Reinventing Philosophy of Religion

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Reinventing Philosophy of Religion

Author: ,

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137434562

Genre: Philosophy

Page: 106

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Book Summary: Considerations about the existence and nature of God are given far too much weight in contemporary discussions of philosophy of religion. Against prevailing orthodoxy, this introduction to philosophy of religion urges a broader perspective that attends seriously to a wide range of religious and non-religious worldviews.


Supernatural as Natural

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Supernatural as Natural

Author: Michael Winkelman,John R. Baker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317343727

Genre: Social Science

Page: 384

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Book Summary: This book provides a general introduction to the biological and evolutionary bases of religion and is suitable for introductory level courses in the anthropology and psychology of religion and comparative religion. Why did human ancestors everywhere adopt religious beliefs and customs? The presence and persistence of many religious features across the globe and time suggests that it is natural for humans to believe in the supernatural. In this new text, the authors explore both the biological and cultural dimensions of religion and the evolutionary origins of religious features.


Thinking about Religion

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Thinking about Religion

Author: A. Smith

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137324759

Genre: Philosophy

Page: 258

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Book Summary: Thinking about Religion examines cutting-edge breakthroughs from across the sciences concluding that religion persists because the mind is primed for faith, ready to grasp and fiercely defend beliefs that make sense but defy logic.


Supernatural Selection

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Supernatural Selection

Author: Matt Rossano

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199750777

Genre: Psychology

Page: 304

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Book Summary: In 2006, scientist Richard Dawkins published a blockbuster bestseller, The God Delusion. This atheist manifesto sparked a furious reaction from believers, who have responded with numerous books of their own. By pitting science against religion, however, this debate overlooks what science can tell us about religion. According to evolutionary psychologist Matt J. Rossano, what science reveals is that religion made us human. In Supernatural Selection, Rossano presents an evolutionary history of religion. Neither an apologist for religion nor a religion-basher, he draws together evidence from a wide range of disciplines to show the valuable--even essential--adaptive purpose served by systematic belief in the supernatural. The roots of religion stretch as far back as half a million years, when our ancestors developed the motor control to engage in social rituals--that is, to sing and dance together. Then, about 70,000 years ago, a global ecological crisis drove humanity to the edge of extinction. It forced the survivors to create new strategies for survival, and religious rituals were foremost among them. Fundamentally, Rossano writes, religion is a way for humans to relate to each other and the world around them--and, in the grim struggles of prehistory, it offered significant survival and reproductive advantages. It emerged as our ancestors' first health care system, and a critical part of that health care system was social support. Religious groups tended to be far more cohesive, which gave them a competitive advantage over non-religious groups, and enabled them to conquer the globe. Rather than focusing on one aspect of religion, as many theorists do, Rossano offers an all-encompassing approach that is rich with surprises, insights, and provocative conclusions.


Divine Action and Natural Selection

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Divine Action and Natural Selection

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ISBN: 9814470023

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Buddhist Philosophy

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Buddhist Philosophy

Author: Steven M. Emmanuel

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119068258

Genre: Religion

Page: 280

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Book Summary: Buddhist Philosophy: A Comparative Approach presents a series of readings that examine the prominent thinkers and texts of the Buddhist tradition in the round, introducing contemporary readers to major theories and debates at the intersection of Buddhist and Western thought. Takes a comparative, rather than oppositional, approach to Buddhist philosophy, exploring key theories and debates at the intersection of Eastern and Western thought Addresses a variety of topics that represent important points of convergence between the Buddhist and Western philosophical traditions Features contributions from a wide array of acclaimed international scholars in the discipline Provides a much-needed cross-cultural treatment of Buddhist philosophy appropriate for undergraduate students and specialists alike


The Best Argument against God

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The Best Argument against God

Author: G. Oppy

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137354143

Genre: Philosophy

Page: 93

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Book Summary: .... compares two theories—Naturalism and Theism—on a wide range of relevant data. It concludes that Naturalism should be preferred to Theism on that data. The central idea behind the argument is that, while Naturalism is simpler than Theism, there is no relevant data that Naturalism fails to explain at least as well as Theism does.


After Secularism

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After Secularism

Author: E. Wilson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230355315

Genre: Social Science

Page: 222

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Book Summary: Having destabilized dominant assumptions about the nature of religion, there is now a need to develop new ways of thinking about this ever-present phenomenon in global politics. This book outlines a new approach to understanding religion and its relationship with politics in the West and globally for International Relations.


7 Commitments for Spiritual Growth

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7 Commitments for Spiritual Growth

Author: Mike Bickle,Brian Kim

Publisher: Forerunner Publishing

ISBN: 1938060261

Genre: Religion

Page: 148

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Book Summary: In 7 Commitments for Spiritual Growth Mike Bickle and Brian Kim present a compelling prophetic wake-up call to the Body of Christ in this generation by outlining the need for the ministry of the forerunner. This prophetic call is backed up with practical wisdom on how to use these seven foundational commitments to live in wholehearted abandonment to Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit. These practical steps have been a key to the spiritual growth of believers throughout the centuries and are necessary for those who will not settle for anything less than radical pursuit of God.


Killing Commendatore

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Killing Commendatore

Author: Haruki Murakami

Publisher: Bond Street Books

ISBN: 0385690703

Genre: Fiction

Page: 608

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Book Summary: The epic new novel from the internationally acclaimed and best-selling author of 1Q84 In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artist’s home, and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors. A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art—as well as a loving homage to The Great Gatsby—Killing Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.


25 Powerful Promises From God

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25 Powerful Promises From God

Author: Mike Shreve

Publisher: Charisma Media

ISBN: 1629995207

Genre: Religion

Page: 224

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Book Summary: God Never Breaks His Promises There are 7,487 promises in God’s Word—unbending pledges He has made to His covenant people that are designed to give you victory in every circumstance. In this unique book, you will discover 25 primary promises that open the door to the supernatural power of God, miraculous breakthroughs and real spiritual transformation in your life. Some of the promises include: Impartation of divine revelation Angelic intervention Healing for your body, soul and spirit The hundredfold return Inheriting God’s kingdom Turning curses into blessings Dreams, visions and the gift of prophecy How to move the mountains in your life Weapons of warfare that are mighty through God And much more! Once you realize the commitments God has already made, you will be praising Him in advance for the fulfillment of His promises, instead of reminding Him of the problems you are facing. This is the most powerful and effective way to pray and live!


Theology after the Birth of God

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Theology after the Birth of God

Author: F. Shults

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137358033

Genre: Philosophy

Page: 238

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Book Summary: Engaging recent developments within the bio-cultural study of religion, Shults unveils the evolved cognitive and coalitional mechanisms by which god-conceptions are engendered in minds and nurtured in societies. He discovers and attempts to liberate a radically atheist trajectory that has long been suppressed within the discipline of theology.


Debating Christian Theism

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Debating Christian Theism

Author: J. P. Moreland,Khaldoun A. Sweis,Chad V. Meister

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199981434

Genre: Religion

Page: 512

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Book Summary: 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.


Reconstructing Rawls

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Reconstructing Rawls

Author: Robert S. Taylor

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271056711

Genre: Philosophy

Page: 360

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Book Summary: Reconstructing Rawls has one overarching goal: to reclaim Rawls for the Enlightenment—more specifically, the Prussian Enlightenment. Rawls’s so-called political turn in the 1980s, motivated by a newfound interest in pluralism and the accommodation of difference, has been unhealthy for autonomy-based liberalism and has led liberalism more broadly toward cultural relativism, be it in the guise of liberal multiculturalism or critiques of cosmopolitan distributive-justice theories. Robert Taylor believes that it is time to redeem A Theory of Justice’s implicit promise of a universalistic, comprehensive Kantian liberalism. Reconstructing Rawls on Kantian foundations leads to some unorthodox conclusions about justice as fairness, to be sure: for example, it yields a more civic-humanist reading of the priority of political liberty, a more Marxist reading of the priority of fair equality of opportunity, and a more ascetic or antimaterialist reading of the difference principle. It nonetheless leaves us with a theory that is still recognizably Rawlsian and reveals a previously untraveled road out of Theory—a road very different from the one Rawls himself ultimately followed.


The Book of Margery Kempe

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The Book of Margery Kempe

Author: Margery Kempe

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141915889

Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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Book Summary: The story of the eventful and controversial life of Margery Kempe - wife, mother, businesswoman, pilgrim and visionary - is the earliest surviving autobiography in English. Here Kempe (c.1373-c.1440) recounts in vivid, unembarrassed detail the madness that followed the birth of the first of her fourteen children, the failure of her brewery business, her dramatic call to the spiritual life, her visions and uncontrollable tears, the struggle to convert her husband to a vow of chastity and her pilgrimages to Europe and the Holy Land. Margery Kempe could not read or write, and dictated her remarkable story late in life. It remains an extraordinary record of human faith and a portrait of a medieval woman of unforgettable character and courage.


The Ascent of Man

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The Ascent of Man

Author: James F. Harris

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 135130559X

Genre: Philosophy

Page: 272

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Book Summary: The Ascent of Man develops a comprehensive theory of human nature. James F. Harris sees human nature as an emergent property that supervenes a cluster of properties. Despite significant overlap between individuals that have human nature and those that are biologically human, the concept of human nature developed in this book is different. Whether biologically human or not, an individual may be said to possess human nature. This theory of human nature is called the"cluster theory." Harris takes as his point of departurePlato's comment that in learning what a thing is we should look to the ways in which it acts upon or is acted upon by other things. He commits to a methodological naturalism and draws upon current views from the social and biological sciences. The cluster theory he develops represents one of the very few completely novel theories of human nature developed in the post-Darwin era. It will prove most useful in dealing with philosophical questions involving such contemporary issues as cloning, cybernetics, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. The fundamental conceptual issue is how plastic and elastic is the nature of human nature. Just how different might we imagine human beings to be and still be human in the sense that they still possess whatever it is that accounts for a unique nature? The theory of human nature developed in this book is a descriptive, dynamic, bottom-up, non-essentialist, naturalist theory. Harris is well versed in classical philosophy and contemporary behavioral science. He writes in a graceful, open-ended way that both educates and illuminates renewed interest in what it means to be human.


Avoiding Commitment

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Avoiding Commitment

Author: K.A. Linde

Publisher: K.A. Linde Inc.

ISBN:

Genre: Fiction

Page: 348

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Book Summary: A sexy angsty second chance romance from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde… Jack and Lexi never had a typical relationship. After two years without speaking, Lexi receives a phone call that changes everything. Jack wants her to convince his new girlfriend that he's ready to commit. He's calling now, after everything they had been through, because there's another woman. She can't believe it. And yet she goes. For closure. Not to try to win him back. Definitely not.


Carrie

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Carrie

Author: Neil Mitchell

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 1906733929

Genre: Performing Arts

Page: 112

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Book Summary: Brian De Palma's adaptation of Stephen King's debut novel, Carrie (1976), is one of the defining films of 1970s "New Hollywood" style and a horror classic. The story of a teenage social outcast who discovers she possesses latent psychic powers that allow her to deliver retribution to her peers, teachers, and abusive mother, Carrie was an enormous commercial and critical success and is still one of the finest screen adaptations of a King novel. This contribution to the Devil's Advocates series not only breaks the film down into its formal componenets--its themes, stylistic tropes, technical approaches, uses of color and sound, dialogue, and visual symbolism--but also considers a multitude of other factors contributing to the work's classic status. The act of adapting King's novel for the big screen, the origins of the novel itself, the place of Carrie in De Palma's oeuvre, the subsequent versions and sequel, and the social, political, and cultural climate of the era (including the influence of second wave feminism, loosening sexual norms, and changing representations of adolescence), as well as the explosion of interest in and the evolution of the horror genre during the decade, are all shown to have played an important part in the film's success and enduring reputation.


Science and Christianity

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Science and Christianity

Author: J. B. Stump

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118625366

Genre: Religion

Page: 200

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Book Summary: Science and Christianity is an accessible, engaging introduction to topics at the intersection of science and Christian theology. A philosophically orientated treatment that introduces the relationship of science to Christianity and explores to what extent the findings of science affect traditional Christian theology Addresses important theological topics in light of contemporary science, including divine action, the problem of natural evil, and eschatology Historically oriented chapters and chapters covering methodological principles for both science and theology provide the reader with a strong foundational understanding of the issues Includes feature boxes highlighting quotations, biographies of major scientists and theologians, key terms, and other helpful information Issues are presented as fairly and objectively as possible, with strengths and weaknesses of particular interpretations fully discussed


Religious Language

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Religious Language

Author: M. Scott

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137033207

Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 218

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Book Summary: An original and accessible discussion of the nature of religious language that draws on the latest research in the philosophy of language. The historical background to research on religious language is also explored and connections are made with both Continental Philosophy and Theology.