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The Case Against Miracles
by , Valerie Tarico

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English

Pages

1151

Publication Date

November 22, 2019

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For as long as the idea of 鈥渕iracles鈥?has been in the public sphere, the conversation about them has been shaped exclusively by religious apologists and Christian leaders. The definitions for what a miracles are have been forged by the same men who fought hard to promote their own beliefs as fitting under that umbrella. It鈥檚 time for a change.<br /><br />Enter John W. Loftus, an atheist author who has earned three master鈥檚 degrees from Lincoln Christian Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Loftus, a former student of noted Christian apologist William Lane Craig, got some of the biggest names in the field to contribute to this book, which represents a critical analysis of the very idea of miracles.<br /><br />Incorporating his own thoughts along with those of noted academics, philosophers, and theologians, Loftus is able to properly define 鈥渕iracle鈥?and then show why there鈥檚 no reason to believe such a thing even exists.<br /><br />Addressing every single issue that touches on miracles in a thorough and academic manner, this compilation represents the most extensive look at the phenomenon ever displayed through the lens of an ardent non-believer.<br /><br />If you鈥檝e ever wondered exactly what a miracle is, or doubted whether they exist, then this book is for you.
Without God: Science, Belief, Morality, and the Meaning of Life
by Zachary Broom

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English

Pages

348

Publication Date

August 22, 2019

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<p><strong>Without God, how can we have hope or make sense of such a broken world?</strong></p><p>Skeptics believe we don鈥檛 need God to understand reality, and that science and reason hold the keys to building a better world. Faith is blind, and there is no credible evidence for God鈥檚 existence鈥攅specially the God of the Bible. Therefore, science and religious belief are deeply incompatible, and God is no longer relevant to our modern world.</p><p>But if there is no God, how can our lives have any meaning? How can we make sense of good and evil, truth, justice, beauty, rationality, or even science itself? By engaging with popular atheists and skeptics, both new and old, as well as many of Christianity鈥檚 most brilliant writers, pastor and author Zachary Broom demonstrates how not only is there powerful evidence for God鈥檚 existence, but without Him, everything begins to unravel.</p><p>Instead of setting out to 鈥減rove鈥?God鈥檚 existence, Without God carefully and seriously engages skeptic鈥檚 doubts and common arguments against God, making use of philosophy, science, literature, and real-life conversations, as well as the author's own struggles and doubts.</p><p>Whether you believe in God or not, you will be challenged to wrestle carefully with life鈥檚 most important questions in a way that will lead you to a greater respect for the beliefs of others.聽</p>
Reflections on the Psalms
by C S Clive Staples Lewis

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English

Pages

112

Publication Date

October 14, 2019

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God: A Human History
by Reza Aslan

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English

Pages

280

Publication Date

November 07, 2017

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER 鈥?The bestselling author of <i>Zealot</i> and host of <i>Believer </i>explores humanity鈥檚 quest to make sense of the divine in this concise and fascinating history of our understanding of God.</b><br /><b>聽</b><br /> In <i>Zealot,</i> Reza Aslan replaced the staid, well-worn portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth with a startling new image of the man in all his contradictions. In his new book, Aslan takes on a subject even more immense: God, writ large.<br /> 聽<br />In layered prose and with thoughtful, accessible scholarship, Aslan narrates the history of religion as a remarkably cohesive attempt to understand the divine by giving it human traits and emotions.聽According to Aslan, this innate desire to humanize God is hardwired in our brains, making it a central feature of nearly every religious tradition. As Aslan writes, 鈥淲hether we are aware of it or not, and regardless of whether we鈥檙e believers or not, what the vast majority of us think about when we think about God is a divine version of ourselves.鈥?lt;br /> 聽<br /> But this projection is not without consequences. We bestow upon God not just all that is good in human nature鈥攐ur compassion, our thirst for justice鈥攂ut all that is bad in it: our greed, our bigotry, our penchant for violence. All these qualities inform our religions, cultures, and governments.<br /> 聽<br /> More than just a history of our understanding of God, this book is an attempt to get to the root of this humanizing impulse in order to develop a more universal spirituality.聽Whether you believe in one God, many gods, or no god at all, <i>God: A Human History</i> will challenge the way you think about the divine and its role in our everyday lives.<br /><br /><b>Praise for God</b><br /><br />鈥淭imely, riveting, enlightening and necessary.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;/b><i><b><i>HuffPost</i></b><br /><br /> </i>鈥淭antalizing . . . Driven by [Reza] Aslan鈥檚 grace and curiosity, God . . . helps us pan out from our troubled times, while asking us to consider a more expansive view of the divine in contemporary life.鈥?lt;b><i><b><i>鈥擳he Seattle Times</i></b><br /><br /> </i></b>鈥淎 fascinating exploration of the interaction of our humanity and God.鈥?lt;b><i><b>鈥?lt;i>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette</i></b><br /><br /> </i></b>鈥淸Aslan鈥檚] slim, yet ambitious book [is] the story of how humans have created God with a capital G, and it鈥檚 thoroughly mind-blowing.鈥?lt;b><i><b><i>鈥擫os Angeles Review of Books</i></b><br /><br /> </i></b>鈥淎slan is a born storyteller, and there is much to enjoy in this intelligent survey.鈥?lt;b><i><b>鈥?lt;i>San Francisco Chronicle</i></b></i></b>
Staying Sober Without God: The Practical 12 Steps to Long-Term Re...
by Jeffrey Munn

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English

Pages

128

Publication Date

January 05, 2019

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Do you want to get sober without adopting the belief in God that is often pushed in AA, NA, and other 12-step meetings? Do you want a practical, no-nonsense, psychology-based approach to sobriety that is rooted in down-to-earth principles and actions? Staying Sober Without God is a guide that will help you do just that.<br /><br />Staying Sober Without God provides an overview of alcoholism, drug addiction, and behavioral addictions along with a new version of the 12 steps referred to as The Practical 12 Steps. These steps, written by a recovering addict and licensed psychotherapist, are adapted from the original 12 steps. They contain the original wisdom of the 12 steps without any reference to God or the supernatural.<br /><br />Staying Sober Without God also provides guidance in areas that the original 12 steps don't fully address such as physical health, seeking outside help, and effective communication. The end result is a robust, well-rounded guide to a balanced recovery lifestyle that can help you stay forever free from your compulsive behaviors if you choose to be.<br /><br />Finally, there is a path to recovery for the rest of us.
The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever
by Christopher Hitchens

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English

Pages

530

Publication Date

December 10, 2007

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<b>Christopher Hitchens's personally curated <i>New York Times</i> bestselling anthology of the most influential and important writings on atheism, including original pieces by Salman Rushdie and Ian McEwan</b><br />From the #1 <i>New York Times</i> best-selling author of <i>God Is Not Great</i>, a provocative and entertaining guided tour of atheist and agnostic thought through the ages--with never-before-published pieces by Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.Christopher Hitchens continues to make the case for a splendidly godless universe in this first-ever gathering of the influential voices--past and present--that have shaped his side of the current (and raging) God/no-god debate. With Hitchens as your erudite and witty guide, you'll be led through a wealth of philosophy, literature, and scientific inquiry, including generous portions of the words of Lucretius, Benedict de Spinoza, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Mark Twain, George Eliot, Bertrand Russell, Emma Goldman, H. L. Mencken, Albert Einstein, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and many others well-known and lesser known. And they're all set in context and commented upon as only Christopher Hitchens--"political and literary journalist extraordinaire" (<i>Los Angeles Times</i>)--can. Atheist? Believer? Uncertain? No matter: <i>The Portable Atheist</i> will speak to you and engage you every step of the way.
Four Disturbing Questions with One Simple Answer: Breaking the Sp...
by Tim Sledge

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English

Pages

95

Publication Date

July 23, 2019

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<p>I鈥檝e shared the details of my spiritual journey in <i>Goodbye Jesus: An Evangelical Preacher鈥檚 Journey Beyond Faith</i>. My aim in this book is raise four challenging questions that need to be addressed by every Christian believer and then to offer one incredibly simple answer鈥攁n answer that challenges the veracity of the Christian faith but can also be the gateway to a rewarding new life that is based on truth and does not require the suspension of common sense.</p><p>Objectively examining your closely held belief system is not a walk in the park. And facing up to the idea that you might be under a spell that makes it hard for you to think objectively is daunting, especially when you rely on the spell鈥檚 results to make you feel that everything is okay and when you鈥檝e been warned that tampering with the spell is the worst thing you could ever do.</p><p>Choose courage. If what you believe is true, it can stand the test of any question that I or anyone else might raise. I encourage you to open your mind, face the facts, and decide that you will follow the truth wherever it leads.</p><p>I spent most of my life in a search for truth about faith, God, and religion. Maybe I can save you some time as you make your own decisions. </p><p> Tim Sledge</p>
20 Compelling Evidences That God Exists: Discover Why Believing i...
by , Jr., Robert M. Bowman

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English

Pages

226

Publication Date

October 04, 2013

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<p><b>Is it Reasonable to Believe?</b></p><p>Remarkably, even though millions upon millions of us do believe in God, when we are asked why we have such faith, we become tongue-tied and struggle to give a reason for our hope. No wonder those who don't believe God exists remain unconvinced鈥攖here's too few of us ready to speak on God's behalf!</p><p>Ken Boa and Robert Bowman have provided a resource that tackles the most profound arguments from philosophy, science, sociology, psychology, and history ... and presents twenty clear, concise, and compelling evidences that show that faith in God鈥攁nd specifically Jesus Christ鈥攊s reasonable. <br /><br />--</p><b>Kenneth Boa</b> is engaged in a ministry of relational evangelism and discipleship, teaching, writing, and speaking. He holds a B.S. from Case Institute of Technology, a Th.M. From Dallas Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. from New York University, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in England.<p>Dr. Boa is the President of Reflections Ministries, an organization that seeks to provide safe places for people to consider the claims of Christ and to help them mature and bear fruit in their relationship with Him. He is also President of Trinity House Publishers, a publishing company that is dedicated to the creation of tools that will help people manifest eternal values in a temporal arena by drawing them to intimacy with God and a better understanding of the culture in which they live.</p><p>Recent publications by Dr. Boa include <i>Faith Has its Reasons</i>, <i>Conformed to His Image</i>, <i>An Unchanging Faith in a Changing World</i>; <i>Face to Face</i>; <i>Pursuing Wisdom</i>; <i>The Art of Living Well</i>; <i>Wisdom at Work</i>, <i>Living what You Believe</i>, and <i>Sacred Readings</i>. He is a contributing editor to <i>The Open Bible</i>, <i>the Promise Keeper's Men's Study Bible</i>, <i>The Leadership Bible</i>, the consulting editor of the <i>Zondervan NASB Study Bible</i>, and the Editor-in-Chief of <i>The Life Promises Bible</i>.</p><p>Robert M. Bowman Jr. teaches in the Christian apologetics program at Biola University, and is the president of Apologetics.com, Inc., based in Pasadena, California. Previously he served as a researcher and editor for the Christian Research Institute, the Atlanta Christian Apologetics Project, and Watchman Fellowship.</p><p></p>
Letters to a Young Contrarian (Art of Mentoring)
by Christopher Hitchens

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English

Pages

160

Publication Date

April 28, 2009

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<b>From bestselling author and provocateur Christopher Hitchens, the classic guide to the art of principled dissent and disagreement</b><br />In<i> Letters to a Young Contrarian</i>, bestselling author and world-class provocateur Christopher Hitchens inspires the radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, and angry young (wo)men of tomorrow. Exploring the entire range of "contrary positions"--from noble dissident to gratuitous nag--Hitchens introduces the next generation to the minds and the misfits who influenced him, invoking such mentors as Emile Zola, Rosa Parks, and George Orwell. As is his trademark, Hitchens pointedly pitches himself in contrast to stagnant attitudes across the ideological spectrum. No other writer has matched Hitchens's understanding of the importance of disagreement--to personal integrity, to informed discussion, to true progress, to democracy itself.<br />
The Case for God
by Karen Armstrong

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English

Pages

434

Publication Date

September 11, 2009

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A nuanced exploration of the part that religion plays in human life, drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age.<br />聽<br />Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which humankind has gone in order to experience a sacred reality that it called by many names, such as God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. Focusing especially on Christianity but including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Chinese spiritualities, Armstrong examines the diminished impulse toward religion in our own time, when a significant number of people either want nothing to do with God or question the efficacy of faith. Why has God become unbelievable? Why is it that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God in a way that veers so profoundly from the thinking of our ancestors?<br /><br />Answering these questions with the same depth of knowledge and profound insight that have marked all her acclaimed books, Armstrong makes clear how the changing face of the world has necessarily changed the importance of religion at both the societal and the individual level.聽 Yet she cautions us that religion was never supposed to provide answers that lie within the competence of human reason; that, she says, is the role of <i>logos.</i> The task of religion is 鈥渢o help us live creatively, peacefully, and even joyously with realities for which there are no easy explanations.鈥?She emphasizes, too, that religion will not work automatically. It is, she says, a practical discipline: its insights are derived not from abstract speculation but from 鈥渄edicated intellectual endeavor鈥?and a 鈥渃ompassionate lifestyle that enables us to break out of the prism of selfhood.鈥?/div>

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