Putting God Second Book
Score: 3.5
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Putting God Second


  • Author : Donniel Hartman
  • Publisher : Beacon Press
  • Release Date : 2017-02-14
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 194
  • ISBN 10 : 9780807063347

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Putting God Second Excerpt :

Why have the monotheistic religions failed to produce societies that live up to their ethical ideals? A prominent rabbi answers this question by looking at his own faith and offering a way for religion to heal itself. In Putting God Second, Rabbi Donniel Hartman tackles one of modern life’s most urgent and vexing questions: Why are the great monotheistic faiths—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—chronically unable to fulfill their own self-professed goal of creating individuals infused with moral sensitivity and societies governed by the highest ethical standards? To answer this question, Hartman takes a sober look at the moral peaks and valleys of his own tradition, Judaism, and diagnoses it with clarity, creativity, and erudition. He rejects both the sweeping denouncements of those who view religion as an inherent impediment to moral progress and the apologetics of fundamentalists who proclaim religion’s moral perfection against all evidence to the contrary. Hartman identifies the primary source of religion’s moral failure in what he terms its “autoimmune disease,” or the way religions so often undermine their own deepest values. While God obligates the good and calls us into its service, Hartman argues, God simultaneously and inadvertently makes us morally blind. The nature of this self-defeating condition is that the human religious desire to live in relationship with God often distracts religious believers from their traditions’ core moral truths. The answer Hartman offers is this: put God second. In order to fulfill religion’s true vision for humanity—an uncompromising focus on the ethical treatment of others—religious believers must hold their traditions accountable to the highest independent moral standards. Decency toward one’s neighbor must always take precedence over acts of religious devotion, and ethical piety must trump ritual piety. For as long as devotion to God comes first, responsibility to other people will trail far, far beh

Putting God on Trial Book

Putting God on Trial


  • Author : Robert Sutherland
  • Publisher : Trafford Publishing
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 243
  • ISBN 10 : 9781412018470

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Many scholars find the legal metaphor of an Oath of Innocence inappropriate, though for different reasons. Some liberal scholars opt for an aesthetic, not a moral, resolution of the question of evil in the world. They find a sublime beauty in God's review of the animal and physical worlds, Behemoth and Leviathan. But that is all they find. They find no suggestions of moral purpose in God's creation and control of evil. Indeed, they feel none could be forthcoming. God is beyond good and evil so no moral resolution is possible. Since no moral resolution is possible, a legal mataphor such as a lawsuit dramatizing the moral question is inappropriate. They interpret Job to understand that position. And they interpret him to retract the lawsuit in its entirety. This author feels such liberal scholars miss a moral resolution for five reasons. (a) First, they fail to give adequate weight to Satan's first speech in heaven setting out the moral solution. (b) Second, they misinterpret Job's struggle with God to be a request for a restoration of his former position, rather than a request to know the reason behind evil in the world. (c) Third, they fail to appreciate the moral restrictions under which God has to operate. God cannot reveal any moral answers directly without defeating his very purpose in the creation and control of evil. As a result, they miss the suggestions of moral purpose in God's two speeches and the inferences God would have Job draw. (d) Fourth, they fail to fully appreciate the legal dynamics of the enforcement mechanism of Job's Oath of Innocence. In particular, they fail to appreciate the distinction between causal responsibility and moral blameworthiness. Thus, they do not understand God's comments concerning vindication and condemnation in his first speech to Job. And they do not understand Job's hesitation to proceed beyond his own vindication to a condemnation of God in Job's first speech to God. Ultimately, they fail to see Job's adjournment and con

Putting God Into Einstein s Equations  Energy of the Soul Book

Putting God Into Einstein s Equations Energy of the Soul


  • Author : Marcia Pollock
  • Publisher : Shechinah Third Temple
  • Release Date : 2012-04
  • Genre: Devil
  • Pages : 94
  • ISBN 10 : 9780972386661

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Putting God Into Einstein s Equations Energy of the Soul Excerpt :

Putting God Into Einstein's Equations: Energy of the Soul is the direct outcome of an unusual and unique collaboration by soul mates Marcia and Jerry Pollock spanning the spiritual and physical worlds. Marcia is deceased, and her contributions come from the powerful intelligent energy of her Divine soul, which is without her physical body in the spirit world. Jerry is alive with his Divine soul, which is constrained within his physical body on planet Earth. Communicating through thought-energy telepathy or channeling, the authors have written this exquisitely, simply explained book in their humble attempt of gratitude to bring new knowledge to the understanding of God's Essence and our world. The Creator Himself has endorsed our book, "TRUTH, LOVE AND WISDOM LIE WITHIN THESE PAGES." Putting God Into Einstein's Equations: Energy of the Soul is a provocative book that will stay with you long after you finish reading it. Have you ever wondered about how a psychic contacts a spirit or where God comes from? The book answers questions about God, the big bang, Einstein's Relativity Equations and how they fit in with God's energy, soul mates and love, the spirit world of souls, past lives, telepathic thought-energy communication, channeling, removing negative body-soul energy, intelligence of the soul, independent and combined functions of the soul versus the human brain, acquiring spirituality, miracles, resurrection and reincarnation, the Devil, good and evil, science and spirituality, Creation and Evolution, and how a new soul that God will give us in the future Messsianic Age at the End of Days will allow us to live for the eternity according to Einstein's Equations. God is energy and so is our Divine soul. Each of us receives a tiny "piece" of God's virtually infinite energy, and the difference between our energy and that of God is simply the enormous difference in order of magnitude when comparing God's energy to ours. The behavior of this energy mirrors the equations

Nothing But The Truth Book

Nothing But The Truth


  • Author : Frank Logan
  • Publisher : Xulon Press
  • Release Date : 2004-10
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 106
  • ISBN 10 : 9781594678578

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"Nothing But the Truth" is about some non-biblical ideas circulating in the Pentecostal church, among others. Logan contends that these are false beliefs that don't come from God's word, but rather from preachers.

Thinking about God Book

Thinking about God


  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Release Date : 2022-12-03
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9780827618480

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I Am Second Book
Score: 4
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I Am Second


  • Author : Dave Sterrett
  • Publisher : Thomas Nelson
  • Release Date : 2013-10-08
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400203741

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I Am Second Excerpt :

Countless stories. One incredible ending. A major league baseball player. a Tennessee pastor. A reality TV star. a single mom. A multi-platinum rocker. What do these people have in common? They’ve all hit bottom. And none of them stayed there. Famous or unfamiliar, these are the stories of real people who reached the end of their strength, the end of their control, and found the most surprising truths. It taught them not to rely on self or substance but to lean on the only completely reliable source of love, hope, and freedom: the God who created them. Shocking in their honesty, inspiring in their courage, these testimonies are critical reminders that no one is too far from God to find him. Join these and thousands more who have discovered the lifechanging power in putting God first and proclaiming, “I am Second.”

A Heart of Many Rooms Book

A Heart of Many Rooms


  • Author : David Hartman
  • Publisher : Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Release Date : 2001-11
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 348
  • ISBN 10 : 9781580231565

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A Heart of Many Rooms Excerpt :

Addresses the spiritual and theological questions that face all Jews and all people today, arguing that commitment to Jewish tradition and a commitment to pluralism need not conflict in this age of modernity, but each can enrich the other while maintining their integrity. Reprint.

The Collected Works of Witness Lee  1954  volume 1 Book

The Collected Works of Witness Lee 1954 volume 1


  • Author : Witness Lee
  • Publisher : Living Stream Ministry
  • Release Date : 2022-12-03
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 500
  • ISBN 10 : 9781536004700

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The Collected Works of Witness Lee 1954 volume 1 Excerpt :

Brother Witness Lee traveled to Manila, Philippines, at the beginning of 1954. On January 24 he began a seven-day perfecting conference with five special fellowships concerning the subject of pursuing the Lord. After this, he initiated a service training that lasted for six months, with four meetings per week. On Wednesday mornings he gave a Bible study of the Old Testament, and on Wednesday evenings he gave a training on character, including matters such as being the proper person, handling affairs properly, and doing the proper work. On Friday mornings he gave a training on being a minister of God's word, and on Friday evenings he ministered on the proper way to meet. The number who attended these meetings varied between fifty-six and one hundred sixty. The study of the Old Testament and the training on character are included in volume 1 of the 1954 set, along with other messages given in the same time period. Brother Lee left Manila in July and traveled to Hong Kong, where he conducted ten meetings on life and twelve meetings on service, plus four gospel meetings, four young people's meetings, six fellowships on service, and six meetings for the full-time serving ones. These meetings were centered on the indwelling Christ and on the knowledge of spiritual service. They are included in volumes 1 and 2 of this set. Brother Lee left Hong Kong to return to Taiwan in the middle of August. At the end of August and the beginning of September, Brother Lee conducted a special conference in Taipei, Taiwan, that consisted of ten meetings on the subject of spiritual reality, with between one thousand six hundred and two thousand six hundred in attendance. These messages are included in the section entitled Spiritual Reality in volume 2 of this set. In the fall of 1954 Brother Lee began another extended training for serving ones like the one that he carried out in the fall of 1953. During this training he conducted a detailed study on Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus through Ez

Seven Simple Steps of Finding a Mate God s Way Book

Seven Simple Steps of Finding a Mate God s Way


  • Author : Gregory Backmon
  • Publisher : Charisma Media
  • Release Date : 2013-01-09
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN 10 : 9781621363125

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DIV Seven Simple Steps of Finding a Mate God’s Way challenges Christian singles to to take a stand and live a pure life before God./div

Literary Introductions to the Books of the Bible Book

Literary Introductions to the Books of the Bible


  • Author : Leland Ryken
  • Publisher : Crossway
  • Release Date : 2015-10-31
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 413
  • ISBN 10 : 9781433542206

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Literary Introductions to the Books of the Bible Excerpt :

The Bible is more than a collection of ancient stories. It’s actually a unified whole, consisting of carefully crafted pieces of literature, each with its own unique literary style, form, and techniques. In this comprehensive volume, renowned literary expert and Bible scholar Leland Ryken introduces readers to the distinct literary features of each book of the Bible. Exploring how such features shed light on the message of the biblical writers through book outlines, helpful charts, and succinct definitions, this companion to Ryken’s A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible will help Bible readers and students read, interpret, and teach God’s Word with greater precision and deeper insight.

How to Destroy Western Civilization and Other Topics Book

How to Destroy Western Civilization and Other Topics


  • Author : Peter Kreeft, Ph.D.
  • Publisher : Ignatius Press
  • Release Date : 2021-03-18
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 186
  • ISBN 10 : 9781621642688

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How to Destroy Western Civilization and Other Topics Excerpt :

Peter Kreeft presents a series of brilliant essays about many of the problems that undermine our Western civilization, along with ways to address them. "These essays are not new proposals or solutions to today's problems," he says. "They are old. They have been tried, and have worked. They have made people happy and good. That is what makes them so radical and so unusual today." In his witty, readable style, Kreeft implores us to gather wisdom and preserve it, as the monks did in the Middle Ages. He offers relevant philosophical precepts, divided into various categories, that can be collected and remembered in order to guide us and future generations in the days ahead. Kreeft emphasizes that the most necessary thing to save our civilization is to have children. If we don't have children, our civilization will cease to exist. The "unmentionable elephant in the room", he tells us, is sex, properly understood. Religious liberty is being attacked in the name of "sexual liberty", in other words, abortion. Kreeft encourages us to fight back—with joy and confidence—with the one weapon that will win the future: children.

An Arrogant Nation That Creates Its Own Reality  Book

An Arrogant Nation That Creates Its Own Reality


  • Author : Rogene A. Buchholz
  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Release Date : 2019-11-13
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 642
  • ISBN 10 : 9781728333915

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An Arrogant Nation That Creates Its Own Reality Excerpt :

Americans seem prone to create their own reality in situations that have faced them over the past several years and this arrogance cost the country dearly. Three events stand out as prime examples this arrogance. The first of these events was the war in Iraq which was based on the false reality that the country possessed weapons of mass destruction and had ties to terrorist organizations. The second example was the financial crisis of 2008 which was precipitated by the invention of new and complicated investment vehicles. The last example is the current Trump administration which was filled with falsehoods during the campaign and his first years in office, such that one could not believe anything that this administration said. This book is going to focus on religious reasons for this situation as I believe that it is the Christian religion that is largely at fault for this condition. It is religion that has set up most Americans to believe our leaders when they outright lie and claim to know things beyond what the evidence will support and create a false reality that eventually comes crashing down to disrupt American life. If our nation is ever going to be great it must quit living in a fantasy world and give up a belief in magic as far as its future is concerned. Decisions in government and business must be based on reality as it is and not on what we arrogantly think we can create. The two go together as the more we try and create our own reality the less able we are to come to grips with the reality that actually exists. The place to start is by recognizing the role the Christian religion has played in this phenomenon and letting go of the fantasies that comprise this religion and live a secular life that finds meaning and purpose in this world rather than in some hereafter. We will not successfully deal with all the problems with which we are faced and have a political and economic system that works for everyone until this happens.

Stirring Waters Book

Stirring Waters


  • Author : Bart L. Brenner
  • Publisher : LifeRich Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-08-29
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781489724144

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In Stirring Waters, Brenner and Purintun tackle a host of questions surrounding the traditional understandings of Christian beliefs and present a variety of perspectives on the key topics of Bible, God, Yeshua, spirit, and more. They go beyond the “why” to asking, “so what.” Through questions and discussion starters, Stirring Waters offers a fresh way of making sense of faith and church. It wrestles with the ambiguities, uncertainties, and risks of this age and discusses the possibilities the authors have discovered for making sense of life and death. It delves into a conversation about faith and understanding of those mysteries Christians often associate with God and the religious life. I can’t tell you what kind of book this is—theology, spiritual autobiography, memoir, practical guide. It is all of these and none of these. Probably, it is a category that has not been invented until this moment. I can tell you that this book did for me today what Marcus Borg and Dom Crosson did for me at the end of the last century.” [From the Preface by Dr. David R. Sawyer]

Here All Along Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Here All Along


  • Author : Sarah Hurwitz
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2019-09-03
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525510727

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Here All Along Excerpt :

A renowned political speechwriter rediscovers Judaism, finding timeless wisdom and spiritual connection in its age-old practices and traditions. “Sarah Hurwitz was Michelle Obama’s head speechwriter, and with this book she becomes Judaism’s speechwriter.”—Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and co-author of Option B After a decade as a political speechwriter—serving as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama, a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama, and chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton on her 2008 presidential campaign—Sarah Hurwitz decided to apply her skills as a communicator to writing a book . . . about Judaism. And no one is more surprised than she is. Hurwitz was the quintessential lapsed Jew—until, at age thirty-six, after a tough breakup, she happened upon an advertisement for an introductory class on Judaism. She attended on a whim, but was blown away by what she found: beautiful rituals, helpful guidance on living an ethical life, conceptions of God beyond the judgy bearded man in the sky—none of which she had learned in Hebrew school or during the two synagogue services she grudgingly attended each year. That class led to a years-long journey during which Hurwitz visited the offices of rabbis, attended Jewish meditation retreats, sat at the Shabbat tables of Orthodox families, and read hundreds of books about Judaism—all in dogged pursuit of answers to her biggest questions. What she found transformed her life, and she wondered: How could there be such a gap between the richness of what Judaism offers and the way so many Jews like her understand and experience it? Sarah Hurwitz is on a mission to close this gap by sharing the profound insights she discovered on everything from Jewish holidays, ethics, and prayer to Jewish conceptions of God, death, and social justice. In this entertaining and accessible book, she shows us why Judaism matters and how its message is more relev

10 Spiritual Steps to a Magical Life Book

10 Spiritual Steps to a Magical Life


  • Author : Adrian Calabrese
  • Publisher : Llewellyn Worldwide
  • Release Date : 2002-12
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN 10 : 0738703117

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10 Spiritual Steps to a Magical Life Excerpt :

Organized into ten simple steps, this guide by the author of "How to Get Everything You Ever Wanted" shows readers how to tap into their extraordinary divine power to create a joyful, abundant life. Illustrations.