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    • How to fly a horse : the secret history of creation, invention, and discovery
      How to fly a horse : the secret history of creation, invention, and discovery
      Kevin Ashton.
      "Inspiring and empowering, this journey behind the scenes of humanity's greatest creations reveals the surprising way we make something new. What do Thomas Jefferson's ice cream recipe, Coca Cola, and Chanel No. 5 have in common? They all depended on a nineteenth-century African boy who, with a single pinch, solved one of nature's great riddles and gave birth to the multimillion-dollar vanilla industry. Kevin Ashton opens his book with the fascinating story of the young slave who launched a flavor revolution to show that invention and creation come in unexpected shapes and sizes. From the crystallographer's laboratory where the secrets of DNA were first revealed by a long-forgotten woman, to the electromagnetic chamber where the stealth bomber was born on a 25-cent bet, Ashton weaves tales of humanity's greatest creations to unpack the surprising true process of discovery. Drawing on the Amish and the iPhone, Kandinsky and cans of Coke, Lockheed, South Park, and the Wright brothers--who set out to "fly a horse"--he showcases the seemingly unremarkable individuals, gradual steps, multiple failures, and countless ordinary--and usually uncredited--acts that led to our most astounding breakthroughs. Creators, he shows, apply everyday, ordinary thinking that we are all capable of in particular ways, taking thousands of small steps, working in an endless loop of problem and solution. He explores why innovators meet resistance and how they overcome it, why most organizations stifle creative people, and how the most creative organizations work. In a passionate and profound narrative that amazes and inspires, Ashton's book sheds new light on how "new" comes to be"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Explaining norms
      Explaining norms
      Geoffrey Brennan, Lina Eriksson, Robert E. Goodin, and Nicholas Southwood.

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    • The Greeks who made us who we are : eighteen ancient philosophers, scientists, poets and others
      The Greeks who made us who we are : eighteen ancient philosophers, scientists, poets and others
      M.A. Soupios.
      "In particular, it seeks to disclose two distinctive features of Western culture uniquely attributable to the ancient Greeks: A human-centered worldview that elevated humans to the threshold of divinity and a philosophical temperament which for the first time in history proffered unbridled operation of the human mind as a kind of cultural imperative"--Provided by publisher.
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    • Action & character according to Aristotle : the logic of the moral life
      Action & character according to Aristotle : the logic of the moral life
      Kevin L. Flannery, SJ.
      Aristotle, according to the author, depicts the way in which human acts of various sorts and in various combinations determine the logical structure of moral character. Some moral characters--or character types--manage to incorporate a high degree of practical consistency; others incorporate less, without forfeiting their basic orientation toward the good. Still others approach utter inconsistency or moral deprivation, although even these, insofar as they are responsible for their actions, retain a core element of rationality in their souls. According to Aristotle, moral character depends ultimately on the structure of individual acts and on how they fit together into a whole that is consistent--or not consistent--with justice and friendship.--From publisher's description.
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    • Absolute recoil : towards a new foundation of dialectical materialism
      Absolute recoil : towards a new foundation of dialectical materialism
      Slavoj Zizek.
      "In this major new work the leading philosopher Slavoj Zizek argues that philosophical materialism has failed to meet the key scientific, theoretical and political challenges of the modern world, from relativity theory and quantum physics to Freudian psychoanalysis and the failure of twentieth-century Communism. To bring materialism up to date, Zizek proposes a new foundation for dialectical materialism. He argues that dialectical materialism is the only true philosophical inheritor of what Hegel designates as the speculative approach of thought - all other forms of materialism fail. In Absolute Recoil, Zizek offers a startling reformulation of the ground and possibilities of contemporary philosophy"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Emotion and imagination
      Emotion and imagination
      Adam Morton.
      In recent years have seen an enormous amount of philosophical research into the emotions and the imagination, but as yet little work has been done to connect the two. In this book, the author shows that all emotions require some form of imagination and goes on to fully explore the link between these two important concepts both within philosophy and in everyday life. We may take it for granted that complex emotions, such as hope and resentment, require a rich thinking and an engagement with the imagination, but the author shows how more basic and responsive emotions such as fear and anger also require us to take account of possibilities and opportunities beyond the immediate situation. The book highlights that many emotions, more than we tend to suppose, require us to imagine a situation from a particular point of view and that this in itself can be the source of further emotional feeling. It goes on to demonstrate the important role that emotions play in our moral lives, throwing light on emotions such as self-respect, disapproval, and remorse, and the price we pay for having them. He explores the intricate nature of moral emotions and the challenges we face when integrating our thinking on morality and the emotions. This book challenges many assumptions about the nature of emotion and imagination and will appeal to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the role that these concepts play in our lives. -- From publisher's website.
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    • The philosophy of William James : radical empiricism and radical materialism
      The philosophy of William James : radical empiricism and radical materialism
      Donald A. Crosby.
      "The focus in this book is on the philosophy of William James as it relates to his conceptions of "pure" and ordinary experience, the respective natures of self and world, the interrelations of experience, self, and world, the awareness of a common world by two or more selves, and the extent to which and means by which those selves can gain access to one another's personal consciousness. The book provides explications and critical interpretations of these themes in James's philosophy and, when appropriate, makes substantive suggestions for their clarification and improvement. It defends the thesis that these themes offer a promising basis for building a credible philosophy of mind and its relations to the world, including its relations to other minds in the world. It considers at length two recent objections to empiricism as an epistemological program and defends empiricism in general and James's brand of empiricism in particular (what he called radical empiricism) against these objections. Finally, it argues the need for and sketches some outlines for a greatly expanded, enriched, and multi-dimensional radical materialism and shows why and how the development of such a materialistic metaphysics can be integrated with James's philosophy of radical empiricism."--Back cover.
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    • The universe of things : on speculative realism
    • The Deleuze and Guattari dictionary
      The Deleuze and Guattari dictionary
      Eugene B. Young, with Gary Genosko and Janell Watson.
      "The Deleuze and Guattari Dictionary is a comprehensive and accessible guide to the world of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, two of the most important and influential thinkers in twentieth-century European philosophy. Meticulously researched and extensively cross-referenced, this unique book covers all their major sole-authored and collaborative works, ideas and influences and provides a firm grounding in the central themes of Deleuze and Guattari's groundbreaking thought. Students and experts alike will discover a wealth of useful information, analysis and criticism. A-Z entries include clear definitions of all the key terms used in Deleuze and Guattari's writings and detailed synopses of their key works. The Dictionary also includes entries on their major philosophical influences and key contemporaries, from Aristotle to Foucault. It covers everything that is essential to a sound understanding of Deleuze and Guattari's philosophy, offering clear and accessible explanations of often complex terminology. The Deleuze and Guattari Dictionary is the ideal resource for anyone reading or studying these seminal thinkers or Modern European Philosophy more generally." -- Publisher's description.
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    • Kant's Religion within the boundaries of mere reason : a critical guide
    • The most sublime hysteric : Hegel with Lacan
    • The privatization of hope : Ernst Bloch and the future of Utopia
    • The climate change debate : an epistemic and ethical enquiry
    • Foundations of the everyday : shock, deferral, repetition
    • The mess inside : narrative, emotion, and the mind
    • Subjective time : the philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience of temporality
      Subjective time : the philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience of temporality
      edited by Valtteri Arstila and Dan Lloyd.
      Our awareness of time and temporal properties is a constant feature of conscious life. Subjective temporality structures and guides every aspect of behavior and cognition, distinguishing memory, perception, and anticipation. This milestone volume brings together research on temporality from leading scholars in philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience, defining a new field of interdisciplinary research.
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    • The moral arc : how science and reason lead humanity toward truth, justice, and freedom
      The moral arc : how science and reason lead humanity toward truth, justice, and freedom
      Michael Shermer.
      "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 this provocative and compelling book, 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"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Male homosexualities and world religions
    • The disclosure of politics : struggles over the semantics of secularization
      The disclosure of politics : struggles over the semantics of secularization
      Maria Pia Lara.
      "Postmodern political critiques speak of the death of ideology, the end of history, and the postsecular return of religious attitudes, yet radical conservative theorists such as Mark Lilla argue religion and politics are inextricably intertwined. Returning much-needed uncertainty to debates over the political while revitalizing the very terms in which they are defined, Maria Pia Lara explores the ambiguity of secularization and the theoretical potential of a structural break between politics and religion. For Lara, secularization means three things: the translation of religious semantics into politics; a transformation of religious notions into political ideas; and the reoccupation of a space left void by changing political actors that gives rise to new conceptions of political interaction. Conceptual innovation redefines politics as a horizontal relationship between governments and the governed and better enables societies (and individual political actors) to articulate meaning through action--that is, through the emergence of new concepts. These actions, Lara proves, radically transform our understanding of politics and the role of political agents and are further enhanced by challenging the structural dependence of politics on religious phenomena."--Publisher's website.
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    • The Blackwell companion to the problem of evil
      The Blackwell companion to the problem of evil
      edited by Justin P. McBrayer and Daniel Howard-Snyder.

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    • Ancient Egypt the light of the world : a work of reclamation and restitution in twelve books. Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
    • Messianic thought outside theology
      Messianic thought outside theology
      edited by Anna Glazova and Paul North.

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    • Digital religion : understanding religious practice in new media worlds
      Digital religion : understanding religious practice in new media worlds
      edited by Heidi A. Campbell.
      Digital Religion offers a critical and systematic survey of the study of religion and new media. It covers religious engagement with a wide range of new media forms and highlights examples of new media engagement in all five of the major world religions. From cell phones and video games to blogs and Second Life, the book: provides a detailed review of major topics; Includes a series of case studies to illustrate and elucidate the thematic explorations; Considers the theoretical, ethical and theological issues raised. Drawing together the work of experts from key disciplinary perspectives, Digital Religion is invaluable for students wanting to develop a deeper understanding of the field.
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    • Confucianism as a world religion : contested histories and contemporary realities
    • Greatest Kan and Li : gathering the cosmic light
      Greatest Kan and Li : gathering the cosmic light
      Mantak Chia and Andrew Jan.
      "A fully illustrated guide to the most advanced Kan and Li practice to birth the immortal spirit body and unite with the Tao Details how to merge energy at the Heart Center to birth the immortal spirit body, allowing you to draw limitless energy from the Cosmos Explains how to establish the cauldron at the Heart Center to collect cosmic light, activate the Cranial and Sacral Pumps, and align the Three Triangle Forces Discusses the proper Pi Gu diet and herbs to use with Kan and Li practice Reveals how to expel the three Worms, or "Death Bringers," that can imbalance the three Tan Tiens, leading to misdirection in your sexual, material, and spiritual goals After mastering the Inner Alchemy practices of Lesser Kan and Li and Greater Kan and Li, the advanced student is now ready for the refinement of the soul and spirit made possible through the practice of the Greatest Kan and Li. With full-color illustrated instructions, Master Mantak Chia and Andrew Jan explain how to establish the cauldron at the Heart Center to collect cosmic light, activate the Cranial and Sacral Pumps, and align the Three Triangle Forces. They detail how merging energy at the Heart Center then leads to the birth of the immortal spirit body, uniting you with the Tao and allowing you to draw limitless energy and power from the Cosmos. The authors explain the proper Pi Gu diet and herbs to use in conjunction with Kan and Li practice and provide warm-up exercises, such as meditations to expel the three Worms, or "Death Bringers," that can imbalance the three Tan Tiens, leading to misdirection in your sexual, material, and spiritual goals. Revealing the ancient path of Inner Alchemy used for millennia by Taoist masters to create the "Pill of Immortality," the authors show that the unitive state of oneness with the Tao made possible through Kan and Li practice represents true immortality by allowing past and future, Heaven and Earth, to become one"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The Shamanism bible : the definitive guide to shamanic thought and practice
    • Atheists : the Origin of the Species
      Atheists : the Origin of the Species
      Nick Spencer.
      "The clash between atheism and religion has become the defining battle of the 21st century. Books on and about atheism retain high profile and popularity, and atheist movements on both sides of the Atlantic capture headlines with high-profile campaigns and adverts. However, very little has been written on the history of atheism, and this book fills that conspicuous gap. Instead of treating atheism just as a philosophical or scientific idea about the non-existence of God, Atheists: The Origin of the Species places the movement in its proper social and political context. Because atheism in Europe developed in reaction to the Christianity that dominated the continent's intellectual, social and political life, it adopted, adapted and reacted against its institutions as well as its ideas. Accordingly, the history of atheism is as much about social and political movements as it is scientific or philosophical ideas."--Jacket.
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    • There is no God : atheists in America
      There is no God : atheists in America
      David A. Williamson and George Yancey.
      "There is No God: Atheists in America answers several questions pertaining to how the atheist population has grown from relatively small numbers to have a disproportionately large impact on important issues of our day, such as the separation of church and state, abortion, gay marriage, and public school curricula. Williamson and Yancey answer the common questions surrounding atheism. Just how common is the dismissal and derision of religion expressed by atheists? How are we to understand the world view of atheists and their motivations in political action and public discourse? Finally, is there any hope for rapprochement in the relationship of atheism and theism? In There is No God, the authors begin with a brief history of atheism to set the stage for a better understanding of contemporary American atheism. They then explore how the relationship between religious and atheistic ideologies has evolved as each attempted to discredit the other in different ways at different times and under very different social and political circumstances. Although atheists are a relatively small minority, atheists appear to be growing in number and in their willingness to be identified as atheists and to voice their non-belief. As those voices of atheism increase it is essential that we understand how and why those who are defined by such a simple term as "non-believers in the existence of God" should have such social and political influence. The authors successfully answer the broader question of the apparent polarization of the religious and non-religious dimensions of American society."-- Publisher's website.
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    • Between state and synagogue : the secularization of Contemporary Israel
      Between state and synagogue : the secularization of Contemporary Israel
      Guy Ben-Porat.
      "A thriving, yet small, liberal component in Israeli society has frequently taken issue with the constraints imposed by religious orthodoxy, largely with limited success. However, as this thoughtful new book by Guy Ben-Porat suggests, in recent years, in part because of demographic changes and in part because of the influence of an increasingly consumer-oriented society, dramatic changes have occurred in secularization of significant parts of public and private lives. Even though these fissures often have more to do with lifestyle choices and economics than with political or religious ideology, the demands and choices of a secular public and a burgeoning religious presence in the government are becoming ever more difficult to reconcile. The evidence, which the author has accrued from numerous interviews and a detailed survey, is nowhere more telling than in areas that demand religious sanction such as marriage, burial, the sale of pork, and the operation of businesses on the Sabbath. This book makes an important and timely contribution to the study of contemporary Israeli society, as new alliances are being forged in the political arena"--Provided by publisher.
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    • Unlocking the Zohar
      Unlocking the Zohar
      Michael Laitman.
      Explains The Book of Zohar, containing the secrets of the whole Creation, including quotes from the text, translated, edited, and compiled for better understanding.
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    • The Lives of Muhammad
    • A history of Jewish-Muslim relations : from the origins to the present day
      A history of Jewish-Muslim relations : from the origins to the present day
      edited by Abdelwahab Meddeb and Benjamin Stora
      "This is the first encyclopedic guide to the history of relations between Jews and Muslims around the world from the birth of Islam to today. Richly illustrated and beautifully produced, the book features more than 150 authoritative and accessible articles by an international team of leading experts in history, politics, literature, anthropology, and philosophy. Organized thematically and chronologically, this indispensable reference provides critical facts and balanced context for greater historical understanding and a more informed dialogue between Jews and Muslims."--Jacket.
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    • The Sufi path of annihilation : in the tradition of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi and Hasan Lutfi Shushud
      The Sufi path of annihilation : in the tradition of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi and Hasan Lutfi Shushud
      Nevit O. Ergin.
      "An exploration of the profound Sufi practice of Itlak Yolu Examines the three main facets of this practice: zikr or breathing exercises, fasting, and mental suffering Shares new Sufi parables, the sayings of Sufi master Hasan Lutfi Shushud, and Rumi's philosophy on annihilation of the Self Reveals how once the Self is annihilated higher levels of perception are reached In this exploration of the profound spiritual practice of Itlak Yolu, the Sufi path of annihilation, Nevit Ergin examines the three main facets of this path: zikr or breathing exercises, fasting, and mental suffering. Sharing experiences and discussions with Hasan Lutfi Shushud, renowned Sufi saint and final guide of Gurdjieff's disciple J. G. Bennett, the author illustrates how suffering--"the searing fire of contrition"--is the most effective instrument of spiritual progress, for it is suffering that burns the Self. He explains how faithful practice of zikr and fasting will bring on this kind of suffering when the student is ready and will make the suffering tolerable. He shows how once the Self is annihilated higher levels of perception take hold and one finds oneself on the path to sainthood and immortality. Interwoven throughout with sayings by Shushud, Sufi parables, and poems by Rumi, Ergin shares the unique Itlak perspective on the major questions of every seeker: the true nature of love and religion, life and death, and other major spiritual questions. The book also includes an essay on annihilation and absence in Rumi's philosophy and biographical portraits of Hasan Lufti Shushud by other aspirants who met with him"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • From stone to flesh : a short history of the Buddha
      From stone to flesh : a short history of the Buddha
      Donald S. Lopez Jr.
      We have come to admire Buddhism for being profound but accessible, as much a lifestyle as a religion. The credit for creating Buddhism goes to the Buddha, a figure widely respected across the Western world for his philosophical insight, his teachings of nonviolence, and his practice of meditation. But who was this Buddha, and how did he become the Buddha we know and love today? The author, a historian of Buddhism tells the story of how various idols carved in stone, variously named Beddou, Codam, Xaca, and Fo, became the man of flesh and blood that we know simply as the Buddha. He reveals that the positive view of the Buddha in Europe and America is rather recent, originating a little more than a hundred and fifty years ago. For centuries, the Buddha was condemned by Western writers as the most dangerous idol of the Orient. He was a demon, the murderer of his mother, a purveyor of idolatry. Here the author provides a history of depictions of the Buddha from classical accounts and medieval stories to the testimonies of European travelers, diplomats, soldiers, and missionaries. He shows that centuries of hostility toward the Buddha changed dramatically in the nineteenth century, when the teachings of the Buddha, having disappeared from India by the fourteenth century, were read by European scholars newly proficient in Asian languages. At the same time, the traditional view of the Buddha persisted in Asia, where he was revered as much for his supernatural powers as for his philosophical insights. This book follows the twists and turns of these Eastern and Western notions of the Buddha, leading finally to his triumph as the founder of a world religion.
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    • Echoes of an angel : the miraculous true story of a boy who lost his eyes but could still see
      Echoes of an angel : the miraculous true story of a boy who lost his eyes but could still see
      Aquanetta Gordon, with Chris Macias.
      When Ben Underwood became blind at the age of two, anyone would have thought he faced a life full of hardship and uphill challenges--a world full of things he'd never be able to see and activities he'd never be able to enjoy. But as far as his mom, Aquanetta Gordon, was concerned, nothing was impossible for Ben . . . and so he accomplished the incredible. Known as "the boy who could see with sound," Ben mastered human echolocation--the ability to detect the size, shape and location of objects through the reflection of sound waves. By clicking his tongue and "seeing" the waves, Ben could ride his bike, shoot baskets, identify objects, and even play video games. Some called it a miracle, but to Ben and Aqua, the real miracles were the otherworldly experiences God gave Ben--physical and spiritual--that others couldn't explain. "Echoes of an Angel" is the remarkable true story of how a child who seemed destined for darkness brought light to the world. It's the story of a single mom who encouraged her son to push beyond his limits, even as her heart clenched with protective love and fear. And it's the story of a family's unshakable faith . . . in God and each other.
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    • Not without God : a story of survival
    • Oh, the things you'll need : 30 things to know before you go.
    • BECOMING A WOMAN WHOSE GOD IS ENOUGH
    • Heaven, hell and near-death experiences : proof of life after death
    • The emerging church : a model for change & a map for renewal
    • TOO LOVED TO BE LOST: DISCOVERING GOD'S INTENTIONAL, UNCONDITIONAL, WITHOUT-LIMITS LOVE
    • A compassionate call to counter culture in a world of world of poverty, same-sex marriage, racism, sex slavery, immigration, persecution, abortion, orphans, pornography
    • LIFE WITH A CAPITAL L: EMBRACE A BIGGER GOSPEL. EXPERIENCE A BIGGER LIFE.
    • Switch on your brain : the key to peak happiness, thinking, and health
      Switch on your brain : the key to peak happiness, thinking, and health
      Dr. Caroline Leaf.
      The author offers a Christianity-based prescription for better health and wholeness through correct thinking patterns, declaring that we are not victims of our biology and sharing with readers the "switch" in our brains that enables us to live happier, healthier, more enjoyable lives in which we can achieve our goals, maintain our weight, and even become more intelligent.
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    • Portraits of devotion
    • Devotions for a healthier you
    • BECOMING BEHOLDERS: CULTIVATING SACRAMENTAL IMAGINATION AND ACTIONS IN COLLEGE CLASSROOMS
    • A sacramental-prophetic vision : Christian spirituality in a suffering world
      A sacramental-prophetic vision : Christian spirituality in a suffering world
      Matthew T. Eggemeier.
      The sacramental and prophetic traditions of Christian spirituality, suggests Matthew Eggemeier, possess critical resources for responding to the contemporary social crises of widespread ecological degradation and the innocent suffering of the crucified poor. In A Sacramental-Prophetic Vision, Eggemeier maintains that the vital key for cultivating these traditions in the present is to situate these spiritualities in the context of spiritual exercises or ascetical practices that enable Christians to live more deeply in the presence of God (coram Deo) and in turn to make this presence visible in a suffering world.
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