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Fast Facts on False Teaching
Fast Facts on False Teaching
Paperback      ISBN: 0736912142
World-renown cult experts Ron Carlson and Ed Decker combine their extensive knowledge to give readers quick, clear facts on the major cults and false teachings of today. Short, informative chapters contrast the cults' theologies with the truth found in God's Word. Readers will discover the key facts on— - Atheism - Buddhism - Evolution - Hinduism - Islam - Satanism - And more Fast Facts® on False Teachings is an easy-to-use resource that provides powerful insights for sharing the biblical gospel with people ensnared by false religions and philosophies.
God Against The Gods: The History of the War between Monotheism and Polytheism
God Against The Gods
The History of the War between Monotheism and Polytheism
Paperback      ISBN: 0142196339
Examining the roots of religious extremism, the author of The Woman Who Laughed at God describes the struggle between monotheism and polytheism in the ancient world, revealing the dark side of monotheism--holy war, inquistions, crusades, and martyrdom--and the brighter side of polytheism, including its emphasis on religious liberty and diversity. Reprint.
The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions
The Great Transformation
The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions
Paperback      ISBN: 0385721242
The critically acclaimed, best-selling author of A History of God examines the origins and history of the religious traditions of the world during the ninth century B.C.E. Axial Age in four distinct regions of the world--Confucianism and Daoism in China, Hinduism and Buddhism in India, monotheism in Israel, and philosophical rationalism in Greece. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 65,000 first printing.
Christians Talk About Buddhist Meditation, Buddhists Talk About Christian Prayer
Christians Talk About Buddhist Meditation, Buddhists Talk About Christian Prayer
Paperback      ISBN: 0826414397
This book adopts the format of the editorsÆ previous book, Buddhists Talk about Jesus, Christians Talk about the Buddha. In that book eight scholar-practitioners--four of them Buddhist and four Christian--explored their relationship to the great religious figure of the other tradition. Then the remaining contributors, two from each tradition, addressed themselves, rebuttal fashion, to the views expressed. In the new book the subject is the differences and similarities between Buddhist meditation and Christian prayer. What can a Christian, for example, learn from the mental and physical rigor of Buddhist meditative practice? What can a Buddhist learn from traditional Christian prayer? Can one mix distinct religious identity (Christian) with practice techniques associated with another religion (Buddhist) without compromising the religious specificity of either the identities or the techniques? Christian contributors include Frances S. Adeney, Mary Frohlich, Paul O. Ingram, Ursula King, Terry C. Muck, Yagi Seiichi, and Bardwell Smith. Buddhist contributors include Robert Aitken, Grace Burford, Rita Gross, John Makransky, Ken Tanaka, Robert Thurman, and Taitetsu Unno.
Nocturnal Witchcraft: Magick After Dark
Nocturnal Witchcraft
Magick After Dark
Paperback      ISBN: 0738701661
THE POWERS OF NIGHT Nocturnal Energies differ from those of Daylight and Witches have long known how to take advantage of Lunar Powers and the spiritual entities that prefer the darkness for particular magical operations. This innovative book explores special techniques for working with the Night Powers and the subtle effects of dark symbols to: Cast a Nocturnal Magick Circle Invoke the Dark Gods and Goddesses Skry the Night Open the Gates to the Underworld Cast Spells through the Dark Ether Explore the symbolic realm of shadow, illusion, and the mysteries of the Unknown You will learn to find your Inner Quiet, Read Minds through the Ether, Dream for Change, Create and Use Thought Forms, Alter Reality through simple Spells and Rites, and use the powers of Magnetism and Suggestion. And you will Explore the Mysteries of Death and to Speak with the Dead. The Dark balances the Light. Do not fear it but equally embrace it.
God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World
God Is Not One
The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World
Paperback      ISBN: 0061571288
In the twenty-first century, religion remains the single greatest influence in the world. But, argues religion scholar Stephen Prothero, persistent attempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlook the distinct human problem that each seeks to solve. For example: > Islam: the problem is pride / the solution is submission > > Christianity: the problem is sin / the solution is salvation > > Buddhism: the problem is suffering / the solution is awakening > > Judaism: the problem is exile / the solution is to return to God God Is Not One is an indispensable guide to the questions human beings have asked for millennia—and to the disparate paths we are taking to answer them today.
The Yoga of Jesus: Understanding the Hidden Teachings of the Gospels
The Yoga of Jesus
Understanding the Hidden Teachings of the Gospels
Paperback      ISBN: 0876125569
"Contains excerpts from "The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You"--which book was published in 2004 by Self-Realization Fellowship, and contained Yogananda's complete commentaries from a yogic persective on the teachings ofJesus as recorded in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John"--Provided by publisher.
Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths
Abraham
A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0380977761
Noting Abraham as a shared patriarchal figure common to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the author of Walking the Bible recounts his visits to war zones, ancient shrines, and other locations in his effort to trace Abraham's life from an interfaith perspective. 100,000 first printing.
Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence
Fields of Blood
Religion and the History of Violence
Paperback      ISBN: 0307946967
From the renowned and best-selling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion and the history of human violence. For the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in American. Some analysts have cited as cause a post-9/11perception: that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance, and divisiveness—something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? With deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong sets out to discover the truth about religion and violence in each of the world’s great traditions, taking us on an astonishing journey from prehistoric times to the present. While many historians have looked at violence in connection with particular religious manifestations (jihad in Islam or Christianity’s Crusades), Armstrong looks at each faith—not only Christianity and Islam, but also Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Judaism—in its totality over time. As she describes, each arose in an agrarian society with plenty powerful landowners brutalizing peasants while also warring among themselves over land, then the only real source of wealth. In this world, religion was not the discrete and personal matter it would become for us but rather something that permeated all aspects of society. And so it was that agrarian aggression, and the warrior ethos it begot, became bound up with observances of the sacred. In each tradition, however, a counterbalance to the warrior code also developed. Around sages, prophets, and mystics there grew up communities protesting the injustice and bloodshed endemic to agrarian society, the violence to which religion had become heir. And so by the time the great confessional faiths came of age, all understood themselves as ultimately devoted to peace, equality, and reconciliation, whatever the acts of violence perpetrated in their name. Industrialization and modernity have ushered in an epoch of spectacular and unexampled violence, although, as Armstrong explains, relatively little of it can be ascribed directly to religion. Nevertheless, she shows us how and in what measure religions, in their relative maturity, came to absorb modern belligerence—and what hope there might be for peace among believers of different creeds in our time. At a moment of rising geopolitical chaos, the imperative of mutual understanding between nations and faith communities has never been more urgent, the dangers of action based on misunderstanding never greater. Informed by Armstrong’s sweeping erudition and personal commitment to the promotion of compassion, Fields of Blood makes vividly clear that religion is not the problem.
The Science and Practice of Humility: The Path to Ultimate Freedom
The Science and Practice of Humility
The Path to Ultimate Freedom
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1620553635
"Humility, being open and receptive to all experience, is the key to becoming one with the spontaneous patterns of the universe. Integrates classic teachings of Hinduism and Buddhism with principles of quantum physics to reveal the science of the enlightened masters. Reveals how we are each capable of shifting from the aggressive path of the warrior to the humble path of the sage. Explains how the key to catching the current acceleration of conscious evolution is humility. From Krishna and Lao-tzu to Buddha and Jesus, each enlightened master discovered how being receptive to all experience was the key to becoming one with the universe and its spontaneous patterns of order and chaos. Revealing humility as the purest expression of this receptivity, Jason Gregory integrates classic teachings of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Hermeticism with principles from quantum physics to explain the science of humility as practiced by the ancient masters. The author shows how, driven by fear, the human mind creates the ego. In its greedy and arrogant quest to protect the self and its desires, the ego forges the illusion of separation, weaving complex patterns of reality that shield us from our unity with all beings and result in attitudes of aggression, selfishness, and competition. He reveals how the iconic clash between this complex, aggressive "path of the warrior" and the simple "path of the sage" is reflected in the polarized state of the modern world. Yet this state also reflects the accelerating wave of conscious evolution we are now experiencing. The key to catching this evolutionary wave is humility: the reversal of complexity into simplicity, the ancient science of mental alchemy that represents the Great Work of Eternity"--