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Judaism and Modernity The Religious Philosophy of David Hartman

Judaism and Modernity The Religious Philosophy of David Hartman

Author: Professor Jonathan W. Malino Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2019

In the past quarter-century, David Hartman has established himself as one of the pre-eminent religious and Jewish thinkers of our age. Refusing to be limited by the traditional focus on metaphysics and theology, Hartman has developed a religious philosophy through sustained reflection on the concrete experience of individual, communal and national Jewish life. In Judaism and Modernity, prominent Israeli and American scholars of philosophy, religion, law, political theory, and Judaism engage Hartman's wide-ranging and provocative work. Touched by Hartman's passion for religious dialogue, humanism, and the interplay between traditional texts and modern thought, the contributors advance their own ideas on the philosophy of religion, religious anthropology, pluralism, Zionism, and medieval Jewish philosophy. This is a rich collection for students, professional academicians, and all who seek to incorporate the wisdom of the past into the evolving wisdom of the future.

The Lost Art of Scripture

The Lost Art of Scripture

Author: Karen Armstrong Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2019

In our increasingly secular world, holy texts are at best seen as irrelevant, and at worst as an excuse to incite violence, hatred and division. So what value, if any, can scripture hold for us today? And if our world no longer seems compatible with scripture, is it perhaps because its original purpose has become lost? Today we see the Quran being used by some to justify war and terrorism, the Torah to deny Palestinians the right to live in the Land of Israel, and the Bible to condemn homosexuality and contraception. The holy texts at the centre of all religious traditions are often employed selectively to underwrite arbitrary and subjective views. They are believed to be divinely ordained; they are claimed to contain eternal truths. But as Karen Armstrong, a world authority on religious affairs, shows in this fascinating journey through millennia of history, this narrow reading of scripture is a relatively recent phenomenon. For hundreds of years these texts were instead viewed as spiritual tools: scripture was a means for the individual to connect with the divine, to transcend their physical existence, and to experience a higher level of consciousness. Holy texts were seen as fluid and adaptable, rather than a set of binding archaic rules or a `truth' that has to be `believed'. Armstrong argues that only by rediscovering an open engagement with their holy texts will the world's religions be able to curtail arrogance, intolerance and violence. And if scripture is used to engage with the world in more meaningful and compassionate ways, we will find that it still has a great deal to teach us.

The Lost Art of Scripture

The Lost Art of Scripture

Author: Karen Armstrong Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/06/2019

'KAREN ARMSTRONG IS A GENIUS' A.N. Wilson 'One of our best living writers on religion' Financial Times 'Karen Armstrong is one of the handful of wise and supremely intelligent commentators on religion' Alain De Botton In our increasingly secular world, holy texts are at best seen as irrelevant, and at worst as an excuse to incite violence, hatred and division. So what value, if any, can scripture hold for us today? And if our world no longer seems compatible with scripture, is it perhaps because its original purpose has become lost? Today we see the Quran being used by some to justify war and terrorism, the Torah to deny Palestinians the right to live in the Land of Israel, and the Bible to condemn homosexuality and contraception. The holy texts at the centre of all religious traditions are often employed selectively to underwrite arbitrary and subjective views. They are believed to be divinely ordained; they are claimed to contain eternal truths. But as Karen Armstrong, a world authority on religious affairs, shows in this fascinating journey through millennia of history, this narrow reading of scripture is a relatively recent phenomenon. For hundreds of years these texts were instead viewed as spiritual tools: scripture was a means for the individual to connect with the divine, to transcend their physical existence, and to experience a higher level of consciousness. Holy texts were seen as fluid and adaptable, rather than a set of binding archaic rules or a `truth' that has to be `believed'. Armstrong argues that only by rediscovering an open engagement with their holy texts will the world's religions be able to curtail arrogance, intolerance and violence. And if scripture is used to engage with the world in more meaningful and compassionate ways, we will find that it still has a great deal to teach us.

Clans and Genealogy in Ancient Japan Legends of Ancestor Worship

Clans and Genealogy in Ancient Japan Legends of Ancestor Worship

Author: Masanobu (Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS), Waseda University, Japan) Suzuki Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2019

In recent years, there has been a noticeable and enthusiastic increase of interest in Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Japan. The legends of these temples and shrines are recorded in many historical manuscripts and these genealogies have such great significance that some of them have been registered as national treasures of Japan. They are indispensable to elucidate the history of these temples and shrines, in addition to the formation process of the ancient Japanese nation. This book provides a comprehensive examination of the genealogies and legends of ancient Japanese clans. It advances the study of ancient Japanese history by utilizing new analytical perspective from not only the well-known historical manuscripts relied upon by previous researchers, but also valuable genealogies and legends that previous researchers largely neglected.

God, Education, and Modern Metaphysics The Logic of Know Thyself

God, Education, and Modern Metaphysics The Logic of Know Thyself

Author: Nigel (The University of Winchester, UK) Tubbs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2019

The Western tradition has long held the view that while it is possible to know that God exists, it nevertheless remains impossible to know what God is. The ineffability of the monotheistic God extends to each of the Abrahamic faiths. In this volume, Tubbs considers Aristotle's logic of mastery and questions the assumptions upon which God's ineffability rests. Part I explores the tensions between the philosophical definition of the One as thought thinking itself (the Aristotelian concept of noesis noeseos) and the educational vocation of the individual as know thyself (gnothi seuton). Identifying vulnerabilities in the logic of mastery, Tubbs puts forth an original logic of education, which he calls modern metaphysics, or a logic of learning and education. Part II explores this new educational logic of the divine as a logic of tears, as a dreadful religious teacher, and as a way to cohere the three Abrahamic faiths in an educational concept of monotheism.

The World and the Cloister Sister Teresa Eletta of Florence

The World and the Cloister Sister Teresa Eletta of Florence

Author: Benedict Williamson Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/06/2019

First published in 1930: This book represents the life of Sister Teresa Eletta of Florence from her beginning Holy Orders, serving God, as a Missionary to her death.

Essays, Lectures, Etc Upon Select Topics in Revealed Theology

Essays, Lectures, Etc Upon Select Topics in Revealed Theology

Author: Nathaniel William Taylor Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/06/2019

Published in 1987: The volume contains papers on the Trinity, Human Sinfulness, Justification, Election and Perseverance. The Essays on the Trinity were written after the discussions and controversy on this subject, which are not yet forgotten.

The Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ

The Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ

Author: Nicholas Love Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/06/2019

Published in 2005: At a time when the church sought to control and constrain lay access to vernacular and paramystical texts, the author's translation, sanctioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury, met a pressing need for religious guidance among lay people. It became one of the most copied works of the fifteenth century.

Black God Afroasiatic Roots of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim Religions

Black God Afroasiatic Roots of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim Religions

Author: Julian Baldick Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/06/2019

It is argued that just as there is a common Afroasiatic language family, so too there is a common Afroasiatic family of religions. There is an inner logic to be found in myths, folk-tales, rituals, customs and beliefs as far apart as Yemen and Nigeria which go back to an ancient past shared by the Bible and the pharaohs. Using the method of comparative mythology, the author sifts through the work of scholars - including anthropologists, religious historians, archaeologists and classical Greek writers and contemporary comments on them by professional Egyptologists - to build his picture of the Afroasiatic heritage, and how much of it is still with us in modern Western thought.

Black God Afroasiatic Roots of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim Religions

Black God Afroasiatic Roots of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim Religions

Author: Julian Baldick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2019

It is argued that just as there is a common Afroasiatic language family, so too there is a common Afroasiatic family of religions. There is an inner logic to be found in myths, folk-tales, rituals, customs and beliefs as far apart as Yemen and Nigeria which go back to an ancient past shared by the Bible and the pharaohs. Using the method of comparative mythology, the author sifts through the work of scholars - including anthropologists, religious historians, archaeologists and classical Greek writers and contemporary comments on them by professional Egyptologists - to build his picture of the Afroasiatic heritage, and how much of it is still with us in modern Western thought.

Perspectives -- The Timeless Way of Wisdom

Perspectives -- The Timeless Way of Wisdom

Author: Paul Brunton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2019