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Destroyer of the Gods

Author : Larry W. Hurtado
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"Silly," "stupid," "irrational," "simple." "Wicked," "hateful," "obstinate," "anti-social." "Extravagant," "perverse." The Roman world rendered harsh judgments upon early Christianity--including branding Christianity "new." Novelty was no Roman religious virtue. Nevertheless, as Larry W. Hurtado shows in Destroyer of the gods, Christianity thrived despite its new and distinctive features and opposition to them. Unlike nearly all other religious groups, Christianity utterly rejected the traditional gods of the Roman world. Christianity also offered a new and different kind of religious identity, one not based on ethnicity. Christianity was distinctively a "bookish" religion, with the production, copying, distribution, and reading of texts as central to its faith, even preferring a distinctive book-form, the codex. Christianity insisted that its adherents behave differently: unlike the simple ritual observances characteristic of the pagan religious environment, embracing Christian faith meant a behavioral transformation, with particular and novel ethical demands for men. Unquestionably, to the Roman world, Christianity was both new and different, and, to a good many, it threatened social and religious conventions of the day. In the rejection of the gods and in the centrality of texts, early Christianity obviously reflected commitments inherited from its Jewish origins. But these particular features were no longer identified with Jewish ethnicity and early Christianity quickly became aggressively trans-ethnic--a novel kind of religious movement. Its ethical teaching, too, bore some resemblance to the philosophers of the day, yet in contrast with these great teachers and their small circles of dedicated students, early Christianity laid its hard demands upon all adherents from the moment of conversion, producing a novel social project. Christianity's novelty was no badge of honor. Called atheists and suspected of political subversion, Christians earned Roman disdain and suspicion in equal amounts. Yet, as Destroyer of the gods demonstrates, in an irony of history the very features of early Christianity that rendered it distinctive and objectionable in Roman eyes have now become so commonplace in Western culture as to go unnoticed. Christianity helped destroy one world and create another.

Polycarp a Destroyer of Our Gods

Author : Richard Lambert
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Polycarp, a destroyer of our gods, is not a typical novel as it illustrates through the life of a pastor named Polycarp how God forms and fashions his message in our lives. It is a story built on the four cornerstones of discipleship: faith, obedience, spiritual desire, and godly virtue. God establishes our faith and guides us into and through the struggles of obedience. Obedience awakens joyous, spiritual desires in our heart that mature us into godly and virtuous people. Polycarp was a prominent second-century Church Father and pastor of the church of Smyrna. He was born into slavery, purchased as a young boy, and raised by a godly woman in Ephesus. He, along with several others, became leaders in the church after the death of the Apostles. According to tradition, Polycarp was a disciple of the Apostle John. Little is known of Polycarp's life and ministry except for a few reverent thoughts shared by his disciple, Irenaeus, and other church historians. His letter to the Philippian church has survived to this day and has been included in this novel, along with the accounts of his death. His life and ministry became a threat to self-glory seekers and those lusting for Caesar's favor. When the ambitious Quadratus, the Proconsul of Rome, tried to tame the God-centered allegiance of the venerable pastor with a threat of death, Polycarp responded; "For eighty-six years I have served the Lord and never has he treated me wrongfully. How can I dare dishonor him now?" Polycarp, a destroyer of our gods, is a gripping novel written in the form of a historical narrative. This dramatic story leads the reader in discovering how God takes simple and ordinary people to destroy the gods of men and magnify his glory in a dark and sinful world. While most novels carry you along by emotion and imagination, this one will inspire you to get out into the fray of your own battles and discover the lessons that promote spiritual growth.

Hindu Gods and Goddesses

Author : Walter Hazen
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This packet introduces your students to the oldest organized religion in the world: Hinduism. They will learn in detail about several of the Hindu dieties, such as Vishnu, Krishna, Siva, and more. In addition to valuable historical and practical information, this packet provides review questions, questions for discussion, key word lists, and an answer key. These features facilitate student assimilation of the fundamentals of a religion practiced by an estimated 781 million people around the globe. Whether your objective is a comprehensive study of Hinduism or a simple overview, this packet affords you the opportunity to easily accomplish either one. You will be delighted to observe your students' growing understanding of the rich culture and history of a religion believed to date back to prehistoric times.

The Transhumanism Handbook

Author : Newton Lee
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Modern humanity with some 5,000 years of recorded history has been experiencing growing pains, with no end in sight. It is high time for humanity to grow up and to transcend itself by embracing transhumanism. Transhumanism offers the most inclusive ideology for all ethnicities and races, the religious and the atheists, conservatives and liberals, the young and the old regardless of socioeconomic status, gender identity, or any other individual qualities. This book expounds on contemporary views and practical advice from more than 70 transhumanists. Astronaut Neil Armstrong said on the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969, “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Transhumanism is the next logical step in the evolution of humankind, and it is the existential solution to the long-term survival of the human race.

The Rapture of God

Author : William Lloyd Newell
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This is a book offering Balthasar’s theological oeuvre as a kerygma of Christ’s love proclaimed theologically as Christ’s esthetics of glory in his mission to reinvent himself, the world and us as beauty and glory. Balthasar’s hypothesis is that there is true theology and there is false theology. For him, theology is the unique science across the methods of which the decision of faith cuts, and divides it into two halves that cannot be united to each other: a genuine theology, which presupposes faith and does its thinking within the nexus of Christ and the Church; and a false theology, which rejects faith as methodologically dubious and irresponsible, and subsumes the truth of the phenomenon which discloses itself, under an anthropological truth (however this may be understood). In William Newell’s book he deeply reflects on the radical thinking being done in Catholic theology since the 1940s in Europe and now in the United States. Each chapter, each excursus, each elision, ushers the reader towards consolations without previous causes, the essence of mysticism in its first stages. The book, as with true theology, is a ‘come and see’ beckoning the reader to an endless furtherance of the archetypal experience of Christ.

The Journey of the Dialectic Knowing God Volume 3

Author : Anthony E. Mansueto
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No discipline has been more uniformly derided for a longer period than metaphysics. Of the ancient and medieval sciences now in disrepute, even astrology and alchemy get better press. The most devastating--and currently the most influential--attack on metaphysics has come from a broad spectrum of thinkers including Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Arendt, Levinas, Derrida, and Milbank, who have argued that metaphysics is the root of modern nihilism and totalitarianism. Anthony Mansueto puts this claim to the test, developing a historical sociology of metaphysics that analyzes the social basis and political valence of metaphysical systems. Mansueto does this globally and cross-culturally, engaging not only the Hellenic tradition and its extension into medieval Christendom and Dar-al-Islam, but also the Indian and Chinese traditions. Specifically, Mansueto argues that far from representing the roots of nihilism or modern state terror, metaphysics emerges (and continues to be necessary) as a way to ground meaning and value in societies--especially in market societies in which these have become problematic. Metaphysics tends to restrain exploitation and to encourage the redirection of surplus toward activities that promote development of human capacities. Knowing God: The Journey of the Dialectic concludes with an outline of a new dialectical metaphysics that reconciles a Buddhist metaphysics of interdependence in the Hua-yen tradition with a historicized metaphysics of Esse, yielding results that look startlingly like the dao xue, or neo-Confucianism of Song China. Mansueto shows how such a metaphysics can ground meaning and value while answering postmodern concerns to safeguard difference.

The Divine Truth

Author : Son of Man
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THE DIVINE TRUTHLo! Those who believe in the One Alone GOD and those who are the children of Israel and the followers of Jesus and the nation of Noah--WHOEVER will believe in the oneness & the aloneness of GOD and the Day of Judgment and will perform good acts according to the commandments of GOD--surely their reward is with their Lord, and there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve.BECAUSE GOD NEITHER MAKES THE SECTS NOR THE SECTARIANS. GOD IS THE LORD OF MORAL STATE AND BELONGS TO EVERYONE. "GOD guides the righteous heart, inside usSatan tries to de-track, outside us & The affairs of the world are around us." It is a DIVINE TRUTH, unveiling the secrets which remained unknown to mankind. YOU will believe it if you will read it. Please read it once at least.

The Poetic Theology of Love

Author : Thomas Hyde
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This book argues that current criticism tends to take the mythology of love either too innocently or too skeptically and therefore distorts the complex roles played by the god of love in longer narrative poems and discursive works of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

God s Autopsy and the Living Truth of Soul

Author : Hal Childs
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The Grand Narrative of Christianity that the Bible created is dead, and the Bible is silent. Does the Bible have anything relevant to say to our modern circumstances? We ask, where did God come from? What happened to God? God’s Autopsy reinterprets soul and God as historical-psychological phenomena related to the cultural structure of consciousness, the invisible shared context of thought, which has changed dramatically over the past three millennia. This book offers a new way to understand the trajectory of Western civilization by making the implicit foundation of Western consciousness—soul—visible and conscious. Our modern Western consciousness is radically different from that of antiquity when the Bible emerged. Jung’s psychological-philosophical insight that whenever we speak about the psyche it is the psyche speaking about itself, leads to the realization that today consciousness has come home to itself. Beginning with preliterate polytheism, the emergence of the transcendent god Yahweh and Christ, which led directly to the Enlightenment, objective soul continues to unfold itself. How did late modernity become a topsy-turvy, quantum, virtual, digital, impersonal, and abstract world that appears to be running away from us? The answer is unexpectedly and shockingly in the Bible itself.

The Evolution of War

Author : Maurice R. Davie
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Thorough, highly informative and exhaustive study presents an exceptional collection of cases examining such topics as warfare as the business of one sex, religion as a cause of war, and war for the sake of glory. Cannibalism, human sacrifice, blood-revenge, and other factors in warfare among primitive peoples are also expertly examined.