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Destroyer Of The Gods

Author : Larry W. Hurtado
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Christianity helped destroy one world and create another.--Anthony Smart "Vigilae Christianae"

Destroyer Of The Gods

Author : Larry W. Hurtado
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Genre : History
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"Silly," "stupid," "irrational," "simple." "Wicked," "hateful," "obstinate," "anti-social." "Extravagant," "perverse." The Roman world rendered harsh judgments upon early Christianity--including branding Christianity "new." Novelty was no Roman religious virtue. Nevertheless, as Larry W. Hurtado shows in Destroyer of the gods, Christianity thrived despite its new and distinctive features and opposition to them. Unlike nearly all other religious groups, Christianity utterly rejected the traditional gods of the Roman world. Christianity also offered a new and different kind of religious identity, one not based on ethnicity. Christianity was distinctively a "bookish" religion, with the production, copying, distribution, and reading of texts as central to its faith, even preferring a distinctive book-form, the codex. Christianity insisted that its adherents behave differently: unlike the simple ritual observances characteristic of the pagan religious environment, embracing Christian faith meant a behavioral transformation, with particular and novel ethical demands for men. Unquestionably, to the Roman world, Christianity was both new and different, and, to a good many, it threatened social and religious conventions of the day. In the rejection of the gods and in the centrality of texts, early Christianity obviously reflected commitments inherited from its Jewish origins. But these particular features were no longer identified with Jewish ethnicity and early Christianity quickly became aggressively trans-ethnic--a novel kind of religious movement. Its ethical teaching, too, bore some resemblance to the philosophers of the day, yet in contrast with these great teachers and their small circles of dedicated students, early Christianity laid its hard demands upon all adherents from the moment of conversion, producing a novel social project. Christianity's novelty was no badge of honor. Called atheists and suspected of political subversion, Christians earned Roman disdain and suspicion in equal amounts. Yet, as Destroyer of the gods demonstrates, in an irony of history the very features of early Christianity that rendered it distinctive and objectionable in Roman eyes have now become so commonplace in Western culture as to go unnoticed. Christianity helped destroy one world and create another.

Destroyer Gods

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Why On Earth Did Anyone Become A Christian In The First Three Centuries

Author : Larry W. Hurtado
ISBN : 1626005044
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Gods Of Love And Ecstasy

Author : Alain Daniélou
ISBN : 0892813741
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Dani鬯u examines the earliest traditions of the Hindu and Greek gods of magical power, ecstatic sexuality, and transcendence.

God Moments

Author : Alan D. Wright
ISBN : 9780307807229
Genre : Religion
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In a society that often focuses on its negative experiences, Alan Wright offers a refreshing new perspective: the positive experiences we have daily are proof of God's active involvement in our lives. Alan encourages Christians needing hope to "remember God" -- to rediscover forgotten joyous memories and understand that yesterday's hidden treasures are tomorrow's spiritual riches. In an inspirational style perfect for devotions, the author skillfully leads readers to uncover the unshakable and uplifting evidence of their own God Moments. Now in a fresh, contemporary paperback cover!

Soul God And Buddha In Language Of Science

Author : Mathura Prasad
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The Buddha answers all questions that a scientist like Stephen Hawking has in his mind. • Two beginning-less, self-existent entities are- the Universe and the Buddha Field. At high energy level both covert in to each other. The Buddha Field gives birth to physical and psychic particles (souls). At high energy level, a soul converts in to the Buddha Field. • Mass is of two kinds. Positive mass is due to souls. A soul is cause of dark matter. • Gravitational force is repulsive in nature between two souls, attractive between matters. • Outer region of the Universe is dark because here beings are without material bodies. Here TIME does exist BUT without SPACE. Psychic matter is the cause of Expanding Universe. • God’s atom does exist. All heavenly bodies including black holes are abodes of beings. • Stars are born due to gravitational instability in the Orion Nebula caused by God. Number of God is uncountable in the Universe. • Very soon, the world will see all religions (barring Buddhism), Marxism and all other Wrong Views, dying of natural death. • I have dedicated this book to Stephen Hawking, one of the brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein.

Dictionary Of Deities And Demons In The Bible

Author : Karel van der Toorn
ISBN : 0802824919
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The Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible (DDD) is the single major reference work on the gods, angels, demons, spirits, and semidivine heroes whose names occur in the biblical books. Book jacket.

While The Gods Play

Author : Alain Daniélou
ISBN : 9781594777363
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According to the early writings of the Shaiva tradition--still alive in India and dating back at least 6,000 years--the arbitrary ideologies and moralistic religions of modern society signal the last days of humanity heading toward destruction. This prediction is only a fragment of the vast knowledge of Shaiva wisdom, author Alain Danielou as assimilated and reviewed essential concepts of the Shaiva philosophy and its predictions. Clearly expressed in the ancient teachings, these concepts are in accord with, yet surpass, the boldest scientific speculations about consciousness, time, the nature of life and matter, and the history and destiny of the human race. Inherent in this body of knowledge is an understanding of the cycles of creation and destruction which, in conjunction with astronomical phases, determine the life span of the species. Since 1939, humankind has been in the twilight of the Kali Yuga age, or at the end of a cycle. The impending cataclysm, Danielou explains, is brought on by our own errors, and its date will be determined by our present and future actions. While the Gods Play examines how the visionaries of ancient times defined our rose in creation. It explains why and how we have abandoned this role, and reflects on what action can be taken to consciously and creatively influence our own destiny. Included are chapters on The Religion of Nature and The Religion of the City, The Transmigrant Body, Sexual Rites, the Castes, Sacrifice, Magical Powers, Monastic Orders, and Forestalling the Final Day.

American Indian Medicine Ways

Author : Clifford E. Trafzer
ISBN : 9780816537174
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The book highlights American Indian spiritual leaders, miracle healings, and ceremonies that have influenced American history and shows their continued significance--Provided by publisher.

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