A highly publicized coterie of scientists and thinkers, including Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, and Lawrence Krauss, have vehemently contended that breakthroughs in modern science have disproven the existence of God, asserting that we must accept that the creation of the universe came out of nothing, that religion is evil, that evolution fully explains the dazzling complexity of life, and more. In this much-needed book, science journalist Amir Aczel profoundly disagrees and conclusively demonstrates that science has not, as yet, provided any definitive proof refuting the existence of God. Why Science Does Not Disprove God is his brilliant and incisive analyses of the theories and findings of such titans as Albert Einstein, Roger Penrose, Alan Guth, and Charles Darwin, all of whose major breakthroughs leave open the possibility - and even the strong likelihood - of a Creator. Bolstering his argument, Aczel lucidly discourses on arcane aspects of physics to reveal how quantum theory, the anthropic principle, the fine-tuned dance of protons and quarks, the existence of anti-matter and the theory of parallel universes, also fail to disprove God.
This book philosophically introduces the basic truths, doctrines and principles of Buddhism. Its goal is to explain the teachings of the Buddha and of Buddhism clearly and consistently. Though the book treads beyond the Buddha's life, including into the Abhidharma and Mahayana traditions, it remains throughout a philosophical discussion and elaboration of the Buddha's thought. It is meant to be an accessible guide for those who have no background in Buddhism and to be beneficial to the philosophical understanding of those who do.
A bright, accessible new edition of the UK's bestselling Bible translation, perfect for readers of all ages. The Sunrise Good News Bible offers the perfect combination of readable, authoritative Bible text, with a unique range of extra features to help you get the most out of the Bible, including the much-loved line drawings by Annie Vallotton - many published for the first time in this edition. If you are looking for an easy-to-read Bible text, or a more grown-up version of the Bible you remember using as a child, the Sunrise is the Bible for you. Also provided in this brand new edition are specially written introductions to each book from Nick Page, bestselling author of The Bible Book . Short and immediately understandable, they will compel you to read on. This edition also contains a wide range of extra features to help you find your way around the Bible with ease and the following sections are provided to help you learn a little bit more: 20 must-read passages * The life of Jesus * A guide to the Christian year * How did we get the Bible? * Easy access contents lists inside the front and back covers * Side-bar navigation * Ultra-clear text and Bible maps * British English text
There has been a bad-tempered quarrel between defenders and critics of religion in recent years. Both sides have expressed themselves acerbically because there is a very great deal at stake in the debate. This book thoroughly and calmly examines all the arguments and associated considerations offered in support of religious belief, and does so in full consciousness of the reasons people have for subscribing to religion, and the needs they seek to satisfy by doing so. And because it takes account of all the issues, its solutions carry great weight. The God Argument is the definitive examination of the issue, and a statement of the humanist outlook that recommends itself as the ethics of the genuinely reflective person.
The Dead Sea Scrolls continue to fascinate readers from all walks of life. Ever since they were first discovered by a Bedouin shepherd in the Judean desert in 1947, they have been the subject of endless debate and speculation which continues to this day. It was not until as recently as 1991, when all 800 documents from eleven caves were finally available in translation, that numerous alternative theories were put forward about their authorship and their dating. In this clear account, John DeSalvo places the scrolls in their historical context, explains their classification and the methods of working and dating the scrolls as well as looking at specific texts.
New York Times -bestselling author Garry Wills provides a provocative analysis of the theological and historical basis for the priesthood In a riveting and provocative tour de force from the author of What Jesus Meant, Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Wills poses the challenging question: Why did the priesthood develop in a religion that began without it and, indeed, was opposed to it? Why Priests? argues brilliantly and persuasively for a radical re-envisioning of the role of the church as the Body of Christ and for a new and better understanding of the very basis of Christian belief. As Wills emphasizes, the stakes for the writer and the church are high, for without the priesthood there would be no belief in an apostolic succession, the real presence in the Eucharist, the sacrificial interpretation of the Mass, and the ransom theory of redemption. This superb study of the origins of the priesthood stands as Wills's towering achievement and will be of interest to all inquiring minds, believers and non-believers alike.
The Five Mindfulness Trainings (also referred to as Precepts ) -- not to kill, steal, commit adultery, lie, or take intoxicants -- are the basic statement of ethics and morality in Buddhism. In this fully revised edition, Zen Master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh argues eloquently for their applicability in our daily lives and on a global scale. Nhat Hanh discusses the value and meaning of each precept, offering insights into the role that it could play in our changing society. Thich Nhat Hanh calls the trainings a diet for a mindful society. With this book he offers a valuable contribution to the debate, on how we can come together to define secular, moral guidelines that will allow us to explore and sustain a sane, compassionate, and healthy way of living. The Five Mindfulness Trainings offer a path to restoring meaning and value in a world marked by moral and spiritual emptiness. Whether called virtues, ethics, moral conduct, or precepts they are guidelines for living without bringing harm to others; they bring sanity and light into the world.
This unique book is distilled from the Westminster Faith Debates on Religion in Public Life, and presents the positions of leading thinkers and policy makers including Richard Dawkins, Tony Blair and Rowan Williams. The book has been designed with both the general reader and Religious Studies students in mind and presents the arguments of each speaker and a summary of each debate, followed by questions to prompt further reflection and debate, and relevant statistics and resources. Contributors include: * Richard Dawkins * Tony Blair * Rowan Williams * Julia Neuberger * Charles Moore * Cole Moreton * Grace Davie Chapters: * What's the place of religion in public life? * What's the place of faith in schools? * What have we learned about radicalisation? * What role for religious organisations in an era of shrinking welfare? * What limits to religious freedom? * What are the main trends in religion and values in Britain? * Religious identity in 'superdiverse' societies The Westminster Faith Debates are organised by Charles Clarke (ex-Home Secretary) and Professor Linda Woodhead and also included the presentation of new research findings from the GBP12m National Religion and Society Programme.
Based on the acclaimed two-volume Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity (Wiley Blackwell, 2011), and now available for students, faculty, and clergy in a concise single-volume format An outstanding reference work providing an accessible English language account of the key historical, liturgical, doctrinal features of Eastern Orthodoxy, including the Non-Chalcedonian churches Explores the major traditions of Eastern Orthodoxy in detail, including the Armenian, Byzantine, Coptic, Ethiopic, Slavic, Romanian, Syriac churches Uniquely comprehensive, it is edited by one of the leading scholars in the field and provides authoritative articles by a team of leading international academics and Orthodox figures Spans the period from Late Antiquity to the present, encompassing subjects including history, theology, liturgy, monasticism, sacramentology, canon law, philosophy, folk culture, architecture, archaeology, martyrology, and hagiography Structured alphabetically and is topically cross-indexed, with entries ranging from 100 to 6,000 words
Miller's metaphysics, including his approach to God, is broad, deep, and original, with the potential to make a fruitful contribution to contemporary philosophy. Yet it has not received the critical attention it deserves. Miller's work deserves critical attention because of its thorough and original defense of three highly controversial positions: that existence is a real property of concrete individuals; that it is possible to prove, without assuming any principle of sufficient reason, that there is an uncaused cause of the universe; and that the uncaused cause is the simple God of classical theism. Miller's position on existence is an important alternative in current analytical philosophy to what Miller calls the Frege-Russell-Quine theory, and the neo-Meinongian positions of Terence Parsons and Ed Zalta. Miller's argument for an uncaused cause of the universe has been described one of the most ambitious theistic arguments produced by a well-respected, contemporary, analytic philosopher. Analysis of Existing: Barry Miller's Approach to God is the first clear, systematic interpretation of Miller's theistic philosophy.