The God Myth and Other Lies

The God Myth and Other Lies

These days agnostics are considered open-minded, atheists are considered scientific, Buddhists are philosophical—and Christians, well, they’re just considered fools. With so many myths and lies about God and Christianity out there, it’s easy for young adults to start questioning the relevance and certainty of their beliefs. If you feel as if a skeptical world is assaulting your faith, you are not left defenseless. In The God Myth and Other Lies Heather Thompson Day provides clear, well-documented responses to the most common falsehoods. Your own faith will be strengthened as you get solid answers about an array of hot topics, including Creation, Sabbath, Jesus, sex, death, and homosexuality. Don’t let other people’s doubt steal your faith. Instead, let their questions inspire you to study what you believe. As you do, God will turn any shaky faith into holy confidence.

50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America's Public Schools

The Real Crisis in Education

50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America's Public Schools

Two of the most respected voices in education and a team of young education scholars identify 50 myths and lies that threaten America's public schools. With hard-hitting information and a touch of comic relief, Berliner, Glass, and their Associates separate fact from fiction in this comprehensive look at modern education reform. They explain how the mythical failure of public education has been created and perpetuated in large part by political and economic interests that stand to gain from its destruction. They also expose a rapidly expanding variety of organizations and media that intentionally misrepresent facts. Many of these organizations also suggest that their goal is unbiased service in the public interest when, in fact, they represent narrow political and financial interests. Where appropriate, the authors name the promoters of these deceptions and point out how they are served by encouraging false beliefs. This provocative book features short essays on important topics to provide every elected representative, school administrator, school board member, teacher, parent, and concerned citizen with much food for thought, as well as reliable knowledge from authoritative sources. “Berliner and Glass are long-time critics of wrong-headed education reforms. 50 Myths and Lies continues their record of evidence-based truth-telling. Joined by 19 young scholars in identifying 50 of the worst ideas for changing our nation's schools, they are able to sort through the cacophony of today’s all too often ill-informed debate. Anyone involved in making decisions about today’s schools should read this book.” —Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University “This book is true grit. It’s the gritty reality of hard data. It’s the irritating grit that makes you shift in your seat. And it’s the grit that sometimes makes you want to weep. Well argued, well written—whether you agree or disagree with this book, if you care about the future of public education, you mustn’t ignore it.” —Andy Hargreaves, professor, Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education, Lynch School of Education, Boston College “50 Myths and Lies is a powerful defense of public education and a discerning refutation of the reckless misimpressions propagated by a juggernaut of private-sector forces and right-wing intellectuals who would gladly rip apart the legacy of democratic schooling in America. It is a timely and hard-hitting book of scholarly but passionate polemic. The teachers of our children will be grateful.” —Jonathan Kozol, educator, author of Fire in the Ashes “What do you get when two world-class scholars and a team of talented analysts take a hard look at 50 widely held yet unsound beliefs about U.S. public schools? Well, in this instance you get a flat-out masterpiece that, by persuasively blending argument and evidence, blasts those beliefs into oblivion. Required reading? You bet!” —W. James Popham, professor emeritus, UCLA David C. Berliner is an educational psychologist and bestselling author. He was professor and dean of the Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education at Arizona State University. Gene V Glass is a senior researcher at the National Education Policy Center and a research professor in the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. TheirAssociates are the hand-picked leading PhDs and PhDs in training from their respective institutions.

Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible

Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible

The Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible (DDD) is the single major reference work on the gods, angels, demons, spirits, and semidivine heroes whose names occur in the biblical books. Book jacket.

Handbook of Norse Mythology

Handbook of Norse Mythology

Describes the themes, characters, rituals, and beliefs of Norse mythology.

Tragedy and Civilization

An Interpretation of Sophocles

Tragedy and Civilization

Drawing on comprehensive analyses of all of Sophocles' plays, on structuralist anthropology, and on other extensive work on myth and tragedy, Charles Segal examines Sophocles both as a great dramatic poet and as a serious thinker. He shows how Sophoclean tragedy reflects the human condition in its constant and tragic struggle for order and civilized life against the ever-present threat of savagery and chaotic violence, both within society and within the individual. Tragedy and Civilization begins with a study of these themes and then proceeds to detailed discussions of each of the seven plays. For this edition Segal also provides a new preface discussing recent developments in the study of Sophocles.

The Holiest Lie Ever

Glorified by Myths, Mysticism, Symbolism, Rituals and Traditions.

The Holiest Lie Ever

The Holiest Lie Ever is made up of controversial material pertaining to religion and all the facts. It reveals the truth behind many religious aspects that have become distorted over time and predominantly focuses on Christianity. The material is both informative and insightful. This book is intended for anyone who belongs to a religious entity or is interested in learning about the truth of where religion comes from and why it has transformed into the form that it has taken today.

Celtic Myth and Legend

Celtic Myth and Legend

Splendid compilation of tales ranges from Arthurian myth to less-familiar adventures, such as Finn and his Fenians, plus many other heroic figures from the Gaelic pantheon.

Heidegger and the Quest for the Sacred

From Thought to the Sanctuary of Faith

Heidegger and the Quest for the Sacred

Although there are various `religious' traces in Heidegger's philosophy, little effort has been made to show the systematic import which his thinking has for outlining a full range of religious and theological questions. Precisely because his thought is opposed to the construction of any `dogma', his vast writings provide clues to what meaning(s) the `Sacred' and the `Divine' may have in a postmodern age where the very possibility of `faith' hangs in the balance. By showing how Heidegger's own thinking can be interpreted as a struggle to come to terms with religious questions, this book undertakes a postmodern investigation of the Sacred which both draws upon and transcends various world-religions and denominations. A postmodern, non-sectarian vision of the Sacred thereby becomes possible which is open to the plurality of religious experiences on the one hand, and yet affirms on the other Heidegger's emphasis (in Beiträge zur Philosophie) on the `last god' as the displacing of all sectarian visions of god. This book will have special appeal to Heidegger scholars, as well as students interested in the overlap between phenomenology and philosophical theology.

Literary Essays of Ezra Pound

Literary Essays of Ezra Pound

The contemporary significance and permanent value of Pound's criticism are revealed in these collected essays and reviews