Download E-books Flames of Rome: A Novel PDF

By Paul L. Maier

Can one man's insanity spoil the religion for which such a lot of could die?

A madman who murders his manner into energy lusts for ever-greater glory and domination. A capital urban awash with corruption, sensuality, and political intrigue is on the flash aspect. And stuck among the crushing currents of historical past are a brand new yet growing to be non secular team often called the fans of The Way.

Award-winning historian and best-selling writer Paul L. Maier has created a compelling type of documentary fiction, utilizing in basic terms identified historic occasions and folks to deliver to lifestyles first-century Rome in all its extra, treachery, and madness. this can be the Rome that the apostle Paul visits, the place he’s put on trial, and that is ceaselessly replaced by way of his testimony and witness. Maier takes readers into the court of imperial justice and into the houses of the folks suffering from the hot religion they’ve encountered to solutions questions such as:

  • How did Christianity first achieve Rome?
  • Why did Paul need to wait years for trial and was once he condemned or set free?
  • Why does the recent testomony account in Acts finish so abruptly?
  • Who set fireplace to Rome and why did Nero persecute Christians so horribly?

Following the relations of Flavius Sabinus, mayor of Rome less than Nero Maier captures the entire drama and rigidity of the political conflicts that precede and persist with the nice fireplace of Rome, and the epic political and spiritual clashes of the world’s capital. this is often the sensational tale of pagans at their worst—and Christians at their top. Readers won’t are looking to positioned it down.

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Download E-books Shorts: Stories about Alcohol, Asperger Syndrome, and God PDF

By Tessie Regan

Tessie Regan's number of brief tales, poems and quirky illustrations display the area as visible during the haze of alcohol dependancy, the eccentricity of Asperger's and the ups and downs of an unconventional non secular trip. Her sincere and witty observations inform of moments of elation, confusion and hopeless desperation felt all through her lifestyles, from the backbreaking pursuit of $100 in 'Lawnmower' to considering the beginning of her alcoholism at age thirteen in 'The leaping Off Place.'

These short, insightful money owed paint the fair, warm-hearted, and wryly funny portrait of a soul looking for reconciliation. This assortment is key examining for somebody at the autism spectrum facing alcoholism, substance dependancy or psychological future health matters, and for his or her pals and households, in addition to the pros operating with them.

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Download E-books How "God" Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith PDF

By Marshall Brain

Does God exist? utilizing an intellectually rigorous, clinical technique, Marshall Brain—the founding father of HowStuffWorks.com and writer of the How Stuff Works series—sets out to unravel the everlasting debate as soon as and for all. With a compelling feel of interest, he breaks down mankind's look for the next energy, tackling such quandaries as: Who is God? What are his attributes? what's God doing and why? How does God engage with humanity? And eventually, how can people understand with simple task no matter if God is genuine or imaginary?How God Works is an enlightening trip in serious considering that demanding situations readers to boldly process the topic of private religion and set aside instinct in desire of objectivity and logic.

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Download E-books The Bell (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) PDF

By Iris Murdoch

A lay neighborhood of completely mixed-up humans is encamped outdoor Imber Abbey, domestic of an order of sequestered nuns. a brand new bell is being put in while without warning the previous bell, a mythical image of faith and magic, is rediscovered. after which issues start to swap. in the meantime the clever outdated Abbess watches and prays and routines discreet authority. and everybody, or nearly all people, hopes to be kept, no matter what which can suggest. initially released in 1958, this humorous, unhappy, and relocating novel is ready faith, intercourse, and the struggle among stable and evil.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the simplest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts superior through introductions and notes by way of amazing students and modern authors, in addition to up to date translations through award-winning translators.

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Download E-books 101 Myths of the Bible: How Ancient Scribes Invented Biblical History PDF

By Gary Greenberg

In his startling e-book, Gary Greenberg exposes the truth at the back of the best tale ever advised. know about the Egyptian myths and historical folklore that continue to exist in a single of history's such a lot sacred texts, and notice how:

-King David's bodyguard, no longer David, killed Goliath
-Noah's Ark didn't land on Mount Ararat
-Samson didn't pull down a Philistine temple
-There are not less than models of the 10 Commandments
-The partitions of Jericho have been destroyed three hundred years earlier than Joshua arrived there
-Sodom and Gomorrah have been legendary towns that by no means existed
-The tale of Esther had not anything to do with the Jews of Persia
-And a lot, a lot more

101 Myths of the Bible offers a brand new size of religious study for believers, historians and a person who has ever questioned in regards to the evidence at the back of the legends. via having a look deeper into heritage, Greenberg exhibits that the genuine tale makes the Bible extra attention-grabbing than ever imagined!

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Download E-books The Belief Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life PDF

By Jesse Bering

Top 25 Books of 2011 via the yank Library organization, selection Reviews
Named one of many eleven most sensible Psychology Books of 2011 by means of The Atlantic

"A balanced and regarded method of this usually inflammatory topic." ―Nature

full of life and brilliantly argued, The trust Instinct explains the psychology at the back of trust. Drawing on dazzling new stories in addition to on literature, philosophy, or even popular culture, The trust Instinct will present readers with an enlightened realizing of belief―as good because the instruments to damage freed from it.

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Download E-books Imagine There's No Heaven: How Atheism Helped Create the Modern World PDF

By Mitchell Stephens

The old achievements of non secular trust were huge and good chronicled. yet what approximately the accomplishments of these who've challenged faith? touring from classical Greece to twenty-first century America, think there isn't any Heaven explores the position of disbelief in shaping Western civilization. At every one juncture universal topics emerge: through wondering the function of gods within the heavens or the function of a God in growing guy on the earth, nonbelievers support stream technology ahead. via not easy the divine correct of monarchs and the strictures of holy books, nonbelievers, together with Jean- Jacques Rousseau and Denis Diderot, support extend human liberties, and impact the early founding of the United States. Revolutions in technological know-how, in politics, in philosophy, in paintings, and in psychology were led, on a number of events, through those people who are freed from the limitations of spiritual lifestyles. Mitchell Stephens tells the often-courageous stories of history's most crucial atheists― like Denis Diderot and Salman Rushdie. Stephens makes a powerful and unique case for his or her value not just to ultra-modern New Atheist circulation yet to the way in which lots of us―believers and nonbelievers―now imagine and dwell.

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Download E-books The Role of Religion in Modern Societies (Routledge Advances in Sociology) PDF

Does modernization result in the decline of faith? this query lies on the centre of a key debate within the sociology of faith. up to now decade American students, utilizing basically American facts, have ruled this debate and feature made a robust case that the reply to this query isn't any. lately, although, a brand new crop of eu students, operating with new assets of eu information, have exposed facts that issues towards an affirmitive answer.

This quantity will pay exact realization to those tendencies and advancements to supply the reader with a extra well-rounded knowing of the numerous ways that faith interacts with modernization. revered students akin to David Voas, Steve Bruce and Anthony Gill study smooth societies internationally during this appropriate ebook for you to curiosity sociologists, political scientists, historians, and theologians in equivalent degree.

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