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Shamanism An Introduction

Shamanism is one of the earliest and farthest-reaching magical and religious traditions, vestiges of which still underlie the major religious faiths of the modern world. The function of the shaman is to show his or her people the unseen powers behind the mere appearances of nature, as experienced through intuition, in trance states, or during ecstatic mystical visions. Shamans possess healing powers, communicate with the dead and the world beyond, and influence the weather and movements of hunting animals. The psychological exaltation of shamanism trance states is similar to the ecstasies of Yogis, Christian mystics and dervishes.     

Author Name :Margaret Stutley

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The First Jewish Revolt Archaeology, history, and ideology

The First Jewish Revolt against Rome is arguably the most decisive event in the history of Judaism and Christianity. The destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE by the Roman General Titus forced a transformation in structure and form for both of these fraternal religions. Yet despite its importance, little has been written on the First Revolt, its causes, implications and the facts surrounding it.     

Author Name :Edited by Andrea M. Berlin and J. Andrew Overman

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Creation From Nothing Until Now

Presenting a brief and accessible overview of contemporary scienti?c thought, Creation: From Nothing Until Now is an imaginative and poetic exploration of our existence from an evolutionary perspective, from the Big Bang until now. The author assesses the religious and philosophical impact of scienti?c developments on our understand- ing of evolution and the natural world, and examines the changing relationship between us and our planet.     

Author Name :Willem B. Drees

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Aquinas on Mind

Thomas Aquinas'' philosophical psychology, or philosophy of mind, was neglected for centuries by secular thinkers because of the dominance of ideas deriving from Descartes. Contemporary scholars, however, have discovered in his writings some of the best philosophical reflections from any period. Now available in paper, Aquinas on Mind makes accessible those parts of Aquinas'' system which have enduring value. The core of the work is a close reading of sections from Summa Theologiae which deal with the nature of human intellect and will and the relationship between body and soul. This study requires no knowledge of Latin or medieval history. It relates Aquinas'' system to a tradition of philosophy of mind inaugurated in the Anglo-American academic community by Wittgenstein and Ryle.     

Author Name :Anthony Kenny

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One of the first books to address what has come to be known as the philosophy of cosmology, Universes asks, "Why does the universe exist?", arguing that the universe is "fine tuned for producing life." For example, if the universe's early expansion speed had been smaller by one part in a million, then it would have recollapsed rapidly; with an equivalently tiny speed increase, no galaxies would have formed. Either way, this universe would have been lifeless.     

Author Name :John Leslie

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