Naming the Elephant

Worldview as a Concept

Author: James W. Sire

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830827794

Category: Religion

Page: 163

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In this companion volume to The Universe Next Door, James W. Sire offers his refined definition of a worldview and addresses key questions about the history of worldview thinking, the existential and intellectual formation of worldviews, the public and private dimensions of worldviews and how worldview thinking can help us navigate an increasingly 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.

The Universe Next Door

A Basic Worldview Catalog: Fourth Edition: Easyread Large Edition

Author: James W. Sire

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1442967676

Category: Philosophy

Page: 440

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In the fifth edition of his classic work, Sire offers additional student-friendly features to his introductions to theism, deism, naturalism, Marxism, nihilism, existentialism, Eastern monism, New Age philosophy, and postmodernism.

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.

Learning to Pray Through the Psalms

Author: James W. Sire

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830876150

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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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.

Discipleship of the Mind

Author: James W. Sire

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780877849858

Category: Religion

Page: 248

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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

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.

Berufung

Eine neue Sicht für unsere Arbeit

Author: Timothy Keller,Katherine Leary Alsdorf

Publisher: Brunnen Verlag Gießen

ISBN: 3765571865

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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Ist der Beruf nur „Job" zum Broterwerb, oder ist alle Arbeit, ob mit den Händen oder dem Kopf, ein Zeichen unserer Menschenwürde - weil sie das Bild Gottes, des Schöpfers, in uns spiegelt? Tim Keller wendet die Weisheit der Bibel auf unser Leben an und gibt inspirierende Antworten auf die zentralen Fragen: - Warum arbeite ich überhaupt? - Warum fällt mir meine Arbeit manchmal so schwer? - Was könnte ich in meinem Berufsleben ändern, damit ich zufriedner werde? - Wie kann ich in meinem Berufsleben zu meinen Werten stehen? - Wie lerne ich, meinen Beruf als Gottesdienst zu verstehen?

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.

God's Judgments

Interpreting History and the Christian Faith

Author: Steven J. Keillor

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830825653

Category: Religion

Page: 223

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What do God's judgments have to do with history? Using historical events, Steven J. Keillor pursues the thesis that divine judgment can be a fruitful category for historical investigation, and that Christianity is an interpretation of history more than a worldview or philosophy.

The Pietist Impulse in Christianity

Author: Christian T. Collins Winn,Christopher Gehrz

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621890627

Category: Religion

Page: 366

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From intellectual inquiry to spiritual practice to social reform, Pietism has exerted an enormous influence on various forms of Christianity and on Western culture more generally. However, this contribution remains largely unacknowledged or misunderstood in Anglo-American contexts because negative stereotypes--some undeserved, others deserved--tend to cast Pietism as a quietistic and sectarian form of religion interested in a narrow set of individualistic and spiritual concerns. In this volume, scholars from a variety of disciplines offer a corrective to this misunderstanding, highlighting the profound theological, cultural, and spiritual contribution of Pietism and what they term the pietist impulse. The essays in this volume demonstrate that Pietism was a movement of great depth and originality that was not merely concerned with the pious soul and its God. Rather, Pietists were from the beginning concerned with issues of social and ecclesial reform, the nature of history and historical inquiry, the shape and purpose of theology and theological education, the missional task of the church, and social justice and political engagement. In addition, the essays collected here fruitfully raise the question of the ongoing relevance of Pietism and the pietist impulse for contemporary problems and questions across disciplines and in the church at large.

Scripture Twisting

20 Ways the Cults Misread the Bible

Author: James W. Sire

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830876846

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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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.

The Continuing Relevance of Wesleyan Theology

Essays in Honor of Laurence W. Wood

Author: Nathan Crawford

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630876372

Category: Religion

Page: 290

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What does the Wesleyan message have to say to the greater theological world? This is a question that Laurence Wood has taken up as his concern throughout his career. In order to honor his work, this collection takes up this question through a series of essays designed to show how Wesleyan Theology, while distinctive, has a continued relevance to the wider world of theological scholarship. This collection does this in two ways. First, by showing how the Wesleyan distinctives have been present throughout the history of theology. And secondly, the collection brings the Wesleyan distinctives into conversation with various contemporary theological conversations, ranging from theological hermeneutics and the science-religion dialogue to the practice of preaching and spirituality. The result is a volume that puts Wesleyan theology into continued dialogue with the broader theological world, showing its vitality and importance for the contemporary situation.

A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics

Author: James W. Sire

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830874293

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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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.

Wisdom Epistemology in the Psalter

A Study of Psalms 1, 73, 90, and 107

Author: John Kartje

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110383454

Category: Religion

Page: 228

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We present a comparative epistemological analysis of the wisdom motifs in Psalms 1, 73, 90, and 107. These texts were selected on the basis of their epistemological content (each confronts the relationship between virtue and prosperity), and their canonical placement within the Psalter (each begins one of the Psalter’s five “Books”). We explore the implications of their respective epistemological features for our understanding of the canonical structure of the Psalter. After developing a diagnostic method for the identification and analysis of the epistemological features within a biblical text, we apply it to each of the four psalms, and discuss their epistemological qualities with respect to their canonical placement in the Psalter. We find that an epistemic progression develops across the canonical ordering of the four psalms. While the psalmists are increasingly forthright in acknowledging the moral paradox that the righteous often suffer, while the wicked can prosper, they engage this paradox with ever more sophisticated responses. Although Yhwh is ultimately the source of all wisdom, human beings can facilitate their acquisition of knowledge by seeking him out intentionally, by questioning him directly, and by observing him with a heart focused on learning.

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.

God and International Relations

Christian Theology and World Politics

Author: Mika Luoma-Aho

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 144112232X

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

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Religion is prevalent in world politics today, and international relation theory is at pains to understand and explain this phenomenon. This unique study aims to introduce political theology as an appropriate tool to the study of international relations. In accordance with the political theology of Carl Schmitt, which states that modern political concepts are secularized theological concepts, the work questions the "secular" foundations of contemporary international relations theory. Thus it reveals the Christian foundations of the discipline of international relations and delivers a critique of some of its most fundamental theoretical elements, such as its secular view of religion as part of the "irrational," its deification of the political form of the nation state, and its negation of theism in its understanding of responsibility in world politics. The result is a primer on how international relations and its studies have grown out of the political imagination of Christian theology. It will appeal to anyone interested in critical approaches to the field as well as in politics and religion, political theory, and political theology.

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.

Strategy Safari

eine Reise durch die Wildnis des strategischen Managements

Author: Henry Mintzberg,Bruce Ahlstrand,Joseph Lampel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783636013293

Category: Strategisches Management

Page: 455

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