Abraham Ibn Ezra on Elections, Interrogations, and Medical Astrology (Etudes Sur Le Judaisme Medieval: Abraham Ibn Ezra's Astrological Writings, Volume 3)

This quantity bargains the 1st serious version of the Hebrew textual content, with English translation and statement, of 7 astrological treatises via Abraham Ibn Ezra: the e-book of Elections (3 versions); the ebook of Interrogations (3 versions); and the booklet of the Luminaries. This quantity, then, covers the astrological doctrine of elections, that is enthusiastic about discovering the simplest time to start a selected task; the doctrine of interrogations, designed to permit astrologers to answer questions concerning way of life; and the astrological thought at the back of the doctrine of the severe days, whilst marked adjustments happen within the indicators of a ailment. those 3 structures of astrology have been mixed in one quantity simply because Ibn Ezra considers them to be heavily interrelated.
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Augustine: The City of God against the Pagans (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)

By R. W. Dyson, Augustine of Hippo

This is often the 1st new rendition for a iteration of town of God, the 1st significant highbrow fulfillment of Latin Christianity and one of many vintage texts of Western civilization. Robert Dyson has produced a whole, exact, authoritative and fluent translation of De Civitate Dei, edited including complete biographical notes, a concise advent, bibliography and chronology of Augustine's lifestyles. the result's a tremendous contribution of curiosity to scholars of theology, philosophy, ecclesiastical historical past, the historical past of political proposal and past due antiquity.

Review

'Dyson's splendidly lucid, rigorously literal and traditionally delicate translation ... makes this the version that the majority readers will now decide to seek advice ... We has to be thankful for this glorious new translation.' the days larger schooling Supplement

'It reads remarkably good; it's stylish, mostly succeeds in reproducing the rhetorical colouring Augustine usually supplies his argument, and, is remarkably devoted to the textual content. a quick yet useful creation ... presents the required information regarding the context of the paintings, and summarises the details of Augustine's political concept. The publication is good-looking and good produced.' magazine of Ecclesiastical History

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin
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Sikhism: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed)

Sikhism's brief yet quite eventful background presents a desirable perception into the operating of misunderstood and doubtless contradictory topics resembling politics and faith, violence and mysticism, tradition and spirituality, orality and textuality, public sphere as opposed to deepest sphere, culture and modernity. This e-book provides scholars with a cautious research of those complicated issues as they've got manifested themselves within the ancient evolution of the Sikh traditions and the come upon of Sikhs with modernity and the West, within the philosophical teachings of its founders and their interpretation by way of Sikh exegetes, and in Sikh moral and highbrow responses to modern concerns in an more and more secular and pluralistic global. Sikhism: A advisor for the Perplexed serves as an incredible consultant to Sikhism, and likewise for college students of Asian experiences, Sociology of faith and global Religions.
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Pentecostalism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

By William K. Kay

Pentecostalism is arguably the main vivid and speedily becoming non secular stream of the twentieth century, circling the globe in lower than 25 years. characterised by means of conversing in tongues, miracles, tv evangelism, and megachurches, it's also identified for its small-group conferences, empowerment of people, liberation of ladies, and humanitarian issues. during this Very brief Introduction, William okay. Kay outlines the origins and progress of Pentecostalism, not just the theological facets of the stream, but in addition the sociological affects of its political and humanitarian viewpoints. He exhibits that its background is going again to Methodism and, sooner than that, to prior revival routine, whereas its theology contains components of holiness educating and Adventism in a distinct development centred upon Jesus. Worship will be expressed in cutting edge song or dance and, regardless of a worldview open to supernatural beings, believers are most probably additionally to welcome using the most recent communique know-how. Kay discusses how Pentecostalism was once joined within the Sixties by means of a brand new non secular wave, the "charismatic movement," which spilled over into mainline Christian denominations and remodeled their worship.
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Major Works on Religion and Politics (Library of America, Volume 263)

By Reinhold Niebuhr

A definitive selection of the theologian and public highbrow who was once the judgment of right and wrong of the yankee Century.

"One of my favourite philosophers," remarked Barack Obama in regards to the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892--1971) in 2007. President Obama is yet one of many many American political leaders--including Jimmy Carter and Martin Luther King Jr.--to be prompted by way of Niebuhr's writings. through the melancholy, international conflict II, and the chilly warfare, Niebuhr was once the most sought after public voices of his time, probing with singular variety the query of the way to behave morally in a fallen international. This Library of the US quantity, ready through Niebuhr's daughter, Elisabeth Sifton, collects 4 crucial books: Leaves from the laptop of a Tamed Cynic (1929), Moral guy and Immoral Society (1932), The young ones of sunshine and the kids of Darkness (1944), and The Irony of yankee History (1952), besides a variety of essays, sermons, lectures, prayers, together with his world-famous Serenity Prayer, and writings on present events--Prohibition, the Allied bombing of Germany, apartheid in South Africa, the Vietnam War--many of that are accumulated the following for the 1st time.
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How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor

By James K. A. Smith

How (Not) to Be Secular is what Jamie Smith calls "your hitchhiker's advisor to the current" -- it really is either a examining advisor to Charles Taylor's enormous paintings A Secular Age and philosophical tips on how we'd learn how to stay in our times.

Taylor's landmark ebook A Secular Age (2007) presents a huge, incisive research of what it capacity to stay within the post-Christian current -- a pluralist global of competing ideals and starting to be unbelief. Jamie Smith's booklet is a compact box consultant to Taylor's insightful learn of the secular, making that very major yet daunting paintings available to a big selection of readers.

Even extra, although, Smith's How (Not) to Be Secular is a realistic philosophical guidebook, a type of how-to handbook on tips to dwell in our secular age. It finally bargains us an experience in self-understanding and maps out the way to get our bearings in brand new secular tradition, irrespective of who "we" are -- no matter if believers or skeptics, religious or doubting, confident or questioned and harassed. this can be a ebook for any pondering individual to chunk on.

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The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World

By Matthew Stewart

“A colourful reinterpretation. . . . Stewart’s wit and profluent prose make this publication a desirable read.”―Publishers Weekly, starred review

Philosophy within the overdue 17th century was once a perilous company. No careerist may well have the funds for to grasp the reclusive, debatable thinker Baruch de Spinoza. but the wildly bold genius Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, who denounced Spinoza in public, grew to become privately enthusiastic about Spinoza's rules, wrote him clandestine letters, and eventually met him in secret.

"In refreshingly lucid phrases" (Booklist) Matthew Stewart "rescues either males from a dusty educational shelf, bringing them to existence as enlightened people" (Library Journal) important to the non secular, political, and private battles that gave start to the trendy age. either males placed their religion within the advice of cause, yet one spent his lifestyles protecting a God he would possibly not have believed in, whereas the opposite believed in a God who didn't want his security. finally, the 2 thinkers characterize appreciably assorted techniques to the demanding situations of the trendy period. They stand for a call that all of us needs to make.
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The Beauty of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts from the Catacombs to the Eve of the Renaissance

By Richard Viladesau

From the earliest interval of its lifestyles, Christianity has been famous because the "religion of the cross." many of the nice monuments of Western artwork are representations of the brutal torture and execution of Christ. regardless of the horror of crucifixion, we regularly locate such photographs appealing. the wonderful thing about the move expresses the relevant paradox of Christian religion: the move of Christ's execution is the emblem of God's victory over demise and sin. The move as a cultured item and as a way of devotion corresponds to the secret of God's knowledge and tool appear in ache and obvious failure. during this quantity, Richard Viladesau seeks to appreciate the wonderful thing about the pass because it built in either theology and paintings from their beginnings until eventually the eve of the renaissance. He argues that artwork and symbolism functioned as a substitute strand of theological expression -- occasionally parallel to, occasionally interwoven with, and infrequently in pressure with formal theological mirrored image at the that means of the Crucifixion and its position insalvation background. utilizing particular artworks to epitomize specific inventive and theological paradigms, Viladesau then explores the contours of every paradigm in the course of the works of consultant theologians in addition to liturgical, poetic, inventive, and musical assets. the wonderful thing about the move is tested from Patristic theology and the earliest representations of the trademarks at the move, to the monastic theology of victory and the Romanesque crucified "majesty," to the Anselmian "revolution" that situated theological and creative consciousness at the pain humanity of Jesus, and at last to the breakdown of the excessive scholastic theology of the redemption in empirically centred nominalism and the beginnings of naturalism in artwork. by means of reading the connection among aesthetic and conceptual theology, Viladesau deepens our realizing of the major image of Christianity. This quantity makes an incredible contribution to an rising box, breaking new flooring in theological aesthetics. The fantastic thing about the Cross is a priceless source for students, scholars, and someone attracted to the fervour of Christ and its representation.
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Theological Incorrectness: Why Religious People Believe What They Shouldn't

By D. Jason Slone

"Ask non secular humans one query, and you will get 3 answers!"
Why do spiritual humans think what they shouldn't--not what others imagine they will not think, yet issues that do not accord with their very own avowed spiritual ideals? This attractive ebook explores this confusing function of human behavior.
D. Jason Slone phrases this phenomenon "theological incorrectness." He demonstrates that it exists as the brain is equipped it this kind of method that it really is typical for us to imagine divergent innovations concurrently. Human minds are nice at arising with cutting edge rules that aid them make experience of the realm, he says, yet these rules don't continually jibe with respectable spiritual ideals. From this truth we derive the real lesson that what we examine from our environment--religious rules, for example--does now not inevitably reason us to act in methods in keeping with that knowledge.
Slone offers the newest discoveries from the cognitive technological know-how of faith and exhibits how they assist us to appreciate precisely why it's that spiritual humans do and imagine issues that they is not going to. He then applies those insights to 3 case stories. First he appears at why Theravada Buddhists profess that Buddha was once only a guy yet truly worship him as a god. Then he explores why the early Puritan Calvinists, who believed in predestination, acted in its place as though people had unfastened will via, for instance, carrying out witch-hunts and looking converts. eventually, he explains why either Christians and Buddhists think in success even supposing the doctrines of Divine windfall and karma recommend there is not any such thing.
In looking solutions to profound questions on why humans behave the way in which they do, this interesting booklet sheds new gentle at the workings of the human brain and at the advanced courting among cognition and culture.
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