Theology

The Theology of Dracula: Reading the Book of Stoker as Sacred Text

By Noel Montague-Etienne Rarignac

Few books have so seized the general public mind's eye as Bram Stoker's Dracula, much more renowned now than while it used to be first released in 1897. This severe paintings represents a rereading of the horror vintage as a Christian textual content, one who alchemizes Platonism, Gnosticism, Mariology and Christian resurrection in a story that explores the ugly. Of specific curiosity is the way the Dracula narrative emerges from past vampire stories, which juxtapose Apollonian and Dionysian impulses. a robust addition to vampire and horror scholarship.

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The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works (Penguin Classics)

Within the fourteenth century there has been an excellent flourishing of spiritual writings in English, either orthodox and heretical. a lot of those works keen on Christ's ardour and humanity, while The Cloud of Unknowing describes an summary, transcendent God past human wisdom and human language. Drawing upon significantly various traditions, it's a wealthy paintings packed with interesting contradictions that speaks to us with liveliness and wit even at the present time. The unknown writer, considered a clergyman and Carthusian monk, is usually believed to have written the opposite 3 works during this quantity: The Mystical Theology of Saint Denis, The e-book of Privy Counselling, and An Epistle on Prayer, which, including The Cloud of Unknowing, are the 4 texts on the center of medieval mystical theology.

This Penguin Classics variation contains complete explanatory notes, feedback for additional analyzing, an appendix that reproduces the center English textual content of a bit of The Mystical Theology of Saint Denis, and an creation that locations the texts in the context of medieval spiritual writing.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts superior via introductions and notes by means of wonderful students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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Three Philosophies of Life: Ecclesiastes--Life as Vanity, Job--Life as Suffering, Song of Songs--Life as Love

By Peter Kreeft

I have been a thinker for all my grownup lifestyles and the 3 so much profound books of philosophy that i've got ever learn are Ecclesiastes, task, and track of Songs." those are the hole strains of Kreeft's 3 Philosophies of lifestyles. He displays that there are finally basically 3 philosophies of lifestyles and every one is represented by means of this type of books of the Bible-life is self-importance; existence is discomfort; existence is love.

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Gadamer and Ricoeur: Critical Horizons for Contemporary Hermeneutics (Continuum Studies in Continental Philosophy)

Hans-Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur have been of an important hermeneutical philosophers of the 20 th century. Gadamer single-handedly revived hermeneutics as a philosophical box together with his many essays and his masterpiece, fact and procedure. Ricoeur famously mediated the Gadamer-Habermas debate and complicated his personal hermeneutical philosophy via a few books addressing social concept, faith, psychoanalysis and political philosophy.

This publication brings Gadamer and Ricoeur right into a hermeneutical dialog with one another via a few of their most vital commentators. Twelve best students convey modern checks of the heritage and promise of hermeneutical philosophy, delivering targeted dialogue at the paintings of those key hermeneutical thinkers. The booklet indicates how the horizons in their notion immediately aid and query one another and the way, in lots of methods, the paintings of those pioneering philosophers defines the problems and agendas for the hot century.

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Philosophers and God: At the Frontiers of Faith and Reason

Public curiosity in spiritual debate within the united kingdom and united states has lately been fed through a chain of books of well known polemic opposed to theism, faith and the self-discipline of theology itself. A small has grown up round those works―by Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens, and others―but many have complained not only in their theological illiteracy but additionally in their tendency to conflate non secular trust with fundamentalism. they've got contributed to a public surroundings of anti-pluralist hostility to the expression of "faith positions." the ambience in Britain of competitive secularism contrasts sharply with a public tradition within the united states of spiritual conservatism that's suspicious of secular humanism. right here, a chain of philosophers mirror, in an exploratory and confessional spirit, upon the prestige and resources in their faith or different non secular sympathies―this might are available the shape of a dedication to religion, an openness to faith, or one other event of transcendence. The authors get right down to the necessities of non secular agnosticism, the boundaries of secular humanism, the assumption of conversion, the character of depression, and the potential for ethical objectivity.

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Protestantism: A Very Short Introduction

By Mark A. Noll

Mark A. Noll, named considered one of America's so much influential evangelicals through Time Magazine, offers a clean and obtainable historical past of Protestantism from the period of Martin Luther to the current day. Noll starts with the founding of Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, and Anabaptist church buildings within the sixteenth-century Reformation, and considers the increase of different vital Christian events like Methodism and Pentecostalism. yet instead of concentrating on simply the widespread ecu and American histories, he discusses the hot growth of Protestant activities in Africa, China, India, and Latin the United States, emphasizing the on-going and swiftly increasing tale of Protestants around the globe. The ebook highlights the contributions of famous figures starting from Martin Luther and John Calvin to Karl Barth, Dora Yu, Samuel Ajayi Crowther, and Pandita Ramabai, and it sheds mild on why Protestant energies have flagged lately within the Western global whereas increasing dramatically in different places. Detailing the foremost issues of Protestant commonality--including the message of Christian salvation, reliance at the Bible, and association via own initiative--he illuminates the explanations for Protestantism's notable diversity.

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Abraham Ibn Ezra on Elections, Interrogations, and Medical Astrology (Etudes Sur Le Judaisme Medieval: Abraham Ibn Ezra's Astrological Writings, Volume 3)

This quantity bargains the 1st severe version of the Hebrew textual content, with English translation and remark, of 7 astrological treatises through Abraham Ibn Ezra: the ebook of Elections (3 versions); the booklet of Interrogations (3 versions); and the ebook of the Luminaries. This quantity, then, covers the astrological doctrine of elections, that is considering discovering the simplest time to start a specific task; the doctrine of interrogations, designed to permit astrologers to respond to questions regarding lifestyle; and the astrological idea in the back of the doctrine of the serious days, while marked adjustments happen within the indicators of a sickness. those 3 structures of astrology have been mixed in one quantity simply because Ibn Ezra considers them to be heavily interrelated.

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Greed: The Seven Deadly Sins (New York Public Library Lectures in Humanities)

Greedy. Avarice. Covetousness. Miserliness. Insatiable cupidity. Overreaching ambition. wish spun uncontrolled. The lethal sin of Greed is going by way of many names, looks in lots of guises, and wreaks havoc on participants and countries alike.

In this vigorous and beneficiant publication, Phyllis A. Tickle argues that Greed is "the Matriarch of the lethal Clan," the final word resource of satisfaction, Envy, Sloth, Gluttony, Lust, and Anger. She exhibits that the key faiths, from Hinduism and Taoism to Buddhism and Christianity regard Greed because the maximum calamity people can take pleasure in, engendering additional sins and eviscerating all virtues. because the Sikh holy ebook Adi Granth asks: "Where there's greed, what love can there be?" Tickle takes an extended view of Greed, from St. Paul to the current, focusing rather on altering imaginitive representations of Greed in Western literature and artwork. such works because the Psychomachia, or "Soul conflict" of the fifth-century poet Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, the work of Peter Bruegel and Hieronymous Bosch, the 1987 movie Wall Street, and the modern Italian artist Mario Donizetti, Tickle indicates how our perceptions have developed from the medieval realizing of Greed as a non secular enemy to a nineteenth-century sociological build to an early twentieth-century mental deficiency, and at last to a brand new view, powerfully articulated in Donizetti's mystical work, of Greed as either tragic and beautiful.

Engaging, witty, brilliantly insightful, Greed explores the entire variety of this lethal sin's refined, chameleon-like traits, and the large harmful strength it wields, evidenced all too truly on the earth today.

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The "Book of Common Prayer": A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)

By Alan Jacobs

While many people are accustomed to such recognized phrases as, "Dearly cherished, we're collected jointly right here. . ." or "Ashes to ashes, dirt to dust," we won't be aware of that they originated with The Book of universal Prayer, which first seemed in 1549. just like the phrases of the King James Bible and Shakespeare, the language of this prayer ebook has saturated English tradition and letters. the following Alan Jacobs tells its tale. Jacobs indicates how The Book of universal Prayer--from its beginnings as a method of social and political keep watch over within the England of Henry VIII to its around the world presence today--became a venerable paintings whose cadences convey the center of non secular existence for many.

The book's leader maker, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, created it because the authoritative handbook of Christian worship all through England. yet as Jacobs recounts, the publication has had a variable and dramatic occupation within the advanced background of English church politics, and has been the focal point of celebrations, protests, or even penal complex phrases. As time handed, new types of the ebook have been made to fit the various English-speaking international locations: first in Scotland, then within the new usa, and at last at any place the British Empire prolonged its arm. over the years, Cranmer's publication used to be tailored for various personal tastes and reasons. Jacobs vividly demonstrates how one ebook grew to become many--and the way it has formed the devotional lives of fellows and ladies around the globe.

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Nationalism: A Very Short Introduction

All through heritage, humanity has borne witness to the political and ethical demanding situations that come up while humans position nationwide id above allegiance to geo-political states or foreign groups. This booklet discusses the idea that of countries and nationalism from social, philosophical, geological, theological, and anthropological views. It examines nationalist conflicts earlier and current, together with contemporary struggles within the Balkans and the center East. especially, this attention-grabbing and accomplished paintings basically indicates how emotions of nationalism are an inescapable a part of being human.

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