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A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity a...
by Karen Armstrong

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English

Pages

562

Publication Date

August 10, 2011

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Why does God exist? How have the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—shaped and altered the conception of God? How have these religions influenced each other? In this stunningly intelligent book, Karen Armstrong, one of Britain's foremost commentators on religious affairs, traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, from the time of Abraham to the present. <br /><br />The epic story begins with the Jews' gradual transformation of pagan idol worship in Babylon into true monotheism—a concept previously unknown in the world. Christianity and Islam both rose on the foundation of this revolutionary idea, but these religions refashioned 'the One God' to suit the social and political needs of their followers. From classical philosophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, Karen Armstrong performs the near miracle of distilling the intellectual history of monotheism into one superbly readable volume, destined to take its place as a classic.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>History of God<br /><br /></i></b>“An admirable and impressive work of synthesis that will give insight and satisfaction to thousands of lay readers.”<b>—The Washington Post Book World</b><br /><br />“A brilliantly lucid, spendidly readable book. [Karen] Armstrong has a dazzling ability: she can take a long and complex subject and reduce it to the fundamentals, without oversimplifying.”<b>—<i>The Sunday Times</i> (London)</b><br /><br />“Absorbing . . . A lode of learning.”<b>—<i>Time</i></b><br /><br />“The most fascinating and learned study of the biggest wild goose chase in history—the quest for God. Karen Armstrong is a genius.”<b>—A.N. Wilson, author of <i>Jesus: A Life</i></b>
Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skepti...
by , Sean McDowell

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English

Pages

868

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black; background: white;">The modern apologetics classic that started it all is now completely revised and updated—because the truth of the Bible doesn’t change, but its critics do. With the original Evidence That Demands a Verdict, bestselling author Josh McDowell gave Christian readers the answers they needed to defend their faith against the harshest critics and skeptics. Since that time, Evidence has remained a trusted resource for believers young and old. Bringing historical documentation and the best modern scholarship to bear on the trustworthiness of the Bible and its teachings, this extensive volume has encouraged and strengthened millions. Now, with his son Sean McDowell, Josh McDowell has updated and expanded this classic resource for a new generation. This is a book that invites readers to bring their doubts and doesn’t shy away from the tough questions.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black; background: white;"> </span></p><p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black; background: white;">Features Include: </span></p><p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black; background: white;">• Thoroughly revised and updated from the previous edition </span></p><p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black; background: white;">• Now co-authored by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell </span></p><p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black; background: white;">• All-new chapters defending against the latest attacks from Christianity’s critics </span></p><p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black; background: white;">• Designed to be a go-to reference for even the toughest questions </span></p><p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black; background: white;">• Offers thoughtful responses to the Bible’s most difficult and extraordinary passages </span></p><p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black; background: white;">• Expansive defense of Christianity’s core truths, including the resurrection of Jesus Christ</span></p>
The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the W...
by Bart D. Ehrman

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

February 13, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><BR> <BR>From the bestselling authority on early Christianity, the story of how Christianity grew from a religion of twenty or so peasants in rural Galilee to the dominant religion in the West in less than four hundred years.<BR><BR>Christianity didn’t <i>have</i> to become the dominant religion in the West. It easily could have remained a sect of Judaism fated to have the historical importance of the Sadducees or the Essenes. In <i>The Triumph of Christianity</i>, Bart Ehrman, a master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, shows how a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries. <i>The Triumph of Christianity</i> combines deep knowledge and meticulous research in an eye-opening, immensely readable narrative that upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen—one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.
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.
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
by Bart D. Ehrman

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English

Pages

242

Publication Date

January 23, 2009

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<p>When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In <em>Misquoting Jesus</em>, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today. He frames his account with personal reflections on how his study of the Greek manuscripts made him abandon his once ultraconservative views of the Bible.</p><p>Since the advent of the printing press and the accurate reproduction of texts, most people have assumed that when they read the New Testament they are reading an exact copy of Jesus's words or Saint Paul's writings. And yet, for almost fifteen hundred years these manuscripts were hand copied by scribes who were deeply influenced by the cultural, theological, and political disputes of their day. Both mistakes and intentional changes abound in the surviving manuscripts, making the original words difficult to reconstruct. For the first time, Ehrman reveals where and why these changes were made and how scholars go about reconstructing the original words of the New Testament as closely as possible.</p><p>Ehrman makes the provocative case that many of our cherished biblical stories and widely held beliefs concerning the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, and the divine origins of the Bible itself stem from both intentional and accidental alterations by scribes -- alterations that dramatically affected all subsequent versions of the Bible.</p>
Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Cla...
by J. Warner Wallace

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English

Pages

290

Publication Date

January 01, 2013

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<DIV><b>Written by an L. A. County homicide detective and former atheist, <i>Cold-Case Christianity </i>examines the claims of the New Testament using the skills and strategies of a hard-to-convince criminal investigator.</b></div><DIV> </div><DIV>Christianity could be defined as a “cold case”: it makes a claim about an event from the distant past for which there is little forensic evidence. In <i>Cold-Case Christianity, </i>J. Warner Wallace uses his nationally recognized skills as a homicide detective to look at the evidence and eyewitnesses behind Christian beliefs. Including gripping stories from his career and the visual techniques he developed in the courtroom, Wallace uses illustration to examine the powerful evidence that validates the claims of Christianity.</div><DIV> </div><DIV>A unique apologetic that speaks to readers’ intense interest in detective stories, <i>Cold-Case Christianity </i>inspires readers to have confidence in Christ as it prepares them to articulate the case for Christianity.</div><BR>
Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship
by Gregory Boyle

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English

Pages

225

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November 14, 2017

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<b>“This is a beautiful and important and soul-transporting book. . . . Please read it.” —Elizabeth Gilbert</b><BR> <BR><b>“If you’re in the market for genuine inspiration, I urge you to read <i>Barking to the Choir</i>.” —Ann Patchett</b><BR> <BR><b>In a moving example of unconditional love in dif­ficult times, the Jesuit priest and bestselling author of <i>Tattoos on the Heart</i>, Gregory Boyle, shares what three decades of working with gang members in Los Angeles has taught him about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of kinship.</b><BR><BR>In his first book, <i>Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion</i>, Gregory Boyle introduced us to Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention program in the world<i>. </i>Critics hailed that book as an “astounding literary and spiritual feat” (<i>Publishers Weekly</i>) that is “destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality” (<i>Los Angeles Times</i>). Now, after the suc­cessful expansion of Homeboy Industries, Boyle returns with <i>Barking to the Choir </i>to reveal how com­passion is transforming the lives of gang members.<BR> <BR> In a nation deeply divided and plagued by poverty and violence, <i>Barking to the Choir </i>offers a snapshot into the challenges and joys of life on the margins. Sergio, arrested at nine, in a gang by twelve, and serving time shortly thereafter, now works with the substance-abuse team at Homeboy to help others find sobriety. Jamal, abandoned by his family when he tried to attend school at age seven, gradually finds forgive­ness for his schizophrenic mother. New father Cuco, who never knew his own dad, thinks of a daily adventure on which to take his four-year-old son. These former gang members uplift the soul and reveal how bright life can be when filled with unconditional love and kindness.<BR> <BR> This book is guaranteed to shake up our ideas about God and about people with a glimpse at a world defined by more compassion and fewer barriers. Gently and humorously, <i>Barking to the Choir </i>invites us to find kinship with one another and reconvinces us all of our own goodness.
Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can ...
by John Shelby Spong

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English

Pages

341

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February 13, 2018

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<p>Five hundred years after Martin Luther and his Ninety-Five Theses ushered in the Reformation, bestselling author and controversial bishop and teacher John Shelby Spong delivers twelve forward-thinking theses to spark a new reformation to reinvigorate Christianity and ensure its future.</p><p>At the beginning of the sixteenth century, Christianity was in crisis—a state of conflict that gave birth to the Reformation in 1517. Enduring for more than 200 years, Luther’s movement was then followed by a "revolutionary time of human knowledge." Yet these advances in our thinking had little impact on Christians’ adherence to doctrine—which has led the faith to a critical point once again.</p><p>Bible scholar and Episcopal bishop John Shelby Spong contends that there is mounting pressure among Christians for a radically new kind of Christianity—a faith deeply connected to the human experience instead of outdated dogma. To keep Christianity vital, he urges modern Christians to update their faith in light of these advances in our knowledge, and to challenge the rigid and problematic Church teachings that emerged with the Reformation. There is a disconnect, he argues, between the language of traditional worship and the language of the twenty-first century. Bridging this divide requires us to rethink and reformulate our basic understanding of God.</p><p>With its revolutionary resistance to the authority of the Church in the sixteenth century, Spong sees in Luther’s movement a model for today’s discontented Christians. In fact, the questions they raise resonate with those contemplated by our ancestors. Does the idea of God still have meaning? Can we still follow historic creeds with integrity? Are not such claims as an infallible Pope or an inerrant Bible ridiculous in today’s world? </p><p>In <em>Unbelievable</em>, Spong outlines twelve "theses" to help today’s believers more deeply contemplate and reshape their faith. As an educator, clergyman, and writer who has devoted his life to his faith, Spong has enlightened Christians and challenged them to explore their beliefs in new and meaningful ways. In this, his final book, he continues that rigorous tradition, once again offering a revisionist approach that strengthens Christianity and secures its relevance for generations to come.</p>
Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Min...
by Michael Massing

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English

Pages

1008

Publication Date

February 27, 2018

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<p><strong>A deeply textured dual biography and fascinating intellectual history that examines two of the greatest minds of European history—Desiderius Erasmus and Martin Luther—whose heated rivalry gave rise to two enduring, fundamental, and often colliding traditions of philosophical and religious thought.</strong></p><p>Erasmus of Rotterdam was the leading figure of the Northern Renaissance. At a time when Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael were revolutionizing Western art and culture, Erasmus was helping to transform Europe’s intellectual and religious life, developing a new design for living for a continent rebelling against the hierarchical constraints of the Roman Church. When in 1516 he came out with a revised edition of the New Testament based on the original Greek, he was hailed as the prophet of a new enlightened age. Today, however, Erasmus is largely forgotten, and the reason can be summed up in two words: Martin Luther. As a young friar in remote Wittenberg, Luther was initially a great admirer of Erasmus and his critique of the Catholic Church, but while Erasmus sought to reform that institution from within, Luther wanted a more radical transformation. Eventually, the differences between them flared into a bitter rivalry, with each trying to win over Europe to his vision.</p><p>In <em>Fatal Discord</em>, Michael Massing seeks to restore Erasmus to his proper place in the Western tradition. The conflict between him and Luther, he argues, forms a fault line in Western thinking—the moment when two enduring schools of thought, Christian humanism and evangelical Christianity, took shape. A seasoned journalist who has reported from many countries, Massing here travels back to the early sixteenth century to recover a long-neglected chapter of Western intellectual life, in which the introduction of new ways of reading the Bible set loose social and cultural forces that helped shatter the millennial unity of Christendom and whose echoes can still be heard today. Massing concludes that Europe has adopted a form of Erasmian humanism while America has been shaped by Luther-inspired individualism.</p>
The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus'...
by N. T. Wright

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English

Pages

448

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October 11, 2016

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<p>The renowned scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author widely considered to be the heir to C. S. Lewis contemplates the central event at the heart of the Christian faith—Jesus’ crucifixion—arguing that the Protestant Reformation did not go far enough in transforming our understanding of its meaning.</p><p>In <em>The Day the Revolution Began</em>, N. T. Wright once again challenges commonly held Christian beliefs as he did in his acclaimed <em>Surprised by Hope</em>. Demonstrating the rigorous intellect and breathtaking knowledge that have long defined his work, Wright argues that Jesus’ death on the cross was not only to absolve us of our sins; it was actually the beginning of a revolution commissioning the Christian faithful to a new vocation—a royal priesthood responsible for restoring and reconciling all of God’s creation. </p><p>Wright argues that Jesus’ crucifixion must be understood within the much larger story of God’s purposes to bring heaven and earth together. <em>The Day the Revolution Began</em> offers a grand picture of Jesus’ sacrifice and its full significance for the Christian faith, inspiring believers with a renewed sense of mission, purpose, and hope, and reminding them of the crucial role the Christian faith must play in protecting and shaping the future of the world.</p>

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