Is Belief in God Good Bad Or Irrelevant

Is this universe all there is? And what does it all matter? In this engaging book, Preston and Greg's actual e - mail correspondence is reproduced, along with bonus materials that provide additional background and context.

Is Belief in God Good  Bad Or Irrelevant

Author: Preston Jones

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant

ISBN: 9781459636095

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Greg Graffin is frontman, singer and songwriter for the punk band Bad Religion. He also happens to have a Ph.D. in zoology and wrote his dissertation on evolution, atheism and naturalism. Preston Jones is a history professor at a Christian college and a fan of Bad Religion's music. One day, on a whim, Preston sent Greg an appreciative e - mail. That was the start of an extraordinary correspondence. For several months, Preston and Greg sent e - mails back and forth on big topics like God, religion, knowledge, evil, evolution, biology, destiny and the nature of reality. Preston believes in God; Greg sees insufficient evidence for God's existence. Over the course of their friendly debate, they tackle such cosmic questions as: Is religion rational or irrational? Does morality require belief in God? Do people only believe in God because they are genetically predisposed toward religion? How do you make sense of suffering in the world? Is this universe all there is? And what does it all matter? In this engaging book, Preston and Greg's actual e - mail correspondence is reproduced, along with bonus materials that provide additional background and context. Each makes his case for why he thinks his worldview is more compelling and explanatory. While they find some places to agree, neither one convinces the other. They can't both be right. So which worldview is more plausible? You decide.

City for Empire

City for Empire tells the story of Anchorage's development in that period, focusing in particular on the international context of the city's early decades and its surprisingly diverse inhabitants.

City for Empire

Author: Preston Jones

Publisher: University of Alaska Press

ISBN: 1602230854

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First settled in 1915, Anchorage, Alaska, was founded with the American empire in mind. During World War I, it served as a conduit through which coal could be shipped to the Pacific, where the US Navy was engaged with Japan. Decades later, during World War II, Anchorage became an equally important site for the defense of the mainland and the projection of American power. City for Empire tells the story of Anchorage's development in that period, focusing in particular on the international context of the city's early decades and its surprisingly diverse inhabitants. A thorough yet accessible read, City for Empire captures the history of this remarkable city.

Is Goodness Without God Good Enough

A Debate on Faith, Secularism, and Ethics Robert K. Garcia, Nathan L. King ...
Her skepticism concerning the metaphysical possibility of an Anselmian deity is
irrelevant to my claim that if such a ... the bare claim that there is some all - good ,
allpowerful , all - knowing god does not tell us which things are good or bad ” (
102 ) ...

Is Goodness Without God Good Enough

Author: Robert K. Garcia

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9780742551718

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Is Goodness Without God Good Enough contains a lively debate between William Lane Craig and Paul Kurtz on the relationship between God and ethics, followed by seven new essays that both comment on the debate and advance the broader discussion of this important issue. Written in an accessible style by eminent scholars, this book will appeal to students and academics alike.

The Downside Review

... Western writers like the author of The Cloud , this pressing beyond applies to
all thoughts , even about God , Jesus , truths of faith , etc. However , the turning
from good thoughts will be different from the turning from bad or irrelevant
thoughts ...

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New Perspectives

... are viewed , difficulties of child - rearing are an unwelcome burden , how much
not as a blessing of God , or even as a simple fact of nature . ... children are about
the last thing in the world more than protestations of love and who do not believe
that life these parents need . ... commodity . worry about : their careers , for one
thing , or their own health , or AFFIRMATIVE ACTION : Good , Bad , or Irrelevant ?

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Mission and Ministry

God was in this physical , material world , and by sharing such a life proved its
value . Only in this context can we make any sense of christianity ; of a religion
which does not find its source in a belief that material things are bad , irrelevant
or to ...

Mission and Ministry

Author: Adrian Hastings

Publisher: Burns & Oates

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Faith and Thought

If what was good or bad as well as what ought to be done were fixed by God's will
, then there could be no reason ... of God then the significance of religious
concern becomes irrelevant and there will be no way of identifying the 32 Faith
and ...

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New Scientist

Good people do good things, and bad people do bad things. ... It just makes it
possible to not believe in God. ... Thus, science may never make it impossible to
believe in God, even if we ultimately develop a scientific understanding of all
phenomena right back ... use it to validate their belief in God, or as evidence that
God is irrelevant, is doing so from their own religious convictions, and not from
science.

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The Spectator

Again , repentance as almost irrelevant , and as most ineffectual exactly we have
no occasion to meet Mr. Cotter Morison's perfectly true ... By morality , ” he says ,
preached about Hell in a way to malign God , and , as we believe , “ is meant
right conduct here on earth ... in this life there is something in man which can
occasionally pass far beyond the limits for a bad heart , and no substitute for a
good one .

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God s Good News

Aldous Huxley has analyzed this as clearly as any man when he writes : To
Urbain Grandier , for example , the Good Fairy had ... When an orator , by the
mere magic of words and a golden voice , persuades his audience of the
rightness of a bad ... dismay whenever we find the same irrelevant tricks being
used to persuade people of the rightness of a good cause . The belief
engendered may be desirable , but the grounds for it are intrinsically wrong , and
those who use the devices of ...

God s Good News

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The Screwloose Lectures

We encourage pride in correct belief , which results in doctrinal divisions in God '
s family . 3 . Strategies we demons ... Until motives are translated into action ,
they are quite irrelevant as " good " or " bad " aspects of a human ' s personality .
8 .

The Screwloose Lectures

Author: Larry Richards

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The National Jewish Monthly

Will you still reason of our temperament , intent ture of the badness of the good
people , say that the issue of one or more than and serious as we are , any belief
of worse than the wickedness of the bad one god is irrelevant to human conours
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Why Be Good

If this is true , then Thrasymachus ' question seems to be irrelevant . We cannot
really choose what we do or whether we are good or bad . Others believe that we
do have the freedom or power to accept or reject God's gift of grace . If an eternity
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Why Be Good

Author: Duncan Richter

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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"Why Be Good is an introduction to ethics whose guiding theme is the question posed by Thasymachus in Plato's iRepublic. Historically organized, the text presents a series of responses to the title question from Plato, Aristotle, thinkers in Christianity, Aquinas, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Mill, Nietzsche, and several twentieth century philosophers. Duncan Richter explains each philosophers thoughts on ethics, virtue, and character and discusses ensuing objections to each philosophers arguments. Along the way, students are encouraged to think about their own lives, what it meant to be good, and why or, rather, if they shoudl be good. Key terms appear for the first time in boldface, questions end each chapter, and suggestions for further reading are provided throughout."--Publisher's description.

The Universalist Leader

If we can't we might as well forget it . ... It wouldn't be a bad or useless book either
, if it were well done . ... to weaken my faith that there is a God who can stay with
those who stay and yet go with those who go , and be everywhere for good .

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The Study of Dying

Yet submission to God's will and fortitude were in many cases ruptured by
searing pain and loss of consciousness . ... groups for whom Christianity was
irrelevant or whose religious beliefs are unknown because , within an orthodox
good / bad ...

The Study of Dying

Author: Allan Kellehear

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A multidisciplinary introduction to the topic of dying, providing insights from medicine, social sciences and humanities.

Living with Questions

Investigations Into the Theory and Practice of Belief in God David E. Jenkins ...
That they have become unthinkable to many people and fossilized into
irrelevance for most cannot be denied , or they would ... the Gospel being any
sort of news , good , bad or indifferent , and of losing our grasp on the very
existence of God .

Living with Questions

Author: David E. Jenkins

Publisher: SCM Press

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Canadian Journal of Philosophy

one lives is not irrelevant to one's relation to God , including one's belief in God . I
am now suggesting ... Wisdom writes : “ One thing not sufficiently realized is that
some of the things shut within us are not bad but good ” ( G. , p . 166 ) . It is true ...

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Philosophy of Religion

The arguments are useless , he claimed , for the believer doesn't need them and
the unbeliever won't heed them . ... What's more , continues Kierkegaard , rational
endeavor with regard to the existence of God is a bad thing , for it ... For even if
we know that God always wills what is morally good , simply knowing that God
exists doesn't help us know what is ... That is , it would have to substantiate the
theist's belief in God , showing it to be credible , and it would be an endeavor to
prove ...

Philosophy of Religion

Author: Louis P. Pojman

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A topical anthology that introduces students to religious thought. The text contains fifty-six articles that illustrate, support, or argue against major issues in the philosophy of religion. A general introduction at the beginning of each of the major parts and short introductions to each of the readings are included. This book should be of interest to students in departments of philosophy and religion.

Holding Fast to God

Faith is a life of trusting belief in God ' s promises ; commitment to him as an
object of love , particularly through the ... Thus heaven and hell are not external
rewards and punishments for good or bad conduct . ... You could say that they
were just irrelevant to the question of moral conduct , but that would not be quite
right .

Holding Fast to God

Author: Keith Ward

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