God's Clockmaker

Author: John North

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1852855711

Category: Science

Page: 462

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Clocks became common in late medieval Europe and the measurement of time began to rule everyday life. God's Clockmaker is a biography of England's greatest medieval scientist, a man who solved major practical and theoretical problems to build an extraordinary and pioneering astronomical and astrological clock. Richard of Wallingford (1292-1336), the son of a blacksmith, was a brilliant mathematician with a genius for the practical solution of technical problems. Trained at Oxford, he became a monk and then abbot of the great abbey of St Albans, where he built his clock. Although as abbot he held great power, he was also a tragic figure, becoming a leper. His achievement, nevertheless, is a striking example of the sophistication of medieval science, based on knowledge handed down from the Greeks via the Arabs.

Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic

Author: Matthew Stewart

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393244318

Category: Political Science

Page: 448

View: 1167


Longlisted for the National Book Award. Where did the ideas come from that became the cornerstone of American democracy? America’s founders intended to liberate us not just from one king but from the ghostly tyranny of supernatural religion. Drawing deeply on the study of European philosophy, Matthew Stewart brilliantly tracks the ancient, pagan, and continental ideas from which America’s revolutionaries drew their inspiration. In the writings of Spinoza, Lucretius, and other great philosophers, Stewart recovers the true meanings of “Nature’s God,” “the pursuit of happiness,” and the radical political theory with which the American experiment in self-government began.

Why You Think the Way You Do

Author: Glenn S. Sunshine

Publisher: Zondervan Academic

ISBN: 0310323541

Category: Religion

Page: 242

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How do we come by our worldviews and philosophies? What impact did Christianity have on the worldviews that are common to Western civilization? Why You Think the Way You Do traces the development of the worldviews that underpin the Western world. Professor and historian Glenn S. Sunshine demonstrates the decisive impact that the growth of Christianity had in transforming the outlook of pagan Roman culture into one that—based on biblical concepts of humanity and its relationship with God—established virtually all the positive aspects of Western civilization. The two-pronged assault in our time on the biblically based worldview by postmodern philosophy and the writings of neo-atheists has made it even more crucial that we acknowledge and defend its historical roots. This authoritative, accessible survey discusses Western worldviews as a continuous narrative rather than as simply a catalogue of ideas. Why You Think the Way You Do: Traces the effects that changes in worldview had on society. Helps you understand your own worldview and those of other people. Helps you recognize the ways that your worldview, philosophies, beliefs, and presuppositions affect the way you think about everything.

Jonathan Edwards Confronts the Gods

Author: Gerald R. McDermott

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195351002

Category: Religion

Page: 264

View: 8041


This is a study of how American theologian Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) battled deist arguments about revelation and God's fairness to non-Christians. Author Gerald McDermott argues that Edwards was preparing before his death a sophisticated theological response to Enlightenment religion that was unparalleled in the eighteenth century and surprisingly generous toward non-Christian traditions.

Thank God for Evolution

Author: Michael Dowd

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440635617

Category: Religion

Page: 448

View: 8807


Few issues have revealed deeper divisions in our society than the debate between creationism and evolution, between religion and science. Yet from the fray, Reverend Michael Dowd has emerged as a reconciler, finding faith strengthened by the power of reason. With evidence from contemporary astrophysics, geology, biology, anthropology, and evolutionary psychology, Thank God for Evolution lays out a compelling argument for how religion and science can be mutually enriching forces in our lives. Praised by Nobel laureates in the scientific community and religious leaders alike, Thank God for Evolution will expand the horizon of what is possible for self, for relationships, and for our world.

The Gods of Prophetstown

Author: Adam Jortner

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 0199765294

Category: History

Page: 321

View: 8032


An original, readable narrative of the 1811 Battle of Tippecanoe and the role of religion in the history of the American West

Hegel's Phenomenology

Author: Terry Pinkard

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521453004

Category: Philosophy

Page: 468

View: 8023


This book is the most detailed commentary on Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit available and develops an independent philosophical account of the general theory of knowledge, culture, and history contained in it. Written in a clear and straightforward style, the book reconstructs Hegel's theoretical philosophy and shows its connection to the ethical and political theory. Terry Pinkard sets the work in a historical context and reveals the contemporary relevance of Hegel's thought to European and Anglo-American philosophers.

God's Sabbath with Creation

Author: James W. Skillen

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532659490

Category: Religion

Page: 368

View: 8697


The biblical story is about more than sin and salvation. It is about the creator’s purposes and the fulfillment of those purposes in the climactic revelation of God’s glory in Sabbath with creation. Christ Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the one through whom all things are created and all things are fulfilled. We are creatures made in God’s image, called to develop and govern the earth in service to God. The exercise of human responsibility in this age plays a major part in the revelation of God’s glory. Every vocation matters for creation’s seventh-day fulfillment: family, friendships, worship, civic responsibility, and our work in every sphere of life. The Son of God became one with us. He died for sinners while they still rebelled, and he was raised to life as the last Adam—the life-giving Spirit of the age to come. Christ is reconciling all things to God, including all that belongs to the responsibility of God’s sixth-day royal priesthood. That is why God’s promise in Christ is that those who die in the Lord will rest from their labors and their deeds will follow them.

Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion

Author: Ronald L. Numbers

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674057414

Category: Science

Page: 317

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If we want nonscientists and opinion-makers in the press, the lab, and the pulpit to take a fresh look at the relationship between science and religion, Ronald L. Numbers suggests that we must first dispense with the hoary myths that have masqueraded too long as historical truths. Until about the 1970s, the dominant narrative in the history of science had long been that of science triumphant, and science at war with religion. But a new generation of historians both of science and of the church began to examine episodes in the history of science and religion through the values and knowledge of the actors themselves. Now Ronald Numbers has recruited the leading scholars in this new history of science to puncture the myths, from Galileo’s incarceration to Darwin’s deathbed conversion to Einstein’s belief in a personal God who “didn’t play dice with the universe.” The picture of science and religion at each other’s throats persists in mainstream media and scholarly journals, but each chapter in Galileo Goes to Jail shows how much we have to gain by seeing beyond the myths.

Rudiments of Christian History

Author: Michael Petruzzelli

Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1098084586

Category: Religion

Page: 402

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Rudiments of Christian History: An Outline of Persons, Events, and Teachings is written in the format of an informal outline which presents a summary of some of the major topics of the two-thousand-year span of Christian history. The author provides various interpretations of causal relationships of key events, along with insight regarding historical persons who significantly impacted the course of Christian history, and a concise explanation of basic Christian teachings and various Christian theologies. A wide scope of citations from primary sources and modern and contemporary scholars, both Christian and secular, provides factual informativeness and in-depth insight regarding the events, teachings, and persons involved in the unfolding of Christian history. This volume contains an extensive bibliography and clear and readily accessible reference information to the outside works that are cited.