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Knowledge and Reality by Thomas M. Crisp,Matthew Davidson,David Vander Laan Book Summary:
Alvin Plantinga is one of the leading figures in Anglo-American metaphysics, epistemology and philosophy of religion; his work in these areas has been the focus of wide scholarly attention. This collection of essays, all of which were written specifically for this volume in honor of Plantinga’s 70th birthday, ranges broadly over topics in metaphysics and epistemology and includes contributions by some of the best philosophers writing today.
If We Follow Jesus, He Will Lead Us Out of Christianity and Into Messianic Judaism by Donald Werner Book Summary:
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A grammar of the English language, in a series of letters. To which are added, six lessons by William Cobbett Book Summary:
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Faith, Form, and Fashion by Paul Helm Book Summary:
This is a detailed examination of the theological innovations of Kevin Vanhoozer and John Franke. Each proposes that doctrinal and systematic theology should be recast in the light of postmodernity. No longer can Christian theology be foundational, or have a stable metaphysical and epistemological framework. Vanhoozer advocates a theo-dramatic reconstruction of Christian doctrine, replacing the timeless propositions of the "purely cerebral theology" of the Reformed tradition in favor of a theology that does justice to the polyphony of multiple biblical genres. Franke holds that theology is part of a three-way conversation between Scripture, tradition, and culture, with an uncertain outcome. This study shows that each of these proposals is based on misunderstanding and exaggeration, and that the case against foundationalism is unclear and unpersuasive. It is argued that Vanhoozer's appeal to revelation as divine speech-acts is not as radical as he thinks, and his epistemology is weak. In the hands of postmodernity, Christian theology abandons its exactness and the standards of care that are a notable feature of doctrinal constrictions. The book will be of importance to those with interest in Reformed theology or Christian theology more generally. It provides a clear assessment of the impact of the postmodern mindset on theology.
Where the Evidence Leads by Dick Thornburgh Book Summary:
Set in any era, Dick Thornburgh’s brilliant career would merit study and retelling. He was the first Republican elected to two successive terms as governor of Pennsylvania. He served in the Department of Justice under five presidents, including three years as attorney general for Presidents Reagan and Bush. As undersecretary- general of the United Nations, he was the highest-ranking American in the organization and a strong voice for reform. Nationally, Thornburgh is best remembered for his three years as attorney general, when he managed some of the most vexing legal matters of the modern age: the Savings and Loan and BCCI scandals; controversy over the “Iraqgate” and INSLAW investigations and the Wichita abortion clinic protests; and prosecutions of Michael Milken, Manuel Noriega, and Marion Barry, as well as those involved in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and the Rodney King beating. As governor of Pennsylvania, he faced the nation’s worst nuclear accident, weeks after his inauguration in 1979. Thornburgh's cool-headed response to the Three Mile Island disaster is often studied as a textbook example of emergency management. His historic 1992 battle against Harris Wofford for the late John Heinz III’s Senate seat is one of several political campaigns, vividly recalled, that reveal the inner workings of the commonwealth’s political machinery. Thornburgh reveals painful details of his personal life, including the automobile accident that claimed the life of his first wife and permanently disabled his infant son. He presents a frank analysis of the challenges of raising a family as a public figure, and tells the moving story of his personal and political crusade that culminated in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This revised and updated edition includes a new chapter devoted to the highlights of Thornburgh’s continuing career. He offers fascinating insights into his experiences as Bankruptcy Court Examiner for the WorldCom proceedings, leading the investigation into the CBS News report on President George W. Bush’s military service record, representing Allegheny County coroner Cyril Wecht in a trial over alleged misuse of public office, and as part of the K&L Gates team consulted by Chiquita Brands during a federal investigation over payments made to Colombian guerillas and paramilitaries to protect banana growers.
Echoes of My Time by Anne Bardsley Book Summary:
the days were dark dismay and filled with fear with every move all twenty or more, before finding happiness only to have it pulled away. And then discover that at the age of fifteen your have a serious mental health problem that leads not to care but brutal institutionalization and stability .strange bedfellows but true. this is the true story of one survivor and her recovery. read on and it will open your eyes to the "CARE SYSTEM".
For Love of Animals by Charles Camosy Book Summary:
For Love of Animals is an honest and thoughtful look at our responsibility as Christians with respect to animals. Many Christians misunderstand both history and their own tradition in thinking about animals. They are joined by prominent secular thinkers who blame Christianity for the Western world's failure to seriously consider the moral status of nonhuman animals. This book explains how traditional Christian ideas and principles—like nonviolence, concern for the vulnerable, respect for life, stewardship of God's creation, and rejection of consumerism—require us to treat animals morally. Though this point of view is often thought of as liberal, the book cites several conservatives who are also concerned about animals. Camosy's Christian argument transcends secular politics. The book's starting point for a Christian position on animals—from the creation story in Genesis to Jesus's eating habits in the Gospels—rests in Scripture. It then moves to explore the views of the Church Fathers, the teachings of the Catholic Church, and current discussions in both Catholic and Protestant theology. Ultimately, however, the book is concerned not with abstract ideas, but with how we should live our everyday lives. Should Christians eat meat? Is cooperation with factory farming evil? What sort of medical research on animals is justified? Camosy also asks difficult questions about hunting and pet ownership. This is an ideal resource for those who are interested in thinking about animals from the perspective of Christian ethics and the consistent ethic of life. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter and suggestions for further reading round out the usefulness of this important work.
Tarot of the Spirit by Pamela Eakins Book Summary:
Centered on the Qabbalistic Tree of Life, this symbolism clearly explores the Minor Arcana as a representation of the four components of life: spirit, emotion, intellect, andbody; while it reveals the Major Arcana to be the keys to our emotional response patterns to the symbolic universe in which we live. Includes seven monthly meditations, individual readings, and layouts.
The Political Philosophy of the British Idealists by Peter P. Nicholson Book Summary:
This book offers a reassessment of the political philosophy of the British Idealists, a group of once influential and now neglected nineteenth-century Hegelian philosophers, whose work has been much misunderstood. Peter Nicholson focuses on F. H. Bradley's idea of morality and moral philosophy; T. H. Green's theory of the Common Good, of the social nature of rights, of freedom, and of state interference; and Bernard Bosanquet's notorious theory of the General Will. By examining the arguments offered by the Idealists and by their critics the author is able to penetrate the deep layers of hostile comment laid down by several generations of later writers and to show that these ideas, once properly understood, are not only defensible but interesting and important.
Before His Time by Ben Green Book Summary:
Part biography and part detective story, this examination of the life and still unsolved assassination of Harry Moore, a man who fought for racial equality in Florida well before the civil rights movement caught on, reveals two possibly bungled FBI investigations. 20,000 first printing.
A Divided Mormon Zion by John Hammond Book Summary:
A DIVIDED MORMON ZION: NORTHEASTERN OHIO OR WESTERN MISSOURI? This is Volume III of an epic, multi-volume work entitled The Quest for the New Jerusalem: A Mormon Generation Saga, which combines family, Mormon, and American history, focusing upon how the author's ancestors were affected by their conversion to the Mormon religion. In Volume I, four of the author's ancestral families the Carters, Hammonds, Knowltons, and Spencer's and the ancestors of Mormon Church founders Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, are followed from the time they enter the Massachusetts Bay Colony in New England in the 1600s down to the early 1800s. Toward the end of Volume I, the focus is upon Joseph Smith and his family, including their move from Vermont to western New York and their religious and occult "magic worldviews." Volume II takes up the narrative at about the year 1820, and involves a detailed, comprehensive, and critical look at the events in the life of Joseph Smith, Jr., during the decade in which he purportedly was visited by numerous heavenly messengers, received the "golden plates," translated the writing on the plates to produce the Book of Mormon, received priesthood authority from other heavenly messengers, published the Book of Mormon, and organized the Mormon Church. There is a detailed examination of the contentious debate concerning the authenticity of the Book of Mormon and the validity of Smith's 1820s visionary experiences. The later chapters describe the movement of Church headquarters from western New York to northeastern Ohio in early 1831, Smith's interest in western Missouri as the site for his New Jerusalem/Zion, and the conversion of the author's direct ancestor Simeon Daggett Carter. Volume III begins with a detailed look at the life of Sidney Rigdon, who played a significant role in the development of the Campbellite, Reformed Baptist, Disciples of Christ Church. When he became a Mormon in late 1830, he helped bring about the conversion of hundreds of his friends in the Campbellite movement, which caused Joseph Smith Jr. in early 1831 to change the headquarters of his fledgling Mormon Church from western New York to northeastern Ohio. A remarkable fusion then took place between Mormonism, as it had been formulated initially by Smith, and the new Campbellite doctrines, practices, and organization. In the summer of 1831 Smith and Rigdon visited Jackson County, Missouri, and numerous Smith revelations formally designated it as the site for the New Jerusalem/Zion, where, immediately after the city was built, Christ's Second Coming was to occur. The sites for the city and a temple were dedicated at Independence, but Smith returned to Ohio, continued to live at Kirtland, and made the decision to build the first temple there, much to the chagrin of the Mormons who had obeyed his revelations and were "gathering" to Missouri. This led to a serious rift between Ohio and Missouri leaders, many of the latter Smith's earliest disciples from New York. Ancestrally, the focus of this volume is upon the four Carter brothers Simeon, John S., Gideon, and Jared--who joined the Mormon Church in the 1831-32 period. While Simeon (the author's great, great grandfather) did not keep a journal, and Gideon's journal is very brief, Jared's is one of the most important documents in early Mormon history, and John S.'s shorter journal is also very valuable. Jared was a kind of religious fanatic--with utopian views on faith healing, the power of prayer, and prophecy--yet nevertheless he became president of the Kirtland High Council and a member of the prestigious three-man Kirtland Temple (Building) Committee. John S. became a leader of the Church in the northeastern New York/Vermont region and brought a large company of saints to Kirtland in early 1833. All four Carter brothers became important early missionaries, and four separate chapters document their activities.
Creation or Evolution? by Michael Ebifegha Book Summary:
Were humans created, or did they evolve? This debate continues to rage between science and religion. In Creation or Evolution?, author Michael Ebifegah examines these two worldviews within the framework of science.. He examines the constraints of science as an explanatory framework for the origin of species and compares the contemporary world to a hypothetical world under the influence of evolutionary processes and agency. Additionally, he considers the irrelevance of the earths age to the creationist/evolutionist controversy. He stresses that knowledge of the intersection between the origin of life and the origin of species is required to establish the latter.. Ebifegah augments the natural selection discussion in light of Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarinis work and addresses sciences limitations in deploying similarity/dissimilarity arguments in the debate about creationism versus evolutionism. Finally, he focuses on the lack of historical evidence to justify an evolutionary worldview. Creation or Evolution? discusses how the M-theory and Charles Darwins paradigm of evolution by natural selection are outside the limits of science. Ebifegah shows that we must look beyond the inadequacy of such theories and address the validity of science as the sole avenue of inquiry.
A Narrative History of Experimental Social Psychology by Shelley Patnoe Book Summary:
A Narrative History of Experimental Social Psychology presents lengthy and intensive interviews with the contemporary scientists that founded and shaped the field of social psychology. The story of social psychology is told through the autobiographical narratives of leading figures, such as Dorwin Cartwright, Harold Kelley, Kurt Back, Robert Krauss, Stanley Schachter, and Leon Festinger. The author traces the beginning of the field from the close-knit group of students around Kurt Lewin to the major research groups responsible for the scientific origins of the discipline. The interviews offer unique insights into the beginnings of the fields and prospects for future trends.
Delphi Complete Works of Xenophon (Illustrated) by Xenophon Book Summary:
Celebrated for his stirring historical accounts and insightful philosophical treatises, Xenophon’s works have enlightened readers across the world for almost two and a half thousand years. For the first time in digital publishing history, readers can now own the complete works of Xenophon in English and the original Greek. This comprehensive eBook presents the complete works with beautiful illustrations, rare texts, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1) * Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Xenophon’s life and works * Features the complete works of Xenophon, in both English translation and the original Greek * Concise introductions to the historical and philosophical works * Includes all the translations previously appearing in Loeb Classical Library editions of Xenophon’s works * All texts are provided with chapter and section numbers – ideal for students * Images of famous paintings that have been inspired by Xenophon’s works * Excellent formatting of the texts * Easily locate the sections or works you want to read with individual contents tables * Includes the Pseudo-Xenophon rare work CONSTITUTION OF ATHENS, first time in digital print * Features two bonus biographies, including Diogenes Laërtius’ original biography – discover Xenophon’s ancient world * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres Please visit www.delphiclassics.com for more details and to learn more about our exciting range of titles CONTENTS: Historical works ANABASIS CYROPAEDIA HELLENICA AGESILAUS Socratic Works MEMORABILIA OECONOMICUS SYMPOSIUM APOLOGY Minor Treatises ON HORSEMANSHIP ON THE CAVALRY GENERAL ON HUNTING HIERO WAYS AND MEANS CONSTITUTION OF THE LACEDAEMONIANS CONSTITUTION OF THE ATHENIANS The Greek Texts LIST OF GREEK TEXTS The Biographies LIFE OF XENOPHON by Diogenes Laërtius BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF XENOPHON by Edward Spelman Please visit www.delphiclassics.com for more details and to learn more about our exciting range of titles
The Evolutionary Imperative: Why Change Happens, Where It Leads, and How We Might Survive by Charles H. M. Beck,Louis Neal Irwin Book Summary:
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THE TRUTH SEEKERS by R. Glenn Brown Book Summary:
The first half of the book features Viktor Gorgachuk. Born in the USSR, his Orthodox parents keep his birth a secret by bribing the midwife. When Viktor is four, he is left at a remote monastery for eight years. Here he is educated and then released to his parents at twelve years of age. About this time, the midwife reveals the secret birth to the KGB, who begin a search for Viktor. The parents secretly leave Viktor with a family of Pentecostals and flee to Vladivostok where they are discovered by the KGB. Refusing to divulge Viktor's location, they are killed. Five years later, Viktor flees the USSR and immigrates to the United States. Viktor's escape from the KGB after the murder of his parents, and his adventures leading up to his immigration to America, is a riveting story. The second half follows Viktor in America. Here he becomes a leading pastor within Evangelicalism, which is seriously divided theologically. At one end of the divide are Pentecostals who believe supernatural spiritual gifts are active today and speaking in tongues is required evidence of Spirit baptism. At the other end are Cessationists who believe supernatural gifts of the Spirit ceased after the New Testament was completed. Pentecostal Pastor Viktor Gorgachuk becomes close friends with Cessationist Pastor Bill Ballard. They deplore the division within Evangelicalism. Both are committed to scripture as the ultimate authority for faith and practice. They agree to study each other's doctrine to determine what scripture says. Each agrees to follow scripture if the result of his search demands it. The interaction between two sincere preachers searching for truth is compelling. It's a story that thousands of evangelicals and others searching for spiritual reality can relate to. Join the Truth Seekers if you dare.
The Zodiac by Degrees by Martin Goldsmith Book Summary:
The Zodiac by Degrees provides symbols and interpretations for each of the 360 degrees of the zodiac. These symbols make a direct connection with your basic spiritual energies and penetrate the private language of your personal mythology. For this second edition, every one of the 360 degrees has been reexamined from extensive lists of examples. In the end, about ninety degrees have undergone major changes and all of the rest have been clarified and sharpened. The result is a symbol system of unparalleled accuracy, and an indispensable tool for both amateur and practicing astrologers. The Zodiac by Degrees gave me serious goose bumps on several occasions. Inside of half an hour, the text had cleared up my ambivalence about the exact degree of my Ascendant and given me a new understanding of my Sun degree#8212one vastly more evocative than the traditional Sabian interpretation. Martin Goldsmith is a poet in the old sense of the word: he's on fi re with imagery and the fire is contagious." #8212Steven Forrest, author of The Inner Sky "At last! An astrologer who has undertaken the huge workload of intensive research into the individual degrees of the zodiac. Thanks to his years of work, Goldsmith has finally taken this area of astrology out of the misty, intuitive, 'channeled' area of the Sabian symbols onto the firmer and more reliable footing of good, grounded research. This long-needed book is therefore and essential reference work for any serious astrologer."#8212Bernadette Brady, author of Predictive Astrology