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  • Ex Muslims Guide To Christianity


    Packed with compassionate wisdom, practical action steps, and easy-to-understand explanations, this guide for ex-Muslims following Jesus and Christianity is a life-changing tool.

    If you’ve left Islam for a new life in Christ, this guide will help you thrive amidst challenges, avoid common pitfalls, learn how to respond to family, and so much more. Learn to:

    *Distinguish between God’s voice and Allah’s voice (and how to follow the Holy Spirit)
    *Switch from a works-based lifestyle to joyful salvation and freedom
    *Reap amazing benefits from Christian disciplines (prayer, worship, charity, etc.)
    *Refresh & nourish yourself using Christian disciplines (prayer, worship, charity, etc.)
    *And more!

    Who is The Ex-Muslim’s Guide to Christianity for?

    Ostracized. Alone. Disoriented. You’ve left your family, community, and everything you’ve known behind. You may have found a loving church community, but no one really understands what it’s been like. It feels like there are disconnects between what you know about faith and how your fellow Christians seem to understand God. Perhaps other churchgoers speak of a closeness with the Holy Spirit that you can’t seem to connect with. You’re not alone… and the blocks between your Muslim-based thought patterns and Christian theology are very real.

    The goal of this book is to help ex-Muslim Christians navigate their faith by recognizing and correcting common misunderstandings imported from an Islamic worldview. Kenza Haddock knows the unique challenges faced by ex-Muslims and emphasizes that relating to God as our Heavenly Father is key to understanding:

    *God’s voice vs. “Allah’s voice”
    *Prayer vs. ritual
    *Our identity in Christ
    *How to stand firm in the face of persecution
    *What the afterlife looks like for a Christian

    The Ex-Muslim’s Guide to Christianity Answers Common Questions

    The Ex-Muslim’s Guide to Christianity addresses the most common questions ex-Muslims wrestle with (and may be afraid to ask) as they begin to follow Christ:

    *How is Jesus different from Mohammed?
    *How is God’s character different from Allah’s?
    *How do I walk in step with the Holy Spirit?
    *How do I deal with relatives who constantly persecute me for my Christian faith?

    There are dozens of books for evangelism and missionary work, but The Ex-Muslim’s Guide to Christianity speaks straight to ex-Muslims with experienced understanding, deep compassion, and life-saving truths.

    Practical Resources for Ex-Muslims F

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  • Concise Guide To Islam


    For many in the English-speaking world, Islam remains a mysterious religion. What is Islam in the first place? Does it mean “peace,” or does it mean “submission”? Can it mean both? What is jihad? Sharia? Hadith? Who is Allah? What is a caliph, caliphate, or infidel?

    In this compact volume, an expert in the study of Islam provides explanations for more than one hundred important Islamic concepts and terms, which are divided into major sections: texts, history, faith and belief, practice and religious duties, jurisprudence, and movements. Ayman Ibrahim first introduces the section, then defines each concept or term briefly. Readers can read a chapter at a time or flip through the book to find concepts or terms as needed. Each term is described based on original Muslim sources, mainly written in Arabic, as well as ample scholarly studies.

    This introductory guide is written for anyone with little to no knowledge of Islam. It complements the author’s A Concise Guide to the Quran and A Concise Guide to the Life of Muhammad. Together, these three volumes are useful as a set of resources on Islam.

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  • World Religions In Seven Sentences


    Understanding the beliefs and practices of other faiths is essential not just to the task of interreligious dialogue, but also to grasping one’s own faith.

    In this brief volume in IVP Academic’s Introductions in Seven Sentences, philosopher Douglas Groothuis creatively uses a single sentence representing each of several world religions as a way to open readers to their depth and complexity, including:

    *Atheism: “God Is Dead.”
    *Judaism: “I Am Who I Am.”
    *Hinduism: “You Are That.”
    *Buddhism: “Life Is Suffering.”
    *Daoism: “The Dao That Can Be Spoken Is Not the Eternal Dao.”
    *Christianity: “Before Abraham Was, I Am.”
    *Islam: “There Is One God, and Mohammad Is His Prophet.”

    With a sympathetic but not uncritical approach, Groothuis welcomes readers to a vital and global conversation.

    The accessible primers in the Introductions in Seven Sentences collection act as brief introductions to an academic field, with simple organization: seven key sentences that give readers a birds-eye view of an entire discipline.

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  • Handbook Of Religion


    This comprehensive handbook provides a Christian perspective on religion and its many manifestations around the world. Written by top religion scholars from a broad spectrum of Christianity, it introduces world religions, indigenous religious traditions, and new religious movements. Articles explore the relationship of other religions to Christianity, providing historical perspective on past encounters and highlighting current issues. The book also contains articles by adherents of non-Christian religions, offering readers an insider’s perspective on various religions and their encounters with Christianity. Maps, timelines, and sidebars are included.

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  • Concise Guide To The Life Of Muhammad


    An expert in the study of Islam answers thirty important questions about Muhammad, offering a clear and concise guide to his life and religious significance. This companion volume to the author’s A Concise Guide to the Quran answers many of the key questions non-Muslims have about Muhammad, reveals the importance of Muhammad for Christian-Muslim and Jewish-Muslim interfaith relations, and examines Muslim and non-Muslim primary sources. This introductory guide is written for anyone with little to no knowledge of Islam who wants to learn about Muslims, their beliefs, and their prophet.

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  • Concise Guide To The Life Of Muhammad


    An expert in the study of Islam answers thirty important questions about Muhammad, offering a clear and concise guide to his life and religious significance. This companion volume to the author’s A Concise Guide to the Quran answers many of the key questions non-Muslims have about Muhammad, reveals the importance of Muhammad for Christian-Muslim and Jewish-Muslim interfaith relations, and examines Muslim and non-Muslim primary sources. This introductory guide is written for anyone with little to no knowledge of Islam who wants to learn about Muslims, their beliefs, and their prophet.

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  • Nelsons Illustrated Guide To Religions


    Understand the Religions of the World from Christian Perspective and Be Equipped to Engage their Adherents

    Christians live their faith more than ever in a pluralistic religious context. How should a Christian respond to the complex spiritual alternatives available today? Are all religions the same? Does the New Age fulfill the second coming of Jesus? Is Sun Myung Moon sinless? Is Islam a religion of peace? Is Mormonism true? Is Scientology a religion? How does the Dalai Lama view Jesus? Do witches worship Satan? Is the pope infallible? These and other crucial issues are examined in Nelson’s Illustrated Guide to Religions.

    Nelson’s Illustrated Guide to Religions covers more than 200 religions, sects, and cults, most of them ones the reader might encounter on any given day. Key features include:
    *Historical information on each major religion with detailed timelines

    *Profiles of each group’s primary leaders

    *An inventory of key principles and beliefs of each religion

    *An analysis and critique of religions from a Christian perspective

    *Opinion and commentary on the controversial issues related to specific religious groups

    *Recommended resources- bibliographic information and extensive Internet sources for further study

    *New groups explored-including The Lord Is Our Righteousness Church and the Sold-Out Discipling Movement

    *Ten Tests for Truth in Religions-a set of multifaceted tests that Christians should apply when approaching the faith traditions of others-and their own faith

    This volume offers both description and evaluation of the hundreds of religions in today’s spiritual marketplace and provides basic data on the major world religions:
    *New Age

    Nelson’s Illustrated Guide to Religions also explores the major divisions within Christianity (Roman Catholicism, Orthodoxy, and Protestantism) and provides an introduction to over twenty-five Protestant denominations. The book examines famous sectarian movements including: the Branch Davidian, Christian Scientist, Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon, and Unification Church movements. The occult worlds of Witchcraft and Satanism are analyzed as well.

    In addition to basic information, the reader has access to critical analysis of the controversies that arise in the debates about various religious groups and leaders. The author addresses the new evangelical-Mormon dialogue, the Emergent Church controversy, Local

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  • Do Muslims And Christians Worship The Same God


    Are Islam and Christianity essentially the same? Is the way to overcome divisions in our world to accept that Muslims and Christians are all part of one family of Abrahamic faiths? In Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?, Dr Andy Bannister shares how his journey from the multicultural streets of inner-city London to being a Christian with a PhD in Qur’anic Studies led him to discover along the way that far from being the same, Islam and Christianity are profoundly and utterly different. Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God? gets to the heart of what the world’s two largest religions say about life’s biggest questions?and shows the uniqueness of Christianity’s answer not merely to the question of whether God exists, but of who God really is.

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  • Religious Other : A Biblical Understanding Of Islam, The Qur’an And Muhamma


    A Langham Global Library Title

    We live at a time when religious diversity has become a fact of life in our globalized societies. Yet Christian engagement with Muslims remains complex, complicated by fear, misunderstanding and a history fraught with political and cultural tensions. These essays, drawn from the 2018 and 2019 Middle East Consultations hosted by the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary’s Institute of Middle East Studies, engage the need for a carefully developed theological understanding of Islam, its origins and its sacred text. Weaving together the work of christian scholars of Islam, the Bible, theology and missiology, along with the insights of ministry practitioners, this book combines scholarly exploration with pertinent ministry practice, offering a rich framework for the church to continue its conversation about its engagement with Muslim communities and its proclamation of Christ worldwide.

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  • Universe Next Door


    For more than forty years, The Universe Next Door has set the standard for a clear, readable introduction to worldviews. Using his widely influential model of eight basic worldview questions, James Sire examines prominent worldviews that have shaped the Western world:

    *Eastern monism
    *New Age philosophy

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  • Encountering World Religions


    The diversity of the world’s religions has come to the West, but believers are often ill-equipped for any kind of serious engagement with non-Christians. In Encountering World Religions, professor and author Irving Hexham introduces all the world’s major religious traditions in a brief and understandable way.

    Hexham outlines key beliefs and practices in each religion, while also providing guidance on how to think critically about them from the standpoint of Christian theology. African, yogic, and Abrahamic traditions are all covered. Accessible and clear, Encountering World Religions will provide formal and lay students alike with a useful Christian introduction to the major faiths of our world.

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  • World Christianity : A Historical And Theological Introduction


    Christianity is vibrant and growing in the non-western “majority” world and Christianity is changing as a result. Pachuau surveys the current trending approaches to recognizing and investigating “world Christianity” and explores the salient features of the demographic changes that mark a measurable shift in the center of gravity from the northwest part of the globe to the southern continents. This shift is not just geographical. World Christianity is ultimately about the changing and diversifying character of Christianity and a renewed recognition of the dynamic universality of Christian faith itself: Christianity is a shared religion in that people of different cultures and societies make it their own while being transformed by it. Christanity is translatable and adaptable to all cultures while challenging each with its transformative power. Pachuau also charts the theological reestablishment of the missionary enterprise founded on understandings of God’s mission in the world (mission Dei), a mission of cross-cultural gospel diffusion for missionary advocates in the majority world but one of near neighbor missional engagement for the contagious Charismatic Christianity of the majority world. This book is both a descriptive study and a thoughtful analysis of world Christianity’s demographics, life, representation, and thought. The book an also gives an account of the historical emergence of World Christianity and its theological characteristics using a methodology that stresses the productive tension between the universal and particular in understanding a fundamentally adaptable Christian faith.

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  • Catholicism And Buddhism


    The recent tide of books comparing Christianity and Buddhism has centered mostly on similarities. The Dalai Lama, for example, provided his opinions on Christianity in a popular book, The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus (1996). Other writers have equally sought to describe these two traditions as “”two paths to the same place.”” Finding these approaches overly simplified, Anthony Clark confronts the distinctions between Buddhism and Catholic Christianity, acknowledging areas of confluence, but also discerning areas of abiding difference. Clark provides here a Catholic view of Buddhism that avoids obfuscations, seeking clarity for the sake of more productive dialogue.

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  • Catholicism And Buddhism


    The recent tide of books comparing Christianity and Buddhism has centered mostly on similarities. The Dalai Lama, for example, provided his opinions on Christianity in a popular book, The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus (1996). Other writers have equally sought to describe these two traditions as “”two paths to the same place.”” Finding these approaches overly simplified, Anthony Clark confronts the distinctions between Buddhism and Catholic Christianity, acknowledging areas of confluence, but also discerning areas of abiding difference. Clark provides here a Catholic view of Buddhism that avoids obfuscations, seeking clarity for the sake of more productive dialogue.

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  • False Prophets Among Us


    Compelling evaluation of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), which teaches that God is doing a “new thing” in these last days just prior to the Kingdom of God being established: critiques of NAR leaders’ books, essays written over 15 years, how to recover from involvement, and evidence for pagan and demonic influences.

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  • Systems Of Evil


    How can a Christian off er a unique, attractive path for
    understanding and defeating evil among the world religions?

    “It is my conviction that for Christians to eff ectively communicate with non-Christians regarding the supremacy of God over evil and suff ering, they must be well informed about the relationship between Christian theodicy and the explanations for evil and suff ering found in other belief systems.”

    In Systems of Evil, Dr. Odell-Hein provides an unbiased examination of how each of the major religions in the world deals with the problem of evil. Th e study fi rst looks at the concept of evil in Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Christianity. Next it develops a framework for comparing the systems to each other based strictly on unbiased data and native sources.

    Finally, the Christian system of evil is examined to discover the key ministry points for explaining that it is a suffi cient explanation for the problem of evil while being uniquely attractive to prospective adherents.

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  • Muslims Christians And Jesus (Revised)


    Provides new insights into the top questions people have about Muslims and Islam in this completely updated guide to understanding today’s Muslim. With practical tips and fascinating stories, he shares culturally sensitive ways for Christians to get to know Muslims and shows how common ground is the best foundation for turning hearts to Jesus.

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  • Introduction To Christian Worldview


    This comprehensive textbook on Christian worldview and worldview analysis is the perfect starting point for students and inquiring laypeople. Well rounded in its coverage, it brings incisive clarity and informed arguments to a foundational subject in Christian education.

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  • What Do The Amish Believe


    This is an informative resource for those who wish to know more about the plain people and a helpful book for Anabaptists who wish to better understand what they themselves are being taught and believe.

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  • Upper Room Dictionary Of Christian Spiritual Formation


    This reference book, compiled with the help of more than 50 scholars from many denominations, provides a basic guide to Christian spiritual formation through more than 470 entries. It covers such subjects as great spiritual teachers of the past and present, important topics in Christian spirituality, and ways to pray and lead groups in prayer and spiritual growth. Containing enough information to get you started but not so many details as to overwhelm, the entries in this dictionary answer such questions as: What is spiritual formation? What is grace? How does it help me grow? What is centering prayer? How do I do it? Who is Hildegard of Bingen? What did she write? How can I grow in forgiveness? What are Fowler’s stages of faith? What are other ways of talking about stages of spiritual growth? This dictionary also includes a chart that compares various Christian spiritual traditions, plus a list of significant spiritual classics by title and author.

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  • World Crusade Human Destiny


    This book explains the world events between the Christians and the Muslims which has brought humanity into the tenth crusade. Those who don’t know history are condemned to repeat it. My book explains what is taking place in the world right now in our life time and why. Have these world events been planned by God? Most likely yes and all of us are on a path of no return. My book also explains how humanity can change its future for harmony, growth, and prosperity for all. The second half of my book explains many possibilities that mankind can achieve through cooperation which is the key for the longevity of humanity.

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  • Quran In Context


    Mark Anderson explores the world of Mohammad as the context in which the Qur’an arose. After carefully exploring key facets of the Qur’anic worldview, he offers a nuanced understanding of how Jesus fits within it. His careful Christian response opens up a mutually respectful and informed place of dialogue between Christians and Muslims.

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  • Near Christianity : How Journeys Along Jewish Christian Borders Saved My Fa


    This is book is an exploration of Christianity alongside Jewish guides who are well-studied in and sympathetic to Christianity, but only ever “near Christianity.” Not only did the borders created by Jews and Judaism help to define early Christianity, even today dialogue with Jewish teachers continues to reveal the very heart of Christian identity. Using his journey within historical Jesus research and New Testament studies, Anthony Le Donne illustrates the value in continued Jewish guidance for the Christian life. With the help of Jewish friends and mentors, he has embraced a deeper and more complex Christian faith and gained a better vision of the beauty and genius of Christianity, but also of its warts and failings.

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  • No God But One Allah Or Jesus


    On account of the superficial points of agreement between Islam and Christianity, many don’t see how tremendously deep the divides between them really are, and fewer still have considered the evidence for each faith. How is Jihad different from the Crusades? Can we know the life of Jesus as well as the life of Muhammad? What reason is there to believe in one faith over the other, and what difference can the Gospel really make? In No God But One, New York Times bestselling author Nabeel Qureshi takes readers on a global, historical, yet deeply personal journey to the heart of the world’s two largest religions. He explores the claims that each faith makes upon believers’ intellects and lives, critically examining the evidence in support of their distinctive beliefs. Fleshed out with stories from the annals of both religions, No God But One unveils the fundamental, enduring conflict between Islam and Christianity-directly addressing controversial topics like Jihad, the Crusades, Sharia, the Trinity, and more. Readers of Qureshi’s first book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, will appreciate his careful and respectful comparison of Islam and Christianity. Both religions teach that there is No God But One, but who deserves to be worshiped, Allah or Jesus?

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  • Unparalleled


    How Christianity’s Unmatched Truth Answers the Deepest Longings of Every Human Heart

    To the popular objection Aren’t all religions basically the same? pastor and author Jared Wilson answers with an enthusiastic No! Christianity is not merely one among many similar options. It is categorically different–and it’s these differences that make it so compelling. In Unparalleled, Wilson holds up the teachings of the Bible to the clear light of day, revealing how Christianity rises above every other religion and philosophy of the world, and how its unmatched truth answers the deepest longings of every human heart. He provides an overview of Christianity’s key claims showing how, from top to bottom, it is distinct from all other competing ideologies, religious and secular. Christians will come away with a fresh sense of the truth of their faith and nonbelievers will be compelled to consider the relevant claims of Christianity in a drastically new light.

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  • Textual History Of Christian Muslim Relations


    The question of Christian-Muslim relations is one of enduring importance in the twenty-first century. While there exists a broad range of helpful overviews on the question, these introductory texts often fail to provide readers with the depth that a thorough treatment of the primary sources and their authors would provide.

    In this important new project, Charles Tieszen provides a collection of primary theological sources devoted to the formational period of Christian-Muslim relations. It provides brief introductions to authors and their texts along with representative selections in English translation. The collection is arranged according to the key theological themes that emerge as Christians and Muslims encounter one another in the seventh to fifteenth centuries.

    The result is a resource that offers students a far better grasp of the texts early Christians and Muslims wrote about each other and a better understanding of the important theological themes that are pertinent to Christian-Muslim dialogue today.

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  • Cross And The Cow Belt Of India


    The “Cow Belt” of India, so called because the majority of the people living in this region consider the cow to be sacred, stretches across the central plains of India. This land, the birthplace of Hinduism, is one rich in history but long ruled by superstition, false idols, the caste system, and the pursuit of nirvana. Through the arrivals of St. Thomas at the coast of Kerala in A.D. 52, Vasco da Gama on the west coast of India in 1498, and William Carey, the father of the modern missionary movement, in Bengal in 1793, God opened the door for Christianity to enter into the country, but yet even today, many in India’s heartland still worship a myriad of other gods and goddesses. Given Christianity’s past inroads, why has it not been able to successfully penetrate this region? And now that the Indian government has closed the country to foreign missionaries, how can native Christians fulfill Christ’s commission to preach the gospel to all people-including those in the Cow Belt? In “The Cross and the Cow Belt of India,” author Paul Pathickal, who lived in the region for fifteen years, seeks to answer these questions by surveying India’s unique history, religious system, and cultural distinctions-factors that make the Cow Belt one of the most challenging but ripe mission fields in the world today. In particular, he explores:
    * The origins of orthodox Hinduism
    * The Hindu scriptures
    * The many gods in Hindu worship
    * The doctrine of karma and rebirth
    * The caste system and politics in India

    The people of the Cow Belt can be reached for Christ, and in this book you will discover proven and practical strategies for how this can be accomplished. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in Indian missions!

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  • Sense Of The Heart


    Whether like Paul’s experience on the road to Damascus or Wesley’s “strangely warmed heart,” the desire to meet or be met by God is as old as humanity. But America has been the fertile seed bed for what William James famously called “varieties of religious experience.” These experiences cover a wide spectrum from classic mysticism to revivalist conversion to a contemporary pursuit of spirituality. A Sense of the Heart traces the nature of religious experience from the colonial era to the present, defining its nature while describing common and distinct approaches in the work of various writers and practitioners. A Sense of the Heart offers a historical review of representative types of religious experience, the nature of such experiences and its impact on the American religious and cultural context as evident in awakenings, controversies, denominations, and new religious communities.

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  • Comprehending Christian Zionism


    1. Christian Zionism In Contemporary Perspective-Goran Gunner
    2. Saying ‘Peace’ When There Is No Peace-Elizabeth Phillips
    3. “A Fool For Christ”-Aron Engberg
    4. Broadcasting Jesus’ Return-Matt Westbrook
    5. Walking In The Mantle Of Esther: “Political” Action As “Religious” Practice-Sean Durbin
    6. Christian Zionism At Jerusalem Church In Copan Ruinas, Honduras, An “Out-of-the-Way” Place-William Girard
    7. Christian Zionist Pilgrimage In The Twenty-First Century-Curtis Hutt
    8. Living In The Hour Of Restoration-Faydra L. Shapiro
    9. Christian Zionism And Main Line Western Christian Churches-Rosemary Radford Ruether
    10. Palestinian Christian Reflections On Christian Zionism-Mitri Raheb
    11. From The Institutum Judaicum To The International Christian Embassy-Yaakov Ariel
    12. Mischief Making In Palestine-Mae Elise Cannon
    13. Israelis, Israelites, And God’s Hand In History-Timo R. Stewart
    14. The Rise Of Hitler, Zion, And The Tribulation-Gershon Greenberg
    15. Inverting The Eagle To Embrace The Star Of David-George Faithful
    16. Conclusion-Robert O. Smith

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    The issue of Christian Zionism is one that is fiercely debated within theology, the church, politics, and society. Comprehending Christian Zionism brings together an international consortium of scholars and researchers to reflect on the network of issues and topics surrounding this critical subject. The volume provides a lens on the history of Zionism within Christian theology and offers a constructive, multidimensional path for assessment and introspection around the meaning of Zionism to Christian faith and practice.

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  • What Christians Can Learn From Other Religions


    Examining other religions provides Christians the opportunity to more deeply understand their own beliefs. Learning about other religions is not the same as learning from other religions, which can have great value to Christians who wish to strengthen their faith. In this book’s ten easy-to-read chapters, Wogaman shows readers what Christians can learn from different religions, such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and even from atheism. From these religions Christians can achieve insight into love, sin, ritual, the importance of myth to convey truth, the foundational roots of Christianity, the dark side of Christian history, and many other important ways to see and interpret the world and to understand God. The book concludes with a chapter on what other religions can learn from Christianity. Perfect for church study groups, each chapter ends with questions for discussion.

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  • Ox Herder And The Good Shepherd


    A thoughtful, fascinating take on spiritual truth

    In the twelfth century, the Chinese Zen master Kakuan Shien produced the pictures, poems, and commentaries we know as the Ten Ox-Herding Pictures. They were taken to Japan and became the standard version of these icons, tracing a universally recognizable path of contemplative spirituality.

    Addison Hodges Hart argues that there is a similar spiritual vision between the Ten Ox-Herding Pictures and the teachings of Christ. Authentic spiritual life must begin with an inner transformation of one’s self, leading to an outward life that is natural and loving. In The Ox-Herder and the Good Shepherd Hart shares the fruit of his years of reflection on the simple, beautiful, humble, humorous, and joyful Ten Ox-Herding Pictures, presenting as they do a perennial parable through art.

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  • Age Of The Sages


    Introduction: What Was The Axial Age?

    Part One-West Asia
    The Noble Ones * The World Of Zoroaster * Zoroaster’s Legacy

    Part Two-South Asia Preaxial India * The Start Of The Indian Axial Age * Death And Rebirth * The Quest For Liberation * The Vedantic Solution * The One And The Many * The Life Of Siddhartha Gautama * “I Am Awake” * Why We Suffer * The Noble Path * From Buddha To Buddhism * Jainism

    Part Three-East Asia East Asia Before The Axial Age * The World Of Confucius * The Foundations Of Confucianism * The Cultivation Of Virtue * Early Confucianism And The Rise Of Daoism * The Daodejing * Daoist Politics And Mysticism

    Conclusion: Reflections On The Axial Age Glossary/Index

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    By setting traditions and thinkers such as Zoroaster, Gautama Buddha, Confucius, Pythagoras, and others side by side, we are able to see more clearly the questions with which they struggled, their similarities and differences, and how their ideas have influenced religious thought down to our day.

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  • Jews Christians And Muslims In Encounter


    This book addresses the state of play in Jewish-Christian relations as well as reflections on the more recent encounter with Islam. It brings together a number of inter-related themes in the writings of Ed Kessler, starting in 1998.

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  • Love Sex And Marriage


    In all three Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, marriage is part of God’s plan for humanity, as illustrated in the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament, and the Koran as well as the religious literature of these three traditions. It is viewed as a sacred bond as well as a means to personal fulfilment. It is more than a legal contract, rather an institution with cosmic significance, legitimized through divine authority. In Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the purpose of marriage is to build a home, create a family and thereby perpetuate society. Yet, despite the similarity of perception in the great monotheistic faiths, there are important differences. In this book three scholars outline sex law, betrothal and marriage, family life and the understanding of divorce in these traditions and discuss the differences between them in a student-friendly and accessible way.

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  • Is Mormonism Christian


    A familiar sight in America today is seeing two young men wearing ties, white shirts with name tags, and black pants pedaling their bicycles through towns and neighborhoods. Most recognize the uniform of young Mormon missionaries on their two-year mission seeking to promote and convert anyone willing to listen to their story. What is becoming increasingly familiar is the rise of entertainment and political figures also identifying themselves as practicing Mormons.

    What is difficult for many Americans is deciding whether the gospel the LDS Church has promoted over the past two centuries is the same gospel proclaimed by traditional Christian churches over the past two millennia. Are they sincere Christians, a non-Christian cult, or something else altogether?

    This book seeks to provide an understanding of the history and basic beliefs of traditional Christianity and compare them to the history and beliefs of Mormonism.

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  • Comparative Religious Ethics


    1. Ethics And Spirituality In Religion
    2. Religions On Food, Fasting, And Feasting
    3. Religions On Making Work Human
    4. Religions On Body Covering, Appearance, And Identity
    5. Religions On Sexuality And Marriage
    6. Religions On Making And Keeping Families
    7. Religions On Anger And Violence
    8. Religions On Charity And Beggars

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    The study of comparative religious ethics is at a critical juncture, given the growing awareness of non-Christian ethical beliefs and practices and their bearing on social change. Christine Gudorf is at the forefront of rendering comparative-and competing-religious beliefs meaningful for students, especially in the area of ethics.

    Unlike other texts, Gudorf’s work focuses on common, everyday issues-including food and diet, work, sex and marriage, proper dress, anger and violence, charity, family, and infirmity and the elderly-while drawing out ethical implications of each and demonstrating how different religious traditions prescribe rules for action. An introductory chapter reviews standard ethical theory and core elements of comparative religious analysis. Each chapter opens with a riveting real-life case and shows how religious ethics can shed light on how to handle the larger issues, without determining for the reader what a proper ethical response might be.

    Helpful pedagogy, including summaries, questions, and list of readings, along with special chapter features, charts and photographs and a glossary, combine to make this new text most suitable for the wide array of courses in comparative religious ethics.

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  • Understanding World Religions In 15 Minutes A Day


    User-Friendly Beginner’s Guide to World Religions

    The world is becoming more integrated. What once seemed like the religions of exotic faraway lands are now practiced by families next door. These short, easily digestible readings give an overview of the beliefs, histories, and practices of dozens of religions, including Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, and many more. Garry Morgan blends the knowledge of a college professor with real-world experience and an accessible style. Broken into forty brief chapters, this book can be used as a reference for those who need quick and clear answers or read straight through by curious readers.

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  • Neighboring Faiths : A Christian Introduction To World Religions


    List Of Figures, Maps And Tables
    Preface To The Second Edition
    Acknowledgments In The First Edition
    Introduction To The First Edition
    1. Religion: Study And Practice
    2. Judaism
    3. Islam: Basics And Issues
    4. Islam: Understanding 9/11 And Radical Islam
    5. Baha’i
    6. Zoroastrianism
    7. Traditional Religions: Introduction And African Religion
    8. Native American Religion
    9. Hinduism
    10. Buddhism
    11. Jainism
    12. Sikhism
    13. Chinese Popular Religion
    14. Shinto And Japanese Religions

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    For all who want to understand the religious faiths of their neighbors and coworkers, Winfried Corduan offers an introduction to the religions of the world. His survey covers major and minor religions including Judaism, Islam, Zoroastrianism, African traditional religions, Native American religion, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Baha’i, Chinese popular religion, and Shinto and Japanese religions. Neighboring Faiths emphasizes not just formal religious teachings but also how each religion is practiced in daily life. Dozens of photographs, charts and maps help illustrate how the faiths are lived out in contemporary culture. Moving beyond mere description, Corduan offers specific suggestions for how Christians can avoid giving unnecessary offense to followers of these faiths while engaging them in constructive dialogue. This edition has been thoroughly revised and expanded, with a new chapter on Islam after 9/11 and additional material throughout.

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  • Gospel For Muslims


    Steve Bell has distilled three decades of experience in cross-cultural communication of the Gospel to ordinary Muslim people.

    Gospel For Muslims asserts that all theology – including Western theology – is influenced by the culture of those who write it. Help is therefore needed to move beyond the western understanding of the Bible in order to tell Muslims the good news about Jesus in more accessible ways and enable them to believe and follow him in culturally appropriate ways – even if it means doing so from outside institutionalized Christianity.

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  • Talking With Mormons


    For over a decade Fuller Seminary president Richard Mouw has participated in Mormon-evangelical dialogue with a view to developing a better understanding between the two groups. His participation in these discussions has drawn severe criticism and even anger from people who believe such talks are pointless or even dangerous.

    This brief, highly accessible book is his answer. Advocating humility, patience, and a willingness to admit our own shortcomings, Mouw shows why it is necessary to move beyond stark denunciation to a dialogue that allows both parties to express differences and explore common ground. Without papering over significantly divergent perspectives on important issues like the role of prophecy, the nature of God, and the creeds, Mouw points to areas in which Mormon-evangelical dialogue evidences hope for the future. In so doing, he not only informs readers but also models respectful evangelical debate.

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  • Art Of Tentmaking


    In The Art of Tentmaking an illustrious line up of international contributors from Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist and Lutheran traditions, share their insights on essential aspects of liturgy and liturgical renewal including: Paul Bradshaw on the history of Christian worship Rosalind Brown on participation and the priesthood of all believers Stephen Cottrell on sacramental spirituality Steven Croft on simplicity in the liturgy Carol Doran on the renewal of church music Martyn Percy on openness and inclusivity and many more. This book will appeal to all who practice presidency in Christian worship, and have responsibilities for shaping Christian assembly: architects, artists, musicians, as well as clergy and all with focal roles.

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  • All You Want To Know But Didnt Think You Could Ask


    Everything teens and young adults need to know about world religions and philosophies in one convenient book! As our global world becomes smaller, we encounter more religions and popular beliefs than we ever have before. This book from a high school religion teacher and a professor of religion clarifies the founding, history, practices, and beliefs of forty groups. Each chapter puts the group in context and explains how the religion is similar to or different from Christianity. No other book covers such a wide range of topics from Islam, Shamanism, and Mormonism, to atheism, vampirism, and astrology.

    Features include:
    Charts and tables for easy comparison of different religious beliefs and practices
    Coverage of world religions, new religions, and religions in popular culture
    Overviews of the founding, history, and typical followers of each religion

    Written for classroom or individual study

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  • In Allah They Trust


    If the thought of covering America’s beloved Statue of Liberty in a Burka bothers you, then this book is for you. Sound ridiculous? Who would dream of desecrating America’s eminent symbol of freedom? Islamic fundamentalists. In fact, recently a prominent Muslim activist was quoted saying that it is their goal is to someday see the Islamic flag flown over the White House. These alarming facts and many more are chronicles in this new book by former Muslim from Iran, Kamran Karimi.

    Until now, for Christians in America there have been more questions that answers and more silence than sincere action. Today’s climate of political correctness and fear of offending others has prevented the truth from being shared. So, the question becomes – what role are Christians and the Church to play in stemming the tide of Islam in America?

    Now, through this groundbreaking new book, you will be informed and armed with knowledge about the surprising-but-true Islamic agenda that seeks to systematically infiltrate every facet of American culture including the banking and financial markets, education, politics, religion, the court system and virtually every area of life as we know it. It is time to awaken to the truth that America is under attack, and it reaches far beyond the World Trade Center attacks and the war in the Mideast. The real battle is waging within our borders right now and the outcome will affect this generation and the generations of Americans to come.

    With wisdom and clarity, Kamran Karimi insightfully defines the problem, thoughtfully offers biblically sound solutions to the advancement of Islam, and puts forth a call to action. He gives encouraging answers while promoting a love and compassion for Muslims worldwide. He demonstrates that Muslims are held captive by the Spirit of Islam and need the genuine love of God to liberate them from the chains of tyranny. It is vital that we understand that we are not wrestling with Muslims, but we are wrestling against a force named Islam which has come to destroy the freedom that is found in Jesus Christ. It is then that Christ-followers can effectively reach and minister to those who say In Allah We Trust

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  • Justification : Five Views


    James Beilby and Paul R. Eddy moderate this five-way discussion on the Pauline doctrine of justification. The traditional Reformed view, the progressive Reformed view, the new perspective, the deification/theosis view and the Roman Catholic view are each given a fair hearing.

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  • Comparing The Quran And The Bible


    Engagement with the Muslim world and Muslim people is inevitable for Christians. After all, Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the United States. But what does the Qur’an really say about things like Jesus, war, and non-Muslims? What does the Bible say on these matters? If Christians are to engage in informed, loving conversation with their Muslim neighbors, they need to be equipped with more than the often-specious talking points they glean from the news or email forwards.
    Comparing the Qur’an and the Bible offers readers an unprecedented collection of Scriptures and doctrines of both faiths presented side by side for easy study and comparison, covering such key issues as:
    the fall of humankind
    ransom for sin/sacrifice
    marriage and divorce

    A brief explanation of each passage in the Qur’an and the Bible is given, as well as biblical answers to Islamic teaching. The book also motivates readers to have hearts for Muslims and seek to bring them to Christ, offering “door openers” to sharing the Good News. This indispensible collection will be treasured by anyone seeking to understand and engage their Muslim neighbors.

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  • Only One Way


    This book presents three different, influential and representative theological approaches towards the world religions. Students are not only introduced to the field, but get three passionate and intelligent ‘takes’ on what is at stake. By means of a response to each of the primary essays, the authors are put into interaction with each other, and are also engaged with the most contemporary scholarship in the field of theology of religions. This sustained and high level critical interaction between the authors provides a feature that is not to be found in any other current work in theology of religions. The three views represent: conservative Roman Catholic Christianity (D’Costa), Reformed evangelical Christianity (Strange) and liberationist liberal Christianity (Knitter). This book will therefore appeal to a very wide theological market from all sections of the theological spectrum.

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  • Quran Revealed : A Christian Critique Surah By Surah Verse By Verse


    Some call the Qur’an a peace loving document. Others use it as a call to war. How can you understand it if you never read it? For the first time, Qur’an Revealed provides an English translation of the Qur’an, with its 114 surahs arranged in chronological order, and accompanied by interpretive notes from mainstream Islamic scholars, making its text understandable to any interested reader. More importantly, for the Christian reader, Greer’s explanatory essays, surah-by-surah and verse-by-verse annotations, use historical-critical research to clarify the occasional similarities and the many differences between the Qur’an and the Bible. In one volume, these questions are clearly and authoritatively answered: What does the Qur’an actually say? How do mainstream Islamic scholars interpret it? How does it line up with historical-critical analysis? How does it square with the Bible? In this day and age, where Islam has made important inroads into the West and is challenging a number of Western values and cultural norms. An annotated Qur’an should be a vital resource not only for interested Christians, but for people in general.

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  • Good And Bad Religion


    “Religion is a central aspect of culture, as is the critical evaluation of different types of religion. Since 9/11 religion and different manifestations of it have been far more in the public eye in western societies than they had been since the Enlightenment. Yet, not all forms of religion are necessarily good for those who adhere to them and for others. Some types of religion are de-humanizing and need to be resisted whilst others are profoundly humanizing and good. In “”Good and Bad Religion”” Peter Vardy, one of the leading moral educators in the UK, seeks to provide criteria to separate good and bad manifestations of religion – central to this are United Nations declarations on rights and the broad agreement, found in the Western and Eastern philosophical conditions, that there is a single human nature which all human beings share and certain types of attitudes and behaviour can be profoundly damaging.”

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  • Faith Intersections : Christians Listen To A Muslim A Scientologist A Buddh


    1. Listening To A Former Christian
    2. Listening To A Rabbi
    3. Listening To A Mormon
    4. Listening To A Secular Humanist
    5. Listening To Scientologists
    6. Listening To An Atheist/Agnostic
    7. Listening To Muslims
    8. Listening To Buddhists

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    An extrovert will make friends when in line buying coffee. A shared love of warm beverages becomes the topic at hand, and then maybe a few day-to-day pleasantries are exchanged as well. But, what if that person standing behind you asks about the sticky subjects in your life-faith, belief systems, morals, politics, or the Church? What do you say? How do you talk to someone without giving a sermon on the rights and wrongs of your own faith?

    Faith Intersections brings to light the idea of listening-rather than talking-to your friends, neighbors, and even the strangers in line about their faiths. Formatted in interview style, each chapter is a listening opportunity as a Christian leader interviews a person of another faith.

    With honest exploration, Faith Intersections provides the readers-the listeners-with a challenge to rethink how they converse with individuals of other faiths.

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  • Christianity In The 22nd Century


    Writing from years of “real-life” experience, and not just “book” experience; this book chooses to take “the path less taken,” thus giving the reader a fresh and real-life view of Christianity and the world we live in today. Instead of choosing to repeat the same basic plot of so many other theological books, the author chooses to present the three most relevant threats that seek to undermine Christianity as we enter into the 22nd Century. The past history of Christian persecution, the logic of the Christian faith through apologetics, and finally the hypocrisy of “Church-ianity” vs. “Christ-ianity” will all play pivotal factors in the future of the faith. If you are looking for a politically correct book, then this is not it; but if you are looking for a book that is applicable and relevant to a normal believer and unbeliever alike, then this book may be just for you.

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  • Between Allah And Jesus


    What would happen if Christians and a Muslim at a university talked and disagreed, but really tried to understand each other? What would they learn? That is the intriguing question Peter Kreeft seeks to answer in these imaginative conversations at Boston College. An articulate and engaging Muslim student named ‘Isa challenges the Christian students and professors he meets on issues ranging from prayer and worship to evolution and abortion, from war and politics to the nature of spiritual struggle and spiritual submission.

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  • Common Word : Muslims And Christians On Loving God And Neighbor


    In late 2007 Muslim leaders came together to issue in the pages of The New York Times an open letter to Christian leaders inviting cooperation as a step toward peace. “A Common Word between Us and You” acknowledged differences in the two faiths, but contended that “righteousness and good works” should be the only areas in which they compete. The 138 signatories included over a dozen grand muftis, an ayatollah, and a Jordanian prince, and the document was considered an enormous step toward reconciliation between Islam and Christianity – two major religions with a great deal in common. Now Miroslav Volf and Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan have brought that letter and a collaborative Christian response – “Loving God and Neighbor Together” – together into one remarkable volume. Beyond offering the original documents, A Common Word expands the discussion by including groundbreaking dialogue between Muslim and Christian scholars addressing critical and frequently asked questions about the two documents. This is a brave and encouraging step toward harmony and accord between two of the world’s major religions so often seen to be at odds.

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  • Christian Approaches To Other Faiths


    Christianity and Other Religions is divided along the same lines as the textbook(9780334041146). In the first section, readings are divided according to the sub-sections, providing at least one reading for each, with those paradigms which have been more influential, receiving most attention. Importantly a number of readings will also be given critical of the approach in question. The second section contains at least two readings per section, both adopting a different way of understanding that faith. This provides a positive and negative attitude to the faith in question, or highlights the work of two influential commentators. While the emphasis is on contemporary works, important historical readings are included. A short introduction to each text means that, like the Core Text, the work can be used as a stand alone text.

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  • Why Is There A Menorah On The Altar


    Ecumenical, liturgical Christian audience-particularly Episcopalians, Lutherans, and Roman Catholics
    Addresses important topic of Jewish/Christian reconciliation
    Excellent resource for interfaith couples and Christian formation

    A desire and demand to know more about the Jewish legacy of Christian identity is growing among laity. A similar desire to foster interfaith understanding and dialogue is growing among officials of local churches.

    This new book seeks to meet these demands by providing information and insight about Judaish’s legacy as it is revealed in Christian rites, rituals, and traditions. It will introduce Christians in sacramental churches to ways Judaism has influenced the structure of liturgical worship and rituals; how church sanctuaries are designed and decorated; and baptism, Eucharist, and confirmation.

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  • Transitional Ministry : A Time Of Opportunity


    Multi-denominational look at transitional ministry

    Professional resource for local and national judicatory leaders, local congregational leaders, clergy

    Transition is the word we use to describe the time following significant change. In congregations, that change might be the departure of the pastor, a catastrophe such as Hurrican Katrina or 9/11, or simply the changes caused by growth. Transition calls for clergy with special training to respond to the needs generated by the special time. “Task, training, and time limit” are the hallmarks of transitional ministry. Trained intentional interim clergy must have the skill and experience to lead congregations during transition.

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  • Understanding Haitian Voodoo


    Part textbook, part life-story, part theological expose, Understanding Haitian Voodoo comes from a much-respected Haitian gentleman who writes as a lawyer, judge, and evangelist who cares deeply about his people and their bondage in Voodoo. “Voodoo is not simply a myth, toward which we can remain indifferent. It is not just popular culture that we should teach and practice in schools through dances and songs. The gods of Voodoo are not simply idols or harmless gods. They are real beings, intelligent beings, they lust after worship and are full of cruelty.” With testimonies from Voodoo priests, followers, witch doctors and more, Understanding Haitian Voodoo is a deep observation of Haitian Voodoo through the eyes of Christian faith, molded in Haitian theology that is biblical, contemporary, relevant and transformational. From his identity as a Christian believer and as a Haitian, proud of his culture, traditions, language and customs, author Emmanuel Felix brings a remarkable contribution to a better understanding of the relationship of Voodoo to Haitian culture, to Christianity, to zombies, community life, religions and beliefs, identity and more. The final conclusion of this majestic work confirms all that man seeks is found in the Almighty God Jehovah, through Jesus Christ, and in Him alone, no matter a man’s race, culture and beliefs. Whether you’re planning to visit Haiti, seeking to pray more intelligently for the work of the Gospel or are simply looking to learn more about the Haitian people, this book is a must-read. Read this book prayerfully, with a Bible at your side and an eye on the realities of life in Haiti.

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  • Understanding Haitian Voodoo


    Part textbook, part life-story, part theological expose, Understanding Haitian Voodoo comes from a much-respected Haitian gentleman who writes as a lawyer, judge, and evangelist who cares deeply about his people and their bondage in Voodoo. “Voodoo is not simply a myth, toward which we can remain indifferent. It is not just popular culture that we should teach and practice in schools through dances and songs. The gods of Voodoo are not simply idols or harmless gods. They are real beings, intelligent beings, they lust after worship and are full of cruelty.” With testimonies from Voodoo priests, followers, witch doctors and more, Understanding Haitian Voodoo is a deep observation of Haitian Voodoo through the eyes of Christian faith, molded in Haitian theology that is biblical, contemporary, relevant and transformational. From his identity as a Christian believer and as a Haitian, proud of his culture, traditions, language and customs, author Emmanuel Felix brings a remarkable contribution to a better understanding of the relationship of Voodoo to Haitian culture, to Christianity, to zombies, community life, religions and beliefs, identity and more. The final conclusion of this majestic work confirms all that man seeks is found in the Almighty God Jehovah, through Jesus Christ, and in Him alone, no matter a man’s race, culture and beliefs. Whether you’re planning to visit Haiti, seeking to pray more intelligently for the work of the Gospel or are simply looking to learn more about the Haitian people, this book is a must-read. Read this book prayerfully, with a Bible at your side and an eye on the realities of life in Haiti.

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  • Out Of Darkness Into Light


    An introduction to the major themes and passages of the holy book of Islam, this book invites readers of any religion-or none-to meditate on verses of the Quran as support for spiritual practices and growth. It guides the reader through the rich tapestry of the Quran, weaving through a number of themes, including the mystery of God, surrender to the divine will, and provisions for the spiritual journey. Quranic verses are supplemented by sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, the words of Rumi and other Sufi poets, and relevant quotations and insights from Jewish and Christian sources. The book also offers practical suggestions for expanding and strengthening one’s spiritual sinews.

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  • Christian Approaches To Other Faiths


    The textbook begins with a chapter on exclusivism, inclusivism, particularity and pluralism, and one on interfaith. Each chapter explains the history, rationale and workings of the various approaches. Moreover, each is divided into sub-sections dealing with various forms of each approach, so that each may be appreciated in its individuality, i.e. the chapter on ‘Inclusivism’ will include sections on ‘fulfilment theology’ ‘anonymous Christians’, etc.The second part of this textbook deals with attitudes towards different faiths, considering the problems and relations that exist with Christian approaches to each. It will deal with the world’s major faiths as well as primal religions and new religious movements. The introduction and conclusion will deal with some central themes that run throughout, in particular, the questions of the Trinity and concepts of salvation.

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  • Handbook On Church Doctrine


    To effectively serve Christ and share our faith with others, we must understand what they believe. To understand, we must study different faiths and religions and how they reflect the teachings of the Bible. Based on years of study and evangelism work, Dr. Stafford North explores seven topics as taught by ten different churches.

    Topics include:
    The Nature of God–the Trinity, Miracles
    The Nature of Man–the Soul, the Fall and Original Sin, Predestination
    The Scriptures–Inspiration, the Old and New Testaments
    The Church
    Last Things

    Churches include:
    Roman Catholic Church
    Presbyterian Church
    Baptist Church
    Methodist Church
    Disciples of Christ
    Seventh-Day Adventists
    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons)
    Jehovah’s Witnesses
    Assemblies of God
    Church of the Nazarene

    Originally written as a study for college students, Handbook of Church Doctrines is now in its 13th printing in a revised and updated edition, including a new section on Islam.

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  • Is The Mormon My Brother


    SKU (ISBN): 9781599251202ISBN10: 1599251205James WhiteBinding: Trade PaperPublished: September 2007Publisher: Solid Ground Christian Books Print On Demand Product

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  • Rome And Canterbury



    Author’s Note


    The History

    Chapter I: The Breach In The West

    Chapter II: A New Christian Landscape

    Chapter III: Rome And Canterbury Face Modernity

    Chapter IV: The Ecumenical Movement Gets Up And Running

    Chapter V: Anglicans/Episcopalians And Roman Catholics Initiate Talks And The Anglican Centre In Rome Opens

    Chaper VI: The Anglican Roman Catholic International Comission Begins Its Work


    Chapter VII: Introduction To Authority: Early Leadership, Primacy Infallibility And The Situation Today

    Chapter VIII: Church Governance Today And ARCIC’s Agreed Statements On Authority

    The Future

    Chapter IX: What’s Next?

    Chapter X: My World And Christian Unity



    Appendix I: A Common History: Christianity’s Earliest Days

    Appendix II: Agreed ARCIC Documents: Eucharist (1971), Ordination (1973), Salvations And The Church (1986)

    Appendix III: Morals: Agreed Statement On Teaching And Practice (1994)

    Appendix IV: Mary: Grace And Hope In Christ (2005)

    Appendix V: Timeline

    Appendix VI: A History Of The Gregorian Calendar

    Appendix VII: Population By Continent (400 BC To 1600 AD)

    Appendix VIII: Resources

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    Rome and Canterbury tells the story of the determined but little known work being done to end the nearly five hundred year old divisions between the Roman Catholic and the Anglican/Episcopal Churches. The break was never intended, has never been fully accepted and is experienced, by many, as a painful and open wound. It is a personal account that begins the story by reviewing the relevant history and theology, looks at where we are today, and concludes with some reflections on faith and belief in the US.

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  • Letters To A Mormon Elder


    James R. White, a longtime defender of traditional Christianity, pens these letters to a fictional Mormon elder. As their relationship deepens the discussion about Mormon theology. In a more conversational style than other apologetics works, White writes about issues of Bible translation, the atonement, the person of Jesus Christ and the accuracy of the Book of Mormon, among other issues. Valuable for Christians and Mormons alike, Letters to a Mormon Elder is a unique look into the world of Mormon evangelism.

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  • Christianitys Family Tree Participants Book (Student/Study Guide)


    In this book, Adam Hamilton presents a welcoming, inspiring vision of eight Christian denominations and faith traditions. Comparing the Christian family to our own extended families, he contends that each denomination has a unique, valuable perspective to offer on the Christian faith.

    The traditions he examines are Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Lutheranism, Presbyterianism, Anglicanism, Baptists, Pentecostalism, and Methodism. For each group, Hamilton gives a brief history, outlines major beliefs, and describes some things we can learn from that tradition to strengthen our own Christian faith.

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  • 1st And The Last


    As Christians become more engaged with the reality of religious pluralism, many find themselves torn between two worthy goals – to be faithful to the lordship of Jesus Christ and to be open generously to possible truths found in other religions. In The First and the Last George Sumner offers a constructive way forward, showing how Christian theology can bring these two goals together. At stake in the current debate over religious pluralism is the issue not only of evangelism and mission but also of the Christian claim to the uniqueness of Jesus Christ. Sumner leads readers through the challenges and possibilities raised by this debate, and he outlines a distinctive new method for assessing from a Christian standpoint the claims and practices of neighboring faiths. The crux of Sumner’s approach is what he calls “final primacy,” a position that (1) sets non-Christian religions in relation to the unique mediating role of Jesus Christ and (2) relates the truth claims of other religions to the overall scheme of grace. Sumner goes on to demonstrate the effectiveness of this position in practical terms, using final primacy as a frame of reference for a number of twentieth-century theologies – namely, those of Barth, Rahner, and Pannenberg – and as a way of examining both Indian and African theologies against their respective backgrounds of Hinduism and tribal practices. Additionally, the book serves as an excellent introduction to the history of interfaith thought: Sumner both surveys how religious pluralism has been handled in the past and illustrates how the position of final primacy at once redefines and promotes its most pressing issue – interreligious dialogue. A provocative approach to religious pluralism sure to stir widespread discussion, The First and the Last provides valuable reading for anyone interested in theology, interfaith dialogue, and missions.

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  • Ancient Gnosticism : Traditions And Literature


    Even as public interest is attracted to this esoteric religion, scholars have debated its origins, its relationship to Judaism and Christianity, and even whether one distinctive and separate Gnostic “religion” ever existed. Birger Pearson’s expert and accessible introduction brings the reader into the debate.

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  • Soul Baptism


    Ever think it could be possible for a fundamentalist Baptist who believes in the Calvinistic doctrine of “eternal security” to be in full fellowship with a tongue-talking Pentecostal, who coming from the Arminianism camp believes a saved individual can fall away into perdition? Lucian Gandolfo thinks so, and attempts to reconcile these opposing Christian groups, not through ecumenical compromise, but through the Word of God they both hold dear! “Soul Baptism” unveils the key to unlock reconciliatory understanding between these groups. Viewed through the investigative prism of “divine triangulation,” SOUL BAPTISM shows how these doctrinal rifts between Baptists and Pentecostals can be greatly diminished, and perhaps even eliminated. SOUL BAPTISM is a refreshing and enlightening must-read for every Bible-believing Christian, student, teacher, and minister!

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  • Soul Baptism


    Ever think it could be possible for a fundamentalist Baptist who believes in the Calvinistic doctrine of “eternal security” to be in full fellowship with a tongue-talking Pentecostal, who coming from the Arminianism camp believes a saved individual can fall away into perdition? Lucian Gandolfo thinks so, and attempts to reconcile these opposing Christian groups, not through ecumenical compromise, but through the Word of God they both hold dear! “Soul Baptism” unveils the key to unlock reconciliatory understanding between these groups. Viewed through the investigative prism of “divine triangulation,” SOUL BAPTISM shows how these doctrinal rifts between Baptists and Pentecostals can be greatly diminished, and perhaps even eliminated. SOUL BAPTISM is a refreshing and enlightening must-read for every Bible-believing Christian, student, teacher, and minister!

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  • Bloomfield Avenue : A Jewish Catholic Jersey Girls Spiritual Journey


    In this memoir, Mercadante tells of her quest for religious identity, a real home, good work, and a one-faith family. Born just after World War II to a mixed-religion family, she tries Catholicism, a WASP sorority, atheism, Eastern mysticism, and vegetarianism. She works as an airline stewardess and as a journalist. She earns a doctorate and becomes a seminary professor. Her story holds key lessons for people from mixed backgrounds, those who long for the ideal family, and those who shun religion as a dead-end.

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  • Why I Am A Christian (Expanded)


    Leading Christian apologists of the day offer popular, accessible defenses of essential aspects of orthodox Christian belief.

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  • Immanent Divine : God Creation And The Human Predicament


    While traditional Christian thought and spirituality have always affirmed the divine presence in human life, Thatamanil argues we have much to learn from non-dualistic Hindu thought, especially that of the eighth-century thinker Sankara, and from the Christian panentheism of Paul Tillich. Thatamanil compares their diagnoses and prognoses of the human predicament in light of their doctrine of God or Ultimate Reality. What emerges is a new theology of God and human beings, with a richer and more radical conception of divine immanence, a reconceived divine transcendence, and a keener sense of how the dynamic and active Spirit at work in us anchors real hope and deep joy.

    Using key insights from Christian and Hindu thought Thatamanil vindicates comparative theology, expands the vocabulary about the ineffable God, and arrives at a new construal of the problems and prospects of the human condition.

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  • True Religion Acceptable By God


    In a world of multiple religions where in most cases good principles of behavior and ethics form the basis of belief, why will God not accept all religions? Have you wondered? Christians assert that Jesus is the only way to God, as proclaimed by Jesus Himself, why will many who believe in Him (Jesus) be rejected by God? These and more are some of the worrying questions this book has addressed. It is advised that for a total comprehension of the truth this book puts across, a complete reading is required. But the Christians who are curious to know why they may not be accepted by God, could skip the first four chapters and later come back for a complete understanding of what God is saying. It has become critically imperative that you make a decision to take the right way to God now, as the next second of wrong or undecided choice will put you into everlasting regret. No time is left. Make a decision now.

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  • Humanity Before God


    The reader sees “human life before God” in new and profound ways.

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  • Pocket Guide To World Religions


    Here is a concise, informative guide with answers to basic questions about the world’s varied religions. In short, incisive chapters, Winfried Corduan introduces readers to twelve of the world’s major religions, including Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Daoism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Parsi, Shinto and Sikhism.

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  • Religious Foundations Of Western Civilization


    16 Chapters

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    Religion defines the foundations of the West. Christianity, meeting at specific times and places with Judaism and Islam, from ancient times to the present day, has formed the basis for Western civilization. The confrontation between Islam and Christianity brought centuries of strife; the conflict between Judaism and Christianity precipitated an unending debate, full of recrimination. Nevertheless, the three religions defined for the West the human situation; determined the goals of the social order; influenced the arts, architecture, music, and literature; preserved philosophy, science, and technology; and engaged one another in religious, political, and cultural dialogue.
    This book introduces students to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – key concepts and historical origins; their impact on politics, society, and culture; and the effects of modernity al all three traditions. This volume will be the main textbook in courses in religion, history, Western civilization, and in core humanities programs.

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  • Partings Of The Ways


    The Parting of the Ways is James Dunn’s classic exploration of the important questions that surround the emergence of Christian distinctiveness and the pulling apart of Christianity and Judaism in the first century of our era. The book begins by surveying the way in which questions have been approached since the time of F C Baur in the nineteenth century. The author then presents the four pillars of Judaism: monotheism, election and land, Torah and Temple. He then examines various issues which arose with the emergence of Jesus: Jesus and the temple; the Stephen affair; temple and cult in earliest Christianity; Jesus, Israel and the law; ‘the end of the law’; and Jesus’ teaching on God. The theme of ‘one God, one Lord’, and the controversy between Jews and Christians over the unity of God, lead to a concluding chapter on the parting of the ways. The issues are presented with clarity and the views and findings of others are drawn together and added to his own, to make up this comprehensive volume.

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  • Whose Bible Is It


    Introduction: The Bible, The While Bible, And Nothing But The Bible?
    1: The God Who Speaks
    2: The Truth In Hebrew
    3: Moses Speaking Greek
    4: Beyond Written Torah: Talmud And Continuing Revelation
    5: The LAw And The Prophets Fulfilled
    6: Formation Of A Second Testament
    7: The Peoples Of The Book
    8: Back To The Sources
    9: The Bible Only
    10: The Canon And The Critics
    11: A Message For The While Human Race
    12: The Strange Ne World Within The Bible
    Appendix I: Alternative Canons Of The Tanakh/Old Testament
    Appendix II: New Testament
    Notes And Further Reading

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    Jaroslav Pelikan, widely regarded as one of the most distinguished historians of our day, now provides a clear and engaging account of the Bible’s journey from oral narrative to Hebrew and Greek text to today’s countless editions. Pelikan explores the evolution of the Jewish, Protestant, and Catholic versions and the development of the printing press and its effect on the Reformation, the translation into modern languages, and varying schools of critical scholarship. Whose Bible Is It? is a triumph of scholarship that is also a pleasure to read.

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  • Religions A To Z


    Religions A to Z(R) is a complete, easy-to-use handbook of the origins, basic beliefs, and defining features of the world’s religions, cults, and sects. Written with the Christian in mind, these profiles provide the reader with the fundamentals of today’s religions and how they compare to Christianity. This will help all Christians-from the new believer to the seasoned pastor-better understand the religions, cults, and sects around them.

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  • 5 Voices Five Faiths


    SKU (ISBN): 9781561012725ISBN10: 1561012726Amanda Millay-Hughes | Amy Nelson | Anantanand RambachanBinding: Trade PaperPublished: January 2005Publisher: Cowley Publications Print On Demand Product

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  • Santeria : The Beliefs And Rituals Of A Growing Religion In America


    This book by Miguel De La Torre offers a fascinating guide to the history, beliefs, rituals, and culture of Santeria – a religious tradition that, despite persecution, suppression, and its own secretive nature, has close to a million adherents in the United States alone.

    Santeria is a religion with Afro-Cuban roots, rising out of the cultural clash between the Yoruba people of West Africa and the Spanish Catholics who brought them to the Americas as slaves. As a faith of the marginalized and persecuted, it gave oppressed men and women strength and the will to survive. With the exile of thousands of Cubans in the wake of Castro’s revolution in 1959, Santeria came to the United States, where it is gradually coming to be recognized as a legitimate faith tradition.

    Apart from vague suspicions that Santeria’s rituals include animal sacrifice and notions that it is a “syncretistic” form of Catholicism, most people in America’s cultural and religious mainstream know very little about this rich faith tradition – in fact, many have never heard of it at all. De La Torre, who was reared in Santeria, sets out in this book to provide a basic understanding of its inner workings. He clearly explains the particular worldview, myths, rituals, and practices of Santeria, and he discusses what role the religion typically plays in the life of its practitioners as well as the cultural influence it continues to exert in Latin American communities today.

    In offering a balanced, informed survey of Santeria from his unique “insider-outsider” perspective, De La Torre also provides insight into how Christianity and Santeria can enter into dialogue – a dialogue that will challenge Christians to consider what this emerging faith tradition can teach them about their own. Enhanced with illustrations, tables, and a glossary, De La Torre’s Santeria sheds light on a religion all too often shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding.

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  • Prayers From The East


    Come, celebrate Eastern Christian spirituality by perusing this fine collection of individual intercessions and corporate liturgies drawn from Egyptian Coptic, Armenian, Syrian, Indian Malankara, Ethiopian, and Eritrean sources. Helps revitalize our stale and overly familiar language.

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  • Jesus In His Jewish Context (Revised)


    “Vermes’s vast knowledge of first-century Judaism ensures his works will become some of the most important in historical Jesus studies. His readable style makes them useful for both public and academic library patrons. Recommended,”—Library Journal. Careful, nuanced, and stimulating.

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  • Differences The Bible And The Koran


    Since September 11, 2001, many people have been asking, What is Islam? Is it a peaceful religion? Who was Muhammad? What is the Koran? How does the Koran differ from the Bible? What, if anything, does the Bible have to say about events like the extremist attacks on America and across the world? Differences: The Bible and the Koran was written to give readers a brief introduction to the Bible and the Koran. It is a topical compilation of passages from the two books, offering insights into the teachings of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Written in layman’s language with an easy-to-read style, Differences: The Bible and the Koran does not explore the many possible interpretations and various doctrinal theories of the two religions. No attempt has been made to interpret the Bible passages or to explain the meanings of each verse and sura. Discovery and understanding are left to the reader after comparing the texts dear to the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religions. Some of the subjects treated are adultery, booty, creation, enemies, faith, the Garden of Eden, God, heaven, hell, Jesus, Jinns, love, Moses, sin, unbelievers, vengeance, war, wives, and women.

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  • Jesus Judaism And Christian Anti Judaism


    Current scholarship in the study of ancient Christianity is now available to non-specialists through this collection of essays on anti-Judaism in the New Testament and in New Testament interpretation. While academic writing can be obscure and popular writing can be uncritical, this group of experts has striven to write as simple and clearly as possible on topics that have been hotly contested. The essays are arranged around the historical figures and canonical texts that matter most to Christian communities and whose interpretation has fed the negative characterizations of Jews and Judaism. A select annotated bibliography also gives suggestions for further reading. This book should be an excellent resource for academic courses as well as adult study groups.

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  • Fast Facts On Islam


    Get a firmer grasp on a major religious and political power—and gain insight into today’s earth-shaking headlines. In Fast Facts on Islam, John Ankerberg and John Weldon use their unique Q-and-A style to explain who Mohammed was; how the Qur’an developed; what Muslims believe about God; what relationship exists between Israel, Christianity, and Islam; and how some Muslim beliefs are related to recent terrorism.

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  • Justice Men Owe Women


    This new Sacred Energies volume shows how the world’s major religious traditions, though largely patriarchal, can also serve as a profound resource for redressing gender injustices. This reassessment must be taken up by men themselves. The heritage of our sacred texts speaks in a male voice and almost always to male advantage. Men therefore owe it to themselves to extricate themselves from this complicity and to ask, as does this book, how our scriptures, founding prophets, and ancestors can be used today to further justice in relations between the genders.

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  • So Whats The Difference (Reprinted)


    Completely revised and updated for the postmodern age, So What’s the Difference? gives you easy-to-understand, nonjudgmental answers to the question, “How does orthodox biblical Christianity differ from other faiths?” Here Fritz Ridenour explains the basic tenets of Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science, New Age, Mormonism, and other religions and belief systems of the world.You will also learn why relative thinking–the idea that there is no objective, absolute truth–has become the predominant mindset in our culture, and how you can respond.This bestselling guide will help you recognize the real differences between the Christian faith and other viewpoints and make it easier for you to explain and share your faith with others.

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  • Rivers Of Paradise Print On Demand Title


    Many of the major religious traditions of the world owe their existence to the vision of ancient founders – historical figures whose charismatic personalities, authoritative teachings, and organizational genius established the enduring faiths we encounter today. The Rivers of Paradise explores the lives of five such founders of world religions, chronicling what is actually known of these fascinating men and introducing readers to the cultural and religious worlds that originally heard their messages.

    Carl S. Ehrlich (York University, Toronto) introduces Moses and the development of Judaism, the numerically smallest yet historically oldest world religion. Richard S. Cohen (University of California, San Diego) discusses the life and role of Shakyamuni as the historical founder of Buddhism. Mark Csikszentmihalyi (University of Wisconsin at Madison) explores Confucius the man as well as later portrayals of Confucius the exemplar. Michael J. McClymond (Saint Louis University) examine Jesus through the lens of recent developments in the scholarly “quest for the historical Jesus.” Daniel C. Peterson (Brigham Young University) discusses the life of Muhammad, founder of Islam, the world’s newest and fastest growing religious tradition. The aim of each author is to present each of the great prophetic (personality) religions in terms of its founder, its governing principles and beliefs, and its historical development from the time of its founding up to the present day. Each of these compelling figures is viewed in light of contemporary scholarship and in comparative perspective. Indeed, The Rivers of Paradise is the only recent work to examine all five of these religious founders together.

    Accented throughout with informative photographs and illustrations, these superb biographical essays, together with a concluding discussion of Max Weber’s well-known model of religious founders, provide an ideal introduction for teachers, students, and general readers alike.

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  • Between Eden And Armageddon


    Table Of Contents
    I. Introduction
    1. Alternative Global Futures In The Balance
    2. Between Religion And Conflict Resolution: Mapping A New Field Of Study
    II. A Critique Of Current Secular Ad Religious Approaches To Conflict And Peace
    3. Why Modern Culture Fails To Understand Religiously Motivated Violence
    4. What Id Midding From Religious Approaches To War And Peace: Judaism An Islam As Paradigms
    5. Modern Jewish Orthodox Theologies Of Interreligious Coexistence: Strengths And Weaknesses
    III. Paradigms Of Religious Peacemaking In A Multicultural And Secular Context
    6. Healing/Secular Conflict: The Case Of Contemporary Israel
    7. Conflict Resolution As A Religious Experience: Contemporary Mennonite Peacemaking . 8. New Paradigms Of Religion And Conflict Resolution: A Case Study Of Judaism
    IV Conclusion
    9. Systematic Recommendations For Intervention In Contemporary Conflicts

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    Recent years have seen a meteoric rise in the power and importance of organized religion in many parts of the world. Although violence is often perpetrated in the name of religion, history shows that religious people have played a critical role in peacemaking within numerous cultures. In the next century, will religion provide human civilization with methods of care, healing, and the creation of peaceful societies?
    In this groundbreaking book, Marc Gopin attempts to integrate the study of religion with the study of conflict resolution. He argues that religion can play a critical role in constructing a global community of shared moral commitments and vision–a community that can limit conflict to its nonviolent, constructive variety. If we examine religious myths and moral traditions, Gopin argues, we can understand why and when religious people come to violence, and why and when they become staunch peacemakers. This innovative and carefully argued study also offers a broad set of recommendations for policy planners both inside and outside of government. Features
    Unmasks the deeply embedded social, cultural, and psychological causes of conflict

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  • Book Of Heaven


    In every culture, in every epoch, human beings have yearned for heaven–the kingdom of God, abode of the elect, fount of enlightenment, mirror of hopes and desires. Now, in The Book of Heaven , Carol and Philip Zaleski provide the first wide-ranging anthology of writings about heaven, drawing from scriptures, myths, epics, poems, prayers, sermons, novels, hymns and spells, to illuminate a vast spectrum of beliefs about the world beyond.

    The Zaleskis present a fascinating array of ancient and modern, solemn and comic meditations, as they explore such topics as the often treacherous journey to heaven, heaven’s colorful inhabitants, its topographic features, and its moral architecture. The emphasis is on great literature, with substantial excerpts taken from classic works such as The Iliad , St. Augustine’s Confessions, The Prose Edda, The Divine Comedy, Paradise Lost , and The Pilgrim’s Progress ; from sacred texts such as the Bible, the Upanishads, the Qu’ran, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and the Bhagavata Purana; and from diverse writers such as Plato, Cicero, Thomas Traherne, Henry Fielding, Emanuel Swedenborg, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Henry Cardinal Newman, Hans Christian Andersen, William James, G. K. Chesterton, C. G. Jung, Rupert Brooke, and Arthur Conan Doyle. Selections highlight both the diversity and the universality of reflection on heaven: the sacred chants of the Buddhist Pure Land sutras reverberate alongside John Donne’s holy sonnets, and Shaker songs complement Jewish mystical hymns.

    From the words of Sioux holy man Black Elk, to a sermon by Jonathan Edwards, to humorous musings by Mark Twain and fantastical passages from The Chronicles of Narnia , this rich anthology will deepen our understanding of the myriad ways in which human beings have envisioned heaven.

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  • Rural Ministry : The Shape Of The Renewal To Come


    Grounded in social research, Rural Ministry evaluates the diminishing establishment of the church in rural America, which is linked to the fifty-year-old crisis in rural ministry. It names the primary issues for leaders of Protestant and Catholic churches to ponder: the graying of the population; the closing of schools, hospitals, and factories; and the corporate buyout of farms during the 1980s. In addition to retelling the history of this crisis, Shannon Jung and the other contributors to this volume offer a set of Christian principles that respond to social problems in rural life. The situation is so intense that the book offers examples from around the heartland of cooperative or collaborative parishes that blend denominational and theological differences across the Protestant and Catholic spectrum.

    Key Benefits: Offers a vision of nationwide renewal in rural America; Advocates true ecumenical solutions to issues confronting the rural church in America; Sidebars feature examples and illustrations; Informs new rural ministers of the culture and issues about to confront them, allowing them to better handle the challenges and opportunities of the rural environment; Motivates congregations to activate ministries in new and provocative ways, insuring the spread of the gospel; Can help troubled churches survive.

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  • No Other Gods A Print On Demand Title


    This is a print on demand book and is therefore non- returnable.

    In today’s pluralistic culture, Christianity is no longer the dominant belief system. Interest in religion is on the increase again after having declined in the seventies, but this does not mean that people are returning to the same positions they once held. Eastern religions, especially, have attracted wide interest.

    This significant work by Hendrik Vroom presses the theological an dialogical dimensions of religious pluralism. Vroom here makes a broad study of the views of Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam, especially their views on truth, and explores their mutual relationships. In the process, he seeks to answer a crucial question for our time: For what reasons would a person who has read extensively on Buddhist, Hindu, or Islamic thought continue to be a Christian?

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