Among the Believers is VS. Naipaul's classic account of his journeys through Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Indonesia;"the believers" are the Muslims he met on those journeys, young men and women battling to regain the original purity of their faith in the hope of restoring order to a chaotic world. It is a uniquely valuable insight into modern Islam and the comforting simplifications of religious fanaticism.
This book reveals the basic spiritual essence found in human being, whether they are believers or non believers. The deeper level of spirituality that is transcendence has been found more among believers and helps them to believe strongly and connect with higher power. Non-believers live in the moment and enjoy their life, whereas believers, especially female believers are lower on their well-being, are they focusing more on the external factors of rituals rather than understanding and internalizing essence of them. The research reflect that Indian culture with its emphasis on eternal values, emphasis on intrinsic orientation and respect for all seems to inculcate spiritual orientation equally in its inhabitants barring religion. Although religious practice is a common path to express spirituality, It also seems that when religion is followed with its spiritual content and intrinsic values it broadens the horizon of humanity and sheds out the rigidity from the religion far behind. It leads the way to contribute to the welfare of others, whether informally in daily life, doing charities for needy or doing voluntary services for the upliftment of humanity, societies and nation.
Main emphasis of the current work is on the changes in waste utilization practices among rural Old Believers living in the Peipus Lake region (Estonia). Social innovation theory and Practice theory are taken as the theoretical framework. Author assumed that Old Believers have own historical ways of waste utilization and investigated how the process of new waste recollection system (that is considered as Social innovation in the current book) that was introduced in 2005 has been implemented among existing utilization practices. Basic factors regarding introduction of new waste recollection system in Estonia at the state level are considered here, too, together with the statistical data that uphold the main assumption. For the investigation observation and seven interviews were conducted with the people from Kolkja, Kasepaa, Varnja and Raja. As a result, there were found stable, slightly changed, considerably changed and new practices. Some interesting outcomes were found in the dimension of reusing materials and impact of cultural and religious traditions. Additionally, three periods of different waste management systems that the region has experienced were defined and described.
This research paper is about Discipleship and spiritual nurture among Christians in Mityana archdeaconry – Mityana Diocese. It was written with the following objectives: To find out the discipleship activities carried out in Mityana Archdeaconry. To find out how active are the Christians and church leaders in discipling new believers in their local churches and to examine the role of discipleship in spiritual nurturing of Christian in Mityana Archdeaconry. The study revealed that the discipleship activities carried out include; fellowshipping, Bible study, attending discipleship class teachings, conventions and standing with those who are in need. The study also revealed that a biggest percentage of Christians and church leaders (pastors and lay readers) is not involved at all in discipling new believers in their local churches. And for those who participate in discipling new believers their rate of involvement showed that they were less active and very few of them were actively involved in discipling new believers for their spiritual nurture.
Muhammad and the Believers – At the Origins of Islam
How can one avoid divisions in the Church while attuning the mind and heart to unity in Christ? Grace is to be sought from God, not from men. Can Christ really be divided? If Christ cannot be divided, how can His Body - the Church - be divided? This book shows how quarrels are caused by vainglory, and points out the terrible consequences of man-worship in the Church fuels quarrels, and man-worship in the Church leads to terrible consequences.
Body Of Believers: Africa: This is beyond a book. this is a true story of how a small African group of young men and women experienced Christian conversion that was beyond religious, rigid dogma: The experience that stirred up their spiritual gifts and with one accord they conveyed the message to their entire village, their nation, then to the nations of the World. This is an account of how God is not a respecter to a person: He used them as He did with the Apostles: The same God we read about in the book of Acts. Here African believers conducted the church: Services: Under trees - Into homes - In the bushes - In forests - In valleys - Up the hills: And wherever they flocked by Faith. Apart from conducting church services they went out for outreach as they reached the un-reached. Meanwhile, they have planted churches all over their nation and beyond the borders of their country. They have sent the missionaries from Africa to the Western World: God used them in the modern cities of the Western World as He did in the isolates villages of The Third World. The book you are about to read will take you all the way to Tanzania: East Africa: Then to the nations of the World. Read the book!
The Religious Test – Six Political Commandments for Believers and Atheists
Dualism and rivalry has been perceived as part of the challenges confronting clergy-laity relationship in the church. This seems to have been fueled by the perceived misinterpretation of the concept of priesthood of all believers most especially in Baptist Church with congregational polity. This dichotomy and rivalry is alien to the birth of the New Testament, but having subtly crept into the church, became a historical virus to the interpersonal and functional relationship that exists between the clergy and the laity. This poses a great threat to the unity, growth, strength and health of the church. The clergy-laity synergy through mutually valued relationship is a force that determines the identity, strength, functionality and the future mission of a local church. It is indeed a vehicle that drives a local church and determines her speed and destiny. This book is an in-depth exploration into the interplay between the priesthood of all believers and congregational polity as it affects clergy-laity relationship among the Baptists. The book is a unique resource material for students and teachers in Theological institutions, as well as members of the church in search of knowledge.
The study focuses on Protestants in the postwar USSR. It has two major aims. The first is to elucidate the evolution of Soviet policy towards Protestant denominations, using archival evidence not available to previous students of this subject. The second is to reconstruct the internal life of Protestant congregations as marginalized social groups. The dissertation is thus a case study both of religious persecution under state-sponsored atheism and of the efforts of individual believers and their communities to survive without compromising their religious principles. A major element of the state’s approach to Protestants was to use co-opted religious leaderships as enforcers of government policy within the communities. The practice outraged many believers and caused schisms that plagued Protestant communities for decades. Religious dissenters, however, helped awaken the public opinion abroad to the reality of believers' life in the USSR. The increased international pressure forced the Soviet Government to adopt a more conciliatory approach to religion. The believers capitalized on the Soviet youth's hunger for an alternative ideology and thus ensured religion's survival.
This book shows that translators are faced with overtranslation, undertranslation, mistranslation, and overlapping problems. These are caused by cultural differences, translator’s linguistic incompetence, translator’s background knowledge and experiences. Also there is several numbers of effects caused by the problems in the translation product. The effects include misleading believers, distortion of religious content and conflict of interest among believers. It is recommended that translators should improve their language proficiency, good understanding of both cultures, use test retesting method to evaluate their translation. Also translators should attend training on the use proper translation theory, avoiding freelance translation, as well as self interest. The book is helpful to all who are engaged in the field of translation such as students of translations, religious translators and other expertise in translation because it enables them to understand the causes, effects and solutions on how to overcome problems of translation in various texts.
The author of the bestselling Discovery in Comics series, including on Science and Philosophy, tackles a very sensitive subject. Dealing with religion often means walking on eggshells - that is what comic artist Margreet de Heer finds out when creating this book! She presents the five major world religions and modern spirituality in a colourful, personal, yet serious manner. She explores religious history and practices with tact and an open mind, but can't prevent a few eggs from breaking. This book in comics is fun and informative for both believers and non-believers.
IN FAITH AND IN DOUBT: HOW RELIGIOUS BELIEVERS AND NONBELIEVERS CAN CREATE STRONG MARRIAGES AND LOVING FAMILIES