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History of Religion

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When Souls Had Wings -   Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought, Givens, Terryl
1 When Souls Had Wings - Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought

Givens, TerrylNew, Oxford University Press, 2009, USA

Paperback



Brand new softcover book!

; The idea of the pre-existence of the soul has been extremely important, widespread, and persistent throughout Western history--from even before the philosophy of Plato to the poetry of Robert Frost. When Souls Had Wings offers the first systematic history of this little explored feature of Western culture.

Terryl Givens describes the tradition of pre-existence as "pre-heaven"--the place where unborn souls wait until they descend to earth to be born. And typically it is seen as a descent--a falling away from a happier and untroubled state into the turbulent and sinful world we know. The title of the book refers to the idea put forward in antiquity that our souls begin with wings, and that only after shedding those wings do we fall to earth. The book not only traces the history of the idea of pre-existence, but also captures its meaning for those who have embraced it. Givens describes how pre-existence has been invoked to explain "the better angels of our nature," including the human yearning for transcendence and the sublime. Pre-existence has been said to account for why we know what we should not know, whether in the form of a Greek slave's grasp of mathematics, the moral sense common to humanity, or the human ability to recognize universals. The belief has explained human bonds that seem to have their own mysterious prehistory, salved the wounded sensibility of a host of thinkers who could not otherwise account for the unevenly distributed pain and suffering that are humanity's common lot, and has been posited by philosophers and theologians alike to salvage the principle of human freedom and accountability.

When Souls had Wings underscores how durable (and controversial) this idea has been throughout the history of Western thought, the theological dangers it has represented, and how prominently it has featured in poetry, literature, and art.; 1.3 x 9.3 x 6.2 Inches; 388 pages, 

57625

Price: 28.95 USD 26.06 USD 
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Jesus in His Homeland, Mountford, Lydia Mary Olive Mamreoff von Finkelstein
2 Jesus in His Homeland

Mountford, Lydia Mary Olive Mamreoff von FinkelsteinNew, Self Published, N.D., 

Paperback



Brand new softcover book!

; 6" x 9"; 138 pages, 

55026

Price: 16.00 USD 14.40 USD 
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3 RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD - A Latter-Day Saint View

Palmer, Spencer J. / Roger R. Keller / Dong Sull Choi / James A. TorontoVery Good in Very Good Dust Jacket, Brigham Young University, 1990, Provo, UT U. S. A.

Hardcover



Cover has some light edge and corner wear. Signed and inscribed by authors inside front cover.; As the Church expands increasingly world-wide, every Latter-day Saint should know something about each of the major religions of the world. From an LDS perspective, no better text exists than this book for understanding Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and the other great religious traditions of the world. Written by four BYU professors with extensive religious experience in Asia, the Middle East, and throughout the Western world, this readable volume provides fascinating and enlightening information from God's children on every continent. ; 8.5" x 11"; 223 pages, 

9684

Price: 12.00 USD 10.80 USD 
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Why I Stay -  The Challenges of Discipleship for Contemporary Mormons, Rees, Robert A. (Editor)
4 Why I Stay - The Challenges of Discipleship for Contemporary Mormons

Rees, Robert A. (Editor)New, Signature Books, 2011, 

Hardcover



Brand New Book. ; Mormonism is a community with two faces: progressive and conservative. This is true of nearly all faith traditions, which can be alternately open or defensive, traditional or innovative, accepting or judgmental. In the case of the LDS Church, it continues, a century after having shaken off the stigma of polygamy, three decades after embracing blacks as equals, and in the face of international growth, to wrestle with freeing itself from its past insularity. In doing so, it will find its place within the larger religious world and its accommodation to the challenges of modernism.

This all represents a challenge for individual members, especially for artists, scholars, and independent thinkers. The poet Robert Haas has made a distinction between religion, which is “communal worship centered on shared ideas of the sacred,” and spirituality, which “has to do with the individual soul’s struggle with its own meaning.” In this anthology, sixteen Latter-day Saints explain how they balance the demands of religion and spirituality in the modern Church. It brings to mind the example of LDS educator Lowell Bennion who offered the image of carrying water on both shoulders to explain the binary nature of balancing faith with reason, institutional commitment with individual integrity, obedience with love.

It is encouraging to discover so many Latter-day saints who, the editor writes, “neither stay with their faith blindly nor leave it rebelliously, but rather choose to struggle with challenges and strive for a more mature discipleship.” The contributors to this anthology are Lavina Fielding Anderson, Mary Bradford, William Bradshaw, Claudia L. Bushman, Fred Christensen, Lael Littke, Armand Mauss, Chase Peterson, Grethe Peterson, J. Frederick “Toby” Pingree, Gregory Prince, Robert A. Rees, Tom Rogers, William D. Russell, Cherry Bushman Silver, and Morris Thurston.; 5.25" x 9.5"; 250 pages, 

53530

Price: 24.95 USD 22.46 USD 
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Vistas on Visions - A Golden Anniversary History of Church Education in Southern California, Rimington, David B.
5 Vistas on Visions - A Golden Anniversary History of Church Education in Southern California

Rimington, David B.Very Good, Shumway Family History Services, 1988, Anaheim, CA

Hardcover



Cover has some light edge and corner wear. ; The purpose of this history is to provide a record of the development of the Church Educational system of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Southern California area. The occasion is the fiftieth anniversary of the beginnings of CES in California, generally marked by the arrival of Elder John A. Widtsoe at the University of Southern California by invitation from that University, to Participate in the religious education of its students during the 1935-1936 school year. ; 6" x 9.5"; 236 pages, 

43516

Price: 14.00 USD 12.60 USD 
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