By George Steiner
In September, 1219, because the armies of the 5th campaign besieged the Egyptian urban of Damietta, Francis of Assisi went to Egypt to evangelise to Sultan al-Malik al-Kâmil.
Although we actually recognize little or no approximately this occasion, this has now not avoided artists and writers from the 13th century to the 20 th, unencumbered via mere evidence, from portraying Francis however as a brand new apostle preaching to the infidels, a scholastic theologian proving the reality of Christianity, a champion of the crusading excellent, a naive and quixotic wanderer, a crazed spiritual enthusiast, or a medieval Gandhi preaching peace, love, and figuring out. Al-Kâmil, nonetheless, is variously offered as an enlightened pagan monarch hungry for evangelical educating, a merciless oriental despot, or a sophisticated libertine.
Saint Francis and the Sultan takes a close examine those richly assorted creative responses to this short yet hugely symbolic assembly. Throwing into aid the altering fears and hopes that Muslim-Christian encounters have encouraged in eu artists and writers within the centuries for the reason that, it offers a uniquely extensive yet specified imaginative and prescient of the evolution of Western attitudes in the direction of Islam and the Arab international during the last 8 hundred years.
By Nikos Kazantzakis
The Francis of Assisi in those pages is a guy of fight and anguish, a guy God-possessed.”—Saturday Review
“The writing . . . is direct and vigorous.”—Commonweal
“The novel is robust, deep, and relocating. . . . a penetration into the secret and beauty of life.”—San Francisco Chronicle
The protean Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis retells the tale of the such a lot loved of saints—Francis of Assisi, who completely replaced the manner humans take into consideration following God. Drawing at the conventional tales of the saint’s lifestyles, Kazantzakis infuses the story with a fervent imaginative and prescient that's uniquely his personal, highlighting the saint’s heroic
single-mindedness within the face of maximum actual and non secular pain. He portrays the saint as an outstanding lover and encouraging chief who embraced radical poverty within the face of many hindrances and temptations whereas attaining a lifestyle marked via epic generosity.
By Darrel W. Ray
Why are the entire significant religions fed on with intercourse? What makes intercourse so vital, even if Buddhism or Islam, Christianity or Mormonism? what's the influence of faith on human sexuality? This ebook explores this and extra. It ventures into territory that hasn't ever been tested. you'll be stunned at how a lot faith has encouraged your sexuality, who you marry, the excitement you get or don't get from intercourse, and what you are able to do approximately it.
By Guy MacLean Rogers
Artemis of Ephesos used to be probably the most greatly worshiped deities of the Graeco-Roman global. Her temple, the Artemision, was once one of many seven wonders of the traditional global, and for greater than part a millennium humans flocked to Ephesos to benefit the nice mystery of the mysteries and sacrifices that have been celebrated each year on her birthday.
In this paintings man MacLean Rogers units out the facts for the party of Artemis's mysteries opposed to the history of the extraordinary city improvement of the town through the Roman Empire after which proposes a completely new concept in regards to the nice mystery that used to be printed to initiates into Artemis's mysteries. The revelation of that mystery is helping to provide an explanation for not just the good fortune of Artemis's cult and polytheism itself yet, extra strangely, the loss of life of either and the good fortune of Christianity. opposite to many anthropological and clinical theories, the historical past of polytheism, together with the get together of Artemis's mysteries, is better understood as a Darwinian story of version, pageant, and change.
A number one biblical pupil examines Paul's imaginative and prescient of neighborhood, supplying suggestions for reimagining the church in a post-Christian weather.
This fantastically designed, full-color textbook deals a accomplished advent to the world's religions, together with background, ideals, worship practices, and modern expressions. Charles Farhadian, a professional instructor and well-known specialist on global religions, offers an empathetic account that either affirms Christian distinctiveness and encourages openness to varied spiritual traditions. His nuanced, ecumenical standpoint allows readers to understand either Christianity and the world's religions in new methods. The booklet highlights similarities, dissimilarities, and hard matters for Christians and comprises major decisions from sacred texts to augment studying. Pedagogical positive factors contain sidebars, charts, key phrases, an intensive word list, over 2 hundred illustrations, and a couple of dozen maps. This publication is supplemented with important net fabrics for either scholars and professors via Baker Academic's Textbook eSources. assets comprise self quizzes, dialogue questions, extra extra readings, a pattern syllabus, and a try out financial institution.
By Paul Beirne
Su-un and His international of Symbols explores the picture which Choe Che-u (Su-un), the founding father of Donghak (Eastern studying) Korea's first indigenous faith, had of himself as a non secular chief and individual. Su-un gave his lifestyles in order that he may percentage his symbols, his scriptures and the foundational principals of his faith with everybody, despite their prestige, gender, age or schooling. His egalitarian creed challenged the foremost spiritual traditions in Korea, and Korean society as an entire, to mirror at the innate dignity of every person, and to reform their social, moral and non secular practices to accord with the truth of the Divine presence within the 'sacred safe haven' that lies inside. Exploring the 2 symbols which Su-un created and used to disseminate his faith, and the 2 books of Scripture which he composed, this ebook breaks new flooring through providing the single significant paintings in English which makes an attempt to envision the picture Su-un had of himself because the prototype of a brand new form of non secular chief in Korea, and by way of extension, East Asia.
By Christopher Hitchens
By John Allen Paulos
Are there any logical purposes to think in God? The mathematician and bestselling writer John Allen Paulos thinks now not. In Irreligion he offers the case for his personal worldview, organizing his booklet into twelve chapters that refute the twelve arguments most of the time recommend for believing in God's life. Interspersed between those counterarguments are comments on numerous irreligious issues, starting from the character of miracles and creationist likelihood to cognitive illusions and prudential wagers. regardless of the powerful effect of his day task, Paulos says, there isn't any unmarried mathematical formulation within the book.