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Neither God nor Master.........new Atheism

The New Atheists have invited us to question the link between religion and atrocity while we consider of the social and political impact of religion.

Housmans present the fast selling works of Sam Harris, Daniel Dennet, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens together in the new section on our shelves, 'God Nor Master'.

Darwin's world changing 'Origin of the Species' gives context to Dawkins' evolutionary discussion and Tariq Ali and Ziauddin Sarda provide insight into religious fundamentalism.

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Clash of Fundamentalism Crusades, Jihads and Modernity Tariq Ali Housmans Bookshop

Clash of Fundamentalism

Crusades, Jihads and Modernity

Tariq Ali

(Verso Books, 2002)

£10.99

"In this timely and important book, Tariq Ali puts the events of September 11 into sweeping historical perspective. As we have come to expect from him, he is lurid, eloquent, literary, and painfully honest, as he dissects both Islamic and Western fundamentalism" (Howard Zinn)

"The book is an outstanding contribution to our understanding of the nightmare of history from which so many people are struggling to awake, and deserves serious engagement and consideration. Ali broadens our horizons, geographically, historically, intellectually and politically ... His mode of history telling is lyrical and engaging, humane and passionate" (Anthony Arnove, The Nation)

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The Doctrine of Reconciliation Karl Barth Housmans Bookshop

The Doctrine of Reconciliation

Karl Barth

(Continuum Books, 2004)

£10.99

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Start Where You Are A Guide to Compassionate Living Pema Chőudrőn Housmans Bookshop

Start Where You Are

A Guide to Compassionate Living

Pema Chőudrőn

(Shambala Publications, 1994)

£10.99

Start Where You Are is an indespensible handbook for cultivating fearlessness and awakening a compassionate heart. With insight and humor, Pema Chőudrőn, author of The Wisdom of No Escape and When Things Fall Apart, presents down-to-earth guidance on how to make friends with ourselves and develop genuine compassion towards others.

Darwin's Angel An Angelic Riposte to The God Delusion Housmans Bookshop

Darwin's Angel

An Angelic Riposte to The God Delusion

John Cornwell

(Profile Books, 2008)

£6.99

"This book is a piece of sheer heaven...deliciously wise, witty and intellectually sharp into the bargain" (The Times)

The Origin of Species Darwin Housmans Bookshop

The Origin of Species

Darwin

with an introduction by Jeff Wallace

(Wordsworth Classics, 1998)

£3.99

"A grain in the balance will determine which individual shall live and which shall die..." Darwin's theory of natural selection issued a profound challenge to orthodox thought and belief: no being or species has been specifically created; all are locked into a pitiless struggle for existence, with extinction looming for those not fitted for the task. Yet The Origin of Species (1859) is also a humane and inspirational vision of ecological interrelatedness, revealing the complex mutual interdependencies between animal and plant life, climate and physical environment, and - by implication - within the human world. Written for the general reader, in a style which combines the rigour of science with the subtlety of literature, The Origin of Species remains one of the founding documents of the modern age.

The Selfish Gene Richard Dawkins Housmans Bookshop

The Selfish Gene

Richard Dawkins

(Oxford University Press, 2006)

£8.99

The Selfish Gene caused a wave of excitement among biologists and the general public when it was first published in 1976. Its vivd rendering of a gene's view of life, in lucid prose, gathered together the strands of thought about the nature of natural selection into a conceptual frame-work with far-reaching implications for our understanding of evolution. Time has confirmed its significance, intellectually rigorous, yet written in non-technical language, The Selfish Gene is widely recognised as a master-piece of science writing, and its insights remain as relevant today as on the day it was published.

Breaking the Spell Religion as a Natural Phenomena Daniel C. Dennett Housmans Bookshop

Breaking the Spell

Religion as a Natural Phenomena

Daniel C. Dennett

(Penguin Books, 2006)

£10.99

"He doesn't skirt the complications of theorizing about religion; he sees the difficulties [and] marches bravely into the swamp" (Guardian)

Malice François Flahault Housmans Bookshop

Malice

François Flahault

(Verso Books, 2006)

£15.00

Black Mass Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia John Gray Housmans Bookshop

Black Mass

Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia

John Gray

(Allen Lane Books, 2007)

£18.99

 Transcending Terror A History of our Spiritual Quest and the Challenge of the new Millenium Ian Hackett Housmans Bookshop

 

Transcending Terror

A History of our Spiritual Quest

and the Challenge of the new Millenium

Ian Hackett

(O Books, 2004)

£14.99

Recent Events in the Middle and Near East have highlighted the divide between the largely Judaeo-Christian "West" and the largely Islamic, or otherwise non-Judaeo-Christian "Third World". Are we heading for a "clash of civilisations" as Samuel P. Huntington has predicted? In this review of the history of the major religions, Ian Hackett looks at the teaching of nine great prophets and at their legacies: at Zarathustra and Zoroastrianism; Moses and Judaism; Atharva and Hinduism; Lao-Tzu and Taoism; Siddhartha Gautama and Buddhism; Jesus and Christianity; Muhammed and Islam; Nanek Dev and Sikhism, and at Mirza Husain Ali Nuri and the Bahai faith.

The End of Faith Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason Sam Harris Housmans Bookshop

The End of Faith

Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

Sam Harris

(Free Press, 2005)

£7.99

"A radical attack on the most sacred of liberal precepts - the notion of tolerance...An eminently sensible rallying cry for a more ruthless secularisation of society" (Stephanie Merritt, Observer)

The Portable Atheist Essential Readings for the Non-Believer Christopher Hitchens Housmans Bookshop

The Portable Atheist

Essential Readings for the Non-Believer

Christopher Hitchens

(Da Capo Press, 2007)

£10.99

Islamist Ed Husain Housmans Bookshop

Islamist

Ed Husain

(Penguin Books, 2007)

£9.99

"Captivating and terrifyingly honest" (Observer)

"Read this impassioned and articulate book" (Simon Jenkins, Sunday Times)

Faith and Sword A Short History of Christian - Muslim Conflict Alan G. Jamieson Housmans Bookshop

Faith and Sword

A Short History of Christian - Muslim Conflict

Alan G. Jamieson

(Reaktion Books, 2006)

recommended price: £19.95

Housmans price: £9.95

Religion, Politics and Evangelism P.C. Jena Housmans Bookshop

Religion, Politics and Evangelism

P.C. Jena

(Societas Imprint, 2009)

£8.95

Foundations of Christianity Karl Kautsky Housmans Bookshop

Foundations of Christianity

Karl Kautsky

(Socialist Resistance, 2007)

£12.00

The Satanic Bible Anton Szandor LaVey Housmans Bookshop

The Satanic Bible

Anton Szandor LaVey

(Avon Books, 2005)

£5.99

The Thoughtful Guide To Science and Religion Dr Michael Meredith Housmans Bookshop

The Thoughtful Guide

To Science and Religion

Dr Michael Meredith

(O Books, 2005)

£10.99

Moral Man and Immoral Society Reinhold Niebuhr Housmans Bookshop

Moral Man and Immoral Society

Reinhold Niebuhr

(Continuum Books, 2005)

£15.99

In Defence of Atheism The Case Against Christianity, Judaism and Islam Michael Onfray Housmans Bookshop

In Defence of Atheism

The Case Against Christianity, Judaism and Islam

Michael Onfray

(Serpents Tail, 2007)

£8.99

"Like an ice-cold blast from a high-pressure hose, Michael Onfray, France's Richard Dawkins, will cleanse your brain of lingering orthodox cobwebs" (Sunday Express)

Science and Religion at the Crossroads Frank Parkinson Housmans Bookshop

Science and Religion at the Crossroads

Frank Parkinson

(Imprint Academic, 2009)

£8.95

In a series of related essays, Dr Parkinson argues that both science and religion are at a crossroads, as current paradigms are breaking down. There is increasing debate about both, but this book adds something new and positive in arguing that a future science and religion must be symbiotic. That is to say, in being true to their most basic principles of truth-seeking, both will find themselves to be not merely harmonious but mutually supporting and illuminating. Controversial this may be, but the evidence presented here is coherent and based on sound scholarship, logic and the latest research.

The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie Housmans Bookshop

The Satanic Verses

Salman Rushdie

(Vintage Publications, 2006)

£7.99

Just before dawn one winter's morning, a hijacked jumbo jet blows apart high above the English Channel. Through the debris of limbs, drink trolleys, memories, blankets, and oxygen masks, two figures fall towards the sea: Gibreel Farishta, India's legendary movie star, and Saladin Chamcha, the man of a thousand voices. Clinging to each other, singing rival songs, they plunge downward, and are finally washed up, alive, on the snow-covered sands of an English beach.

Their survival is a miracle, but an ambiguous one. Gibreel acquires a halo, while, to his dismay, Saladin's legs grow hairier, his feet turn into hooves, and hornlike appendages appear at his temples. Gibreel and Saladin have been chosen (by whom?) as opponents in the eternal wrestling match between Good and Evil. But which is which? As the two men tumble through time and space towards their final confrontation, we are witness to a cycle of tales of love and passion, of betrayal and faith.

"A novel of metamorphosis, hauntings, memories, hallucinations, revelations, advertising jingles and jokes. Rushdie has the power of description, and we succumb" The Times

"A Staggering achievement, brilliantly enjoyable" Nadine Gordimer

Why I am Not a Christian Bertrand Russell Housmans Bookshop

Why I am Not a Christian

Bertrand Russell

(Routledge, 2009)

£9.99

Adam and Evil The God who Hates Sex, Women and Human Bodies Leo Rutherford Housmans Bookshop

Adam and Evil

The God Who Hates Sex, Women

and Human Bodies

Leo Rutherford

(Trafford Publishing, 2007)
£8.49

Shamanic Path Workbook Practical Shamanic Ceremonies and Soul-Doctoring Exercises for Living Shamanically Leo Rutherford MA cover art by Howard G. Charing Housmans Bookshop

Shamanic Path Workbook

Practical Shamanic Ceremonies
and Soul-Doctoring Exercises for Living Shamanically

Leo Rutherford MA

cover art by Howard G. Charing

(Arima Publishing, 2006)

£10.99

View through the Medicine Wheel Leo Rutherford Housmans Bookshop

View through the Medicine Wheel

Shamanic Maps of How the Universe Works

Leo Rutherford

(O Books, 2008)

£14.99

How Do You Know Reading Ziauddin Sardar on Islam, Science and Cultural Relations Ziauddin Sardar with an introduction and edited by Ehsan Masood Housmans Bookshop

How Do You Know

Reading Ziauddin Sardar

on Islam, Science and Cultural Relations

Ziauddin Sardar with an introduction and edited by Ehsan Masood

(Pluto Press, 2006)
£17.99

Ziauddin Sardar is a leading public intellectual, broadcaster, cultural commentator and the author of over 40 books. His co-authored book Why Do People Hate America? is an intellectual bestseller, and his autobiography Desperately Seeking Paradise has received wide acclaim. Since 9/11 he has been an important Muslim voice in mainstream western media. This book brings together some of his key writings in one volume. It provides extracts from many of his most acclaimed books. Organised in clear chapters, the essays are carefully chosen to explore the themes of Islam, science and cultural relations. Drawn from a wide range of sources, this is an accessible introduction to the thinking of one of the leading cultural theorists of our time.

Islam and Terrorism Anwar Shaikh Housmans Bookshop

Islam and Terrorism

Anwar Shaikh

(Principality Publishers, 2004)

£15.00