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  • Fields of Bloodby Karen Armstrong

    Random House 2014; US$ 39.98

    It is the most persistent myth of our time: religion is the cause of all violence. But history suggests otherwise. Karen Armstrong, former Roman Catholic nun and one of our foremost scholars of religion, speaks out to disprove the link between religion and bloodshed. * Religion is as old as humanity: Fields of Blood goes back to... more...

  • The Greatest Show on Earthby Richard Dawkins

    Transworld 2009; US$ 14.38

    Charles Darwin's masterpiece, On the Origin of Species , shook society to its core on publication in 1859. Darwin was only too aware of the storm his theory of evolution would provoke but he would surely have raised an incredulous eyebrow at the controversy still raging a century and a half later. Evolution is accepted as scientific fact by all... more...

  • Bringing Religion into International Relationsby Jonathan Fox; Shmuel Sandler

    Palgrave Macmillan 2004; US$ 38.00

    This book has several main themes and arguments. International Relations has been westerncentric, which has contributed to its ignoring religion; while religion is not the main driving force behind IR, international politics cannot be understood without taking religion into account; the role of religion is related to the fact that IR has evolved to... more...

  • Religion for Atheistsby Alain De Botton

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 16.00

    What if religions are neither all true nor all nonsense? The long-running and often boring debate between fundamentalist believers and non-believers is finally moved forward by Alain de Botton?s inspiring new book, which boldly argues that the supernatural claims of religion are entirely false?but that it still has some very important things to... more...

  • Going Clearby Lawrence Wright

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 15.95

    National Book Award Finalist A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower,  the now-classic study of al-Qaeda?s 9/11 attack. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists?both famous and less well known?and years... more...

  • Fields of Bloodby Karen Armstrong

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 30.00

    From the renowned and best-selling author of A History of God , a sweeping exploration of religion and the history of human violence. For the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in American. Some analysts have cited as cause a post-9/11perception: that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance, and divisiveness?something... more...

  • God Is Not Oneby Stephen Prothero

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 13.99

    In God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World , New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and religion scholar Stephen Prothero argues that persistent attempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlook the distinct problem that each tradition seeks to solve. Delving into the different... more...

  • Thank God for Evolutionby Michael Dowd

    Penguin Publishing Group 2008; US$ 18.00

    Few issues have revealed deeper divisions in our society than the debate between creationism and evolution, between religion and science. Yet from the fray, Reverend Michael Dowd has emerged as a reconciler, finding faith strengthened by the power of reason. With evidence from contemporary astrophysics, geology, biology, anthropology, and evolutionary... more...

  • Rethinking Ghosts in World Religionsby Mu-chou Poo

    BRILL 2009; US$ 182.00

    As a religious phenomenon, the realm of ghosts has been less studied than the realm of the divine. This work examines the received concepts and images of ghosts in various religious cultures ranging from the Ancient Near East and Egypt to the Old Testament, the Classical Era, Early medieval and Early Modern Europe, Early India, and Medieval China. more...

  • The Destiny of Modern Societiesby Milan Zafirovski

    BRILL 2009; US$ 215.00

    Applying the idea of the destiny of societies or nations, the book argues, demonstrates, and illustrates the Calvinist societal "predestination," through the Puritan determination, of American society. more...