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The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the ...
by Ben Shapiro

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English

Pages

277

Publication Date

March 19, 2019

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<p><strong>America has a God-shaped hole in its heart, argues <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author Ben Shapiro, and we shouldn't fill it with politics and hate.</strong></p><p>In 2016, Ben Shapiro spoke at UC Berkeley. Hundreds of police officers were required from 10 UC campuses across the state to protect his speech, which was -- ironically -- about the necessity for free speech and rational debate. </p><p>He came to argue that Western Civilization is in the midst of a crisis of purpose and ideas. Our freedoms are built upon the twin notions that every human being is made in God’s image and that human beings were created with reason capable of exploring God’s world. </p><p>We can thank these values for the birth of science, the dream of progress, human rights, prosperity, peace, and artistic beauty. Jerusalem and Athens built America, ended slavery, defeated the Nazis and the Communists, lifted billions from poverty and gave billions spiritual purpose. Jerusalem and Athens were the foundations of the Magna Carta and the Treaty of Westphalia; they were the foundations of Declaration of Independence, Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail.</p><p>Civilizations that rejected Jerusalem and Athens have collapsed into dust. The USSR rejected Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, substituting a new utopian vision of “social justice” – and they starved and slaughtered tens of millions of human beings. The Nazis rejected Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, and they shoved children into gas chambers. Venezuela rejects Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, and citizens of their oil-rich nation have been reduced to eating dogs.  </p><p>We are in the process of abandoning Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, favoring instead moral subjectivism and the rule of passion. And we are watching our civilization collapse into age-old tribalism, individualistic hedonism, and moral subjectivism. We believe we can reject Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law and satisfy ourselves with intersectionality, or scientific materialism, or progressive politics, or authoritarian governance, or nationalistic solidarity. </p><p>We can’t.</p><p>The West is special, and in <em>The Right Side of History, </em>Ben Shapiro bravely explains that it’s because too many of us have lost sight of the moral purpose that drives us each to be better, or the sacred duty to work together for the greater good, or both. A stark warning, and a call to spiritual arms, this book may be the first step in getting our civilization back on track. </p>
In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy
by Frédéric Martel

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English

Pages

571

Publication Date

February 21, 2019

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<b>The <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller</b><br /><b><br />'[An] earth-shaking exposé of clerical corruption' - <i>National Catholic Reporter</i></b><br /><i><i><br /></i>In the Closet of the Vatican</i> exposes the rot at the heart of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church today. This brilliant piece of investigative writing is based on four years' authoritative research, including extensive interviews with those in power. <br /><br />The celibacy of priests, the condemnation of the use of contraceptives, the cover up of countless cases of sexual abuse, the resignation of Benedict XVI, misogyny among the clergy, the dramatic fall in Europe of the number of vocations to the priesthood, the plotting against Pope Francis – all these issues are clouded in mystery and secrecy.<br /><br /><i>In the Closet of the Vatican</i> is a book that reveals these secrets and penetrates this enigma. It derives from a system founded on a clerical culture of secrecy which starts in junior seminaries and continues right up to the Vatican itself. It is based on the double lives of priests and on extreme homophobia. The resulting schizophrenia in the Church is hard to fathom. But the more a prelate is homophobic, the more likely it is that he is himself gay.<br /><br />'Behind rigidity there is always something hidden, in many cases a double life'. These are the words of Pope Francis himself and with them the Pope has unlocked the Closet.<br /><br />No one can claim to really understand the Catholic Church today until they have read this book. It reveals a truth that is extraordinary and disturbing.
Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others
by Barbara Brown Taylor

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English

Pages

248

Publication Date

March 12, 2019

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<p>The renowned and beloved <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of <em>An Altar in the World</em> and <em>Learning to Walk in the Dark </em>recounts her moving discoveries of finding the sacred in unexpected places while teaching the world’s religions to undergraduates in rural Georgia, revealing how God delights in confounding our expectations. </p><p>Barbara Brown Taylor continues her spiritual journey begun in <em>Leaving Church</em> of finding out what the world looks like after taking off her clergy collar. In <em>Holy Envy</em>, she contemplates the myriad ways other people and traditions encounter the Transcendent, both by digging deeper into those traditions herself and by seeing them through her students’ eyes as she sets off with them on field trips to monasteries, temples, and mosques.  </p><p>Troubled and inspired by what she learns, Taylor returns to her own tradition for guidance, finding new meaning in old teachings that have too often been used to exclude religious strangers instead of embracing the divine challenges they present. Re-imagining some central stories from the religion she knows best, she takes heart in how often God chooses outsiders to teach insiders how out-of-bounds God really is.</p><p>Throughout <em>Holy Envy</em>, Taylor weaves together stories from the classroom with reflections on how her own spiritual journey has been complicated and renewed by connecting with people of other traditions—even those whose truths are quite different from hers.  The one constant in her odyssey is the sense that God is the one calling her to disown her version of God—a change that ultimately enriches her faith in other human beings and in God.</p><p> </p>
Holy Bible: From the Ancient Eastern Text
by George Mamishisho Lamsa

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English

Pages

1243

Publication Date

April 01, 2014

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<p>This handsome new edition of the authoritative English translation of the Aramaic (Syriac) Old and New Testaments--the language of Jesus--clarifies difficult passages and offers fresh insight on the <em>Bible's </em>message.</p>
Five Volumes of Spiritual Wisdom: The Wisdom of the Torah, The Wi...
by Philosophical Library

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English

Pages

1044

Publication Date

September 11, 2012

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<DIV><DIV><B>A stunning collection of ancient wisdom featuring powerful insights from five of the world’s most influential religions.</B></DIV><DIV><BR /><I>The Wisdom of the Torah </I>is an instruction in the central beliefs of three world religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. But by observing the Torah, or the Hebrew Bible, as a collected work of multiple authors spanning generations, the modern reader can look beyond its fundamental instruction. In these works, readers find many lyrical and timeless reflections on what it means to have faith and to be a member of the human race.</DIV><DIV><I> </I></DIV><DIV><I>The Wisdom of the Talmud </I>presents a thorough history and overview of the Talmud, the rabbinical commentary on the Torah that was developed in the Jewish academies of Palestine and Babylonia. From man’s purpose and miracles to marriage and wellness to consciousness and community, the Talmud considers what it means to practice faith on a daily basis and through a changing world. </DIV><DIV><I> </I></DIV><DIV>In <I>The Wisdom of the Koran</I>, readers will discover a selection of key chapters such as “The Night Journey” and “The Cave,” footnotes to convey context and meaning, as well as several stories from Judeo-Christian history. This invaluable anthology is an excellent step toward greater understanding of one of the finest pieces of Arabic prose and the Muslim faith.</DIV><DIV><I> </I></DIV><DIV><I>The Wisdom of Muhammad</I> is essential reading for anyone who wants to have a true understanding of Islam, and offers a compelling examination of the life and sayings of the Prophet. Covering a diverse range of topics, from marriage and civic charity to the individual’s relationship to God and the afterlife, the Prophet’s words dispel misconceptions about the history of the faith, its leader, and its core beliefs.</DIV><DIV> </DIV><I>The Wisdom of Buddha</I>, drawn from the sacred books of Buddhism, reveals the insights and beliefs at the heart of the world’s fourth-largest religion. Covering the birth and death of the Buddha, as well as the major tenets of Buddhism, this collection offers a profound view of the Buddhist religion and its founder. <P>These five volumes from Philosophical Library’s groundbreaking Wisdom series are available in one volume for the first time.</P></DIV>
Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis Signature Classics)
by C. S. Lewis

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English

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248

Publication Date

May 28, 2009

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<p>In the classic <em>Mere Christianity</em>, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books <em>The Case for Christianity</em>, <em>Christian Behavior</em>, and <em>Beyond Personality</em>, <em>Mere Christianity</em> provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.</p>
Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse
by Timothy P. Carney

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

February 19, 2019

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<p><strong>Now a Washington Post bestseller. </strong></p><p>Respected conservative journalist and commentator Timothy P. Carney continues the conversation begun with <em>Hillbilly Elegy</em> and the classic <em>Bowling Alone</em> in this hard-hitting analysis that identifies the true factor behind the decline of the American dream: it is not purely the result of economics as the left claims, but the collapse of the institutions that made us successful, including marriage, church, and civic life.<br /><br />During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump proclaimed, “the American dream is dead,” and this message resonated across the country. </p><p>Why do so many people believe that the American dream is no longer within reach? Growing inequality, stubborn pockets of immobility, rising rates of deadly addiction, the increasing and troubling fact that where you start determines where you end up, heightening political strife—these are the disturbing realities threatening ordinary American lives today.</p><p>The standard accounts pointed to economic problems among the working class, but the root was a cultural collapse: While the educated and wealthy elites still enjoy strong communities, most blue-collar Americans lack strong communities and institutions that bind them to their neighbors. And outside of the elites, the central American institution has been religion</p><p>That is, it’s not the factory closings that have torn us apart; it’s the church closings. The dissolution of our most cherished institutions—nuclear families, places of worship, civic organizations—has not only divided us, but eroded our sense of worth, belief in opportunity, and connection to one another.</p><p>In <em>Abandoned America</em>, Carney visits all corners of America, from the dim country bars of Southwestern Pennsylvania., to the bustling Mormon wards of Salt Lake City, and explains the most important data and research to demonstrate how the social connection is the great divide in America. He shows that Trump’s surprising victory was the most visible symptom of this deep-seated problem. In addition to his detailed exploration of how a range of societal changes have, in tandem, damaged us, Carney provides a framework that will lead us back out of a lonely, modern wilderness.</p>
The Theft of America’s Soul: Blowing the Lid Off the Lies That ...
by Phil Robertson

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English

Pages

219

Publication Date

February 05, 2019

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<p><strong>It’s time to take back what the devil has stolen and put God back into our culture.</strong></p><p>Phil Robertson, patriarch of A&E’s <em>Duck Dynasty </em>and one of the most recognized voices of conservative Christianity in America, believes that little by little, generation by generation, America has allowed the lines of morality, decency, and virtue to be erased. Our values have disappeared as we began to believe lies—such as that God is dead, truth is relative, and unity is impossible—that have brought discord, division and protest.  But Phil also believes that things can change.</p><p>Writing with captivating storytelling and unflinching honesty, Phil shows how to make America a God-honoring nation once more: by dropping the ten central lies that rule our day and taking up the ten truths that will bring peace of mind, harmony, and prosperity back to our country. </p><p><em>The Theft of America’s Soul</em> is a prophetic wake-up call for all who desire to see our nation thrive. And it is also an invitation to experience the life-giving, peace-filling, wholly-transforming love of God.</p><p> </p>
Ellen White's Afterlife
by George R. Knight

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English

Pages

238

Publication Date

March 19, 2019

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PROPHET OR PLAGIARIST?<br /><br />One of the most serious questions ever raised about Ellen White<br /><br />Ellen White’s Afterlife examines:<br /><br />The delightful fictions about her in the 1960s<br />The troubling facts uncovered in the 1970s<br />The enlightening research of the 1980s and beyond<br />Included is a treasure trove of crucial documents in the journey:<br /><br />Minutes of the Walter Rea investigative committee on Ellen White’s use of sources<br />Veltman’s summary of his 8-year analysis of the sources used in The Desire of Ages<br />The White Estate’s reaction to the Veltman study<br />Minutes of the 1919 Bible Conference<br />W. C. White’s understanding of his mother’s inspiration and use of documents<br />Overview of Donald McAdam’s pioneering work on Ellen White’s use of documents
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and R...
by Jonathan Haidt

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English

Pages

530

Publication Date

March 13, 2012

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<p><b><i>New York Times</i> Bestseller</b><br /> <b> </b><br /> <b>In this “landmark contribution to humanity’s understanding of itself” (<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>) social psychologist Jonathan Haidt<i> </i>challenges conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to conservatives and liberals alike. </b><br />  <br /> Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, Haidt shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings. He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns. In this subtle yet accessible book, Haidt gives you the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation, as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and conflicts. If you’re ready to trade in anger for understanding, read <i>The Righteous Mind</i>.<br /><br /></p>

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