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  • The Oxford Handbook of Atheism by Stephen Bullivant, Michael Ruse

    By Stephen Bullivant, Michael Ruse

    Contemporary books by way of, between others, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have thrust atheism firmly into the preferred, media, and educational highlight. This so-called New Atheism is arguably the main outstanding improvement in western socio-religious tradition of the prior decade or extra. As such, it has spurred fertile (and usually heated) discussions either inside of, and among, a various diversity of disciplines. but atheism, and the recent Atheism, are certainly not co-extensive. attention-grabbing even though it certainly is, the hot Atheism is a unmarried, traditionally and culturally particular manifestation of confident atheism (the that there is/are no God/s), that is itself yet one type of a miles deeper, broader, and extra major worldwide phenomenon.

    The Oxford instruction manual of Atheism is a pioneering edited quantity, exploring atheism - understood within the large experience of "an absence of trust within the life of a God or gods" - in all of the richness and variety of its historic and modern expressions. Bringing jointly a global workforce of demonstrated and rising students, it probes the various manifestations and implications of unbelief from an array of disciplinary views (philosophy, heritage, sociology, anthropology, demography, psychology, normal sciences, gender and sexuality stories, literary feedback, movie stories, musicology) and in quite a number international contexts (Western Europe, North the United States, post-communist Europe, the Islamic international, Japan, India). either surveying and synthesizing past paintings, and offering the key end result of leading edge contemporary learn, the instruction manual is decided to be a landmark textual content for the learn of atheism.

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  • Beyond Idols: The Shape of a Secular Society by Richard K. Fenn

    By Richard K. Fenn

    This publication makes an attempt to articulate the character of a mundane society, describe its merits, and indicates the stipulations below which this type of society may possibly emerge. To turn into secular, argues Fenn, is to open oneself and one's society to a variety of probabilities, a few fascinating and interesting, a few burdensome and dreadful. whereas a few sociologists have argued "Civil faith" is critical to carry jointly our newly "religionless" society, Fenn urges that there's not anything to fear--and every little thing to gain--from residing in a society that isn't certain jointly through sacred stories and ideology, or by means of sacred associations and practices.

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  • Faith and Philosophy: The Historical Impact by D.G. Leahy

    By D.G. Leahy

    This paintings examines how Christian religion has traditionally impacted the suggestion of Nous or divine brain in Western idea as much as and together with the current. Christian religion is noticeable to have inaugurated a vital transformation over the years of the traditional idea of divine brain and of proposal mostly. starting with an exam of Aristotle's concept of essence, Plato's construction fantasy within the "Timaeus", and Plotinus' "One", it truly is proven how religion within the palms of Augustine and Aquinas essentially reshaped Western proposal and made attainable within the smooth interval the unconventional subjectivity of Descartes dropped at perfection by means of Kant and Hegel. The strenuous counter-thinking of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Levinas is heavily in comparison to its disarming replacement, the taking into consideration Jefferson, Emerson and C.S. Peirce the daddy of yankee pragmatism.

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  • The ''God'' Part of the Brain: A Scientific Interpretation by Matthew Alper

    By Matthew Alper

    Acclaimed by means of a variety of specialists, The "God" a part of the mind is a vintage. Matthew Alper offers a beautiful argument: that our mind is hardwired to think in a God. He deals a systematic clarification that we inherit an evolutionary mechanism that enables us to deal with our best terror - dying. the writer additionally inspires his own odyssey as he sought to appreciate why mankind created the idea that of a better strength to accommodate the phobia and terror we event as a result of our species' exact understanding of the inevitability of demise. The "God" a part of the mind has sparked compliment through scientists similar to E.O. Wilson, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner; E. Fuller Torry, "the most famed psychiatrist in America"; and Arnold Sadwin, former leader of Neuropsychiatry on the collage of Pennsylvania. The publication has been followed through universities around the kingdom. compliment for The "God" a part of the mind "This cult vintage in lots of methods parallels Rene Descartes' look for trustworthy and sure knowledge...Drawing on such disciplines as philosophy, psychology, and biology, Alper argues that trust in a non secular realm is an evolutionary coping strategy that built to assist humankind take care of the terror of death...Highly recommended." - Library magazine "I greatly loved the account of your non secular trip and think it can make very good studying for each collage pupil - the consequent residence-hall debates often is the better part in their schooling. It usually happens to me that if, opposed to all odds, there's a judgmental God and heaven, it is going to come to move that after the pearly gates open, those that had the valor to imagine for themselves might be escorted to the top of the road, garlanded, and given their very own own audience." - Edward O. Wilson, two-time Pulitzer Prize-Winner "This is a necessary publication for these looking for a systematic knowing of man's non secular nature. Matthew Alper navigates the reader via a labyrinth of exciting questions after which bargains definitely transparent solutions that result in a greater realizing of our aim reality." - Elena Rusyn, MD, PhD; grey Laboratory; Harvard clinical tuition "What an excellent e-book you've gotten written. It was once not just really good and provocative but in addition progressive in its method of spirituality as an inherited trait." - Arnold Sadwin, MD, former leader of Neuropsychiatry on the collage of Pennsylvania "A full of life manifesto...For the discipline's particular program to the problem handy, i have visible not anything that fits the fury of The 'God' a part of the mind, which maybe explains why it truly is earned whatever of a cult following." - Salon.com "All 6 billion plus population of Earth can be in ownership of this booklet. Alper's tome can be put within the sacred writings' component of libraries, bookstores, and dwellings during the international. Matthew Alper is the recent Galileo...Immensely important...Defines in a transparent and concise demeanour what every one people already knew yet have been afraid to confess and exclaim." - John Scoggins, PhD "Vibrant ... vivacious. An enjoyable and provocative advent to speculations about the neural foundation of spirituality." - unfastened Inquiry journal

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  • Autobiography and the psychological study of religious lives by Jacob A. Belzen, Antoon Geels

    By Jacob A. Belzen, Antoon Geels

    This quantity positions itself at the leading edge of 2 fields in psychology that take pleasure in quickly expanding realization: either the learn of human lives and a few middle domain names of such lives as faith and spirituality are excessive at the schedule of present examine and instructing. Biographies and autobiographies are being approached in new methods and became critical to the examine of human lives as an item of study and a well-liked procedure for acquiring special info approximately subjective human reports. Ever because the starting of the psychology of faith, autobiographies have additionally been mentioned as an immense resource of data approximately psychic methods taken with religiosity. during this quantity, a couple of prime theoreticians and researchers from Europe and the us attempt to deliver them again to this box by way of drawing on new insights and most recent advancements in mental thought.

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  • Religion and Critical Psychology by Jeremy Carrette

    By Jeremy Carrette

    Jeremy Carrette argues that the psychology of faith is not any longer sustainable with no social critique, and that as William James anticipated, the undertaking of the modernist psychology of faith has failed. Controversially he champions larger social and philosophical research in the box to problem the political naivety and disciplinary illusions of the conventional techniques to psychology of faith.

    Carrette discusses the relevance of the social and financial elements surrounding the debates of psychology and faith, via 3 severe examples:

    • psychoanalysis
    • humanistic psychology
    • cognitive neuroscience.

    A serious Psychology of Religion offers a brand new size to the debates surrounding spiritual event. it is going to be of curiosity to scholars and researchers within the fields of serious psychology, spiritual event and the psychology of faith and extends an interdisciplinary problem to the separation of psychology, sociology, politics, economics and religion.

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  • Rites of Passage (Themes in Religious Studies Series) by Jean Holm, John Bowker

    By Jean Holm, John Bowker

    Addressing vital problems with the day, this sequence examines how all of the 8 significant religions ways a selected topic. developed to be comparative, the books are either authoritative and obtainable. each one bankruptcy is through a specific bibliography. person books are perfect for scholars at collage and a degree. As a suite they shape an entire reference assortment.

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  • Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of by Barbara Bradley Hagerty

    By Barbara Bradley Hagerty

    The New York Times bestseller that explores the startling discoveries that technology is making approximately religion.

    Is non secular event actual? Or is it a fantasy? after we pray, what occurs? Can technology clarify God? In Fingerprints of God, nationwide Public Radio faith correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty makes an attempt to reply to those and different vexing questions on the technology of non secular adventure. alongside the best way she tells the tale of her personal interesting religious evolution, delves into the discoveries technology is making approximately how religion impacts our brains and explores what near-death reports demonstrate in regards to the afterlife. the result's a wealthy and insightful exam of what technology is studying approximately how and why we think.

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