Naming the Elephant

Worldview as a Concept

Author: James W. Sire

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830897224

Category: Religion

Page: 202

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What is a worldview? What lies behind your thoughts about almost everything? For more than thirty years, James W. Sire has grappled with this issue. In his widely used textbook The Universe Next Door, first published in 1976, Sire offered a succinct definition of a worldview and catalogued in summary fashion seven basic worldview alternatives. Students, critics, new literature and continued reflection have led him to reexamine and refine his definition of a worldview. This second edition companion volume to The Universe Next Door is the fruit of that effort, offering readers his most mature thought on the concept of a worldview, addressing such questions as What is the history of the concept itself? What is the first question you should ask in formulating a worldview? How are worldviews formed existentially as well as intellectually? Is a worldview primarily an intellectual system, a way of life or a story? What are the public and private dimensions of a worldview? What role can worldview thinking play in assessing your own worldview and those of others, especially in light of the pluralism in today's world? Naming the Elephant is an excellent resource for exploring more deeply how and why worldview thinking can aid you in navigating your pluralistic universe.

The Universe Next Door (Large Print 16pt)

Author: James W. Sire

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1459611144

Category: Philosophy

Page: 560

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For more than thirty years, The Universe Next Door has set the standard for a clear, readable introduction to worldviews. In this new fifth edition James Sire offers additional student-friendly features to his concise, easily understood introductions to theism, deism, naturalism, Marxism, nihilism, existentialism, Eastern monism, New Age philosophy and postmodernism. Included in this expanded format are a new chapter on Islam and informative sidebars throughout.The book continues to build on Sire's refined definition of worldviews from the fourth edition and includes other updates as well, keeping this standard text fresh and useful. In a world of ever-increasing diversity, The Universe Next Door offers a unique resource for understanding the variety of worldviews that compete with Christianity for the allegiance of minds and hearts. The Universe Next Door has been translated into over a dozen languages and has been used as a text at over one hundred colleges and universities in courses ranging from apologetics and world religions to history and English literature. Sire's Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept provides a useful companion volume for those desiring a more in-depth discussion of the nature of a worldview.

Deepest Differences

A Christian-atheist Dialogue: Easyread Large Edition

Author: James W. Sire

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 144299228X

Category: Religion

Page: 308

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If you're looking for clear-cut answers to difcult questions about God-or for your guy to score a quick knock-out of a toughened sparring partner-then this book is not for you. But if you're open to an authentic, no-holds barred, respectful dialogue about one of life's most important issues, then take up and read. There are no straw men here. Sparked by a chance meeting between two book-club acquaintances and their discussion of Kurt Vonnegut's obituary, this dialogue between long-time Christian Jim Sire and forthright atheist Carl Peraino developed through extended email exchanges exploring minds and brains, science and morality, faith and reason, God and violence, doubt and rhetoric. You'll find much to ponder, weigh and explore in this lively, down-to-earth book. A study guide is included for any who wish to delve deeper into any of the issues raised. James W. Sire (Ph.D., University of missouri), formerly a senior editor at interVarsity Press, is an active speaker and writer. He has taught english, philosophy, theology and short courses at many universities and seminaries. His interVarsity Press books include The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog, Why Should Anyone Believe Anything at All?, Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling, Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept and Why Good Arguments Often Fail.

Habits of the Mind

Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling

Author: James W. Sire

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830879579

Category: Religion

Page: 263

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A Christianity Today Book of the Year! What is an intellectual? How can you learn to think well? What does it mean to love God with your mind? Can the intellectual life be a legitimate Christian calling? Is the intellectual life your calling? James Sire brings wit and wisdom to bear on these questions and their possible answers. And he offers an unusual "insider's view" of learning how to think well for the glory of God and for the sake of his kingdom. In Habits of the Mind Sire challenges you to avoid one of the greatest pitfalls of intellectual life--by resisting the temptation to separate being from knowing. He shows you how to cultivate intellectual virtues and disciplines--habits of mind--that will strengthen you in pursuit of your calling. And he offers assurance that intellectual life can be a true calling for Christians: because Jesus was the smartest man who ever lived, Sire argues, you can and should accept the challenge to think as well as you are able.

Discipleship of the Mind

Author: James W. Sire

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780877849858

Category: Religion

Page: 249

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Shows ways to develop a Christian world-view and to apply it to ethical issues and the study of academic disciplines

Learning to Pray Through the Psalms

Author: James W. Sire

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830876150

Category: Religion

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Weariness. Wonder. Joy. Longing. Anger. These are the feelings of the Psalms: honest expressions of pain and joy penned by real people in the midst of real life circumstances. Though they were written centuries ago, the Psalms still resonate deeply with us today, giving voice to our thoughts and longings: "Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD." (Psalm 130:1) "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1) "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God." (Psalm 84:2) In Learning to Pray Through the Psalms, James W. Sire teaches us to take our appreciation for this rich book of Scripture a step further. Choosing ten specific psalms, Sire offers background information that helps us read each one with deeper insight and then lays out a meditative, step-by-step approach to using the psalmists' words as a guide for our own personal conversation with God. A group study is also included in each chapter, along with a guide for praying through the psalm in community. The Lord loves when his people pray. And his Word is a powerful tool for framing honest, intimate prayers. Sire's innovative approach will enrich our minds and our souls as we read more perceptively and pray with all of our emotions.

Heavenly Man

Die atemberaubende Geschichte von Bruder Yun - Aufgeschrieben von Paul Hattaway

Author: Bruder Yun,Paul Hattaway

Publisher: Brunnen Verlag Gießen

ISBN: 3765570621

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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Von der Polizei nach Namen und Wohnort gefragt, will er beides nicht preisgeben, um die Christen in seiner Hauskirche und in seinem Heimatland China nicht zu gefährden. Er antwortet: "Ich bin ein Mann des Himmels. Ich wohne im Evangeliumsdorf." So kommt Bruder Yun zu seinem Spitznamen "Heavenly Man". Ein Leben wie im Abenteuerroman. Oder besser: wie eine neue Version der Apostelgeschichte. Mit 16 zum Glauben gekommen. Erhält von Gott Aufträge, auch in Träumen und Visionen. Mehrfach verhaftet, aber auf wundersame Weise entkommen. Schließlich doch Gefängnis und schwerste Folterungen. Durch Gottes Gnade standhaft geblieben. Er bleibt ein Zeuge Gottes. Durch ihn und zahllose andere Christen breitet sich das Evangelium in China wie in riesigen Wellen aus. Mit seinem Buch will er Gottes Taten bezeugen und die Christen im Westen aufrütteln. Damit in ihnen die Liebe zu Gott und den Menschen wieder stark wird.

A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics

Author: James W. Sire

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830874293

Category: Religion

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Always be prepared to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. (1 Peter 3:15-16) We've all felt the tension. An opportunity to speak for Christ comes up, and either we jump in with both barrels blasting or we cower in the corner and say nothing. Is there a better way? Can we learn to speak boldly, yet humbly, about our faith in Christ? Veteran apologist Jim Sire offers salient counsel derived from over fifty years of experience in a vast array of settings. Through a variety of snapshots, both successful and unsuccessful, he helps us understand the nature, value and limits of apologetics, and suggests how to tailor our comments to respect our audience whether large or small, formal or informal. He then outlines five key arguments for the Christian faith and offers responses to five common objections. Finally, for those especially drawn to apologetics, he offers counsel on how to discern a call to apologetic ministry.

Scripture Twisting

20 Ways the Cults Misread the Bible

Author: James W. Sire

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830876846

Category: Religion

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How often have you encountered some bizarre doctrine only to be stunned to hear a Bible verse quoted to support it? With new religious cults springing up almost daily and old ones growing rapidly, this is more and more common. How are they seemingly able to twist Scripture to mean something orthodox Christians have never believed it to mean in two thousand years? James Sire, author of The Universe Next Door and How to Read Slowly, has isolated twenty separate kinds of reading errors which are characteristically made by cultists as they interpret the Bible. He covers the full range from simple misquotation to complex argumentation which links one slightly eccentric interpretation to another, mixes in a few orthodox readings and ends with a conclusion totally foreign to the biblical world view. Sire also handles twisted translation, overspecification, virtue by association, ignoring the context and other flawed interpretations. A book to help us all become better readers of the Scriptures.

Ein säkulares Zeitalter

Author: Charles Taylor

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518740407

Category: Philosophy

Page: 1297

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Was heißt es, daß wir heute in einem säkularen Zeitalter leben? Was ist geschehen zwischen 1500 – als Gott noch seinen festen Platz im naturwissenschaftlichen Kosmos, im gesellschaftlichen Gefüge und im Alltag der Menschen hatte – und heute, da der Glaube an Gott, jedenfalls in der westlichen Welt, nur noch eine Option unter vielen ist? Um diesen Wandel zu bestimmen und in seinen Folgen für die gegenwärtige Gesellschaft auszuloten, muß die große Geschichte der Säkularisierung in der nordatlantischen Welt von der frühen Neuzeit bis in die Gegenwart erzählt werden – ein herkulisches Unterfangen, dem sich der kanadische Philosoph Charles Taylor in seinem mit Spannung erwarteten neuen Buch stellt. Mit einem Fokus auf dem »lateinischen Christentum«, dem vorherrschenden Glauben in Europa, rekonstruiert er in geradezu verschwenderischem Detail die entscheidenden Entwicklungslinien in den Naturwissenschaften, der Philosophie, der Staats- und Rechtstheorie und in den Künsten. Dem berühmten Diktum von der wissenschaftlich-technischen »Entzauberung der Welt« und anderen eingeschliffenen Säkularisierungstheorien setzt er die These entgegen, daß es die Religion selbst war, die das Säkulare hervorgebracht hat, und entfaltet eine komplexe Mentalitätsgeschichte des modernen Subjekts, das heute im Niemandsland zwischen Glauben und Atheismus gefangen ist.

Chris Chrisman Goes to College

And Faces the Challenges of Relativism, Individualism and Pluralism

Author: James W. Sire

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830816569

Category: Religion

Page: 155

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The author weaves the story of Chris Chrisman's freshman year with chapters on individualism, privatization, relativism, and pluralism, helping readers think through the tangle which confronts Christians and non-Christians alike on the university campus.

Jesus the Reason

Author: James W. Sire

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830863176

Category: Religion

Page: 64

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What reason do you have for believing Christianity is true? The best reason is Jesus himself. James W. Sire invites you to meet Jesus by digging deep into the Bible. You'll discover what Jesus did and said. And you'll be encouraged to decide what place Jesus has in your life today. Whether you are reading the Gospels for the first time or for the fiftieth, you'll find these investigative Bible studies challenging and transforming. This revised LifeGuide Bible Study features additional questions for starting group discussions and for meeting God in personal reflection, together with expanded leader's notes and a "Now or Later" section in each study. PDF download with a single-user license; available from InterVarsity Press and other resellers.

Václav Havel

The Intellectual Conscience of International Politics : an Introduction, Appreciation, and Critique

Author: James W. Sire

Publisher: Intervarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830826568

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 140

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James Sire provides an introduction and critique of one of the twentieth century's most fascinating figures. He introduces Havel's creative, philosophical and political work and provides a critique of Havel's worldview, especially his conception of political morality and notion of Being.

Why Should Anyone Believe Anything at All?

Author: James W. Sire

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830877768

Category: Religion

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A Christianity Today 1995 Books of the Year Finalist! Believing. Most of us take it for granted. We just do it--whether it's trusting that the sun will come up tomorrow, that the lunch we are about to eat is not poisoned or that our religious beliefs are not ill-founded. But why should we believe any of these things? Why should anyone believe anything at all? With insight and humor, James W. Sire examines the reasons people give for believing what they do and suggests what are truly satisfying and compelling reasons for belief. He then turns to the question of a specific belief--namely, belief that the Christian faith is true. Sire tackles both the best reason for belief in Christianity (the identity of Jesus ) and the chief reason against it. (the problem of evil). And he responds to these issues personally and philosophically. Here is a book to challenge the skeptic and reassure the doubter in us all.

Praying the Psalms of Jesus

Author: James W. Sire

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 083087657X

Category: Religion

Page: 225

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At key moments in his life on earth, Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, turned to the Psalms for words to express his deepest thoughts and emotions. It is not hard to imagine Jesus, his mind and heart saturated with the words and thoughts of the Psalms as they were prayed aloud in the Temple, going off early in the morning to pray. How much must he have mouthed the words of the Psalms and given them a fulfillment? They became his answering speech to his heavenly Father. In these pages you will discover how the psalms that relate closely to the mission of Jesus can also become our answering speech. We will begin our journey into the mind of Christ by immersing ourselves in several psalms which Jesus himself refers to and fulfills. And then in the second half of the book, we will immerse ourselves in psalms that Jesus would have meditated on during his time on earth, focusing on the heart and mind of Jesus as he prayed the psalms. Structural analysis of each psalm will help us grow our ability to read the Psalms. The guided personal prayer liturgy with each chapter will help us go deeper in the experience of praying the Psalms. Through these psalms we will discover more of the human life of our Lord and Savior. And in the process we will discover more of who we are as we come before our holy God. Also included: a group discussion and prayer experience to accompany each chapter.

Apologetics Beyond Reason

Why Seeing Really Is Believing

Author: James W. Sire

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830840559

Category: Philosophy

Page: 160

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Veteran apologist Jim Sire gives us eyes to see the myriad "signals of transcendence" all around us that point to the specific truth of God in Christ. Focusing on the power of good literature--even from those who deny the existence of God--enables us to perceive and testify to God's reality in ways that rational argument alone cannot. --from publisher description.

God's Judgments

Interpreting History and the Christian Faith

Author: Steven J. Keillor

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830825653

Category: History

Page: 223

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Steven J. Keillor pursues the thesis that divine judgment can be a fruitful category for historical investigation. In fact, he argues that Christianity is an interpretation of history more than a worldview or philosophy. Grounding his thesis on a study of God's judgments in both the Old and New Testaments, the author then takes up two events in US history, the burning of Washington in 1814 and the Civil War, to explore and make his case. He concludes by suggesting the relevance of his thesis to some contemporary concerns, including the attacks of September 11. Market/Audience History buffs Students Features and Benefits Noted historian and author of This Rebellious House Makes as his point of departure biblical teaching culminating in the teaching of Jesus on God's judgments Provocative interpretations of two significant events in US history to assess his thesis Demonstrates how significant the notion of divine judgment is for interpreting contemporary situations and events Challenging and perhaps even prophetic for Christian thinking and acting

Why Good Arguments Often Fail

Making a More Persuasive Case for Christ

Author: James W. Sire

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830833818

Category: Religion

Page: 205

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With wisdom borne of both formal and informal experience, the author offers practical insight into making a more persuasive case for Christ. He includes an annotated bibliography of resources for framing effective arguments.