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Recommended religious and spiritual books

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Webmaster's note:

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-June's selection

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John Shore: "UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question" 208 pages.

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11.69 plus postage in Paperback. and $7.40 in Kindle format.

Amazon.com customers have given this book a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Amazon.com book description:

"Shore is one of America's leading Christian writers on the subject of gay people and Christianity. His essays are widely credited with being central to the sea change in Christian thinking that has occurred on this issue in recent years. 'UNFAIR' offers the best of Shore's writings on homosexuality and Christians / Christianity, along with heart-wrenching but ultimately inspiring letters from gay people telling what it's like to grow up, and live today, both gay and Christian. The book's opening essay, "Taking God at His Word: The Bible and Homosexuality," is a must-read for anyone seeking clarity on the relationship between the Bible, Christianity, and LGBT people. If you read only one book on this subject, make it this one."

Webmaster's note:

We had another book selected for this month. However, a cultural tsunami may occur this month (or early July) when the U.S. Supreme Court releases their decision in the case Obergefell v. Hodges. Many commentators expect that the high court will legalize same-sex marriage across the entire U.S. That will bring the "LGBT Question" front and center for many Christians. This book may help them think through their position on lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals and couples. It might be helpful also to members of the LGBT community to help them think through what the Bible expects of them.

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2015-July's selection

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Mark Fulton, MD. "Get over Christianiity by understanding it." 686 pages.

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$24.99 plus postage in Paperback, or $7.82 in Kindle format.

Amazon.com customers have given this book a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

Amazon.com book description:

"Mark Fulton’s book 'Get over Christianity by Understanding it' questions the origins of Christianity through an exploration of who the Biblical players were, and the authors' motives. The book reveals many obscure facts, and exposes a large number of fictions for what they are. The book's conclusions are based on assessments of primary sources such as the Bible itself, as well as the opinions of numerous respected historians, and are the product of many years of exhaustive investigation.

The book concludes that the Old Testament is largely fabricated, is profoundly immoral, and has been the primary cause of much human suffering and ideological baggage.

Fulton thinks that Jesus may have existed; yet that the man described in the Gospels is not a true depiction. He thinks Jesus was actually a fundamentalist Jewish zealot, and not a Christian, and that Jesus had no delusions that he was the Son of God, and no wish to die for humanity’s sins. Instead, Fulton has Jesus as a hopeful Jewish messiah who tried to start a war with the Roman garrison in Jerusalem, yet was outmanoeuvred and crucified before his ambitions had a chance to come to fruition.

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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.

Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store.
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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