By Alexander J. Fisher
Music, Piety, and Propaganda: The Soundscapes of Counter-Reformation Bavaria explores the character of sound as a robust but ambivalent strength within the non secular struggles that permeated Germany throughout the Counter-Reformation. writer Alexander J. Fisher is going past a musicological therapy of composers, kinds, and genres to ascertain how tune, and extra largely sound itself, formed the aural panorama of Bavaria because the duchy emerged as a militant Catholic bulwark. Fisher focuses really at the ways that sound--including bell-ringing, gunfire, and well known tune, in addition to cultivated polyphony--not simply was once deployed by way of Catholic secular and clerical elites to form the non secular identities of Bavarian matters, but in addition carried the capability to problem and undermine confessional obstacles.
Surviving literature, archival records, and track illustrate the ways that Bavarian gurus and their allies within the Catholic clergy and orders deployed sound to underline an important theological modifications with their Protestant antagonists, significantly the cults of the Virgin Mary, the Eucharist, and the saints. reliable and renowned rituals like divine worship, processions, and pilgrimages all featured unique sounds and tune that formed and mirrored an rising Catholic identification. even supposing officers imposed a serious regime of spiritual surveillance, the Catholic state's dominance of the soundscape was once not often guaranteed. Fisher strains archival resources that express the resilience of Protestant vernacular tune in Bavaria, the dissemination and function of forbidden, anti-Catholic songs, the presence of Lutheran chorales in nominally Catholic church providers into the overdue sixteenth century, and the patience of renowned "noise" extra more often than not. Music, Piety, and Propaganda therefore finds ancient, theological, and cultural problems with the interval during the piercing measurement of its sounds, bringing into concentration the import of sound as a strategic cultural software with major effect at the movement of history.
By Seizo Sekine
This monograph demanding situations the extremes of faith-based theological ways and value-free historical-critical tools via pursuing the center direction of philosophical hermeneutics. Drawing on japanese and Western philosophy, the writer proposes unique interpretive options to the Akedah, Jeremiah and different biblical texts. Readers also will achieve clean insights into difficulties of monotheism, non secular religion and identification, soreness and glossy ethics.
By Seyed Ibn Tawus - XKP
By William Lobdell
William Lobdell's trip of faith—and doubt—may be the main compelling religious memoir of our time. Lobdell grew to become a born-again Christian in his past due 20s while own problems—including a failed marriage—drove him to his knees in prayer. As a newly minted evangelical, Lobdell—a veteran journalist—noticed that faith wasn't lined good within the mainstream media, and he prayed for the Lord to place him at the faith beat at a big newspaper. In 1998, his prayers have been spoke back whilst the Los Angeles Times requested him to write down approximately religion.
Yet what occurred over the following 8 years was once a roller-coaster of proposal, confusion, doubt, and soul-searching as his reporting and studies slowly chipped away at his religion. whereas reporting on countless numbers of news, he witnessed a worrying hole among the tenets of assorted religions and the behaviors of the trustworthy and their leaders. He investigated non secular associations that acted much less ethically than corrupt Wall St. corporations. He discovered few changes among the morals of Christians and atheists. As this proof piled up, he began to worry that God did not exist. He explored each doubt, each question—until, ultimately, his religion collapsed. After the paper agreed to reassign him, he wrote a private essay in the summertime of 2007 that grew to become a global sensation for its sincere exploration of doubt.
Losing My Religion is a booklet approximately life's private questions that speaks to every body: Lobdell is aware the longings and satisfactions of the devoted, in addition to the unrelenting strength of doubt. How he confronted that strength, and wrestled with it, is needs to examining for individuals of religion and nonbelievers alike.
In 1997, Terryl Givens's The Viper at the Hearth was once praised as a brand new vintage in Mormon reports. within the wake of Mormon-inspired and -created creative, literary, and political activity--today's "Mormon moment"--Givens offers a revised and up to date version of his publication to deal with the continued presence and reception of the Mormon picture in modern tradition.
The Sikh faith has a following of over 20 million humans around the globe, and is ranked because the world's 5th biggest faith. besides the fact that, occasions equivalent to the verbal and actual assaults on Sikhs simply after September eleven, the place Sikhs have been being unsuitable for Muslims, recommend that the Sikh religion nonetheless continues to be mysterious to many.
This Very brief Introduction introduces rookies to the that means of the Sikh non secular culture, its teachings, practices, rituals and fairs. Eleanor Nesbitt highlights and contextualizes the major threads within the historical past of Sikhism, from the 1st experts to martyrdom, militarization, and the more and more major diaspora. analyzing gender, caste, and the alterations which are presently underway within the religion, Nesbitt considers modern Sikh identities and their function in our world.
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By Michael Byrnes
A brazen and violent crime happens on the crossroads of the Christian, Islamic, and Jewish faiths—the stunning robbery of historical artifacts hidden for lots of centuries in a mystery vault underneath Jerusalem's Temple Mount. In its wake, 13 Israeli policemen and squaddies are dead—and the fuse is lit on a risky Mideast powder keg, threatening an explosion which may devastate the realm.
In Italy, American forensic scientist Charlotte Hennesey has replied a Vatican summons soliciting for aid. becoming a member of with Italian anthropologist Giovanni Bersei, she embarks upon a deadly trip down a twisted course of revelations prowled by way of sinister zealots and incessant chilly killers. For they have to disclose the stunning secrets and techniques locked within the historic bones resting in a newly unearthed burial box—the skeleton of a guy who lived and died within the first century; a guy who used to be scourged and stabbed . . . and crucified.
By Pascal Boyer
By Zygmunt Bauman
Evil isn't restricted to struggle or to conditions during which individuals are performing below severe duress. at the present time it extra usually finds itself within the daily insensitivity to the affliction of others, within the lack of ability or refusal to appreciate them and within the informal turning away of one’s moral gaze. Evil and ethical blindness lurk in what we take as normality and within the triviality and banality of lifestyle, and never simply within the irregular and unheard of cases.
The unique form of ethical blindness that characterizes our societies is brilliantly analysed by way of Zygmunt Bauman and Leonidas Donskis throughout the proposal of adiaphora: the putting of definite acts or different types of people outdoor of the universe of ethical tasks and reviews. Adiaphora implies an angle of indifference to what's taking place on the earth – an ethical numbness. In a lifestyles the place rhythms are dictated by way of rankings wars and box-office returns, the place everyone is preoccupied with the newest instruments and different types of gossip, in our ‘hurried existence’ the place realization not often has time to decide on any factor of significance, we're at critical threat of wasting our sensitivity to the plight of the opposite. basically celebrities or media stars can count on to be spotted in a society full of sensational, worthless information.
This probing inquiry into the destiny of our ethical sensibilities might be of serious curiosity to somebody concerned about the main profound alterations which are silently shaping the lives of all people in our modern liquid-modern global.
By Nikos Kazantzakis
The Francis of Assisi in those pages is a guy of fight and ache, a guy God-possessed.”—Saturday Review
“The writing . . . is direct and vigorous.”—Commonweal
“The novel is robust, deep, and relocating. . . . a penetration into the secret and sweetness of life.”—San Francisco Chronicle
The protean Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis retells the tale of the so much loved of saints—Francis of Assisi, who completely replaced the method humans take into consideration following God. Drawing at the conventional tales of the saint’s existence, Kazantzakis infuses the story with a fervent imaginative and prescient that's uniquely his personal, highlighting the saint’s heroic
single-mindedness within the face of maximum actual and non secular discomfort. He portrays the saint as an exceptional lover and encouraging chief who embraced radical poverty within the face of many hindrances and temptations whereas reaching a life-style marked via epic generosity.