Shepherds of the Empire: Germany's Conservative Protestant Leadership--1888-1919

By Mark R. Correll

The overdue 19th century used to be a time of speedy industrialization, mass politicization, and sleek philosophy. The ensuing political and cultural upheaval faced the German protestant church with deep questions of identity.

On the single facet sat an informed educational guild whose explorations of background, philology, and rising social clinical disciplines gave upward thrust to critical questions about the Christian religion and its which means for today.

On the opposite sat parish clergy confronted with the complexities of way of life and management in universal groups. For those parish clergy the strain used to be nice to help and bolster humans not just of their lifestyles as Christians, yet of their existence as Germans.

Shepherds of the Empire engages undying questions of id and religion in the course of the time-bound paintings of 4 key thinkers who tried, and eventually failed, to carve a center means for the German parish clergy in that environment.

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The Evolution of God (Back Bay Readers' Pick)

By Robert Wright

During this sweeping, fantastic trip via historical past, Robert Wright unveils a discovery of the most important significance to the current second: there's a development within the evolution Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and a "hidden code" of their scriptures. in the course of the prisms of archeology, theology, anthropology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright many times overturns traditional knowledge to teach how and why faith can enhance the social order-even in an age of globalization-and explains why glossy technological know-how isn't just suitable with faith, yet actively affirms the validity of the spiritual quest.

substantial in scope and exciting in ambition, The Evolution of God brilliantly alters our knowing of God and the place He got here from-and the place He and we're going subsequent.

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Afterlives of the Saints: Stories from the Ends of Faith

By Colin Dickey

Afterlives of the Saints is a woven collecting of groundbreaking essays that go through Renaissance anatomy and the Sistine Chapel, Borges’ "Library of Babel," the background of spontaneous human combustion, the risks of masturbation, the pleasures of castration, “and so forth” — each one essay concentrating on the tale of a specific (and rather unusual) saint.

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A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story

By Diana Butler Bass

The Grassroots routine That Preserved Jesus's Message of Social Justice for 2,000 Years and Their effect at the Church Today

For too lengthy, the historical past of Christianity has been advised because the triumph of orthodox doctrine imposed via strength. Now, historian Diana Butler Bass sheds new mild at the staggering ways in which many Christians have refused to comply to a inflexible church hierarchy and sought to recapture the novel implications of Jesus's existence and message.

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Muslim-Christian Encounters in Africa (Islam in Africa, 6)

By Benjamin F Soares

This well timed assortment bargains new views on Muslim-Christian encounters in Africa. operating opposed to political and scholarly traditions that hold Muslims and Christians aside, the essays during this multidisciplinary quantity find African Muslims and Christians inside of a standard analytical body. In a sequence of historic and ethnographic case experiences from around the African continent, the authors contemplate the a number of methods Muslims and Christians have encountered one another, borrowed or appropriated from each other, and occasionally additionally clashed. participants recast assumptions concerning the making and transgressing of spiritual obstacles, Christian-Muslim relatives, and conversion. This attractive assortment is a protracted past due try to grapple with the multi-faceted and altering encounters of Muslims and Christians in Africa.

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Knit Together: Discover God's Pattern for Your Life

By Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber calls KNIT jointly the venture of her center. every time she speaks, her subject is straightforward: don't be afraid to dream. God created us for a cause, and once we come to acknowledge our inner most longing, we will realize His plan for our lives. jam-packed with encouragement and divine empowerment for ladies, the e-book facilities round the Bible's insurance that God knits every one people jointly in our mother's womb. Debbie deftly weaves her personal tale in the course of the publication, utilizing the knitting topic of her most modern bestsellers to create metaphors that discover God's handiwork in developing us for a goal.

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Essential Gnostic Scriptures

By Willis Barnstone

The folk we’ve come to name gnostics have been passionate advocates of the view that salvation comes via wisdom and private adventure, and their ardour shines via within the amazing physique of writings they produced over a interval of greater than a millennium and a part. Willis Barnstone and Marvin Meyer have created a translation that brings the gnostic voices to us from around the centuries with outstanding strength and beauty—beginning with texts from the earliest years of Christianity—including fabric from the Nag Hammadi library—and carrying on with all of the method as much as expressions of gnostic knowledge chanced on inside Islam and within the Cathar circulation of the center a while. The twenty-one texts integrated the following function a compact advent to Gnosticism and its central ideas—and additionally they offer an entrée to the pleasures of gnostic literature generally, representing, as they do, the best masterpieces of that culture.

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Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization

By Lars Brownworth

In advert 476 the Roman Empire fell–or quite, its western part did. Its japanese part, which might end up referred to as the Byzantine Empire, could suffer and infrequently flourish for an additional 11 centuries. although its capital might circulation to Constantinople, its voters spoke of themselves as Roman for the complete period of the empire’s lifestyles. certainly, so did its associates, allies, and enemies: whilst the Turkish Sultan Mehmet II conquered Constantinople in 1453, he took the identify Caesar of Rome, putting himself in a right away line that led again to Augustus.

For some distance too many differently traditionally savvy buyers, the tale of the Byzantine civilization is anything of a void. but for greater than a millennium, Byzantium reigned because the glittering seat of Christian civilization. whilst Europe fell into the darkish a while, Byzantium held quick opposed to Muslim growth, conserving Christianity alive. while literacy all yet vanished within the West, Byzantium made basic schooling to be had to either sexes. scholars debated the benefits of Plato and Aristotle and generally dedicated everything of Homer’s Iliad to reminiscence. Streams of wealth flowed into Constantinople, making attainable extraordinary wonders of artwork and structure, from extraordinary jeweled mosaics and different iconography to the nice church often called the Hagia Sophia that used to be a imaginative and prescient of heaven in the world. The dome of the nice Palace stood approximately 200 toes excessive and stretched over 4 acres, and the city’s inhabitants used to be greater than twenty occasions that of London’s.

From Constantine, who based his eponymous urban within the yr 330, to Constantine XI, who valiantly fought the empire’s ultimate conflict greater than 1000 years later, the emperors who governed Byzantium enacted a saga of political intrigue and conquest as miraculous as something in recorded historical past. Lost to the West is replete with tales of assassination, mass mutilation and execution, sexual scheming, ruthless greedy for strength, and clashing armies that soaked battlefields with the blood of slain warriors numbering within the tens of thousands.

Still, it was once Byzantium that preserved for us at the present time the good presents of the classical global. Of the 55,000 historical Greek texts in lifestyles at the present time, a few 40,000 have been transmitted to us through Byzantine scribes. And it used to be the Byzantine Empire that shielded Western Europe from invasion till it used to be able to take its personal position on the heart of the area degree. jam-packed with unforgettable tales of emperors, generals, and spiritual patriarchs, in addition to interesting glimpses into the lifetime of the normal citizen, Lost to the West finds how a lot we owe to this empire that was once the equivalent of any in its achievements, appetites, and enduring legacy.

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Serpent Grail: The Truth Behind the Holy Grail, the Philosopher's Stone and the Elixir of Life

The fact has been buried for centuries underneath fable, symbolism, and propaganda—but it eventually involves mild in those pages and will not be denied. this can be the tale of a unprecedented trip of discovery that uncovers the lifestyles of a serpent-worshipping cult that thrived in the course of the global in precedent days and whose affects have permeated all of the significant religions. The cult’s crucial ceremony concerned blending jointly snake blood and venom in a ceremonial bowl, forging a strong therapeutic elixir—and the proof exhibits that this ritual holds the main to fixing such enigmatic mysteries because the Holy Grail, Elixir of lifestyles, Philosopher’s Stone, and the misplaced urban of Atlantis. It’s not anything lower than a thorough reinterpretation of global history.
 

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You Must Change Your Life: On Anthropotechnics

By Peter Sloterdijk

In his significant research into the character of people, Peter Sloterdijk offers a critique of delusion - the parable of the go back of faith. For it isn't faith that's returning; particularly, there's something else really profound that's taking up expanding importance within the current: the human as a working towards, education being, person who creates itself via routines and thereby transcends itself. Rainer Maria Rilke formulated the force in the direction of such self-training within the early 20th century within the vital 'You needs to swap your life'.
In making his case for the growth of the perform quarter for contributors and for society as an entire, Sloterdijk develops a basic and essentially new anthropology. The middle of his technological know-how of the person is an perception into the self-formation of all issues human. The job of either contributors and collectives continuously comes again to impact them: paintings impacts the employee, conversation the communicator, emotions the feeler.

It is these people who have interaction expressly in perform that embrace this mode of lifestyles so much truly: farmers, staff, warriors, writers, yogis, rhetoricians, musicians or types. via studying their education plans and top performances, this publication deals a landscape of routines which are essential to be, and stay, a human being.

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