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  • Download The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology by Jurgen Moltmann PDF

    By Jurgen Moltmann

    Winner of Grawemeyer Award during this outstanding and well timed paintings - in lots of methods the end result of his systematic theology - world-renowned theologian Jurgen Moltmann stands Christian eschatology on its head. Moltmann rejects the normal method, which specializes in the tip, an apocalyptic finale, as a type of Christian look for the "final solution." He facilities in its place on wish and God's promise of latest production for all issues. "Christian eschatology," he says, "is the remembered wish of the elevating of the crucified Christ, so it talks approximately starting afresh within the lethal end." but Moltmann's novel framework, deeply expert via Jewish and messianic proposal, additionally fosters wealthy and inventive insights into the perennially nettling questions of eschatology: Are there everlasting existence and private id after loss of life? How is one to consider heaven, hell, and purgatory? What are the historic and cosmological dimensions of Christian desire? What are its social and political implications. In a heartbreakingly fragile and fragment global, Moltmann's accomplished eschatology surveys the Christian vista, bravely envisioning our "horizons of expectation" for private, social, even cosmic transformation in God.

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  • Download A New History of Early Christianity by Charles Freeman PDF

    By Charles Freeman

    The relevance of Christianity is as hotly contested this day because it has ever been. A New heritage of Early Christianity indicates how our present debates are rooted within the many controversies surrounding the start of the faith and the earliest makes an attempt to unravel them. Charles Freeman's meticulous old account of Christianity from its beginning in Judaea within the first century A.D. to the emergence of Western and jap church buildings by means of A.D. six hundred unearths that it was once a particular, shiny, and tremendously varied circulation introduced into order on the fee of highbrow and non secular energy. opposed to the normal narrative of the inevitable "triumph" of a unmarried particular Christianity, Freeman exhibits that there has been a bunch of competing Christianities, a lot of which had as a lot declare to authenticity as those who finally ruled. having a look with clean eyes on the historic checklist, Freeman explores the ambiguities and contradictions that underlay Christian theology and the unavoidable compromises enforced within the identify of doctrine.
    Tracing the excellent transformation that the early Christian church underwent—from sporadic niches of Christian groups surviving within the wake of a awful crucifixion to sanctioned alliance with the state—Charles Freeman indicates how freedom of suggestion was once curtailed via the advance of the idea that of religion. The imposition of "correct belief," non secular uniformity, and an institutional framework that enforced orthodoxy have been either consolidating and stifling. Uncovering the problems in developing the Christian church, he examines its dating with Judaism, Gnosticism, Greek philosophy and Greco-Roman society, and he bargains dramatic new bills of Paul, the resurrection, and the church fathers and emperors.

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  • Download Love Between Women: Early Christian Responses to Female by Bernadette J. Brooten PDF

    By Bernadette J. Brooten

    Love among Women examines woman homoeroticism and the function of girls within the old Roman international. using an extraordinary diversity of cultural resources, Brooten unearths proof of marriages among girls and establishes that condemnations of woman homoerotic practices have been according to common wisdom of affection among women.

    "An notable accomplishment. . . . A definitive resource for all destiny dialogue of homoeroticism and the Bible."—Mary Rose D'Angelo, Harvard homosexual & Lesbian Review

    "[Brooten's] convincing research . . . not just profoundly reshapes our figuring out of the earlier, however it also needs to form the way that previous, relatively the early Christian texts with their huge normative weight, might be used for the future."—Anne L. Clark, Journal of Lesbian Studies

    "Love among Women provides modern debates on sexuality a delicately delineated earlier. It boldly insists upon a special destiny, one expert by means of historical past yet now not tyrannized via it."—Susan Ackerman, Lambda e-book Report

    "Fascinating, provocative and lucid. . . . Brooten has made a primary contribution to women's and gender experiences, homosexual and lesbian stories, and classics."—Elizabeth A. Castelli, Women's evaluation of Books

    Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for most sensible Lesbian stories booklet, 1997

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  • Download The Green Odyssey by Philip Jose Farmer PDF

    By Philip Jose Farmer

    The fairway Odyssey has been referred to as "rollicking science-fiction adventure," "uproarious," "swashbuckling," and "sheer fun," and defined through science-fiction critic Sam Moskowitz as "filled with attractive humor." the journey starts off while Alan eco-friendly arranges passage on a "wind roller," a crusing vessel of the plains, by means of stunning the captain with a monetary scheme that gives wealthy gains to beat his reluctance to assist a fugitive. atmosphere "sale" with the captain, eco-friendly thinks he is escaped from his dominating wife--but he is fallacious. Throw in pirates, floating islands, and a black cat-goddess with a flavor for beer, picked up after shipwreck on one of many wandering Islands of the Xurdimur, and you've got the recipe for science-fantasy event as impossible to resist as Riverworld itself. Newly designed and typeset in a contemporary 6-by-9-inch structure via Waking Lion Press.

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  • Download Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects by John W. Loftus PDF

    By John W. Loftus

    For approximately twenty years John W. Loftus used to be a religious evangelical Christian, an ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and an ardent apologist for Christianity. With 3 degrees--in philosophy, theology, and philosophy of religion--he used to be adept at utilizing rational argumentation to safeguard the religion. yet through the years, as he ministered to varied congregations and taught at Christian faculties, doubts in regards to the credibility of key Christian tenets started to creep into his considering. through the past due Nineteen Nineties he skilled a full-blown predicament of religion, caused by emotional upheavals in his own existence in addition to the collection weight of the doubts he had lengthy entertained.

    In this sincere appraisal of his trip from believer to atheist, Loftus conscientiously explains the reviews and the reasoning strategy that led him to reject non secular trust. the majority of the publication is his "cumulative case" opposed to Christianity. the following he lays out the philosophical, medical, and historic purposes that may be raised opposed to Christian trust. From the consequences of spiritual variety, the authority of religion vs. cause, and the matter of evil, to the contradictions among the Bible and the medical worldview, the conflicts among conventional dogma and historic proof, and masses extra, Loftus covers loads of highbrow terrain. for each factor he succinctly summarizes a few of the issues of view and gives references for extra studying. In end, he describes the results of existence with out trust in God, a few freeing, a few sobering.

    This frank critique of Christian trust from a former insider will curiosity freethinkers in addition to a person with doubts concerning the claims of faith.

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  • Download Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two by Philip Jenkins PDF

    By Philip Jenkins

    In Jesus Wars, hugely revered spiritual historian Philip Jenkins (The subsequent Christendom) finds in bloody aspect the 5th century battles over Christianity’s greatest paradox: the twin nature of Jesus Christ, as either totally human and completely divine. Jesus Wars is a needs to for the bookshelf of these who benefit from the paintings of Jared Diamond, Karen Armstrong, N.T. Wright, Elaine Pagels, and Alister McGrath, in addition to somebody drawn to early Christian heritage.

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  • Download God and the Reach of Reason: C. S. Lewis, David Hume, and by Erik J. Wielenberg PDF

    By Erik J. Wielenberg

    C. S. Lewis is among the so much liked Christian apologists of the 20 th century; David Hume and Bertrand Russell are between Christianity's most crucial critics. This ebook places those 3 highbrow giants in dialog with each other on a number of very important questions: the lifestyles of God, affliction, morality, cause, pleasure, miracles, and religion. along irreconcilable ameliorations, incredible parts of contract emerge. Curious readers will locate penetrating insights within the reasoned discussion of those 3 nice thinkers.

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  • Download The Quakers: A Very Short Introduction by Pink Dandelion PDF

    By Pink Dandelion

    The Quakers are a desirable non secular team either of their origins and within the number of reinterpretations of the religion considering. rising from the social unrest of the English civil conflict, the Quakers have long gone directly to have a power means past their numbers: be it their persevered stance opposed to struggle or their pioneering paintings opposed to slavery. even as, Quakers keep a particular worship technique to in attaining the direct come upon with God which has been on the middle of the
    movement given that its starting. This booklet charts the heritage of Quakerism and its present-day range, and descriptions its method of worship, trust, theology and language, and ecumenism.

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