Same-Sex Attraction and the Church

The Surprising Plausibility of the Celibate Life

Author: Ed Shaw

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830844511

Category: Religion

Page: 172

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The Gospel Coalition Top Books of 2015 in Christian Living Tim Challies' Top Books of 2015 ProdigalThought.net's Top Reads of 2015 Leadership Journal's Best Ministry Books of the Year When Christians have same-sex attraction, how should the church respond? Pastor Ed Shaw experiences same-sex attraction, and yet he is committed to Scripture and the church's traditional position of fidelity in heterosexual marriage and celibacy in singleness. In this honest book, he shares his pain in dealing with these issues, but at the same time shows us that obedience to Jesus is ultimately the only way to experience life to the full. He shows that the Bible's teaching seems unreasonable not because of its difficulties, but because of missteps that the church has often taken in its understanding of the Christian life. We have been shaped by the world around us and urgently need to re-examine the values that drive our discipleship. Only by doing this in the light of the Bible can we make sense of its call on the lives of those who are attracted to their own sex.

The Plausibility of Life

Resolving Darwin's Dilemma

Author: Marc W. Kirschner,John C. Gerhart,John Norton

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300119770

Category: Science

Page: 314

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Two eminent biologists tackle and provide exhilarating new answers to what they argue is the central, unresolved question of evolution

A Better Story

God, Sex And Human Flourishing

Author: Glynn Harrison

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 1783594519

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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The architects of the sexual revolution won over the popular imagination because they knew the power of story. They drew together radical new ideologies, often complex and hard to grasp, and melded them into the simpler structure of narrative. Crucially, they cast narratives that appealed to the moral instincts of ordinary, decent people. This moral vision overwhelmed the church and silenced its faltering apologists. The author argues that if Christians still believe they have have good news in the sphere of sexual ethics, then two big tasks lie ahead. Our first priority is to work out what has gone so badly wrong, both in our understanding and application of what the Bible teaches and the way we have presented our case to the non-churched. And then we must offer a better story, one that fires the imagination with such force that people will say, 'I want that to be true.' This book offers a confident, biblically rooted moral vision which needs to be shared with prayer and courage.

Hume's Problem

Induction and the Justification of Belief

Author: Colin Howson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198250371

Category: Philosophy

Page: 261

View: 1980

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Colin Howson offers a solution to one of the central, unsolved problems of Western philosophy, the problem of induction. In the mid-eighteenth century David Hume argued that successful prediction tells us nothing about the truth or probable truth of the predicting theory. Howson claims that Hume's argument is correct, and examines what follows about the relation between science and its empirical base.

Washed and Waiting

Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality

Author: Wesley Hill

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310534208

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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*Is there a place for celibate, gay Christians in the church? *How do the gospel, holiness, and indwelling sin play out in the life of a Christian experiencing same-sex attraction? And how do brothers and sisters in Christ show love to them? Wesley Hill offers wise counsel that is biblically faithful, theologically serious, and oriented to the life and practice of the church.As a celibate gay Christian, Hill gives us a glimpse of what it looks like to wrestle firsthand with God's "No" to same-sex sexual intimacy. What does it mean for gay Christians to be faithful to God while struggling with the challenge of their homosexuality? What is God's will for believers who experience same-sex desires? Those who choose celibacy are often left to deal with loneliness and the hunger for relationships. How can gay Christians experience God's favor and blessing in the midst of a struggle that for many brings a crippling sense of shame and guilt? Weaving together reflections from his own life and the lives of other Christians, such as Henri Nouwen and Gerard Manley Hopkins, Hill offers a fresh perspective on these questions. He advocates neither unqualified "healing" for those who struggle nor accommodation to temptation, but rather faithfulness in the midst of brokenness.

Abstract Entities

Author: Sam Cowling

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351970623

Category: Philosophy

Page: 292

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Think of a number, any number, or properties like fragility and humanity. These and other abstract entities are radically different from concrete entities like electrons and elbows. While concrete entities are located in space and time, have causes and effects, and are known through empirical means, abstract entities like meanings and possibilities are remarkably different. They seem to be immutable and imperceptible and to exist "outside" of space and time. This book provides a comprehensive critical assessment of the problems raised by abstract entities and the debates about existence, truth, and knowledge that surround them. It sets out the key issues that inform the metaphysical disagreement between platonists who accept abstract entities and nominalists who deny abstract entities exist. Beginning with the essentials of the platonist–nominalist debate, it explores the key arguments and issues informing the contemporary debate over abstract reality: arguments for platonism and their connections to semantics, science, and metaphysical explanation the abstract–concrete distinction and views about the nature of abstract reality epistemological puzzles surrounding our knowledge of mathematical entities and other abstract entities. arguments for nominalism premised upon concerns about paradox, parsimony, infinite regresses, underdetermination, and causal isolation nominalist options that seek to dispense with abstract entities. Including chapter summaries, annotated further reading, and a glossary, Abstract Entities is essential reading for anyone seeking a clear and authoritative introduction to the problems raised by abstract entities.

Space at the Table

Conversations Between an Evangelical Theologian and His Gay Son

Author: Brad Harper,Drew Harper

Publisher: Zeal Books

ISBN: 9780997066906

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Love does not begin with condemnation.Can an evangelical theologian and his gay son overcome the differences in belief that threaten to destroy their relationship? For Brad and Drew Harper, that question wasn't theoretical--and neither was the resounding yes they found after years of struggle. Writing to each other with compassion, grit, and humor, Brad and Drew take us on their journey as parent and child from the churches of Middle America to the penthouses of New York's party scenes, through a pastor's-kid childhood and painful conversion therapy to the hard-won victories of their adult relationship.But Space at the Table is more than just a memoir. It is a guide, showing us a way through the roadblocks that threaten to devastate both families and the broader evangelical and LBGTQ communities. Speaking from their own experience, Brad and Drew offer an invitation to join them in a place where love is stronger than the beliefs that divide us.Brad Harper, the evangelical theologian, is a professor of theology at Multnomah University and Biblical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Drew Stafford Harper, the gay son, is a freelance journalist and actor who splits his time between Portland, New York, and Cairo.

Mathematics and Plausible Reasoning: Patterns of plausible inference

Author: George Pólya

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691025100

Category: Mathematics

Page: 225

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A guide to the practical art of plausible reasoning, this book has relevance in every field of intellectual activity. Professor Polya, a world-famous mathematician from Stanford University, uses mathematics to show how hunches and guesses play an important part in even the most rigorously deductive science. He explains how solutions to problems can be guessed at; good guessing is often more important than rigorous deduction in finding correct solutions. Vol. II, on Patterns of Plausible Inference, attempts to develop a logic of plausibility. What makes some evidence stronger and some weaker? How does one seek evidence that will make a suspected truth more probable? These questions involve philosophy and psychology as well as mathematics.

The God Problem

How a Godless Cosmos Creates

Author: Howard Bloom

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1616145528

Category: Religion

Page: 708

View: 2014

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God’s war crimes, Aristotle’s sneaky tricks, Einstein’s pajamas, information theory’s blind spot, Stephen Wolfram’s new kind of science, and six monkeys at six typewriters getting it wrong. What do these have to do with the birth of a universe and with your need for meaning? Everything, as you’re about to see. How does the cosmos do something it has long been thought only gods could achieve? How does an inanimate universe generate stunning new forms and unbelievable new powers without a creator? How does the cosmos create? That’s the central question of this book, which finds clues in strange places. Why A does not equal A. Why one plus one does not equal two. How the Greeks used kickballs to reinvent the universe. And the reason that Polish-born Benoît Mandelbrot—the father of fractal geometry—rebelled against his uncle. You’ll take a scientific expedition into the secret heart of a cosmos you’ve never seen. Not just any cosmos. An electrifyingly inventive cosmos. An obsessive-compulsive cosmos. A driven, ambitious cosmos. A cosmos of colossal shocks. A cosmos of screaming, stunning surprise. A cosmos that breaks five of science’s most sacred laws. Yes, five. And you’ll be rewarded with author Howard Bloom’s provocative new theory of the beginning, middle, and end of the universe—the Bloom toroidal model, also known as the big bagel theory—which explains two of the biggest mysteries in physics: dark energy and why, if antimatter and matter are created in equal amounts, there is so little antimatter in this universe. Called "truly awesome" by Nobel Prize–winner Dudley Herschbach, The God Problem will pull you in with the irresistible attraction of a black hole and spit you out again enlightened with the force of a big bang. Be prepared to have your mind blown. From the Hardcover edition.

Expect Trouble

Author: JoAnn Smith Ainsworth

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 1483561976

Category: Fiction

Page: 350

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Opening herself to ridicule by revealing she’s clairvoyant is the last thing U.S. WAVE LIVVY DELACOURT wants, but when Uncle Sam needs her skill to track Nazi spies, she jumps in with both feet. Join this emotional journey through paranormal realms of fast-paced suspense and supernatural battles as U.S. Navy psychics pit themselves against their Nazi counterparts.

Turning Numbers Into Knowledge

Mastering the Art of Problem Solving

Author: Jon Koomey

Publisher: Analytics Press

ISBN: 0970601913

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 247

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"Mastering the art of problem solving takes more than proficiency with basic calculations; it requires understanding how people use information, recognizing the importance of ideology, learning the art of storytelling, and acknowledging the important distinction between facts and values. Intended for professors, managers, entrepreneurs, and students, this guide addresses these and other essential skills. With clear prose, quotations, and exercises for solving problems in the real world, this book serves as an ideal training manual for those who are new to or intimidated by quantitative analysis and an excellent refresher for those who have more experience but want to improve the quality of their data, the clarity of their graphics, and the cogency of their arguments." -- Publisher's description.

Wittgenstein's Metaphilosophy

Author: Paul Horwich

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199588872

Category: Philosophy

Page: 225

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Paul Horwich presents a bold new interpretation of Wittgenstein's later work. He argues that it is Wittgenstein's radically anti-theoretical metaphilosophy - and not his identification of the meaning of a word with its use - that underpins his discussions of specific issues concerning language, the mind, mathematics, knowledge, art, and religion.

Halting State

Author: Charles Stross

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101208793

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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“Halting State [is] a near-future story that is at once over-the-top and compellingly believable.” – Vernor Vinge, author of Rainbows End In the year 2018, Sergeant Sue Smith of the Edinburgh constabulary is called in on a special case. A daring bank robbery has taken place at Hayek Associates—a dot-com start-up company that’s just floated onto the London stock exchange. But this crime may be a bit beyond Smith’s expertise. The prime suspects are a band of marauding orcs with a dragon in tow for fire support. The bank is located within the virtual reality land of Avalon Four, and the robbery was supposed to be impossible. When word gets out, Hayek Associates and all its virtual “economies” are going to crash hard. For Smith, the investigation seems pointless. But the deeper she digs, the bigger the case gets. There are powerful players—both real and pixelated—who are watching her every move. Because there is far more at stake than just some game-head’s fantasy financial security…

Probability Theory

The Logic of Science

Author: E. T. Jaynes

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139435167

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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The standard rules of probability can be interpreted as uniquely valid principles in logic. In this book, E. T. Jaynes dispels the imaginary distinction between 'probability theory' and 'statistical inference', leaving a logical unity and simplicity, which provides greater technical power and flexibility in applications. This book goes beyond the conventional mathematics of probability theory, viewing the subject in a wider context. New results are discussed, along with applications of probability theory to a wide variety of problems in physics, mathematics, economics, chemistry and biology. It contains many exercises and problems, and is suitable for use as a textbook on graduate level courses involving data analysis. The material is aimed at readers who are already familiar with applied mathematics at an advanced undergraduate level or higher. The book will be of interest to scientists working in any area where inference from incomplete information is necessary.

The Problem of Evil

Author: Marilyn McCord Adams,Robert Merrihew Adams

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0198248660

Category: Philosophy

Page: 230

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This collection of important writings fills the need for an anthology that adequately represents recent work on the problem of evil. This is perhaps one of the most discussed topics in the philosophy of religion, and is of perennial interest to philosophers and theologians.

Is God Anti-Gay?

And Other Questions about Homosexuality, the Bible and Same-Sex Attraction

Author: Sam Allberry

Publisher: Questions Christians Ask

ISBN: 9781908762313

Category: Homosexuality

Page: 93

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It's the hot topic of the moment. Christians, the church and the Bible seem to be out of step with modern attitudes towards homosexuality. And there is growing hostility towards those who hold a different view. So is God homophobic? And what do we say, and how do we relate to to both Christians and non Christians who experience same-sex attraction. In this short, simple book, Sam Allberry wants to help confused Christians understand what God has said about these questions in the scriptures, and offers a positive and liberating way forward through the debate.

Plausible Reasoning

An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Plausibilistic Inference

Author: Nicholas Rescher

Publisher: Van Gorcum Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Philosophy

Page: 124

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Policy Analysis of Multi-Actor Systems

Author: Bert Enserink,Leon Hermans,Pieter Bots,Joop Koppenjan,Jan Kwakkel,Wil Thissen

Publisher: Eleven International Pub

ISBN: 9789059315389

Category: Political Science

Page: 176

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Policy analysts love solving complex problems. Their favorite problems are not just technically complex but also characterized by the presence of many different social actors that hold conflicting interests, objectives, and perceptions and act strategically to get the best out of a problem situation. This book offers guidance for policy analysts who want to assess if and how their analysis could be of help, based on the premise that problem formulation is the cornerstone in addressing complex problems. This book positions policy analysis within the theories on processes of policy making, and focuses on methods and techniques for structuring complex problems. The book takes a systems perspective as its basis, complemented by techniques for analyzing multi-actor systems, and for dealing with an uncertain future. Analytical results are then interpreted and used for problem formulation. In the last part of the book, the resulting problem formulation is used to diagnose meaningful follow-up activities, including potential in-depth policy analysis research. This book is firmly embedded in problem structuring theory, but also shows the tricks of the trade, the assumptions underlying practice, the choices that need to be made, and the dilemmas encountered by the analyst. The authors are involved in teaching problem structuring methods and policy analysis at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology. Their interdisciplinary approach to problem formulation reflects their multi-disciplinary backgrounds, which range from physics, informatics and land-use planning to public administration and the philosophy of technology. Introduction to Policy Analysis of Multi- Actor Systems 11 1 Introduction 13 1.1 The Challenge of Policy Analysis in Multi-Actor Systems 13 1.2 The Problem Formulation Focus 14 1.2.1 Problem Formulation in Problem Solving 15 1.2.2 Policy Problems: Gaps and Dilemmas 16 1.3 Policy Analysis as a Contribution to Problem Solving 18 1.3.1 Analytical Activities 18 1.3.2 Analytical Styles 20 1.3.3 The Role of the Analyst 21 1.3.4 Positioning This Course Book 22 1.4 Reading Guide 23 References 24 2 Problem Formulation in Complex Environments 25 2.1 Coping with Complexity 25 2.1.1 Technical Dimension of Problems 27 2.1.2 Social Dimension of Problems 28 2.2 Framing Complexity 31 2.2.1 Structured and Unstructured Problems 32 2.2.2 Objective versus Subjective Problems: The Role of Perceptions and Interests 34 2.2.3 The Problem Formulation Battle 36 2.2.4 The Social Construction of Problems 37 2.3 Problem Formulation as Part of a Policy Process 38 2.3.1 Garbage Cans 38 2.3.2 Problem Solving Following the Streams Model 40 2.3.3 Problem Solving in Arenas and Rounds 41 2.3.4 Problem Solving and Advocacy Coalitions 42 2.4 Stepping Stones to Solutions 43 2.5 Problem Formulation as First Step in Policy Analysis 45 References 49 3 Systems Analysis 51 3.1 Introduction to Systems Analysis 51 3.2 Conceptual Framework for Systems Analysis 52 3.2.1 The System Diagram and Its Contents 52 3.2.2 A Note on Terminology 54 3.3 A Method for an Exploratory Systems Analysis 57 3.3.1 Step 1: Problem Demarcation 58 3.3.2 Step 2: Specify Objectives and Criteria 63 3.3.3 Step 3: Identify Means and Map Causal Relations 69 3.3.4 Step 4: Overview of the System and Its Boundaries 73 References 77 4 Actor Analysis 79 4.1 Introduction: Why Actor Analysis? 79 4.2 Conceptual Framework for Actor Analysis 80 4.3 Methods for Actor Analysis 81 4.4 Steps in Actor Analyses 83 4.4.1 Step 1: Use Problem Formulation as Point of Departure 83 4.4.2 Step 2: Make an Inventory of the Actors Involved 85 4.4.3 Step 3: Mapping Formal Relations 89 4.4.4 Step 4: Drafting Problem Formulations of Actors 92 4.4.5 Step 5: Analyze Interdependencies 96 4.4.6 Step 6: Confront the Initial Problem Formulation with the Findings 103 4.5 Limitations of Actor Analysis 104 4.5.1 Trustworthy Sources of Information 104 4.5.2 Actor Analysis Produces a Snapshot Only 105 References 105 5 Exploring the Future 109 5.1 Introduction 109 5.2 Overview of Methods for Exploring the Future 110 5.2.1 Formal Methods 110 5.2.2 Consulting Experts 119 5.2.3 Scenarios 123 5.3 Developing Contextual Scenarios 126 5.4 Example: Scenario Analysis for Examining Civil Aviation Infrastructure Options in the Netherlands 131 5.4.1 Step 1: Determine Key Question 131 5.4.2 Step 2: Determine the Contextual Factors 131 5.4.3 Step 3: Cluster the Contextual Factors into Driving Forces 132 5.4.4 Step 4: Classify the Driving Forces According to Their Impact and Uncertainty 134 5.4.5 Step 5: Design a Scenario Logic 135 5.4.6 Step 6: Detail the Scenario 135 5.4.7 Step 7: Evaluate the Key Question 137 References 137 6 Synthesis of Partial Analyses 139 6.1 Main Steps in the Synthesis of Partial Analyses 139 6.2 Revisiting the System Diagram 140 6.3 Consistency Check 141 Contents 9 6.4 Knowledge Gaps 142 6.5 Reformulating the Problem and Outlining Follow-Up Activities for the Policy Analyst 142 References 144 7 The Research Plan 145 7.1 Introduction 145 7.2 Why? - Knowledge Gaps 147 7.3 What? - Research Questions 148 7.4 How? - Methods and Modeling Approaches 148 7.4.1 Methods and Models for Analysis 148 7.4.2 Data Collection 149 7.5 When? Where? - Planning 150 7.6 Functions and Specifications of Mathematical Models 151 7.6.1 When to Use Mathematical Models 151 7.6.2 From Problem Analysis to Mathematical Models 152 7.6.3 Functional Requirements of Mathematical Models 154 7.6.4 A Number of Relevant Modeling Approaches 156 7.6.5 Choice of Approach and Specification Technique 160 References 162 8 Preparing an Issue Paper 163 8.1 Role of an Issue Paper in Policy Analysis 163 8.2 The Key Elements of Issue Papers 164 8.2.1 The Importance of a Convincing Argumentation 164 8.2.2 Standard Outline for Issue Papers 166 8.3 The Specific Contents of an Issue Paper 167 8.3.1 Introduction: The Problem Owner's Dilemma 167 8.3.2 Problem Analysis 168 8.3.3 Recommendations and Research Plan 169 8.4 Checklist for a Good Issue Paper 170 References 172 Appendix: Developing a Storyline for an Issue Paper 173

The Theory and Practice of Time Travel

(on the Plausibility of Temporal Displacement)

Author: Lawrence Conyers

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781438993058

Category: Philosophy

Page: 108

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This is what happens when you start to think, just for a moment, about the real-world implications of time travel. It's not just physics, it's intelligent philosophy, theology and a bucketload of off-beat humour all mixed up in a delicious cake. The purpose of this book is to answer the question: "OK, how do I do it? I want to see a dinosaur. I don't have a space-ship and there are no wormholes in my back garden - what do I do?". Possible Answer 1: Borrow Richard Branson's Rocket ship and zoom off before he notices... Possible Answer 2: Work out what reality is first, then work out how you worked that out. Best Answer: Read the book! The science and physics is presented in a light hearted and easy way, the philosophy is deeply thought provoking and the theology... well, as Einstein said. "Science without religion is lame".