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Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christian...
by James J. O'Donnell

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English

Pages

293

Publication Date

March 17, 2015

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<p>A provocative and contrarian religious history that charts the rise of Christianity from the point of view of traditional” religion from the religious scholar and critically acclaimed author of <em>Augustine</em>.</p><p><em>Pagans</em> explores the rise of Christianity from a surprising and unique viewpoint: that of the people who witnessed their ways of life destroyed by what seemed then a powerful religious cult. These “pagans” were actually pious Greeks, Romans, Syrians, and Gauls who observed the traditions of their ancestors. To these devout polytheists, Christians who worshipped only one deity were immoral atheists who believed that a splash of water on the deathbed could erase a lifetime of sin.</p><p>Religious scholar James J. O’Donnell takes us on a lively tour of the Ancient Roman world through the fourth century CE, when Romans of every nationality, social class, and religious preference found their world suddenly constrained by rulers who preferred a strange new god. Some joined this new cult, while others denied its power, erroneously believing it was little more than a passing fad.</p><p>In <em>Pagans</em>, O’Donnell brings to life various pagan rites and essential features of Roman religion and life, offers fresh portraits of iconic historical figures, including Constantine, Julian, and Augustine, and explores important themes—Rome versus the east, civilization versus barbarism, plurality versus unity, rich versus poor, and tradition versus innovation—in this startling account. </p>
God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible
by Adam Nicolson

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

October 13, 2009

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<p>A network of complex currents flowed across Jacobean England. This was the England of Shakespeare, Jonson, and Bacon; the era of the Gunpowder Plot and the worst outbreak of the plague. Jacobean England was both more godly and less godly than the country had ever been, and the entire culture was drawn taut between these polarities. This was the world that created the King James Bible. It is the greatest work of English prose ever written, and it is no coincidence that the translation was made at the moment "Englishness," specifically the English language itself, had come into its first passionate maturity. The English of Jacobean England has a more encompassing idea of its own scope than any form of the language before or since. It drips with potency and sensitivity. The age, with all its conflicts, explains the book.</p>This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christia...
by , Amy-Jill Levine

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English

Pages

501

Publication Date

November 08, 2011

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<p>In <em>The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us,</em> preeminent biblical scholars Douglas A. Knight and Amy-Jill Levine deliver a broad and engaging introduction to the Old Testament—also known as the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible—offering a wealth of compelling historical background and context for the sacred literature that is at the heart of Judaism and Christianity. John Shelby Spong, author of <em>Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World </em>writes, "Levine and Knight have combined to write a book on the Bible that is as academically brilliant as it is marvelously entertaining. By placing our scriptures into their original Jewish context they have opened up startling and profound new insights. This is a terrific book."</p>
The True Saint Nicholas: Why He Matters to Christmas
by William J. Bennett

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English

Pages

132

Publication Date

October 14, 2009

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Former secretary of education, radio talk-show host, and bestselling author William Bennett blends his historical expertise combined with his gift for storytelling into a fascinating tale as he writes his first Christmas book about the actual story behind the man who ultimately became known as Santa Claus.<BR><BR>Saint Nicholas’s selfless giving is brought to life from its beginnings in the third century, far from where we stand today but ever so relevant to our lives. Reflecting on his life, we discover an inspiring story of devotion to God and a life example of eternal goodness for all time. <I>The True Saint Nicholas: Why He Matters to Christmas</I> focuses on three aspects of Saint Nicholas—the historical data of his actual life, his legacy in the centuries following his death, and the legendary status that transformed his likeness into the present-day Santa Claus. The book is designed to unveil the heart and life of someone who lived so long ago—and yet whose life remains an example for all people everywhere—an example that calls each of us to a higher order of generosity, giving, and devotion to others. A historical yet touching rendition of the origins of our modern-day Santa written by an in-demand spokesperson whose penchant for reminding us of the importance of virtue reacquaints us with the true meaning of Christmas.
Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ
by Timothy Keller

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English

Pages

153

Publication Date

October 25, 2016

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<b>From pastor and <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Timothy Keller comes the perfect gift for the Christmas holiday—a profoundly moving and intellectually provocative examination of the nativity story</b><br /><br /> Even people who are not practicing Christians think they are familiar with the story of the nativity. Every Christmas displays of Baby Jesus resting in a manger decorate lawns and churchyards, and songs about shepherds and angels fill the air. Yet despite the abundance of these Christian references in popular culture, how many of us have examined the hard edges of this biblical story?<br /><br /> In his new book Timothy Keller takes readers on an illuminating journey into the surprising background of the nativity. By understanding the message of hope and salvation within the Bible’s account of Jesus’ birth, readers will experience the redeeming power of God’s grace in a deeper and more meaningful way.
Woke Church: An Urgent Call for Christians in America to Confront...
by Eric Mason

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English

Pages

192

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<DIV><P>“<I>Between the Christianity of this land, and the Christianity of Christ, I recognize the widest possible difference</I>.” –Frederick Douglass, 1845</P><P>The prophets of old were not easy to listen to because they did not flatter.  They did not cajole. They spoke hard words that often chafed and unsettled their listeners. Like the Old Testament prophets, and more recent prophetic voices like Frederick Douglass, Dr. Eric Mason calls the evangelical church to a much-needed reckoning. In a time when many feel confused, complacent, or even angry, he challenges the church to:</P><P>Be Aware – to understand that the issue of justice is not a black issue, it’s a kingdom issue. To learn how the history of racism in America and in the church has tainted our witness to a watching world.</P><P>Be Redemptive – to grieve and lament what we have lost and to regain our prophetic voice, calling the church to remember our gospel imperative to promote justice and mercy.</P><P>Be Active – to move beyond polite, safe conversations about reconciliation and begin to set things aright for our soon-coming King, who will be looking for a WOKE CHURCH.</P></DIV>
Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skepti...
by , Sean McDowell

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English

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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 Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived The Holoca...
by , Susan Dworkin

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English

Pages

346

Publication Date

January 31, 2012

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<p><strong>#1 <em>New York Times</em> Bestseller</strong></p><p>Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman and went underground. With the help of a Christian friend, she emerged in Munich as Grete Denner. There she met Werner Vetter, a Nazi Party member who fell in love with her. Despite Edith's protests and even her eventual confession that she was Jewish, he married her and kept her identity a secret.</p><p>In wrenching detail, Edith recalls a life of constant, almost paralyzing fear. She tells how German officials casually questioned the lineage of her parents; how during childbirth she refused all painkillers, afraid that in an altered state of mind she might reveal something of her past; and how, after her husband was captured by the Soviets, she was bombed out of her house and had to hide while drunken Russian soldiers raped women on the street.</p><p>Despite the risk it posed to her life, Edith created a remarkable record of survival. She saved every document, as well as photographs she took inside labor camps. Now part of the permanent collection at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., these hundreds of documents, several of which are included in this volume, form the fabric of a gripping new chapter in the history of the Holocaust—complex, troubling, and ultimately triumphant.</p>
The Templars: The History and the Myth: From Solomon's Temple to ...
by Michael Haag

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English

Pages

386

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October 21, 2009

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<p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Arguably one of the most provocative, puzzling, and misunderstood organizations of medieval times, the legendary Knights Templar have always been shrouded in a veil of mystery, while inspiring popular culture from I<span style="COLOR: black">ndiana Jones to Dan Brown</span>. In <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">The Templars</i>, author Michael Haag offers a definitive history of these loyal Christian soldiers of the Crusades—sworn to defend the Holy Land and Jerusalem, but ultimately damned and destroyed by the Pope and his church. A bestseller in the United Kingdom—the first history of the enigmatic warriors to include findings from the Chinon Parchment, the long-lost Vatican document absolving the Knights of heresy—<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">The Templars</i> by Michael Haag<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"> </i>is fascinating reading.</p>
Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith
by Robert Father Barron

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English

Pages

306

Publication Date

September 06, 2011

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<b>Over 200,000 copies sold!<br /><br />“What I propose to do in this book is to take you on a guided exploration of the Catholic world, but not in the manner of a docent, for I am not interested in showing you the artifacts of Catholicism as though they were dusty <i>objets d’art</i> in a museum of culture.  I want to function rather as a mystagogue, conducting you ever deeper into the mystery of the incarnation in the hopes that you might be transformed by its power.”</b> –<b>Father Robert Barron</b><br /><b> </b><br />What is Catholicism? A 2,000-year-old living tradition? A worldview? A way of life? A relationship? A mystery? In <i>Catholicism </i>Father Robert Barron examines all these questions and more, seeking to capture the body, heart and mind of the Catholic faith.<br /><br />Starting from the essential foundation of Jesus Christ’s incarnation, life, and teaching, Father Barron moves through the defining elements of Catholicism--from sacraments, worship, and prayer, to Mary, the Apostles, and Saints, to grace, salvation, heaven, and hell--using his distinct and dynamic grasp of art, literature, architecture, personal stories, Scripture, theology, philosophy, and history to present the Church to the world. <br /><br />Paired with his documentary film series of the same title, <i>Catholicism </i>is an intimate journey, capturing “The Catholic Thing” in all its depth and beauty. Eclectic, unique, and inspiring, Father Barron brings the faith to life for a new generation, in a style that is both faithful to timeless truths, while simultaneously speaking in the language of contemporary life.

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