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Atheist to Zen

By Greg Kesler
  • ISBN Code: : 1452599068
  • Publisher : Balboa Press
  • Pages : 166
  • Category : Self-Help
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Imagine experiencing continuous, peaceful living. Everyone has the inherent capacity to remain in a state of joy and serenity, regardless of circumstances. Peace resides at the core of all creation, it can never be uprooted, only covered up. This is an inspirational story of transformation from suffering to healing, followed by five methods you can use to bring joy into your daily life. Greg Kesler lived most of his life as an atheist, dwelling in the paralyzing fear of uncertainty. Afraid of living and afraid of dying, the only thing he believed in was struggling and forcing his way through life. In August 2011, Greg and two of his children nearly drowned in a river during a float tubing mishap. Being a non-believer in any higher power, the “visitation” from a loving, intelligent Presence under the water with them, came as quite a shock. This life-changing event, combined with another Spiritual encounter a year prior, radically shifted Greg’s views of himself, other people, and the world around him. He’s studying to be a Spiritual guidance counselor to assist people in learning about their Divine nature, perfect in every way. His new purpose in life is to help others free themselves, as he has been freed, by the grace of Spirit. Unlimited joy is always available, for it’s the natural state of all of creation. This book guides you in how to bring instant and sustainable peace into your life, starting today. Life is beautiful! Enjoy it.

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A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014 From one of England’s most distinguished intellectual historians comes “an exhilarating ride…that will stand the test of time as a masterful account of” (The Boston Globe) one of the West’s most important intellectual movements: Atheism. In 1882, Friedrich Nietzche declared that “God is dead” and ever since tens of thousands of brilliant, courageous, thoughtful individuals have devoted their creative energies to devising ways to live without God with self-reliance, invention, hope, wit, and enthusiasm. Now, for the first time, their story is revealed. A captivating story of contest, failure, and success, The Age of Atheists sweeps up William James and the pragmatists; Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis; Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, and Albert Camus; the poets of World War One and the novelists of World War Two; scientists, from Albert Einstein to Stephen Hawking; and the rise of the new Atheists—Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens. This is a story of courage, of the thousands of individuals who, sometimes at great risk, devoted tremendous creative energies to devising ways to fill a godless world with self-reliance, invention, hope, wit, and enthusiasm. Watson explains how atheism has evolved and reveals that the greatest works of art and literature, of science and philosophy of the last century can be traced to the rise of secularism. From Nietzsche to Daniel Dennett, Watson’s stirring intellectual history manages to take the revolutionary ideas and big questions of these great minds and movements and explain them, making the connections and concepts simple without being simplistic. The Age of Atheists is “highly readable and immensely wide-ranging…For anybody who has wondered about the meaning of life…an enthralling and mind-expanding experience” (The Washington Post).

American Babylon

By Richard John Neuhaus
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  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Book Code : 0786744375
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Religion
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Christians are by their nature a people out of place. Their true home is with God; in civic life, they are alien citizens “in but not of the world.” In American Babylon, eminent theologian Richard John Neuhaus examines the particular truth of that ambiguity for Catholics in America today. Neuhaus addresses the essential quandaries of Catholic life—assessing how Catholics can keep their heads above water in the sea of immorality that confronts them in the world, how they can be patriotic even though their true country is not in this world, and how they might reconcile their duties as citizens with their commitment to God. Deeply learned, frequently combative, and always eloquent, American Babylon is Neuhaus's magnum opus—and will be essential reading for all Christians.

The Quotable Atheist

By Jack Huberman
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  • Publisher : Bold Type Books
  • Book Code : 1568584199
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Philosophy
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Surprisingly, no book of quotations on God and religion by atheists and agnostics exists. Luckily, for the millions of American nonbelievers who have quietly stewed for years as the religious right made gains in politics and culture, the wait is over. Bestselling author Jack Huberman's zeitgeist sense has honed into the backlash building against religious fundamentalism and collected a veritable treasure trove of quotes by philosophers, scientists, poets, writers, artists, entertainers, and political figures. His colorful cast of atheists includes Karen Armstrong, Lance Armstrong, Jules Feiffer, Federico Fellini, H. L. Mencken, Ian McKellen, Isaac Singer, Jonathan Swift, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Virginia Woolf and the Marquis de Sade.

The New Atheist Novel

By Arthur Bradley,Andrew Tate
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1441157921
  • Total of Pages : 160
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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The New Atheist Novel is the first study of a major new genre of contemporary fiction. It examines how Richard Dawkins's so-called 'New Atheism' movement has caught the imagination of four eminent modern novelists: Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie and Philip Pullman. For McEwan and his contemporaries, the contemporary novel represents a new front in the ideological war against religion, religious fundamentalism and, after 9/11, religious terror: the novel apparently stands for everything - freedom, individuality, rationality and even a secular experience of the transcendental - that religion seeks to overthrow. In this book, Bradley and Tate offer a genealogy of the New Atheist Novel: where it comes from, what needs it serves and, most importantly, where it may go in the future. What is it? How does it dramatise the war between belief and non-belief? To what extent does it represent a genuine ideological alternative to the religious imaginary or does it merely repeat it in secularised form? This fascinating study offers an incisive critique of this contemporary testament of literary belief and unbelief.

50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know: Religion

By Daniele Bolelli
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  • Publisher : Red Wheel Weiser
  • Book Code : 1934708763
  • Total of Pages : 144
  • Category : Religion
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If you're waiting for the world's "Holy Men" to tell you the truth about their religions, do you suppose they'll mention that: The Tao Te Ching was only created because Lao Tzu was thrown in jail by a disciple who didn't want to let him leave town without writing down his teachings?"Passover" celebrates God killing all firstborn Egyptian kids while Jewish homes were "passed over" by the angel of death?Shinto, a nature-loving, mellow religion, was transformed by the Japanese government into a nationalistic ideology promoting "holy" war? Adding to its popular 50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know series, Disinformation has teamed with Daniele Bolelli—writer, professor of comparative religion, and renowned martial arts practitioner and philosopher—to tackle an ever more serious and important topic: popular misconceptions about religion. Among other revelations: Carpocrates, an early Christian, argued that sex orgies were a key to heaven.Prostitution was a religious duty in Mesopotamian temples.The two major Chinese religions (Taoism and Confucianism) are completely at odds with each other and yet are often practiced together.Despite having persecuted Jews for 2,000 years, Christian fundamentalists are Israel's biggest supporters. Capturing just the right balance of in-depth knowledge, respect, humor and irreverence, Bolelli takes an ecumenical approach to the task, revealing surprising, shocking, and little-known facts about the "big three" religions but also many more, including Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, and, of course, the increasingly popular non-religion: atheism.