By George Elgin
Dr. Elgin has been a life-long learner and instructor. through the years, he taught Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and faith as an accessory professor for numerous faculties. He has taught a mess of temporary periods on biblical studies, own progress, Organizational improvement and Dream Interpretation. His lifestyles objective has been to aid humans via schooling, counsel and counseling, allowing them to satisfy their project to make the area a greater place.
In this booklet, Dr. Elgin struggles to reconcile the incongruities and cognitive dissonance he has saw in Christian teachings and perform. one in every of his theological issues is “Never worship a God who's no longer not less than nearly as good and sort as you are.” He believes that the wish for the human kin is lively, loving habit, as taught and validated within the lifestyles and teachings of Jesus.
BA Waynesburg collage, Waynesburg, PA
M.Div. Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC
MS. Ed. Long Island collage (Brooklyn Center)
D Min. San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA.
Too frequently writers of spiritual essays call for a jump of religion which may face up to little, or no, serious inquiry, and I’m definite that many of us like myself are cast off by means of inspirational writing that calls for you to examine your mind on the door. simply because the unexamined existence isn't really worthy dwelling, so i feel the unexamined religion isn't worthy believing in. This publication is clean and stimulating.
Tom Costello, Publisher
By Max Harris
By Anne Murphy
Religious imaginary is a manner of conceiving and structuring the area in the conceptual and inventive traditions of the non secular. utilizing non secular imaginary as a reference, this e-book analyses temporal ideologies and expressions of historicity in South Asia within the early smooth, pre-colonial and early colonial interval.
Chapters discover the a number of understandings of time and the previous that trained the old mind's eye in several types of literary representations, together with historiographical and literary texts, hagiography, and non secular canonical literature. The ebook addresses the contributing forces and comparative implications of the formation of non secular and communitarian sensibilities as expressed throughout the mind's eye of the earlier, and indicates how those relate to one another inside and throughout traditions in South Asia. through bringing varied fabrics jointly, this booklet provides new commonalities and differences that tell a bigger realizing of ways faith and different cultural formations impinge at the proposal of temporality, and the illustration of it as heritage.
By Raymond A. Anselment
Marprelate, Milton, Marvell, and fast are the most effective prose satirists in a remarkably wealthy literary period. concentrating on those key figures, ‘Betwixt Jest and Earnest’ examines the speculation and perform of non secular prose within the 16th and 17th centuries. spotting the problems inherent in trying to rework unimaginative animadversion into potent satire, it analyses the ways that Marprelate’s tracts, Milton’s anti-prelatical satires, Marvell’s The practice session Transpros’d, and Swift’s A story of a Tub variously unravel the decorum of spiritual satire.
even if the research isn't in particular an highbrow historical past or a inflexible definition of spiritual attitudes in the direction of jest, it does assemble easy indicators of changing sensibilities within the interval. Marprelate, Milton, Marvell, and fast symbolize different spiritual tendencies, yet they percentage an analogous satiric imaginative and prescient. every one acknowledges the crucial value of demeanour, and all improve dramatic satire seriously depending on personality, an emphasis which frequently displaces the fast matters contested, yet by no means obscures the bigger matters the satirists pursue. Their preoccupations with the character of culture, their emphasis at the self, and their sensitivity to language mirror related involvements in questions of simple task and absolutism. The virtues and abuses they locate in such principal questions will not be specific to them or their time, yet their emphases are, for they wrote in an age during which delicate males may confront revolution and response with an insurance now not simply possible as soon as that period had passed.
By Al Makin
By Harold Ristau
Although the ethical and moral dimensions of NATO presence in Afghanistan has been the point of interest of dialogue by way of politicians and media alike, questions of the spiritual tradition and spirituality that underlie the complexities of either the clash and convictions of these affected have hardly ever been mentioned. The entries of this thought-provoking magazine provide a special window into this unusual and unpredictable war-torn realm from the viewpoint of a Christian military chaplain who has skilled the terrors of battle "from the foxhole." This diary represents the brutally sincere, but deeply non secular reflections and questions of a Lutheran clergyman whose objective isn't to justify, yet to list, the lifetime of religion. sign up for Padre Ristau in a trip marked by way of episodes of ask yourself and fight, social gathering and complication, and are available away . . . replaced. real tales: a few inspiring; a few scary. but none of them stay unusual to the Divine.
"At Peace with War is among the such a lot considerate, actual, frank, and sincere debts of what it ability to be a chaplain in a theatre of operations within the twenty-first century. you will discover that Captain Ristau pulls no punches and that he calls them as he sees them . . . This ebook is a must-read for these considering a occupation as an army chaplain; for these serving chaplains who're trying to find a useful technique of getting ready themselves for ministry in a theatre of operations; for these seeking to achieve a greater appreciation of Afghan tradition; or just for these drawn to studying what the army chaplain can carry to the fight."
--Brigadier common David C. Kettle CMM, CD, DD
Chaplain basic of the Canadian Forces, Retired
"Chaplain Harold Ristau's At Peace with War unearths the very human struggles of the chaplain's excessive calling in the course of uncertainty, threat, brutal stipulations, and the truth of accidents, wounds, and deaths. this can be a must-read for any army member, or their households, to assist them come to grips with the non secular demanding situations of wartime army service."
--LtCol Carl H. Krueger Jr.
President, SELC (Synod of Evangelical Lutheran church buildings) District, LCMS
U. S. army, Retired
"Christian humans and their pastors can research right here approximately how tenets of the religion are usually not simply principles on paper, yet truly jump to lifestyles whilst noticeable during the lens of worry, boredom, separation from household, and the ubiquitous chance of dying . . . if you are trying to find systematic theology or an writer claiming to be a hero, you could have come to the inaccurate position with this e-book. but when you need to meet a workaday chaplain displaying how religion and soldering can stroll jointly, i like to recommend At Peace with War very hugely indeed."
President, Lutheran Church-Canada
Rev. Dr. Harold Ristau (PhD, McGill University), Lutheran Pastor, Reformation pupil, and writer of Understanding Martin Luther's Demonological Rhetoric in His Treatise opposed to the Heavenly Prophets (1525), grew to become a chaplain of the Canadian Forces after numerous years of cross-cultural ministry within the city settings of Montréal and Toronto during which his paintings among Asian refugees and immigrants prompted a wish to serve either his nation and his Church overseas.
By Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
For greater than 30 years, Oberon and Morning Glory have traveled greatly during the all over the world magickal community—participating in gatherings, carrying out workshops, and growing rituals for teams huge and small. they've got met and made Magick with the leaders of many traditions: Celtic Shamanism, British Dianic, Italian Strega, Welsh Witchcraft, Faerie Trad, Ceremonial Magick, Ozark Druidry, the hot Reformed Order of the Golden sunrise (NROOGD), Hinduism, local American tribes, Greek and Egyptian mythology, and the futuristic Church of All Worlds.
Here, in a single easy-to-read quantity, is their number of chants, invocations, circle-castings, quarter-callings, spells, and ceremonies. it's also a ""kit"" to take advantage of to gather your personal rituals, for any season or reason:
Book I offers a easy ritual define. each one point is by means of quite a few examples that could be ""plugged in"" to customise your individual ceremony.
Book II offers a number of examples of exact ceremonies: Esbats (full Moons) and certain events; Rites of Passage; Mysteries and Initiations; spells and consecrations. those could be tailored and transformed as wanted for any dimension group—from small kin gatherings on your lounge, to large outside celebrations concerning millions of people.
Book III presents an collection of complete rituals and formality components for celebrations of the 8 nice seasonal fairs known as the Wheel of the yr. models of those were venerated for millennia in most standard cultures of the Northern Hemisphere; and at the present time are common during the world wide Pagan community."
By Paul Harvey,Edward J. Blum
The advisor opens with a thematic exploration of yankee spiritual heritage and tradition and follows with twenty topical chapters, every one of which illuminates the dominant questions and features of inquiry that experience made up our minds scholarship in the chapter's selected topic. individuals additionally define components wanting additional, extra refined examine and determine serious assets for added examine. An A to Z word list lists the most important humans, routine, teams, techniques, and ancient occasions, more advantageous via wide statistical data.
By Dianne Sylvan
When you glance within the replicate, do you notice a Goddess? For an individual who is skilled a "fat day" or wanted a physician can make them more youthful, Wiccan Dianne Sylvan speaks candidly approximately overcoming physique hatred and provides a non secular course again to Divine femininity.
Sharing her personal struggles with bad physique picture and self-acceptance, Sylvan explores how the most unlikely common of woman good looks has constructed and persevered. Emphasizing the mum, the Healer, the sweetheart, and different archetypes of one's dating with the sacred physique, the writer presents a uniquely Wiccan method of reaching a fit, new self-perception as Goddess.
"This topical advisor to reclaiming a good self-image, which builds on foundations provided in Sylvan's previous paintings and is written in a truly own and approachable kind, isn't imbued with self-help jargon and platitudes yet with the author's hard-won self-respect and perspective."―LIBRARY JOURNAL
"Marrying cultural critique with ordinary how-to, [Sylvan] urges readers to reject society's insistence that they spend numerous hours and billions of greenbacks attempting to glance skinny and younger. relatively, says Sylvan, girls should still include their our bodies for what they are―incarnations of the Goddess. mainly, this publication is practical... What distinguishes this publication greater than whatever is Sylvan's experience of humor―she's tackling a major subject, yet she'll have readers giggling from web page one."―PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
By David Smeltz