The Book of Genesis - R. Crumb

The subversive comic book artist R. Crumb has illustrated The Book Of Genesis (W.W. Norton, $24.95). This odd pairing has produced an unexpectedly beautiful rendering of the Bible. Every line is illustrated, frame by frame. Crumb fills in actions that are merely suggested by the language. The words take on new meaning; the pictures help interpret the content and provide understanding beyond the literal text. Crumb’s depictions emphasize the humanity of the figures. The illustrations are hypnotic and fascinating. Most important, by focusing on a line-by-line reading, an experienced Bible reader absorbs the text with more care.

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ISBN: 9780393061024
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 19th, 2009

The Future of Faith - Harvey Cox

Legendary Harvard scholar the Reverend Harvey Cox brings together many of his ideas in The Future Of Faith (HarperOne, $24.99) to present interpretation of the history and future of religion. He divides Christian history into three periods: the Age of Faith, during the first Christian centuries, when the earliest followers of Jesus lived in his Spirit; the Age of Belief, from the Council of Nicaea to the late 20th century, during which the church replaced faith in Jesus with dogma about him; and the Age of the Spirit, in which we’re now living, in which Christians are rediscovering the awe and wonder of faith in the tremendous mystery of God. This book is a welcome antidote to the either/or debate between fundamentalist religion and the new Atheists. 

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ISBN: 9780061755538
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Published: HarperOne - October 5th, 2010

The Case for God - Karen Armstrong

Religion today often seems caught between the literalism of fundamentalists and the atheism of materialists. Arguing against both sides of this all-or-nothing debate, Karen Armstrong, the great scholar and historian of religion, looks back to the roots of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and other traditions to make The Case For God (Knopf, $27.95). Originally, belief rested in symbol, myth, and mystery. Not orthodox propositions, but behavior specifically delineated as outside everyday concerns was the hallmark of spirituality, and religious practices were designed to reinforce community bonds, teach compassion, and help contain potentially overwhelming emotions like fear, grief, or guilt. The emphasis was on what was unknown and probably unknowable about a deity, and this is in sharp contrast to today’s dogmas and truth claims. Where modern religions have gone wrong, Armstrong argues, is in treating religion like science and expecting the same sorts of certainty from a sacred text that we would from a scientific textbook.

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ISBN: 9780307389800
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Published: Anchor - September 7th, 2010