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Tentative future monthly religious and spiritual book selections

2021-February to August

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Selection for 2021-FEBRUARY:

"Godless Citizens in a Godly Republic: Atheists in American Public Life"

by Isaac Kramnick and R, Laurence Moore.

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God occupies our nation’s consciousness, even defining to many what it means to be American. Nonbelievers have often had second-class legal status and have had to fight for their rights as citizens.

As R. Laurence Moore and Isaac Kramnick demonstrate in their sharp and convincing work, avowed atheists were derided since the founding of the nation. Even Thomas Paine fell into disfavor and his role as a patriot forgotten. Popular Republican Robert Ingersoll could not be elected in the nineteenth century due to his atheism, and the suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton was shunned when she questioned biblical precepts about women’s roles.

Moore and Kramnick lay out this fascinating history and the legal cases that have questioned religious supremacy. It took until 1961 for the Supreme Court to ban religious tests for state officials, despite Article 6 of the Constitution. Still, every one of the fifty states continues to have God in its constitution. The authors discuss these cases and more current ones, such as Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., which address whether personal religious beliefs supersede secular ones.

In Godless Citizens in a Godly Republic, the authors also explore the dramatic rise of an "atheist awakening" and the role of organizations intent on holding the country to the secular principles it was founded upon.

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Selection for 2021-MARCH:

"How to Argue With a Racist: What Our Genes Do (and Don't) Say About Human Difference,"
by Adam Rutherford

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U.S. $13.17 in Kindle format!, or
$24.86 in hardcover
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Racist pseudoscience has become so commonplace that it can be hard to spot. But its toxic effects on society are plain to see — feeding nationalism, fueling hatred, endangering lives, and corroding our discourse on everything from sports to intelligence. Even well-intentioned people repeat stereotypes based on “science,” because cutting-edge genetics are hard to grasp — and all too easy to distort. Paradoxically, these misconceptions are multiplying even as scientists make unprecedented discoveries in human genetics — findings that, when accurately understood, are powerful evidence against racism. We’ve never had clearer answers about who we are and where we come from, but this knowledge is sorely needed in our casual conversations about race.

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Selection for 2021-APRIL:

"Christianity for People Who Aren't Christian," by James Emery White

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U.S. $7.58 in Kindle format!, or
U.S. $14.46 in Paperback
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By Lee Strobel, former award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and bestselling author of more than twenty books:

"I wish this book had been around when I was an atheist and started to seek God. It's a no-nonsense, practical, and insightful guide that will help all those on a quest for spiritual truth. If you're investigating whether there's any substance to the Christian faith, you must read this important book."

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Selection for 2021-MAY:

"Liberty in the Things of God: The Christian Origins of Religious Freedom," by Robert Louis Wilken

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U.S. $19.06 in Kindle format!, or
U.S. $20.05 in Paperback
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U.S. $34.34 in Hardcover plus postage.

Amazon book review:

In the ancient world Christian apologists wrote in defense of their right to practice their faith in the cities of the Roman Empire. They argued that religious faith is an inward disposition of the mind and heart and cannot be coerced by external force, laying a foundation on which later generations would build.
 
Chronicling the history of the struggle for religious freedom from the early Christian movement through the seventeenth century, Robert Louis Wilken shows that the origins of religious freedom and liberty of conscience are religious, not political, in origin. They took form before the Enlightenment through the labors of men and women of faith who believed there could be no justice in society without liberty in the things of God. This provocative book, drawing on writings from the early Church as well as the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, reminds us of how “the meditations of the past were fitted to affairs of a later day."

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Selection for 2021-JUNE:

"Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith" by Ann Spangler

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U.S. $1.99 in Kindle format!, or
U.S. $22.85 in Paperback
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U.S. $13.06 in Hardcover plus postage.

Amazon book review:

"What would it be like to journey back to the first century and sit at the feet of Rabbi Jesus as one of his Jewish disciples? How would your understanding of the gospel have been shaped by the customs, beliefs, and traditions of the Jewish culture in which you lived?

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus will change the way you read Scripture and deepen your understanding of the life of Jesus. It will also help you to adapt the rich prayers and customs you learn about to your own life, in ways that both respect and enrich your Christian faith.

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus takes you on a fascinating tour of the Jewish world of Jesus, offering inspirational insights that can transform your faith. Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg paint powerful scenes from Jesus' ministry, immersing you in the prayers, feasts, history, culture, and customs that shaped Jesus and those who followed him."

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Selection for 2021-JULY:

"Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious" by Chris Stedman

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U.S. $12.99 in Kindle format, or
U.S. $8.97 in Paperback
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U.S. $22.23 in Hardcover plus postage.

Amazon book review:

"The story of a former Evangelical Christian turned openly gay atheist who now works to bridge the divide between atheists and the religious.

The stunning popularity of the “New Atheist” movement—whose most famous spokesmen include Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens—speaks to both the growing ranks of atheists and the widespread, vehement disdain for religion among many of them. In Faitheist, Chris Stedman tells his own story to challenge the orthodoxies of this movement and make a passionate argument that atheists should engage religious diversity respectfully."

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Selection for 2021-AUG:

"All Can Be Saved: Religious Tolerance and Salvation in the Iberian Atlantic World"
by Stuart B. Schwartz

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Search for the title in Amazon's book section
U.S. $14.12 in Kindle format, or
U.S. $35.00 in Paperback
plus postage, or
U.S. $76.14 in Hardcover plus postage.

Amazon book review:

"The story of a former Evangelical Christian turned openly gay atheist who now works to bridge the divide between atheists and the religious.

The stunning popularity of the “New Atheist” movement—whose most famous spokesmen include Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens—speaks to both the growing ranks of atheists and the widespread, vehement disdain for religion among many of them. In Faitheist, Chris Stedman tells his own story to challenge the orthodoxies of this movement and make a passionate argument that atheists should engage religious diversity respectfully."

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star Note to those without a Kindle reader:

Amazon supplies a freeKindle 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 "All you can" program which gives you access to over 40,000 audio and e-books.

  • you to access over 1 million titles, thousands of audioooks, and many current magazines on any device. The first 30 days are free, and subsequent months cost $19.99 in the U.S. and about $21.77 in Canada.

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