• 30 Second Religion
    30 Second Religion
    Whether you wish to understand the key differences between Catholicism and Protestantism, to glimpse the many gods of Hinduism, or to digest a potted Buddhist philosophy, this book is the quickest way to walk the paths and recognise the key signposts of the worlds diverse and fascinating faiths.
    Travelling from Buddhism to Zoroastrianism, and including features on key religious texts, 30-Second Religion offers a revelation of 50 belief systems in less time than it takes to offer up a prayer.

    ISBN: 9781782405917
    Publication date: 24/04/2018
    Price: $22.99
    Author: Manning, Russell Re
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $22.99
  • Art of Happiness
    Art of Happiness
    The 20th anniversary edition of the beloved guide to happiness from one of the world's great spiritual leaders.

    The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living is a practical, inspirational guide that combines the wisdom of the Dalai Lama's eastern spiritual tradition with human happiness expert Dr Howard C. Cutler's western perspective.

    From health, self-esteem, family and relationships to anger, stress, anxiety and jealousy, they apply the principles of Tibetan Buddhism to everyday problems and reveal how we can find balance and achieve lasting happiness in our lives.

    Mental wellbeing and the power of positive psychology have never been so important, and, more than ever, people are turning to the world's great spiritual leaders in their search for meaning. The Art of Happiness is a landmark book that will continue to uplift spirits around the world for decades to come.

    ISBN: 9780733639814
    Publication date: 30/01/2018
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Lama, The Dalai
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $29.99
  • Atheist Muslim
    Atheist Muslim
    In much of the Muslim world, religion is the central foundation upon which family, community, morality, and identity are built. The inextricable embedment of religion in Muslim culture has forced a new generation of non-believing Muslims to face the heavy costs of abandoning their parents' religion: disowned by their families, marginalized from their communities, imprisoned, or even sentenced to death by their governments. Struggling to reconcile the Muslim society he was living in as a scientist and physician and the religion he was being raised in, Ali A. Rizvi eventually loses his faith. Discovering that he is not alone in his beliefs, he moves to North America and promises to use his new freedom of speech to represent the voices that are usually quashed before reaching the mainstream media - the Atheist Muslim. In The Atheist Muslim, we follow Rizvi as he finds himself caught between two narrative voices he cannot relate to: extreme Islam and anti-Muslim bigotry in a post-9/11 world. The Atheist Muslim recounts the journey that allows Rizvi to criticise Islam - as one should be able to criticize any set of ideas - without demonising his entire people.
    Emotionally and intellectually compelling, his personal story outlines the challenges of modern Islam and the factors that could help lead it toward a substantive, progressive reformation.

    ISBN: 9781250094445
    Publication date: 01/12/2016
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Rizvi, Ali A.
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    The Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God Retold in Simplified English is the latest title in the Essential Wisdom Library. This unique edition of the timeless epic is designed to be accessible for readers without any prior experience of Hinduism. Not simply a translation of the original, Viljoen has simplified and restated the Gita's complex ideas, so that a first-time reader can fully appreciate the scope and beauty of this magnificent Indian classic. Written in concise, modern language the retelling vividly captures the power and depth of the original work.

    Part of the Mahabharata, the Gita is a dialogue between Prince Arjuna and Lord Krishna. Its verses contain some of the key ideas of Hindu philosophy--Dharma, Moksha, and various yogic practices. Originally written well over a thousand years ago, the Gita has proven to be a timeless source of wisdom, inspiring philosophers and revolutionaries alike in the millennia since it was written.

    In addition to the retelling of the text, this edition includes a character list, a glossary of important terms, and chapters exploring the back-story from the Mahabharata and the impact and meaning of the Bhagavad Gita itself. The Bhagavad Gita is an approachable way for today's readers to engage with one of history's richest spiritual epics.

    ISBN: 9781250204714
    Publication date: 11/06/2019
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Viljoen, Edward
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Cities that Built the Bible
    Cities that Built the Bible
    For many, the names Bethlehem, Babylon, and Jerusalem are known as the setting for epic stories from the Bible, featuring holy mountains, soaring towers, and wooden crosses. What often gets missed is that these cities are far more than just the setting for the Bible and its characters-they were instrumental to the creation of the Bible as we know it today.Robert Cargill, assistant professor of classics and religious studies at the University of Iowa, is an archaeologist, Bible scholar, and host of numerous television documentaries, including the History channel series Bible Secrets Revealed. Taking us behind the scenes of the Bible, Cargill blends archaeology, biblical history, and his personal journey as he explores these cities and their role in the creation of the Bible. He reveals surprising facts, such as what the Bible says about the birth of Jesus and how Mary's virgin birth caused problems for the early church. Cargill also reveals how the God of the Old Testament was influenced by other deities; that there were numerous nonbiblical books written about the patriarchs, Jesus, and the apostles in antiquity; and how far more books were left out of the Bible than were allowed in during the messy canonization process. The Cities That Built the Bible is a magnificent tour through fourteen cities: the Phoenician cities of Tyre, Sidon, and Byblos; Ugarit; Nineveh; Babylon; Megiddo; Athens; Alexandria; Jerusalem; Qumran; Bethlehem; Nazareth; and Rome. Along the way, Cargill includes photos of artifacts, dig sites, ruins, and relics, taking readers on a far-reaching journey from the Grotto of the Nativity to the battlegrounds of Megiddo, from the towering Acropolis of Athens to the caves near Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. An exciting adventure through time, The Cities That Built the Bible is a fresh, fascinating exploration that sheds new light on the Bible.Excavating the History of the Bible's Greatest Cities"An engaging journey into the Bible and archaeology from a new perspective: instead of starting with kings, prophets, or texts, Cargill starts with ancient cities combined with a lively personal account that puts flesh and bones on the tale."-Richard Elliott Friedman, Th.D., author of The Bible with Sources Revealed"Cargill captures the excitement of different times and places as he narrates the history of the major events and influences that derive from each location. A compelling read."-Eric M. Meyers, Ph.D., Bernice and Morton Lerner Emeritus Professor in Judaic Studies at Duke University"Both a delight to read and reliable in its scholarship. Anyone who wants to know how recent archaeological discoveries have revolutionized our understanding of the Bible should read this book."-William Schniedewind, Ph.D., Kershaw Chair of Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Studies at UCLA and author of How the Bible Became a Book"Cargill is a lucid and expert tour guide, explaining how and why the Bible is an extraordinary product of its material and urban contexts. The people, places, and peculiarities of ancient West Asia come alive in this exhilarating tour of the biblical past."-Francesca Stavrakopoulou, D.Phil., professor of Hebrew Bible and ancient religion at the University of Exeter"In an appealing narrative full of interesting discussions and asides, Cargill takes the reader on a journey over the lands and through the pages of the Bible. A must-read."-Eric H. Cline, Ph.D., professor of classics and anthropology at George Washington University"Cargill possesses the historical knowledge, command of biblical languages, and archaeological expertise necessary to successfully communicate the tale of the Bible's beginnings with a passion that highlights his love for the biblical world."-Oded Lipschits, Ph.D., professor of Jewish history and director of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University"Robert Cargill is among the world's most capable and impressive biblical scholars and archaeologists. The Cities That Built the Bible is without peer."-Christopher Rollston, Ph.D., associate professor of Northwest Semitic languages and literatures at George Washington University

    ISBN: 9780062366764
    Publication date: 01/02/2017
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Cargill, Robert R.
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • East In Light Of The West
    East In Light Of The West
    `A wonderfully beautiful legend tells us that when Lucifer fell from heaven to earth a precious stone fell from his crown... This precious stone is in a certain respect nothing else than the full power of the "I".'

    Seven years after staging Edward Schure's drama The Children of Lucifer, Rudolf Steiner felt able to talk openly about the complex relationship between the beings of Lucifer and Christ. In an extraordinary series of lectures, Steiner addresses the difficult and often misunderstood subject of Lucifer's role in human development. Speaking within the broader context of ancient and modern - Eastern and Western - spiritual teachings, Steiner clarifies that Lucifer is not the simple caricature of evil that many imagine, but rather plays a pivotal role in human development.

    Whilst Rudolf Steiner held a deep respect for Eastern philosophy, he worked consistently from his personal knowledge of the Western - Christian - esoteric tradition. At a time when many of his colleagues revered ancient Eastern texts, Steiner viewed these same documents as representations of an earlier stage of human consciousness; as evidence of the heights that Eastern wisdom had reached, thousands of years before the development of Western science and culture. But Steiner maintains that the ancient truths need to be understood in the context of contemporary knowledge: that the old wisdom of the East has to be seen in the light of the West.

    Chapters include: Eternity and Time - Comparison of the Wisdom of East and West - The Nature of the Physical and the Astral Worlds - Evolutionary Stages - The Children of Lucifer and the Brothers of Christ - Lucifer and Christ - The Nature of the Luciferic Influence in History - The Bodhisattvas and the Christ.

    ISBN: 9781855845398
    Publication date: 23/10/2017
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Steiner, Rudolf
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Einstein and the Rabbi
    Einstein and the Rabbi
    "A human being is a part of the whole, called by us 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest-a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. The striving to free oneself from this delusion is the one issue of true religion. Not to nourish it, but to try to overcome it is the way to reach the attainable measure of peace of mind."-Albert Einstein

    When Rabbi Naomi Levy, bestselling author and founder of Nashuva, a renowned Jewish spiritual movement, came across these words by Albert Einstein, she was shaken to her core. This letter, written to a stranger, communicated so much of what Rabbi Levy has come to believe about human beings and our true connection to one another. But to whom was Einstein writing? And what had provoked such a profound spiritual response from such a man of science? Thus began a years-long journey for Rabbi Levy, as she researched the origins and circumstances of Einstein's letter, in the process, gaining a deeper, more profound understanding of what the soul is, how it guides us, and how connection to our true souls can help us to live richer, bigger, more connected lives. The result is a powerful, thoughtful, meditative book that examines all aspects of the soul and offers wisdom and comfort for all readers.

    ISBN: 9781250293923
    Publication date: 11/09/2018
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Levy, Naomi
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Four Horsemen The Discussion that Sparked an Atheist Revolution
    Four Horsemen The Discussion that Sparked an Atheist Revolution
    Known as the 'four horsemen? of New Atheism, these four big thinkers of the twenty-first century met only once. Their electrifying examination of ideas on this remarkable occasion was intense and wide-ranging. Everything that was said as they agreed and disagreed with one another, interrogated ideas and exchanged insights - about religion and atheism, science and sense - speaks with urgency to our present age. Questions they asked of each other included- 'Is it ever possible to win a war of ideas? Is spirituality the preserve of the religious? Are there any truths you would rather not know? Would you want to see the end of faith?? The dialogue was recorded, and is now transcribed and presented here with new introductions from the surviving three horsemen. With a sparkling introduction from Stephen Fry, it makes essential reading for all their admirers and for anyone interested in exploring the tensions between faith and reason.

    ISBN: 9780593080399
    Publication date: 14/02/2019
    Price: $27.00
    Author: Dawkins, Richard
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $27.00
  • Geering Interviews
    Geering Interviews
    Lloyd Geering forces us to respond to, rethink, and reinterpret Christian origins, institutions, and beliefs. He demands that we begin from a position of informed knowledge that includes a central engagement with science, religion, and scholarship. Geering came to prominence in an age when religion seemed to be losing its relevance. How do we explain his move from accused heretic to New Zealand's foremost public intellectual? Through interviews, expansive notes, and an excellent introduction, Michael Grimshaw guides us through the life and times of Lloyd Geering.

    ISBN: 9781598152142
    Publication date: 28/02/2018
    Price: $46.99
    Author: Grimshaw, Mike
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $46.99
  • God  A Human History
    God A Human History

    In God, Reza Aslan sheds new light on mankind's relationship with the divine and challenges our perspective on the history of faith and the birth of religion.

    From the origins of spiritual thought to the concept of an active, engaged, divine presence that underlies all creation, Aslan examines how the idea of god arose in human evolution, was gradually personalized, endowed with human traits and emotions, and eventually transformed into a single Divine Personality- the God known today by such names as Yahweh, Father, and Allah.

    Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, God challenges everything we thought we knew about the origins of religious belief, and with it our relationship with life and death, with the natural and spiritual worlds, and our understanding of the very essence of human existence.

    ISBN: 9780552174992
    Publication date: 09/08/2018
    Price: $28.00
    Author: Aslan, Reza
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • God Delusion
    God Delusion
    THE GOD DELUSION caused a sensation when it was published in 2006. Within weeks it became the most hotly debated topic, with Dawkins himself branded as either saint or sinner for presenting his hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types. His argument could hardly be more topical. While Europe is becoming increasingly secularized, the rise of religious fundamentalism, whether in the Middle East or Middle America, is dramatically and dangerously dividing opinion around the world. In America, and elsewhere, a vigorous dispute between 'intelligent design' and Darwinism is seriously undermining and restricting the teaching of science. In many countries religious dogma from medieval times still serves to abuse basic human rights such as women's and gay rights. And all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks evidence of any kind.Dawkins attacks God in all his forms. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry and abuses children.T
    HE GOD DELUSION is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required reading for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.

    ISBN: 9781784161927
    Publication date: 19/05/2016
    Price: $28.00
    Author: Dawkins, Richard
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • God is Good for You
    God is Good for You
    The Judeo-Christian tradition has created and underpinned the moral and legal fabric of Western civilisation, yet now we've reached a point in both Australia and many parts of Europe where Christianity has become a minority faith, rather than the mainstream belief. It's a situation that's fraught both for Christians and our wider society, where the moral certainties that were the foundation of our institutions and laws are no longer held by the majority.

    At this point of crisis for Christianity, God is Good For You shows us why Christianity is so vital for our personal and social well-being, and how modern Christians have never worked so hard to make the world a better place at a time when their faith has never been less valued. It carries a vital torch for Christianity in a way that's closely argued, warmly human, good humoured, and by turns passionate and surprising, and, above all, convincing.

    ISBN: 9781760632601
    Publication date: 25/07/2018
    Price: $36.99
    Author: Sheridan, Greg
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $36.99
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