The Thinker's Guide to God

Author: Peter Vardy,Julie Arliss

Publisher: John Hunt Pub

ISBN: 9781903816226

Category: Religion

Page: 264

View: 6254

The attempt to define what we mean by God, and indeed goodness, has been the central preoccupation of Western religion and philosophy.

On Guard for Students

A Thinker's Guide to the Christian Faith

Author: William Lane Craig

Publisher: David C Cook

ISBN: 078141329X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 288

View: 2009

Do you wonder if God exists? Do you wonder if life even has any meaning at all? Do you wonder if Christian faith has answers to these and other difficult questions? An intelligent faith begins with hard questions. In On Guard for Students William Lane Craig tackles such questions with reason and precision. He invites you to join him on a quest for ultimate reality. This unique book takes you on an extraordinary journey of exploration as you probe for answers to life's deepest questions: why anything at all exists, the origin and fine-tuning of the universe, the nature of moral values and the reality of evil, the historical person of Jesus of Nazareth, and so on.

A Thinker's Guide to the Philosophy of Religion

Author: Allen Stairs

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351219812

Category: Religion

Page: 368

View: 8219

With an approachable, reader-friendly style, A Thinker's Guide to the Philosophy of Religion provides up-to-date themes in contemporary, analytic philosophy of religion. This provocative collection of readings stimulates clear thinking and careful attention to the reasons for taking up views on religious questions.

The Puzzle of God

Author: Peter Vardy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317455037

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

View: 1991

First Published in 2015. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an Informa company.

The Puzzle of Ethics

Author: Peter Vardy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131550295X

Category: Political Science

Page: 237

View: 6041

First Published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an Informa company.

God Matters

Author: Peter Vardy,Charlotte Vardy

Publisher: SCM Press

ISBN: 0334043921

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 1288

Perhaps human beings are animals, driven by the will to survive and reproduce, perhaps responsibility is a useful fiction and religion is the opium of the masses. Perhaps death is the end, life is ultimately meaningless, brutish and short. Perhaps man is the measure of all things and beauty, truth and justice are open to interpretation. Or, perhaps not. God matters. The choice over whether and what to believe is inescapable because it determines how we live our lives. Nothing matters more. This book encourages and enables students and general readers to ask fundamental questions about the nature and meaning of human life in an open, engaging but academically rigorous way. Centuries of scholarship in the Philosophy of Religion, from Jewish and Muslim as well as Christian traditions, are put in context and critically evaluated. Examples from art, film, and literature show the contemporary relevance of debates which have raged throughout human history. www.what-matters.org provides recommendations for further reading, a rich anthology of primary texts, questions for discussion and related activities.

How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass

A Critical Thinker's Guide to Asking the Right Questions

Author: Christopher Dicarlo

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1616143983

Category: Philosophy

Page: 398

View: 1164

In this witty, incisive guide to critical thinking the author provides you with the tools to allow you to question beliefs and assumptions held by those who claim to know what they’re talking about. These days there are many people whom we need to question: politicians, lawyers, doctors, teachers, clergy members, bankers, car salesmen, and your boss. This book will empower you with the ability to spot faulty reasoning and, by asking the right sorts of questions, hold people accountable not only for what they believe but how they behave. By using this book you’ll learn to analyze your own thoughts, ideas, and beliefs, and why you act on them (or don’t). This, in turn, will help you to understand why others might hold opposing views. And the best way to change our own or others’ behavior or attitudes is to gain greater clarity about underlying motives and thought processes. In a media-driven world of talking heads, gurus, urban legends, and hype, learning to think more clearly and critically, and helping others to do the same, is one of the most important things you can do. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The SPCK Introduction to Kierkegaard

Author: Peter Vardy

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 0281065705

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

View: 5864

Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was barely known in his own lifetime and his writings had little influence. Yet today, he is internationally accepted as one of the world's greatest philosophical thinkers. Here, Peter Vardy makes Kierkegaard's often complex and difficult thinking accessible to a wide audience. He sketches a few of the central themes of Kierkegaard's thought and gives the reader a feeling for the way he approaches problems and some sense of the breadth of his work. This is an ideal introduction to Kierkegaard for both students and the general reader.

Reverence

Renewing a Forgotten Virtue

Author: Paul Woodruff

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199350809

Category: Philosophy

Page: 336

View: 8525

Reverence is an ancient virtue that survives among us in half-forgotten patterns of civility and moments of inarticulate awe. Reverence gives meaning to much that we do, yet the word has almost passed out of our vocabulary. Reverence, says philosopher and classicist Paul Woodruff, begins in an understanding of human limitations. From this grows the capacity to be in awe of whatever we believe lies outside our control -- God, truth, justice, nature, even death. It is a quality of character that is especially important in leadership and in teaching, although it figures in virtually every human relationship. It transcends religious boundaries and can be found outside religion altogether. Woodruff draws on thinking about this lost virtue in ancient Greek and Chinese traditions and applies lessons from these highly reverent cultures to today's world. The book covers reverence in a variety of contexts -- the arts, leadership, teaching, warfare, and the home -- and shows how essential a quality it is to a well-functioning society. First published by Oxford University Press in 2001, this new edition of Reverence is revised and expanded. It contains a foreword by Betty Sue Flowers, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, a new preface, two new chapters -- one on the sacred and one on compassion -- and an epilogue focused on renewing reverence in our own lives.

The God of Philosophy

An Introduction to Philosophy of Religion

Author: Roy Jackson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317547675

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

View: 725

For centuries philosophers have argued about the existence and nature of God. Do we need God to explain the origins of the universe? Can there be morality without a divine source of goodness? How can God exist when there is so much evil and suffering in the world? All these questions and many more are brought to life with clarity and style in The God of Philosophy. The arguments for and against God's existence are weighed up, along with discussion of the meaning of religious language, the concept of God and the possibility of life after death. This new edition brings the debate right up to date by exploring the philosophical arguments of the new atheists such as Richard Dawkins, as well as considering what the latest discoveries in science can tell us about why many believe in the existence of the divine.

A Thinker's Guide to the Philosophy of Religion

Author: Allen Stairs

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351219812

Category: Religion

Page: 368

View: 8521

With an approachable, reader-friendly style, A Thinker's Guide to the Philosophy of Religion provides up-to-date themes in contemporary, analytic philosophy of religion. This provocative collection of readings stimulates clear thinking and careful attention to the reasons for taking up views on religious questions.

Praying to a French God

The Theology of Jean-Yves Lacoste

Author: Kenneth Jason Wardley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317076389

Category: Philosophy

Page: 258

View: 9577

As a phenomenologist Lacoste is concerned with investigating the human aptitude for experience; as a theologian Lacoste is interested in humanity’s potential for a relationship with the divine, what he terms the ’liturgical relationship’. Beginning from the proposition that prayer is a theme that occurs throughout Lacoste’s writing, and using this proposition as a heuristic through which to view, interpret and critique his thought, this book examines Lacoste’s place amid both the recent ’theological turn’ in French thought and the post-war emergence of la nouvelle théologie. Drawing upon unpublished and out of print material previously only available in French, Romanian or German, the book will be of interest to scholars of philosophy, phenomenology and theology.

Secondhand Jesus

Author: Glenn Packiam

Publisher: David C Cook

ISBN: 1434700321

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 7991

God has offered us firsthand knowledge of His love, His grace, and His power. Yet so often, we too easily settle for someone else's descriptions, the Cliff notes from another's spiritual journey. We are content for "God-experts" to do the heavy lifting and then give us the bottom line. And like any secondhand information, after enough times through the grapevine, the truth about God deteriorates and crumbs of rumor are all that remain. But when life derails, and things don't go as we had planned, our thin view of God is challenged. In those critical moments, we can choose to walk away from God, or to let our questions lead us home. When we choose to wrestle with God, to engage Him for ourselves, we-like Jacob and Job and David-will see rumors die and revelation come alive. It's time to hear the magnificent, Divine Invitation. It's time to take God up on His offer and embrace the mystery and majesty of knowing Him for ourselves.

Ethics Matters

Author: Charlotte Vardy

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 0334043913

Category: Religion

Page: 290

View: 4906

Peter Vardy is one of the leading moral educators in the UK. His books are on many reading lists for Sixth Formers and undergraduates. The 'Puzzle' books aim to make topics in Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics accessible to the schools, undergraduate and general markets. The Puzzle books are simply structured and clearly written and reflect students' needs with regard to exam specifications. Part I of The Puzzle of Moral Philosophy provides a comprehensive introduction to ethical theory and some of its key thinkers such as Plato, Kant, Bentham and Mill. Part II introduces a number of topics frequently studied on A level and undergraduate syllabuses including human relationships, law and justice and the ethics of death and dying.

Good and Bad Religion

Author: Peter Vardy

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 0334043492

Category: Religion

Page: 179

View: 1765

Intends to provide criteria to separate good and bad manifestations of religion found in the Western and Eastern philosophical conditions, that there is a single human nature which all human beings share and certain types of attitudes and behaviour can be profoundly damaging.

A Doubter's Guide to Jesus

An Introduction to the Man from Nazareth for Believers and Skeptics

Author: John Dickson

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310571987

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 1112

A Doubter's Guide to Jesus is an introduction to the major portraits of Jesus found in the earliest historical sources. Portraits because our best information points not to a tidy, monolithic Jesus, but to a complex, multi-layered and, at times, contradictory figure. While some might be troubled by this, fearing that plurality equals incomprehensibility or unreliability, others take it as an invitation to do some rearranging for themselves, trying to make Jesus neater, more systematic and digestible. After two millennia of spiritual devotion and more than two centuries of modern critical research, we still cannot fit Jesus into a box. He is destined to stretch our imaginations, confront our beliefs, and challenge our lifestyles for many years to come. In A Doubter's Guide to Jesus readers will find themselves both disturbed and intrigued by the images of Jesus found in the first sources.

On Guard

Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision

Author: William Lane Craig

Publisher: David C Cook

ISBN: 9781434701886

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 7018

Renowned scholar William Lane Craig offers a readable, rich training manual for defending the Christian faith. This concise guide is filled with illustrations, sidebars, and memorizable steps to help Christians stand their ground and defend their faith with reason and precision. In his engaging style, Dr. Craig offers four arguments for God’s existence, defends the historicity of Jesus’ personal claims and resurrection, addresses the problem of suffering, and shows why religious relativism doesn’t work. Along the way, he shares his story of following God’s call in his own life. This one-stop, how-to-defend-your-faith manual will equip Christians to advance faith conversations deliberately, applying straightforward, cool-headed arguments. They will discover not just what they believe, but why they believe—and how being on guard with the truth has the power to change lives forever.