The Better Angels of Our Nature

Why Violence Has Declined

Author: Steven Pinker

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101544643

Category: Psychology

Page: 832

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“If I could give each of you a graduation present, it would be this—the most inspiring book I've ever read." —Bill Gates (May, 2017) Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year The author of Enlightenment Now and The New York Times bestseller The Stuff of Thought offers a controversial history of violence. Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millenia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species's existence. For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, programs, gruesom punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, Pinker shows (with the help of more than a hundred graphs and maps) all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned. How has this happened? This groundbreaking book continues Pinker's exploration of the esesnce of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world. The key, he explains, is to understand our intrinsic motives--the inner demons that incline us toward violence and the better angels that steer us away--and how changing circumstances have allowed our better angels to prevail. Exploding fatalist myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious and provocative book is sure to be hotly debated in living rooms and the Pentagon alike, and will challenge and change the way we think about our society.
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Angels in Medieval Philosophical Inquiry

Their Function and Significance

Author: Mr Martin Lenz,Ms Isabel Iribarren

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409485633

Category: Philosophy

Page: 250

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The nature and properties of angels occupied a prominent place in medieval philosophical inquiry. Creatures of two worlds, angels provided ideal ground for exploring the nature of God and his creation, being perceived as 'models' according to which a whole range of questions were defined, from cosmological order, movement and place, to individuation, cognition, volition, and modes of language. This collection of essays is a significant scholarly contribution to angelology, centred on the function and significance of angels in medieval speculation and its history. The unifying theme is that of the role of angels in philosophical inquiry, where each contribution represents a case study in which the angelic model is seen to motivate developments in specific areas and periods of medieval philosophical thought.
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Angels: A Very Short Introduction

Author: David Albert Jones

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199547300

Category: History

Page: 141

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What are angels? Where were they first encountered? Can we distinguish angels from gods, fairies, ghosts, and aliens? And why do they remain so popular? This Very Short Introduction investigates stories and speculations about angels in religions old and new, in art, literature, film, and the popular imagination.
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The Killer Angels

The Classic Novel of the Civil War

Author: Michael Shaara

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780345513731

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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“My favorite historical novel . . . a superb re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg, but its real importance is its insight into what the war was about, and what it meant.”—James M. McPherson In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation’s history, two armies fought for two conflicting dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love. And far more than men fell on those Pennsylvania fields. Bright futures, untested innocence, and pristine beauty were also the casualties of war. Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece is unique, sweeping, unforgettable—the dramatic story of the battleground for America’s destiny. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Jeff Shaara's Blaze of Glory.
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Angels

Author: Billy Graham

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc

ISBN: 0849938716

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 208

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The well-known evangelist explains the characteristics of angels as well as their purposes and significance in the contemporary world
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Angels at Qumran

A Comparative Study of 1 Enoch 1-36; 72-108 and Sectarian Writings from Qumran

Author: Maxwell Davidson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781850753322

Category: Religion

Page: 386

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A comprehensive study of the perspectives on angels of Qumran sectarian authors and of the authors of those sections of 1 (Ethiopic) Enoch represented in the Qumran library. Marked differences emerge as the roles of angels are considered in relation to various topics. These include beliefs about how the sun entered the world, events at the close of the present age, the means by which divine revelation is communicated to God's people and the ways in which the author thought about the relationship of the pious to angels, both in this age and in the eschaton.
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The Encyclopedia of Angels

Author: Rosemary Guiley

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438130023

Category: Angels

Page: 417

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An encyclopedia describing and giving the history of angels from the time when the earth was created forward, using texts from Hebrew, Arabic, ancient and contemporary works.
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The Facts on Angels

Author: John Ankerberg,John Weldon

Publisher: ATRI Publishing

ISBN: 1937136329

Category: Religion

Page: 49

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Fascination with angels has exploded. Scores of people claim dramatic encounters with these being. But who are angels? Should Christians seek to contact them? This booklet answers the questions: What exactly does the Bible teach about angels? What is their purpose? How do their demonic counterparts deceive people? In what specific ways can angels help people? Discover the fascinating truth about angels in “The Facts on Angels”.
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Angels and Angelology in the Middle Ages

Author: David Keck

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195354966

Category: Religion

Page: 280

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Recently angels have made a remarkable comeback in the popular imagination; their real heyday, however, was the Middle Ages. From the great shrines dedicated to Michael the Archangel at Mont-St-Michel and Monte Garano to the elaborate metaphysical speculations of the great thirteenth-century scholastics, angels dominated the physical, temporal, and intellectual landscape of the medieval West. This book offers a full-scale study of angels and angelology in the Middle Ages. Seeking to discover how and why angels became so important in medieval society, David Keck considers a wide range of fascinating questions such as: Why do angels appear on baptismal fonts? How and why did angels become normative for certain members of the church? How did they become a required course of study? Did popular beliefs about angels diverge from the angelologies of the theologians? Why did some heretics claim to derive their authority from heavenly spirits? Keck spreads his net wide in the attempt to catch traces of angels and angelic beliefs in as many portions of the medieval world as possible. Metaphysics and mystery plays, prayers and pilgrimages, Cathars and cathedrals-all these and many more disparate sources taken together reveal a society deeply engaged with angels on all its levels and in some unlikely ways.
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