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Same-Sex Attraction and the Church

Same-Sex Attraction and the Church

The Surprising Plausibility of the Celibate Life

  • Author: Ed Shaw
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 0830844511
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 172
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The Gospel Coalition Top Books of 2015 in Christian Living Tim Challies' Top Books of 2015 ProdigalThought.net's Top Reads of 2015 Leadership Journal's Best Ministry Books of the Year When Christians have same-sex attraction, how should the church respond? Pastor Ed Shaw experiences same-sex attraction, and yet he is committed to Scripture and the church's traditional position of fidelity in heterosexual marriage and celibacy in singleness. In this honest book, he shares his pain in dealing with these issues, but at the same time shows us that obedience to Jesus is ultimately the only way to experience life to the full. He shows that the Bible's teaching seems unreasonable not because of its difficulties, but because of missteps that the church has often taken in its understanding of the Christian life. We have been shaped by the world around us and urgently need to re-examine the values that drive our discipleship. Only by doing this in the light of the Bible can we make sense of its call on the lives of those who are attracted to their own sex.

Minding the Brain

Minding the Brain

A Guide to Philosophy and Neuroscience

  • Author: Georg Northoff
  • Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
  • ISBN: 1137406054
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 596
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This book explores how the relationship between philosophy and the brain can inform neuroscience, the mind-brain problem and debates about consciousness. Written in a lively style with extensive pedagogy to explain complex concepts, this is interesting reading for students and researchers of psychology, neuroscience and philosophy.

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion

  • Author: William Wainwright
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0198031580
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 560
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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion contains newly commissioned chapters by 21 prominent experts who cover the field in a comprehensive but accessible manner. Each chapter is expository, critical, and representative of a distinctive viewpoint.

The Quest for the Plausible Jesus

The Quest for the Plausible Jesus

The Question of Criteria

  • Author: Gerd Theissen,Dagmar Winter
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • ISBN: 9780664225377
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 344
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Should the dissimilarity between Jesus and early Christianity or between Jesus and Judaism be the central criteria for the historical Jesus? Gerd Theissen and Dagmar Winter argue that the criterion of dissimilarity does not do justice to the single most important result of more than two-hundred years of Jesus research: that the historical Jesus belongs to both Judaism and Christianity. The two authors propose a criterion of historical plausibility so that historical phenomenon under question can be considered authentic so long as it can be plausibly understood in its Jewish context and also facilitates a plausible explanation for its later effects in Christian history. This book is a cooperative project between Dagmar Winter and Gerd Theissen and represents the fruit of many years of their research on the historical Jesus.

Cognitive Technology: Instruments of Mind

Cognitive Technology: Instruments of Mind

4th International Conference, CT 2001 Coventry, UK, August 6-9, 2001 Proceedings

  • Author: Meurig Beynon,Chrystopher L. Nehaniv,Kerstin Dautenhahn
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 3540424067
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 524
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Cognitive Technology: Instruments of Mind Cognitive Technology is the study of the impact of technology on human cog- tion, the externalization of technology from the human mind, and the pragmatics of tools. It promotes the view that human beings should develop methods to p- dict, analyse, and optimize aspects of human-tool relationship in a manner that respects human wholeness. In particular the development of new tools such as virtual environments, new computer devices, and software tools has been too little concerned with the impacts these technologies will have on human cog- tive and social capacities. Our tools change what we are and how we relate to the world around us. They need to be developed in a manner that both extends human capabilities while ensuring an appropriate cognitive t between organism and instrument. The principal theme of the CT 2001 conference and volume is declared in its title: Instruments of Mind. Cognitive Technology is concerned with the interaction between two worlds: that of the mind and that of the machine. In science and engineering, this - teraction is often explored by posing the question: how can technology be best tailored to human cognition? But as the history of technological developments has consistently shown, cognition is also fashioned by technology. Technologies as diverse as writing, electricity generation, and the silicon chip all illustrate the profound and dynamic impact of technology upon ourselves and our conceptions of the world.

Melancholy Duty

Melancholy Duty

The Hume-Gibbon Attack on Christianity

  • Author: S.P. Foster
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 9401722358
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 362
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This book studies the complementary features of the thought of David Hume and Edward Gibbon in the complete range of its confrontation with eighteenth-century Christianity. The ten chapters explore the iconoclasm of these two philosophical historians - Hume as the premier philosopher, Gibbon as the consummate historian - as they labored to `naturalize' the study of Christianity, particularly with attention to its social and political dimensions. No other work deals as comprehensively or thoroughly with the attempt of philosophical history's challenge to Christianity. Belief in miracles and the afterlife, the dimensions of fanaticism and superstition, and the nature of religious persecution were the themes that occupied Hume and Gibbon in the making of their critique of Christianity. This book makes a valuable contribution to scholarship in a number of fields including the history of ideas, religious studies, and philosophy. It will be of interest to philosophers of religion, historians of ideas, eighteenth-century intellectual historians, scholars of the Scottish Enlightenment, and Hume and Gibbon scholars.

Scientific Information Systems

Scientific Information Systems

  • Author: Robert W. Holt
  • Publisher: Ashgate Pub Limited
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 498
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This book discusses how to blend scientific methods with the broad capabilities a computer database information systems. This synthesis will aid anyone who is trying to explain, predict, or change the behavior of a complex system involving humans. While developed in research on information systems in the aviation industry, the principles and methods are universal. The examples clarify the advantages of this type of information system and the enormous potential power for understanding a target system completely and accurately. This book provides conceptual guidance for the construction and use of such systems in other domains.

Modularity in Development and Evolution

Modularity in Development and Evolution

  • Author: Gerhard Schlosser,Günter P. Wagner
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 9780226738550
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 600
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Modularity in Development and Evolution offers the first sustained exploration of modules from developmental and evolutionary perspectives. Contributors discuss what modularity is, how it can be identified and modeled, how it originated and evolved, and its biological significance. Covering modules at levels ranging from genes to colonies, the book focuses on their roles not just in structures but also in processes such as gene regulation. Among many exciting findings, the contributors demonstrate how modules can highlight key constraints on evolutionary processes. A timely synthesis of a crucial topic, Modularity in Development and Evolution shows the invaluable insights modules can give into both developmental complexities and their evolutionary origins.

Data and Evidence in Linguistics

Data and Evidence in Linguistics

A Plausible Argumentation Model

  • Author: András Kertész,Csilla Rákosi
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107009243
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 297
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The question of what types of data and evidence can be used is one of the most important topics in linguistics. This book is the first to comprehensively present the methodological problems associated with linguistic data and evidence. Its originality is twofold. First, the authors' approach accounts for a series of unexplained characteristics of linguistic theorising: the uncertainty and diversity of data, the role of evidence in the evaluation of hypotheses, the problem solving strategies as well as the emergence and resolution of inconsistencies. Second, the findings are obtained by the application of a new model of plausible argumentation which is also of relevance from a general argumentation theoretical point of view. All concepts and theses are systematically introduced and illustrated by a number of examples from different linguistic theories, and a detailed case-study section shows how the proposed model can be applied to specific linguistic problems.

The Non-identity Problem and the Ethics of Future People

The Non-identity Problem and the Ethics of Future People

  • Author: David Boonin
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 0199682933
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 293
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David Boonin presents a new account of the non-identity problem: a puzzle about our obligations to people who do not yet exist. He provides a critical survey of solutions to the problem that have been proposed, and concludes by developing an unorthodox alternative solution, one that differs fundamentally from virtually every other approach.