THIS book is the outcome of lectures given at Jena on October 23 and 24, 1906, in connection with the Theological Vacation Course. These lectures grappled with certain problems which deal with the sharp oppositions that perplex our life to-day, and therefore seem to call very specially for elucidation. In the course of our inquiry we have sought to show as clearly as possible what these oppositions are, and have done our best to surmount them. The first lecture deals with the grounding of religion in the inner life. Our aim in this lecture is to find some mean between the older thought which favoured the cosmological approach to religion, and the newer which takes the human soul as its starting-point, but is so liable to the defects of vagueness and formlessness. Over against both these methods we proceed to elaborate a system which, while based on the inner life, still preserves a cosmic character. In this way a clear distinction is drawn between a religion of the spiritual life and a religion that is merely humanistic. The subject of the second section is " Religion and History." There is hardly anything so significant for the position of religion to-day as the tendency to refer continually to history. Whatever the advantages of such reference, we must not ignore its dangers. It was incumbent on us to weigh them well, and in particular to ascertain whether it were possible to overcome the evils of a stifling and enervating historicity, whilst still maintaining the significance of history in opposition to a radicalism which is hostile to it. This we could not do without framing certain fundamental convictions as to the meaning of history which shed a new light on the picture of life as a whole, and therefore concern each of us individually.
This is an unusual coloring book. I produced these illustrations while on a trip to Europe. The main objective of the trip was to visit friends, but I made sketches of various sites as well. The pictures in this volume, for example, are from Lativa. However, my time was not entirely my own - I had a schedule to keep, and so the pictures are all unfinished in various degrees. I've therefore provided you with this copy so that we can collaborate on completing them in a co-creation process. How you proceed is entirely up to you - I'm going to be happy with the results. Many coloring possibilities are available. One can simply shade in a few parts to liven up the drawings with color, complete the images with a pen before coloring the figures and buildings, or engage in a detailed treatment of each visual element, with perhaps the occasional accent in metallic pen. The key, however, is ensuring that the process is fun and relaxing - I'm confident it will be.
"Confessions of a Poker Dealer" is a short history of Poker played in Casino's since the late 1970's. It covers from the late 1970's when "Snatch" games ( the way casino's robbed poker players ) were eliminated to the growth of poker throughout the 1980's and 1990's and finally to the "Television" generation starting in 2002 and creating millions of new poker players. The book looks at what is still today the biggest win in gambling history, $18.5M including $10M in poker play between a "degenerate" craps player who borrowed $30. to start his improbable triumph and beat four of the biggest names in poker one at a time in the early 1990's. It's also about Robert Varkonyi, winner of the 2002 main event at the World Series of Poker and the most influential player in the history of the game. And there are other fun stories about poker and gambling in general from 27 years in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
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