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Dirty Hands : Christian Ethics in a Morally Ambiguous World
coverAmerican Indian Prophecies : Conversations With Chasing Deer by Kurt Kaltreider.

Dr. Kaltreider has captured the essence of the dilemma facing the modern technological society of the West and increasingly of developing countries: the rape and disregard for the earth and for the interconnectedness of all life on the planet. The juxtaposition of the life led by Native Americans before the European conquest with the immense problems we face in our societies, our industries, our building ecological disaster is the fabric of many Native American prophecies which foretell a time of decision or a descent into complete destruction of humankind and much of the rest of the planet. The conversations with Chasing Deer do reveal a clear way to avoid the dire predictions as revealed in many Native American tribal legends, but that way requires us to acknowledge that we are in desperate straits and to embrace change in the direction of the life led by the first Americans, characterized by respect for all our relations on the planet, both animate and inanimate. For there is hope if, as Chasing Deer says, if we take as our motto "Mitakue Oyasin"--we are all related....  

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The Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning

The Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning serves as a local, national, and international house of studies fostering reflection and scholarship that connect faith and learning in educationally significant ways. This effort involves retrieving and revitalizing traditional Christian intellectual resources and, at times, reconceiving the relation of these resources to contemporary scholarship. Reconnecting faith and learning in higher education also may involve developing new models for integrating intellectual pursuits with religious insights and practices.  Consequently, the Institute promotes research, conversation and publication which address the nature of religious faith and higher learning. The Institute also encourages interested faculty at Baylor University and beyond to reconnect religious faith to contemporary academic research and intends to provide a community for scholars interested in such projects. 

 

Evangelical Philosophical Society

The Evangelical Philosophical Society is an organization of professional scholars and laymen devoted to pursuing philosophical excellence for Christ in both the church and the academy. As a part of this pursuit, we seek to offer scholarly, evangelical perspectives on issues relating to the philosophy of religion, philosophical theology, ethics, and issues of general philosophy.

Doctrinally we are aligned most closely with historic Christianity (as expressed in a creed like the Apostle's Creed) and with what has come to be known as modern evangelicalism. We hold strongly to Christian essentials such as salvation by faith in Christ. However we actively are engaged in dialogue with all those who make philosophical, scholarly attempts at understanding God and our world. 

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Proceedings of the Friesian School:  Philosophy of Religion

The essays at this site range from the fully annotated and technical to more informal and discursive discussions, often written for undergraduate classes. Many items therefore should be intelligible to those not familiar with all the arcana of academic philosophy. Such a range of submissions is acceptable and desired, since the trend, by which academic philosophy has obscured and esotericized itself, and mostly dropped out of popular and literate culture, should be resisted.

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bulletMysticism and the Idea of Freedom: A Libertarian View, by Neal Donner, Ph.D. [91.1K]

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bulletThe Kant-Friesian Theory of Religion and Religious Value [25.6K]
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The Internet's largest collection of Bahá'i texts. 

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Pure Reason

All prophets reach the state of mind, transcending time and regionalism, where they get enlightened of the reality that is in the Universe. The prophets called it the Truth, and the Taoist sages called it the 'Tao'. The awareness of it leads to the permanent moral structure that should be adhered to by the humanity. The ones who insist on the strict observation of it by everyone, the prophets, come into violent conflicts with the society. The numerical majority of the society has momentary victory over them. The others are called the sages.

 

Teaching Minds, Changing Hearts

This is an informative site on Apologetics, offering a Biblical and philosophical world view by Paul Adams.

 

Society of Christian Philosophers

The Society of Christian Philosophers was organized in 1978 to promote fellowship among Christian Philosophers and to stimulate study and discussion of issues which arise from their Christian and philosophical commitments. One of its chief aims is to go beyond the usual philosophy of religion sessions at the American Philosophical Association and to stimulate thinking about the nature and role of Christian commitment in philosophy. 

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American Academy of Religion

This site serves as an introduction to the AAR, the major learned society and professional association for scholars whose object of study is religion. Its mission, in a world where religion plays so central a role in social, political and economic events, as well as in the lives of communities and individuals, is to meet a critical need for ongoing reflection upon and understanding of religious traditions, issues, questions and values. 

 

Western Philosophical Concepts of God (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

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Plato viewed as the highest of all things the good that was above all being and all knowledge, identified it with the divine nous, and attempted to raise the human spirit into the realm of ideas, into a likeness with the Godhead; which taught men to rise to the highest by a process of abstraction disregarding particulars and grasping at universals, and conceived the good of which it spoke not in a strictly ethical sense, but as, after all, the most utterly abstract and indefinable, entirely eluding all attempts at positive description. Neoplatonism went the furthest in this conception of the divine transcendence; God, the absolute One, was, according to Plotinus, elevated not only above all being, but also above all reason and rational activity. He did not, however, attempt to attain to this abstract highest good by reasoning or logical abstraction, but by an immediate contact between God and the soul in a state of ecstasy.

The Bernard Lonergan Web Site

CoverThe Lonergan Web Site, created and maintained by Paul Allen, is an excellent communications tool dedicated to facilitating Lonergan scholars and others for the purpose of providing a greater understanding of the work of Bernard Lonergan, and its implications for collaboration in a variety of disciplines, especially philosophy, theology, the social sciences, history and economics.   

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Theism, Atheism and Rationality

By Alvin Plantinga.  Alvin Plantinga has been called "the most important philosopher of religion now writing."

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Atheological objections to the belief that there is such a person as God come in many varieties. There are, for example, the familiar objections that theism is somehow incoherent, that it is inconsistent with the existence of evil, that it is a hypothesis ill-confirmed or maybe even disconfirmed by the evidence, that modern science has somehow cast doubt upon it, and the like. Another sort of objector claims, not that theism is incoherent or false or probably false (after all, there is precious little by way of cogent argument for that conclusion) but that it is in some way unreasonable or irrational to believe in God, even if that belief should happen to be true. Here we have, as a centerpiece, the evidentialist objection to theistic belief. The claim is that none of the theistic arguments-deductive, inductive, or abductive-is successful; hence there is at best insufficient evidence for the existence of God. But then the belief that there is such a person as God is in some way intellectually improper-somehow foolish or irrational. A person who believed without evidence that there are an even number of ducks would be believing foolishly or irrationally; the same goes for the person who believes in God without evidence. On this view, one who accepts belief in God but has no evidence for that belief is not, intellectually speaking, up to snuff. Among those who have offered this objection are Antony Flew, Brand Blanshard, and Michael Scriven. Perhaps more important is the enormous oral tradition: one finds this objection to theism bruited about on nearly any major university campus in the land. The objection in question has also been endorsed by Bertrand Russell, who was once asked what he would say if, after dying, he were brought into the presence of God and asked why he had not been a believer. Russell's reply: "I'd say, 'Not enough evidence, God! Not enough evidence!'" I'm not sure just how that reply would be received; but my point is only that Russell, like many others, has endorsed this evidentialist objection to theistic belief.

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