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Greek Mythology: A Traveller's Guide from Mount Olympus to Troy

Greek Mythology: A Traveller's Guide from Mount Olympus to Troy

David Stuttard

$35.00

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Scholarly text, supported by quotes from primary sources and contemporary research, as well as the enticing stories of gods and goddesses, heroes and villains, enrich the reader s literal or simply literary experience of these sites, whose significance still resonates today.
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Islam Beyond the Mad Max Jihadis

Islam Beyond the Mad Max Jihadis

Ziauddin Sardar

$19.99

The meaning and message of Islam has been corrupted and perverted by a particularly virulent strain of Islam. But behind the stories of atrocities, strife and turmoil, there is a number of different versions and visions of Islam struggling to survive and make sense of a rapidly changing world. Writer and critic Ziauddin Sardar tells the stories of different interpretations of Islam and argues for a critical version of a religion that has a long and distinguished history - but which appears to have been swept aside by a fundamentalist interpretation. Along the way, he answers a host of questions uppermost on the minds of most people. Is Islam inherently violent and misogynist? Why do young men and women go to join the Jihadi Caliphate? Does Islam need a reformation? Should we be frightened of Sharia? What part do Muhammad's teachings play, or ought to play, in our own times? Ziauddin Sardar is a practising Muslim and he is as terrified by the rise of Islamic Jihadi groups as anyone else. In this remarkable book, he urges all those who feel the same way to work together to preserve the sanity of our world.
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365 Thoughts on the Path of Buddha

365 Thoughts on the Path of Buddha

White Star

$49.99

"To do our best means that in every moment of our daily lives we have to question our minds as regards our errors, including those that others are unaware of. If we do that, then we really will be doing our best" (Siddhartha Gautama Buddha). The founder of Buddhism who lived between the 6th and 5th century BC is considered one of the most spiritual and religious figures of history. His thoughts and maxims, like those of his disciples and all those who have followed his spiritual path have illuminated and continue to illuminate individual men and women and whole peoples. This book offers a selection of evocative images along with illuminating and inspired quotes linked to Buddha, one for each day of the year that will accompany the readers along the daily path of their interior journey.
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God Is Watching You

God Is Watching You

Dominic Johnson

$33.95

For millennia human civilization has relied on such beliefs to create a moral order that threatens divine punishment on people who commit crimes or other bad deeds, while promising rewards - abstract or material - for those who do good.

Today, while secularism and unbelief are at an all-time high, this almost superstitious willingness to believe in karma persists. We find ourselves imagining what our parents, spouse, or boss would think of our thoughts and actions, even if they are miles away and will never find out. We often feel that we are being monitored. We talk of eyes burning into the backs of our heads, the walls listening, a sense that someone or something is out there, observing our every move, aware of our thoughts and intentions.

God Is Watching You is an exploration of this belief as it has developed over time and how it has shaped the course of human evolution. Dominic Johnson explores questions such as: How has a concern for supernatural consequences affected the way human society has changed, how we live today, and how we will live in the future? Does it expand or limit the potential for local, regional and global cooperation today? How will the current decline in religious belief (at least in many western countries) affect selfishness and society in the future? And what, if anything, is replacing our ancient concerns for supernatural punishment as the means to temper self-interest and promote cooperation? In short, do we still need God?

Drawing on new research from anthropology, evolutionary biology, experimental psychology, and neuroscience, Johnson presents a new theory of supernatural punishment that offers fresh insight on the origins and evolution of not only religion, but human cooperation and society. 

He shows that belief in supernatural reward and punishment is no quirk of western or Christian culture, but a ubiquitous part of human nature that spans geographical regions, cultures, and human history.
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The Illustrated Family Bible: Understanding the Greatest Story Ever Told

The Illustrated Family Bible: Understanding the Greatest Story Ever Told

Dorling Kindersley

$49.99

Illustrated Family Bible takes a new visual approach to understanding the Bible that will inspire the whole family. Using original text from the New International Version, this richly illustrated and accessible Bible offers interpretation of all the most important stories of the Old and New Testaments. Chapter and verse references pick out the meaning behind the text, covering everything from Abraham and the chosen people, to Jesus' early years and the growth of the Church. Superb artworks convey the drama of the Bible texts, bringing characters and places to life, while comprehensive background information, including maps and photographs, sets the stories in context their social, historical and geographical context. Illustrated Family Bible offers a great introduction to bible stories which the whole family can enjoy.
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