Category: Christianity

  • Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World

    "Original sin is the Western world's production story."

    According to the Christian doctrine of unique sin, people are born inherently undesirable, and simply via God's grace can they in achieving salvation. during this eye-catching and debatable ebook, acclaimed historian James Boyce explores how this centuries-old proposal has formed the Western view of human nature correct as much as the current. Boyce strains a background of unique sin from Adam and Eve, St. Augustine, and Martin Luther to Adam Smith, Sigmund Freud, and Richard Dawkins, and explores how every one has helped shape our perception of unique sin.

    Boyce argues that regardless of the marked decline in church attendance in recent times, non secular rules of morality nonetheless a great deal underpin our glossy secular society, despite our usually being ignorant of their origins. If this day the explicit doctrine has all yet disappeared (even from churches), what is still is the special discontent of Western people—the emotions of guilt and inadequacy linked no longer with doing mistaken, yet with being unsuitable. as well as delivering an leading edge heritage of Christianity, Boyce deals new insights in to the construction of the West.

    Born Bad is the sweeping tale of a arguable notion and the striking impression it nonetheless wields.
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  • A Brief History of Christianity (Brief Histories)

    This quantity tells the tale of Christianity during the person males and girls who formed it. it's a tale of mammoth undertakings and marvelous successes in addition to ferocious intolerance, greed and bloodshed. Bamber Gascoigne lines a transparent direction via a classy background, exploring the explanations, the passions, the fears and the achievements of the Christians. His technique is aim and he writes in a conversational type, concentrating on moments of vital aspect and an enormous and sundry solid of characters.
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  • Lost Scriptures: Books that Did Not Make It into the New Testament

    By Bart D. Ehrman

    Whereas most folks imagine that the twenty-seven books of the recent testomony are the one sacred writings of the early Christians, this isn't in any respect the case. A spouse quantity to Bart Ehrman's Lost Christianities, this booklet deals an anthology of up to date and readable translations of many non-canonical writings from the 1st centuries after Christ--texts which were for the main half misplaced or missed for nearly millennia.

    Here is an array of remarkably various writings from early Christian teams whose visions of Jesus range dramatically from our modern knowing. Readers will locate Gospels supposedly authored through the apostle Philip, James the brother of Jesus, Mary Magdalen, and others. There are Acts initially ascribed to John and to Thecla, Paul's woman better half; there are Epistles allegedly written through Paul to the Roman thinker Seneca. and there's an apocalypse by way of Simon Peter that provides a guided travel of the afterlife, either the wonderful ecstasies of the saints and the horrendous torments of the damned, and an Epistle via Titus, a better half of Paul, which argues web page after web page opposed to sexual love, even inside marriage, because actual intimacy ends up in damnation.

    In all, the anthology contains fifteen Gospels, 5 non-canonical Acts of the Apostles, 13 Epistles, a few Apocalypses and mystery Books, and a number of other Canon lists. Ehrman has integrated a basic creation, plus short introductions to every piece. this crucial anthology offers readers a shiny photo of the variety of ideals that battled one another within the first centuries of the Christian era.
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  • I Never Thought I'd See the Day!: Culture at the Crossroads

    By David Jeremiah

    Is Western civilization in an accelerating decline? And if it maintains will it will definitely weaken and reason us to return to the tip of cultured civilization as we now realize it? "Yes," says David Jeremiah, and in his publication, I by no means notion I'D SEE THE DAY! he information a number of symptoms of this cultural decay together with:

    America held hostage via Iran
    Marriage changing into obsolete
    Creeping socialism
    The invisibility of culture's enemies
    Increase in "spiritual warfare"
    America turning its again on Israel
    Atheist assault on religion
    Can this downward spiral be reversed? definite, yet provided that one individual at a time returns to God with our middle, our demeanour of lifestyles, our commitment to actual worship of God, in serving God by means of assisting others, in our giving, and in prayer.
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  • The Illustrated Bible Story by Story

    By DK Publishing

    The Illustrated Bible tale by means of tale is an essential retelling of the tales that experience absorbed readers for centuries.

    Authenticated by means of a group of professional biblical students and historians, The Illustrated Bible tale by way of tale strains the occasions and locations that experience formed the scriptures, booklet through publication, prophet by means of prophet, miracle by means of miracle.

    With complete and target assurance of each significant covenant, prophecy, miracle, and parable within the outdated and New Testaments, set basically of their historic and spiritual context, The Illustrated Bible tale by means of Story's uniquely obtainable strategy appeals to a basic readership of any religion, making this an incredible present in addition to an important source for houses, colleges, and libraries.

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    • Supported by means of archaeological discoveries and historic documentation
    • Profiles key figures, from Adam and Eve to John the Baptist to Saint Paul
    • specializes in key websites, reminiscent of Jericho and Mount Sinai
    • finished timelines supply an fast evaluate of events
    • Before-and-after panels all through hyperlink occasions over time
    • gains pics, artistic endeavors, maps, landscapes, and key artifacts
    • contains family members timber displaying genealogies
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  • 100 Illustrated Bible Verses: Inspiring Words. Beautiful Art.

    The powerful God of Exodus. the traditional poetry of the Psalms, and the everlasting teachings of Proverbs. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and the paranormal fantastic thing about John. the recent heaven and earth of Revelation.
        
    Bible verses—an enduring resource of steerage, peace, and rejuvenation—are the following given a truly targeted remedy in colourful letterpress illustrations that carry every one word to existence in a clean and significant approach. The verses are drawn from seven translations (including the hot overseas model, the hot Revised normal model, and The King James Bible) and organized so as, starting with Genesis 1:1. those decisions comprise a hundred of the main exceptionally significant passages of the outdated and New testomony, made much more robust in the course of the transformative lens of paintings.  
        
    Like a modern replace on medieval illuminated manuscripts, the ebook combines the undying phrases of the Bible with well timed artwork—in this situation, hand-lettering and representation in various attractive types and memorable aesthetics from 25 modern artists. It’s a brand new and colourful approach to event the residing word.
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  • Love and Lies (The Reverend Curtis Black Series)

    By Kimberla Lawson Roby

    At lengthy final, the Reverend Curtis Black seems to be at the directly and slim. The all-too-human preacher is a bestselling writer now, and he and his spouse, Charlotte, are elevating lovable young children. however the ever-suspicious Charlotte does not belief that Curtis has positioned his womanizing previous in the back of him. whereas he is at the street selling his most recent e-book, she understands that there should be only one extra-devoted fan in his flock for him to stray.

    Charlotte is not any angel herself, and she's been holding lots of secrets and techniques from Curtis whereas he is been away. nonetheless, Charlotte believes with all her center that issues may be higher as soon as Curtis is domestic back, even though she will be cautious what she needs for for the reason that love will not be sufficient to untangle the internet of lies she and Curtis have woven for themselves. And in any case, she'll have a few tricky judgements to make if she desires to salvage her marriage.

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  • Holy Warriors

    By Edna Fernandes

    Domestic to the entire significant religions, India can also be, unavoidably, host to almost all sorts of spiritual enthusiast. No different country has witnessed as a lot proselytization or heard as many struggle cries within the identify of God as India. for hundreds of years, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and Muslims have waged bloody wars, sought violent conversion and declared jihad opposed to their enemies, as their religions were hijacked through the forces of fundamentalism. In "Holy Warriors", Edna Fernandes travels to the country's fresh and prior theatres of non secular extremism - from Kashmir to Gujarat, Punjab to Goa - to fulfill the generals and foot infantrymen of communal wars who assert their religion in rhetoric and rage. Theirs are tales of bigotry and bloodshed, lack of confidence and melancholy, yet Fernandes listens with realizing, tolerance and a deft feel of humour, and paints a uniquely vibrant and clear-sighted photograph of a rustic divided by way of dogma.
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  • Raising a Soul Surfer: One Family's Epic Tale

    By Cheri Hamilton, Rick Bundschuh

    Cheri Hamilton, Bethany’s mother, tells the inspiring tale of the Hamilton Family.
    Bethany Hamilton’s magnificent tale of surviving and thriving within the wake of a shark assault, informed in her best-selling autobiography Soul Surfer, has offered greater than 1.5 million copies. but her family’s adventures began lengthy earlier than Bethany misplaced her arm and have become a professional surfer. Now Cheri Hamilton, Bethany’s mother, tells the inspiring tale of the Hamilton Family.
     
    Raising a Soul Surfer invitations readers to trip with the Hamiltons to the plush islands of Hawaii, to adventure a global information occasion, Bethany’s shark assault, from her mom and dad’ standpoint. Witness the various small steps of religion and the way God stepped in and gave them a better purpose.
     
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