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Existential Reasons for Belief in God

By Clifford Williams
  • ISBN Code: : 1725264692
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Pages : 186
  • Category : Religion
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Lived faith involves doctrines, evidences and rational coherence—but it includes much more. Philosopher Clifford Williams puts forth an argument as to why certain needs, desires and emotions have a legitimate place in drawing people into faith in God. Addressing the strongest objections to these types of grounds for faith, he shows how the personal and experiential aspects of belief play an important part in coming to faith and in remaining a believing person.

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According to the media, the church is rapidly shrinking, both in numbers and in effectiveness. But the good news is, much of the bad news is wrong. Sociologist Bradley R. E. Wright uncovers what's really happening in the church: evangelicals are more respected by secular culture now than they were ten years ago; divorce rates of Christians are lower than those who aren't affiliated with a religion; young evangelicals are active in the faith. Wright reveals to readers why and how statistics are distorted, and shows that God is still effectively working through his people today.

Pounding on Bible-Thumpers

By C. Boyd Pfeiffer
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  • Publisher : Algora Publishing
  • Book Code : 1628943173
  • Total of Pages : 196
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 725
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Belief in God

By T. J. Mawson
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 019153479X
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  • Category : Philosophy
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Belief in God answers two questions: what, if anything, is it that Jews, Christians, and Muslims are agreeing about when they join in claiming that there is a God; and what, if any, prospects are there for rationally defending or attacking this claim? In the context of a sustained argument for particular answers to these questions, Tim Mawson tackles many of the most prominent topics in the philosophy of religion. He argues that those who believe that there is a God are best interpreted as believing that there is a being who is essentially personal, transcendent, immanent, omnipotent, omniscient, eternal, perfectly free, perfectly good, and necessary; and non-essentially creator of the world and value; revealer of Himself; and offerer of everlasting life. Having explored the meaning and consistency of this conception of God in the first half of the book, Mawson goes on to consider whether or not belief or the absence of belief in such a God might be the sort of thing that does not rationally require argument and, if not, what the criteria for a good argument for or against such a God's existence might be. Having established some criteria, he uses them to evaluate specific arguments for and against the existence of such a God. He looks at the Argument to Design; the Cosmological Argument; the Ontological Argument; the Argument from Religious Experience; the Argument from Apparent Miracles; the Problem of Evil; and Pascal's Wager. Finally, he explores the relation between faith and reason. In the course of his argument, Mawson makes striking new claims and defends or attacks established positions in new ways. His conversational style, lively wit, and enlightening examples make Belief in God as pleasurable as it is instructive and thought-provoking. It makes an ideal text for beginning undergraduate courses and for anyone thinking about these most important of questions.

House of Faith House of Cards

By Eric N. Davis
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  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Book Code : 1449085237
  • Total of Pages : 388
  • Category : Religion
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"Concise. Vivid. Honest." - Dan Barker, critically acclaimed author of 'Godless' and 'Losing Faith in Faith' "Brutally honest, insightful, and compelling storytelling." - Lyndon Lamborn, author of 'Standing for Something More' When a young couple searched for clues connecting them to a famous ancestor, their journey led them on a path they never expected – converting to Mormonism. House of Faith House of Cards tells the turbulent life story of their son, Eric, including all the typical Mormon experiences, and some extraordinary episodes no Mormon will ever encounter. He participated with family members in his first secret temple ritual – normally reserved for adults – at the age of four, only to be excluded from a similar ceremony, involving his family, thirteen years later. In 1857, a company of 120 immigrants set out from a small Arkansas town, toward California. In a tragic twist of fate, they never reached their destination. While encamped in southern Utah, local Mormons and Paiute Indians launched an ambush, brutally slaughtering the group, in what became known as the Mountain Meadows massacre. 125 years later, Eric would be raised as a Mormon in the same Arkansas community where this wagon train initially departed. There, he learned just how much some people still despised that faith. While training for and serving a church mission in Canada, in the mid-1990s, Eric shared a room and became acquainted with a fellow missionary named Mark Hacking. Less than a decade later, when the disappearance and murder of Hacking’s wife became highly publicized, several international media outlets approached Eric, searching for any juicy detail of the man’s troubled past. These stories are just the tip of the iceberg.

A Faithful Guide to Philosophy

By Peter S. Williams
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1532656742
  • Total of Pages : 466
  • Category : Religion
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A Faithful Guide to Philosophy is the only British Christian introduction to philosophy, a book that will be used as a course textbook and by church study groups and individual readers alike. It covers a broad range of subjects of central importance to the Christian worldview, and will be prized by many.

Happiness In Quantum Leaps

By Aura McClain
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  • Publisher : Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.
  • Book Code : 1098015738
  • Total of Pages : 284
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Happiness in Quantum Leaps is a guide to achieving Love, Joy, Peace, and Happiness through positive alignment of our Body, Mind, and Energy/Spirit together as one: 1) Mind: Attain Mental Peace by Learning to Control Your Mind - Learn how to drastically reduce or remove stress from your mind naturally without drugs - Learn how to make sense out of all the various teachings of religions and science so you can have mental peace in this domain - Learn how to resolved your past and present hurts and at the same time, - Remove your anxiety about your future, so you can achieve mental peace - Learn how to be in the present moment - Learn how to control and reduce the number of thoughts you generate in your mind so you can stop the madness in your head - Learn where to find perfect love, peace, joy and happiness no matter what the world of chaos throws at you 2) Energy/Spirit: Reconnecting to God's Spiritual Energy Source & Learning how to use it - Learn where your source of power comes from - Learn what you are made of inside at the energy level - Learn how to work with and use the energy inside of you more effectively to help achieve your goals faster - Learn what God is - Learn how and why it's important to have a relationship with God - Learn who you are in relation to God 3) Body: Physical Healing related to mental stress - Learn how to increase your success rate in creating love, peace, and happiness in your life - Learn how to help heal your body faster from physical ailments caused by mental stress - Learn how to improve your relationship

Religion Italian Style

By Franco Garelli
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 131706741X
  • Total of Pages : 244
  • Category : Religion
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Italy’s traditional subcultures - Communist, Socialist, Liberal, Republican, Right-wing - have largely dissolved and yet Catholics have retained their vitality and solidity. How can the vast majority of Italians continue to maintain some connection with Catholicism? How much is the Italian situation influenced by the closeness of the Vatican? Examining the religious condition of contemporary Italy, Religion Italian Style argues that the relationship between religion and society in Italy has unique characteristics when compared with what is happening in other European Catholic Countries. Exploring key topics and religious trends which question how the population feel - from the laity and the role of religions in the public sphere, to moral debates, forms of religious pluralism, and new spiritualities - this book questions how these affect religious life, and how intricately religion is interwoven with the nation’s fabric and the dynamics of the whole society.