Why Christian Faith Still Makes Sense Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology

Why Christian Faith Still Makes Sense  Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology
  • Author : C. Stephen Evans
  • Publisher : Baker Academic
  • Release : 2015-05-12
  • ISBN : 9781493400225
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

In recent years the Christian faith has been challenged by skeptics, including the New Atheists, who claim that belief in God is simply not reasonable. Here prominent Christian philosopher C. Stephen Evans offers a fresh, contemporary, and nuanced response. He makes the case for belief in a personal God through an exploration of natural "signs," which open our minds to theistic possibilities and foster belief in the Christian revelation. Evans then discusses why God's self-revelation is both authoritative and authentic. This sophisticated yet accessible book provides a clear account of the evidence for Christian faith, concluding that it still makes sense to believe.

Denying and Disclosing God

Denying and Disclosing God
  • Author : Michael J. Buckley
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release : 2004
  • ISBN : 0300093845
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

Reflecting on the development of atheism from the beginnings of modernity to the present day, the author suggests that atheism originated in the denial that the various forms of interpersonal religious experience possess any cognitive cogency.

A Short History of Atheism

A Short History of Atheism
  • Author : Gavin Hyman
  • Publisher : I.B.Tauris
  • Release : 2010-09-30
  • ISBN : 9780857730350
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

The last few years have seen a remarkable surge of popular interest in the topic of atheism. Books about atheism by writers like richard dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have figured prominently in bestseller lists and have attracted widespread discussion in the media. The ubiquity of public debates about atheism, especially in conscious opposition to the perceived social threat posed by faith and religion, has been startling. However, as gavin Hyman points out, despite their prevalence and popularity, what often characterises these debates is a lack of nuance and sophistication. They can be shrill, ignorant of the historical complexity of discussions about belief, and tend to lapse into caricature. What is needed is a clear and well-informed presentation of how atheistic ideas originated and developed, in order to illuminate their contemporary relevance and application. That task is what the author undertakes here. Charting the rise of atheism as an explicit philosophical position (notably in the work of denis diderot), Hyman traces its development in the ideas of descartes, Locke and Berkeley, and draws too on the work of important contemporary scholars like amos Funkenstein and michael J. Buckley. arguing that the plausibility and persuasiveness of atheism is sustained by the demise of a religion that is defined by the presuppositions and assumptions of modernity, the author boldly suggests that atheism - like the belief to which it is antipathetic - is itself vulnerable to a future that challenges the intellectual inheritance of the enlightenment. For anyone interested in the origins of atheism (whether they consider themselves to be ‘an atheist’, or ‘religious’, or indeed somewhere in-between), and in the rich cultural, philosophical and historical matrix out of which it emerged, A Short History of Atheism offers a fascinating exploration of the often surprising co-dependency of faith and its negation.

50 Simple Questions for Every Christian

50 Simple Questions for Every Christian
  • Author : Guy P. Harrison
  • Publisher : Prometheus Books
  • Release : 2013-03-19
  • ISBN : 9781616147280
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

Written in a respectful and conversational style, this unique book is designed to promote constructive dialogue and foster mutual understanding between Christians and non-Christians. The author, a skeptic and journalist, asks basic questions about Christian belief. What is the born-again experience? Why would God want to sacrifice his only son for the world? Do miracles really happen? How reliable is the Bible? What is the rapture? Why isn't everyone a Christian? Each question is followed by commentary and analysis that is skeptical and tough but never argumentative or condescending. Christians will find the book useful as a basis for developing their apologetics, while skeptics will welcome Harrison's probing rational analysis of religious claims.

Sacred Cows and Common Sense

Sacred Cows and Common Sense
  • Author : Professor of Politics Tim Bale
  • Publisher : Tim Bale
  • Release : 1999
  • ISBN : 1840147695
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

Using Labour's postwar welfare policy, it shows that we need to break down distinctions between the "symbolic" and the "substantial" in politics, that "cultural theory" has potential as a way of understanding party political culture, and that welfare policy has played a crucial but self-defeating role in Labour's efforts to manage itself, win hearts and minds and govern competently. It concludes by arguing that New Labour's attempts to rethink welfare is largely rhetorical if one recalls what Labour did in office rather than promised in opposition. Rather than a serious attempt to confront social realities, the rethink represents a continuation of past practice and a way of signalling the government's "soundnesss" to the market.

The Real Face of Atheism

The Real Face of Atheism
  • Author : Ravi Zacharias
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release : 2004-09-01
  • ISBN : 9780801065118
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

This analysis of atheism, drawn from a wide range of philosophy and history, exposes its flaws while defending the purpose and meaning that Christ brings to one's life.

Faith and Doubt of John Betjeman

Faith and Doubt of John Betjeman
  • Author : John Betjeman
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release : 2005-01-01
  • ISBN : 0826485782
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

Sir John Betjeman was one of the twentieth century's great makers of the Christian imagination. He used his formidable gifts for poetry to show us how to think about the Anglican faith and about Englishness, and Christianity in general. This is an antholo

Brief Candle in the Dark

Brief Candle in the Dark
  • Author : Richard Dawkins
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release : 2015-09-29
  • ISBN : 9780062288462
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

In this hugely entertaining sequel to the New York Times bestselling memoir An Appetite for Wonder, Richard Dawkins delves deeply into his intellectual life spent kick-starting new conversations about science, culture, and religion and writing yet another of the most audacious and widely read books of the twentieth century—The God Delusion. Called “one of the best nonfiction writers alive today” (Stephen Pinker) and a “prize-fighter” (Nature), Richard Dawkins cheerfully, mischievously, looks back on a lifetime of tireless intellectual adventure and engagement. Exploring the halls of intellectual inquiry and stardom he encountered after the publication of his seminal work, The Selfish Gene; affectionately lampooning the world of academia, publishing, and television; and studding the pages with funny stories about the great men and women he’s known, Dawkins offers a candid look at the events and ideas that encouraged him to shift his attention to the intersection of culture, religion, and science. He also invites the reader to look more closely at the brilliant succession of ten influential books that grew naturally out of his busy life, highlighting the ideas that connect them and excavating their origins. On the publication of his tenth book, the smash hit, The God Delusion, a “resounding trumpet blast for truth” (Matt Ridley), Richard Dawkins was catapulted from mere intellectual stardom into a circle of celebrity thinkers dubbed, “The New Atheists”—including Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett. Throughout A Brief Candle in the Dark, Dawkins shares with us his infectious sense of wonder at the natural world, his enjoyment of the absurdities of human interaction, and his bracing awareness of life’s brevity: all of which have made a deep imprint on our culture.

Oh Your God

Oh  Your God
  • Author : Joshua Kelly
  • Publisher : Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
  • Release : 2016-01-05
  • ISBN : 9781634310666
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

This book is not just for atheists but for antitheists—for people who celebrated the writing of Christopher Hitchens and miss his voice Making the provocative assertion that the entire enterprise of organized religion is a thing for which the world and our species would have been better without, Oh, Your God! follows in the footsteps of the material observations of Lucretius, Epicurus, and Democritus and the more recent antitheistic arguments of Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins. Drawing from timeless philosophers, modern debates, historical events, and current social climes, Joshua Kelly illustrates the shameful and debilitating damage religion has caused—and continues to cause—whether to our psyches, our bodies, our societies, or our world. Citing the murders of Nigeria's "witch children," the subversion of sexual emancipation, the tethers of slavery, the attacks of September 11, the pseudomorality of monotheistic mythology, the subjugation of women, and much more, he provides an abundance of damning evidence to back up his claims. Only by acknowledging and grappling with the real and potential dangers of religion, he argues, will we be able to thrive and develop as a species.