By Richard Bach
Within the cloud-washed airspace among the cornfields of Illinois and blue infinity, a guy places his religion within the propeller of his biplane. For upset author and itinerant barnstormer Richard Bach, trust is as actual as an entire tank of gasoline and sparks firing within the cylinders...until he meets Donald Shimoda--former mechanic and self-described messiah who could make wrenches fly and Richard's mind's eye soar....
In Illusions, the unforgettable follow-up to his extra special bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach takes wing to find the ageless truths that provide our souls wings: that folks don't want airplanes to soar...that even the darkest clouds have which means after we carry ourselves above them... and that messiahs are available within the unlikeliest places--like hay fields, one-traffic-light midwestern cities, and such a lot of all, deep inside ourselves.
By Richard Dawkins, Daniel C. Dennett, Linda LaScola
Author note: ahead by means of Richard Dawkins
What is it wish to be a preacher who can not think the creed?
In exclusive interviews, clergy demonstrate how their lives of carrier are overshadowed through hypocrisy, as they ponder taking a bounce from their religion. As non secular leaders fight to conform to the hot transparency of the knowledge age, the phenomenon of non-believing clergy portends amazing advancements sooner or later of spiritual trust.
By Jiddu Krishnamurti
This identify includes a sequence of eight lectures, given in Ojai, California in 1955, from one of many twentieth century's maximum philosophers and lecturers. Krishnamurti confronts the common greedy and careworn brain which lies on the root of all violence and ache. even though provided over fifty years in the past, the tips in those talks are clean, proper and provide a permanent message for this present day as Krishnamurti discusses an international within which booming productiveness and clinical development may still promise a contented destiny, yet don't.He issues additionally to the continued escalation of battle, pageant, envy and territoriality regardless of earnings in schooling, spiritual ecumenism and the applied sciences of self-improvement. He asks his listeners to contemplate that each one obvious development is just one other phantasm. of their brilliantly transparent essays, his concentration is singular, without glib solutions to everlasting questions. To learn this e-book is to enterprise into the unexplored assumptions that govern our lives. The workings of the brain are so uncomplicated and visible in J Krishnamurti's reasons, but so greatly tough to confront. Like different vintage texts, akin to spiritual scriptures, the phrases ring actual. the problems addressed contain: the character of violence; the matter of swap; the conditioning of the brain; the way to in attaining "peace"; the character of worship and non secular perform; and the way to actually hear.
By Douglas Pratt
Why did the Christian Church, within the 20th century, have interaction in discussion with Islam? What has been the ecumenical event? what's occurring now? Such questions underlie Douglas Pratt’s Christian Engagement with Islam: Ecumenical trips in view that 1910. Pratt charts contemporary Christian (WCC and Vatican) engagement with Islam as much as the early twenty first century and examines the ecumenical projects of Africa’s PROCMURA, ‘Building Bridges’, and the German ‘Christian-Muslim Theological Forum’, including responses to the 2007 ‘Common be aware’ letter.
Between them, Islam and Christianity characterize over part the earth’s inhabitants. Their heritage of interplay, optimistic and detrimental, affects broadly nonetheless at the present time. Contentious concerns stay actual sufficient, but the tale and ongoing fact of up to date Christian-Muslim engagement is either fascinating and inspiring.
By Gary Schneider (auth.), Anne Dunan-Page, Clotilde Prunier (eds.)
The first publication to handle the function of correspondence within the research of faith, Debating the religion: faith and Letter Writing in nice Britain, 1550-1800 exhibits how letters formed non secular debate in early-modern and Enlightenment Britain, and discusses the materiality of the letters in addition to questions of shape and style. specific consciousness is paid to the contexts during which letters have been composed, despatched, learn, dispensed, after which destroyed, copied or published, during periods of spiritual tolerance or persecution. the hole part, ‘Protestant identities’, examines the significance of letters within the shaping of British protestantism from the underground correspondence of Protestant martyrs within the reign of Mary I to dissident letters after the Act of Toleration. ‘Representations of British Catholicism’, explores the way in which English, Irish and Scottish Catholics, even if in exile or at domestic, outlined their religion, demonstrated epistolary networks, and addressed political and spiritual allegiances within the face of adversity. The final half, ‘Religion, technology and philosophy’, specializes in the non secular content material of correspondence among average scientists and philosophers.
By Rebecca Barlow, Benjamin MacQueen, Kylie Baxter
Reform, through definition, isn't an entire holiday with culture, yet a decision by way of students, activists, politicians and important thinkers to re-claim the tenets in their religion. Islam and the query of Reform is an interesting ebook concerning the evolving and dynamic discourse that surrounds the query of Islamic reform.
By John W. Olley
This paintings is the 1st significant remark to target the textual content of LXX Ezekiel in any smooth language. instead of seeing LXX in general as a text-critical source with versions to be defined, this remark, as a part of the Septuagint observation sequence, examines a particular manuscript in its personal correct as a record utilized by Greek readers unexpected with Hebrew. integrated are transcription and English translation of Codex Vaticanus, the oldest extant manuscript of the full ebook, and a close statement that still compares the sooner P967 and the Masoretic textual content the place they range. one other significant new contribution is the utilisation of the sense-delimitation (paragraphs) of Codex Vaticanus itself, exploring how this affects analyzing of the textual content.
By Sam Harris
“Thousands of individuals have written to inform me that i'm improper to not think in God. the main opposed of those communications have come from Christians. this is often ironic, as Christians mostly think that no religion imparts the virtues of affection and forgiveness extra successfully than their very own. as a matter of fact that many that declare to be remodeled via Christ’s love are deeply, even murderously, illiberal of feedback. whereas we should want to ascribe this to human nature, it's transparent that such hatred attracts huge help from the Bible. How do i do know this? the main disturbed of my correspondents continuously cite bankruptcy and verse.”
So starts Letter to a Christian Nation…