Faitheist

Faitheist
Author: Chris Stedman
Publsiher: Beacon Press
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2012-11-06
ISBN 10: 0807014400
ISBN 13: 9780807014400
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Faitheist Book Review:

The story of a former Evangelical Christian turned openly gay atheist who now works to bridge the divide between atheists and the religious The stunning popularity of the “New Atheist” movement—whose most famous spokesmen include Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens—speaks to both the growing ranks of atheists and the widespread, vehement disdain for religion among many of them. In Faitheist, Chris Stedman tells his own story to challenge the orthodoxies of this movement and make a passionate argument that atheists should engage religious diversity respectfully. Becoming aware of injustice, and craving community, Stedman became a “born-again” Christian in late childhood. The idea of a community bound by God’s love—a love that was undeserved, unending, and guaranteed—captivated him. It was, he writes, a place to belong and a framework for making sense of suffering. But Stedman’s religious community did not embody this idea of God’s love: they were staunchly homophobic at a time when he was slowly coming to realize that he was gay. The great suffering this caused him might have turned Stedman into a life-long New Atheist. But over time he came to know more open-minded Christians, and his interest in service work brought him into contact with people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds. His own religious beliefs might have fallen away, but his desire to change the world for the better remained. Disdain and hostility toward religion was holding him back from engaging in meaningful work with people of faith. And it was keeping him from full relationships with them—the kinds of relationships that break down intolerance and improve the world. In Faitheist, Stedman draws on his work organizing interfaith and secular communities, his academic study of religion, and his own experiences to argue for the necessity of bridging the growing chasm between atheists and the religious. As someone who has stood on both sides of the divide, Stedman is uniquely positioned to present a way for atheists and the religious to find common ground and work together to make this world—the one world we can all agree on—a better place. From the Hardcover edition.

IRL

IRL
Author: Chris Stedman
Publsiher: Broadleaf Books
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2020-10-20
ISBN 10: 1506463525
ISBN 13: 9781506463520
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

IRL Book Review:

What Does "IRL (In Real Life)" Really Mean in Today's Digital Age? It's easy and reflexive to view our online presence as fake, to see the internet as a space we enter when we aren't living our real, offline lives. Yet so much of who we are and what we do now happens online, making it hard to know which parts of our lives are real IRL, Chris Stedman's personal and searing exploration of authenticity in the digital age, shines a light on how age-old notions of realness--who we are and where we fit in the world--can be freshly understood in our increasingly online lives. Stedman offers a different way of seeing the supposed split between our online and offline selves: the internet and social media are new tools for understanding and expressing ourselves, and the not-always-graceful ways we use these tools can reveal new insights into far older human behaviors and desires. IRL invites readers to consider how we use the internet to fulfill the essential human need to feel real--a need many of us once met in institutions, but now seek to do on our own, online--as well as the ways we edit or curate ourselves for digital audiences. The digital search for meaning and belonging presents challenges, Stedman suggests, but also myriad opportunities to become more fully human. In the end, he makes a bold case for embracing realness in all of its uncertainty, online and off, even when it feels risky.

Acts of Faith

Acts of Faith
Author: Eboo Patel
Publsiher: Beacon Press
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2020-09-15
ISBN 10: 080705108X
ISBN 13: 9780807051085
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Acts of Faith Book Review:

With a new afterword Acts of Faith is a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism, from one of the most prominent faith leaders in the United States. Eboo Patel’s story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people—and of the world-changing potential of an interfaith youth movement.

The INTRAfaith Conversation How Do Christians Talk Among Ourselves About INTERfaith Matters

The INTRAfaith Conversation  How Do Christians Talk Among Ourselves About INTERfaith Matters
Author: Susan Strouse
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2012-04-12
ISBN 10: 1329983521
ISBN 13: 9781329983526
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The INTRAfaith Conversation How Do Christians Talk Among Ourselves About INTERfaith Matters Book Review:

The INTRAfaith Conversation: How Do Christians Talk Among Ourselves About INTERfaith Matters? by Susan M. Strouse is a guide for individuals and faith communities to explore what it means to be a Christian in a multifaith world. The Rev. Dr. Susan M. Str

Everybody is Important

Everybody is Important
Author: Jennifer Dant
Publsiher: Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
Total Pages: 29
Release: 2010-12
ISBN 10: 1558965645
ISBN 13: 9781558965645
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Through the Door of Life

Through the Door of Life
Author: Joy Ladin
Publsiher: University of Wisconsin Pres
Total Pages: 270
Release: 2012-03-15
ISBN 10: 0299287335
ISBN 13: 9780299287337
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Through the Door of Life Book Review:

National Jewish Book Award Finalist for Memoir

Religion for Atheists

Religion for Atheists
Author: Alain De Botton
Publsiher: Signal
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2012-03-06
ISBN 10: 0771025998
ISBN 13: 9780771025990
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion for Atheists Book Review:

From the author of The Architecture of Happiness, a deeply moving meditation on how we can still benefit, without believing, from the wisdom, the beauty, and the consolatory power that religion has to offer. Alain de Botton was brought up in a committedly atheistic household, and though he was powerfully swayed by his parents' views, he underwent, in his mid-twenties, a crisis of faithlessness. His feelings of doubt about atheism had their origins in listening to Bach's cantatas, were further developed in the presence of certain Bellini Madonnas, and became overwhelming with an introduction to Zen architecture. However, it was not until his father's death -- buried under a Hebrew headstone in a Jewish cemetery because he had intriguingly omitted to make more secular arrangements -- that Alain began to face the full degree of his ambivalence regarding the views of religion that he had dutifully accepted. Why are we presented with the curious choice between either committing to peculiar concepts about immaterial deities or letting go entirely of a host of consoling, subtle and effective rituals and practices for which there is no equivalent in secular society? Why do we bristle at the mention of the word "morality"? Flee from the idea that art should be uplifting, or have an ethical purpose? Why don't we build temples? What mechanisms do we have for expressing gratitude? The challenge that de Botton addresses in his book: how to separate ideas and practices from the religious institutions that have laid claim to them. In Religion for Atheists is an argument to free our soul-related needs from the particular influence of religions, even if it is, paradoxically, the study of religion that will allow us to rediscover and rearticulate those needs.

The Young Atheist s Handbook

The Young Atheist s Handbook
Author: Alom Shaha
Publsiher: Biteback Publishing
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2012-07-19
ISBN 10: 1849544417
ISBN 13: 9781849544412
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Young Atheist s Handbook Book Review:

Growing up in a strict Muslim community in south-east London, Alom Shaha learnt that religion was not to be questioned. Reciting the Qur'an without understanding what it meant was simply a part of life; so, too, was obeying the imam and enduring beatings when he failed to attend the local mosque. But Alom was more drawn to science and its power to illuminate. As a teen, he lived between two worlds: the home controlled by his authoritarian father, and a school alive with books and ideas. In a charming blend of memoir, philosophy and science, Alom explores the questions about faith and the afterlife that we all ponder. This is a book for anyone who wonders what they should believe and how they should live. It's for those who may need the facts and the ideas, as well as the courage, to break free from inherited beliefs. In this powerful narrative, Alom shows that it is possible to live a compassionate, fulfilling and meaningful life without God.

Humbling Faith

Humbling Faith
Author: Peter Admirand
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 354
Release: 2019-03-22
ISBN 10: 1532637845
ISBN 13: 9781532637841
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Humbling Faith Book Review:

This is a book hoping to embolden doubt and sharpen unanswerable questions, all in the context of loving the self and one another. Ridiculously, it believes the world can be healed through such a hope. It is especially addressed to those allergic to the word “faith,” and others who feel confident and proud in the faith they profess or system of thought they live by. Humbling Faith helps us see how our beliefs, or non-beliefs, our belongings and identities, often remain flawed, myopic, self-absorbed, unredeemed. The hope is that such awareness of our brokenness can fuel greater ethical partnerships and dialogue, promoting peace from our recognized need for one another. Humbling Faith is not only a resource towards humbling other faiths, but most importantly, your own.

Atheism

Atheism
Author: Michael Ruse
Publsiher: OUP Us
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2015
ISBN 10: 0199334587
ISBN 13: 9780199334582
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atheism Book Review:

Over the last decade, "New Atheists" such as Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have pushed the issue of atheism to the forefront of public discussion. Yet very few of the ensuing debates and discussions have managed to provide a full and objective treatment of the subject. Atheism: What Everyone Needs to Know provides a balanced look at the topic, considering atheism historically, philosophically, theologically, sociologically and psychologically. Written in an easily accessible style, the book uses a question and answer format to examine the history of atheism, arguments for and against atheism, the relationship between religion and science, and the issue of the meaning of life-and whether or not one can be a happy and satisfied atheist. Above all, the author stresses that the atheism controversy is not just a matter of the facts, but a matter of burning moral concern, both about the stand one should take on the issues and the consequences of one's commitment.

Good Without God

Good Without God
Author: Greg Epstein
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2009-10-27
ISBN 10: 0061959499
ISBN 13: 9780061959493
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Good Without God Book Review:

A provocative and positive response to Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and other New Atheists, Good Without God makes a bold claim for what nonbelievers do share and believe. Author Greg Epstein, the Humanist chaplain at Harvard, offers a world view for nonbelievers that dispenses with the hostility and intolerance of religion prevalent in national bestsellers like God is Not Great and The God Delusion. Epstein’s Good Without God provides a constructive, challenging response to these manifestos by getting to the heart of Humanism and its positive belief in tolerance, community, morality, and good without having to rely on the guidance of a higher being.

Where Two Worlds Touch

Where Two Worlds Touch
Author: Jade C. Angelica
Publsiher: Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2013-12-26
ISBN 10: 1558967117
ISBN 13: 9781558967113
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Where Two Worlds Touch Book Review:

Jade Angelica shares the wisdom and hope she gleaned from caring for her mother and from many years working closely with Alzheimer's patients and caregivers. Challenging the predominant belief that people with Alzheimer's no longer have purpose, potential, or the capacity for meaningful relationship, Where Two Worlds Touch is both a spiritual memoir and a pastoral guide for those who love someone with Alzheimer's. Readers will find here the reassuring words of a friend who has been there and can give advice on preserving connection, finding hope, self-care, and staying open to the possibility of grace. "Every chaplain, theologian, caregiver, and healthcare professional can find profound truth captured on each page of Where Two Worlds Touch. This is a beautiful book and the deepest I have read on the topic." - Stephen G. Post , author of The Moral Challenge of Alzheimer Disease

Gay and Catholic

Gay and Catholic
Author: Eve Tushnet
Publsiher: Ave Maria Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2014-10-20
ISBN 10: 1594715432
ISBN 13: 9781594715433
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Gay and Catholic Book Review:

Winner of a 2015 Catholic Press Award: Gender Issues Category (First Place). In this first book from an openly lesbian and celibate Catholic, widely published writer and blogger Eve Tushnet recounts her spiritual and intellectual journey from liberal atheism to faithful Catholicism and shows how gay Catholics can love and be loved while adhering to Church teaching. Eve Tushnet was among the unlikeliest of converts. The only child of two atheist academics, Tushnet was a typical Yale undergraduate until the day she went out to poke fun at a gathering of philosophical debaters, who happened also to be Catholic. Instead of enjoying mocking what she termed the “zoo animals,” she found herself engaged in intellectual conversation with them and, in a move that surprised even her, she soon converted to Catholicism. Already self-identifying as a lesbian, Tushnet searched for a third way in the seeming two-option system available to gay Catholics: reject Church teaching on homosexuality or reject the truth of your sexuality. Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith is the fruit of Tushnet’s searching: what she learned in studying Christian history and theology and her articulation of how gay Catholics can pour their love and need for connection into friendships, community, service, and artistic creation.

Red Hot and Holy

Red Hot and Holy
Author: Sera Beak
Publsiher: Sounds True
Total Pages: 282
Release: 2013-07-01
ISBN 10: 1622031113
ISBN 13: 9781622031115
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Red Hot and Holy Book Review:

When one person dares to speak her truth, it challenges us all to live our own. With Red Hot and Holy, Sera Beak offers a provocative and intimate view of what it means to get up close and personal with the divine in modern times. With a rare combination of audacious wit, scholarly acumen, and tender vulnerability—vibrantly mixed with red wine, rock songs, tattoos, and erotic encounters—Sera candidly chronicles the highs and lows of her mystical journey. From the innocence of her childhood crush on God; through a whirlwind of torrid liaisons and bitter break-ups with Christianity, Buddhism, Sufism, Hinduism, and the New Age; and finally into committed monogamy with her own Red Hot and Holy Goddess, Sera shares transformative insights, encouraging us all to trust our unique path and ignite our own spiritual love affair. Sera Beak's luscious writing and renegade spiritual wisdom that slices through religious and new age dogma made her debut book The Red Book a breakout success. With Red Hot and Holy she offers a far more personal book—an illuminating, hilarious, and above all utterly honest portrait of the heart-opening process of mystical realization. This hot and holy book invites you to embrace your soul, unleash your true Self, and burn, baby, burn with divine love. Excerpt As a child, I was madly in love with God. Gaga for God. In grade school, I used to write “I (heart) God” at the top of all my homework assignments and in the margins of the notes I passed to my girlfriends about which boys we thought were cute. Next to The Little Princess, a children’s bible was kept on my bedside table for nightly reading. Miracles? Prophetic dreams? Angels? Healing the sick? Sign me up for those gigs! And every Thursday I believed J.C. dropped by my bedroom so I could ask him personal questions and tell him which sister was annoying me the most. I was magnetized to rosaries, prayers, and pyramids the way other kids were to doughnuts, MTV and the Cabbage Patch Kids, and every time I saw a religious figure (priest, nun, Buddhist monk, Hare Krishna) out in public, it would take an enormous amount of willpower not to stalk them. When Career Days at school would come around, my questionnaire would look a little something like this: Favorite subject? God Favorite hobby? God What do you want to be when you grow up? God (Okay, there was a brief time when I was six years old when the answer to that last question was “an albino.” I thought albinism would make me glow in the dark.) When I was a child, God was not a belief of a magical Santa Claus type. He was as real as my heart. I felt Him (inside me). I recognized Him (everywhere). I knew Him (personally). We hung out together, and I never wanted our rendezvous to stop. I only wanted us to draw closer. I assumed I was experiencing what many Catholics refer to as “the call” to be a priest, so I matter-of-factly informed my parish priests and Sunday school teachers of my future vocation. They laughed, patted my head, and told me I couldn’t have heard the call to be a priest because I had a vagina. Okay, they didn’t say that last part, but believe me, it was implied. They did tell me that only men were allowed to be priests because Jesus only had male disciples (to which Mary Magdalene juts out her left hip and slaps her round cheek with The Gospel of Mary Magdalene). But, of course, I could always be a nun.

After Heaven

After Heaven
Author: Robert Wuthnow
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 277
Release: 2000-06-20
ISBN 10: 0520222288
ISBN 13: 9780520222281
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

After Heaven Book Review:

An exploration of the development of spirituality, along with beliefs and lifestyles, in the United States over the last fifty years, draws on interviews with people of diverse beliefs to show how the growth of personal spirituality has influenced America's religious life. UP.

Faith Versus Fact

Faith Versus Fact
Author: Jerry A. Coyne
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2015-05-19
ISBN 10: 0698195515
ISBN 13: 9780698195516
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Faith Versus Fact Book Review:

The New York Times bestselling author explains why any attempt to make religion compatible with science is doomed to fail. What we read in the news today is full of subjectivity, half-truths, and blatant falsehoods; and thus it is more necessary now than ever to safeguard the truth with facts. In his provocative new book, evolutionary biologist Jerry A. Coyne aims to do exactly that in the arena of religion. In clear, dispassionate detail he explains why the toolkit of science, based on reason and empirical study, is reliable, while that of religion—including faith, dogma, and revelation—leads to incorrect, untestable, or conflicting conclusions. Coyne is responding to a national climate in which over half of Americans don’t believe in evolution (and congressmen deny global warming), and warns that religious prejudices and strictures in politics, education, medicine, and social policy are on the rise. Extending the bestselling works of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens, he demolishes the claims of religion to provide verifiable “truth” by subjecting those claims to the same tests we use to establish truth in science. Coyne irrefutably demonstrates the grave harm—to individuals and to our planet—in mistaking faith for fact in making the most important decisions about the world we live in.

Sacred Ground

Sacred Ground
Author: Eboo Patel
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 0807077488
ISBN 13: 9780807077481
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sacred Ground Book Review:

Argues that the increased prejudice against Muslims in post-9/11 America damages the country's historically strong core of pluralism, and describes how interfaith work can help restore the pluralistic bond among all Americans.

My Autistic Awakening

My Autistic Awakening
Author: Rachael Lee Harris
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2015-04-09
ISBN 10: 144224450X
ISBN 13: 9781442244504
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

My Autistic Awakening Book Review:

Rachael Lee Harris spent her early childhood locked in an autistic fog until beginning her journey from a fragmented world to one in which things began to make sense. Rachael’s determination to take her place in society led her down many paths, from beauty therapist to Catholic nun, from mother and wife to divorcee and working mom. Today, she is a psychotherapist specializing in helping others on the Autism Spectrum. Rachael’s story explores areas such as schooling, family relationships, employment, travel, and faith culminating in monastic life, motherhood, dating, and marriage. Through her story, we get a more “rounded” positive vision of how an autistic life can develop and insight into the benefits of being “on the spectrum” alongside the very real picture of its challenges. Addressing the culture of disability and negativity that surrounds so much of the public perception of the Autism Spectrum, Rachael presents a more moderate and perhaps more objective assessment of her own life experiences, as well as the potential for others on the Spectrum.

Notes of a Native Son

Notes of a Native Son
Author: James Baldwin
Publsiher: Beacon Press
Total Pages: 175
Release: 1984
ISBN 10: 9780807064313
ISBN 13: 0807064319
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Notes of a Native Son Book Review:

Originally published in 1955, James Baldwin's first nonfiction book has become a classic. These searing essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and Americans abroad remain as powerful today as when they were written. "He named for me the things you feel but couldn't utter. . . . Jimmy's essays articulated for the first time to white America what it meant to be American and a black American at the same time." -Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

An Unquenchable Thirst

An Unquenchable Thirst
Author: Mary Johnson
Publsiher: ReadHowYouWant.com
Total Pages: 744
Release: 2011-05-12
ISBN 10: 1459620119
ISBN 13: 9781459620117
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Unquenchable Thirst Book Review:

At seventeen, Mary Johnson saw a photo of Mother Teresa on the cover of TIME magazine, and experienced her calling. Eighteen months later she entered a convent in the South Bronx, to begin her religious training. Not without difficulty, this boisterous, independent-minded teenager eventually adapted to the sisters' austere life of poverty and devotion, but beneath the white-and-blue sari an ordinary woman faced the struggles we all share, with the desires of love and connection, meaning and identity. During her years as a Missionary of Charity, Mary Johnson rose quickly through the ranks and came to work alongside Mother Teresa. Mary grapped with her faith, her desires for intimacy, the politics of the order and her complicated relationship with Mother Teresa. Finally, she made the hard, life-changing decision to leave the order to find her own path, and eventually to leave the Church altogether. The story of this compellingly honest woman will speak to anyone who has ever grappled with the mysteries and wonders of life and faith.