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Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World

Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World

James Boyce

$34.99

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Born Bad is the latest book from James Boyce, acclaimed author and historian.

Boyce traces a history of original sin from Adam and Eve, St Augustine and Martin Luther to Adam Smith, Sigmund Freud and Richard Dawkins.

According to original sin, humans are 'born bad' and only God's grace can bring salvation. Although Christianity is on the wane, Boyce explores how these religious ideas of morality still underpin our modern secular society, though we are often not aware of their origins. If today the specific doctrine has all but disappeared (even from the churches), what remains is the distinctive discontent of Western people - the feelings of guilt and inadequacy associated not with doing wrong, but with being wrong.

As well as an innovative history of Christianity, Boyce offers new insights into the making of the West.

Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World by James Boyce at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad

The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad

Lesley Hazleton

$22.99

Muhammad's was a life of almost unparalleled historical importance; yet for all the iconic power of his name, the intensely dramatic story of the prophet of Islam is not well known. In The First Muslim, Lesley Hazleton brings him vibrantly to life. Drawing on early eyewitness sources and on history, politics, religion, and psychology, she renders him as a man in full, in all his complexity and vitality. Hazleton's account follows the arc of Muhammad's rise from powerlessness to power, from anonymity to renown, from insignificance to lasting significance. How did a child shunted to the margins end up revolutionizing his world? How did a merchant come to challenge the established order with a new vision of social justice? How did the pariah hounded out of Mecca turn exile into a new and victorious beginning? How did the outsider become the ultimate insider? Impeccably researched and thrillingly readable, Hazleton's narrative creates vivid insight into a man navigating between idealism and pragmatism, faith and politics, non-violence and violence, rejection and acclaim. The First Muslim illuminates not only an immensely significant figure but his lastingly relevant legacy.
The Path to the Guru: The Science of Self-realization According to the Bhagavad Gita

The Path to the Guru: The Science of Self-realization According to the Bhagavad Gita

Scott Teitsworth

$29.99

Drawing on his more than 40 years of in-depth study of the Bhagavad Gita under the tutelage of his guru, Nitya Chaitanya Yati, author Scott Teitsworth explores the scientific approach to self-transformation and spiritual enlightenment encoded within Krishna's advice to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita. Providing a verse-by-verse examination of the first two chapters, he reveals the Gita's lessons to prepare the seeker to meet and successfully work with a guru--whether an outside teacher or the intuitive knowledge that arises from overcoming the psyche's limitations.

The author shows that the Gita advocates not blind devotion to a guru or god but rather personal development, victory over your fears, and liberation of the psyche. He demonstrates how Krishna's advice provides tools to guide us out of our fear-based experiences to reconnect with the suppressed parts of our inner being. He explains how Arjuna's doubts and confusions represent the plight of every person--we are born free but gradually become enslaved by the demands of our society, continuously dependent on outside authority for answers and disconnected from our true inner nature.

He reveals how Krishna's advice offers guidance for dealing with life's conflicts, which societal limitations to reject, and how to see through the polarising notion of good versus evil to form a balanced state of mind superior to both. Restoring the fearless vision of the ancient rishis, who, like today's scientists, prized skepticism as an important technique for accessing truth, Teitsworth reveals the Gita as a guide to an authentic guru-disciple relationship as well as to constructing a life of significance, freedom, and true sovereign adulthood.
The Book of Primal Signs: The High Magic of Symbols

The Book of Primal Signs: The High Magic of Symbols

Nigel Pennick

$25.99

From ancient rock and cave art to the contemporary brand logos of politics and business, human beings have always created symbols to denote specific ideas, groups, or important objects as well as to convey deeper information than can be communicated in words. Many glyphs have retained their meanings over millennia whereas some have modern meanings vastly different from the original connotation.

In this study of symbols, Nigel Pennick explores glyphs as agents of higher consciousness and ports of access to the collective unconscious, acknowledging the continuity of tradition, both deliberate and not, as well as how interpretations of some symbols, such as the swastika, have changed dramatically. With more than 300 unique woodcuts, drawings, calligraphy, and photographs--many never before reproduced--Pennick examines ancient and enduring glyphs in detail, such as the circle, cross, eye, pentagram, fleur de lis, tree of life, and horseshoe, as well as several families of symbols, such as craftsmen's marks, runes, symbolic beasts, human heads and skulls, and the sigils of Mammon.

The author explains the multiple forms and uses of each from ancient times to the present day, reflecting their roots in the Western Mystery tradition. He explores the symbols of high magic such as the glyph of John Dee's monad, those of folk magic such as the traditional cock on the weather vane, and the creation of modern glyphs such as the peace sign and the anarchy symbol. Contrasting the hi-jacked use of power symbols in modern advertising with the vital role of symbols in traditional arts and crafts, Pennick reveals how symbols link the cosmic with the terrestrial and allow us to infuse the mundane with the numinous.
The Golden Dawn - a Key to Ritual Magic

The Golden Dawn - a Key to Ritual Magic

Gordon Strong

$21.99

The Esoteric Order of The Golden Dawn was a school of magic, founded during the late nineteenth century, one vowing to reveal all manner of occult knowledge to its members. Celebrated among these were Florence Farr, W.B Yeats, Charles Williams, A.E. Waite and Pamela Colman-Smith. Its figurehead, the autocratic Samuel MacGregor Mathers, inaugurated ceremonies that melded Christian Mysticism, the Qabalah and Hermeticism. Such a potent brew would eventually ensure that the Golden Dawn would burst asunder in an esoteric apocalypse.
Grimoire of the Thorn-Blooded Witch: Mastering the Five Arts of Old World Witchery

Grimoire of the Thorn-Blooded Witch: Mastering the Five Arts of Old World Witchery

Raven Grimassi

$29.99

For the first time in more than a decade, Grimassi introduces readers to a new system of witchcraft, one that draws upon the old ways and the old days to teach the practitioner how to master all that it is to be a Witch. Chock full of spells, illustrations of plant spirits and rituals, Grimassi takes readers deep into the woods to learn the secrets of the Thorned Path. Here we meet the entities that dwell deep within the organic memory of the earth, the devas, the deities, the magical life force behind the surface of the wooded glen. Chapters include Plant Spirits of the Green Realm, The Rose and Thorn Path of Witchery, Works of Magick, The Old Ones and The Old Rites. As practical as it is enchanting, this book will show students of witchcraft the ways of the Thorned Path.
Intuition and Your Sun Sign: Practical Methods to Unlock Your Potential

Intuition and Your Sun Sign: Practical Methods to Unlock Your Potential

Bernie Ashman

$28.99

Tap into the wisdom of your sun sign and put your intuition to work for you. Let the sun, moon, and planets guide you in creating a more trusting relationship with your inner soul. In Intuition and Your Sun Sign, popular astrologer Bernie Ashman provides an in-depth guide to each sign's strengths, challenges, and potentials, in addition to new techniques for working with meridians and cosmic mirror planets. Your hidden spiritual gifts come alive when you make the most of your intuitive potential. Discover how to use astrology to: * attract love and abundance * improve relationships * decrease anxiety, tension, and emotional blocks * facilitate improved mental and physical health * increase self-confidence and creativity.
Jesus the Magician: A Renowned Historian Reveals How Jesus Was Viewed by People of His Time

Jesus the Magician: A Renowned Historian Reveals How Jesus Was Viewed by People of His Time

Morton Smith ,  Bart D. Ehrman

$29.99

This book challenges traditional Christian teaching about Jesus. While his followers may have seen him as the Son of God, preaching the good news,and working miracles, Smith asserts that this truth about Jesus is more interesting and rather unsettling. The real Jesus, only barely glimpsed because of a campaign of disinformation, obfuscation and censorship by religious authorities, was not Jesus the Son of God. In actuality he was Jesus the Magician. Smith marshals all the available evidence including, but not limited to, the Gospels. He succeeds in describing just what was said of Jesus by outsiders, those who did not believe him. He deals in fascinating detail with the inevitable questions. What was the nature of magic? What did people at that time mean by the term magician? Who were the other magicians and how did their magic compare with Jesus' works? JESUS THE MAGICIAN strips away the myths and legends that have obscured Jesus, the man who lived.
Pagan Portals - Blacksmith Gods: Myths, Magicians & Folklore

Pagan Portals - Blacksmith Gods: Myths, Magicians & Folklore

Pete Jennings

$9.99

Blacksmith Gods is a unique compendium of fascinating facts, fantasy and mystery relating to that universal archetype, the blacksmith. Covering many countries and cultures the book explores charming folk tales and customs alongside the often cruel myths of the metal-working Gods. Discover the mysterious magic associated with them and their craft, from pre-history to the modern age.
           
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