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  • booksreddit.com:Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade

    Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade

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    Acclaimed author James Reston, Jr.’s Warriors of God is the rich and engaging account of the Third Crusade (1187-1192), a conflict that would shape world history for centuries and which can still be felt in the Middle East and throughout the world today. James Reston, Jr. offers a gripping narrative of the epic battle that left Jerusalem in Muslim hands until the twentieth century, bringing an objective perspective to the gallantry, greed, and religious fervor that fueled the bloody clas…


  • booksreddit.com:The Early History of God: Yahweh and the Other Deities in Ancient Israel (The Biblical Resource S...

    The Early History of God: Yahweh and the Other Deities in Ancient Israel (The Biblical Resource S…

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    Foreword by Patrick D. Miller In this remarkable, acclaimed history of the development of monotheism, Mark S. Smith explains how Israel’s religion evolved from a cult of Yahweh as a primary deity among many to a fully defined monotheistic faith with Yahweh as sole god. Repudiating the traditional view that Israel was fundamentally different in culture and religion from its Canaanite neighbors, this provocative book argues that Israelite religion developed, at least in part, from the religion …


  • booksreddit.com:The Early History of God: Yahweh and the Other Deities in Ancient Israel (The Biblical Resource S...

    The Early History of God: Yahweh and the Other Deities in Ancient Israel (The Biblical Resource S…

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    Foreword by Patrick D. Miller In this remarkable, acclaimed history of the development of monotheism, Mark S. Smith explains how Israel’s religion evolved from a cult of Yahweh as a primary deity among many to a fully defined monotheistic faith with Yahweh as sole god. Repudiating the traditional view that Israel was fundamentally different in culture and religion from its Canaanite neighbors, this provocative book argues that Israelite religion developed, at least in part, from the religion …


  • booksreddit.com:Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All

    Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All

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    Why would anyone think Jesus never existed? Isn’t it perfectly reasonable to accept that he was a real first century figure? As it turns out, no. NAILED sheds light on ten beloved Christian myths, and, with evidence gathered from historians across the theological spectrum, shows how they point to a Jesus Christ created solely through allegorical alchemy of hope and imagination; a messiah transformed from a purely literary, theological construct into the familiar figure of Jesus – in short, a …


  • booksreddit.com:The Early History of God: Yahweh and the Other Deities in Ancient Israel (The Biblical Resource S...

    The Early History of God: Yahweh and the Other Deities in Ancient Israel (The Biblical Resource S…

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    Foreword by Patrick D. Miller In this remarkable, acclaimed history of the development of monotheism, Mark S. Smith explains how Israel’s religion evolved from a cult of Yahweh as a primary deity among many to a fully defined monotheistic faith with Yahweh as sole god. Repudiating the traditional view that Israel was fundamentally different in culture and religion from its Canaanite neighbors, this provocative book argues that Israelite religion developed, at least in part, from the religion …


  • booksreddit.com:Going Clear: Scientology

    Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

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    The Basis For The New HBO Documentary. A National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist.   Scientology presents itself as a scientific approach to spiritual enlightenment, but its practices have long been shrouded in mystery. Now Lawrence Wright—armed with his investigative talents, years of archival research, and more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists—uncovers the inner workings of the church. We meet founder L. Ron Hubbard, the…


  • booksreddit.com:The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God

    The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God

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    Carl Sagan’s prophetic vision of the tragic resurgence of fundamentalism and the hope-filled potential of the next great development in human spirituality The late great astronomer and astrophysicist describes his personal search to understand the nature of the sacred in the vastness of the cosmos. Exhibiting a breadth of intellect nothing short of astounding, Sagan presents his views on a wide range of topics, including the likelihood of intelligent life on other planets, creationism and so…


  • booksreddit.com:Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All

    Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All

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    Why would anyone think Jesus never existed? Isn’t it perfectly reasonable to accept that he was a real first century figure? As it turns out, no. NAILED sheds light on ten beloved Christian myths, and, with evidence gathered from historians across the theological spectrum, shows how they point to a Jesus Christ created solely through allegorical alchemy of hope and imagination; a messiah transformed from a purely literary, theological construct into the familiar figure of Jesus – in short, a …


  • booksreddit.com:The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity

    The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity

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    The readable, deeply authoritative and bestselling book on the Orthodox Church, in a fully updated and revised Third Edition.’Orthodoxy claims to be universal . . .’      Since its first publication fifty years ago, Timothy Ware’s book has become established throughout the English-speaking world as the standard introduction to the Orthodox Church. Orthodoxy continues to be a subject of enormous interest among western Christians, and the author believes that an understanding of its standpoint …


  • booksreddit.com:How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee

    How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee

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    New York Times bestselling author and Bible expert Bart Ehrman reveals how Jesus’s divinity became dogma in the first few centuries of the early church.The claim at the heart of the Christian faith is that Jesus of Nazareth was, and is, God. But this is not what the original disciples believed during Jesus’s lifetime—and it is not what Jesus claimed about himself. How Jesus Became God tells the story of an idea that shaped Christianity, and of the evolution of a belief that looked very differ…


  • booksreddit.com:Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

    Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

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    The National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of The Reformation returns with the definitive history of Christianity for our time Once in a generation a historian will redefine his field, producing a book that demands to be read-a product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill. Diarmaid MacCulloch’s Christianity is such a book. Breathtaking in ambition, it ranges back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and covers the world, following the three main strands of th…


  • booksreddit.com:The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power

    The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power

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    A journalist’s penetrating look at the untold story of christian fundamentalism’s most elite organization, a self-described invisible network dedicated to a religion of power for the powerfulThey are the Family—fundamentalism’s avant-garde, waging spiritual war in the halls of American power and around the globe. They consider themselves the new chosen—congressmen, generals, and foreign dictators who meet in confidential cells, to pray and plan for a “leadership led by God,” to be won not by …


  • booksreddit.com:Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth

    Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth

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    In Did Jesus Exist? historian and Bible expert Bart Ehrman confronts the question, “Did Jesus exist at all?” Ehrman vigorously defends the historical Jesus, identifies the most historically reliable sources for best understanding Jesus’ mission and message, and offers a compelling portrait of the person at the heart of the Christian tradition.Known as a master explainer with deep knowledge of the field, Bart Ehrman methodically demolishes both the scholarly and popular “mythicist” arguments a…


  • booksreddit.com:The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age

    The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age

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    American evangelicalism often appears as a politically monolithic, textbook red-state fundamentalism that elected George W. Bush, opposes gay marriage, abortion, and evolution, and promotes apathy about global warming. Prominent public figures hold forth on these topics, speaking with great authority for millions of followers. Authors Stephens and Giberson, with roots in the evangelical tradition, argue that this popular impression understates the diversity within evangelicalism—an often insu…


  • booksreddit.com:Divine Right: The Truth is a Lie

    Divine Right: The Truth is a Lie

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    Divine Right asks the tough questions about the validity of the Bible. It examines the ongoing persecution of women, conquered peoples, and atrocious human rights violations carried out in the name of God.


  • booksreddit.com:Not the Impossible Faith

    Not the Impossible Faith

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    Dr. Richard Carrier is an expert in the history of the ancient world and a critic of Christian attempts to distort history in defense of their faith. Not the Impossible Faith is a tour de force in that genre, dissecting and refuting the oft-repeated claim that Christianity could not have succeeded in the ancient world unless it was true. Though framed as a detailed rebuttal to Christian apologist J.P. Holding (author of The Impossible Faith), Carrier takes a general approach that educates the…


  • booksreddit.com:For the Glory of God: How Monotheism Led to Reformations

    For the Glory of God: How Monotheism Led to Reformations, Science, Witch-Hunts, and the End of Sl…

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    Rodney Stark’s provocative new book argues that, whether we like it or not, people acting for the glory of God have formed our modern culture. Continuing his project of identifying the widespread consequences of monotheism, Stark shows that the Christian conception of God resulted–almost inevitably and for the same reasons–in the Protestant Reformation, the rise of modern science, the European witch-hunts, and the Western abolition of slavery. In the process, he explains why Christian an…


  • booksreddit.com:God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades

    God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades

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    Next time some Leftist uses the non-argument : BUT MMUUUHHHHH CRUSADESSS
    In God’s Battalions, distinguished scholar Rodney Stark puts forth a controversial argument that the Crusades were a justified war waged against Muslim terror and aggression. Stark, the author of The Rise of Christianity, reviews the history of the seven major crusades from 1095-1291 in this fascinating work of religious revisionist history. more about book…