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Absurdity of ‘Thinking in Language’ (The)

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Among the principal assumptions of major portions of philosophy in recent decades have been: (1) That philosophy somehow consists of (some sort of) logic, and (2) that logic is a study of and theory about (some sort of) language. There, of course,...

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Afterword: Room of Marvels

Foreword/Intro/Afterword (Christianity)

Of all the tests that fray the confidence and nerves of Christians, the most difficult to bear is undoubtedly the death of loved ones.   A legitimate part of the pain is simply parting.  The fact that I...

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Against Nominalism

Article (Philosophy)

But Nominalism by no means has as easy a time of it as the foregoing might suggest. First, that we sometimes intuit identities where they do not exist no more implies that such identities do not exist at all than...

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Announcing the Moral Knowledge Initiative

Article (Christianity, Philosophy)

Mark your calendar for our next symposium: Knowing What’s True. Doing What’s Good. February 3-4, 2020 In Westlake Village, CA, and streaming live through our website. Speakers will include Mary Poplin, Jeff Schloss, and our own Aaron...

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Apologetics Glossary

Handout (Christianity, Philosophy)

Apologetics:   A helping ministry of believers, relevant to both the evangelistic and the pastoral role, in which people with existential, concrete problems that hinder their trusting God in Christ are helped to a better view of the truths of...

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Apologetics in Action

Article (Christianity)

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM DR. WILLARD ABOUT THIS ARTICLE: I've been told that in this article I seem to say that a Buddhist who is a good person can "be saved" without accepting Jesus. This appears to be a fairly...

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Apprentices (The)

Article (Christianity)

What is spiritual formation? And how does a church do it? A professor and pastor discuss the new language of making disciples. Above the entrance to the philosophy department at the University of Southern California, where Dallas Willard has taught...

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Attaining Objectivity: Phenomenological Reduction and the Private Language Argument

Article (Philosophy)

Twentieth Century philosophical thought has expressed itself for the most part through two great Movements: the phenomenological and the analytical. Each movement originated in reaction against idealistic—or at least anti-realistic—views of "the world". And each...

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Becoming the Kind of Leaders Who Can Do the Job

Article (Christianity)

We said, "Take the gloves off, Dallas. Tell us what we really need to hear." We had read all of Dallas’ books and been deeply impacted by them—not least by his latest, The Divine Conspiracy. But Brian...

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Being a Christian in a Pluralistic Society

Article (Christianity)

Only a few decades ago, well past the Second World War and into the early Sixties, American culture was almost universally regarded as based upon Christianity. Most leaders, as well as people generally, not only accepted this basis as a...

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Blind Science vs. Blind Faith: Some Thoughts on Breaking the Deadlock

Article (Christianity, Philosophy)

Students in our colleges and universities live constantly in a tension between two authority systems: one more or less vaguely associated with science and the other with religion. Both systems are “blind” in the sense that the edicts...

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Business of Business (The)

Article (Christianity)

What is business (manufacturing, commerce) for? Today the spontaneous response to this question is: The business of business is to make money for those who are engaged in it. In fact, this answer is now regarded as so obvious that...

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Call to Think for God, The

Lecture (Christianity)

When I was approached last December about the possibility of bringing this commencement address, it was because of the thought, or hope, that I might be able to cast light on the problem of how to balance the intellectual life...

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Can Wisdom Be Taught?

Article (Christianity, Philosophy)

"In the schools of antiquity philosophers aspired to impart wisdom. In modern colleges our humbler aim is to teach subjects." - A. N. Whitehead "The whole value of history, of biography, is to increase my self trust, by demonstrating what...

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Case Against Quine’s Case for Psychologism (The)

Article (Philosophy)

"Whoever remains caught up within the sphere of general reflections may allow himself to be deceived by the psychologistic arguments. A mere glance at any one logical Law, at its true meaning and at the insightfulness with which it is...

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Christ-Centered Piety

Article (Christianity)

"Piety" refers to the inward and outward states and acts that constitute a life of devotion--chiefly to God, but commonly extended to parents, as when we speak of "filial piety," and by further extension to any relationship appropriately similar to...

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Christian Mysticism? (A)

Article (Christianity)

Is there a distinctive form of life that constitutes Christian Mysticism? Or is there just mysticism, which can be dressed in one or another cultural form, none of which makes any real difference to the substance of the life of...

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Comments on Papers by Nelson, Slife, Reber, and Richardson

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[Abstract: I have only tried to deepen our understanding of the issues surrounding the secular assumptions of much current psychology by doing four things: One, pointing out how the drive toward secularism or naturalism in psychological method is supported upon...

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Comments on Smith and Talmy

Article (Philosophy)

In a certain traditional and obvious sense, the human being is a substance, with observable properties and deeper-lying characteristics (properties and dispositions). That is, it has properties but is not a property, endures through time and space, and stands in...

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Concerning Phenomenology, trans. of Adolf Reinach’s Ueber Phaenomenologie

Article (Philosophy)

Gentlemen. I have not set myself the task of telling you what Phenomenology is. Rather, I would like to try to think with you in the phenomenological manner. To talk about phenomenology is the most useless thing in the world...

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Conduct Theory and the Prospects of Moral Philosophy

Article (Philosophy)

ABSTRACT This paper revisits the effort to put moral knowledge on a secular and scientific basis by the analysis of “conduct.”  Starting from the works of Herbert Spencer in the 1870’s, mutating through the works of...

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Craftiness of Christ (The)

Article (Christianity)

The Passion of the Christ is a work of art. This means that it utilizes a medium to convey a vision of some serious aspect of the human condition. The medium in the case of a film has several levels:...

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Crucial Error in Epistemology (A)

Article (Philosophy)

The worth of A. D. Woozley's well-known book, Theory of Knowledge, is seriously compromised by an error which runs through the entire work. The error is of such a fundamental nature, and of such import for epistemology, that his...

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Degradation of Logical Form

Article (Philosophy)

"Wahrheiten zu entdecken, ist Aufgabe aller Wissenschaften: der Logik kommt es zu, die Gesetze des Wahrseins zu erkennen." G. Frege1 "Dierein-logische Gesetze....aber sind rein theoretische Wahrheiten idealer Art, rein in ihrem Bedeutungsgehalt wurzelnd und nie über ihn hinausgehend....

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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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