Einstein's God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit

By Krista Tippett

Albert Einstein didn't think in a private God. And his well-known quip that "God doesn't play cube with the universe" used to be a press release approximately quantum physics, no longer a press release of religion. yet he did depart in the back of a desirable, principally forgotten legacy of musings and writings-some critical, a few whimsical-about the connection among technology and faith and his personal inquisitive reverence for the "order deeply hidden at the back of everything". Einstein's self-described "cosmic non secular feel" is intriguingly appropriate with twenty-first-century sensibilities. And it's the place to begin for Einstein's God.

Drawn from American Public Media's amazing application Speaking of Faith, the conversations during this profoundly illuminating booklet discover an rising interface of inquiry-if now not answers-between many fields of technology, medication, theology and philosophy. In her interviews with such luminaries as Freeman Dyson, Paul Davies, V. V. Raman, and Mehmet ounces, Krista Tippett attracts out the connections among those geographical regions, exhibiting how even these so much wedded to not easy truths locate non secular enlightenment within the lifetime of scan and, in flip, elevate questions which are richly theologically evocative. even if she is talking with celebrated health care professional and writer Sherwin Nuland concerning the biology of the human spirit or wondering Darwin biographer James Moore approximately his subject's spiritual ideals, Tippett bargains an extraordinary examine the way in which our greatest minds grapple with the questions for which all of us search answers.

Krista Tippett's most recent book, Becoming Wise, might be released on April five, 2016.

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The Art of Peace: Teachings of the Founder of Aikido

By Morihei Ueshiba, John Stevens

New York instances Bestseller

These inspirational teachings express that the true approach of the warrior relies on compassion, knowledge, fearlessness, and love of nature. Drawn from the talks and writings of Morihei Ueshiba, founding father of the preferred jap martial paintings referred to as Aikido, The paintings of Peace, presented the following in a pocket-sized variation, bargains a nonviolent strategy to victory and a powerful counterpoint to such classics as Musashi's Book of 5 earrings and sunlight Tzu's Art of struggle.

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A Heart for Freedom: The Remarkable Journey of a Young Dissident, Her Daring Escape, and Her Ongoing Quest to Bring Justice to China

By Ling Chai

The dramatic and interesting tale of Chai Ling, commander-in-chief of the coed protesters at Tiananmen sq. and witness to the bloodbath of hundreds of thousands of chinese language civilians. Risking imprisonment and attainable loss of life for her management position within the scholar democracy circulate, she used to be at the run in China for ten months whereas being hunted via the gurus. She ultimately escaped to the united states, accomplished her schooling at Princeton and Harvard, came upon real love, and have become a hugely winning entrepreneur. yet her determined quest for freedom, function, and peace—which she had sought in flip via educational success, romantic love, political activism, and profession luck ;was by no means happy till she had an unforeseen stumble upon with a previously forbidden religion. Her newfound ardour for God resulted in her lifes maximum undertaking: combating for the lives and rights of younger ladies in China.

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Judaism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

By Norman Solomon

Normon Solomon's succinct publication is a perfect advent to Judaism as a faith and lifestyle. Demonstrating the varied nature and ethnic beginning of Jewish humans, Solomon explores how the faith has built within the 2,000 years because the days of the Bible.

This Very brief Introduction starts off by way of outlining the fundamentals of useful Judaism, together with: gala's, prayers, customs, and diverse sects - and is going directly to contemplate how Judaism has answered to, and handled, a couple of key matters and debates, together with the influence of the Holocaust and the institution of the nation of Israel. during this new version, Solomon considers problems with modern Judaism within the twenty first century, incorporating new fabric at the dating among the Muslim religion and Judaism, the increase of Zohar and Kabala, and considers how the religion offers with concerns reminiscent of homosexuality and homosexual marriage.

ABOUT THE sequence: The Very brief Introductions sequence from Oxford collage Press includes countless numbers of titles in nearly each topic region. those pocket-sized books are the precise technique to get forward in a brand new topic speedy. Our professional authors mix proof, research, point of view, new principles, and exuberance to make fascinating and tough subject matters hugely readable.

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The Way of the Wild Heart: A Map for the Masculine Journey

By John Eldredge

This is a ebook approximately how a boy―and a man―becomes a man.

It's a advisor to the method of masculine initiation, that historic direction each boy and guy needs to take in the event that they might turn into the guy they lengthy to be. the trail wherein they arrive to know they're a guy, and may be able to stay and love from a deep, situated strength.

We dwell in a time the place so much males (and boys) are basically fatherless. no matter what their condition, they've got no guy really taking them through the various adventures, trials, battles and reports they should form a masculine middle inside of them. They locate themselves all alone to determine existence out, and that's a lonely position to be. Their fears, anger, boredom, and their many addictions all pop out of this fatherless position inside them, a primary uncertainty within the center in their being.

But there's a way.

"We are usually not intended to determine existence out on our own," says John Eldredge. "God wants to father us." In The means of the Wild Heart, Eldredge unearths how God involves a guy and takes him at the masculine trip, how approximately all of the occasions of a man's lifestyles can come togther to supply the initiation he by no means bought. and the way mom and dad can provide that initiation to their sons. no matter what your age can be, your Father is able to soak up your trip. For you are his son.

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The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Great Tradition (Plus)

By Huston Smith

"I have attempted to explain a Christianity that's totally suitable with every little thing we now be aware of, and to point why Christians consider privileged to offer their lives to it."
—Huston Smith

In his such a lot own and passionate ebook at the non secular existence, popular writer, student, and instructor of global religions Huston Smith turns to his personal life-long faith, Christianity. With tales and private anecdotes, Smith not just provides the elemental ideals and crucial teachings of Christianity, yet argues why non secular trust issues in brand new secular world.

Though there's a big choice of up to date interpretations of Christianity—some of them conflicting—Smith cuts via those to explain Christianity's "Great Tradition," the typical religion of the 1st millennium of believers, that is the trunk of the tree from which Christianity's many branches, twigs, and leaves have grown. this isn't the exclusivist Christianity of strict fundamentalists, nor the liberal, watered-down Christianity practiced by way of many modern churchgoers. In exposing biblical literalism as unworkable in addition to enumerating the error of contemporary secularists, Smith offers the very soul of a true and sizeable religion, one nonetheless proper and value believing in.

Smith rails opposed to the hijacked Christianity of politicians who take advantage of it for his or her personal wishes. He decries the workout of industrial that widens the distance among wealthy and terrible, and fears schooling has misplaced its feel of course. For Smith, the media has develop into a enterprise that sensationalizes information instead of broadening our realizing, and artwork and song became advertisement and surprising instead of enlightening. Smith reserves his most harsh condemnation, notwithstanding, for secular modernity, which has stemmed from the misreading of science—the mistake of assuming that "absence of proof" of a systematic nature is "evidence of absence." those errors have all yet banished religion in transcendence and the Divine from mainstream tradition and driven it to the margins.

Though the location is grave, those smooth misapprehensions could be corrected, says Smith, by way of reexamining the nice culture of Christianity's first millennium and reaping the teachings it holds for us this present day. This clean exam of the Christian worldview, its background, and its significant branches presents the private, such a lot genuine imaginative and prescient of Christianity—one that's either tolerant and significant, conventional and relevant.

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Polishing the Mirror: How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart

By Ram Dass

Sometimes illumination happens spontaneously or, as Ram Dass skilled, in a heart-wrenching second of commencing. by and large, it occurs once we polish the reflect of the guts with day-by-day practice—and see past the semblance of our brief concepts and feelings to the substantial and luminous panorama of our real nature.

For 5 a long time, Ram Dass has explored the depths of realization and love and taken them to lifestyles as carrier to others. With Polishing the Mirror, he gathers jointly his crucial teachings for dwelling within the everlasting current, right here and now.

Readers will locate inside those pages a wealthy mixture of perennial knowledge, humor, instructing tales, and unique counsel on Ram Dass' personal non secular practices, including:

  • Bhakti Yoga—opening our hearts to unconditional love
  • Practices for residing, getting older, loss of life, and embracing the traditional move of life
  • Karma Yoga—how selfless carrier can profoundly rework us
  • Working with worry and ache as a route to grace and freedom
  • Step-by-step information in devotional chant, meditation and mantra perform, and lots more and plenty more

For these new to Ram Dass' teachings, and for these to whom they're previous pals, this is this forefront religious explorer's whole consultant to getting to know who we're and why we're right here, and the way to turn into beacons of unconditional love.

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The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types

By Don Richard Riso, Russ Hodson

The 1st definitive consultant to utilizing the knowledge of the enneagram for religious and mental growth

The historic image of the Enneagram has develop into considered one of today's most well liked platforms for self-understanding, in response to 9 special character forms. Now, of the world's most popular Enneagram professionals introduce a strong new technique to use the Enneagram as a device for private transformation and improvement. no matter what your non secular historical past, the Enneagram exhibits how one can conquer your internal boundaries, discover your certain presents and strengths, and realize your inner most course in life.

The knowledge of the Enneagram includes:

Two hugely exact questionnaires for deciding upon your type
Vivid person profiles excited by maximizing every one type's strength and minimizing predictable pitfalls
Spiritual leap begins, Wake-Up Calls, and purple Flags for every type
Dozens of individualized routines and sensible recommendations for letting cross of challenging conduct, bettering relationships, and lengthening internal freedom
Revealing insights into the private motivations, fears, and needs of every type

Highly obtainable, but choked with subtle thoughts and strategies came upon nowhere else, The knowledge of the Enneagram is a strikingly new fusion of psychology and spirituality. It bargains an exhilarating imaginative and prescient of human hazard and a transparent map of the 9 paths to our optimum self-expression.

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