The Penguin of Death (The Ballad of Method) by Edward Monkton

By Edward Monkton

. . . without notice you pay attention it in a voice so transparent and robust, a wierd and sophisticated melody A HAUNTING Penguin song."

In this hauntingly nuanced ballad, Edward Monkton takes you on an epic trip to the guts of lifestyles . . . and to the unusual and beautiful unlock that's dying by way of strategy 412.

Lyrical. Entrancing. upon getting made the fateful trip to the enigmatic Penguin's snowy palace, he invitations you in to proportion with him a last cup of tea sooner than subjecting you to the unimagined ecstasy of his final treatment.

A scrumptious mix of euphoria and fright meld to bare anything fabulous and vibrant during this eccentric Monkton narrative that accompanies his trademark, hand-lettered black-and-white illustrations.

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The Community of Those Who Have Nothing in Common (Studies by Alphonso Lingis

By Alphonso Lingis

“ . . . thought-provoking and meditative, Lingis’s paintings is notably touching, and gives a refreshingly idiosyncratic antidote to the idle speak that so frequently passes for philosophical writing.” —Radical Philosophy

“ . . . notable for the readability and singularity of its kinds and voices in addition to for the compelling degree of actual philosophic originality which it contributes to questions of group and (its) communication.” —Research in Phenomenology

Articulating the author’s trips and private reports within the idiom of up to date continental suggestion, Alphonso Lingis launches a devastating critique, pointing up the myopia of Western rationalism. the following Lingis increases problems with indisputable urgency.

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Life and Death in a German Town: Osnabrück from the Weimar by Panikos Panayi

By Panikos Panayi

The interval among 1929 and 1949 is arguably the main tense and harmful within the historical past of Germany. utilizing very important fundamental assets, archival fabric and revealing interviews, Panikos Panayi offers a unprecedented research of the reports of, and relationships among, local ethnic Germans, German refugees from jap Europe, German Jews, Romanies and foreigners within the German city of Osnabr?ck in the course of those turbulent years. Written from the viewpoint of daily life, this is often the 1st significant examine of the dramatic adjustments that came about from the tip of the Weimar Republic and the interval of Hitler's ascendancy, to the second one global battle, the defeat of the Nazis and the start of the Federal Republic, all as obvious in the course of the reviews of the various socio-ethnic teams. the tale of Osnabr?ck is the tale of the tragedy that engulfed Germany within the first 1/2 the 20th century and, in doing so, outlined a new release.

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Life After Death: A History of the Afterlife in Western by Alan F. Segal

By Alan F. Segal

A magisterial paintings of social background, Life After Death illuminates the numerous alternative ways historical civilizations grappled with the query of what precisely occurs to us once we die.

In a masterful exploration of ways Western civilizations have outlined the afterlife, Alan F. Segal weaves jointly biblical and literary scholarship, sociology, historical past, and philosophy. A well known student, Segal examines the maps of the afterlife present in Western spiritual texts and divulges not just what numerous cultures believed yet how their notions mirrored their societies’ realities and beliefs, and why these ideals replaced through the years. He continues that the afterlife is the replicate during which a society arranges its suggestion of the self. The composition approach for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam begins in grief and leads to the victory of the self over death.

Arguing that during each spiritual culture the afterlife represents the last word gift for the nice, Segal combines old and anthropological facts with insights gleaned from non secular and philosophical writings to provide an explanation for the subsequent mysteries: why the Egyptians insisted on an afterlife in heaven, whereas the physique used to be embalmed in a tomb on the earth; why the Babylonians considered the lifeless as residing in underground prisons; why the Hebrews remained silent approximately existence after loss of life throughout the interval of the 1st Temple, but embraced it in the second one Temple interval (534 B.C.E. –70 C.E.); and why Christianity positioned the afterlife within the heart of its trust process. He discusses the internal dialogues and arguments inside Judaism and Christianity, exhibiting the underlying dynamic at the back of them, in addition to the tips that mark the variations among the 2 religions. In a considerate exam of the impact of biblical perspectives of heaven and martyrdom on Islamic ideals, he deals a desirable viewpoint at the present troubling upward push of Islamic fundamentalism.

In tracing the natural, ancient relationships among sacred texts and groups of trust and evaluating the visions of existence after loss of life that experience emerged all through background, Segal sheds a brilliant, revealing gentle at the intimate connections among notions of the afterlife, the societies that produced them, and the individual’s look for the final word that means of lifestyles on earth.

From Publishers Weekly
This huge research combines heritage, geography, mythology, archaeology and anthropology with biblical textual content research. Segal, a professor of Jewish reviews at Barnard collage, spent 10 years in this venture, however the erudition he screens is certainly the results of a life of scholarship. In each tradition, humans ask a similar basic questions on their life, together with "what occurs when we die?" even if Segal continues that solutions to that query lie "beyond affirmation or disconfirmation within the clinical sense," he deals a finished review of ways the afterlife is known within the 3 major Western religions. He completely examines early impacts from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Canaan, Iran and Greece, then analyzes Jewish perspectives as expressed within the first and moment temple classes, the booklet of Daniel, the useless Sea scrolls and writings from and approximately New testomony instances, the early rabbis, mysticism and fundamentalism. For Christianity, systematic realization is given to Paul, the Gospels, the pseudepigraphic literature and the Church Fathers. Segal additionally scans Muslim ideals as they seem within the Qur'an and the writings of Shi'a mystics and glossy fundamentalists. The introductory and concluding chapters give you the essence of the presentation, enlivened by way of quotations from Shakespeare. Impatient readers may possibly start with those chapters as a advisor to deciding upon which different sections of the booklet warrant additional scrutiny. cautious readers, notwithstanding, will take the difficulty and the time to pore over this remarkable contribution to our knowing of human trust and behavior.
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Praise for Alan F. Segal’s Paul the Convert

“Bold and imaginative.” —Paula Fredriksen, Books & Religion

“Alan Segal’s new booklet demanding situations Jewish and Christian students alike to take a clean examine this well-educated guy, arguing not just that it really is very unlikely to appreciate Paul’s Christian writings with no realizing first-century Judaism yet that early Hellenistic Judaism is itself illuminated by means of Paul, considering he used to be one in every of in simple terms Pharisees to have left any own writings at all.” —The Washington publish booklet World

“This is a considerate, difficult booklet that the intense scholar of Paul will locate worth the effort.” —Bible Today

“Segal’s paintings abounds in clean insights for college students of Paul.” —F. F. Bruce, American ancient Review

“A brilliantly argued ebook. . . . Paul is neither hero nor villain for Segal yet a desirable ancient and spiritual personality, from whom we will be able to examine a lot approximately either Judaism and Christianity. . . . i discovered myself completely sympathetic to Segal’s portrayal of Paul. greater than that, i discovered myself convinced.” —J. Christian Wilson, The Christian Century

“Elegantly produced. . . . Segal considers Paul’s Pharisaic schooling and coaching in addition to the Jewish context of his spiritual fight after he grew to become a Christian. He treats Paul as a Jew, a convert, and an apostle, and areas his conversion from Pharisaism to Christianity within the context of his society and his challenge to the Gentiles.” —America

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Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account Of The Death Penalty by Helen Prejean

By Helen Prejean

In 1982, Sister Helen Prejean grew to become the non secular consultant to Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of 2 young ones who used to be sentenced to die within the electrical chair of Louisiana's Angola nation felony. within the months sooner than Sonnier's loss of life, the Roman Catholic nun got here to understand a guy who used to be as terrified as he had as soon as been terrifying. while, she got here to understand the households of the sufferers and the boys whose task it used to be to execute him--men who frequently harbored doubts in regards to the rightness of what they have been doing.

Out of that dreadful intimacy comes a profoundly relocating religious trip via our approach of capital punishment. Confronting either the plight of the condemned and the trend of the bereaved, the desires of a crime-ridden society and the Christian significant of affection, Dead guy Walking is an unheard of examine the human results of the loss of life penalty, a ebook that's either enlightening and devastating.

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You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay

By Louise L. Hay

This enjoyable and inspirational motion picture in accordance with the best-selling booklet of a similar identify is hosted by way of writer and instructor Louise L. Hay. This movie offers penetrating insights into Louises attention-grabbing own tale; and indicates how her perspectives on vanity, abundance, and the metaphysical reasons in the back of actual diseases have been built. It additionally finds how she utilized those innovations to her personal emotional, non secular, existence. a few luminaries within the fields of self-help, philosophy, healthiness, spirituality, and New inspiration sign up for Louise, giving their tackle good fortune, happiness, and the myriad ways that humans can heal their very own lives.

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