By Christopher Hitchens
By Simon Sebag Montefiore
Jerusalem is the common urban, the capital of 2 peoples, the shrine of 3 faiths; it's the prize of empires, the positioning of Judgment Day and the battlefield of today’s conflict of civilizations. From King David to the twenty first century, from the beginning of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the Israel-Palestine clash, this can be the epic background of 3 thousand years of religion, slaughter, fanaticism, and coexistence. during this masterful narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore brings the holy urban to lifestyles, during the those who created and destroyed it—from Herod, Cleopatra and Nero to Churchill, Rasputin and Truman—and attracts at the most modern scholarship, his family heritage, and a life of research to teach that the tale of Jerusalem is actually the tale of the world.
By Stephen Mitchell
Stephen Mitchell is celebrated for his skill to make historical masterpieces thrillingly new, to step in the place many have attempted ahead of and create types which are definitive for our time. His celebrated model of the Tao Te Ching is the preferred variation in print, and his translations of Jesus, Rilke, Genesis, and task have received the hearts of readers and critics alike. Stephen Mitchell now brings to the Bhagavad Gita his reward for respiring new lifestyles into sacred texts.
The Bhagavad Gita is universally said as one of many world's literary and religious masterpieces. it's the center textual content of the Hindu culture and has been precious by way of American writers from Emerson and Thoreau to T. S. Eliot, who referred to as it the best philosophical poem after the Divine Comedy. there were greater than 200 English translations of the Gita, together with many efficient literal types, yet no longer certainly one of them is a superlative literary textual content in its personal right.
Now all that has replaced. Stephen Mitchell's Bhagavad Gita sings with the readability, the power, and the depth of the unique Sanskrit. it is going to, as William Arrowsmith stated of Mitchell's translation of The Sonnets to Orpheus, "instantly make another rendering obsolete."
From the Hardcover edition.
By Richard Dawkins
The thinker of faith and critic of idealism, Ludwig Feuerbach had a far-reaching influence on German radicalism round the time of the Revolution of 1848. This highbrow background explores how Feuerbach's critique of faith served as a rallying aspect for radicals, and the way they mockingly sought to create a brand new, post-religious type of religiosity as a part of the progressive goal. At factor for the Feuerbachian radicals used to be the emergence of a humanity emancipated from the restrictions of mere associations, capable of exhibit itself freely and harmoniously. Caldwell additionally touches on Moses Hess, Louise Dittmar, and Richard Wagner in his dialogue of the time. This ebook reconstructs the character of Feuerbach's radicalism and indicates the way it inspired early works of socialism, feminism, and musical modernism.
By Alexis York Lumbard, Demi
Lavishly illustrated by means of award-winning illustrator, Demi, this magical and encouraging tale of the adventures of a flock of wayfaring birds looking for their king will pride young children with its stories of overcoming worry, actual trouble, and internal barriers. in keeping with an 800 yr outdated classical parable, and retold by means of mom of 3, Alexis York Lumbard, it is going to supply mom and dad with a different chance to coach ethical and non secular improvement to their children.
2014 Midwest Publishing organization Award of Excellence (Scholarly/Reference) 2014 Readers' selection Awards Honorable point out The Encyclopedia of historic Christianity covers 8 centuries of the Christian church and contains 3,220 entries via a crew of 266 students from 26 international locations representing various Christian traditions. It attracts upon such fields as archaeology, paintings and structure, biography, cultural stories, ecclesiology, geography, background, philosophy, and theology. This three-volume encyclopedia bargains extraordinary, entire assurance of the folks, areas and ideas of old Christianity, together with:
- cultural currents
- events and movements
- iconography and architecture
- texts and translations
- theological terms
- Christian sects
The encyclopedia's A-to-Z insurance extends from "Aaron (iconography)" to "Zosimus, pope" and chronologically from Christianity's origins to Bede (d. 735) within the West and John of Damascus (d. ca. 749) within the Greek East, with designated emphasis at the first 4 centuries of Christian historical past. Its geographical variety reaches throughout:
- North Africa
- Africa Proconsularis Byzacena
- Bithynia & Pontus
- Lycia and Pamphylia
- Spain & Portugal
- Britain and Ireland
This version updates and expands on earlier Italian and English-language versions with the addition of greater than 500 new articles (added to the present Italian or English edition), together with the subsequent 30 articles unique to IVP's variation:
- apostolic see
- Carmen de synodo Ticinensi
- Dialogi de sancta Trinitate IV-V
- doorkeeper (porter)
- freedom/free will
- libelli miraculorum
- Mara bar Serapion (letter of)
- old age
- Serapeion (Serapeum)
- Triumphus Christi heroicus
- Virgo Parens
huge cross-referencing offers ease in exploring comparable articles, and beneficial bibliographies, together with basic assets (texts, serious variations, translations) and key secondary assets (books and magazine articles), supply entry to the very newest in-depth scholarship in numerous disciplines of analysis. IVP's new Encyclopedia of historic Christianity (2014) is translated from Nuovo dizionario patristico e di antichita cristiane (2006-2008), produced by means of the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, the world's optimum heart for partristic stories, lower than the path of Professor Angelo Di Berardino, and it vastly updates and expands the 1992 Encyclopedia of the Early Church (Oxford college Press/James Clarke).
By Herbert Krosney
He’s been hated and reviled in the course of the a long time as Jesus Christ’s betrayer–the shut buddy who sells him out for 30 items of silver.
But historical past additionally documents different information regarding Judas Iscariot. One such reference was once written in a hundred and eighty via an influential Church Father named St. Irenaeus who railed opposed to the Gospel of Judas for depicting the final days of Jesus from the point of view of the disgraced apostle. In its pages, Judas is Christ’s favourite.
It’s a startlingly diverse tale than the single passed down during the a while. as soon as it used to be denounced as heresy, the Gospel of Judas pale from sight. It turned one in every of history’s forgotten manuscripts.
In this compelling and exhaustively researched account, Herbert Krosney unravels how the Gospel of Judas was once chanced on and its that means painstakingly teased from the traditional Coptic script that had concealed its message for hundreds of years. With all of the abilities of an investigative journalist and grasp storyteller, Krosney lines the forgotten gospel’s unbelievable trip throughout 3 continents, a trek that will take it during the netherworld of the overseas antiquities exchange, until eventually the crumbling papyrus is eventually made to renounce its secrets and techniques. The race to find the Gospel of Judas will move down as one of many nice detective tales of biblical archaeology.
By Dan Barker
For a Christian, it really is religion that offers their lifestyles goal. In his best-selling e-book The function pushed™ existence: What on the earth Am I the following For?, Rick Warren says, “You needs to start with God. You have been born via his objective and for his purpose.”
But as a non-believer, your function is living in your self; it's yours on my own to find and increase. It’s approximately identifying to stay your personal lifestyles to your personal purposes. nobody can dictate your function. You decide.
This booklet can help you already know and have fun with why freely deciding on to assist and cooperate with others is the genuine route to discovering goal. lifestyles doesn't want objective: function wishes lifestyles. To punctuate this aspect, The reliable Atheist comprises inspiring biographies of humanity’s precise heroes—men and girls who didn't waste their lives as slaves to a God, yet relatively stumbled on function in bettering existence in this Earth for all of us.