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New Age and Neopagan Religions in America by Sarah Pike

By Sarah Pike

From Shirley MacLaine's religious biography Out on a Limb to the teenage witches within the movie The Craft, New Age and Neopagan ideals have made sensationalistic headlines. within the mid- to past due Nineties, a number of vital scholarly reports of the recent Age and Neopagan routine have been released, testifying to educational in addition to well known popularity that those religions are an important presence at the modern North American non secular panorama. Self-help books via New Age channelers and psychics are a wide and becoming marketplace; annual spending on channeling, self-help companies, and substitute wellbeing and fitness care is at $10 to $14 billion; an predicted 12 million americans are concerned with New Age actions; and American Neopagans are anticipated at round 200,000. New Age and Neopagan Religions in America introduces the ideals and practices at the back of the general public faces of those debatable events, which were transforming into gradually in overdue 20th- and early twenty-first-century America.

What is the hot Age flow, and the way is it various from and just like Neopaganism in its underlying ideals and still-evolving practices? the place did those decentralized and eclectic routine come from, and why have they grown and flourished at this aspect in American spiritual historical past? what's the courting among the hot Age and Neopaganism and different religions in the United States, really Christianity, that is frequently construed as hostile to them? Drawing on old and ethnographic bills, Sarah Pike explores those questions and gives a sympathetic but serious remedy of spiritual practices frequently marginalized but hovering in recognition. The ebook presents a common advent to the different types of New Age and Neopagan religions within the usa at the present time in addition to an account in their nineteenth-century roots and emergence from the Sixties counterculture. protecting such themes as therapeutic, gender and sexuality, millennialism, and formality adventure, it additionally furnishes a wealthy description and research of the non secular worlds and social networks created by way of members.

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Rene Guenon: Some Observations by Frithjof Schuon

By Frithjof Schuon

Ren? Gu?non (1886-1951) used to be the founding father of the Traditionalist tuition. besides Ananda okay. Coomaraswamy and Frithjof Schuon, he reintroduced conventional metaphysics and esoterism into the Western global after a lapse of centuries, and was once probably the 1st to offer the doctrines of the Vedanta, Taoism, and Sufism now not as Eurocentric orientalists or occult fantasts had performed, yet strictly of their personal phrases. To the 'mathematical' precision of Gu?non's metaphysics, cosmology, and esoteric background, Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) additional a poetic or 'musical' point, encouraged via his shut dating to the Divine female. He additionally offered the non secular course as a concrete praxis, regarding the religious virtues and 'stations of wisdom', that used to be now not so sought after in Gu?non's writings. nevertheless, Gu?non's prophetic eschatology, particularly within the Reign of volume and the indicators of the days, in addition to his research of the 'counter-tradition', supplies him a suddenly modern 'edge' that's possibly much less well known in Schuon's extra aesthetic method. Ren? Gu?non and Frithjof Schuon light up one another, either via their unanimity and the explicit issues the place they fluctuate. each one is nearly the single technique of taking the other's degree. Questions of who was once higher, who extra conventional, are eventually much less attention-grabbing than the great imaginative and prescient of human fact and religious fact that emerges from their shared position as renewers of conventional metaphysics and non secular knowing. Schuon, because the more youthful guy, was once able to compose an evaluate of his early highbrow grasp, and in view of his lengthy and illustrious occupation as an writer after Gu?non's dying, Schuon's relevant essay Ren? Gu?non: a few Observations can also be his profoundly appreciative in addition to pointedly severe announcement of independence (though concurrently a statement of collegiality) from the fellow who, greater than somebody else within the smooth global, opened to him a basic view of 'principial' fact.

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Religious Texts from Ugarit: 2nd Edition (Biblical Seminar) by Nicolas Wyatt

By Nicolas Wyatt

An up-to-date and corrected variation of a vintage paintings, with new fabric. This publication is an uptodate translation and observation at the Ugaritic texts. Of curiosity and significance for a basic readership, in addition to scholars and experts in biblical, classical and spiritual stories. in addition to being intrinsically attention-grabbing, the Ugaritic texts have lengthy been well-known as simple historical past fabric for outdated testomony learn. Ugaritic deities, myths, non secular terminology, poetic concepts and common vocabulary are broadly encountered through the attentive reader of the Hebrew Bible. the current variation deals an uptodate translation and remark in response to scrutiny of the unique capsules and the latest educational dialogue. whereas addressing the desires of actual translation it additionally makes an attempt to take heavily calls for for a readable English model.

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Dialectic of Enlightenment: Critical Theory and the by Jacob Klapwijk

By Jacob Klapwijk

Dialectic of Enlightenment is a thought-provoking creation to the Frankfurt university of serious conception. Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno first pointed out the "dialectic of enlightenment" whilst fascism was once at the rampage in Europe. They warned that enlightened cause and societal freedom threaten to revert into blindness and oppression. Herbert Marcuse and the younger Jrgen Habermas elaborated their serious conception, stating that post-war society has no longer escaped this difficulty, blinded because it is through ideology, pseudo-democracy, and mass manipulation.Critical thought goals to unmask glossy cause and release society. yet a primary query retains coming again: how can this critique of modernity stay doable inside a repressive societal process? Is cause within the sleek international certainly doomed to self-destruct? Does rationality necessarily bring about domination and oppression? Jacob Klapwijk argues that the dialectic of enlightenment proves to be a religion, a legendary religion encouraging resignation and melancholy. as an alternative we'd like a healthy cause, one encouraged by means of a messianic faith.Dialectic of Enlightenment is a vital e-book for college students of philosophy, theology, and the social sciences. It invitations them to a renewed feedback of the mythological characteristics and self-destructive developments of contemporary cause. It additionally bargains a point of view of wish to all who proportion the author's trouble in regards to the course of state-of-the-art globalizing international.

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A Day Apart: How Jews, Christians, and Muslims Find Faith, by Christopher D Ringwald

By Christopher D Ringwald

The Sabbath is the unique ceremonial dinner day, an afternoon of pleasure and freedom from paintings, a holy day that enables us to reconnect with God, our fellows and nature. Now, in a compelling mixture of journalism, scholarship and private memoir, Christopher D. Ringwald examines the Sabbath from production to the current, weaving jointly the tales of 3 households, 3 religions and 3 thousand years of historical past. an afternoon aside is the 1st e-book to check the Sabbath in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. A marvelously readable publication, it deals a desirable portrait of the fundamentals of the 3 Sabbaths--the Muslim Juma on Friday, the Jewish Shabbat on Saturday and the Christian Lord's Day on Sunday--and introduces us to 3 households, together with Ringwald's personal, and exhibits how they discover the holy day and what it capability to them. the guts of the booklet recounts the historical past of the Sabbath, starting from the production tale and Moses on Mount Sinai, to the lessons of Jesus and Muhammad, the influence of the Protestant Reformation and the commercial Revolution, and the increase of the trendy weekend. Ringwald indicates that the Sabbath intuition, to watch a special occasion of withdrawal and repose, is common. certainly, all religions and philosophies train that existence is greater than toil, that point may be put aside for contemplation, leisure and tradition. In modern day frantic 24/7 global, the Sabbath--a day dedicated to relaxation and contemplation--has by no means been extra important. an afternoon aside deals a portrait of a very undying solution to get away the typical international and upload intending to our lives.

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Before Religion: A History of a Modern Concept by Brent Nongbri

By Brent Nongbri

A interesting exploration of faith as an invention of the fashionable world

for a lot of the prior centuries, faith has been understood as a common phenomenon, part of the “natural” human adventure that's primarily a similar throughout cultures and all through background. person religions may well differ via time and geographically, yet there's a component, faith, that's to be present in all cultures in the course of all time classes. Taking aside this assumption, Brent Nongbri exhibits that the belief of faith as a sphere of existence unique from politics, economics, or technology is a up to date improvement in ecu history—a improvement that has been projected outward in house and backward in time with the outcome that faith now seems to be a usual and beneficial a part of our world.

Examining a big selection of historic writings, Nongbri demonstrates that during antiquity, there has been no conceptual enviornment which may be specific as “religious” in place of “secular.” Surveying consultant episodes from a two-thousand-year interval, whereas continually getting to the concrete social, political, and colonial contexts that formed suitable works of philosophers, felony theorists, missionaries, and others, Nongbri bargains a concise and readable account of the emergence of the idea that of religion.

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Bureaucrats and Beggars: French Social Policy in the Age of by Thomas McStay Adams

By Thomas McStay Adams

Within the mid-eighteenth century in France, the royal professionals introduced a brand new crusade to comb beggars from the streets, pinning their hopes at the production of a uniform royal community of lock-ups within which an individual came upon begging should be detained. during this research, Adams probes the accomplishments and the issues of those so-called d?p?ts de mendicit?, as noticeable by means of critics of the scan (including discovered judges and influential spokesmen of the provincial Estates) and as noticeable through these answerable for its good fortune: the provincial intendants, the royal engineers, the medical professionals, the inspectors, the contractors, and numerous givers of recommendation. He exhibits how the debate--both inner and external--over the operation of the d?p?ts contributed to the highbrow ferment of the Enlightenment and the Revolution. The ensuing net of reasoning and empirical information gave aid to Montesquieu's precept that the country owes each one of its voters "a safe subsistence, compatible foodstuff and garments, and a way of existence that isn't opposite to stable health."

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The Family of Abraham: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim by Carol Bakhos

By Carol Bakhos

The time period "Abrahamic religions" has received enormous foreign money in either scholarly and ecumenical circles as a fashion of pertaining to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In The kin of Abraham, Carol Bakhos steps again from this conference to invite a regularly neglected query: What, actually, is Abrahamic approximately those 3 faiths? Exploring different tales and interpretations in terms of the portrayal of Abraham, she finds how he's honored in those varied scriptural traditions and the way scriptural narratives were pressed into carrier for nonreligious purposes.

Grounding her examine in a detailed exam of historical Jewish textual practices, basically midrash, in addition to medieval Muslim tales of the Prophets and the writings of the early Church Fathers, Bakhos demonstrates that old and early-medieval readers frequently decorated identical to Abraham and his family--Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael, and Isaac. Her research dismantles pernicious misrepresentations of Abraham's firstborn son, Ishmael, and provocatively demanding situations modern references to Judaism and Islam as sibling religions.

As Bakhos issues out, an uncritical adoption of the time period "Abrahamic religions" not just blinds us to the various interpretations and traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam but additionally artificially separates those faiths from their old contexts. In correcting unsuitable assumptions concerning the narrative and theological importance of Abraham, The relations of Abraham sheds new mild on key figures of 3 international religions.

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Hittite Prayers (Writings from the Ancient World) by Itamar Singer

By Itamar Singer

Prayers are one of the so much own and innovative between Hittite texts. wealthy in metaphors and similes, they supply the simplest perception into Hittite contemplative considering and philosophy of existence. within the face of grave sickness, the loss of life of a family member, or an forthcoming army disaster, these in problem fail to remember the normal ideas of prudent phraseology and cry out from the ground in their hearts for deliverance and for a greater comprehension in their global.

The dozen royal prayers translated during this quantity are grouped in chronological and thematic order: from the earliest invocations and the first own prayers of the early Hittite Empire (Kantuzili), throughout the tricky prayers of Mursili II and Muwatalli II, to the markedly "political" prayers of Hattusili III and his queen Puduhepa. along with a wealthy resource for Hittite theology and literary types, those prayers comprise very important, occasionally even singular, historic details lacking from the traditional varieties of historiographic writing. Babylonian and Hurrian prototypes encouraged the early improvement of the style, however it quickly constructed its personal artistic type, which can additionally function an extra resource of comparability with biblical prayers.

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Fundamental Symbols: The Universal Language of Sacred by Rene Guenon, Michel Balsan, Martin Lings, Alvin Moore Jr.,

By Rene Guenon, Michel Balsan, Martin Lings, Alvin Moore Jr., Whitall Perry

This lengthy awaited quantity is gifted right here in English for the 1st time; and because it constitutes one among Guenon's maximum works, its ebook has to be counted as one of many nice literary occasions of this century. To look on the bankruptcy headings is to be inspired through the wealth and the range of the contents - The technology of Letters; Symbolic guns; The Wild Boar & the endure; The Language of the Birds; The Bridge and the Rainbow - are yet some of the seventy six chapters. A notable element of the e-book is that it supplies a brand new value to such a lot of of the items, normal and man-made, with which we're inescapably surrounded in our way of life. delicate readers could be enriched through the substantial standpoint that's right here provided them, either in time and house; and they're going to see that the booklet especially as an advent to the non secular existence, an advent which fascinates and compels. For a few souls it is going to open doorways which no different key might unencumber.

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