Bad Religion

Author : Ross Douthat
ISBN : 9781439178331
Genre : Political Science
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Traces the decline of Christianity in America since the 1950s, posing controversial arguments about the role of heresy in the nation's downfall while calling for a revival of traditional Christian practices.
Category: Political Science

Pseudojustin Ber Die Auferstehung

Author : Martin Heimgartner
ISBN : 9783110889192
Genre : Religion
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The tractate "On the Resurrection" preserved only in fragments, was attributed in church tradition to Justin. In an extensive introductory section, the present work examines the attestation of the text, which is then critically edited and translated into German. In detailed studies on the content, background, time and site of composition, as well as on the question of its authorship, Heimgartner comes to the conclusion that the tractate is likely to come from the apologist Atheagoras. Extensive appendices on the Vatopedi Florilegium and on prokop of Gaza's "Epitome", as well as concordance of and special bibliography on Pseudo-Justin, complete the volume.
Category: Religion

Finding You

Author : Christiane Bößel
ISBN : 9783958181946
Genre : Fiction
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Er ist heiß, er ist mysteriös und er hat ein dunkles Geheimnis - Band 2 der Stepbrother-Reihe von Christiane Bößel aus der Perspektive von Chris Chris war schon immer ein Problemkind. Von seinen Eltern vernachlässigt, wuchs er im Heim auf. Als Jugendlicher wurde er dann von einer hilfsbereiten Sozialarbeiterin adoptiert. Trotzdem benimmt er sich weiter wie ein echter Bad Boy, trinkt zu viel und macht nur Ärger. Doch als Chris auf Julia trifft, verändert sich seine Welt von einem Tag auf den anderen. Er fühlt sich zu dem perfekten Sunny Girl, das schon bald seine Stiefschwester werden soll, hingezogen und verspürt den unerklärlichen Drang, sie zu beschützen. Doch Julia scheint so gar nicht begeistert von ihrem neuen Mitbewohner … Von Christiane Bößel sind bei Forever by Ullstein eschienen: Losing me (Stepbrother-Reihe Band 1) Finding you (Stepbrother-Reihe Band 2)
Category: Fiction

Die Bibel Nach Biff

Author : Christopher Moore
ISBN : 9783894809966
Genre : Fiction
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Im Buch der Bücher fehlen einige Kapitel: Unter den wachsamen Augen von Engel Raziel soll Biff diese Lücke füllen und alles über die Kindheit und die turbulente Jugend von Jesus Christus berichten. Biff ist der einzige glaubwürdige Zeuge dieser Zeit, schließlich ist er in all den Jahren Jesus' bester Freund gewesen und stand ihm schon zur Seite, als dieser noch versuchte, vertrocknete Eidechsen zum Leben zu erwecken ...
Category: Fiction

Religion And The Marketplace In The United States

Author : Jan Stievermann
ISBN : 9780190266578
Genre : Social Science
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Alexis de Tocqueville once described the national character of Americans as one question insistently asked: "How much money will it bring in?" G.K. Chesterton, a century later, described America as a "nation with a soul of a church." At first glance, the two observations might appear to be diametrically opposed, but this volume shows the ways in which American religion and American business overlap and interact with one another, defining the US in terms of religion, and religion in terms of economics. Bringing together original contributions by leading experts and rising scholars from both America and Europe, the volume pushes this field of study forward by examining the ways religions and markets in relationship can provide powerful insights and open unseen aspects into both. In essays ranging from colonial American mercantilism to modern megachurches, from literary markets to popular festivals, the authors explore how religious behavior is shaped by commerce, and how commercial practices are informed by religion. By focusing on what historians often use off-handedly as a metaphor or analogy, the volume offers new insights into three varieties of relationships: religion and the marketplace, religion in the marketplace, and religion as the marketplace. Using these categories, the contributors test the assumptions scholars have come to hold, and offer deeper insights into religion and the marketplace in America.
Category: Social Science

Sexual Misconduct And The Future Of Mega Churches How Large Religious Organizations Go Astray

Author : Glenn L. Starks
ISBN : 9781440803925
Genre : Religion
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Why have multiple mega-church leaders—Ted Haggard and Bishop Eddie Long, for example—committed acts of sexual misconduct? This book discusses the reasons in depth and examines how these acts are impacting the future of megachurches.
Category: Religion

Soul Self And Society

Author : Edward L. Rubin
ISBN : 9780199348671
Genre : Political Science
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Political and social commentators regularly bemoan the decline of morality in the modern world. They claim that the norms and values that held society together in the past are rapidly eroding, to be replaced by permissiveness and empty hedonism. But as Edward Rubin demonstrates in this powerful account of moral transformations, these prophets of doom are missing the point. Morality is not diminishing; instead, a new morality, centered on an ethos of human self-fulfillment, is arising to replace the old one. As Rubin explains, changes in morality have gone hand in hand with changes in the prevailing mode of governance throughout the course of Western history. During the Early Middle Ages, a moral system based on honor gradually developed. In a dangerous world where state power was declining, people relied on bonds of personal loyalty that were secured by generosity to their followers and violence against their enemies. That moral order, exemplified in the early feudal system and in sagas like The Song of Roland, The Song of the Cid, and the Arthurian legends has faded, but its remnants exist today in criminal organizations like the Mafia and in the rap music of the urban ghettos. When state power began to revive in the High Middle Ages through the efforts of the European monarchies, and Christianity became more institutionally effective and more spiritually intense, a new morality emerged. Described by Rubin as the morality of higher purposes, it demanded that people devote their personal efforts to achieving salvation and their social efforts to serving the emerging nation-states. It insisted on social hierarchy, confined women to subordinate roles, restricted sex to procreation, centered child-rearing on moral inculcation, and countenanced slavery and the marriage of pre-teenage girls to older men. Our modern era, which began in the late 18th century, has seen the gradual erosion of this morality of higher purposes and the rise of a new morality of self-fulfillment, one that encourages individuals to pursue the most meaningful and rewarding life-path. Far from being permissive or a moral abdication, it demands that people respect each other's choices, that sex be mutually enjoyable, that public positions be allocated according to merit, and that society provide all its members with their minimum needs so that they have the opportunity to fulfill themselves. Where people once served the state, the state now functions to serve the people. The clash between this ascending morality and the declining morality of higher purposes is the primary driver of contemporary political and cultural conflict. A sweeping, big-idea book in the vein of Francis Fukuyama's The End of History, Charles Taylor's The Secular Age, and Richard Sennett's The Fall of Public Man, Edward Rubin's new volume promises to reshape our understanding of morality, its relationship to government, and its role in shaping the emerging world of High Modernity.
Category: Political Science

Outposts Of Hope

Author : Douglas D. Webster
ISBN : 9781498200677
Genre : Religion
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The original recipients of the Letter of First Peter inhabited a radically different social context from our own. We do not live under Roman imperial rule. Slave labor is not the driving force of our economy. Women are not under patriarchal domination in our culture as they once were. Society has changed, but what is beyond dispute is that Western culture remains antithetical to God's will and hostile to the Jesus way. The imperial Caesar has been replaced by the imperial self. The Pax Romana has been replaced by the American Dream. Western capitalism still trades in the bodies and souls of human beings. Culture obsesses over sexual freedom and material indulgence. Idolatry is pervasive. Autonomous individualism is the ideal. First Peter is about the inevitable clash with culture that ensues because of the good news of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Peter's bottom-up profile of costly discipleship is far more radical than we may realize. Hostility against the church is the believer's opportunity under pressure to reveal the goodness of God. Suffering and submission are essential for Peter's Christ for culture strategy. Sacrifice is the leverage of the gospel. Cross-bearing humility is the strategy for relating to culture and Christlike humility is essential for living in the household of God.
Category: Religion