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General and Comparative Religion


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Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys Into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East
Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys Into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East
by Gerard Russell
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Despite its reputation for religious intolerance, the Middle East has long sheltered many distinctive and strange faiths: one regards the Greek prophets as incarnations of God, another reveres Lucifer in the form of a peacock, and yet another believes... (read more)

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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife
by Eben Alexander M.D.
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A SCIENTIST'S CASE FOR THE AFTERLIFE Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel... (read more)

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Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence
Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence
by Karen Armstrong
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I can think of no better writer than Karen Armstrong (bestselling author of A History of God) to serve as a guide to the timely subject of religion and its relationship with violence. Highly readable and easily digestible, Fields of Blood is a... (read more)

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A History of God: The 4000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
A History of God: The 4000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
by Karen Armstrong
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Armstrong's career began when she wrote and presented a documentary on the life of St. Paul, which aired on BBC's Channel Four. A former nun and one of the foremost authors writing on comparative religion, Armstrong has published over 20 titles. A... (read more)

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Love in the Age of Ecological Apocalypse: Cultivating the Relationships We Need to Thrive (Sacred Activism)
Love in the Age of Ecological Apocalypse: Cultivating the Relationships We Need to Thrive (Sacred Activism)
by Carolyn Baker, Phd
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CAROLYN BAKER, PhD, was a professor of history and psychology for 11 years and a psychotherapist in private practice for 17 years; she currently offers life coaching. She manages the Speaking Truth to Power website at www.carolynbaker.net and is the... (read more)

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Lost Goddesses of Early Greece : a Collection of Pre-hellenic Myths ((Rev)92 Edition)
Lost Goddesses of Early Greece : a Collection of Pre-hellenic Myths ((Rev)92 Edition)
by Charlene Spretnak
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The Future of God: A Practical Approach to Spirituality for Our Times
The Future of God: A Practical Approach to Spirituality for Our Times
by Deepak Chopra
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“Being a nuclear physicist dealing with basic quantum field theory I find my worldview agreeing with Deepak Chopra. The all-embracing holistic quantum field is a step forward from our classical reductionistic interpretation of a determined "reality"... (read more)

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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife
by Eben Alexander
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AN INSPIRATIONAL AND HEARTRENDING MEMOIR ABOUT BEN BREEDLOVE, WHO SHARED HIS NEAR-DEATHEXPERIENCES AND VISIONS OF HEAVEN IN HIS VIRAL VIDEOS—WRITTEN BY HIS SISTER, ALLY BREEDLOVE. On Christmas Day 2011, Ben Breedloves soul went to heaven. But it... (read more)

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The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam
The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam
by Eliza Griswold
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The tenth parallel, the line of latitude seven hundred miles north of the equator, is the defining metaphor of our time. An ideological front line stretching across two continents and nineteen countries, this is where Christianity and Islam collidea... (read more)

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The Case for God
The Case for God
by Karen Armstrong
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Karen Armstrong writes about religion the way that Michael Pollan writes about food — methodically, insightfully, and with an obvious passion for the subject matter. Covering everything from antiquity's caves deep below the earth to the modern... (read more)

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God in all worlds :an anthology of contemporary spiritual writing
God in all worlds :an anthology of contemporary spiritual writing
by Lucinda Vardey
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From Thomas Merton and Krishnamurti to Albert Einstein and Mother Teresa, this magnificent collection of spiritual writings features works designed to renew the soul and celebrate its journey toward the divine.... (read more)

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The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions
The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions
by Karen Armstrong
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During the Axial Age — 900 to 200 B.C.E. — the world's major religious traditions responded to their surrounding cultural influences and developed the philosophical attitudes they exhibit to this day. In lucid and reasoned prose Karen Armstrong... (read more)

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Faith: Essays from Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists
Faith: Essays from Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists
by Victoria Zackheim
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Delve into this thought-provoking collection of personal essays from award-winning and bestselling authors who explore the perennial question: What do I believe? Whether believer, skeptic, agnostic, atheist, or something other, these twenty-four authors... (read more)

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Ishmael Instructs Isaac: An Introduction to the Qur'an for Bible Readers
Ishmael Instructs Isaac: An Introduction to the Qur'an for Bible Readers
by John Kaltner
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Jews, Christians, and Muslims trace their roots to Abraham and yet it is a shock to many Bible readers that some of the characters and stories in their sacred text are also found in the pages of Islam's sacred text, the Qur'an. By exploring the... (read more)

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The Sacred and Profane
The Sacred and Profane
by Mircea Eliade
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A highly original and scholarly work on spirituality by noted historian Mircea Eliade   In The Sacred and the Profane, Mircea Eliade observes that while contemporary people believe their world is entirely profane, or secular, they still at times... (read more)

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The Jew in the Lotus: Poet's Re-Discovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India, a
The Jew in the Lotus: Poet's Re-Discovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India, a
by Rodger Kamenetz
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“A feast of truth sharing, self-examination of lineage, humor, and good will.” Ram... (read more)

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My Son and the Afterlife: Conversations from the Other Side
My Son and the Afterlife: Conversations from the Other Side
by Elisa Medhus
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LOVE KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES—NOT EVEN DEATH Dr. Elisa Medhus never believed in life after death. As an accomplished physi­cian, she placed her faith in science. All of that changed after her son Erik took his own life and then reached out from the... (read more)

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The Brother of Jesus: The Dramatic Story & Meaning of the First Archaeological Link to Jesus & His Family
The Brother of Jesus: The Dramatic Story & Meaning of the First Archaeological Link to Jesus & His Family
by Hershel Shanks
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“Anyone with an interest in archaeology or the historical Jesus will find this book fascinating.”... (read more)

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Essential Spirituality: the 7 Central Practices To Awaken Heart and Mind
Essential Spirituality: the 7 Central Practices To Awaken Heart and Mind
by Roger Walsh
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"Essential Spirituality beautifully articulates the benefits of spiritual living in the material world."-Dan Millman, author, Everyday Enlightenment and The Way of the Peaceful Warrior"Deceptively simple. Its power is rooted not only in Dr. Walsh's... (read more)

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Greek Religion
Greek Religion
by Walter (professor Of Greek Burkert, University Of Zurich, Switzerland)
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"A powerful synthesis from the greatest living authority on the subject, but for all its depth and detail, it is never less than lucid and the text is constantly enlivened with vivid asides and illuminating analogies." The Times "The leading continental... (read more)

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