Philosophy Science and Religion for EveryonePhilosophy Science and Religion for Everyone



This book is also highly recommended for anyone looking for a concise overview of this fascinating discipline.

Author: Duncan Pritchard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1138234214

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Philosophy, Science and Religion for Everyone brings together these great truth-seeking disciplines, and seeks to understand the ways in which they challenge and inform each other. Key topics and their areas of focus include: � Foundational Issues � why should anyone care about the science-and-religion debate? How do scientific claims relate to the truth? Is evolution compatible with design? � Faith and Rationality � can faith ever be rational? Are theism and atheism totally opposed? Is God hidden or does God simply not exist? � Faith and Science - what provides a better explanation for the origin of the universe�science or religion? Faith and physics: can they be reconciled? Does contemporary neuroscience debunk religious belief? Creationism and evolutionary biology - what constitutes science and what constitutes pseudo-science? � Practical Implications � is fundamentalism just a problem for religious people? What are the ethical implications of the science-and-religion debate? What can Buddhism tell us about logic? This book is designed to be used in conjunction with the free �Philosophy, Science and Religion� MOOC (massive open online course) created by the University of Edinburgh, and hosted by the Coursera platform (www.coursera.org). This book is also highly recommended for anyone looking for a concise overview of this fascinating discipline.

Philosophy Science and Religion for EveryonePhilosophy Science and Religion for Everyone



Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Introduction -- 1 How do scientific claims relate to the truth? -- 2 Faith and physics: can they be reconciled? -- 3 Creationism and evolutionary biology - science or pseudo-science? -- 4 Is ...

Author: Mark Harris

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113823415X

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Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Introduction -- 1 How do scientific claims relate to the truth? -- 2 Faith and physics: can they be reconciled? -- 3 Creationism and evolutionary biology - science or pseudo-science? -- 4 Is evolution compatible with design? -- 5 Is there a fundamental tension between faith and rationality? -- 6 Is God hidden, or does God simply not exist? -- 7 Does contemporary neuroscience debunk religious belief? -- 8 Are theism and atheism totally opposed? Can they learn from each other? -- 9 Is fundamentalism just a problem for religious people? -- 10 Why should anyone care about the science-and-religion debate? -- 11 What provides a better explanation for the origin of the universe - science or religion? -- 12 Do logic and religion mix? -- 13 Does science show that we lack free will? -- 14 What are the ethical implications of the science-and-religion debate? -- Glossary -- Index

Philosophy Science and Religion for EveryonePhilosophy Science and Religion for Everyone



[Argues that the first true 'replicators' were not living things at all, but crystalline sub-assemblies in clays; ... [Accessible, thorough collection of essays on Darwinism's implications for philosophy, science, religion and ethics.] ...

Author: Duncan Pritchard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351592178

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Philosophy, Science and Religion for Everyone brings together these great truth-seeking disciplines, and seeks to understand the ways in which they challenge and inform each other. Key topics and their areas of focus include: • Foundational Issues – why should anyone care about the science-and-religion debate? How do scientific claims relate to the truth? Is evolution compatible with design? • Faith and Rationality – can faith ever be rational? Are theism and atheism totally opposed? Is God hidden or does God simply not exist? • Faith and Science - what provides a better explanation for the origin of the universe—science or religion? Faith and physics: can they be reconciled? Does contemporary neuroscience debunk religious belief? Creationism and evolutionary biology - what constitutes science and what constitutes pseudo-science? • Practical Implications – is fundamentalism just a problem for religious people? What are the ethical implications of the science-and-religion debate? Do logic and religion mix? This book is designed to be used in conjunction with the free ‘Philosophy, Science and Religion’ MOOC (massive open online course) created by the University of Edinburgh, and hosted by the Coursera platform (www.coursera.org). This book is also highly recommended for anyone looking for a concise overview of this fascinating discipline.

Evolution and ReligionEvolution and Religion



The second edition of this innovative text incorporates the influence of Eastern religions and philosophies on the debate on human origins, broadening the contextual reach of the dialogue into comparative philosophy and religious studies.

Author: Michael Ruse

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442262072

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Page: 168

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Michael Ruse, a leading expert on Charles Darwin, presents a fictional dialogue among characters with sharply contrasting positions regarding the tensions between science and religious belief. Ruse's main characters—an atheist scientist, a skeptical historian and philosopher of science, a relatively liberal female Episcopalian priest, and a Southern Baptist pastor who denies evolution—passionately argue about pressing issues, in a context framed within a television show: "Science versus God— Who is Winning?" These characters represent the different positions concerning science and religion often held today: evolution versus creation, the implications of Christian beliefs upon technological advances in medicine, and the everlasting debate over free will. The second edition of this innovative text incorporates the influence of Eastern religions and philosophies on the debate on human origins, broadening the contextual reach of the dialogue into comparative philosophy and religious studies.

The Palgrave Handbook of the AfterlifeThe Palgrave Handbook of the Afterlife



This unique Handbook provides a sophisticated, scholarly overview of the most advanced thought regarding the idea of life after death. Its comprehensive coverage encompasses historical, religious, philosophical and scientific thinking.

Author: Yujin Nagasawa

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137486097

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Page: 458

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This unique Handbook provides a sophisticated, scholarly overview of the most advanced thought regarding the idea of life after death. Its comprehensive coverage encompasses historical, religious, philosophical and scientific thinking. Starting with an overview of ancient thought on the topic, The Palgrave Handbook of the Afterlife examines in detail the philosophical coherence of the main traditional notions of the nature of the afterlife including heaven, hell, purgatory and rebirth. In addition (and breaking with traditional conceptions) it also explores the most recent exciting advance – digital models. Later sections include analysis of various possible metaphysical accounts that might make sense of the afterlife (including substance dualism, emergent dualism and materialism) and the science of near death experiences as well as the links between human psychology and our attitude to the afterlife. Key features: • Grounded in the most advanced philosophical, theological and scientific thinking • Contributions by eminent scholars from the world’s top universities • Balanced treatment of fundamental issues that are relevant to everyone • Diverse approaches ranging from the religious to the scientific, from the optimistic to the pessimistic • A major section on the meaning of the afterlife which includes chapters on fear, purpose, evil, and issues regarding identity The Palgrave Handbook of the Afterlife is essential reading for scholars, researchers and advanced students researching attitudes to and effects of beliefs about death and life after death from philosophical, historical, religious, psychological and scientific perspectives.

Personhood in Science FictionPersonhood in Science Fiction



This book argues that science fiction allows us to examine the profound question of personhood through its speculative and imaginative nature, highlighting issues that are already visible in our present world. “In Personhood in Science ...

Author: Juli L. Gittinger

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030300623

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Page: 245

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This book addresses the topic of personhood—who is a “person” or “human,” and what rights or dignities does that include—as it has been addressed through the lens of science fiction. Chapters include discussions of consciousness and the soul, artificial intelligence, dehumanization and othering, and free will. Classic and modern sci-fi texts are engaged, as well as film and television. This book argues that science fiction allows us to examine the profound question of personhood through its speculative and imaginative nature, highlighting issues that are already visible in our present world.

Reason and CultureReason and Culture



What Is Morality? Morality and the Good Life. Morality in Higher Education. Morality in Film. Morality in Law. Morality in Markets. Morality and Rational Self-Interest. Classical Theories of Morality. Critical Perspectives on Morality.

Author: John Arthur

Publisher: Pearson College Division

ISBN: IND:30000076390040

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Page: 680

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This introduction to philosophy offers a selection of readings based on an interdisciplinary, applied approach and illustrating the challenges religion, science, and morality pose to one another. It demonstrates to readers how philosophy is practiced today, rather than in years past, and engages them in a relevant and immediately comprehensible manner. The book maintains the critical, rational edge of traditional philosophical writing, while at the same time incorporating material and approaches not usually found in introductory volumes. Reason sections provide traditional philosophical truth claims made in each subject; Culture sections investigate the social issues that arise from these claims. What Is Morality? Morality and the Good Life. Morality in Higher Education. Morality in Film. Morality in Law. Morality in Markets. Morality and Rational Self-Interest. Classical Theories of Morality. Critical Perspectives on Morality. Feelings and Reason in Morality. What Is Science? Science and a Meaningful Life. The Scientific World View and Its Critics. Science, Technology and the Transformation of Culture. Biology and Ethics. Scientific Determinism and Human Responsibility. Objectivity and Values in Science. Truth and Progress in Science. How Much Can Science Explain? What Is Religion? Religion and the Meaning of Life. Pluralism and Religious Diversity. Religion and Politics. Religion and Education. Evidence for the Existence of God? Evidence Against the Existence of God? Faith and Reason? Religious Practice without God? For anyone interested in philosophy.

Philosophy Science and Religion in England 1640 1700Philosophy Science and Religion in England 1640 1700



However different in particulars all these various philosophies shared a common belief in perfectionism - in man's inherently divine nature and in his ability to restore the earth to its prelapsarian state . They also shared the belief ...

Author: Richard W. F. Kroll

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521410959

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Page: 287

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This collection of essays looks at the distinctively English intellectual, social and political phenomenon of Latitudinarianism, which emerged during the Civil War and Interregnum and came into its own after the Restoration, becoming a virtual orthodoxy after 1688. Dividing into two parts, it first examines the importance of the Cambridge Platonists, who sought to embrace the newest philosophical and scientific movements within Church of England orthodoxy, and then moves into the later seventeenth century, from the Restoration onwards, culminating in essays on the philosopher John Locke. These contributions establish a firmly interdisciplinary basis for the subject, while collectively gravitating towards the importance of discourse and language as the medium for cultural exchange. The variety of approaches serves to illuminate the cultural indeterminacy of the period, in which inherited models and vocabularies were forced to undergo revisions, coinciding with the formation of many cultural institutions still governing English society.

What s It All AboutWhat s It All About



Lucid and lively, the book is written in a style understandable and appealing to the general reader. Nearly everyone at some point asks what life is all about and where he or she fits in the big picture. In What's It All About?

Author: Richard de la Chaumiere

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ISBN: 097257770X

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Page: 408

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An engaging and impartial guide for readers who want to make up their own minds about some of the big questions of life, and would like to learn many of the diverse answers from philosophy, science, psychology, and Eastern and Western spiritual traditions. Lucid and lively, the book is written in a style understandable and appealing to the general reader.

Turning Images in Philosophy Science and ReligionTurning Images in Philosophy Science and Religion



So good, in fact, that everybody wants to be a naturalist, no matter what their views might be.”83 If not world peace, naturalism is certainly like a religion, one with a very broad church, indeed inclusive.

Author: Charles Taliaferro

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199563340

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This engaging collection of essays locates the debate between theism and naturalism in the broader context of reflection on imagination and aesthetics. The eleven original essays will be of interest to anyone who is fascinated by the power of imagination and the role of aesthetics in deciding between worldviews or philosophies of nature.

Reconciling Science and ReligionReconciling Science and Religion



Reconciling Science and Religion provides a comprehensive survey of the interplay between British science and religion from the late nineteenth century to World War II. Peter J. Bowler argues that unlike the United States, where a strong ...

Author: Peter J. Bowler

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226068596

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Although much has been written about the vigorous debates over science and religion in the Victorian era, little attention has been paid to their continuing importance in early twentieth-century Britain. Reconciling Science and Religion provides a comprehensive survey of the interplay between British science and religion from the late nineteenth century to World War II. Peter J. Bowler argues that unlike the United States, where a strong fundamentalist opposition to evolutionism developed in the 1920s (most famously expressed in the Scopes "monkey trial" of 1925), in Britain there was a concerted effort to reconcile science and religion. Intellectually conservative scientists championed the reconciliation and were supported by liberal theologians in the Free Churches and the Church of England, especially the Anglican "Modernists." Popular writers such as Julian Huxley and George Bernard Shaw sought to create a non-Christian religion similar in some respects to the Modernist position. Younger scientists and secularists—including Rationalists such as H. G. Wells and the Marxists—tended to oppose these efforts, as did conservative Christians, who saw the liberal position as a betrayal of the true spirit of their religion. With the increased social tensions of the 1930s, as the churches moved toward a neo-orthodoxy unfriendly to natural theology and biologists adopted the "Modern Synthesis" of genetics and evolutionary theory, the proposed reconciliation fell apart. Because the tensions between science and religion—and efforts at reconciling the two—are still very much with us today, Bowler's book will be important for everyone interested in these issues.

But is it Science But is it Science



This fully updated anthology will inform readers about the history of the debate and bring philosophical clarity to the complex arguments on both sides."--BOOK JACKET.

Author: Robert T. Pennock

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105132240685

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"The emotionally charged debate pitting creationism against evolution has been swirling since the publication of Charles Darwin's Origins of Species in 1859. The primary locus of controversy in the United States has been the courts, which have stepped in repeatedly to rule on the constitutionality of laws and policies regarding how each may be taught in the public schools. This fully updated anthology will inform readers about the history of the debate and bring philosophical clarity to the complex arguments on both sides."--BOOK JACKET.

Introducing Philosophy of ReligionIntroducing Philosophy of Religion



Along with its accompanying Reader, this is the perfect introductory package for undergraduate philosophy of religion courses. Visit the book's companion website at www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415403276.

Author: Chad Meister

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134141791

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Page: 256

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Does God exist? What about evil and suffering? How does faith relate to science? Is there life after death? These questions fascinate everyone and lie at the heart of philosophy of religion. Chad Meister offers an up-to-date introduction to the field, focussing not only on traditional debates but also on contemporary concepts such as the intelligent creator. Key topics, such as divine reality and the self and religious experience, are discussed in relation to different faiths. Introducing Philosophy of Religion: • offers a lucid overview of contemporary philosophy of religion • introduces the key figures in the history of philosophy of religion • explores the impact of religious diversity and pluralism • examines the main arguments for and against the existence of God and the nature of the divine • looks at science and issues of faith and reason • explores how the different religions approach the concept of life after death. The wealth of textbook features, including tables of essential information, questions for reflection, summaries, glossary and recommendations for further reading make the book ideal for student use. Along with its accompanying Reader, this is the perfect introductory package for undergraduate philosophy of religion courses. Visit the book's companion website at www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415403276. Features include: an interactive glossary a timeline powerpoint slides on all the chapters chapter outlines lists of objectives for study.

AtheismAtheism



Atheism: What Everyone Needs to Know provides a balanced look at the topic, considering atheism historically, philosophically, theologically, sociologically and psychologically.

Author: Michael Ruse

Publisher: OUP Us

ISBN: 9780199334582

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Page: 304

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Over the last decade, "New Atheists" such as Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have pushed the issue of atheism to the forefront of public discussion. Yet very few of the ensuing debates and discussions have managed to provide a full and objective treatment of the subject. Atheism: What Everyone Needs to Know provides a balanced look at the topic, considering atheism historically, philosophically, theologically, sociologically and psychologically. Written in an easily accessible style, the book uses a question and answer format to examine the history of atheism, arguments for and against atheism, the relationship between religion and science, and the issue of the meaning of life-and whether or not one can be a happy and satisfied atheist. Above all, the author stresses that the atheism controversy is not just a matter of the facts, but a matter of burning moral concern, both about the stand one should take on the issues and the consequences of one's commitment.

Creationism Science the Scientific Theory of Evolution Vs EvolutionismCreationism Science the Scientific Theory of Evolution Vs Evolutionism



Some people are satisfied with pointing at the others, laughing and calling them names. This book is for those who are willing to wonder if we haven't all gotten off-track more or less.

Author: David Bump

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1987703480

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Page: 198

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A systematic overview of the philosophy, history, and practices that created the discipline of science, and then created parts of science which stepped out of bounds to challenge religious beliefs. An introduction for those (on both sides) who haven't been involved in the debate, and a chance for those who have been to step back, carefully consider the big picture, and perhaps do some adjusting to their thinking. A request for everyone to take a deep breath, carefully consider what we really know for sure, how much we know we don't really know, how much we might not even suspect we don't know, and try to discuss things in a calm, respectful, and mature manner. From the forgotten mists of history to the leading edge of scientific investigation, the basic questions of philosophy remain. There were some, in the later 1700s and on into the late 1800s, who believed that Science and Reason would answer all the big questions and replace Religion in general, and Biblical Christianity in particular. Some still do, but the big questions remain, there is much we know we don't know much about, and there are scientists who doubt a number of positions held by the majority, and some of them believe in the most "literal interpretation" of the Bible's passages describing the formation of the Earth and a world-wide catastrophic flood. It seems many people have no understanding at all of how other people can believe what they do, and the lack of understanding is mutual. Some people are satisfied with pointing at the others, laughing and calling them names. This book is for those who are willing to wonder if we haven't all gotten off-track more or less. Let's go back and travel through the recorded history, navigating the shifting currents of philosophical, religious, and "scientific" beliefs to see how we got to where we are today.

How to Think About the Great IdeasHow to Think About the Great Ideas



The contemporary reason why we are concerned with the relation of philosophy, science, and religion is, I think, a very striking one. All of us are aware of the ways in which both science and religion make themselves visibly ...

Author: Mortimer Adler

Publisher: Open Court

ISBN: 9780812696936

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Page: 554

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Time magazine called Mortimer J. Adler a "philosopher for everyman." In this guide to considering the big questions, Adler addresses the topics all men and women ponder in the course of life, such as "What is love?", "How do we decide the right thing to do?", and, "What does it mean to be good?" Drawing on his extensive knowledge of Western literature, history, and philosophy, the author considers what is meant by democracy, law, emotion, language, truth, and other abstract concepts in light of more than two millennia of Western civilization and discourse. Adler's essays offer a remarkable and contemplative distillation of the Great Ideas of Western Thought.

Everyone Is a BelieverEveryone Is a Believer



This book is aimed at people who subscribe to science as a path to truth, whether or not they subscribe to a faith tradition.

Author: Louise Wynn

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 1795607769

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Page: 208

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This book is aimed at people who subscribe to science as a path to truth, whether or not they subscribe to a faith tradition. It is also aimed at people who are religious - and refuse to accept the false dichotomy that science and religion are mutually exclusive. We show that it is not only possible to be a scientist and a believer in God - but that you can't honestly separate the two. We show how science and religion both start with unprovable fundamental assumptions; and that science and religion depend heavily on inspiration and both require faith. We believe that true religion holds in common with good science the ability - the requirement - that it can be tested. We note that in both religious and scientific spheres most knowledge is acquired by indirect means.We separate science from technology, with which it is often conflated, and from bad statistics, from pseudoscience, and from how science is often reported in the popular press - and we give you the tools to do this yourself. We also point out the crucial contributions from philosophy and history that enforce honesty in modern scientific research. We examine the very human flaws of scientism, and discuss how blindered science and blindered religion (closed-mindedness and "cherry-picking") are equally self-crippling approaches to the truth. We do NOT try to "prove" scientifically that God exists or that a particular religion is true - science doesn't have the tools for this. Nevertheless, we review some startling hints, including things unknown in 1830 when the Book of Mormon was published, such as the Frankincense Trail, Uto-Aztecan linguistic links to central Arabia, and volcano-tectonic events in Central America, among others. We even identify a likely "smoking gun" for 3 Nephi 8. Recent discoveries in cosmology - information already available in a hymn written in 1835 - show how rare (but not unique) are the chances for life as we know it elsewhere in the universe, along with the implications. We are encouraged by growing evidence that science and religion are rapidly converging on a larger truth, a Truth which will stand the test of time and all the fashionable trends and evolving prejudices. This convergence is actually accelerating towards that one great whole that we are all seeking, something much greater than our current understanding in either realm. A young man with a 3rd grade education first opened the door for us in 1828.

God G del and GraceGod G del and Grace



Along the way, the book asks what almost everyone asks: Why does a loving God allow evil? What about the dilemma of death? And how can faith answer a leaping and bounding atheism?

Author: Clifford Goldstein

Publisher: Review & Herald Pub Assn

ISBN: 0828017298

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Page: 111

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Is life absurd, without purpose and meaning, or is there a formula beneath the ferment? Is religion merely canonized illusion, morality a mirage, and the only remaining sin, as Nietzsche says, the sin against the earth; or does humanity's moral compass have a true North Pole? Is faith a leap into the absurd, or a leap over it? Though for centuries, science, philosophy, and logic have been used to dismantle faith, God, Godel, and Grace turns these hammers and chisels into tools that build a logical, philosophical, and even scientific basis for faith. Along the way, the book asks what almost everyone asks: Why does a loving God allow evil? What about the dilemma of death? And how can faith answer a leaping and bounding atheism? And it even asks what not everyone is asking, such as How does Kant's epistemology strengthen faith? What does quantum theory reveal about the limits of reason and special relativity about the limits of sense perception? And why can Kurt Godel's incompleteness theorem be a powerful tool in the hands of believers? Using everything from Beckett to C. S. Lewis, from the Gospels to the poetry of Wallace Stevens, this apologetic unapologetically confronts the hard questions that continually dog Christianity. And though one can never prove what needs to be taken on faith, it shows just how reasonable it can be to believe in what goes beyond reason.

The Proven GodThe Proven God



The Truth Shows the Way: Philosophers, Scientists, and Atheists Struggle with Finding God Thomas W. Balderston ... He had his own doubts growing up, but his support and defense for religion grew. He sensed all humans had an innate ...

Author: Thomas W. Balderston

Publisher: Tate Publishing

ISBN: 9781616636609

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Philosophers, scientists and Atheists seem to have a tendency toward avoiding God in positing their premises. However, Divine Law should not be excluded from analysis. In actuality, God And The Bible have played more of a role in the education and development of the minds of major thinkers than you might think. In the Proven God, Balderston suggests that the Big Bang Theory and other scientific and philosophical conventions are influenced by the Divine, and indicative of the Truth: God is real. Denial of God too often reigns supreme, and For The wrong reasons. Through an exploration of the centuries' greatest thinkers, eyes will open To The farce that is a reality without God, who is the cause of all we enjoy, and who provides our enlightenment. In an interesting analysis of a broad range of philosophical viewpoints, Balderston explores those who have converted from being an atheist/non-believer to being Christianâ€'and maintained their logic. The book concludes with advice on how to live with doubt, An issue that is pervasive For The believer And The non-believer alike. Through our own doubts we experience our existence and understand our purpose. Allow this read to awaken you to a new enlightenment and age of reason, a clarification and understanding of modern thinking, And The attributes of the Divine.

Agents Under FireAgents Under Fire



In Agents Under Fire, Menuge defends a robust notion of agency and intentionaility against eliminative and naturalistic alternatives, showing the interconnections between the philosophy of mind, theology, and Intelligent Design.

Author: Angus J. L. Menuge

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742534049

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In Agents Under Fire, Menuge defends a robust notion of agency and intentionaility against eliminative and naturalistic alternatives, showing the interconnections between the philosophy of mind, theology, and Intelligent Design.