Pilate and Jesus (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)

Pontius Pilate is among the such a lot enigmatic figures in Christian theology. the single non-Christian to be named within the Nicene Creed, he's provided as a merciless colonial overseer in secular money owed, as a conflicted pass judgement on confident of Jesus's innocence within the Gospels, and as both a pious Christian or a digital demon in later Christian writings. This ebook takes Pilate's function within the trial of Jesus as a kick off point for investigating the functionality of criminal judgment in Western society and the ways in which such judgment calls for us to adjudicate the competing claims of the everlasting and the historic. Coming simply as Agamben is bringing his decades-long Homo Sacer venture to an finish, Pilate and Jesus sheds huge gentle on what's at stake in that sequence as an entire. whilst, it stands by itself, maybe greater than any of the author's fresh works. It hence serves as an ideal beginning for readers who're all in favour of Agamben's procedure yet have no idea the place to begin.

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Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith

By Rob Bell

Velvet Elvis is the 1st publication from Rob Bell, the New York Times bestselling writer of Love Wins.  chosen as one in every of 2011’s such a lot influential humans by means of Time journal, pastor Bell bargains unique and refreshingly own views on what Christianity is actually all approximately in Velvet Elvis.  a colourful voice for a brand new iteration of Christians—the so much recognizable Christian chief between younger adults—Rob Bell conjures up readers to take a clean examine conventional questions of faith.

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Christo-Fiction: The Ruins of Athens and Jerusalem (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture)

François Laruelle's lifelong venture of "nonphilosophy," or "nonstandard philosophy," thinks previous the theoretical limits of Western philosophy to gain new kin among faith, technological know-how, politics, and paintings. In Christo-Fiction Laruelle ambitions the inflexible, self-sustaining arguments of metaphysics, rooted in Judaic and Greek suggestion, and the novel strength of Christ, whose "crossing" disrupts their round discourse.

Laruelle's Christ isn't the authoritative determine conjured through educational theology, the Apostles, or the Catholic Church. he's the embodiment of everyday guy, founding father of a technological know-how of people, and the usher in of a gnostic messianism that calls forth an immanent religion. Explicitly placing quantum technological know-how into faith, Laruelle recasts the temporality of the go, the entombment, and the resurrection, arguing that it truly is God who's sacrificed at the go so equals in religion should be born. Positioning itself opposed to orthodox faith and naive atheism alike, Christo-Fiction is a bold, heretical scan that ties faith to the human event and the lived world.

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Einstein and Religion: Physics and Theology

By Max Jammer

The philosophy of faith and the search for non secular fact preoccupied Albert Einstein--so a lot that it's been stated "one may perhaps suspect he was once a disguised theologian." however, the literature at the lifestyles and paintings of Einstein, wide because it is, doesn't offer an enough account of his spiritual belief and sentiments. in simple terms fragmentarily identified, Einstein's principles approximately faith were usually distorted either through atheists and by way of spiritual teams desirous to declare him as certainly one of their very own. yet what precisely used to be Einstein's spiritual credo? during this attention-grabbing ebook, the celebrated physicist and thinker Max Jammer deals an impartial and well-documented solution to this question.

The ebook starts with a dialogue of Einstein's youth spiritual schooling and the non secular atmosphere--or its absence--among his friends and family. It then reconstructs, step-by-step, the highbrow improvement that led Einstein to the conceptions of a cosmic faith and an impersonal God, resembling "the God of Spinoza." Jammer explores Einstein's writings and lectures on faith and its function in society, and the way a ways they've been accredited through most people and through expert theologians like Paul Tillich or Frederick Ferré. He additionally analyzes the ideal that means of Einstein's well-known dictum "Science with no faith is lame, faith with no technological know-how is blind," and why this assertion can function an epitome of Einstein's philosophy of religion.

The final bankruptcy bargains with the arguable query of no matter if Einstein's medical paintings, and particularly his concept of relativity, has theologically major implications, an issue very important when you have an interest within the relation among technological know-how and faith. either thought-provoking and interesting, this ebook goals to introduce readers, with no proselytizing, to Einstein's faith.

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A Companion to Henry of Ghent (Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition)

Henry of Ghent, who taught within the theology college in Paris from c. 1275 until eventually his loss of life in 1293, used to be an unique, pivotal, and influential philosopher. Henry s theories on quite a lot of theological and philosophical themes ended in a metamorphosis of scholastic idea within the years almost immediately after the loss of life of Thomas Aquinas. The better half to Henry of Ghent is an advent to his notion. It first addresses the historic context of Henry: his writings, his participation within the occasions of 1277, and Muslim philosophical affects. the amount keeps with an exam of his theology, metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. It concludes with an exam of 2 authors whom he stimulated: John Duns Scotus and Pico della Mirandola. individuals contain: Amos Edelheit, Juan Carlos Flores, Bernd Goehring, Ludwig Hodl, Tobias Hoffman, Jules Janssens, Marialucrezia Leone, Steven Marrone, Martin Pickave, Roland Teske, SJ, Robert Wielockx, Gordon Wilson"

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An Ethics for Today: Finding Common Ground Between Philosophy and Religion

By Richard Rorty, G. Elijah Dann, Jeffrey W. Robbins

Richard Rorty is legendary, perhaps even notorious, for his philosophical nonchalance. His groundbreaking paintings not just rejects all theories of fact but additionally dismisses sleek epistemology and its preoccupation with wisdom and illustration. even as, the distinguished pragmatist believed there will be no universally legitimate solutions to ethical questions, which led him to a posh view of faith hardly ever expressed in his writings.

In this posthumous e-book, Rorty, a strict secularist, reveals within the pragmatic considered John Dewey, John Stuart Mill, William James, and George Santayana, between others, a political mind's eye shared via spiritual traditions. His reason isn't to advertise trust over nonbelief or to blur the excellence among non secular and public domain names. Rorty seeks basically to find styles of similarity and distinction so an ethics of decency and a politics of unity can upward thrust. He fairly responds to Pope Benedict XVI and his crusade opposed to the relativist imaginative and prescient. even if retaining theologians, metaphysicians, or political ideologues to account, Rorty continues to be steadfast in his competition to absolute uniformity and its exploitation of political strength.

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The Blackwell Companion to Eastern Christianity

Now to be had in paperback, this Companion bargains an exceptional survey of the historical past, theology, doctrine, worship, paintings, tradition and politics that make up the church buildings of japanese Christianity.

  • Covers either Byzantine traditions (such because the Greek, Russian and Georgian church buildings) and Oriental traditions (such because the Armenian, Coptic and Syrian churches)
  • Brings jointly a world crew of specialists to provide the 1st e-book of its type with reference to jap Christianity
  • Contributes to our knowing of modern political occasions within the center East and japanese Europe by means of delivering a lot wanted heritage information
  • May be used along The Blackwell Dictionary of jap Christianity (1999) for an entire pupil resource

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Development and Religion: Theology and Practice

Development and Religion explores how the world's 5 significant religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam - comprehend and perform 'development' via an exam in their sacred texts, social educating and easy ideals.

spiritual trust is a standard human attribute with 80 percentage of the world's inhabitants professing non secular religion. Observable in all societies, non secular trust is pervasive, profound, persuasive and protracted. the basis of this e-book is that regardless of this, faith has lengthy been missed inside mainstream improvement paradigms and through improvement practitioners (both in the neighborhood and on the overseas point) leading to sub-optimal improvement results. Matthew Clarke argues that every faith deals beneficial insights into a number of matters pertaining to improvement that are supposed to be thought of through donors, NGOs, and others looking to increase the lives of the terrible.

Undergraduates and postgraduate scholars of improvement reports, spiritual stories and theology will gratefully welcome this extremely popular book.

Contents: Foreword via Katherine Marshall; Preface; 1. the faith - improvement Nexus; 2. Hinduism - Dharma and energetic Citizenship; three. Buddhism - a center means for improvement; four. Judaism - A Cry for Justice; five. Christianity - improvement as an alternative for the negative; 6. Islam: Equality and motion; 7. end; References; Index

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What Is God?

By Jacob Needleman

In his so much intimate and revealing paintings, spiritual pupil Needleman cuts a transparent direction via ultra-modern clamorous debates over the life of God, bringing a wholly new means of impending the query of ways to appreciate a better strength.

In this new e-book, Jacob Needleman-whose voice and ideas have performed a lot to open the West to esoteric and jap spiritual rules within the 20th and twenty-first centuries-intimately considers humanity's most important query: What is God?

With wealthy, shiny examples from his studies within the school room and different walks of lifestyles, Needleman attracts us towards the which means andnature of this question-and indicates how our current confusion in regards to the objective of faith and the concept that of God displays a common mental hunger for a selected caliber of inspiration and event. In diverse aspect, the e-book describes this internal event, and the way just about all of us-atheists and believers alike-actually were visited through it, yet with out realizing what it potential and why its intentional cultivation is critical for the fullness of our existence.

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Implosion: Can America Recover from Its Economic and Spiritual Challenges in Time?

By Joel C. Rosenberg

Bestselling writer and foreign political professional Joel C. Rosenberg tackles the query, Is the USA an empire in decline or a country poised for an ancient renaissance?

America teeters on a precipice. in the middle of monetary turmoil, political uncertainty, declining morality, the consistent possibility of typical mess ups, and myriad different daunting demanding situations, many ask yourself what the long run holds. Will history’s maximum democracy degree a fantastic comeback, returning to the leading edge of the world’s financial and religious degree? Can America’s non secular earlier be repeated at the present time with a 3rd nice Awakening? Or will the increase of China, Russia, and different international locations, coupled with the US’s inner struggles, ship her right into a decline from which there will be no go back?

Implosion is helping readers comprehend the commercial, social, and non secular demanding situations dealing with the USA within the twenty first century, throughout the lens of biblical prophecy.

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