Blind Leap

Blind Leap

Author: Diane Anderson-Minshall,Jacob Anderson-Minshall

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books Inc

ISBN: 1602824533

Page: 320

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The camera doesn't lie, but sometimes it captures a story worth killing for. When Jeff Conant, the new executive director of San Francisco's Frameline Film Festival, takes a header off the Golden Gate Bridge, he is considered just another statisticÑone of the thousands who've leapt from the landmark to commit suicide. But Jeff was also a childhood friend of reporter Velvet Erickson, who refuses to accept the coroner's ruling. Although unconvinced, Yoshi Yakamota reluctantly agrees to investigate Jeff's death. Diving into the victim's life, the Blind Eye Detective Agency uncovers potential suspects, but no real indications of murder. What did happen on the Golden Gate Bridge that night? Did an independent filmmaker inadvertently capture the event on camera? When a Blind Eye team member is attacked, it becomes painfully clear that someone has a secret worth killing forÑand with Yoshi dangerously close to exposing it, they may strike again.
Categories: Fiction

Biblical Inner Healing

Biblical Inner Healing

Author: Mike Mendoza

Publisher: Aion Multimedia Publishing

ISBN: 0991565754

Page: 172

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Humans tend to be autonomous, independent and self-governing, and psychology can’t explain why because it’s a spiritual sin problem. The biblical view can incorporate the truth found by secular research, and facts found by secular research about the psyche (unknown world of a person - their mind) can also be incorporated to the biblical view and make better sense of it. Many things religious people discover share no common ground with secular studies. Secular psychology can’t deal with the meaning of life, moral standards, and guilt (which are all important to our psychological studies) because they leave God out.
Categories: Religion

Faith Lies

Seven Incomplete Ideas That Hijack Faith and How to See Beyond Them

Faith Lies

Author: Darrell Smith

Publisher: Elm Hill

ISBN: 159555730X

Page: 276

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Faith Lies: 7 Incomplete Ideas That Hijack Faith and How to See Beyond Them is for people noticing the cracks in the foundation of their faith as well as those who feel they have been hurt or discarded by a God or a faith that just does not make sense. Faith lies are those seemingly required religious ideas or spiritual beliefs that are often confusing and rarely helpful. LIE 1 -- The Bible is the Literal Word of God -- The Bible is not the written record of God’s dictation. God was most certainly the inspiration for the Bible, but not the medium. People were the medium—they did the storytelling, the writing, the selecting, and the interpretation that resulted in the Bible. The Bible is not God’s Bill of Rights and Constitution. Rather, it is a divinely inspired story of progression that should open things up rather than constrict and regulate. LIE 2 -- God is Angry and Doesn’t Like Me--Especially When I Sin -- Instead of perceiving God as a loving parent, many of us understand God as a cosmic scorekeeper, intent on our purification. Understanding God as a loving parent not only requires a reframing of our perception of God but also invites us to see each other and ourselves as beloved children. LIE 3 -- The Devil is God’s Counterpart -- This is the bad idea that the Bible presents a continuous, consistent narrative about the devil. It simply does not. Moreover, when we string together what we actually have--disparate statements about satan made by different people, from different places, languages, cultures, and times--we arrive at the strange notion that there is a “good” god who is responsible for the “good” things in our lives and a “bad” god (satan) who handles the “bad” stuff. LIE 4 -- I Am Supposed to Protect and Defend God and My Faith -- There are real tensions and conflicts around the globe today that are built on the notion that as people of faith, one of our jobs is to defend our faith or our God. Rather than settling for a god who needs our protection, we can follow the powerfully divine thread of moving “beyond the tribe” that is found throughout the Bible. LIE 5 -- There is One Right Way to Believe and One Right Way to Behave -- One of the root lies of fundamentalism--in all faiths--is the notion that true faith is defined by believing the right things and acting the right way. Isn’t it more likely that we are all part of a diverse creation that flows from a God that cannot be contained by any one belief or behavior? LIE 6 -- Faith is a Private Matter -- Much like whom we voted for in the last election or how much money we make, people have wrongfully accepted the idea that faith is a private matter and not to be shared with others. The spiritual life has always been a communal life. We require others to undertake our journey, and others need us, too. LIE 7 -- Real Faith is Blind Belief -- The idea that true faith has no doubts or questions creates a powerless and impotent faith that discourages critical thinking and fosters the ridiculous assumption that science and faith are unrelated. Real faith actually requires doubt, criticism, and exploration in order to change us—let alone change the world. While the loud voices at the margins adamantly declare faith either completely irrelevant or capable of being contained in one narrow ideology, most people get lost in the mix, feeling no certainty or comfort in either direction. Faith Lies deconstructs the terrible notion that faithlessness and fundamentalism are our only options.
Categories: Religion

Philosophy

A Christian Introduction

Philosophy

Author: James K. Jr. Dew,Paul M. Gould

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 1493416839

Page: 304

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Two experienced educators offer an up-to-date introduction to philosophy from a Christian perspective that covers the four major areas of philosophical thought: epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and ethics. Written from an analytic perspective, the book introduces key concepts and issues within the main areas of philosophical inquiry in a comprehensive yet accessible way, inviting readers on a quest for goodness, truth, and beauty that ultimately points to Jesus as the source of all.
Categories: Religion

Becoming a Self

A Reading of Kierkegaard's Concluding Unscientific Postscript

Becoming a Self

Author: Merold Westphal

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 9781557530899

Page: 261

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Becoming a Self provides a reader's guide to the book often taken to be Soren Kierkegaard's most important contribution to philosophy and theology. Merold Westphal includes the portion of Kierkegaard's text that develops his infamous thesis that truth is subjectivity and offers a dose reading of the entire text of Postscript. He also locates the text in Kierkegaard's authorship, with special attention to the theory of stages; in the debate with Hegel; and in the conversations that make up contemporary postmodern philosophy. This is an eminently successful piece of work and just the sort of thing we have come to expect from Merold Westphal. The text is a lucid, lively, humorous, readable, brisk, judicious commentary in American English from which students on many levels will profit. -- John D. Caputo, Villanova University
Categories: Philosophy

Language Policy Processes and Consequences

Arizona Case Studies

Language Policy Processes and Consequences

Author: Dr. Sarah C. K. Moore

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 1783091967

Page: 184

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This book traces the recent socio-historical trajectory of educational language policy in Arizona, the state with the most restrictive English-only implementation in the US. Chapters, each representing a case study of policy-making in the state, include: • an overview and background of the English-only movement, the genesis of Structured English Immersion (SEI), and current status of language policy in Arizona; • an in-depth review of the Flores case presented by its lead lawyer; • a look at early Proposition 203 implementation in the context of broader educational ‘reform’ efforts; • examples of how early state-wide mandates impacted teacher professional development; • a presentation of how new university-level teacher preparation curricula misaligns with commonly-held beliefs about what teachers of language minority students should know and understand; • an exploration of principals’ concerns about enforcing top-down policies for SEI implementation; • an investigation of what SEI policy looks like in today’s classrooms and whether it constitutes equity; • and finally, a discussion of what the various cases mean for the education of English learners in the state.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Hermetic Millennia

Book Two of the Eschaton Sequence

The Hermetic Millennia

Author: John C. Wright

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1429948302

Page: 400

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Continuing from Count to a Trillion, Menelaus Illation Montrose—Texas gunslinger, idealist, and posthuman genius—has gone into cryo-suspension following the discovery that, in 8,000 years, a powerful alien intelligence will reach Earth to assess humanity's value as slaves. Montrose intends to be alive to meet that threat, but he is awakened repeatedly throughout the centuries to confront the woes of an ever-changing and violent world, witnessing millennia of change compressed into a few years of subjective time. The result is a breathtaking vision of future history like nothing before imagined: sweeping, tumultuous, and evermore alien, as Montrose's immortal enemies and former shipmates from the starship Hermetic harness the forces of evolution and social engineering to continuously reshape the Earth in their image, seeking to create a version of man the approaching slavers will find worthy. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Categories: Fiction

Where the Blind Horse Sings

Love and Healing at an Animal Sanctuary

Where the Blind Horse Sings

Author: Kathy Stevens

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1602396698

Page: 206

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Offers a moving story about a special animal sanctuary where a host of animals dealing with various issues have found a place to call their own, including a toothless pony who survived a fire and a former cockfighting rooster who likes to dine with his human companion. Original.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Clarity of God's Existence

The Ethics of Belief After the Enlightenment

The Clarity of God's Existence

Author: Owen Anderson

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621892158

Page: 224

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The Clarity of God's Existence examines the need for theistic proofs within historic Christianity, and the challenges to these since the Enlightenment. Historically (and scripturally), Christianity has maintained that unbelief is inexcusable. If failing to know God is a sin, the implication is that humans can and should know God. Humans should know God because his eternal power and divine nature are clearly revealed in the things that are made. And yet, Anderson argues, more time is spent on avoiding the need for clarity to establish inexcusability than on actually providing an argument or proof. Proofs that rely on Aristotle or Plato and that establish a Prime Mover or designer are thought to be sufficient. But the adequacy of these, not only to prove the God of theism, but also to prove anything at all, has been called into question by Enlightenment thinkers like David Hume. After considering the traditional proofs, and tracing the history of challenges to theistic proofs (from Hume to Kant and down to the twentieth century), Anderson argues that the standard methods of apologetics have failed to sufficiently respond. Classical Apologetics, Evidentialism, Presuppositionalism, Reformed Epistemology, and others fail to adequately answer the challenges of the Enlightenment. If this is the case, what is the outcome for Christianity? Anderson offers an explanation as to why traditional proofs have failed, and for what is necessary to offer a proof that not only responds to Hume and Kant but also establishes the clarity of God's existence. The traditional proofs failed precisely in not aiming at the clarity of God's existence, and they failed in this because of a faulty view of the goal of Christian life. If the blessed life is to be attained in a direct vision of God in heaven, then there is little to no reason to ask for more than the bare minimum required to get into heaven (justification). Furthermore, if the highest blessing is this direct vision, then the glory of God revealed in his work is considered as less important and even set aside. By way of contrast, if God's eternal power and divine nature are clearly revealed in his works, and the blessing comes in knowing God, then it is of the utmost importance for Christianity to demonstrate the clarity of God's existence.
Categories: Religion

Critical Writings

New Edition

Critical Writings

Author: Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374706948

Page: 584

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The Futurist movement was founded and promoted by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, beginning in 1909 with the First Futurist Manifesto, in which he inveighed against the complacency of "cultural necrophiliacs" and sought to annihilate the values of the past, writing that "there is no longer any beauty except the struggle. Any work of art that lacks a sense of aggression can never be a masterpiece." In the years that followed, up until his death in 1944, Marinetti, through both his polemical writings and his political activities, sought to transform society in all its aspects. As Günter Berghaus writes in his introduction, "Futurism sought to bridge the gap between art and life and to bring aesthetic innovation into the real world. Life was to be changed through art, and art was to become a form of life." This volume includes more than seventy of Marinetti's most important writings—many of them translated into English for the first time—offering the reader a representative and still startling selection of texts concerned with Futurist art, literature, politics, and philosophy.
Categories: Social Science