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Judd and Lionel fly to Jerusalem with Mr. Stein for the Meeting of the Witnesses. Meanwhile at the schoolhouse, the kids discover a secret underground passage, and Vicki tries to persuade Melinda not to turn them in to the Global Community. Excitement builds as the witnesses converge on Jerusalem to begin their meetings. But will Nicolae keep his promise of safety for all who attend? Join the Young Trib Force as they continue to learn from Tsion Ben-Judah and try to evade their enemies.
Religious violence may trigger feelings of repulsion and indignation, especially in a society that encourages toleration and respect, but rejection contradicts the very principles of inclusion that define a democracy and its core moral values. How are we to think ethically about religious violence and terrorism, especially in the wake of an atrocity such as 9/11? Known for his skillful interrogation of ethical issues pertaining to religion, politics, and culture, Richard B. Miller returns to the basic tenets of liberalism to divine an ethical response to extremism. He questions how we are to think about the claims and aspirations of political religions that conflict so deeply with liberal norms and practices, and he suggests how liberal critics can speak in ways that respect cultural and religious difference. Miller explores other concerns within these investigations as well, such as the protection of human rights and a liberal democratic commitment to multicultural politics. As he relates religion and ethics, Miller casts a new screen through which we can view political religions and their moral responsibilities. His probing queries also force us to rethink our violent response to 9/11.
September 11, 2001 saw the deadliest attack ever launched on American soil, leaving us asking questions such as: Why did God permit such a thing to happen? Was the attack a divine judgment or was it merely an atrocity perpetrated by the forces of evil? How can human beings be capable of such diabolical savagery in the name of religion? And what is the right course of action for our government to take? John MacArthur points us to the Bible for answers to these and many other questions arising out the recent atrocities. He educates readers to the roots of the conflict, linking the religious and political issues that underlie the current turmoil to the Old Testament.
In TESTAMENT FROM PRISON, Georgi Vins, a leader of the Soviet Reform Baptists, shares with us--through letters, essays, and poetry sent to the West--devastating evidence of the limitations of religious freedom in the U.S.S.R. today. But Vins, though still a prisoner, also offers a message of hope
The book consists of short meditations given by a bishop imprisoned in North Vietnam. These were delivered at a retreat during the pontificate of Pope John Paul II.
The book provides comprehensive information on the Texas polygamist raid and the differing perspectives accompanying it.
Dakota Rawlings, Texas Ranger, is accustomed to big adventure . . . but nothing in his work has prepared him for the seemingly easy task of escorting Miss Darvi Wingate to the town of Stillwater and on to Aurora. Quick-witted, game for anything, and just as passionate about her newfound faith as Dakota is about his, Darvi seems to find trouble under every rock. When she finds herself a pawn in one of the biggest rackets in town, she wonders if even a Texas Ranger can get her out of this one. Out here in the West, the stakes are high - for money, for power, and for love . . . under A Texas Sky.
Offers innovative close readings of four early Buddhist Mahayana texts to highlight their narrative architecture and seductive strategies for convincing the reader to take these texts as the center of tradition in place of the institutional and ritual forms that constituted traditional Buddhism at the time (the beginning of the Common Era).
Texts And Traditions Source Book: A Source Reader For The Study Of Second Temple And Rabbinic Judaismby Introduction Notes Lawrence H. Schiffman (Compilation
This sourcebook owes its creation to the earlier publication of my volume, From Text to Tradition: A History of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism (Ktav, 1991). Since its publication, the book has been read widely and has become a popular book in the American academic setting. From the beginning, it was clear that it would be necessary to place before readers a collection of primary materials which would provide the evidence for the general picture presented there. Further, such a volume was needed in order to shift the emphasis from generalization to the detailed investigation of the texts and traditions which are the heritage of this important period in the history of Judaism.
Given its affinity with questions of identity, autobiography offers a way into the interior space between author and reader, especially when writers define themselves in terms of religion. In his exploration of this "textual intimacy," Wesley Kort begins with a theorization of what it means to say who one is and how one's self-account as a religious person stands in relation to other forms of self-identification. He then provides a critical analysis of autobiographical texts by nine contemporary American writers--including Maya Angelou, Philip Roth, and Anne Lamott--who give religion a positive place in their accounts of who they are. Finally, in disclosing his own religious identity, Kort concludes with a meditation on several meanings of the word assumption.
GOODING, TX, IS ABOUT TO GAIN A double DOUBLE BLESSING--A veternarian AND ADOCTOR. BUT WHEN SIBLINGS ENOCH AND Taylor BESTMAN ARRIVE, THE DISCOVERY THAT THE LONG AWAITED DOCTOR IS IN FACT A WOMAN HAS THE TOWN UP IN ARMS. Karl VAN DER vORT IS NO EXCEPTION,THOUGH HE BECOMES TAYLOR'S FIRST PATIENT ... AGAINST HIS WILL. KARL FINDS HE CAN'T DENY TAYLOR'S DOCTORING SKILLS, BUT HE ALSO CAN'T COME TO TERMS WITH HER UNLADYLIKE OCCUPATION. TAYLOR, ON THE OTHER HAND, WANTS ONLY TO PROVE THAT DOCTORING IS HER LIFE'S CALLING, DESPITE THE TOWN'S OPPOSITION. BUT WHEN HER PRACTICE--AND TAYLOR HERSELF--ARE THREATENED, KARL'S PROTECTIVENESS FLARES INTO A DIFFERENT EMOTION ALTOGETHER.
This Is Now It's Kim's senior year and, while everyone's looking forward to graduation, she's got so much going on she can barely make it through the day. Natalie, pregnant with Benjamin O'Conner's baby, believes it's God's will for them to marry, and Ben sees it as his Christian responsibility to do so. Major red flag? He doesn't love her. Then-surprise! Kim's birth mother in Korea sends her an intriguing letter, making Kim question her reluctance to get to know another "mom." And what about Maya? Is God calling Kim and her father to open their hearts and home to Kim's biracial cousin whose mother was just sentenced to five years in state prison? Kim has been through so much already, but that was then ... Does she have enough faith for now? Saturday, November 11 I've talked to Nat twice this week. But only on the phone. Both times she just glossed over what happened last weekend. She told me everything was "fine." But without any details. It was the kind of reassurance that isn't reassuring at all. I know she's covering something up. That was then...Kim Peterson has had a lot going on the past few years: writing a teen advice column, finding a new faith, dating and breaking up for the first time, losing her mom to cancer...Kim has learned to turn it all over to God day by day, relying on Him like she never has before. Now Kim's best friend, Nat, is pregnant and soon to be married to Ben O'Conner, Caitlin's younger brother. Nat is starry-eyed, believing that once she and Ben are married, God will bless them and everything will work out because they're doing the right thing. Kim's not so sure. Is marriage the only solution for two seventeen-year-olds with a baby on the way? Why won't they consider adoption? Kim knows about that firsthand-and is about to find out even more... Reader's guide included Story Behind the Book"In book four, Kim's life is still shadowed by the loss of her mother, but her faith is deepening. My best friend lost her mother to cancer in high school, and I was very involved in counseling, encouraging, and praying with my friend as she worked through her grief. That experience helped me write Kim's story from an insider's perspective." - Melody CarlsonFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
Sister Thea Bowman spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ as only an African American born in 1937 in Yazoo City, Mississippi, could. Throughout her adult life, she embraced Catholicism and religious life and never abandoned the beautiful gift of her "blackness. " It was her life's mission to share her rich cultural heritage and spirituality in song, prayer, teaching, and preaching. As a child, Thea Bowman converted to Catholicism, and as an adult chose a life as a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration. As a black religious sister in a predominantly white world, Sister Thea was able to cross cultural boundaries and share her cultural and spiritual gifts while learning and uplifting the cultural gifts of others. This book joyfully expounds the thoughts, memories, and reflections of this devoted Franciscan woman, a proud maiden of Mississippi, a prophetic preacher, and a tenacious teacher.
Years in the making, here is the unforgettable life story of an African American Woman who brought joy to the whole world and changed the way people thought of themselves. She fought prejudice, suspicion, hatred, sadness, and all the things that drive people apart. Sister Thea Bowman, a pioneering leader of interracial relations, brought the experience of growing up a black girl in civil-rights-era Mississippi to a convent of white Catholic sisters in Wisconsin, and then to the world beyond. Her groundbreaking work across the United States and overseas helping people to build interracial bridges during the 1980s has been the subject of numerous articles, books, and TV shows.
In this engrossing ethnography of the Burning Man phenomenon, Lee Gilmore explores why "burners" come in vast numbers to transform a temporary gathering of strangers into an enduring community.
Today more than 200 million Christians around the world suffer imprisonment, abuse and even death because of their faith. Yet most Americans never hear their stories. In Their Blood Cries Out, Paul Marshall reveals the reality of this present-day persecution, revealing what we can do to help these brothers and sisters in Christ.
In The Theme Is Freedom, readers will be challenged on nearly every concept they've learned in history classes from elementary school to college: that our liberties stem from secular doctrines; that religious absolutes endanger freedom; and that the Bill of Rights created a "wall of separation" between religion and our public institutions.
In the midst of this horrible din, there is a whisper from the Lord, a faith statement upon which there can be established an ethic of transformation for an oppressed African American Christian community.
Theodoret's People sheds new light on religious clashes of the mid-fifth century regarding the nature (or natures) of Christ. Adam M. Schor focuses on Theodoret, bishop of Cyrrhus, his Syrian allies, and his opponents, led by Alexandrian bishops Cyril and Dioscorus. Although both sets of clerics adhered to the Nicene creed, their contrasting theological statements led to hostilities, violence, and the permanent fracturing of the Christian community. Schor closely examines council transcripts, correspondence, and other records of communication. Using social network theory, he argues that Theodoret's doctrinal coalition was actually a meaningful community, bound by symbolic words and traditions, riven with internal rivalries, and embedded in a wider world of elite friendship and patronage.
Exposing the religious roots of our ostensibly godless age, Michael Allen Gillespie reveals in this landmark study that modernity is much less secular than conventional wisdom suggests. Taking as his starting point the collapse of the medieval world, Gillespie argues that from the very beginning moderns sought not to eliminate religion but to support a new view of religion and its place in human life. He goes on to explore the ideas of such figures as William of Ockham, Petrarch, Erasmus, Luther, Descartes, and Hobbes, showing that modernity is best understood as a series of attempts to formulate a new and coherent metaphysics or theology. "Bringing the history of political thought up to date and situating it against the backdrop of contemporary events, Gillespie's analyses provide us a way to begin to have conversations with the Islamic world about what is perhaps the central question within each of the three monotheistic religions: if God is omnipotent, then what is the place of human freedom?"--Joshua Mitchell, Georgetown University
Ward (theology and literary theory, Cambridge U.) explores how the critical theory of such postmodern thinkers as Foucault, and Derrida has changed the context of the academic study of theology and challenges it and demands its transformation. He discusses theology in relation to representation, history, ethics, aesthetics. He also suggests some directions for the discipline during post-modernity.
Theology disconnected from mission is not Christian theology at all. The pastors, professors, and missionaries writing Theology and Practice of Mission provide a clear biblical-theological framework for understanding the church's mission to the nations. Toward that goal, the book holds three major sections: God's mission, the church's mission, and the church's mission to the nations. Part one explores the canon of Christian Scripture from narrative and systematic angles, explaining how the mission of God-to redeem a people who will be a kingdom of priests to the praise of his glory, bear witness to his gospel, advance his church, and dwell with him forever on a new heaven and earth-is communicated in the Bible's four movements: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. Part two sees the mission of God's people in the light of God's mission, emphasizing not only preaching and church planting but also gospel witness in every dimension of human culture-glorifying God in family, church, work, community, through the arts, sciences, education, business, and the public square. The writers encourage us to live missionally, leaving all of our resources at God's disposal for the sake of his kingdom. Finally, part three contends that the North American church must come to terms with its missional calling-just as international missionaries do-and gives a starting point and parameters for conceiving the church's mission to all people groups and cultural contexts. Chapters here include ones on unreached people groups, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and Postmoderns.
Theologian Milbank (religion, politics, and ethics; U. of Nottingham) wrote his treatise, first published in 1990, in the depths of the Thatcherite era, out of a conviction that a theological vision alone could challenge the emerging hegemony of neo-liberalism. Now that neo-liberalism has festered into a new mode of political tyranny, he finds the essential unity of the work even more apparent. He looks at theology in terms of liberalism, positivism, dialectics, and difference.
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