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The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief
The Masque of Africa
Glimpses of African Belief
Paperback      ISBN: 0307454991

A remarkable work of reportage by Nobel Prize Laureate V. S. Naipaul that surveys belief and religion among the disparate peoples of Africa.

Like all of Naipaul's "travel" books, The Masque of Africa encompasses a much larger narrative and purpose: to judge the effects of belief (in indigenous animisms, the foreign religions of Christianity and Islam, the cults of leaders and mythical history) upon the progress of civilization. It is a masterly achievement by one of the world's keenest observers and one of its greatest writers.
Sharing Eden: Green Teachings from Jews, Christians and Muslims
Sharing Eden
Green Teachings from Jews, Christians and Muslims
Paperback      ISBN: 1847740413

Finding common ground between Christianity, Islam, and Judaism is a critical priority for the whole world--and nowhere is that common ground more evident or inspiring than on environmental issues.-- Jonathon Porritt, co-founder, Forum for the Future

A] very encouraging and helpful project, and I hope it inspires those in each of the three traditions to collaborate more in environmental thought.--Sustainability in Crisis, United Kingdom

This introductory handbook combines beautiful and enlightening texts from each faith's religious teachings to address some of the most prominent environmental issues faced today, such as waste, climate change, and biodiversity. Each author brings a contemporary focus to the eternal challenge of caring for the environment and provides practical advice on how we can all do our share to protect it.

Sharing Eden sets out to show how respect for the environment is at the heart of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Natan Levy is the environmental liaison for the Chief Rabbi's Office and the rabbinical expert for the London School of Jewish Studies' Responsibility Unit, both based in the Untied Kingdom.

David Shreeve is the director of The Conservation Foundation, which he co-founded in 1982, and the environmental advisor to the Archbishops' Council of the Church of England.

Harfiyah Haleem is a trustee of the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IFEES). She is also the editor of a collection of essays on Islam and the environment and co-editor of the Muslim Green Guide to Reducing Climate Change.


Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths
Abraham
A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths
Paperback      ISBN: 0060838663

In this timely, provocative, and uplifting journey, the bestselling author of Walking the Bible searches for the man at the heart of the world's three monotheistic religions--and today's deadliest conflicts.

At a moment when the world is asking "can the religions get along?" one figure stands out as the shared ancestor of Jews, Muslims, and Christians. One man holds the key to our deepest fears--and our possible reconciliation. Abraham is that man.

Bruce Feiler set out on a personal quest to better understand our common patriarch. Traveling in war zones, climbing through caves and ancient shrines, and sitting down with the world's leading religious minds, Feiler uncovers fascinating, little known details of the man who defines faith for half the world.

Both immediate and timeless, Abraham is a powerful, universal story, the first-ever interfaith portrait of the man God chose to be his partner. Thoughtful and inspiring, it offers a rare vision of hope that will redefine what we think about our neighbors, our future, and ourselves.

The Barn at the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd
The Barn at the End of the World
The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd
Paperback      ISBN: 1571312544

Transcendence can come in many forms. For Mary Rose O Reilley a year tending sheep seemed a way to seek a spirituality based not on climbing out of the body but rather on existing fully in the world, at least if she could overlook some of its earthier aspects. The Barn at the End of the World follows O Reilley in her sometimes funny, sometimes moving quest. Though small in stature, she learns to flip very large sheep and help them lamb. She also visits a Buddhist monastery in France, where she studies the practice of Mahayana Buddhism, dividing her spare time between meditation and dreaming of French pastries."

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.

The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus
The Good Heart
A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus
Paperback      ISBN: 0861711386

In this landmark book of interfaith dialogue, the Dalai Lama provides an extraordinary Buddhist perspective on the teachings of Jesus, commenting on well-known passages from the four Christian Gospels including the Sermon on the Mount, the parable of the mustard seed, the Resurrection, and others. Drawing parallels between Jesus and the Buddha--and the rich traditions from which they hail--His Holiness delivers a profound affirmation of the sacred in all religions. Readers will be inspired by the Dalai Lama's discussion of the endless merits of each tradition and uplifted by the common humanity between them.

Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion
Strange Gods
A Secular History of Conversion
Paperback      ISBN: 1400096391

In a groundbreaking historical work that focuses on the long, tense convergence of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam with an uncompromising secular perspective, Susan Jacoby illuminates the social and economic forces that have shaped individual faith and the voluntary conversion impulse that has changed the course of Western history--for better and for worse. Covering the triumph of Christianity over paganism in late antiquity, the Spanish Inquisition, John Calvin's dour theocracy, American plantations where African slaves had to accept their masters' religion--along with individual converts including Augustine of Hippo, John Donne, Edith Stein, Muhammad Ali, George W. Bush and Mike Pence--Strange Gods makes a powerful case that nothing has been more important in struggle for reason than the right to believe in the God of one's choice or to reject belief in God altogether.

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.
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.

Green Witchcraft II
Green Witchcraft II
Paperback      ISBN: 1567186890

Green Witches are deeply connected to the Earth and the cosmic balance of light and dark. They welcome the wisdom of the light and the shadow sides of nature, the self, and the Divine to grow more whole in magic and spirit.

In Green Witchcraft II, hereditary Witch Ann Moura reveals how to develop a balanced practice by incorporating the powerful, dark aspects of the Goddess and the God. Guided meditations, spells, and rituals enable you to invoke the energy of the dark powers and achieve your goals through magical workings.

  • Use dark power herbs and hear the goddess speak prophecy
  • Create a connection to with the four Elementals with your own elemental bottle
  • Open the doors to past-life memories with the black mirror meditation
  • Learn a spell to pass easily among the three worlds
  • Gather and release the chaos energy of darkness to regenerate the Earth
  • Work with the dark aspects of familiars, the Celtic Ogham, and the Tarot

Honor the dark no less than the light...release your fear of the shadows and embrace the other half of yourself with the balancing practices in Green Witchcraft II.