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The God Confusion
Gary Cox, author of How to be an Existentialist, explores in a witty, yet balanced way the idea of God and the standard arguments for his existence, and he shows how all such arguments are logically incapable of moving beyond speculation to any kind of proof. Concluding that God may or may not exist and that the only credible philosophical position is agnosticism, Cox acknowledges that a commitment to live as though there is a moral God is both coherent and prudent.
Islamism and Islam
Despite the intense media focus since 9/11, many Western policymakers have little understanding of the distinction between Islam as a religion and the political movement known as Islamism. Drawing on three decades of research in 20 Muslim countries, this courageous study subjects Islamism's political ideology to trenchant analysis and warns of its dangers, while demonstrating how Islam as a religion and culture is open to tolerance and coexistence with other faiths.
Geography of Religion
Where God Lives, Where Pilgrims Walk
This sumptuously illustrated volume explores the birthplaces of the world's five great religions - Hinduism and Buddhism in India and the monotheistic faiths in the Middle East - and follows the spread of their monuments and practices around the globe. At a time when the world is divided by faith, the book's focus on the universal principles they share shows that, while they all have both saints and fanatics, our religions bind us together in the quest for a higher truth.
Tracing the Way
Spiritual Dimensions of the World Religions
'Even in the new millennium the diversity of religions can lead to mutual enrichment.' Theologian Hans Kung surveys the major religions of the world, tracing the history which lies behind them; analysing major paradigms and highlighting common elements and differences; and showing how their potential for peace could become a shared ethic for humankind.