Why Religions Work

Author: Eleanor Stoneham
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 1780994974
Format: PDF
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God and religion come in for bad press these days. Is religion worth keeping? Are militant atheists misguided? Do religion and spirituality need each other? Is it possible to build tolerance and respect in a divided world? And can science play a role? Eleanor Stoneham explains why the answer to all these questions is a resounding 'yes'. It is true that religions need to change and become more relevant for today's needs. But supposing science also changed, shed its shackles of conventional materialistic dogma based on some shaky assumptions and looked with new eyes at religious beliefs such as prayer, distance healing and life after death? Is it possible that the latest ideas on empathy and consciousness could be narrowing the gulf between science and religion? In our quest for a more just and peaceful society, could these same ideas help us find stronger inter-religious bonds of respect and understanding at the level of heart and soul? This book will help lay persons and clergy alike relate church tradition to the wider world of science, spirituality and interfaith issues. It will challenge the 'spiritual but not religious.' It will make the faithful think. And it will test those convinced that their religion or faith is the only way to enlightenment, the only path to Truth.

Gods in the Global Village

Author: Lester R. Kurtz
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
ISBN: 1412991250
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In an era plagued by religious conflict, the Third Edition of Gods in the Global Village directly responds to issues of social problems prevalent in the world today. Using an engaging, thought-provoking style, author Lester R. Kurtz focuses on the relationship among the major faith traditions that inform the thinking and ethical standards of most people in the emerging global social order. This book focuses on a central aspect of that common crisis. A major assumption of this book is that all knowledge is shaped by the social context of the knower; therefore, both religious traditions and our studies of them are shaped by the context in which we construct them. The author argues that religious pluralism will be a necessary precondition of the global village for the foreseeable future. The question that faces us as a human community is not “Which religious tradition is true?” or even “Is any religious tradition true?” but rather “How can we enable the various religious and secular traditions to coexist peacefully on the planet?” The text supports the belief that the sociology of religion—itself a pluralistic discipline—can provide invaluable insight into the most pressing problems of our time.

Three Religions One God

Author: Michael Carpenter
Publisher: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 1615662847
Format: PDF, ePub
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There are three major religions in the world today: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Though these three belief systems intertwine throughout history, they are in fact extremely different in both basic structure and ultimately, In deity. Many people have claimed over the years that the God of Judeo-Christianity is in fact the same god of Islam. However, due to key points of differences in their respective religious texts, As well as the nature of God versus Allah in the everyday life of those who practice these religions, it becomes clear that God is in fact a completely separate entity from the Islamic Allah, despite the fact that Allah is the Arabic word for 'God.' in his provocative and inciting work, Three Religions, One God? Author Michael Carpenter inspects the basic tenets of each religion meticulously and shows through textual and well as situational evidence and critical thinking that not only is the god of Christianity and Judaism different from the god of Islam, but that the god of Judeo-Christianity is in fact the one true god, And The deserver of your love and allegiance. From exploring the lives of Muhammad and Jesus to decoding the predictions For The end of the world, Three Religions, One God? offers insightful and challenging debate that will inspire readers to make their own foray into the realm of comparative religion. Michael resides in Missouri and is the proud father of two children. Due to four years of service in the United States Air Force, he is a man who likes knowing how things work and enjoys probing intellectual and spiritual discovery.

African Immigrant Religions in America

Author: Jacob Olupona
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814762409
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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African immigration to North America has been rapidly increasing. Yet, little has been written about this significant group of immigrants and the particular religious traditions that they are transplanting on our shores, as scholars continue largely to focus instead on immigrants from Europe and Asia. African Immigrant Religions in America focuses on new understandings and insights concerning the presence and relevance of African immigrant religious communities in the United States. It explores the profound significance of religion in the lives of immigrants and the relevance of these growing communities for U.S. social life. It describes key social and historical aspects of African immigrant religion in the U.S. and builds a conceptual framework for theory and analysis. The volume broadens our understandings of the ways in which new immigration is changing the face of Christianity in the U.S. and adds needed breadth to the study of the black church, incorporating the experiences of African immigrant religious communities in America.

God s Agenda Religious Poems

Author: Richard I. Gold
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
ISBN: 1480970581
Format: PDF, Kindle
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God’s Agenda - Religious Poems: Vol 1 By Richard I. Gold God’s Agenda - Religious Poems contains a number of poems about God, Jesus Christ, our relationship with God, and our relationship with our fellow men, all in accordance with the Bible. At several points, two or more poems have the same title, but they were kept in because they are different poems. In other cases, several poems may appear to be somewhat similar; however, the focus is slightly different. Sometimes, a poem may require several readings to get the full meaning. At times, the meaning may be more than the author put into them and the reader may find some ideas which will benefit him or her. In all cases, the meaning of the poem should be taken to help build our faith and hope for the future, both in this life and when we have crossed to the other side. Remember, if we have a loved one who has passed on and is in the next life, they are in a better and more fulfilling place. It is well that we mourn for them, but this should be for our lack of seeing them, not for the fate of the loved one.

Encyclopedia of World Religions

Author: Bruno Becchio
Publisher: Foreign Media Group
ISBN: 9781601360007
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Enhanced by more than one thousand full color illustrations, a concise guide features thousands of references to literature, art, history, famous figures, and philosophy with respect to religion, covering the beliefs, doctrines, practices, teachings, rites of passage, and specific rituals of the world's major religions.

Black Gods of the Metropolis

Author: Arthur Huff Fauset
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812210018
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The origins, structures, membership, beliefs, rituals, finances, and sacred texts of the Church of God, the Moorish Science Temple of America, the Father Divine Peace Mission Movement, and other cults are detailed

The Christian s Unity with Christ

Author: Jim McCoy
Publisher: Xulon Press
ISBN: 1602668515
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This book digs deeply into the Christian's walk of grace. We look into the grace of God. You will get to understand the Christian's relationship to the law! You will understand that Christ's redemption unites the Christian with Christ! That Christ's unity with the Christian is entirely the grace of God! God will increase your faith in Christ and your dependency on Christ. Every Christian's relationship with Christ is through Christ's substitutional death on the cross along with his resurrection. Yet, some Christians will live in a spiritual desert the remainder of their life! There is hope! God has made the Christian's relationship with Christ to be the strongest and most glorious relationship known to humanity! Make the Scriptures in this book a continual part of your daily devotions and experience God working in you daily! He loves to study the Bible He preached live on radio, and then recorded the program on reel-to-reel tape, cassettes tapes and now records on CD'S. Jim entered the ministry in 1974. His radio program Reality In Jesus began airing on a local radio station since 1976. In 1999, the program began airing on international shortwave radio stations. Reality In Jesus continues on the air today. Jim likes woodworking, horseback riding, walking on mountain trails. He is married to the love of his live for thirty-two years. The desire of his heart is to grow in Jesus Christ and the Bible. We have one son Dwain. His wife, IRENE MCCOY

World Religions Today

Author: CTI Reviews
Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews
ISBN: 1478458348
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Facts101 is your complete guide to World Religions Today. In this book, you will learn topics such as The Many Stories of Judaism: Sacred and Secular, Christian Diversity and the Road to Modernity, Islam: The Many Faces of the Muslim Experience, and Hinduism and Other South Asian Religions: Myriad Paths to Liberation plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.

Religion in Today s World

Author: Melissa M. Wilcox
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317796640
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Religion is a major force in contemporary society. It is also one of the least understood social and political influences on individuals and communities. In this innovative collection of original essays and classic readings, experts explore the significance of contemporary religiosity: as a source of meaning and motivation, how it unites and divides us, and how it is used politically and culturally. Readers will be introduced to the broad debates in ways that will equip them to analyze, discuss, and make their own judgments about religion and society. This book should be read by anyone interested in understanding religion as a central source of meaning and politics, and is ideally suited for undergraduate teaching on religion and social issues and from a global perspective.