Download The Great Conversation, 8th Edition by Norman Melchert (.PDF)

The Great Conversation: A Historical Introduction to Philosophy, 8th Edition by Norman Melchert, David R. Morrow
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Overview: Tracing the exchange of ideas among history’s key philosophers, The Great Conversation: A Historical Introduction to Philosophy, Eighth Edition, provides a generous selection of excerpts from major philosophical works and makes them more easily understandable to students with lucid and engaging explanations. Extensive cross-referencing shows students how philosophers respond appreciatively or critically to the thoughts of other philosophers.

“The Great Conversation is the best introductory text I have come across in twenty-five years of teaching. It’s an extremely useful and insightful book with a particularly appropriate balance of depth and breadth. The writing style is easily accessible without sacrificing clarity and specificity.” – Douglas Howie, North Lake College

“Both my students and I enjoy the integration of philosophy outside of typical Western thought. The writing is easily understood by introductory students who normally don’t have a background in the material.” – Susan M. Mullican, University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Campus
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The Challenge of Modernizing Islam: Reformers Speak Out and the Obstacles They Face by Christine Douglass-Williams
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Overview: The entire foreign policy and much of the domestic policy of the United States and other Western governments are based on the proposition that the vast majority of Muslims are moderate and peaceful, including those who are emigrating in large numbers to Europe and North America.

But as Islamist groups and many mosques radicalize peaceful Muslims and appeal to the teachings of the Koran, Hadith, and Sunnah, it is imperative for moderates and reformists to articulate a vision of Islam and an exegesis of Islamic texts that can withstand the challenge of Islamists and the ulema who have declared the sanctity and immutability of the text. Instead, they must re-establish a firm foundation of Islam that is modernized, genuinely peaceful, tolerant, pluralistic, and compatible with secular governance, the freedom of speech, human rights, and equality.
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The Lost Book of Enki: Memoirs and Prophecies of an Extraterrestrial god by Zecharia Sitchin
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Overview: Zecharia Sitchin’s bestselling series The Earth Chronicles provided humanity’s side of the story concerning our origins at the hands of the Anunnaki, “those who from heaven to earth came.” In The Lost Book of Enki we now view this saga from the perspective of Lord Enki, an Anunnaki leader revered in antiquity as a god, who tells the story of these extraterrestrials’ arrival on Earth from the planet Nibiru.

In his previous works Sitchin compiled the complete story of the Anunnaki’s impact on human civilization from fragments scattered throughout Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Hittite, Egyptian, Canaanite, and Hebrew sources. Missing from these accounts, however, was the perspective of the Anunnaki themselves. What was life like on their own planet? What motives propelled them to settle on Earth–and what drove them from their new home? Convinced of the existence of a lost book that held the answers to these questions, the author began his search for evidence. Through exhaustive research of primary sources, he has here re-created tales as the memoirs of Enki, the leader of these first “astronauts.” What takes shape is the story of a world of mounting tensions, deep rivalries, and sophisticated scientific knowledge that is only today being confirmed. An epic tale of gods and men unfolds, challenging every assumption we hold about our past and our future.
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Download Among the Gentiles Greco-Roman Religion by Luke Timothy Johnson (.PDF)

Among the Gentiles: Greco-Roman Religion and Christianity (Anchor Bible Reference Library) by Luke Timothy Johnson
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Overview: The question of Christianity’s relation to the other religions of the world is more pertinent and difficult today than ever before. While Christianity’s historical failure to appreciate or actively engage Judaism is notorious, Christianity’s even more shoddy record with respect to “pagan” religions is less understood. Christians have inherited a virtually unanimous theological tradition that thinks of paganism in terms of demonic possession, and of Christian missions as a rescue operation that saves pagans from inherently evil practices.

In undertaking this fresh inquiry into early Christianity and Greco-Roman paganism, Luke Timothy Johnson begins with a broad definition of religion as a way of life organized around convictions and experiences concerning ultimate power. In the tradition of William James’s Variety of Religious Experience, he identifies four distinct ways of being religious: religion as participation in benefits, as moral transformation, as transcending the world, and as stabilizing the world. Using these criteria as the basis for his exploration of Christianity and paganism, Johnson finds multiple points of similarity in religious sensibility.

Christianity’s failure to adequately come to grips with its first pagan neighbors, Johnson asserts, inhibits any effort to engage positively with adherents of various world religions. This thoughtful and passionate study should help break down the walls between Christianity and other religious traditions.
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Download The End of Heaven by Sidney Dekker (.PDF)

The End of Heaven: Disaster and Suffering in a Scientific Age by Sidney Dekker
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Overview: In this unique book, Sidney Dekker tackles a largely unexplored dilemma. Our scientific age has equipped us ever better to explain why things go wrong. But this increasing sophistication actually makes it harder to explain why we suffer. Accidents and disasters have become technical problems without inherent purpose. When told of a disaster, we easily feel lost in the steely emptiness of technical languages of engineering or medicine. Or, in our drive to pinpoint the source of suffering, we succumb to the hunt for a scapegoat, possibly inflicting even greater suffering on others around us. How can we satisfactorily deal with suffering when the disaster that caused it is no more than the dispassionate sum of utterly mundane, imperfect human decisions and technical failures? Broad in its historical sweep and ambition, The End of Heaven is also Dekker’s most personal book to date.
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Download End Times Bible Prophecy by Brian Godawa (.ePUB)

End Times Bible Prophecy: It’s Not What They Told You by Brian Godawa
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Overview: Are We Living in the Last Days?

Are you confused by all the speculation out there about the End Times?

Are you frustrated with how often the predictions fail?

Has the Left Behind interpretation left you unsatisfied?

Do you want to know what Jesus really said about the End of the Age?

Then this controversial hard-hitting book of shocking revelations is for you!

What Does the Bible Really Say about the End Times?

There are so many Christians teaching outrageous speculation about End Times Bible prophecy these days. It’s enough to frustrate the serious Bible student. What if you found out most of it is simply mistaken? What if you found out that the ancient Jewish writers were using Old Testament imagery of the past, not a crystal ball gaze into our modern future?

What if you found out that everything that modern prophecy pundits are looking for — the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Antichrist, The Beast — was not what they told you it was, but something different?
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Download Two Wings: Integrating Faith & Reason by Brian Clayton (.ePUB)+

Two Wings: Integrating Faith & Reason by Brian Clayton, Douglas L. Kries
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Overview: In this book two college professors explain how believing and reasoning are two human activities that may be integrated to form a complete view of human existence. They take their title from the opening of John Paul II’s encyclical Fides et Ratio, which speaks of the human spirit rising on the two wings of faith and reason to stretch toward the truth that is available to all.

In the first part of the book, the authors offer a basic yet engaging encounter with traditional arguments for and against God’s existence. They grapple with doubts arising from the question of evil and the discoveries of contemporary natural science. The final chapters take up questions from ethics and politics that impact the way individuals and communities choose to structure their lives.

This book is non-dogmatic; it seeks to probe the contours of the questions asked by inquiring minds. The authors fairly address arguments supporting and opposing their own viewpoints while using simple analogies designed for non-specialists. Thus they provide the best available starting point for confidently entering into the greatest conversation of all time.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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Download Michael of Ephesus by James Wilberding , Julia Trompeter (.ePUB)

Michael of Ephesus: On Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics 10 with Themistius: On Virtue (Ancient Commentators on Aristotle) by James Wilberding , Julia Trompeter , Alberto Rigolio
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Overview: The two texts translated in this volume of the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle series both compare the happiness of the practical life, which is subject to the hazards of fortune, with the happiness of the life of philosophical contemplation, which is subject to fewer needs.

The first is Michael of Ephesus’ 12th-century commentary on Book 10 of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, written (alongside his commentaries on Books 5 and 9) to fill gaps in the Neoplatonists’ commentaries from the 6th century. He recognizes that lives of practicality and philosophy may be combined, and gives his own account of the superiority of the contemplative.

The second is Themistius’ text On Virtue, written in the 4th century AD. He was an important teacher and commentator on Aristotle, an orator and leading civil servant in Constantinople. His philosophical oration is here argued to be written in support of the Emperor Julian’s insistence against the misuse of free speech by a Cynic Heraclius, who had satirised him. Julian had previously criticised Themistius but here he combines his political and philosophical roles in seeking to mend relations with his former pupil.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy > Greek & Roman

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Download Ontology and Dialectics 1960-61 by Theodor W. Adorno (.ePUB)(.AZW3)

Ontology and Dialectics 1960-61 by Theodor W. Adorno
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Overview: Adorno’s lectures on ontology and dialectics from 1960–61 comprise his most sustained and systematic analysis of Heidegger’s philosophy. They also represent a continuation of a project that he shared with Walter Benjamin – ‘to demolish Heidegger’. Following the publication of the latter’s magnum opus Being and Time, and long before his notorious endorsement of Nazism at Freiburg University, both Adorno and Benjamin had already rejected Heidegger’s fundamental ontology.

After his return to Germany from his exile in the United States, Adorno became Heidegger’s principal intellectual adversary, engaging more intensively with his work than with that of any other contemporary philosopher. Adorno regarded Heidegger as an extremely limited thinker and for that reason all the more dangerous. In these lectures, he highlights Heidegger’s increasing fixation with the concept of ontology to show that the doctrine of being can only truly be understood through a process of dialectical thinking. Rather than exploiting overt political denunciation, Adorno deftly highlights the connections between Heidegger’s philosophy and his political views and, in doing so, offers an alternative plea for enlightenment and rationality.
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Download Our Common Cosmos by Zoë Lehmann Imfeld (Zoe Lehmann Imfeld)+ (.ePUB)

Our Common Cosmos: Exploring the Future of Theology, Human Culture and Space Sciences by Zoë Lehmann Imfeld (Zoe Lehmann Imfeld), Andreas Losch
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Overview: This volume collects an international body of voices, as a timely response to a rapidly advancing field of the natural sciences. The contributors explore how the disciplines of theology, earth and space sciences contribute to the debate on constantly expanding ethical challenges, and the prospect of humanity’s future.

The discussions offered in this volume see the ‘community’ as central to a sustainable and ethical approach to earth and space sciences; examining the role of theology in this communal approach, but also recognizing theology itself as part of a community of humanity disciplines. Examining the necessity for interaction between disciplines, this collection draws on voices from biodiversity studies, geology, aesthetics, literature, astrophysics, and others, to illustrate precisely why a constructive and sustainable dialogue is needed within the current scientific climate.
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