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
Blue Ribbon Blueberry Pie. If the bear cubs gather enough nuts, seeds and blueberries, Mama Bear has agreed to make her special, lip-smacking-good pie.
Each time they fill their baskets, the cubs count berries, seeds and nuts by putting them in groups of tens and ones to see if they have enough for pie.
Everyday activities such as sharing a meal, sorting socks and getting ready for school can be part of learning math. In the "MathStart Series, " everyday life is the basis for each entertaining story. Simple math concepts are embedded in each story so that young children can intuitively understand them. Adults can use the creative suggestions for activities in the back of each book to extend learning opportunities with children.
Developmentally appropriate and correlated to school grade levels and the curriculum standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, "MathStart" can give children a head start Blue Ribbon Blueberry Pie is the best--but do these bear cubs have enough ingredients to bake one? Regrouping their berries, nuts, and seeds by tens and ones reveals that one cub has not done her fair bear share. John Speirs's irresistible bear cubs make this lesson in regrouping one children will enjoy.
Blue Ribbon Blueberry Pie is the best--but do these bear cubs have enough ingredients to bake one? Regrouping their berries, nuts, and seeds by tens and ones reveals that one cub has not done her fair bear share. John Speirs's irresistible bear cubs make this lesson in regrouping one children will enjoy.
Readers take on the role of historical detectives as they learn about artifacts as primary sources and discover how they can be used to study the past.
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