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Language, Being, God, and the Three Stages of Theistic Evidence

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I begin with a plea of "not guilty" to Professor Nielsen's charge that my belief in God is an irrational belief. I do live in the 20th Century, I have been given a passably good philosophical and scientific education,...

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Liberation Through Sensuality:  Cinematic Moral Vision in an Age of Feeling

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The aim of this paper is to cast light upon the moral vision—the vision of what is good and what is obligatory—that governs many if not most of the motion pictures produced in the United States...

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Live Life to the Full

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"Beware that you are not carried away with the error of the lawless and lose your own stability. Instead, grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." (II Peter 3:17-18) Is there a path of...

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Living in the Vision of God

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Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor."                  ...

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Looking Like JesusDivine resources for a changed life are always available.

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Some time ago I came to realize that I did not love the people next door. They were, by any standards, dangerous and unpleasant people—ex-bikers who made their living selling drugs. They had never tried to harm my...

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Marriage and Divorce

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I. Christly Basis For Marriage The basis for getting married, which conforms with the way of Christ, is regard for the well-being of oneself and others and especially a regard for the advancement of the kingdom of God in this...

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Materialism & Personality OR: What Physics Can’t Do

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I need to enter two preliminary clarifications: One is that in speaking of what physics can't do I am by no means intending to criticize physics, which as a field of knowledge contains no claims whatsoever about what it...

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Mereological Essentialism Restricted

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Do wholes have their parts essentially? If y is ever a part of x, is the property of having y as one of its parts then essential to x, so that y will necessarily be a part of x as...

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Moral Rights, Moral Responsibility and the Contemporary Failure of Moral Knowledge

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Human rights are in desperate straits around the world. They are widely proclaimed, but brutally violated on a mind-numbing scale. The basic outlook which I wish to represent in this talk is that moral rights depend, for their effective implementation,...

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Naturalism’s Incapacity to Capture the Good Will

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One area that has been a problem for the Naturalistic outlook has been the ethical. Judgments about who is a good or bad person, what is the right or wrong act and what ought or ought not to be done...

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No Pluralism In Moral Matters

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Pluralism urges us to regard alternative ways of being and acting as equally acceptable. But Does the idea of pluralism make any sense as applied to morality? Or does pluralism become an issue only so far as morality is not...

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Non-Reductive and Non-Eliminative Physicalism?

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John Searle has argued that there is a simple solution to the age-old problem of the relationship between the mind and the body. It has been available to "any educated person" for about a century, ever "since serious work began...

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Observations on Current Leadership Issues in Higher Education

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Several profoundly significant facts characterize Christian and other institutions of higher education at the present time: Administrative leadership is disconnected from what is taught as 'knowledge'.  The situation in higher education today is one where existing institutions, both Christian...

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On the Texture and Substance of the Human Soul

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Colin McGinn comments that "the idea of a peculiarly mental substance is, when you think about it, extremely weird: it is quite unclear that there is any intelligible conception associated with the words `immaterial substance'. This is shown in the...

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Personal Soul Care

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Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. Prov. 4:23, NASB The call of God to minister the gospel is a high honor and a noble challenge. It carries with it unique opportunities as...

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Phenomenological Tendencies in British Moral Theory

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There is an inherent phenomenological tendency in British moral theory, especially from JOHN LOCKE <1632-1704> onward. The purpose of his Essay<1690> was, he said, to consider the discerning faculties of a man, as they are employed...

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Phenomenology and Metaphysics

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I Under the heading of "Husserl's Ontology" I have chosen to discuss the troubled relationship between phenomenology and metaphysics. Like oil and water, they are not supposed to mix except as subjects of thought and discourse. Doing phenomenology is...

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Predication as Originary Violence:  A Phenomenological Critique of Derrida’s View of Intentionality

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What happens to intentionality in the thought of Jacques Derrida? When he is finished--when the terminological chain of differance has been finely interwoven with and marked off from that of "presence"--what has been made of that common state of...

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Preface: Life Without Lack

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God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. —2 Corinthians 9 :8   The world is a perfectly good and safe place to...

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Preface: The Allure of Gentleness

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“What are the hard questions that smother faith?”—Dallas Willard   The question above comes from a conversation I had with my father, Dallas Willard, about this book. Answering hard questions is what he wanted the book...

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Preface: The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge

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Human life has an inescapable moral dimension. That is, it essentially involves choices with reference to what is good and evil, right and wrong, duty and failure to do what ought to be done. Any human community, whatever its scope,...

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Preface: Until Christ is Formed in You

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“My little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!” (Gal. 4:19)   It is clear from Paul’s letters that he was indeed passionately concerned for the spiritual...

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Realism Sustained? Interpreting Husserl’s Progression Into Idealism

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It is generally believed among those familiar with Husserl’s philosophy that in his earlier career he adopted a realist theory of knowledge, represented by his Logical Investigations, and that he later modified that realist theory in such a...

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Realist Analysis of the Relationship Between Logic and Experience (A)

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By "logic" I shall understand the intellectual and practical contents of academic courses under the heading of "Logic," and that would take in the contents of the textbooks used and lectures given in such courses. So we wish here to...

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Redemption of Reason (The)

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I’m speaking this morning on "The Redemption of Reason" because I think that is the most salient thing I can talk about from the point of view of my work as a philosopher. The task assigned to me...

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