Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America and Found Unexpected Peace

By William Lobdell

William Lobdell's trip of faith—and doubt—may be the main compelling religious memoir of our time. Lobdell grew to become a born-again Christian in his overdue 20s while own problems—including a failed marriage—drove him to his knees in prayer. As a newly minted evangelical, Lobdell—a veteran journalist—noticed that faith wasn't coated good within the mainstream media, and he prayed for the Lord to place him at the faith beat at a huge newspaper. In 1998, his prayers have been spoke back whilst the Los Angeles Times requested him to write down approximately religion.

Yet what occurred over the following 8 years was once a roller-coaster of suggestion, confusion, doubt, and soul-searching as his reporting and stories slowly chipped away at his religion. whereas reporting on 1000's of news, he witnessed a anxious hole among the tenets of assorted religions and the behaviors of the trustworthy and their leaders. He investigated spiritual associations that acted much less ethically than corrupt Wall St. businesses. He stumbled on few alterations among the morals of Christians and atheists. As this proof piled up, he began to worry that God did not exist. He explored each doubt, each question—until, ultimately, his religion collapsed. After the paper agreed to reassign him, he wrote a private essay in the summertime of 2007 that turned a world sensation for its sincere exploration of doubt.

Losing My Religion is a publication approximately life's inner most questions that speaks to all people: Lobdell knows the longings and satisfactions of the devoted, in addition to the unrelenting strength of doubt. How he confronted that energy, and wrestled with it, is needs to studying for individuals of religion and nonbelievers alike.

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Medieval Religious Rationalities: A Weberian Analysis

Encouraged by means of the social theories of Max Weber, David d'Avray asks in what senses medieval faith used to be rational and, in doing so, proposes a brand new method of the learn of the medieval prior. utilising rules constructed in his significant other quantity on Rationalities in historical past, he explores how values, instrumental calculation, criminal formality and substantial rationality have interaction and the ways that medieval ideals have been reinforced via their mutual connections, by means of event, and through psychological pictures. He sheds new mild on key subject matters and figures in medieval faith starting from conversion, miracles and the guidelines of Bernard of Clairvaux to Trinitarianism, papal govt and Francis of Assisi's charismatic authority. This ebook indicates how values and instrumental calculation impact one another in perform and demonstrates the ways that the applying of social idea can be utilized to generate clean empirical examine in addition to new interpretative insights.

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The Atheist's Guide to Christmas

So, what do you get an atheist for Christmas? This number of clever, humorous essays, of course—short works by means of forty two resolutely secular-minded geniuses approximately the way to live to tell the tale (and even get pleasure from) the vacation season…without feeling the Christmas Spirit flow you. Editors Robin Harvie and Stephanie Meyers have accrued writers, celebrities, comedians, and scientists to carry essays starting from the hilarious to the reflective to the charmingly absurd in The Atheist’s consultant to Christmas, an ideal reward for the Pastafarian who has every thing, the Scrooge who wishes not anything, and someone else attracted to the various meanings that Christmas can carry.

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Death and Afterlife: Perspectives of World Religions (Contributions to the Study of Religion)

By Hiroshi Obayashi

Major non secular traditions of the area comprise views of perennial value relating to demise and afterlife. Such ideas and ideology aren't simply mirrored at once in mortuary and funerary practices, but in addition tell styles of ideals and rituals that form human existence. although evidenced in sacred texts, they can't be absolutely understood in isolation by way of textual research by myself. really, they have to be explored by way of a complete figuring out of the given spiritual process as rooted in an total tradition. the following 13 students, every one a consultant in a selected spiritual culture, define the ideals, myths, and practices in relation to demise and afterlife. the amount advent presents a framework for knowing the evolutionary relationships between global religions and the team spirit in addition to the range in their quest for overcoming death.

Part I includes chapters on African religions representing the nonliterate spiritual event and on historical religions of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece. reports of those religions function history for comprehending ideas when it comes to dying and afterlife within the significant international religions, that are handled partly II, on Western religions, and half III, on japanese religions. the actual approach to method of every one culture is dependent upon the character of the fabric. With dying and afterlife because the universal concentration, this workforce of students has delivered to undergo its various services in anthropology, classics, archaeology, religious study, historical past, and theology. the result's a textual content very important for comparative faith classes and, past that, a booklet extending our realizing of human innovations and aspirations. It bargains a world viewpoint from which someone can examine his or her personal own matters relating dying and afterlife.

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The Original Atheists: First Thoughts on Nonbelief

This is the 1st anthology ever released to add the writings of prime eighteenth-century thinkers at the topics of atheism, faith, freethought, and secularism.

Editor S. T. Joshi has compiled impressive essays through writers from Germany, France, England, and early America. The members contain Denis Diderot (a vital writer of the multivolume French Encyclopédie), Baron d'Holbach (System of Nature, 1770), Voltaire (Philosophical Dictionary), David Hume, Immanuel Kant, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Ethan Allen, Thomas Paine, and different lesser-known thinkers.
     With a complete advent delivering the highbrow and cultural context of the essays, this remarkable compilation can be of curiosity to scholars of philosophy, non secular experiences, and eighteenth-century highbrow history. 

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Christian Nation: A Novel

By Frederic C. Rich

“They acknowledged what they might do, and we didn't hear. Then they did what they acknowledged they'd do.”

So ends the 1st bankruptcy of this brilliantly readable counterfactual novel, reminding us that America’s Christian fundamentalists were continually transparent approximately their imaginative and prescient for a "Christian state" and lifeless enthusiastic about buying the political energy to accomplish it. while President McCain dies and Sarah Palin turns into president, the reader, besides the country, stumbles down a terrifyingly credible direction towards theocracy, knowing too overdue that the Christian correct intended accurately what it acknowledged.

In the spirit of Philip Roth’s The Plot opposed to America, considered one of America’s most effective legal professionals lays out in chilling aspect what this type of destiny may possibly appear like: constitutional protections dismantled; all points of lifestyles ruled through an authoritarian legislation referred to as “The Blessing,” enforced through a unconditionally built-in electronic global often called the "Purity Web." Readers will locate themselves haunted by means of the questions the narrator struggles to reply to during this fictional memoir: "What occurred, why did it take place, how could it have happened?"

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An Enlightening Commentary into the Light of the Holy Quran vol 1

By Ayatullah Sayyid Kamal Faqih Imani - XKP

From Surah al-Fatiha (1) to Surah al-Baqarah (2) v.154

the sunshine of Islam has enlightened and carrying on with to enlighten each nook on the planet and seekers of fact have heavily linked to the Holy Quran which includes the notice of Allah (SWT) to humanity. With expanding concentration and a focus to the Holy Quran, efforts has been performed to supply a natural, right and exact translation of this divine e-book. yet occasionally it's tricky for the readers to appreciate the entire obvious and hidden meanings and it's the accountability of each Muslim, person, to learn, comprehend and examine at the Holy Qur’an in keeping with his personal ability. as a result, the necessity for correct rationalization turns into seen and important. The publication titled, “An Enlightening remark into the sunshine of the Holy Qur’an” compiled via a gaggle of Muslim students, lower than the path of Ayatullah Allamah Al-Hajj Sayyid Kamal Faqih Imani is a useful attempt which provides an intensive observation at the Quran in 20 volumes made on hand to the reader.


Sayyid Abbas Sadr-'ameli


Imam Ali Foundation


Qur’an Commentaries



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The Laughing Jesus: Religious Lies and Gnostic Wisdom

By Timothy Freke, Peter Gandy

An Incendiary warning sign to the World

What if the outdated testomony is a piece of fiction, Jesus by no means existed, and Muhammad was once a mobster?

What if the Bible and the Qur'an are works of political propaganda created through Taliban-like fundamentalists to justify this sort of spiritual violence we're witnessing on this planet today?

What if there's a huge concept that may well loose us from the us-versus-them international created via faith and give the chance for us to really love our neighbors—and even our enemies?

What whether it is attainable to rouse to a profound country of oneness and love, which the Gnostic Christians symbolized by means of the enigmatic determine of the guffawing Jesus?

Discover for your self Why the Gnostic Jesus Laughs

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