The Grand Inquisitor s Manual

Author: Jonathan Kirsch
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061982563
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The Surprising History and Legacy of the Inquisition The renowned historian and critic Jonathan Kirsch presents a sweeping history of the Inquisition and the ways in which it has served as the chief model for torture in the West to this day. Ranging from the Knights Templar to the first Protestants; from Joan of Arc to Galileo; from the Inquisition's immense power in Spain after 1492, when the secret tribunals and torture chambers were directed for the first time against Jews and Muslims, to the torture and murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent women during the Witch Craze; and to the modern war on terror—Kirsch shows us how the Inquisition stands as a universal and ineradicable reminder of how absolute power wreaks inevitable corruption.

The Search for Truth about Islam

Author: Ben Daniel
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 0664237053
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Presbyterian pastor Ben Daniel tackles common stereotypes and misconceptions that tend to define Islam in the popular imagination.

The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Humanism

Author: Andrew Copson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 111879334X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Humanism presents an edited collection of essays that explore the nature of Humanism as an approach to life, and a philosophical analysis of the key humanist propositions from naturalism and science to morality and meaning. Represents the first book of its kind to look at Humanism not just in terms of its theoretical underpinnings, but also its consequences and its diverse manifestations Features contributions from international and emerging scholars, plus renowned figures such as Stephen Law, Charles Freeman and Jeaneanne Fowler Presents Humanism as a positive alternative to theism Brings together the world’s leading Humanist academics in one reference work

The Foundations of Modern Terrorism

Author: Martin A. Miller
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139620029
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Why is it that terrorism has become such a central factor in our lives despite all the efforts to eradicate it? Ranging from early modern Europe to the contemporary Middle East, Martin Miller reveals the foundations of modern terrorism. He argues that the French Revolution was a watershed moment as it was then that ordinary citizens first claimed the right to govern. The traditional notion of state legitimacy was forever altered and terrorism became part of a violent contest over control of state power between officials in government and insurgents in society. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries terrorism evolved into a way of seeing the world and a way of life for both insurgents and state security forces with the two sides drawn ever closer in their behaviour and tactics. This is a groundbreaking history of terrorism which, for the first time, integrates the violence of governments and insurgencies.

The Short Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan A Boy Avenger a Nazi Diplomat and a Murder in Paris

Author: Jonathan Kirsch
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0871407027
Format: PDF, ePub
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"Reading this excellent, thought-provoking biography, one is all too easily reminded of Camus’s 1942 novel, The Stranger."—Philip Kerr, Wall Street Journal On the morning of November 7, 1938, Herschel Grynszpan, a desperate seventeen-year-old Jewish refugee, walked into the German embassy in Paris and shot Ernst vom Rath, a Nazi diplomat. Two days later vom Rath lay dead, and the Third Reich exploited the murder to unleash Kristallnacht in a bizarre concatenation of events that would rapidly involve Ribbentrop, Goebbels, and Hitler himself. But was Grynszpan a crazed lone gunman or agent provocateur of the Gestapo? Was he motivated by a desire to avenge Jewish people, or did his act of violence speak to an intimate connection between the assassin and his target, as Grynszpan later claimed? Part page-turning historical thriller and part Kafkaesque legal drama, The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan brings to life the historical details and moral dimensions of one of the most enigmatic cases of World War II. This compelling biography presents a story with twists and turns that “no novelist could invent” (Alice Kaplan).

Nimue Alban Kampf um die Siddarmark

Author: David Weber
ISBN: 3838745833
Format: PDF
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Die Menschheit musste die Erde vor langer Zeit verlassen, um der Auslöschung durch eine überlegene außerirdische Spezies zu entgehen. Auf einem fernen Planeten begann sie ein neues Leben. Dort leidet sie unter einer Kirchendiktatur, die alles Wissen um die moderne Menschheitsgeschichte erbarmungslos unterdrückt. Doch nicht alle sind bereit, dies hinzunehmen. Unter ihnen die ehemalige Offizierin Nimue Alban, die den Kampf gegen die Diktatur aufnimmt ...

Candide Oder Der Optimismus

Author: Voltaire
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781542375092
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Candide oder der Optimismus (frz. Candide ou l'optimisme) ist eine satirische Novelle des franz�sischen Philosophen Voltaire. Mit Witz und Ironie prangert Voltaire in seinem conte philosophique" den �berheblichen Adel, die kirchliche Inquisition, Krieg und Sklaverei an und verspottet die naive Utopie des einfachen Mannes von einem sorglosen Leben.


Author: Reza Aslan
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644039119
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Das Christentum verehrt Jesus von Nazaret als sanften Hirten, dessen Reich nicht von dieser Welt sei. Aber entspricht dieses Bild der historischen Realität? Kann es den grausamen Kreuzestod plausibel erklären? Der amerikanische Religionswissenschaftler Reza Aslan meint: nein. Sein Buch, das in den USA für einen Skandal sorgte, versucht zu ergründen, wer Jesus war, bevor es das Christentum gab. Es ist das fesselnde, brillant erzählte Porträt eines Mannes voller Widersprüche, einer Epoche voll religiöser Inbrunst und blutiger Kämpfe und einer Weltreligion im Werden.