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
For the last four decades, Tedric Harris' Rolling Bearing Analysis has been the "bible" for engineers involved in rolling bearing technology. Why do so many students and practicing engineers rely on this book? The answer is simple: because of its complete coverage from low- to high-speed applications and full derivations of the underlying mathematics from a leader in the field. The fifth edition of this classic reference is divided conveniently into two volumes, each focused on a specialized area of bearing technology. This option allows you to select the coverage that is best suited to your needs.
This book is dedicated to the billions of ignorant American taxpayers. Without them this tale of a Pacific island college could have never been dreamt up. Is it a Diploma Mill if nobody gets a diploma? What about if 3% get a diploma, and the other 97% walk away with $1,300 of US taxpayer money per semester, for up to six semesters, for doing absolutely nothing? Well then in this case it's a Pell Grant Dropout Factory. It's practically become a rite of passage for teens and young adults in the small island nation of the Fedapilated States of Make-Believe (FSM-B), where ignorant American taxpayers have pumped billions of dollars. This is a short snippet of what goes on under the guise of paradise in a small part of the American Pacific where the residents have become deeply entrenched in the entitlement culture. This book is not for the politically correct. It pulls no punches. There's no cumbaya to be found between these covers.... Chapters: 1 Day 1, 2 The Timeliness of this Book, 3 Origins of this Book Title, 4 The Absurdity of Pell Grant Squandering and Significance of Pell Refunds in the Fedapilated States of Make-Believe, 5 Unsatisfactory Academic Progress and "Supposed to," 6 Late Arrivals and Absences, 7 Don't Ask Don't Tell, 8 Instructor Halfass, Instructor Docilina, and Assistant Dean Eunuch, 9 President LipServier Comes to Darkagean, 10 Vice President Kahutz and the Four Consecutive Turd Alerts, 11 Faculty & Staff Meeting Part I: Mongers, Prostitutes, and Elephants, 12 Faculty & Staff Meeting Part II: Selfish Bastards and a Beautiful Death, 13 Make-Believeian Culture is at Odds with Academic Culture, 14 The Perfect albeit Accidental Experiment, 15 The Substitute, 16 The Biggest Losers in this Pathetic Game, 17 Better to be Feared than Loved, 18 Day 365, Appendix I The Pell Grant Articles and Questions Used in Reading Lessons, Appendix IICaste Mobility: Education Will Set You Free - The Parable of the High-Caste Man and the Low-Caste Girl, Appendix III Rooster Death: Story and Questions Used During a Psychology Class ... the end of each Spring semester sees approximately 30 students graduate, 70 transfer, and 900 dropout ... At some point we have to ask ourselves, how low is too low to be entitled to government support? ... In essence Make-Believeians are being paid to enroll in classes at the College of Make-Believe ... Shut it down or clean it up, but stop scamming Americans out of their hard earned money ... The fecal matter must have had hit the fan back then, the splattering repercussions of which are still being felt more than a decade later ... why are the enrollees never absent or late when it comes time to pick up their Pell refunds? Why is it that, on payday Friday, Make-Believeians are never late getting to the bank before closing time? And NEVER sick on payday Fridays ... This is theft. This is stealing. This is outright deception and fraud. The people who are doing this to this poor girl are cheating her. They are telling her that they are giving her $1.00 but when she goes off island to spend it toward earning her bachelor degree she realizes it's worth only $0.75 and there's just no way she can ever make up the deficit, a deficit which increases exponentially with each passing semester ... Ebola was all over CNN. It's a wicked disease she thought, but not as bad as the epidemic from which she'd emerged unscathed. With Ebola people die, their corpses are quarantined, and the survivors grow wiser for the experience. But teachers gone awry relentlessly infect hundreds, thousands, and have a lasting impact on students throughout the remainder of their lives. Nobody ever grows wiser ... the financing of higher education for the people in the Fedapilated States of Make-Believe, who have consistently shown a blatant lack of desire for such, needs to be reassessed.
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