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Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something "Alive" and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It

J SCOTT TURNER · HarperOne
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

A professor, biologist, and physiologist argues that modern Darwinism's materialist and mechanistic biases have led to a scientific dead end, unable to define what life is - and only an openness to the qualities of "purpose and desire" will move the field forward.Scott Turner...
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The Meaning of Belief: Religion from an Atheist's Point of View

Tim Crane · Harvard University Press
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

Contemporary debate about religion seems to be going nowhere. Atheists persist with their arguments, many plausible and some unanswerable, but these make no impact on religious believers. Defenders of religion find atheists equally unwilling to cede ground. The Meaning of Belief offers...
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The Spiritual Nature of Animals: A Country Vet Explores the Wisdom, Compassion, and Souls of Animals

Karlene Stange DVM · New World Library
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback

Vets in rural practice face especially difficult illnesses, physical conditions, and emotional trials. Their work environment is not that of dog and cat vets who see their "patients" in sterile urban offices. Dr. Karlene Stange embraced these difficulties because her work led her to spiritual...
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The Worrier's Guide to the End of the World: Love, Loss, and Other Catastrophes--through Italy, India, and Beyond

Torre DeRoche · Seal Press
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback

A funny and heartwarming story of one woman's attempt to walk off a lifetime of fear--with a soulmate, bad shoes, and lots of wine. Torre DeRoche is at rock bottom following a breakup and her father's death when she crosses paths with the goofy and spirited Masha, who is pusuing her dream...
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Science and Spiritual Practices: Transformative Experiences and Their Effects on Our Bodies, Brains, and Health

Rupert Sheldrake · Counterpoint
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

"Few people today could have brought forth Science and Spiritual Practices other than the phenomenal Rupert Sheldrake . . . We should listen attentively when a person who has walked the path of integration so faithfully speaks." -- MARC HANDLEY ANDRUS, Eighth Episcopal Bishop...
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Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation

Robert Roth · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

A simple, practical, and straightforward guide to meditation from Bob Roth, a world authority on Transcendental Meditation who has spent forty-five years helping people access their innate creativity and power with TM, having personally taught students ranging from Fortune 100 CEOs to Oprah...
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The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC - 1492 AD

Simon Schama · Ecco
Pages: 496
Format: Hardcover

In this magnificently illustrated cultural history - the tie-in to the PBS and BBC series The Story of the Jews - Simon Schama details the story of the Jewish experience, tracing it across three millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the New World...
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Eating Ethically: Religion and Science for a Better Diet

Jonathan K Crane · Columbia University Press
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

We are eating ourselves to death in many ways, both bodily and societally. Few activities are as essential to human flourishing as eating, and fewer still are as ethically intricate. Eating well is particularly confusing. Conflicting recommendations, contradictory scientific studies, and the confounding...
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The Butcher's Daughter: A Novel

VICTORIA GLENDINNING · The Overlook Press
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

The atmospheric novel set during the Tudor era of a young woman's struggle to define herself in a world of uncertainty, intrigue, and danger in a period of great upheavalIn 1535, England is hardly a wellspring of gender equality; it is a grim and oppressive age where women -- even the privileged...
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On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism

Gershom Scholem · SCHOCKEN-1969
Pages: 216
Format: Paperback

In On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism, Gershom Scholem guides the reader through the central themes in the intricate history of the Kabbalah, clarifying the relations between mysticism and established religious authority, the mystics' interpretation of the Torah and their attempts to discover...
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Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia

MICHAEL SHERMER · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

A scientific exploration into humanity's obsession with the afterlife and quest for immortality from the bestselling author and skeptic Michael ShermerIn his most ambitious work yet, Shermer sets out to discover what drives humans' belief in life after death, focusing on recent scientific...
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In Search of Israel: The History of an Idea

Michael Brenner · Princeton University Press
Pages: 392
Format: Hardcover

A major new history of the century-long debate over what a Jewish state should beMany Zionists who advocated the creation of a Jewish state envisioned a nation like any other. Yet for Israel's founders, the state that emerged against all odds in 1948 was anything but ordinary. Born from...
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The Great Shift: Encountering God in Biblical Times

James L. Kugel · Mariner Books
Pages: 496
Format: Paperback

A world-renowned scholar reveals how a pivotal transformation in spiritual experience during the biblical era made us who we are today A great mystery lies at the heart of the Bible. Early on, people seem to live in a world entirely foreign to our own. God appears to Abraham and Sarah,...
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The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning

Jonathan Sacks · Schocken
Pages: 370
Format: Print book

Impassioned, erudite, thoroughly researched, and beautifully reasoned, The Great Partnership argues not only that science and religion are compatible, but that they complement each other - and that the world needs both. "Atheism deserves better than the new atheists," states...
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Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible

David Plotz · Harper
Pages: 322
Format: Print book

"Hilarious. . . . It's Cliff Notes for Scripture - screenplay by Plotz, story by God. . . . In the end, though, the book is made by the spirit of the writer." - The New York Times Book Review"Like the Bible itself, Good Book contains multitudes - it is by turns thought-provoking,...
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