New Arrivals · Religion

February 24, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Unbelievable : why neither ancient creeds nor the reformation can produce a living faith today

February 23, 2018
Spong, John Shelby, author.
New York, NY : HarperOne, [2018]
xvi, 319 pages ; 24 cm
Part I. Setting the stage -- Why modern men and women can no longer be believers -- Part II. Stating the problem -- How the first Reformation began -- Differentiating the experience from the explanation -- Part III. Thesis 1: God -- The challenge of the Copernican revolution -- The impact on theism from Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin -- Dealing with the insights of Freud -- A place to begin -- being not a being -- The quest for God: a new form -- Our definition of God: evolving, never fixed -- Part IV. Thesis 2: Jesus the Christ -- Escaping the idolatry of the Incarnation -- The collapse of the salvation story -- Part V. Thesis 3: Original sin -- The Garden of Eden -- Part VI. Thesis 4: The virgin birth -- The story of the virgin birth -- The actual details behind Jesus' birth -- Part VII. Thesis 5: Miracles -- When miracles entered the Bible -- The miracles in the Moses/Joshua story -- Elijah and Elisha -- miracles expanded -- The miracles of Jesus -- Messiah miracles -- the final clue -- Part VIII. Thesis 6: Atonement theology -- Renouncing "Jesus dies for my sins" -- Incomplete -- not fallen -- Part IX. Thesis 7: Easter -- The Resurrection -- Paul's list of Resurrection witnesses -- The Gospels' understanding of Easter -- Part X. Thesis 8: The Ascension -- Elijah magnified -- Part XI. Thesis 9: Ethics -- Finding the basis for ethics -- How the Ten Commandments have changed through history -- Meet Moses' rather-in-law -- The questionable relevance of the Ten Commandments today -- Modern ethics -- Part XII. Thesis 10: Prayer -- The death of prayer -- Prayer: an act of being or of doing? -- Driving power toward a new understanding -- Part XIII. Thesis 11: Life after death -- Life after death -- still believable? -- A new perspective on eternity -- Part XIV. Thesis 12: Universalism -- The marks of tomorrow's Christianity -- Part XV. Epilogue -- My mantra: This I do believe.

Educated : a memoir

February 22, 2018
Westover, Tara, author.
New York : Random House, [2018]
xv, 334 pages ; 25 cm
Choose the good -- The midwife -- Cream shoes -- Apache women -- Honest dirt -- Shield and buckler -- The Lord will provide -- Tiny harlots -- Perfect in his generations -- Shield of feathers -- Instinct -- Fish eyes -- Silence in the churches -- My feet no longer touch Earth -- No more a child -- Disloyal man, disobedient heaven -- To keep it holy -- Blood and feathers -- In the beginning -- Recitals of the fathers -- Skullcap -- What we whispered and what we screamed -- I'm from Idaho -- A knight, errant -- The work of sulphur -- Waiting for moving water -- If I were a woman -- Pygmalion -- Graduation -- The hand of the almighty -- Tragedy then farce -- A brawling woman in a wide house -- Sorcery of physics -- The substance of things -- West of the sun -- Four long arms, whirling -- Gambling for redemption -- Family -- Watching the buffalo -- Educated.
"Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it."--Provided by publisher.

Resurrecting Easter : how the West lost and the East kept the original Easter vision

February 22, 2018
Crossan, John Dominic, author.
©2018
213 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
A tale of two visions -- Travels in the realms of gold -- The guards told everything that had happened -- The cave of the Anastasis -- He did not rise alone -- So that posterity might be amazed by the lavishness -- The Anastasis, the joy of the world -- Rise up, o Lord, do not forget the oppressed -- From the holy mountain -- Let now the angelic choir of heaven exult -- The victory of so great a king -- Dwellers in the dust, awake and sing for joy! -- Declared Son of God in power by the Resurrection of the dead ones -- So hope for a great sea-change.
In this four-color illustrated journey that is part travelogue and part theological investigation, bestselling author and acclaimed Bible scholar John Dominic Crossan and his wife Sarah painstakingly travel throughout the ancient Eastern church, documenting through text and image a completely different model for understanding Easter's resurrection story, one that provides promise and hope for us today. Traveling the world, the Crossans noticed a surprising difference in how the Eastern Church considers Jesus' resurrection -- an event not described in the Bible. At Saint Barbara's Church in Cairo, they found a painting in which the risen Jesus grasps the hands of other figures around him. Unlike the Western image of a solitary Jesus rising from an empty tomb that he viewed across Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, the Crossans saw images of the resurrection depicting a Jesus grasping the hands of figures around him, or lifting Adam and Eve to heaven from Hades or hell, or carrying the old and sick to the afterlife. They discovered that the standard image for the Resurrection in Eastern Christianity is communal and collective, something unique from the solitary depiction of the resurrection in Western Christianity. Fifteen years in the making, Resurrecting Easter reflects on this divide in how the Western and Eastern churches depict the resurrection and its implications. The Crossans argue that the West has gutted the heart of Christianity's understanding of the resurrection by rejecting that once-common communal iconography in favor of an individualistic vision. As they examine the ubiquitous Eastern imagery of Jesus freeing Eve from Hades while ascending to heaven, the Crossans suggest that this iconography raises profound questions about Christian morality and forgiveness. A fundamentally different way of understand the story of Jesus' rebirth illustrated with 130 images, Resurrecting Easter introduces an inclusive, traditional community-based ideal that offers renewed hope and possibilities for our fractured modern society.

Celebration of discipline : the path to spiritual growth

February 22, 2018
Foster, Richard J., author.
San Francisco : HarperOne, 2018.
xxvii, 258 pages ; 22 cm

The fourth cup : unveiling the mystery of the Last Supper and the cross

February 22, 2018
Hahn, Scott, author.
©2018
192 pages ; 22 cm
What is finished? -- Passover and Covenant -- A typical sacrifice -- Rite turns -- The Paschal shape of the Gospels -- Behold the Lamb -- Unleavened bread -- The cups -- The hour -- The chalices and the Church -- The Paschal shape of the liturgy -- The Christian Passover -- The Paschal shape of life.
"Well-known Catholic theologian Dr. Scott Hahn explains Christ's Paschal sacrifice on the cross as the fulfillment of the traditional fourth cup used in the celebration of Passover, drawing symbolic parallels to the Last Supper and Christ's death on Calvary. Through his scholarly insights and important biblical connections, Mass will come alive for you as never before!"--Amazon.com.

Be the hands and feet : living out God's love for all his children

February 21, 2018
Vujicic, Nick, author.
Colorado Springs : WaterBrook, 2018.
234 pages ; 24 cm
Letting your light shine -- Called to serve -- Answering questions -- The Gospel at home -- Delicious fruit -- Out of the box -- Build a team -- Mentoring faith -- Blessed are the mentors -- Gospel allies -- God's big tent -- Adventures in outreach -- Finish well -- My father-a model for life -- No matter what comes.

The triumph of Christianity : how a forbidden religion swept the world

February 20, 2018
Ehrman, Bart D., author.
©2018
xiv, 335 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The beginning of the end: the conversion of Constantine -- Back to the beginning: the conversion and mission of Paul -- The religious world of conversion: Roman paganism -- Reasons for the Christian success -- Miraculous incentives for conversion -- The growth of the church -- Christians under assault: persecution, martyrdom, and self-defense -- The first Christian emperor -- Conversion and coercion: the beginnings of a Christian empire -- Gains and losses.
In The Triumph of Christianity, Bart Ehrman, a master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, shows how a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries. The Triumph of Christianity combines deep knowledge and meticulous research in an eye-opening, immensely readable narrative that upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen - one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.

Live fearless : a call to power, passion, and purpose

February 20, 2018
Robertson, Sadie, 1997- author.
©2018
xxi, 196 pages ; 21 cm
"Are you tired of the struggle? Tired of fear, loneliness, anxiety, and not knowing who you are or what you're meant to do? You don't have to struggle anymore! In [this book], bestselling author and star of Dancing with the Stars Sadie Robertson shares her story of overcoming anxiety and fear. Sadie battled insecurity, comparison, and isolation -- just like so many of us do. And she went on a journey of transformation that has left her living a fearless life. As you read through these pages, you'll discover how you can embrace a fearless life too. Join Sadie on the road toward power, passion, and purpose as you live at the center of who God created you to be!" -- Back cover.

Encyclopedia of American women and religion

February 20, 2018
Benowitz, June Melby, author.
©2017
2 volumes (l, 799 pages) : portraits ; 26 cm
volume 1. A-M -- volume 2. N-Z.

The mystery of the shemitah

February 14, 2018
Cahn, Jonathan, author.
Lake Mary, Florida : FrontLine, 2017.
vi, 277 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
The Shemitah (shmee-TA), or Sabbath year, is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the land of Israel. Understanding this seven-year pattern is essential for understanding the prophecy and mysteries of the Bible that are atill applicable today.

Trumpocalypse : the end-times president, a battle against the globalist elite, and the countdown to Armageddon

February 14, 2018
McGuire, Paul, 1953- author.
c2018
viii, 355 pages ; 24 cm
Argues that media attacks on Donald Trump are part of a campaign of mass deception by global elites to realize an occult plan for humanity, and uses Biblical prophecy to unveil Trump's role in guiding America safely through the end times.

The promise of Lent devotional : a 40-day journey toward the miracle of Easter

February 13, 2018
Tiegreen, Chris, author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale Momentum, [2017]
x, 174 pages ; 20 cm
"Lent is a time of remembering Christ's sacrifice--and yet it is not meant to be depressing; it is meant to be reorienting. The 40-day holy season is one of transition when we turn our eyes away from fading disappointments and move ever closer to the radiance of Easter hope. This is the purpose of The promise of Lent devotional: to stir up the hope that God has given us in the midst of a fallen world. Each day you'll read of death and new life, temptation and the power to overcome it, the life and ministry of Jesus, and the transformative power of God. Because when we gaze at God's true nature--his sacrificial love and his glorious resurrection--everything changes. The past fades, the tomb's stone rolls away, and our hearts awaken to faith once again"--Provided by publisher.

Faith forward future : moving past disappointments, delays, and destructive thinking

February 12, 2018
Veach, Chad, 1979- author.
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, [2017]
x, 209 pages ; 22 cm
The dream: what should we be chasing?: When life doesn't work out ; Calling out greatness ; 5 takeaways -- The qualified: who gets to live the dream?: Debunking the myth ; "I want your heart, not your perfection" ; Make no mistake ; 5 takeaways -- The faith: how do you walk in this plan?: First things first ; Asking for a friend ; Step out ; You move, I move ; It's all about the follow ; 5 takeaways -- The journey: where do you turn in the middle?: The mess in the middle ; Don't judge my journey ; 5 takeaways -- The reason: what's this plan all about?: Always only Jesus ; 5 takeaways.
"Are you disappointed with your life? Do you feel like you'll never accomplish anything remarkable? Fear not: you are in the perfect place for God to enter with his plan! In fact, your disappointments and failures are merely minor setbacks preceding a major comeback. In Faith Forward Future, Chad Veach presents the proof that God has always known you, has always cared, and is waiting to give you his better dream for your life. When you hear his words and release your broken dreams, you'll receive all that God has in store and be enabled to reach your best possible tomorrow." -- Back cover.

The forgotten man of Christmas : Joseph's story

February 12, 2018
Edington, Howard, 1952-
Apopka, FL : DC Press, [2017]
xxxii, 101 pages ; 24 cm

Advice not given : a guide to getting over yourself

January 30, 2018
Epstein, Mark, 1953- author.
©2018
204 pages ; 24 cm
Right view -- Right motivation -- Right speech -- Right action -- Right livelihood -- Right effort -- Right mindfulness -- Right concentration.
"Our ego, and its accompanying sense of nagging self-doubt as we work to be bigger, better, smarter, and more in control, is one affliction we all share. And while our ego claims to have our best interests at heart, in its never-ending pursuit of attention and power, it sabotages the very goals it sets to achieve. In Advice Not Given, renowned psychiatrist and author Dr. Mark Epstein reveals how Buddhism and Western psychotherapy, two traditions that developed in entirely different times and places and, until recently, had nothing to do with each other, both identify the ego as the limiting factor in our well-being, and both come to the same conclusion: When we give the ego free reign, we suffer; but when it learns to let go, we are free. With great insight, and in a deeply personal style, Epstein offers readers a how-to guide that refuses a quick fix, grounded in two traditions devoted to maximizing the human potential for living a better life. Using the Eightfold Path, eight areas of self-reflection that Buddhists believe necessary for enlightenment, as his scaffolding, Epstein looks back productively on his own experience and that of his patients. While the ideas of the Eightfold Path are as old as Buddhism itself, when informed by the sensibility of Western psychotherapy, they become something more: a road map for spiritual and psychological growth, a way of dealing with the intractable problem of the ego. Breaking down the wall between East and West, Epstein brings a Buddhist sensibility to therapy and a therapist's practicality to Buddhism. Speaking clearly and directly, he offers a rethinking of mindfulness that encourages people to be more watchful of their ego, an idea with a strong foothold in Buddhism but now for the first time applied in the context of psychotherapy. Our ego is at once our biggest obstacle and our greatest hope. We can be at its mercy or we can learn to mold it. Completely unique and practical, Epstein's advice can be used by all--each in his or her own way--and will provide wise counsel in a confusing world. After all, as he says, 'Our egos can use all the help they can get.'"--Dust jacket.

I will not fear : my story of a lifetime of building faith under fire

January 30, 2018
Beals, Melba, author.
©2018
200 pages ; 23 cm
In I Will Not Fear, Beals takes you on an unforgettable journey through terror, oppression, and persecution, highlighting the kind of faith we all need to survive in a world full of hearbreak and anger. She shows how the deep faith we develop during our most difficult moments is the kind of faith that can change our famiilies, our communitites, and even the world.

Without Buddha I could not be a Christian

January 29, 2018
Knitter, Paul F.
Richmond : Oneworld, 2013.
xvii, 250 pages ; 20 cm
Previous edition: 2009.
Preface: Am I still a Christian? -- Nirvana and God the transcendent other -- Nirvana and God the personal other -- Nirvana and God the mysterious other -- Nirvana and heaven -- Jesus the Christ and Gautama the Buddha -- Prayer and meditation -- Making peace and being peace -- Conclusion: Promiscuity or hybridity? -- A new conclusion: Jesus and Buddha both come first!
Honest and unflinching, Without Buddha I Could not be a Christian narrates how esteemed theologian, Paul F. Knitter overcame a crisis of faith by looking to Buddhism for inspiration. From prayer to how Christianity views life after death, Knitter argues that a Buddhist standpoint can encourage a more person-centred conception of Christianity, where individual religious experience comes first, and liturgy and tradition second. Moving and revolutionary, this book will inspire Christians everywhere.

More beautiful than before : how suffering transforms us

January 25, 2018
Leder, Steven Z., author.
Carlsbad, California : Hay House, Inc., 2017.
xvii, 197 pages ; 19 cm
Introduction -- Surviving. When you must, you can ; The prisoner cannot free himself ; An intimate invitation ; Prayer ; The house of memory ; An invitation to be kind ; Enough is enough ; The route of all blessings -- Healing. Like love, nature will heal you ; I am so sorry ; Hurt and run ; Stoop low ; Abracadabra ; Life is long -- Growing. Examine your life ; Headstones ; Be uncomfortable ; You matter ; Fix something ; The melody of what remains.
"As the leader of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, one of America's largest and most important congregations, located in the heart of Los Angeles, Rabbi Leder has witnessed a lot of pain: "It's my phone that rings when people's bodies or lives fall apart," he writes. "The couch in my office is often drenched with tears." After 27 years of listening, comforting, and holding so many who suffered, he thought he understood pain and its challenges--but when it struck hard in his own life and brought him to his knees, a new understanding unfolded before him as he felt pain's profound effects on his body, spirit, and soul. In this elegantly concise, beautifully written, and deeply inspiring book, Rabbi Leder guides us through pain's stages of surviving, healing, and growing to help us all find meaning in our suffering. Drawing on his experience as a spiritual leader, the wisdom of ancient traditions, modern science, and stories from his own life and others', he shows us that when we must endure, we can, and that there is a path for each of us that leads from pain to wisdom. "Pain cracks us open," he writes. "It breaks us. But in the breaking, there is a new kind of wholeness." This powerful book will inspire in us all a life worthy of our suffering; a life gentler, wiser, and more beautiful than before."--Amazon.com.

The Exodus : how it happened and why it matters

January 25, 2018
Friedman, Richard Elliott, author.
New York, NY : HarperOne, [2017]
xiv, 282 pages ; 24 cm
History recaptured -- The mystery of Egypt -- The mystery of Israel -- The mystery of Midian -- The mysteries of Babylon -- The mystery of Judah -- Appendix A: From Egypt to Midian -- Appendix B: The story according to each of the main sources of the Pentateuch.
Biblical scholars, Egyptologists, archaeologists, historians, literary scholars, anthropologists, and filmmakers are drawn to the mystery of the exodus. Unable to find physical evidence until now, many archaeologists and scholars claim this mass migration is just a story, not history. Others oppose this conclusion, defending the biblical account.Like a detective on an intricate case no one has yet solved, pioneering Bible scholar and bestselling author of Who Wrote the Bible? Richard Elliott Friedman cuts through the noise-the serious studies and the wild theories-merging new findings with new insight. From a spectrum of disciplines, state-of-the-art archaeological breakthroughs, and fresh discoveries within scripture, he brings real evidence of a historical basis for the exodus-the history behind the story. The biblical account of millions fleeing Egypt may be an exaggeration, but the exodus itself is not a myth.Friedman does not stop there. Known for his ability to make Bible scholarship accessible to readers, Friedman proceeds to reveal how much is at stake when we explore the historicity of the exodus. The implications, he writes, are monumental. We learn that it became the starting point of the formation of monotheism, the defining concept of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Moreover, we learn that it precipitated the foundational ethic of loving one's neighbors-including strangers-as oneself. He concludes, the actual exodus was the cradle of global values of compassion and equal rights today.

I'll push you : a journey of 500 miles, two best friends, and one wheelchair

January 25, 2018
Gray, Patrick, 1975- author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale Momentum, an imprint of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2017]
xvi, 280 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Foreword / Donald Miller -- Answers and questions -- Phone calls -- I'll push you -- Time off -- As ready as we'll ever be -- Departure -- I wonder if... -- Blind faith -- Measure twice, cut once -- Paddy wagon and skeez -- Taking the bull by the horns -- Unexpected -- The lies we tell ourselves -- The ridiculous and the absurd -- Much-needed rest -- Pursuit -- Countdown -- How did we get so lucky? -- We're not alone in here -- Pride and joy -- Who do you think you are? -- You're not pushing -- Provision -- A beautiful way to start.
"Two best friends, 500 miles, one wheelchair, and the challenge of a lifetime. Friendship takes on new meaning in this true story of Justin and Patrick, born less than two days apart in the same hospital. Best friends their whole lives, they grew up together, went to school together, and were best man in each other's weddings. When Justin was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease that robbed him of the use of his arms and legs, Patrick was there, helping to feed and care for him in ways he'd never imagined. Determined to live life to the fullest, the friends refused to give into despair or let physical limitations control what was possible for Justin. So when Justin heard about the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile trek through Spain, he wondered aloud to Patrick whether the two of them could ever do it. Patrick's immediate response was: "I'll push you." I'll Push You is the real-life story of this incredible journey. A travel adventure full of love, humor, and spiritual truth, it exemplifies what every friendship is meant to be and shows what it means to never find yourself alone. You'll discover how love and faith can push past all limits--and make us the best versions of ourselves''- - Provided by publisher.

The political Pope : how Pope Francis is delighting the liberal left and abandoning conservatives

January 25, 2018
Neumayr, George, author.
New York : Center Street, 2017.
277 pages ; 24 cm
The Pope they have been waiting for -- "Who am I to judge?" -- The left's long march to the papacy -- The liberal Jesuit from Latin America -- The unholy alliance -- The first radical green Pope -- The open-borders Pope -- The pacifist Pope -- "I don't want to convert you" -- The permissive Pope -- How Francis is undoing the legacy of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI -- Will Paul correct Peter?
Although Pope Francis is beloved by many, George Neumayr argues that some conservative Catholics believe he embraces many of the policies and rhetoric of the hard left, possibly as a consequence of being educated in socialist Argentina. Neumayr argues that for many decades, the left has worked to undermine the Catholic Church--perhaps the most powerful conservative institution in the world. He states that In the twentieth century, communists and leftists spread liberation theology and modernism throughout the Church, and now--via Pope Francis--the radical left has succeeded at the Church's highest level. Neumayr offers an untold story of the left's effort to enlist the Vatican in its global world order, and of the right's battle to stop it.

Better health through spiritual practices : a guide to religious behaviors and perspectives that benefit mind and body

January 24, 2018
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, [2017]
xi, 383 pages ; 25 cm.
The religio-spiritual context of lifestyle practices and health behaviors / Dean D. VonDras -- Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism / Vibha Agnihotri and Vinamrata Agnihotri -- The middle path to health : the relationship between Buddhist practices and beliefs, and health outcomes / Dana Dharmakaya Caigan, Nina J. Hidalgo, and Paul E. Priester -- Health, spirituality, and Chinese thought / Robert Santee -- Ways of healing and the roles of harmony, purity, and violent rhetoric in Japanese Shinto and Shamanism / Carl Olson -- Judaism and health / Miriam Korhman, Moses Appel, and David H. Rosmarin -- Christianity - Catholic and Seventh-day Adventist examples / Arndt Büssing and Désirée Poier -- Islam and health / Mona M. Amer -- Sufism and optimal health / Saloumeh Bozorgzadeh, Nasim Bahadorani, and Mohammad Sadoghi -- Lesser known spiritualities : Bahá;í;, Rastafari, and Zoroastrianism / Holly Nelson-Becker, Leanne Atwell, and Shannan Russo -- North American indigenous spiritualities / Jeff King -- The spirituality of the Eastern Cherokee and Ani-Yun-Wiya Shamanistic medicine / Kevin A. Harris -- Agnostic, Atheistic, and nonreligious orientations / Karen Hwang and Ryan T. Cragun -- Epilogue : religion, science, and health - a question of balance or the space between? / Scott F. Madey.

Heavens on earth : the scientific search for the afterlife, immortality, and utopia

January 23, 2018
Shermer, Michael, author.
©2018
xii, 305 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prologue : Memento mori -- Part I. Varieties of mortal experiences and immortal quests. A lofty thought : imagining mortality ; What dreams may come : imagining immortality ; Heavens above : the afterlives of the monotheisms -- Part II. The scientific search for immortality. Heavens within : the afterlives of the spiritual seekers ; Evidence for the afterlife : near death experiences and reincarnation ; Evidence for the afterlife : anomalous psychological experiences and talking to the dead ; Soul stuff : identity, replication, and resurrection ; Afterlife for atheists : can science defeat death? -- Part III. All our yesterdays and tomorrows. All our yesterdays : progress, decline, and the pull of pessimism ; All our tomorrows : utopias and dystopias in fiction and in fact -- Part IV. Mortality and meaning. Why we die : the mortal individual and the immortal species ; Imagine there's no heaven : finding meaning in a meaningless universe.
"In his most ambitious work yet, Shermer sets out to discover what drives humans' belief in life after death, focusing on recent scientific attempts to achieve immortality by radical life extentionists, extropians, transhumanists, cryonicists, and mind-uploaders, along with utopians who have attempted to create heaven on earth. For millennia, religions have concocted numerous manifestations of heaven and the afterlife, the place where souls go after the death of the physical body. Religious leaders have toiled to make sense of this place that a surprising 74% of Americans believe exists, but from which no one has ever returned to report what it is really like. Heavens on Earth concludes with an uplifting paean to purpose and progress and what we can do in the here-and-now, whether or not there is a hereafter" -- From Amazon.

Being Hindu : understanding a peaceful path in a violent world

January 23, 2018
Sengupta, Hindol, author.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2018]
ix, 189 pages ; 24 cm
Originally published: Haryana, India : Penguin Books, 2015.
Introduction: Believer -- How to write about Hindus -- Who is a Hindu? -- What makes you a Hindu? -- Who is the one true God? -- Is God afraid of science? -- How do Hindu books portray God? -- Are all Hindus vegetarians? -- How do Hindus consider their own history? -- How does Hinduism fit into the internet age? -- A start-up for the soul : why reexamine the Hindu way?.
"There are more than one billion Hindus in the world, but for those who don't practice the faith, very little seems to be understood about it. Followers have not only built and sustained the world's largest democracy but have also sustained one of the greatest philosophical streams in the world for more than three thousand years. So, what makes a Hindu? Why is so little heard from the real practitioners of the everyday faith? Why does information never go beyond clichés? Being Hindu is a practitioner's guide that takes the reader on a journey to very simply understand what the Hindu message is, where it stands in the clash of civilizations between Islam and Christianity, and why the Hindu way could yet be the path for plurality and progress in the twenty-first century."--Book jacket.

Against Marcellus and On ecclesiastical theology

January 23, 2018
Eusebius, of Caesarea, Bishop of Caesarea, approximately 260-approximately 340, author.
©2017
xxi, 368 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction -- Against Marcellus -- On ecclesiastical theology -- Indices.

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