books about: naturalism
Worldviews in Conflict
Ronald H. Nash
This small book is an excellent introduction to worldview thinking from a Christian perspective. It develops Christian ideas in the areas of metaphysics, epistemology & ethics as it portrays a basic outline of a Christian worldview. It also does a good job of introducing basic concepts of logic, and it tackles several supposed contradictions in the Christian faith, particularly the problem of ...
Between Naturalism and Religion: Philosophical Essays
Religious tolerance in a world community
I was looking particularly for Habermas' views on religious tolerance, and found a thorough analysis of Immanuel Kant's political constitution (Perpetual Peace, and Other Essays on Politics, History, and Morals (HPC Classics Series)). He compares it with the success of the United nations in weathering attempts to marginalise it and proceeding with substantial reforms. He maintains that "we can ...
Reason in the Balance: The Case Against Naturalism in Science, Law & Education
Phillip E. Johnson
Brilliant, insightful analysis
One of the most important books I have read. A masterful discussion of the merits of Theism and Naturalism for the claim to truth and reason. Dr Johnson gives a stunningly compelling defense of the rational merits of Theism, carefully exposing the false claims and destructive effects of Atheistic Naturalism in science, education and law. If you want to be equipped to know and win battles against ...
Universe Next Door
James W. Sire
This is a great book. It clearly outlines the major world-views as well as presenting the importance of world views in coloring the lens through which we see the world. It is very readable and insightful. Highly recommended.
Nana, in French, part of the Rougon-Macquart series (French Edition)
B&R Samizdat Express, 2008
Classic naturalist novel about a Paris prostitute, in the original French. First published in 1880. According to Wikipedia: "Emile Zola (2 April 1840 - 29 September 1902) was an influential French writer, the most important example of the literary school of naturalism, and a major figure in the political liberalization of France...After his first major novel, Therese Raquin (1867), Zola started the long series called Les Rougon Macquart, about ...
The Portable American Realism Reader
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An anthology for its time
From the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the first World War there was a flowering of American writing. Here a good representation of it is grouped together under the heading of 'American Realism and Naturalism'. The 'Realism' is the critical term of William Dean Howells and the Naturalism is much more suitable to certain writers, say Harold Frederic, than it is to others, say Henry ...
Is Belief in God Good, Bad or Irrelevant?: A Professor And a Punk Rocker Discuss Science, Religion, ...
Preston did a great job editing this book. It worth every cent. I do recommend everybody to read it (mainly those fanatic religious people =P ). Congratulations for Preston and Greg for this healthy conversation.
Kingdom Triangle: Recover the Christian Mind, Renovate the Soul, Restore the Spirit's Power
An Honest Evaluation of Our Current Situation
I was acquainted with Dr. J.P. Moreland after reading his book "Scaling the Secular City". I was very impressed with that book and decided to try this book out. At first I was hesitant because this book wasn't a full blown apologetics book, but I realized that I needed to take a break from all the deep philosophy that I'm used to reading all the time. So I bought it (very cheap mind you). The ...
Yvonna S. Lincoln
Egon G. Guba
Sage Publications, Inc
Lincoln and Guba have written three previous books dealing with research and evaluation in education and the social sciences. This book discusses and explores a paradigm in naturalistic research and evaluation that is not rigid in structure. Lincoln and Guba provide detailed suggestions and a checklist that assist naturalistic researchers in developing credible and trustworthy processes of ...
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2008
A Meticulous, Yet Brief Critique of Naturalism
This is a fascinating, yet concise book. At only 122 pages (including the appendix) one might assume that the book is too short to argue against a philosophical methodology such as naturalism, yet this is not the case. In fact, the brevity serves a greater purpose that I will mention below. Let me begin with a brief discussion of the title followed by some strengths and weaknesses. A ...
Realism, Rationalism, Surrealism: Art Between the Wars (Modern Art Practices and Debates)
Yale University Press
The book begins by considering responses by French artists to the World War I, showing how Purism, Dada, and early Surrealism are related to the ethos of post-war reconstruction. The authors then discuss the language of construction in places as dissimilar as France, Germany and the Soviet Union; the contrasting demands of the utility and decoration of objects and paintings; and the relationship of Surrealism to questions of sexuality and gender ...
Science and Nonbelief
Prometheus Books, 2005
Excellent introduction and much more
If all physicists had the grasp of philosophy, biology, human prehistory, religion and new age bunkum that this writer has the world would have been a better place. Having read Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Paul Kurtz, Sam Harris, Matt Ridley, Steven Weinberg, Jared Diamond, Peter Watson, Frederick Streng, Peter J Gould, Joseph Campbell, Ninian Smart, Michael Shermer, Stephen Hawking, Simon ...
The Riddle of Hume's Treatise: Skepticism, Naturalism, and Irreligion
Oxford University Press, USA, 2008
Essential reading for understanding Hume's Treatise
Hume's Treatise is his greatest work and, by far, the most difficult to understand. Published when he was still in his twenties, it is an overexuberant book. If you read the Treatise carefully, you are struck over and over again by the question, why does Hume cover this topic? Who exactly is he arguing against? What is his overall motivation? Russell's "Riddle of Hume's Treatise" offers a ...
Style and Civilization
Superb introduction to a predominant 19th century art trend
Realism was a major movement of mid- to late-19th century art, literature, and architecture, and has left a lasting impact on the culture of the 20th and 21st centuries. Before realism, most painting dealt with either historical or allegorical subjects, but afterwards, almost all art has primarily been concerned with contemporary subjects, and allegory is close to unheard of. As Nochlin shows, ...
Modernity and Modernism: French Painting in the Nineteenth Century (Modern Art Practices and Debates)
Ms. Tamar Garb
Yale University Press
This volume is part of a four-volume series about art and its interpretation in the 19th and 20th centuries. The books provide an introduction to modern European and American art and criticism that should be valuable both to students and to the general reader. This first volume focuses on aspects of Realism, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism in Paris between 1848 and 1900. Discussing works by Courbet, Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Cezanne, Morisot ...
The Recalcitrant Imago Dei: Human Persons and the Failure of Naturalism (Veritas)
A Superb Critique of Naturalism
J.P. Moreland's The Recalcitrant Imago Dei is a work that outlines a case against naturalism based on what a Christian would define as the "image of God." These recalcitrant (as far as naturalism is concerned) facts include consciousness, free will, rationality, a substantial soul, objective morality, and intrinsic value. J.P. Moreland has, I believe, outlined a rather magnficent critique of ...
Sense and Goodness Without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism
Well Written, Well Organized, and Mostly Right
"Sense & Goodness Without God" is a book written by Richard Carrier, a former Editor-in-Chief for the Secular Web who recently received his Ph.D. in Ancient History from Columbia University. When I first got this book I was honestly a little disappointed that this was a book outlining the author's personal philosophy. I had thought it was a work on secularism in general not someone's personal ...
Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and Its Uses
Thomas W. Clark
Center for Naturalism
An excellent introduction to Naturalism as a worldview
In this book, Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and Its Uses, Thomas Clark, founder and director of the Center for Naturalism, provides a superb introduction to the worldview known as Naturalism, as contrasted with the supernatural worldview shared by most of the world's religions. The work is not intended as a philosophical or scientific defense of Naturalism, which can be found elsewhere ...
The Problem of the Soul: Two Visions of Mind and How to Reconcile Them
The most important philosophy book I have ever read
I won't waste too much time echoing what many other reviewers have said. This book is a rarity in philosophy in that there is nothing very abstract. Owen takes a deliberate, logical approach to his subject that makes the book easy to read and understand. One thing I think people should understand before reading is that Flanagan sets out with a purpose in mind. His scientific and logical ...
Mere Creation; Science, Faith & Intelligent Design
A Comprehensive Volume Applying Intelligent Design to Many Fields of Science
This volume contains essays by numerous Discovery Fellows who presented at an early intelligent design conference at Biola University in 1996. As Henry F. Shaefer III explains in the forward, the conference was not a typical "creationist" event, as "virtually none of the conference participants were creationists of the sort one frequently reads about in the popular press" and "a very large ...
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