Download E-books Peacemaking and the Challenge of Violence in World Religions PDF

Written via most sensible practitioner-scholars who convey a serious but empathetic eye to the subject, this textbook presents a finished examine peace and violence in seven international religions.

  • Offers a transparent and systematic narrative with assurance of Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and local American religions
  • Introduces a special faith and its sacred texts in each one bankruptcy; discusses principles of peace, warfare, nonviolence, and permissible violence; recounts ancient responses to violence; and highlights members in the culture operating towards peace and justice
  • Examines ideas inside their spiritual context for a greater realizing of the values, motivations, and ethics involved
  • Includes student-friendly pedagogical good points, corresponding to enriching end-of-chapter opinions via practitioners of different traditions, definitions of keyword phrases, dialogue questions, and additional interpreting sections

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Download E-books Gewalt im Namen Gottes: Die Verantwortung der Religionen für Krieg und Frieden. 16. Ökumenische Sommerakademie Kremsmünster 2014 (Linzer Philosophisch-Theologische Beiträge) (German Edition) PDF

Der Islamische Staat in Syrien und im Irak, die Massaker von Boko Haram in Nigeria - immer neue religiös motivierte Terrorakte rufen weltweite Betroffenheit hervor, auch unter gläubigen Menschen. Weder Bibel noch Koran rechtfertigen einfach jegliche Gewalttat oder Krieg im Namen Gottes, wenn guy sich mit Sprache und Sinn dieser Texte kritisch auseinandersetzt. Der Tagungsband der 16. Ökumenischen Sommerakademie Kremsmünster 2014 dokumentiert Vorträge mit unterschiedlichem konfessionellen, religiösen und weltanschaulichen Hintergrund. Sie alle beschäftigen sich mit der Thematik religiös motivierter Gewalt aus der Perspektive der Philosophie, der Praktischen Theologie und Religionspädagogik, der Religions-, Bibel- und Islamwissenschaft. Zu Wort kommen auch Repräsentanten der Friedensarbeit im Militär, in christlichen Vereinigungen und in der kirchlichen Pastoral.

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Download E-books Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe PDF

By Benjamin J. Kaplan

As spiritual violence flares worldwide, we're faced with an acute issue: Can humans coexist in peace whilst their uncomplicated ideals are irreconcilable? Benjamin Kaplan responds by means of taking us again to early sleek Europe, while the difficulty of spiritual toleration used to be no much less urgent than it really is today.

Divided through Faith starts within the wake of the Protestant Reformation, while the solidarity of western Christendom was once shattered, and takes us on a breathtaking travel of Europe's spiritual landscape--and its deep fault lines--over the subsequent 3 centuries. Kaplan's grand canvas unearths the styles of clash and toleration between Christians, Jews, and Muslims around the continent, from the British Isles to Poland. It lays naked the complicated realities of day by day interactions and calls into query the got knowledge that toleration underwent an evolutionary upward push as Europe grew extra "enlightened." we're given vibrant examples of the improvised preparations that made peaceable coexistence attainable, and proven how universal people contributed to toleration as considerably as did intellectuals and rulers. Bloodshed was once avoided no longer by way of the excessive beliefs of tolerance and person rights upheld at the present time, yet through the pragmatism, charity, and social ties that persisted to bind humans divided via faith.

Divided by way of Faith is either historical past from the ground up and a much-needed problem to our trust within the triumph of cause over religion. This compelling tale finds that toleration has taken many guises some time past and means that it will probably do an identical within the future.

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Download E-books Priestess, Mother, Sacred Sister: Religions Dominated by Women PDF

By Susan Starr Sered

Faith is usually denounced as one of many instruments utilized by patriarchal societies to take care of the established order, and particularly to cajole ladies to just accept subordinate roles. this doesn't clarify, despite the fact that, the lifestyles of many spiritual teams during which ladies are either leaders and nearly all of contributors. How are those women's religions various from these ruled by means of males? What will we examine from them concerning the certain ways that ladies adventure their distinct truth? during this interesting and pathbreaking work--the first comparative research of women's religions--Susan Starr Sered seeks solutions to those compelling questions.
trying to find universal threads linking teams as assorted because the ancestral cults of the Black Caribs of Belize, Korean shamanism, Christian technology, and the Feminist Spirituality move, Sered reveals that motherhood and motherly issues play an essential position in those female-dominated teams. Nurturing and difficulty for others are on the heart, as are therapeutic arts and methods of facing affliction and the loss of life of youngsters. faith not just permits girls to discover sacred that means of their day-by-day lives, from the practise of foodstuff to taking good care of their households, yet a proposal excessive and private relationships with deities and spirits--often via ecstatic ownership trance--as good as possibilities to have a good time and mourn with different women.
by way of studying the shared studies of ladies throughout nice cultural divides, Priestess, mom, Sacred Sister bargains a brand new realizing of the function gender performs in selecting how participants grapple with the final word questions of life. within the approach, it not just highlights the profound ameliorations among women and men, however the both very important ways that we're all alike.

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Download E-books Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom, Bride of God PDF

By Caitlin Matthews

An individual drawn to the female face of God during the a while will locate Sophia an illuminating adventure. Caitlin Matthews' scholarship connects us to prior, current, and destiny within the very depths of our femininity. ----Marion Woodman, Jungian analyst and writer of Bone: loss of life into Life. Sophia, or "wisdom" in Greek, has been respected in lots of types all through history--from the darkish Goddess of historical Anatolia; to her Egyptian, Greek, Celtic, and Cabalistic manifestations; to her present types as Mary and the orthodox St. Sophia. within the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, Sophia sits with God till the production. Then she falls into topic and turns into happen in each atom, permeating all issues "like the sparks that run via charcoal," as Matthews says. whereas God is "out there," the Goddess is "in here"-- the mother-wit of sensible thought and compassion on the heart's middle. This definitive paintings comprehensively establishes a pragmatic Goddess theology for Westerners within the twenty-first century: grounding spirituality in everyday life and the flora and fauna; studying to paintings playfully and play heavily; finishing the gender conflict to get pleasure from sacred marriage.

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Download E-books Jesus Beyond Christianity: The Classic Texts PDF

By Stephen E. Gregg

For the 1st time vintage readings on Jesus from outdoors of Christianity were introduced jointly in a single quantity. Jesus past Christianity: The vintage Texts gains major passages on Jesus from Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. The fifty-six decisions span millennia of inspiration, together with translated extracts from the Talmud and the Qur'an, and writings via Mahatma Gandhi and the 14th Dalai Lama.

the amount positive aspects clean translations of vital texts, 'Key-Issues' introductions, questions for dialogue and courses for additional examining. Importantly, every one set of readings ends with a completely clean mirrored image from a number one pupil within the box. each care has been taken to give those usually arguable passages in a way in line with the goals in their authors; accompanying notes without delay tackle not easy issues.

This detailed choice of readings can provide to turn into a vital source within the learn of the world's religions, delivering wealthy suggestions for a person trying to comprehend the vital convergences and debates among non secular traditions.

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Download E-books Religion and Morality (Ashgate Philosophy of Religion Series) PDF

By William J. Wainwright

Faith and Morality addresses imperative concerns bobbing up from religion's relation to morality. half I deals a sympathetic yet serious appraisal of the declare that includes of morality supply proof for the reality of non secular trust. half II examines divine command theories, objections to them, and optimistic arguments of their help. half III explores tensions among human morality, as generally understood, and spiritual necessities by means of discussing such concerns because the clash among Buddhist and Christian pacifism and standards of justice, even if 'virtue' with no love of God is known as a vice, even if the God of the Abrahamic religions might require us to do whatever that turns out sincerely immoral, and the ambiguous kin among spiritual mysticism and ethical habit. masking a huge diversity of subject matters, this ebook attracts on either ancient and modern literature, and explores afresh vital problems with morality and faith providing new insights for college students, lecturers and the overall reader drawn to philosophy and faith.

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Download E-books Taoism Under the T'ang: Religion & Empire During the Golden Age of Chinese PDF

This glorious essay was once initially ready on the request of Denis Twitchett, editor of the Cambridge historical past of China, in anticipation of booklet within the moment quantity of that paintings to be dedicated to the T'ang dynasty (618-907). whereas that venture was once experiencing delays, the essay turned broadly circulated between these drawn to the heritage of Taoism, and has as a result been released independently. The paintings sheds mild on Taoism, China's nice indigenous faith (if we see Confucianism as ethics and Buddhism as imported) in this vivid and excellent interval of chinese language heritage; with out those insights, we will be able to have merely constrained realizing of a massive element of China's social, political, and naturally, spiritual existence.

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Download E-books Brothers Estranged Heresy, Christianity and Jewish Identity in Late Antiquity PDF

By Adiel Schremer

The emergence of formative Judaism has often been tested in gentle of a theological preoccupation with the 2 competing non secular activities, 'Christianity' and 'Judaism' within the first centuries of the typical period. during this publication Ariel Schremer makes an attempt to shift the scholarly consensus clear of this paradigm, as a substitute privileging the rabbinic perspective towards Rome, the destroyer of the temple in 70 C.E., over their challenge with the nascent Christian circulation. The palpable rabbinic political enmity towards Rome, says Schremer, used to be determinative within the rising development of Jewish self-identity. He asserts that the class of heresy took on a brand new urgency within the wake of the trauma of the Temple's destruction, which demanded the development of a brand new self-identity. hoping on the past due 20th-century scholarly depiction of the sluggish and measured progress of Christianity within the empire up till or even after Constantine's conversion, Schremer minimizes the level to which the rabbis paid consciousness to the Christian presence. He is going on, even though, to pinpoint the parting of the methods among the rabbis and the Christians within the first 3rd of the second one century, while Christians have been ultimately assigned to the class of heretics.

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Download E-books Wisdom From World Religions: Pathways Toward Heaven On Earth PDF

Particularly suited to teenagers, this ebook brings religious legislation to existence via attractive tales and anecdotes. Wisdom from global Religions: Pathways towards Heaven on Earth is designed to supply humans of every age and all countries a chance to profit extra in regards to the legislation, rules, and teachings of quite a few religions worldwide.
Every faith has an assemblage of stated non secular principles or truths, frequently recorded in sacred scripture and literature and practiced within the amassed teachings and traditions of many generations. This e-book deals a range of readings from the lessons of Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Persian, local American, Sikhism, Taoism, Zen, and Zoroastrianism. integrated are modern day and historic parables, disciplines, and quotations that could suggest valuable development possibilities for inquiring and open minds.
Wisdom from international Religions is a ebook whose contents could be learn, thought of, studied, absorbed, and practiced. It encourages readers to discover the non secular lifestyles via thought-provoking questions, resembling: How can we circulate towards experiencing "heaven on earth" as a life-style? what's the purpose for people and what's human function? How will we be brokers of divinity via limitless love and creativity? Uplifting and tutorial, Wisdom from international Religions might be precious by means of all.

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