Download The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies (Oxford Handbooks in by J. W. Rogerson, Judith M. Lieu PDF

By J. W. Rogerson, Judith M. Lieu

The Oxford Handbooks sequence is a massive new initiative in educational publishing. every one quantity bargains an authoritative and updated survey of unique study in a selected topic zone. particularly commissioned essays from prime figures within the self-discipline provide severe examinations of the development and course of debates. bible study is a hugely technical and various box. research of the Bible calls for services in fields starting from Archaeology, Egyptology, Assyriology, and Linguistics via textual, old, and sociological reviews to Literary thought, Feminism, Philosophy, and Theology, to call just some. This authoritative and compelling advisor to the self-discipline will, as a result, be a useful reference paintings for all scholars and teachers who are looking to discover extra absolutely crucial subject matters in religious study.

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Download H.L. Mencken on Religion by H. L. Mencken PDF

By H. L. Mencken

Nobody ever argued extra forcefully or with such acerbic wit opposed to the silly features of faith as H L Mencken. As a journalist, he won nationwide prominence via his newspaper columns describing the recognized 1925 Scopes trial, which pitted spiritual fundamentalists opposed to a public tuition instructor who dared to coach evolution. yet either earlier than and after the Scopes trial, Mencken spent a lot of his occupation as a columnist and ebook reviewer lampooning the ignorant piety of gullible americans. S T Joshi has introduced jointly and organised lots of Mencken's writings on faith during this provocative and interesting assortment. The articles provided the following comprise satirical bills of various the non secular phenomena of his time. On a extra severe be aware are his discussions of the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and the clinical worldview as a rival to spiritual trust. additionally incorporated are poignant autobiographical debts of Mencken's personal upbringing and his middle ideals on faith, ethics, and politics. H.L. Mencken knew that satire, wit, and smart jesting have been the simplest how one can conflict spiritual folly, and he used those guns to their fullest quantity in writings spanning virtually 3 many years.

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Download Dictionary of Pagan Religions by Wade Baskin, Harry E. Wedeck PDF

By Wade Baskin, Harry E. Wedeck

Assembled right here for the 1st time in a single quantity are the fundamental proof in regards to the cults, rites and rituals linked to polytheistic religions that experience existed from the Stone Age to the present.The target of the publication is to create and guard a partial list of the pagan religions or cults that experience flourished because the sunrise of mankind and in their effect and effect through the global. This list comprises some of the forgotten religions, their ideologies, practices, and mythologies.

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Download Jesus Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in by Bart D. Ehrman PDF

By Bart D. Ehrman

The issues with the Bible that New testomony pupil Bart Ehrman mentioned in his bestseller Misquoting Jesus—and at the day-by-day convey with John Stewart, NPR, and Dateline NBC, between others—are improved upon exponentially in his most recent booklet: Jesus, Interrupted. This manhattan instances bestseller unearths how books within the Bible have been truly solid through later authors, and that the recent testomony itself is riddled with contradictory claims approximately Jesus—information that students know… however the normal public doesn't. if you happen to benefit from the paintings of Elaine Pagels, Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan, and John Shelby Spong, you’ll locate a lot to consider in Jesus, Interrupted.

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Download Handbook for the Study of the Historical Jesus by Stanley E. Porter, Tom Holmen PDF

By Stanley E. Porter, Tom Holmen

Edited by way of Tom Holmén, Helsinki college and Åbo Akademi collage and Stanley E. Porter, McMaster Divinity collage in Hamilton, Ontario
A hundred years after A. Schweitzer's Von Reimarus zu Wrede, the examine of the ancient Jesus is back experiencing a renaissance. Ongoing because the starting of the 1980's, this renaissance has produced an abundance of Jesus experiences that still show a welcome variety of tools, methods and hypotheses. The guide of the research of the ancient Jesus is designed to address this variety and abundance. Drawing from first class scholarship in the course of the global, the 4 huge volumes of the instruction manual provide a distinct meeting of major specialists providing their ways to the old Jesus, in addition to a thought-out compilation of unique experiences on a wide number of issues touching on Jesus examine and adjoining components.

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Download The Newer, More English Version by Tom Carver PDF

By Tom Carver

"In the start used to be the note, and..." recognize the remaining. unlike this you don't. In a brand new twist on a vintage story, Tom Carver re-imagines the outdated testomony with no the major personality.

The more moderen, extra English Version takes an erudite examine the aiding avid gamers of the Pentateuch, without Jehovah to thieve the express. What's left is a diverse forged of egomaniacs, revolutionaries, battle criminals, genii and perverts: Joseph, conceited careerist and part-time psychoanalyst; Moses, a progressive firebrand who simply desires to belong; Abraham, the world's first and maximum worldwide branding strategist; and one very unusual tree...

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Download Racing Toward Armageddon by Michael Baigent PDF

By Michael Baigent

From Publishers Weekly
As in his earlier books (Holy Blood, Holy Grail; The Jesus Papers), Baigent attempts to discover the darkish forceshiding within the shadows of faith and ferret out fundamentalists whose dogmatism frequently turns to violence. targeting the tip occasions, he warns that robust fundamentalist sects in Christianity, Judaism and Islam are operating to lead to the conflict of Armageddon, whilst the forces of darkness might be destroyed by way of the Messiah, who will then result in a brand new reign. All 3 teams wish Jerusalem, the place every one lays declare to a actual spot, the Dome of the Rock, as a sacred position in its heritage; all 3 desire a country within which politics are subservient to faith. Baigent makes a similar mistake that the fundamentalists make whilst studying the booklet of Revelation. it's not a e-book of prophecy and handbook for scary sinners again into the fold; it really is apocalyptic literature that makes use of symbols as mystery codes for the scenario within the lives of first- and second-century Christians, delivering them wish for escaping from their plights. unfortunately, Baigent's well-intentioned exposé seems to be little greater than a screed opposed to fundamentalism that's in accordance with a misreading of his valuable textual content. (Sept.)
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Bestselling writer Michael Baigent Exposes non secular Extremists’ Efforts to Hasten the World’s result in Jerusalem

Do you think in prophecy? The Bible as literal fact? Armageddon? The Rapture? The go back of the Da’jaal? Or the construction of a world caliphate as a harbinger of the top of time? extra very important, if provided with compelling facts, might you suspect that there are at the present time strong forces actively conspiring to result in those cataclysmic occasions inside of our lifetime?

In his provocative ebook Racing towards Armageddon, Michael Baigent, bestselling writer and probably the most arguable spiritual theorists of our time, turns his prepared awareness to modern day Jerusalem and its more and more vital position in international affairs, exploring another of his explosive theories: that hard-liners in the 3 nice Abrahamic religions, lots of whom carry positions of large impression in govt, undefined, and the army world wide, are operating to hasten our finish as prophesied in every one in their texts and traditions of religion. Exposing those forces, the myths upon which lots of their ideals are established, the stealth motion they've been taking for many years, and the insidious and in all probability devastating influence they're having upon the tutorial, political, cultural, and religious textile of our society, Baigent poses the urgent query: do we rather have enough money to stay oblivious for much longer?

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Download Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of by Alain de Botton PDF

By Alain de Botton

What if religions are neither all precise nor all nonsense? The long-running and infrequently uninteresting debate among fundamentalist believers and non-believers is eventually moved ahead by means of Alain de Botton’s inspiring new booklet, which boldly argues that the supernatural claims of faith are solely false—but that it nonetheless has a few vitally important issues to educate the secular world.
Religion for Atheists suggests that instead of mocking faith, agnostics and atheists may still as an alternative thieve from it—because the world’s religions are jam-packed with solid principles on how we would dwell and set up our societies. mixing deep appreciate with overall impiety, de Botton (a non-believer himself) proposes that we glance to faith for insights into how you can, between different issues, construct a feeling of neighborhood, make our relations final, conquer emotions of envy and inadequacy, motivate shuttle and reconnect with the normal world.
For too lengthy non-believers have confronted a stark selection among both swallowing a few abnormal doctrines or removing a number consoling and lovely rituals and ideas. ultimately, in Religion for Atheists, Alain de Botton has formed a much more fascinating and actually necessary alternative.

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