Download Jesus As A Figure In History by Mark Allan Powell (.PDF)

Jesus as a Figure in History: How Modern Historians View the Man from Galilee by Mark Allan Powell
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Overview: Here is the first comprehensive, balanced account of historical Jesus studies. Beginning with brief discussions of the early days of historical research into the person of Jesus and the methods developed by researchers at the time, Mark Allen Powell offers insightful overviews of some of the most important participants in the contemporary Jesus quests.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Religion, Christianity

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Download Exhortations to Philosophy by James Henderson Collins II (.PDF)

Exhortations to Philosophy: The Protreptics of Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle by James Henderson Collins II
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Overview: This book is a study of the literary strategies which the first professional philosophers used to market their respective disciplines. Philosophers of fourth-century BCE Athens developed the emerging genre of the “protreptic” (literally, “turning” or “converting”). Simply put, protreptic discourse uses a rhetoric of conversion that urges a young person to adopt a specific philosophy in order to live a good life. The author argues that the fourth-century philosophers used protreptic discourses to market philosophical practices and to define and legitimize a new cultural institution: the school of higher learning (the first in Western history). Specifically, the book investigates how competing educators in the fourth century produced protreptic discourses by borrowing and transforming traditional and contemporary “voices” in the cultural marketplace. They aimed to introduce and promote their new schools and define the new professionalized discipline of “philosophy.” While scholars have typically examined the discourses and practices of Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle in isolation from one another, this study rather combines philosophy, narratology, genre theory, and new historicism to focus on the discursive interaction between the three philosophers: each incorporates the discourse of his competitors into his protreptics. Appropriating and transforming the discourses of their competition, these intellectuals created literary texts that introduced their respective disciplines to potential students.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart by Kyle Idleman
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Overview: In gods at war, Kyle Idleman, bestselling author of not a fan, helps every believer recognize there are false gods at war within each of us, and they battle for the place of glory and control in our lives. What keeps us from truly following Jesus is that our hearts are pursuing something or someone else. While these pursuits may not be the “graven images” of old, they are in fact modern day idols. Behind the sin you’re struggling with, the discouragement you’re dealing with, the lack of purpose you’re living with is a false god that is winning the war for your heart.

According to Idleman, idolatry isn’t an issue―it is the issue.

By asking insightful questions, Idleman reveals which false gods each of us are allowing on the throne of our lives. What do you sacrifice for? What makes you mad? What do you worry about? Whose applause do you long for? We’re all wired for worship, but we often end up valuing and honoring the idols of money, sex, food, romance, success and many others that keep us from the intimate relationship with God that we desire.

Using true, powerful and honest testimonies of those who have struggled in each area, gods at war illustrates a clear path away from the heartache of our 21st century idolatry back to the heart of God – enabling us to truly be completely committed followers of Jesus.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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Download The Goddess by Christopher Fee, David Leeming (.ePUB)

The Goddess: Myths of the Great Mother by Christopher Fee, David Leeming
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Overview: For as long as we have sought god, we have found the goddess. Ruling over the imaginations of humankind’s earliest agricultural civilizations, she played a critical spiritual role as a keeper of nature’s fertile powers and an assurance of the next sustaining harvest. In The Goddess, David Leeming and Christopher Fee take us all the way back into prehistory, tracing the goddess across vast spans of time to tell the epic story of the transformation of belief and what it says about who we are.
Leeming and Fee use the goddess to gaze into the lives and souls of the people who worshipped her. They chart the development of traditional Western gender roles through an understanding of the transformation of concepts of the Goddess from her earliest roots in India and Iran to her more familiar faces in Ireland and Iceland. They examine the subordination of the goddess to the god as human civilizations became mobile and began to look upon masculine deities for assurances of survival in movement and battle. And they show how, despite this history, the goddess has remained alive in our spiritual imaginations, in figures such as the Christian Virgin Mother and, in contemporary times, the new-age resurrection of figures such as Gaia.
The Goddess explores this central aspect of ancient spiritual thought as a window into human history and the deepest roots of our beliefs.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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Download Christians in South Indian Villages by John B. Carman (.ePUB)

Christians in South Indian Villages, 1959-2009: Decline and Revival in Telangana by John B. Carman, Chilkuri Vasantha Rao
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 4 MB
Overview: A discerning study of a slice of modern Indian Christianity and Christian-Hindu encounter

This book revisits South Indian Christian communities that were studied in 1959 and written about in Village Christians and Hindu Culture (1968). In 1959 the future of these village congregations was uncertain. Would they grow through conversions or slowly dissolve into the larger Hindu society around them?

John Carman and Chilkuri Vasantha Rao’s carefully gathered research fifty years later reveals both the decline of many older congregations and the surprising emergence of new Pentecostal and Baptist churches that emphasize the healing power of Christ. Significantly, the new congregations largely cut across caste lines, including both high castes and outcastes (Dalits).

Carman and Vasantha Rao pay particular attention to the social, political, and religious environment of these Indian village Christians, including their adaptation of indigenous Hindu practices into their Christian faith and observances.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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Download Mythology, Madness, and Laughter by Markus Gabriel (.ePUB)

Mythology, Madness, and Laughter: Subjectivity in German Idealism by Markus Gabriel, Slavoj Žižek
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Overview: Mythology, Madness and Laughter: Subjectivity in German Idealism explores some long neglected but crucial themes in German idealism. Markus Gabriel, one of the most exciting young voices in contemporary philosophy, and Slavoj Žižek, the celebrated contemporary philosopher and cultural critic, show how these themes impact on the problematic relations between being and appearance, reflection and the absolute, insight and ideology, contingency and necessity, subjectivity, truth, habit and freedom.

Engaging with three central figures of the German idealist movement, Hegel, Schelling, and Fichte, Gabriel, and Žižek, who here shows himself to be one of the most erudite and important scholars of German idealism, ask how is it possible for Being to appear in reflection without falling back into traditional metaphysics. By applying idealistic theories of reflection and concrete subjectivity, including the problem of madness and everydayness in Hegel, this hugely important book aims to reinvigorate a philosophy of finitude and contingency, topics at the forefront of contemporary European philosophy.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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Download The Mythology Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained) by DK (.PDF)

The Mythology Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained) by DK
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Overview: Eighty of the world’s greatest myths and characters, from the gods of Greek mythology to the Norse heroes, retold and explained with engaging text and bold graphics.

From early creation stories to classical hero narratives and the recurring theme of the afterlife, experience each myth and unravel the meanings behind the stories, getting to the heart of the importance of mythology to different cultures worldwide. More than just stories, myths are a testament to the amazing creativity of humans striving to explain and make sense of the world around them. Here you will discover Zeus, god of the sky and ruler of the Olympian gods, and Loki, the cunning trickster with a knack for causing havoc, aided by his ability to change shape and gender. Beyond the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greek, Roman, and Norse myths, this book delves into the stories of the Australian aborigines, the Cherokee, and the Aztecs, each brimming with amazing characters and insights into human existence.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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Download The Sync Book: Myths, Magic, Media, by Alan Abbadessa (.ePUB)

The Sync Book: Myths, Magic, Media, and Mindscapes by Alan Abbadessa
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Overview: 26 bloggers/writers/artists share their experiences and perspectives on the strange and beautiful universe in which we live.

Featuring writers from: The Sync Whole, Reality Sandwich, Etemenanki, The Mask of God, Labyrinth of the Psychonaut, The Stygian Port, Live From The Logosphere, Star Theory, The Patternist, Gosporn, All The Happy Creatures, Kosmos Idikos, Radio8Ball, Constellation Contemplation, Kozmikon, Accidental Alchemist, Libyan Sibyl, A Few Shots To Shaman, Mercury’s Messenger, Synchromysticism Forum

Alan Abbadessa-Green + Goro Adachi + Jason Barrera + Douglas Bolles + Peg Carter + Tommy Fulks + Kevin Halcott + Kyle Hunt + Sibyl Hunter + Stefan Jablonski + Jeremy + Andras Jones + Crystal Kanarr + Jon Kidd + Jake Kotze + Neil Kramer + Rammer Martínez Sánchez + Justin Gray Morgan + Will Morgan + Christopher “C” Myers + Eunus Noe + Jennifer Palmer + Jim Sanders+ Michael Schacht + Toure + Steve Willner
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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Download A New Basis for Animal Ethics by Bernard E. Rollin (.PDF)

A New Basis for Animal Ethics: Telos and Common Sense by Bernard E. Rollin
Requirements: .PDF reader, 5.7 MB
Overview: This book, the culmination of forty years of theorizing about the moral status of animals, explicates and justifies society’s moral obligation to animals in terms of the commonsense metaphysics and ethics of Aristotle’s concept of telos. Rollin uses this concept to assert that humans have a responsibility to treat animals ethically. Aristotle used the concept, from the Greek word for “end” or “purpose,” as the core explanatory concept for the world we live in. We understand what an animal is by what it does. This is the nature of an animal, and helps us understand our obligations to animals.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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Download 420 Meditations by Kerri Connor (.ePUB)

420 Meditations: Enhance Your Spiritual Practice With Cannabis by Kerri Connor
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.73 MB
Overview: Daily Meditations with Cannabis for Deep Sacred Experiences

Discover 420 accessible meditations that have been designed to enhance your spiritual journey and integrate the insights and healing energies of cannabis. 420 Meditations provides daily prompts for contemplation, self-inquiry, and reflection, as well as chants, mantras, breathwork techniques, and more.

Learn how to work with the energy of stones and essential oils, explore recipes for engaging your sense of taste, and listen to the songs and natural sounds that author Kerri Connor recommends for your sessions. In addition to daily cannabis meditations, this book provides meditations corresponding to moon phases, sabbats, elements, chakras, and auras. With tips for reaching peak experiences and integrating all your senses into your practice, this book supports your quest for a life of mindfulness and peace.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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