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Much blood has been spilled and is still being spilled over the question, Is there such a thing as a true religion? To answer No, is to give up on religion. To answer Yes seems dangerous and naive. Yet there is a way of understanding religion that avoids the danger and is both emotionally and intellectually satisfying.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Jack Call
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
Release: 2009
File: 155 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781846942440

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If you are ever haunted by the thought of being sucked away into nothingness, you should read this book. It would be understandable for you to think that everything that can be said about the probability of an afterlife has already been said, but that doesn't matter. What matters is whether you remember the reasons why personal, subjective immortality makes sense and eternal death doesn't. Here you will find an extended inductive argument to that conclusion, based on the time-honored analogies between life and dream, death and sleep. The author takes an argument of David Hume's and turns it on its head. That argument forms the core of a view the author describes as Taoistic, psychedelic Christianity. Taoistic in that God's power is conceived as purely artistic and inspirational, and psychedelic in that the author acknowledges that taking LSD had a profound and benign influence on his life. On this view, the first-person perspective is given in experience. What kind of person you are is an ever-unfolding story that you strive to perfect.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Jack Call
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
Release: 2014-11-28
File: 135 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781782796824

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Already hailed as a landmark in contemporary Catholic theology, Jesus Symbol of God surveys scriptural data, the key moments in the development of doctrine, and the distinctive horizons of our contemporary world to develop a comprehensive and systematic christology for our time. The task of christology is to explain what it means to say that Jesus is the bearer and revealer of God in the Christian community, the decisive mediation of God's salvation -- or, in other words, the symbol of God.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Roger Haight
Publisher: Orbis Books
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File: 505 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781608332564

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You’ve chosen the godparents, dressed the baby in yards of white, and headed to church for the christening. Now what? What does the sacrament of baptism mean in your child’s life – and yours? In Taking the Plunge, parents explore how the Baptismal Covenant helps to shape the experience of raising children. What are you promising when you baptize your child? Why are “please” and “thank you” theological words, not simply polite things to say? Anne Kitch writes with a light touch and includes plenty of real-life stories.

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Genre: Family & Relationships
Author: Anne E. Kitch
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
Release: 2006-12-01
File: 144 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780819226310

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The girlfriends from ‘Nama Beach High learn the liberating secret of discipline In this second book of the ‘Nama Beach High series, Laura Duffy and her friends from the “conflicted” girls club discover a “secret” text hidden within John 16. Laura has a chance to experience the truth of this secret when she gets her driver’s license, starts a new job at the local Gap store, then observes kids from her school in the act of shoplifting, and even suffers the theft of her car. Worst of all, her friend Joy Beth, who seems to possess everything in life, develops diabetes. Together the girls realize that possessing things sometimes leads to being possessed by them. They learn that discipline is the ability to deny and to choose not to exploit. Discipline is a way that God’s power can bless them. They find out that surrendering all of life’s non-essentials and identifying what remains as God’s sacred gifts is The Key.

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Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Author: Nancy N. Rue
Publisher: Zondervan
Release: 2009-05-26
File: 192 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780310303404

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This book provides a cross-cultural analysis of how religious symbols function from a theological and philosophical perspective. Showing how religious symbols can be true in various qualified senses, Neville presents a theory of religious symbolism in the American pragmatic tradition extending and elaborating Tillich's claim that religious symbols participate in the divine realities to which they refer and yet must be broken in order not to be idolatrous or demonic. The Truth of Broken Symbols offers a theory of religious symbolism treating reference, meaning, and interpretation, and discussing different functions of religious symbols in theological, practical, and devotional contexts. It shows that religious symbols are to be properly understood as true or false and that symbol-systems such as myths, theologies, or liturgical symbols are to be used to engage divine realities while internally exhibiting semiotic structures of reference, meaning, and interpretation.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Robert C. Neville
Publisher: SUNY Press
Release: 1996-01-01
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 0791427420

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In The Praised and the Virgin, Rusmir Mahmutćehajić provides a theological and philosophical meditation on the relationship between the Prophet Muhammad and the Virgin Mary as complementary bearers of God’s Word, through the historical example of intermingling traditions in Bosnia.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Rusmir Mahmutćehajić
Publisher: BRILL
Release: 2014-10-28
File: 888 Pages
ISBN-13: 9789004279407

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In this highly influential study of art forms as models for a theory of communications, Hugh Dalziel Duncan demonstrates that without understanding of the role of symbols in society, social scientists cannot hope to develop adequate models for social analysis. He reviews critically major contributions to communication theory during the past century: Freud's analysis of dream symbolism, Simmel's concept of sociability, James' insights into religious experience, and Dewey's relating of art to experience.

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Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Author: Hugh Dalziel Duncan
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
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File: 475 Pages
ISBN-13: 1412819962

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This work surveys Baptist history from its origins in seventeeth-century England until its transplanting to North America. The historical survey continues in America with attention to the formation of denominational structures and church practice. Four elements of ecclesiology are highlighted: community, individuality, particularity, and universality. The final chapter unites these themes as polarities that must be held together in order to present a Baptist conception of the church as the Body of Christ. The image is developed briefly for social application.

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Genre: Religion
Author: E. Jeffrey Mask
Publisher: University Press of America
Release: 1997
File: 213 Pages
ISBN-13: 0761808981

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This volume investigates practices by which the Qumran community constituted itself as a sectarian society by reconstructing the identity of its members. Drawing on discourse and practice theory, the book analyzes the function of the Serek ha-Yahad and the Hodoyot in identity formation.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Carol Newsom
Publisher: BRILL
Release: 2004-07-15
File: 376 Pages
ISBN-13: 9789047405153

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