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Of God and Man (Paperback): Zygmunt Bauman, Stanislaw Obirek Of God and Man (Paperback)
Zygmunt Bauman, Stanislaw Obirek; Translated by Katarzyna Bartoszynska 1
R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this engaging dialogue, Zygmunt Bauman, sociologist and philosopher, and Stanislaw Obirek, theologian and cultural historian, explore the place of spirituality and religion in the world today and in the everyday lives of individuals. Their conversation ranges from the plight of monotheistic religions cast onto a polytheistic world stage to the nature of religious experience and its impact on human worldviews and life strategies; from Messianic and Promethean ideas of redemption and salvation to the possibility and prospects of inter-religious dialogue and the factors standing in its way. While starting from different places, Bauman and Obirek are driven by the same concern to reconcile the multiplicity of religions with the oneness of humanity, and to do so in a way that avoids the trap of adhering to a single truth, bearing witness instead to the multiplicity of human truths and the diversity of cultures and faiths. For everything creative in human existence has its roots in human diversity; it is not human diversity that turns brother against brother but the refusal of it. The fundamental condition of peace, solidarity and benevolent cooperation among human beings is a willingness to accept that there is a multiplicity of ways of being human, and a willingness to accept the model of coexistence that this multiplicity requires.

Abraham's Heirs - Jews and Christians in Medieval Europe (Paperback, New): Leonard B. Glick Abraham's Heirs - Jews and Christians in Medieval Europe (Paperback, New)
Leonard B. Glick
R583 Discovery Miles 5 830 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

He demonstrates that Ashkenazic Jewish culture was profoundly shaped and conditioned by life in an overwhelmingly Christian society. Drawing on diverse Christian documents, he portrays Christian beliefs about medieval Jews and Judaism with a degree of detail seldom found in Jewish historics. Emphasizing social, political, and economic history, but also duscussing religious topics, Glick describes the evolution of a complex, inherently unequal relationship. Because the Ashkenazic Jews of medieval Europe were ancestral to almost the entire Jewish population of eastern Europe, their historical experience played a major role in the heritage of most Jewish Americans.

White Too Long - The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity (Hardcover): Robert P. Jones White Too Long - The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity (Hardcover)
Robert P. Jones
R571 R457 Discovery Miles 4 570 Save R114 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Ministry of Reconciliation - Strategies and Spirituality (Paperback): Robert J. Schreiter The Ministry of Reconciliation - Strategies and Spirituality (Paperback)
Robert J. Schreiter
R377 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R74 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In a world of conflict in which religious differences play a significant role, reconciliation grows increasingly important. The Ministry of Reconciliation shows how with a spirituality of reconciliation we can create the spaces in which reconciliation can happen, and with human strategies, how the process of reconciliation can move forward.

From wide-ranging travels Schreiter has gained a profound wisdom and hope as well as the questions and struggles to be faced. In Part One, "Reconciliation as Spirituality, " Schreiter poses this key question: "If God did indeed raise Jesus up to a new life that breaks the grip of violence and sin on the world, what should be the concrete object of our hope?" Each of the next six chapters then meditates on post-Easter appearances as recorded in Scripture. Schreiter's explorations of such events as "the breakfast at the seashore" (John 21:1-17) and "what the women saw" (Mark 16:1-8; John 20:1-18) reveal a direct pastoral style reminiscent of Rahner and Barth at their best.

From this profound and hope-filled beginning Schreiter goes on to emphasize how a spirituality of reconciliation without sound social and theological reflection on its implementation will fail. Part Two, "Elements of a Strategy for Reconciliation, " tackles such vexing questions as individual and social responsibility; truth and justice; amnesty and pardon; and how the church can aid in reconciliation. Schreiter explores questions as: How can forgiveness happen? What is justice, and how should it be sought and administered? How can a society be rebuilt that includes the perpetrators of evil?

The Reception of Vatican II (Paperback): Matthew L. Lamb, Matthew Levering The Reception of Vatican II (Paperback)
Matthew L. Lamb, Matthew Levering
R933 Discovery Miles 9 330 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From 1962 to 1965, in perhaps the most important religious event of the twentieth century, the Second Vatican Council met to plot a course for the future of the Roman Catholic Church. After thousands of speeches, resolutions, and votes, the Council issued sixteen official documents on topics ranging from divine revelation to relations with non-Christians. But the meaning of the Second Vatican Council has been fiercely contested since before it was even over, and the years since its completion have seen a battle for the soul of the Church waged through the interpretation of Council documents. The Reception of Vatican II looks at the sixteen conciliar documents through the lens of those battles. Paying close attention to reforms and new developments, the essays in this volume show how the Council has been received and interpreted over the course of the more than fifty years since it concluded. The contributors to this volume represent various schools of thought but are united by a commitment to restoring the view that Vatican II should be interpreted and implemented in line with Church Tradition. The central problem facing Catholic theology today, these essays argue, is a misreading of the Council that posits a sharp break with previous Church teaching. In order to combat this reductive way of interpreting the Council, these essays provide a thorough, instructive overview of the debates it inspired.

Congregation and Community (Paperback, New): Nancy Ammerman Congregation and Community (Paperback, New)
Nancy Ammerman
R822 Discovery Miles 8 220 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"The best study of congregations to have appeared in the last seventy years." --Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University "A path-breaking study of the way in which churches adapt, or fail to adapt, to changes in their environment. This definitive study should be read both by people active in church work and by academics interested in religion in a changing American society." --Peter L. Berger, Boston University "Those who want to understand how Americans really deal with the vast changes sweeping our country, those who care deeply about the future of churches, synagogues, and other local religious gatherings, and those who want to contribute to our society's increasingly complex efforts to build life-giving communities must come to terms with the discoveries of Nancy Ammerman and her research team . . . Bravo " --James P. Wind, president, Alban Institute "The first comprehensive examination of the relationship between rapid community change and local church life since the 1930s. This is the sociology of religion at its best, combined with refreshing reflection on the prospects and possibilities of local faith communities." --William McKinney, president, Pacific School of Religion Change--in population, economy, and culture--is sweeping through American communities. Corner groceries are stocking new foods. New roads are being built and Main Streets abandoned. Schools have come and gone, and old friends move away as strangers arrive. But in every community, no matter how volatile, religious institutions provide for their members places of moral guidance and spiritual nurture, civic participation, and identity. How do congregations react to significant communitiy change? Why do some religious institutions decline in the face of racial integration while other adapt and grow? How do congregations make sense of economic distress? Do they provide havens from community upheaval or are they vehicles for change? Congregations and Community is the most comprehensive study to date of congregations in the face of community transformation. Nancy Ammerman and her colleagues include stories of over twenty congregations in nine communities from across the nation, communities with new immigrant populations, growing groups of gays and lesbians, rapid suburbanization, and economic dislocations. With almost half of the nation's population attending religious services each week, it is impossible to understand change in American society without a close look at congregations. Congregations and Community will exist as a standard resource for years to come, and clergy, academics, and general readers alike will benefit from its insights. Nancy Tatom Ammerman is a professor of the sociology religion at Hartford Seminary. She is the author of several books, including Baptist Battles and Bible Believers (both available from Rutgers University Press). The reserch for this book was supported by a grant from the Lilly Endowment.

Violence and Islam - Conversations with Houria Abdelouahed (Hardcover): Adonis Violence and Islam - Conversations with Houria Abdelouahed (Hardcover)
Adonis
R396 R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Save R120 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Adonis' influence on Arabic literature has been likened to that of T. S. Eliot in the English-speaking world. Yet alongside this spearheading of a modernist literary revolution, the secular Syrian-born poet is also renowned for his persistent and staunch attacks on despotism across the Arab world. In these conversations with the psychoanalyst Houria Abdelouahed, Adonis brings into sharp relief the latest wave of violence and war to engulf Arabic countries, tracing the cause of ongoing tensions back to the beginnings of Islam itself. Since the death of the prophet Muhammad, Islam has been used as a political and economic weapon, exploiting and reinforcing tribal divisions to aid the pursuit of power. Adonis argues that recent events in the Middle East from the failures of the Arab Spring to the rise of ISIS and the bloody war in his native Syria attest to the destructive effects of an Islamic worldview that prohibits any notion of plurality and breeds violence. If there is to be any hope of peace or progress in the Arab world, it is therefore imperative that these mentalities are overcome. In their place, Adonis urges a new spirit of enquiry, embodied in the freedoms to interrogate the past and to question cultural norms. Adonis' penetrating analysis comes at a critical time, offering an alternative path to the cycle of violence that plagues the Arab world today.

Darkness Falls on the Land of Light - Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England (Hardcover): Douglas... Darkness Falls on the Land of Light - Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England (Hardcover)
Douglas L Winiarski
R1,141 Discovery Miles 11 410 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This sweeping history of popular religion in eighteenth-century NewEngland examines the experiences of ordinary people living throughextraordinary times. Drawing on an unprecedented quantity of letters, diaries,and testimonies, Douglas Winiarski recovers the pervasive and vigorouslay piety of the early eighteenth century. George Whitefield's preaching tourof 1740 called into question the fundamental assumptions of this thrivingreligious culture. Incited by Whitefield and fascinated by miraculous giftsof the Holy Spirit-visions, bodily fits, and sudden conversions-countlessNew Englanders broke ranks with family, neighbours, and ministers whodismissed their religious experiences as delusive enthusiasm. These new converts,the progenitors of today's evangelical movement, bitterly assaulted theCongregational establishment. The 1740s and 1750s were the dark night of the New England soul, asmen and women groped toward a restructured religious order. Conflicttransformed inclusive parishes into exclusive networks of combative spiritualseekers. Then as now, evangelicalism emboldened ordinary people to questiontraditional authorities. Their challenge shattered whole communities.

The Jefferson Bible - A Biography (Hardcover): Peter Manseau The Jefferson Bible - A Biography (Hardcover)
Peter Manseau
R493 R395 Discovery Miles 3 950 Save R98 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The life and times of a uniquely American testament In his retirement, Thomas Jefferson edited the New Testament with a penknife and glue, removing all mention of miracles and other supernatural events. Inspired by the ideals of the Enlightenment, Jefferson hoped to reconcile Christian tradition with reason by presenting Jesus of Nazareth as a great moral teacher-not a divine one. Peter Manseau tells the story of the Jefferson Bible, exploring how each new generation has reimagined the book in its own image as readers grapple with both the legacy of the man who made it and the place of religion in American life. Completed in 1820 and rediscovered by chance in the late nineteenth century after being lost for decades, Jefferson's cut-and-paste scripture has meant different things to different people. Some have held it up as evidence that America is a Christian nation founded on the lessons of the Gospels. Others see it as proof of the Founders' intent to root out the stubborn influence of faith. Manseau explains Jefferson's personal religion and philosophy, shedding light on the influences and ideas that inspired him to radically revise the Gospels. He situates the creation of the Jefferson Bible within the broader search for the historical Jesus, and examines the book's role in American religious disputes over the interpretation of scripture. Manseau describes the intrigue surrounding the loss and rediscovery of the Jefferson Bible, and traces its remarkable reception history from its first planned printing in 1904 for members of Congress to its persistent power to provoke and enlighten us today.

Piers Plowman and the Poetics of Enigma - Riddles, Rhetoric, and Theology (Hardcover): Curtis A. Gruenler Piers Plowman and the Poetics of Enigma - Riddles, Rhetoric, and Theology (Hardcover)
Curtis A. Gruenler
R1,650 Discovery Miles 16 500 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this book, Curtis Gruenler proposes that the concept of the enigmatic, latent in a wide range of medieval thinking about literature, can help us better understand in medieval terms much of the era's most enduring literature, from the riddles of the Anglo-Saxon bishop Aldhelm to the great vernacular works of Dante, Chaucer, Julian of Norwich, and, above all, Langland's Piers Plowman. Riddles, rhetoric, and theology-the three fields of meaning of aenigma in medieval Latin-map a way of thinking about reading and writing obscure literature that was widely shared across the Middle Ages. The poetics of enigma links inquiry about language by theologians with theologically ambitious literature. Each sense of enigma brings out an aspect of this poetics. The playfulness of riddling, both oral and literate, was joined to a Christian vision of literature by Aldhelm and the Old English riddles of the Exeter Book. Defined in rhetoric as an obscure allegory, enigma was condemned by classical authorities but resurrected under the influence of Augustine as an aid to contemplation. Its theological significance follows from a favorite biblical verse among medieval theologians, "We see now through a mirror in an enigma, then face to face" (1 Cor. 13:12). Along with other examples of the poetics of enigma, Piers Plowman can be seen as a culmination of centuries of reflection on the importance of obscure language for knowing and participating in endless mysteries of divinity and humanity and a bridge to the importance of the enigmatic in modern literature. This book will be especially useful for scholars and undergraduate students interested in medieval European literature, literary theory, and contemplative theology.

Parables - The Arrows of God (Paperback): Megan McKenna Parables - The Arrows of God (Paperback)
Megan McKenna
R399 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R77 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The author of Not Counting Women and Children invites readers to listen again to the parables of Jesus. Like arrows, these stories pierce the heart of the listener, opening up new understanding of our lives as Christians. Interspersed with these familiar Gospel parables are other stories, traditional and contemporary, which draw the readers deeper into their challenges.

Worldviews and Ecology - Religion, Philosophy and the Environment (Paperback): Mary E. Tucker, John A. Grim Worldviews and Ecology - Religion, Philosophy and the Environment (Paperback)
Mary E. Tucker, John A. Grim
R561 R447 Discovery Miles 4 470 Save R114 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Amidst the many voices clamoring to interpret the environmental crisis, some of the most important are the voices of religious traditions. Long before modernity's industrialism began the rape of Earth, premodern religious and philosophical traditions mediated to untold generations the wisdom of living as a part of nature. These traditions can illuminate and empower wiser ways of postmodern living. The original writings of Worldviews and Ecology creatively present and interpret worldviews of major religious and philosophical traditions on how humans can live more sustainably on a fragile planet. Contributors include Charlene Spretnak, Larry Rasmussen, Noel Brown, Jay McDaniel, Tu Wei-Ming, Thomas Berry, David Ray Griffin, J. Baird Callicott, Eric Katz, Roger E. Timm, Robert A. White, Christopher Key Chapple, Brian Swimme, Brian Brown, Michael Tobias, Ralph Metzner, George Sessions, and Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim. Insights from traditions as diverse as Jain, Jewish, ecofeminist, deep ecology, Christian, Hindu, Bahai, and Whiteheadian will interest all who seek an honest analysis of what religious and philosophical traditions have to say to a modernity whose consciousness and conscience seems tragically narrow, the source of attitudes that imperil the biosphere.

Why Liberals Win (Even When They Lose Elections) - How America's Raucous, Nasty, and Mean Culture Wars Make for a More... Why Liberals Win (Even When They Lose Elections) - How America's Raucous, Nasty, and Mean Culture Wars Make for a More Inclusive Nation (Paperback)
Stephen Prothero
R338 R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 Save R19 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Franz Jagerstatter - Letters and Writings from Prison (Paperback): Erna Putz Franz Jagerstatter - Letters and Writings from Prison (Paperback)
Erna Putz
R545 R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Save R109 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Franz Jgersttter, an Austrian farmer, a devoted husband and father, and a devout Catholic, was executed in 1943 as a result of his refusal to serve in the Nazi army. Before taking this stand Jgersttter consulted both his pastor and his local bishop, who instructed him to do his duty to the fatherland and to obey the lawan instruction that violated his conscience. For many years Jgersttter's solitary witness was honored by the Catholic peace movement, while viewed with discomfort by many of his fellow Austrians. Now, with his beatification in 2007, his witness has been embraced by the universal church. He stands as one of the great witnesses and martyrs of our time.

These writings, including correspondence between Franz and his wife Franziska and a series of reflections written in prison, represent the first English translation of Jgersttter's writings. An introduction by Jim Forest and notes by the translator, Robert Krieg, set these writings in the context of Franz's life and times. His moving expression of faith and his unswerving obedience to conscience carry an urgent message for today: "Although people have accused me of criminal behavior and condemned me to death, be consoled knowing that in God's eyes not everything is criminal which the world perceives to be criminal]]"

The State of Israel in Jewish Public Thought - The Quest for Collective Identity (Hardcover): Yosef Gorny The State of Israel in Jewish Public Thought - The Quest for Collective Identity (Hardcover)
Yosef Gorny
R2,102 Discovery Miles 21 020 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

During the past two generations, Jewish public thought and discourse has differed dramatically from that of the era between the Emancipation and the Second World War. The chasm of the Holocaust and the watershed establishment of a Jewish state has radically changed the Jewish intellectual landscape. With their two largest concentrations in Israel and the United States, the Jews are no longer a European nation. Above all, the Jews, for the first time since they went into exile, have become free individuals, with the right to choose between the land of their birth and their ancestral homeland in Israel.

Are the Jews then a religious community dispersed among other nations? A community of equal citizens of various countries with their own cultural and historical identity? Or are the Jewish people a nation with its own homeland? However one answers this question, the political, socio-economic and cultural ramifications are enormous. Moreover, since world Jewry is now crisscrossed by divisions between religious and secular Jews, between groups of different cultural backgrounds, and between those living in a sovereign Jewish state and those who are citizens of other countries, it is the link between Israel and the Diaspora which confers a collective identity on this multiform entity. Yosef Gorny's central theme is Jewish public thought concerning the identity and essence of the Jewish people from the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel up to the present day. Chapters address such topics as The Zionist Movement in Search of a National Role, The Zionist Movement in Quest of its Ideological Essence, The Intellectuals in Search of a Jewish Identity, The Diminishing Status of Israel as a Jewish State, Revolutionary RadicalismThe Left-Wing Jewish Student Movement, 1967-1973, Neo-Conservative Radicalism, The Alternative Zionism of Gush-Emunim, The Conservative Liberalism, and In Defense of Perpetual Zionist Revolt. Reflecting the collective thinking of Jewish intellectuals, this is a volume of interest to anyone concerned with issues of Jewish identity.

God is Dead. God Remains Dead. And We Have Killed Him. (Paperback): Friedrich Nietzsche God is Dead. God Remains Dead. And We Have Killed Him. (Paperback)
Friedrich Nietzsche
R140 R112 Discovery Miles 1 120 Save R28 (20%) Ships in 5 - 21 working days

'We have left dry land and put out to sea! We have burned the bridge behind us - what is more, we have burned the land behind us!' Nietzsche's devastating demolition of religion would have seismic consequences for future generations. With God dead, he envisages a brilliant future for humanity: one in which individuals would at last be responsible for their destinies. One of twenty new books in the bestselling Penguin Great Ideas series. This new selection showcases a diverse list of thinkers who have helped shape our world today, from anarchists to stoics, feminists to prophets, satirists to Zen Buddhists.

The Prayers of Jesus - Cover to Cover Lent Study Guide (Paperback): Amy Boucher Pye The Prayers of Jesus - Cover to Cover Lent Study Guide (Paperback)
Amy Boucher Pye
R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This Lent, refresh your relationship with God by exploring the way Jesus Himself prayed to His Father. Focusing on six of the prayers of Jesus leading up to the central events of our faith, encounter the Saviour in a new way and reach new depths of intimacy with God in prayer.Through six sessions, experience more of God's presence as you pray and reflect on Jesus' journey to the cross. Each session includes: Warm up suggestions Setting the scene Bible readings Session focus sections Discussing starters Prayer exercises

Afterlife - A History of Life after Death (Hardcover): Philip C. Almond Afterlife - A History of Life after Death (Hardcover)
Philip C. Almond
R692 Discovery Miles 6 920 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The end of life has never meant the extinction of hope. People have always yearned for, and often been terrified by, continuance beyond the horizon of mortality. Over many centuries various imaginative and sometimes macabre ideas have been devised to explain what happens to human beings after death. As Philip C. Almond reveals in his new and zestful history of the hereafter, whichever image or metaphor has been employed by visionaries, writers, philosophers, or theologians, it has tended to oscillate between two contrary poles: the resurrection of the body and the immortality of the soul. This pendulum movement of ideas and language reflects the contending influence of the Hebrew Bible and of ancient Greek thought and the often tense encounters, skirmishes, and compromises between them. Exploring this polarity, and boldly ranging across time and space, Almond takes his readers on a remarkable journey to worlds of both torment and delight. He travels to the banks of the Styx, where Charon the grizzled boatman ferries a departing spirit across the river only if a coin is first placed for payment on the tongue of its corpse. He transports us to the legendary Isles of the Blessed, walks the hallowed ground of the Elysian Fields, and plumbs the murky depths of Tartarus, primordial dungeon of the Titans. The pitiable souls of the damned are seen to clog the soot-filled caverns of Lucifer's domain even as the elect ascend to Paradise. Including medieval fears for the fate of those consumed by cannibals, early modern ideas about the Last Day, and modern scientific explorations of the domains of the dead, this first full treatment of the afterlife in Western thought evokes many rich imaginings of Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, and Limbo.

Christianity Through Non-Christian Eyes (Paperback, New edition): Paul J. Griffiths Christianity Through Non-Christian Eyes (Paperback, New edition)
Paul J. Griffiths
R566 R452 Discovery Miles 4 520 Save R114 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Eye-opening essays by Buddhist, Hindus, Jews, Muslims provide insights to how Christianity is viewed in their communities--and why.

Chan Rhetoric of Uncertainty in the Blue Cliff Record - Sharpening a Sword at the Dragon Gate (Paperback): Steven Heine Chan Rhetoric of Uncertainty in the Blue Cliff Record - Sharpening a Sword at the Dragon Gate (Paperback)
Steven Heine
R1,003 Discovery Miles 10 030 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book provides an in-depth textual and literary analysis of the Blue Cliff Record (Chinese Biyanlu, Japanese Hekiganroku), a seminal Chan/Zen Buddhist collection of commentaries on one hundred gongan/koan cases, considered in light of historical, cultural, and intellectual trends from the Song dynasty (960-1279). Compiled by Yuanwu Keqin in 1128, the Blue Cliff Record is considered a classic of East Asian literature for its creative integration of prose and verse as well as hybrid or capping-phrase interpretations of perplexing cases. The collection employs a variety of rhetorical devices culled from both classic and vernacular literary sources and styles and is particularly notable for its use of indirection, allusiveness, irony, paradox, and wordplay, all characteristic of the approach of literary or lettered Chan. However, as instrumental and influential as it is considered to be, the Blue Cliff Record has long been shrouded in controversy. The collection is probably best known today for having been destroyed in the 1130s at the dawn of the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279) by Dahui Zonggao, Yuanwu's main disciple and harshest critic. It was out of circulation for nearly two centuries before being revived and partially reconstructed in the early 1300s. In this book, Steven Heine examines the diverse ideological connections and disconnections behind subsequent commentaries and translations of the Blue Cliff Record, thereby shedding light on the broad range of gongan literature produced in the eleventh to thirteenth centuries and beyond.

Church History (Paperback): John Joseph Laux Church History (Paperback)
John Joseph Laux
R639 R515 Discovery Miles 5 150 Save R124 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

EVERY Catholic at some time in his life has undoubtedly felt a desire to know the history of the Catholic Church. But where to begin the study of 2,000 years? Probably no book was better conceived or better executed to fulfill this need than Church History by Fr. John Laux. It was written expressly both for students and for adults, and anyone who becomes familiar with this book will find that he has acquired an excellent background in Church history. Starting at the very beginning of the Church and proceeding in historical sequence right into the 20th century, Fr. Laux presents the story of the Church in both a masterful and an extremely readable manner. He starts with the preparation of the world for the coming of Christ and Our Lord's life and ministry. He then discusses such topics as the martyrs of the Roman persecutions, St. Athanasius and the Arian Heresy, St. Jerome and the translation of the Scriptures, the early Fathers and Doctors of the Church, the Councils of Ephesus and Nicaea, Pope St. Gregory the Great, the rise of Mohammedanism, Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire, the Conversion of the Germans, Irish, Poles, Slavs, English and other peoples, the Greek Schism, the Crusades, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, the Hundred Years War, Albigensianism and St. Dominic, the Inquisition, the Babylonian Captivity of the Popes, the Great Western Schism (when there were 3 claimants to the papal throne), Scholasticism and the Medieval universities, the Renaissance and Humanism, Luther, Calvin and the rise of Protestantism, Henry VIII and the loss of the Faith in England, the Council of Trent, the Catholic Reformation, the founding of the Jesuits, the growth of the Church in the New World, Jansenism, Gallicanism and Rationalism, the 18th-century Enlightenment and the French Revolution, Cardinal Newman and the Oxford Movement, Vatican I and the decree on Papal Infallibility, the work of the Church in the early 20th century, and of course much, much more. Fr. Laux taught Church history for many years, and this book is the fruit of his work. As a result, he shows incredible talent as a writer of history: 1) He always maintains balance and proportion in his treatment; 2) he is thorough, yet brief; 3) he focuses on the interesting and the germane; 4) he intersperses the history with many brief, interesting biographies of famous people, such as, St. Patrick, St. Augustine, Martin Luther, etc.; and 5) at the end of each chapter, he quotes briefly from a famous writing of the era. Thus, he blends a medley of elements into a comprehensive historical composition that is at once brilliant and fascinating. Church History by Fr. Laux is a story of the Church unparalleled in its scope, depth, variety, interest and impact. It is a book every Catholic should read, that people might understand in what manner the "mustard seed" of the Faith has grown to be the greatest institution in the entire world. No one can be a knowledgeable Catholic-or even a knowledgeable person-without knowing her story and how she has steadily advanced, overcoming all obstacles and all enemies in her quest to convert the world to Jesus Christ.

Empty Out the Negative - Make Room for More Joy, Greater Confidence, and New Levels of Influence (Hardcover): Joel Osteen Empty Out the Negative - Make Room for More Joy, Greater Confidence, and New Levels of Influence (Hardcover)
Joel Osteen
R476 R384 Discovery Miles 3 840 Save R92 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Release the negative thoughts and feelings that are weighing you down with #1 New York Times bestselling author and Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen. It's easy to go through life holding on to things that are weighing you down. Guilt. Resentment. Doubt. Worry. The problem is when you allow these things in, they're taking up space for the good things that should be there. Imagine your life is like a container. You were created to be filled with joy, peace, confidence, creativity. But if you allow worry, shame, and other negativity in, it pushes out good thoughts. Life is too short to go through it with negative things holding you down. The Scripture says, "Give no place to the enemy." Give no place to worry. Give no place to bitterness. You control what's in your container. You control what you think about, what you choose to allow in. Every morning when you wake up, you need to empty out anything negative from the day before. Empty Out the Negative will help you disregard the ridiculing voices in your head and instead hear God and his grace. Empty out the negative, and God will fill you with good.

George Herbert: 100 Poems (Hardcover): George Herbert George Herbert: 100 Poems (Hardcover)
George Herbert; Edited by Helen Wilcox
R384 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R73 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

George Herbert (1593-1633) is widely regarded as the greatest devotional poet in the English language. His profound influence can be seen in the lasting popularity of his verse. This selection of one hundred lyric poems by Herbert is designed for readers to enjoy the beauty, spirituality, accessibility and humanity of his best verse. Each poem uses the authoritative text from the acclaimed Cambridge edition of Herbert's poems, presenting them in their original spelling in a clear and elegant format. The selection includes such well-loved lyric verses as 'Love bade me welcome', 'Let all the world in ev'ry corner sing', 'I struck the board and cry'd, No more' and 'Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright'. A preface by Helen Wilcox, editor of the Cambridge edition, celebrates the key features of Herbert's poetry for a new generation of readers.

The Gospel in Dickens - Selections from His Works (Paperback): Charles Dickens The Gospel in Dickens - Selections from His Works (Paperback)
Charles Dickens; Edited by Gina Dalfonzo; Foreword by Karen Swallow Prior
R369 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R68 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Wish you had time to re-read and enjoy that daunting stack of Charles Dickens novels? Take heart: Dickens enthusiast Gina Dalfonzo has done the heavy lifting for you. In short, readable excerpts she presents the essence of the great novelist's prodigious output, teasing out dozens of the most memorable scenes to reveal the Christian vision and values that suffuse all his work. Dickens can certainly entertain, but his legacy endures because of his power to stir consciences with the humanity of his characters and their predicaments. While he could be ruthless in his characterization of greed, injustice, and religious hypocrisy, again and again the hope of redemption shines through. In spite of - or perhaps because of - his own failings, Dickens never stopped exploring the themes of sin, guilt, repentance, redemption, and restoration found in the gospel. In some passages the Christian elements are explicit, in others implicit, but, as Dickens himself said, they all reflect his understanding of and reverence for the gospel. The Gospel in Dickens includes selections from Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, Martin Chuzzlewit, Dombey and Son, Bleak House, Hard Times, Little Dorrit, Our Mutual Friend, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Sketches by Boz - with a cast of unforgettable characters such as Ebenezer Scrooge, Sydney Carton, Jenny Wren, Fagin, Pip, Joe Gargery, Mr. Bumble, Miss Havisham, Betsey Trotwood, and Madame Defarge.

Hometown Religion - Regimes of Coexistence in Early Modern Westphalia (Hardcover): David M. Luebke Hometown Religion - Regimes of Coexistence in Early Modern Westphalia (Hardcover)
David M. Luebke
R1,107 Discovery Miles 11 070 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The pluralization of Christian religion was the defining fact of cultural life in sixteenth-century Europe. Everywhere they took root, ideas of evangelical reform disturbed the unity of religious observance on which political community was founded. By the third quarter of the sixteenth century, one or another form of Christianity had emerged as dominant in most territories of the Holy Roman Empire. In Hometown Religion: Regimes of Coexistence in Early Modern Westphalia, David Luebke examines a territory that managed to escape that fate-the prince-bishopric of Munster, a sprawling ecclesiastical principality and the heart of an entire region in which no single form of Christianity dominated. In this confessional ""no-man's-land,"" a largely peaceable order took shape and survived well into the mid-seventeenth century, a unique situation, which raises several intriguing questions: How did Catholics and Protestants manage to share parishes for so long without religious violence? How did they hold together their communities in the face of religious pluralization? Luebke responds by examining the birth, maturation, old age, and death of a biconfessional ""regime""-a system of laws, territorial agreements, customs, and tacit understandings that enabled Roman Catholics and Protestants, Lutherans as well as Calvinists, to cohabit the territory's parishes for the better part of a century. In revealing how these towns were able to preserve peace and unity-in the Age of Religious Wars- Hometown Religion attests to the power of toleration in the conduct of everyday life.

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