1864. Newman est seul, ignoré, presque dédaigné dans l'Eglise catholique qu'il a rejointe vingt ans plus tôt. Profitant de ces circonstances, un intellectuel anglican, Charles Kingsley, défie l'ancien leader du Mouvement d'Oxford en mettant en cause l'honnêteté intellectuelle de sa conversion. Kingsley croyait enterrer un moribond. En réalité il venait de réveiller un lion. Newman répliqua immédiatement. Fouillant sa mémoire, réunissant lettres et documents, il produisit en quelques semaines l'histoire des raisons qui le conduisirent à devenir catholique: l'Apologia pro vita sua. Le livre retourna l'opinion de l'Angleterre. Dans la prose majestueuse de l'Apologia, le catholicisme rayonnait de cette "splendeur de la quitté en 1845. Mais ce rayonnement ne voulait pas être aveuglant. "" Pour aller jusqu'au bout de ce qu'il jugeait la vérité, écrivait le pape PaulVI, Newman a renoncé à l'Eglise d'Angleterre non pas pour se séparer d'elle, mais pour l'accomplir. Il ne cessait pas de croire ce qu'il avait cru, mais il le croyait davantage encore, il avait porté sa foi anglicane jusqu'à sa plénitude. Une conversion est un acte prophétique. Newman a vécu l'histoire de la réunion future, de cette récapitulation en Jésus-Christ dont le moment nous est encore caché, mais à laquelle nous aspirons tous."
This Very Short Introduction presents Martin Luther as historians now see him. Instead of singling him out as a modern hero, the book emphasizes the context in which Luther worked, the colleagues who supported him, and the opponents who adamantly opposed his agenda for change.
Is justice an ideal, forever beyond our grasp, or something that may actually guide our practical decisions and enhance our lives? In this wide-ranging book, Amartya Sen presents an alternative approach to mainstream theories of justice which, despite their many specific achievements have taken us, he argues, in the wrong direction in general.
At the heart of Sen's argument is his insistence on the role of public reason in establishing what can make societies less unjust. But it is in the nature of reasoning about justice, argues Sen, that it does not allow all questions to be settled even in theory; there are choices to be faced between alternative assessments of what is reasonable. Sen also shows how concern about the principles of justice in the modern world must avoid parochialism, and further, address questions of global injustice. The breadth of vision, intellectual acuity and striking humanity of one of the world's leading public intellectuals have never been more clearly shown than in this remarkable book.
All people have a natural capacity for intuition, but in many cases social conditioning and formal education works against it. This volume provides many specific exercises and meditations designed to nourish and support each individual's natural intuitive gifts.
The trials of Paulo Coelho and his mysterious mentor, Petrus, are here recounted, as they journey across Spain in search of a miraculous sword - on a legendary road travelled by pilgrims of San Tiago since the Middle Ages. This is part adventure story, part guide to self-mastery.
Castaneda's first book in the Don Juan series. He meets Don Juan and is introduced to his magical world and philosophy by means of hallucinogenic plants and special exercises. The author's other books include "The Fire Within" and "The Quest for Ixtlan".
An exploration of the theory and practice of love, including romantic love, the love of parents for children, brotherly love, erotic love, self love and love of God. The author suggests that learning to love requires practice and dedication.
Considered in Islam to be the infallible word of God, The Qur'an was revealed to the prophet Muhammad by the archangel Gabriel in a series of divine revelations over many years after his first vision in the cave. In 114 chapters, or surahs, it provides the rules of conduct that remain fundamental to Muslims today - most importantly the key Islamic values of prayer, fasting, pilgrimage and absolute faith in God, with profound spiritual guidance on matters of kinship, marriage and family, crime and punishment, rituals, food, warfare and charity.
Through its pages, a fascinating picture emerges of life in seventh-century Arabia, and from it we can learn much about how people felt about their relationship with God and their belief in the afterlife, as well as attitudes to loyalty, friendship, race, forgiveness and the natural world. It also tells of events and people familiar to Christian and Jewish readers, fellow 'People of the Book' whose stories are recorded in the Gospels and Torah. Here we find Adam, Moses, Abraham, Jesus and John the Baptist, among others, who are regarded, like Muhammad, to be prophets of the Muslim faith.
Read each year around the Seder table, the Haggadah recounts through prayer and song the extraordinary story of Exodus, when Moses led the ancient Israelites out of slavery in Egypt to wander through the desert for forty years before reaching the Promised Land. In this new version of the traditional Haggadah text, Jonathan Safran Foer brings together some of the most preeminent voices of our time. Nathan Englander's new translation, beautifully designed and illustrated by the Israeli artist and typographer Ozed Ezer, is accompanied by thought-provoking essays by major Jewish writers and thinkers, including Howard Jacobsen, Daniel Handler and Rebecca Goldstein.
A vibrant retelling of the life of the iconic prophet of Islam draws on early eyewitness sources and records from myriad disciplines to profile his complexity, vitality and legacy, tracing his rise from humble origins to a powerful figure who challenged an established order with a new vision of social justice. By the award-winning author of After the Prophet .
A brilliant and touching portrait of an atheist's encounter with the inexplicable, and her ongoing attempts to rationalise and unravel it
Describes the politics surrounding the election of a new pope and the beatification of an old one, the angst of dealing with the international issue of sexual abuse, the intricacies of arranging a Papal visit to India, the conflicts involved in trying to build a car park over an ancient Roman burial site.