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We feel that these books should be of interest to everyone:

  • Those who follow a conservative religious belief system should find the books helpful when proselytizing. It is important to know what Christians from other faith traditions, religious liberals, and secularists believe and -- above all -- why they believe it.

  • Agnostics, Atheists, and other secularists should find the books helpful because they may increase their understanding of their own beliefs, and those of various organized religious traditions.

  • Everyone may benefit from these books. Taken as a group, they combat with reason the high levels of sexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, hatred and mistrust of Atheists, general pervasive and entrenched religious intolerance, etc. in the North American culture and the rest of the world.

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2015-August's selection

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Bishop William E. Swing: "A Bishop's Quest," 264 pages.

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25.00 plus postage in Paperback.

Amazon.com book description:

"Bill Swing, our beloved Bishop, continues to inspire and educate with the remarkable story of his journey with the United Religions Initiative. He encourages us to walk with him and learn important lessons about how to give meaning to our own life journey. --The Honorable George P. Shultz, U.S. Secretary of State 1982-1989

This is an intriguing account of a long and successful effort to achieve better understanding and cooperation among the great religions of the world. --Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

Our home is heaven where God is. On earth we learn how to discover home, and each faith leads its adherents homeward. We must learn here how to live together with those with whom we will spend eternity. May the Initiative described in this book succeed for the sake of all believers. --The Most Reverend Desmond M. Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus"

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2015-September's selection

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Benjamin L. Corey: "Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus" 192 pages

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13.01 plus postage in Paperback. and $9.61 in Kindle format.

Amazon.com book description:

"Are you ready to begin experiencing an undiluted Jesus?

Benjamin Corey confronts our vision of Jesus head-on, asking the hard question: Is what we see and hear in the modern church all there is to the message of Jesus… or is there a more radical side to Jesus than we have been led to believe?

Get ready to encounter a Jesus that is determined to turn over the tables of a stale, ineffective and boring gospel that seeks to escape from the world instead of transforming it.

This radical Jesus and His message...

  • Invites us to reorient our lives not on Christian religion, but on the person of Jesus,
  • Calls us to live out faith in the context of authentic community with others, instead of isolation,
  • Includes the excluded and invites the outcast to have a seat at the table, and
  • Responds to enemies with a radical, unexplainable love.

'Undiluted' will invite you to step out of your comfort zone and into a process of rediscovering the radical, counter cultural, and life-changing message of Jesus. As you do, you’ll discover a more vibrant faith as you embrace an undiluted Jesus and His radical message!"

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2015-October's selection

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Daniel C. Maguire: "Christianity without God: Moving beyond the Dogmas and Retrieving the Epic Moral Narrative." 352 pages.

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$
18.60 plus postage in Paperback. $67.50 plus postage in Hardcover,
and $12.38 in Kindle format.

Amazon.com book description:

"Argues that Christianity does not require its supernatural aspects.

Christianity without an omnipotent god, without a divine savior, without an afterlife? In this bold and hopeful book, theologian Daniel C. Maguire writes that traditional, supernatural aspects of Christianity can be comforting, but are increasingly questionable. A century of scholarly research has not been supportive of the dogmatic triad of personal god, incarnate savior, and life after death. Demonstrating that these beliefs have questionable roots in historical traditions, Maguire argues for a return to that brilliant and revolutionary moral epic of the Hebrew and Christian Bible. Rescued from god, Christianity can offer a realistic global ethic to heal a planet sinking under the effects of our ungrateful mismanagement."

 

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Originally written: 2008-MAR-16
Latest update and review: 2015-MAY-12
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