|Author:||R. Bester (editor)|
The Anglican Church was the first and largest denomination to be active in the colony of New Zealand. The Anglican Diocese of Nelson was established in 1857 and Nelson's first Bishop, Edmund Hobhouse, was installed on 28th April, 1859. Over more than 150 years, successive Bishops of Nelson have made their mark on the Diocese ... read more
The growth of science and a correspondingly scientific way of looking at evidence have for the last three centuries slowly been gaining ground over religious explanations of the cosmos and mankind's place in it. However, not only is secularism now under renewed attack from religious fundamentalism, but it has also been widely... read more
But it isn't an argument that Christianity is true - because how could anyone know that (or indeed its opposite)? It's an argument that Christianity is recognisable, drawing on the deep and deeply ordinary vocabulary of human feeling, satisfying those who believe in it by offering a ruthlessly realistic account of the bits of... read more
Inspired by his Conversations with God series, many people have asked Neale Donald Walsch to find a way to deliver the most essential pieces of God s message to us in a more succinct way. The result is this concise text, which details and expands just what we need to know about life and how to live it. Bringing their many con... read more
Lionel Sharman is a scientist and practising Christian. He faces the apparent conflict between science and religion, not by compromising the science or arguing exceptions, but by examining how scientific knowledge is established and what really matters in Christianity –– and by inference other religions. This is e... read more
Christianity is the most widespread religion in the world. ARS SACRA pays the due tribute to its art and architecture; a comprehensive compendium presenting just under 2000 years of Christian art, from early Christianity to the present day, with an abundance of illustrations. These include high quality photographs in XXL-form... read more
From the front page of "The New York Times" to YouTube, Dr. Wafa Sultan has become a force radical Islam has to reckon with. For the first time, she tells her story and what she learned, first-hand, about radical Islam in A God Who Hates, a passionate memoir by an outspoken Arabic woman that is also a cautionary tale for the ... read more
Clinical psychologist and Buddhist monk, Jack Kornfield uses intimate first-person accounts to show what it is actually like to experience awakening, unbounded freedom and joy, a sense of union with the divine. He also offers compelling stories of people's efforts to translate that freedom into their daily life.
Today our multi-cultural society forces Christians to be aware of those with other, equally strong religious convictions. In this challenging and popular book, Martin Goldsmith answers all the hard questions facing Christians in this area, drawing on both biblical material and his own expertise as someone with wide cross-cult... read more
One of the greatest works created by any culture and overwhelmingly the most influential of all Tibetan Buddhist texts in the West, "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" has had a number of distinguished translations, but strangely all of these have been partial abridgements. Now, the entire text has not only been made available in ... read more
Drawing on the wisdom of 2,500 years of contemplative non-religious writing on all that it means to be human - from the origins of the universe to small matters of courtesy and kindness in everyday life - A. C. Grayling, Britain's most popular and widely read philosopher, has created a secular bible.
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Suppose you could ask God the most puzzling questions about existence - questions about love and faith, life and death, good and evil. Suppose God provided clear, understandable answers. It happened to Neale Donald Walsch. It can happen to you. You are about to have a conversation... I have heard the crying of your heart. I h... read more
For many the mark of fundamentalism and female oppression, the Islamic veil is a powerful symbol. Navigating complex relationships between religion, culture, politics, and women's freedom, this lively introduction goes beyond the simplistic mainstream understandings about the veil and whether it is "good" or "bad" to explore ... read more
Richly illustrated with fine art, Saints and Angels describes the lives and works of many familiar and unfamiliar saints and angels. Among those included are the apostles, John the Baptist, Joan of Arc and the first native-born American saint, Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton. Details of feast days and patronages are also discussed... read more
A guide to the key philosophical, literary, mythological and cultural traditions of Hinduism. It explores the complexities of Hinduism's gods and goddesses, its caste system and its views on sex, everyday life and asceticism.
For most people in England today, the church is simply the empty building at the end of the road, visited for the first time, if at all, when dead. It offers its sacraments to a population that lives without rites of passage, and which regards the National Health Service rather than the National Church as its true spiritual g... read more
"New York Times"-bestselling author Garry Wills provides a provocative analysis of the theological and historical basis for the priesthood In a riveting and provocative tour de force from the author of "What Jesus Meant," Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Wills poses the challenging question: Why did the priesthood develop in a re... read more
There has been a bad-tempered quarrel between defenders and critics of religion in recent years. Both sides have expressed themselves acerbically because there is a very great deal at stake in the debate. This book thoroughly and calmly examines all the arguments and associated considerations offered in support of religious b... read more
It is announced that Jesus Christ is to visit Belgium in a few weeks time, on its national day, the 21st of July. Coincidentally, our narrator's mother dies and his marriage ends. Feeling very low, and fluctuating between resentment, irony and cynicism, he reports on the events and on the behaviour of his compatriots. The aut... read more