With humor and verve, Terry Eagleton surveys the attempts of various Western schools of thought to diminish the role of God. He argues that philosophical history offers no sufficient replacements for the divine. Culture and the Death of God can be fruitful for both those seasoned in the history of Western philosophy as well as newcomers interested in learning more. Eagleton ends with a biting bang, challenging us to reconsider prevailing assumptions of postmodern liberal hedonist lifestyles.

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Published: Yale University Press - March 25th, 2014

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ISBN: 9780300212334
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Published: Yale University Press - June 16th, 2015

Local author, psychologist, and Western teacher of Buddhist meditation, Tara Brach ties together her own personal experiences, mindful stories, and insights to create her first book, Radical Acceptance. Founder and senior leader of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, Brach is known for her weekly lectures and meditations in the area. Brach exercises her unique and compassionate techniques to practice self-acceptance and overall loving-kindness, which is touched upon yet again in True Refuge, a later publication.

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Published: Bantam - November 23rd, 2004

Now extending to seven books, Calasso’s ongoing project to map the history of the human spirit by showing “how mythology can be put into practice,” here takes an eye-opening look at Vedic rituals. Who were the Vedic people? They left no empire, no ruins, no artifacts beyond Sanskrit texts, such as the Rigveda. Calasso’s fascinating look at—and through—these texts unfolds a cosmos built on ritual and sacrifice, one radically different from the Western worldview that grounds abstractions in symbolism and metaphor. Yet, East or West, we ask the same questions: how did the world come to be? Why is there death? Only stories can tackle these mysteries, and Calasso’s storytelling is as brilliant and original as his thinking, concluding (for now) that contemporary secular life has replaced the deities with society itself—another pervasive, invisible presence that all actions stem from and seek to appease.

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ISBN: 9780374182311
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 18th, 2014