NEW Updated Edition: Exposing the Truth of Our Origins and Creation
Author: Gerry Burney
In the original edition of Eden to Evil, Gerry Burney explains the difference between the two creation accounts, "Eden" creation and the "7-day" creation. They diverge in so many ways that many believe both cannot be true. Did God make a mistake-and how do we fit into the two accounts?But if the two accounts were not a mistake, then God must have given us a riddle that only those who search for truth will uncover. Burney deciphers the riddle to show how the answer helps us understand the Bible and how we view ourselves. Are we sinner or saints?In his new updated edition, Burney builds on the original, clarifying why a third of the angels rejected God's authority, thus exposing how early civilizations so easily accepted Satan the serpent. Now we can finally understand why we experience suffering and tragedy in God's "very good" creation and why we need a Savior.
Author: Dr. Joye Jeffries Pugh
Adam and Eve and the Problem of Evil
Author: Paul W. Kahn
Publisher: Princeton University Press
In Out of Eden, Paul W. Kahn offers a philosophical meditation on the problem of evil. He uses the Genesis story of the Fall as the starting point for a profound articulation of the human condition. Kahn shows us that evil expresses the rage of a subject who knows both that he is an image of an infinite God and that he must die. Kahn's interpretation of Genesis leads him to inquiries into a variety of modern forms of evil, including slavery, torture, and genocide. Kahn takes issue with Hannah Arendt's theory of the banality of evil, arguing that her view is an instance of the modern world's lost capacity to speak of evil. Psychological, social, and political accounts do not explain evil as much as explain it away. Focusing on the existential roots of evil rather than on the occasions for its appearance, Kahn argues that evil originates in man's flight from death. He urges us to see that the opposite of evil is not good, but love: while evil would master death, love would transcend it. Offering a unique perspective that combines political and cultural theory, law, and philosophy, Kahn here continues his project of advancing a political theology of modernity.
Author: Dr. Joye Jeffries Pugh
Author: Dr. Joye Jeffries Pugh
Author: Richard D. Nelson
Publisher: Chalice Press
Richard Nelson has written an interpretive guide to the most fascinating stories from Genesis 2-11: Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Cain's descendants, the flood, Noah and his sons, and the Tower of Babel. Its purpose is to help ordinary people of faith recapture the power of the familiar stories from the first chapters of Genesis, reading the scriptures for themselves and applying the insights to their own lives. It introduces and demonstrates an easily accessible, step-by-step interpretive method that lets readers discover, uncover, and recover meaning in these stories. Nelson encourages biblical readers to look beyond conventional and expected meanings to explore the potential texts have to address contemporary issues and situations that people care about today. Through his interpretive method, Nelson nurtures lay Christians to become self-reliant readers who can discover effective and dynamic meaning in Genesis and other stories from the Bible.
A Family Journal
Author: Jadwiga Szelazek Morrison
Publisher: Turning Stone Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Combining history and hardship, battles and betrayal, miraculous escapes and death-defying encounters, From Exile to Eden chronicles one family’s journey from deportation in Siberia to safety and freedom in America. On February 10, 1940, the Szelazek family was deported as prisoners of war from Poland to a Soviet labor camp in Siberia, beginning a 12-year epic journey that spanned countries and continents. In From Exile to Eden, Jadwiga Szelazek Morrison traces her family’s harrowing yet inspirational flight from war-torn Europe beginning with two remarkable people—Tadeusz Szelazek born in 1909 to a titled family of the old Polish aristocracy and Helena Semerylo born on Armistice Day 1918. Tadeusz and Helena create an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, courage, and inspiration. Helena, destined to be unusual from the moment of her birth, discovers her psychic awakening at the age of five when she is struck by lightning, followed by a second lightning strike as a teenager. Her abilities prove to be both a blessing and a curse for her and her family, and lead her on a journey to distant lands far from the land of her birth. Tadeusz follows a path of intellectual pursuits trying to unravel the meaning of life, in the end finding answers only within himself and from those he loves. A chance encounter with a world-renowned seer, leaves him in possession of predictions concerning his future. With logic and intellect battling the possibilities of predestination, he finds his life unfolding in patterns which he fights to control and change. Drawn from memoirs and family journals, From Exile to Eden weaves history, adventure, romance, parapsychology, and inspiration; sharing the story of the Szelazeks’ exile as political war prisoners, their battles with disease, hardship, betrayal, death, and struggles for freedom throughout Russia, Europe, and the Middle East. The many miraculous escapes, death-defying encounters on the battle field, personal encounters with famous political figures, and numerous paranormal incidents will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
A New Solution to the Problem of Creation and Evolution
Author: Stephen H. Webb
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
What would biology look like if it took the problem of natural evil seriously? This book argues that biological descriptions of evolution are inherently moral, just as the biblical story of creation has biological implications. A complete account of evolution will therefore require theological input. The Dome of Eden does not try to harmonize evolution and creation. Harmonizers typically begin with Darwinism and then try to add just enough religion to make evolution more palatable, or they begin with Genesis and pry open the creation account just wide enough to let in a little bit of evolution. By contrast, Stephen Webb provides a theory of how evolution and theology fit together, and he argues that this kind of theory is required by the internal demands of both theology and biology. The Dome of Eden also develops a theological account of evolution that is distinct from the intelligent design movement. Webb shows how intelligent design properly discerns the inescapable dimension of purpose in nature but, like Darwinism itself, fails to make sense of the problem of natural evil. Finally, this book draws on the work of Karl Barth to advance a new reading of the Genesis narrative and the theology of Duns Scotus to provide the necessary metaphysical foundation for evolutionary thought.
Author: Fred Allen
Publisher: First Edition Design Pub.
Christians are making all kinds of choices about good and evil without even considering what Jesus said and did. These decisions are resulting in divisions among Christian brothers and sisters, and even destruction of spiritual lives.
Cain in the Ancient Versions of Genesis 4.1-16
Author: M. W. Scarlata
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
This study is an examination of the principal ancient translations of Gen. 4.1-16 in the Hebrew Bible. The goal is to understand the translation techniques adopted by the translators, to what extent external influences may have affected their work, and how each version communicates its message through its literary form. In addition to the versional renderings of the Hebrew text, this inquiry also takes into account various ancient Jewish and Christian interpretations of the Cain narrative. The primary focus of the work is on the diverse exegetical tendencies of Hebrew Bible translation in the ancient world and on how these interpretations were transmitted in particular cultural milieus.
A Loveswept Classic Romance
Author: Bethany Campbell
Bethany Campbell, the nationally bestselling author of See How They Run andDon't Talk to Strangers, returns with a chilling new novel of romantic suspense in the tradition of Joy Fielding and Mary Higgins Clark. Fittingly, it began with a phone call. Her grandmother had fallen. Her grandmother was in the hospital. Her grandmother needed Eden to come home and take care of business. Eden knew the deal. "Business" meant Grandma Jessie's phone line. Jessie was a phone psychic--and a darn good one at that. And Eden was the only one who could sound enough like Jessie so that her clientele would never know the difference. But as Eden fakes her way through tarot card and astrology readings, there is one caller unlike any other. The voice is breathless, female, terrified. The voice warns of explosions in distant places, of fire, of blood, of horror. The caller is in desperate danger because she knows things she shouldn't know, and won't be allowed to know much longer. And now Eden knows too....
Author: Bruce L. Yager
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Untold riches and wisdom cannot be turned down... Two years ago, Dr. Matthew Bartholomew lost his wife of twenty-eight years. Now finishing his twenty-fifth year of teaching, he is at a crossroads in his life. When the opportunity to spend a few months on a private Caribbean island with a consortium of biblical scholars and research scientists, including old college friends David and R.J., Matthew decides to participate, if only to give himself time to plan the next step in life. The mysterious circumstances surrounding the research group are finally revealed when Matthew is asked to head a search for the biblical and fabled garden of Eden. Elliot Mitchell, founder of Mitchell International and the reason for the search, seems untrustworthy to Matthew. His unease is further fueled by romance lingering around the island as R.J. confesses her venerable love for him. To escape a future he may not be ready for, Matthew immerses himself into his work on The Eden Files, but digging around the compound reveals a powerful senator may be involved in the quest for wealth as well as the end of God and religion in the current American society. When the group relocates to Turkey and scholars begin disappearing, Matthew realizes he has little power to flight the deadly hands of corrupt political leaders that can wipe him off the face of the earth with the touch of a phone. When the chance arrives to be heroic, Matthew must decide whether he can plunge into history and new love without looking back or retreat into a life of anonymity. Only time will tell what lies in The Eden Files.
Thomas Hobbes and His Contemporaries on the Natural Condition of Human Beings
Author: Helen Thornton
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
State of Nature or Eden? Thomas Hobbes and his Contemporaries on the Natural Condition of Human Beings aims to explain how Hobbes's state of nature was understood by a contemporary readership, whose most important reference point for such a condition was the original condition of human beings at the creation, in other words in Eden. The book uses ideas about how readers brought their own reading of other texts to any reading, that reading is affected by the context in which the reader reads, and that the Bible was the model for all reading in the early modern period. It combines these ideas with the primary evidence of the contemporary critical reaction to Hobbes, to reconstruct how Hobbes's state of nature was read by his contemporaries. The book argues that what determined how Hobbes's seventeenth century readers responded to his description of the state of nature were their views on the effects of the Fall. Hobbes's contemporary critics, the majority of whom were Aristotelians and Arminians, thought that the Fall had corrupted human nature, although not to the extent implied by Hobbes's description. Further, they wanted to look at human beings as they should have been, or ought to be. Hobbes, on the other hand, wanted to look at human beings as they were, and in doing so was closer to Augustinian, Lutheran and Reformed interpretations, which argued that nature had been inverted by the Fall. For those of Hobbes's contemporaries who shared these theological assumptions, there were important parallels to be seen between Hobbes's account and that of scripture, although on some points his description could have been seen as a subversion of scripture. The book also demonstrates that Hobbes was working within the Protestant tradition, as well as showing how he used different aspects of this tradition. Helen Thornton is an Independent Scholar. She completed her PhD at the University of Hull.
Author: Edward Conklin
Publisher: University Press of America
Getting Back into the Garden of Eden studies the story of the Garden of Eden in-depth from an historical-psychological perspective for the first time. It explores how the historical experiences of the Hebrew people became transformed into the psychologically meaningful and therefore symbolic characters and situations in the first three chapters of the Genesis story. It examines the possibilities of the placement and inspiration for the Garden from the oases of the Arabian desert and the advanced irrigation culture of the areas of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
Rethinking Sin and Evil in an Era of Scientific Promise
Author: Richard J. Coleman
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
In Eden's Garden: Rethinking Sin and Evil in an Era of Scientific Promise, Richard Coleman examines the notion of sin in a contemporary world that values scientific and nonreligious modes of thought regarding human behavior. This work is not an anti-science polemic, but rather an argument to show how sin and evil can make sense to the nonreligious mind, and how it is valuable to make sense of such phenomena. Examining themes in religion, philosophy, and theology, it is ideal for use in the numerous courses which move across these disciplines.
Unveiling the Original Garden in Eden.....
Author: Dr. Adrianna Scheibner
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Asleep to the All-Embracing Presence of God, we dream of good and evil..... The answer that would take us out of this drama of pain, suffering and never-ending conflicts is so simple, it defies all human logic! For how can a mere conscious awareness of the Presence of Spirit reverse all the laws of the world? Beyond every restriction of time, space, distance and limits of any kind!? Conscious awareness of the Presence of God as One with All is The Key that allows God’s unlimited Power to manifest in our actual experience: there is no order of difficulty in miracles...God’s Laws supersede all laws that pertain to the material reality. It is simple because no one needs to practice what he already is: we just need to realize it! YET, as Nelson Mandela has said: “Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone. And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
American Religion and Politics in a Wired World
Author: S. Thistlethwaite
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were tempted to take a bite out of an apple that promised them the "knowledge of good and evil." Today, a shiny apple with a bite out of it is the symbol of Apple Computers. The age of the Internet has speeded up human knowledge, and it also provides even more temptation to know more than may be good for us. Americans have been right at the forefront of the digital revolution, and we have felt its unsettling effects in both our religions and our politics. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite argues that we long to return to the innocence of the Garden of Eden and not be faced with countless digital choices. But returning to the innocence of Eden is dangerous in this modern age and, instead, we can become wiser about the wired world.
New and Recent Essays.
Author: Michael J. Meyer,Henry Veggian
Category: Literary Criticism
Author: Rudolph A. Whyte
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
The book comprise twenty chapters that encompass direct words from God, open visions and deep revelation into the will, plan, origin and the destiny of humanity. My original intention was to use audio video format to dramatize the stories and scenes of my encounters. Nonetheless, at the urgency of the Spirit’s behest, I write expediently. Chapters herein, answer mystical questions of Christians, believers and seekers of the truth, while bearing due veneration to the only wise God, the Creator; to further ascertain truths: of redemption, the City of Heavens, the realism and damnation of hell with the Lake of Fire.