Zoroastrianism: A Guide for the Perplexed

Zoroastrianism: A Guide for the Perplexed
  • Author : Jenny Rose
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Pages : 207
  • Relase : 2011-10-20
  • ISBN : 9781441113795

Zoroastrianism: A Guide for the Perplexed Book Review:

Insightful guide to the history, development and beliefs of this ancient religion, and its continuation as a lived religion today.

A Guide for the Perplexed

A Guide for the Perplexed
  • Author : Ernst Friedrich Schumacher
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 165
  • Relase : 1995
  • ISBN : 9780099480211

A Guide for the Perplexed Book Review:

This book, by the author of 'Small is Beautiful' is about the different ways in which people may see and the blindness of only seeing in one particular way. The arguments Schumacher presents are invigorating, provoking and often dramatic.

Zoroastrianism

Zoroastrianism
  • Author : Jenny Rose
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 328
  • Relase : 2014-04-02
  • ISBN : 9780857735485

Zoroastrianism Book Review:

Zoroastrianism is one of the world's great ancient religions. In present-day Iran, significant communities of Zoroastrians (who take their name from the founder of the faith, the remarkable religious reformer Zoroaster) still practise the rituals and teach the moral precepts that once undergirded the officially state-sanctioned faith of the mighty Sasanian empire. Beyond Iran, the Zoroastrian disapora is significant especially in India, where the Gujarati-speaking community of emigrants from post-Sasanian Iran call themselves 'Parsis'. But there are also significant Zoroastrian communities to be found elsewhere, such as in the USA, Britain and Canada, where western cultural contexts have shaped the religion in intriguing ways and directions. This new, thorough and wide-ranging introduction will appeal to anyone interested in discovering more about the faith that bequeathed the contrasting words 'Magi' and 'magic', and whose adherents still live according to the code of 'Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds.' The central Zoroastrian concept that human beings are continually faced with a choice between the path of 'good' and 'evil', represented by the contrasting figures of Ahura Mazda and Ahriman, inspired thinkers as diverse as Voltaire, Mozart and Nietzsche. Jenny Rose shows why Zoroastrianism remains one of the world's most inspiring and perennially fascinating systems of ethics and belief. 'Jenny Rose's lively and engaging account comprises a very readable, well informed survey of Zoroastrianism and its history. The book is a pleasure to read throughout, and the author's writing style is markedly beautiful, placing her very much within Mary Boyce's literary tradition. Rose has read widely round the subject, engaging with important primary and secondary sources and rendering her thorough treatment of Zoroastrianism fully up-to-date. I particularly welcomed her valuable discussion of Zoroastrianism in Central Asia. All in all, the book is a fine example of considered synthesis and compression. This is a book one wants to read from beginning to end without putting it down. It will find a warm welcome from students of the subject and their teachers.' - Almut Hintze, Zartoshty Professor of Zoroastrianism, SOAS, University of London

The Popular Handbook of World Religions

The Popular Handbook of World Religions
  • Author : Daniel J McCoy
  • Publisher : Harvest House Publishers
  • Pages : 448
  • Relase : 2021-03-23
  • ISBN : 9780736979108

The Popular Handbook of World Religions Book Review:

A Christian’s Guide to the World’s Most Prominent Religions Meeting people from other religions is an incredible blessing and a unique challenge. As Christians, what do we need to know about their beliefs to effectively interact with them? And how can we share about Jesus with sensitivity for someone’s relationship to their current faith? A compilation from some of today’s top religion scholars, The Popular Handbook of World Religions is a clear and insightful guide to understanding and conversing with followers of the world’s major belief systems. You will… gain a balanced, nuanced comprehension of what followers of other religions believe, and see how those beliefs compare with those of Christianity develop deeper respect for different cultures and appreciate their unique traditions and ideas learn how to share about Christ with true compassion and a recognition of other people’s individuality and heritage Featuring the writings of Dr. Douglas Groothuis, Dr. Paul Copan, Dr. Winfried Corduan, and more, The Popular Handbook of World Religions is designed to help you gain the wisdom you need to interact with people of other faiths, from atheism to Judaism, Buddhism to Islam, Jainism to Sikhism, and more.

The Zoroastrian Flame

The Zoroastrian Flame
  • Author : Sarah Stewart,Alan Williams,Almut Hintze
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 400
  • Relase : 2016-02-16
  • ISBN : 9780857728159

The Zoroastrian Flame Book Review:

For many centuries, from the birth of the religion late in the second millennium BC to its influence on the Achaemenids and later adoption in the third century AD as the state religion of the Sasanian Empire, it enjoyed imperial patronage and profoundly shaped the culture of antiquity. The Magi of the New Testament most probably were Zoroastrian priests from the Iranian world, while the enigmatic figure of Zarathushtra (or Zoroaster) himself has exerted continual fascination in the West, influencing creative artists as diverse as Voltaire, Nietzsche, Mozart and Yeats. This authoritative volume brings together internationally recognised scholars to explore Zoroastrianism in all its rich complexity. Examining key themes such as history and modernity, tradition and scripture, art and architecture and minority status and religious identity, it places the modern Zoroastrians of Iran, and the Parsis of India, in their proper contexts. The book extends and complements the coverage of its companion volume, The Everlasting Flame.

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Zoroastrianism

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Zoroastrianism
  • Author : Michael Stausberg,Yuhan Sohrab-Dinshaw Vevaina
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Pages : 696
  • Relase : 2015-06-22
  • ISBN : 9781444331356

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Zoroastrianism Book Review:

This is the first ever comprehensive English-language survey of Zoroastrianism, one of the oldest living religions Evenly divided into five thematic sections beginning with an introduction to Zoroaster/Zarathustra and concluding with the intersections of Zoroastrianism and other religions Reflects the global nature of Zoroastrian studies with contributions from 34 international authorities from 10 countries Presents Zoroastrianism as a cluster of dynamic historical and contextualized phenomena, reflecting the current trend to move away from textual essentialism in the study of religion

The Image of Zoroaster

The Image of Zoroaster
  • Author : Jenny Rose
  • Publisher : Bibliotheca Persica
  • Pages : 215
  • Relase : 2000
  • ISBN : UOM:39015049661757

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Spirituality: A Guide for the Perplexed

Spirituality: A Guide for the Perplexed
  • Author : Philip Sheldrake
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Pages : 192
  • Relase : 2014-09-25
  • ISBN : 9781441157164

Spirituality: A Guide for the Perplexed Book Review:

'Spirituality' is a word that is used increasingly these days yet it is often ill-defined. What exactly is spirituality? Is it distinct from religion and can we separate it from beliefs and traditions? Does spirituality mainly focus on spiritual experiences and practices or is it something more? This book suggests that, while there may be common features in the use of the word, 'spirituality' is not a single reality. Different 'spiritualities' reflect particular religious or philosophical viewpoints, as well as the cultural contexts in which they arise and develop. Spirituality: A Guide for the Perplexed provides students and general readers with a reliable and comprehensive guide to 'spirituality' as an area of study, religiously, historically, philosophically and in the social sciences. It explores the tools that are used to study the subject and to interpret spiritual classics (whether these are written texts or other forms such as art) from different times and cultures. Attention is paid to spirituality in a variety of religious and non-religious forms in their own terms and comparatively. However, for the sake of simplicity greatest attention is given to the study of spirituality within a religious perspective with illustrations drawn from texts, personalities and themes associated with five major world religions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. The book concludes with an exploration of spirituality in contemporary perspective - in particular how spirituality is currently employed in areas such as health-care, education and business among other examples.

The Magi

The Magi
  • Author : Eric Vanden Eykel
  • Publisher : Augsburg Fortress Publishers
  • Pages : 243
  • Relase : 2022-10-18
  • ISBN : 9781506473734

The Magi Book Review:

The Magi examines the Magi story, its enrichments and expansions in apocryphal writing and early Christian preaching, its artistic expressions, and its modern legacy in writing and music. The book explores the fascination the Magi story elicits in both ancient and modern readers and what the legacy tells us about its storytellers--and ourselves.

Evangelical Dictionary of Theology

Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
  • Author : Daniel J. Treier,Walter A. Elwell
  • Publisher : Baker Academic
  • Pages : 976
  • Relase : 2017-11-07
  • ISBN : 9781493410774

Evangelical Dictionary of Theology Book Review:

This bestselling reference tool has been a trusted resource for more than 25 years with over 165,000 copies sold. Now thoroughly updated and substantially revised to meet the needs of today's students and classrooms, it offers cutting-edge overviews of key theological topics. Readable and reliable, this work features new articles on topics of contemporary relevance to world Christianity and freshened articles on enduring theological subjects, providing comprehensive A-Z coverage for today's theology students. The author base reflects the increasing diversity of evangelical scholars. Advisory editors include D. Jeffrey Bingham, Cheryl Bridges Johns, John G. Stackhouse Jr., Tite Tiénou, and Kevin J. Vanhoozer.

The History of Evil in Antiquity

The History of Evil in Antiquity
  • Author : Tom Angier,Chad Meister,Charles Taliaferro
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 312
  • Relase : 2018-06-14
  • ISBN : 9781317245872

The History of Evil in Antiquity Book Review:

This first volume of The History of Evil covers Graeco-Roman, Indian, Near Eastern, and Eastern philosophy and religion from 2000 BCE to 450 CE. This book charts the foundations of the history of evil among the major philosophical traditions and world religions, beginning with the oldest recorded traditions: the Vedas and Upaniṣads, Confucianism and Daoism, and Buddhism, and continuing through Graeco-Roman and Judaeo-Christian schools of thought. This cutting-edge treatment of the history of evil at its crucial and determinative inception will appeal to those with particular interests in the ancient period and early theories and ideas of evil and good, as well as those seeking an understanding of how later philosophical and religious developments were conditioned and shaped.

Law and Identity in Colonial South Asia

Law and Identity in Colonial South Asia
  • Author : Mitra Sharafi
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Pages : 368
  • Relase : 2014-04-21
  • ISBN : 9781107047976

Law and Identity in Colonial South Asia Book Review:

This book explores the legal culture of the Parsis, or Zoroastrians, an ethnoreligious community unusually invested in the colonial legal system of British India and Burma. Rather than trying to maintain collective autonomy and integrity by avoiding interaction with the state, the Parsis sank deep into the colonial legal system itself. From the late eighteenth century until India's independence in 1947, they became heavy users of colonial law, acting as lawyers, judges, litigants, lobbyists, and legislators. They de-Anglicized the law that governed them and enshrined in law their own distinctive models of the family and community by two routes: frequent intra-group litigation often managed by Parsi legal professionals in the areas of marriage, inheritance, religious trusts, and libel, and the creation of legislation that would become Parsi personal law. Other South Asian communities also turned to law, but none seems to have done so earlier or in more pronounced ways than the Parsis.

Modern India

Modern India
  • Author : John McLeod
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Pages : 467
  • Relase : 2019-12-31
  • ISBN : 9781440852893

Modern India Book Review:

This one-volume thematic encyclopedia examines life in contemporary India, with topical sections focusing on geography, history, government and politics, economy, social classes and ethnicity, religion, food, etiquette, literature and drama, and more. • Includes "Day in the Life" features that portray specific daily activities of various people in the country, from high school students to working class people to professionals, providing readers with insight into daily life in the country • Defines key terms related to the reading in a glossary • Highlights interesting facts and figures, including information on the military, industry and labor, and finances, in an appendix • Provides at-a-glance information about India's festivals and feast days with a chart of national holidays • Illuminates the text with photos and sidebars, helping to illustrate key topics and allow students to dive more deeply into ideas

Great Events in Religion: An Encyclopedia of Pivotal Events in Religious History [3 volumes]

Great Events in Religion: An Encyclopedia of Pivotal Events in Religious History [3 volumes]
  • Author : Florin Curta,Andrew Holt
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Pages : 1047
  • Relase : 2016-11-28
  • ISBN : 9781610695664

Great Events in Religion: An Encyclopedia of Pivotal Events in Religious History [3 volumes] Book Review:

This three-volume set presents fundamental information about the most important events in world religious history as well as substantive discussions of their significance and impact. • Presents readers with essential information about the chief events in religious history that will help them better understand world history and promote a greater respect for culturally diverse religious traditions • Provides cross-references and sidebars that cite print and electronic resources for further reading with each entry • Includes a selected, general bibliography of print and electronic resources suitable for student research

Unexpected Voices in Imperial Parliaments

Unexpected Voices in Imperial Parliaments
  • Author : Josep M. Fradera,José María Portillo,Teresa Segura-Garcia
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 304
  • Relase : 2021-06-03
  • ISBN : 9781350193215

Unexpected Voices in Imperial Parliaments Book Review:

This collection follows the extraordinary careers of nine colonial subjects who won seats in high-level parliamentary institutions of the imperial powers that ruled over them. Revealing an unexplored dimension of the complex political organisation of modern empires, the essays show how early imperial constitutions allowed for the emergence of these unexpected members of parliament, asks how their presence was possible, and unveils the reactions across metropolitan circles, local communities and the voters who brought them to office. Unearthing the entanglements between political life in metropolitan and non-European societies, it illuminates the ambiguous zones, the margins for negotiation, and the emerging forms of leadership in colonial societies. From a Hispanicised Inca nobleman, to recently emancipated slaves and African colonial subjects, in linking these individuals and their political careers together, Unexpected Voices in Imperial Parliaments argues that the political organisation of modern empires incorporated the voices of the colonised and the non-European, in an ambiguous relationship that led to a widening of political participation and action throughout the imperial world. In doing so, this book offers a comprehensive but nuanced reassessment of the making and unmaking of modern empires.

Zarathustra

Zarathustra
  • Author : Abolghassem Khamneipur
  • Publisher : FriesenPress
  • Pages : 500
  • Relase : 2015-12-01
  • ISBN : 9781460268834

Zarathustra Book Review:

ZARATHUSTRA WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST historical personalities known to us, and he forever shifted the course of civilization. Nevertheless, publications about him are fragmented and written for specialized academics only, making them incomprehensible to the general public. This book, for the first time, presents an easy and reader-friendly view for the educated general public. It examines its subject from the scientific perspective and is interested in the historical beginnings of today’s monotheistic religions. For the understanding of modern monotheism—the one God religions we know today as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—knowledge of Zarathustra and his message in a larger historical context is absolutely essential. Zarathustra was the first Prophet; all other Prophets came after him. The Greek philosophers such as Plato and Aristoteles spoke with great respect for him, for he stands with his civility and ethics at the beginning of human civilization, and Friedrich Nietzsche said of him: “The invention of morality by Zarathustra was the greatest philosophical error in human history”

Between Boston and Bombay

Between Boston and Bombay
  • Author : Jenny Rose
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Pages : 328
  • Relase : 2019-11-06
  • ISBN : 9783030252052

Between Boston and Bombay Book Review:

A few years after the American declaration of independence, the first American ships set sail to India. The commercial links that American merchant mariners established with the Parsis of Bombay contributed significantly to the material and intellectual culture of the early Republic in ways that have not been explored until now. This book maps the circulation of goods, capital and ideas between Bombay Parsis and their contemporaries in the northeastern United States, uncovering a surprising range of cultural interaction. Just as goods and gifts from the Zoroastrians of India quickly became an integral part of popular culture along the eastern seaboard of the U.S., so their newly translated religious texts had a considerable impact on American thought. Using a wealth of previously unpublished primary sources, this work presents the narrative of American-Parsi encounters within the broader context of developing global trade and knowledge.

The Origin of Sin

The Origin of Sin
  • Author : David Konstan
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 216
  • Relase : 2022-02-10
  • ISBN : 9781350278608

The Origin of Sin Book Review:

Where did the idea of sin arise from? In this meticulously argued book, David Konstan takes a close look at classical Greek and Roman texts, as well as the Bible and early Judaic and Christian writings, and argues that the fundamental idea of "sin" arose in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, although this original meaning was obscured in later Jewish and Christian interpretations. Through close philological examination of the words for "sin," in particular the Hebrew hata' and the Greek hamartia, he traces their uses over the centuries in four chapters, and concludes that the common modern definition of sin as a violation of divine law indeed has antecedents in classical Greco-Roman conceptions, but acquired a wholly different sense in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament.

Confucius: A Guide for the Perplexed

Confucius: A Guide for the Perplexed
  • Author : Yong Huang
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Pages : 192
  • Relase : 2013-01-03
  • ISBN : 9781441196538

Confucius: A Guide for the Perplexed Book Review:

A clear and thorough account of Confucius and his ideas, underscoring his relevance to both Chinese people and to people in the West.

Chaos, Cosmos and Creation in Early Greek Theogonies

Chaos, Cosmos and Creation in Early Greek Theogonies
  • Author : Olaf Almqvist
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 256
  • Relase : 2022-01-13
  • ISBN : 9781350221888

Chaos, Cosmos and Creation in Early Greek Theogonies Book Review:

Cosmological narratives like the creation story in the book of Genesis or the modern Big Bang are popularly understood to be descriptions of how the universe was created. However, cosmologies also say a great deal more. Indeed, the majority of cosmologies, ancient and modern, explore not simply how the world was made but how humans relate to their surrounding environment and the often thin line which separates humans from gods and animals. Combining approaches from classical studies, anthropology, and philosophy, this book studies three competing cosmologies of the early Greek world: Hesiod's Theogony; the Orphic Derveni theogony; and Protagoras' creation myth in Plato's eponymous dialogue. Although all three cosmologies are part of a single mythic tradition and feature a number of similar events and characters, Olaf Almqvist argues they offer very different answers to an ongoing debate on what it is to be human. Engaging closely with the ontological turn in anthropology and in particular with the work of Philippe Descola, this book outlines three key sets of ontological assumptions – analogism, pantheism, and naturalism – found in early Greek literature and explores how these competing ontological assumptions result in contrasting attitudes to rituals such as prayer and sacrifice.