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Judaism Physics And God

Author : David W. Nelson
ISBN : 9781580233064
Genre : Religion
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This provocative fusion of religion and science offers new ways to express spiritual beliefs, harmonizes Judaism with modern scientific thinking, and introduces a new expression of our relationship with God in the exciting context of contemporary science.
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Judaism S Ten Best Ideas

Author : Arthur Green
ISBN : 9781580238038
Genre : Religion
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A welcoming introduction to the most important ideas in Judaism. In an age of fluid identity, many people are honestly asking the question “Why be Jewish?” What in this religious and ethnic legacy is worth preserving? Does Judaism have something unique to offer a contemporary seeker free to choose a way of life and a system of values? Here is the answer of a leading spiritual teacher who has faced these questions in conversation with generations of students. With warmth, humor, personal and rabbinic stories and down-to-earth explanations, Arthur Green presents the ideas in Judaism that kept him loyal to the tradition passed on to him. The result is an enticing look into timeless Jewish wisdom that will encourage you to explore further and search out the riches of Judaism for yourself.
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The Changing Christian World

Author : Leonard A. Schoolman
ISBN : 9781580233446
Genre : Religion
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An insightful exploration into Christianity today helps Jews discern the differences among the various branches of Christianity by addressing key concepts at the heart of the Christian faith tradition, including the notion of sin, salvation, the role of Jesus as the messiah, the Second Coming, and Christian Zionism.
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The Jewish Approach To God

Author : Neil Gillman
ISBN : 9781580231909
Genre : Religion
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Discusses various ways the Jewish people have understood God, and how to build on these lessons to explore and deepen personal spirituality.
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Naming God

Author : Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, PhD
ISBN : 9781580238175
Genre : Religion
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Forty contributors from six countries and three continents interpret one of Judaism's favorite prayers--and the difficulty of naming the unnameable. One of the oldest and most beloved prayers--known even to Jews who rarely attend synagogue--is Avinu Malkenu ("Our Father, Our King"), a liturgical staple for the entire High Holy Day period. "Our Father, Our King" has resonance also for Christians, whose Lord's Prayer begins "Our Father." Despite its popularity, however, Avinu Malkenu causes great debate because of the difficulties in thinking of God as father and king. Americans no longer relate positively to images of royalty; victims of parental abuse note the problem of assuming a benevolent father; and feminists have long objected to masculine language for God. These issues are just the tip of a larger linguistic and spiritual "iceberg": How do we name God altogether, without recourse to imagery that defies belief? A detailed study of a particular prayer, and a thoughtful analysis of the age-old but altogether modern problem of naming God, it is intended for people who worship but have questions about God. It features some forty contributors, men and women from all Jewish denominations and from around the world--scholars, rabbis, artists and thinkers from Canada, France, Israel, the Netherlands, UK and US, who contribute fascinating thought-pieces on a critical question for religious consciousness today. Contributors: Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Los Angeles Rabbi Anthony Bayfield, London, UK Rabbi Will Berkowitz, Seattle, WA Dr. Annette Boeckler, London, UK Dr. Marc Brettler, Boston, MA Dr. Erica Brown, Silver Spring, MD Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, New York, NY Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove, New York, NY Rabbi Joshua Davidson, New York, NY Rabbi Lawrence Englander, Mississauga, ON, Canada Lisa Exler, New York, NY Rabbi Paul Freedman, London, UK Rabbi Elyse Frishman, Franklin Lakes, NJ Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand, London, UK Rabbi Edwin Goldberg, Chicago, IL Rabbi Andrew Goldstein, London, UK Dr. Joel M. Hoffman, Katonah, NY Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Mamaroneck, NY Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur, Paris, France Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, New York, NY Rabbi Karen Kedar, Chicago, IL Rabbi Reuven Kimelman, Boston, MA Rabbi Daniel Landes, Israel Liz Lerman, Washington, DC Rabbi Asher Lopatin, New York, NY Catherine Madsen, Amherst, MA Rabbi Jonathan Magonet, London, UK Rabbi Dalia Marx, Israel Ruth Messinger, New York, NY Rabbi Charles H. Middleburgh, London, UK Rabbi Jay Henry Moses, Columbus, OH Rabbi Jack Riemer, Boca Raton, FL Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, South Orange, NJ Rabbis Dennis and Sandy Sasso, Indianapolis, IN Rabbi Marc Saperstein, London, UK Rabbi Jonathan P. Slater, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY Rabbi David Stern, Dallas, TX Rabbi David Teutsch, Philadelphia, PA Dr. Ellen Umansky, White Plains, NY Edward van Voooen, Amsterdam, Netherlands Rabbi Margaret Moers Wenig, Brooklyn, NY Dr. Ron Wolfson, Los Angeles, CA Rabbi Daniel Zemel, Arlington, VA Dr. Wendy Zierler, New York, NY
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Technology Spirituality

Author : Stephen K. Spyker
ISBN : 9781594732188
Genre : Religion
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Offering a provocative look at the spiritual lives of individuals in a hyperconnected world, a lively journey explores the many ways technology impacts both one's thinking about faith and the way one practices it.
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God Is Not Great

Author : Christopher Hitchens
ISBN : 9781551991764
Genre : Social Science
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Christopher Hitchens, described in the London Observer as “one of the most prolific, as well as brilliant, journalists of our time” takes on his biggest subject yet–the increasingly dangerous role of religion in the world. In the tradition of Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris’s recent bestseller, The End Of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope’s awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix. From the Hardcover edition.
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The God Part Of The Brain

Author : Matthew Alper
ISBN : 9781402236372
Genre : Science
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Is Man the product of a God...or is "God" the product of human evolution? From the dawn of our species, every human culture-no matter how isolated-has believed in some form of a spiritual realm. According to author Matthew Alper, this is no mere coincidence but rather due to the fact that humans, as a species, are genetically predisposed to believe in the universal concepts of a god, a soul and an afterlife. This instinct to believe is the result of an evolutionary adaptation-a coping mechanism-that emerged in our species to help us survive our unique and otherwise debilitating awareness of death. Spiritual seekers and atheists alike will be compelled and transformed by Matthew Alper's classic study of science and religion. The 'God' Part of the Brain has gained critical acclaim from some of the world's leading scientists, secular humanists, and theologians, and is as a must read for anyone who has pondered the question of God's existence, as well as the meaning of our own. Praise for The "God" Part of the Brain "This cult classic in many ways parallels Rene Descartes' search for reliable and certain knowledge...Drawing on such disciplines as philosophy, psychology, and biology, Alper argues that belief in a spiritual realm is an evolutionary coping method that developed to help humankind deal with the fear of death...Highly recommended."— Library Journal "I very much enjoyed the account of your spiritual journey and believe it would make excellent reading for every college student - the resultant residence-hall debates would be the best part of their education. It often occurs to me that if, against all odds, there is a judgmental God and heaven, it will come to pass that when the pearly gates open, those who had the valor to think for themselves will be escorted to the head of the line, garlanded, and given their own personal audience." — Edward O. Wilson, two-time Pulitzer Prize-Winner "This is an essential book for those in search of a scientific understanding of man's spiritual nature. Matthew Alper navigates the reader through a labyrinth of intriguing questions and then offers undoubtedly clear answers that lead to a better understanding of our objective reality." — Elena Rusyn, MD, PhD; Gray Laboratory; Harvard Medical School "What a wonderful book you have written. It was not only brilliant and provocative but also revolutionary in its approach to spirituality as an inherited trait."— Arnold Sadwin, MD, former chief of Neuropsychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania "A lively manifesto...For the discipline's specific application to the matter at hand, I've seen nothing that matches the fury of The 'God' Part of the Brain, which perhaps explains why it's earned something of a cult following." — Salon.com "All 6 billion plus inhabitants of Earth should be in possession of this book. Alper's tome should be placed in the sacred writings' section of libraries, bookstores, and dwellings throughout the world. Matthew Alper is the new Galileo...Immensely important...Defines in a clear and concise manner what each of us already knew but were afraid to admit and exclaim."— John Scoggins, PhD "Vibrant ... vivacious. An entertaining and provocative introduction to speculations concerning the neural basis of spirituality."— Free Inquiry Magazine
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God The Big Bang

Author : Daniel Chanan Matt
ISBN : 9781879045897
Genre : Religion
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Mysticism and science: What do they have in common? How can one enlighten the other? By drawing on modern cosmology and ancient Kabbalah, Matt shows how science and religion can together enrich our spiritual awareness and help us recover a sense of wonder and find our place in the universe. Drawing on the insights of physics and Jewish mysticism, Daniel Matt uncovers the sense of wonder and oneness that connects us with the universe and God. He describes in understandable terms the parallels between modern cosmology and ancient Kabbalah. He shows how science and religion together can enrich our spiritual understanding. We "embody the energy" of the big bang, writes Matt. Furthermore, "God is not somewhere else, hidden from us. God is right here hidden from us." To discover the presence of God, Matt draws on both science and theology, fact and belief, and on the truths embodied in Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity, as well as Judaism. A rich dialogue between the physical and the spiritual, God & the Big Bang takes us on a deeply personal, thoughtful and inspiring journey that helps us find our place in the universe--and the universe in ourselves.
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Our Religious Brains

Author : Ralph D. Mecklenburger
ISBN : 9781580235082
Genre : Religion
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This is a groundbreaking, accessible look at the implications of cognitive science for religion and theology, intended for laypeople. Avoiding neurological jargon and respectful to all faiths, it examines:
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