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Putting God Second

Putting God Second Book
Author : Donniel Hartman
Publisher : Beacon Press
Release : 2017-02-14
ISBN : 0807063347
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Why have the monotheistic religions failed to produce societies that live up to their ethical ideals? A prominent rabbi answers this question by looking at his own faith and offering a way for religion to heal itself. In Putting God Second, Rabbi Donniel Hartman tackles one of modern life's most urgent and vexing questions: Why are the great monotheistic faiths--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--chronically unable to fulfill their own self-professed goal of creating individuals infused with moral sensitivity and societies governed by the highest ethical standards? To answer this question, Hartman takes a sober look at the moral peaks and valleys of his own tradition, Judaism, and diagnoses it with clarity, creativity, and erudition. He rejects both the sweeping denouncements of those who view religion as an inherent impediment to moral progress and the apologetics of fundamentalists who proclaim religion's moral perfection against all evidence to the contrary. Hartman identifies the primary source of religion's moral failure in what he terms its "autoimmune disease," or the way religions so often undermine their own deepest values. While God obligates the good and calls us into its service, Hartman argues, God simultaneously and inadvertently makes us morally blind. The nature of this self-defeating condition is that the human religious desire to live in relationship with God often distracts religious believers from their traditions' core moral truths. The answer Hartman offers is this: put God second. In order to fulfill religion's true vision for humanity--an uncompromising focus on the ethical treatment of others--religious believers must hold their traditions accountable to the highest independent moral standards. Decency toward one's neighbor must always take precedence over acts of religious devotion, and ethical piety must trump ritual piety. For as long as devotion to God comes first, responsibility to other people will trail far, far behind. In this book, Judaism serves as a template for how the challenge might be addressed by those of other faiths, whose sacred scriptures similarly evoke both the sublime heights of human aspiration and the depths of narcissistic moral blindness. In Putting God Second, Rabbi Hartman offers a lucid analysis of religion's flaws, as well as a compelling resource, and vision, for its repair.

Putting God on Trial

Putting God on Trial Book
Author : Robert Sutherland
Publisher : Trafford Publishing
Release : 2004
ISBN : 1412018471
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Many scholars find the legal metaphor of an Oath of Innocence inappropriate, though for different reasons. Some liberal scholars opt for an aesthetic, not a moral, resolution of the question of evil in the world. They find a sublime beauty in God's review of the animal and physical worlds, Behemoth and Leviathan. But that is all they find. They find no suggestions of moral purpose in God's creation and control of evil. Indeed, they feel none could be forthcoming. God is beyond good and evil so no moral resolution is possible. Since no moral resolution is possible, a legal mataphor such as a lawsuit dramatizing the moral question is inappropriate. They interpret Job to understand that position. And they interpret him to retract the lawsuit in its entirety. This author feels such liberal scholars miss a moral resolution for five reasons. (a) First, they fail to give adequate weight to Satan's first speech in heaven setting out the moral solution. (b) Second, they misinterpret Job's struggle with God to be a request for a restoration of his former position, rather than a request to know the reason behind evil in the world. (c) Third, they fail to appreciate the moral restrictions under which God has to operate. God cannot reveal any moral answers directly without defeating his very purpose in the creation and control of evil. As a result, they miss the suggestions of moral purpose in God's two speeches and the inferences God would have Job draw. (d) Fourth, they fail to fully appreciate the legal dynamics of the enforcement mechanism of Job's Oath of Innocence. In particular, they fail to appreciate the distinction between causal responsibility and moral blameworthiness. Thus, they do not understand God's comments concerning vindication and condemnation in his first speech to Job. And they do not understand Job's hesitation to proceed beyond his own vindication to a condemnation of God in Job's first speech to God. Ultimately, they fail to see Job's adjournment and continuation of his Oath of Innocence implied by the allusion to the story of Abraham and Sodom and Gomorrah in Job's final speech. (e) Finally, they fail to give full expression to God's ultimate judgement on Job. Job and only Job spoke rightly about God. In the face of such a judgement, there is no room to deny the ultimate propriety of the moral and legal question as a way of framing man's encounter with God. Some conservative scholars opt for a moral resolution of the question of evil in the world, but their resolution is equally unsatisfying. They interpret Job's so-called excessive words and his Oath of Innocence to be sins of presumption. Thus they would have Job retract his lawsuit in its entirety and repent morally for either his so-called excessive words, his raising of the lawsuit or both. This author feels such conservative scholars miss a satisfactory moral resolution for three reasons. (a) First, they fail to understand the depth of Satan's challenge to God. It is not merely that Job will curse God. It is that God is wrong in his judgement on Job's goodness. God missed sin in Job's life. Such scholars think their moral resolution is possible, because although Job sins, Job does not actually curse God. Their resolution actually makes Satan right in his challenge of God so that God should step down from his throne and destroy mankind. (b) Second, they fail to give proper weight to Job's blamelessness and integrity. The raising of the Oath of Innocence is an expression of that blamelessness and integrity. It is what God expects of Job, though he cannot tell him that directly. (c) Finally, they fail to give full expression of God's ultimate judgement on Job. Job and only Job spoke rightly about God. In the face of such a judgement, there is no room to attribute sin or wrongdoing to Job for either his so-called excessive words or for his Oath of Innocence. My personal interpretation charts a new middle course between these two-fold horrors

Putting God Into Einstein s Equations Energy of the Soul

Putting God Into Einstein s Equations  Energy of the Soul Book
Author : Jerry And Marcia Pollock
Publisher : Shechinah Third Temple
Release : 2012-04-01
ISBN : 0972386661
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Putting God Into Einstein's Equations: Energy of the Soul is the direct outcome of an unusual and unique collaboration by soul mates Marcia and Jerry Pollock spanning the spiritual and physical worlds. Marcia is deceased, and her contributions come from the powerful intelligent energy of her Divine soul, which is without her physical body in the spirit world. Jerry is alive with his Divine soul, which is constrained within his physical body on planet Earth. Communicating through thought-energy telepathy or channeling, the authors have written this exquisitely, simply explained book in their humble attempt of gratitude to bring new knowledge to the understanding of God's Essence and our world. The Creator Himself has endorsed our book, "TRUTH, LOVE AND WISDOM LIE WITHIN THESE PAGES." Putting God Into Einstein's Equations: Energy of the Soul is a provocative book that will stay with you long after you finish reading it. Have you ever wondered about how a psychic contacts a spirit or where God comes from? The book answers questions about God, the big bang, Einstein's Relativity Equations and how they fit in with God's energy, soul mates and love, the spirit world of souls, past lives, telepathic thought-energy communication, channeling, removing negative body-soul energy, intelligence of the soul, independent and combined functions of the soul versus the human brain, acquiring spirituality, miracles, resurrection and reincarnation, the Devil, good and evil, science and spirituality, Creation and Evolution, and how a new soul that God will give us in the future Messsianic Age at the End of Days will allow us to live for the eternity according to Einstein's Equations. God is energy and so is our Divine soul. Each of us receives a tiny "piece" of God's virtually infinite energy, and the difference between our energy and that of God is simply the enormous difference in order of magnitude when comparing God's energy to ours. The behavior of this energy mirrors the equations brilliantly originated and described by Albert Einstein with two exceptions -- the mass, m referenced in Einstein's famous equation, E=mc2, is a special Mass, M, originating in God's energy particles, and God's and our soul energy travels at one million times the speed of light, c, or 186 billion miles per second. In fact, this Mass is the source of the independent intelligence and sensory properties found in the soul of all human brains. Putting God Into Einstein's Equations: Energy of the Soul is a provocative and compelling book that weaves together empirical, scientific observation, academic research, and theoretical and theological considerations, bolstered by revelatory, first-hand testimony bearing witness to the existence of the Divine soul in both the physical and spirit worlds. Contained in the pages of Putting God Into Einstein's Equations are moving, personal reflections on the authors' life experiences, from the thrill of discovering one's true soul mate to both traumatic and joyous events like a descent into bipolar depression, Divine miracles, and the pain and loss associated with the death of a loved one. Equally explored and discussed are practical first hand experiential techniques for hypnotic-spiritual world regression and directing spiritual energy and using light to alleviate negative forces. Above all else, Putting God Into Einstein's Equations seeks to advance an awareness and comprehension of God, drawing upon points of reference as diverse as Qigong and yoga to the word of rabbinical scholars.

Thinking about God

Thinking about God Book
Author : Anonim
Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
Release : 2021-10-19
ISBN : 0827618484
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download Thinking about God book written by , available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

Nothing But the Truth

Nothing But the Truth Book
Author : Frank Logan
Publisher : Xulon Press
Release : 2004-10-01
ISBN : 159467857X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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"Nothing But the Truth" is about some non-biblical ideas circulating in the Pentecostal church, among others. Logan contends that these are false beliefs that don't come from God's word, but rather from preachers.

Seven Simple Steps of Finding a Mate God s Way

Seven Simple Steps of Finding a Mate God s Way Book
Author : Gregory Backmon
Publisher : Charisma Media
Release : 2013-01-09
ISBN : 1621363120
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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DIV Seven Simple Steps of Finding a Mate God’s Way challenges Christian singles to to take a stand and live a pure life before God./div

Failed God

Failed God Book
Author : John A. Rush
Publisher : Frog Books
Release : 2008
ISBN : 9781583942741
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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"Presents idea that the three major world religions developed through the use of mind-altering drugs. Examines each religion individually, concluding that beneath each lies an irrational system that is incongruent with today's world"--Provided by publisher.

The Collected Works of Witness Lee 1954 volume 1

The Collected Works of Witness Lee  1954  volume 1 Book
Author : Witness Lee
Publisher : Living Stream Ministry
Release : 2021-10-19
ISBN : 1536004707
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Brother Witness Lee traveled to Manila, Philippines, at the beginning of 1954. On January 24 he began a seven-day perfecting conference with five special fellowships concerning the subject of pursuing the Lord. After this, he initiated a service training that lasted for six months, with four meetings per week. On Wednesday mornings he gave a Bible study of the Old Testament, and on Wednesday evenings he gave a training on character, including matters such as being the proper person, handling affairs properly, and doing the proper work. On Friday mornings he gave a training on being a minister of God's word, and on Friday evenings he ministered on the proper way to meet. The number who attended these meetings varied between fifty-six and one hundred sixty. The study of the Old Testament and the training on character are included in volume 1 of the 1954 set, along with other messages given in the same time period. Brother Lee left Manila in July and traveled to Hong Kong, where he conducted ten meetings on life and twelve meetings on service, plus four gospel meetings, four young people's meetings, six fellowships on service, and six meetings for the full-time serving ones. These meetings were centered on the indwelling Christ and on the knowledge of spiritual service. They are included in volumes 1 and 2 of this set. Brother Lee left Hong Kong to return to Taiwan in the middle of August. At the end of August and the beginning of September, Brother Lee conducted a special conference in Taipei, Taiwan, that consisted of ten meetings on the subject of spiritual reality, with between one thousand six hundred and two thousand six hundred in attendance. These messages are included in the section entitled Spiritual Reality in volume 2 of this set. In the fall of 1954 Brother Lee began another extended training for serving ones like the one that he carried out in the fall of 1953. During this training he conducted a detailed study on Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus through Ezra. The messages given in this detailed study are included in volume 4 of this set. He also spoke further on the knowledge of life and the experience of life. These speakings and the speakings in the previous training in 1953 on the same subjects were combined to form the books The Knowledge of Life and The Experience of Life (see The Collected Works of Witness Lee, 1953, vol. 3). During this training he also released messages published in Gospel Outlines, which are included in volume 3 of this set. The Collected Works of Witness Lee, 1954, volume 1, contains messages given by Brother Witness Lee on January 1 through August 12, 1954. Historical information concerning Brother Lee's travels and the content of his ministry in 1954 can be found in the general preface that appears at the beginning of this volume. The contents of this volume are divided into seven sections, as follows: 1. Two messages given in Manila, Philippines, on January 1 and 3. These messages are included in this volume under the title The Significance and Application of the Burnt Offering. 2. Eight messages given in Manila, Philippines, on January 24 through 31. These messages are included in this volume under the title The Living and Service of the Burnt Offering. 3. Twenty-four messages given in Manila, Philippines, in February through July. These messages are included in this volume under the title A Record of the Service Training in the Philippines. 4. Thirteen messages given in Manila, Philippines, on February 7 through July 11. These messages are included in this volume under the title Messages Given in the Lord's Day Meetings in Manila. 5. Six messages given in Manila, Philippines, in February and March. These messages are included in this volume under the title The Building Up of the Character of the Lord's Serving Ones. 6. Twenty-two messages given in Manila, Philippines, in March through June. These messages are included in this volume under the title A Record of a Bible Study on the Old Testament. 7. Eight messages given in Hong Kong on July 16 through August 12. These messages are included in this volume under the title The Spiritual Knowledge Needed for Serving in the Church.

My Journey of Life with God

My Journey of Life with God Book
Author : Calvin L. Bender
Publisher : Trafford Publishing
Release : 2012-01
ISBN : 1466909560
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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My Journey of Life with God is a true story about a boy who grew up in poverty and died a slow, painful death. He was hidden among his enemies and eventually brought back to life through many struggles. He would go on to become a man and then a hero. A beacon of light, hope, and inspiration to many in a world full of darkness and chaos. This is a story of hope and admiration in times of trouble. Of how a boy met his Creator and He showed him how to have a real relationship with his Father through hardships and adversity. And in no matter what trials and tests you go through in life that try to tear you down, things can and will always get better. In the end, his perseverance and endurance led him to the path of prosperity.

How to Destroy Western Civilization and Other Topics

How to Destroy Western Civilization and Other Topics Book
Author : Peter Kreeft, Ph.D.
Publisher : Ignatius Press
Release : 2021-03-18
ISBN : 1621642682
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Peter Kreeft presents a series of brilliant essays about many of the problems that undermine our Western civilization, along with ways to address them. "These essays are not new proposals or solutions to today's problems," he says. "They are old. They have been tried, and have worked. They have made people happy and good. That is what makes them so radical and so unusual today." In his witty, readable style, Kreeft implores us to gather wisdom and preserve it, as the monks did in the Middle Ages. He offers relevant philosophical precepts, divided into various categories, that can be collected and remembered in order to guide us and future generations in the days ahead. Kreeft emphasizes that the most necessary thing to save our civilization is to have children. If we don't have children, our civilization will cease to exist. The "unmentionable elephant in the room", he tells us, is sex, properly understood. Religious liberty is being attacked in the name of "sexual liberty", in other words, abortion. Kreeft encourages us to fight back—with joy and confidence—with the one weapon that will win the future: children.

An Arrogant Nation That Creates Its Own Reality

An Arrogant Nation That Creates Its Own Reality  Book
Author : Rogene A. Buchholz
Publisher : AuthorHouse
Release : 2019-11-13
ISBN : 1728333911
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Americans seem prone to create their own reality in situations that have faced them over the past several years and this arrogance cost the country dearly. Three events stand out as prime examples this arrogance. The first of these events was the war in Iraq which was based on the false reality that the country possessed weapons of mass destruction and had ties to terrorist organizations. The second example was the financial crisis of 2008 which was precipitated by the invention of new and complicated investment vehicles. The last example is the current Trump administration which was filled with falsehoods during the campaign and his first years in office, such that one could not believe anything that this administration said. This book is going to focus on religious reasons for this situation as I believe that it is the Christian religion that is largely at fault for this condition. It is religion that has set up most Americans to believe our leaders when they outright lie and claim to know things beyond what the evidence will support and create a false reality that eventually comes crashing down to disrupt American life. If our nation is ever going to be great it must quit living in a fantasy world and give up a belief in magic as far as its future is concerned. Decisions in government and business must be based on reality as it is and not on what we arrogantly think we can create. The two go together as the more we try and create our own reality the less able we are to come to grips with the reality that actually exists. The place to start is by recognizing the role the Christian religion has played in this phenomenon and letting go of the fantasies that comprise this religion and live a secular life that finds meaning and purpose in this world rather than in some hereafter. We will not successfully deal with all the problems with which we are faced and have a political and economic system that works for everyone until this happens.

For Kids putting God on Your Guest List

For Kids  putting God on Your Guest List Book
Author : Jeffrey K. Salkin
Publisher : Jewish Lights Publishing
Release : 2007
ISBN : 1580233082
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A guide to preparing for the bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah, discussing the history and significance of this rite of passage and putting it in perspective with the core spiritual values of Judaism.

I Am Second

I Am Second Book
Author : Dave Sterrett,Doug Bender
Publisher : Thomas Nelson
Release : 2013-10-08
ISBN : 1400203740
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Countless stories. One incredible ending. A major league baseball player. a Tennessee pastor. A reality TV star. a single mom. A multi-platinum rocker. What do these people have in common? They’ve all hit bottom. And none of them stayed there. Famous or unfamiliar, these are the stories of real people who reached the end of their strength, the end of their control, and found the most surprising truths. It taught them not to rely on self or substance but to lean on the only completely reliable source of love, hope, and freedom: the God who created them. Shocking in their honesty, inspiring in their courage, these testimonies are critical reminders that no one is too far from God to find him. Join these and thousands more who have discovered the lifechanging power in putting God first and proclaiming, “I am Second.”

Give God a Second Chance

Give God a Second Chance Book
Author : Emilio Chuvieco
Publisher : Palibrio
Release : 2012-12-10
ISBN : 1463344996
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The main purpose of the book is to provide solid arguments for Catholics who have left their faith to think again about their current positions and better know the arguments behind the Church’s teaching, particularly those related to controversial contemporary issues. It also provides arguments for practicing Catholics to speak about God with their friends and colleagues. The book is mainly addressed to college and young professionals, but other readers with intellectual interests should also benefit from it. Following the First Letter of Saint Peter, we Christians should always be ready to provide answers: “... for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you have... with courtesy and respect” (1 Peter 3:14-16).

First Philosophy III God Mind and Freedom Second Edition

First Philosophy III  God  Mind  and Freedom   Second Edition Book
Author : Andrew Bailey
Publisher : Broadview Press
Release : 2011-07-08
ISBN : 1551119749
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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First Philosophy: God, Mind, and Freedom brings together classic and ground-breaking readings on metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of religion. Andrew Bailey's highly regarded introductory anthology has been revised and updated in this new edition. The comprehensive introductory material for each chapter and selection remains, and new sections on philosophical puzzles and paradoxes and philosophical terminology have been added. New to this edition are readings from Alvin Plantinga, Frank Jackson, David Chalmers, A.J. Ayer, Bernard Williams, and Thomas Nagel.

Mystery of the Kingdom

Mystery of the Kingdom Book
Author : Edward P. Sri
Publisher : Emmaus Road Publishing
Release : 2000
ISBN : 0966322355
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Mystery of the Kingdom is a refreshing Bible study on the Gospel of Matthew that focuses on the "kingdom of God." Why is the kingdom at the heart of Jesus' teaching? What were Jesus' contemporaries expecting? What did Jesus actually say about His kingdom? What is the relationship between the "kingdom" and the Catholic Church we see today? Join popular Scripture professor Edward P. Sri for a faithful exploration of Jesus' "kingdom-building" mission. Sri's accessible style and provocative study questions make this book ideal for individual or group study. About the Series: The Kingdom studies explore the teaching and mission of Jesus Christ as revealed in the New Testament and carried on by His Church. Solid, trustworthy content in language anyone can appreciate.

In the Spirit of St Francis the Sultan

In the Spirit of St  Francis   the Sultan Book
Author : George Dardess,Marvin L. Krier Mich
Publisher : Orbis Books
Release : 2011
ISBN : 1570759073
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Here, two practitioners of interfaith dialogue provide readers with a guide for Catholics and Muslims to reach greater mutual understanding and work for social justice.

Breakthrough

Breakthrough  Book
Author : Saint Mary's Press
Publisher : Saint Mary's Press
Release : 2006
ISBN : 0884898628
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A translation of the Holy Scriptures, prepared specifically for teenagers, includes maps and a dictionary/concordance.

Christ Will Come Again

Christ Will Come Again Book
Author : Stephen H. Travis
Publisher : Clements Publishing Group
Release : 2003-07
ISBN : 9781894667333
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Belief in the second coming of Christ is indispensable to biblical Christianity. It is also crucial to a positive and relevant Christian worldview in a world that otherwise despairs of real hope. "An earthly hope without the prospect of life beyond death is illusory and shortlived," writes the author. "But a real hope of eternal life with God sets us free from anxiety about death, and frees us to work for the transformation of the world." "The courage, clarity and teaching skills of Dr. Travis in this important book are going to help a great many people." -Michael Green "As a guide to a healthy and biblical perspective in thought and life this book would take some beating ... it gloriously lives up to the solid affirmation of its title." --Church of England Newspaper Dr. Stephen H. Travis is Vice-Principal of St. John's College, Nottingham, England. His other books include Getting to Know the New Testament and The Bible in Time.

Putting God on the Guest List

Putting God on the Guest List Book
Author : Jeffrey K. Salkin
Publisher : Jewish Lights Publishing
Release : 1996
ISBN : 9781879045590
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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How to Reclaim the Spiritual meaning of your child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah; foreword by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso; new intro. by William H. Lebeau.