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Genius & Anxiety: How Jews Changed the World, 1847-1947
by Norman Lebrecht

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English

Pages

464

Publication Date

December 03, 2019

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<b>A unique chronicle of the years 1847-1947, the century when the Jewish people changed the world—and it changed them.</b><br /><br />In a hundred-year period, a handful of men and women changed the way we see the world. Many of them are well known—Marx, Freud, Proust, Einstein, Kafka. Others have vanished from collective memory despite their enduring importance in our daily lives. Without Karl Landsteiner, for instance, there would be no blood transfusions or major surgery. Without Paul Ehrlich, no chemotherapy. Without Siegfried Marcus, no motor car. Without Rosalind Franklin, genetic science would look very different. Without Fritz Haber, there would not be enough food to sustain life on earth.<br /> <br />What do these visionaries have in common? They all had Jewish origins. They all had a gift for thinking in wholly original, even earth-shattering ways. In 1847 the Jewish people made up less than 0.25% of the world’s population, and yet they saw what others could not. How? Why?<br /> <br />Norman Lebrecht has devoted half of his life to pondering and researching the mindset of the Jewish intellectuals, writers, scientists, and thinkers who turned the tides of history and shaped the world today as we know it. In <i>Genius & Anxiety</i>, Lebrecht begins with the Communist Manifesto in 1847 and ends in 1947, when Israel was founded. This robust, magnificent volume, beautifully designed, is an urgent and necessary celebration of Jewish genius and contribution.
A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a ...
by Timothy Egan

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English

Pages

382

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>"What a wondrous work! This beautifully written and totally clear-eyed account of his pilgrimage will have you wondering whether we should all embark on such a journey, either of the body, the soul or, as in Egan's case, both." --Cokie Roberts<br /><br />"If this book doesn't quite settle the question of belief for you, it will at least fortify your faith in scrupulous reporting and captivating storytelling...Reading it, you feel yourself in the presence of goodness -- the kind you might simply have to decide to believe in." <i>--The New York Times</i><br /><br />One of <i>Oprah</i>'s Must-Read Books of Fall 2019</b><br /><br />Moved by his mother's death and his Irish Catholic family's complicated history with the church, Timothy Egan decided to follow in the footsteps of centuries of seekers to force a reckoning with his own beliefs. He embarked on a thousand-mile pilgrimage through the theological cradle of Christianity, exploring one of the biggest stories of our time: the collapse of religion in the world that it created. Egan sets out along the Via Francigena, once the major medieval trail leading the devout to Rome, and makes his way overland via the alpine peaks and small mountain towns of France, Switzerland and Italy. The goal: walking to St. Peter's Square, in hopes of meeting the galvanizing pope who is struggling to hold together the church through the worst crisis in half a millennium.<br /><br />Making his way through a landscape laced with some of the most important shrines to the faith, Egan finds a modern Canterbury Tale in the chapel where Queen Bertha introduced Christianity to pagan Britain; parses the supernatural in a French town built on miracles; and journeys to the oldest abbey in the Western world, founded in 515 and home to continuous prayer over the 1,500 years that have followed. He is accompanied by a quirky cast of fellow pilgrims and by some of the towering figures of the faith--Joan of Arc, Henry VIII, Martin Luther.<br /><br />A thrilling journey, a family story, and a revealing history, <i>A Pilgrimage to Eternity</i> looks for our future in its search for God.
That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation
by David Bentley Hart

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English

Pages

231

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<b>A stunning reexamination of one of the essential tenets of Christian belief from one of the most provocative and admired writers on religion today</b><br /><br /> The great fourth†‘century church father Basil of Caesarea once observed that, in his time, most Christians believed that hell was not everlasting, and that all would eventually attain salvation. But today, this view is no longer prevalent within Christian communities.<br />  <br /> In this momentous book, David Bentley Hart makes the case that nearly two millennia of dogmatic tradition have misled readers on the crucial matter of universal salvation. On the basis of the earliest Christian writings, theological tradition, scripture, and logic, Hart argues that if God is the good creator of all, he is the savior of all, without fail. And if he is not the savior of all, the Kingdom is only a dream, and creation something considerably worse than a nightmare. But it is not so. There is no such thing as eternal damnation; all will be saved. With great rhetorical power, wit, and emotional range, Hart offers a new perspective on one of Christianity’s most important themes.
No God but One: Allah or Jesus? (with Bonus Content): A Former Mu...
by Nabeel Qureshi

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English

Pages

294

Publication Date

August 30, 2016

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<p>BONUS: This eBook includes downloadable videos and a Q&A with Nabeel Qureshi that are not found in the print edition.</p><p><strong>Having shared his journey of faith in the <em>New York Times</em> bestselling <em>Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus</em>, Nabeel Qureshi now examines Islam and Christianity in detail, exploring areas of crucial conflict and unpacking the relevant evidence.</strong></p><p>In this anticipated follow-up book, Nabeel reveals what he discovered in the decade following his conversion, providing a thorough and careful comparison of the evidence for Islam and Christianity--evidence that wrenched his heart and transformed his life.</p><p>In <em>Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus</em>, Nabeel Qureshi recounted his dramatic journey, describing his departure from Islam and his decision to follow Christ. In the years that followed, he realized that the world’s two largest religions are far more different than they initially appeared.</p><p><em>No God but One: Allah or Jesus?</em> addresses the most important questions at the interface of Islam and Christianity: How do the two religions differ? Are the differences significant? Can we be confident that either Christianity or Islam is true? And most important, is it worth sacrificing everything for the truth?</p><p>Nabeel shares stories from his life and ministry, casts new light on current events, and explores pivotal incidents in the histories of both religions, providing a resource that is gripping and thought-provoking, respectful and challenging.</p><p>Both Islam and Christianity teach that there is <em>No God but One</em>, but who deserves to be worshiped, <em>Allah</em> or <em>Jesus</em>?</p><p><em>This eBook includes the full text of the book plus bonus content not found in the softcover! Bonuses include a Q&A with Nabeel Qureshi and downloadable videos that answer important questions about Islam and Christianity. Please note that some e-reader devices do not accommodate video play. You can still access the bonus videos by copying the web address provided into an internet browser on a device or computer that accommodates video content.</em></p>
Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time
by Karen Armstrong

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

August 13, 2013

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<p> The Man Who Inspired the World's Fastest-Growing Religion </p><p><em>Muhammad</em> presents a fascinating portrait of the founder of a religion that continues to change the course of world history. Muhammad's story is more relevant than ever because it offers crucial insight into the true origins of an increasingly radicalized Islam. Countering those who dismiss Islam as fanatical and violent, Armstrong offers a clear, accessible, and balanced portrait of the central figure of one of the world's great religions.</p>
Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World
by Tom Holland

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English

Pages

564

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<b>From the crucifixion of Jesus to the birth of modern morals, this "marvelous" account from an award-winning historian shows how the Christian Revolution forged the Western imagination (<i>The Economist</i>).</b><br />Crucifixion, the Romans believed, was the worst fate imaginable. It was this that rendered it so suitable a punishment for slaves. How astonishing it was, then, that people should have come to believe that one particular victim of crucifixion-an obscure provincial by the name of Jesus-had been a god. <i>Dominion</i> explores the implications of this shocking conviction as they have reverberated throughout history.<br />Today, the West remains utterly saturated by Christian assumptions. Our morals and ethics are not universal. Instead, they are the fruits of a very distinctive civilization. Concepts such as secularism, liberalism, science, and homosexuality are deeply rooted in a Christian seedbed. From Babylon to the Beatles, Saint Michael to #MeToo, <i>Dominion</i> tells the story of how Christianity transformed the world.
The New Testament in Its World: An Introduction to the History, L...
by , Michael F. Bird

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English

Pages

987

Publication Date

November 19, 2019

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<p><strong>Finally: an introduction that captures the excitement of the early Christians, helping today's readers to think like a first-century believer while reading the text responsibly for today. </strong></p><p><em>The New Testament in Its World</em> is your passageway from the twenty-first century to the era of Jesus and the first Christians. A highly-readable, one-volume introduction placing the entire New Testament and early Christianity in its original context, it is the only such work by distinguished scholar and author N. T. (Tom) Wright.</p><p>An ideal guide for students, <em>The New Testament in Its World</em> addresses the many difficult questions faced by those studying early Christianity. Both large and small, these questions include:</p><ul><li>What is the purpose of the New Testament?</li><li>What was the first-century understanding of the kingdom?</li><li>What is the real meaning of the resurrection in its original context?</li><li>What really were the Gospels?</li><li>Who was Paul and why are his letters so controversial?</li><li>As twenty-first-century people, how do we recover the excitement of what it was like to live as Christians in the first or second centuries?</li></ul><p>In short, <em>The New Testament in Its World</em> brings together decades of ground-breaking research, writing, and teaching into one volume that will open readers' eyes to the larger world of the New Testament. It presents the New Testament books as historical, literary, and social phenomena located in the world of Second Temple Judaism, amidst Greco-Roman politics and culture, and within early Christianity. '</p><p>Written for both classroom and personal use, the benefits of <em>The New Testament in Its World</em> include:</p><ul><li>A distillation of the life work of N. T. Wright on the New Testament with input from Michael Bird</li><li>Historical context that situates Jesus and the early church within the history, culture, and religion of Second Temple Judaism and the Greco-Roman world</li><li>Major sections on the historical Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus, and Paul's chronology and theology</li><li>Surveys of each New Testament book that discuss their significance, critical topics like authorship and date, and that provide commentary on contents along with implications for the Christian life</li><li>Up-to-date discussions of textual criticism and the canonization of the New Testament</li><li>A concluding chapter dedicated to living the story of the New Testament</li><li>Available Video and Workbook companion resources to enhance learning and experience the world of the New Testament</li><li>Illustrated with visually rich pictures, maps, charts, diagrams, and artwork; plentiful sidebars provide additional explanations and insights</li></ul>
The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church's Co...
by Jemar Tisby

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English

Pages

250

Publication Date

January 22, 2019

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<p><strong>An acclaimed, timely narrative of how people of faith have historically--up to the present day--worked against racial justice. And a call for urgent action by all Christians today in response. </strong></p><p><em>The Color of Compromise</em> is both enlightening and compelling, telling a history we either ignore or just don't know. Equal parts painful and inspirational, it details how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices. You will be guided in thinking through concrete solutions for improved race relations and a racially inclusive church.</p><p><em>The Color of Compromise</em>:</p><ul><li>Takes you on a historical, sociological, and religious journey: from America's early colonial days through slavery and the Civil War</li><li>Covers the tragedy of Jim Crow laws, the victories of the Civil Rights era, and the strides of today's Black Lives Matter movement</li><li>Reveals the cultural and institutional tables we have to flip in order to bring about meaningful integration</li><li>Charts a path forward to replace established patterns and systems of complicity with bold, courageous, immediate action</li><li>Is a perfect book for pastors and other faith leaders, students, non-students, book clubs, small group studies, history lovers, and all lifelong learners</li></ul><p><em>The Color of Compromise</em> is <em>not</em> a call to shame or a platform to blame white evangelical Christians. It <em>is</em> a call from a place of love and desire to fight for a more racially unified church that no longer compromises what the Bible teaches about human dignity and equality. A call that challenges black and white Christians alike to standup <em>now</em> and begin implementing the concrete ways Tisby outlines, all for a more equitable and inclusive environment among God's people. Starting <em>today</em>.</p>
Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century
by Sarah Abrevaya Stein

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

November 19, 2019

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<p><b>Named one of the best books of 2019 by <i>The Economist </i>and a <i>New York Times Book Review </i>Editors' Choice. A National Jewish Book Award finalist.</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>"A superb and touching book about the frailty of ties that hold together places and people." --<i>T</i><i>he New York Times Book Review</i></b></p><p><b>An award-winning historian shares the true story of a frayed and diasporic Sephardic Jewish family preserved in thousands of letters</b></p><p>For centuries, the bustling port city of Salonica was home to the sprawling Levy family. As leading publishers and editors, they helped chronicle modernity as it was experienced by Sephardic Jews across the Ottoman Empire. The wars of the twentieth century, however, redrew the borders around them, in the process transforming the Levys from Ottomans to Greeks. Family members soon moved across boundaries and hemispheres, stretching the familial diaspora from Greece to Western Europe, Israel, Brazil, and India. In time, the Holocaust nearly eviscerated the clan, eradicating whole branches of the family tree. </p><p>In <i>Family Papers</i>, the prizewinning Sephardic historian Sarah Abrevaya Stein uses the family’s correspondence to tell the story of their journey across the arc of a century and the breadth of the globe. They wrote to share grief and to reveal secrets, to propose marriage and to plan for divorce, to maintain connection. They wrote because they were family. And years after they frayed, Stein discovers, what remains solid is the fragile tissue that once held them together: neither blood nor belief, but papers.</p><p>With meticulous research and care, Stein uses the Levys' letters to tell not only their history, but the history of Sephardic Jews in the twentieth century.</p>
Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
by Gregory Boyle

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English

Pages

244

Publication Date

February 14, 2010

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“Destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality” (<i>Los Angeles Times</i>)—<i>Tattoos on the Heart</i> is a series of parables about kinship and redemption from pastor, activist, and renowned speaker, Father Gregory Boyle.<br /><br />For twenty years, Father Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles—also known as the gang capital of the world. In <i>Tattoos on the Heart</i>, he has distilled his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith.<br /> <br />From giant, tattooed Cesar, shopping at JC Penney fresh out of prison, you learn how to feel worthy of God’s love. From ten-year-old Pipi you learn the importance of being known and acknowledged. From Lulu you come to understand the kind of patience necessary to rescue someone from the dark—as Father Boyle phrases it, we can only shine a flashlight on a light switch in a darkened room. <br /> <br />This is a motivating look at how to stay faithful in spite of failure, how to meet the world with a loving heart, and how to conquer shame with boundless, restorative love.

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