Download The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence, and by Scott R. Appleby, Theodore M. Hesburgh PDF

By Scott R. Appleby, Theodore M. Hesburgh

Terrorists and peacemakers may well develop up within the related neighborhood and cling to an analogous spiritual culture. The killing performed via one and the reconciliation fostered by means of the opposite point out the variety of dramatic and contradictory responses to human discomfort by means of non secular actors. but religion's skill to motivate violence is in detail with regards to its both notable strength as a strength for peace, specifically within the becoming variety of conflicts worldwide that contain spiritual claims and religiously encouraged fighters. This e-book explains what spiritual terrorists and spiritual peacemakers percentage in universal, what motives them to take assorted paths in scuffling with injustice, and the way a deeper knowing of spiritual extremism can and needs to be built-in extra successfully into our pondering tribal, local, and overseas clash.

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Download Economy of the Sacred in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor by Beate Dignas PDF

By Beate Dignas

This unique examine demanding situations the concept sanctuaries in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor have been totally institutionalized in the poleis that hosted them. reading the varieties of interplay among rulers, towns, and sanctuaries, the publication proposes a triangular courting within which the rulers usually acted as mediators among differing pursuits of urban and cult.

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Download Straight to Jesus: sexual and Christian conversions in the by Tanya Erzen PDF

By Tanya Erzen

Each year, enormous quantities of homosexual males and lesbians subscribe to ex-gay ministries in an try and convert to non-homosexual Christian lives. during this interesting examine of the transnational ex-gay flow, Tanya Erzen makes a speciality of the standard lives of guys and ladies at New desire Ministry, a residential ex-gay software, over the process numerous years. immediately to Jesus lines the tales of people that have renounced long term relationships and moved from different nations out of a conviction that the conservative Christian ideals in their upbringing and their very own same-sex wishes are irreconcilable. instead of definitively altering from gay to heterosexual, the members adventure a conversion that's either sexual and non secular as born-again evangelical Christians. At New wish, they keep a private dating with Jesus and construct new varieties of kinship and belonging. through turning into what they name "new creations," those women and men testify to non secular transformation instead of adjustments in sexual hope or habit. instantly to Jesus exposes how the Christian correct makes an attempt to repudiate homosexual identification and political rights through the use of the ex-gay circulate as facts that "change is possible." as an alternative, Erzen finds, the realities of the lives she examines really undermine this anti-gay technique.

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Download Ethics : a liberative approach by Miguel A. De La Torre PDF

By Miguel A. De La Torre

This survey textual content for non secular ethics and theological ethics classes explores how moral strategies outlined as liberationist, which in the beginning used to be a Latin American Catholic phenomenon, is almost immediately take place worldwide and in the usa throughout varied racial, ethnic, and gender teams. Authored by way of numerous members, this publication elucidates how the powerless and disenfranchised inside of marginalized groups hire their spiritual ideals to articulate a liberationist/liberative non secular moral standpoint. scholars will hence understand the range latest in the liberative moral discourse and comprehend which students and texts to learn and should come across useful how you can extra social justice

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Download God’s Agents: Biblical Publicity in Contemporary England by Matthew Engelke PDF

By Matthew Engelke

The British and international Bible Society is likely one of the so much illustrious Christian charities within the uk. based via evangelicals within the early 19th century and encouraged through advancements in printing know-how, its aim has constantly been to make Bibles universally to be had. during the last a number of many years, even though, Bible Society has confronted a extensively varied international, in particular in its paintings in England. the place the Society as soon as had a thankful and engaged examining public, it now faces apathy—even antipathy—for its reason. nowadays, it sort of feels, nobody in England wishes a Bible, and not anyone desires people telling them they need to: faith is meant to be a personal subject. Undeterred, those Christians try to spark a renewed curiosity within the observe of God. They’ve became clear of publishing and towards exposure to “make the Bible heard.”

God’s brokers is a research of ways faith is going public in today’s global. according to over 3 years of anthropological examine, Matthew Engelke lines how a small workforce of socially devoted Christians take on the problem of exposure inside of what they comprehend to be a mostly secular tradition. within the strategy of telling their tale, he deals an insightful new option to take into consideration the relationships among secular and spiritual formations: our present knowing of faith has to be complemented by means of better awareness to the method of producing exposure. Engelke argues that we're witnessing the dynamics of spiritual exposure, which permits us to determine the ways that conceptual divides similar to public/private, religious/secular, and faith/knowledge are challenged and redefined by means of social actors at the ground.

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Download Christian Wisdom: Desiring God and Learning in Love by David F. Ford PDF

By David F. Ford

What's Christian knowledge for residing within the twenty-first century? the place is it to be came across? How can or not it's learnt? in the course of varied religions and worldviews and the calls for and complexities of our global, David Ford explores a Christian method of uniting love of knowledge with knowledge in love. center components are the 'discernment of cries', the affection of God for God's sake, interpretation of scripture, and the shaping of hope in religion. Case reviews care for inter-faith knowledge between Jews, Christians and Muslims, universities as centres of knowledge in addition to wisdom and knowledge and the problem of studying disabilities. all through, there's an try and do justice to the premodern, glossy and postmodern whereas grappling with scripture, culture and the cries of the realm this day. Ford opens up the wealthy assets of Christianity in attractive with the problems and urgencies of up to date lifestyles.

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Download Righteous Persecution. Inquisition, Dominicans, and by Christine Caldwell Ames PDF

By Christine Caldwell Ames

Righteous Persecution examines the long-controversial involvement of the Order of Preachers, or Dominicans, with inquisitions into heresy in medieval Europe. From their beginning within the 13th century, the Dominicans have been dedicated to a ministry of preaching, instructing, and pastoral care, to "save souls" quite tempted by way of the Christian heresies well known in western Europe. Many people then, and students in our personal time, have requested how participants of a pastoral order modeled on Christ and the apostles may well interact themselves so enthusiastically within the repressive persecution that constituted heresy inquisitions: the arrest, interrogation, torture, punishment, and infrequently execution of these who deviated in trust from Roman Christianity.

Drawing on an awfully large base of ecclesiastical files, Christine Caldwell Ames recounts how Dominican inquisitors and their supporters crafted and promoted explicitly Christian meanings for his or her inquisitorial persecution. Inquisitors' conviction that the sin of heresy constituted the graver hazard to the Christian soul and to the church at huge resulted in the assumption that bringing the person to repentance—even during the most harsh means—was certainly a pious approach to perform their pastoral job. notwithstanding, the resistance and feedback that inquisition generated in medieval groups additionally triggered Dominicans to think about extra how this new marriage of persecution and holiness used to be suitable with authoritative Christian texts, exemplars, and traditions. Dominican inquisitors persecuted now not regardless of their religion yet particularly due to it, as they shaped a medieval Christianity that permitted—or demanded—persecution.

Righteous Persecution deviates from contemporary scholarship that has deemphasized non secular trust as a intent for inquisition and illuminates a strong example of ways Christianity was once itself weak in a context of persecution, violence, and intolerance.

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Download The age of the sages : the Axial Age in Asia and the Near by Mark W. Muesse PDF

By Mark W. Muesse

By way of environment traditions and thinkers corresponding to Zoroaster, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Gautama Buddha, Confucius, Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle aspect by means of part, we will see extra essentially the questions with which they struggled, their similarities and ameliorations, and the way their rules have prompted non secular inspiration right down to our day

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Download Das Ratsel der Philosophie in ihrer Geschichte als Umriss by Rudolf Steiner, Jan Van Eyck PDF

By Rudolf Steiner, Jan Van Eyck

Verfolgt guy, used to be von Menschen an Geistesarbeit geleistet worden ist, um die Lösung der Welträtsel und Lebensfragen zu versuchen, so drängen sich der betrachtenden Seele immer wieder die Worte auf, die im Tempel Apollons wie ein Wahrspruch aufgezeichnet waren: «Erkenne dich selbst». Daß die menschliche Seele beim Vorstellen dieser Worte eine gewisse Wirkung empfinden kann, darauf beruht das Verständnis für eine Weltanschauung. Das Wesen eines lebendigen Organismus führt die Notwendigkeit mit sich, starvation zu empfinden; das Wesen der Menschenseele auf einer gewissen Stufe ihrer Entwickelung erzeugt eine ähnliche Notwendigkeit. Diese drückt sich in dem Bedürfnisse aus, dem Leben ein geistiges intestine abzugewinnen, das wie die Nahrung dem starvation, so der inneren Gemütsforderung entspricht: «Erkenne dich selbst». Diese Empfindung kann die Seele so mächtig ergreifen, daß diese denken muß: Ich bin in wahrem Sinne des Wortes erst dann ganz Mensch, wenn ich in mir ein Verhältnis zur Welt ausbilde, das in dem «Erkenne dich selbst» seinen Grundcharakter hat. Die Seele kann so weit kommen, diese Empfindung wie ein Aufwachen aus dem Lebenstraume anzusehen, den sie vor dem Erlebnis geträumt hat, das sie mit dieser Empfindung durchmacht.
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# Über den Autor

Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner (* 27. Februar[1] 1861 in Kraljevec, Kaisertum Österreich, heute Kroatien[2]; † 30. März 1925 in Dornach, Schweiz) struggle ein österreichischer Esoteriker und Philosoph. Er begründete die Anthroposophie, eine esoterische Weltanschauung, die an die Theosophie, das Rosenkreuzertum, die Gnosis[3] sowie die idealistische Philosophie anschließt[4] und zu den neumystischen Einheitskonzeptionen der Zeit um 1900 gezählt wird[5]. Auf Grundlage dieser Lehre gab Steiner einflussreiche Anregungen für verschiedene Lebensbereiche, etwa Pädagogik (Waldorfpädagogik), Kunst (Eurythmie, Anthroposophische Architektur), Medizin (Anthroposophische Medizin), faith (Die Christengemeinschaft) oder Landwirtschaft (Biologisch-dynamische Landwirtschaft).

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