The Case for God
Hardcover ISBN: 0307269183
Evaluates the role of religion in history and the modern world, stating that today's expressions of faith are considerably removed from those of previous generations while arguing that an increased awareness of past insights may help to build a faith that speaks to an increasingly polarized society.
Compassion and Meditation
The Spiritual Dynamic Between Buddhism and Christianity
Paperback ISBN: 1594772770
Examines how complementary themes in Buddhism and Christianity may serve as a basis for an ecumenical faith, drawing parallels between Zen meditation and the Greek Orthodox practice of Hesychasm, the common values demonstrated by Jesus and the Buddha, and the ways in which each faith can benefit from the other. Original.
Breaking the Islam Code
Paperback ISBN: 0736926380
World events won't let North Americans ignore Muslims anymore. Whether those Muslims are villagers in Iraq or neighbors down the street, Breaking the Islam Code offers everyday Christians profound insight into the way Muslims think and feel. J.D. Greear's ability to communicate challenging heart truth, plus his expertise in Christian and Islamic theology and two years' experience in a Muslim-dominated area, make him the perfect author for this empowering, insightful, reader-friendly book. It transcends traditional apologetics, focusing on helping Christians *understand what is deep in Muslims' hearts, behind their theology—which will lead to friendship and effective communication of the gospel *respectfully turn many of the primary objections into opportunities to share the faith *avoid unnecessarily offending Muslims they're interacting with Readers will be excited that sharing Christ with Muslims is something they can do—as everyday Christians in their own cities, campuses, and workplaces. www.breakingtheislamcode.com
In the Tradition of Moses and Mohammed
Jewish and Arab Folktales
Hardcover ISBN: 1568211279
A collection of Jewish and Arabian tales published together in one volume serves, says its author, as a "metaphor for the coexistence of Arabs and Jews." Dr. Blanche L. Serwer-Bernstein, a psychotherapist and former professor at Boston University, has selected forty Arabian and Jewish folktales that capture the imagination and represent the experiences and wisdom of the cultures out of which they have emerged. The two sets of stories in this book are different in many ways. The customs, humor, and countless details differ from one people to the next. Yet Jews and Arabs, whose imagination and creativity gave birth to these tales, share not only biblical roots but also a remarkable coexistence in Spain during a golden period from 700 to 1000 C.E. This collection is the result of extensive research at the Israel Folklore Archives and in libraries in Jerusalem and Haifa, as well as the New York Public Library and the library of Harvard University. Of the forty tales in this volume, twenty-two are Jewish tales and were taken from literary and oral sources. They include stories of witches and demons, tales of Chelm - legendary city of fools - and folktales told by post-World War II immigrants to Israel from Russia, Iraq, Kurdistan, Poland, Hungary, and elsewhere. The Arabian tales come from many corners of the Arab world and include tales about changes in men, tales of humor and entertainment, and stories that the author describes as reflecting a kaleidoscope of human characteristics. A volume that is educational, entertaining, and inspirational, In the Tradition of Moses and Mohammed is also a prayer, urging us to hope that one day Arab and Jew will live together as peacefully as these tales do.
In Search of the Christian Buddha
How an Asian Sage Became a Medieval Saint
Hardcover ISBN: 0393089150
Describes how the tale of St. Josaphat, who gave up everything to follow Jesus, bears a strong resemblance to the story of the Buddha and follows other incorporations of similar tales as they were rewritten by Muslim, Jewish and Christian authors throughout history.
A Secular History of Conversion
Hardcover ISBN: 0375423753
A provocative social history of the secular forces driving conversion in the Western world refutes beliefs about personal reinvention and divine grace to explore such factors as the unifications between church and state, interreligious marriage, faith change in adulthood and the forced conversions of slaves.
The History of Hell
Hardcover ISBN: 015140934x
A survey of four thousand years of belief in Hell reveals how religious leaders, poets, painters, and ordinary people--including Homer, Dante, Blake, and Freud--have visualized the den of the Devil. National ad/promo. Tour.
Talking to the Other
Jewish Interfaith Dialogue With Christians and Muslims
Hardcover ISBN: 186064905x
Rabbi Jonathan Magonet has long been engaged in a dialogue between Jews and Muslims. For over 30 years he has organized the annual Jewish-Christian-Muslim student conference in Basle, and has lectured on these themes, and participated himself in interfaith conferences all over the world. In this book he explores the issues that arise in such an encounter, the traps that so easily hinder relationships, and the historical and theological problems to be confronted once a basis of trust has been established. As well as examining specific areas that need to be addressed in the Jewish encounter with Christians and Muslims, he challenges the Jewish community to broaden its commitment to interfaith dialogue in a complex and rapidly changing world.
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.
One Nation, Under Gods
A New American History
Paperback ISBN: 0316100013
The author of Songs for the Butcher's Daughter examines the religious history of America from the Puritans and the books of Thomas Jefferson to the Salem Witch Trials and the cults of the 1960s and the rise of non-traditional Christian politicians today. 25,000 first printing.