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Struggle and Ascent

Struggle and Ascent ebook ISBN: 0814665276
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Author: Joel Rippinger
Number of Pages: 224 
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The history of religious institutions is too often stereotyped as devoutly formulaic, excising or overlooking the inherent drama in most community histories. This is especially the case with Mount Angel Abbey. In its almost 140 years of existence, it has known triumph and tragedy. The sacrifices of a founding generation were joined to the devastation of two fires. An initially insular community of Swiss monks became Americanized and expanded to Canada and Mexico. Despite periods of financial crisis and the occasional scandal, the momentum of a unique monastic culture left its mark. In many ways, Mount Angel’s history is the history of a pilgrim Church, a steady and transformative sign of God’s kingdom on earth. Includes black-and-white photos.

Angels in the Night

Angels in the Night ebook ISBN: 059501190X
Publisher: iUniverse
Author: David Reiff
Number of Pages: 160 
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Book Description: Residing near the Jersey shore, David Reiff in the last five years has produced some of the most open and emotionally filled poems to date. This book provides a collection of all his known work, creating a story of a lost soul trying to simply follow his heart and find someone to share his life with. Included is a rare preface which provides a look into this unique and passionate poet’s soul. Author bio: David Reiff has lived all of his life in New Jersey, which can be seen in almost every one of his poems. During the course of his education he majored in Business Management yet never gave up his dream of writing. His three books of poetry have been collected here, underAngels in the Night and he is currently working on a fourth book. If there are any questions or comments regarding the book, life, or any other subject they can be addressed to the author at [email protected]

Rethinking History, Science, and Religion

Rethinking History, Science, and Religion ebook ISBN: 082298704X
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Author: Bernard Lightman
Number of Pages: 324 
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The historical interface between science and religion was depicted as an unbridgeable conflict in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Starting in the 1970s, such a conception was too simplistic and not at all accurate when considering the totality of that relationship. This volume evaluates the utility of the “complexity principle” in past, present, and future scholarship. First put forward by historian John Brooke over twenty-five years ago, the complexity principle rejects the idea of a single thesis of conflict or harmony, or integration or separation, between science and religion. Rethinking History, Science, and Religion brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars at the forefront of their fields to consider whether new approaches to the study of science and culture—such as recent developments in research on science and the history of publishing, the global history of science, the geographical examination of space and place, and science and media—have cast doubt on the complexity thesis, or if it remains a serviceable historiographical model.

The Koran ... Translated ... with Explanatory Notes ... To which is Prefixed a Preliminary Discourse. By G. Sale ... with a Memoir of the Translator [by R. A. Davenport] and with Various Readings and Illustrative Notes from Savary's Version of the Koran

The Koran ... Translated ... with Explanatory Notes ... To which is Prefixed a Preliminary Discourse. By G. Sale ... with a Memoir of the Translator [by R. A. Davenport] and with Various Readings and Illustrative Notes from Savary's Version of the Koran ebook ISBN:
Author: N.A
Number of Pages: 648 
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Daughters of Hecate

Daughters of Hecate ebook ISBN: 0190202149
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Author: Kimberly B. Stratton,Dayna S. Kalleres
Number of Pages: 512 
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Daughters of Hecate unites for the first time research on the problem of gender and magic in three ancient Mediterranean societies: early Judaism, Christianity, and Graeco-Roman culture. The book illuminates the gendering of ancient magic by approaching the topic from three distinct disciplinary perspectives: literary stereotyping, the social application of magic discourse, and material culture. The authors probe the foundations of, processes, and motivations behind gendered stereotypes, beginning with Western culture's earliest associations of women and magic in the Bible and Homer's Odyssey. Daughters of Hecate provides a nuanced exploration of the topic while avoiding reductive approaches. In fact, the essays in this volume uncover complexities and counter-discourses that challenge, rather than reaffirm, many gendered stereotypes taken for granted and reified by most modern scholarship. By combining critical theoretical methods with research into literary and material evidence, Daughters of Hecate interrogates a false association that has persisted from antiquity, to early modern witch hunts, to the present day.

Angelic Spirituality

Angelic Spirituality ebook ISBN: 9780809139484
Publisher: Paulist Press
Author: Steven Chase
Number of Pages: 375 
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A survey of medieval Christian literature dedicated to angels explores issues in angelic spirituality along a variety of themes and provides selections from medieval commentaries on such topics as theology, the moral life, and mystical consciousness. Simultaneous.

The Koran

The Koran ebook ISBN:
Author: N.A
Number of Pages: 649 
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Heaven ebook ISBN: 1621892956
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Author: Paula Gooder
Number of Pages: 160 
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Heaven is one of those great mysteries that somehow symbolize what we don't know about ourselves and the world around us. At the same time it lifts our vision from the mundane realities of our everyday lives and reminds us that beyond the daily grind of our existence there is another, unseen reality. A reality that is as real--if not more so--than our everyday lives. Heaven suggests an answer to the familiar human feeling that there must be more than this, and prompts us to wonder whether there is indeed more in heaven and earth than can be dreamt of in all our philosophies. -Paula Gooder, from the Introduction

God's Fire Starters

God's Fire Starters ebook ISBN: 1606478702
Publisher: Xulon Press
Author: Donald A. Broadwater
Number of Pages: 244 
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When it comes to having a desire to see things change, it is obvious that most Christians are ready for it! The problem is that churches have tried every program available, and yet they still feel that there is something missing from their ministry. This book takes a fresh look at ministry and challenges us to consider that we may have actually left God out of the ministry equation, by not realizing how desperately we need for Gods Spirit to set us on fire! Take a journey through the Bible and discover for yourself, how Gods fire is present when God is on the move! Discover how Gods fire reveals his character as well as our calling to be transformed into the image of Christ! You will also discover how being one of Gods Fire Starters can be one of the most exciting adventures of anyones life! Donald A. Broadwater was born in Roanoke, Virginia and spent most of his early life growing up around the Blue Ridge Mountains. He graduated from Covenant College and Westminster Theological Seminary, and for the past three decades, Don and his family have been on an adventure that has taken them from America to Australia. He is married to Gloria and has two grown children from their 37-year marriage. God has unfolded a unique ministry of discipleship that has sought to encourage people to take their next step on a Journey in Jesus. This ministry is needed because our journeys are as unique as God who is fashioning them for us. He has also spoken for church camps and seminars, which have included the international conference, Fire on the Mountain, on Mt. Tambourine in Queensland, Australia. Contact him at for additional information or for scheduling seminars for your ministry.

Ascent to Heaven in Islamic and Jewish Mysticism

Ascent to Heaven in Islamic and Jewish Mysticism ebook ISBN: 1908092025
Publisher: The Matheson Trust
Author: Algis Uždavinys
Number of Pages: 202 
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In this groundbreaking work of comparative religion, Algis Uzdavinys takes us deeply into the "closed and blessed gardens of myth", showing us the capital importance of the many varieties of "ascent to heaven". From the Pyramid Texts down to Second Temple Judaism and apocalyptic Christian literature; and, in parallel, down the theurgic path of Platonic and Hermetic literature to the sanctum of the Islamic revelation in Mecca, we are vividly presented with the sacramental impact of anagoge: elevation to the domain of the supernal archetypes and heavenly principles. As with other books by the author, the face of antiquity is revealed anew, full of intriguing, challenging and enraptured insights.

Only the Third Heaven?

Only the Third Heaven? ebook ISBN: 0567037029
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Author: Paula Gooder
Number of Pages: 256 
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In Chapter 1 Paula Gooder discusses the problems of interpreting this text and looks at the major debates of its past interpreters. The most popular modern approach is to compare it with other texts of ascent in the Judaeo-Christian tradition, yet even a brief examination of these texts indicate that differences are present. In the remainder of the book Gooder evaluates the extent and significance of these differences. Part One consists of a detailed consideration of a range of texts which superficially seem closest to 2 Corinthians 12. Chapter 2 presents a history of scholarship on heavenly ascent. Chapters 3 to 8 each examine a text of ascent from a different period and background in the Judaeo-Christian tradition. Chapter 9 draws out the points of similarity between these texts. Part Two considers the text of 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 in the light of the findings of Part One. In the detailed examination of the Pauline ascent in chapter 10, the extent of the differences between this text and the texts examined in Part One becomes clear. Chapter 11 proposes a new interpretation of the account of ascent, arguing that it reports a failed ascent into heaven. The chapter shows that this interpretation makes sense not only of 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 itself but also of chapters 10-13 which surround it. The account is one more example of weakness from the apostle in which he proves that weakness, not strength, is the sign of a true apostle.

Angels A to Z

Angels A to Z ebook ISBN: 1578592577
Publisher: Visible Ink Press
Author: Evelyn Dorothy Oliver,James R Lewis
Number of Pages: 432 
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Written by two recognized authorities on nontraditional religious movements, this resource is one of the most comprehensive books on angels and related topics currently available. More than 300 entries are included and drawn from multiple religions, such as Christianity, Islam, and Hindu traditions, as well as from pop culture. A variety of angel topics are discussed, including celebrity angels, classifications of angels, obscure angels still waiting for their big break, guardian angels, fallen angels, Anaheim angels, biblical figures associated with angels, angels in art and architecture, and angels in the media and literature. Angels are also discussed in terms of the occult and metaphysics, with entries on UFOs, fairies, and witches. A comprehensive resource section lists movies, books, magazines, and organizations related to angels.

Letters of Ascent

Letters of Ascent ebook ISBN: 1621897559
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Author: Michael C. Voigts
Number of Pages: 190 
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Bernard of Clairvaux is best known by many today for his mystical approach to spirituality and his eloquent sermons on the Song of Songs. In his letters, however, a different Bernard emerges--one who had fled the world for the cloister yet possessed a soaring vision for the Church on earth. By examining select letters and placing them in the larger context of the people and the world around him, we discover a man who loved the Church--but who realized that the Church is comprised of individuals who did not share his ideals and agendas. In Letters of Ascent, we travel to medieval Europe and view society through the eyes of one of history's most passionate ecclesiastical reformers.

Poetics of Ascent, The

Poetics of Ascent, The ebook ISBN: 1438407793
Publisher: SUNY Press
Author: Naomi Janowitz
Number of Pages: 176 
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This book represents the first English translation of Maaseh Merkabah, which is part of a body of early Jewish mystical texts known as palace (hekhalot) or chariot (merkabah) texts. Through a complex dialogue, a rabbi-teacher reveals to his student the techniques of ascent, methods for traveling up through the heavens by means of recitation of hymns. The teacher gives vivid descriptions of the heavenly realm, filled with flaming chariots and a chorus of angels engaged in praising the deity. The emphasis in the text is on language, on the correct recitation of the words to achieve the ritual. The particular focus is on the divine Name, which can be employed in unusual ways. The author relates the structures of the text to the linguistic idealogies. The complex structures of the text begin to unfold in light of the theories about the ritual function of language. The hymns include praise of the deity and voces magicae, words that have no semantic meaning, but draw attention to sounds of letters in God’s name. Since God’s name is used to create the world, the sounds of the name are creative, but the Name cannot be spoken. The hymns create a multiplicity of Name-equivalents, words that have the functional status of the divine Name and which can be employed in ritual. Voces magicae are not so much nonsense as they are logical extensions of the linguistic theory. The final chapter surveys recent theories of ritual language and then uses the conclusions from the study to refine the general issue of the relationship between the semantic meaning of words and their ritual efficacy. The dialogic structure of the text permits the reader to become the next student in a chain going back to the deity by means of Moses.

The Origins of Jewish Mysticism

The Origins of Jewish Mysticism ebook ISBN: 0691142157
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Author: Peter Schäfer
Number of Pages: 398 
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The Origins of Jewish Mysticism offers the first in-depth look at the history of Jewish mysticism from the book of Ezekiel to the Merkavah mysticism of late antiquity. The Merkavah movement is widely recognized as the first full-fledged expression of Jewish mysticism, one that had important ramifications for classical rabbinic Judaism and the emergence of the Kabbalah in twelfth-century Europe. Yet until now, the origins and development of still earlier forms of Jewish mysticism have been largely overlooked. In this book, Peter Schäfer sheds new light on Ezekiel's tantalizing vision, the apocalyptic literature of Enoch, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the writings of the Hellenistic Jewish philosopher Philo, the rabbinical writings of the Talmudic period, and the esotericism of the Merkavah mystics. Schäfer questions whether we can accurately speak of Jewish mysticism as a uniform, coherent phenomenon with origins in Judaism's mythical past. Rather than imposing preconceived notions about "mysticism" on a great variety of writings that arose from different cultural, religious, and historical settings, he reveals what these writings seek to tell us about the age-old human desire to get close to and communicate with God.