The Politics of Peace: Ephesians, Dio Chrysostom, and the by Te-Li Lau

By Te-Li Lau

Even though scholarship has famous the thematic significance of peace in Ephesians, few have tested its political personality in a sustained demeanour during the whole letter. This ebook addresses this lacuna, evaluating Ephesians with Colossians, Greek political texts, Dio Chrysostom's Orations, and the Confucian 4 Books so one can ensure the rhetorical and political nature of its topos of peace. via comparability with analogous records either inside of and with out its cultural milieu, this examine indicates that Ephesians should be learn as a politico-religious letter 'concerning peace' in the church. Its imaginative and prescient of peace includes universal political components (such as ethical schooling, loved ones administration, communal balance, a common humanity, and conflict) which are subsumed lower than the controlling rubric of the team spirit and cosmic summing up of all issues in Christ.

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Montaillou: Cathars and Catholics in a French Village by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie

By Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie

Initially released in French in 1975, Montaillou is a pioneering paintings in microhistory by way of Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie (b. 1929), a learn of the village of Montaillou within the sector of Languedoc within the south of France in the course of the age of the Cathar heresy. He drew upon the meticulous notes of a member of the Inquisition, Jacques Fournier, who served because the Bishop of Pamiers among 1318 and 1325 earlier than changing into Pope Benedict XII, to enhance a multi-layered research of existence in a small French village over the process a number of many years. utilizing the documents of interrogations performed via Fournier -- a consummate and pitiless inquisitor within the pursuit of heresy, an acute psychologist who was once in a position to elicit from the accused the innermost secrets and techniques in their concepts and activities -- Le Roy Ladurie recreated either the cloth and psychological worlds of a wealthy forged of village characters. He tested the previous as mirrored in farming practices, homes, family with different villages and with either secular and ecclesiastical energy, and the latter as mirrored of their ideals approximately God, destiny, sexuality, dying, existence, marriage, magic, area, time, and salvation.

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Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths by Karen Armstrong

By Karen Armstrong

"SPLENDID . . . Eminently sane and sufferer . . . crucial studying for Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike."
--The Washington Post

Venerated for millennia via 3 faiths, torn by way of irreconcilable clash, conquered, rebuilt, and mourned for many times, Jerusalem is a sacred urban whose very sacredness has engendered bad tragedy. during this interesting quantity, Karen Armstrong, writer of the hugely praised A historical past of God, strains the background of ways Jews, Christians, and Muslims have all laid declare to Jerusalem as their holy position, and the way 3 substantially varied recommendations 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 through Christ to the non secular heart conquered and glorified through Muslims, from the sparkling prize of eu Crusaders to the bullet-ridden image of the present-day Arab-Israeli clash.

Written with grace and readability, the manufactured from years of meticulous examine, Jerusalem combines the competition of historical past with the profundity of looking out religious research. Like Karen Armstrong's A heritage of God, Jerusalem is a e-book for the ages.

"THE top severe, obtainable heritage OF the main SPIRITUALLY vital urban within the WORLD."
--The Baltimore Sun

"A paintings OF awesome SWEEP AND GRANDEUR."
--Los Angeles occasions publication overview

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The Jesus Myth by George Albert Wells

By George Albert Wells

Does the hot testomony tale of Jesus comprise any parts of ancient fact, or is it natural legend? Professor G.A. Wells is the main modern exponent of the only mythical, or "mythicist" view. within the Jesus fantasy he offers an up to date, radical, and well-reasoned argument, drawing upon his definite snatch of the wide-ranging evidence.

Wells contends that the money owed of Jesus within the 4 canonical gospels not just contradict one another, yet also are now not in concord with the earliest Christian records, which by no means current Jesus as an itinerant preacher, a performer of miracles, born of a virgin, linked to Nazareth, or carried out less than Pilate.

The gospels have been composed after A.D. 70 by way of unknown people who couldn't were eye-witnesses to the occasions they describe. all of the earliest non-Christian testimony, pagan and Jewish, depends upon Christian bills. The usually voiced idea that there's self sustaining corroboration of the lifetime of Jesus from "Roman files" or in different places is wishful thinking.

The Jesus fantasy, which follows Professor Wells's prior, hugely acclaimed paintings, The Jesus Legend (see web page 15), features a new research of the historicity of the gospel miracles, an in depth examine the earliest non-Christian testimony to the lifestyles of Jesus, and a provocative dialogue of the recent testomony Jesus as a moral consultant. there's additionally an afterword through the prestigious Christian pupil Roderick Tyler, whose criticisms of Professor Wells's arguments resulted in the hot presentation within the Jesus Myth.

Editorial Reviews
From Publishers Weekly
Is the hot testomony tale of Jesus historical past or natural legend? in actual fact looking to impress controversy, Wells (The Jesus Legend: what is in a Name?) contends that the bills of Jesus within the canonical Gospels contradict not just each other but additionally the earliest Christian records, which by no means current Jesus as an itinerant preacher, a miracle employee, born of a virgin or finished below Pilate. Combining literary feedback, textual feedback and old feedback, Wells examines the facts approximately Jesus by way of probing the Gospels and autonomous tales of Jesus's lifestyles from the 1st century A.D. resembling the Gospel of Thomas and Q. the writer additionally examines the letters of Paul and contends that Paul bases his portrait of Jesus at the Jewish determine of knowledge, who sought attractiveness in the world yet was once rejected and back to heaven. In a close and convincing model, Wells argues that the Gospel tales of Jesus are myths composed to fulfill the spiritual longings of the Gospel writers' audiences.
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"In THE JESUS delusion, the newest in G.A. Wells's sequence of eagle-eyed scrutinies of the Gospels and of latest New testomony scholarship, the writer once more takes the function of the Diogenes of the theologians. Charitable but unflinching, Well's research forces one to the inevitable end that the apologists for the historic Jesus are much less researchers than spin-doctors, apparatchniks for an ecclesiastical Politburo. His fresh highbrow honesty is witnessed by way of the truth that his personal perspectives are amenable to evolution and revision." -- Robert M. expense, Editor, The magazine of upper Criticism

This is a publication for believers and unbelievers alike, in truth, for a person who's a significant scholar of the bible or of the Christian religion. [Wells's] desire is that his readers will come to an educated opinion concerning the old reliability of the hot testomony, its writers and the lifetime of its valuable personality, Jesus. -- self sustaining writer, 4/15/99

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Repetition and Philosophical Crumbs (Oxford World's by Søren Kierkegaard

By Søren Kierkegaard

'The love of repetition is honestly the single satisfied love'

So says Constantine Constantius at the first web page of Kierkegaard's Repetition. existence itself, in accordance with Kierkegaard's pseudonymous narrator, is a repetition, and during this witty, playful paintings Constantius explores the character of affection and happiness, the passing of time and the significance of relocating ahead (and backward). The paradoxically entitled Philosophical Crumbs pursues the research of religion and love and their stressful courting with reason.

Written just a 12 months aside, those works supplement one another and provides the reader a different perception into the breadth and substance of Kierkegaard's inspiration. the 1st reads like a unique and the second one like a Platonic discussion, yet either have interaction, in numerous methods, an analogous not easy matters. those are the 1st translations to show the literary caliber and philosophical precision of the originals. They weren't meant, despite the fact that, for philosophers, yet for a person who feels attracted to the query of the last word fact of human lifestyles and the resource of human happiness.

Readership: Readers of philosophy and theology, scholars of philosophy, philosophy of faith, psychology and literature/religion, faith and aesthetics.

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Free Trade and Faithful Globalization: Saving the Market by Amy Reynolds

By Amy Reynolds

Via an research of Christian groups within the usa, Canada, and Costa Rica, this booklet analyzes how non secular teams discuss the politics surrounding monetary existence. Amy Reynolds examines how those Christian organisations talk about alternate and the economic climate as ethical and value-laden areas, deserving moral mirrored image and requiring political motion. She unearths the ways that spiritual groups have requested humans to have interaction in new techniques to puzzling over the industry and the way they've got labored to create replacement networks and guidelines governing monetary and social lifestyles.

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Justice, Responsibility and Reconciliation in the Wake of

What are the ethical duties 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 up to date realities of conflict? Drawing at the paintings of top students within the fields of philosophy, political concept, foreign legislations, non secular stories and peace experiences, the gathering considerably advances present literature on struggle, justice and post-conflict reconciliation. members tackle one of the most urgent problems with overseas and civil clash, together with the stress among attributing person and collective accountability for the wrongs of struggle, the trade-offs made among the hunt 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 themes together with the overseas legal court docket, reparations, truces, political apologies, fact commissions and felony trials, with an eye fixed to modern examples from conflicts within the heart East, Africa and North and South America.​

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