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Tentative future monthly religious and spiritual book selections

2019-September to December

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2019-September's selection

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"The Limits of Tolerance: Enlightenment Values and Religious Fanaticism" by Denis Lacorne and C. Jon Delogu

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Book reviews:

  • "I simply don’t know a book on toleration that compares to this one. Denis Lacorne has managed to weave together both an intellectual history of ideas about toleration and a wide-ranging international survey of policies related to it. Theory and practice come together in a very illuminating way and will expand the American reader’s horizon beyond our borders." (Mark Lilla, author of The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics)

  • "Living in a religiously tolerant society, Americans no longer understand what the challenge of achieving religious toleration originally meant: learning to coexist with beliefs and practices that one detested. Denis Lacorne begins this critical survey by recalling the great Enlightenment voices for toleration: Locke, Voltaire, and the American founders. But he then examines modern European and American disputes to demonstrate why the struggle for toleration and free exercise remains so problematic ― a fight that never quite ends but that we grasp much better after reading Lacorne's crisp and incisive chapters." (Jack N. Rakove, author of Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution)

  • "A timely, erudite, and insightful book that sheds light on issues concerning whether and when contemporary democracies should restrict the practices and beliefs of nonmainstream religious and political groups. It is the best book written on this subject to date." (Bruce Cain, author of Democracy More or Less: America’s Political Reform Quandary)

  • "He gives no pat answers, but an implicit lesson runs throughout. Defending toleration is not like protecting a jewel. It takes fixity of aim but also a feel for the changing context, persistence with a task that never ends and readiness to start again. Toleration does gradually spread. It can also suddenly vanish." (The Economist)

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2019-October's selection

Bad Faith

"Bad Faith: A Spiritual Humanist Alternative for Christianity and the West" by Tom Drake-Brockman

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$37.52 in hardcover
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$22.00 in paperback plus postage
.

Amazon book review by Rex A. E. Hunt, Founding Chair, The Common Dreams Conference of Religious Progressives Australia/South Pacific:

"Drake-Brockman's radical, humanistic, Jewish Jesus is provocative. It will challenge as it will be challenged. But the debate is essential for the current Historical Jesus/Early Christianities scholarship, and the overhaul of 'belief-based' Christianity."

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2019-November's selection

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"Religious Delusion" Self published by John Carlshausen

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U.S. $4.19 in Kindle format.

Author's review:

"This book needed to be written. A book about the folly of Religion. Folly is described in the Dictionary as being foolish, lack of sense
and unwise conduct. This describes Religion perfectly.

It is foolish to believe there is an invisible friend in the sky called God, who is watching over you and [over] seven billion other people who reside here on Earth.

He is watching over us twenty four hours a day and has been doing this for Centuries.

Anyone who believes this nonsense is being foolish and is definitely lacking common sense. ..."

Webmaster's comment:

This book is a humorous attack on religion. This web site does not usually include religious attacks. However, we are including this book in our book selection for November for two reasons: We felt that this book would be amusing to many of our site visitors, particularly those with negative views towards religion. Also, it should be useful to religious visitors who promote religion to others with negative views on religion.

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2019-December's selection

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"Persecution and Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Freedom" (Cambridge Studies in Economics, Choice, and Society) by Noel D. Johnson and Mark Koyama

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U.S. $18.49 in Kindle format!, or
$67.97 in hardcover
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$20.06 in paperback plus postage
.

Amazon book review:

"Religious freedom has become an emblematic value in the West. Embedded in constitutions and championed by politicians and thinkers across the political spectrum, it is to many an absolute value, something beyond question. Yet how it emerged, and why, remains widely misunderstood. Tracing the history of religious persecution from the Fall of Rome to the present-day, Noel D. Johnson and Mark Koyama provide a novel explanation of the birth of religious liberty. This book treats the subject in an integrative way by combining economic reasoning with historical evidence from medieval and early modern Europe. The authors elucidate the economic and political incentives that shaped the actions of political leaders during periods of state building and economic growth."

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2020-January's selection

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"How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide " Beacon Press (2018) by Crystal Marie Fleming

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U.S. $7.08 in Kindle format!, or
$16.28 in hardcover
plus postage, or
$11.51 in paperback plus postage
.

" 'How to Be Less Stupid About Race' is your essential guide to breaking through the half-truths and ridiculous misconceptions that have thoroughly corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, pop culture, media, and politics. Centuries after our nation was founded on genocide, settler colonialism, and slavery, many Americans are kinda-sorta-maybe waking up to the reality that our racial politics are (still) garbage. But in the midst of this reckoning, widespread denial and misunderstandings about race persist, even as white supremacy and racial injustice are more visible than ever before. ..."

"Searing, sobering, and urgently needed, How to Be Less Stupid About Race is a truth bomb for your racist relative, friend, or boss, and a call to action for everyone who wants to challenge white supremacy and intersectional oppression. If you like Issa Rae, Justin Simien, Angela Davis, and Morgan Jerkins, then this deeply relevant, bold, and incisive book is for you."

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star Note to those without a Kindle reader:

Amazon supplies a free Kindle reader app that can be dowloaded for free from their web site. Versions are available for Windows, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Android Phones, Android Tablets, iPhone. iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, PC, Cloud Reader, and by now, probably more devices.

For Android phones, PCs, Macs, tablets, etc.:

  • Go to the Amazon web site at: https://www.amazon.com/

  • Go to the search bar at the top of that screen. Enter free reading app

  • There should be a "Free Kindle Reading App" link as the top selection for the device you are currently using.

Benefits of using Kindle books:

  • Once you download the app, you can read ebooks from Amazon which are usually significantly cheaper than paperback or hardcover versions.

  • If you download the app to your tablet or phone, you will be able to carry dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of books with you!

  • There is no need for you to build additional book shelves!

  • You can join Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program. It enables you to explore over 1 million titles, thousands of audioooks, and many current magazines on any device. The first month is free, and subsequent months cost $9.99 in the U.S.

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