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New PDF release: The Cult of the Black Virgin

By Ean Begg

there are numerous icons of Mary that exhibit black faces and palms. In France, those are known as Vierge Noires―Black Virgins. somewhere else, could be referred to as Black Madonnas or the “other Mary.” Jung known as her Isis, whereas others declare she is the symbolic is still of a prehistoric worship of the Earth mom. She is mostly hooked up with Cybele, Diana, Isis, and Venus, in addition to with Kali, Inanna, and Lilith. traditionally she is attached with the Crusades, the Islamic profession of Spain, the Conquistadors, in addition to the Merovingians and Knights Templars, who seen her as Mary Magdalene.

Why are greater than of the world’s Madonna photos black or darkish? Why is so little recognized approximately them? Black Virgins―a resurfacing of the robust pagan goddesses of sexuality, the underworld, and earth wisdom―they are symbols of energy and majesty, the opposite aspect of the conventional Madonna’s virginity or gentle maternity. They personify the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant in a quest for misplaced female knowledge and the quest for soul.

Ean Begg's attention-grabbing ebook investigates the pagan origins of the phenomenon in addition to the heretical Gnostic-Christian underground circulation that flowed west with the cult of Mary Magdalene and resurfaced in Catharism on the time of the Crusades, in particular with the Templars.

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Denial and Repression of Antisemitism: Post-Communist - download pdf or read online

By Jovan Byford

Bishop Nikolaj Velimirović (1881–1956) is arguably one the main debatable figures in modern Serbian nationwide tradition. Having been vilified by means of the previous Yugoslav Communist gurus as a fascist and an antisemite, this Orthodox Christian philosopher has over the last 20 years become seemed in Serbian society because the most vital non secular individual due to the fact medieval occasions and an embodiment of the actual Serbian nationwide spirit. Velimirović was once officially canonised by way of the Serbian Orthodox Church in 2003. during this ebook, Jovan Byford charts the posthumous transformation of Velimirović from ‘traitor’ to ‘saint’ and examines the dynamics of repression and denial that have been used to divert public realization from the controversies surrounding the bishop’s existence, an important of that is his antisemitism. Byford deals the 1st certain exam of how during which an jap Orthodox Church manages controversy surrounding the presence of antisemitism inside its ranks and he considers the consequences of the continued reverence of Nikolaj Velimirović for the patience of antisemitism in Serbian Orthodox tradition and in Serbian society as a complete. This publication relies on an in depth exam of the altering illustration of Bishop Nikolaj Velimirović within the Serbian media and in commemorative discourse dedicated to him. The e-book additionally makes large use of particular interviews with a couple of Serbian public figures who've been actively concerned about the bishop’s rehabilitation during the last decades.

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New PDF release: Panentheism across the World's Traditions

By Loriliai Biernacki,Philip Clayton

to not be careworn with pantheism-the historical Greek suggestion that God is in every single place, an animistic strength in rocks and trees-the suggestion of panentheism means that God is either on the earth, immanent, and in addition past the confines of mere topic, transcendent.

One of the basic premises of this groundbreaking selection of essays is that panentheism, regardless of being unlabeled till the 19th century, isn't in basic terms a latest Western invention. The members research some of the world's tested and historic non secular traditions-Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and others-to draw out the panentheistic dimensions of those traditions and the chances they recommend. Panentheism is not just an esoteric, very likely heretical, and deeply mystical imaginative and prescient of the world's nice non secular pasts; it's also a key characteristic of latest worldwide spirituality. As this quantity demonstrates, the metaphors and practices linked to glossy panentheism communicate powerfully to the realities of our evolving species and our evolving technological global. Panentheism's enticingly heretical imaginative and prescient of the connection among the divine and subject has traditionally been denied a significant position in scholarship. As Panentheism across the World's Traditions exhibits, the dynamism among topic and spirit that panentheism bargains has had a profound effect within the glossy world.

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Download e-book for kindle: Management and the Gospel: Luke’s Radical Message for the by B. Dyck

By B. Dyck

The pursuits of administration and the Gospel: Luke's Radical Message for the 1st and Twenty-First Centuries might seem to be basic: it describes what administration conception and perform gave the look of within the first century, makes use of this as a lens to check what the Gospel of Luke says approximately administration, and attracts out implications for this day. notwithstanding, the ebook is sort of profound find that administration is a dominant subject within the Gospel, that its message is constantly counter-cultural, and that Luke includes a four-phase 'how to' method version to assist readers to enforce switch. Readers will gather a brand new technique to comprehend the Gospel in addition to the ethical foundations of contemporary management.

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Download PDF by John R. Hall,Philip D. Schuyler,Sylvaine Trinh: Apocalypse Observed: Religious Movements and Violence in

By John R. Hall,Philip D. Schuyler,Sylvaine Trinh

Apocalypse Observed is ready spiritual violence. via studying 5 of the main infamous cults of contemporary years, the authors current a desirable and revealing account of non secular sects and clash. Cults coated include:

* the apocalypse at Jonestown
* the department Davidians at Waco
* the violent course of Aum Shinrikyo
* the paranormal apocalypse of the sun Temple
* the mass suicide of Heaven's Gate.

Through comparative case experiences and in-depth research, the authors exhibit how non secular violence can erupt no longer easily from the ideals of the cult fans or the personalities in their leaders, but additionally from the best way society responds to the cults in its midst.

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Download e-book for iPad: THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY for an Ungodly Age by John Nassivera

By John Nassivera

If you have ever turn into pissed off on the willful misuse and redefinition of significant phrases in twenty first century Doublespeak, it is a booklet for you. An up to date, re-do of Ambrose Bierce's vintage, other than with all new and demanding phrases. it'll make you chortle, make you think that, make you mad, and make you argue along with your pals, your enemies, and yourself.

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Read e-book online The Earth Trek: A Hypothesis of Earth's and Mankind's PDF

By Adolfo R. Zambrano

the vast majority of humans don't even take into consideration the truth that mankind has been always touring via area on board of the spaceship planet earth, which homes in its inside crucial nature-made reactor that induces stresses on this planet crust which finally bring about catastrophic occasions equivalent to volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. occasions with around the world influence are categorised cataclysms. a number of cataclysmic occasions pointed out by way of a number of authors are the topic of this essay.

The item of this attempt used to be to figure out if there have been any extra facts in aid of those claims. hence, statistical research used to be played at the mentioned info and an equation was once derived with a correlation coefficient of –0.9999+. subsequent, we sought for common actual constants and earth constants which could precisely substitute the values of the regression coefficients as a potential indication of a common legislation. eventually we hunted for any historical geological info of the Earth for comparability. the most obvious distant to be had facts used to be the geological time scale that we placed aspect through part with the print out of the version. Like evaluating fingerprints, greater than 15 calculated issues coincided with the beginning instances of geological sessions or epochs. moreover, additional issues coincided with the age of the Earth and the age of the Universe. This comparability represents the adventure of the distant previous of the Earth and validates the claims of the pointed out authors.

The trip of the longer term matters us, and even though it is correct that we will be able to unearth the previous, it's also real that we won't quantify the longer term, yet we have now been capable of surmise it. Our version tasks that the earth might be destroyed because of repetitive earthquakes, as defined within the Bible. The earth’s lifestyles runs out of time because the picture of an asymptotic proscribing time price. consequently, the calculated dates of destiny cataclysms are usually not actual dates, yet particularly flags indicating the indicators of a turbulent destiny coming to an finish as a result of expanding frequency of tectonic mess ups of significance by no means witnessed earlier than via mankind (Apocalypse/Revelation 16:17–21).

Mankind used to be wear this earth trek because of disobedience and implicit conceitedness, yet in contrast to common trips that come to an finish, this one will proceed only for the elects.

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Albertus Bagus, Dr Laksana's Muslim and Catholic Pilgrimage Practices: Explorations PDF

By Albertus Bagus, Dr Laksana

Exploring the precise nature and function of neighborhood pilgrimage traditions between Muslims and Catholics, Muslim and Catholic Pilgrimage Practices attracts rather on south vital Java, Indonesia. during this quarter, the hybrid neighborhood Muslim pilgrimage tradition is formed by way of conventional Islam, the Javano-Islamic sultanates, and the Javanese tradition with its powerful Hindu-Buddhist historical past. This sector is usually domestic to a colourful Catholic neighborhood whose id formation has happened in a manner that includes advanced engagements with Islam in addition to Javanese tradition. during this recognize, neighborhood pilgrimage culture provides itself as a wealthy milieu within which those advanced engagements were happening among Islam, Catholicism, and Javanese culture.

Employing a comparative theological and phenomenological research, this ebook finds the deeper religio-cultural and theological import of pilgrimage perform within the id formation and interplay between Muslims and Catholics in south vital Java. In a much wider context, it additionally sheds gentle at the higher dynamics of the complicated come across among Islam, Christianity and native cultures.

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