Is Reality Secular?
What is the nature of reality? How do we best understand and explain the world around us? What does it mean to be human? And how do we account for ethics and morality? Mary Poplin argues that the ultimate test...
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What is the nature of reality? How do we best understand and explain the world around us? What does it mean to be human? And how do we account for ethics and morality? Mary Poplin argues that the ultimate test of a worldview, philosophy or ideology is whether it corresponds with reality. Since different perspectives conflict with each other, how do we make sense of the differences? And if a worldview system accurately reflects reality, what implications does that have for our thinking and living? In this wide-ranging and perceptive study, Poplin examines four major worldviews: naturalism, humanism, pantheism and Judeo-Christian theism. She explores the fundamental assumptions of each, pressing for limitations. Ultimately she puts each perspective to the test, asking, what if this worldview is true? And what does it matter? If reality is secular, that means something for how we orient our lives. But if reality is not best explained by secular perspectives, that would mean something quite different. Consider for yourself what best makes sense of reality.
Mary Poplin (Ph.D., University of Texas) is a professor of education at Claremont Graduate University in California, where she has served as director of the teacher education program and dean of the School of Educational Studies. Poplin conducts research inside urban classrooms and schools that promote both justice and accountability. She teaches courses on pedagogy, history and philosophy of education, as well as Christian principles related to these areas. She is also a frequent speaker at Veritas Forums and for both Protestant and Catholic retreats across the country. She is the author of the book Finding Calcutta, a recounting of the time she spent serving with Mother Theresa.
- :foreword By Dallas Willard
- Part 1: Is Reality Secular?
- 1 Truth And Consequences
- 2 Confessions Of A Professor
- 3 Worldviews As Operating Systems Of The Mind
- 4 Tracing History Up To Now
- Part 2: Naturalism
- 5 Everything Is A Thing
- 6 Science As The Only Truth
- 7 The Purposeless Universe Emerged From Nothing
- 8 No Miracles Allowed
- 9 The Ethics Of Things Upon Things
- 10 Countering God As Creator
- Part 3: Humanism
- 11 Man Makes Himself And His World
- 12 Radical Individual Freedom
- 13 Varieties Of Secular Humanism
- 14 Principles Of Secular And Christian Psychology
- 15 Finding Moral Truth In Human Dialogue
- 16 Exorcising Sin
- 17 Contesting Jesus As Divine
- Part 4: Pantheism
- 18 Immanence - The Spirit Within Us
- 19 To Eliminate Suffering, Jettison Desire
- 20 Pantheism’s Many Faces
- 21 Western Pantheism - Spiritual, Not Religious
- 22 Spiritual Transactions In People, Nature And Nations
- 23 Contesting The Holy Spirit
- Part 5: What If Judeo-christianity Is True?
- 24 A Wider Rationality
- 25 The Triune God
- 26 Jesus, Perfect God/man: Redeemer Of Man And The World
- 27 Signposts Of Reality