Constantine s Sword

Constantine s Sword Author James Carroll
ISBN-10 0618219080
Release 2002
Pages 756
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Examines the two-thousand-year relationship between Christianity and Judaism, examining the long entrenched tradition of anti-Semitism that culminated in the Church's failure to protest the Holocaust during World War II.

Warburg in Rome

Warburg in Rome Author James Carroll
ISBN-10 9780547738901
Release 2014
Pages 362
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Arriving in Rome at war's end, determined to bring aid to the destitute European Jews, David Warburg, the new director of the U.S. War Refugee Board, becomes disillusioned when he discovers the Vatican ratline, an escape route maintained by church offices for Nazi war criminals. 30,000 first printing.

The Sign of the Cross

The Sign of the Cross Author Daniel Rancour-Laferriere
ISBN-10 9781412843997
Release 2011-12-31
Pages 313
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This book presents a unique effort to create a new understanding of the Christian sign of the cross. At its core, it traces the conscious and unconscious influence of this visual symbol through time. What began as the crucifixion of a Jewish troublemaker in Roman-occupied Judea in the first century eventually gave rise to a broad spectrum of readings of the instrument used to accomplish such a punishment, a cross. The author argues that Jesus was a provocative, grandiose masochist whose suffering and death initially signified redemption for believers. This idea gradually morphed into a Christian sense of freedom to persecute and wage war against non-believers, however, as can be seen in the Crusades ("wars of the cross"). Many believers even construed the murder of their savior as a crime perpetrated by "the Jews," and this paranoid notion culminated in the mass murder of European Jews under the sign of the Nazi hooked cross (Hakenkreuz). Rancour-Laferriere’s book is expertly written and argued; it will be readable to a large audience because it touches on many areas of controversy, interest, and scholarship. The work is critical, but not unfair; it employs psychoanalysis, art history (the study of the symbol of the cross in works of art), religion and religious texts, and world history generally. The interweaving of these various themes is what gives this work its ability to draw in readers—and will ultimately be what keeps the reader interested through the conclusion.

The Future of Religion

The Future of Religion Author Michael R. Ott
ISBN-10 9789004160149
Release 2007
Pages 490
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This book contains the work of international scholars who address the contemporary globalizing antagonism between religion and secularity, in the theoretical and practical pursuit for this antagonism's reconciliation in a more just, humane and peaceful future society and world.

Toward a New Catholic Church

Toward a New Catholic Church Author James Carroll
ISBN-10 0618313370
Release 2002
Pages 130
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Discusses essential issues facing the Catholic Church and offers a case for democracy within the Church and a new way to approach reform.

Constantine Revisited

Constantine Revisited Author John D. Roth
ISBN-10 9781610978194
Release 2013-06-27
Pages 216
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This collection of essays continues a long and venerable debate in the history of the Christian church regarding the legacy of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great. For some, Constantine's conversion to Christianity early in the fourth century set in motion a process that made the church subservient to the civil authority of the state, brought a definitive end to pacifism as a central teaching of the early church, and redefined the character of Christian catechesis and missions. In 2010, Peter J. Leithart published a widely read polemic, Defending Constantine, that vigorously refuted this interpretation. In its place, Leithart offered a thoroughgoing rehabilitation of Constantine and his legacy, while directing a rhetorical fusillade against the pacifist theology and ethics of the Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder. The essays gathered here in response to Leithart reflect the insights of eleven leading theologians, historians, and ethicists from a wide range of theological traditions. They engage one of the most contentious issues in Christian church history in irenic fashion and at the highest level of scholarship. In so doing, they help ensure that the Constantinian Debate will continue to be lively, substantive, and consequential.

Constantine the Emperor

Constantine the Emperor Author David Potter
ISBN-10 9780199755868
Release 2013-02-28
Pages 368
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With a critical eye aimed at earlier accounts of Constantine's life, the author aims to provide the most comprehensive, authoritative and readable account of the Roman emperor's extraordinary life.

The Pius War

The Pius War Author David G. Dalin
ISBN-10 9780739145968
Release 2010-03-16
Pages 268
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In the brutal fight that has raged in recent years over the reputation of Pope Pius XII_leader of the Catholic Church during World War II, the Holocaust, and the early years of the Cold War_the task of defending the Pope has fallen primarily to reviewers. These reviewers formulated a brilliant response to the attack on Pius, but their work was scattered in various newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals_making it nearly impossible for the average reader to gauge the results. In The Pius War, Weekly Standard's Joseph Bottum has joined with Rabbi David G. Dalin to gather a representative and powerful sample of these reviews, deliberately chosen from a wide range of publications. Together with a team of professors, historians, and other experts, the reviewers conclusively investigate the claims attacking Pius XII. The Pius War, and a detailed annotated bibliography that follows, will prove to be a definitive tool for scholars and students_destined to become a major resource for anyone interested in questions of Catholicism, the Holocaust, and World War II.

The Kingdom of God Is Green

The Kingdom of God Is Green Author Paul Gilk
ISBN-10 9781621899914
Release 2012-09-21
Pages 298
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In the early 1970s, living in inner-city St. Louis, Paul Gilk asked his friends to explain why small farms were dying. The answers did not satisfy. Years of study followed. Through the reading of history, Gilk began to grasp the origins of both horticulture and agriculture, their blossoming into Neolithic agrarian village culture, and the impoundment of the agrarian village by bandit "aristocrats" at the formation of what we now call civilization. Getting a grip on the relationship between agriculture and civilization was one thing; but, as a person strongly influenced by Gospel stories, Gilk also wanted to know what the connection might be between the "kingdom of God" proclamation in the canonical Gospels and the peasant world from which Jesus arose. Aided in his thinking by the works of biblical scholars Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan, Gilk began to realize that the "kingdom of God" was both a harkening back to the peace and freedom of precivilized agrarian village and a revolutionary anticipation of a postcivilized village-mindedness organized organically on the basis of radical servanthood and radical stewardship. We are, Gilk says, entering the dawn of this Green culture simultaneously with the deepening of civilized world disaster.

Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code

Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code Author Bart D. Ehrman
ISBN-10 9780199924127
Release 2006-05-18
Pages 240
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In his staggeringly popular work of fiction, Dan Brown states up front that the historical information in the The Da Vinci Code is all factually accurate. But is this claim true? As historian Bart D. Ehrman shows in this informative and witty book, The Da Vinci Code is filled with numerous historical mistakes. Did the ancient church engage in a cover-up to make the man Jesus into a divine figure? Did Emperor Constantine select for the New Testament--from some 80 contending Gospels--the only four Gospels that stressed that Jesus was divine? Was Jesus Christ married to Mary Magdalene? Did the Church suppress Gospels that told the secret of their marriage? Bart Ehrman thoroughly debunks all of these claims. But the book is not merely a laundry list of Brown's misreading of history. Throughout, Ehrman offers a wealth of fascinating background information--all historically accurate--on early Christianity. He describes, for instance, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls ; outlines in simple terms how scholars of early Christianity determine which sources are most reliable; and explores the many other Gospels that have been found in the last half century. In his engaging book, Ehrman separates fact from fiction, the historical realities from the flights of literary fancy. Anyone who would like to know the truth about the beginnings of Christianity and the real truth behind The Da Vinci Code will find this book riveting.

House of War

House of War Author James Carroll
ISBN-10 0618872019
Release 2007-06-01
Pages 657
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An incisive analysis of the Pentagon, the military, and their vast, frequently hidden influence on American life argues that the Pentagon has, since its inception, operated beyond the control of any force in government or society, drawing on extensive personal experience, exhaustive research, and numerous interviews to prove the author's contention. Reprint.

Peacemaking and Religious Violence

Peacemaking and Religious Violence Author Roger A. Johnson
ISBN-10 9781630878610
Release 2009-09-01
Pages 254
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From its very beginning, Christian faith has been engaged with religious violence. The first Christians were persecuted by their co-religionists and then by imperial Rome. Jesus taught them, in such circumstances, not to retaliate, but to be peacemakers, to love their enemies, and to pray for their persecutors. Jesus's response to religious violence of the first century was often ignored, but it was never forgotten. Even during those centuries when the church herself persecuted Christian heretics, Jews, and Muslims, some Christians still struggled to bear witness to the peace mandate of their Lord. In the thirteenth century, Thomas Aquinas wrote a theology to help his Dominican brothers persuade Cathar Christians to return to their Catholic faith peacefully. Ramon Lull, a Christian student of Arabic and the Qur'an, sought to help his fellow Christians recognize the elements of belief they shared in common with the Muslims in their midst. In the fifteenth century, Nicholas of Cusa, a Church Cardinal and theologian, expanded Lull's project to include the newly discovered religions of Asia. In the seventeenth century, Lord Herbert, an English diplomat and lay Christian, began to identify the political union of church and government as a causal factor in the religious warfare of post-Reformation Christendom. One and a half centuries later, Thomas Jefferson, a lay theologian of considerable political stature, won a political struggle in the American colonies to disestablish religion first in his home colony of Virginia and then in the new nation he helped to found. All five of these theologians reclaimed the peace mandate of Jesus in their response to the religious violence of their own eras. All of which points us to some intriguing Christian responses to religious violence in our own century as recounted in the epilogue.

In The Shadow Of The Sword

In The Shadow Of The Sword Author Tom Holland
ISBN-10 9780748119516
Release 2012-04-05
Pages 480
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In the 6th century AD, the Near East was divided between two great empires: the Persian and the Roman. A hundred years on, and one had vanished for ever, while the other was a dismembered, bleeding trunk. In their place, a new superpower had arisen: the empire of the Arabs. So profound was this upheaval that it spelled, in effect, the end of the ancient world. But the changes that marked the period were more than merely political or even cultural: there was also a transformation of human society with incalculable consequences for the future. Today, over half the world's population subscribes to one of the various religions that took on something like their final form during the last centuries of antiquity. Wherever men or women are inspired by belief in a single god to think or behave in a certain way, they bear witness to the abiding impact of this extraordinary, convulsive age - though as Tom Holland demonstrates, much of what Jews, Christians and Muslims believe about the origins of their religion is open to debate. In the Shadow of the Sword explores how a succession of great empires came to identify themselves with a new and revolutionary understanding of the divine. It is a story vivid with drama, horror and startling achievement, and stars many of the most remarkable rulers ever seen.

Kanats z ku slar

Kanats  z ku slar Author Louis De Bernières
ISBN-10 9752105122
Release 2004
Pages 654
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Kanats z ku slar has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Kanats z ku slar also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Kanats z ku slar book for free.


Christianity Author Paul John
ISBN-10 9781412240390
Release 2007-02-22
Pages 304
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Christianity: The Ultimate Urban Legend is the 2nd book in a trilogy called appropriately The Misconception Trilogy. It presents a comparison between the Bible texts, writers of the time period as well as documented history of the ancient world. This book covers the time period from Herod the Great's death through the early 2nd century. The author a devoted Christian at one point in his life questions belief shown to be inaccurate though comparisons of the different oral traditions, Gospels and history. This book shows how stories from the early 1st century were distorted and presented inaccurate contradictory accounts in the four Gospels. This book is primarily an analysis and critique of the New Testament writing, errors, strange stories, out of context Biblical references, and poorly done science fiction. As a Protestant originally, the story of Jesus was presented as documented by the Apostles who had witnessed the events. Jesus was shown to be the person who developed the Christian religion. Analysis of the New Testament indicates Jesus and Paul taught two different concepts. The reader is presented with facts and knowledge that stimulate thought provoking questioning of the accepted beliefs. 2000 year-old oral traditions, legends, misconceptions, and misconstrued reality are exposed for your analysis. Intelligent people of today continue to exempt and overlook key contradictions in the story of Jesus. In reality what was it that Jesus actually taught? Did Jesus really believe he was the Messiah of the Jewish people come to usher The Kingdom of God into the world? Or was Jesus the Savior of the world come to die on the cross for you and me in order to redeem us all from our sins? These two ideas are not the same. This book should help you think and analyze the concepts for yourself so you can make your own logical conclusions. If nothing else, it will at least help you understand the misleading contradictory Gospels were in fact developed from oral traditions and are the basis for The Ultimate Urban Legend, Jesus Christ.

El ltimo sobreviviente

El   ltimo sobreviviente Author Arón Gilbert
ISBN-10 9789685473743
Release 2007
Pages 348
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The Flaming Sword

The Flaming Sword Author
ISBN-10 UOM:39015080096756
Release 1910
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