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Hindu Iconoclasts

Author : Noel Salmond
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Annotation Rammohun Roy (1772-1833) and Dayananda Sarasvati (1824-1883) are two of the best-known nineteenth-century Hindu reformers. Despite radically different backgrounds, both wrote scathing attacks on the practice of image worship, which they scorned as "idolatry"--The fount, in their estimation, of all that was going wrong in India. They were Hindu iconoclasts. This presents an apparent anomaly--the denunciation of images is not typically associated with Hinduism or the Indian religion, yet both Rammohun and Dayananda made it a linchpin of their reformist programs. How, then, is this anomaly to be explained? Did they borrow this image-rejection from Islamic or Protestant Christian attitudes, or does it have roots in the indigenous Indic tradition? Or could it originate in the life experience of the two men? Noel Salmond investigates these questions through the examination of the lives and writings of the two reformers. He suggests that to explain it as diffusion from other religions is inadequate, while declaring that explanation via independent invention, i.e., life experiences, might need some refinement. This study situates modern Hindu iconoclasm both in the history of specifically Indian religions, and as a phenomenon in the history of specifically Indian religions, and as a phenomenon in the history of religions in general, as image-rejection across cultures. The book concludes with a discussion of image-rejection and modernization and the impact of Rammohun and Dayananda's iconoclasm on India.

Beggars Iconoclasts and Civic Patriots

Author : Peter Arnade
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The Dutch Revolt has long been hailed as the triumph of political freedom over monarchical tyranny. In 1781, John Adams observed that the American Revolution was its "transcript." Known for its many protagonists—King Philip II, the Duke of Alba, the counts of Egmont and Hornes, radical Calvinists, obstreperous townspeople, and William of Orange—the Dutch Revolt brought into relief conflicts among civic freedoms, religious dissent, representative institutions, and royal authority. Drawing on a vast array of sources-including archival documents, political and religious pamphlets, ballads, chronicles and letters, and a rich store of popular prints-Peter Arnade gives us a new history of the core years of the revolt between 1566 and 1585, showing how the act of rebellion forged a political identity through ritual, symbol, and public action. In Beggars, Iconoclasts, and Civic Patriots, Arnade focuses on the political culture that took shape during the Revolt, a culture that itself fueled decades of turmoil. He sees the pulse of the Revolt in its public dramatization-the acts, words, and cultural representations that were its "daily bread and popular voice." The violent wave of radical iconoclasm that swept the southern Netherlands in 1566 is the book's pivot, setting the stage for the Duke of Alba's brutal effort to restore the authority of the Spanish crown. Arnade details the sieges and violent sacks of Dutch cities by the Army of Flanders, and the response of Dutch rebels, who touted defiant cities as the seats and guarantors of unassailable rights and freedoms. This civic patriotism hailed William of Orange as father of the fatherland, his apotheosis hearkening back to late medieval princely ritual even as it invoked new republican imagery.


Author : Gregory Berns
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No organization can survive without iconoclasts -- innovators who single-handedly upturn conventional wisdom and manage to achieve what so many others deem impossible. Though indispensable, true iconoclasts are few and far between. In Iconoclast, neuroscientist Gregory Berns explains why. He explores the constraints the human brain places on innovative thinking, including fear of failure, the urge to conform, and the tendency to interpret sensory information in familiar ways. Through vivid accounts of successful innovators ranging from glass artist Dale Chihuly to physicist Richard Feynman to country/rock trio the Dixie Chicks, Berns reveals the inner workings of the iconoclast's mind with remarkable clarity. Each engaging chapter goes on to describe practical actions we can each take to understand and unleash our own potential to think differently -- such as seeking out new environments, novel experiences, and first-time acquaintances. Packed with engaging stories, science-based insights, potent practices, and examples from a startling array of disciplines, this engaging book will help you understand how iconoclasts think and equip you to begin thinking more like an iconoclast yourself.

Images and Ideas in the Middle Ages

Author : Gerhart B. Ladner
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Heart Smarts Guts and Luck

Author : Anthony K. Tjan
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What’s your entrepreneurial profile? Do you have what it takes to build a great business? In this book, three prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs—now venture capitalists and CEO advisers—share the qualities that surface again and again in those who successfully achieve their goals. The common traits? Heart, smarts, guts, and luck. After interviewing and researching hundreds of business-builders across the globe, the authors found that every one of them—from young founder to seasoned CEO—holds a combination of these four attributes. Indeed each of us tends to be biased toward one of these traits in our decision-making, and figuring out which trait drives you will lead to greater self-awareness and likelihood of success in starting and growing a business. So are you: • Heart-dominant, like renowned chef Alice Waters or Starbucks’s Howard Schultz? • Smarts-dominant, like Jeff Bezos of Amazon or legendary investor Warren Buffett? • Guts-dominant, like Nelson Mandela or Virgin’s Richard Branson? • Or are you most defined by the luck trait, like Tony Hsieh of Zappos (and a surprisingly high proportion of other successful entrepreneurs)? Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck includes the first Entrepreneurial Aptitude Test (E.A.T), a simple tool to help determine your specific profile. Though no single archetype for entrepreneurial success exists, this book will help you understand which traits to “dial up” or “dial down” to realize your full potential, and when these traits are most and least helpful (or even detrimental) during critical points of a company lifecycle. Not only will you know how to build a better business faster, you’ll also take your natural leadership style to the next level.

American Dream Stories

Author : Tom McCarthy
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Discovering electricity. Ending up the richest man in the world. Becoming a candidate for sainthood. Leading the fight for Civil Rights. Getting inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Revolutionizing consumer digital electronics. These accomplishments are at the heart of the stories of seven incredibly diverse individuals who epitomize the American Dream. There is something particularly magical about dreams, or rather the possibility of achieving your dreams in America, the land of opportunity. American Dream Stories: Elements of Success explores the lives and success of Ben Franklin, Andrew Carnegie, Dorothy Day, Malcolm X, Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Steve Jobs. Looking at their lives, offering definitions, and establishing themes, the Naval Academy midshipmen authors of this essay collection examine the nature of the American Dream, success, and what both mean to Americans.

Jesus Through the Centuries

Author : Jaroslav Pelikan
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Describes Jesus Christ's changing image throughout history, from rabbi in the first century to liberator in the twentieth, and explains how each version has shaped its era socially, politically, economically, and culturally.

The Ecumenical Work of the Icon

Author : Hilda Kleiman
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The Ecumenical Work of the Icon is an invitation to the students and faculties of Catholic seminaries to be a part of the tradition of the icon through the lens of ecumenis. With a view of ecumenism as lived in both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions, the visual theological language of the icon may be engaged more fully and respectfully, thus enriching the theological education and future ministry of those who learn and teach in a Catholic setting. In the third portion of the book, readers are offered multiple practical pedagogical examples of how to integrate teaching and learning about the icon into seminary courses and beyond, including writing assignments, oral presentations, and hands-on activities.

Brann The Iconoclast

Author : William Cowper Brann
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Reproduction of the original: Brann The Iconoclast by William Cowper Brann

Shaping the Stranger Churches

Author : Silke Muylaert
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Silke Muylaert explores the struggles of the Netherlandish migrant churches in England in engaging with the Reformation and the Revolt in their fatherland.