Where Darwin Meets the Bible: Creationists and Evolutionists by Larry A. Witham

By Larry A. Witham

The clash among creationists and evolutionists has raged ever because the book of at the starting place of Species in 1859. And but, whilst generations of american citizens have fought and re-fought a similar battles, the contours of the controversy have lately shifted dramatically. monitoring the dizzying rhetorical heights and opportunistic political lows of this controversy, Larry Witham travels to America's church buildings, faculties, universities, museums, and govt enterprises to give creationists and evolutionists of their personal unfiltered voices. We meet prime creationists equivalent to Michael Behe; evolutionists reminiscent of Richard Dawkins; and theistic scientists who describe how they reconcile God and Nature. this present day, Biblical literalism is tempered via the clever layout stream, which unearths proof of God's presence in nature's styles. The once-dominant "young earth" university has been changed by way of a creationism that conscripts the language of technological know-how to strengthen the creationist reason. in the meantime, evolutionary scientists hesitate to indicate gaps of their theories for worry that such self-scrutiny may possibly function fodder for anti-evolution propaganda. In an age marked either by way of a emerging spiritual tide and day-by-day medical breakthroughs, the place Darwin Meets the Bible presents the traditional account of this lasting clash.

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Religious and Sexual Identities: A Multi-faith Exploration by Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip

By Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip

Proposing qualitative and quantitative findings at the lived stories of round seven-hundred teenagers from Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and mixed-faith backgrounds, spiritual and Sexual Identities offers an illuminating and nuanced research of teenagers’ perceptions and negotiations in their non secular, sexual, adolescence and gender identities. It demonstrates how those teenagers creatively build meanings and social connections as they navigate hard yet interesting areas within which their a number of identities intersect. obtainable quantitative analyses are mixed with wealthy interview and video diary narratives during this theoretically-informed exploration of non secular and sexual identities in modern society. A well timed research revealing the multiplicity of up to date identities, this booklet will allure not just to sociologists and students of faith, but additionally to these operating within the fields of youngster stories, sexuality, gender and id.

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Aquinas's Philosophy of Religion by Paul O'Grady

By Paul O'Grady

Paul O'Grady's learn presents an in-depth research of Aquinas's contribution to the philosophy of faith. It starts off by means of situating him inside of that self-discipline and capability objections to such an firm are tested. Aquinas's contexts are then mentioned – ancient, biographical and conceptual. Aquinas's perspectives on philosophy and theology, and religion and cause are assessed. 3 arguments for the lifestyles of God are explored intimately – the argument from movement, the argument from contingency and the argument to layout. His responses to the matter of evil and the problem of naturalism are lined. His detrimental method of God's nature is mentioned, together with his perspectives on divine simplicity and eternity, which, it really is argued, are special and theoretically fruitful. Then his optimistic account of divine goodness, wisdom and gear is explored, in addition to the linguistic matters which come up from trying to discuss God.

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God's Companions: Reimagining Christian Ethics (Challenges by Samuel Wells

By Samuel Wells

We are happy to annouce that God’s Companions by way of Samuel Wells has been shortlisted for the 2007 Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing.
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Grounded in Samuel Wells’ adventure of normal lives in poorer neighborhoods, this ebook provides a notable and inventive method of Christian ethics. It argues that Christian ethics is based on God, at the practices of human neighborhood, and on worship, and that ethics is essentially a mirrored image of God's abundance.

Wells synthesizes dogmatic, liturgical, moral, scriptural, and pastoral methods to theology with the intention to make a daring declare for the centrality of the neighborhood church in theological mirrored image. He considers the abundance of presents God provides throughout the practices of the Church, relatively the Eucharist. His relevant thesis, which governs his argument all through, is that God offers his humans every thing they should worship him, be his associates, and consume with him. Wells engages with critical scholarly fabric, but units out the problems lucidly for a pupil audience.

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The Paradoxical Rationality of Søren Kierkegaard (Indiana by Richard McCombs

By Richard McCombs

Richard McCombs provides Søren Kierkegaard as an writer who intentionally pretended to be irrational in lots of of his pseudonymous writings with a view to impress his readers to find the hidden and paradoxical rationality of religion. targeting pseudonymous works by means of Johannes Climacus, McCombs translates Kierkegaardian rationality as a striving to develop into a self always unified in all its dimensions: considering, feeling, prepared, appearing, and speaking. McCombs argues that Kierkegaard’s technique of feigning irrationality is typically brilliantly instructive, but in addition partially erroneous. This clean interpreting of Kierkegaard addresses a necessary challenge within the philosophy of religion—the relation among religion and reason.

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All the Names of the Lord: Lists, Mysticism, and Magic by Valentina Izmirlieva

By Valentina Izmirlieva

Christians face a conundrum in terms of naming God, for if God is unnamable, as theologians continue, he is also known as through each identify. His right identify is therefore an open-ended, all-encompassing record, a secret the Church embraces in its rhetoric, yet which many Christians have came across tricky to simply accept. To discover this clash, Valentina Izmirlieva examines lists of God’s names: one from The Divine Names, the vintage treatise by way of Pseudo-Dionysius, and the opposite from The seventy two Names of the Lord, an amulet whose background binds jointly Kabbalah and Christianity, Jews and Slavs, Palestine, Provence, and the Balkans.             This unforeseen juxtaposition of a theological treatise and a paranormal amulet permits Izmirlieva to bare lists’ rhetorical strength to create order and to operate as either instruments of information and of strength. regardless of the 2 varied visions of order represented via each one checklist, Izmirlieva unearths that their makes use of in Christian perform element to a complementary dating among the existential desire for God’s security and the metaphysical wish to undergo his endless majesty—a compelling declare bound to galvanize dialogue between students in lots of fields.

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Living Nonduality: Enlightenment Teachings of by Robert Wolfe

By Robert Wolfe

This can be a newly superior Kindle formatting of dwelling Nonduality: a set of 238 concise, illuminating discussions masking 444 pages investigating what it ability to stay with out department. Robert Wolfe (also the writer of The Gospel of Thomas: Enlightenment Teachings of Jesus, and One Essence: The Nondual readability of an historical Zen Poem) discusses sleek and historical nondual lecturers and explores the enlightenment teachings of Jesus, Buddha, Krishnamurti, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta and others. different chapters discover the relation among smooth clinical knowing and non secular perception. it isn't just a own mirrored image at the nondual event, yet an invaluable and not easy non secular "travelogue" to the heritage and modern box of enlightenment teachings.

Here is a variety from the preface, Self-realization isn't really a faith:

"There is maybe no one alive who has no longer reflected that which a few intellects have termed “ultimate truth” -- the resource of animation and activation that expresses the phenomenon that we name existence. simply because this noumenon is immaterial, to the senses, it truly is occasionally defined as “spirit”.

"An curiosity within the religious don't need to have any inherent courting with what's outlined as faith. it may be freed from: required ideals; worship of varieties (or even the absence of form); dictates of regulated habit; or principles of correct as opposed to fallacious. it may be freed from all doctrine or dogma, permitting you to figure and determine for your self what's true.

"In the latter class, is a space of curiosity in final truth (or the “spiritual”) that is known as self-realization. this can be a direct, unmediated affirmation of the character of fact in regards to the root questions of worldly life: what should be stated approximately this life?
There is a motivation for exploring this quarter, this own research into our intrinsic essence. everybody, universally, possesses a feeling of quick and particular presence. This really good feel of personification leads to an experiential picture or shape that is characterised as our ego.

"This ego performs a pivotal and the most important function in our relations with different existence kinds. Resolving the questions on the character of final fact may have a profound impact at the isolation or alienation that we countenance from in the standpoint of our encapsulating, or self-limiting, ego. it really is this ego that's the progenitor of the majority of the clash which we day-by-day adventure, throughout a lifetime.

"The final result of the interior inquiry, into what you're that's in transcendence of the person ego, is the revelatory know-how that's often called self-realization. this is often self sustaining of any and all the behaviors and attitudes which are linked to faith. this isn't an inquiry into the intended lifestyles (or non-existence) of a god or gods, yet an research into the connection (if any) among the self, that you're aware of, and the last word fact within which you're aware of it. And this can be a discovery that are instant and direct, with out reliance on any spiritual propositions."

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Spiritual Information: 100 Perspectives on Science and by Charles L. Harper Jr.

By Charles L. Harper Jr.

Spiritual Information is a suite of 1 hundred essays that discover a section of the substantial interdisciplinary ways to the examine of technological know-how and faith. separately and jointly, the essays convey how the examine of ourselves, our planet, and the universe is helping us comprehend our position as religious beings inside of God’s universe.

The e-book is a tribute to Sir John Templeton and his pioneering dedication towards new examine that leads to “one hundredfold extra non secular details than humankind has ever possessed before.” It starts off with essays that consider Sir John’s central domain names of curiosity and services: free-enterprise established finance and accelerating non secular progress.

Themes of the sections are:

•Science-Religion Dialogue

•Cosmology, Physics, and Astronomy

•Mathematics, Musicology, and Speculation

•Biological Evolution—the Human Being

•Social Evolution—the Human brain and Heart

•Religion and Health

•The Nature of the Divine

•Theology and Philosophy

•Faith Traditions

“Sir John’s management has enabled us to side ever in the direction of the frontier the place wisdom meets knowledge on the threshold of ‘ultimate reality,’” notes the editor within the preface to this quantity. As Spiritual Information offers an summary of the way some distance we've got are available in the technological know-how and faith discussion, it additionally opens home windows to the large chances for added examine and additional advances in non secular information.

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