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Personal Belief and Theology

Personal Belief | Theology

Personal Belief

This I Believe Allison, Jay
This I Believe: the personal philosophies of remarkable men and women
BD215.T46 2006
Based on the National Public Radio series of the same name, This I Believe features eighty essayists-from the famous to the unknown-completing the thought that begins the book's title. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others.
Cultivating a compassionate heart Thubten Chodron
Cultivating a compassionate heart: the yoga method of Chenrezig
BQ4710.A8 T49 2005
This "yoga" is not a routine of stretches and postures, but a system of meditations designed to enable practitioners to experience true compassion and become one with this Buddha. Clearly written by an American-born Buddhist nun and the author of Buddhism for Beginners, this engaging book on the traditional "Meditation on Thousand-Arm Chenrezig" is less a guide to practice than a full explication of it for a contemporary audience.
Hidden in Plain Sight Grosskopf, Barry
Hidden in Plain Sight: getting to the bottom of puzzling emotions
BF637.F67 G76 2007
A sorrow that had origins in your grandparent's childhood may silently be influencing how you conduct your current relationships. Imagining how the grandparent's pain affected your parent can bring peace in your life and in your children's lives.
Pagan Spirituality Higginbotham, Joyce
Pagan Spirituality: a guide to personal transformation
BF1571.H53
In a world filled with beginner books, deeper explanations of the Pagan faith are rarely found. Picking up where their critically acclaimed first book Paganism left off, bestselling authors Joyce & River Higginbotham offer intermediate-level instruction with Pagan Spirituality.
A Generous Orthodoxy McLaren, Brian D.
A Generous Orthodoxy: why I am a missional, evangelical, post/Protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, biblical, charismatic/contemplative, fundamentalist/Calvinist, Anabaptist/Anglican, Methodist, Catholic, green, incarnational, depressed-yet-hopeful, emergent, unfinished Christian
BT60.M37 2006
In a sweeping exploration of belief, author Brian McLaren takes us across the landscape of faith, A Generous Orthodoxy draws you toward a way of living that looks beyond the "us/them" paradigm to the blessed and ancient paradox of "we."
This I Believe Mercadante, Linda A.
Bloomfield Avenue: a Jewish-Catholic Jersey girl's spiritual journey
BX9225.M44 A3 2006
In this memoir, Mercadante tells her quest for religious identity, a real home, good work, and a one-faith family. Born to a mixed-religion family, she tries Catholicism, a WASP sorority, atheism, Eastern mysticism, and vegetarianism. Her story holds key lessons for people from mixed backgrounds, those who long for the ideal family, and those who shun religion as a dead-end.
Believing God Moore, Beth
Believing God
BV4501.3.M653 2004x
Texas Bible teacher Beth Moore insists that God wants us to succeed. We fail, she says, only because of our unbelief. In Believing God, she challenges us to examine our belief systems and recommit ourselves to a faith that literally works wonders.
 

Theology

Shiva and the primoridial tradition Danielou, Alain
Shiva and the primoridial tradition: from the tantras to the science of dreams
BL1280.522.D3613 2007
Alain Daniélou explores the relationship between Shaivism and the Western world. Shaivite philosophy does not oppose theology, cosmology, and science because it recognizes that their common aim is to seek to understand and explain the nature of the world. In the Western world, the idea of bridging the divide between science and religion is just beginning to touch the edges of mainstream thought.
Mormons and Mormonism Eliason, Eric A.
Mormons and Mormonism: an introduction to an American world religion
BX8637.M67 2001
Eleven professors of religion, history, English, music, and sociology consider the history of the persecution of the Mormons, the church's relationship with Utah's state bureaucracy and with other branches of Christianity, and the culture clash experienced in Mormon missionary work.
Shinto Littleton, C. Scott
Shinto: origins, rituals, festivals, spirits, sacred places
BL2220.L58 2002
This is an outstanding introduction to the Japanese religion Shinto ("spirit way"), exploring its syncretistic affinities with Buddhism, its modern status as the state religion and its emphasis on harmony with nature. Littleton first offers a quick but comprehensive history of Shinto over the past 2,000 years, stressing its evolution into an imperial cult in the late 19th century. Short chapters follow on kami (deities), sacred texts and persons, ethical principles, concepts of the afterlife and other topics.
Zen and the Art of Happiness Prentiss, Chris
Zen and the Art of Happiness
BQ9265.4.P743 2006x
Prentiss's own engagement with Zen Buddhism is quite sincere, but the book should not be taken as a guide to the spiritual practice. Prentiss's principal sense of Zen is that of awareness of every present moment; armed with that, he shows readers, with humor and zest, how to live in the now and change our futures.
Canon Without Closure Schorsch, Ismar
Canon Without Closure: Torah commentaries
BS1225.53.S383 2007
Each commentary draws upon the author's wide breadth of Jewish scholarship, Talmudic teachings, and inspirational personal insights. Rabbi Schorsch focuses on the deep roots of Judaism present in the weekly reading and illustrates their significance in the development of Judaism and Jewish practice.
The Mind of Christ Scott, David
The Mind of Christ
BT304.2.S36 2007
David Scott, parish priest and poet leads into using our own minds to bring us alongside the mind of the one who has had such a crucial effect on our understanding of what life can be.
Jesus for the non religious Spong, John Shelby
Jesus for the non religious: recovering the divine at the heart of the human
BT304.95.S663 2007x
John Shelby Spong served the Episcopal Church as a priest and bishop for forty-five years. Spong proposes a new way of understanding the divinity of Christ: both divinity and humanity are human concepts, and what we call the divine is simply the ultimate dimension of a fulfilled humanity.
Can God Intervene? Stern, Gary
Can God Intervene?: how religion explains natural disasters
BL65.N33.S74
To explore various religious explanations of the tragedies inflicted by nature, author Gary Stern has interviewed 43 prominent religious leaders across the religious spectrum. Stern asked each of them probing questions about what their religion teaches and what their faith professes regarding the presence of tragedy. he result is a work that probes and challenges real people's beliefs about a subject that, unfortunately, touches everyone's life.
Alef, Mem, Tau Wolfson, Elliot
Alef, Mem, Tau: Kabalistic musings on time, truth and death
BD638.W64 2006
This highly original, provocative, and poetic work explores the nexus of time, truth, and death in the symbolic world of medieval kabbalah. Demonstrating that the historical and theoretical relationship between kabbalah and western philosophy is far more intimate and extensive than any previous scholar has ever suggested.

Last updated Thursday February 21 2008.