Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality

By Darrel W. Ray

Why are all of the significant religions fed on with intercourse? What makes intercourse so vital, even if Buddhism or Islam, Christianity or Mormonism? what's the effect of faith on human sexuality? This ebook explores this and extra. It ventures into territory that hasn't ever been tested. you may be stunned at how a lot faith has encouraged your sexuality, who you marry, the excitement you get or don't get from intercourse, and what you are able to do approximately it.

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Divine Fury: A History of Genius

By Darrin M. McMahon

Genius. With tricks of insanity and secret, ethical license and visionary strength, the be aware indicates a nearly otherworldly energy: the facility to create, to divine the secrets and techniques of the universe, even to damage. but the inspiration of genius has been diluted in recent years. this present day, rock stars, soccer coaches, and marketers are categorized ‘geniuses,’ and the note is utilized so generally that it has obscured the feel of certain election and superhuman authority that lengthy followed it.

As acclaimed historian Darrin M. McMahon explains, the concept that of genius has roots in antiquity, while males of prodigious perception have been concept to possess—or to be possessed by—demons and gods. tailored within the centuries that and utilized to quite a few spiritual figures, together with prophets, apostles, sorcerers, and saints, abiding notions of transcendent human energy have been invoked on the time of the Renaissance to give an explanation for the magnificent creativity of guys like Leonardo and Michelangelo.

Yet it was once basically within the eighteenth century that the genius used to be actually born, idolized as a brand new version of the top human sort. Assuming prominence in figures as diversified as Newton and Napoleon, the fashionable genius emerged in rigidity with a growing to be trust in human equality. Contesting the thought that each one are created equivalent, geniuses served to dramatize the exception of outstanding contributors no longer ruled via traditional legislation. The phenomenon of genius drew medical scrutiny and large public statement into the 20 th century, however it additionally drew non secular and political longings that may be abused. within the genius cult of the Nazis and the outpouring of reverence for the redemptive determine of Einstein, genius completed either its apotheosis and its Armageddon.

The first entire heritage of this elusive notion, Divine Fury follows the fortunes of genius and geniuses throughout the a while all the way down to the current day, exhibiting how—despite its many variations and up to date democratization—genius is still a powerful strength in our lives, reflecting smooth wishes, hopes, and fears.

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Historical Dictionary of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation (Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements ; 100)

The Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century has characteristically been considered as marking the onset of modernity in Europe. It eventually broke up the federal Christendom of the center a long time, less than the management of the papacy and substituted for it a continent of self reliant and nationwide states, autonomous of Rome.

The Historical Dictionary of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation offers a entire account of 2 chains of events―the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation―that have left an everlasting imprint on Europe, the USA, and the realm at huge. this can be performed via a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over three hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries on individuals, locations, nations, associations, doctrines, principles, and occasions.

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Daoism, Meditation, and the Wonders of Serenity: From the Latter Han Dynasty (25-220) to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) (S U N Y Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture)

An evaluation of Daoist texts on passive meditation from the Latter Han via Tang periods.

Stephen Eskildsen bargains an outline of Daoist non secular texts from the Latter Han (25–220) via Tang (618–907) sessions, exploring passive meditation tools and their expected results. those equipment entailed staring at the methods that spread spontaneously inside of brain and physique, instead of actively manipulating them by means of skill universal in medieval Daoist faith resembling visualization, invocations, and the swallowing of breath or saliva. in the course of the ensuing deep serenity, it used to be claimed, you'll be able to reach profound insights, adventure visions, think surges of important strength, conquer thirst and starvation, be cured of illnesses, ascend the heavens, and achieve everlasting life.

whereas the texts mentioned persist with the legacy of Warring States interval Daoism reminiscent of the Laozi to an important measure, in addition they draw upon medieval immortality equipment and Buddhism. An figuring out of the passive meditation literature presents vital insights into the following improvement of Neidan, or inner Alchemy, meditation that emerged from the track interval onward.

“…a welcome and worthy examine on a significant element of medieval Daoist perform, one which fills a niche in our hitherto figuring out of the evolution of that faith. As such it truly is person who is certain to discover its position one of the classical experiences on medieval Daoism.” — Entangled Religions

“…a entire and enormously good geared up and awarded evaluate of ancient chinese language Daoist spiritual texts.” — Midwest booklet Review

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Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century

Dawkins and Hitchens have confident many western intellectuals that secularism is the way in which ahead. yet most folks do not learn their books earlier than finding out even if to be spiritual. as an alternative, they inherit their religion from their mom and dad, who usually innoculate them opposed to the based arguments of secularists. And what nobody has spotted is that faraway from declining, the non secular are increasing their percentage of the inhabitants: in truth, the extra non secular everyone is, the extra young children they've got. The cumulative influence of immigration from spiritual international locations, and non secular fertility should be to opposite the secularisation strategy within the West. not just will the spiritual ultimately conquer the non-religious, however it is people who find themselves the main severe of their ideals who've the most important families.

Within Judaism, the Ultra-Orthodox may possibly in attaining majority prestige over their liberal opposite numbers via mid-century. Islamist Muslims have gained the tradition struggle in a lot of the Muslim international, and their luck offers a glimpse of what awaits the Christian West and Israel. in keeping with a wealth of demographic study, contemplating questions of multiculturalism and terrorism, Kaufmann examines the results of the decline in liberal secularism as spiritual conservatism rises - and what this suggests for the way forward for western modernity.

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David Hume: Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion in Focus (Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion)

Based at the unique handwritten manuscript, this publication presents a brand new, actual version of Hume s very important paintings, devoted to his unique textual content, marginal notes, and alterations. Stanley Tweyman s entire advent offers an interpretation of the "Dialogues" as a complete, in addition to shut research of every of the paintings s twelve components. Hume s perspectives on evil are mentioned in 4 formerly released articles, and the quantity concludes with an intensive bibliography. initially released in 1991."

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China in World History (New Oxford World History)

By Paul S. Ropp

Here's a attention-grabbing compact background of chinese language political, monetary, and cultural existence, starting from the origins of civilization in China to the start of the twenty first century. Historian Paul Ropp combines brilliant story-telling with astute research to make clear many of the better questions of chinese language background. what's unique approximately China compared to different civilizations? What were the foremost adjustments and continuities in chinese language lifestyles over the last 4 millennia? delivering a world standpoint, the publication exhibits how China's nomadic pals to the north and west motivated a lot of the political, army, or even cultural heritage of China. Ropp additionally examines Sino-Indian relatives, highlighting the effect of the thriving exchange among India and China in addition to the profound influence of Indian Buddhism on chinese language existence. ultimately, the writer discusses the humiliation of China by the hands of Western powers and Japan, explaining how those contemporary occasions have formed China's quest for wealth, energy and appreciate at the present time, and feature coloured China's belief of its personal position in international history.

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Jeremiah and God's Plan of Well-being (Studies on Personalities of the Old Testament)

By Barbara Green

In Biblical Jeremiah, Barbara eco-friendly explores the prophet Jeremiah as a literary personality of the biblical booklet via seven sessions of his prophetic ministry, targeting the troubles and conditions that formed his struggles. Having faced the large complexity of scholarly matters present in the e-book of Jeremiah, eco-friendly has selected to ascertain the literary presentation of the prophet instead of concentrate on the best ancient information or the speculative strategies of composition. What eco-friendly exposes is a prophet plagued by the dire situations of his lifestyles, suffering continually, yet eventually failing at his so much pressing activity of persuasion.
In the 1st bankruptcy eco-friendly examines Jeremiah's concern as he's known as to minister and faces royal competition to his message. She then isolates the principal concern of challenge, the alternative dealing with Judah, and the sin many times selected. Delving into the tropes of Jeremiah's preaching and prophecy, she additionally analyses the fight and lament that specific Jeremiah's lack of ability to be successful as an middleman among God and his humans. subsequent eco-friendly explores the characterizations of the kings with whom Jeremiah struggled and his endurance in his ministry regardless of repeated imprisonment, and, ultimately, eco-friendly makes a speciality of Jeremiah's thwarted option to stay in Judah on the finish of the 1st temple interval and his descent into Egypt after the assassination of Gedaliah.
In Biblical Jeremiah, eco-friendly indicates the prophet as weak, even failing from time to time, whereas suggesting the importance of his task and unlikelihood of luck. She explores the complexities of the phenomenon of prophecy and the demanding situations of preaching unwelcome information in periods of uncertainty and obstacle. finally eco-friendly presents a clean therapy of a posh biblical textual content and prophet. In proposing Jeremiah as a literary determine, eco-friendly considers how his personality maintains to survive within the traditions of Judaism and Christianity at the present time.

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Mystery Religions in the Ancient World

By Joscelyn Godwin

A full of life, illustrated review of the diversity of puzzle religions that flourished on the sunrise of the Christian period. In transparent, enlightened textual content and impressive photographs, secret Religions holds up a "distant reflect" to our personal instances, displaying that the search for religious illumination from japanese religions, and emphasis on non secular improvement and adventure, and a priority for hidden wisdom are deeply rooted in Western tradition. secret Religions brings the myths, the magic, their rites and the knowledge of a bygone age to forcing existence, making them understandable to fashionable readers.... here's a compelling account of the varieties secret religions took, from the cults of Mithras, Dionysus, and Orpheus to these of the Goddess, esoteric Christianity and Judaism, and Gnosticism. Godwin deals a wealthy and sundry collection of illustrations; the symbolism of work, statues, releifs, and different visible imagery presents a wealth of extra information regarding those religions. --- excerpts from book's again disguise

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