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Comparative Religion

Reinventing Paul by John G. Gager

By John G. Gager

In the course of the Christian period, Paul has stood on the heart of controversy, accused of being the daddy of Christian anti-Semitism. yet have we misunderstood the fellow and his teachings for almost 2,000 years? during this hugely obtainable publication, John Gager demanding situations this entrenched view of Paul, arguing persuasively that Paul's phrases were taken out in their unique context, distorted, and customarily misconstrued. Gager takes us looking for the "real" Paul--using Paul's personal writings. via an exhaustive research of Paul's letters to the Galatians and the Romans, he presents illuminating solutions to the most important questions: Did Paul repudiate the legislations of Moses? Did he think that Jews were rejected by way of God and changed as His selected humans by way of Gentiles? Did he reflect on circumcision to be worthwhile for salvation? And did he anticipate Jews to discover salvation via Jesus? To these kinds of questions, John Gager solutions no. First, he places Paul's proselytizing in context. Paul was once an apostle to the Gentiles, no longer the Jews. His so much vehement arguments have been directed now not opposed to Judaism yet opposed to competing apostles within the Jesus move who demanded that Gentiles be circumcised and agree to Jewish legislation so that it will be kept. additionally, Paul trusted rhetorical units that have been everyday to his meant viewers yet opaque to later readers of the letters. therefore, his message has been misunderstood by means of all succeeding generations. Reinventing Paul brilliantly units forth a arguable interpretation of Paul's educating. This thought-provoking portrait is vital analyzing for theologians and lay humans, historians and philosophers, Christians and Jews.

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Cogitations: A Study of the Cogito in Relation to the by Jerrold J. Katz

By Jerrold J. Katz

The cogito ergo sum of Descartes is without doubt one of the best-known--and simplest--of all philosophical formulations, yet ever because it used to be first propounded it has defied any formal accounting of its validity. How is it that so basic and significant an issue has brought on such trouble and such philosophical controversy?

during this pioneering paintings, Jerrold Katz argues that the matter with the cogito lies the place it really is least suspected--in a deficiency within the conception of language and common sense that Cartesian students have dropped at the learn of the cogito. Katz contends that the legislation of conventional common sense have distorted Descartes's reasoning in order that it not suits both Descartes's personal account of the cogito in his writings or the position he assigns it in his undertaking. Katz proposes that the cogito should be understood for example of "analytic entailment," an idea within the philosophy of language wherein a press release could be a officially legitimate inference with out reckoning on a legislation of common sense. constructing and protecting his thesis, he indicates us that via grappling with an historic philosophical challenge it really is attainable to make an unique contribution to the improvement of latest philosopy.

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The True Message of Jesus Christ by Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

By Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

The real Message of Jesus Christ Jesus Christ. The Son of God, The Prophet of Allah, Mary's Son. All of those claims simply have you ever say, "WHO IS JESUS?!" not just that, yet in addition they confuse the message of him in addition. whilst he's the son of God, then he had should have a distinct revelation than a prophet of God's, correct?

The e-book that you're interpreting an outline of in the meanwhile is one with an aim and analytical research of the message of Jesus Christ, in response to either Biblical and Quranic verses! so that you do not in basic terms get an opinion from our faith, yet from the faith which Jesus performs a crucial position! isn't really that exciting?

The writer delves into the scriptures and offers convincing issues that are supported by way of references from significant Western scholarly texts.

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In Praise of Krishna: Songs from the Bengali by Edward C. Dimock Jr., Denise Levertov

By Edward C. Dimock Jr., Denise Levertov

Bobbing up out of a devotional and enthusiastic non secular move that swept throughout so much of northern and jap India within the interval from the fourteenth in the course of the 17th centuries, the strong and relocating lyrics gathered and assuredly translated right here depict the affection of Radha for the god Krishna—a love whose depth and diversity of feelings hint the process all real love among guy and lady and among guy and God. Intermingling actual and metaphysical imagery, the religious craving for the divine is articulated within the passionate language of excessive sensual hope for an impossible to resist yet eventually unpossessable lover, therefore touching a resonant chord in our humanity.

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Religion and Revelation: A Theology of Revelation in the by Keith Ward

By Keith Ward

On the grounds that Thomas Aquinas first outlined theology as revelation--or the rational elucidation of published truth--the proposal has performed a basic position within the background of Western theology. This ebook presents a brand new and specified research of the concept that, reading its nature, resources, and boundaries in all 5 of the most important scriptural religions of the realm: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. starting with an exam of the character of theology, Keith Ward appears at faith in its early historic manifestations, and considers the belief of revelation as present in the nice canonical traditions of the religions of the area. within the procedure, he develops a fairly Christian thought of revelation as divine self-expression in heritage. ultimately, he explores how conceptions of revelation has to be revised in mild of contemporary old and clinical proposal, and proposes a brand new and optimistic theology of revelation for the longer term. faith and Revelation contains discussions of the paintings of such a lot significant theologians together with Aquinas, Tillich, Barth, Temple, Frazer, and Evans Pritchard. it's going to be of curiosity to students and scholars of comparative faith, philosophers of faith, theologians, and anthropologists.

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Faith-Based Diplomacy: Trumping Realpolitik by Douglas Johnston

By Douglas Johnston

For many of the 20 th century, the main serious matters of nationwide protection were stability of energy politics and the worldwide fingers race. The assaults of September eleven, 2001 and the explanations at the back of them, even if, call for an intensive holiday with this practice. If the USA is to succeed in its long term contest with extremist Islam, it'll need to re-evaluate outdated assumptions, extend the scope of its considering to incorporate faith and different "irrational" components, and be prepared to leave from previous perform. A merely army reaction in response to such assaults will easily now not suffice. what's going to be required is a long term technique of cultural engagement, sponsored by way of a deeper knowing of ways others view the realm and what's vital to them. In non-Western cultures, faith is a main motivation for political activities. traditionally pushed aside by means of Western policymakers as a divisive impression, faith in truth has major capability for overcoming the hindrances that bring about paralysis and stalemate. The incorporation of faith as a part of the answer to such difficulties is so simple as it really is profound. it's lengthy late. This e-book appears to be like at 5 intractable conflicts and explores the opportunity of drawing on faith as a strength for peace. It builds upon the insights of faith, the lacking measurement of Statecraft (OUP,1994)--which tested the function that non secular or non secular components can play in fighting or resolving conflict--while reaching social swap according to justice and reconciliation. The world-class authors writing during this quantity recommend how the peacemaking tenets of 5 significant global religions could be strategically utilized in ongoing conflicts within which these religions are concerned. eventually, the commonalities and adjustments among those religions are tested with a watch towards extra functions in peacemaking and clash answer.

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Liberation as Affirmation: The Religiosity of Zhuangzi and by Ge Ling Shang

By Ge Ling Shang

During this booklet, writer Ge Ling Shang offers a scientific comparability of unique texts by means of Zhuangzi (fourth century BCE) and Nietzsche (1846–1900), less than the rubric of religiosity, to problem those that have typically relegated either thinkers to relativism, nihilism, escapism, pessimism, or anti-religion. Shang heavily examines Zhuangzi’s and Nietzsche’s respective evaluations of metaphysics, morals, language, wisdom, and humanity commonly and proposes a belief of the philosophical outlooks of Zhuangzi and Nietzsche as complementary. within the inventive and very important spirit of Nietzsche, as within the tranquil and inward spirit of Zhuangzi, Shang argues strangely related imaginative and prescient and aspiration towards human liberation and freedom exists—one within which non secular transformation is feasible via religiously putting forward lifestyles during this global as sacred and divine.

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Bodily Citations: Religion and Judith Butler by Ellen Armour, Susan St. Ville

By Ellen Armour, Susan St. Ville

In such works as Gender Trouble and Bodies That Matter Judith Butler broke new flooring in figuring out the development and function of identities. whereas Butler's writings were the most important and infrequently debatable within the improvement of feminist and queer conception, Bodily Citations is the 1st anthology founded on employing her theories to faith. during this assortment students in anthropology, religious study, theology, ethics, and formality experiences use Butler's paintings to enquire various issues in biblical, Islamic, Buddhist, and Christian traditions. The authors shed new gentle on Butler's rules and spotlight their moral and political import. in addition they expand the scope of non secular experiences as they bring about it into dialog with feminist and queer theory.

Subjects mentioned comprise the woman's mosque flow in Cairo, the ordination of girls within the Catholic Church, the potential for queer ethics, non secular ritual, and biblical buildings of sexuality.

Contributors contain: Karen Trimble Alliaume, Lewis collage; Teresa Hornsby, Drury college; Amy Hollywood, Harvard Divinity university; Christina Hutchins, Pacific institution of faith; Saba Mahmood, college of California, Berkeley; Susanne Mrozik, Mount Holyoke collage; Claudia Schippert, college of valuable Florida; Rebecca Schneider, Brown college; Ken Stone, Chicago Theological Seminary

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