Author: Richard Dawkins
Publisher: Random House
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. The God Delusion is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required reading for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.
Author: Amy Orr-Ewing
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Is God really real? And how can we know if anyone's experience of God is actually valid? Skeptics today are increasingly vocal in their assertion not only that God is unverifiable, but also that believing in God is irrational and even dangerous. Even those who believe wonder if they can speak objectively about the actual reality of God or if they can only appeal to a subjective belief in God. Amy Orr-Ewing addresses key questions and objections that many people today have about God. She explores whether our understanding of God is delusional or merely a psychological crutch. She probes whether the Christian claim to a unique personal relationship with God is plausible in light of other world religions, and how anyone can continue to believe in God in a world of pain and suffering. If you have questions about God, you're not alone. Come consider some possible answers.
A Professor and a Punk Rocker Discuss Science, Religion, Naturalism & Christianity
Author: Preston Jones
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Greg Graffin is frontman, singer and songwriter for the punk band Bad Religion. He also happens to have a Ph.D. in zoology and wrote his dissertation on evolution, atheism and naturalism. Preston Jones is a history professor at a Christian college and a fan of Bad Religion's music. One day, on a whim, Preston sent Greg an appreciative e-mail. That was the start of an extraordinary correspondence. For several months, Preston and Greg sent e-mails back and forth on big topics like God, religion, knowledge, evil, evolution, biology, destiny and the nature of reality. Preston believes in God; Greg sees insufficient evidence for God's existence. Over the course of their friendly debate, they tackle such cosmic questions as: Is religion rational or irrational? Does morality require belief in God? Do people only believe in God because they are genetically predisposed toward religion? How do you make sense of suffering in the world? Is this universe all there is? And what does it all matter? In this engaging book, Preston and Greg's actual e-mail correspondence is reproduced, along with bonus materials that provide additional background and context. Each makes his case for why he thinks his worldview is more compelling and explanatory. While they find some places to agree, neither one convinces the other. They can't both be right. So which worldview is more plausible? You decide.
Author: Wm. Paul Young
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
From the author of the bestselling novel The Shack and the New York Times bestsellers Cross Roads and Eve comes a compelling, conversational exploration of twenty-eight assumptions about God—assumptions that just might be keeping us from experiencing His unconditional, all-encompassing love. In his wildly popular novels, Wm. Paul Young portrayed the Triune God in ways that challenged our thinking—sometimes upending long-held beliefs, but always centered in the eternal, all-encompassing nature of God’s love. Now, in Wm. Paul Young’s first nonfiction book, he invites us to revisit our assumptions about God—this time using the Bible, theological discussion, and personal anecdotes. Paul encourages us to think through beliefs we’ve presumed to be true and consider whether some might actually be false. Expounding on the compassion fans felt from the “Papa” portrayed in The Shack—now a major film starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer—Paul encourages you to think anew about important issues including sin, religion, hell, politics, identity, creation, human rights, and helping us discover God’s deep and abiding love.
Author: Antonio Monda
Some of the most well-known and well-respected cultural figures of our time enter into intimate and illuminating conversation about their personal beliefs, about belief itself, about religion, and about God. Antonio Monda is a disarming, rigorous interviewer, asking the most difficult questions (he often begins an interview point blank: “Do you believe in God?”) that lead to the most wide-ranging conversations. An ardent believer himself, Monda talks both with atheists (asked what she feels when she meets a believer, Grace Paley replies: “I respect his thinking and his beliefs, but at the same time I think he’s deluded”) and other believers, their discussion ranging from personal images of God (Michael Cunningham sees God as a black woman, Derek Walcott as a wise old white man with a beard) to religion’s place in American culture, from the afterlife to the concepts of good and evil, from fundamentalism to the Bible. And almost without fail, the conversations turn to questions of art and literature. Toni Morrison discusses Virginia Woolf and William Faulkner, Richard Ford invokes Wallace Stevens, and David Lynch draws attention to the religious aspects of Bu–uel, Fellini...and Harold Ramis's Groundhog Day. Informal, revealing, unexpected, Do You Believe? is a captivating and thought-provoking meditation how faith, in all its facets, remains profoundly relevant for and in our culture. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Lakshmi Narayan
Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist
The Author Is A Staunch Theist Firmly Persuaded Of The Existence Of A Supreme Being As Good As He Is Powerful, Who Has Formed All Things...The Author Does Not Join Any Of The Sects Which All Contradict One Another. His Religion Is The Most Ancient And The Most Widespread; For The Simple Worship Of God Preceded All The So-Called 'Religious' Systems Of The World. He Speaks In A Language Which All People Understand, While They Do Not Understand One Another. He Counts All The Sages For His Fellows. He Believes That Religion Consists Neither In The Opinions Of An Unintelligible Metaphysics Nor In Vain Shows But In Worship And In Justice. To Do Good Is His Worship, To Submit To God Is His Creed.... This Book Believe In God But Not In Religion] Comes With A Mission. A.N. Prasad Engineer-Emeritus And Litterateur
How to Approach Suffering, Spread the Gospel, Make Decisions and Pray in the Light of a God Who Really Is in the Driving Seat of the World
Author: Orlando Saer
Publisher: Christian Focus
Big God was written to open your eyes and to "unshrink" the God of your heart. Orlando Saer explains the problems of pain, suffering, evangelism, guidance, and prayer.
Author: Michael Savage
Publisher: Center Street
Category: Political Science
For decades, Michael Savage has been preaching his political faith of borders, language and culture to millions on his nationally-syndicated radio show, The Savage Nation. Now, Savage gives his audience a look into his religious faith and his ideas about the Judeo-Christian foundation of the American culture he has fought all his life to preserve. But rather than a dry, theological treatise, Savage provides something more akin to an ancient mystery text. Drawing on Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and other spiritual sources, as well as autobiographical material and highlights from his radio show, Savage shares a series of glimpses of God he has experienced over the whole of his life, before and after his groundbreaking radio career. Moving childhood stories, his dinner with an atheist and a Buddhist, an interview with a Jewish gangster and Savage's reflections on selected passages from ancient scriptures are just a few of the eclectic group of experiences and insights Savage shares in what is easily the most unique book on spirituality in decades. From his days as a boy growing up in New York City to many years searching for healing plants in the South Seas to his current incarnation as one of the most popular talk radio hosts in the world, Savage has been haunted by glimpses of the divine and struggled to find their meaning. Rather than trite, orthodox answers, GOD, FAITH, AND REASON presents the reader with one man's perceptions and consideration of the daily presence of God in the world around us and how the search to find God is the finding itself.
Searching for a Power Greater Than Yourself
Author: Jack Erdmann
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Through powerful messages and interviews with people who found their Higher Power, Finding God will help readers discover the meaning and manifestation of God. Foreword by Anne Lamott Here is an opportunity to listen in on fascinating conversations with people who found God when they didn't really want to and weren't even looking. Through a series of deeply personal interviews with individuals from different walks of life, the authors conduct a captivating discourse on discovering a "higher power." The interview subjects are not proselytizers, nor are they interested in comparing spiritual states. Their stories are neither tidy nor definitive. What they offer, however, is a remarkable, refreshing, and ultimately satisfying mosaic on the meaning and manifestation of God.Key features and benefitsinterviews honor personal experiences and reveal universal truthsimparts a hopeful, empowering messageforeword written by Anne Lamott, author of Traveling Merciesauthors received 2002 IPPY award for "A Bar on Every Corner"About the authors Jack Erdmann is an accomplished salesman and businessman who has more recently made a name for himself as a popular author and lecturer. He lives in the San Francisco area.Larry Kearney, a poet and novelist, has published nine books of poetry. He lives in Larkspur, California.
Author: José María Gironella,Harriet De Onís
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Considered by many critics to be the greatest novel about the Spanish Civil War, this classic work by Spaniard Jose Maria Gironella is an unbiased account of the complicated events, movements and personalities that led up to the war. Beginning in 1931, Cypresses covers the next five years of political unrest, culminating in the explosion of the brutal war that wreaked such great havoc on Spain and its citizens. In his epic novel, both gripping and suspenseful, Gironella deftly portrays the human conflict, both internal and external. The most influential philosophical movements of the 20th century are embodied in various characters. Through them, the reader is introduced to every faction involved--ancharist, communist, Catholic, royalist, existentialist, and others.
The One We Want to Believe In but Are Afraid to Embrace
Author: Lucas Miles
Publisher: Worthy Publishing
God is neither responsible for your pain, nor is He allowing it. In fact, He is against it and wants nothing more than to prevent it. Deep inside every person is a hope that God is good. Yet faced with personal hardship or the world's tragedies, it's easy to doubt God's character and to blame Him for our pain. Good God unpacks our misguided concepts of God so that we can begin to see Him as he truly is -- pure, loving, and completely good. If you've wondered if God is testing you -- or perhaps worse, punishing you, you are not alone. Most of us want to believe that God is good, but we cannot find a way to harmonize God's goodness with the evil that exists in this world. Good God introduces the God that we all want to believe in but have been too afraid to embrace. With the Bible as his guide, Lucas takes readers on a journey to uncover the lost and forgotten nature of the Creator of the Universe and discover a real relationship with God. Not only is God not dead, but Lucas's book shows us that he is even better than we previously thought! -- Kevin Sorbo, actor, God's Not Dead This book is for anyone who has struggled with pain, disappointment, and tragedy, and it needs to be read by the most skeptical among us -- which I have to admit, is far too often you and me. -- Phil Cooke, filmmaker, media consultant, and author of One Big Thing Lucas Miles's Good God will not just change the way you view God, but enable you to fall in love with a very good God. -- Jerry Grieser, author, God's House of Mirrors
The Christianity Counter-Apologetics Handbook
Author: Jim Hall,Msgt Jim Hall Usmc,Jon Pierson
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
A concise compilation of logical and reasonable responses to Christian apologetic claims.This book will be of use to anyone who debates with Christians. It offers “old hands” a reminder of some of the arguments they may have forgotten, and maybe provides some new ones. It offers newcomers to the debate the common sense and rationality that is atheism and very good advice on how to keep control of theists who attempt to veer off the point or steer their rudders toward safer waters.
Author: Mukul Kumar
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing PvtLtd
"Does Karma exist? Is it possible to remember past life? Are there clairvoyant people who can see your aura and know of your past and future? Is it possible to have “out of the body” experience? Can there be transmigration of souls? Do our dreams tell us something? Can a Guru help you liberate from the cycle of life and death? Is there life on other planets and solar systems? Are there intelligent beings in outer space who are observing us? Do some people know when the world will end? Is it possible to be prepared for the end of the times and to move on to a new civilization? What is the purpose of my life? A series of mysterious coincidences lead a child from a remote village in India, who would not have any future otherwise, make leaps of progress. His curiosity led him to attend some conferences given by a Brazilian missionary representing a cult in Spain headed by a Spiritual leader from Mexico. There was an instant attraction. The boy cuts his family connections, overlooks his career aspirations and lands up in the monastery in the Cataluña region of Spain to be a missionary. The spiritual head of the cult directs all the followers to abandon their worldly connections and prepare for the doomsday and creation of a new human race. The followers built safe houses and prepared fervently in line with the instructions of the spiritual head. The doomsday prediction does not materialize and what follows is chaos and disorientation. The protagonist survives to tell his story."
How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Life
Author: Timothy R. Jennings
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Tim Jennings, one of America's top psychiatrists, here reveals how our brains and bodies thrive when we have a healthy understanding of who God is. Exposing how different God concepts affect the brain differently, Dr. Jennings forges surprising new connections between neuroscience, health and right belief.
When You Believe in God But Live as if He Doesn’t Exist
Author: Craig Groeschel
Growing up, all my friends would have described my family as a Christian family. I assumed all my friends were Christians as well. We all believed in God. We occasionally attended church. We were good people. Even though we believed in God, we didn’t know his word, didn’t understand the gospel, and didn’t pursue his will. We believed in God, but we lived as if he didn’t exist.After pastoring for eighteen years, I’ve noticed a large percentage of people in my church living similar lives. Some seem to be Christian in name only without a lot of visible spiritual fruit. Others boldly claim Christ is Lord while living lives diametrically opposed to the teachings in scripture.The more I looked, the more I found Christian Atheists everywhere. While it is often easy to spot the hypocrisy in others, it is generally more difficult to see in the mirror. One day in an honest moment, I painfully admitted that although I unquestionably believed in God, I was leading the church as if he didn’t exist. I wrongly depended more on my own abilities than on his Spirit. Sadly, I dangerously cared more what people thought about me than what God thought about me. And although I preached about putting your whole faith in God, I still lived as if everything was up to me.The book Christian Atheism reflects my personal journey toward a more authentic God-honoring life.
Believing in Einstein, Darwin, and God
Author: Bernard Haisch
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
In this engrossing new book, Dr. Bernard Haisch contends that there is a purpose and an underlying intelligence behind the Universe, one that is consistent with modern science, especially the Big Bang and evolution. It is based on recent discoveries that there are numerous coincidences and fine-tunings of the laws of nature that seem extraordinarily unlikely. A more rational concept of God is called for. As astrophysicist Sir James Jeans wrote, “the Universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine.” Despite bestsellers by Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Sam Harris that have denounced the evils of religion and proclaimed that science has shown that there is no God, The Purpose-Guided Universe shows how one can believe in God and science.