The Screwtape Letters: With Screwtape Proposes a Toast

By C. S. Lewis

A milestone within the historical past of renowned theology, The Screwtape Letters is an iconic vintage on non secular war and the dynamics of temptation.

This profound and extraordinary narrative takes the shape of a sequence of letters from Screwtape, a satan excessive within the Infernal Civil carrier, to his nephew Wormwood, a junior colleague engaged in his first challenge in the world, attempting to safe the damnation of a tender guy who has simply develop into a Christian. even if the younger guy before everything seems to be to be a keen sufferer, he alters his methods and is "lost" to the younger devil.

Dedicated to Lewis's good friend and colleague J. R. R. Tolkien, The Screwtape Letters is a undying vintage on non secular clash and the psychology of temptation that are a part of our spiritual experience.

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Preaching Bondage: John Chrysostom and the Discourse of Slavery in Early Christianity

By Chris L. de Wet

Preaching Bondage introduces and investigates the radical suggestion of doulology, the discourse of slavery, within the homilies of John Chrysostom, the past due fourth-century priest and bishop. Chris L. de rainy examines the dynamics of enslavement in Chrysostom’s theology, advantage ethics, and biblical interpretation and indicates that human bondage as a metaphorical and theological build had a profound influence at the lives of institutional slaves. The hugely corporeal and gendered discourse linked to slavery used to be inevitably valuable in Chrysostom’s discussions of the loved ones, estate, schooling, self-discipline, and sexuality. De rainy explores the influence of doulology in those contexts and disseminates the implications in a brand new and hugely expected language, bringing to gentle the extra pervasive fissures among historical Roman slaveholding and early Christianity. The corpus of Chrysostom’s public addresses presents a lot of the literary facts for slavery within the fourth century, and De Wet’s convincing research is a groundbreaking contribution to reports of the social international in overdue antiquity.

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Pride: The Seven Deadly Sins (New York Public Library Lectures in Humanities)

By Michael Eric Dyson

Of the seven lethal sins, delight is the one one with a virtuous part. it truly is definitely an excellent factor to have satisfaction in one's kingdom, in one's group, in oneself. but if taken too some distance, as Michael Eric Dyson indicates in Pride, those virtues develop into lethal sins.

Dyson, named by way of Ebony journal as one of many a hundred such a lot influential African americans, right here seems on the many dimensions of satisfaction. starting from Augustine and Aquinas, MacIntyre and Hauerwas, to Niebuhr and King, Dyson deals a considerate, multifaceted examine this "virtuous vice." He probes the philosophical and theological roots of satisfaction in analyzing its transformation in Western tradition. Dyson discusses how black satisfaction retains blacks from being degraded and excluded by means of white delight, that are invisible, unstated, yet still very strong. Dyson additionally deals a relocating glimpse into the lecturers and books that formed his own delight and vocation. Dyson additionally seems at much less savory elements of nationwide satisfaction. seeing that Sept. 11, he notes, we have now needed to shut ranks. however the collective include of all issues American, to the exclusion of the rest, has taken where of a far richer, even more enduring, even more profound model of affection of nation. This unchecked satisfaction asserts the supremacy of the USA mainly others--elevating our nationwide ideals above any ethical court docket within the world--and attacking critics of yank international coverage as unpatriotic or even traitorous.

Hubris, temerity, arrogance--the unquestioned presumption that one's lifestyle defines how everybody else may still live--pride has many damaging manifestations. during this attractive and vigorous quantity, Michael Eric Dyson, one of many nation's optimal public intellectuals, illuminates this many-sided human emotion, person who might be an fundamental advantage or a perilous sin.

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When Giants Were Upon the Earth: The Watchers, the Nephilim, and the Biblical Cosmic War of the Seed

By Brian Godawa

The Appendices of All eight Chronicles of the Nephilim jointly in a single Book.

The bestselling Biblical fable novel sequence Chronicles of the Nephilim has opened a door for Christian mind's eye and theology like none different. writer Brian Godawa stocks the Biblical and historic old and legendary examine that undergirds the fiction. Now all these appendices were put jointly in a single e-book if you happen to wish severe learn of the themes of the Watchers, Nephilim, and the Biblical Cosmic warfare of the Seed.

This publication has the distinct bonus of a formerly unpublished bankruptcy at the publication of Enoch, in addition to newly improved chapters.

The publication of Enoch: Scripture, Heresy or What?
Bonus bankruptcy. How influential the traditional e-book of Enoch has been at the Church and the recent testomony either at once and in some way.

Sons of God (Newly improved from Noah Primeval)
Noah Primeval Appendix. advent to the Divine Council within the Bible. Are the Sons of God in Genesis 6 angels, Sethites or divine kings?

The Nephilim (Newly multiplied from Noah Primeval)
Noah Primeval Appendix. The Nephilim within the Bible is debatable. yet Genesis 6 isn't the merely position they appear. This bankruptcy explores all over the place giants look within the Bible, and there are numerous of them.

Noah Primeval Appendix. The inspiration of a sea dragon of chaos is common within the old close to East and the Bible. what's its theological which means? Dinosaur? Whale? Sea Dragon? The Bible may perhaps shock you.

Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography within the Bible
Noah Primeval Appendix. Did the Bible writers imagine the traditional Mesopotamian view of a flat earth supported by means of pillars over an Underworld with a great dome overhead? This bankruptcy we could the Bible communicate for itself.

Retelling Bible tales and Mythic mind's eye
Enoch Primordial Appendix. historical Jewish writers retold Bible tales to convey aspiring to their international. Jewish legends and Biblical creatures in Enoch Primordial: Cain as a vampire, Lilith the demon, Rahab the ocean dragon, Behemoth, Cherubim, Seraphim, Rephaim, and devil.

Gilgamesh and the Bible
Gilgamesh Immortal Appendix. a glance at what the traditional Epic of Gilgamesh has in universal with the Bible: much. What was once “Noah’s nakedness”? a glance on the a variety of theories of who Gilgamesh quite was once in heritage and the Bible.

In safeguard of historic Traditions
Abraham Allegiant Appendix. Why are there a number of names for God within the Bible? The legends in the back of the Tower of Babel and who Nimrod quite was once in background. the traditional ebook of Jasher quoted within the Bible. What does it suggest that the Sons of God inherited the countries at Babel?

Mythical Monsters within the Bible
Joshua Valiant Appendix. a glance at legendary creatures within the Bible: Satyrs, centaurs, Lilith, winged fiery serpents, and Azazel. an in depth examine recognized Biblical giants: Og of Bashan and the Anakim giants; Ahiman, Talmai, and Sheshai.

Canaanite Baal and outdated testomony Storytelling Polemics
Caleb Vigilant Appendix. How Bible writers used Canaanite notions subversively to undermine Baal the typhoon god, and raise Yahweh because the actual God.

Goliath used to be now not on my own
David Ascendant Appendix. a more in-depth examine the main well-known Biblical significant, Goliath. yet there are 5 different giants spoken of within the Bible as going after David. have been they part of a mystery pact to kill the messiah king? And who have been the Lion males of Moab?

Jesus and the Cosmic struggle
Jesus effective Appendix. Nephilim and demons. Satan’s position as “god of this world.” The Transfiguration of Christ as a assertion of struggle at the Watchers. Exegesis of one Peter three as Christ descends into Sheol with successful conquer the Powers.

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Kant and the Meaning of Religion: The Critical Philosophy and Modern Religious Thought (Library of Modern Religion, Volume 40)

By Terry F. Godlove

With no Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) there may most likely be no sleek self-discipline of 'the philosophy of religion'. Kant's massive effect has ensured that philosophers, in addressing non secular questions, have inquisitive about such matters as arguments for and opposed to the life of God; the query of immortality; the compatibility of human evil and transcendent goodness; and the connection among morality and the divine. Many books already discover the character of his impact. yet this one is going additional. It argues that Kant's theoretical philosophy, also referred to as 'the serious philosophy', includes assets that experience a lot wider implications than simply for Christianity, or for these philosophical matters that relate merely to monotheism and its ideals. For Terry F Godlove, Kant's insights run deeper, and correctly utilized may help rejuvenate our figuring out of the overall examine of non secular notion and its challenges.

The writer therefore bypasses what's often thought of to be 'Kantian philosophy of religion', focusing as a substitute on extra primary concerns: on Kant's account of expertise, for instance, and on his arguments that human conception of incomplete and finite options can however yield real wisdom and perception. Kant and faith is a refined and penetrating try, via a number one modern thinker of faith, to redefine and reshape the contours of his personal self-discipline via sustained mirrored image on Kant's so-called 'humanizing project'.

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The Philosophy of the Kalam (Structure & Growth of Philosophic Systems from Plato to Spinoza; 4)

By Harry Austryn Wolfson

In this long-awaited quantity, on which he labored for two decades, Mr. Wolfson describes the physique of doctrine referred to as the Kalam. Kalam, an Arabic time period that means "speech" and consequently "discussion," was once utilized to early makes an attempt in Islam to adduce philosophic proofs for spiritual ideals. It later got here to designate a approach of non secular philosophy which reached its maximum aspect within the 11th century; the masters of Kalam, often called Mutakallimun, have been in lots of respects the Muslim similar of the Christian Church Fathers. Mr. Wolfson reports the Kalam systematically, unfolding its philosophic origins and implications and watching its repercussions in different religions. He scrutinizes the texts of Muslim writers for his or her therapy of such an important difficulties because the attributes of God, the construction, causality, predestination and loose will. within the method he exhibits how the lessons of the Koran have been continuously interwoven with principles from Greek and Oriental philosophies, Judaism, and Christianity as Islamic idea developed.

As lucidly written and intellectually stimulating as the entire author's past books, this quantity is a becoming capstone to a striking career.

Harry Wolfson spent sixty-six years at Harvard collage, as undergraduate, graduate scholar, instructor, and professor emeritus. From 1925 until eventually his retirement in 1958 he was once Nathan Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy at Harvard. He died in September 1974 on the age of 86.

The Philosophy of the Kalam is the final significant paintings of 1 of the nice students of our age. Harry Wolfson used to be well known during the global for the intensity, scope, and knowledge of his huge volumes at the constitution and progress of philosophic structures from Plato to Spinoza. It was once not just his amazing erudition that commanded admire, his outstanding mastery of the entire fundamental resources, Greek, Christian, Judaic, and Muslim; it was once additionally his penetrating perception and his unique and groundbreaking interpretations.

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Thomas Aquinas: A Very Short Introduction

By Fergus Kerr

Thomas Aquinas is among the giants of medieval philosophy, a philosopher who had--and who nonetheless has--a profound effect on Western suggestion. Aquinas was once a debatable determine in his time who used to be usually engaged in fierce theological debates. He was once the most important classical proponent of usual theology, and the daddy of the Thomistic college of philosophy and theology. This Very brief creation will examine Aquinas in a old context, and discover the Church and tradition into which Aquinas was once born. it is going to contemplate Aquinas as thinker and theologian, and may examine the connection among philosophy and faith within the 13th century. Fergus Kerr, during this attractive and informative advent, makes the Summa Theologiae, Aquinas's maximum unmarried paintings, obtainable to new readers. He additionally sheds important gentle at the value of Thomas Aquinas nowa days, exhibiting why Aquinas issues now, illustrating the numerous function that the writings of Aquinas play in modern debate.

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Pain and Suffering in Medieval Theology: Academic Debates at the University of Paris in the Thirteenth Century

By Donald Mowbray

Questions of soreness and soreness happen often in medieval theological debate. the following, Dr Mowbray examines the leading edge perspectives of Paris's masters of theology within the 13th century, illuminating how they built notions of soreness and discomfort via construction a typical terminology and conceptual framework. Such concerns because the ardour of Christ, penitential soreness, agony and gender, the destiny of unbaptized childrens, and the discomfort and agony of souls and resurrected our bodies in hell are all thought of, to illustrate how the masters verified a transparent and designated consensus for his or her motives of the human . DONALD MOWBRAY received his PhD from the college of Bristol.

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How (Not) to Speak of God

By Peter Rollins

With sensitivity to the Christian culture and a wealthy realizing of postmodern idea, Peter Rollins argues that the stream referred to as the "emerging church" bargains a unique, unheard of message of transformation that has the aptitude to revolutionize the theological and ethical structure of Western Christianity.
"How (not) to talk of God" units out to discover the speculation and praxis of this modern expression of religion. Rollins bargains a transparent exploration of this embryonic move and gives key assets for these enthusiastic about groups which are conversant with, and looking to minister successfully to, the desires of a postmodern international.
"Here in pregnant bud is the rose, the rising new configuration, of a Christianity that's neither Roman nor Protestant, neither japanese nor monastic; yet fairly is the re-formation of them all. the following, in pregnant bud, is third-millennium Christendom." --Phyllis Tickle
"I am a raving fan of the e-book you're protecting. I enjoyed studying it. i've got already began broadly recommending it. analyzing it did stable for my brain and for my soul. It helped me comprehend my very own non secular trip extra basically, and it gave me a feeling of context for the paintings i am keen on. actually, i might say this can be one of many or 3 such a lot profitable books of theology i've got learn in ten years." --Brian McLaren, from the Foreword

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Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction

By Thomas Dixon

The controversy among technology and faith is rarely out of the scoop: feelings run excessive, fuelled by way of polemical bestsellers like The God Delusion and, on the different finish of the spectrum, high-profile campaigns to coach "Intelligent layout" in faculties. but there's even more to the talk than the conflict of those extremes. As Thomas Dixon indicates during this balanced and thought-provoking creation, a complete variety of perspectives, refined arguments, and engaging views are available in this complicated and centuries-old topic. He explores the foremost philosophical questions that underlie the controversy, but in addition highlights the social, political, and moral contexts that experience made the tensions among technological know-how and faith any such fraught and fascinating subject within the smooth global. Dixon emphasizes how the fashionable clash among evolution and creationism is quintessentially an American phenomenon, coming up from the tradition and heritage of the us, as exemplified throughout the ongoing debates approximately easy methods to interpret the First-Amendment's separation of church and country. alongside the best way, he examines landmark old episodes similar to the Galileo affair, Charles Darwin's personal spiritual and clinical odyssey, the Scopes "Monkey Trial" in Tennessee in 1925, and the Dover quarter tuition Board case of 2005, and comprises views from non-Christian religions and examples from around the actual, organic, and social sciences.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and elegance, Very brief Introductions supply an creation to a couple of life's best issues. Written by means of specialists for the newcomer, they reveal the best modern wondering the vital difficulties and matters in hundreds of thousands of key themes, from philosophy to Freud, quantum concept to Islam.

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