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.
Author: Preston Jones
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.
Evolution of Faith: How God is creating a better Christianity. NY: HarperOne ...
Opening the Book of Faith: Lutheran insights for Bible study. Minneapolis:
Augsburg Fortress, 2008. Jones, Preston, ed. Is Belief in God Good, Bad or
Author: Susan Stover
Publisher: Susan Stover
Are you disillusioned by some aspects of Christianity, like having to believe the right things to “get saved”? Like the idea that an all-loving God would sentence anyone to hell? Like understanding an often contradictory Bible? Then meet CLEAR FAITH. Clear away those stumbling blocks to uncover a faith of your own that makes sense. Meet the Jesus we can truly call “brother.” By seeing with new eyes, through a clear lens, we can experience and live with a simple, straightforward faith that is globally inclusive, open, and compatible with a progressive, scientific worldview. Susan Stover writes as a seminary-educated, mainline-Christian lay person who has been tripping over stumbling blocks long enough to compel her to seek new perspectives in faith. The CLEAR FAITH perspective is like a brand new pair of glasses bringing the foggy into sharp focus.
Henry, Carl F. H. God, Revelation andAuthority. Vol. IV. Waco, TX: Word Books,
1979. Hitchens, Christopher. God is not Great. New York: Twelve, 2007. Jones,
Preston, ed. Is Believing in God Good, Bad or Irrelevant. Downers Grove, IL: IUP
Author: Eugene C. Rollins
As a pastor I have a dual role: that of a prophet and a priest. The prophet confronts the people, and the priest comforts the people. I am to comfort the troubled and trouble the comfortable. In relationship to the Bible, the dual struggle is clear. As the priest, I take the Bible seriously because it changes lives (first sermon). I have never heard anyone give testimony that reading Plato's The Republic, Virgil's Aeneid, Homer's Odyssey, Cicero's Moral Ethics, or John Stewart Mill's Liberty changed their lives. But thousands of people have given testimony of how reading the Bible has changed their lives forever. As the prophet, I propose to you that no book has been more abused than the Bible or more misunderstood. The Bible has been a playground for lunatics, profit for the charlatans, a profession for the clergy, a problem for theologians, a puzzle for the general public, and placid for the masses. I believe if a person will read the Bible interpretatively and intelligently it will be read seriously, respectfully and reverently thereby becoming the living word of God. Gene Rollins, Author
Greg Graffin, from the punk-rock band Bad Religion, in his book Is Belief in God
Good, Bad or Irrelevant? touts naturalism as better than accepted religion.
Naturalism could just as well be the fundamentals, assuming they were deemed
Author: Mike Hicks
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Do you question if we were created? This isnt the supernatural in Genesis. This is a logical explanation of how we were createdimplications of the design. I question evolution of the parts of complex systems of the body dependent on other systems. I question every cell in the body being able to interpret a three-billion-digit number in a DNA. I get into the logistics of a mechanical impartial judgment and the logistics of a functional heaven and hell. I also go into the per capita exploitation of resources in this finite existence as well as the problems with the modern relationship and sexuality. All these in less than twenty-three thousand words. In the movie A Beautiful Mind, John Nash seeks a governing dynamic his whole career. I found one. It is in this book.
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.
Author: Preston Jones
Publisher: University of Alaska Press
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.
Crosisborg was disqualified from categorizing 'Christians' as 'good' or 'bad'
because his lack of belief in God limited his understanding of the Bible and made
his implicit attempt to appeal to Christians irrelevant. If the Bible was the main ...
Author: Stephen Pihlaja
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
This book focuses on the ways in which metaphor contributes to the development of Internet arguments, known as 'drama', particularly on YouTube. Although a growing body of research into YouTube interaction has developed descriptions of user experience on the site, empirical studies of the YouTube video page and discourse analysis of user interaction are rare. This research specifically focuses on user interaction around issues of Christian theology and atheism on the site, analysing how 'drama' emerges. Since YouTube drama occurs publicly, Antagonism on YouTube focuses on video pages rather than user reports of their actions and responses. It investigates how and why YouTube drama develops through a systematic description and analysis of user discourse activity. Through close analysis of video pages, this study contributes to a greater academic understanding of Internet antagonism and YouTube interaction by revealing the factors which contribute to the development of drama over time.
Nickolas Bay. God. But every soul is living out experiences dictated by universal
laws at play. There is no good or bad, however humans set up criterion for ethics
and morality. For example: ...
Author: Nickolas Bay
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
The text begins with the explaining our molecular structure and how we are created with the same type of atoms but remain absolutely different one from the other. The author traces molecules from mother and father to the final birth of the baby with a new molecular structure. Searching for the truth reveals why people cannot agree on what the truth is. Word power is discussed to explain how various religions define themselves. Brain, mind, soul and Spirit are explored to illustrate our connection to the Creator The main theme is, We are all descendants of the same God.
discussions about God's attributes — whatever those discussions may be — are
irrelevant. ... How can a good God allow bad things to happen? I think that this
worry is fairly decisive in showing the inadequacy of belief in any sort of god.
Author: Malcolm Murray
Publisher: Broadview Press
The Athiest’s Primer is a concise but wide-ranging introduction to a variety of arguments, concepts, and issues pertaining to belief in God. In lucid and engaging prose, Malcom Murray offers a penetrating yet fair-minded critique of the traditional arguments for the existence of God. He then explores a number of other important issues relevant to religious belief, such as the problem of suffering and the relationship between religion and morality, in each case arguing that atheism is preferable to theism. The book will appeal to both students and professionals in the philosophy of religion, as well as general audiences interested in the topic.
denomination say that if you deny that God made the world in a literal six days,
you are denying the rest of the Bible as well, because ... But both wives have
suffered great pain in their young lives, and the clean and neat categories of faith
they were handed in ... one who's always right (which means everybody else is
wrong)—is increasingly perceived to be small, narrow, irrelevant, mean, ... I was
recently invited to participate in a debate at which the topic was “Is religion good
Author: Rob Bell
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Rob Bell’s bestselling book Love Wins struck a powerful chord with a new generation of Christians who are asking the questions church leaders have been afraid to touch. His new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, continues down this path, helping us with the ultimate big-picture issue: how do we know God?
over the universe, how God plans to redress the injustices of this world of ours,
whether God has created life on other planets, how the universe was ... Every day
we live by some faith, good or bad, strong or weak, growing or stagnant or
deteriorating. ... Would I be ashamed to bring them there, knowing the experience
there would be for them incomprehensible, unwelcoming, offensive, or irrelevant
Author: Brian D. McLaren
Does having faith mean abandoning reason? It’s easy to get that impression. Still, it seems reasonable that a supremely intelligent God would want you to use your God-given intellect on your spiritual journey as much as in any other aspect of your life. Faith may not stand on rational thinking alone, but a solid faith should walk hand in hand with intellectual integrity.Does it really matter what I believe? What is the relationship between faith and knowledge? Why are there so many religions? Do all paths lead to the same God? This book helps you sort through the questions, objections, and concerns you can’t help but raise. A Search for What Makes Sense will help you think your way clearly and honestly to answers that satisfy because they’re your answers—conclusions you’ve arrived at personally without manipulation, coercion, or game-playing.For faith to exist and grow it’s got to make sense—good sense, carefully-thought-out sense. And chances are it does.FINDING FAITHThe Finding Faith books A Search for What Makes Sense and A Search for What Is Real don’t try to tell you what to believe; they are guides in learning how to believe. If you think the spiritual journey requires turning your back on honesty and intellectual integrity, these two companion volumes will speak to both your mind and your soul.
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 ) ...
Author: Robert K. Garcia
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated
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.
We are not now focusing on whether elaine's belief is well grounded, rational, or
right. as we will see in the next chapter, ... help limit or alleviate the bad effects of
the storm, but in regard to the storm itself they are symbolic actions.24 We might
say that ... The demons, according to this text, are against God in much the same
way as elaine is against the hurricane. ... is evil the thought: this ought not to have
happened; it ought not to be. distracts his teammates with irrelevant conversation.
Author: Philip D. Smith
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
What is faith? In what ways might faith be a virtue, a component of a life well lived? How might faith be corrupted and become a vice? In Why Faith Is a Virtue, Philip D. Smith builds on the work of Alasdair MacIntyre and Robert Adams to argue that faith contributes to human excellence. To make the argument, Smith sorts through conflicting possible faiths and shows how some of them are not virtues at all. Nevertheless, he argues that faith, properly understood, contributes to crucial human practices: scientific research, social reform, and parenting. He explains how and why faith is a virtue.
NATURE'S. GOD. Darwinian natural right does not require any religious beliefs.
All of my reasoning in this book rests on assertions ... from the tradition that he
would champion by relegating the transcendent to the category of the irrelevant" (
Neuhaus 1993, 56). ... If we cannot appeal to some divine standard of goodness,
they insist, then we have no reason to prefer good sentiments over bad
Author: Larry Arnhart
Publisher: SUNY Press
This book shows how Darwinian biology supports an Aristotelian view of ethics as rooted in human nature. Defending a conception of "Darwinian natural right" based on the claim that the good is the desirable, the author argues that there are at least twenty natural desires that are universal to all human societies because they are based in human biology. The satisfaction of these natural desires constitutes a universal standard for judging social practice as either fulfilling or frustrating human nature, although prudence is required in judging what is best for particular circumstances. The author studies the familial bonding of parents and children and the conjugal bonding of men and women as illustrating social behavior that conforms to Darwinian natural right. He also studies slavery and psychopathy as illustrating social behavior that contradicts Darwinian natural right. He argues as well that the natural moral sense does not require religious belief, although such belief can sometimes reinforce the dictates of nature.
Such programs are not inherently bad or irrelevant, but the strategy of delivering
our children to a church so that it can address children's moral and spiritual ...
beliefs and values) with the reactive (applauding good behavior and
reprimanding inappropriate behavior). ... worldview, which is a means of
interpreting and responding to reality that is consistent with God's ways as
described for us in the Bible.
Author: George Barna
Publisher: Gospel Light Publications
No one can deny that our culture is opposed to Christian values, and the influences bombarding our children’s moral development can be deadly. But few parents and church leaders realize how critical it is to start developing a child’s biblical worldview from the very earliest years of life. The problem is complex: parents who themselves did not receive early spiritual training leave their children’s training to the church. Yet the church often focuses on older children—not realizing that a child’s moral development is set by the age of nine. The answer is for churches to recognize the need to come alongside parents to provide them biblical worldview training, parenting information, counseling, etc., that will equip them to help their children become the spiritually matuare Church of tomorrow. Profiles presented of churches who are effectively ministering to children and winning the war our enemy is waging against them\. Research orientated books on childhood spiritual development. Raising Heaven Bound Kids in a Hell Bent World by Eastman Curtis / What Your Kids Need to Know About God and When by John Trent / Introducing the Spiritual Side of Parenting by Ron Clarkson / Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson.
Only God could take the thousands of details of a person's life (some good and
some bad) and weave them into the beautiful tapestry of His ... Providence affirms
that no detail is irrelevant or insignificant. God ... Hence, to “give thanks in
everything” is to affirm our resolute belief that God is overseeing every detail of
Author: Mark Howell
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Thessalonians is one volume in Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series. This series affirms that the Bible is a Christ-centered book, containing a unified story of redemptive history of which Jesus is the hero. It’s presented as sermons, divided into chapters that conclude with a “Reflect & Discuss” section, making this series ideal for small group study, personal devotion, and even sermon preparation. It’s not academic but rather presents an easy-reading, practical and friendly commentary. The series is projected to be 48 volumes.
God's. Solution. to. Every. Situation. A certain worker in a factory refused to sign
up for a group insurance plan. ... (thus being good) or to hurt persons (thus being
bad).2 The problem, however, is to determine what is good or bad for man. ...
This does not imply that the consequences are totally irrelevant in moral issues.
Author: Gordon Kainer
Truthfulness. Morality. Ethics. Christians face fundamental questions regarding deep issues and everyday problems: Are there situations in life where obedience to God's law is not the most practical solution? Is lying always wrong? Situation ethics attempts to answer questions like these by affirming that doing the loving thing is a higher priority than obedience to God's law. The author endeavors to show how disregard for divine law, though seemingly attractive, reasonable, and practical, is untenable. The book reveals how a situationalist follows a misguided ego rather than an objective standard. Whether we manipulate others to suit our own purposes, lie to avoid embarrassment, or commit a minor indiscretion, it's just a quick fix, something that only lasts for a season. Discover how the eye of faith adheres to God's directives, unblinded by sin's attractive glow; it contemplates a lifetime, it considers eternity.