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The Gnostic New AgeHow a Countercultural Spirituality Revolutionized Religion from Antiquity to Today

The Gnostic New Age: How a Countercultural Spirituality Revolutionized Religion from Antiquity to Today

April D. DeConick

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231170765
eISBN:
9780231542043
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170765.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Gnosticism is a countercultural spirituality that forever changed the practice of Christianity. Before it emerged in the second century, passage to the afterlife required obedience to God and king. ... More

Love Letters from GolokA Tantric Couple in Modern Tibet

Love Letters from Golok: A Tantric Couple in Modern Tibet

Holly Gayley

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231180528
eISBN:
9780231542753
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231180528.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Love Letters from Golok chronicles the courtship between two Buddhist tantric masters, Tare Lhamo (1938–2002) and Namtrul Rinpoche (1944–2011), and their passion for reinvigorating Buddhism in ... More

The Miracle MythWhy Belief in the Resurrection and the Supernatural is Unjustified

The Miracle Myth: Why Belief in the Resurrection and the Supernatural is Unjustified

Larry Shapiro

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231178402
eISBN:
9780231542142
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231178402.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

There are many who believe Moses parted the Red Sea and Jesus came back from the dead. Others are certain that exorcisms occur, ghosts haunt attics, and the blessed can cure the terminally ill. ... More

The Quotidian RevolutionVernacularization, Religion, and the Premodern Public Sphere in India

The Quotidian Revolution: Vernacularization, Religion, and the Premodern Public Sphere in India

Christian Lee Novetzke

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231175807
eISBN:
9780231542418
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231175807.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

In thirteenth-century Maharashtra, a new vernacular literature emerged to challenge the hegemony of Sanskrit, a language largely restricted to men of high caste. In a vivid and accessible idiom, this ... More

Reading the MahavamsaThe Literary Aims of a Theravada Buddhist History

Reading the Mahavamsa: The Literary Aims of a Theravada Buddhist History

Kristin Scheible

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231171380
eISBN:
9780231542609
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231171380.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Vamsa is a dynamic genre of Buddhist history filled with otherworldly characters and the exploits of real-life heroes. These narratives collapse the temporal distance between Buddha and the reader, ... More

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