By Karen Armstrong
"SPLENDID . . . Eminently sane and sufferer . . . crucial analyzing for Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike."
--The Washington Post
Venerated for millennia through 3 faiths, torn through irreconcilable clash, conquered, rebuilt, and mourned for repeatedly, Jerusalem is a sacred urban whose very sacredness has engendered bad tragedy. during this attention-grabbing quantity, Karen Armstrong, writer of the hugely praised A background of God, strains the heritage of ways Jews, Christians, and Muslims have all laid declare to Jerusalem as their holy position, and the way 3 noticeably various ideas of holiness have formed and scarred town for hundreds of thousands of years.
Armstrong unfolds a fancy tale of religious upheaval and political transformation--from King David's capital to an administrative outpost of the Roman Empire, from the cosmopolitan urban sanctified by means of Christ to the non secular middle conquered and glorified via Muslims, from the glowing prize of eu Crusaders to the bullet-ridden image of the present-day Arab-Israeli clash.
Written with grace and readability, the fabricated from years of meticulous examine, Jerusalem combines the festival of background with the profundity of looking religious research. Like Karen Armstrong's A historical past of God, Jerusalem is a booklet for the ages.
"THE top critical, available background OF the main SPIRITUALLY very important urban within the WORLD."
--The Baltimore Sun
"A paintings OF awesome SWEEP AND GRANDEUR."
--Los Angeles instances publication evaluate
By Michael Slater
During this booklet, Michael Slater offers a brand new evaluate of pragmatist perspectives within the philosophy of faith. concentrating on the stress among naturalist and anti-naturalist models of pragmatism, he argues that the anti-naturalist non secular perspectives of philosophers similar to William James and Charles Peirce supply a robust replacement to the naturalism and secularism of later pragmatists corresponding to John Dewey and Richard Rorty. Slater first examines the writings of the 'classical pragmatists' - James, Peirce, and Dewey - and argues for the relevance in their perspectives for wondering such issues because the nature of faith and the viability of common theology. His ultimate 3 chapters have interaction with the spiritual perspectives of later pragmatists similar to Rorty and Philip Kitcher, and with present philosophical debates over metaphysical realism, naturalism, and evidentialism. His e-book could be of specific curiosity to philosophers of faith, theologians, and experts in American philosophy.
By C. C. (Translated by) Chang
By Peter Van Nuffelen
Old philosophers had consistently been thinking about faith. From the 1st century BC onwards, the normally extra antagonistic perspective of Greek and Roman philosophy used to be deserted in favour of the view that faith used to be a resource of philosophical wisdom. This booklet stories that adjust, no longer from the viewpoint of the heritage of faith, as is common, yet is familiar with it as a part of the broader tendency of Post-Hellenistic philosophy to divulge heart's contents to exterior, non-philosophical assets of data and authority. It situates key issues, historic knowledge and cosmic hierarchy, within the context of Post-Hellenistic philosophy and lines their reconfigurations in modern literature and within the polemic among Jews, Christians and pagans. total, Post-Hellenistic philosophy might be noticeable to have a comparatively excessive measure of solidarity in its principles on faith, which shouldn't be diminished to a training for Neo-Platonism.
By Bruce MacBain
What are the ethical tasks of members and bystanders during—and within the wake of –a clash? How have theoretical understandings of justice, peace and accountability replaced within the face of latest realities of struggle? Drawing at the paintings of prime students within the fields of philosophy, political conception, overseas legislation, non secular reports and peace reports, the gathering considerably advances present literature on battle, justice and post-conflict reconciliation. participants handle the most urgent problems with overseas and civil clash, together with the strain among attributing person and collective accountability for the wrongs of warfare, the trade-offs made among the quest for fact and calls for for justice, and the conceptual intricacies of coming to appreciate simply what's intended by means of ‘peace’ and ‘conflict.’ person essays additionally tackle concrete issues together with the foreign felony court docket, reparations, truces, political apologies, fact commissions and legal trials, with a watch to modern examples from conflicts within the heart East, Africa and North and South America.
By Susan Jacoby
In a groundbreaking old paintings that addresses spiritual conversion within the West from an uncompromisingly secular viewpoint, Susan Jacoby demanding situations the traditional narrative of conversion as a in simple terms religious trip. From the transformation at the street to Damascus of the Jew Saul into the Christian evangelist Paul to a twenty-first-century “religious marketplace” within which half americans have replaced faiths at least one time, not anything has been extra very important within the fight for cause than the ideal to think within the God of one’s selection or to reject trust in God altogether.
concentrating on the lengthy, demanding convergence of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—each claiming ownership of absolute truth—Jacoby examines conversions inside of a social and fiscal framework that comes with theocratic coercion (unto torture and loss of life) and the extra pleasant persuasion of political virtue, financial opportunism, and interreligious marriage. relocating via time, continents, and cultures—the triumph of Christianity over paganism in past due antiquity, the Spanish Inquisition, John Calvin’s dour theocracy, Southern plantations the place African slaves needed to settle for their masters’ religion—the narrative is punctuated by means of photos of person converts embodying the sacred and profane. the solid comprises Augustine of Hippo; John Donne; the German Jew Edith Stein, whose conversion to Catholicism didn't keep her from Auschwitz; boxing champion Muhammad Ali; and previous President George W. Bush. the tale additionally encompasses conversions to inflexible secular ideologies, significantly Stalinist Communism, with their very own fact claims.
eventually, Jacoby bargains a robust case for non secular selection as a made of the secular Enlightenment. In a forthright and unsettling end linking the current with the main violent elements of the West’s spiritual earlier, she reminds us that during the absence of Enlightenment values, radical Islamists are persecuting Christians, many different Muslims, and atheists in ways in which bear in mind the worst of the center Ages.
(With eight pages of black-and-white illustrations.)
From the Hardcover edition.
By Otto Hermann Pesch
By Marjo C. A. Korpel, Johannes C. de Moor
The silence of God is a routine subject matter in sleek mirrored image. it isn't simply addressed in theology, spiritual reviews and philosophy, but in addition in literary fiction, movie and theatre. The authors express that the idea that of a silent deity emerged within the old close to East (including Greece). What did the Ancients suggest after they assumed that below conditions their deities remained silent? What purposes are discernable for silence among people and their gods? For the 1st time the shut interrelation among the divine and the human within the revelatory technique is tested right here at the foundation of a wealth of translated historical texts. In an interesting epilogue, the authors discover the theological results of what they've got came across.
By James Blish
After Such Knowledge (the name taken from a T. S. Eliot quote) is a sequence of novels written by means of James Blish, every one facing a side of the cost of wisdom. the 1st released, A Case of Conscience (a winner of the 1959 Hugo Award in addition to 2004/1953 Retrospective Hugo Award for most sensible Novella), confirmed a Jesuit priest faced with an alien clever race, it appears unfallen, which he ultimately concludes needs to be a Satanic fabrication. the second one, Doctor Mirabilis, is a ancient novel concerning the medieval proto-scientist Roger Bacon. The 3rd, which include very brief novels, Black Easter and The Day After Judgment, was once written utilizing the belief that the ritual magic for summoning demons as defined in grimoires really labored. In Black Easter, a robust industrialist and fingers service provider arranges to name up demons and set them loose on the earth for an evening, leading to nuclear battle and the destruction of civilization; The Day After Judgment is dedicated to exploring the army and theological consequences.
Originally released in 1959 by way of Faber and Faber.