By Michael Paulkovich
Religious leaders often spoon-feed their flock the few elements of the Bible that aren't blatantly contradictory, nor evil, nor violent. The Bible is a truly uninteresting, very scary, but a really hilarious learn. And the historical past of non secular oppression is way extra murderous than most folks are acutely aware. The ebook No Meek Messiah chronicles the cobbling of Christianity, its outrageous forgeries, and its immoral acts of torture, genocide, and obfuscation over the various centuries. The "virgin delivery" story used to be a forgery perpetrated 250 years sooner than Jesus, even admitted through the Catholic Encyclopedia.
No Meek Messiah exposes that Jesus believed in Noah's Ark, Adam & Eve, Jonah dwelling in a fish or whale, and Lot's spouse changing into salt. (Historian Josephus, usually mentioned by means of Christians as facts of the historicity of Jesus, additionally claims that he as really obvious the "pillar of salt" that Lot's spouse become; "for i've got noticeable it, and it continues to be at this day," Josephus lied.
Jesus even bought into the absurd suggestion (Jn 3:14) magical pole proffered via the OT (Num 21:9) might therapy snakebites basically by way of watching upon it.
Only a very selective interpreting of the Bible can adduce the everlasting statement that Jesus was once an ideal and saintly determine. Meek Jesus boasted he used to be "greater than Solomon, and that he "came to not ship peace, yet a sword," and "to ship fireplace at the earth."
Jesus desperately wishes your compliment, and advises savage whipping for disobedient slaves. those are scriptures by no means pointed out on the usual sermon or Sunday university. this is often basically the end of Jesus' "meek" iceberg.
No Meek Messiah exposes the plethora of forgeries perpetrated by means of Christian leaders over the centuries, exhibiting how the corrupt Church received monstrous strength and wealth. the numerous murders and witch hunts also are uncovered in nice element.
Michael Paulkovich, 2013. No Meek Messiah. Freelance author and contributer to the yank Rationalist, American Atheist journal and loose Inquiry provides one-hundred-and-twenty-six writers from the "time of Jesus" who must have, yet didn't checklist something in regards to the Christian godman
By Karen Lauterbach
This booklet facilities round mid-level charismatic pastors in Ghana. Karen Lauterbach analyzes pastorship as a pathway to changing into small “big males” and attaining prestige, wealth, and tool within the state. the amount investigates either the social approaches of changing into a pastor and the non secular dimensions of the way strength and wealth are conceptualized, accomplished, and legitimized within the specific context of Asante in Ghana. Lauterbach integrates her research of charismatic Christianity with a traditionally educated exam of social mobility—how humans in subordinate positions search to hitch up with strength. She explores how the guidelines and stories surrounding the success of wealth and function of energy are formed and re-shaped. during this method, the publication historicizes present expressions of charismatic Christianity in Ghana whereas additionally bringing the position of faith and trust to undergo on our realizing of wealth and tool as they functionality extra commonly in African societies.
By John Cornwell, Michael McGhee
Public curiosity in non secular debate within the united kingdom and united states has lately been fed via a chain of books of well known polemic opposed to theism, faith and the self-discipline of theology itself. A small has grown up round those works—by Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens, and others—but many have complained not only in their theological illiteracy but in addition in their tendency to conflate spiritual trust with fundamentalism. they've got contributed to a public surroundings of anti-pluralist hostility to the expression of "faith positions." the ambience in Britain of competitive secularism contrasts sharply with a public tradition within the united states of non secular conservatism that's suspicious of secular humanism. right here, a chain of philosophers replicate, in an exploratory and confessional spirit, upon the prestige and resources in their faith or different non secular sympathies—this may well are available in the shape of a dedication to religion, an openness to faith, or one other event of transcendence. The authors get all the way down to the necessities of spiritual agnosticism, the boundaries of secular humanism, the assumption of conversion, the character of melancholy, and the opportunity of ethical objectivity.
By Lothar Gall, Dietmar Willoweit
Das Verhältnis zwischen Judentum, Christentum und Islam unterlag im Laufe der Geschichte vielfältigen Veränderungen. Welche Konflikte gab es, welche Phasen und Formen von Austausch und Kooperation standen dem gegenüber? Der Band ist das Ergebnis einer Tagung aus dem Jahr 2009. Wissenschaftler aus sechs Ländern präsentieren nun die Ergebnisse. Die Sektionen behandeln die "Gegenseitige Wahrnehmung vor dem 1. Weltkrieg", "Kultur, Bildung, Fremdwahrnehmung" seit 1945, "Austausch und Konflikte" von der Frühen Neuzeit bis ins 20. Jahrhundert, das "Rechtsverständnis", "Recht und Wirtschaft", die "Religionsgelehrsamkeit" sowie "gesellschaftliche Integration und Bewahrung der Identität". Mit Beiträgen von: Kilian Bälz, Hans-Jürgen Becker, Hartmut Bobzin, Michael Brenner, Micha Brumlik, Thomas E. Burman, John Efron, Leila Tarazi Fawaz, Claude Gilliot, Friedrich Wilhelm Graf, Peter Heine, Karl Homann, Yosef Kaplan, Thomas Kaufmann, Yavuz Köse, Gudrun Krämer, Michael Kreutz, Roland Löffler, Wolfgang Loschelder, Hans Maier, Asher Meir, Tilman Nagel, Matthias Pohlig, Maurus Reinkowski, Mathias Rohe, Heinz Schilling, Reinhard Schulze, Martin Tamcke, Georges Tamer, Lucette Valensi, Dietmar Willoweit, Israel Yuval und einer Podiumsdiskussion der Sektionsleiter.
By Peter Addinall
This learn explores the character of the clash among technological know-how and faith. It exhibits via an in depth exam of this clash because it was once manifested in 19th century Britain that it's a fallacy that faith and technology can co-exist in mutual concord, because the legacy in their clash some time past century has been inherited via this century, significantly to the detriment of non secular trust. it's the author's competition go back to the necessities of Kant's severe philosophy might lay naked the profound adjustments among non secular and medical methods to the area, and the character of the alternative humans could make among them. In his attempt to demarcate the outlines of a real Biblical theology (and to articulate the right kind methods for generating one) the writer casts mild on very important questions of Biblical interpretation, and calls for an intensive reassessment of the that means of technological know-how for society.
By Grace Ji-Sun Kim
This publication develops inventive imagining of conventional doctrines. Chapters express the effectiveness of Latina/mujerista, evangélica, womanist, Asian American, and white feminist imaginings within the furthering of worldwide gender justice.
By Theoleptos, Angela Constantinides Hero
By Kai Nielsen
The indeterminacy of the fashionable notion of God has made the excellence among trust and unbelief more and more tricky. either the complexity of the spiritual reaction and the diversity of sceptical philosophies restrict simplistic definitions of what constitutes trust in God. Making the dialogue much more tricky are assertions by way of fundamentalists who push aside the philosophical perplexities of non secular claims as unreal pseudo-problems. "Atheism and Philosophy" is an in depth examine of those and different matters very important to our figuring out of atheism, agnosticism, and non secular trust. thinker Kai Nielsen develops a coherent and built-in method of the dialogue of what it capability to be an atheist. In chapters similar to: How is Atheism to be Characterised?; Does God Exist?; Agnosticism; faith and dedication; and The Primacy of Philosophical Theology, Nielsen defends atheism in a fashion that solutions to modern issues. This paperback version contains a new preface within which Nielsen, displaying the expanding effect of the later Ludwig Wittgenstein, Donald Davidson, the classical pragmatists, and such neo-pragmatists as Richard Rorty and Hilary Putnam, defends his account opposed to a few continual and believable criticisms, fairly opposed to his sceptical arguments in regards to the coherence and intelligibility of trust in God.
By Zambelli, P.
The tips of philosophers (Ficino, Pico, Della Porta, Bruno) on magic interfered with renowned replacement and witchcraft rites. This ebook specializes in wandering scholastics (Trithemius, Agrippa, Paracelsus, Bruno) and may be a stimulating learn for all these drawn to Renaissance mentality.