The Victory Of Reason

Author: Rodney Stark
Editor: Random House
ISBN: 9781588365002
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Many books have been written about the success of the West, analyzing why Europe was able to pull ahead of the rest of the world by the end of the Middle Ages. The most common explanations cite the West’s superior geography, commerce, and technology. Completely overlooked is the fact that faith in reason, rooted in Christianity’s commitment to rational theology, made all these developments possible. Simply put, the conventional wisdom that Western success depended upon overcoming religious barriers to progress is utter nonsense. In The Victory of Reason, Rodney Stark advances a revolutionary, controversial, and long overdue idea: that Christianity and its related institutions are, in fact, directly responsible for the most significant intellectual, political, scientific, and economic breakthroughs of the past millennium. In Stark’s view, what has propelled the West is not the tension between secular and nonsecular society, nor the pitting of science and the humanities against religious belief. Christian theology, Stark asserts, is the very font of reason: While the world’s other great belief systems emphasized mystery, obedience, or introspection, Christianity alone embraced logic and reason as the path toward enlightenment, freedom, and progress. That is what made all the difference. In explaining the West’s dominance, Stark convincingly debunks long-accepted “truths.” For instance, by contending that capitalism thrived centuries before there was a Protestant work ethic–or even Protestants–he counters the notion that the Protestant work ethic was responsible for kicking capitalism into overdrive. In the fifth century, Stark notes, Saint Augustine celebrated theological and material progress and the institution of “exuberant invention.” By contrast, long before Augustine, Aristotle had condemned commercial trade as “inconsistent with human virtue”–which helps further underscore that Augustine’s times were not the Dark Ages but the incubator for the West’s future glories. This is a sweeping, multifaceted survey that takes readers from the Old World to the New, from the past to the present, overturning along the way not only centuries of prejudiced scholarship but the antireligious bias of our own time. The Victory of Reason proves that what we most admire about our world–scientific progress, democratic rule, free commerce–is largely due to Christianity, through which we are all inheritors of this grand tradition.

Reading The Victory Ode

Author: Peter Agócs
Editor: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107007879
Size: 13,18 MB
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A collection of papers by international experts on one of the most paradoxical and influential poetic genres of classical antiquity.

Lost In The Victory

Author: Susan Johnson Hadler
Editor: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 9781574410334
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In 1990, Ann Mix began a search to find out about her father, who had been killed in World War II. She eventually met others whose fathers had been killed and discovered that, like her, they had little information about their fathers. As a result, Ann founded the American WWII Orphans Network to locate war orphans and become a despository for sources of information about WWII servicemen who were fathers.

The Victory Of The New Building Style

Author: Walter Curt Behrendt
Editor: Getty Publications
ISBN: 9780892365630
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This book-Behrendt's principle theoretical work in German and the precursor to Modern Building- presents a revisionist concept of style that places equal emphasis on form and function. Now available in English for the first time, this incisive treatise boldly advocates international modernism to the general public.

The Victory Lab

Author: Sasha Issenberg
Editor: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0307954811
Size: 19,96 MB
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UPDATED FOR THE 2016 ELECTION The book Politico calls “Moneyball for politics” shows how cutting-edge social science and analytics are reshaping the modern political campaign. Renegade thinkers are crashing the gates of a venerable American institution, shoving aside its so-called wise men and replacing them with a radical new data-driven order. We’ve seen it in sports, and now in The Victory Lab, journalist Sasha Issenberg tells the hidden story of the analytical revolution upending the way political campaigns are run in the 21st century. The Victory Lab follows the academics and maverick operatives rocking the war room and re-engineering a high-stakes industry previously run on little more than gut instinct and outdated assumptions. Armed with research from behavioural psychology and randomized experiments that treat voters as unwitting guinea pigs, the smartest campaigns now believe they know who you will vote for even before you do. Issenberg tracks these fascinating techniques—which include cutting edge persuasion experiments, innovative ways to mobilize voters, heavily researched electioneering methods—and shows how our most important figures, such as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, are putting them to use with surprising skill and alacrity. Provocative, clear-eyed and energetically reported, The Victory Lab offers iconoclastic insights into political marketing, human decision-making, and the increasing power of analytics.


Author: John Grigg
Editor: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571303757
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On June 6 1944 - 'D-Day' - Allied troops landed in France, opening a way to eventual victory. In this provocative reappraisal of the Second World War, John Grigg suggests that the Allied invasion could have been launched successfully in the previous year, reducing considerably the scale of the war's human tragedy. 'By 1943, Grigg notes, we already had air supremacy in the ETO and more than enough trained troops to launch a cross-Channel invasion; besides, with the Wehrmacht still deep in Russia, German supply lines would have been stretched to the breaking point. Had the Western Allies liberated only France and Belgium in 1943, speculates Grigg, they could have negotiated with Stalin from a position of strength.' Kirkus Review 'A forceful, argumentative, disputatious book, intended to make people think over old prejudices and discard them.' Economist

Jesus And The Victory Of God

Author: Nicholas Thomas Wright
Editor: Fortress Press
ISBN: 9780800626822
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Shows how the questions posed by Albert Schweitzer a century ago remain central today; sketches a profile of Jesus in terms of his prophetic praxis, his subversive stories, his symbology and the answers he gave to key questions, in a debate-igniting examination of Jesus' aims and beliefs, argued on the basis of his actions and their accompanying riddles. Reprint.

The Victory According To Mark

Author: Mark Horne
Editor: Canon Press & Book Service
ISBN: 1591280079
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Mark¿s Gospel is sometimes assumed to be the least interesting or helpful gospel -- it is the shortest and speaks in a plain and direct style. Mark Horne helps us better appreciate this gospel¿s goals, by highlighting features not immediately apparent to the modern eye. Horne uses its Old Testament and first-century context to point out the typological roles that Jesus, John, and the disciples fulfill as the new leaders of their nation, a period when the old Israel was both restored and redefined. He shows the gospel¿s intricate structures of miracle cycles and other events that bring out the major themes of calling and restoration, all playing into the kingship and triumph of Christ. This devotional-style commentary enables the reader to see through the gospel of Mark¿s humble exterior into the riches that lie beneath.

The Victory

Author: Dorinda Nusum
Editor: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595390315
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The characters from Sins and Sacrifices are together again. They are faced with more trials and greater hardships, but with the each other's support, they strive to overcome the obstacles in their paths. New characters are introduced and they, too, find themselves caught up in affairs that challenge them emotionally and spirituality. The Victory is a story about trials, testimonies, and the will to overcome.

The Victory

Author: Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Editor: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748132996
Size: 15,95 MB
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1803: Napoleon is poised to invade England, with only Nelson's weather-beaten ships in his way, but the French fleet are not the only threat to the fortunes of the Morland family. In the North of England, Mary Ann's relationship with the missionary, Father Rathbone, introduces her to the stark realities of life in plague-torn Manchester. In the South, Lucy's lover, Weston, is assigned to the blockade of Brest, while her neglected husband, Chetwyn, finally finds love in an affair which threatens him with disgrace and ruin. From the fashionable salons of Beau Brummell's London to the shot-torn docks at Trafalgar, the Morlands face danger and personal tragedy, as well as love and fulfilment.