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I am trying to find a text that discusses the interpretations of God as "Being" that exist in philosophy (e.g. Spinoza, Hegel, Ancient Greek Philosophy etc) in connection with the common translations of YHWH as "I am". There must be writings on this? [more inside]
I'm starting to study a life-cycle science called Sanmeigaku (Japanese Astrology). I'm slowly translating a book about it with a friend but we found out this table and we're stumped. It seems to be important to determine the correct meaning of the readings. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
What are some alternate ideas about the ultimate reality of life and death? Everyone knows the standard metaphysics of the major religions: Heaven, hell, karma/reincarnation and so on. But what are some alternate ideas about life and death's true reality? [more inside]
Question over dinner last night from my nine year old daughter after a long (and ongoing) discussion about advocacy and bullying in schools. LittleTaff:"If a trans woman was Jewish, would her babies be Jewish if she used her seed?" [more inside]
Is it moral for me to choose my doctor based on political views? [more inside]
A long-shot find-me-this-book question, academic edition! A friend has mislaid the title of a book he needs on Mexican popular religion. Do you know the book, or where else on the Internet might be a good place to ask? [more inside]
Ben Carson stated his belief that the Pyramids of Giza were originally used to store grain, rather than royal corpses. I've never heard this hypothesis. Is there any archeological evidence to support this?
I am interested in buying some copies of the Koran to use in an art history class. Any recommendations of editions with beautiful calligraphy or embellishments would be much appreciated. Facsimiles of older copies of the Koran would also be great, if they are affordable. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
Someone close to me has converted to Sufi Islam, and I'd like to get a better understanding of the Sufi concept of God. Meanwhile, I'm trying to see what I think of God myself. [more inside]
I'm mailing holiday cards out this year to our friends and family, who span many religious denominations and traditions. What are meaningful, non-Bible quotes or verses appropriate for a holiday card, centered around love, contemplation, peace, winter, togetherness and/or gratitude? [more inside]
I'm looking for exceptionally well written books on topics in Jewish history that don't focus on the Holocaust, the modern state of Israel, or are "complete" histories (i.e. "A History of the Jews") [more inside]
I am interested in building a collection of illustrated Bibles that are varied in form. What are the most unusual Bibles that you know of? I cannot afford thousand-dollar tomes, so mass-produced ones would be better for me. Anything from reproductions of Medieval manuscripts to very contemporary ones would be interesting to me.
Occasionally, I get a glimpse of exactly how (un)important my first world problems are. How can I hold onto that in everyday life? [more inside]
My aunt mentioned that she would like a biography of Pope Francis. So I naively thought I'd just go online and buy her one. But of course it turns out that there are lots and lots of biographies. Which one should I get? [more inside]
My daughter is starting kindergarten at Catholic school. We are atheists (although raised Catholic). She will be learning about god in school, learning prayers, etc. and I basically just realized that I have NO CLUE how to navigate this. Do I let her believe, or do I tell her it's all just pretend? Is there an in between? Please help. [more inside]
Why did G.E.M. Anscombe convert to Catholicism? Did she or any of those close to her ever provide an account of the process? Did she ever write anything apologetic?
The single appearance of the footprint in Daniel Defoe's 1719 novel, Robinson Crusoe, is perhaps one of the most famous events in all of literature. I am interested in who has referenced it, and for what ends, especially in critical theory. I also wonder whether Michel Foucault's famous closing lines to 'The Order of Things' is a subtle reference to the appearance of that footprint? Can other allusions to 'the figure of man' and marks in the sand be traced back to Defoe's novel?
I'm looking for examples of what a culture or social group has articulated as the basic rights owed to any person or at least any member of the culture/social group. The universality is the point here. Obvious examples include the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights or the United States' Declaration of Independence and Constitution/Bill of Rights. What other examples can you give me? [more inside]
What is the best scholarly, annotated, edition of the Koran? I am trying to find something in English similar to the Oxford Annotated Bible. I am not a Muslim, and I have little background to date, so an edition that assumes very little in terms of prior knowledge would be ideal for me.