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Buddha For Beginners, Stephen Asma Dec 2008

Buddha For Beginners, Stephen Asma

Stephen T Asma

Originally published by Writers and Readers in 1998, this is an iconoclastic, illustrated romp through the life of the Buddha both a credible exploration of his life and teachings and an entertaining introduction to the philosophy of Buddhism.

Many Westerners know about the meditation practices of Buddhism, but few understand the Buddha's philosophical teachings. This book puts the teachings (dharma) in their proper context and unravels some of the more dense knots of Buddha's thinking. And it does all this while entertaining the reader with humorous illustrations and pop-culture sensibility. This primer, constructed like a graphic novel, cuts ...


International Terrorism:Role ,Responsibility And Operation Of Media Channles, Ratnesh Dwivedi Mr Nov 2008

International Terrorism:Role ,Responsibility And Operation Of Media Channles, Ratnesh Dwivedi Mr

Ratnesh Dwivedi

"Terrorism" is a term that cannot be given a stable defintion. Or rather, it can, but to do so forstalls any attempt to examine the major feature of its relation to television in the contemporary world. As the central public arena for organising ways of picturing and talking about social and political life, TV plays a pivotal role in the contest between competing defintions, accounts and explanations of terrorism. Which term is used in any particular context is inextricably tied to judgemements about the legitimacy of the action in question and of the political system against which it is directed ...


666 Or 616 (Rev. 13,18), M. G. Michael Oct 2008

666 Or 616 (Rev. 13,18), M. G. Michael

M. G. Michael

No abstract provided.


The Genre Of The Apocalypse: What Are They Saying Now?, M. G. Michael Oct 2008

The Genre Of The Apocalypse: What Are They Saying Now?, M. G. Michael

M. G. Michael

No abstract provided.


Moral Communities In A Pluralistic Nation, Eric Bain-Selbo Sep 2008

Moral Communities In A Pluralistic Nation, Eric Bain-Selbo

Eric Bain-Selbo

No abstract provided.


Haim Guri And Rabbi David Buzaglo: A Theo-Political Meeting Place Of Zionist Sabra Poetry And Jewish Liturgy, Haim O. Rechnitzer Jul 2008

Haim Guri And Rabbi David Buzaglo: A Theo-Political Meeting Place Of Zionist Sabra Poetry And Jewish Liturgy, Haim O. Rechnitzer

Haim O Rechnitzer חיים א. רכניצר

Haim Guri’s poem Bab el Wad is arguably one of the most famous pieces of modern Zionist poetry ever created, and after being set to music, became one of Israel’s most recognizable songs. R. David Buzaglo composed the words to his piyyut “Binu Hamordim” to Shmuel Pershko’s melody to Bab el Wad. The relationship between these two works has been previously examined in the articles by Meir Buzaglo and Shimon Biton. These two scholars argue that in borrowing the melody, R. David Buzaglo was offering a critique of the Israeli ethos of commemoration encouraged by Guri, particularly ...


Tell Me What Your Questions Are And I Will Tell You Who You Are: Some Reflections On The 'Proposed Taxonomy For A Twenty-First-Century Theology Of Reform Zionism' By S. M. Davids, Haim O. Rechnitzer Jul 2008

Tell Me What Your Questions Are And I Will Tell You Who You Are: Some Reflections On The 'Proposed Taxonomy For A Twenty-First-Century Theology Of Reform Zionism' By S. M. Davids, Haim O. Rechnitzer

Haim O Rechnitzer חיים א. רכניצר

In the following pages I examine the article" A Proposed Taxonomy for a Twenty-First Century Theology of Reform Zionism" by Stanley M. Davids and argue that the "Taxonomy" in question is in fact a political theology. In that sense it is a signifies a change in the way Reform Zionism understood itself juxtapose the relations between Church and State at least in the context of the State of Israel.


National Security: The Social Implications Of The Politics Of Transparency, M G. Michael, Katina Michael May 2008

National Security: The Social Implications Of The Politics Of Transparency, M G. Michael, Katina Michael

M. G. Michael

This special issue of Prometheus is dedicated to the theme of the Social Implications of National Security Measures on Citizens and Business. National security measures can be defined as those technical and non-technical measures that have been initiated as a means to curb breaches in national security, irrespective of whether these might occur by nationals or aliens in or from outside the sovereign state. National security includes such government priorities as maintaining border control, safeguarding against pandemic outbreaks, preventing acts of terror, and even discovering and eliminating identification fraud. Governments worldwide are beginning to implement information and communication security techniques ...


Historical Lessons On Id Technology And The Consequences Of An Unchecked Trajectory, Katina Michael, M G. Michael May 2008

Historical Lessons On Id Technology And The Consequences Of An Unchecked Trajectory, Katina Michael, M G. Michael

M. G. Michael

This paper traces the use of identification techniques throughout the ages and focuses on the growing importance of citizen identification by governments. The paper uses a historical approach beginning with manual techniques such as tattoos, through to more recent automatic identification (auto-ID) techniques such as smart cards and biometrics. The findings indicate that identification techniques born for one purpose have gradually found their way into alternate applications, and in some instances have been misused altogether. There is also strong evidence to suggest that governments are moving away from localized identification schemes to more global systems based on universal lifetime identifiers.


Privacy, Value And Control Issues In Four Mobile Business Applications, Benjamin D. Renegar, Katina Michael, M G. Michael May 2008

Privacy, Value And Control Issues In Four Mobile Business Applications, Benjamin D. Renegar, Katina Michael, M G. Michael

M. G. Michael

This paper presents four case studies that explore the adoption and acceptance of mobile technologies and services within the context of the privacy-value-control (PVC) trichotomy. The technologies studied include: the mobile phone, electronic toll payment tags, e-passports, and loyalty card programs. The study shows that despite the potential barriers to adoption in each of the depicted cases, the applications were embraced with great success soon after their introduction. An understanding of why these mobile innovations succeeded in spite of the concerns surrounding them will serve to help practitioners understand other issues currently plaguing emerging technologies like radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags ...


A Primary Human Challenge, Carroy U. Ferguson Apr 2008

A Primary Human Challenge, Carroy U. Ferguson

Carroy U "Cuf" Ferguson, Ph.D.

We may ask why, at both the individual and collective levels, it has seemed so difficult for us to choose to evolve our human games with Joy. There is no one answer for such a question, for each of us has the gift of free will. I will suggest, however, that built into our human games is what I call a primary human challenge. That primary human challenge is a dynamic tension, flowing from our creative urge for the freedom “to be” who we really are in our current physical form, and simultaneously to embrace our responsibility for our Being-ness.


Editorial Note / Note Éditoriale, Antonio Calcagno Mar 2008

Editorial Note / Note Éditoriale, Antonio Calcagno

Antonio Calcagno

No abstract provided.


Trapped In The Creation Museum, Stephen Asma Jan 2008

Trapped In The Creation Museum, Stephen Asma

Stephen T Asma

Into the swampy debate over evolution has waded the new Creation Museum, in Petersburg, Ky. In an America divided between those who accept Darwin's theories and those who believe God created the world in six days, it seeks to win moderates and compromisers over to its side. Shortly after the museum opened last spring, I made a pilgrimage to witness this quirky new spectacle of Americana...


Judaism And The Idea Of The Law: Leo Strauss And Yeshayahu Leibowitz's Philosophical And Ideological Interpretations Of Maimonides, Haim O. Rechnitzer Jan 2008

Judaism And The Idea Of The Law: Leo Strauss And Yeshayahu Leibowitz's Philosophical And Ideological Interpretations Of Maimonides, Haim O. Rechnitzer

Haim O Rechnitzer חיים א. רכניצר

The ideas of the modem Jewish thinkers Leo Strauss and Yeshayahu Leibowitz share a common root. Both men place the interpretation ofMaimonides at the center of their research and their own philosophical statements. Both emphasize the centrality of the Law (halalchah) as the core of Judaism and draw heavily on Maimonides to support their claims. Although Strauss and Leibowitz agree on the centrality of the Law in Maimonidean thought, they differ in interpreting the meaning of the Law in Maimonides. Strauss views the task of the Law as the creation of a political theology and identifies the Maimonidean ideal archetype ...


Redemptive Theology In The Thought Of Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Haim O. Rechnitzer Jan 2008

Redemptive Theology In The Thought Of Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Haim O. Rechnitzer

Haim O Rechnitzer חיים א. רכניצר

Yeshayahu Leibowitz’ concept of redemption is explored by focusing on his essay entitled “Redemption and the Dawn of Redemption”. In a remarkably short span—only three pages—Leibowitz laid out a complex concept of redemption liberally seasoned with irony. The concept of ‘redemption’ is frequently woven into the platforms and credos of many Jewish religious social and political movements. I argue that Leibowitz intended to redeem ‘redemption’ from the grip of any competing Jewish interpretation, and that he perceived all uses other than his own strict interpretation of the word ‘redemption’ as erroneous and idolatrous, and that reclaiming ‘redemption’ impacts ...


The Genesis Creation Sequence: The Principles Of Social Choice Theory Impossibility-Resolution, David Randall Jenkins Jan 2008

The Genesis Creation Sequence: The Principles Of Social Choice Theory Impossibility-Resolution, David Randall Jenkins

David Randall Jenkins

The Genesis Creation Sequence is not about the creation of the physical world, per se. Rather, it is about the resolution of conflict in the philosophy of the human condition.


How Newness Enters The World: The Methodology Of Sheldon Pollock, Rebecca Gould Jan 2008

How Newness Enters The World: The Methodology Of Sheldon Pollock, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

No abstract provided.


Naming The Pain And Guiding The Care: The Central Tasks Of Diagnosis, Donald D. Denton Jan 2008

Naming The Pain And Guiding The Care: The Central Tasks Of Diagnosis, Donald D. Denton

Donald Denton

In my prior volume on diagnosis I identified two themes in diagnosis that would need attention: the continued professionalization of religious care and the continued spiritualization of secular care. The challenge for religious providers of relational care would be to find a unified language of diagnosis with which they could communicate among themselves and also speak effectively with the wider community of human care. The challenge in the secular clinical community was somewhat similar, growing out of the culture’s emerging desire for care that includes sensitivity to spiritual values: finding a nosology for diagnosis that would honor the dilemmas ...


Inclusive Imagination: A Comment On Religion And Culture In India, Chandan Gowda Jan 2008

Inclusive Imagination: A Comment On Religion And Culture In India, Chandan Gowda

Chandan Gowda

No abstract provided.


"Zhu Xi's Spiritual Practice As The Basis Of His Central Philosophical Concepts", Joseph Adler Dec 2007

"Zhu Xi's Spiritual Practice As The Basis Of His Central Philosophical Concepts", Joseph Adler

Joseph Adler

No abstract provided.


Startling Strangeness: A Memoir, Richard M. Liddy Dec 2007

Startling Strangeness: A Memoir, Richard M. Liddy

Richard M Liddy

No abstract provided.


El Primer Contexto De Los Escritos Economicos De Bernard Lonergan, Richard M. Liddy Dec 2007

El Primer Contexto De Los Escritos Economicos De Bernard Lonergan, Richard M. Liddy

Richard M Liddy

No abstract provided.


Review- Startling Strangeness: Reading Lonergan's Insight, Charles Hefling Dec 2007

Review- Startling Strangeness: Reading Lonergan's Insight, Charles Hefling

Richard M Liddy

No abstract provided.


Review- Startling Strangeness: Reading Lonergan's Insight, J. Michael Stebbins Dec 2007

Review- Startling Strangeness: Reading Lonergan's Insight, J. Michael Stebbins

Richard M Liddy

No abstract provided.


Transforming Light: Intellectual Conversion In The Early Lonergan, Richard M. Liddy Dec 2007

Transforming Light: Intellectual Conversion In The Early Lonergan, Richard M. Liddy

Richard M Liddy

No abstract provided.