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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (6-Volume Set) by John L. Esposito. $669.99. Author: John L. Esposito. 2976 pages. Edition - Revised edition. Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; Revised edition edition (April 3, 2009). Publication: April 3, 2009
God Revised: How Religion Must Evolve in a Scientific Age by Galen Guengerich. As humanity evolved its conception of the universe to coincide with new scientific discoveries, we are evolving our concept of God. Gone is the magical, supernatural deity in the sky who visits wrath upon those who have not followed his word. In a scientific age, we need an experience of a God we can believe in—that grounds our morality, unites us in community, and engages us with a world that holds mystery.
The Sacred and The Profane: The Nature of Religion by Mircea Eliade In The Sacred and the Profane, Mircea Eliade observes that while contemporary people believe their world is entirely profane, or secular, they still at times find themselves connected unconsciously to the memory of something sacred.