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The Historical Jesus of the Gospels
The Historical Jesus of the Gospels
by Craig S. Keener
Edition: Paperback
Price: $40.68
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jesus was a white European looking dude?????, March 28, 2015
can someone please tell me why there is a white European looking Jesus on the cover of a book titled "The Historical Jesus..." ?

anyhow, aside from that strange oddity, this book is a wealth of data to wrestle with on most all things related to the subject.

anyone wanting to seriously study the subject, will need to interact with the content of the book.

Keener is a widely known expert in his field, and obviously he has spent a ton of energy turning up many stones.

I give it a 3 star rating though because despite the wealth of data given in the book, it seems to me it is basically still just an apologetics attempt. not saying that's bad per se. but at times it seemed like there was special pleading going on rather than a more sober minded reporting of the data wherein the goal should be to educate the reader rather than to persuade.

having said this though, yes it is still a very worth while book to check into if you are wanting to study the historical Jesus.
I just would not want to take its perspective as gospel truth though.

check out Lee Martin McDonald's The Story of Jesus in History and Faith, or James Dunn's massive Jesus Rembered.
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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
by Eckhart Tolle
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.92
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1.0 out of 5 stars The power of delusions of inner grandeur, Tolle is caught up in his own false ego identity, March 13, 2015
Brace yourself, I'm going to actually not like what Tolle teaches. I know, I know, I must not be 'enlightened', as surely some of Tolle's followers will smirk as they read this, thinking of me how if I only "got it", then I would get it.

To Tolle's credit he is a clear writer and he does have some good things to say here and there. his book will make you think, which is strange since he criticizes thinking so much and basically teaches to disengage with thought, yet then goes on to write all about how to think. ??????????? think about it. uh, ok.

Tolle teaches that we get caught up in false ego identity based on the temporalities of the here and now, which are really false realities and so we have to learn to see past those, in doing so we can set ourselves free from latching our identities on to false versions of ourselves that circumstances may lead us to ego identity with. in being set free from this, you are then free to discover that divinity actually resides in you !!!!!! and then you can flow with life like the mighty river that just flows with ease

Ok, so lets get this straight- you are messed up due to false ego identity, but you the messed up self can be a Dr. to your messed up self, analyze yourself, fix yourself and discover that eternal spark within. uh ok. that's pretty cool, I guess ?????????

Uggh, Mr. Tolle, with due respect to you as a fellow traveler in the journey of life, c'mon man really ???

Tolle's teachings will help you to take leave of your senses as your inner you drifts afloat in la la land, convinced of its own ability to divine itself.

my question is: How do we know Tolle HIMSELF is not caught up in some false ego identity and from that platform he is saying the things he is saying in his teachings ???
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What Is God, And How Does It Work?: A Call for Honesty about Reality and Religion
What Is God, And How Does It Work?: A Call for Honesty about Reality and Religion
by Ken Dahl
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.21
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3.0 out of 5 stars hmmmm ..... ????, March 7, 2015
Dahl says in this book of his spiritual and theological journey that he no longer has a need to have his theological ducks in order.
then why this book laying out your theological ducks Mr. Dahl? seems to me he is still laying them out and getting them in order.

either way, Ken Dahl does have some interesting things to say in his book, although I don't see where much of what he writes isn't anything that any thinking person wouldn't have come up with on their own if they really probed into these subjects just a little bit.

to Dahl's credit, he does a fairly good job of showing how our "versions" of "God" may not be as accurate as we like to think.
but then he goes on to ever so subtly, ( sometimes not so subtly with certain remarks he makes), recommend how he thinks more mature minded people would/should/could think about "God", the universe and so forth. however, the ways he recommends are surely worth questioning just as much as some of the things he questions.

it seems to me that Dahl's views basically are those of a pantheist/panentheist of some sort with a constant dash of "who the hek really knows?? but yes there's mystery out there so lets still have some kind of faith in transcendence of some kind". not that there is really anything "wrong" or bad with this way of thinking if this is something akin to the gist of some of what he's getting at. but I would not want to take Dahl's perspectives as a rule of thumb. then again I'm certain he wouldn't want anyone to do that.

Basically he tears down many false and rather immature views of God, and then in place of that he attempts to write about what he sees as more grown up come of age (new age?) views of God.

nothing wrong with chiming in one's 2 cents worth on the subject, which is basically what Dahl does in this book.

for some more solid writing on the subject :

Talking About God by Daniel Polish
God and Reason by Ed Miller
The Thinkers Guide to God by Peter Vardy
Philosophers and God by Michael McGhee
Philosophy by Manuel Velasquez
God a Guide for The Perplexed by Keith Ward
God a Brief History by John Bowker
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From Africa to Zen: An Invitation to World Philosophy
From Africa to Zen: An Invitation to World Philosophy
by Robert C. Solomon
Edition: Paperback
Price: $30.98
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5.0 out of 5 stars but a very good introductory work, February 21, 2015
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this is a very solid and lucid exploration of many aspects of non-western philosophical traditions/perspectives/cultures.
Chinese, Japanese, Indian, pre-Columbian, esoteric, Polynesian and more. takes a look at how humans have "philosophized" from these en-cultured points of view. touches both upon the historical, cultural, social and philosophical contexts of each in order to present a well rounded grasp of each. not exhaustive by any means of course, but a very good introductory work, though it requires a bit of mental effort to plough through in some parts.

a good book for expanding one's understanding of humanity
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The Illustrated Guide to World Religions
The Illustrated Guide to World Religions
by Michael D. Coogan
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars a well done, well rounded, book on several ..., February 1, 2015
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a well done, well rounded, book on several of the "major" world religions.

covers historical, thematic, spiritual, cultural and social issues.


The Timeless Relevance of Traditional Wisdom (Perennial Philosophy)
The Timeless Relevance of Traditional Wisdom (Perennial Philosophy)
by M. Ali Lakhani
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.16
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb. Realist truth of spirituality, philosophy, religion ..., February 1, 2015
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superb. Realist truth of spirituality, philosophy, religion, metaphysics.

The spirit of truth flows through and in the content herein.
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God and Reason (2nd Edition)
God and Reason (2nd Edition)
by Ed. L. Miller
Edition: Paperback
Price: $133.18
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sober minded thought, January 1, 2015
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a solid, sensible and clear headed exploration of many of the main concepts that can be wrestled with on this subject such as :

the nature of philosophical theology
what is "God", what reasons are there for belief?
what about religious experience?
faith and reason?
the problem of evil ?
the soul and immortality ?
language and talk of God ?

at just a little over 200 pages, this is a remarkable exploration into the subject, for its breadth and clarity of treatment.
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The Bible: The Basics
The Bible: The Basics
by John Barton
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars a short concise factual treatment of issues surrounding biblical studies ..., December 11, 2014
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a short concise factual treatment of issues surrounding biblical studies. level headed, to the point, accurate and mature scholarship.
very informative and realistic treatment of the issues.
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New Age Spirituality: An Assessment
New Age Spirituality: An Assessment
by Duncan S. Ferguson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is a very intelligent and well balanced look at and through, December 8, 2014
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this is a very intelligent and well balanced look at and through, "new age" beliefs, especially from a judeo/christian perspective.
this book does not bash new ageism or blindly tout it as the pure new truth. what this book does, is to simply take a respectful and intelligent look at the subject. plain and simple.
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The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict: Evidence I & II Fully Updated in One Volume To Answer The Questions Challenging Christians in the 21st Century.
The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict: Evidence I & II Fully Updated in One Volume To Answer The Questions Challenging Christians in the 21st Century.
by Josh McDowell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.48
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2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, December 8, 2014
oh brother.
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