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El libro de las sombras
El libro de las sombras
Spanish    Paperback      ISBN: 0738702056
El libro de las sombras —de Migene González-Wippler— es una obra única escrita originalmente en español, en donde se expone la verdad acerca del mundo místico de la religión Wicca: sus orígenes, creencias, rituales y ceremonias. Aprenda cómo se conforman los convenios (aquelarres), conozca sus deidades y descubra la belleza de la ceremonia Wicca y el Gran Rito, las iniciaciones, el alfabeto Wicca y los festivales sabats y esbats. Además, obtenga hechizos y recetas mágicas para el amor, la salud y la protección, incluyendo los ingredientes y cómo prepararlos. Descubra cuál es el significado de los números y los colores en la magia; los usos de diversas yerbas e inciensos y las aplicaciones de aceites, velas, pociones y gemas mágicas.
Jews and Christians: A Troubled Family
Jews and Christians
A Troubled Family
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.
Witchcraft: Theory and Practice
Witchcraft
Theory and Practice
Paperback      ISBN: 156718782x
Explains the tenets of witchcraft and its methodology, and describes how to invoke and utilize powers of nature, identify and interpret omens, and practice simple spells.
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.
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.
Life of Jesus
Life of Jesus
Paperback      ISBN: 0809123193
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.
Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths
Abraham
A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths
Paperback      ISBN: 0060525096
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. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 200,000 first printing.
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.
Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft
Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0875420508
Here is the most complete self-study course in modern Wicca available, written by the person who first went public with "The Old Religion" in the United States. For group or solitary use, it includes rituals; exercises for developing psychic talents; information on all major "sects" of the Craft; sections on tools, beliefs, dreams, meditations, divination, herbal lore, healing, ritual clothing; and much, much more. Even those who have practiced Wicca for years find useful information in Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft, and many covens are using it as their textbook. Profusely illustrated and full of music and chants.