Download The Tarot of the Magicians by Oswald Wirth PDF

By Oswald Wirth

"Tarot of the Magicians" by way of Swiss occultist artist and writer Oswald Wirth used to be first released in Paris in 1927, and a Weiser variation used to be later published in 1985.

In this crucial tarot paintings of the foremost Arcana, Wirth combines the imagery and symbolism from Alchemy, Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, and the mystical historical past of Egypt and Chaldea, and explores the astronomical (rather than strictly zodiacal) institutions for the most important Arcana playing cards.

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Download Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris PDF

By Sam Harris

From the hot afterword by means of the author:
Humanity has had a protracted fascination with blood sacrifice. in truth, it's been on no account unusual for a kid to be born into this international purely to be patiently and lovingly reared via non secular maniacs, who think that the right way to hold the solar on its direction or to make sure a wealthy harvest is to guide him via soft hand right into a box or to a mountaintop and bury, butcher, or burn him alive as supplying to an invisible God. The suggestion that Jesus Christ died for our sins and that his demise constitutes a winning propitiation of a “loving” God is an instantaneous and undisguised inheritance of the superstitious bloodletting that has plagued bewildered humans all through heritage. . .

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Download Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition by Garry Wills PDF

By Garry Wills

In his so much provocative booklet but, Pulitzer Prize­–winner Garry Wills asks the unconventional query: Why will we desire priests?

Bestselling writer of Papal Sin and Why i'm a Catholic, Garry Wills spent 5 years as a tender guy at a Jesuit seminary and approximately turned a clergyman himself. yet after a life of examine and mirrored image, he now poses a few hard questions: Why can we want monks in any respect? Why did the priesthood come up in a faith that begun with no it and hostile it? may Christianity be greater with no the priesthood, because it used to be at its outset?

Meticulously researched, persuasively argued, and likely to spark debate, Why Priests? asserts that the nameless Letter to Hebrews, a overdue addition to the hot testomony canon, helped inject the priesthood right into a Christianity the place it didn't exist, besides such concomitants as trust in an apostolic succession, the genuine presence within the Eucharist, the sacrificial interpretation of the Mass, and the ransom thought of redemption. yet Wills doesn't anticipate the priesthood to vanish totally away. He simply reminds us that Christianity did with out it during Peter and Paul with amazing success.

Wills concludes with a strong assertion of his personal ideals in a publication that might entice believers and nonbelievers alike and stand for years yet to come as a towering achievement.

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Download God Hates You, Hate Him Back: Making Sense of The Bible by CJ Werleman PDF

By CJ Werleman

"This e-book totally crucifies the argument for a benevolent author. What's extra, it makes use of the creationist's most-cited resource to do it." -

God Hates You, Hate Him again makes the last word case for the declare that the God of the Bible is the main depraved personality within the pages of background. With a wit as dry as a martini, and the go exam ideas of a professional attorney, CJ Werleman lays out all sixty-six chapters of the Bible to provide an irrefutable argument that certainly God hates us all.
If you've gotten by no means learn or by no means absolutely understood The Bible due to it's dead sixteenth century King's English you then will do no greater than this distinct, comedic, twenty first century precis of the best tale ever bought, or in Werleman's personal phrases 'never read'.
God Hates You, Hate Him again provide you with an arsenal of Biblical proof, tales, mythology and assertions to make sure you victory on your subsequent non secular debate.

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Download The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean by David Abulafia PDF

By David Abulafia

Located on the intersection of Europe, Asia, and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea has been for millenia where the place religions, economies, and political structures met, clashed, prompted and absorbed each other. David Abulafia deals a clean standpoint by means of targeting the ocean itself: its functional value for shipping and sustenance; its dynamic position within the upward thrust and fall of empires; and the notable forged of characters--sailors, retailers, migrants, pirates, pilgrims--who have crossed and recrossed it.

Ranging from prehistory to the twenty first century, the nice Sea is specially the background of human interplay throughout a zone that has introduced jointly a number of the nice civilizations of antiquity in addition to the rival empires of medieval and sleek instances. Interweaving significant political and naval advancements with the ebb and circulation of alternate, Abulafia explores how advertisement festival within the Mediterranean created either rivalries and partnerships, with retailers performing as intermediaries among cultures, buying and selling items that have been as unique on one aspect of the ocean as they have been common at the different. He stresses the amazing skill of Mediterranean cultures to uphold the civilizing perfect of convivencia, "living together," exemplified in medieval Spain, the place Christian theologians studied Arabic texts with the aid of Jewish and Muslim students, and traceable during the historical past of the region.

Brilliantly written and sweeping in its scope, the nice Sea is itself as diverse and inclusive because the quarter it describes, protecting every thing from the Trojan conflict, the heritage of piracy, and the good naval battles among Carthage and Rome to the Jewish Diaspora into Hellenistic worlds, the increase of Islam, the Grand excursions of the nineteenth century, and mass tourism of the 20 th. it's, briefly, a magnum opus, the definitive account of maybe the main bright theater of human interplay in historical past.

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Download How to Start Your Own Religion: Form a Church, Gain by Philip Athans PDF

By Philip Athans

Yes, global domination and everlasting adoration might be yours!

"The technique to make 1000000 money is to begin a religion."
—Attributed to L. Ron Hubbard, founding father of Scientology

Wouldn't you love to manage numerous worshippers with a unmarried observe? to name forth bountiful choices of gold and silver? Wouldn't you like to make your acolytes bow in awe of your greatness?

Starting a brand new faith should be enjoyable and ecocnomic. You'll snigger in addition to Philip Athans (founder, chief, and sole member of the Church of Phil), as he exhibits you the way to:

• assemble the flock and retain 'em coming again for more
• set up mysterious and intricate rituals
• Interrogate (or simply ridicule) the hell out of nonbelievers
• Recruit superstar spokespeople, from Tom Cruise to Uma Thurman
If you've ever felt the necessity to sacrifice on an altar underneath a blood-red moon, or simply make Friday a holy day (three-day weekend, anyone?), this can be the single sacred creed you need.
Live lengthy and prosper.

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