The Challenges to America's National Identity
Author: Samuel P. Huntington
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Political Science
Analyzes the gradual erosion of American identity over the recent decades because of bilingualism, multiculturalism, and other factors and explores signs of a revival of American identity in the wake of September 11th.
A Study in Personal Ontology
Author: Eric T. Olson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Many discussions of personal identity frequently ignore the basic metaphysical nature of human people. 'What Are We?' explains the question's meaning, considers in detail the main possible answers to it, and suggests how the problem might be solved.
On Prayer and the Nature of Faith
Author: Vincent Brümmer
Vincent Brümmer's classic book on prayer from 1984 provides a comprehensive philosophical analysis of central issues regarding the nature and practice of prayer. What do we do when we ask things of other people, when we thank them or praise them, when we express penitence for what we have done to them and ask their forgiveness? And how does doing these things in relation to God differ from when we do them in relation to other people? And what does this entail for the existence and nature of the God to whom we pray? This new edition has been substantially revised and updated. Three new chapters have been added which develop in detail a hint by G.K. Chesterton that faith 'is not a thing like a theory but a thing like a love affair.' Since prayer is the expression of this 'love affair' it is also the clue to understanding the nature of faith. These chapters contribute significantly to the current academic interest in spirituality by showing how Brümmer's analysis of prayer helps us to understand the nature of spirituality, of faith and religious belief, and of theology. Spirituality is not aimed at achieving religious 'experiences' or mystical 'knowledge' about God; it is primarily aimed at attaining the religious form of life and at coming to see the world in the light of faith. Religious belief is not merely a cognitive enterprise like science; it cannot be divorced from spirituality and the life of faith, and is therefore fundamentally existential and not merely intellectual. Serving as a valuable core text for students, this book also contributes to a number of current debates in theology and philosophy of religion: the debates on realism and religious belief, on the rationality of faith and the nature of theology, on the relation between religious belief and morality, on the relation between science and religion and the lively debate among evangelical Christians in America on the 'openness of God.'
A Study in Personal Ontology
Author: Eric T. Olson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
From the time of Locke, discussions of personal identity have often ignored the question of our basic metaphysical nature: whether we human people are biological organisms, spatial or temporal parts of organisms, bundles of perceptions, or what have you. The result of this neglect has been centuries of wild proposals and clashing intuitions. What Are We? is the first general study of this important question. It beings by explaining what the question means and how it differs from others, such as questions of personal identity and the mind-body problem. It then examines in some depth the main possible accounts of our metaphysical nature, detailing both their theoretical virtues and the often grave difficulties they face. The book does not endorse any particular account of what we are, but argues that the matter turns on more general issues in the ontology of material things. If composition is universal--if any material things whatever make up something bigger--then we are temporal parts of organisms. If things never compose anything bigger, so that there are only mereological simples, then we too are simples--perhaps the immaterial substances of Descartes--or else we do not exist at all (a view Olson takes very seriously). The intermediate view that some things compose bigger things and others do not leads almost inevitably to the conclusion that we are organisms. So we can discover what we are by working out when composition occurs.
Living the Sermon on the Mount
Author: David Yount
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Although the Sermon on the Mount is admired by Christians and non-Christians alike, it is widely ignored in practice. Jesus' Beatitudes are seen as optional guidelines applicable to saints but too strenuous for ordinary believers who find it hard enough to follow the Ten Commandments. In accessible and entertaining prose, Yount explores the essential messages of the Sermon in an effort to help modern believers answer the popular question " What would Jesus do?" by helping the reader understand what he did do and teach. Questions at the end of each chapter make the book ideal for individual reflection and group study.
Author: Marilynne Robinson
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Category: Literary Collections
New essays on theological, political, and contemporary themes, by the Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson has plumbed the human spirit in her renowned novels, including Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In this new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern political climate and the mysteries of faith. Whether she is investigating how the work of great thinkers about America like Emerson and Tocqueville inform our political consciousness or discussing the way that beauty informs and disciplines daily life, Robinson’s peerless prose and boundless humanity are on full display. What Are We Doing Here? is a call for Americans to continue the tradition of those great thinkers and to remake American political and cultural life as “deeply impressed by obligation [and as] a great theater of heroic generosity, which, despite all, is sometimes palpable still.”
Darwinian Religion Versus the Faith of Our Fathers
Author: Keith Simpson
In this consideration of religious and scientific beliefs, Keith Simpson offers a provocative challenge to Darwinian thinking through conversations with a close friend. An important tool for parenting and college preparation. Having taught on all levels of academia, I am convinced that it takes great wisdom to take complex and sophisticated issues and present them in a way that the non-expert can comprehend and evaluate. Simpson has done a masterful job of synthesizing, exposing, and presentingin an understandable and engaging way for our evaluationthe embedded philosophies of Darwinism that intertwine our cultural thinking. David P. Ferreira, Ph.D. Keith Simpson provides an enjoyable and highly personal account of how respectful and well-informed interactions with atheists can change hearts and minds for the better. Casey Luskin, Discovery Institute
New Testament Images
Author: Daniel J. Harrington
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., writes this book not so much for biblical specialists as for the general public. The author's popular and prayerful approach considers forty-five images of hope -- from star, water, and rock through childbirth, body, and house to scroll, woman, and beast.
Author: Kwame Agyekum
This is an engaging and absorbing story of faith and perseverance, showing how the Ghanaian writer was led by providence through his convoluted and troublesome journey that took him through various West African countries and the Middle East to his present home in Belgium. A keen observer of human suffering and vanity, he frequently asks the question: "What are we after on this earth?" What, indeed, is the whole point of existence, and what does all our striving after materialism, wealth and security amount to? The frequent biblical quotations show how the hand of God was always upon the author, protecting him from the wiles of Satan.
A Commentary on Revelation
Author: Robert H. Mounce
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
While most popular commentaries on Revelation get bogged down in such matters as precise dating and detailed speculation about the meaning of every image, this book stresses the overarching themes of the Apocalypse, turning to the broad sweep of history as God moves people and nations toward history's predetermined end.
An Assessment of the "Communist Threat" in Central America : a NARMIC-American Friends Service Committee Study
Author: John Lamperti
Publisher: South End Press
Category: Political Science
This study lays bare the myth of "Moscow-inspired" Central American revolutions and calls into question the red-baiting rhetoric behind US military control of the region.
Author: Kim Cottrell
What would a young girl do if her hair had a mind of it's own? Find out when Izaboo can't control her fiery red hair. It just keeps growing and growing and GROWING! When things start to go missing and Izaboo is in jeopardy of being consumed by her ever-growing locks, will there be anything that can save her?
Author: John Osmond,Nick Morris
Publisher: Institute of Welsh Affairs
Comisiynwyd yr astudiaeth hon gan BBC Cymru Wales, gyda chyfres o raglenni yn ystod Mawrth 2009. Mae'n edrych ar brofiadau plant Cymru mewn tair cenhedlaeth wahanol. -- Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru
New Poems About War
Author: Brian Moses,Roger Stevens
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
What Are We Fighting For? explores the concept of war in a brilliantly accessible way for younger readers. Fascinating and moving in equal measure, there are poems about incredibly brave dogs, cats and pigeons; the Christmas truce of WWI when soldiers played football in No Man's Land; poems about rationing and what it was like to be an evacuee, poems about modern warfare and the reality of war today; plus lots of amazing true historical facts. This cross-curricular poetry book is a brilliant way to get young readers thinking about both the historical and philosophical aspects of war.
Realist Challenges to Metaphysical Neutralism
Author: Robert A. Delfino
This book provides a series of challenges to Jorge J. E. Gracia's views on metaphysics and categories made by realist philosophers in the Aristotelian and Thomistic traditions. Inclusion of Gracia's responses to his critics makes this book a useful companion to Gracia's Metaphysics and its Task: The Search for the Categorial Foundation of Knowledge.
Author: Ned Bibb
Everyone agrees that the best way to murder Aunt Flossie is to put rat poison in her butterbeans, but there is one little problem. She never leaves the butterbeans long enough for someone to poison them without her seeing. You will love to hate Aunt Flossie, the foulmouthed octogenarian whose sole purpose in life, it seems, is to make everyone around her miserable, especially the wicked Mr. Lawrence, a millionaire whose hobbies include smuggling arms to Fidel Castro's Cuban revolutionaries in 1957. In this hilarious comedy/mystery, Aunt Flossie just "takes a notion" to pay an uninvited and unwelcome visit to her nephew Virgil, who lives with Mr. Lawrence at his seaside mansion in Miami, Florida. Aunt Flossie's obnoxious ways-getting drunk, farting, spitting on the carpet, and cursing, just to name a few-finally drive Mr. Lawrence to bribe her with a brand new Cadillac just to make her go away. But is a new car enough to silence Aunt Flossie forever?