Is Goodness Without God Good Enough

Is Goodness Without God Good Enough
Author: Robert K. Garcia,Nathan L. King
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2009
ISBN: 0742551709
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Is Goodness Without God Good Enough Book Excerpt:

Is Goodness Without God Good Enough contains a lively debate between William Lane Craig and Paul Kurtz on the relationship between God and ethics, followed by seven new essays that both comment on the debate and advance the broader discussion of this important issue. Written in an accessible style by eminent scholars, this book will appeal to students and academics alike.

Morality Without God

Morality Without God
Author: Chauncey Stillman Professor of Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics Walter Sinnott-Armstrong,Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
Publsiher: OUP USA
Total Pages: 172
Release: 2009-07-02
ISBN: 0195337638
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Morality Without God Book Excerpt:

A common refrain against atheism and secular humanism is that without belief in God, "everything is permitted." Walter Sinnott-Armstrong dismantles this argument and argues instead that God is not only not essential to morality, but that our moral behavior should be seen as utterly independent of religion. This short, accessible book is on a major aspect of the arguments against atheism and will interest those intrigued by the "new atheism" (Harris, Dawkins, etc).

Baby You are My Religion

Baby  You are My Religion
Author: Marie Cartier
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2014-09-11
ISBN: 1317544714
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Baby You are My Religion Book Excerpt:

Baby, You Are My Religion argues that American butch-femme bar culture of the mid-20th Century should be interpreted as a sacred space for its community. Before Stonewall—when homosexuals were still deemed mentally ill—these bars were the only place where many could have any community at all. Baby, You are My Religion explores this community as a site of a lived corporeal theology and political space. It reveals that religious institutions such as the Metropolitan Community Church were founded in such bars, that traditional and non-traditional religious activities took place there, and that religious ceremonies such as marriage were often conducted within the bars by staff. Baby, You are My Religion examines how these bars became not only ecclesiastical sites but also provided the fertile ground for the birth of the struggle for gay and lesbian civil rights before Stonewall.

Retrieving Apologetics

Retrieving Apologetics
Author: Glenn B. Siniscalchi
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2016-01-07
ISBN: 1498228445
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Retrieving Apologetics Book Excerpt:

Given the popes' recent statements of their desires to implement the New Evangelization, it is imperative that Catholic theologians and other intellectually engaged laypersons retrieve the vital discipline of apologetics. For, the New Evangelization places particular emphasis on "reproposing the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of faith . . . due to secularization." One salient method of Catholic apologetics used to be characterized by three demonstrations, each of which assumes the conclusions established in the previous step(s). Some might think that this classical method of apologetics has been abandoned in the postconciliar Church, but Siniscalchi's book updates it. Unlike the classical apologetics of the preconciliar era, Siniscalchi engages contemporary scholarship in a variety of academic disciplines, such as philosophy, history, biblical studies, sociology, and theology, to develop the steps that are necessary for showing the reasonableness of faith.

God and Cosmos

God and Cosmos
Author: David Baggett,Jerry L. Walls
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2016-02-01
ISBN: 0190491736
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

God and Cosmos Book Excerpt:

Naturalistic ethics is the reigning paradigm among contemporary ethicists; in God and Cosmos, David Baggett and Jerry L. Walls argue that this approach is seriously flawed. This book canvasses a broad array of secular and naturalistic ethical theories in an effort to test their adequacy in accounting for moral duties, intrinsic human value, moral knowledge, prospects for radical moral transformation, and the rationality of morality. In each case, the authors argue, although various secular accounts provide real insights and indeed share common ground with theistic ethics, the resources of classical theism and orthodox Christianity provide the better explanation of the moral realities under consideration. Among such realities is the fundamental insight behind the problem of evil, namely, that the world is not as it should be. Baggett and Walls argue that God and the world, taken together, exhibit superior explanatory scope and power for morality classically construed, without the need to water down the categories of morality, the import of human value, the prescriptive strength of moral obligations, or the deliverances of the logic, language, and phenomenology of moral experience. This book thus provides a cogent moral argument for God's existence, one that is abductive, teleological, and cumulative.

The Naturalness of Belief

The Naturalness of Belief
Author: Paul Copan,Charles Taliaferro
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2018-11-13
ISBN: 1498579914
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Naturalness of Belief Book Excerpt:

This volume exposes naturalism’s unnaturalness and defends theism’s naturalness and greater explanatory power to account for wide-ranging phenomena in the world and human experience. A broadening of naturalism to accommodate these features means borrowing heavily from—and thus more closely resembling—a theistic worldview.

Renewing Philosophy of Religion

Renewing Philosophy of Religion
Author: Paul Draper,J. L. Schellenberg
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 255
Release: 2018-01-26
ISBN: 0192526588
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Renewing Philosophy of Religion Book Excerpt:

This book is animated by a shared conviction that philosophy of religion needs to change: thirteen new essays suggest why and how. The first part of the volume explores possible changes to the focus of the field. The second part focuses on the standpoint from which philosophers of religion should approach their field. In the first part are chapters on how an emphasis on faith distorts attempts to engage non-western religious ideas; on how philosophers from different traditions might collaborate on common interests; on why the common presupposition of ultimacy leads to error; on how new religious movements feed a naturalistic philosophy of religion; on why a focus on belief and a focus on practice are both mistaken; on why philosophy's deep axiological concern should set much of the field's agenda; and on how the field might contribute to religious evolution. The second part includes a qualitative analysis of the standpoint of fifty-one philosophers of religion, and also addresses issues about humility needed in continental philosophy of religion; about the implausibility of claiming that one's own worldview is uniquely rational; about the Moorean approach to religious epistemology; about a Spinozan middle way between 'insider' and 'outsider' perspectives; and about the unorthodox lessons we could learn from scriptures like the book of Job if we could get past the confessional turn in recent philosophy of religion.The goal of the volume is to identify new paths for philosophers of religion that are distinct from those travelled by theologians and other scholars of religion.

Joss Whedon and Religion

Joss Whedon and Religion
Author: Anthony R. Mills,,John W. Morehead,J. Ryan Parker
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2013-09-06
ISBN: 0786472901
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Joss Whedon and Religion Book Excerpt:

"This collection of essays on the religious themes in, and the implications of, the works of Joss Whedon addresses such topics as ethics, racism, feminism, politics, spiritual transformation, witchcraft, identity, community, heroism, apocalypse, and others. The disciplinary approaches vary as well; history, theology, philosophy of religion, phenomenology, cultural studies, and religious studies are all employed in different ways"--

Debating Christian Theism

Debating Christian Theism
Author: J. P. Moreland,Khaldoun A. Sweis,Chad V. Meister
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 576
Release: 2013-08-01
ISBN: 0199344345
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Debating Christian Theism Book Excerpt:

Comprising groundbreaking dialogues by many of the most prominent scholars in Christian apologetics and the philosophy of religion, this volume offers a definitive treatment of central questions of Christian faith. The essays are ecumenical and broadly Christian, in the spirit of C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity, and feature lucid and up-to-date material designed to engage readers in contemporary theistic and Christian issues. Beginning with dialogues about God's existence and the coherence of theism and then moving beyond generic theism to address significant debates over such specifically Christian doctrines as the Trinity and the resurrection of Jesus, Debating Christian Theism provides an ideal starting point for anyone seeking to understand the current debates in Christian theology.

Joss Whedon as Philosopher

Joss Whedon as Philosopher
Author: Dean Kowalski
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 278
Release: 2017-11-29
ISBN: 0739196669
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Joss Whedon as Philosopher Book Excerpt:

In this book, Dean Kowalski argues that filmmakers can “do” philosophy when creating a fictional narrative film, and utilizes a careful and extensive analysis of Joss Whedon’s fictive creations—Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, and The Cabin in the Woods (among others)—to establish this thesis. This book appeals to many different readers. For the many admirers of Whedon’s fictive creations, it offers one of the most comprehensive analyses of his corpus. It reprises many examples and dialogue passages from the far corners of the so-called “Whedonverse.” You’ll get a chance to re-experience your favorite dramatic moments, and think about them in novel ways. For popular culture scholars, it offers illustrations of various philosophical theories, explains how those theories pertain to relevant data points in Whedon’s oeuvre, and assesses whether, or to what extent, they have real-world application. For philosophers of film, it explicates crucial issues germane to the film-as-philosophy debate, but also expands them to television—all in the attempt to demonstrate why it is that Whedon ought to be included among those rare filmmakers who engage the philosophical process via their artistry.

Good God

Good God
Author: David Baggett,Jerry L. Walls
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2011-04-20
ISBN: 0199830231
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Good God Book Excerpt:

This book aims to reinvigorate discussions of moral arguments for God's existence. To open this debate, Baggett and Walls argue that God's love and moral goodness are perfect, without defect, necessary, and recognizable. After integrating insights from the literature of both moral apologetics and theistic ethics, they defend theistic ethics against a variety of objections and, in so doing, bolster the case for the moral argument for God's existence. It is the intention of the authors to see this aspect of natural theology resume its rightful place of prominence, by showing how a worldview predicated on the God of both classical theism and historical Christian orthodoxy has more than adequate resources to answer the Euthyphro Dilemma, speak to the problem of evil, illumine natural law, and highlight the moral significance of the incarnation and resurrection of Christ. Ultimately, the authors argue, there is principled reason to believe that morality itself provides excellent reasons to look for a transcendent source of its authority and reality, and a source that is more than an abstract principle.

Atheist Overreach

Atheist Overreach
Author: Christian Smith
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2018-09-05
ISBN: 0190880945
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atheist Overreach Book Excerpt:

In recent years atheism has become ever more visible, acceptable, and influential. Atheist apologists have become increasingly vociferous and confident in their claims: that a morality requiring benevolence towards all and universal human rights need not be grounded in religion; that modern science disproves the existence of God; and that there is nothing innately religious about human beings. In Atheist Overreach, Christian Smith takes a look at the evidence and arguments, and explains why we ought to be skeptical of these atheists' claims about morality, science, and human nature. He does not argue that atheism is necessarily wrong, but rather that its advocates are advancing crucial claims that are neither rationally defensible nor realistic. Their committed worldview feeds unhelpful arguments and contributes to the increasing polarization of today's political landscape. Everyone involved in the theism-atheism debates, in shared moral reflection, and in the public consumption of the findings of science should be committed to careful reasoning and rigorous criticism. This book provides readers with the information they need to participate more knowledgably in debates about atheism and what it means for our society.

Did God Really Command Genocide

Did God Really Command Genocide
Author: Paul Copan,Matt Flannagan
Publsiher: Baker Books
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2014-11-11
ISBN: 1441221093
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Did God Really Command Genocide Book Excerpt:

A common objection to belief in the God of the Bible is that a good, kind, and loving deity would never command the wholesale slaughter of nations. Even Christians have a hard time stomaching such a thought, and many avoid reading those difficult Old Testament passages that make us squeamish. Instead, we quickly jump to the enemy-loving, forgiving Jesus of the New Testament. And yet, the question doesn't go away. Did God really command genocide? Is the command to "utterly destroy" morally unjustifiable? Is it literal? Are the issues more complex and nuanced than we realize? In the tradition of his popular Is God a Moral Monster?, Paul Copan teams up with Matthew Flannagan to tackle some of the most confusing and uncomfortable passages of Scripture. Together they help the Christian and nonbeliever alike understand the biblical, theological, philosophical, and ethical implications of Old Testament warfare passages. Pastors, youth pastors, campus ministers, apologetics readers, and laypeople will find that this book both enlightens and equips them for serious discussion of troubling spiritual questions.

Loving Wisdom

Loving Wisdom
Author: Paul Copan
Publsiher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2020-04-23
ISBN: 1467458252
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Loving Wisdom Book Excerpt:

A guide to Christian philosophy that engages with the biblical story As human beings, we all qualify as philosophers, and Paul Copan contends that we take a position of trust (faith) shaped by philosophical stances but also personal heart commitments (worldviews). In this thoroughly revised and expanded second edition of Loving Wisdom, Copan explores philosophy of religion from a distinctively evangelical Christian perspective—biblically grounded, informed by apologetics, and engaging with questions about universal human longings. Copan presents a distinctively and deliberately biblical philosophy of religion in Loving Wisdom,addressing a wide range of topics and questions as they arise in the metanarrative of scripture. He acknowledges the difficulties, mystery, and disagreements in “religion,” while attempting to show how the Christian faith does a much more adequate job of responding to a wide range of challenges as well as addressing our deepest human yearnings. With discussion questions for each chapter and an accessible approach, Loving Wisdom is ideal for the classroom or small groups.

Holy War in the Bible

Holy War in the Bible
Author: Heath A. Thomas,Jeremy Evans,Paul Copan
Publsiher: InterVarsity Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2013-04-06
ISBN: 0830884289
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Holy War in the Bible Book Excerpt:

The challenge of a seemingly genocidal God who commands ruthless warfare has bewildered Bible readers for generations. The theme of divine war is not limited to the Old Testament historical books, however. It is also prevalent in the prophets and wisdom literature as well. Still it doesn t stop. The New Testament book of Revelation, too, is full of such imagery. Our questions multiply. Why does God apparently tell Joshua to wipe out whole cities, tribes or nations? Is this yet another example of dogmatic religious conviction breeding violence? Did these texts help inspire or justify the Crusades? What impact do they have on Christian morality and just war theories today? How does divine warfare fit with Christ s call to "turn the other cheek"? Why does Paul employ warfare imagery in his letters? Do these texts warrant questioning the overall trustworthiness of the Bible? These controversial yet theologically vital issues call for thorough interpretation, especially given a long history of misinterpretation and misappropriaton of these texts. This book does more, however. A range of expert contributors engage in a multidisciplinary approach that considers the issue from a variety of perspectives: biblical, ethical, philosophical and theological. While the writers recognize that such a difficult and delicate topic cannot be resolved in a simplistic manner, the different threads of this book weave together a satisfying tapestry. Ultimately we find in the overarching biblical narrative a picture of divine redemption that shows the place of divine war in the salvific movement of God.

Is the Good Book Bad

Is the Good Book Bad
Author: Rabbi Michoel Stern
Publsiher: Mosaica Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2022-02-01
ISBN: 1952370795
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Is the Good Book Bad Book Excerpt:

Slavery Animal sacrifices Expulsion of the seven nations With in-depth treatment of numerous passages from the Scripture, these and other topics from the Jewish Scripture troublesome to many 21st-century readers are analyzed in Is the Good Book Bad? Stern also makes the case that a morality based on belief in God is more compelling than one based on scientific materialism. While the content and argumentation are unique and nuanced, he takes on modern-day criticism without making modern-day compromises on the authenticity of Scripture and how it was interpreted by the sages of the Talmud and the scholars who followed in their footsteps.

Secular Faith

Secular Faith
Author: Mark A. Smith
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2022
ISBN: 022627523X
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secular Faith Book Excerpt:

When Pope Francis recently answered “Who am I to judge?” when asked about homosexuality, he ushered in a new era for the Catholic church. A decade ago, it would have been unthinkable for a pope to express tolerance for homosexuality. Yet shifts of this kind are actually common in the history of Christian groups. Within the United States, Christian leaders have regularly revised their teachings to match the beliefs and opinions gaining support among their members and larger society. Mark A. Smith provocatively argues that religion is not nearly the unchanging conservative influence in American politics that we have come to think it is. In fact, in the long run, religion is best understood as responding to changing political and cultural values rather than shaping them. Smith makes his case by charting five contentious issues in America’s history: slavery, divorce, homosexuality, abortion, and women’s rights. For each, he shows how the political views of even the most conservative Christians evolved in the same direction as the rest of society—perhaps not as swiftly, but always on the same arc. During periods of cultural transition, Christian leaders do resist prevailing values and behaviors, but those same leaders inevitably acquiesce—often by reinterpreting the Bible—if their positions become no longer tenable. Secular ideas and influences thereby shape the ways Christians read and interpret their scriptures. So powerful are the cultural and societal norms surrounding us that Christians in America today hold more in common morally and politically with their atheist neighbors than with the Christians of earlier centuries. In fact, the strongest predictors of people’s moral beliefs are not their religious commitments or lack thereof but rather when and where they were born. A thoroughly researched and ultimately hopeful book on the prospects for political harmony, Secular Faith demonstrates how, over the long run, boundaries of secular and religious cultures converge.

The History of Jesus of Nazara

The History of Jesus of Nazara
Author: Theodor Keim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1877
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Congregationalist and Advance

The Congregationalist and Advance
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1918
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Congregational churches
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Public Opinion

Public Opinion
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1893
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: American periodicals
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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