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Philosophy

APPROACHES TO GOD

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Maritain considers the intuitive or pre-philosophic approach and the famous five ways to God of St. Thomas Aquinas incorporated with recent progress in thought and science. Finally, he proposes a ''sixth way," based on the spiritual nature of the intellect, and deals with poetic creativeness, moral experience, and the testimony of the heroes of moral life. In his accessible but thought-provoking work, he shows in profoundly reasoned and beautifully written arguments the value of each approach for there are as many paths to God as there are roads to the human heart.

"It is valuable to have such a clear statement, written with charm and charity, of the Roman Catholic approach to the reality of God. Even those who do not share this particular kind of philosophical theism will find a study of M. Maritain's work rewarding...."
The New York Times, Oct. 31, 1954

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9780809148332
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2015-03-17
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ART OF WAR SPIRITUALITY FOR CONFLICT

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Discover the spiritually incisive strategies for peacefully resolving conflict
in this masterpiece of military strategy.

Written 2,500 years ago by Chinese general Sun Tzu, The Art of War is a poetic and potent treatise on military strategy still in use in war colleges around the world. Yet its principles transcend warfare and have practical applications to all the conflicts and crises we face in our lives--in our workplaces, our families, even within ourselves.

Thomas Huynh guides you through Sun Tzu's masterwork, highlighting principles that encourage a perceptive and spiritual approach to conflict, enabling you to:

  • Prevent conflicts before they arise
  • Peacefully and quickly resolve conflicts when they do arise
  • Act with courage, intelligence and benevolence in adversarial situations
  • Convert potential enemies into friends
  • Control your emotions before they control you
  • Now you can experience the effectiveness of Sun Tzu's teachings even if you have no previous knowledge of The Art of War. Insightful yet unobtrusive facing-page commentary explains the subtleties of the text, allowing you to unlock the power of its teachings and help prevent and resolve the conflicts in your own life.

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    9781594732447
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    2008-02-29
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    AS ONE STRUGGLING CHRISTIAN TO ANOTHER

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    The Christian life is both a challenge and a struggle, which can bring great peace to its followers. This book speaks about many of the challenges of this life and the struggle needed to meet them from the view of one who knew such a struggle firsthand: Augustine of Hippo. Augustine had to struggle both to find Christ and to hold on to him. Though his world was different from ours, it is remarkable how his reflections on the Christian life are relevant for our own time. His style is simple, human, and appealing as he encourages his fellow Christians--and us--to continue their daily struggle to deepen their knowledge and love for God.

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    9780814624159
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    2000-12-31
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    BERNARD LONERGAN

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    Bernard Lonergan's Insight, one of the great philosophical works of the 20th century, is without question a challenging book for beginning readers. In this practical and welcome work, Terry J. Tekippe provides readers with a first reading guide, emphasizing what is truly essential and central to the book.

    The plan of the guide is not to cover everything in the book, but to assign readings of only certain chapters or parts of chapters. This will allow readers to make their way through a first reading without becoming distracted.

    The author provides a summary of each chapter and questions for reflection.

    This book:

    -- makes Lonergan accessible to non-professionals.

    -- is an important teaching tool.

    -- is reader-friendly.

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    9780809141500
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    2003-12-31
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    BIG QUESTIONS

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    Inthisinvestigation ofChristian thinkers, selected philosophers, and other religious leaders, key issues regarding Christianity over the centuries are discussed in detail. Considering the arguments for and against each position, the study's perspective focuseson the key questions of life and existence, showing the different ways Christian thinkers have answered them. Providing an excellent way into understanding these issues andhaving readersformulateopinionsfor themselves, the collection of questions include: How can we believe in God when there is so much suffering? Does science mean the end of religion? Does life after death really exist? Have we any good reason to believe in God? What is the ultimate goal of life? and What does it mean to lead a good life?"

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    9780745951409
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    2008-04-30
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    CHANCE OR PURPOSE

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    Cardinal Christoph Schonborn's article on evolution and creation in The New York Times launched an international controversy. Critics charged him with biblical literalism and "creationism."

    In this book, Cardinal Schonborn responds to his critics by tackling the hard questions with a carefully reasoned "theology of creation." Can we still speak intelligently of the world as "creation" and affirm the existence of the Creator, or is God a "delusion"? How should an informed believer read Genesis? If God exists, why is there so much injustice and suffering? Are human beings a part of nature or elevated above it? What is man's destiny? Is everything a matter of chance or can we discern purpose in human existence?

    In his treatment of evolution, Cardinal Schonborn distinguishes the biological theory from "evolutionism," the ideology that tries to reduce all of reality to mindless, meaningless processes. He argues that science and a rationally grounded faith are not at odds and that what many people represent as "science" is really a set of philosophical positions that will not withstand critical scrutiny.

    Chance or Purpose? directly raises the philosophical and theological issues many scientists today overlook or ignore. The result is a vigorous, frank dialogue that acknowledges the respective insights of the philosopher, the theologian and the scientist, but which calls on them to listen and to learn from each another.

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    9781586172121
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    2007-11-29

    CODE NAME: GOD

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    In this autobiographical meditation a world-renowned physicist examines the hidden links between science and spirituality revealed by recent breakthroughs in quantum physics and cosmology. Reflecting on his own quest to find greater meaning in life by synthesizing his scientific training and his developing faith, he offers a blueprint for anyone seeking to reconcile science and religion in their own life. A technological discovery that led to LASIK surgery brought him great fame, fortune, and an extravagant lifestyle, but he yearned for spiritual fulfillment. Combining a detailed account of one man's journey from a lower caste home in India to an opulent Bel-Air mansion with a fascinatingblend of cutting edge physics and eastern philosophy, thismemoir weaves science and spirituality together toilluminatetheir common threada unified field of consciousness that underlies all of creation."

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    9780824525194
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    2008-08-31

    CODE NAME: GOD

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    The inventor of the technology that has made LASIK eye surgery possible shares his personal crisis of faith as a man of science who, after a successful career, confronted the emptiness of existence. Original.

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    9780824522810
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    2005-04-30

    CONVERSATIONS ON RELIGION

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    For this book, Mick Gordon, a catholic of northern Irish extraction, decided to assemble a collection of interviews in which the people he found most interesting on the subject of religion and religious belief would take part. The end result gives us a wide range of opinions from an avowed atheists like Richard Dawkins and A.C. Grayling to committed evangelical christians like Alister McGrath. The variety of contributors and ideas in the pages of this book will interest anyone who wishes to take the phenomenon of faith and religion seriously. Includes interviews with:

    Richard Dawkins (University of Oxford)

    Alister Mcgrath (University of Oxford)

    Karen Armstrong (Former Nun and Bestselling Author)

    Tariq Ramadan (St Anthony's College, University of Oxford)

    Sir Jonathan Sacks (Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation of the

    Commonwealth)

    A.C. Grayling (Birkbeck College, London)

    Don Cupitt (Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge)

    Archbishop Rowan Williams (Canterbury/Lambeth)

    Giles Fraser (Wadham College, University of Oxford)

    John Gray (University of London)

    Lewis Wolpert (University College, London)

    Azzam Tamimi (Director, Institute of Islamic Political Thought, London)

    Ann Widdecombe (British Member of Parliament)

    Shelina Janmohamed (Writer and Commentator on British Islam)

    Julia Neuberger (Rabbi /Member of The House of Lords, UK)

    Abdelwahab El-Affendi (Centre For The Study of Democracy, University of Westminister)

    Imam Mohammed Yusuf Al-Hussaini (Interfaith Alliance)

    Fraser Watts (Queen's College, University of Cambridge)

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    9780826499097
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    2008-05-09
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    CONVERSATIONS WITH THE CONFESSIONS

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    Fourteen Presbyterian scholars enter into conversations with the confessions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and examine the major theological themes that make the confessions such foundational commitments of faith. This collection of insightful essays provides readers with a clear understanding of the confessions from different periods of the church's life. These conversations with the confessions found in the PC(USA)'s Book of Confessions include some illuminating commentary on why they were written and demonstrate how they can be used to address major theological issues. This important work will help scholars, pastors, and church leaders interested in studying the Reformed tradition appreciate the role of the confessions in shaping Christian life and faith today.

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    9780664502485
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    2005-06-30
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    COURAGE OF FAITH: SOME PHILOSOPHICAL REFLECTIONS

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    Living a courageous life is not easy. It requires a person to find the balance between fearlessness and cowardice. In The Courage of Faith Steven Ostovich encourages readers to wrestle with their questions of belief in order to find a way to choose faith. By engaging philosophy, theology, and the Bible, he challenges readers to courageously think from and through faith.

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    9780814618721
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    2009-03-31
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    CREATION REGAINED

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    with a Postcript coauthored by Michael W. GoheenIn print for two decades and translated into eight languages, Albert Wolters's classic formulation of an integrated Christian worldview has been revised and expanded to reach new readers beyond the generation that has already benefited from this clear, concise proposal for transcending the false dichotomy between sacred and secular. Wolters begins by defining the nature and scope of a worldview, distinguishing it from philosophy and theology. He then outlines a Reformed analysis of the three basic categories in human history -- creation, fall, and redemption -- arguing that while the fall reaches into every corner of the world, Christians are called to participate in Christ's redemption of all creation. This Twentieth Anniversary edition features a new concluding chapter, coauthored with Michael Goheen, that helpfully places the discussion of worldview in a broader narrative and missional context.

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    9780802829696
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    2005-11-09

    DICTIONARY OF PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

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    9781441111975
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    2010-08-18
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    DISCIPLESHIP OF THE MIND

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    Christians who are serious about their faith want to love God with all that they are -- heart and mind and strength. Books abound on the devotional life, on commitment, on evangelism and practical Christian living, but few take up what it means to love God with our minds. How do we learn to honor God in the ways we think? James Sire blazes a trail for Christians concerned about the discipleship of our minds. After looking at the attitudes toward God and ourselves necessary for the journey, he introduces us to the basics of the Christian world view. Separate chapters discuss the foundations of knowledge and the relationship between knowing and doing. With an eye to the practical, Sire offers specific suggestions on getting to know what is good and getting to know the world. He also provides valuable insights on how Christians might approach various academic disciplines as disciples of Christ. Here is a book for all who desire to love God with their minds.

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    9780877849858
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    1990-04-03
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    DIVINE SCIENCE FINDING REASON AT THE HEART OF FAITH

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    People of faith and people of science often view one another with suspicion, even disdain. But what if science and faith were complementary ideas? Physicist Michael Dennin explains that science doesn’t deny the existence of God and that faith and science can actually enhance one another when approached the right away. He explains that science and faith do not have to live in conflict and inspires you to accept that you can be a person of faith and of science.
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    9781616369477
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    2015-10-02

    EVOLUTIONS ARROW

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    Evolution's Arrow argues that evolution is directional and progressive, and that this has major consequences for humanity. Without resort to teleology, the book demonstrates that evolution moves in the direction of producing cooperative organisations of greater scale and evolvability - evolution has organised molecular processes into cells, cells into organisms, and organisms into societies. The book founds this position on a new theory of the evolution of cooperation. It shows that self-interest at the level of the genes does not prevent cooperation from increasing as evolution unfolds. Evolution progresses by discovering ways to build cooperative organisations out of self-interested individuals. The book also shows that evolution itself has evolved. Evolution has progressively improved the ability of evolutionary mechanisms to discover effective adaptations. And it has produced new and better mechanisms. Evolution's Arrow uses this understanding of the direction of evolution to identify the next great steps in the evolution of life on earth - the steps that humanity must take if we are to continue to be successful in evolutionary terms. A key step for humanity is to increase the scale and evolvability of our societies, eventually forming a unified and cooperative society on the scale of the planet. We must also transform ourselves psychologically to become self-evolving organisms - organisms that are able to escape their biological and cultural past by adapting in whatever directions are necessary to achieve future evolutionary success.

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    9780646394978
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    2000-01-04
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    FAITH AND SCIENCE MATTER

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    A consideration of the interrelationship between faith and science that illustrates the potential fruitful partnership between the two on contemporary issues.
    Confronting misconceptions surrounding Catholic thought on various scientific developments, this collection of essays by leading scholars and educators helps us to understand Catholic teaching. Clear explanations offer us insights and ways to share the wealth of Church teaching on cosmology, creation, evolution, bioethics, ecology and technology.
    Each chapter provides a brief scientific explanation of these topics and draws from Church documents and Catholic writers to help us grasp Church teaching. Critical challenges at the end of each essay offer concrete examples of dilemmas proposed by science and ways to rethink the issues.
    Teachers, religious educators and those intrigued by the dialogue between faith and science will discover a wealth of material in this book for discussion and further consideration for their schools and parishes. Rather than being left mystified by the perceived complexity of the discussion, they will discover clear and lucid explanations of these heated topics.
    Faith and Society Series
    The Faith and Society Series tackles the burning questions of our times and shows Christianity's relevance to the many challenges of today's culture.

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    9782896464074
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    2013-08-15

    FAITH HOPE LOVE

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    This volume, three separate books in one edition, is a collection of Josef Pieper's famous treatises on the three theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love. Each of these treatises was originally published as a separate work over a period of thirty-seven years, and here they are brought together in English for the first time. The first of the three that he wrote, On Hope, was written in 1934 in response to the general feeling of despair of those times. His "philosophical treatise" on Faith was derived from a series of lectures he gave in the late 1950s and early 1960s. His most difficult work, one that he struggled with for years - and almost abandoned - was his work On Love. Pieper now feels that this is the most important book he has written. He discusses not only the theological virtue of caritas-agape, but also of eros, sexuality, and even "love" of music and wine.

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    9780898706239
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    1997-02-28
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    FICHTE TO NIETZSCHE VOL 7

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    Challenges the complexities of German philosophy in the wake of post-Kantian idealism in the 19th century.

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    9780809100712
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    1965-11-30
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    GOD AND MAN

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    9780815805496
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    2003-10-23

    GOD THE DEVIL AND DARWIN

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    In the last fifteen years a controversial new theory of the origins of biological complexity and the nature of the universe has been fomenting bitter debates in education and science policy across North America, Europe, and Australia. Backed by intellectuals at respectable universities, Intelligent Design Theory (ID) proposes an alternative to accepted accounts of evolutionary theory: that life is so complex, and that the universe is so fine-tuned for the appearance of life, that the only plausible explanation is the existence of an intelligent designer. For many ID theorists, the designer is taken to be the god of Christianity.

    Niall Shanks has written the first accessible introduction to, and critique of, this controversial new intellectual movement. Shanks locates the growth of ID in the last two decades of the twentieth century in the growing influence of the American religious right. But as he shows, its roots go back beyond Aquinas to Ancient Greece. After looking at the historical roots of ID, Shanks takes a hard look at its intellectual underpinnings, discussing modern understandings of thermodynamics, and how self-organizing processes lead to complex physical, chemical, and biological systems. He considers cosmological arguments for ID rooted in so-called "anthropic coincidences" and also tackles new biochemical arguments for ID based on "irreducible biological complexity." Throughout he shows how arguments for ID lack cohesion, rest on errors and unfounded suppositions, and generally are grossly inferior to evolutionary explanations.

    While ID has been proposed as a scientific alternative to evolutionary biology, Shanks argues that ID is in fact "old creationist wine in new designer label bottles" and moreover is a serious threat to the scientific and democratic values that are our cultural and intellectual inheritance from the Enlightenment.

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    9780195322378
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    2007-02-28
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    GOD THE OLDEST QUESTION

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    Is the existence of God a reasonable premise? In this book, William O'Malley, SJ, examines this critical question and many other related questions with a rare combination of rigorous gravity and irreverent humor. A Jesuit priest and prolific writer, O'Malley delves into the existence of God by looking at modern science, classical philosophy, literature and art, and the religious traditions of East and West. God: the Oldest Question provides thoughtful answers for anyone looking to better understand their faith and what it all means.

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    9780829415155

    GODS MECHANICS

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    In God's Mechanics, Brother Guy tells the stories of those who identify with the scientific mindset--so-called "techies"--while practicing religion. A full fledged techie himself, he relates some classic philosophical reflections, his interviews with dozens of fellow techies, and his own personal take on his Catholic beliefs to provide, like a set of "worked out sample problems," the hard data on the challenges and joys of embracing a life of faith as a techie. And he also gives a roadmap of the traps that can befall an unwary techie believer.

    With lively prose and wry humor, Brother Guy shows how he not only believes in God but gives religion an honored place alongside science in his life. This book offers an engaging look at how--and why--scientists and those with technological leanings can hold profound, "unprovable" religious beliefs while working in highly empirical fields. Through his own experience and interviews with other scientists and engineers who profess faith, Brother Guy explores how religious beliefs and practices make sense to those who are deeply rooted in the world of technology.

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    9780787994662
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    2007-10-18
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    HAS SCIENCE DISPLACED THE SOUL

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    Can science explain powerful human emotions such as love and happiness? Or, are these emotions something more than the action of biochemicals and electrical impulses? Science is constantly uncovering the mysteries of our nature, but we are uneasy about submitting our most intimate feelings to its scrutiny. Religion tells us that God is love but neuroscience counters with love as a well-timed trickle of transmitters and hormones. In the 21st century, is it necessary to discard our traditional beliefs of a loving God in favor of dopamine? With doctorates in both mathematics and theology, Kevin Sharpe explores these notions and asks the question, Has Science Displaced the Soul? Unflinching in facing these issues, Sharpe provides a clear and current summary of the discoveries of science and what our spiritual traditions still have to offer in the ongoing effort to understand our deepest urges. He confronts serious unanswered questions. How can the Divine direct a random process like evolution? How can we reconcile the big bang with creation out of nothing? Does it make sense to claim that the non-biological Divine shares in human purposes and desires? Sharpe's solution is controversial since it requires that we demolish and reconstruct some of our most trusted conceptions. By examining the ways in which scientific and religious claims can be harmonized, he offers a radical and powerful interpretation of love and happiness in the divine context.

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    9780742542648
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    2005-04-28

    HOBBES TO HUME VOL 5

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    Analyzes British philosophical thought from Hobbas up to and including the Scottish philosophy of Common Sense.

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    9780809100699
    Publication Date: 
    1965-11-30
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