Download E-books Buddha in a Teacup: Contemporary Dharma Tales PDF

By Todd Walton

The forty-two brief stories that include Buddha In A Teacup are set in modern the USA, rather than some time past China or India. each one parable springs from the author’s meditations on primary points of Buddhist dharma as these instructing observe to the area this present day. a number of the stories are funny, a few unhappy, a few erotic, a few mysterious—all associated and balanced through issues of mindfulness, compassion, generosity, kindness and love. The reader don't need to be a Buddhist or understand something approximately Buddhism to totally savor and luxuriate in those common stories of the human situation.

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Download E-books Drunk with Blood: God's Killings in the Bible PDF

By Steve Wells

"An eye-opening examine the rapes, genocides, and murders which are acknowledged with delight in and approval within the so-called reliable booklet, and a pleasant reminder of ways smooth secular morality, according to human rights and human flourishing, is loads father complex than the normal morality of religion."

-Steven Pinker, Johnstone relatives Professor, Harvard college, and the writer of the higher Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.

Drunk With Blood encompasses a separate account for every of God's 158 killings. those tales fill the pages of the Bible, but they're seldom learn in church and are overlooked through such a lot Bible believers, that's a disgrace simply because God is so happy with his killings:
"I kill ... I wound ... i'm going to make mine arrows inebriated with blood and my sword shall eat flesh." Deuteronomy 32:39-42
You've most likely pay attention of some of God's killings. Noah's Flood,Sodom and Gomorrah, David and Goliath, probably. yet there are over a hundred and fifty others which are unknown to pretty well all people, believer and nonbeliever alike.
Did you recognize, for instance, that God:
*Forced family and friends to kill one another for dancing bare round Aaron's golden calf?
*Burned Aaron's sons to loss of life for providing him unusual fireplace?
*Burned complainers to loss of life, compelled the survivors to consume quail till it actually got here out their noses, despatched "fiery serpents" to chew humans for complaining in regards to the loss of meals and water, and killed 14,700 for complaining approximately his killings?
*Buried alive those who adversarial Moses (along with their families)?
*Burned 250 males to dying for burning incense?
*Rewarded Phinehas for throwing a spear although the bellies of an inter-tribal couple whereas they have been having intercourse?
*Ordered, assisted in, or authorized of dozens of entire genocides?
*Accepted human sacrifice within the situations of Jephthah's daughter and Saul's seven sons?
*Helped Samson homicide thirty males for his or her outfits, slaughter a thousand with the jawbone of an ass, and kill 3000 civilians in a a suicide terrorist assault?
*Smote the Philistines of numerous towns with hemorrhoids of their mystery elements?
*Killed a guy for attempting to hold the ark of the covenant from falling and 50,070 for having a look into the ark?
*Approved whilst David acquired his first spouse with two hundred Philistine foreskins?
*Killed King Saul for no longer killing each Amalekite as he informed him to do?
*Slowly killed a child to punish King David for committing adultery?
*Killed 70,000 simply because David had a census that he (or devil) advised him to do?
*Sent a lion to kill a prophet for believing one other prophet's lie, one other lion to kill a guy for now not smiting a prophet, and a few extra lions to kill people who did not worry him sufficient?
*Killed 450 non secular leaders who misplaced a prayer contest with Elijah and burned 102 males to dying for asking Elijah to come back down from his hill?
*Sent bears to tear aside forty two boys for making enjoyable of Elisha's bald head?
*Killed 27,000 Syrians by means of having a wall fall on them, despatched an angel to kill 185,000 slumbering squaddies, interfered in human battles to kill a part million Israelite and one million Ethiopian infantrymen?
*Killed King Ahab for no longer killing a captured king, after which despatched King Jehu on a chain of mass murders to kill all of Ahab's friends and family who had ever "pissed opposed to a wall?"
*Killed Jehoram by means of making his bowels fall out?
*Killed Job's ten little ones in a big gamble with devil?
*Killed Ezekiel's spouse and instructed him to not mourn her?
*Killed Ananias and Sapphira for now not giving Peter all their cash?
*Killed King Herod through feeding him to worms?
All of those killings, and extra, are present in the Bible, and their tales are advised within the 2d variation of under the influence of alcohol With Blood.

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Download E-books Supernatural as Natural: A Biocultural Approach to Religion PDF

By Michael Winkelman

This ebook offers a basic creation to the organic and evolutionary bases of faith and is appropriate for introductory point classes  in  the anthropology and psychology of faith and comparative religion.

Why did human ancestors in all places undertake spiritual ideals and customs? The presence and endurance of many non secular beneficial properties around the globe and time means that it really is traditional for people to think within the supernatural. during this new textual content, the authors discover either the organic and cultural dimensions of faith and the evolutionary origins of spiritual features.

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Download E-books The Historical Jesus in Context (Princeton Readings in Religions) PDF

By Amy-Jill Levine

The old Jesus in Context is a landmark assortment that areas the gospel narratives of their complete literary, social, and archaeological context. greater than twenty-five the world over well-known specialists provide new translations and outlines of a wide variety of texts that shed new mild at the Jesus of background, together with pagan prayers and personal inscriptions, miracle stories and martyrdoms, parables and fables, divorce decrees and imperial propaganda.

The translated materials--from Christian, Coptic, and Jewish in addition to Greek, Roman, and Egyptian texts--extend past unmarried words to surround the entire context, hence permitting readers to find Jesus in a broader cultural surroundings than is generally made on hand. This ebook demonstrates that in simple terms by means of understanding the area within which Jesus lived and taught do we totally comprehend him, his message, and the unfold of the Gospel.

amassing in a single position fabric that used to be formerly to be had in basic terms in disparate assets, this ambitious publication presents leading edge perception into concerns no much less grand than first-century Jewish and Gentile existence, the composition of the Gospels, and Jesus himself.

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Download E-books The Bible with Sources Revealed PDF

By Richard Elliott Friedman

One of the World's most appropriate Bible specialists deals a Groundbreaking Presentation of the 5 Books of Moses

In The Bible with assets Revealed, Richard Elliott Friedman deals a brand new, visible presentation of the 5 Books of Moses -- Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy -- unlocking the advanced and interesting tapestry in their origins. diverse colours and kind types let readers to simply determine all the exact resources, showcasing Friedman's hugely acclaimed and dynamic translation.

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Download E-books The Kabbalistic Mirror of Genesis: Commentary on Genesis 1-3 PDF

By David Chaim Smith

The Kabbalistic replicate of Genesis is the 1st e-book of its sort. It conscientiously re-examines the 1st 3 chapters of the e-book of Genesis from an intensive non-theistic place, thoroughly elimination the idea that of a writer God. regardless of this 'heretical' place, the e-book makes use of a historically detailed kabbalistic vocabulary and constitution. earlier works that experience tried to unpack the textual content constantly depend on theistic dogma and mythology. Smith's booklet is really without traditional non secular 'truth', and probes the last word mysteries utilizing epistemological and ontological wondering from a base of gnostic realization. The Kabbalistic reflect of Genesis was formerly purely on hand to a small staff of Smith's scholars and shut colleagues, however it is now obvious that this paintings is significantly very important and needed to be made on hand to a much broader audience.

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Download E-books Religious Fundamentalism: Global, Local and Personal PDF

By Peter Herriot

How does a non secular fundamentalist come to embody a counter-cultural global view?

Fundamentalism will be analysed from quite a few perspectives. It is one of those trust procedure which permits participants to make experience in their lives and offers them with an identity. It is a social phenomenon, within which strictly non secular humans act based on the norms, values, and ideology of the crowd to which they belong. It is a cultural product, within the feel that diverse cultural settings bring about various sorts of fundamentalism. And it's a worldwide phenomenon, within the seen experience that it's to be chanced on in every single place, and likewise since it is either a response opposed to, and in addition part of, the globalising smooth world.

Religious Fundamentalism offers with all of those 4 degrees of study, uniquely combining sociological and mental views, and referring to them to every other. Each bankruptcy is by means of a long case learn, and those diversity from an in depth textual research of George W. Bush’s moment inaugural speech via to a remedy of Al-Qaida as a world media event.

This publication offers a finished social medical viewpoint on an issue of large modern value, and will be of use either to school scholars and in addition to scholars of the modern world.


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Download E-books Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape PDF

By Jenna Miscavige Hill, Lisa Pulitzer

Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology chief David Miscavige, was once raised as a Scientologist yet left the debatable faith in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she stocks her real tale of existence contained in the higher ranks of the sect, information her reviews as a member Sea Org—the church's optimum ministry, speaks of her "disconnection" from relations open air of the association, and tells the tale of her final escape.

In this tell-all memoir, whole with relatives images from her time within the Church, Jenna Miscavige Hill, a in demand critic of Scientology who now is helping others go away the association, bargains an insider's profile of the ideals, rituals, and secrets and techniques of the faith that has captured the fascination of hundreds of thousands, together with a few of Hollywood's brightest stars equivalent to Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

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