February 10, 2017

Holy Sci-Fi!: Where Science Fiction and Religion Intersect (Science and Fiction)

By Paul J. Nahin

Can a working laptop or computer have a soul? Are faith and technology jointly particular? Is there fairly this kind of factor as loose will? if you happen to may possibly time trip to go to Jesus, may you (and should still you)? for centuries, philosophers, scientists and technology fiction writers have meditated those questions and plenty of more.

In Holy Sci-Fi!, well known author Paul Nahin explores the fertile and infrequently uneasy courting among technological know-how fiction and faith. With a scope spanning the historical past of faith, philosophy and literature, Nahin follows non secular subject matters in technology fiction from Feynman to Foucault and from Asimov to Aristotle.

An interesting trip via well known and well-loved books and tales, Holy Sci-Fi! indicates how sci-fi has trained humanity's attitudes in the direction of our faiths, our destiny and ourselves.

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February 10, 2017

The Devil You Know: The Surprising Link between Conservative Christianity and Crime

During this trenchant exam of Christianity’s darkish aspect, a criminologist argues persuasively that prime charges of violent crime within the usa may be correlated with Christian conservative attitudes, particularly in regard to social mores and politics. Of specific crisis is “Christian nationalism.” Supporters of this move argue that the United States used to be based as a Christian state and so they paintings to put in their fundamentalist model of Christianity because the dominant consider American political and social lifestyles. faraway from being a enthusiast outlier sect, this workforce is proven to have major cultural impression, in particular within the American South. now not coincidentally, the writer indicates, the South additionally has the top murder premiums.

Noting the violent biblical passages usually stated through non secular conservatives, their feel of righteousness, their dogmatic attitude that tolerates no dissent, and their help for harshly punitive measures towards “sinners,” Peterson Sparks indicates that their worldview is definitely the right seedbed for violence. not just does this approach make violent reactions in interpersonal conflicts much more likely, the writer says, however it exacerbates the issues of the felony justice approach by means of advocating rules that create excessive incarceration premiums. the writer additionally devotes specific awareness to the victimization of ladies, youngsters, and LGBT humans, which follows from this inflexible trust method.  

While no longer resorting to a blanket condemnation of Christianity or faith as a complete, Peterson Sparks matters a serious warning call concerning conservative Christianity’s poisonous mix of fundamentalism, authoritarian politics, patriotism, and retributory justice.

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February 10, 2017

The Conflict Myth and the Biblical Tradition

There are lots of old West Asian tales that narrate the victory of a warrior deity over an enemy, usually a sea-god or sea dragon, and his upward thrust to divine kingship. In The clash fable and the Biblical Tradition, Debra Scoggins Ballentine analyzes this motif, arguing that it used to be used inside of historic political and socio-religious discourses to strengthen specific divine hierarchies, kings, associations, and teams, in addition to to assault others. Situating her examine of the clash topos inside of modern theorizations of fable by means of Bruce Lincoln, Russell McCutcheon, and Jonathan Z. Smith, Ballentine examines narratives of divine wrestle and circumstances of this clash motif. Her examine cuts throughout conventional disciplinary obstacles in addition to built time classes, focusing not just at the Hebrew Bible but in addition incorporating Mesopotamian, early Jewish, early Christian, and rabbinic texts, spanning a interval of virtually 3 millennia - from the eighteenth century BCE to the early center a long time CE. The clash fable and the Biblical Tradition advances our figuring out of the clash topos in old west Asian and early Jewish and Christian literatures and of the way mythological and spiritual rules are used either to validate and render normative specific ideologies and socio-political preparations, and to delegitimize and invalidate others.

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February 10, 2017

Music, Cosmology, and the Politics of Harmony in Early China (SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture)

Explores the spiritual, political, and cultural importance attributed to tune in early China.

In early China, conceptions of track grew to become very important culturally and politically. This interesting booklet examines a variety of texts and discourse on song in this interval (ca. 500–100 BCE) in mild of the increase of spiritual, protoscientific ideals at the intrinsic concord of the cosmos. through monitoring how tune started to tackle cosmic and spiritual importance, Erica Fox Brindley indicates how tune was once used as a instrument for such corporations as kingdom unification and cultural imperialism. She additionally outlines how musical discourse followed the expansion of an particular psychology of the feelings, served as a basic medium for religious attunement with the cosmos, and was once concept to have software and efficiency in drugs. whereas discussions of tune in kingdom ritual or as a classy and cultural perform abound, this ebook is exclusive in linking tune to non secular trust and demonstrating its convergences with key non secular, political, and highbrow adjustments in early China.

“This is a gigantic contribution to the sphere when it comes to addressing a few early conceptions of tune and its social, cultural, and political function within the constructing political and cosmic process in keeping with correlative considering, or because the writer places it, a ‘cosmology of mystical resonance.’” — Joanne D. Birdwhistell, writer of Mencius and Masculinities: Dynamics of energy, Morality, and Maternal Thinking

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February 10, 2017

Dark Passages of the Bible: Engaging Scripture with Benedict XVI and St. Thomas Aquinas

By Matthew J. Ramage

A number of gods? Divinely mandated genocide? Rejection of an afterlife? If the Scriptures are the encouraged and inerrant notice of God that Christians declare them to be, how can they include these items? for lots of believers within the glossy age, conventional Christian solutions to those demanding situations aren't any longer convincing. notwithstanding spiritually edifying, they're not able to account for the sheer scope and intensity of difficulties raised in the course of the creation of historical-critical scholarship.
Following the lead of Pope Benedict XVI, in darkish Passages of the Bible Matthew Ramage weds the historical-critical method with a theological studying of Scripture established within the patristic-medieval culture. while those techniques are frequently considered as collectively particular or maybe contradictory, Ramage insists that the 2 are collectively enriching and worthy for doing justice to the Bible's such a lot difficult texts.
Ramage applies Benedict XVI's hermeneutical rules to 3 of the main theologically tricky components of the Bible: its remedy of God's nature, the character of fine and evil, and the afterlife. Teasing out key hermeneutical ideas from the paintings of Thomas Aquinas, Ramage analyzes each one of those issues with a watch to reconciling texts whose presence would appear to violate the doctrines of biblical concept and inerrancy. whilst, Ramage without delay addresses the issues of concrete biblical texts in mild of either patristic and sleek exegetical equipment.

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February 10, 2017

Virtue, Success, Pleasure, and Liberation: The Four Aims of Life in the Tradition of Ancient India

What's the Nature of the social order that certainly produced one of many maximum and most lasting civilizations identified to humankind? Alain Daniélou, special Orientalist, musicologist, and linguist, finds the principles of India's tradition and the 4 goals of human lifestyles as they're seen within the conventional Hindu society: advantage on an ethical aircraft; luck at the fabric and social planes; excitement on a sensual airplane; and liberation on a non secular airplane. Coexistent with those goals are the 4 phases of existence: quest for wisdom, kin existence, retreat into the wooded area, and renunciation.

A four-fold department are available in all conventional societies during the global, symbolically representing the development of inventive cognizance into actual truth. In India, this department is mirrored within the caste process, a social order that differs profoundly from these authorised within the modern Western international. Exploring he primary ideas of the caste method, the writer addresses problems with race, person rights, sexual mores, martial practices, and non secular attainments. during this mild, he exposes the inherent flaws and hypocrisies of our sleek egalitarian governments and indicates how the shadow aspect of the traditional caste method persists, disguised and unacknowledged, underneath modern fiscal regimes. Daniélou explains how Hindu society has served as a version for the conclusion of human strength on many degrees, addressing sociological and human difficulties which are either undying and common.

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February 10, 2017

Religious Experience in the Work of Richard Wagner

By Marcel Hébert

Contents
Foreword - Stephen Schloesser
Introduction - C. J. T. Talar and Elizabeth Emery
Translators' be aware - C. J. T. Talar and Elizabeth Emery
Abbreviations
Preface
1. Richard Wagner's Ideal
2. paintings and Philosophy
3. define of the Drama Jesus of Nazareth
4. the hoop of the Nibelung or Tetralogy
5. Tristan and Isolde
6. Parsifal
7. "The Letter Kills, it's the Spirit that offers Life" : 2 Corinthians 3:6
Appendix: comments on a up to date booklet on Richard Wagner - Abbe Arthur Mugnier
Bibliography
Index

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February 10, 2017

God or Godless?: One Atheist. One Christian. Twenty Controversial Questions.

By John W. Loftus, Randal Rauser

Maybe the main power query in human heritage is whether there's a God. clever humans on either side of the difficulty have argued, occasionally with deep rancor and bitterness, for generations. the difficulty cannot be determined through one other apologetics publication, however the dialog can proceed and aid both sides comprehend the views of the other.

In this precise ebook, atheist John Loftus and theist Randal Rauser interact in twenty brief debates that reflect on Christianity, the lifestyles of God, and unbelief from numerous angles. every one concise debate facilities on a proposition to be resolved, with both John or Randal arguing within the affirmative and the opponent the destructive, and will be learn briefly bits or tremendous bites. this is often definitely the right ebook for Christians and their atheist or agnostic acquaintances to learn jointly, and encourages sincere, open, and candid debate at the most crucial problems with existence and religion.

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February 10, 2017

God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible

By Adam Nicolson

A community of complicated currents flowed throughout Jacobean England. This was once the britain of Shakespeare, Jonson, and Bacon; the period of the Gunpowder Plot and the worst outbreak of the plague. Jacobean England was once either extra godly and not more godly than the rustic had ever been, and the complete tradition used to be drawn taut among those polarities. This used to be the area that created the King James Bible. it's the maximum paintings of English prose ever written, and it's no twist of fate that the interpretation was once made in the mean time "Englishness," in particular the English language itself, had come into its first passionate adulthood. The English of Jacobean England has a extra encompassing suggestion of its personal scope than any kind of the language earlier than or seeing that. It drips with efficiency and sensitivity. The age, with all its conflicts, explains the book.

This P.S. variation beneficial properties an additional sixteen pages of insights into the publication, together with writer interviews, steered studying, and extra.

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