The Missionary Position

Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice

Author: Christopher Hitchens

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 085789840X

Category: Religion

Page: 300

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In this frank and damning expos of the Teresa cult, Hitchens details the nature and limits of one woman's mission to help the world's poor. He probes the source of the heroic status bestowed upon an Albanian nun whose only declared wish was to serve God. He asks whether Mother Teresa's good works answered any higher purpose than the need of the world's privileged to see someone, somewhere, doing something for the Third World. He unmasks pseudo-miracles, questions Mother Teresa's fitness to adjudicate on matters of sex and reproduction, and reports on a version of saintly ubiquity which affords genial relations with dictators, corrupt tycoons and convicted frauds. Is Mother Teresa merely an essential salve to the conscience of the rich West, or an expert PR machine for the Catholic Church? In its caustic iconoclasm and unsparing wit, The Missionary Position showcases the devastating effect of Hitchens' writing at its polemical best.
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The Hitch

Geständnisse eines Unbeugsamen

Author: Christopher Hitchens

Publisher: Karl Blessing Verlag

ISBN: 3641069696

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 672

View: 1901

The Hitch: das bewegte Leben eines der einflussreichsten und streitbarsten Denker Ikonen von ihrem Sockel zu stürzen ist ein Anliegen, das Christopher Hitchens mit der Nonchalance eines Salonlöwen und der Unerbittlichkeit eines Rottweilers verfolgt – wie seine Biografien über Mutter Teresa, Henry Kissinger und Bill Clinton beweisen. Jetzt hinterfragt der Bestsellerautor, Journalist, Bonvivant und Provokateur seinen eigenen, fast schon ikonenhaften Status als „wahrscheinlich klügster Kopf seiner Generation“ (DIE WELT). In seiner Autobiografie tritt „The Hitch” selbst ungeschminkt vor den Spiegel. Wie ein britischer Trotzkist, in der ersten Reihe der Vietnamkriegsgegner, nach dem 11. September die amerikanische Staatsbürgerschaft annimmt und bis heute zu den prominentesten und umstrittensten Befürwortern des Irakkriegs zählt. Wie der zum christlichen Glauben erzogene Sohn einer freigeistigen Mutter, die bis zu ihrem Selbstmord ihre jüdische Herkunft geheim hielt, seine atheistischen Ansichten zum Weltbestseller macht. Wie ein auf Kuba kaffeepflückender junger Linksintellektueller gegen das Establishment anstürmt und sich beim Cocktail mit Margaret Thatcher wiederfindet. „The Hitch” ist die Roadmap für ein Leben, das nichts, wirklich nichts ausgelassen hat.
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Komm, sei mein Licht

Author: Mother Teresa

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783426783610

Category:

Page: 446

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Mother Teresa

Author: M. G. Chitkara

Publisher: APH Publishing

ISBN: 9788170249689

Category: Christianity

Page: 331

View: 4100

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London Review of Books

An Anthology

Author: Jane Hindle

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859841211

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 297

View: 1967

Erudite, witty and often controversial, The London Review of Books informs and entertains its readers with a fortnightly dose of the best and liveliest of all things cultural. This anthology brings together some of the most memorable pieces from recent years, includes Alan Bennett's Diary, Christopher Hitchens on Bill Clinton's presidency, Terry Castle's hotly-debated reading of Jane Austen's letters, Jerry Fodor taking issue with Richard Dawkins on evolution, Victor Kiernan on treason, Jenny Diski musing on death, Stephen Frears' adventures in Hollywood, Linda Colley on Nancy Reagan, Frank Kermode on Paul de Man and much much more.
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Der Sinn des Gebens

Warum Selbstlosigkeit in der Evolution siegt und wir mit Egoismus nicht weiterkommen

Author: Stefan Klein

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104012954

Category: Self-Help

Page: 336

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Selbstlos siegt! Welche Gesetze über Erfolg und Misserfolg in unserem Leben bestimmen. Den Selbstlosen gehört die Zukunft: Das ist die erstaunliche Quintessenz des neuen Buches von Stefan Klein, das unser Denken und Handeln verändern wird. Denn die neueste Forschung lässt die Ehrlichen keineswegs als die Dummen dastehen. Entgegen unserem Alltagsglauben schneiden Egoisten nämlich nur kurzfristig besser ab. Auf längere Sicht haben diejenigen Menschen Erfolg, die sich um das Wohl anderer bemühen. Denn nicht nur Wettbewerb, sondern auch Kooperation ist eine Triebkraft der Evolution. Ein Sinn für Gut und Böse ist uns angeboren. Stefan Klein zieht einen faszinierenden Querschnitt durch die aktuellen Ergebnisse der Hirnforschung und der Genetik, der Wirtschaftswissenschaften und der Sozialpsychologie. Er zeigt, welche Gesetze über Erfolg und Misserfolg in unserem Leben bestimmen. Und er stellt dar, warum menschliches Miteinander und das Wohlergehen anderer zu unseren tiefsten Bedürfnissen gehören. Für andere zu sorgen schützt uns nicht nur vor Einsamkeit und Depression. Vielmehr macht uns Selbstlosigkeit glücklicher und erfolgreicher – und beschert uns nachweislich sogar ein längeres Leben.
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The Wizard and the Warrior

Leading with Passion and Power

Author: Lee G. Bolman,Terrence E. Deal

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118046647

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 9200

The Wizard and the Warrior gives leaders the insight and courage they need to take risks on behalf of values they cherish and the people they guide. Great leaders must act both as wizard, calling on imagination, creativity, meaning, and magic, and as warrior, mobilizing strength, courage, and willingness to fight as necessary to fulfill their mission. Best-selling authors Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal present the defining moments and experiences of exemplary leaders such as Carly Fiorina, Thomas Keller (head chef of French Laundry), David Neeleman (CEO of Jet Blue), Mary Kay Ash, Warren Buffet, Anne Mulcahy, and Abraham Lincoln3⁄4all of whom have wrested with their own inner warrior and wizard. These engaging, realistic case studies are followed by commentaries that will raise questions and suggest possibilities without rushing to resolution or simple answers.
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Batman and Philosophy

The Dark Knight of the Soul

Author: Mark D. White,William Irwin,Robert Arp

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470270301

Category: Philosophy

Page: 294

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Twenty essays explore questions in moral philosophy through examinations of the character of Batman as seen in comic books, graphic novels, and the mass media.
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Der Herr ist kein Hirte

wie Religion die Welt vergiftet

Author: Christopher Hitchens

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783453620360

Category: Religionskritik

Page: 349

View: 9812

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The Moral Arc

How Science Makes Us Better People

Author: Michael Shermer

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 0805096930

Category: Science

Page: 560

View: 492

Bestselling author Michael Shermer's exploration of science and morality that demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral From Galileo and Newton to Thomas Hobbes and Martin Luther King, Jr., thinkers throughout history have consciously employed scientific techniques to better understand the non-physical world. The Age of Reason and the Enlightenment led theorists to apply scientific reasoning to the non-scientific disciplines of politics, economics, and moral philosophy. Instead of relying on the woodcuts of dissected bodies in old medical texts, physicians opened bodies themselves to see what was there; instead of divining truth through the authority of an ancient holy book or philosophical treatise, people began to explore the book of nature for themselves through travel and exploration; instead of the supernatural belief in the divine right of kings, people employed a natural belief in the right of democracy. In The Moral Arc, Shermer will explain how abstract reasoning, rationality, empiricism, skepticism--scientific ways of thinking--have profoundly changed the way we perceive morality and, indeed, move us ever closer to a more just world.
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50 Great Myths About Atheism

Author: N.A

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118607813

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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Tackling a host of myths and prejudices commonly leveled at atheism, this captivating volume bursts with sparkling, eloquent arguments on every page. The authors rebut claims that range from atheism being just another religion to the alleged atrocities committed in its name. An accessible yet scholarly commentary on hot-button issues in the debate over religious belief Teaches critical thinking skills through detailed, rational argument Objectively considers each myth on its merits Includes a history of atheism and its advocates, an appendix detailing atheist organizations, and an extensive bibliography Explains the differences between atheism and related concepts such as agnosticism and naturalism
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Survival of the Nicest

How Altruism Made Us Human and Why It Pays to Get Along

Author: Stefan Klein

Publisher: The Experiment

ISBN: 161519181X

Category: Science

Page: 272

View: 5003

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014 This revelatory tour de force by an acclaimed and internationally bestselling science writer upends our understanding of “survival of the fittest”—and invites us all to think and act more altruistically The phrase “survival of the fittest” conjures an image of the most cutthroat individuals rising to the top. But Stefan Klein, author of the #1 international bestseller The Science of Happiness, makes the startling assertion that altruism is the key to lasting personal and societal success. In fact, altruism defines us: Natural selection favored those early humans who cooperated in groups, and with survival more assured, our altruistic ancestors were free to devote brainpower to developing intelligence, language, and culture—our very humanity. Klein’s groundbreaking findings lead him to a vexing question: If we’re really hard-wired to act for one another’s benefit, why aren’t we all getting along? He believes we’ve learned to mistrust our instincts because success is so often attributed to selfish ambition, and with an extraordinary array of material—current research on genetics and the brain, economics, social psychology, behavioral and anthropological experiments, history, and modern culture—he makes the case that generosity for its own sake remains the best way to thrive.
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Hope Endures

Leaving Mother Teresa, Losing Faith, and Searching for Meaning

Author: Colette Livermore

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439109591

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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The searing memoir of an extraordinary woman who served as a nun for eleven years in Mother Teresa's order, Hope Endures is a compelling chronicle of idealistic determination, rigid discipline, and shattering disillusionment. InÊher life's journey from certainty to doubt, Colette Livermore enters the Missionaries of Charity order in 1973 with unwavering faith and total surrender ofÊher will and intellect after seeing a documentary on the order's work in India. Only eighteen at the time, Livermore has been studying to enter medical school -- a lifelong goal -- but virtually overnight severs her many ties with family, friends, and the life she's known in beautiful, rural New South Wales in order to train as a sister to aid the poor. In the process, she also gives herself over to the order's unexpectedly severe, ascetic regime, which demands blind obedience and submission. Given the religious name Sister Tobit, Livermore serves in some of the poorest places in the world -- the garbage dump slums of Manila, Papua New Guinea, and Calcutta -- bringing hope and care to people who are desperately ill, hungry, abandoned, and even dying, and comforting whomever she can. Although she draws inspiration and strength from her humanitarian work, Livermore and other nuns risk their own physical health, as they are sent to dangerous areas while being unschooled in the languages and cultures, untrained in medical care, and sometimes unprotected by vaccines. Livermore herself succumbs to bouts of drug-resistant cerebral malaria that almost kill her and to a new strain of hepatitis. Over time she also beginsÊto notice that the order's rigid insistence on unquestioning obedience harms the young sisters mentally, emotionally, and spiritually -- and she experiences a terrible inner struggle to find the right path for herself. As she tries to respond to the suffering around her, she often falls into an incomprehensible conflict between her vow to obey and her vow to serve, between religious strictures and the practice of compassion, between authority and personal conscience. Pressured to stay with the order by Mother Teresa and other superiors, as well as by the younger nuns, Livermore nonetheless decides to leave at age thirty and attain her medical degree, continuing to take health care and relief to impoverished people in remote areas -- the isolated aboriginal communities of the Outback and war-torn East Timor. Even as she serves others as a medical doctor, she continues in a crisis of faith thatÊeventually leads her to become an agnostic. Hope Endures is the eye-opening, deeply affecting story of a brave woman's search for meaning in a world that is rent with tragedies and contradictions. It is also an unflinching critique of any faith that insists on blind obedience. For true hope to endure, Dr. Livermore demonstrates, we must always strive to question, to face the hard truths, and to discover the courage to follow our convictions.
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Faces of Compassion

Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expression — An Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism

Author: Taigen Dan Leighton

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1614290237

Category: Art

Page: 352

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Faces of Compassion introduces us to enlightened beings, the bodhisattvas of Buddhist lore. They're not otherworldly gods with superhuman qualities but shining examples of our own highest potential. Archetypes of wisdom and compassion, the bodhisattvas of Buddhism are powerful and compelling images of awakening. Scholar and Zen teacher Taigen Dan Leighton engagingly explores the imagery and lore of the seven most important of these archetypal figures, bringing them alive as psychological and spiritual wellsprings. Emphasizing the universality of spiritual ideas, Leighton finds aspects of bodhisattvas expressed in a variety of familiar modern personages - from Muhammad Ali to Mahatma Gandhi, from Bob Dylan to Henry Thoreau, and from Gertrude Stein to Mother Teresa. This edition contains a revised and expanded introduction that frames the book as a exciting and broad-scoped view of Mahayana Buddhism. It's updated throughout to make it of more use to scholars and a perfect companion to survey courses of world religions or a 200-level course on Buddhism.
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Life Coaching

A cognitive behavioural approach

Author: Michael Neenan,Windy Dryden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135016771

Category: Psychology

Page: 216

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The way we think profoundly influences the way we feel, so learning to think differently can enable us to feel and act differently. The first edition of Life Coaching successfully showed how to tackle self-defeating thinking and replace it with a problem-solving outlook, providing clear and helpful advice on: Dealing with troublesome emotions Overcoming procrastination Becoming assertive Tackling poor time management Persisting at problem solving Handling criticism constructively Taking risks and making better decisions. The new edition retains the key features, while offering a brand new chapter on the emerging topic of resilience as well updates throughout. It will continue to be invaluable to all those who are interested in becoming more personally effective in their everyday lives, and also to counsellors in practice and training.
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Mother Teresa

A Complete Authorized Biography

Author: Kathryn Spink

Publisher: Harpercollins

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 306

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Biography of Mother Teresa, an Albanian born nun, discusses her early life, work with the sick and poor, winning the Nobel Prize, and presents her vision of the world.
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