The Super Natural

A New Vision of the Unexplained

Author: Whitley Strieber,Jeffrey J. Kripal

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101983566

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 384

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Two of today's maverick authors on anomalous experience present a perception-altering and intellectually thrilling analysis of why the paranormal is real, but radically different from what is conventionally understood. Whitley Strieber (Communion) and Jeffrey J. Kripal (J. Newton Rayzor professor of religion at Rice University) team up on this unprecedented and intellectually vibrant new framing of inexplicable events and experiences. Rather than merely document the anomalous, these authors--one the man who popularized alien abduction and the other a renowned scholar and "renegade advocate for including the paranormal in religious studies" (The New York Times)--deliver a fast-paced and exhilarating study of why the supernatural is neither fantasy nor fiction but a vital and authentic aspect of life. Their suggestion? That all kinds of "impossible" things, from extra-dimensional beings to bilocation to bumps in the night, are not impossible at all: rather, they are a part of our natural world. But this natural world is immeasurably more weird, more wonderful, and probably more populated than we have so far imagined with our current categories and cultures, which are what really make these things seem "impossible." The Super Natural considers that the natural world is actually a "super natural world"--and all we have to do to see this is to change the lenses through which we are looking at it and the languages through which we are presently limiting it. In short: The extraordinary exists if we know how to look at and think about it. From the Hardcover edition.

The Supernatural?

Author: Lionel A. Weatherly,John Nevil Maskelyne

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108029191

Category: History

Page: 292

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A lucid investigation of paranormal phenomena, first published in 1891, featuring an entertaining chapter by celebrated illusionist J. N. Maskelyne.

Cutting Jesus Down to Size

What Higher Criticism Has Achieved and Where It Leaves Christianity

Author: George Albert Wells

Publisher: Open Court

ISBN: 0812698673

Category: Religion

Page: 384

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In this provocative book, noted scholar G. A. Wells tells the story of Higher Criticism: the close study of the scriptures that reveals difficulties and discrepancies. Wells traces the discipline’s German beginnings, exploring the problems in the New Testament that prompted scholars to revise traditional theories of the scriptures’ origins. Wells then traces the development and reception of these views from the 18th century to today. Drawing on current biblical scholarship, Wells explains how the Jesus of Paul’s epistles differs radically from later versions and addresses conservative Christians’ attempts to reconcile them. He carefully analyzes what the New Testament says about miracles, the Virgin Birth, the Nativity, Jesus’ conflicting genealogies, the Resurrection, the post-Resurrection appearances, and the failed prophecies of imminent apocalypse. Wells persuasively profiles the New Testament as a fascinating but flawed collection of incompatible viewpoints, revealing Jesus as a shifting, ambiguous, legendary figure who reflected the evolving teachings of a fragmented, emotion-based cultic movement.

Real Nightmares (Book 2)

True Unexplained Phenomena and Tales of the Unknown

Author: Brad Steiger

Publisher: Visible Ink Press

ISBN: 1578594049

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 55

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Do you think that you have bad dreams? Well, these people have lived them! Secret government experiments, soulless monsters, a haunted mansion, and more are covered by paranormal researcher extraordinaire Brad Steiger, an author of thousands of books and articles on the mysterious and unknown. Steiger gathers more of his favorite and scariest stories of the unexplained in this compilation. These tales are worse than nightmares. They are unbelievable, but true tales of the supernatural, mysterious, and the downright spooky. Keep the lights on when you read Real Nightmares: True Unexplained Phenomena and Tales of the Unknown.

Real Nightmares (Book 1)

True and Truly Scary Unexplained Phenomena

Author: Brad Steiger

Publisher: Visible Ink Press

ISBN: 1578594006

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 71

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What's your worst nightmare? Is it that ghost lurking next door? The cabal conspiring to rule the world? Those monsters slithering under your bed? The extraterrestrial visitors lurking among us? Paranormal researcher extraordinaire Brad Steiger, an author of thousands of books and articles on the mysterious and unknown, gathers his favorite and scariest stories of the unexplained in this compilation. Have you ever awakened with a start, hoping it was just a dream? Sorry, these stories are not dreams. They are unbelievable, but true tales of the supernatural, mysterious, and the downright spooky. Keep the lights on when you read Real Nightmares: True and Truly Scary Unexplained Phenomena.

Autism and Spirituality

Psyche, Self and Spirit in People on the Autism Spectrum

Author: Olga Bogdashina

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 085700591X

Category: Psychology

Page: 272

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Olga Bogdashina argues persuasively that, contrary to popular belief, spirituality plays a vital role in the lives of many people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Drawing on interdisciplinary research from fields as diverse as psychology, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, neuroscience and religion, as well as first-hand experiences of people on the spectrum, she shows how people with ASD experience their inner worlds and sense of self, and how this shapes the spiritual dimension of their lives and vice versa. She presents a coherent framework for understanding the routes of spiritual development and 'spiritual giftedness' within this group, offering insights that will inform understanding of how to support and nurture spiritual wellbeing in people with ASDs. This book gives a voice to both verbal and non-verbal individuals on the autism spectrum whose spiritual experiences, though often unconventional, are meaningful and profound. It is essential reading for all those interested in the spiritual wellbeing of this group, including pastoral carers and counsellors, ministers of religion, spiritual leaders, parents and carers and individuals on the autism spectrum.

Evolution

What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters

Author: Donald R. Prothero

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231511426

Category: Science

Page: 408

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Over the past twenty years, paleontologists have made tremendous fossil discoveries, including fossils that mark the growth of whales, manatees, and seals from land mammals and the origins of elephants, horses, and rhinos. Today there exists an amazing diversity of fossil humans, suggesting we walked upright long before we acquired large brains, and new evidence from molecules that enable scientists to decipher the tree of life as never before. The fossil record is now one of the strongest lines of evidence for evolution. In this engaging and richly illustrated book, Donald R. Prothero weaves an entertaining though intellectually rigorous history out of the transitional forms and series that dot the fossil record. Beginning with a brief discussion of the nature of science and the "monkey business of creationism," Prothero tackles subjects ranging from flood geology and rock dating to neo-Darwinism and macroevolution. He covers the ingredients of the primordial soup, the effects of communal living, invertebrate transitions, the development of the backbone, the reign of the dinosaurs, the mammalian explosion, and the leap from chimpanzee to human. Prothero pays particular attention to the recent discovery of "missing links" that complete the fossil timeline and details the debate between biologists over the mechanisms driving the evolutionary process. Evolution is an absorbing combination of firsthand observation, scientific discovery, and trenchant analysis. With the teaching of evolution still an issue, there couldn't be a better moment for a book clarifying the nature and value of fossil evidence. Widely recognized as a leading expert in his field, Prothero demonstrates that the transformation of life on this planet is far more awe inspiring than the narrow view of extremists.

Real-Life X-Files

Investigating the Paranormal

Author: Joe Nickell

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813137276

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 336

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As a former private investigator and forensic writer, Joe Nickell has spent much of his career identifying forged documents, working undercover to infiltrate theft rings, and investigating questioned deaths. Now he turns his considerable investigative skill toward the paranormal, researching the most well-known and mysterious phenomena all over the world -- spontaneous human combustion, UFO visitations, auras, electronic poltergeists, and many, many more -- with an eye toward solving these mysteries rather than promoting or dismissing them. Real-Life X-Files: Investigating the Paranormal examines the cases of over forty paranormal mysteries. Using a hands-on approach, Nickell visits the scene of the so-called unexplainable activity whenever possible and attempts to physically duplicate the miraculous. Whether he's inflicting stigmata on himself or recreating the liquefying blood of Saint Januarius, Nickell does whatever necessary to eliminate the probable before considering the supernatural. What is left is that much more fascinating. Nickell reports on familiar legends from American history such as the supernatural events surrounding Abraham Lincoln's death and the supposed crash landing of an alien spacecraft near Roswell, New Mexico. He closely examines claims of the miraculous, from rose petals bearing the likeness of Jesus to photographs of a "golden door" to heaven. Controversial mysteries such as clairvoyance and "spirit painting," haunted places, and freaks of nature are just a few of the many topics covered. Suspenseful, engrossing, funny, and grounded in scientific methodology, Real-Life X-Files provides real explanations for the "paranormal" activities that have intrigued human beings for centuries.

Miracles

Author: W. Sumner Davis

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595265529

Category: Fiction

Page: 112

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Considered by many as a pinnacle exploration into the inner workings of the "Miracle Event" this book has captured the imagination of readers for years. Soon to be re released. From basic ideas to first hand accounts, Miracles follows the lives of people before and after their miraculous events, and how these events have shaped their lives.

Supernatural

Your Guide through The Unexplained, The Unearthly and The Unknown

Author: Colin Wilson

Publisher: Watkins Media Limited

ISBN: 1780286953

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 244

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It's the hot genre of the decade so far, and now Colin Wilson lends his weight to the subject of the Supernatural, in this far-reaching encyclopedia of whole spectrum of supernatural phenomena from ghosts and poltergeists to reincarnation, and from precognition and 'psychic detection' to magic and demonic possession. In these pages we meet real-life vampires, doppelgangers, witches and magicians; and we learn about elemental theory, Odic forces, Atlantis, ley lines, UFOs, crop circles, Velikovsky's 'worlds in collision' theory of the origins of the planet Venus - and much else besides. Anyone who loves the mystery and excitement of vampires, werewolves, psychics and other supernatural occurrences will enjoy this book. An authoritative yet entertaining author, Colin Wilson tells you everything you ever needed to know in a book that you'll love to read.

Unexplained: Supernatural Stories for Uncertain Times

Author: Richard MacLean Smith

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1473671140

Category: Science

Page: 352

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Editor's Choice in The Bookseller Based on the 'world's spookiest podcast' of the same name comes Unexplained: a book of ten real-life mysteries which might be best left unexplained. . . Demonic possession in 1970's Germany. UFOs in Rendlesham forest. Reincarnation in Middlesbrough. To this day, these real life mysteries and very many more evade explanation. Based on one of the most successful paranormal podcasts ever, with over 10 million streams and downloads to date, Unexplained consists of ten chapters focussing on a different paranormal event, from Australia to Germany, the UK to Zimbabwe, using the stories as gateways to a journey beyond the veil of the uncanny, exploring what they reveal of the human experience. Taking ideas once thought of as supernatural or paranormal and questioning whether radical ideas in science might provide a new but equally extraordinary explanation, Unexplained is The Examined Life meets The X Files. 'A grisly treat' Financial Times on the podcast

Dracula

Author: Bram Stoker

Publisher: nexx verlag gmbh

ISBN: 3958705162

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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»Dracula« ist eine mit besonderen Stilmitteln (Tagebuchauszügen, Zeitungsausschnitten, Brieftexten) aufgebaute, mitreißend erzählte Geschichte über bedingungslose Freundschaft, Liebe und den Kampf gegen das Böse, den Jonathan Harker und seine Mitstreiter aufnehmen müssen. Die Betonung des Gruseligen hat den Stoff zwar berühmt gemacht, ist aber eigentlich das Unwichtigste an diesem Roman, der zu Recht zur Weltliteratur gehört.