Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

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Supernatural selection: how religion evolved

By Rossano, Matthew J.

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 200

Call Number: 200.9 ROS

In 2006, scientist Richard Dawkins published a blockbuster best-seller, The God Delusion. This atheist manifesto sparked a furious reaction from believers, who have responded with numerous books of their own. By pitting science against religion, however, this debate overlooks what science can tell us about religion. According to evolutionary psychologist Maul Rossano, what science reveals is that religion made us human. --

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Jesus and Muhammad: parallel tracks, parallel lives

By Peters, F. E.

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 200

Call Number: 200.922 PET

"Jesus and Muhammad are two of the best known and revered figures in history, each with a billion or more global followers. Now, in this intriguing volume, F.E. Peters offers a clear and compelling analysis of the parallel lives of Jesus and Muhammad, the first such in-depth comparison in print." "Like a detective, Peters compiles "dossiers of what we do and do not know about the lives and portraits of these towering figures, drawing on the views of modern historians and the evidence of the Gospels and the Quran. With erudition and wit, the author nimbly leads the reader through drama and dogma to reveal surprising similarities between the two leaders and their messages Each had a public career as a semi-sucessful preacher Both encountered opposition that threatened their lives and those of their followers. Each left a body of teaching purported to be their very words, with an urgent imperative that all must become believers in the face of the approaching apacalypse. Both are symbols of hope on the one hand and of God's terrible judgment on the other. They are bringers of peace--and the sword. There is, however a fundamental difference. Muslims tevere Muhammad ibn Abdullah of Mecca as a mortal prophet. Although known as a prophet in his day, the Galilean Jew Jesus was and is believed by his followers to have been the promised Messiah, indeed the son of God The Quran records revelations received by Muhammad as the messenger of God, whereas the revelations of the Gospels focus on Jesus and the events of his life and death." "A lasting contribution to interfaith understanding, Jesus and Muhammad offers lucid, intelligent answers to questions that underlie some of the world's most intractable conflicts."--BOOK JACKET.

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American grace: how religion divides and unites us

By Putnam, Robert D.

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 200

Call Number: 201 PUT

Examines the impact of religion on American life and how that impact has changed in the last half-century.

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Atoms and Eden: conversations on religion and science

By Paulson, Steve

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 200

Call Number: 202.4 PAU

A series of interviews, conducted by Paulson, each preceeded by a short introduction.

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Radical: taking back your faith from the American Dream

By Platt, David

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 200

Call Number: 261.109 PLA

Examines the ways in which the gospel is contradicted by the American dream and challenges Christians to join in a one-year experiment in authentic discipleship that promises spiritual transformation through the word of God.

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The abacus and the cross: the story of the Pope who brought the light of science to the Dark Ages

By Brown, Nancy Marie

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 200

Call Number: 270.3092 BRO

Traces the achievements of medieval Pope Sylvester II, revealing his lesser-known role in promoting scientific awareness throughout turn-of-the-first-millennium Catholicism and his introduction of Arabic numerals to Europe.

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