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Christmas - Philosophy for Everyone by Scott C. Lowe (ed.)

By Scott C. Lowe (ed.)

From Santa, elves and Ebenezer Scrooge, to the tradition wars and virgin start, Christmas - Philosophy for Everyone explores a number of philosophical matters raised by way of the practices and ideology surrounding Christmas.

  • Offers considerate and funny philosophical insights into the main extensively celebrated vacation within the Western global
  • Contributions come from quite a lot of disciplines, together with philosophy, theology, spiritual stories, English literature, cognitive technological know-how and ethical psychology
  • The essays conceal a variety of Christmas topics, from a defence of the miracle of the virgin start to the relevance of Christmas to atheists and pagans

Content:
Chapter 1 Jesus, Mary, and Hume (pages 9–23): Zachary Jurgensen and Jason Southworth
Chapter 2 The Virgin beginning (pages 24–35): Victor Lyons
Chapter three placing the “Yule” again in “Yuletide” (pages 36–46): Todd Preston
Chapter four Armed for the warfare on Christmas (pages 47–58): Scott F. Aiken
Chapter five Christmas Mythologies (pages 59–69): man Bennett?Hunter
Chapter 6 the importance of Christmas for Liberal Multiculturalism (pages 70–79): Mark Mercer
Chapter 7 Crummy ads and BB weapons (pages 80–90): Erin Haire and Dustin Nelson
Chapter eight The brain of Santa Claus and the Metaphors he Lives via (pages 91–103): William E. Deal and S. Waller
Chapter nine creating a record, Checking it two times (pages 104–113): Richard Hancuff and Noreen O'Connor
Chapter 10 you would higher be careful… (pages 114–124): Will Williams
Chapter eleven Santa's Sweatshop (pages 125–135): Matthew Brophy
Chapter 12 opposed to the Santa Claus Lie (pages 137–150): David Kyle Johnson
Chapter thirteen mendacity to youngsters approximately Santa (pages 151–160): period Gavrielides
Chapter 14 placing Claus again into Christmas (pages 161–171): Steven D. Hales
Chapter 15 Scrooge Learns all of it in a single evening (pages 172–182): Dr. Dane Scott
Chapter sixteen Holly Jolly Atheists (pages 183–196): Ruth Tallman
Chapter 17 Heaven, Hecate, and Hallmark (pages 197–207): Marion G. Mason
Chapter 18 Festivus and the necessity for Seasonal Absurdity (pages 208–218): Caleb Holt
Chapter 19 universal Claus (pages 219–230): Cindy Scheopner

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If it turned out that the falsehood of the claim would be more miraculous than the fact it is being used to prove, you would not have a miracle; you would have evidence that you were wrong about what you thought was a natural law. Recall the talking snowmen case. If it turned out that the falsehood of your cousin’s testimony would be more miraculous than the possibility of talking snowmen, it would mean that talking snowmen don’t violate the laws of nature after all. It would mean that we were wrong in our belief about the law of nature which previously caused us to doubt the existence of the talking snowmen.

M. The place: any shopping center parking lot in America. We are the sad, desperate mass of humanity that has put off Christmas shopping until the very last of minutes. Having been force-fed holiday cheer since before Halloween, we grudgingly fold to the commercial demands of the season, frantically searching for gifts that will most likely find their way back to the returns desk in a week or two. At best, maybe that all-in-one electric olive pitter/peeler/presser will eventually turn up in a distant relative’s Easter basket.

The king was responsible for translations into Old English of both Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy and Augustine’s Soliloquies. Augustine and Boethius both tried to justify and promote their faith through philosophical argument. For them, their belief system had to be more than just a matter of faith, but a supportable reality. In the Consolation, as previously noted, Boethius attempts to do this by co-opting the technique of Socratic dialogue to explore the question of God’s role in humanity’s expression of free will and its consequences.

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