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The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

By Bobby Henderson
  • ISBN Code: : 0307485560
  • Publisher : Villard
  • Pages : 192
  • Category : Humor
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Can I get a “ramen” from the congregation?! Behold the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), today’s fastest growing carbohydrate-based religion. According to church founder Bobby Henderson, the universe and all life within it were created by a mystical and divine being: the Flying Spaghetti Monster. What drives the FSM’ s devout followers, a.k.a. Pastafarians? Some say it’s the assuring touch from the FSM’s “noodly appendage.” Then there are those who love the worship service, which is conducted in pirate talk and attended by congregants in dashing buccaneer garb. Still others are drawn to the Church’s flimsy moral standards, religious holidays every Friday, or the fact that Pastafarian heaven is way cooler: Does your heaven have a Stripper Factory and a Beer Volcano? Intelligent Design has finally met its match—and it has nothing to do with apes or the Olive Garden of Eden. Within these pages, Bobby Henderson outlines the true facts– dispelling such malicious myths as evolution (“only a theory”), science (“only a lot of theories”), and whether we’re really descended from apes (fact: Humans share 95 percent of their DNA with chimpanzees, but they share 99.9 percent with pirates!) See what impressively credentialed top scientists have to say: “If Intelligent Design is taught in schools, equal time should be given to the FSM theory and the non-FSM theory.” –Professor Douglas Shaw, Ph.D. “Do not be hypocritical. Allow equal time for other alternative ‘theories’ like FSMism, which is by far the tastier choice.” –J. Simon, Ph.D. “In my scientific opinion, when comparing the two theories, FSM theory seems to be more valid than classic ID theory.” –Afshin Beheshti, Ph.D. Read the book and decide for yourself!

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  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Book Code : 1441198296
  • Total of Pages : 456
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 520
  • Pdf File: the-bloomsbury-companion-to-new-religious-movements.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements covers key themes such as charismatic leadership, conversion and brainwashing, prophecy and millennialism, violence and suicide, gender and sexuality, legal issues, and the portrayal of New Religious Movements by the media and anti-cult organisations. Several categories of new religions receive special attention, including African new religions, Japanese new religions, Mormons, and UFO religions. This guide to New Religious Movements and their critical study brings together 29 world-class international scholars, and serves as a resource to students and researchers. The volume highlights the current state of academic study in the field, and explores areas in which future research might develop. Clearly and accessibly organised to help users quickly locate key information and analysis, the book includes an A to Z of key terms, extensive guides to further resources, a comprehensive bibliography, and a timeline of major developments in the field such as the emergence of new groups, publications, legal decisions, and historical events.

In God We Trust

By Steve Ham
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  • Publisher : New Leaf Publishing Group
  • Book Code : 1614581177
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 173
  • Pdf File: in-god-we-trust.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Biblical faith is being undermined and criticized with an increasing fervor in schools, on job sites, and in the marketplace. Are you equipped to face the onslaught of secular, anti-Christian values and viewpoints? Can you clearly state why you believe in Christ and the authority of the Bible? How does this work in your daily life? In God We Trust is a guided journey that will help you: Identify the influence of the secular worldview and how it attempts to compromise the Word of God. Distinguish between genuine authority and the counterfeit authority of so many at present. Realize how your commitment to God?s authority will impact your church, family, and others for Christ. Author Steve Ham, Director of Outreach at Answers in Genesis, clearly delves into the issues of faith and God's authority in the life of the believer in order to prepare you to stand firm. An intriguing exploration of why man was never meant to rule himself, but instead to operate within an authoritative structure designed by God. Steve is co-author of Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World, and the popular evangelism series, Answers for Life.

Religion—One Man’s Overview

By Robert K. Wen
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  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Book Code : 9781450265447
  • Total of Pages : 156
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 505
  • Pdf File: religion-one-man-s-overview.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Everyone wonders, at least at times, about such questions as the purpose and future of his or her own life. Some would even trouble themselves with similar questions about the universe. In Religion—One Man’s Overview, a retired professor with a background in both Eastern and Western cultures, shares the outcome of his own enthusiastic search for answers. In simple language and a meticulously organized fashion, Dr. Robert Wen provides a concise overview of all the world’s major religions and explains the underlying philosophy behind each, while covering discussions of the origin and development of religion and its relationships to politics, culture, morality, philosophy, and science. Along with synopses of seven major world religions, Dr. Wen includes a comparison of Christianity and Buddhism as well as his personal views highlighted by his synthesis of the pragmatic and metaphysical views of religion. For anyone who possesses considerable earnestness and curiosity about religion, Religion—One Man’s Overview provides a fascinating, comprehensive, and easy-to-understand philosophical and historical overview of all key religions and theories.

Naturalism and Protectionism in the Study of Religions

By Juraj Franek
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1350082384
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 701
  • Pdf File: naturalism-and-protectionism-in-the-study-of-religions.pdf

Book Short Summary:

How should we study religion? Must we be religious ourselves to truly understand it? Do we study religion to advance our knowledge, or should the study of religions help to reintroduce the sacred into our increasingly secularized world? Juraj Franek argues that the study of religion has long been split into two competing paradigms: reductive (naturalist) and non-reductive (protectionist). While the naturalistic approach seems to run the risk of explaining religious phenomena away, the protectionist approach appears to risk falling short of the methodological standards of modern science. Franek uses primary source material from Greek and Latin sources to show that both competing paradigms are traceable to Presocratic philosophy and early Christian literature. He presents the idea that naturalists are distant heirs, not only of the French Enlightenment, but also of the Ionian one. Likewise, he argues that protectionists owe much of their arguments and strategies, not only to Luther and the Reformation, but to the earliest Christian literature. This book analyses the conflict between reductive and non-reductive approach in the modern study of religions, and positions the Cognitive Science of Religion against a background of previous theories - ancient and modern - to demonstrate its importance for the revindication of the naturalist paradigm.

Is God Just a Human Invention?

By Sean McDowell,Jonathan Morrow
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  • Publisher : Kregel Publications
  • Book Code : 0825489652
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 451
  • Pdf File: is-god-just-a-human-invention.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Sean McDowell and Jonathan Morrow have penned an accessible yet rigorous look at the arguments of the New Atheists. Writing from a distinctively Christian perspective, McDowell and Morrow lay out the facts so that the emerging generation can make up their own mind after considering all the evidence.

Atheism for Christians

By Benjamin Thomas Jones
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1498225829
  • Total of Pages : 190
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 832
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What can Mary Wollstonecraft teach Christians about sexual ethics? Can John Stuart Mill help the church understand toleration? Are there lessons for the Christian world from writers like Marx, Nehru, Shelley, Popper, and Hume? Atheism for Christians looks at the work of some of the most influential secular thinkers and asks what Christians can learn without giving up their faith or core values. Looking at important modern issues such as gender equality, same-sex marriage, creationism and evolution, abortion, universal health, biblical literalism, and religious tribalism, this work offers a fresh perspective on old questions. The Bible says the value of wisdom is far above rubies. It should not matter where that wisdom comes from. The Christian world should be able to celebrate and learn from the intellectual giants in the secular tradition just as atheists can still appreciate the great academic and artistic contribution of Christianity. The nexus between faith and reason is sometimes stretched but should never be abandoned. Atheism for Christians offers a unique insight into the work of some of the greatest secular thinkers and argues there is much to learn.

The Beginning and the End

By Clément Vidal
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 3319050621
  • Total of Pages : 379
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 617
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Book Short Summary:

In this fascinating journey to the edge of science, Vidal takes on big philosophical questions: Does our universe have a beginning and an end or is it cyclic? Are we alone in the universe? What is the role of intelligent life, if any, in cosmic evolution? Grounded in science and committed to philosophical rigor, this book presents an evolutionary worldview where the rise of intelligent life is not an accident, but may well be the key to unlocking the universe's deepest mysteries. Vidal shows how the fine-tuning controversy can be advanced with computer simulations. He also explores whether natural or artificial selection could hold on a cosmic scale. In perhaps his boldest hypothesis, he argues that signs of advanced extraterrestrial civilizations are already present in our astrophysical data. His conclusions invite us to see the meaning of life, evolution and intelligence from a novel cosmological framework that should stir debate for years to come.

The Virtues of Our Vices

By Emrys Westacott
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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Book Code : 1400839505
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 743
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The hidden value of some of our everyday vices Are there times when it's right to be rude? Can we distinguish between good and bad gossip? Am I a snob if I think that NPR listeners are likely to be better informed than devotees of Fox News? Does sick humor do anyone any good? Can I think your beliefs are absurd but still respect you? In The Virtues of Our Vices, philosopher Emrys Westacott takes a fresh look at important everyday ethical questions—and comes up with surprising answers. He makes a compelling argument that some of our most common vices—rudeness, gossip, snobbery, tasteless humor, and disrespect for others' beliefs—often have hidden virtues or serve unappreciated but valuable purposes. For instance, there are times when rudeness may be necessary to help someone with a problem or to convey an important message. Gossip can foster intimacy between friends and curb abuses of power. And dubious humor can alleviate existential anxieties. Engaging, funny, and philosophically sophisticated, The Virtues of Our Vices challenges us to rethink conventional wisdom when it comes to everyday moral behavior.