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God: An Anatomy

By Francesca Stavrakopoulou
  • ISBN Code: : 0525520465
  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Pages : 608
  • Category : Religion
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An astonishing and revelatory history that re-presents God as he was originally envisioned by ancient worshippers—with a distinctly male body, and with superhuman powers, earthly passions, and a penchant for the fantastic and monstrous. "[A] rollicking journey through every aspect of Yahweh’s body, from top to bottom (yes, that too) and from inside out ... Ms. Stavrakopoulou has almost too much fun.”—The Economist The scholarship of theology and religion teaches us that the God of the Bible was without a body, only revealing himself in the Old Testament in words mysteriously uttered through his prophets, and in the New Testament in the body of Christ. The portrayal of God as corporeal and masculine is seen as merely metaphorical, figurative, or poetic. But, in this revelatory study, Francesca Stavrakopoulou presents a vividly corporeal image of God: a human-shaped deity who walks and talks and weeps and laughs, who eats, sleeps, feels, and breathes, and who is undeniably male. Here is a portrait—arrived at through the author's close examination of and research into the Bible—of a god in ancient myths and rituals who was a product of a particular society, at a particular time, made in the image of the people who lived then, shaped by their own circumstances and experience of the world. From head to toe—and every part of the body in between—this is a god of stunning surprise and complexity, one we have never encountered before.

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Celebrations of literary fictions as autonomous worlds appeared first in the Renaissance and were occasioned, paradoxically, by their power to remedy the ills of history. Robert E. Stillman explores this paradox in relation to Philip Sidney's Defence of Poesy, the first Renaissance text to argue for the preeminence of poetry as an autonomous form of knowledge in the public domain. Offering a fresh interpretation of Sidney's celebration of fiction-making, Stillman locates the origins of his poetics inside a neglected historical community: the intellectual elite associated with Philip Melanchthon (leader of the German Reformation after Luther), the so-called Philippists. As a challenge to traditional Anglo-centric scholarship, his study demonstrates how Sidney's education by Continental Philippists enabled him to dignify fiction-making as a compelling form of public discourse-compelling because of its promotion of powerful new concepts about reading and writing, its ecumenical piety, and its political ambition to secure through natural law (from universal 'Ideas') freedom from the tyranny of confessional warfare. Intellectually ambitious and wide-ranging, this study draws together various elements of contemporary scholarship in literary, religious, and political history in order to afford a broader understanding of the Defence and the cultural context inside which Sidney produced both his poetry and his poetics.

God Loves You And Me Too

By Edward Broom
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  • Publisher : Edward Broom
  • Book Code : N.a
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  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
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God is real, and He is awesome. He is so powerful, so forgiving, so wise, so loving. Since the beginning of the world, God's characteristics have been made manifest to all. From the birds and the bees to the mountains and the seas, who can doubt God's existence? From the parting of the Red Sea to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who can surpass God's power? From the disobedience of the Israelites when they worshipped false gods to the murders committed by Moses and David, who can deny God's forgiveness? From the orbiting planets to the human anatomy, who can deny God's wisdom? From the creation of man kind to the sacrifice of His only begotten Son, who can deny God's love? For most of my life I had believed in God without truly knowing who He is. I have always had some fear of Him, but I never took the time to actually get to know God. I never asked for forgiveness, and I never recognized His power. I never took heed to God's love for me. For the majority of my life, I was lost. Now that I know the truth, it is my duty to share that truth with as many as I possibly can. In this book, I inform you of God's unconditional love by the use of stories from the Holy Bible, by experiences from my life, and by scenarios from my God-given wisdom, all led by the Holy Spirit of God. By using biblical characters and stories, I declare God's love in the way He healed those who were sick, provided for those who were in need, and delivered from harm those who were in danger. I prove God's love by sharing from the Holy Bible how God answered the prayers of those who called upon Him, forgave the sins of those who trangressed against Him, and showed grace to those who went astray. By using events and situations from my life, I bear witness of God's love by telling of times in which He spared my life, delivered me from evil, protected me from evil, protected me when I was in danger, and comforted me when I was alone. I testify about God's love by elaborating on the wrong I have done, how God chastised me, and how God forgave me time and time again. I talk about how God healed me when I was hurt and sick, provided for me when I was in need, and answered my prayers when I called on Him. The scenarios and examples that I use are for the purpose of you comparing them and relating them to your life so that you can realize that God's love is not only for me and the people in the Holy Bible, but His love is for you and everyone else also. I give information about the Holy Spirit who God puts in us to help us live our lives in a manner that pleases God. This book contains information on how to pray more effectively. I also include a prayer of salvation to help you on your way to a life in Christ. Before reading this book, please ask God to give you understanding of what you are about to read. Ask God to help you receive the message in this book, retain the message in this book, and relay the message to others, in hopes of glorifying God, edifying the body of Christ, and winning souls for the kingdom of heaven. May God bless all the readers of this book. Enjoy, and keep in mind and heart that God loves you and me too.

The Bible and the Hermeneutics of Liberation

By Alejandro F. Botta,Pablo R. Andiñach
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  • Publisher : Society of Biblical Lit
  • Book Code : 1589832418
  • Total of Pages : 259
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 377
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The same Bible that historically has been invoked to support exploitation is also a source of inspiration for those fighting oppression and injustice. This collection of essays highlights the different receptions that liberation- ist hermeneutics has found in a number of contemporary contexts. The authors, originating from various countries and continents and nurtured by diverse theological insights, provide regional overviews of liberating struggles and liberation hermeneutics or engage the biblical text from various perspectives, including mujerista and feminist Afrocentric read- ings. This is an enriching panorama of ideas and readings all centered on the Bible as a key to liberation.

Lord, Give Me a Heart for You

By Kay Arthur
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  • Publisher : WaterBrook
  • Book Code : 0307553329
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 423
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Kay Arthur’s Newest “Lord” Book Examines The Anatomy Of A Heart for God Through Paul’s Eyes. Throughout his ministry the Apostle Paul was criticized, opposed, and attacked. He wrestled with his weaknesses. He struggled with fragile relationships. He was often weary, tired, and discouraged. Kay Arthur knows there are times when you can identify with Paul's experience. You feel overwhelmed by conflicts without and fears within. You yearn to experience the God of wisdom and power. You, like Paul, want deeply to be a person whose sole passion is to please God. In this study based on 2 Corinthians, Kay examines the anatomy of a heart for God. What it looks like. What it feels like. And how you can strengthen your own relationship with God. Despite the deep physical, emotional, and spiritual pain of life, Paul could rest in the God of all comfort and strength. He could walk in obedience to his calling. He could fight the good fight, finish his race, and keep the faith. And now, through this compelling, insightful, and moving Bible study, so can you. “What does a heart for God look like when lived out in flesh and blood in the daily circumstances of life? As we walk together through 2 Corinthians, Acts, and other portions of Scripture, we'll begin to understand what it's like to have a heart like His.” –Kay Arthur THE “LORD” SERIES by Kay Arthur is an insightful, warm-hearted Bible study series designed to meet you where you are–and help you discover God’s answers to your deepest needs.

Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution

By Peter Ackroyd
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  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Book Code : 1466855991
  • Total of Pages : 512
  • Category : History
  • Members : 400
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Peter Ackroyd has been praised as one of the greatest living chroniclers of Britain and its people. In Rebellion, he continues his dazzling account of the history of England, beginning with the progress south of the Scottish king, James VI, who on the death of Elizabeth I became the first Stuart king of England, and ending with the deposition and flight into exile of his grandson, James II. The Stuart monarchy brought together the two nations of England and Scotland into one realm, albeit a realm still marked by political divisions that echo to this day. More importantly, perhaps, the Stuart era was marked by the cruel depredations of civil war, and the killing of a king. Shrewd and opinionated, James I was eloquent on matters as diverse as theology, witchcraft, and the abuses of tobacco, but his attitude to the English parliament sowed the seeds of the division that would split the country during the reign of his hapless heir, Charles I. Ackroyd offers a brilliant, warts-and-all portrayal of Charles's nemesis, Oliver Cromwell, Parliament's great military leader and England's only dictator, who began his career as a political liberator but ended it as much of a despot as "that man of blood," the king he executed. England's turbulent seventeenth century is vividly laid out before us, but so too is the cultural and social life of the period, notable for its extraordinarily rich literature, including Shakespeare's late masterpieces, Jacobean tragedy, the poetry of John Donne and Milton and Thomas Hobbes's great philosophical treatise, Leviathan. In addition to its account of England's royalty, Rebellion also gives us a very real sense of the lives of ordinary English men and women, lived out against a backdrop of constant disruption and uncertainty.

The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religion

By Michael Stausberg,Steven Engler
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0191045888
  • Total of Pages : 672
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 263
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The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religion provides a comprehensive overview of the academic study of religion. Written by an international team of leading scholars, its fifty-one chapters are divided thematically into seven sections. The first section addresses five major conceptual aspects of research on religion. Part two surveys eleven main frameworks of analysis, interpretation, and explanation of religion. Reflecting recent turns in the humanities and social sciences, part three considers eight forms of the expression of religion. Part four provides a discussion of the ways societies and religions, or religious organizations, are shaped by different forms of allocation of resources. Other chapters in this section consider law, the media, nature, medicine, politics, science, sports, and tourism. Part five reviews important developments, distinctions, and arguments for each of the selected topics. The study of religion addresses religion as a historical phenomenon and part six looks at seven historical processes. Religion is studied in various ways by many disciplines, and this Handbook shows that the study of religion is an academic discipline in its own right. The disciplinary profile of this volume is reflected in part seven, which considers the history of the discipline and its relevance. Each chapter in the Handbook references at least two different religions to provide fresh and innovative perspectives on key issues in the field. This authoritative collection will advance the state of the discipline and is an invaluable reference for students and scholars.

The Confessions of St. Augustine

By St Augustine
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  • Publisher : Moody Publishers
  • Book Code : 9780802480675
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 794
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"Augustine never thought of God without thinking of his sin, nor of his sin without thinking of Christ." St. Augustine grates hard against "the anatomy of evil" while dealing succinctly and honestly with his own proneness toward sin. From his infatuation with its initial beauty to the discounting of his previously wasted life, Augustine leaves little to the imagination regarding his need to be saved from himself. Most of Augustine's Confessions are spent in a nearly catastrophe tug of war. From insult and injury to passion, lost love, and the arts--this work leads through and beyond a world where God's timing is absolutely perfect. Nothing has really changed since then. Sin is still sin--and God is still God. Moody Classics Of all the factors influencing our spiritual growth and development, pivotal books play a key role. Learning from those who have walked the path and fought the fight brings wisdom and strengthens resolve. And hearing the familiar chords of kingdom living sung by voices from other times can penetrate cultural barriers that limit our allegiance to the King. To this end, Moody Publishers is honored to introduce the first six volumes in what is to be an ongoing series of spiritual classics. Selected for their enduring influence and timeless perspective, these new editions promise to shape the lives of spiritual pilgrims for generations to come.

The God of Hope and the End of the World

By John Polkinghorne
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  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Book Code : 0300130686
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 792
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Do we live in a world that makes sense, not just now, but totally and forever? If, as scientists now predict, the universe is going to end in collapse or decay, can it really be a divine creation? Is there a credible hope of a destiny beyond death? In this engaging and intellectually scrupulous book, a leading scientist-theologian draws on ideas from science, scripture, and theology to address these important questions. John Polkinghorne carefully builds a structure of the hope of the life to come that involves both continuity and discontinuity with life in this world—enough continuity so that it is we ourselves who shall live again in that future world and enough discontinuity to ensure that the second story is not just a repetition of the first. Polkinghorne develops his argument in three sections. In the first, he considers the role of contemporary scientific insights and cultural expectations. In the second, he gives a careful account of the various testimonies of hope to be found in the Bible and assesses the credibility of belief in Jesus’ resurrection. In the final section he critically analyzes and defends the Christian hope of the life of the new creation.

The Bible in Church, Academy, and Culture

By Alan P.F. Sell
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1608994759
  • Total of Pages : 302
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 216
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This collection of essays celebrates the contribution of John Tudno Williams to the church, to biblical scholarship and teaching, and to the culture of Wales. Written by biblical scholars, historians, theologians, and authorities on Welsh culture, the papers gather around the central theme of the Bible: its interpretation and exegesis and its place in hymns as well as in the visual culture of Welsh Presbyterianism, in theological colleges, and in theological reflection and construction.

Sovereignty

By Apostle Samuel J. Ugochukwu
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 9781462819737
  • Total of Pages : 152
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 132
  • Pdf File: sovereignty.pdf

Book Short Summary:

We face many things in life that are beyond our understanding, and we ask WHY? Sovereignty will answer those questions and will make us search and want to know God more. Our approach to daily life will change when we discover and understand that God alone is Sovereign. He is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscience and there is no one else like Him. As you read Sovereignty, you will discover the magnitude of Gods power as He reveals Himself to you. He is the God of goodness, mercy, greatness and grace.