New Books in Philosophy
Why Does the World Exist?
Call Number: BD 511 .H65 2012
Publication Date: 2012-07-16
Whether framed philosophically as “Why is there a world rather than nothing at all?” or more colloquially as “But, Mommy, who made God?” the metaphysical mystery about how we came into existence remains the most fractious and fascinating question of all time. Following in the footsteps of Christopher Hitchens, Roger Penrose, and even Stephen Hawking, Jim Holt emerges with an engrossing narrative that traces our latest efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. As he takes on the role of cosmological detective, the brilliant yet slyly humorous Holt contends that we might have been too narrow in limiting our suspects to God vs. the Big Bang. Whether interviewing a cranky Oxford philosopher, a Physics Nobel Laureate, or a French Buddhist monk, Holt pursues unexplored and often bizarre angles to this cosmic puzzle. The result is a brilliant synthesis of cosmology, mathematics, and physics—one that propels his own work to the level of philosophy itself.
New Books in Religion
Call Number: BL 65 .J87 R54 2012
Publication Date: 2012-10-12
Occupy Religion introduces readers to the often-overlooked role of religion in the Occupy movement and asks provocative questions about how people of faith can work for social justice. From the temperance movement to the civil rights movement, churches have played a key role in many important societal changes, and Occupy Religion demonstrates that this role is no less critical today.
The Bhagavad Gita
Call Number: BL 1138.62.E5 2012
Publication Date: 2012-04-02
This new verse translation of the classic Sanskrit text combines the skills of leading Hinduist Gavin Flood with the stylistic verve of award-winning poet and translator Charles Martin.
The Color of Christ
Call Number: BR 515.B59 2012
Publication Date: 2012-09-21
In The Color of Christ, Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey weave a tapestry of American dreams and visions--from witch hunts to web pages, Harlem to Hollywood, slave cabins to South Park, Mormon revelations to Indian reservations--to show how Americans remade the Son of God visually time and again into a sacred symbol of their greatest aspirations, deepest terrors, and mightiest strivings for racial power and justice.
Call Number: BP 188.5.G74 2012
Publication Date: 2012-02-28
Offering the first truly global account of the history of Sufism, this illuminating book traces the gradual spread and influence of Sufi Islam through the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and ultimately into Europe and the United States.