Religion and the Ku Klux Klan : Biblical Appropriation in Their Literature and Songs by Juan O. Sanchez Requirements: .PDF reader, 1.0 MB Overview: As with other terrorist and extremist organizations, religion forms the basis of the Ku Klux Klan’s dogmatic philosophy, providing justification for its beliefs and actions. The Klan represents a link to America’s cultural past. While America has undergone tremendous social change, the secretive order has, since the end of the Civil War, kept alive the antiquated values—predicated on racism and religion—of white supremacism. Covering nearly a century of Klan ideology, this book examines the group’s religious rhetoric in its literature and songs, from its heyday during the 1920s to 2014.
Writer Juan O. Sanchez lives in Galveston, Texas. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
How to Read the Bible as Literature by Leland Ryken Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 1.28MB Overview: Why the Good Book Is a Great Read If you want to rightly understand the Bible, you must begin by recognizing what it is: a composite of literary styles. It is meant to be read, not just interpreted. The Bible’s truths are embedded like jewels in the rich strata of story and poetry, metaphor and proverb, parable and letter, satire and symbolism. Paying attention to the literary form of a passage will help you understand the meaning and truth of that passage. How to Read the Bible as Literature takes you through the various literary forms used by the biblical authors. This book will help you read the Bible with renewed appreciation and excitement and gain a more profound grasp of its truths. Designed for maximum clarity and usefulness, How to Read the Bible as Literature includes * sidebar captions to enhance organization * wide margins ideal for note taking * suggestions for further reading * appendix: "The Allegorical Nature of the Parables" * indexes of persons and subjects Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Flat Earth: Evidence To Consider If You Dare To by Guy Stanton III Requirements: .ePUB, .PDF reader, 6.4 MB Overview: “So you believe the Earth is flat?” “Yes, I do.” “How on Earth have you come to such a conclusion? Are you crazy? “My conclusions about the Earth being flat are based on both observable science and as a man of faith, I believe that the Bible is also a proof for a Flat Earth.” “Do you not know how ridiculous people will see what you’ve just said as being? I mean belief in a Flat Earth is akin to throwing the entirety of science as we know it out the window isn’t it?” “I’m well aware of how ridiculous people will view my stance on the subject and indeed I was once one of them, so I can truly empathize with where they’re coming from. As to science, if all the science you’re relying on to tell you the nature of things is faulty wouldn’t you agree that it’s time to throw it away?" Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy > Religious & Inspirational
Dear Rodrigo Duterte (Evidence of Divine Authorship in Isaiah 40-66) by Richie Cooley Requirements: .ePUB, .PDF reader, 357 KB Overview: Many people think the Bible is simply a book of myths. A famous politician recently dared anyone to provide proof of meeting God. Isaiah indeed had such an encounter, and this booklet provides exegesis of his supernatural prophecies. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Martyrdom and Memory: Early Christian Culture Making by Elizabeth Castelli Requirements: .PDF reader, 25 MB Overview: Martyrs are produced, Elizabeth Castelli suggests, not by the lived experience of particular historical individuals but by the stories that are later told about them. And the formulaic character of stories about past suffering paradoxically serves specific theological, cultural, or political ends in the present. Martyrdom and Memory explores the central role of persecution in the early development of Christian ideas, institutions, and cultural forms and shows how the legacy of Christian martyrdom plays out in today’s world. In the pre-Constantinian imperial period, the conflict between Roman imperial powers and the subject Christian population hinged on competing interpretations of power, submission, resistance, and victory. This book highlights how both Roman and Christian notions of law and piety deployed the same forms of censure and critique, each accusing the other of deviations from governing conventions of gender, reason, and religion. Using Maurice Halbwachs’s theoretical framework of collective memory and a wide range of Christian sources-autobiographical writings, martyrologies and saints’lives, sermons, art objects, pilgrimage souvenirs, and polemics about spectacle-Castelli shows that the writings of early Christians aimed to create public and ideologically potent accounts of martyrdom. The martyr’s story becomes a “usable past” and a “living tradition” for Christian communities and an especially effective vehicle for transmitting ideas about gender, power, and sanctity. An unlikely legacy of early Christian martyrdom is the emergence of modern “martyr cults” in the wake of the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School. Focusing specifically on the martyr cult associated with one of the victims, Martyrdom and Memory argues that the Columbine story dramatically expresses the ongoing power of collective memory constructed around a process of rendering tragic suffering redemptive and meaningful. In the wake of Columbine and other contemporary legacies of martyrdom’s ethical ambivalence, the global impact of Christian culture making in the early twenty-first century cannot be ignored. For as the last century’s secularist hypothesis sits in the wings, “religion” returns to center stage with one of this drama’s most contentious yet riveting stars: the martyr. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
The Italian Difference: Between Nihilism and Biopolitics by Lorenzo Chiesa, Alberto Toscano Requirements: .PDF reader, 1.3 Mb Overview: This volume brings together essays by different generations of Italian thinkers which address, whether in affirmative, problematizing or genealogical registers, the entanglement of philosophical speculation and political proposition within recent Italian thought. Nihilism and biopolitics, two concepts that have played a very prominent role in theoretical discussions in Italy, serve as the thematic foci around which the collection orbits, as it seeks to define the historical and geographical particularity of these notions as well their continuing impact on an international debate. The volume also covers the debate around ‘weak thought’ (pensiero debole), the feminist thinking of sexual difference, the re-emergence of political anthropology and the question of communism. The contributors provide contrasting narratives of the development of post-war Italian thought and trace paths out of the theoretical and political impasses of the present-against what Negri, in the text from which the volume takes its name, calls ‘the Italian desert’. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Man, the Image of God: The Divine Design-The Human Distortion: Some Reflections on God and Man by V. Norskov Olsen Requirements: .PDF reader, 9.0 MB Overview: This book deals in both a comprehensive and convincing way with the basic nature of man in the quintessential setting of the God-man relationship. V. Norskov Olsen has well highlighted his key concept: the root of individual tensions and society-wide conflicts in our world today is found in man’s use of God-given creativity and individuality for his own isolated satisfaction, rather than for the glory of his Creator. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Against the Stream: A Buddhist Manual for Spiritual Revolutionaries by Noah Levine Requirements: .PDF reader, 733 KB Overview: Buddha was a revolutionary. His practice was subversive; his message, seditious. His enlightened point of view went against the norms of his day—in his words, “against the stream.” His teachings changed the world, and now they can change you too.
Presenting the basics of Buddhism with personal anecdotes, exercises, and guided meditations, bestselling author Noah Levine guides the reader along a spiritual path that has led to freedom from suffering and has saved lives for 2,500 years. Levine should know. Buddhist meditation saved him from a life of addiction and crime. He went on to counsel and teach countless others the Buddhist way to freedom, and here he shares those life-changing lessons with you. Read and awaken to a new and better life. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
The End: A Complete Overview of Bible Prophecy and the End of Days by Mark Hitchcock Requirements: .ePUB reader, 947 Kb Overview: The end times have seen a great amount of interest within the last two decades, but there hasn’t been a comprehensive overview of biblical prophecy and eschatology for more than five decades. Mark Hitchcock’s book is that comprehensive resource for the twenty-first century The End will do for eschatology what Randy Alcorn’s Heaven did for people’s understanding of heaven. It will provide a solid biblical foundation for Christians to explore the essential truths around this topic–the end of the world. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Hegel and the Art of Negation: Negativity, Creativity and Contemporary Thought (Library of Modern Religion) by Andrew Hass Requirements: .ePUB reader, 2.6 MB Overview: Why is the philosopher Hegel returning as a potent force in contemporary thinking? Why, after a long period when Hegel and his dialectics of history have seemed less compelling than they were for previous generations of philosophers, is study of Hegel again becoming important? Fashionably contemporary theorists like Francis Fukuyama and Slavoj Žižek, as well as radical theologians like Thomas Altizer, have all recently been influenced by Hegel, the philosopher whose philosophy seems somehow perennial – or, to borrow an idea from Nietzsche, eternally returning. Exploring this revival via the notion of ‘negation’ in Hegelian thought, and relating such negativity to sophisticated ideas about art and artistic creation, Andrew Hass argues that the notion of Hegelian negation moves us into an expansive territory where art, religion and philosophy may all be radically reconceived and broken open into new forms of philosophical expression. The implications of such a revived Hegelian philosophy are, the author argues, vast and current. Hegel thereby becomes the philosopher par excellence who can address vital issues in politics, economics, war and violence, leading to a new form of globalized ethics. Hass makes a bold and original contribution to religion, philosophy and the history of ideas. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy