The Gnostics by Jacques Lacarriere

By Jacques Lacarriere

Gnostics have constantly sought to “know” instead of to simply accept dogma and doctrine, usually to their peril. This inquiry into Gnosticism examines the nature, historical past, and ideology of a courageous and energetic non secular quest that originated within the historic close to East and maintains into the current day.Lawrence Durrell writes, “This is an odd and unique essay, extra a piece of literature than of scholarship, although its documentation is impeccable. it truly is as convincing a reconstruction of ways the Gnostics lived and inspiration as D.H. Lawrence’s intuitive sport of the vanished Etruscans.”

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Noble Lord, Good Shepherd: Episcopal Power and Piety in by Anna Trumbore Jones

By Anna Trumbore Jones

The bishop was once a determine of extraordinary value within the 10th and 11th centuries, as he married some great benefits of his noble start to the sacramental and pastoral function of bishop, drawing upon the consequent diversity of powers to intrude in all components of lifestyles. Scholarship at the episcopate during this interval, despite the fact that, has tended to cluster round issues: the position of bishops within the fragmentation of the Carolingian Empire and the reviews of those bishops levied via convinced church reformers. This ebook strikes past those topics and examines the whole scope of bishops' actions in southwest France, as they governed their cathedrals, interacted with lay powers, patronized spiritual groups, and wrestled with the advanced nature in their place of work.

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Pacifists in Chains: The Persecution of Hutterites during by Duane C. S. Stoltzfus

By Duane C. S. Stoltzfus

To Hutterites and participants of different pacifist sects, serving the army in anyway is going opposed to the biblical commandment "thou shalt now not kill" and Jesus’s admonition to show the opposite cheek while faced with violence. Pacifists in Chains tells the tale of 4 younger men―Joseph Hofer, Michael Hofer, David Hofer, and Jacob Wipf―who those ideals and refused to accomplish army provider in global conflict I. the lads paid a steep rate for his or her resistance, imprisoned in Alcatraz and citadel Leavenworth, the place the 2 youngest died. The Hutterites buried the boys as martyrs, mentioning mistreatment.

Using archival fabric, letters from the 4 males and others imprisoned throughout the struggle, and interviews with their descendants, Duane C. S. Stoltzfus explores the strain among a rustic getting ready to go into right into a international struggle and a humans whose historical past of martyrdom for his or her pacifist ideals is going again to their sixteenth-century Reformation beginnings.

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Alexander Campbell: Adventurer In Freedom : A Literary by Eva Jean Wrather, Visit Amazon's D. Duane Cummins Page,

By Eva Jean Wrather, Visit Amazon's D. Duane Cummins Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, D. Duane Cummins,

Eva Jean Wrather committed seventy years to writing an 800,000-word biography of Alexander Campbell, founding father of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a enormous literary biography defined through D. Duane Cummins as "a inventive and skillful combination of background and tremendous literary writing skills." within the early Nineties, Cummins used to be requested to help Ms. Wrather in revising her manuscript. Their interact makes up quantity one among Campbell's biography (TCU Press, 2005). quantity follows Campbell's lifestyles from 1823-1830, years full of the typhoon of reviews within the pages of his profitable journal, The Christian Baptist, which received combined hostility and help in Baptist and Presbyterian groups. Wrather files Campbell's event as a baby-kisser and delegate to the Virginia Constitutional conference in 1829, the place Campbell brushed shoulders with a few of America's most famed politicians and rhetoricians. Wrather believed those years have been an important bankruptcy in Campbell's lifestyles, confirming his energy as a philosopher, speaker and author.

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Christianity: A Beginner’s Guide (Oneworld Beginner’s by Keith Ward

By Keith Ward

With over billion adherents around the world, Christianity is the world’s biggest faith. even though, with a mess of denominations, and a big number of reviews on lots of its important tenets, it may be tough to procure a balanced evaluation of the religion. well known theologian and bestselling writer Keith Ward attracts from his monstrous array of expertise and information to supply a different and authoritative advent for the easily curious and for these looking a deeper realizing of this complicated religion. studying differing Christian views on fifteen significant issues which variety from construction to conceptions of the Trinity, Ward unearths a faith that is united through a typical trust, regardless of being stunningly multifaceted, as he encourages readers to imagine creatively a few culture whose influence has been felt within the such a lot distant components of the planet.

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Philokalia_The Eastern Christian Spiritual Texts: Selections by G. E. H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Bishop Kallistos Ware

By G. E. H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Bishop Kallistos Ware

The japanese Christian "Love of the attractive" could be a spouse by yourself non secular trip

A choice of writings by way of priests from the fourth to 15th centuries, the Philokalia greater than the other textual content displays the jap Church's interpretation of the Bible’s which means. easily translated, the name potential “love of the beautiful,” which displays the text’s emphasis on mystical and contemplative practices to interact all of our senses within the acts of worship and prayer.

This creation to the knowledge of the Philokalia illuminates a textual content that before has intimidated the final reader in its scholarly translations from Greek and Russian. Allyne Smith focuses his considerate choice on seven subject matters that recur in the course of the five-volume work―repentance, the center, prayer, the Jesus Prayer, the passions, stillness, and theosis. Smith’s enlightening, obtainable facing-page remark fills within the historic and religious context, clarifies center teachings, together with the japanese knowing of salvation, and attracts connections to modern day practices, resembling contemplative prayer.

Now you could event the religious knowledge of the Philokalia no matter if you don't have any past wisdom of japanese Christianity. This SkyLight Illuminations variation takes you on a trip via this loved textual content, exhibiting you ways the lessons of japanese priests can assist turn into by means of grace what God is via nature.

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Expecting the End: Millennialism in Social and Historical by Kenneth G. C. Newport, Visit Amazon's Crawford Gribben Page,

By Kenneth G. C. Newport, Visit Amazon's Crawford Gribben Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Crawford Gribben,

Jesus' promise that "the finish" attracts close to has spawned an expectation of that grand occasion throughout a variety of non secular teams. This quantity examines the abiding social matters that encompass the continuing presence of apocalyptic anticipation through surroundings them in old, present-day, and destiny manifestations. drawing close this fervent expectation from a huge point of view, Gribben and Newport discover the modern pursuits with insightful research that provokes dialogue or even self-reflection.

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Wissenschaft und Anti-Wissenschaft by Prof. Gerald Holton (auth.)

By Prof. Gerald Holton (auth.)

Used to be ist gute Wissenschaft? Welches Ziel ist das richtige Ziel jeder wissenschaftlichen Tätigkeit? Gibt es eine rechtfertigende Autorität, auf die sich Wissenschaftler berufen können? Für diese heute wieder heftig diskutierten Fragen muß jede wissenschaftliche Ära ihre eigenen Lösungen finden. Gerald Holton, Professor für Physik und Wissenschaftsgeschichte an der Harvard Universität, analysiert die lange konfliktreiche Beziehung zwischen wissenschaftlicher Weltsicht und ihren anti-wissenschaftlichen Kritikern – nicht im abstrakten Sinn, sondern im Rahmen konkreter historischer Fälle. Er zeigt, daß die Empiriker des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts, vor allem Ernst Mach, die Wissenschaftler und Philosophen des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts maßgeblich beeinflußt haben. Die Konfliktgeschichte über richtige Ziele und Legitimation der Wissenschaft wird in den Haltungen unterschiedlicher Wissenschaftler wie z.B. Albert Einstein, Max Planck oder Niels Bohr sichtbar. "Das ist ein außergewöhnlich durchdachtes, scharfsinniges und kluges Werk für jeden, der sich mit der Zukunft der Wissenschaften befaßt." John Ziman in Nature

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Against the Wind: Eberhard Arnold and the Bruderhof by Markus Baum

By Markus Baum

The first-ever biography of an uncompromising progressive for Christ whose witness nonetheless reverberates around the globe. Markus Baum, a favourite German journalist, offers Eberhard Arnold (1883-1935) as a task version for state-of-the-art disaffected younger iteration.

Baum's hugely readable account examines the forces that formed Arnold's lifestyles. He recreates a colourful period whilst millions of younger women and men in Weimar Germany rejected traditional mores and struck out on a distinct direction. Arnold, a tender and aspiring author and speaker, performed a sought after position during this ''Youth Movement,'' yet later left the limelight to stay the solutions he had came across, beginning a small neighborhood in keeping with Christ's teachings and instance.

Against the Wind exhibits Arnold's wide-ranging impression on different religious leaders of his day, his lonely stand opposed to the increase of Nazism, and his carrying on with legacy - the Bruderhof group stream - which makes his lifestyles as proper at the present time as ever.

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