Convent Chronicles: Women Writing About Women and Reform in the Late Middle Ages

By Anne Winston-Allen

The past due center a while was once a time of excessive spiritual ferment in Europe marked via numerous demands reform of the Church. inside monastic orders, the Observant circulation used to be one such attempt to reform spiritual homes, sparked by way of the common worry that those homes had strayed too faraway from their unique calling. In Convent Chronicles, Anne Winston-Allen bargains an extraordinary inside of examine the Observant reform flow from the women’s viewpoint.

Although we all know very much concerning the males who inhabited Observant spiritual homes, we all know little or no approximately their girl counterparts—even although ladies outnumbered males in lots of locations. frequently what we do find out about girls involves us in the course of the filter out of men’s debts. getting better long-overlooked writings through girls within the 15th and early 16th centuries, Winston-Allen surveys the extreme literary and scribal actions in German- and Dutch-speaking spiritual groups in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and the Low nations. whereas past reviews have trusted files left through male activists, those women’s narratives provide another point of view that demanding situations conventional perspectives of women’s function and enterprise. girls have been, in truth, energetic individuals within the non secular conversations that ruled the day.

With its wealthy depiction of girls as transmitters of tradition, Convent Chronicles will be precious to students in addition to to graduate and undergraduate scholars drawn to the historical past of women’s monasticism and spiritual writing.

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Avenger of Blood: A Novel (Apocalypse Diaries)

In Avengers of Blood the dramatic clash among historical Christianity and historic heresies parallels the resurgence of Gnostic and pagan ideals within the past due 20th century less than the guise of the recent Age flow. the plot additionally bargains with social issues--such a baby abandonment, sanctioned by way of Roman legislation in a manner that may contact the hearts of pro-life Christians today.

As the tale keeps, published from his exile on Patmos, the apostle John units out to bring his apocalyptic writings to the seven church buildings of Asia. however the aged apostle's protege, Jacob turns clear of his name to the ministry so as to search revenge on his family's persecutor.

His sister Rebecca, needs to confront her emotions for the unbelieving legal professional employed handy her overdue father's property. Will she persist with her middle or sacrifice like to stick with God's will? Rebecca's illegitimate son, Victor, is destined to turn into a revered pastor who needs to conflict enemies either inside and out the church.

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Taking the Path of Zen

By Robert Aitken

There is an outstanding paintings to offering complicated rules with simplicity and perception, in a way that either courses and conjures up. In Taking the trail of Zen Robert Aitken provides the perform, way of life, reason, and beliefs of Zen Buddhism with notable readability.

The starting place of Zen is the perform of zazen, or mediation, and Aitken Roshi insists that every thing flows from the guts. He discusses right respiring, posture, regimen, teacher-student kin, and koan research, in addition to universal difficulties and milestones encountered within the strategy. during the booklet the writer returns to zazen, providing extra recommendation and extra complicated ideas. The orientation extends to numerous non secular attitudes and contains particular discussions of the 3 Treasures and the 10 Precepts of Zen Buddhism.
Taking the trail of Zen will serve as orientation and advisor for an individual who's attracted to the methods of Zen, from the easily curious to the intense Zen student.

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Atheism Explained: From Folly to Philosophy (Ideas Explained)

By David Ramsay Steele

Atheism Explained explores the claims made either for and opposed to the life of God. at the professional aspect: that the wonders of the area can purely be defined by way of an clever writer; that the universe needed to commence someplace; telepathy, out-of-body studies, and different paranormal phenomena exhibit the life of a spirit international; and that those that event God at once offer proof as genuine as any actual discovering. After disputing those arguments via calm, cautious feedback, writer David Ramsay Steele offers the explanations why God can't exist: significant, appalling evils; the impossibility of omniscience; and the mindless idea that God is a considering brain with no mind. He additionally explores debatable issues similar to clever layout, the ability of prayer, faith with no God, and even if a trust in God makes humans happier and more healthy. Steele’s rational, easy-to-understand prose is helping readers shape their very own conclusions approximately this endlessly thorny topic.

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The Other Jesus: Stories from World Religions

By Todd Outcalt

We’re acquainted with the Jesus portrayed within the New testomony, yet many folks are stunned to benefit wealth of reports and traditions approximately Jesus have regularly existed along the standard Biblical resources. Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism—among different religions—have created their very own stories approximately Jesus, occasionally out of valuable self-preservation and response to the claims of the church, yet extra frequently via considerate and inventive edition. The different Jesus explores those assorted traditions and provides a clean exploration of Jesus—new views that problem long-accepted ideals approximately his position in background and his impression on different religions.

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A Sociology of Religious Emotion

By Ole Riis

This well timed e-book goals to alter the best way we predict approximately faith by means of placing emotion again onto the schedule. It demanding situations a bent to over-emphasise rational points of faith, and rehabilitates its embodied, visceral and affective dimensions. opposed to the view that non secular emotion is a in simple terms inner most subject, it bargains a brand new framework which exhibits how spiritual feelings come up within the various interactions among human brokers and spiritual groups, human brokers and items of devotion, and groups and sacred symbols. It offers parallels and contrasts among non secular feelings in ecu and American historical past, in different cultures, and in modern western societies. by means of taking feelings heavily, A Sociology of spiritual Emotion sheds new mild at the energy of faith to form basic human orientations and motivations: hopes and fears, joys and sorrows, loves and hatreds.

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The Cistercian Evolution: The Invention of a Religious Order in Twelfth-Century Europe (The Middle Ages Series)

According to the acquired heritage, the Cistercian order was once based in Cîteaux, France, in 1098 via a bunch of Benedictine priests who needed for a stricter neighborhood. They sought a monastic lifestyles that known as for severe asceticism, rejection of feudal sales, and guide hard work for clergymen. Their 3rd chief, Stephen Harding, issued a structure, the Carta Caritatis, that known as for the uniformity of customized in all Cistercian monasteries and the institution of an annual normal bankruptcy assembly at Cîteaux.

The Cistercian order grew phenomenally within the mid-twelfth century, attaining past France to Portugal within the west, Sweden within the north, and the jap Mediterranean, ostensibly via a strategy of apostolic gestation, wherein participants of a motherhouse may cross forth to set up a brand new condominium. The abbey at Clairvaux, based through Bernard in 1115, used to be by myself accountable for founding sixty eight of the 338 Cistercian abbeys in life through 1153. yet this well-established view of a centrally geared up order whose founders predicted the form and type of a non secular order at its top isn't borne out within the historic record.

Through an research of early Cistercian records, Constance Hoffman Berman proves that no trustworthy connection with Stephen's Carta Caritatis seems earlier than the mid-twelfth century, and that the rfile is prone to date from 1165 than from 1119. the consequences of this truth are profound. rather than being a constitution wherein greater than three hundred Cistercian homes have been organize by way of a government, the rfile turns into a way of bringing lower than centralized administrative keep watch over various loosely affiliated and already present monastic homes of priests in addition to nuns who shared Cistercian customs. The most likely reason behind this administrative structuring used to be to ascertain the impact of the overdominant apartment of Clairvaux, which threatened the authority of Cîteaux via Bernard's hugely winning production of latest monastic communities.

For centuries the expansion of the Cistercian order has been awarded as a spontaneous spirituality that swept western Europe throughout the strength of the 1st condo at Cîteaux. Berman indicates in its place that the construction of the spiritual order used to be a collaborative job, much less pushed through centralized associations; its formation was once meant to resolve sensible difficulties approximately monastic management. With the ebook of The Cistercian Evolution, for the 1st time the mechanisms are published wherein the priests of Cîteaux reshaped truth to construct and administer some of the most robust and influential spiritual orders of the center Ages.

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Praise of Folly (Penguin Classics)

By Desiderius Erasmus

Erasmus levels from light-hearted jibes to vehement denunciation of the theologians and churchmen, monastic lifestyles and the situation of the Church, after which heavily expounds the virtues of the Christian lifestyle. This paintings is without doubt one of the most sensible satirical classics of the Renaissance. It was once very extensively learn in Erasmus's lifetime or even this present day reads amusingly and instructively, having misplaced none of its hearth and intensely little of its relevance. the pointy feedback provoked through it used to be spoke back via Erasmus in his Letter to Martin Dorp, the theologian, that's incorporated right here.

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Historical Dictionary of Jesus (Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements, Volume 102)

By Daniel J. Harrington

Jesus of Nazareth is arguably the main recognized and influential individual who has ever lived on the earth. within the old Dictionary of Jesus, writer Daniel J. Harrington delves into the traditional literary assets approximately Jesus, smooth equipment of impending those resources, the main occasions in Jesus' existence, people and locations linked to him, the shape and content material of his teachings, what could be acknowledged approximately his demise and the declare that he was once raised from the lifeless, and the contributions of significant sleek students to the hunt of the old Jesus.
The booklet comprises 3 elements: an creation to the foremost issues relating Jesus as a historic determine; a cross-referenced dictionary containing four hundred entries on more than a few issues, together with issues Jesus did and stated, historical resources of old info, and smooth scholarship and interpretation; and a bibliography directory the most vital books relating to Jesus and the area during which he lived. This concise and aim reference paintings presents a transparent and actual advent to the learn of Jesus as a old figure.

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The Sickness Unto Death: A Christian Psychological Exposition For Upbuilding And Awakening (Kierkegaard's Writings, Vol 19) (v. 19)

By Soren Kierkegaard

A spouse piece to The notion of Anxiety, this paintings keeps Søren Kierkegaard's radical and accomplished research of human nature in a spectrum of chances of lifestyles. current here's a outstanding mixture of the perception of the poet and the contemplation of the philosopher.

In The disease unto Death, Kierkegaard strikes past nervousness at the mental-emotional point to the non secular point, where--in touch with the eternal--anxiety turns into melancholy. either anxiousness and depression mirror the misrelation that arises within the self while the weather of the synthesis--the limitless and the finite--do now not come into right relation to one another. melancholy is a deeper expression for anxiousness and is a mark of the everlasting, that is meant to penetrate temporal existence.

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