Il significato da dare alla virtù cristiana della povertà ha sempre avuto carattere estremamente problematico nell’intera vita della Chiesa. Per accostarsi ad un’interpretazione distante da ogni visione utopica e da ogni impostazione ideologica occorre riferirsi all’intero bagaglio dell’intelligenza teologica e del buon senso naturale. Il primo patrimonio dell’intelligenza teologica è offerto dal modo con cui Gesù si è rapportato ai beni materiali mentre dal buon senso naturale il cristiano recepisce quel realismo che non rappresenta alcuna riduzione della fede, ma l’ambito stesso della verifica umana dell’esperienza cristiana.
Author: Giorgio Nadali
Publisher: Lampi di stampa
Albert Einstein diceva: «Senza la religione l’umanità si troverebbe oggi ancora allo stato di barbarie… E’ stata la religione che ha permesso all’umanità di progredire in tutti i campi». Il contributo della religione al progresso dell’umanità va ben oltre le scoperte e le invenzioni in campo scientifico e tecnologico. In questo libro l'Autore passa in rassegna tutte le invenzioni, le scoperte e i progressi legati alle Religioni mondiali. Un libro in controtendenza che spiega quanto insospettabile progresso abbiano portato le Religioni all’umanità in tutti i campi, dalla medicina alla matematica, dall’astronomia alla cucina, dalla linguistica alla fisica, dalla musica al calcolo del tempo…
The Victory of Reason
Author: Rodney Stark
Publisher: Random House
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.
Il palo spezzato
Author: roberto rezzaghi
Perché il cane è il migliore amico dell’uomo e la vacca una bistecca? Perché due persone impegnate nei giochi di seduzione si offendono se chiamate “maiali” o “topi di fogna” e arrossiscono se etichettate come “topolini”? Che ruolo hanno la cultura, il linguaggio e le rappresentazioni mediatiche in generale nel nostro rapportarci con la diversità animale e con la nostra stessa animalità? L’obiettivo di questo ebook, che impegna meno di un’ora del vostro tempo, è quello di esplorare questi concetti attraverso lo studio della cultura specista e antispecista, del rapporto umano/non-umano in Occidente attraverso le religioni e il pensiero filosofico e scientifico, focalizzando l’analisi sul linguaggio, il logos come “luogo” fondamentale ove si compie il distacco tra uomo e natura, e quindi tra uomo e animale. È sul piano del linguaggio che nasce la dicotomia umano/non-umano ed è questo che regola il nostro rapporto con le altre creature del pianeta; rapporto che sfocia nella cultura del dominio.
Nell’ampia letteratura e nella gamma svariata di fonti, lo studio sceglie un percorso ed un’ottica di lettura in grado di apportare un contributo nuovo – nell’ambito dottrinale della Scuola francescana medievale e tardo-medievale – alla genesi delle...
Bearing False Witness
Author: Rodney Stark
Publisher: Templeton Foundation Press
As we all know and as many of our well established textbooks have argued for decades, the Inquisition was one of the most frightening and bloody chapters in Western history, Pope Pius XII was anti-Semitic and rightfully called “Hitler’s Pope,” the Dark Ages were a stunting of the progress of knowledge to be redeemed only by the secular spirit of the Enlightenment, and the religious Crusades were an early example of the rapacious Western thirst for riches and power. But what if these long held beliefs were all wrong? In this stunning, powerful, and ultimately persuasive book, Rodney Stark, one of the most highly regarded sociologists of religion and bestselling author of The Rise of Christianity (HarperSanFrancisco 1997) argues that some of our most firmly held ideas about history, ideas that paint the Catholic Church in the least positive light are, in fact, fiction. Why have we held these wrongheaded ideas so strongly and for so long? And if our beliefs are wrong, what, in fact, is the truth? In each chapter, Stark takes on a well-established anti-Catholic myth, gives a fascinating history of how each myth became the conventional wisdom, and presents a startling picture of the real truth. For example, Instead of the Spanish Inquisition being an anomaly of torture and murder of innocent people persecuted for “imaginary” crimes such as witchcraft and blasphemy, Stark argues that not only did the Spanish Inquisition spill very little blood, but it was a major force in support of moderation and justice. Instead of Pope Pius XII being apathetic or even helpful to the Nazi movement, such as to merit the title, “Hitler’s Pope,” Stark shows that the campaign to link Pope Pius XII to Hitler was initiated by the Soviet Union, presumably in hopes of neutralizing the Vatican in post-World War II affairs. Pope Pius XII was widely praised for his vigorous and devoted efforts to saving Jewish lives during the war. Instead of the Dark Ages being understood as a millennium of ignorance and backwardness inspired by the Catholic Church’s power, Stark argues that the whole notion of the “Dark Ages” was an act of pride perpetuated by anti-religious intellectuals who were determined to claim that theirs was the era of “Enlightenment.” In the end, readers will not only have a more accurate history of the Catholic Church, they will come to understand why it became unfairly maligned for so long. Bearing False Witness is a compelling and sobering account of how egotism and ideology often work together to give us a false truth.
One True God
Author: Rodney Stark
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Western history would be unrecognizable had it not been for people who believed in One True God. There would have been wars, but no religious wars. There would have been moral codes, but no Commandments. Had the Jews been polytheists, they would today be only another barely remembered people, less important, but just as extinct as the Babylonians. Had Christians presented Jesus to the Greco-Roman world as ''another'' God, their faith would long since have gone the way of Mithraism. And surely Islam would never have made it out of the desert had Muhammad not removed Allah from the context of Arab paganism and proclaimed him as the only God. The three great monotheisms changed everything. With his customary clarity and vigor, Rodney Stark explains how and why monotheism has such immense power both to unite and to divide. Why and how did Jews, Christians, and Muslims missionize, and when and why did their efforts falter? Why did both Christianity and Islam suddenly become less tolerant of Jews late in the eleventh century, prompting outbursts of mass murder? Why were the Jewish massacres by Christians concentrated in the cities along the Rhine River, and why did the pogroms by Muslims take place mainly in Granada? How could the Jews persist so long as a minority faith, able to withstand intense pressures to convert? Why did they sometimes assimilate? In the final chapter, Stark also examines the American experience to show that it is possible for committed monotheists to sustain norms of civility toward one another. A sweeping social history of religion, One True God shows how the great monotheisms shaped the past and created the modern world.
Cities of God
Author: Rodney Stark
Publisher: Harper Collins
How did the preaching of a peasant carpenter from Galilee spark a movement that would grow to include over two billion followers? Who listened to this "good news," and who ignored it? Where did Christianity spread, and how? Based on quantitative data and the latest scholarship, preeminent scholar and journalist Rodney Stark presents new and startling information about the rise of the early church, overturning many prevailing views of how Christianity grew through time to become the largest religion in the world. Drawing on both archaeological and historical evidence, Stark is able to provide hard statistical evidence on the religious life of the Roman Empire to discover the following facts that set conventional history on its head: Contrary to fictions such as The Da Vinci Code and the claims of some prominent scholars, Gnosticism was not a more sophisticated, more authentic form of Christianity, but really an unsuccessful effort to paganize Christianity. Paul was called the apostle to the Gentiles, but mostly he converted Jews. Paganism was not rapidly stamped out by state repression following the vision and conversion of the Roman Emperor Constantine in 312 AD, but gradually disappeared as people abandoned the temples in response to the superior appeal of Christianity. The "oriental" faiths—such as those devoted to Isis, the Egyptian goddess of love and magic, and to Cybele, the fertility goddess of Asia Minor—actually prepared the way for the rapid spread of Christianity across the Roman Empire. Contrary to generations of historians, the Roman mystery cult of Mithraism posed no challenge to Christianity to become the new faith of the empire— it allowed no female members and attracted only soldiers. By analyzing concrete data, Stark is able to challenge the conventional wisdom about early Christianity offering the clearest picture ever of how this religion grew from its humble beginnings into the faith of more than one-third of the earth's population.