Pragmatism and Other Writings (Penguin Classics)

By William James

The writings of William James signify one among America's most unusual contributions to the historical past of rules. starting from philosophy and psychology to faith and politics, James composed the main attractive formula of yankee pragmatism. 'Pragmatism' grew out of a suite of lectures and the complete textual content is integrated right here in addition to 'The which means of Truth', 'Psychology', 'The Will to Believe', and 'Talks to academics on Psychology'.

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The Religious Context of Early Christianity: A Guide to Graeco-Roman Religions

By Hans Josef Klauck

It is a uniquely well-informed and finished advisor to the realm of faith within the Graeco-Roman surroundings of early Christianity. Drawing at the newest scholarship, the quantity paints a delicately nuanced portrait of the Christians' spiritual context. in addition to describing traditional household and civic faith and renowned trust (including astrology, divination and 'magic'), there's prolonged dialogue of poser cults, ruler and emperor cults, the spiritual dimensions of philosophy, and Gnosticism. A helpful textbook for complex scholars, in addition to an authoritative reference paintings for students.

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Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession

By Anne Rice

Anne Rice’s first paintings of nonfiction—a strong and haunting memoir that explores her carrying on with non secular transformation.
Anne Rice used to be raised in New Orleans because the religious baby in a deeply non secular Irish Catholic relatives. right here, she describes how, as she grew up, she misplaced her trust in God, yet no longer her wish for a significant life.  She used her novels—beginning with Interview with a Vampire—to combat with otherworldly issues whereas in her personal existence, she skilled either loss (the loss of life of her daughter and, later, her cherished husband, Stan Rice) and joys (the beginning of her son, Christopher).  and she or he writes approximately how, ultimately, after years of wondering, she skilled the serious conversion and re-embracing of her religion that lie at the back of her latest novels in regards to the lifetime of Christ.

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Pragmatism and the Philosophy of Religion

By Michael R. Slater

During this ebook, Michael R. Slater offers a brand new review of pragmatist perspectives within the philosophy of faith. targeting the stress among naturalist and anti-naturalist types of pragmatism, he argues that the anti-naturalist spiritual perspectives of philosophers similar to William James and Charles Peirce offer a strong substitute 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 pondering such subject matters because the nature of faith and the viability of average theology. His ultimate 3 chapters have interaction with the spiritual perspectives of later pragmatists resembling Rorty and Philip Kitcher, and with present philosophical debates over metaphysical realism, naturalism, and evidentialism. His publication could be of specific curiosity to philosophers of faith, theologians, and experts in American philosophy.

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Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

By Jenna Miscavige Hill, Lisa Pulitzer

Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology chief David Miscavige, used to be raised as a Scientologist yet left the arguable faith in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she stocks her actual tale of existence contained in the higher ranks of the sect, info her reports as a member Sea Org—the church's maximum ministry, speaks of her "disconnection" from kinfolk outdoors of the association, and tells the tale of her final escape.

In this tell-all memoir, whole with kin pictures from her time within the Church, Jenna Miscavige Hill, a favourite critic of Scientology who now is helping others go away the association, bargains an insider's profile of the ideals, rituals, and secrets and techniques of the faith that has captured the fascination of hundreds of thousands, together with a few of Hollywood's brightest stars akin to Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

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The Age of Atheists: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God

By Peter Watson

A Publishers Weekly Best booklet of 2014

From one in every of England’s so much exotic highbrow historians comes “an exhilarating ride…that will stand the attempt of time as a masterful account of” (The Boston Globe) one of many West’s most crucial highbrow activities: Atheism.

In 1882, Friedrich Nietzche declared that “God is useless” and ever for the reason that tens of hundreds of thousands of superb, brave, considerate participants have committed their artistic energies to devising how one can dwell with no God with self-reliance, invention, wish, wit, and exuberance. Now, for the 1st time, their tale is revealed.

A pleasing tale of contest, failure, and good fortune, The Age of Atheists sweeps up William James and the pragmatists; Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis; Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, and Albert Camus; the poets of global struggle One and the novelists of global warfare ; scientists, from Albert Einstein to Stephen Hawking; and the increase of the recent Atheists—Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens. this can be a tale of braveness, of the millions of people who, occasionally at nice hazard, committed super inventive energies to devising how one can fill a godless international with self-reliance, invention, desire, wit, and exuberance. Watson explains how atheism has advanced and divulges that the best artistic endeavors and literature, of technology and philosophy of the final century should be traced to the increase of secularism.

From Nietzsche to Daniel Dennett, Watson’s stirring highbrow historical past manages to take the innovative rules and large questions of those nice minds and hobbies and clarify them, making the connections and ideas basic with out being simplistic. The Age of Atheists is “highly readable and immensely wide-ranging…For anyone who has questioned in regards to the that means of life…an spell binding and mind-expanding adventure” (The Washington Post).

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The Republican War on Science

By Chris Mooney

Science hasn't ever been extra an important to figuring out the political matters dealing with the rustic. but technological know-how and scientists have much less effect with the government than at any time seeing that Richard Nixon fired his technological know-how advisors. within the White apartment and Congress at the present time, findings are stated in a politicized demeanour; spun or distorted to slot the speaker’s time table; or, while they’re too inconvenient, overlooked totally. On a huge array of issues-stem mobile examine, weather switch, evolution, intercourse schooling, product security, environmental rules, and plenty of others-the Bush administration’s positions fly within the face of overwhelming medical consensus. Federal technological know-how agencies-once fiercely self sustaining lower than either Republican and Democratic presidents-are more and more staffed through political appointees who recognize lobbyists and evangelical activists much better than they recognize the technology. this isn't particular to the Bush management, however it is essentially a Republican phenomenon, born of a conservative dislike of environmental, healthiness, and safeguard legislation, and on the extremes, of evolution and legalized abortion. In The Republican warfare on Science, Chris Mooney ties jointly the disparate strands of the assault on technological know-how right into a compelling and scary account of our government’s expanding unwillingness to differentiate among valid learn and ideologically pushed pseudoscience.

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Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

By David Platt

What's Jesus worthy to you?

It's effortless for American Christians to overlook how Jesus stated his fans would really dwell, what their new way of life would truly seem like. they might, he stated, go away at the back of protection, cash, comfort, even kin for him. they'd abandon every little thing for the gospel. they might take in their crosses daily...

But who have you learnt who lives like that? Do you?

In Radical, David Platt challenges you to think about with an open center how we have manipulated the gospel to slot our cultural preferences. He indicates what Jesus truly acknowledged approximately being his disciple--then invitations you to believe and obey what you will have heard. And he tells the dramatic tale of what's occurring as a "successful" suburban church comes to a decision to get thinking about the gospel based on Jesus.

Finally, he urges you to affix within the Radical Experiment--a one-year trip in genuine discipleship that might rework the way you dwell in a global that desperately wishes the excellent news Jesus got here to deliver.

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When Jesus Lived in India: The Quest for the Aquarian Gospel: The Mystery of the Missing Years

By Alan Jacobs

What did Jesus do within the “missing years”?

Is the Aquarian Gospel authentic?

What do the church buildings think?

Did Jesus stopover at Tibet, Nepal, northern India, and Kashmir throughout the 19 “missing years” now not accounted for within the New testomony? if that is so, it will have the main far-reaching religious implications. This impressive e-book takes an neutral examine the huge evidence—in Islamic, Indian, and Tibetan resources, in addition to the fashionable Aquarian Gospel and the arguable writings of the Russian explorer Nicolai Notavitch—to discover a definitive solution to this tantalizing question.


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