How to Win a Cosmic War

Confronting Radical Religion
Author: Reza Aslan
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 144644113X
Category: Political Science
Page: 240
View: 625
*Why do they hate us? An entire cottage industry has arisen to answer this question. But what no one has really figured out is, who exactly are they? Is it al-Qaeda? Islamic nationalists? The whole Muslim world? *HOW TO WIN A COSMIC WAR lays out, for the first time, a comprehensive definition of the movement behind and surrounding al-Qaeda and the like, a global ideology properly termed Jihadism. *Contrasting twenty-first-century religious extremism across Christianity, Judaism and Islam with its historical antecedents, Aslan demonstrates that while modern Jihadis may have legitimate social grievances - the suffering of the Palestinians, American support for Arab dictators, the presence of foreign troops in Muslim lands, to name a few - they have no real goals or actual agenda. *So, what do the Jihadists want? Aslan's answer is: Nothing. The Jihadists have no earthly agenda; they are fighting a metaphysical conflict, a theological war. And ever since 9/11, we have unfortunately been fighting the same cosmic war, the war they want: the so-called 'War on Terror'. *How do we win a Cosmic War? By refusing to fight in one. And in this stunning new work, Aslan reveals surprising conclusions about how we can deal with this predicament.

Globalization and Islamism

Beyond Fundamentalism
Author: Nevzat Soguk
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0742557529
Category: Political Science
Page: 246
View: 9993
Tensions between the West and the Islamic world have reached an all-time high, fueled by caricatures and misunderstandings on both sides. In contrast, as Nevzat Soguk shows, actual histories reveal profound connections across Islamic and Western civilizations. Moving beyond the usual focus on Wahhabi fundamentalism, Soguk highlights the often-overlooked non-Arab forms of Islam in Turkey and in Indonesia, which holds the world's largest population of Muslims. He argues that Westerners tend to see only an extremist form of Islam, which obscures the political and cultural pluralism supported within majority-Islamic countries around the world. This book taps into the nexus of tension born of the fear and terror engendered by Wahabi movements on one hand and the promise of a tolerant, pluralist Islamic religiosity in Turkey and Indonesia on the other. It examines the multiple historical political and religious legacies in Turkey and Indonesia in light of the rapid globalization they are experiencing. By focusing on these two countries, the author fills a significant void on the diverse role Islam is poised to play in shaping regional and global political futures. Original, timely, and humane, this book will be essential reading for all those concerned about repairing Western-Islamic relations.

Beyond Fundamentalism

Author: James Barr
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 9780664246204
Category: Religion
Page: 195
View: 9591
Examines the fundamentalist Christians' interpretation of the Bible and analyzes the use of the Bible as an authority for fundamentalism

Beyond Creed

From Religion to Spirituality
Author: Stephen Rose
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595407781
Category: Religion
Page: 192
View: 4656
"Creedal messianism" is Stephen Rose's original term for the belief system that the church, including original witnesses, created to obscure Jesus' iconoclastic understanding of the gospel. Rose argues that messianism is a cruel virus which eats away at the very essence of selfhood. In Beyond Creed he shows how messianism has hampered the veryprogress Jesus sought to bring about on earth.


Beyond the Basics
Author: Edward D. Andrews,F. David Farnell,Thomas Howe,Thomas Marshall,Dianna Nedwman
Publisher: Christian Publishing House
ISBN: 194575771X
Category: Religion
Page: 425
View: 4126

Fundamentalism: Roots, Causes and Implications

Author: Dr. David Rabeeya
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1477179151
Category: Religion
Page: 111
View: 4411
This book sheds light on fundamentalism in Islam, Judaism and Christianity. The terrorist attack on the United States on September 11th brought this issue to our shore. An historical and religious analysis is needed to better understand and deal with out now changed world.

Faith-based Radicalism

Christianity, Islam, and Judaism Between Constructive Activism and Destructive Fanaticism
Author: Christiane Timmerman
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9789052010502
Category: Religion
Page: 309
View: 2901
Terror attacks against Western symbols of power, suicide terrorism in Chechnya, or bombing of abortion clinics in the United States: these are a few of the violent religious outbursts that the media never seem to stop broadcasting. While these outbursts are mostly linked to Islamic extremism, it should however be acknowledged that every religion has its own violent side. Despite all the events the media are too prompt to show us, it would be dishonest and insensible not to accept that every religion has also a potential for religious peace building and communal renewal. How, can it be explained then, that religions sometimes react violently against the society surrounding them by trying to overthrow it, while at some other times they willingly help and try to build a better world for everyone? The University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp organised an interdisciplinary summer seminar in September 2005 and gathered senior scholars - all experts in their own fields - and junior scholars - who will be the experts of tomorrow - from all over the world, to discuss these burning issues. The seminar focused on miscellaneous topics all pointing towards the question of religion and society; like literalism and the Holy texts, the ambivalence of faith-based radicalism, the psychology of religion and terrorism, nationalism and religion and religious social movements. - Publisher.

Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism

How Modern and Postmodern Philosophy Set the Theological Agenda
Author: Nancey Murphy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 0567014495
Category: Religion
Page: 180
View: 5609
American Protestant Christianity is often described as a two-party system divided into liberals and conservatives. This book clarifies differences between the intellectual positions of these two groups by advancing the thesis that the philosophy of the modern period is largely responsible for the polarity of Protestant Christian thought. A second thesis is that the modern philosophical positions driving the division between liberals and conservatives have themselves been called into question. It therefore becomes opportune to ask how theology ought to be done in a postmodern era, and to envision a rapprochement between theologians of the left and right. A concluding chapter speculates specifically on the era now dawning and the likelihood that the compulsion to separate the spectrum into two distinct camps will be precluded by the coexistence of a wide range of theological positions from left to right. Nancey C. Murphy is Associate Professor of Christian Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, and the author of Reasoning and Rhetoric in Religion, also published by Trinity Press. Her book Theology in the Age of Scientific Reasoning earned the American Academy of Religion's Award for Excellence.

20th-Century Theology

God & the World in a Transitional Age
Author: Stanley J. Grenz,Roger E. Olson
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830878895
Category: Religion
Page: N.A
View: 1263
Recipient of a Christianity Today 1993 Critics' Choice Award! Now in paperback! Stanley Grenz and Roger Olson offer in this text a sympathetic introduction to twentieth-century theology and a critical survey of its significant thinkers and movements. Of particular interest is their attempt to show how twentieth-century theology has moved back and forth between two basic concepts: God's immanence and God's transcendence. Their survey profiles such towering figures in contemporary theology as Karl Barth, Rudolf Bultmann, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Reinhold Niebuhr, Paul Tillich, Jurgen Moltmann and Wolfhart Pannenberg. It critiques significant movements like neo-orthodoxy, process theology, liberation theology and theology of hope. And it assesses recent developments in feminist theology, black theology, new Catholic theology, narrative theology and evangelical theology. An indispensable handbook for anybody interested in today's theological landscape.

Against Dogmatism

Dwelling in Faith and Doubt
Author: Madhuri M. Yadlapati
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252095200
Category: Religion
Page: 224
View: 5028
Many contemporary discussions of religion take an absolute, intractable approach to belief and non-belief, which privileges faith and dogmatism while treating doubt as a threat to religious values. As Madhuri M. Yadlapati demonstrates, however, there is another way: a faith (or non-faith) that embraces doubt and its potential for exploring both the depths and heights of spiritual reflection and speculation. Through three distinct discussions of faith, doubt, and hope, Yadlapati explores what it means to live creatively and responsibly in the everyday world as limited, imaginative, and questioning creatures. She begins with a perceptive survey of diverse faith experiences in Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, and Protestant Christianity, then narrows her focus to Protestant Christianity and Hinduism to explore how the great thinkers of those faiths have embraced doubt in the service of spiritual transcendence. Defending the rich tapestry of faith and doubt against polarization, Against Dogmatism reveals a spiritual middle way, an approach native to the long-standing traditions in which faith and doubt are interwoven in constructive and dynamic ways.

Critical Realism and Spirituality

Author: Mervyn Hartwig,Jamie Morgan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134005288
Category: Philosophy
Page: 384
View: 9239
Critical Realism and Spirituality contextualizes, delineates, explores and critiques the turn to spirituality and religion in critical realism, which has been under way since the mid-1990s, as well as telling its story. It provides incisive discussion and anaysis of the following broad questions: How does critical realism allow and facilitate the resolution of problems in the area of comparative religion? Can it help you to justify your own faith or belief? What are the implications of the new philosophy of meta-Reality for traditional religious studies and how we organize and conduct our lives? A range of distinguished critical realists, theological critical realists and scholars working with related approaches (Roland Benedikter, Roy Bhaskar, Terry Eagleton, Mervyn Hartwig, Alister McGrath, Markus Molz, Jamie Morgan, Andrew Wright and others) bring their talents to bear on this task. While their personal beliefs span the whole spectrum from theism to atheism, they are united by the desire to open up a space for dialogue of one kind or another (intra-faith, inter-faith and/or extra-faith), promoting mutual understanding, respect and the unity and capability for collective emancipatory action on a global scale that humanity is so sorely in need of. This book is therefore, essential reading for students and academics alike in Religous Studies, Theology and Philosophy.

Canadian Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century

An Introduction to Its Character
Author: John G. Jr. Stackhouse
Publisher: Regent College Publishing
ISBN: 9781573831314
Category: Religion
Page: 348
View: 1735
In the 1980s, evangelical Protestantism emerged as a prominent new force in Canada. While political campaigns and sexual scandals among American evangelicals attracted attention north of the border as well, Canadian evangelicals were quietly establishing a network of individuals and institutions that reflected their distinctive concerns. While the United, Anglican, and Presbyterian churches continued to enjoy "mainline Protestant" status in Canadian culture, more Canadians who actually practiced Christianity in measurable ways could be counted among the evangelicals than among these dominant Protestant denominations. And while most Canadians -- including experts in religious studies -- continued to think of Canadian Christianity in traditional denominational terms, "evangelicalism" was coming into focus as a category essential to understanding this new pattern of allegiance and activity. - Introduction.

Word and Spirit

Renewing Christology and Pneumatology in a Globalizing World
Author: Anselm K. Min,Christoph Schwöbel
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110307316
Category: Religion
Page: 187
View: 5462
Christology and Pneumatology face many challenges today, such as fundamentalism and spiritualism, oppression and pluralism, rampant materialism and anthropocentrism. Eight European and Asian theologians respond to the challenges in various ways, and make substantial and insightful contributions to the renewal of Christology and Pneumatology in context of the many issues raised by globalization, especially the need for serious East/West dialogue.

Der Fundamentalist, der keiner sein wollte

Author: Mohsin Hamid
Publisher: Dumont Buchverlag
ISBN: 3832189831
Category: Fiction
Page: 190
View: 2530
Lahore. In einem Café sitzen sich ein mitteilsamer Pakistani und ein zurückhaltender Amerikaner gegenüber. Als langsam die Nacht über die Stadt hereinbricht, enthüllt der Pakistani immer mehr Details seiner Lebensgeschichte. Changez heißt er, und er erzählt, wie er als junger, ehrgeiziger Gaststudent nach Princeton kommt. Als Vorzeigestudent wird er nach seinem Abschluss sofort von einer Elite-Firma engagiert. Er stürzt sich ins pulsierende Leben New Yorks, erhält durch seine reiche Freundin Erica Zugang zu Manhattans High Society und wähnt sich auf der Seite der Gewinner. Aber nach dem 11. September fällt sein amerikanischer Traum vom unaufhaltsamen Aufstieg langsam in sich zusammen. Plötzlich erscheint Changez die Bindung an seine Heimat wichtiger als Geld, Macht und Erfolg. All dies berichtet der Pakistani dem Amerikaner, dessen Motivation an dem Gespräch im Dunkeln bleibt. Allein im Spiegel des Erzählers zeichnet sich ab, dass der grausame Höhepunkt der Geschichte kurz bevorsteht.

Die Sünden der Heiligen Schrift

wie die Bibel zu lesen ist
Author: John Shelby Spong
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783491725126
Page: 340
View: 5687


The First Empire 1
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
Publisher: Knaur eBook
ISBN: 3426441799
Category: Fiction
Page: 512
View: 3576
"Rebellion" ist der furiose Auftakt zur neuen großen High-Fantasy-Saga des amerikanischen Bestseller-Autors Michael J. Sullivan. Seit Anbeginn der Zeit leben die Menschen im Schatten ihrer Götter, der Fhrey: Während diese in kunstvoll angelegten Städten wohnen, über Magie verfügen und niemals altern, hausen die Menschen in armseligen Dörfern, geplagt von Hunger und Krankheiten. Als der junge Raithe von einem Fhrey angegriffen wird, tut er das Undenkbare: Er wehrt sich. Niemand könnte überraschter sein als Raithe, als der unsterbliche Gott plötzlich tot zu seinen Füßen liegt. Von da ab eilt sein Ruf ihm voraus - und ehe er es sich versieht, wird Raithe zum Anführer eines Aufstands, der die Welt für immer verändern soll.


Author: James Barr
Publisher: Trinity PressIntl
ISBN: 9780334005032
Category: Religion
Page: 378
View: 813
James Barr has never been an uncontroversial writer, and this book, eirenic though its purpose was, has proved no exception. It was widely noticed on its first appearance and led to a lively discussion, not least in evangelical circles. At the same time it was welcomed by reviewers as an important contribution to the nature of biblical criticism. 'This books breaks much new ground,' said British Book News, 'and will be welcomed by many who are interested in the intellectual basis of a biblical faith. Indeed, it is a measure of the author's coverage and penetration of a variety of issues that the book can be taken as, among other things, a useful introduction to modern critical methods of biblical scholarship.' The Scottish Journal of Theology remarked: 'One of the most urgent theological tasks in the field of biblical studies is to expose and evaluate the hidden presuppositions of the methods used, and this is necessary alike in liberal and conservative circles. Professor Barr's book is an important contribution to this task, and it is to be hoped that response to it will further clarify the issues that he raises.' Not all the responses were in fact favourable. Professor Barr was accused of having an outdated view of fundamentalism, of attacking positions which are being quite rapidly abandoned, and neglecting promising new developments. In this second edition of his book, he has added a long prteface discussing these criticisms at length. Noting and commenting on the new developments, at the same time he points out that if anything, in many areas fundamentalism is becoming even more regressive. The debate is obviously by no means over, and critics of the first edition may well have to think again. James Barr's sequel to this study, Escapting from Fundamentalism, is also published by SCM Press. James Barr was Professor of Hebre Bible at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Scripture in the Church

The Synod on the Word of God
Author: James Chukwuma Okoye
Publisher: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 0814680267
Category: Religion
Page: 200
View: 598
Who should read the Bible? What is the biblical word? How is Scripture to be interpreted? How is it to be prayed and lived? How does Scripture call forth the Church's entire life and mission? In October 2008 the Synod on the Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church took place in Rome. During the synod the bishops addressed these questions on the significance of the Word in the life and mission of the church. Beginning with a helpful explanation of the synod process, James Chukwuma Okoye, CSSp, follows the synod in historical progression, highlighting important topics and issues along the way and concluding with an exposition of the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Verbum Domini, which Benedict XVI signed on September 30, 2010. Okoye emphasizes that the Synod on the Word of God was not just about Scripture's function in the pastoral life of the church but it was also about tradition and God's continuing self-disclosure in history and in the religions and cultures of humankind." James Chukwuma Okoye, CSSp, is the Carroll Stuhlmueller Professor of Old Testament at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. His teaching and ministry place him among people of many diverse cultures. Okoye has been Provincial of his Nigerian Congregation of Spiritans and General Assistant in the Congregation's headquarters in Rome. He was a member of the International Theological Commission and a peritus of the 1994 First Synod of Bishops for Africa. "