, Stories, and More

By Kent Keller, Jonathan Ziman

The place is that during the Bible? discover with Bible locate It—a totally illustrated consultant to the exciting humans, occasions, verses, and extra of scripture. This brand-new reference might help you determine key elements of God’s Word—big occasions, overheard prices, tales Jesus advised, favourite parents, and more—then exhibit you precisely the place they’re present in the Bible. exciting articles might help you realize these Bible proof in a bigger context, whereas the full-color illustrations will upload for your studying adventure. There’s even a enjoyable “Is that during the Bible?” part that may shock you!

Note: this is often the PDF utilized by the writer to print the paper e-book. No publication formally exists. the standard is largely retail, this is often what you'd get if you happen to acquired the paper replica. One watermark got rid of on entrance web page.

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Doce hombres comunes y corrientes: Cómo el Maestro formó a sus discípulos para la grandeza, y lo que Él quiere hacer contigo

By John MacArthur

Contrariamente a los angeles creencia renowned, no tenemos que ser perfectos para hacer l. a. obra de Dios.

John MacArthur examina los doce hombres que Cristo eligió como sus discípulos y nos ayuda a descubrir cómo nosotros podemos transformar nuestras propias imperfecciones en herramientas útiles para impactar a otros.

Sin ir más lejos, las debilidades de los doce discípulos están preservadas para siempre a través de las páginas del Nuevo Testamento. Jesús eligió gente común, como pescadores, recolectores de impuestos, políticos fanáticos; y cambio sus debilidades en puntos fuertes, produciendo grandeza de l. a. overall inutilidad. MacArthur delinea principios del cuidadoso entrenamiento de los primeros doce discípulos, para los discípulos modernos como tú.

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Be Careful What You Pray For: A Novel (The Reverend Curtis Black Series)

By Kimberla Lawson Roby

“Kimberla Lawson Roby is a real author, a storyteller on the most sensible of her game.”
—Eric Jerome Dickey


Alicia Black is again! The pampered, privileged daughter of the irrepressible scoundrel Rev. Curtis Black and protagonist of Kimberla Lawson Roby’s New York instances bestseller The better of every little thing, Alicia makes her positive go back in Be cautious What You Pray For. Alicia is newly remarried, to a guy of the material who regrettably mirrors far-too-closely her rascally dad. The Reverend Black himself, megastar of Sin not more, an excessive amount of of an exceptional factor, and different well known Roby novels, co-stars in Be cautious What You Pray For—a story of affection and ambition that when back offers with very important matters because it tells a witty, relocating, page-turning tale, a bestselling blend that could be a Kimberla Lawson Roby hallmark.

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Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity (Revised & Expanded)

For roughly twenty years John W. Loftus was once a religious evangelical Christian, an ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and an ardent apologist for Christianity. With 3 degrees--in philosophy, theology, and philosophy of religion--he used to be adept at utilizing rational argumentation to safeguard the religion. yet through the years, doubts in regards to the credibility of key Christian tenets started to creep into his considering. via the overdue Nineteen Nineties he skilled a full-blown difficulty of religion.

In this sincere appraisal of his trip from believer to atheist, the writer conscientiously explains the reviews and the reasoning method that led him to reject non secular trust. the unique version of this e-book used to be released in 2006 and reissued in 2008. due to the fact that point, Loftus has obtained a great deal of severe suggestions from Christians and skeptics alike. during this revised and improved version, the writer addresses criticisms of the unique, provides new argumentation and references, and refines his presentation. for each factor he succinctly summarizes a few of the issues of view and offers references for extra analyzing. In end, he describes the consequences of lifestyles with out trust in God, a few releasing, a few sobering.

This frank critique of Christian trust from a former insider will curiosity freethinkers in addition to an individual with doubts concerning the claims of faith.

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You'll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times

By Max Lucado

You'll get via this.

It won't be painless.

It won't be quick.

But God will use this mess for good.

Don't be silly or naive.

But don't depression either.

With God's aid, you'll get via this.

You worry you won't make it via. all of us do. We worry that the melancholy won't ever elevate, the yelling won't ever cease, the ache won't ever go away. within the pits, surrounded through steep partitions and aching reminders, we ask yourself: Will this grey sky ever brighten? This load ever lighten?

In You'll Get via This, pastor and New York Times best-selling writer, Max Lucado deals candy coverage. "Deliverance is to the Bible what jazz song is to Mardi Gras: daring, brassy, and everywhere." Max reminds readers God doesn't promise that obtaining via trials might be fast or painless. It wasn't for Joseph--tossed in a pit by way of his brothers, offered into slavery, wrongfully imprisoned, forgotten and dismissed--but his outdated testomony tale is within the Bible consequently: to coach us to belief God to trump evil.

With the compassion of a pastor, the guts of a storyteller, and the enjoyment of 1 who has obvious what God can do, Max explores the tale of Joseph and the reality of Genesis 50:20. What devil intends for evil, God redeems for solid.

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Mary's Mother: Saint Anne in Late Medieval Europe

By Virginia Nixon

Saint Anne, the mum of Mary, isn't really a biblical determine. She first looks in a second-century apocryphal infancy gospel as a part of the tale of the savior’s delivery and maternal ancestry. Over the resultant centuries, Anne’s tale circulated all through jap and western Christendom, however it used to be now not until eventually the past due center a while cult of Saint Anne won an organization footing in Europe. Mary’s Mother is ready the outstanding upward push of Anne as a determine of devotion between medieval Christians who came upon solace in her closeness to Jesus and Mary.

Anne’s recognition grew in particular in German-speaking components, a lot in order that by means of the overdue 1400s artists in Germany, Flanders, and Holland have been busy generating all demeanour of sculptures, prints, and work of her. Anne’s strength derived from her actual connection to the Redeemer and his mom, a connection that artists emphasised in works that depicted her. within the most generally reproduced trope, referred to as Anna Selbdritt, Anne is depicted as a matronly lady presiding over Mary and Jesus, who either seem as children.

Clerics performed a very important position in fostering Anne’s transforming into recognition. They promoted her as having strength to assist in salvation, a question of pressing predicament to past due medieval German Christians. church buildings and convents (and rulers too) followed her as a fundraising gadget in an more and more aggressive ecclesiastical panorama. church buildings, shrines, and altars have been devoted to her, lay brotherhoods followed her as their patroness, and lots of households named their daughters for her.

Anne’s clerical promoters often used her as a version of sober domesticity for ladies, a part of a broader try and channel the turning out to be lay piety that the clergy perceived as a possible danger to their very own energy and earning. And but, as a gender version, she embodied conflicts among medieval and early glossy principles approximately sanctity and sexuality. Devotion to Anne steadily declined within the 1500s as medieval modes of non secular perform and ideas approximately women’s position in kin existence started to change.

Today many Catholics comprehend Saint Anne because the mom of the Blessed Virgin and the protector of girls in exertions, yet few know the way she got here to be a determine of devotion. Mary’s Mother brings her tale to existence for normal readers in addition to students and scholars of historical past, paintings historical past, non secular experiences, and women’s studies.

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