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Download E-books The Jewish Century PDF

By Yuri Slezkine

This masterwork of interpretative background starts off with a daring statement: the trendy Age is the Jewish Age--and we're all, to various levels, Jews.

The statement is, after all, metaphorical. however it underscores Yuri Slezkine's provocative thesis. not just have Jews tailored larger than many different teams to dwelling within the smooth international, they've got develop into the most advantageous image and traditional of recent lifestyles everywhere.

Slezkine argues that the Jews have been, in impact, one of the world's first loose brokers. They normally belonged to a social and anthropological class referred to as "service nomads," an interloper workforce focusing on the supply of products and companies. Their position, Slezkine argues, used to be a part of a broader department of human exertions among what he calls Mercurians-entrepreneurial minorities--and Apollonians--food-producing majorities.

because the dawning of the fashionable Age, Mercurians have taken middle level. in reality, Slezkine argues, modernity is all approximately Apollonians changing into Mercurians--urban, cellular, literate, articulate, intellectually difficult, bodily fastidious, and occupationally versatile. on the grounds that no team has been more proficient at Mercurianism than the Jews, he contends, those exemplary ancients are actually version moderns.

The publication concentrates at the drama of the Russian Jews, together with émigrés and their offspring in the United States, Palestine, and the Soviet Union. yet Slezkine has as a lot to claim concerning the many faces of modernity--nationalism, socialism, capitalism, and liberalism--as he does approximately Jewry. Marxism and Freudianism, for instance, sprang mostly from the Jewish problem, Slezkine notes, and either Soviet Bolshevism and American liberalism have been affected in basic methods through the Jewish exodus from the light of Settlement.

wealthy in its perception, sweeping in its chronology, and fearless in its research, this sure-to-be-controversial paintings is a crucial contribution not just to Jewish and Russian heritage yet to the historical past of Europe and the US as well.

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Download E-books KITAB AL IRSHAD 1 PDF

By Sheikh Al Mufid - XKP

This ebook units out to call the twelve Shi'i Imams. It in short describes the situations of the Imamate of every Imam, the miracles that every played during which he gave proof of his Imamate, the virtues of every Imam, and the situations of the loss of life of all of the Imams and the disappearance of the final Imam. It additionally provides an overview of the nass, or the nomination of every Imam.

Al-Irshad was once no longer the 1st paintings to be written at the topic. Al-Tabari, who died within the moment 1/2 the fourth century wrote volumes at the Imamate; the 1st, al-Mustarshid, bargains with 'Ali b. Abi Talib and the second one Dala'il al-imama is an account of Fatima, and the opposite 11 Imams. although those works aren't as well-organised as al-Mufid's, nor do they make as a lot use of non-Shi'i resources as al-Mufid does.

Al-Irshad, then, represents a important contribution to the heritage of the Imamate, it's been written through one of many striking Imami Shi'i writers of his time and has to be regarded as one of many definitive Shi'i works at the heritage of the Imamate.

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Download E-books Joy-Bearing Grief: Tears of Contrition in the Writings of the Early Syrian and Byzantine Fathers (Medieval Mediterranean: Peoples, Economies and Cultures, 400-1500) PDF

By Hannah Hunt

This quantity is the 1st full-length learn of penthos (tears of contrition) considering that Hausherr's in 1944. It lines its exposition within the early japanese Christian culture, via special research of Greek and Syriac texts via Klimakos, Ephrem, Isaac and Symeon the hot Theologian. It indicates why such weeping is, for those writers, a pleased in addition to a sobering event, and it areas their writings of their old and geographical context, giving a few lexicographical historical past. problems with non secular anthropology, and the weird number of a feminine exegete within the individual of the 'sinful girl' (Luke 7.36-50) are thought of. the belief issues easy methods to a suitable theological interpretation of those teachings and highlights glossy, non-monastic examples of joy-bearing, penitent grief.

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Download E-books The Jains (The Library of Religious Beliefs and Practices) PDF

By Paul Dundas

The Indian faith of Jainism, whose crucial guiding principle comprises non-violence to all creatures, is without doubt one of the world's oldest and least-understood faiths. Dundas seems to be at Jainism in its social and doctrinal context, explaining its background, sects, scriptures and formality, and describing how the Jains have, over 2500 years, outlined themselves as a different non secular neighborhood. This revised and elevated variation takes account of recent examine into Jainism.

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Download E-books The Amish PDF

By Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt

The Amish have consistently struggled with the trendy global. identified for his or her uncomplicated garments, undeniable way of life, and horse-and-buggy mode of transportation, Amish groups continuously face outdoors pressures to change their cultural styles, social association, and spiritual international view. An intimate portrait of Amish existence, The Amish explores not just the rising variety and evolving identities inside of this specific American ethnic group, but in addition its transformation and geographic expansion.

Donald B. Kraybill, Karen M. Johnson-Weiner, and Steven M. Nolt spent twenty-five years discovering Amish background, faith, and tradition. Drawing on archival fabric, direct observations, and oral heritage, the authors offer an authoritative and delicate figuring out of Amish society.

Amish humans don't evangelize, but their numbers in North the USA have grown from a small neighborhood of a few 6,000 humans within the early 1900s to a thriving inhabitants of greater than 275,000 this day. the biggest populations are present in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana, with extra groups in twenty-seven different states and Ontario.

The authors argue that the intensely inner most and insular Amish have devised inventive how you can negotiate with modernity that experience enabled them to thrive in the USA. The transformation of the Amish within the American mind's eye from "backward bumpkins" to media icons poses provocative questions. What does the Amish tale demonstrate concerning the American personality, pop culture, and mainstream values? Richly illustrated, The Amish is the definitive portrayal of the Amish in the United States within the twenty-first century.

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Download E-books The Apocalypse of Jesus Christ PDF

By Judith Kovacs, Christoper Rowland

This ground-breaking observation on "The Revelation to John" (the Apocalypse) finds its far-reaching impression on society and tradition, and its effect at the church in the course of the a while. This name explores the far-reaching effect of the Apocalypse on society and tradition. It exhibits the book's effect at the Christian church in the course of the a long time. It seems at interpretations of the Apocalypse through theologians, starting from Augustine to past due 20th century liberation theologians. It considers the book's results on writers, artists, musicians, political figures, visionaries, and others, together with Dante, Hildegard of Bingen, Milton, Newton, the English Civil conflict radicals, Turner, Blake, Handel, and Franz Schmidt. It offers entry to fabric no longer available in different places. it's going to entice scholars and students throughout quite a lot of disciplines, in addition to to normal readers. additional information approximately this sequence is obtainable from the Blackwell Bible Commentaries website.

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Download E-books Flames of Rome: A Novel PDF

By Paul L. Maier

Can one man's insanity damage the religion for which such a lot of may die?

A madman who murders his means into energy lusts for ever-greater glory and domination. A capital urban awash with corruption, sensuality, and political intrigue is on the flash element. And stuck among the crushing currents of background are a brand new yet growing to be spiritual team often called the fans of The Way.

Award-winning historian and best-selling writer Paul L. Maier has created a compelling sort of documentary fiction, utilizing in basic terms recognized historic occasions and folks to convey to existence first-century Rome in all its extra, treachery, and madness. this is often the Rome that the apostle Paul visits, the place he’s put on trial, and that's perpetually replaced by means of his testimony and witness. Maier takes readers into the court docket of imperial justice and into the houses of the folk being affected by the recent religion they’ve encountered to solutions questions such as:

  • How did Christianity first succeed in Rome?
  • Why did Paul need to wait years for trial and was once he condemned or set free?
  • Why does the recent testomony account in Acts finish so abruptly?
  • Who set hearth to Rome and why did Nero persecute Christians so horribly?

Following the family members of Flavius Sabinus, mayor of Rome lower than Nero Maier captures the entire drama and rigidity of the political conflicts that precede and stick to the nice fireplace of Rome, and the epic political and non secular clashes of the world’s capital. this can be the sensational tale of pagans at their worst—and Christians at their most sensible. Readers won’t are looking to placed it down.

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Download E-books Modern Physics and Ancient Faith PDF

By Stephen M Barr

A significant volume of public debate and media print has been dedicated to the “war among technological know-how and religion.” In his obtainable and eminently readable new e-book, Stephen M. Barr demonstrates that what's particularly at warfare with faith isn't technology itself, yet a philosophy referred to as medical materialism. Modern Physics and historic Faith argues that the good discoveries of recent physics are extra appropriate with the critical teachings of Christianity and Judaism approximately God, the cosmos, and the human soul than with the atheistic point of view of medical materialism.

Scientific materialism grew out of medical discoveries made up of the time of Copernicus as much as the start of the 20 th century. those discoveries led many considerate humans to the belief that the universe has no reason or function, that the human race is an unintentional derivative of blind fabric forces, and that the final word truth is topic itself. Barr contends that the innovative discoveries of the 20th century run counter to this line of idea. He makes use of 5 of those discoveries—the massive Bang thought, unified box theories, anthropic coincidences, Gödel’s Theorem in arithmetic, and quantum theory—to solid severe doubt at the materialist’s view of the area and to provide larger credence to Judeo-Christian claims approximately God and the universe.
 
Written in transparent language, Barr’s rigorous and reasonable textual content explains sleek physics to basic readers with out oversimplification. utilizing the insights of recent physics, he unearths that smooth clinical discoveries and spiritual religion are deeply consonant. a person with an curiosity in technology and faith will locate Modern Physics and historic Faith invaluable.
 
“A glossy physicist who writes with notable readability and verve, and knows the highbrow arguments lengthy utilized by the traditional faiths, Stephen Barr supplies a super security of the integrity of technological know-how within the enamel of its strongest sleek bias, by way of telling the intriguing tale of the increase, complacency, and fall of clinical materialism. As his tale crackles alongside, and simply on the aspect of achieving quite tough options, he has a knack for inventing illustrations that make one's internal gentle bulbs flash back and again.” —Michael Novak, Winner of the 1994 Templeton Prize for growth in Religion
 
“Barr has produced a super and authoritative security of Biblical religion within the gentle of up to date technology. He perceives a major clash, now not among smooth physics and historic religion, yet among faith and materialism. I comprehend of no different booklet that makes the case opposed to materialism so lucidly, truthfully, and deftly.” —Owen Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian heart for Astrophysics
 
“Written from the point of view of an complete physicist, this publication is a useful contribution to the starting to be curiosity within the courting among technological know-how and faith. The arguments are carefully logical and the documentation is excellent.” —Robert Scherrer, Ohio nation University

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Download E-books The Wisdom of the Knowing Ones: Gnosticism: The Key to Esoteric Christianity PDF

By Manly P. Hall

If any workforce, which shared within the Christian secret, possessed the esoteric secrets and techniques of the early Church, it was once the Gnostics. This order preserved to the tip the excessive moral and rational criteria which confer honor upon a instructing. The Church for that reason attacked Gnosticism vigorously and relentlessly, spotting those mystical philosophers as being the main ambitious adversaries to the temporal energy of Christian theology.

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