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Joy Comes in The Morning (Hardcover): Matthew A Cooke Joy Comes in The Morning (Hardcover)
Matthew A Cooke
R545 R457 Discovery Miles 4 570 Save R88 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
What Does the Bible Teach about Lust? - A Short Book on Desire (Hardcover): Gavin Peacock, Owen Strachan What Does the Bible Teach about Lust? - A Short Book on Desire (Hardcover)
Gavin Peacock, Owen Strachan
R191 R161 Discovery Miles 1 610 Save R30 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Lust is a problem. A big problem. Our sexualised culture, promising freedom and pleasure, is creating a terrible cocktail of abuse, pain, despair, and suffering. The problem is not simply our actions, but our sinful desires. But there is hope. Christ is more powerful than any lustful desire, any temptation. He has defeated death and sin, and his way leads to true freedom.

When Near Becomes Far - Old Age in Rabbinic Literature (Hardcover): Mira Balberg, Haim Weiss When Near Becomes Far - Old Age in Rabbinic Literature (Hardcover)
Mira Balberg, Haim Weiss
R1,990 R1,700 Discovery Miles 17 000 Save R290 (15%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

When Near Becomes Far explores the representations and depictions of old age in the rabbinic Jewish literature of late antiquity (150-600 CE). Through close literary readings and cultural analysis, the book reveals the gaps and tensions between idealized images of old age on the one hand, and the psychologically, physiologically, and socially complicated realities of aging on the other hand. The authors argue that while rabbinic literature presents a number of prescriptions related to qualities and activities that make for good old age, the respect and reverence that the elderly should be awarded, and harmonious intergenerational relationship, it also includes multiple anecdotes and narratives that portray aging in much more nuanced and poignant ways. These anecdotes and narratives relate, alongside fantasies about blissful or unnoticeable aging, a host of fears associated with old age: from the loss of physical capability and beauty to the loss of memory and mental acuity, and from marginalization in the community to being experienced as a burden by one's children. Each chapter of the book focuses on a different aspect of aging in the rabbinic world: bodily appearance and sexuality, family relations, intellectual and cognitive prowess, honor and shame, and social roles and identity. As the book shows, in their powerful and sensitive treatments of aging, rabbinic texts offer some of the richest and most audacious observations on aging in ancient world literature, many of which still resonate today.

Mahamudra and Related Instructions - Core Teachings of the Kagyu Schools (Hardcover): Peter Alan Roberts Mahamudra and Related Instructions - Core Teachings of the Kagyu Schools (Hardcover)
Peter Alan Roberts
R1,324 R1,211 Discovery Miles 12 110 Save R113 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

The Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism began in the 11th century with such renowned figures as Marpa and Milarepa, and it continues today with the Karmapa and several best-selling authors, including Pema Chodron and Chogyam Trungpa. Mahamudra, the "Great Seal," is a central teaching of the Kagyu school, along with the so-called six dharmas of Naropa. Formulated as a systematic practice by Gampopa (1079-1153), the mahamudra teachings trace their source to earlier Indian materials and focus on the cultivation of profound insight into the nature of the mind.

Homosexual Struggle (Pamphlet): Nancy Homosexual Struggle (Pamphlet)
Nancy
R33 Discovery Miles 330 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This personal account of temptation and triumph offers counsel for others who struggle to bring their sexuality under the lordship of Christ.

American JewBu - Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change (Hardcover): Emily Sigalow American JewBu - Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change (Hardcover)
Emily Sigalow
R659 R551 Discovery Miles 5 510 Save R108 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

A revealing look at the Jewish American encounter with Buddhism Today, many Jewish Americans are embracing a dual religious identity, practicing Buddhism while also staying connected to their Jewish roots. This book tells the story of Judaism's encounter with Buddhism in the United States, showing how it has given rise to new contemplative forms within American Judaism-and shaped the way Americans understand and practice Buddhism. Taking readers from the nineteenth century to today, Emily Sigalow traces the history of these two traditions in America and explains how they came together. She argues that the distinctive social position of American Jews led them to their unique engagement with Buddhism, and describes how they incorporate aspects of both Judaism and Buddhism into their everyday lives. Drawing on a wealth of original in-depth interviews conducted across the nation, Sigalow explores how Jewish American Buddhists experience their dual religious identities. She reveals how Jewish Buddhists confound prevailing expectations of minority religions in America. Rather than simply adapting to the majority religion, Jews and Buddhists have borrowed and integrated elements from each other, and in doing so they have left an enduring mark on the American consciousness. American JewBu highlights the leading role that American Jews have played in the popularization of meditation and mindfulness in the United States, and the profound impact that these two venerable traditions have had on one another.

Passionate Torah, The - Sex and Judaism (Paperback): Danya Ruttenberg Passionate Torah, The - Sex and Judaism (Paperback)
Danya Ruttenberg
R578 R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Save R56 (10%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In this unique collection of essays, some of today's smartest Jewish thinkers explore a broad range of fundamental questions in an effort to balance ancient tradition and modern sexuality.

In the last few decades a number of factors--post-modernism, feminism, queer liberation, and more--have brought discussion of sexuality to the fore, and with it a whole new set of questions that challenge time-honored traditions and ways of thinking. For Jews of all backgrounds, this has often led to an unhappy standoff between tradition and sexual empowerment.

Yet as The Passionate Torah illustrates, it is of critical importance to see beyond this apparent conflict if Jews are to embrace both their religious beliefs and their sexuality. With incisive essays from contemporary rabbis, scholars, thinkers, and writers, this collection not only surveys the challenges that sexuality poses to Jewish belief, but also offers fresh new perspectives and insights on the changing place of sexuality within Jewish theology--and Jewish lives. Covering topics such as monogamy, inter-faith relationships, reproductive technology, homosexuality, and a host of other hot-button issues, these writings consider how contemporary Jews can engage themselves, their loved ones, and their tradition in a way that's both sexy and sanctified.

Seeking to deepen the Jewish conversation about sexuality, The Passionate Torah brings together brilliant thinkers in an attempt to bridge the gap between the sacred and the sexual.

Contributors: Rebecca Alpert, Wendy Love Anderson, Judith R. Baskin, Aryeh Cohen, Elliot Dorff, Esther Fuchs, Bonna Haberman, Elliot Kukla, Gail Labovitz, Malka Landau, Sarra Lev, Laura Levitt, Sara Meirowitz, Jay Michaelson, Haviva Ner-David, Danya Ruttenberg, Naomi Seidman, and Arthur Waskow.

A Return to Eros - The Radical Experience of Being Fully Alive (Paperback): Marc Gafni, Kristina Kincaid A Return to Eros - The Radical Experience of Being Fully Alive (Paperback)
Marc Gafni, Kristina Kincaid; Foreword by Barbara Max Hubbard
R418 R353 Discovery Miles 3 530 Save R65 (16%) Ships in 1 work day

Discover the secret relationship between erotic, the sexual, and the sacred Sex is not negative or positive. Sex is not just neutral, nor is it merely sacred because it creates babies. None of these old sexual stories work for us anymore. We need a new sexual narrative. This book gives the new sexual narrative, what the authors call Sex Erotic. Erotic Mystics from the hidden tradition of Solomon's temple taught a secret doctrine: sex is the source of all wisdom. It's an expression of the erotic impulse of existence itself alive in us-the yearning for contact, pleasure, and aliveness. The sexual, however, is not the sum total of the erotic. Rather, the sexual teaches us how to live an erotic life in all dimensions of our existence. That is Sex Erotic. A Return to Eros: The Radical Experience of Being Fully Alive, from Drs. Marc Gafni and Kristina Kincaid, reveals the radical tenets of the relationships between the sexual, the erotic, and the holy. They share what Eros actually means and also the 12 core qualities of the erotic, which are modeled by the sexual. These include being on the inside, fullness of presence, yearning, allurement, fantasy, surrender, creativity, pleasure, and more. A Return to Eros shows why these qualities of the erotic modeled by the sexual are actually the same core qualities of the sacred. The relationship between the sexual and the erotic becomes clear, teaching you how to live an erotically suffused existence charged with purpose, potency, and power. To be an empowered lover-not just in sex but also in all facets of your life-you must listen to the whisperings of the sexual. Transform your understanding and experience of love, sex, and Eros inside these pages.

Sacred Divorce - Religion, Therapeutic Culture, and Ending Life Partnerships (Paperback): Kathleen E. Jenkins Sacred Divorce - Religion, Therapeutic Culture, and Ending Life Partnerships (Paperback)
Kathleen E. Jenkins
R824 Discovery Miles 8 240 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Even in our world of redefined life partnerships and living arrangements, most marriages begin through sacred ritual connected to a religious tradition. But if marriage rituals affirm deeply held religious and secular values in the presence of clergy, family, and community, where does divorce, which severs so many of these sacred bonds, fit in? Sociologist Kathleen Jenkins takes up this question in a work that offers both a broad, analytical perspective and a uniquely intimate view of the role of religion in ending marriages. For more than five years, Jenkins observed religious support groups and workshops for the divorced and interviewed religious practitioners in the midst of divorces, along with clergy members who advised them. Her findings appear here in the form of eloquent and revealing stories about individuals managing emotions in ways that make divorce a meaningful, even sacred process. Clergy from mainline Protestant denominations to Baptist churches, Jewish congregations, Unitarian fellowships, and Catholic parishes talk about the concealed nature of divorce in their congregations. Sacred Divorce describes their cautious attempts to overcome such barriers, and to assemble meaningful symbols and practices for members by becoming compassionate listeners, delivering careful sermons, refitting existing practices like Catholic annulments and Jewish divorce documents (gets), and constructing new rituals. With attention to religious, ethnic, and class variations, covering age groups from early thirties to mid-sixties and separations of only a few months to up to twenty years, Sacred Divorce offers remarkable insight into individual and cultural responses to divorce and the social emotions and spiritual strategies that the clergy and the faithful employ to find meaning in the breach. At once a sociological document, an ethnographic analysis, and testament of personal experience, Sacred Divorce provides guidance, strategies and answers to readers looking for answers and those looking to heal.

Just Ministry - Professional Ethics for Pastoral Ministers (Paperback): Richard M. Gula Just Ministry - Professional Ethics for Pastoral Ministers (Paperback)
Richard M. Gula
R466 Discovery Miles 4 660 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Offers a theological-ethical framework for reflecting on the moral responsibilities of the pastoral minister as a professional person.

Called to Worship - The Biblical Foundations of Our Response to God's Call (Paperback): Vernon Whaley Called to Worship - The Biblical Foundations of Our Response to God's Call (Paperback)
Vernon Whaley
R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

IS HOW WE WORSHIP TRULY BIBLICAL? There's only one way to find out: see what the Bible has to say. And that's exactly what Called to Worship is all about. From Genesis to Revelation, every book in the Scriptures gives instruction and insight into God's plan for worship. With this book, you'll learn from Biblical heroes and ordinary people. Compare Old and New Testament practices. Glean insight from Biblical poetry and the Books of Wisdom. And most important, you'll see how the life of Christ serves as a living guide to worship.

"""A must read book for every student of worship, Vernon M. Whaley has completed a monumental task gathering the principles, processes and practices of worship drawn from scriptural narratives spanning the entire Bible." ""--Charles E. Fromm, Ph.D., Publisher of """Worship Leader Magazine"""

"""""Called To Worship is the most comprehensive book on Worship I've ever read. The depth of scriptures on Worship is incredible." """"""""--""""Dr. Ricky Skaggs, Bluegrass Musician and Worshiper of Jesus Christ

Spirit of Faith (Paperback): Mark Hankins Spirit of Faith (Paperback)
Mark Hankins
R333 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R45 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Parents with Broken Hearts - Helping Parents of Prodigals to Hope (Paperback, Revised ed.): William L. Coleman Parents with Broken Hearts - Helping Parents of Prodigals to Hope (Paperback, Revised ed.)
William L. Coleman
R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

This book offers a much-needed message: there is hope and healing available for every parent who has suffered a broken heart. The author is honest about spiritual disappointment and gently leads parents to entrust their adult children to God. He helps parents accept what has happened to the family, how to stop blaming themselves, how to regain peace of mind, and how to enjoy a fulfilling life despite pain.

Sacred Divorce - Religion, Therapeutic Culture, and Ending Life Partnerships (Hardcover): Kathleen E. Jenkins Sacred Divorce - Religion, Therapeutic Culture, and Ending Life Partnerships (Hardcover)
Kathleen E. Jenkins
R2,754 Discovery Miles 27 540 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Even in our world of redefined life partnerships and living arrangements, most marriages begin through sacred ritual connected to a religious tradition. But if marriage rituals affirm deeply held religious and secular values in the presence of clergy, family, and community, where does divorce, which severs so many of these sacred bonds, fit in? Sociologist Kathleen Jenkins takes up this question in a work that offers both a broad, analytical perspective and a uniquely intimate view of the role of religion in ending marriages. For more than five years, Jenkins observed religious support groups and workshops for the divorced and interviewed religious practitioners in the midst of divorces, along with clergy members who advised them. Her findings appear here in the form of eloquent and revealing stories about individuals managing emotions in ways that make divorce a meaningful, even sacred process. Clergy from mainline Protestant denominations to Baptist churches, Jewish congregations, Unitarian fellowships, and Catholic parishes talk about the concealed nature of divorce in their congregations. Sacred Divorce describes their cautious attempts to overcome such barriers, and to assemble meaningful symbols and practices for members by becoming compassionate listeners, delivering careful sermons, refitting existing practices like Catholic annulments and Jewish divorce documents (gets), and constructing new rituals. With attention to religious, ethnic, and class variations, covering age groups from early thirties to mid-sixties and separations of only a few months to up to twenty years, Sacred Divorce offers remarkable insight into individual and cultural responses to divorce and the social emotions and spiritual strategies that the clergy and the faithful employ to find meaning in the breach. At once a sociological document, an ethnographic analysis, and testament of personal experience, Sacred Divorce provides guidance, strategies and answers to readers looking for answers and those looking to heal.

Chosen - Lost and Found between Christianity and Judaism (Hardcover): Giles Fraser Chosen - Lost and Found between Christianity and Judaism (Hardcover)
Giles Fraser
R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

'Absorbing, fascinating, arresting' Observer 'Intensely moving, luminous and rather magnificent' The Times It was one of the most startling moments in the modern history of the City of London. In 2011, the Occupy movement set up camp around St Paul's Cathedral. Giles Fraser, who was Canon Chancellor of the Cathedral, gave them his support. It ended in disaster. This remarkable book is the story of the personal crisis that followed, and its surprising consequences. As Giles Fraser found himself crushed between the forces of protest, the needs of the church and the implacable City of London, he resigned, and was plunged into depression. As his life fell apart and he battled with ideas of suicide, Fraser found himself by chance one day in Liverpool, outside the great Victorian synagogue once presided over by a distant ancestor. Suddenly he realized that there was a great deal he did not know about himself, about his relatives and about his Jewish roots. Fraser calls this book 'a ghost story' and it is a book which is indeed filled with many ghosts. His search into his family's Jewish past makes this both a fascinating personal story and a wonderful piece of writing about the healing power of theology, in individual lives and across religious divides. It is a book about the deepest, most ancient elements in our culture, and the most modern and personal. It is throughout alive with the charm and intellectual vigour which have made Fraser such an admired and controversial preacher and broadcaster.

Second-Chance Cats - True Stories of the Cats We Rescue and the Cats Who Rescue Us (Paperback): Callie Smith Grant Second-Chance Cats - True Stories of the Cats We Rescue and the Cats Who Rescue Us (Paperback)
Callie Smith Grant
R362 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R112 (31%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

There's no feeling quite like that of getting a second chance and a fresh start. When we adopt a homeless cat--or that cat decides to adopt us--we're not just giving one of earth's most beautiful and inscrutable creatures a chance at a good life, we're giving ourselves the gift of companionship, solace, and love. And plenty of laughter too! This heartwarming collection includes more than 30 true, contemporary stories told by a variety of writers, including Melody Carlson, Lauraine Snelling, and Kristin Billerbeck. Each feel-good story involves cat rescue, some in a typical way and others in surprising--even miraculous--ways. Sometimes the question becomes: Really, who rescued whom? A thoughtful gift for the cat lover in your life, Second-Chance Cats is the purrfect companion for cozy nights, lazy weekends, and any time you need a pick-me-up.

The Law Code of Manu (Paperback): Patrick Olivelle The Law Code of Manu (Paperback)
Patrick Olivelle
R343 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R58 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

'Manu was seated, when the great seers came up to him: "Please, Lord, tell us the Laws of all the social classes, as well as of those born in between..."' The Law Code of Manu is the most authoritative and the best-known legal text of ancient India. Famous for two thousand years it still generates controversy, with Manu's verses being cited in support of the oppression of women and members of the lower castes. A seminal Hindu text, the Law Code is important for its classic description of so many social institutions that have come to be identified with Indian society. It deals with the relationships between social and ethnic groups, between men and women, the organization of the state and the judicial system, reincarnation, the workings of karma, and all aspects of the law. Patrick Olivelle's lucid translation is the first to be based on his critically edited text, and it incorporates the most recent scholarship on ancient Indian history, law, society, and religion. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Bama Believer - 40 Days of Devotions for the Roll Ride Faithful (Paperback): del Duduit Bama Believer - 40 Days of Devotions for the Roll Ride Faithful (Paperback)
del Duduit
R274 R234 Discovery Miles 2 340 Save R40 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
The Fall of the American Empire (Paperback): Edward Kahn The Fall of the American Empire (Paperback)
Edward Kahn
R616 Discovery Miles 6 160 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Lay Buddhist Practice - The Shrine Room, Uposatha Day & Rains Residence (Paperback): Lay Buddhist Practice - The Shrine Room, Uposatha Day & Rains Residence (Paperback)
R123 Discovery Miles 1 230 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Eastertide - Prayers for Lent Through Easter from The Divine Hours (Paperback): Phyllis Tickle Eastertide - Prayers for Lent Through Easter from The Divine Hours (Paperback)
Phyllis Tickle
R417 R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Save R63 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Many Christians are new to the practice of daily, formal liturgical prayer and are just discovering the powerful benefits for worshipping God this way. EASTERTIDE is the perfect introduction to the tradition of fixed-hour prayer. Elegantly designed, compact, and accessible, it is an ideal gift for those seeking spiritual guidance and renewal.

Beginning with Ash Wednesday and moving through Holy Week into Easter Sunday, EASTERTIDE provides the daily prayers, psalms, and readings from the Bible and hymns of praise and worship that appear in the larger volume The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime. Refreshingly contemporary yet grounded in one of the oldest forms of Western prayer, this exquisite new book is an insightful program of prayer for Christians dedicated to the contemplation of Lent and the celebration of Easter. Newcomers to this tradition will find that it is the perfect introduction to joining the ancients in prayer during the most solemn time in the Christian calendar.

Theological Ethics - The Moral Life of the Gospel in Contemporary Context (Hardcover): W. Ross Hastings Theological Ethics - The Moral Life of the Gospel in Contemporary Context (Hardcover)
W. Ross Hastings
R453 R403 Discovery Miles 4 030 Save R50 (11%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Be Prepared to Think Theologically through Today's Most Pressing Ethical and Moral Issues In Theological Ethics theologian, pastor, and ethicist W. Ross Hastings gives pastors, ministry leaders, and students a guide designed to equip them to think deeply and theologically about the moral formation of persons in our communities, about ethical inquiry and action, and about the tone and content of our engagement in the public square. The book presents a biblical perspective and a gospel-centered framework for thinking about complex contemporary issues in ways are life-giving and that will lead readers into greater flourishing as human persons in community. This book is distinctive in presenting: A framework for theological ethics that is robustly theological and Trinitarian. Ethics isolated from the gospel and theology becomes bad news, but when it is informed by and empowered by participation in the triune God of grace, it is part of the good news of the gospel. An approach to theology and theological ethics that makes the Word of God the ultimate authority and it is therefore grounded in the biblical narrative and texts. An understanding that theological ethics are inherently missional. The church as the image of the triune God makes it the home of ethics, but in light of its missional identity, it will reverberate outwards to engage the world in ways that are humble and not power-mongering, that are gospel-based and shalom-evoking. Theological Ethics is for those who lead churches or ministries (or someday will) and who urgently need deep theological grounding as they daily encounter ethical and moral issues where they need to provide a gracious, truthful, and gospel-directed response.

The Story of Rufino - Slavery, Freedom, and Islam in the Black Atlantic (Hardcover): Joao Jose Reis, Flavio DOS Santos Gomes,... The Story of Rufino - Slavery, Freedom, and Islam in the Black Atlantic (Hardcover)
Joao Jose Reis, Flavio DOS Santos Gomes, Marcus J M De Carvalho; Translated by Sabrina Gledhill
R732 Discovery Miles 7 320 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Winner of the Casa de las America Prize for Brazilian Literature, The Story of Rufino reconstructs the lively biography of Rufino Jose Maria, set against the historical context of Brazil and Africa in the nineteenth century. The book tells the story of Rufino or Abuncare, a Yoruba Muslim from the kingdom of Oyo, in present-day Nigeria. Enslaved as an adolescent by a rival ethnic group, he was captured by Brazilian slave traders and taken to Brazil as a slave sometime in the early 1820s. In 1835, after being enslaved in Salvador and Rio Grande do Sul, Rufino bought his freedom with money he made as a hired-out slave and perhaps from making Islamic amulets. He found work in Rio de Janeiro as a cook on a slave ship bound for Luanda in Angola, despite the trans-Atlantic slave trade having been illegal in Brazil since 1831. Rufino himself became a petty slave trader. He made a few voyages before his ship was captured by the British and taken to Sierra Leone in 1841 for trial by the Anglo-Brazilian Mixed Commission to determine if it was equipped for the slave trade, since there were no slaves on board. During the three months awaiting the court's decision, Rufino lived among Yoruba Muslims, his people, and attended Quranic and Arabic classes. He later returned to Sierra Leone as a witness in a court case and attended classes with Muslim masters for almost two years. Once back in Brazil, he established himself as a diviner - serving whites and blacks, free and slaves, Brazilians and Africans, Muslim and non-Muslims - as well as a spiritual leader, an Alufa, in the local Afro-Muslim community. In 1853 Rufino was arrested due to rumors of an imminent African slave revolt. The police used as evidence for his arrest the large number of Arabic manuscripts in his possession, the same kind of material the police had found with Muslim rebels in Bahia thirty years earlier. During his interrogation, Rufino told his life story, which is used to reconstruct the world in which he lived under slavery and in freedom on African shores, aboard slave ships, and in Brazil. An extraordinary Atlantic history carefully pieced together from the archives, The Story of Rufino illuminates the complexities of slavery and freedom in Africa and Brazil and the resilience of ethnic and religious identities.

The Tibetan Book Of Living And Dying (Paperback, Rev and Updated ed.): Sogyal Rinpoche The Tibetan Book Of Living And Dying (Paperback, Rev and Updated ed.)
Sogyal Rinpoche; Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama 1
R468 R403 Discovery Miles 4 030 Save R65 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

This acclaimed spiritual masterpiece is widely regarded as one of the most complete and authoritative presentations of the Tibetan Buddhist teachings ever written. A manual for life and death and a magnificent source of sacred inspiration from the heart of the Tibetan tradition, The Tibetan Book Of Living and Dying provides a lucid and inspiring introduction to the practice of meditation, to the nature of mind, to karma and rebirth, to compassionate love and care for the dying, and to the trials and rewards of the spiritual path.

Reimagining Human Rights - Religion and the Common Good (Paperback): William R O'Neill Reimagining Human Rights - Religion and the Common Good (Paperback)
William R O'Neill
R786 Discovery Miles 7 860 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

An interpretation of human rights that centers on the rhetorical-and religious-power of testimony. Jeremy Bentham described the idea of human rights as "rhetorical nonsense." In Reimagining Human Rights, William O'Neill shows that the rhetorical aspect of human rights is in fact crucial. By examining how victims and their advocates embrace the rhetoric of human rights to tell their stories, he presents an interpretation of human rights "from below," showing what victims of atrocity and advocates do with rights. Drawing on African writings that center around victims' stories-including Desmond Tutu's on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission-and modern Roman Catholic social teaching, O'Neill reconciles the false dichotomy between the individualistic perspective of the human rights theories of Immanuel Kant, Jurgen Habermas, and John Rawls and local or ethnocentric conceptions of the common good in Alasdair MacIntyre and Richard Rorty. He shows that the testimony of victims leads us to a new conception of the common good, based on rights as narrative grammar-that is, rights are not only a grammar of dissent against atrocity but let new stories be told. O'Neill shows how the rhetoric of human rights can dismantle old narratives of power and advance new ones, reconstructing victim's claims, often in a religious key, along the way. He then applies this new approach to three areas: race and mass incarceration in the United States, the politics of immigration and refugee policy, and ecological responsibility and our duties to the next generation.

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