What Do We Mean When We Talk about Meaning

What Do We Mean When We Talk about Meaning
Author: Steven Cassedy
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2022
ISBN: 0190936908
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What Do We Mean When We Talk about Meaning Book Excerpt:

"This book explores the word meaning as it is used in such expressions as "the meaning of life," "the search for meaning," "ultimate meaning." In many of the "metaphysical" contexts where we find the word meaning, it appears to mean "purpose," "value," "goal," "direction," and even "God." The book answers the following questions: How did the English word meaning come to carry these various sub-senses, given that its original sense has to do with signifying? When did the notion of a "meaning of life" arise in English and other languages? How does the English word meaning, which is a verbal noun, differ in these usages from the roughly equivalent words in other European languages? How did the word evolve in usage over time? How has it been used in recent decades? The book's chapters show that the usage is relatively recent, arising in the late eighteenth century in German romanticism and passing into English in the early nineteenth century; that the English word functions differently from the way its European near-equivalents do, thanks to its ability to suggest signifying and hence interpretation; that it is seldom defined and hence ambiguous and polyvalent; that it functions today in a wide variety of contexts, including psychotherapy and the continuing conversation between secularism and religion; and that ambiguity and polyvalence are actually the source of its power, since those qualities allow for flexibility in the way the word is understood"--

Grace Without God

Grace Without God
Author: Katherine Ozment
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2016-06-21
ISBN: 0062305158
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Grace Without God Book Excerpt:

Meet “the Nones”—In this thought-provoking exploration of secular America, celebrated journalist Katherine Ozment takes readers on a quest to understand the trends and ramifications of a nation in flight from organized religion. Studies show that religion makes us happier, healthier and more giving, connecting us to our past and creating tight communal bonds. Most Americans are raised in a religious tradition, but in recent decades many have begun to leave religion, and with it their ancient rituals, mythic narratives, and sense of belonging. So how do the nonreligious fill the need for ritual, story, community, and, above all, purpose and meaning without the one-stop shop of religion? What do they do with the space left after religion? With Nones swelling to one-fourth of American adults, and more than one-third of those under thirty, these questions have never been more urgent. Writer, journalist, and secular mother of three Katherine Ozment came face-to-face with the fundamental issue of the Nones when her son asked her the simplest of questions: “what are we?” Unsettled by her reply—“Nothing”—she set out on a journey to find a better answer. She traversed the frontier of American secular life, sought guidance in science and the humanities, talked with noted scholars, and wrestled with her own family’s attempts to find meaning and connection after religion. Insightful, surprising, and compelling, Grace Without God is both a personal and critical exploration of the many ways nonreligious Americans create their own meaning and purpose in an increasingly secular age.

The Oxford Handbook of Meaning in Life

The Oxford Handbook of Meaning in Life
Author: Iddo Landau,Professor of Philosophy Iddo Landau
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2022
ISBN: 0190063505
Category: Life
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Handbook of Meaning in Life Book Excerpt:

"The volume presents 32 essays on a wide array of topics in modern philosophical meaning in life research. The essays are organized into six sections: Section I, Understanding Meaning in Life, focuses on various ways of conceptualizing meaning in life. Among other issues, it discusses whether meaning in life should be understood objectively or subjectively, the relation between importance and meaningfulness, and whether meaningful lives should be understood narratively. Section II, Meaning in Life, Science, and Metaphysics, presents opposing views on whether neuroscience sheds light on life's meaning, inquires whether hard determinists must see life as meaningless, and explores the relation between time, personal identity, and meaning. Section III, Meaning in Life and Religion, examines the relation between meaningfulness, mysticism and transcendence, and considers life's meaning from both atheist and theist perspectives. Section IV, Ethics and Meaning in Life, examines (among other issues) whether meaningful lives must be moral, how important forgiveness is for meaning, the relation between life's meaningfulness (or meaninglessness) and procreation ethics, and whether animals have meaningful lives. Section V, Philosophical Psychology and Meaning in Life, compares philosophical and psychological research on life's meaning, explores the experience of meaningfulness, and discusses the relation between meaningfulness and desire, love, and gratitude. Section VI, Living Meaningfully: Challenges and Prospects, elaborates on topics such as suicide, suffering, education, optimism and pessimism, and their relation to life's meaning"--

Walking on Water

Walking on Water
Author: Robert P. Vande Kappelle
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 196
Release: 2020-02-03
ISBN: 1725259745
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Walking on Water Book Excerpt:

How did Jesus do it? we wonder. How did he walk on water? To which we can imagine Jesus responding, “O ye of literal faith. Walk with me on the waters of life; explore with me the depths of reality.” Walking on water is not, as one might think, about staying on the surface of things, but rather about going deep into the ordinary aspects of our lives and finding gold. It is not about exotic miracles or blind faith, but about “living into a new way of thinking.” Most of us experience a continual flow of ideas, images, and feelings, clinging to these as if they were us. They are us, but not our True Self. They represent the atomized self, our small imperial ego. While this egocentric False Self is necessary, its role is temporary, a warm-up rather than the adventure itself. To ascertain our True Self, we must lose the false images that no longer serve us, images of God that are insufficient and images of ourselves that are similarly inadequate. Bringing to life tales about labyrinths and quests for the Grail, Walking on Water encourages us to go with Jesus into death and resurrection, encountering the universal Christ there, the True Self that gives all humans final meaning and definition. Such living “saves” us from our smaller and untrue selves, transforms our consciousness, and transports us from limited first-half-of-life living and thinking into second-half-of-life possibilities. The dynamic approach to spirituality described in this book—a transformational journey nourished by myth, metaphor, and mystery—will promote the wisdom, compassion, maturity, and connectedness we all need and desire.

The Rise and Fall of Faith

The Rise and Fall of Faith
Author: Drew Bekius
Publsiher: Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2017-07-01
ISBN: 1634311116
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Rise and Fall of Faith Book Excerpt:

The story of religion in the twenty-first-century West has been defined, in part, by the stories of once-zealous pastors moving beyond their faith to embrace a life of reason. But too often and too quickly ardent believers dismiss such accounts as aberrations and fail to consider the real-life implications for those who make this transition. Atheists and other skeptics, meanwhile, struggle to understand what took these individuals so long to make such a journey—and why others aren't lining up more quickly to do the same. As a result, the questions posed by one side inevitably mirror those asked by the other. Why do believers trust in God the way they do? But what factors lead atheists to dismiss religious beliefs so easily? How can believers have faith in the face of known science and history? But what allows anyone to be so sure their beliefs are based in reality? What would it take for believers to stop believing in God? But what would it take for nonbelievers to start to believe? Drawing on the author's own story as a former evangelical pastor powerless to stop his turn to atheism, The Rise and Fall of Faith touches on these and other questions, inviting readers into a long-overdue conversation between Christians and atheists. While the aim of the book is to initiate this much-needed discussion, the author encourages all who care about the future of humanity to carry the dialogue forward—whether in the evaluation of our own inner thoughts, in the assumptions we make about the other side, or in how we work together in the pursuit of understanding and common ground as we navigate the world's ever-changing and increasingly challenging religious and cultural landscape.

Building Resilience

Building Resilience
Author: Alice Updike Scannell
Publsiher: Morehouse Publishing
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2020-10-16
ISBN: 1640653767
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Building Resilience Book Excerpt:

How do we develop the resilience that empowers us to be ourselves in the face of change? How do we learn to be courageous when days are difficult? How do we build our capacity for healing and growth when we can no longer do the things we once did that gave our lives satisfaction, meaning, and purpose? Building Resilience offers a path toward creativity in responding to change in your life, regaining some control over your circumstances, and overcoming feelings of helplessness. Whether you’re 17 or 75, if life has thrown you a curve ball, this book can help you get on track toward being yourself in your new normal. With a foreword by Stephanie Spellers.

Atheism and Agnosticism Exploring the Issues

Atheism and Agnosticism  Exploring the Issues
Author: Peter A. Huff
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 247
Release: 2021-08-31
ISBN: 1440870837
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atheism and Agnosticism Exploring the Issues Book Excerpt:

This is the age of atheism and agnosticism. The number of people living without religious belief and practice is quickly and dramatically rising. Some experts call nonreligion, after Christianity and Islam, the third largest "religion" in the world today. Understanding the origins, history, variations, and impact of atheism and agnosticism is crucial to getting a grasp of the meaning of the present and gaining a glimpse of the future. Exploring some of the most extraordinary people, events, and ideas of all time, this book provides a fair, comprehensive, and engaging survey of all aspects of contemporary atheism and agnosticism. An overview essay discusses the background and social and political contexts of unbelief, while a timeline highlights key events. Some 50 alphabetically arranged reference entries follow, with each providing fundamental, objective information about particular topics along with cross-references and suggestions for further reading. The volume closes with an annotated bibliography of the most important resources on atheism and agnosticism.

Truth Is Law Faith Is Flaw

Truth Is Law  Faith Is Flaw
Author: Dr. Ahmed Sayeed
Publsiher: Nitya Publications
Total Pages: 408
Release: 2021-01-01
ISBN: 9390699703
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Truth Is Law Faith Is Flaw Book Excerpt:

The knowledge of truths, unlike the knowledge of things, has an opposite, namely error. So far as things are concerned, we may know them or not know them, but there is no positive state of mind which can be described as erroneous knowledge of things, so long, at any rate, as we confine ourselves to knowledge by acquaintance.

Seeking Common Ground

Seeking Common Ground
Author: Andrew Fiala,Peter Admirand
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 294
Release: 2021-08-26
ISBN: 1725275295
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Seeking Common Ground Book Excerpt:

Seeking Common Ground is a dialogue between an atheist philosopher and a Catholic theologian. It is about religion and nonreligion, as well as about dialogue itself. The book provides a framework for dialogue grounded in seven key values: Harmony, Courage, Humility, Curiosity, Honesty, Compassion, and Honor. Unlike typical “debates” about religion and atheism, Fiala and Admirand show that atheists and theists can work together on projects of mutual understanding. They explore the terrain of religion and nonreligion, discussing a range of sources, topics, issues, and concerns, including: adventures in interfaith dialogue, challenging ethical issues, problems interpreting biblical texts, the growth of secularism, and the importance of ritual and community. The authors show that it is possible to disagree about religion while also seeking common ground. The book includes a foreword by Rabbi Jack Moline, president of the U.S. Interfaith Alliance.

Converting the Imagination

Converting the Imagination
Author: Patrick R. Manning
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2020-05-15
ISBN: 1725260530
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Converting the Imagination Book Excerpt:

For two thousand years countless people around the world viewed reality through a Christian lens that endowed their lives with meaning, purpose, and coherence. Today, in an era of unprecedented secularization, many have ceased to find meaning not only in Christianity but in life in general. In Converting the Imagination, Patrick Manning offers a probing analysis of this crisis of meaning, marshalling historical and psychological research to shed light on the connections among the disintegration of the Christian worldview, religious disaffiliation, and a growing mental health epidemic. As a response Manning presents an approach to religious education that is at once traditionally grounded in the model of Jesus’ own teaching and augmented by modern educational research and cognitive science. Converting the Imagination is an invitation to transform the way we teach about faith and make sense of the world, an invitation that echoes Jesus’ invitation to a fuller, more meaningful life. It is sure to captivate scholars and practitioners of religious education, ministers seeking to reengage people who have drifted away from the faith or to support young people suffering from existential anxiety, and anyone in search of deeper meaning in their religious traditions or in their own lives.

In the Grip of Grace

In the Grip of Grace
Author: Max Lucado
Publsiher: Thomas Nelson
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2011-01-09
ISBN: 1418515906
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In the Grip of Grace Book Excerpt:

Exchange the pressure of accomplishment for the peace of God’s grace When the world demands: achieve, succeed, earn, God says: lean on me, trust me, believe me. That is grace. And that is what God offers: unconditional acceptance of a believing heart. Your heavenly Father loves you enough to hold you in his grace. Pastor and New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado will help you release a false sense of self-sufficiency. rest in God’s unbending and unending gift of grace. remember that God is for you and will carry you through every circumstance. Today, leap from the cliff of self-sufficiency and land in the strong arms of the Father who loves you . . . the Father who catches you—every time—in the grip of his grace.

From Traitor to Zealot

From Traitor to Zealot
Author: Daniel Koehler
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 350
Release: 2021-11-30
ISBN: 1108842941
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Traitor to Zealot Book Excerpt:

Explore the world of radicalization through the stories of those who switched between extreme political or religious ideologies.

Malthus Medicine Morality

Malthus  Medicine   Morality
Author: Brian Dolan
Publsiher: Rodopi
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2000
ISBN: 9789042008410
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Malthus Medicine Morality Book Excerpt:

Thomas Robert Malthus's reputation has lately been rehabilitated in the fields of social biology, demography, environmentalism, and economics. In the midst of this current interest and with the chance to mark the occasion of the bicentenary of the first edition of the Essay on Population(1798), the contributors to this volume take this timely opportunity to examine the historical conditions in which Malthus constructed his theory, and in which the concept of a 'Malthusian' and 'Neo-Malthusian' philosophy first emerged. The essays redress the balance between Malthus's original argument, the immediate responses to Malthus by medics and theologians in Britain and on the Continent, and some of the ways that his ideas were later attacked, appropriated, or misrepresented. Included here are essays that not only re-evaluate the development of Malthus's theory, but also offer critical perspectives on the generation of the 'Malthusian league' and debates about birth control in Britain and on the Continent, and Malthus's influence on the emergence of social science and Darwinian evolutionary biology.

The Necessity of Secularism

The Necessity of Secularism
Author: Ronald A. Lindsay
Publsiher: Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2014-12-01
ISBN: 1939578167
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Necessity of Secularism Book Excerpt:

For the first time in human history, a significant percentage of the world's population no longer believes in God. This is especially true in developed nations, where in some societies nonbelievers now outnumber believers. Unless religion collapses completely, or undergoes a remarkable resurgence, countries across the globe must learn to carefully and effectively manage this societal mix of religious and irreligious. For in a world already deeply riven by sectarian conflict, this unprecedented demographic shift presents yet another challenge to humanity. Writing in an engaging, accessible style, philosopher and lawyer Ronald A. Lindsay develops a tightly crafted argument for secularism—specifically, that in a religiously pluralistic society, a robust, thoroughgoing secularism is the only reliable means of preserving meaningful democracy and rights of conscience. Contrary to certain political pundits and religious leaders who commonly employ the term secularism as a scare word, Lindsay uses clear, concrete examples and jargon-free language to demonstrate that secularism is the only way to ensure equal respect and protection under the law—for believers and nonbelievers alike. Although critical of some aspects of religion, Lindsay neither presents an antireligious tirade nor seeks to convert anyone to nonbelief, reminding us that secularism and atheism are not synonymous. Rather, he shows how secularism works to everyone's benefit and makes the definitive case that the secular model should be feared by none—and embraced by all.!--?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /--

Soul Fuel

Soul Fuel
Author: Bear Grylls
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2019-07-25
ISBN: 1529387078
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Soul Fuel Book Excerpt:

Bestselling author Bear Grylls has survived a free-fall parachute accident that left him with a broken back, possibly unable to walk again; falling down a mountain in the Rockies, severing a finger in the Vietnam jungle, a broken shoulder in Antarctica. He passed the gruelling training to join the SAS, crossed the North Atlantic in an open inflatable boat, and held the highest ever open-air formal dinner party, in a balloon at 25,000 feet. But the hardest thing he has ever had to face, he says, is the death of his father. It was then, age 25, that he found what he describes in an interview with the Telegraph as 'a really lovely quiet faith that has been a powerful thing in our lives'. As he wrote in GQ magazine, 'Faith doesn't mean you have to be especially "religious". But, in a nutshell, my faith tells me that I am known, that I am secure and that I am loved - regardless of the storms I may find myself in from time to time, regardless of how often I fall and fail.' For the first time, in this open, brave and honest book, Bear reveals the inspiration that helps him to stand strong and find peace each day. These daily readings - exploring themes of friendships, failure, courage, risk, and much more - show us all how to face each day with purpose and power. 'Be brave. Embrace faith wherever you may find it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.'

Feasting on the Word

Feasting on the Word
Author: David Lyon Bartlett,Barbara Brown Taylor
Publsiher: Westminster John Knox Press
Total Pages: 472
Release: 2010-06-15
ISBN: 0664231047
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Feasting on the Word Book Excerpt:

With the twelve-volume series Feasting on the Word, Westminster John Knox Press offers one of the most extensive and well-respected resources for preaching on the market today. When complete, the twelve volumes will cover all of the Sundays in the three-year lectionary cycle, along with moveable occasions. The page layout is truly unique. For each lectionary text, preachers will find brief essaysÂ--one each on the exegetical, theological, pastoral, and homiletical challenges of the text. Each volume will also contain an index of biblical passages so that nonlectionary preachers may make use of its contents. The printed volumes for Ordinary Time include the complementary stream during Year A, the complementary stream during the first half of Year B, the semicontinuous stream during the second half of Year B, and the semicontinuous stream during Year C. Beginning with the season after Pentecost in Year C, the alternate lections for Ordinary Time not in the print volumes will be available online at feastingontheword.net.

Let No Man Put Asunder

Let No Man Put Asunder
Author: Rachel Whitaker
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2010-10-01
ISBN: 145024288X
Category: Family & Relationships
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Let No Man Put Asunder Book Excerpt:

Half of all Christian marriages end in divorce. How does God love women when their men do not? Far from stereotypical advice, Let No Man Put Asunder is both Biblically based and grounded in the real experiences of believers in sacred marriage covenants. Teaching men how and why they matter to their Higher Power and to their wife exposes the root cause as well as a solution that can be a life-or-death miracle for couples, families and communities. The format and discussion questions are inspired!

Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes
Author: Sue Edwards
Publsiher: Kregel Publications
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
ISBN: 0825444373
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ecclesiastes Book Excerpt:

Amid confusion and turmoil, unearth the hope in Scripture Ecclesiastes can be a difficult book. Women struggle with the writer's laments on the meaninglessness of life, the pointlessness of work, and the lack of connection from generation to generation. They may think there are too many other books offering spiritual encouragement to waste time on this skeptical book of Scripture. But is that the whole picture? Sue Edwards says there's more here than meets the eye. In fact, if studied properly, Ecclesiastes can lead women to an optimistic outlook on life. It can help women abandon bad habits, hang-ups, and foolish perspectives that keep them in bondage to everything that threatens to destroy the ultimate joy Jesus wants for them. All they need are the proper interpretive tools for this valuable book. Edwards walks women through Ecclesiastes, revealing nuggets of wisdom about life and God, as well as dire warnings on what to avoid. Any woman who wants to know God and live according to His design, from new believers to veterans of the faith, will discover anew one of the richest sources of wisdom ever written.

You Are a Winner Pulling Down Strongholds the Enemies of the Mind

You Are a Winner    Pulling Down Strongholds  the Enemies of the Mind
Author: Ibiloye Abiodun Christian
Publsiher: Lulu Press, Inc
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2015-10-30
ISBN: 1329084527
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

You Are a Winner Pulling Down Strongholds the Enemies of the Mind Book Excerpt:

#NO1 CHRISTIAN SPIRITUAL WARFARE BOOK AND INSPIRATIONAL There are times when God feels as close to us as our breath, most other times God seems distant or absent and we are almost convinced ‘God must be wicked’ or ‘simply dead!’! Indeed, Life is full of battles and obstacles but we are created overcomers - success is possible too! Insights and sermon-like inspiration in this book will help strengthen your faith, discover grace, insights and strength that will position you to win every spiritual battle especially that of strongholds, clustered head and the inner battles! There-in are practical steps to get out of depression, pains, affliction and failure bonds. Your authority is in Christ Jesus, and the goals are Personal Mastery, better life and opportunities, purposeful and healthier thoughts. Praying the prayers at the end of each section will be great. You, are indeed #strongerthanyourenemies, possess_value_beyond_imagination,#deserveyourdreams

The Source of the Song

The Source of the Song
Author: Mark Williams
Publsiher: Victoria University Press
Total Pages: 170
Release: 1995
ISBN: 9780864732873
Category: Authors, New Zealand
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Source of the Song Book Excerpt:

"Writers ... affected by Catholicism ... explore the meaning of that legacy in their lives and its effects on their writing"--Back cover.