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Absurdity of ‘Thinking in Language’ (The)

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Among the principal assumptions of major portions of philosophy in recent decades have been: (1) That philosophy somehow consists of (some sort of) logic, and (2) that logic is a study of and theory about (some sort of) language. There, of course,...

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Against Nominalism

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But Nominalism by no means has as easy a time of it as the foregoing might suggest. First, that we sometimes intuit identities where they do not exist no more implies that such identities do not exist at all than...

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Apologetics in Action

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IMPORTANT NOTE FROM DR. WILLARD ABOUT THIS ARTICLE: I've been told that in this article I seem to say that a Buddhist who is a good person can "be saved" without accepting Jesus. This appears to be a fairly...

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Apologetics in the Manner of Jesus

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When we do the work of apologetics we do it as disciples of Jesus, and therefore in the manner in which he would do it. This means, first of all, that we do it to help people, and especially those...

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Apprentices (The)

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What is spiritual formation? And how does a church do it? A professor and pastor discuss the new language of making disciples. Above the entrance to the philosophy department at the University of Southern California, where Dallas Willard has taught...

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Asceticism: An Essential but Neglected Element in the Christian Theory of the Moral Life

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"It is well said, then, that it is by doing just acts that the just man is produced, and by doing temperate acts the temperate man; without doing these no one would have even a prospect of becoming good."  ...

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Attaining Objectivity: Phenomenological Reduction and the Private Language Argument

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Twentieth Century philosophical thought has expressed itself for the most part through two great Movements: the phenomenological and the analytical. Each movement originated in reaction against idealistic—or at least anti-realistic—views of "the world". And each has...

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Becoming The Kinds of Leaders Who Can Do The Job

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We said, "Take the gloves off, Dallas. Tell us what we really need to hear." We had read all of Dallas’ books and been deeply impacted by them—not least by his latest, The Divine Conspiracy. But Brian...

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Beyond Pornography: Spiritual Formation Studied in a Particular Case

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Introduction I have decided to discuss the use of pornography [(porne = prostitute) + (graphy = drawing)] because (1) it presents us with a peculiarly vivid case of spiritual formation and possible spiritual transformation, and (2) it is such a widespread problem for people today,...

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Blind Science vs. Blind Faith: Some Thoughts on Breaking the Deadlock

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Students in our colleges and universities live constantly in a tension between two authority systems: one more or less vaguely associated with science and the other with religion. Both systems are “blind” in the sense that the edicts...

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Call to Think for God, The

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When I was approached last December about the possibility of bringing this commencement address, it was because of the thought, or hope, that I might be able to cast light on the problem of how to balance the intellectual life...

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Can Wisdom Be Taught?

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"In the schools of antiquity philosophers aspired to impart wisdom. In modern colleges our humbler aim is to teach subjects." - A. N. Whitehead "The whole value of history, of biography, is to increase my self trust, by demonstrating what...

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Case Against Quine’s Case for Psychologism (The)

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"Whoever remains caught up within the sphere of general reflections may allow himself to be deceived by the psychologistic arguments. A mere glance at any one logical Law, at its true meaning and at the insightfulness with which it is...

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Christ-Centered Piety

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"Piety" refers to the inward and outward states and acts that constitute a life of devotion--chiefly to God, but commonly extended to parents, as when we speak of "filial piety," and by further extension to any relationship appropriately similar to...

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Christian Mysticism? (A)

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Is there a distinctive form of life that constitutes Christian Mysticism? Or is there just mysticism, which can be dressed in one or another cultural form, none of which makes any real difference to the substance of the life of...

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Comments on Papers by Nelson, Slife, Reber, and Richardson

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[Abstract: I have only tried to deepen our understanding of the issues surrounding the secular assumptions of much current psychology by doing four things: One, pointing out how the drive toward secularism or naturalism in psychological method is supported upon...

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Comments on Smith and Talmy

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In a certain traditional and obvious sense, the human being is a substance, with observable properties and deeper-lying characteristics (properties and dispositions). That is, it has properties but is not a property, endures through time and space, and stands in...

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Concerning Phenomenology, trans. of Adolf Reinach’s Ueber Phaenomenologie

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Gentlemen. I have not set myself the task of telling you what Phenomenology is. Rather, I would like to try to think with you in the phenomenological manner. To talk about phenomenology is the most useless thing in the world...

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Conversation with Dallas Willard About Renovation of the Heart

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Perspective: What makes Renovation of the Heart different from The Divine Conspiracy and your other books on spiritual formation? Dallas: There is a great deal of difference. In none of the other books do I go into the details of...

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Craftiness of Christ (The)

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The Passion of the Christ is a work of art. This means that it utilizes a medium to convey a vision of some serious aspect of the human condition. The medium in the case of a film has several levels:...

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Critical Study of Husserl and Intentionality (A)

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I This remarkable book is one of the most significant studies in Husserl's philosophy to appear in recent decades. It is a major expression of a tendency in Husserl interpretation that has been developing for some time, rooted primarily...

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Crucial Error in Epistemology (A)

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The worth of A. D. Woozley's well-known book, Theory of Knowledge, is seriously compromised by an error which runs through the entire work. The error is of such a fundamental nature, and of such import for epistemology, that his...

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Cup Running Over: Why Preachers Must Find Deep Satisfaction in Christ (A)

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In my early days of ministry, I spent huge amounts of time absorbed in Scripture and great spiritual writers. The Lord made it possible for me to spend whole days—without any issue of preparing for something or taking...

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Degradation of Logical Form

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"Wahrheiten zu entdecken, ist Aufgabe aller Wissenschaften: der Logik kommt es zu, die Gesetze des Wahrseins zu erkennen." G. Frege1 "Dierein-logische Gesetze....aber sind rein theoretische Wahrheiten idealer Art, rein in ihrem Bedeutungsgehalt wurzelnd und nie über ihn hinausgehend....

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Discipleship

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How one thinks of discipleship within evangelicalism depends upon how one draws the line around that movement. If one draws the line, as is now common, to include only the "evangelicalism" that emerged from the conservative-to-fundamentalist churches of North America...

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