The very idea of truth as a substantial and meaningful concept has been under attack recently from advocates of New Age and postmodern theories. In this book Englebretsen defends the notions of truth and objectivity as key to the scientific view of the natural world and presents an original defence of the 'commonsense' correspondence theory of truth. Englebretsen's approach overcomes the traditional difficulties of correspondence theories of truth with providing adequate and convincing accounts of truth-bearers, truth-makers and the correspondence relation between them by taking truth-bearers to be propositions and facts as constitutive properties of the world. This accessibly written book surveys all of the major competing theories of truth (coherence, pragmatic, redundancy, semantic, deflationary, disquotational, minimalist) before formulating the new defence of the correspondence theory and then exploring the consequences of the theory for issues in epistemology and ontology. The book concludes by showing how the idea of 'propositional depth' can be used to dissolve the Liar paradoxes.
"Joe Otto, a friend and dedicated layman, has written a remarkable and engaging book. It is remarkable for the range of theology that he covers in so short a space. It is all the more remarkable in that these are topics about which theologians write great tomes and about which they argue with one another today.
Best of all is his strong presentation of the centrality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ as a real event which took place in Jesus in 30 A.D. in the outskirts of Jerusalem, with amazing implications for understanding the whole of Scripture and for our lives in Christ today. Pick up and read." Rt. Rev. John H. Rodgers Jr., Th.D.
Dean/President Emeritus Trinity School for Ministry, Retired Bishop AMIA
"Joe Otto blessed the church where I served by teaching a series on stewardship. Now he has used his legal mind to lead us to make a decision to follow Jesus. He makes a concise case largely rooted in the unique truth of Christ's resurrection. Just as Abraham experienced the 'resurrection' of Isaac when God provided the ram in the thicket, Joe leads us to find new life when he helps us see the truth of the Lamb of God rising from the dead."
Rt. Rev. J. Mark Zimmerman, D. Min.
Bishop, Anglican Church in North America, Southwest Diocese Former Rector of "St. Francis in the Fields" and "Somerset Anglican Fellowship," Somerset, Pennsylvania
"It is great to see a trial lawyer with lifetime experiences bring that same analytical talent to the Christian faith. Joe Otto addresses in this book a wide variety of evidences concerning the Christian faith - very helpful to the inquiring mind of someone who wants real answers."
Rev. Dr. John Guest, Rector/Senior Pastor of Christ Church at Grove Farm, former Rector of St. Stephen's Church, Sewickley, Pennsylvania and Founding Evangelist, JGET, Oxford University, United Kingdom
"The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are the central facts undergirding Christian faith and life. Joe Otto brings to bear his legal training in a succinct and masterful summary of the Biblical and historical evidence for the reality of these events and compellingly urges their significance for us today. This little book will both greatly encourage Christian disciples and challenge those who do not believe, are skeptics, or simply have questions, to take the step for faith."
The Rev. Dr. Dennett Buettner Pastor, Church of the Savior, Ambridge, Pennsylvania
"The Resurrection of Jesus is the most hopeful teaching in the Bible. Joe Otto makes a strong case that the resurrection is good, beautiful, and above all, true."
Steve Palmer, Assistant Rector St. Stephen's Church, Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Mooweesuk the Coon is called the bear's little brother by both Indians and naturalists, because of the many ways in which he resembles the "big prowler in the black coat." An absorbing chapter on the coon's secret habits begins this volume, followed by stories about the woodcock, the wildcat, the toad, and many other animals. Two chapters remarkable for their keen insight into the hidden life of animals close this volume,─one on Animal Surgery, describing some of the ways in which wild animals treat their wounds; the other on Hunting without a Gun, showing the joy of following even the large and dangerous animals with the desire only to be near and understand them.
Death is the end, and if a man doesn't speak before it silences him, then his deepest secrets go with him.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles comes an e-original novella featuring former prosecutor Penn Cage, a story of family secrets and justice denied, plus an excerpt from his new novel,Natchez Burning.
When a heart attack sends Penn's father, Tom Cage, to the ER, Tom begs that his son be brought to his side to hear a dying declaration. But when Penn arrives, Tom denies ever making the request-keeping his secrets for another day.
The emergency hurls Penn back to a chilling case in Houston, where he worked in a DA's office known as the "death factory," which sent more killers to death row than any other in America. While Penn cares for his ailing wife, a tormented forensic technician brings him evidence of a crime lab in chaos, throwing past convictions into doubt and begging Penn to prevent an imminent travesty of justice. With the desperation of a man fighting death in his own home, Penn must find a way to bring the machinery of the death factory to a halt.
Included here is an extended sneak preview of Natchez Burning, the first installment in an epic trilogy featuring Penn Cage.
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