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Disappearance of Moral Knowledge in the 20th Century, The

Lecture (Christianity)

“The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge in the 20th Century.”  I don’t mean that it doesn’t exist. I mean it is not accessible. The issue as it especially affects the church - the disappearance...

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Disappearance of Moral Knowledge Symposium 1 Summary

Article (Christianity, Philosophy)

The first key activity of the Moral Knowledge Initiative was an academic symposium held at Biola University’s Center for Christian Thought in La Mirada, California, on May 14-15, 2019. The aim of the symposium was to generate interdisciplinary conversation...

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Energy & Joy: Taking God’s Keys

Article (Christianity)

The keys of the kingdom also unlock the joys of your calling.   Every pastor, sooner or later, faces the contradictory demands of being a professional and being in ministry.  A professional has a schedule to keep, credentials to...

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Ethical Foundations for Leadership

Lecture (Christianity)

It is commonly thought that, at some point, one in a leadership or professional role has to choose between being a good person and being a good leader: that, in some circumstances, at least, one cannot be both.  Also,...

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Ethical Knowledge in the University Before G. E. Moore

Article (Philosophy)

"THE PROBLEM AND THE CHALLENGE: The lack of coherent and observed societal ethics, revealed by business and other scandals, challenges our culture to consider the role of education in responding to the current ethics crisis." John Mearsheimer on the University...

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Finding the Noema

Article (Philosophy)

Edmund Husserl was notable for his insistence that the primary work of the philosopher was finding things. Most importantly, the philosopher has the task of finding the 'things' that philosophers themselves talk about, in order to see if they really...

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For Lack of Intentionality

Article (Philosophy)

ABSTRACT: Much of contemporary Philosophy of Language has attempted to explain the relationship between language and the objects referred to by it without recourse to the intentionality of acts of consciousness, as Husserl and other Phenomenologists have understood it. This...

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Foreword: Apprenticeship with Jesus

Article (Christianity)

This book makes accessible a new vision of life redeemed—bought back—from the pawn shop run by the world, the flesh, and the devil: redeemed through a living, interactive relationship with Jesus Christ. It is new, however,...

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Foreword: Christianity in the Academy

Foreword/Intro/Afterword (Christianity)

The unceasing human problem that lies back of the historical contrast between Athens and Jerusalem is the problem of finding an adequate basis in knowledge for life.  Stated another way, it is the problem of dealing with reality in...

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Foreword: I Told Me So: Self-Deception and the Christian Life

Article (Christianity)

In his teachings Jesus Christ picked up on a note struck by the prophet Isaiah: "This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far away from me." (Mark 7:6, Isaiah 29:13) The apostle Paul famously remarked upon the incongruity...

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Foreword: Invitation to the Jesus Life

Foreword/Intro/Afterword (Christianity)

Confidence in Jesus himself, an awareness that he truly is the Master of the Universe and knows with absolute clarity what is real, good and right, draws us to him as Savior, Lord and Teacher, all in One.  That...

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Foreword: Renovation of the Church: What Happens When a Seeker Church Discovers Spiritual Formation

Foreword/Intro/Afterword (Christianity)

“How do you present the radical message of Christ in a church that catered to the religious demands of the nominally committed?” This book confronts that question and answers it. In other words, if we have gathered people...

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Foreword: Scripture by Heart

Foreword/Intro/Afterword (Christianity)

The Apostle Paul tells us to present our bodies to God in such a way that we will be transformed by the renewing of our minds. (Romans 12:1-2) Most who read him today stop right there, thinking perhaps, “What...

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Foreword: The Gift of Work

Article (Christianity)

We human beings are situated in a world structured by small and large systems of hidden powers. On the physical side, the wheel and the lever, heat (fire, steam, internal combustion engines), electricity, and the atom are all illustrations of...

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Foreword: Whole Life Transformation

Article (Christianity)

Whole Life Transformation places before us exactly what its title suggests. The message is that success in ministry and in life is found by becoming on the "inside" the kind of person who lives in the kingdom of God here...

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Frank Laubach’s Letters by a Modern Mystic

Critical Review (Christianity)

A Pennsylvanian trained at Princeton, Union Theological Seminary, and Columbia University (Ph.D. in sociology, 1915), Laubach went to the Philippines under the American Board of Foreign Missions. After fourteen years of successful teaching, writing, and administration at Cagayn and Manila,...

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Getting Love Right

Article (Christianity)

This is an 11-page paper presented by Dr. Willard at a Christian Counselors' conference in 2007, in which Dr. Willard explains the importance of the Apostle Paul's teaching on love. "It is Paul who really helps us to understand the...

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Going Deeper

Article (Christianity)

Going Deeper is available from the Online Response website.

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Good Person: A Matter of the Heart (The)

Article (Christianity)

The morally good person, I would say, is a person who is intent upon advancing the various goods of human life with which they are effectively in contact, in a manner that respects their relative degrees of importance and the...

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Gray Areas and Integrity

Lecture (Philosophy)

The invitation I received was to provide a brief discussion of ethical “gray areas” in professional practice.  I was told to “explore how to analyze the ethical issues at hand and somehow encourage students to develop...

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Happy Graduation from Amoral University: Professor Willard’s Advice to Graduates

Interview (Christianity)

Truth may not be taught, values and morality have nothing to do with intellect, and character development is an extra-curricular activity. Welcome to the philosophy of the modern university, the training ground of tomorrow’s leaders, and America&rsquo...

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Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Phenomenology

Article (Philosophy)

Counseling Practice and Its Knowledge Base Counseling is a practical field, in which specific actions are taken to achieve prescribed ends. The field exists for the sake of those ends, but, like all practical domains, it presupposes a body of...

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How Concepts Relate the Mind to its Objects:  The ‘God’s Eye View’ Vindicated

Article (Philosophy)

I What is it for an object to be "before" the mind in thought, or in consciousness generally? And how, exactly, are "concepts" necessarily involved in such a case? Everyone seems to agree that they are involved. There must in...

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How Do We Assess Spiritual Growth?

Article (Christianity)

How can churches know if they are being effective at making disciples? Many churches are measuring the wrong things. We measure things like attendance and giving, but we should be looking at more fundamental things like anger, contempt, honesty, and...

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How Does the Disciple Live?

Article (Christianity)

How the disciple lives naturally comes out of who the disciple is. As Jesus’ disciple, I am his apprentice in kingdom living. I am learning from him how to lead my life in the Kingdom of the Heavens as...

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