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  • Religions On Trial


    People today encounter a dizzying array of religious options.

    We might consider mystical faiths like Buddhism and Hinduism, historical religions like Islam and Mormonism, or more nebulous modern expressions of being spiritual but not religious or religious but not spiritual. How do we know what is true? Is one faith just as good as another?

    Trial lawyer Mark Lanier presents the claims made by the world’s great religions, discusses their histories, and cross-examines their witnesses (their scriptures and traditions) to determine whether their claims are worthy of belief. With his keen legal mind and methodical style, he provides a careful comparative study, highlighting key truths he finds in each religion even as he offers critiques. Treating each perspective on its own terms and weighing the worldviews for consistency and livability, Lanier assesses evidence for and against belief systems with criteria for what constitutes sufficient proof.

    Believers and unbelievers alike will find here perceptive insights into how we can make sense of competing religious claims and what difference it makes for our own lives.

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  • World Religions : A Guide To The Essentials – Third Edition


    This masterful survey of world religions presents a clear and concise portrait of the history, beliefs, and practices of Eastern and Western religions. The authors, both respected scholars of world religions, have over 50 years of combined teaching experience. Their book is accessibly written for introductory classes, can be easily adapted for one- or two-semester courses, and employs a neutral approach for broad classroom use.

    The third edition has been revised throughout; contains updated entries on the history and contemporary configurations of each tradition, addressing such issues as gender and sexuality; and adds a concluding chapter on newer, or minor, religious traditions and major subgroups. The book includes effective sidebars, pronunciation guides, photographs, timelines, charts, calendars, and glossaries.

    Online resources through Baker Academic’s Textbook eSources include Powerpoint/Keynote slides, new maps and videos, and a large question bank of multiple-choice test questions (available to professors upon request).

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  • Popular Handbook Of World Religions


    Your Guide to Understanding the World’s Most Prominent Religions

    Religion holds a commanding presence in our individual lives and in our communities. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about other faiths but weren’t sure where to start, The Harvest HandbookTM of World Religions is a clear and insightful guide to understanding and interacting with followers of the top belief systems globally, from Atheism to Judaism, Buddhism to Islam, Jainism to Sikhism, along with many others.

    This compilation from today’s religious scholars, including Dr. John Ferrer, Dr. Norman Geisler, Dr. R. Douglas Geivett, and Dr. Ron Rhodes, will help you learn the basics of each belief system and how they are lived out in contemporary culture. You will also discover how the tenents of each faith compare with those of Christianity.

    Whether you seek to understand other religions or want to find ways to engage with people of another belief system, this ready-friendly guide will equip you to distinguish various religions around the world and more effectively convey the gospel message to people of other faiths.

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  • Human Rights In Islam The Uprisings In North Africa


    A National Library Of South Africa Title

    The uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya resulted from decades of oppressive, subservient and destructive iron fist rule. From colonialism to homogeneous rulers, the majority of Muslim population countries witnessed no relief of suffering under these rulers.The Muslim dictators grossly defamed the comprehensive model Islam offers for all aspects of life until the dissenting voice braved the military rule and confronted the dictators’ status quo.The book chronicles the history and events that finally led to the departure of Ben Ali, Mubarak, and Qaddafi. The book also offers a discussion on the discourse on the various factors that contributed to the final moments of the dictator’s departure.Islamic Human Rights documents, with the Qur’an as the point of departure not only look to the individual but also provide guidelines and caution to rulers. It is a religion that provides guidelines to a complete way of life, incorporating all social stratification of a population. Reform strategies lie in Islamic academia and intelligentsia. Continuous research will enable Muslim populations to integrate and challenge modernity in an all- embracing productive and effective partnership agreement.Human Rights in Islam – the Uprisings in North Africa, provides a relevant reference to both students and the general public interested in the protection of human dignity and the violations of Human Rights in Islam.

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  • From Cairo To Christ


    16 Chapters

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    If I were to become a Christian, it would mean not only changing my religion but changing my whole identity, and bringing shame upon my family. My whole family is Muslim, and my society and culture were Muslim. . . . Changing from Islam to Christianity would mess up my life forever. So writes Abu Atallah, who grew up in Cairo as an ordinary Egyptian Muslim. He was deeply embedded in his family, religion, and country. For a time he was part of the Muslim Brotherhood. But as he came of age, he began to encounter people who followed a different way, who called themselves Christians. And a radically new life became possible-at great cost and risk, yet with great joy. From Cairo to Christ is the remarkable story of how one Muslim man was drawn to the Christian faith, and how he later became an ambassador for Christ with a ministry in the Muslim world. Atallah has personally helped hundreds of Muslims come to Christ. This narrative sheds light on Islamic cultural dynamics and what Westerners should know about Muslim contexts. Despite the challenges facing believers from Muslim backgrounds, God is bringing surprising numbers of Muslims to Christ. Discover how the good news of Jesus transforms lives in Muslim communities around the world.

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  • Seeking The Unseen


    Buddhism claims no god, yet spiritual realities abound in popular practice. What are these realities? What do they mean to the practitioners? How can understanding these realities inform Christ-followers seeking to communicate the good news of Jesus in ways that all can understand and relate to? In answer to these and other questions, SEANET proudly presents its twelfth volume,

    Seeking the Unseen: Spiritual Realities in the Buddhist World. Christian practitioners
    from thirteen different Buddhist cultures share insights gained from their wideranging
    experiences and perspectives. From Sri Lanka to Japan, from China to the Philippines, these women and men, Asian and Western, present on a topic that is often missing in mission literature today.

    And for readers seeking personal insight into the growing spiritual complexities of their own place in the postmodern world, lessons from these authors will guide you with practical principles from engaging, firsthand cultural encounters.

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  • Islam And Terrorism Revised And Updated Edition (Revised)


    Gabriel says that terrorists are practicing Islam just as Muhammad intended. As a child, Gabriel grew up in a Muslim family in Egypt and was heavily indoctrinated. By the age of twelve he had memorized the entire Qur’an. He went on to become a top student at the most prestigious Islamic university in the world, Al-Azhar in Cairo, Egypt. As a student and professor of Islamic history, he rubbed shoulders with those who are at the forefront of propagating the tenets of Islamic terrorism. He actually took classes with Sheik Umar Abd al-Rahman, who was convicted of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bomb attack and is now in prison. In this eye-opening book Gabriel explains:
    *How Islam was influenced by the warlike Arabian culture of the 7th century
    *Atrocities committed by Muhammad in the name of Allah
    *The story of the Egyptian student who came to study education in America and went on to write the first handbook of terrorism in the twentieth century
    *The prominence of jihad (war against infidels) in Islamic theology
    *How Egyptian fundamentalists murdered and robbed Christians to raise funds for terrorism
    *The difference between a moderate Muslim and a fundamentalist Muslim

    For the readers of this book, the motive behind Islamic world activity will no longer be a mystery. Each action is rooted in the philosophy of Islam. Now both the Christian and the political world must decide how to react to Muhammad’s revelation.

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  • Chosen : Reading The Bible Amid The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


    “The conflict is only ‘seemingly’ beyond solution, because all historical-political problems have solutions, if there is enough courage, honesty, and steadfastness.”

    In Chosen?, Walter Brueggemann explores the situation in modern-day Israel that raises questions for many Christians who are easily confused when reading biblical accounts of God’s saving actions with the Israelites. Are modern Israeli citizens the descendants of the Israelites in the Bible whom God called chosen? Was the promise of land to Moses permanent and irrevocable? What about others living in the promised land? How should we read the Bible in light of the modern situation? Who are the Zionists, and what do they say?

    In four chapters, Brueggemann addresses the main questions people have with regards to what the Bible has to say about this ongoing issue. A question-and-answer section with Walter Brueggemann, a glossary of terms, study guide, and guidelines for respectful dialogue are also included. The reader will get answers to their key questions about how to understand God’s promises to the biblical people often called Israel and the conflict between Israel and Palestine today.

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  • Freemasonry Invisible Cult


    Jack Harris, a former “Worshipful Master” of a Masonic lodge, authoritatively speaks about one of the most deceptive cults in the United States today. Freemasonry is a false religion, teaching that men can approach God not through the finished work of Jesus Christ but through their own abilities. This secret organization has entangled ministers, elders, deacons, trustees, Sunday school teachers, and people all over the world in a web of lies and satanic rituals–all of which are veiled with the language of the Bible! Discover how you can share the light of Christ with those living in the darkness of Freemasonry and how they can be set free from its deception.

    But after reading and studying various Masonic authors, he realized that Freemasonry considers Jesus Christ to be no greater than Moses, Elijah, Mohammed, or Buddha. Needless to say, his faith and trust in the teachings of Masonry were shaken.

    He began to converse with pastors, read the Bible, pray, and debate with other Masons about who Jesus Christ is and where absolute truth is to be found. This went on for two years, until one night he decided to watch a Billy Graham crusade on TV.

    As he listened to Reverend Graham preach, he finally saw himself as God saw him, a sinner without hope and on his way to hell. That night he got on his knees and asked Jesus Christ to forgive him for his sins, come into his life, save him, and be the Lord of his life. At that moment, he accepted the God of the Universe, Jesus Christ, and rejected the god of Freemasonry. He was set free by the One who is the Truth, Jesus Christ. The shackles of Masonic lies were broken.

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  • Engaging With Muslims


    1. Who Are These Muslims We Meet Every Day?
    2. Prayer
    3. Presence
    4. Proclamation
    5. Persuasion
    6. Love Your Muslim Neighbor

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    Many Christians in the west are fearful of engaging in conversations about their faith with Muslims-believing that they will be hostile to Christian beliefs and discussions about the Bible.

    This short book is designed to help both Christians and whole churches understand more about the variety of Muslims there are living in the West, and to reach out to them with the good news of the gospel. Written at a level that everyone can understand, this book emphasizes the the importance of forming loving relationships-something that all Christians are able to do.

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  • What Every Christian Needs To Know About Passover


    Understand the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples and its ancient roots in the Jewish Passover, and discover what it can mean to a Christian celebration of Communion and Easter today.

    The Passover was celebrated by Jesus and the disciples the last time they were together. Now popular speaker and writer Rabbi Evan Moffic brings an understanding to the Last Supper that will forever change how Christians celebrate Communion and prepare for Easter. Beginning with the Hebrew Bible and Jewish history, Rabbi Moffic shows how these inform the roots of Christianity as he weaves together history, theology, Jewish practice and observances. Then he provides the background and resources for Christians seeking to experience an authentic Jewish Passover Seder and integrate it into their own preparation for Easter. Rabbi Moffic brings an informed and ancient perspective, explaining and bringing to life the source of so many of our modern Christian practices.

    By exploring and explaining the ritual and story surrounding the Jewish Passover, Rabbi Moffic shares with Christians the wisdom and inspiration of the Hebrew Bible-what Christians call the Old Testament-in a way that increases appreciation and understanding of the culture in which Jesus lived and taught. For contemporary Christians desiring to enrich their understanding of the faith they practice today, this book offers deeper understanding of their spiritual heritage shared with Judaism.

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  • Cross And The Cow Belt Of India


    The “Cow Belt” of India, so called because the majority of the people living in this region consider the cow to be sacred, stretches across the central plains of India. This land, the birthplace of Hinduism, is one rich in history but long ruled by superstition, false idols, the caste system, and the pursuit of nirvana. Through the arrivals of St. Thomas at the coast of Kerala in A.D. 52, Vasco da Gama on the west coast of India in 1498, and William Carey, the father of the modern missionary movement, in Bengal in 1793, God opened the door for Christianity to enter into the country, but yet even today, many in India’s heartland still worship a myriad of other gods and goddesses. Given Christianity’s past inroads, why has it not been able to successfully penetrate this region? And now that the Indian government has closed the country to foreign missionaries, how can native Christians fulfill Christ’s commission to preach the gospel to all people-including those in the Cow Belt? In “The Cross and the Cow Belt of India,” author Paul Pathickal, who lived in the region for fifteen years, seeks to answer these questions by surveying India’s unique history, religious system, and cultural distinctions-factors that make the Cow Belt one of the most challenging but ripe mission fields in the world today. In particular, he explores:
    * The origins of orthodox Hinduism
    * The Hindu scriptures
    * The many gods in Hindu worship
    * The doctrine of karma and rebirth
    * The caste system and politics in India

    The people of the Cow Belt can be reached for Christ, and in this book you will discover proven and practical strategies for how this can be accomplished. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in Indian missions!

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  • Paul Within Judaism


    In these chapters, a group of renowned international scholars seek to describe Paul and his work from “within Judaism,” rather than on the assumption, still current after thirty years of the “New Perspective,” that in practice Paul left behind aspects of Jewish living after his discovery of Jesus as Christ (Messiah). After an introduction that surveys recent study of Paul and highlights the centrality of questions about Paul’s Judaism, chapters explore the implications of reading Paul’s instructions as aimed at Christ-following non-Jews, teaching them how to live in ways consistent with Judaism while remaining non-Jews. The contributors take different methodological points of departure: historical, ideological-critical, gender-critical, and empire-critical, and examine issues of terminology and of interfaith relations. Surprising common ground among the contributors presents a coherent alternative to the “New Perspective.” The volume concludes with a critical evaluation of the Paul within Judaism perspective by Terence L. Donaldson, a well-known voice representative of the best insights of the New Perspective.

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  • Engaging With Hindus


    A. Understanding Hindus
    1. A Global Faith
    2. What Do Hindus Think Of Christians And Christianity?
    3. Our Approach
    4. Who Is A Hindu?
    5. What Do Hindus Believe And Practise?
    B. Engaging With Hindus
    6. Love
    7. Listen And Learn
    8. Present Christ Positively
    9. Pray
    10. Preparing For Discussion
    11. Understanding Hindu Questions
    12. How Should A Church Engage With Hindus?

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    Hindus represent the third largest faith in the world, and yet many Christians know very little about their beliefs and lifestyle.

    This short book is designed to help both Christians and whole churches understand more about Hindus, and to reach out to them with the good news of the gospel. Both practical and warm, this book shows that every Christian is able to share their faith with Hindu friends and neighbors.

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  • Christian Muslim Friend


    Can Christians and Muslims be friends? Real friends?

    Even in a post-September 11 era of alienation and religious violence, David Shenk says yes.
    In Christian. Muslim. Friend., Shenk lays out twelve ways that Christians can form authentic relationships with Muslims, characterized by respect, hospitality, and candid dialogue.

    Rooted in his fifty years of friendship with Muslims in Somalia, Kenya, and the United States, Shenk invites Christian readers to be clear about their identity, develop trust, practice hospitality, confront distortions of both faiths, and seek out Muslims committed to peace.

    He invites readers to both bear witness to the Christ-centered commitments of their faith while also reaching out in friendship with Muslims. Through astounding stories of his animated conversations with Muslim clerics, visits to countless mosques around globe, and pastors and imams who join hands to work for peace, Shenk offers tested and true paths to real relationships.

    A compelling resource with practical application for mission personnel, Sunday school classes, and any Christian who rubs shoulders with people of Islamic faith in their neighborhood or workplace.

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  • Engaging With Atheists


    1. Who Are The Atheists?
    2. Beliefs And Practices
    3. Engaging Personally
    4. Engaging With The Gospel
    5. Engaging With The Bible
    6. How Can A Church Engage?
    7. Conclusion And Resources

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    Many Christians are fearful of engaging in conversation with atheists-believing that they will be hostile to Christian beliefs and conversations about the Bible. How can we share God’s love with people who don’t even believe he’s there?!

    This short book is designed to help both Christians and whole churches understand more about the questions and issues that atheists of various kinds have about Christian faith, and to reach out to them with the good news of the gospel.

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  • Connecting With Muslims


    How can we build bridges with Muslims? Muslims are our coworkers, neighbors and friends. But Christians don’t always know how to build relationships with Muslims. Fouad Masri provides practical ways for Christians to initiate conversations and develop relationships with Muslims. He offers insights into Muslim culture and helps Christians understand and relate their Muslim friends. Masri addresses seven common questions that Muslims ask about Jesus and the Christian faith, providing sensitive answers that winsomely guide Muslims to Jesus without arguing or awkward debating. With real-life stories of fruitful conversations and genuine relationships, Masri helps readers see Muslims as Jesus sees them, without fear, with love, hope and expectation. You don’t need a Ph.D. in Islam to share your faith with a Muslim. You just need the heart of an ambassador. Discover how.

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  • Grand Central Question


    Foreword By Josh McDowell
    Prologue: What Truth Costs – What Truth Is Worth
    Chapter One: Grand Central Questions

    Part I – Secular Humanism Or The Gospel — Which Provides Us With Intrinsic Value And Objective Purpose?
    Chapter Two: Secular Humanism – The Secular Search
    Chapter Three: Saying Nothing As Loud As We Can
    Chapter Four: Will The Real Humanism Please Stand Up?

    Part II – Eastern & Western Spirituality Or The Gospel — Which Gives Real Answers To Suffering?
    Chapter Five: Pantheism And Pain
    Chapter Six: Escaping The Escapism

    Part III – Islam Or The Gospel — Which Tells Us About God’s Greatness?
    Chapter Seven: From Whence Comes God’s Greatness?
    Chapter Eight: God’s Greatness And The Preservation Of The Gospel
    Chapter Nine: God’s Triune Greatness
    Chapter Ten: Greatness Incarnate

    Epilogue: A Worldview That Views The Whole World

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    All religions and worldviews seek to answer the fundamental questions of human existence: Why am I here? What does it mean to be human? Why is there evil in the world and how do we deal with it? But not every worldview places equal emphasis on each issue. The main worldviews each tend to stress a different central question. Secular humanism focuses on: What is the inherent value of human beings? Pantheism emphasizes: How do we escape suffering? Islam’s main concern is: How is God great? Abdu Murray digs deeply into these three representatives of major worldviews of our day: atheism, pantheism and theism. This lawyer and former Muslim brings compassion, understanding and clarity to his analysis, comparing the answers of each view to the central message of Christianity.

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  • Jews Christians And Muslims In Encounter


    This book addresses the state of play in Jewish-Christian relations as well as reflections on the more recent encounter with Islam. It brings together a number of inter-related themes in the writings of Ed Kessler, starting in 1998.

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  • Comprehensive Approach Yet One Message


    Dr. Berhanu Arsse presents thorough research and careful consideration on proven methods of effective Christian evangelism to Muslims in the United States. This is a rich resource for any Christian who has not been able to find the right techniques for reaching those that come from or are in a religion and culture so distinct from their own. This book feels as though it is the forerunner of a new class of thought that will reshape the current of the Gospel from how it is currently spread. Interesting and unique subject matter – the researched topic is far from ubiquitous in bookstores, which well set it apart from other religious non-fiction. It is also intriguing to consider that so much thought and purposefulness has been dedicated to evangelizing amongst Muslims when many probably (and some perhaps without realizing it) feel that the religion and culture are so strong it cannot be penetrated. Due to its genesis from research, the book is extremely well organized and meticulously documented. The value of paying for this book will be completely obvious to any person who would be interested to learn the information contained within. It is of a very high caliber and will be regarded as such due to the author’s diligence and hard work in presenting this book. It is excellent that the author explains how evangelism and social transformation became separated and why they belong together. This is central to Christians fully emulating the Christ they claim and is not nearly discussed as much as should be. Dr. Berhanu Arsse is a founder and Executive Director of Caris International. A certified teacher, he holds undergraduate degree from Ethiopia, M.A. in cross cultural Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, TX, and earned Ph.D. in Missiology from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. Dr. Arsse speaks in Universities, mission seminars and conferences. He is now a pastor, and coordinates multi-nation evangelistic outreach. Dr. Arsse, his wife Ayantu, and their son Kayo live in Columbus, OH.

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  • Do Jews Christians And Muslims Worship The Same God


    Most Jews, Muslims, and Christians are devoted and faithful. Still, on any given day, it’s difficult to avoid the vigorous and heated disputes between them, whether over the “Ground Zero” mosque, lobbying state legislatures against Sharia law, sharing worship space, dissecting the fallout of the Arab Spring, protecting civil rights, or challenging the authority of sacred texts. With so much rancor, can there be any common ground? Do they even worship the same God? And can religion, which often is so divisive, be any help at all?

    Four internationally known scholars set out to tackle these deceptively simple questions in an accessible way. Some scholars argue that while beliefs about God may differ, the object of worship is ultimately the same. However, these authors take a more pragmatic view. While they may disagree, they nevertheless assert that whatever the answers to these questions, the three faiths must find the will (politically, socially, and personally) to tolerate differences.

    Perhaps what can help us move forward as pluralistic peoples is a focus on the goal – peace with justice for all.

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  • All You Want To Know But Didnt Think You Could Ask


    Everything teens and young adults need to know about world religions and philosophies in one convenient book! As our global world becomes smaller, we encounter more religions and popular beliefs than we ever have before. This book from a high school religion teacher and a professor of religion clarifies the founding, history, practices, and beliefs of forty groups. Each chapter puts the group in context and explains how the religion is similar to or different from Christianity. No other book covers such a wide range of topics from Islam, Shamanism, and Mormonism, to atheism, vampirism, and astrology.

    Features include:
    Charts and tables for easy comparison of different religious beliefs and practices
    Coverage of world religions, new religions, and religions in popular culture
    Overviews of the founding, history, and typical followers of each religion

    Written for classroom or individual study

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  • Common Judaism : Explorations In Second Temple Judaism


    E. P. Sanders’s monumental Judaism: Practice and Belief inaugurated vigorous debates about the extent and significance of commonality and diversity in ancient Judaism. Common Judaism gathers a host of scholars to present the state of our understanding of what was common ground in Second-Temple Judaism. By examining the tensions between a “common Judaism” and local settings, partisan Judaism, and the influence of Hellenism, these essays set contemporary discussion on a secure footing. An important resource for scholars and students alike, the contributors include: Lee I. Levine, Boaz Zissu, David Amit, Susan Haber, Albert I. Baumgarten, Anders Runesson, Cecilia Wassen, Anne Moore, Tessa Rajak, David Miller, Eliezer Segal, Seth Schwartz, and Ian W. Scott.

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  • Historical Dictionary Of The Friends Quakers


    The modern reputation of Friends in the United States and Europe is grounded in the relief work they have conducted in the presence and aftermath of war. Friends (also known as Quakers) have coordinated the feeding and evacuation of children from war zones around the world. They have helped displaced persons without regard to politics. They have engaged in the relief of suffering in places as far-flung as Ireland, France, Germany, Ethiopia, Egypt, China, and India. Their work was acknowledged with the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 to the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the Friends Service Council of Great Britain. More often, however, Quakers live, worship, and work quietly, without seeking public attention for themselves. Now, the Friends are a truly worldwide body and are recognized by their Christ-centered message of integrity and simplicity, as well as their nonviolent stance and affirmation of the belief that all people-women as well as men-may be called to the ministry.

    The expanded second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Friends (Quakers) relates the history of the Friends through a chronology, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 700 cross-referenced dictionary entries on concepts, significant figures, places, activities, and periods. This book is an excellent access point for scholars and students, who will find the overviews and sources for further research provided by this book to be enormously helpful.

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  • Teatime In Mogadishu


    Abmed Ali Haile tells his life story of growing up Somalia, becoming a Christian as a teenager, meeting Mennonite missionaries in Somalia, studying at Goshen College and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and then going back to his homeland to do mediation work among clans in Somalia. Although injured during an attack in Mogadishu, he has kept going back to Africa to serve Somalis.

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  • Teilhard De Chardin And Eastern Religions


    An in-depth examination of Teilhard de Chardin’s knowledge of the Middle and Far East, especially China, his comments on eastern religions, and his comparative reflections on mysticism and spirituality.

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  • Stories That Feed Your Soul


    Bestselling author and modern-day prophet Tony Campolo believes that one of the best ways to tell the grand story of the gospel is to tell stories of everyday life where God is at work…just as Jesus did during his earthly ministry. This collection of stories from Tony’s lifelong friendships and international travels allow readers to “overhear” the gospel at work around the world. Set around Romans 8, the stories center on eight gospel themes: freedom of condemnation, new life in Christ, intimacy with God, the call to rescue creation, living with hope, praying in the Spirit, God’s plans for us, and the assurance we need. Whether humorous or poignant, each one is an unforgettable echo of God at work around us and within us.

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  • Tactics Of Islam


    In the past, the Ottoman Empire could not defeat the West by the sword, so now Fethullah Gulen’s community systematically employs very different tactics to bring the West under Islamic rule. For profoundly anti-democratic goals they use America’s democratic values-freedom of speech, political correctness, tolerance, and multiculturalism-as tools for disseminating Gulen’s ideology.

    “You move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers…until the conditions are ripe… If you do something prematurely, the world will crush our heads. The time is not yet right. You must wait until such time as you have gotten all the state power, until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey… The work to be done is in confronting the world. Now, I have expressed my feelings and thoughts to you all-in confidence…trusting your loyalty and secrecy.”

    Fethullah Gulen to his followers

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  • Qumran And Jerusalem


    With the full publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls come major changes in our understanding of these fascinating texts and their significance for the study of the history of Judaism and Christianity. One of the most significant changes – that one cannot study Qumran without Jerusalem nor Jerusalem without Qumran – is explored in this important volume. / Although the Scrolls preserve the peculiar ideology of the Qumran sect, much of the material also represents the common beliefs and practices of the Judaism of the time. Here Lawrence Schiffman mines these incredible documents to reveal their significance for the reconstruction of the history of Judaism. His investigation brings to life a period of immense significance for the history of the Western world.

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  • World Religions In America (Revised)


    The 4th edition of World Religions in America continues its lauded tradition of providing students with reliable and nuanced information about America’s religious diversity, while also reflecting new developments and ideas. World-class contributors highlight the many religious traditions, both old and new, that are currently practiced in the United States./br>
    Each chapter has been meticulously revised and updated to reflect important changes and events, as well as current religious statistics and information. New features include a timeline of key events and people for each religious tradition; sidebars on major religious movements or controversies; personal stories from members of various faiths; a user-friendly theme based organization of subject matter; more subheads to assist students in finding information; three new chapters exploring America’s increasing religious diversity; suggested websites, books, and topics for further study.

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  • Art Of Public Prayer (Reprinted)


    A resource for worshipers today looking to change hardened worship patterns
    that stand in the way of everyday spirituality.
    All too often, those who attend church or synagogue find themselves bored or baffled by the service. Their predominant thought is how slowly the time ticks by-and that the service never seems to end.
    Written for laypeople and clergy of any denomination, The Art of Public Prayer examines how and why religious ritual works-and why it often doesn’t work.
    The Art of Public Prayer uses psychology, social science, theology and common sense to explain the key roles played by ritual, symbolism, liturgy and song in services. Each chapter features “conversation points” designed to get you and your faith community thinking and talking about your own worship patterns-where they succeed, and where they need improvement.
    The Art of Public Prayer can help you and your fellow congregants revitalize your worship service by allowing you to organize and direct your own worship, making it a meaningful and fulfilling part of your life.

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  • Early Judaism : Texts And Documents On Faith And Piety


    Jewish writings from the period of Second Temple present a rich and potentially overwhelming variety of first-hand materials. George W. E. Nickelsburg and Michael E. Stone, experts on this formative period, have updated their classic sourcebook on Jewish beliefs and practices to take into account current thinking about the sources and to include new documents, including texts from Qumran not available in the first edition, in a brilliantly organized synthesis.

    Included are chapters on Jewish sects and parties, the Temple and worship in it, ideals of piety and conduct, expectations concerning deliverance, judgment, and vindication, different conceptions of the agents of God’s activity, and the figure of Lady Wisdom in relationship to Israel.

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  • Peace Building By Between And Beyond Muslims And Evangelical Christians


    I. Introduction
    Mohammed Abu-Nimer And David Augsburger

    II. Peace-Building, Nonviolence, And Conflict Resolution

    The Practices Of Forgiveness And Reconciliation In Conflict Transformation
    David Augsburger
    Response To Augsberger
    Karim Douglas Crow
    Muslim Perspectives On War And Peace
    Ayse Kadayifci
    Response To Kadayifci
    Glen Stassen

    III. Religious Diversity And Identity

    The Qur’anic Perspective On Religious Pluralism
    Riffat Hassan
    I Am As My Servant Thinks Of Me
    Rabia Terri Harris
    Response To Hassan And Harris
    Wilbert Shenk
    Social Location And Christian Identity: Some Historical Perspectives
    Wilbert Shenk And Alvin C. Dueck
    Response To Shenk And Dueck
    Jimmy Jones

    Interfaith And Intra-Faith Dialogue

    Theological Foundation Of Interfaith Dialogue And Peaceful Coexistence: The Koran’s Universal Perspectives
    Osman Bakar
    Fear And Muslim-Christian Conflict Transformation: Resources From Attachment Theory And Affect Regulation
    Evelyne Reisacher
    Toward Mutual Respectful Witness
    Dudley Woodberry
    The Right To Religious Conversion: Between Apostasy And Proselytization
    Abdul Rashied Omar
    Response To All Articles
    Asma Afsaruddin
    Response To Bakar And Omar
    Dudley Woodbury

    V. Contemporary Issues, Case Studies

    Rethinking Human Rights: A Common Challenge For Muslims And Christians
    David Johnston
    Let Peace Flourish: Descriptive And Applied Research From The Conflict Transformation Grant
    Al Dueck, Kevin Reimer, Josh Morgan, And Steve Brown
    Abrahamic Faiths: Models Of Interfaith Dialogue In The U. S.
    Muhammed Shafiq
    Response To All Articles
    Ghulam Haider Aasi And David Johnston

    Concluding Remarks


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    This timely work addresses sensitive issues and relations between Muslims and Christians around the world. The book uniquely captures the opportunity for Christians and Muslims to come together and discuss pertinent issues such as pluralism, governance, preaching, Christian missionary efforts, and general misperceptions of Muslim and Christian communities. Joint authorship and discussion within the book is used to offer dialogue and responses between different contributors. This dialogue reveals that Christians and Muslims hold many things in common while having meaningful differences. It also shows the value of honestly sharing convictions while respecting and hearing the beliefs of another.

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  • Christian Guide To The Quran


    In order to understand and minister to Muslims, Christians must first understand the Qur’an. This guide for Christians explains the central messages of the Qur’an in simple terms and illustrates how knowledge of Islam’s sacred text can aid evangelism and religious understanding. In A Christian Guide to the Qur’an, Raouf and Carol Ghattas have created a tool that can build bridges of understanding between Christians and Muslims. Drawing upon their years of experience working in Muslim cultures and their extensive knowledge of Islam, the authors outline the worldview set forth in the Qur’an with a focus on evangelism. The authors also helpfully provide a glossary of Arabic terms and three appendices detailing important dates in Islam, biblical names found in the Qur’an, and biblical references in the Qur’an.

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  • Abused God : Religious Addiction Mobilizing A Congregational Response


    This is an incredible book! The reader will understand the subject of spiritual abuse among Brazilian religious leaders, around the greater Boston area and how to respond to it in appropriate ways. There are powerful facts behind this book. It projects a powerful voice of passion and conviction. This book offers critical evidence that a significant number of Brazilian leaders have become dysfunctional and abusive. In this context, Rev. Dr. Pinto-Moura reports that the World Revival Church (hereafter WRC) is an example of a dysfunctional culture producing codependence. They seem to continually strive with combined elements of unbalanced and unorthodox doctrines, controversial government, disciplinary problems, irresponsible leadership – which result in explosive turmoil, division, wounded and confused sheep, and a derogatory reputation in their community. There are scores of people who have been deeply wounded by their experience with WRC. Religious addiction is identified and attacked as a part of this problem. It has been enormously traumatic. This book exposes this complex issue balancing facts with compassion. Developing a healing approach is needed. This supportive data is the result of scholarly studies and truths from the Bible. It substantiates a biblical response to the challenge to bring spiritual health to the Brazilian churches in the U.S. This book addresses healing strategies and explores possible solutions to the demoralizing problem of spiritual abuse. This book is revolutionary, prophetic and apostolic! The healing guidelines can be applied to any ministry and person experiencing the pain of leadership abuse.

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  • Communicating Christ In Asian Cities


    Communicating Christ in Asian Cities: Urban Issues in Buddhist Contexts is the sixth volume in a series produced from the annual SEANET Missiological Forum held in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It developed from a keen awareness that certain urban concerns for evangelistic mission must be addressed in a unique way when viewed within the myriad and complex cultures found within Asian Buddhism. All authors included here write from many years of experience as Evangelical mission theologians, scholars, pastors and practitioners working within Asian urban Buddhist contexts. This book is divided into three sections with the first focused on foundational issues of ministry within the framework of Asian Buddhist cities. The second section includes four chapters addressing several contextual issues specific to peoples within Asian Buddhist cities. The final section includes three chapters on the topic of strategic means of evangelization found useful in specific Asian urban Buddhist contexts.

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  • Discovering God : The Origins Of The Great Religions And The Evolution Of B


    Charting the rise of religion from Stone Age spirituality to the recent spread of Christianity in Africa, Asia, and South America, Discovering God asks the age-old question, if god was present from the beginning of time, why did god wait to reveal god’s self to humans until (according to their respective traditions) Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, the Buddha, etc., came along? Stark asks, why a variety of world religions all sprang up at about the same time (referred to as the Axial Age). And Stark asks, why do many religions seem to share similar features? As the title suggests, Stark’s thesis will be that god was here all along, and humans “discovered” (not invented) god in keeping with their own intellectual and spiritual evolution.

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  • My Neighbours Faith


    My Neighbour’s Faith sheds light on the beliefs and teaching of Islam by addressing matters of contemporary importance to Christians and the wider non-Muslim audience.

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  • Secrets Of The Koran (Reprinted)


    Forget all those evening news sound bites or diplomatically correct half-truths about the Koran and the religion of Islam. If you want to know what the Koran is really about, you have to know what it really says. Don Richardson gives you a nitty-gritty inside look at the Koran, helping to separate fact from fiction. These hard-hitting observations are not the author’s opinion based on what he thinks the Koran seems to imply. Muslim boys are indoctrinated in military camps. Madrasa schools force memorization and repetition of the Koran, particularly those verses that promise heavenly rewards for martyrdom. It took courage to write this serious, documented, and well-sourced book. But the price of truth is courage, regardless of one’s religion.

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  • Whats The Big Deal About Other Religions


    Authors John Ankerberg and Dillon Burroughs continue their exciting What’s the Big Deal? series with concise, informative answers to the many questions people are asking about the major religious groups in the world. The groups in this book are so widespread that readers are likely to encounter their followers in their own neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. Which makes it important to understand what they believe, and why. Included in this volume are Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Mormonism, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses. And for each group, readers will discover… the origins and history the key teachings and leaders the major writings the traditions and special observances how they differ from Christianity Ankerberg and Burroughs are masterful at focusing on the key essentials readers need to know. And they include many exclusive interviews with experts, as well as numerous fascinating insights-all of which makes for compelling reading.

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  • Revolutions In Worldview


    Pull Quotes
    Study Questions
    Subject Index
    Scripture Index
    Index Of Personal Names

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    This book is about ten major worldview revolutions, and several sub-revolutions, in Western culture and civilization. Like its predecessor Building a Christian Worldview, the authors of this well-written volume recognize the immense intellectual and practical importance of the concept of worldview itself and its inescapable human significance. – David K. Naugle

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  • Ancient Gnosticism : Traditions And Literature


    Even as public interest is attracted to this esoteric religion, scholars have debated its origins, its relationship to Judaism and Christianity, and even whether one distinctive and separate Gnostic “religion” ever existed. Birger Pearson’s expert and accessible introduction brings the reader into the debate.

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  • Comparing Christianity With World Religions


    The world has always been a melting pot of beliefs, but now more than ever, your neighbor may be part of a differing world religion. The truths of Christianity are compared in key life beliefs to several other religions. A most helpful tool.

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  • Comparing Christianity With The Cults


    What constitutes a cult? How does it contrast with what the Bible says? These colorful and concise brochures will answer seven fundamental questions of life and belief. Contrasted with the truth of God’s Word are cults such as christian Science, Spiritualism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Scientology, Mormonism, Eastern Mysticism, unification church, Wicca, and others. Perfect for training or for keeping by your front door. Formerly titled The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error.

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  • Isaiah In Talmud And Midrash


    Preface Part A

    Isaiah In The Mishnah, Tractate Abot, And The Tosefta

    Isaiah In Sifra, The Two Sifres And Mekhilta Attributed To R. Ishmael

    Isaiah In The Yerushalmi

    Isaiah In Genesis Rabbah, Leviticus Rabbah, And Pesiqta DeRab Kahana

    Isaiah Esther Rabbah I, Ruth Rabbah, Song Of Songs Rabbah, Lamentations Rabbah, And The Fathers According To Rabbi Nathan

    Isaiah In The Bavli

    Index To Parts A And B

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    The Rabbis of classical Judaism, in the first six centuries of the Common Era, commented on the teachings of ancient Israel’s prophets and shaped, as much as they were shaped by, prophecy. They commented on much of the Scriptural heritage and they made it their own. This collection of the Rabbinic comments on biblical books makes easily accessible the Rabbinic reading of the prophetic heritage and opens the way to the study of how normative Judaism responded to the challenge of the prophetic writings.

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  • Ezekiel In Talmud And Midrash



    Ezekiel In The Mishnah, Tractate Abot, And The Tosefta

    Ezekiel In Sifra, The Two Sifres And Mekhilta Attributed To R. Ishmael

    Ezekiel In The Yerushalmi

    Ezekiel In Genesis Rabbah, Leviticus Rabbah, And Pesiqta DeRab Kahana

    Ezekiel In Esther Rabbah I, Ruth Rabbah, Song Of Songs Rabbah, Lamentations Rabbah And The Fathers According To Rabbi Nathan

    Ezekiel In The Bavli


    Additional Info
    The Rabbis of classical Judaism, in the first six centuries of the Common Era, commented on the teachings of ancient Israel’s prophets and shaped, as much as they were shaped by, prophecy. They commented on much of the Scriptural heritage and they made it their own. This collection of the Rabbinic comments on biblical books makes easily accessible the Rabbinic reading of the prophetic heritage and opens the way to the study of how normative Judaism responded to the challenge of the prophetic writings.

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  • 10 Things You Need To Know About Islam


    Harvest House Print On Demand Title

    Recent significant growth of Islam has triggered concern and questions for Christians. Bestselling author and apologist Ron Rhodes provides a user-friendly and helpful introduction to Islam as he presents the Muslim view and the Christian apologetic response to vital topics such as the:
    *influence and background of the Quran
    *quest for salvation by Muslims
    *prophet Muhammad’s alleged revelation
    *nature of Allah
    *Muslim beliefs about the Bible, heaven, and hell

    Rhodes will guide Christians through the important information with clear explanations and his trademark biblical reasoning. This is a must-have resource for individuals and churches trying to discern today’s news stories.

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  • Muhammad Prophet Of God


    Founding not only a world religion but also an empire and a civilization, the prophet Muhammad was undoubtedly one of the most influential men in history. Amid the swirl of current judgments regarding Muslims and their religion, this book by Daniel Peterson offers a concise, objective, accessible biography of the first Muslim. Blending the texts of traditional sources into an engaging narrative, Peterson begins with the impoverished and orphaned childhood of Muhammad, highlighting his evident strength of will, character, and resourcefulness. Peterson then moves through the prophet’s life, detailing Muhammad’s visions and revelations and examining the beginning of a religion that continues to affect the entire world in dramatic ways. Respectful and readable, Muhammad, Prophet of God opens a clear window on the life and influence of the founder of Islam.

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  • What Every American Needs To Know About The Quran


    Fascinating, fast-paced, objective history of the world from a perspective never imagined. Current events will come into focus in the back drop of 1,400 years of inconceivable yet true events and conflicts. Thousands of books, documents and articles have been researched over several years in preparation for this book. In 2006, Keith Ellison became the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress. He swore in on a Qur’an. Most Americans know little about the Qur’an, who wrote it and how it spread. Mohoammed, who had 15 wives, fought in scores of raids and battles, even cutting off the heads of 700 Jews. Within one hundred years of his death, his followers conquered North Africa, the Holy Land, Persia, Spain – from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. Read how Sultan Mehmet II conquered the 1000 year old Byzantine capital of Constantinople – How Jefferson sent Marines to capture the Muslim Barbary pirate port of Tripoli – How Woodrow Wilson tried to save millions of Armenian Christians killed in a jihad in Turkey. You will not be the same after you have learned what every American needs to know about the Qur’an.

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  • Reaching African American Muslims For Christ


    Presents ministry guidelines to the Nation of Islam and African-American Orthodox Muslims. This “relational evangelism” identifies Jesus as the Savior of all races, colors, and ethnis groups.

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  • Look Behind The Facade


    Islam has hidden behind a faAade of goodness for too long. Too many people are falling for the sanitized and false version and continually suggest that Islam is a religion of peace and goodwill. Perhaps due to the fear of terror or familiarity, we seem only able to question the veracity of Christianity but shy away from asking the hard questions of Islam. The time has come to look behind that faAade and view the malignity at the core of Islam. If the free world hobnobs with a repressive system, it will itself become repressive. Make no mistake about it, if upholding freedom in free societies continues to be confused with permissiveness where everything is allowed to flourish, and the distinction between right and wrong continues to be blurred, then like a toad sitting in a warm pan that will boil, the free world will be cooked – using its own fire. Orthodox Islam is the force driving terrorism and unless it is discredited intellectually, the fire of hate and death that it has unleashed will not go away. The terrorists are not abusing Islam; they are the true Muslims who are overwhelmingly supported by the Quran and the examples of their Prophet, Muhammad. Other Muslims are in a state of denial. If Islam is good and true and if reasonable people can find it to be so, why does it entrap converts with the threat of death for apostasy? Why do Muslims claim that the Bible has been changed when the Quran says that no one can change the words of God? Why must we regard the Quran as truthful when it is full of plagiarism, anachronism, false information and hate? Why should we regard Islam as peaceful when it advocates the killing of Jews and infidels in cold blood? How can we trust its ethics when it allows Muslims to lie in its defence? Why must we not fight against it when it denies those in its domain the freedom of speech and the right to follow the dictates of their conscience? Why must God be labelled as unfaithful, inconsistent and a deceiver so that Muhammad can pass as divine messenger?

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  • Look Behind The Facade


    Islam has hidden behind a faAade of goodness for too long. Too many people are falling for the sanitized and false version and continually suggest that Islam is a religion of peace and goodwill. Perhaps due to the fear of terror or familiarity, we seem only able to question the veracity of Christianity but shy away from asking the hard questions of Islam. The time has come to look behind that faAade and view the malignity at the core of Islam. If the free world hobnobs with a repressive system, it will itself become repressive. Make no mistake about it, if upholding freedom in free societies continues to be confused with permissiveness where everything is allowed to flourish, and the distinction between right and wrong continues to be blurred, then like a toad sitting in a warm pan that will boil, the free world will be cooked – using its own fire. Orthodox Islam is the force driving terrorism and unless it is discredited intellectually, the fire of hate and death that it has unleashed will not go away. The terrorists are not abusing Islam; they are the true Muslims who are overwhelmingly supported by the Quran and the examples of their Prophet, Muhammad. Other Muslims are in a state of denial. If Islam is good and true and if reasonable people can find it to be so, why does it entrap converts with the threat of death for apostasy? Why do Muslims claim that the Bible has been changed when the Quran says that no one can change the words of God? Why must we regard the Quran as truthful when it is full of plagiarism, anachronism, false information and hate? Why should we regard Islam as peaceful when it advocates the killing of Jews and infidels in cold blood? How can we trust its ethics when it allows Muslims to lie in its defence? Why must we not fight against it when it denies those in its domain the freedom of speech and the right to follow the dictates of their conscience? Why must God be labelled as unfaithful, inconsistent and a deceiver so that Muhammad can pass as divine messenger?

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  • Humanity Before God


    The reader sees “human life before God” in new and profound ways.

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  • Pocket Guide To World Religions


    Here is a concise, informative guide with answers to basic questions about the world’s varied religions. In short, incisive chapters, Winfried Corduan introduces readers to twelve of the world’s major religions, including Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Daoism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Parsi, Shinto and Sikhism.

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  • Religious Foundations Of Western Civilization


    16 Chapters

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    Religion defines the foundations of the West. Christianity, meeting at specific times and places with Judaism and Islam, from ancient times to the present day, has formed the basis for Western civilization. The confrontation between Islam and Christianity brought centuries of strife; the conflict between Judaism and Christianity precipitated an unending debate, full of recrimination. Nevertheless, the three religions defined for the West the human situation; determined the goals of the social order; influenced the arts, architecture, music, and literature; preserved philosophy, science, and technology; and engaged one another in religious, political, and cultural dialogue.
    This book introduces students to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – key concepts and historical origins; their impact on politics, society, and culture; and the effects of modernity al all three traditions. This volume will be the main textbook in courses in religion, history, Western civilization, and in core humanities programs.

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  • Hospital Handbook On Multiculturalism And Religion (Revised)


    In our religiously pluralistic society, clergy, medical, and nursing staffs in modern hospitals are confronted with caring for people with varied beliefs and customs. Since the overall care of a patient, and not just the surgeries performed or medicines given, affect an individual’s recovery, it is vitally important to be familiar with cultural and religious understandings and expectations around hygiene, pastoral care, autopsies, transfusions, and even the practices associated with death itself.
    A Hospital Handbook for Multiculturalism and Religion is a succinct guide to the care of patients from a variety of faiths. The original version included Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Baha’i. In the revised edition Neville Kirkwood has added chapters on Taoism, Confucianism, Neo-Confucianism, Chinese Buddhism, and Jainism. Each chapter examines not only the customs of adherents to various faith perspectives but also the significance of certain rites and attitudes, supplying health-care workers and chaplains with the information they need to provide the best care possible.

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  • Between Pacifism And Jihad


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    Pacifism. Jihad. Militarism.

    Are these our only alternatives for dealing with global injustice today?

    J. Daryl Charles leads us to reconsider a Christian view of the use of force to maintain or reestablish justice. He shows how love for a neighbor can warrant the just use of force. Reviewing and updating the widely recognized but not necessarily well-understood just-war teaching of the church through the ages, Charles shows how it captures many of the concerns of the pacifist position while deliberately avoiding, on the other side, the excesses of jihad and militarism. Aware of our contemporary global situation, Charles addresses the unique challenges of dealing with international terrorism.

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  • Eastern Orthodoxy In A Global Age


    Sabrina P. Ramet

    Introduction: Eastern Orthodoxy In A Global Age: Preliminary Considerations
    Alex Agadjanian And Victor Roudometof
    East European Experiences

    Globalization And Identity Discourse In Russian Orthodoxy
    Alexander Agadjanian And Kathy Rousselet
    From Hot War To Cold Integration? Serbian Orthodox Voices On Globalization And The European Union
    Klaus Buchenau
    Orthodoxy As Public Religion In Post-1989 Greece
    Victor Roudometof
    Church, Identity, Politics: Ecclesiastical Functions And Expectations Toward Churches In Post-1989 Romania
    Gavril Flora And Georgina Szilagyi
    Globalization, Nationalism, And Orthodoxy: The Case Of Ukranian Nation-Building
    Victor Yelenski
    Comparative Perspectives And Transnational Connections

    Orthodox Christianity, Rationalization, Modernization: A Reassessment
    Vasilos N. Makrides
    A Transnational Religious Community Gathers Around An Icon: The Return Of The Tsar
    Nina Schmit
    Living Eastern Orthodox Religion In The United States
    Dmitro Volkov
    The Greek Orthodox Church In The US: Crisis Or Transition?
    George Kouvetaris
    Bibliographical Notes


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    Despite over 200 million adherents, Eastern Orthodox Christianity attracts little scholarly attention. While more-covered religions emerge as powerful transnational forces, Eastern Orthodoxy appears doggedly local, linked to the ethnicity and land of the now marginalized Eastern Europe. But Eastern Orthodoxy in a Global Age brings together new and nuanced understandings of the Orthodox churches–inside and outside of Eastern Europe–as they negotiate an increasingly networked world. The picture that emerges is less of a people stubbornly refusing modernization, more of a people seeking to maintain a stable Orthodox identity in an unstable world. For anyone interested in the role of Eastern Orthodoxy in the 21st century, this volume provides the place to begin.

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  • 5 Voices Five Faiths


    SKU (ISBN): 9781561012725ISBN10: 1561012726Amanda Millay-Hughes | Amy Nelson | Anantanand RambachanBinding: Trade PaperPublished: January 2005Publisher: Cowley Publications Print On Demand Product

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  • Is It Evil And Wicked


    Is It Evil & Wicked? gives the reader great insight into a religion that is affecting the lives of millions of people throughout the world. This in-depth book explains to the Western world details on the religion of Islam, including the Qur’an, its views of jihad, infidels, women, marriage, divorce, abortion, death, heaven, hell, and the end of time. The author addresses the radical organizations of this religion who are involved in terrorist activity, which governments support these organizations, why they hate America, and if Osama bin Laden really is the mastermind behind al-Qaeda attacks. The book ends with a detailed look at what the Bible tells us in the book of Revelation and whether the Battle of Armageddon will be a war between the great religions of the world.

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  • Santeria : The Beliefs And Rituals Of A Growing Religion In America


    This book by Miguel De La Torre offers a fascinating guide to the history, beliefs, rituals, and culture of Santeria – a religious tradition that, despite persecution, suppression, and its own secretive nature, has close to a million adherents in the United States alone.

    Santeria is a religion with Afro-Cuban roots, rising out of the cultural clash between the Yoruba people of West Africa and the Spanish Catholics who brought them to the Americas as slaves. As a faith of the marginalized and persecuted, it gave oppressed men and women strength and the will to survive. With the exile of thousands of Cubans in the wake of Castro’s revolution in 1959, Santeria came to the United States, where it is gradually coming to be recognized as a legitimate faith tradition.

    Apart from vague suspicions that Santeria’s rituals include animal sacrifice and notions that it is a “syncretistic” form of Catholicism, most people in America’s cultural and religious mainstream know very little about this rich faith tradition – in fact, many have never heard of it at all. De La Torre, who was reared in Santeria, sets out in this book to provide a basic understanding of its inner workings. He clearly explains the particular worldview, myths, rituals, and practices of Santeria, and he discusses what role the religion typically plays in the life of its practitioners as well as the cultural influence it continues to exert in Latin American communities today.

    In offering a balanced, informed survey of Santeria from his unique “insider-outsider” perspective, De La Torre also provides insight into how Christianity and Santeria can enter into dialogue – a dialogue that will challenge Christians to consider what this emerging faith tradition can teach them about their own. Enhanced with illustrations, tables, and a glossary, De La Torre’s Santeria sheds light on a religion all too often shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding.

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  • Islam And Christianity Pamphlet


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    High Gloss Plastic Coated Sheet

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    Pamphlet: Islam and Christianity
    This concise pamphlet allows you to compare the basic beliefs of Christians and Muslims (those who follow the Islamic faith) at a glance. It will help you reach out to your Muslim friends and neighbors with understanding, and learn how to answer misunderstandings.

    Topics include:
    * Founder, Date, Location * Life After Death
    * Who is God? * Key Writings and Scriptures
    * Who is Jesus? * Sects and Denominations
    * Who is the Holy Spirit? * Prophets and Angels
    * Major Doctrines and Beliefs
    More than one billion people around the world follow the teachings of Muhammad and Islam. And the number of Muslims is growing rapidly. Learn what beliefs Christians and Muslims have in common and which are different. Avoid common mistakes Christians make when communicating with Muslims at school, neighborhood, and at work. Know what Muslims have been taught about Christianity and how to answer their questions and concerns. Be aware of cultural differences. Topics include what Muslims believe, what Christians believe, and how to correct misunderstandings in the following areas-Religious History, Who is God?, Holy Scriptures, Prophets, Practices and Rituals, Salvation and Paradise, Role of Women, and Religion and Culture. Also includes a helpful glossary. Ages 12 to adult.

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  • Messianic Judaism Is Not Christianity


    “How messianic Judaism is unscriptural and dividing in the Body of Christ; and the key biblical understanding of Jewish and Gentile believers as “”one new man.”””

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  • Muslims Next Door


    This insider’s view of how North American Muslims think and live goes beyond false stereotypes and provides practical suggestions on how to establish friendships that can point to Christ. Since September 11, 2001, Americans are more curious about the followers of Islam. We can no longer afford to be ignorant of such an influential and historical world religion. Muslims Next Door dispells commonly held myths and helps readers to better understand how Muslims think. Author Shirin Taber comes from a multicultural background and has lived in Iran, France, and Turkey, and now in the United States. Stories of her experiences as well as from interviews with Muslims help readers understand the human side of Islam. Each chapter contains questions for reflection to use in group settings. The book also includes a glossary of Islamic terms.

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  • War On Terrorism And The Terror Of God Print On Demand Ttle


    A Print on Demand Title

    Uniquely relevant to a world shaken by recent acts of terror, this provocative analysis of our culture of violence calls people of faith back to the way of peace that has always been the proper Christian response to aggression.

    With the newspaper in one hand and the Bible in the other, Lee Griffith takes a frank look at the historical events and modern forces that contribute to terrorism. This is not a book about small guerrilla bands of terrorists nor about so-called “Islamic terrorists” – it is a cogent, open-eyed analysis of a worldwide epidemic of violence.

    In a discussion that will no doubt be controversial, Griffith argues that terrorism and counter-terrorism are identical phenomena when viewed at the spiritual level. To oppose terrorism with violence acknowledges the terrorist assumption that meaningful change is only possible through suffering and fear. Likewise, terrorism and counter-terrorism both employ similar God language to justify horrendous acts of violence. This is true not only of “rogue states” but also of Western leaders who use religious language on the eve of battle.

    In response to today’s culture of terror, Griffith points the way to a theology of peace. He first looks at specific current events that contribute to terrorism. Next, he mines the history of the church to see how the tradition has responded to violence in the past. Finally, he probes the biblical texts for meaningful answers. The result is a stirring message for our day: rather than serving as an incitement to violence, the biblical concept of “the terror of God” stands as a renunciation of all violence – and of death itself.

    Posing a radical faith for radical times, The War on Terrorism and the Terror of God is sure to generate discussion from every quarter.

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  • Captain America And The Crusade Against Evil


    As immediate and relevant as today’s headlines, this book sets forth a bold argument with direct implications for political life in America and around the world. Combining incisive cultural analysis and keen religious insight, Robert Jewett and John Shelton Lawrence maintain that American crusading – so powerfully embodied in popular entertainments – has striking parallels with Islamic jihad and Israeli militancy.

    According to Jewett and Lawrence, American civil religion has both a humane, constitutional tradition and a violent strand that is now coming to the fore. The crusade to rid the world of evil and “evildoers” derives from the same biblical tradition of zealous warfare and nationalism that spawns Islamic and Israeli radicalism. In America, where this tradition has been popularized by superheroic entertainments, the idea of zealous war is infused with a distinctive sense of mission that draws on secular and religious images. These crusading ideals are visible in such events as the settling of the western frontier, the World Wars, the Cold War, the Gulf War, and America’s present war on terrorism.

    In exploring the tradition of zealous nationalism, which seeks to redeem the world by destroying enemies, the authors provide a fascinating access to the inner workings of the American psyche. They analyze the phenomenon of zeal – the term itself is the biblical and cultural counterpart of the Islamic concept of jihad – and address such consequential topics as the conspiracy theory of evil, the problem of stereotyping enemies, the mystique of violence, the obsession with victory, and the worship of national symbols such as flags.

    This critical book, however, is also immensely constructive. As Jewett and Lawrence point out, the same biblical tradition that allows for crusading mentalities also contains a critique of zealous warfare and a profound vision of impartial justice. This tradition of prophetic realism derives from the humane side of the biblical heritage, and the authors trace its manifestations within the American experience, including its supreme embodiment in Abraham Lincoln. Isaiah’s “swords into plowshares” image is carved on the walls of the United Nations building, thus standing at the center of a globally focused civil religion. Grasping this vision honored by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alike includes recognizing the dangers of zealous violence, the illusions of current crusading, and the promise of peaceful coexistence under

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  • Who Can Be Saved


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    The question of salvation in relation to the world religions has become especially poignant in recent years. For evangelical theology, this query becomes even more pressing in light of the millions throughout history who have never heard the gospel. This group includes: the unborn, those who never reach an age of accountability, those who never achieve the capacity to understand the gospel, those who lived before the time of Christ, and those who live after Christ’s resurrection who are not evangelized. Tiessen offers a constructive approach in his reassessment of salvation in Christ and the world religions in this engaging and accessible volume. Who Can Be Saved? is divided into two sections; the first explores the many possibilities of how and what type of people are saved, while the second views how the world religions relate to God’s purposes in the world. Tiessen provides an important contribution to a Christian theology of religions, which is evangelically grounded and missiologically informed.

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  • Living Water And Indian Bowl


    This is an insightful analysis based on personal experience of Christian work among Hindus and the error and inadequacy of Western Christianity in the Hindu world. Numerous anecdotes are the greatest strength of this important book. “He presents the transcultural Good News in culturally understandable ways for the India of the 21st century.” -H. Stanley Wood, Center for New Church Development, Columbia Theological Seminary

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  • Temple Theology : An Introduction


    Should not be ignored by anyone interested in Judaism and the origins of Christian Faith.

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  • Islam Revealed : The Hidden Truth


    Islam Revealed is a non-exhaustive book looking at the doctrine and background of the religion Islam. It is written for and to Muslims (regardless of geographical location), Christians, and those of other faiths, and for the secular population as well. Within Islam Revealed, Christian doctrine and Islamic doctrine are compared to show the differences and similarities between the two major religions. Readers will understand the hidden truth concerning Islam that is not normally presented by the popular media and journalists of today. Documented verses from the Koranic text and the Holy Bible will be used regularly in this book to present facts concerning what Christians and Muslims believe according to the two acclaimed holy books. I hope all will read this book regardless of whether they believe in a God or not. Since September 11, 2001, many have wondered what Islam is about and what is causing terrorists to use Islam as a covering for their actions.

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  • Islam Revealed : The Hidden Truth


    Islam Revealed is a non-exhaustive book looking at the doctrine and background of the religion Islam. It is written for and to Muslims (regardless of geographical location), Christians, and those of other faiths, and for the secular population as well. Within Islam Revealed, Christian doctrine and Islamic doctrine are compared to show the differences and similarities between the two major religions. Readers will understand the hidden truth concerning Islam that is not normally presented by the popular media and journalists of today. Documented verses from the Koranic text and the Holy Bible will be used regularly in this book to present facts concerning what Christians and Muslims believe according to the two acclaimed holy books. I hope all will read this book regardless of whether they believe in a God or not. Since September 11, 2001, many have wondered what Islam is about and what is causing terrorists to use Islam as a covering for their actions.

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  • Jewish Approach To God


    In Jewish Scripture-Christianity’s foundation-God’s presence is everywhere: in nature, in history, and in the range of human experience. Yet the Torah, Maimonides, and 4,000 years of Jewish tradition all agree on one thing: that God is beyond any form of human comprehension. How, then can Judaism be so crowded with descriptions and images of God? And what can they mean to the ways Christians understand their own faith?
    In this special book, Rabbi Neil Gillman guides you through these questions and the countless different ways the Jewish people have related to God, how each originated and what each may mean for you. Whether you are Christian, Muslim, or even Jewish, this nuts-and-bolts introduction will both answer your questions-and stimulate new ones.
    A theologian who writes as a great teacher, Gillman addresses the key concepts at the heart of Judaism’s approach to God. From Ein Sof (Infinity) to Shekhinah (Presence), Gillman helps you understand what the search for knowing God itself says about Jewish tradition and how you can use the fundamentals of Judaism to strengthen, explore, and deepen your own spiritual foundations.
    * God Is Echad (Unique)
    * God Is Power
    * God Is Person
    * God Is Nice-Sometimes
    * God Is Not Nice-Sometimes
    * God Can Change
    * God Creates
    * God Reveals
    * God Redeems

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  • Finding A Spiritual Home


    The Jewish community has lost some of the most sensitive spiritual souls of this generation. They are Jews who were looking for God and found spiritual homes outside of Judaism. Their journeys traversed the Jewish community, but nothing there beckoned them. The creation of synagogue-communities in which the voices of seekers can be heard and their questions can be asked will challenge many loyalist Jews. It will upset and enrage them. But it would also enrich them.
    -from Chapter 18
    In this fresh look at the spiritual possibilities of American Jewish life, Rabbi Sidney Schwarz presents the framework for a new synagogue model-the synagogue community-and its promise to transform our understanding of the synagogue and its potential for modern Judaism.
    Schwarz profiles four innovative synagogues-one from each of the major movements of Judaism-that have had extraordinary success with their approach to congregational life and presents practical ways to replicate their success.
    Includes a discussion guide for study groups and book clubs as well as a new afterword by the author describing developments in synagogue change projects since the book was first published.

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  • Jewish Pregnancy Book


    A first-of-its-kind guide to nourishing your pregnancy
    with wisdom from Jewish tradition.
    B’sha-ah Tovah! You’re pregnant! With all the changes happening to your body right now, it would be easy to focus only on the physical aspects of this life-changing event. But pregnancy is also a spiritually meaningful period in life, a time to reflect and comfort the soul.
    The Jewish Pregnancy Book is the first resource to nurture the body, mind and soul of the pregnant woman by combining up-to-date medical information with spiritual nourishment from Jewish tradition.
    * For the soul-Ancient and modern prayers and rituals for each stage of pregnancy, as well as traditional Jewish wisdom on pregnancy.
    * For the body-Pre-natal Aleph-Bet yoga, a unique blend of yoga and spirituality inspired by the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
    * For the mind-Medical information on topics such as fetal development, pre-natal testing, and potential pregnancy problems, as well as discussions from a contemporary Jewish perspective on ethical issues such as selective reduction and home birth.
    In clear, easy-to-follow, accessible language, this groundbreaking handbook guides you through the miraculous and challenging process of creation, engaging your whole being in a uniquely Jewish way.

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  • Magic And Paganism In Early Christianity


    Klauck describes the religious world into which Christianity was born, by looking at it from the many experiences of the first Christians as recorded in Acts. You will journey with Peter as he encounters Simon the magician, the people of Lystra want to offer sacrifices to Paul and Barnabas, and a soothsaying slave-girl is the occasion for conflict in Philippi. Your travels continue with Paul to Athens and find a city full of idols but also discovers an altar “to an unknown god” where Paul then delivers the famous Areopagus speech. In Ephesus, where some are burning their books of magic formulae, while others are provoking a riot in the name of Artemis.
    Hans-Josef Klauck is Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago. He has published commentaries and monographs on 1 Corinthians, the Johannine epistles, New Testament theology, noncanonical gospels, and the history of religion in the Graeco-Roman world.

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