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The Battle for God
The Battle for God
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0679435972

In the late twentieth century, fundamentalism has emerged as one of the most powerful forces at work in the world, contesting the dominance of modern secular values and threatening peace and harmony around the globe. Yet it remains incomprehensible to a large number of people. In The Battle for God, Karen Armstrong brilliantly and sympathetically shows us how and why fundamentalist groups came into existence and what they yearn to accomplish.
We see the West in the sixteenth century beginning to create an entirely new kind of civilization, which brought in its wake change in every aspect of life -- often painful and violent, even if liberating. Armstrong argues that one of the things that changed most was religion. People could no longer think about or experience the divine in the same way; they had to develop new forms of faith to fit their new circumstances.
Armstrong characterizes fundamentalism as one of these new ways of being religious that have emerged in every major faith tradition. Focusing on Protestant fundamentalism in the United States, Jewish fundamentalism in Israel, and Muslim fundamentalism in Egypt and Iran, she examines the ways in which these movements, while not monolithic, have each sprung from a dread of modernity -- often in response to assault (sometimes unwitting, sometimes intentional) by the mainstream society.
Armstrong sees fundamentalist groups as complex, innovative, and modern -- rather than as throwbacks to the past -- but contends that they have failed in religious terms. Maintaining that fundamentalism often exists in symbiotic relationship with an aggressive modernity, each impelling the other on to greater excess, she suggests compassion as a way to defuse what is now an intensifying conflict.

Jesus and Muhammad: Profound Differences and Surprising Similarities
Jesus and Muhammad
Profound Differences and Surprising Similarities
Paperback      ISBN: 1591852919

Finally, the truth...about Jesus and Muhammad This provocative book presents a factual analysis of the two most influential men of all time-Jesus, the founder of Christianity, with 2 billion adherents, and Muhammad, the founder of Islam, with 1.3 billion followers. Dr. Mark A. Gabriel allows you to walk side by side with Jesus and Muhammad from their births to their deaths. You will discover that both were prophesied over as children, endorsed by their cousins, rejected by their hometowns, and assisted by twelve disciples. With an understanding of their biographies, you are prepared to compare their teachings, including: -How they described themselves -How they responded to challenges from Jews -The healings and miracles they performed -Guidelines for acceptable prayer -When to fight an enemy -What they taught about women Dr. Gabriel's balanced historical comparison will shatter false images and give you new insight into the influence of Jesus and Muhammad in the world today.

Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor
Thou Art That
Transforming Religious Metaphor
Hardcover      ISBN: 1577312023

This title focuses on the symbols and metaphors of Judeo-Christian tradition and investigates how modern culture often misinterprets them. The scope of the text ranges across religious and mytholgical history to geography. The style is one of scholarly story-telling.

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

"Lively... points out that the conflict between the worship of many gods and the worship of one true god never disappeared." --Publishers Weekly

"Jonathan Kirsch has written another blockbuster about the Bible and its world." --David Noel Freedman, Editor-in-Chief of the Anchor Bible Project

"Kirsch tackles the central issue bedeviling the world today - religious intolerance... A timely book, well-written and researched." --Leonard Shlain, author of The Alphabet and the Goddess and Sex, Time and Power

"An intriguing read." --The Jerusalem Report

"A timely tale about the importance of religious tolerance in today's world." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Kirsch is a fine storyteller with a flair for rendering ancient tales relevant and appealing." --The Washington Post

The Temple: Meeting Place of Heaven and Earth
The Temple
Meeting Place of Heaven and Earth
Paperback      ISBN: 0500810508

This cross-cultural compendium shows how the holy meeting place is common to faiths and sites from Greece to Mexico, from Jerusalem to Cambodia and beyond.

Orthodox Worship: A Living Continuity With the Temple, the Synagogue
Orthodox Worship
A Living Continuity With the Temple, the Synagogue
Paperback      ISBN: 0937032727
To Light a Sacred Flame: Practical Witchcraft for the Millennium
To Light a Sacred Flame
Practical Witchcraft for the Millennium
Paperback      ISBN: 1567187218

Originally released in 1999, this bestselling guide to magickal practices-based on the experiences and successes of a third-degree working Witch-has been revised and updated Written for today's seeker, To Light a Sacred Flame contains techniques that unite divinity with magick, knowledge, and humor.

  • New cover
  • New interior design
  • New edit
  • Updated artwork
Jews and Christians
Jews and Christians
Paperback      ISBN: 0687203325

This eye-opening dialogue between a rabbi and a Christian scholar challenges Jews and Christians to examine their misconceptions and prejudices about each other's faith. Here, a Christian and a Jew stand on common ground. Rather than simply interpreting their own respective heritages, each seeks to present his own insights into the other's religious community. Topics discussed include Scripture, God, Jesus, the Holocaust, election, covenant, and mission. Jews and Christians is a living dialogue of faith designed to foster mutual understanding and respect between the two religions.

To Stir a Magick Cauldron: A Witch's Guide to Casting and Conjuring
To Stir a Magick Cauldron
A Witch's Guide to Casting and Conjuring
Paperback      ISBN: 1567184243

Boasting more than 100,000 copies in print, this indispensable guide has been revised and updated. Silver RavenWolf dishes out tried-and-true Witch wisdom, covering the essentials of Witchcraft.

  • New cover
  • New interior design
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Transcendent Unity of Religions
Transcendent Unity of Religions
Paperback      ISBN: 0835605876
Schuon asserts that to transcend religious differences, we must explore the esoteric nature of the spiritual path back to the Divine Oneness at the heart of all religions.