The War of Gods: Religion and Politics in Latin America

By Michael Löwy

The warfare of Gods strains the intimate dating among faith, politics and social concerns in Latin the USA over the past 3 many years, as liberation theology has reinterpreted the vocation of the Catholic Church and as Protestantism has made inroads on conventional Catholic strongholds.

In the Nineteen Sixties liberation theology addressed itself to the issues of a continent racked via poverty and oppression. Comprising a community of localized groups and pastoral enterprises, it quickly turned anything even more than a doctrinal present. Liberationist Christianity outlined itself in a mess of social struggles, relatively in Brazil and valuable the US. a number of the so much momentous occasions within the continent's contemporary history—the Nicaraguan revolution, the improvement of the PT (Workers' celebration) in Brazil, the tortuous ascent of President Aristide in Haiti and the rebellion in Chiapas—have borne witness to the impression of a particular liberationist Christianity. Michael Löwy proposes the following a brand new interpretation—inspired via the sociology of culture—both of liberation theology and of the rival spiritual tasks in Latin the United States.
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City of God (Penguin Classics)

St Augustine, bishop of Hippo, was once one of many principal figures within the heritage of Christianity, and City of God is one among his maximum theological works. Written as an eloquent defence of the religion at a time while the Roman Empire was once near to cave in, it examines the traditional pagan religions of Rome, the arguments of the Greek philosophers and the revelations of the Bible. Pointing the way in which ahead to a citizenship that transcends the simplest political stories of the realm and gives citizenship that may final for eternity, City of God is likely one of the so much influential records within the improvement of Christianity.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the major writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts improved by way of introductions and notes through exotic students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by way of award-winning translators.
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Criticism of Heaven: On Marxism and Theology (Historical Materialism Book Series)

By Roland Boer

 

This quantity involves a severe observation at the interactions among Marxism and theology within the paintings of the foremost figures of Western Marxism. It offers with the theological writings of Ernst Bloch, Walter Benjamin, Louis Althusser, Henri Lefebvre, Antonio Gramsci, Terry Eagleton, Slavoj Žižek and Theodor Adorno. in lots of instances their theological writings are handled for the 1st time during this e-book. it's dazzling how a lot theological fabric there's and the way little commentators have handled it. except the serious engagement with the best way they use theology, the e-book additionally explores how their theological writings infiltrate and improve their Marxist paintings. The ebook has 3 elements: Biblical Marxists (Bloch and Benjamin), Catholic Marxists (Althusser, Lefebvre, Gramsci and Eagleton), and the Protestant flip (Žižek and Adorno).

About the Author
Roland Boer, Ph.D. (1993) in religious study, McGill collage, is examine Professor on the collage of Newcastle, Australia. He has released greatly in religious study, Marxism, postcolonism, cultural reports, literary thought and political concept, together with Marxist feedback of the Bible (Continuum 2003), Political fable (Duke 2009) and feedback of faith (2009).

Reviews
"The culture of the Marxist reference and significant appropriation of Christian legacy is a protracted one, beginning with the past due Friedrich Engels. during the XXth century, it left its mark on a number of the maximum Marxist figures, from Gramsci to Benjamin, and it was once given a brand new develop within the final years by means of Agamben and Badiou. Boer’s ebook, the 1st one to offer a close evaluation of this complete culture, is far greater than an insignificant serious compendium. One often says approximately introductions and overviews that they prevail in the event that they deliver the reader to have a look at the unique texts themselves. feedback of Heaven stands totally by itself, reaching an ideal stability among an in depth exegesis and the deployment of the interpreter’s personal place. In a nearly impressive method, the extra we comprehend the interpreted authors, the extra we listen Boer’s personal voice. An imperative quantity not just for these drawn to the subject, yet for all who attempt for a cognitive mapping of today’s confusing country of things. 
(Slavoj Žižek, Birkbeck collage, London)

"In his hugely fascinating and appropriate paintings, Roland Boer, esteemed and prolific biblical pupil, bargains a traveller’s advisor to eu Neo- Marxist positions from the perspective in their numerous biblical and theological bearings. Roland Boer’s extraordinary exposition and hugely debatable interpretations recommend that Marxism is the final inn of a bona fide Calvinist theology of grace.
Carsten Pallesen, Professor of Theology, college of Copenhagen

 

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Athanasius of Alexandria: Bishop, Theologian, Ascetic, Father (Christian Theology in Context)

By David M. Gwynn

Athanasius of Alexandria (c.295-373) is likely one of the maximum and so much debatable figures of early Christian historical past. His existence spanned the interval of primary switch for the Roman Empire and the Christian Church that the conversion of Constantine the good, the 1st Christian Roman emperor. A bishop and theologian, an ascetic and a pastoral father, Athanasius performed a crucial position in shaping Christianity in those the most important early life. As bishop of Alexandria (328-73) he fought to unite the divided Egyptian Church and encouraged admiration and competition alike from fellow bishops and the emperor Constantine and his successors. Athanasius attended the 1st ecumenical Council of Nicaea summoned via Constantine in 325 and as a theologian will be remembered because the defender of the unique Nicene Creed opposed to the 'Arian' heresy. He was once additionally a champion of the ascetic move that reworked Christianity, a shopper of clergymen and virgins and the writer of various ascetic works together with the well-known Life of Antony. some of these components performed their half in Athanasius' vocation as a pastoral father, accountable for the actual and non secular wellness of his congregations. This booklet bargains the 1st learn in English to attract jointly those various but inseparable roles that outlined Athanasius' existence and the impression that he exerted on next Christian culture. The presentation is offered to either experts and non-specialists and is illuminated all through through vast citation from Athanasius' many writings, for it truly is via his personal phrases that we could most sensible technique this notable man.
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Heaven Is For Real: The Book Isn't: An Astounding Refutation Of A Story About A Trip To Heaven And Back

By D. Eric Williams

* * * * awareness: This book provides a Bible dependent severe evaluation of Heaven Is For Real * * * *
the hot York occasions top promoting e-book, Heaven Is for Real outlines the story of 4 12 months previous Colton Burpo's emergency surgical procedure for a ruptured appendix and the startling revelations that undefined. within the months and years after the profitable surgical procedure Colton started to spread an attractive tale to his mom and dad. yet is the account logical - and most crucial - is it biblical? discover within the book Heaven Is For actual: The booklet is not, An awesome Refutation Of a narrative a few journey To Heaven And Back by way of pastor and author D. Eric Williams. If you have got learn the simplest vendor, you must learn this critique!
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The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate

2016 Christianity Today religious study Award of benefit for hundreds of years the tale of Adam and Eve has resonated richly throughout the corridors of artwork, literature and theology. yet for many moderns, taking it at face price is incongruous. or even for lots of pondering Christians this day who are looking to take heavily the authority of Scripture, insisting on a "literal" realizing of Genesis 2–3 appears painfully like a "tear right here" strip among religion and technology. How can Christians of fine religion circulate ahead? Who have been the ancient Adam and Eve? What if we now have been interpreting Genesis―and its claims relating to fabric origins―wrong? In what cultural context used to be this couple, this backyard, this tree, this serpent portrayed? Following his groundbreaking Lost international of Genesis One, John Walton explores the traditional close to jap context of Genesis 2–3, growing house for a devoted interpreting of Scripture in addition to complete engagement with technological know-how for a brand new manner ahead within the human origins debate. As an advantage, an illuminating excursus through N. T. Wright areas Adam within the implied narrative of Paul's theology. The misplaced international of Adam and Eve should be required analyzing for a person trying to comprehend this foundational textual content traditionally and theologically, and brooding about the best way to view it along modern understandings of human origins.
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What Is God?

By Jacob Needleman

In his such a lot intimate and revealing paintings, spiritual pupil Needleman cuts a transparent course via modern day clamorous debates over the lifestyles of God, bringing a wholly new method of coming near near the query of ways to appreciate a better strength.

In this new publication, Jacob Needleman-whose voice and ideas have performed lots to open the West to esoteric and japanese spiritual rules within the 20th and twenty-first centuries-intimately considers humanity's most important query: What is God?

With wealthy, bright examples from his reports within the lecture room and different walks of existence, Needleman attracts us toward the which means andnature of this question-and indicates how our current confusion concerning the function of faith and the idea that of God displays a frequent mental hunger for a particular caliber of notion and adventure. In various aspect, the e-book describes this internal event, and the way just about all of us-atheists and believers alike-actually were visited by means of it, yet with no realizing what it capacity and why its intentional cultivation is important for the fullness of our existence.
 
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Three Philosophies of Life: Ecclesiastes--Life as Vanity, Job--Life as Suffering, Song of Songs--Life as Love

By Peter Kreeft

I have been a thinker for all my grownup lifestyles and the 3 such a lot profound books of philosophy that i've got ever learn are Ecclesiastes, task, and track of Songs." those are the hole traces of Kreeft's 3 Philosophies of lifestyles. He displays that there are finally basically 3 philosophies of existence and every one is represented by means of this sort of books of the Bible-life is self-importance; existence is agony; existence is love.
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The Fifth Gospel: The Gospel of Thomas Comes of Age

By Stephen J. Patterson, James M. Robinson

In December 1945, on the base of cliffs that run alongside the Nile River close to the modern day city of Nag Hammadi, an Egyptian farmer found, in a sealed jar, 13 old Coptic codices containing greater than fifty separate tracts. This discovery represented arguably the main major manuscript discovery of the 20 th century for the learn of the hot testomony and Christian origins. Of all of the texts during this Nag Hammadi Library, none has been extra celebrated than the Gospel of Thomas - a Gospel that has performed an important function within the newly rising view of early Christianity as a really diversified phenomenon and within the contemporary revival of old Jesus reports. Now, after greater than fifty years of analysis, the easiest textual content and the simplest translation of Thomas are provided the following in simple shape via the Berlin operating crew for Coptic Gnostic Writings, with Stephen J. Patterson and James M. Robinson. furthermore, essays were incorporated for individuals who can be strange with this new Gospel or with occasions that ended in its discovery and ebook. the 1st, by means of Patterson, is a normal advent to the Gospel of Thomas because it seems to be fifty years after its discovery. the second one, through Robinson, tells the interesting tale of that discovery itself by means of one that used to be without delay keen on bringing this new Gospel to gentle. An annotated checklist "for additional studying" completes the amount. Stephen J. Patterson is affiliate Professor of recent testomony at Eden Theological Seminary and writer of The God of Jesus: The historic Jesus and the hunt for which means (Trinity Press). James M. Robinson is the previous director of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Professor Emeritus on the Claremont Graduate university, and editor of The Nag Hammadi Library.
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Cosmic Liturgy: The Universe According to Maximus the Confessor (Communio Books)

Maximus the Confessor, saint and martyr, is the theologian of synthesis: of Rome and Byzantium, of antiquity and the center a while, reexcavating the nice treasures of Christian culture, which at the moment have been buried via imperial and ecclesial censure. Von Balthasar used to be an expert at the Church Fathers--Irenaeus, Origen, Gregory of Nyssa, Augustine, and in particular, Maximus the Confessor. This masterpiece on Maximus broke new floor at the moment. this can be the 1st English translation of the most recent version of this acclaimed paintings. This ebook provides a strong, beautiful, religiously compelling portrait of the concept of a massive Christian theologian who may perhaps, for this ebook, have remained in basic terms an vague identify within the handbooks of patrology. right here the background of theology has turn into itself a fashion of theological mirrored image.
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