The Phoenix and the Flame

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The Phoenix and the Flame

The Phoenix and the Flame

Catalonia and the Counter Reformation

  • Author: Henry Kamen
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 9780300054163
  • Category: History
  • Page: 527
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In sixteenth-century Europe, culture and religious belief were so enmeshed that they informed and underpinned every act, however mundane, of every ordinary man or woman. But while the Reformation is acknowledged to have brought revolutionary change to Western society, the people of Catholic Europe have usually been regarded as little affected. Spain, in particular, is supposed to have escaped the winds of change entirely. Now, by considering the life of one small, but lively and distinctive, rural community - the Catalan village of Mediona - and the broader Mediterranean society of which it was part, Henry Kamen shows that, in fact, the Counter Reformation led to powerful changes in the dally life, belief and culture of the common people. Drawing exclusively on unpublished documents and on the wealth of books published during the period, the author looks at the popular culture of Catalan Spain, at the changes wrought by the Counter Reformation, at administrative reforms, the place of the community in religious belief, attempts to change popular festivities and celebrations, the far-reaching innovations in marriage and sexuality, the role of the Inquisition and of the Jesuits, the problem of witchcraft, and the impact of new ideas - introduced from abroad - on local language and the printed word. This pioneering study, the first of its kind on any Catholic society of the pre-industrial period, offers important new perspectives on the basis of the evidence for Catalonia, Spain's most vital and individual province. Kamen's Catalonia was a traditional society in which official dogma and morality played little part in everyday life, in which church marriage and the concept of Purgatory were little known, a society where control by the Inquisition was scorned, and extensive freedom of the Press survived. By contemplating popular religion and culture from the bottom rather than from the top, Henry Kamen offers new insights into an epoch normally studied and assessed only in the light of great political events, and presents a wholly original vision of culture and society in Golden Age Spain.

Fanning the Flame

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Fanning the Flame

Fanning the Flame

Probing the Issues in Acts

  • Author: Mark E. Moore
  • Publisher: College Press
  • ISBN: 9780899009148
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 396
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Keepers of the Flame

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Keepers of the Flame

Keepers of the Flame

Understanding Amnesty International

  • Author: Stephen Hopgood
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • ISBN: 080146983X
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 272
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"If one organization is synonymous with keeping hope alive, even as a faint glimmer in the darkness of a prison, it is Amnesty International. Amnesty has been the light, and that light was truth—bearing witness to suffering hidden from the eyes of the world."—from the Preface The first in-depth look at working life inside a major human rights organization, Keepers of the Flame charts the history of Amnesty International and the development of its nerve center, the International Secretariat, over forty-five years. Through interviews with staff members, archival research, and unprecedented access to Amnesty International's internal meetings, Stephen Hopgood provides an engrossing and enlightening account of day-to-day operations within the organization, larger decisions about the nature of its mission, and struggles over the implementation of that mission. An enduring feature of Amnesty's inner life, Hopgood finds, has been a recurrent struggle between the "keepers of the flame" who seek to preserve Amnesty's accumulated store of moral authority and reformers who hope to change, modernize, and use that moral authority in ways that its protectors fear may erode the organization's uniqueness. He also explores how this concept of moral authority affects the working lives of the servants of such an ideal and the ways in which it can undermine an institution's political authority over time. Hopgood argues that human-rights activism is a social practice best understood as a secular religion where internal conflict between sacred and profane—the mission and the practicalities of everyday operations—are both unavoidable and necessary. Keepers of the Flame is vital reading for anyone interested in Amnesty International, its accomplishments, agonies, obligations, fears, opportunities, and challenges—or, more broadly, in how humanitarian organizations accommodate the moral passions that energize volunteers and professional staff alike.

Turning Up the Flame

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Turning Up the Flame

Turning Up the Flame

Philip Roth's Later Novels

  • Author: Jay L. Halio,Ben Siegel
  • Publisher: University of Delaware Press
  • ISBN: 9780874139020
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 223
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"The time would appear ripe then to take a closer look at Roth's more recent or "later" fiction. That is the intent of this gathering of critical essays. This is the only essay collection devoted primarily to Roth's fiction of the last two decades. It includes fourteen essays, written by some of the leading Roth specialists in this country and abroad."--BOOK JACKET.

The Flame of Olympus

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The Flame of Olympus

The Flame of Olympus

  • Author: Kate O'Hearn
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 144244410X
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 387
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Thirteen-year-old Emily's life is transformed when Pegasus, the mythological winged horse, crashes onto the roof of her building during a New York City blackout and takes her to Olympus where she faces monsters, a corrupt governmental agency, and the quest to keep the Olympic flame burning.

The Flame

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The Flame

The Flame

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • ISBN: 1435757122
  • Category:
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The Flame

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The Flame

The Flame

  • Author: Jean Johnson
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1440643717
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 384
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Seventh in the hot series from the national bestselling author that Jayne Anne Krentz hails as ?fabulously fresh.? Eight brothers, born in four sets of twins, two years apart to the day?they fulfill the Curse of Eight Prophecy. Though no longer trapped in exile, their growing family faces new problems. Now that it?s his turn to look for a bride, Koranen, the seventh-born brother, cursed with a flame that courses beneath his flesh, must find a woman able to endure the literal heat of his passion. Then Danau the Aquamancer arrives, and as everyone knows, fire and water create steam.

Keeper of the Flame

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Keeper of the Flame

Keeper of the Flame

  • Author: Orest Stocco
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • ISBN: 1257792717
  • Category:
  • Page: 268
  • View: 2014
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KEEPER OF THE FLAME is a modern day Pilgrim's Progress. It is the story of one soul's spiritual quest that spans the centuries. Reincarnation is central to the story. From the narrator's first primordial human life on earth as Grunt, where he experiences the dawning of self-consciousness, through to his lifetime as Phaedrus, student of Pythagoras, to Samuel the Essene, when he studied the same secret teaching as Jesus Christ, to his lifetime as the infamous scoundrel of Paris, a black slave in southern Georgia, a dishonored textile baron in Genoa, Italy, to a self-exiled English aristocrat, the narrator completes his spiritual quest for his true self in his current lifetime. KEEPER OF THE FLAME opens the doors to the deepest mystery in life: What is man's relationship with God? The answer will surprise you!

Valley of the Flame

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Valley of the Flame

Valley of the Flame

  • Author: Henry Kuttner
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0575128909
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 156
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Somewhere there was a radioactive fire that could perform miracles of super-science. Somewhere there was a place where cat-people prowled, where time was altered, and incredible mysteries held their secrets of power and fortune for the daring discoverer. Deep in an unexplored jungle, Brian Raft sought the secret of the legendary Valley of the Flame . . .

Light the Flame

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Light the Flame

Light the Flame

  • Author: Andrew Harvey
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc
  • ISBN: 140194373X
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: N.A
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The act of prayer has been recognized—by sages and skeptics alike—as a powerful way to enact positive physical, spiritual, and emotional change. Prayer has the power to take us beyond the rational mind, opening our hearts and engaging our souls. It brings us peace and health. Its aim is to uplift our spirits and bring us closer to the divine. In Light the Flame, teacher and poet Andrew Harvey has gathered the 365 prayers that have most influenced his life, offering us a daily reminder of the sacred. Drawing insights from around the world, across religions, and an array of disciplines, Harvey provides inspiration from great spiritual minds like Rumi and Thomas Merton, activists like César Chávez and Mother Teresa, and philosophers like Nietzsche and Voltaire—plus he includes some of his own works. With themes that range from love and loss to unity and transformation, this luminous book will capture your imagination and nourish your soul.