By Malcolm Gaskill
Witchcraft is a topic that fascinates us all. certainly, from formative years such a lot folks advance a few psychological picture of a witch--usually an outdated girl, mysterious and malignant. yet why do witches nonetheless function so seriously in our cultures and realization? From Halloween superstitions to literary references equivalent to Faust and, in fact, Harry Potter, witches appear ever-present in our lives. during this Very brief creation, Malcolm Gaskill takes a protracted ancient viewpoint, from the traditional international to modern paganism. this can be a booklet concerning the strangeness of the prior, and approximately contrasts and alter; yet it's additionally approximately affinity and continuity. He unearths that witchcraft is multi-faceted, that it has consistently intended various things to various humans, and that during all ages it has raised questions on the excellence among myth and fact, religion and evidence. Delving into court docket files, telling anecdotes, and not easy myths, Gaskill re-examines got knowledge, specifically about the eu witch-hunts of the 16th and 17th centuries. He additionally explores the trendy reminiscence and reinvention of witchcraft--as background, faith, fiction, and metaphor.
By Hans-Jürgen Goertz
By Michel Faber
While Theo Griepenkerl occurs upon the 5th Gospel in a war-torn Iraqi museum, he can’t think his good fortune. pushed by way of greed and a lust for status, he capitalises on his locate by means of publishing it. His e-book is a sensation. yet he can rarely think the incendiary effects his discovery could have for Christians, Arabs, homicidal maniacs and Amazon consumers alike. the hearth Gospel is an excellent piece of storytelling, dazzlingly outrageous and totally gripping.
By Nick Spencer
The conflict among atheism and faith has develop into the defining conflict of the twenty first century. Books on and approximately atheism maintain excessive profile and recognition, and atheist pursuits on either side of the Atlantic catch headlines with high-profile campaigns and advertisements. despite the fact that, little or no has been written at the historical past of atheism, and this e-book fills that conspicuous gap.
Instead of treating atheism simply as a philosophical or medical inspiration in regards to the non-existence of God, Atheists: The foundation of the Species areas the stream in its right social and political context. simply because atheism in Europe built in response to the Christianity that ruled the continent's highbrow, social and political existence, it followed, tailored and reacted opposed to its associations in addition to its principles. for this reason, the background of atheism is as a lot approximately social and political hobbies because it is clinical or philosophical ideas.
This is the tale not just of Hobbes, Hume, and Darwin, but additionally of Thomas Aitkenhead hung for blasphemous atheism, Percy Shelley expelled for adolescent atheism, and the Marquis de Sade imprisoned for libertine atheism; of the French innovative Terror and the Soviet League of the Militant Godless; of the increase of the united states non secular correct and of Islamic terrorism.
Looking at atheism in its complete sociopolitical context is helping clarify why it has appeared so very varied in several nations. It additionally explains why there was a contemporary upsurge in atheism, rather in Britain and the united states, the place faith has without notice come to play any such major position in affairs of state. This leads us to a slightly paradoxical end: we must always anticipate to listen to extra approximately atheism sooner or later for the easy cause that God is again.
By Stephen Prothero
On the sunrise of the twenty-first century, dizzying clinical and technological developments, interconnected globalized economies, or even the so-called New Atheists have performed not anything to alter something: our global is still furiously non secular. For strong and for evil, faith is the one maximum impact on the earth. We settle for as self-evident that competing fiscal platforms (capitalist or communist) or clashing political events (Republican or Democratic) suggest very assorted suggestions to our planet's difficulties. So why can we faux that the world's spiritual traditions are diverse paths to an identical God? We blur the pointy differences among religions at our personal peril, argues faith student Stephen Prothero, and it's time to substitute naÏve hopes of interreligious harmony with deeper wisdom of spiritual differences.
In spiritual Literacy, Prothero tested how little americans find out about their very own spiritual traditions and why the world's religions could be taught in public faculties. Now, in God isn't One, Prothero offers readers with this much-needed content material approximately all the 8 nice religions. to say that each one religions are a similar is to misconceive that every makes an attempt to unravel a distinct human challenge. For example:
--Islam: the matter is delight / the answer is submission
--Christianity: the matter is sin / the answer is salvation
--Confucianism: the matter is chaos / the answer is social order
--Buddhism: the matter is ache / the answer is awakening
--Judaism: the matter is exile / the answer is to come to God
Prothero unearths every one of those traditions by itself phrases to create an crucial consultant for a person who desires to greater comprehend the large questions people have requested for millennia--and the disparate paths we're taking to respond to them this present day. A daring polemical reaction to a new release of erroneous scholarship, God isn't really One creates a brand new context for figuring out faith within the twenty-first century and disproves the assumptions so much folks make in regards to the manner the world's religions paintings.
By Gilles Quispel
By Heinrich Barth
By John R. Hinnells
Historical civilisations workout an extreme fascination for individuals across the world. This instruction manual presents a vibrant, scholarly, and eminently readable account of historical cultures around the globe, from China to India, the center East, Egypt, Europe, and the Americas. It examines the advance of non secular trust from the time of the Palaeolithic cave work to the Aztecs and Incas. overlaying the total of society not only the elite, the guide outlines the background of different societies in order that their faith and tradition may be understood in context. each one bankruptcy comprises dialogue of the vast box of suitable reviews alerting the reader to wider debates on every one topic. a global crew of students exhibit their very own deep enthusiasm for his or her topic and supply a special examine of either renowned and 'official' faith within the old global.
By Acharya S.
Picking out up the place the bestselling and debatable The Christ Conspiracy leaves off, Suns of God leads the reader via an electrifying exploration of the foundation and which means of the world's religions and well known gods. during the last a number of centuries, the large 3 non secular leaders were the Lords Christ, Krishna and Buddha, whose tales and teachings are apparently and confoundingly just like one another. the story of a miraculously born redeemer who overcomes heroic demanding situations, teaches ethics and morality, plays marvels and wonders, acquires disciples and is famed all over the place, to be persecuted, killed and reborn, isn't really distinct yet a world phenomenon habitual in a large choice of cultures lengthy earlier than the Christian era.
These various godmen weren't related "historical" personages who "walked the earth" yet anthropomorphizations of the relevant concentration of the well-known "mysteries." a big component to the cryptic, foreign brotherhood, those mysteries expand again millions of years and are discovered around the world, reflecting an old culture steeped in awe and intrigue. the explanations for this non secular improvement, which has encouraged the production of whole cultures, are unveiled during this in-depth research containing interesting and unique learn in line with proof either glossy and historic, desirable details saved mystery and hidden for ages.
Suns of God is most likely the main entire overview of the background of faith from its inception ever composed in one quantity.
By Hansjörg Dilger
This publication seriously interrogates rising interconnections among faith and biomedicine in Africa within the period of antiretroviral therapy for AIDS. Highlighting the complicated relationships among non secular ideologies, practices and agencies at the one hand, and biomedical therapy programmes and the medical languages and public wellbeing and fitness associations that maintain them at the different, this anthology charts mostly exposed terrain within the social technological know-how research of the Aids epidemic.Spanning diverse areas of Africa, the authors provide particular entry to concerns on the interface of faith and scientific humanitarianism and the manifold healing traditions, spiritual practices and moralities as they co-evolve in occasions of AIDS therapy. This publication additionally sheds new mild on how non secular areas are shaped in line with the dilemmas humans face with the advent of life-prolonging remedy programmes.