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Download E-books How to Start Your Own Religion: Form a Church, Gain Followers, Become Tax-Exempt, and Sway the Minds of Millions in Five Easy Steps PDF

By Philip Athans

Yes, international domination and everlasting adoration could be yours!

"The strategy to make 1000000 money is to begin a religion."
—Attributed to L. Ron Hubbard, founding father of Scientology

Wouldn't you're keen on to manage numerous worshippers with a unmarried notice? to name forth bountiful choices of gold and silver? Wouldn't you're keen on to make your acolytes bow in awe of your greatness?

Starting a brand new faith might be enjoyable and ecocnomic. You'll chuckle besides Philip Athans (founder, chief, and sole member of the Church of Phil), as he exhibits you ways to:

• assemble the flock and hold 'em coming again for more
• manage mysterious and intricate rituals
• Interrogate (or simply ridicule) the hell out of nonbelievers
• Recruit megastar spokespeople, from Tom Cruise to Uma Thurman
If you've ever felt the necessity to sacrifice on an altar underneath a blood-red moon, or simply make Friday a holy day (three-day weekend, anyone?), this can be the one sacred creed you need.
Live lengthy and prosper.

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Download E-books Introducing World Religions: A Christian Engagement PDF

This superbly designed, full-color textbook deals a complete advent to the world's religions, together with background, ideals, worship practices, and modern expressions. Charles Farhadian, a pro instructor and well-known specialist on global religions, presents an empathetic account that either affirms Christian distinctiveness and encourages openness to varied spiritual traditions. His nuanced, ecumenical standpoint permits readers to understand either Christianity and the world's religions in new methods. The publication highlights similarities, dissimilarities, and difficult concerns for Christians and contains major decisions from sacred texts to reinforce studying. Pedagogical positive aspects comprise sidebars, charts, keywords, an in depth word list, over 2 hundred illustrations, and a couple of dozen maps. This booklet is supplemented with precious net fabrics for either scholars and professors via Baker Academic's Textbook eSources. assets contain self quizzes, dialogue questions, extra additional readings, a pattern syllabus, and a try out financial institution.

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Download E-books 40 Days and 40 Nights: Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, Oxycontin®, and Other Oddities on Trial in Pennsylvania PDF

By Matthew Chapman

In this attention-grabbing tale of evolution, faith, politics, and personalities, Matthew Chapman captures the tale in the back of the headlines within the debate over God and technological know-how in America.

Kitzmiller v. Dover Board of schooling, determined in past due 2005, pitted the educating of clever layout (sometimes referred to as "creationism in a lab coat") opposed to the instructing of evolution. Matthew Chapman, the great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin, spent numerous months overlaying the trial from starting to finish. via his in-depth encounters with the participants—creationists, preachers, lecturers, scientists on each side of the problem, legal professionals, theologians, the pass judgement on, and the 11 mom and dad who resisted the fundamentalist proponents of clever design—Chapman tells a occasionally terrifying, frequently hilarious, and mainly relocating tale of standard humans doing conflict in the USA over where of faith and technological know-how in glossy lifestyles.

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Download E-books The Encyclopedia of Apocalypticism: Volume 1: The Origins of Apocalypticism in Judaism and Christianity PDF

Hailed because the top scholarship in its box, this survey strains apocalypticism's function in Western heritage from its origins to the shut of the 3rd millennium.

Continuum congratulates Joan J. Collins on being the recipient of the 1999 selection amazing educational booklet Award

Praise for the Encyclopedia:
"...clear, wealthy, and gathers to be had yet broadly scattered insights and interpretations into one handy advantage of it truly is common excellence and its breadth, this encyclopedia is unquestionably going to be necessary for apocalyptic learn experts, and it'll be tremendous valuable for graduate scholars and complicated undergraduates, in addition to a turning out to be, if nonetheless small, classification of 'general readers' drawn to the subject through the strategy of the millennial year."
-Religious reviews evaluation, July 2000

"This most excellent selection of essays explores religiously encouraged conceptions of the tip of background ... Addressing severe points of Western apocalypticism, the authors determine and outline their issues rigorously, increase self reliant interpretations, and provide first-class aiding annotated bibliographies. This fantastic encyclopedia represents the simplest present scholarship ... it richly merits huge distribution."
- selection

"An critical source for somebody attracted to learning the foundation, improvement, and carrying on with effect of apocalyptic suggestion and writings in Judaism, Christianity and Islam."
- the United States

"This multi-volume set, a masterfully conceived paintings masking the tremendous ancient literature of apocalypticism, will ... completely pride the intense pupil ... these actually attracted to a entire exposition of apocalypticism will locate treasures during this nice work."
- Library magazine

"Edited via nice students ... this paintings is sure to dominate the sphere for many years. it's wealthy, realized, attention-grabbing and unsettling."
- Arnold Jacob Wolr, writer of Apocalyptic for the Millennium

" crucial software for the research of historical apocalyptic." -Religious stories evaluation, April 2001

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Download E-books Transcending Architecture: Contemporary Views on Sacred Space PDF

How may still we build sacred areas, the areas the place we worship? Transcending Architecture considers the mysterious, profound, and actual energy of designed environments to handle the non secular measurement of our humanity. via incorporating views from inside of and with out structure, the publication bargains a large, serious, and nuanced knowing of the lived courting among the outfitted and the numinous worlds.

Far from heading off the charged problems with subjectivity, tradition and intangibility, the ebook examines phenomenological, symbolic and designerly ways that the holy will get fastened and skilled via constructions, landscapes, and concrete kinds, and never simply in institutionally outlined spiritual or sacred areas. Acknowledging that no person voice can exhaust the subject, Transcending Architecture brings jointly a stellar staff of students and practitioners to percentage their insights: architect Juhani Pallasmaa and thinker Karsten Harries, comparative faith student Lindsay Jones and architectural theoretician Karla Britton, sacred structure researcher Thomas Barrie and theologian Kevin Seasoltz, panorama architect Rebecca Krinke and religion & shape journal editor Michael Crosbie, are one of the illustrious contributors.

The result's the main direct, transparent, and refined scholarly textual content exclusively fascinated with the transcendental size of structure on hand. This ebook therefore presents, on one hand, knowing, aid, and progress to an architectural self-discipline that typically avoids its ineffable measurement and, nonetheless, an important dose of aspect and truth to fields similar to theological aesthetics, fabric anthropology, or philosophical phenomenology that too frequently fall trapped into unproductive generalizations and over-intellectualizations.


Julio Bermudez is an affiliate professor within the tuition of structure and making plans, The Catholic collage of America.

"Transcending Architecture is a vital and well timed contribution to the learn of sacred structure and its relation to the numinous. In a time whilst faith is a part of the world’s political and sociocultural discourse it is very important revisit the problems of the relation of the sacred and humane. the importance of this quantity is in its contribution to the exam of the way the actual footprint of sacred areas brings the human in the direction of the divine throughout religion, tradition, and time." --Anat Geva, affiliate professor of structure at Texas A&M University

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Download E-books Religion in American Life: A Short History PDF

By Jon Butler

"Quite bold, tracing faith within the usa from eu colonization as much as the twenty first century.... The writing is powerful throughout."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"One can infrequently do higher than Religion in American Life.... a superb learn, particularly for the uninitiated. The initiated may additionally learn it for its felicity of narrative and the moments of illumination that positive students can inject even into tales now we have all heard prior to. learn it."--Church History

This re-creation of Religion in American Life, written through 3 of the country's most outstanding historians of faith, deals an outstanding evaluate that spans 4 centuries, illuminating the wealthy religious background important to just about each occasion in our nation's background. starting with the kingdom of non secular affairs in either the outdated and New Worlds at the eve of colonization and carrying on with via to the current, the booklet covers the entire significant American non secular teams, from Protestants, Jews, and Catholics to Muslims, Hindus, Mormons, Buddhists, and New Age believers. Revised and up to date, the ebook comprises multiplied therapy of faith throughout the nice melancholy, of the spiritual impacts at the civil rights circulation, and of utopian teams within the nineteenth century, and it now covers the position of faith throughout the 2008 presidential election, staring at how thoroughly faith has entered American politics.

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Download E-books Belonging to Heaven PDF

By Gale Sears

Descended from the Hawaiian royal line, Jonathan Napela grew to become one of many first—and such a lot influential—converts to the Church in Hawaii. a guy of intelligence, social prestige, and wealth, he used his massive place to additional the gospel in his place of birth.

He constructed a lifelong bond of brotherhood with Elder George Q. Cannon, supporting to translate the e-book of Mormon into Hawaiian and identify a meeting position for the Hawaiian saints in Laie, Oahu. but if his loved spouse, Kitty, was once bothered with leprosy, Jonathan made the defining selection of his existence. He would go away his lifetime of privilege to turn into her caretaker and spend the remainder of his existence on Molokai, the island of lepers. to people who suffered comparable heartbreak and banishment, Jonathan's self-sacrifice grew to become their lifeline.

Based on precise tale, this is often a unprecedented novel of a guy who selected love within the face of demise.

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Download E-books Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn't Give You the Right to Tell Other People What to Do PDF

A concise and lucid rationalization of what non secular freedom is and isn't.

Increasingly, conservative spiritual teams are utilizing spiritual liberty as a sword to lash out at others. during this forcefully argued security of the separation of church and nation, Robert Boston makes it transparent that the spiritual freedom assured within the First modification is someone correct, the suitable of non-public moral sense, now not a license permitting non secular agencies to discriminate opposed to and keep an eye on others. The ebook examines the debate over contraception, same-sex marriage, faith in public faculties, the intersection of religion and politics, and the "war on Christmas," between different topics.

Boston concludes with a chain of techniques for resolving clashes among non secular liberty claims and person rights.

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Download E-books The Case for the Jordan Lead Codices: The Mystery of the Sealed Books PDF

By David Elkington, Jennifer Elkington

The Case For the Jordan Lead Codices provides a chain of essays by means of eminent students underlining the case for correct research and recovery of the codices again to Jordan. For the 1st time, a really thorough research of the steel and its origins is argued through a senior analyst within the deepest sector.

David Elkington presents a short account of the invention. further to this can be a groundbreaking article through Dr Margaret Barker putting the codices of their right historic and theological context, arguing for his or her authenticity and the necessity for extra study. Her case is underscored through Prof Philip Davies, the fellow who was once renowned in breaking the embargo at the lifeless Sea Scrolls within the early Nineteen Nineties. An essay by means of Dr Keith Hearne, one of many world's preferable psychologists, explores the impact of unscrupulous running a blog at the supply of truth and context in background. He discusses the case for non secular ‘shock’ within the gentle of the consequences of the discovery.

Jennifer Elkington discusses the impression of the Thoneman affair within the context of right educational behaviour when revealing the truth that only a few contributors have had, or requested for entry to, right samples and research of the codices.

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