The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction

Author: Dan Barker

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781454930105


Page: 320

View: 863


What words come to mind when we think of God? Merciful? Just? Compassionate? Delving deep into the Bible, former evangelical preacher Dan Barker uncovers God's negative qualities: jealous, petty, unforgiving, bloodthirsty, vindictive--and worse! Witty and well researched, this unique atheist book explains exactly why the Scripture shouldn't govern our everyday lives. It makes a powerful argument for the separation of church and state.

Free Will Explained

How Science and Philosophy Converge to Create a Beautiful Illusion

Author: Dan Barker

Publisher: Sterling

ISBN: 9781454927358

Category: Religion

Page: 160

View: 9532


Do we have free will? And if we don't, why do we feel as if we do? Popular author Dan Barker examines the way we make choices in this world through his original concept of "harmonic free will" a philosophy that acknowledges both the impersonal laws of cause and effect that govern our world, as well as our own independent volition--without ever seeing these two perspectives as contradictory.

Mere Morality

Author: Dan Barker

Publisher: Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)

ISBN: 1634311795

Category: Philosophy

Page: 167

View: 413


What drives us to be good? How do we even know how to be good? Philosophers and theologians have dealt with such questions for millennia, but Dan Barker thinks the answers are not so complicated. In Mere Morality, he argues there's no need to appeal to supernatural commandments or the fear of some higher power when considering morality. Stripping "good" and "evil" down to the basics, he offers a simple compass for navigating life's most difficult moral and ethical dilemmas.

The Image in Mind

Theism, Naturalism, and the Imagination

Author: Charles Taliaferro,Jil Evans

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441148825

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 9066


A philosophical inquiry into the strengths and weaknesses of theism and naturalism in accounting for the emergence of consciousness, the visual imagination and aesthetic values. The authors begin by offering an account of modern scientific practice which gives a central place to the visual imagination and aesthetic values. They then move to test the explanatory power of naturalism and theism in accounting for consciousness and the very visual imagination and aesthetic values that lie behind and define modern science. Taliaferro and Evans argue that evolutionary biology alone is insufficient to account for consciousness, the visual imagination and aesthetic values. Insofar as naturalism is compelled to go beyond evolutionary biology, it does not fare as well as theism in terms of explanatory power.

Straight to the Heart of Moses

60 Bite-sized Insights

Author: Phil Moore

Publisher: Monarch Books

ISBN: 0857210564

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 5231


The Straight to the Heart commentary series has been written to bring greater accessibility to the Bible so that people can understand the message that the Holy Spirit inspired the authors to write. It aims to get people reading so that they can hear God's voice for themselves; it will challenge them and provide a springboard into a deeper relationship with the divine.

Good God

The Theistic Foundations of Morality

Author: David Baggett,Jerry L. Walls

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199831335

Category: Religion

Page: 304

View: 9445


This book aims to reinvigorate discussions of moral arguments for God's existence. To open this debate, Baggett and Walls argue that God's love and moral goodness are perfect, without defect, necessary, and recognizable. After integrating insights from the literature of both moral apologetics and theistic ethics, they defend theistic ethics against a variety of objections and, in so doing, bolster the case for the moral argument for God's existence. It is the intention of the authors to see this aspect of natural theology resume its rightful place of prominence, by showing how a worldview predicated on the God of both classical theism and historical Christian orthodoxy has more than adequate resources to answer the Euthyphro Dilemma, speak to the problem of evil, illumine natural law, and highlight the moral significance of the incarnation and resurrection of Christ. Ultimately, the authors argue, there is principled reason to believe that morality itself provides excellent reasons to look for a transcendent source of its authority and reality, and a source that is more than an abstract principle.

Know the Heretics

Author: Justin S. Holcomb

Publisher: Zondervan Academic

ISBN: 0310515084

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 8025


There is a lot of talk about heresy these days. The frequency and volume of accusations suggest that some Christians have lost a sense of the gravity of the word. On the other hand, many believers have little to no familiarity with orthodox doctrine or the historic distortions of it. What’s needed is a strong dose of humility and restraint, and also a clear and informed definition of orthodoxy and heresy. Know the Heretics provides an accessible “travel guide” to the most significant heresies throughout Christian history. As a part of the KNOW series, it is designed for personal study or classroom use, but also for small groups and Sunday schools wanting to more deeply understand the foundations of the faith. Each chapter covers a key statement of faith and includes a discussion of its historical context; a simple explanation of the unorthodox teaching, the orthodox response and a key defender; reflections of contemporary relevance; and discussion questions.

The Old Testament Case for Nonviolence

Author: Matthew Curtis Fleischer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780999430606

Category: Bible

Page: 253

View: 4648


You've heard about the child sacrifice, forced cannibalism, and mass murder. Now get the rest of the story. Fleischer explains the Old Testament like never before, cutting through the popular misperceptions to provide a compelling, scripturally based, and highly readable case for a good, just, and loving God, one who hates violence--and always has. This book will strengthen your faith and equip you to defend it at the same time. End your struggle to appreciate the God of the Old Testament today. Discover a deity who is more beautiful than you have ever imagined. "In the first six pages of his new book, Matthew Curtis Fleischer describes the problem of divine violence in the Old Testament as well as anyone ever has. In the following 200-plus pages, he offers Christians committed to biblical authority an intelligent and humane way of interpreting those passages, leading humanity from violence to nonviolence in the way of Jesus. Fleischer is an attorney, and he makes his case with clarity that would win over any unbiased jury." - Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration--Amazon.prime.

The God Delusion

Author: Richard Dawkins

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409091589

Category: Religion

Page: 464

View: 8102


'Timely, impassioned and brilliantly argued' Rod Liddle, Sunday Times 'A spirited and exhilarating read' Joan Bakewell, Guardian Dawkins attacks God in all his forms. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry and abuses children. The God Delusion is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required reading for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.

The Moral Arc

How Science Makes Us Better People

Author: Michael Shermer

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 0805096930

Category: Science

Page: 560

View: 6652


Bestselling author Michael Shermer's exploration of science and morality that demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral From Galileo and Newton to Thomas Hobbes and Martin Luther King, Jr., thinkers throughout history have consciously employed scientific techniques to better understand the non-physical world. The Age of Reason and the Enlightenment led theorists to apply scientific reasoning to the non-scientific disciplines of politics, economics, and moral philosophy. Instead of relying on the woodcuts of dissected bodies in old medical texts, physicians opened bodies themselves to see what was there; instead of divining truth through the authority of an ancient holy book or philosophical treatise, people began to explore the book of nature for themselves through travel and exploration; instead of the supernatural belief in the divine right of kings, people employed a natural belief in the right of democracy. In The Moral Arc, Shermer will explain how abstract reasoning, rationality, empiricism, skepticism--scientific ways of thinking--have profoundly changed the way we perceive morality and, indeed, move us ever closer to a more just world.