By Paul Carus
In The background of the satan and the assumption of Evil, Paul Carus indicates that the belief of Evil constructed parallel to the assumption of God. Like God, the satan used to be symbolic of a true a part of human adventure. This vintage sourcebook in demonology, a reprint of the paintings first released in 1900, assembles 350 pictures of the satan in evaluating the personification of evil that's universal to many cultures.
By Christopher Knight
By Edith Turner, William Blodgett, Singleton Kahona, Fideli Benwa
Experiencing Ritual is Edith Turner's account of the way she sighted a spirit shape whereas partaking within the Ihamba ritual of the Ndembu. via her research, she offers a view now not universal in anthropological writings—the view of hundreds of thousands of Africans—that ritual is the harnessing of religious power.
By John Polkinghorne
Most frequently, the discussion among faith and technological know-how is initiated by way of the discoveries of recent science—big bang cosmology, evolution, or quantum thought, for instance. during this e-book, scientist-theologian John Polkinghorne alterations the dialogue. He ways the discussion from a little-explored point of view within which theology shapes the argument and units the time table of inquiries to be considered.
The writer starts off with a evaluation of techniques to technological know-how and faith during which the type makes a speciality of theological content material instead of on methodological approach. He then proceeds with chapters discussing the function of Scripture, a theology of nature, the doctrine of God, sacramental theology, and eschatology. all through, Polkinghorne takes the point of view of Trinitarian considering whereas arguing in a method that displays the impact of his occupation as a theoretical physicist. within the ultimate bankruptcy, the writer defends the appropriateness of addressing problems with technology and faith from the explicit point of view of his Christian trust. His booklet presents a big version for theologians and scientists alike, exhibiting how their fields can tell each other in major ways.
By Andrei A. Orlov
Explores the paradoxical symmetry among the divine and demonic in early Jewish mystical texts.
Divine Scapegoats is a wide-ranging exploration of the parallels among the heavenly and the demonic in early Jewish apocalyptical money owed. In those fabrics, antagonists usually replicate beneficial properties of angelic figures, or even these of the Deity himself, an inverse correspondence that means a trust that the demonic realm is maintained through imitating divine truth. Andrei A. Orlov examines the sacerdotal, messianic, and creational facets of this mimetic imagery, focusing totally on texts from the Slavonic pseudepigrapha: 2 Enoch and the Apocalypse of Abraham. those works are a part of a truly distinct cluster of Jewish apocalyptic texts that convey positive aspects not just of the apocalyptic worldview but additionally of the symbolic universe of early Jewish mysticism. The Yom Kippur ritual within the Apocalypse of Abraham, the divine mild and darkness of 2 Enoch, and the similarity of mimetic motifs to later advancements within the Zohar are of specific significance in Orlov’s attention.
By Alison Games
Witchcraft in Early North the United States investigates eu, African, and Indian witchcraft ideals and their expression in colonial the US. Alison Games's enticing ebook takes us past the notorious outbreak at Salem, Massachusetts, to examine how witchcraft was once a vital function of colonial societies in North the United States. Her gigantic and full of life advent orients readers to the topic and to the wealthy number of records that follows. The files start with first encounters among eu missionaries and local americans in New France and New Mexico, they usually finish with witch hunts between local americans within the years of the early American republic. The documents—some of that have by no means been released previously—include excerpts from trials in Virginia, New Mexico, and Massachusetts; money owed of outbreaks in Salem, Abiquiu (New Mexico), and one of the Delaware Indians; descriptions of ownership; criminal codes; and allegations of poisoning by way of slaves. The files increase concerns crucial to felony, cultural, social, spiritual, and gender background. This interesting subject and the book’s huge geographic and chronological assurance make this publication superb for readers attracted to new methods to colonial background and the heritage of witchcraft.
By Andrei A. Buckareff, Yujin Nagasawa
The idea that of God in accordance with conventional Judeo-Christian-Islamic theism minimally comprises the next theses: (i) there's one God; (ii) God is an omniscient, all-powerful, and morally ideal agent; (iii) God is the writer ex nihilo of the universe and the sustainer of all that exists; and (iv) God is an immaterial substance that's ontologically distinctive from the universe. Proponents of different concepts of God, corresponding to pantheism, panentheism, spiritual anti-realism, developmental theism, and spiritual naturalism, exclude no less than this type of claims. a couple of well-liked philosophers and scientists have expressed sympathy with replacement recommendations of the divine. even if, voices raised in safeguard of those innovations have a tendency to not be taken heavily in modern analytic philosophy of faith. This quantity goals to make clear substitute techniques of God and to completely ponder their benefits and demerits. Read more...