The Siege of Mecca: The 1979 Uprising at Islam's Holiest Shrine

By Yaroslav Trofimov

In The Siege of Mecca, acclaimed journalist Yaroslav Trofimov pulls again the curtain on an exhilarating, pivotal, and missed episode of recent heritage, studying its repercussions at the center East and the world.On November 20, 1979, around the world realization used to be enthusiastic about Tehran, the place the Iranian hostage concern was once getting into its 3rd week. that very same morning, gunmen shocked the area by way of seizing the Grand Mosque in Mecca, making a siege that trapped 100,000 humans and lasted weeks, inflaming Muslim rage opposed to the us and inflicting hundreds of thousands of deaths. yet within the days prior to CNN and Al Jazeera, the click slightly took observe. Trofimov interviews for the 1st time rankings of direct members within the siege, and attracts upon thousands of newly declassified records. With the pacing, element, and suspense of a real-life mystery, The Siege of Mecca finds the iconic aftereffects of the rebellion and its effect at the international this day.

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The God Delusion

By Richard Dawkins

A preeminent scientist -- and the world's such a lot admired atheist -- asserts the irrationality of trust in God and the grievous damage faith has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11.

With rigor and wit, Dawkins examines God in all his varieties, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the outdated testomony to the extra benign (but nonetheless illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favorite through a few Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the main arguments for faith and demonstrates the best improbability of a perfect being. He indicates how faith fuels warfare, foments bigotry, and abuses kids, buttressing his issues with historic and modern proof. The God Delusion makes a compelling case that trust in God is not only fallacious yet very likely lethal. It additionally deals exhilarating perception into the benefits of atheism to the person and society, no longer the least of that is a clearer, more true appreciation of the universe's wonders than any religion may possibly ever muster.

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The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth

By Barbara Mor

This vintage exploration of the Goddess via time and through the global attracts on spiritual, cultural, and archaeological resources to recreate the Goddess faith that's humanity’s history. Now, with a brand new creation and full-color art, this passionate and demanding textual content exhibits much more truly that the faith of the Goddess--which is tied to the cycles of women’s our bodies, the seasons, the stages of the moon, and the fertility of the earth--was the unique faith of all humanity.

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Andrew of Bethsaida and the Johannine Circle: The Muratorian Tradition and the Gospel Text (Studies in Biblical Literature)

By James Patrick

This booklet is a examining of the textual content of the Gospel of John in gentle of a practice of Johannine authorship represented by means of the Muratorian Fragment, Papias of Hierapolis, and the Anti-Marcionite Prologue, all that are taken to mirror the effect of a standard culture represented by means of Jerome, Clement of Alexandria, and Victorinus of Pettau. Taken jointly those recommend that the Gospel of John used to be the paintings of the overdue first- or early second-century John the Presbyter who mediated the culture of a particular team of Johannine disciples between whom Andrew used to be most vital.

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El Libro De Las Religiones

By Jostein Gaarder, Victor Hellern, Henry Notaker

¿Qué es realmente el budismo? ¿Qué significa nirvana? ¿Cuáles son las principales diferencias entre catolicismo y protestantismo? ¿Qué sabemos de l. a. Iglesia ortodoxa, tan cercana y al mismo tiempo tan distante? ¿Protestantismo y luteranismo son lo mismo? ¿Es verdad que el emperador de Japón es divino? Y del islam, tan presente en el debate social hoy en día, ¿cuál es su doctrina? ¿Qué sabemos delEjército de Salvación, los mormones o los cuáqueros que a veces aparecen en las películas estadounidenses? ¿Qué creencias tienen en África? Y los que no creen en un Dios, ¿en qué creen? ¿En el humanismo, en el materialismo?
A todas estas preguntas nos contesta este Libro de las religiones, que fue concebido como un útil handbook para jóvenes sobre el mundo de las religiones, las corrientes filosóficas y los angeles ética por sus tres autores: Jostein Gaarder –autor de El mundo de Sofía–, Victor Hellern y Henry Notaker.

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Diary of a Mad First Lady (Urban Renaissance)

By DiShan Washington

Michelle is aware that being the 1st woman of Mount Zion Baptist Church is a vital and much-coveted place, so she consistently supplies thank you for a dutiful husband and a wealthy lifestyles. yet she additionally prays for Darvin to spend extra time along with her, speaking approximately whatever except Mount Zion's affairs.
Michelle's religion is additional placed to the attempt while the seductive vixen Daphne Carlton arrives at the steps in their church, decided to make Michelle's existence a residing hell in order that she will dispose of Michelle and think her position because the First girl.
With Michelle representing the acceptance of her husband and church, she feels the load to reply in a prim and correct demeanour; yet she is familiar with that during actual existence, such habit is probably not adequate to defeat an enemy as soon as and for all. How a long way is the 1st girl keen to move so as to cease Daphne?

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The Conflict Myth and the Biblical Tradition

There are various historic West Asian tales that narrate the victory of a warrior deity over an enemy, normally a sea-god or sea dragon, and his upward push to divine kingship. In The clash delusion and the Biblical Tradition, Debra Scoggins Ballentine analyzes this motif, arguing that it used to be used inside historic political and socio-religious discourses to strengthen specific divine hierarchies, kings, associations, and teams, in addition to to assault others. Situating her research of the clash topos inside modern theorizations of fantasy through Bruce Lincoln, Russell McCutcheon, and Jonathan Z. Smith, Ballentine examines narratives of divine wrestle and cases of this clash motif. Her examine cuts throughout conventional disciplinary obstacles in addition to built time sessions, focusing not just at the Hebrew Bible but in addition incorporating Mesopotamian, early Jewish, early Christian, and rabbinic texts, spanning a interval of just about 3 millennia - from the eighteenth century BCE to the early center a long time CE. The clash fantasy and the Biblical Tradition advances our figuring out of the clash topos in historic west Asian and early Jewish and Christian literatures and of the way mythological and non secular principles are used either to validate and render normative specific ideologies and socio-political preparations, and to delegitimize and invalidate others.

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The Literary Guide to the Bible

By Frank Kermode

Rediscover the incomparable literary richness and energy of a booklet that every one folks reside with an many folks dwell by way of. a global workforce of well known students, assembled by means of best literary critics, deals a book-by-book consultant in the course of the previous and New Testaments in addition to normal essays at the Bible as a complete, delivering an attractive reintroduction to a piece that has formed our language and idea for hundreds of thousands of years.

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God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion

By Victor J. Stenger

A thorough and hard-hitting critique that may be a needs to learn for a person drawn to the interplay among faith and science.

It has develop into the ordinary view between sociologists, historians, and a few theistic scientists that faith and technological know-how have by no means been in critical clash. a few even declare that Christianity was once answerable for the advance of technological know-how. In a sweeping old survey that starts off with historic Greek technological know-how and proceeds in the course of the Renaissance and Enlightenment to modern advances in physics and cosmology, Stenger makes a powerful case that not just is that this end fake, yet Christianity truly held again the growth of technological know-how for a thousand years. it truly is major, he notes, that the clinical revolution of the 17th century happened purely after the revolts opposed to validated ecclesiastic gurus within the Renaissance and Reformation unfolded new avenues of inspiration.

The writer is going directly to aspect how faith and technology are essentially incompatible in numerous parts: the beginning of the universe and its actual parameters, the beginning of complexity, holism as opposed to reductionism, the character of brain and awareness, and the resource of morality. in spite of everything, Stenger is so much bothered through the unfavourable impact that geared up faith frequently exerts on politics and society. He issues out antiscientific attitudes embedded in renowned faith which are getting used to suppress medical effects on problems with worldwide significance, akin to overpopulation and environmental degradation. whilst faith fosters disrespect for technology, it threatens the generations of humanity that may stick to ours.

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Why There Is No God: Simple Responses to 20 Common Arguments for the Existence of God

By Armin Navabi

• "Science cannot clarify the complexity and order of existence; God should have designed it to be this way."
• "God's lifestyles is confirmed by way of scripture."
• "There's no facts that God does not exist."
• "God has helped me a lot. How may none of or not it's true?"
• "Atheism has killed extra humans than faith, so it needs to be wrong!"

what number instances have you ever heard arguments like those for why God exists? Why there is not any God offers uncomplicated, easy-to-understand counterpoints to the hottest arguments made for the lifestyles of God. every one bankruptcy provides a concise clarification of the argument, via a reaction illustrating the difficulties and fallacies inherent in it. even if you are an atheist, a believer or not sure, this ebook deals a great starting place for development your individual inquiry concerning the thought of God.

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