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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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Doctor Faustus

The classic Elizabethan play, with new material From the Elizabethan period''s second-biggest dramatist comes the story of Faustus, a brilliant scholar who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for limitless knowledge and powerful black magic.     

Author Name :Christopher Marlowe

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Fritz Graf here presents a survey of a god once thought of as the most powerful of gods, and capable of great wrath should he be crossed: Apollo the sun god. From his first attestations in Homer, through the complex question of pre-Homeric Apollo, to the opposition between Apollo and Dionysos in nineteenth and twentieth-century thinking, Graf examines Greek religion and myth to provide a full account of Apollo in the ancient world.     

Author Name :Fritz Graf

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Varieties of Religious Experience A Study in Human Nature CENTENARY EDITION

The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature is a book by the Harvard psychologist and philosopher William James comprising 20 lectures given at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. These lectures concerned the nature of religion and the neglect of science, in James' view, in the academic study of religion. Soon after its publication, the book found its way into the canon of psychology and philosophy, and has remained in print for over a century.     

Author Name :William James

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This volume forms the fourth, and last, of the series of compilations dealing with the bodies of man. Nearly forty volumes, mostly written by Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater, were thoroughly searched and the material found within was arranged, sorted and classified into appropriate departments, so as to present the student of modern Theosophy a coherent and sequential account of the finer bodies of man. The compiler hopes that this book will serve to make a little easier the path of those who desire to obtain a comprehensive grasp of what may be termed the technical aspects of modern theosophy.     

Author Name :Arthur E. Powell

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