Christian Commitment: An Apologetic

Christian Commitment: An Apologetic

by Edward J. Carnell


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556356209
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/28/2007
Series: Edward Carnell Library
Pages: 330
Sales rank: 1,090,812
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Edward John Carnell (1919-1967) was an ordained Baptist minister who served for three years as Associate Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Gordon Divinity School. He taught apologetics at Fuller Theological Seminary from 1948 to 1967 and served there as the second president from 1954 to 1959.

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Spiritual Responsibility and the Rise of a World View     2
The deficiency of classical thought     2
Developing a starting point     3
A word about procedure     7
Developing the Third Method of Knowing
Types of Truth and Methods of Knowing     10
The rise of the third method of knowing     10
The naming of an absolute truth     12
Philosophy and personal responsibility     14
The two kinds of truth     14
The third kind of truth     15
The two conventional methods of knowing     17
The limitations of knowledge by acquaintance     19
The limitations of knowledge by inference     20
The third method of knowing     21
The relation between the three methods of knowing     23
The three conditions of knowing     24
A final review     29
Applying the Third Method of Knowing
A Preliminary Probe     32
Transition through aesthetics     32
A plain and simple experiment in the city park     34
The discovery of a universal starting point     35
Descartes' starting point     37
Aristotle and the law of contradiction     38
The law of contradiction and moral self-acceptance     41
The law of uniformity and moral self-acceptance     42
The realism of the third method of knowing     44
Moral Self-Acceptance and Social Relations     47
A refinement of procedure     47
Finding an index to human actions     49
Challenging the theory that all morals are relative     52
Moral self-acceptance and values     54
Moral self-acceptance and social relations     55
Our moral demands on strangers     57
Moral responsibility when entering friendship     58
Moral demands within friendship     60
The second criterion     61
The problem of animals     63
Conscience and moral relativity     64
The paradox of morals     66
The balance of moral self-acceptance as a method     71
Kierkegaard     73
Moral Self-Acceptance and the Judicial Sentiment     80
A transition through Kant's practical imperative     80
An empirical trial of the practical imperative     82
A further clarification of procedure     84
Human rights and moral self-acceptance     87
The judicial sentiment      91
The judicial predicament     94
Harmonizing duty and desire     96
The reality of the administrator of justice     101
The elimination of false alternatives     104
The person of God as the administrator of justice     107
Kant's appeal to conscience     110
A final word about Kant     114
Becoming Acquainted with the Person of God
Preparations for Meeting God     118
Going beyond Spinoza     118
Going beyond Aristotle     120
Extending the cycle of fellowship     121
Spiritual preparation and the perception of truth     125
The moral predicament     128
The character of God     130
The univocal point of identity between time and eternity     135
The problem of God's finitude     142
The problem of evil     144
Moral self-acceptance and the terms of fellowship     149
The anatomy of humility     153
The Admission of Guilt     156
A revision of procedure     156
The paradox of humility     157
Direct and indirect fulfillment     158
The two qualities of moral response     160
A clarification of direction      162
The anatomy of an apology     164
Why we cannot apologize to God     166
The anatomy of repentance     167
The problem of repenting before God     169
Defining the Law of Life     171
The pith and marrow of the imperative essence     171
The law by which we judge others     172
The law of justice     172
Difficulties with justice     174
Justice and repentance     176
Exceptions to justice     177
The problem of evidences     179
A further word about the counsel of Christ     185
Why we must humbly ask a favor     186
The law of consideration     188
Implications and inferences     192
A new dimension to the moral predicament     195
The dialectic of striving     200
Consideration and repentance     203
Justice and consideration     204
Beyond consideration     205
The law of love     207
The Logic of Repentance     212
The paradox of moral striving     212
Venturing a radical hypothesis     214
Selfishness and the judicial sentiment     215
A check against haste     216
A faulty application of method     217
A correction of procedure     219
The buttressing force of cumulative evidences     220
Tragic moral choices     223
The claims of love on the heart     230
The conditioned element in conscience     233
The problem of the heathen     237
A final review of the moral predicament     240
Why it is necessary to repent     241
Concluding Inferences and Problems
Christ the Power and the Wisdom of God     246
The possibilities and limits of human wisdom     246
The judicial sentiment in God     248
The cross of Christ     249
The cross and personal repentance     254
The filial bond     255
Objections to positional righteousness     257
The principle of federal headship     262
Objections to federal headship     263
Objections to total depravity     264
Saving faith     267
God's sovereignty and the problem of evil     269
The filial bond and the problem of evil     273
The dialogue of Habakkuk     273
The faith of Abraham     277
Man's search for ultimate meaning     278
The problem of evil and the cross of Christ     281
The finality of Jesus Christ     284
The verification of the Christian world view     284
A terminal difficulty     286
The Protestant Reformation     290
Christianity and other world religions     293
The height and depth of the religious perspective     295
The righteousness of correct thinking     297
The righteousness of self-denial     299
The righteousness of keeping the law     300
Conclusion     302
Index of Scripture Passages     305
Index of Names and Subjects     306

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