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The God We Never Knew

Author : Marcus J. Borg
ISBN : 9780061972874
Genre : Religion
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How to have faith—or even think about God—without having to stifle modern rational thought is one of the most vital challenges facing many of us today. Marcus J. Borg, author of the bestselling Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, traces his personal spiritual journey to the discovery of an authentic yet fully contemporary understanding of God. In a compelling, readable way, he leads us from the distant, authoritarian God of our childhood to an equally powerful, dynamic adult image of God—"the beyond in our midst," the life spirit that is within us and all around us—that reconciles faith with science, history, critical thinking, and religious pluralism.
Category: Religion

Beyond Dogmatism

Author : R. E. Markham
ISBN : 9781620950289
Genre : Religion
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The ultimate mystery of all existence undermines the dogmatic thinking that has fueled human conflict for thousands of years. Ideologies of all varieties can inform and inspire, but when followers claim their convictions are absolutely true, the stage is set for conflict with those who don’t agree. The contemporary tensions among religious ideologies could be reduced if passages in revered texts were interpreted symbolically rather than literally.
Category: Religion

A Church Beyond Belief

Author : William L. Sachs
ISBN : 9780819228994
Genre : Religion
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Describes the dilemma and the distractions that currently prevent congregations from being the place where that sense of belonging can unfold and guide newcomers in the discovery of faith. It suggests new and effective approaches to help churches make vital connections.
Category: Religion

Sick Religion Or Healthy Faith

Author : Ryan Ahlgrim
ISBN : 9781498280808
Genre : Religion
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Is it time to get rid of religion? Not so fast, says Ryan Ahlgrim. It's time for us to define and demand healthy faith. Despite the dysfunction and divisiveness seen too often in religion, we continue to need a community of love, and we yearn for a transcendent encounter that can heal us. So instead of abandoning religion, Ahlgrim outlines twelve characteristics of a healthy religious community, and describes what a healthy Christian community of faith believes and practices. Along the way he reveals the power of story, the genius of Jesus, and the path to wholeness. In the end we are faced with the most daring and fulfilling choice of all: to embrace a community of love that trusts in God.
Category: Religion

The Revelatory Text

Author : Sandra Marie Schneiders
ISBN : 0814659438
Genre : Religion
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In this book, Schneiders investigates the meaning of the theological claim that the Bible is the "Word of God" and the "church's book," along with the implications of these claims for biblical interpretation. She then examines the historical, literary, and religious-spiritual dimensions of the New Testament. Schneiders puts her theory to a test in a feminist interpretation of John 4. She argues that the comprehensive object of biblical interpretation is not merely information but transformation and that an adequate hermeneutical theory must include a wide range of exigetical and critical methods within a theologically and philosophically adequate understanding of scripture as sacred text.--From publisher's description.
Category: Religion

Worldview And Mind

Author : Eugene Webb
ISBN : 9780826271952
Genre : Philosophy
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"Looking at a broad spectrum of religions, Webb examines the relation between religion and modernity and explores what psychological analysis reveals about the relationship between stages of psychological development and ways of being religious that range from closed-minded to open-minded tolerance"--Provided by publisher.
Category: Philosophy

Crossing Over

Author : Vanessa Sheridan
ISBN : STANFORD:36105110399222
Genre : Religion
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In Crossing Over, Vanessa Sheridan reflects on her experience and the experiences of other in order to describe the realities and dispel the myths about those who are trangendered. She urges the church to move beyond "compassionate condemnation" to embrace trangendered individuals into the full life and ministry of the church. Using tenets of liberation theology, she encourages those who are transgendered to seek sources of spiritual strength and join the struggle for justice in the church and in the larger society.
Category: Religion

Women In Modern Albania

Author : Susan E. Pritchett Post
ISBN : UVA:X004284548
Genre : Social Science
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Upon her arrival in Tirana, Albania, in April 1994, the author found a city unlike any other she had experienced. Rotting trash was piled in the center of the streets, animals shared the rutted roads with cars, and housing, when it could be found, was crowded and crumbling. But she found a people full of optimism, particularly the women. Despite the subservient role forced by tradition on nearly all Albanian women, they have increasingly become the foundation upon which the country exists. Not only are they responsible for caring for extended households, these women are now also becoming vital parts of the country's economy. Most importantly, however, they maintain a faith in Albania that belies the country's turbulent past and widely predicted future. Through interviews with over 200 Albanian women, this work is an insightful, often poignant, look at a country that remains a mystery to most in the West.
Category: Social Science