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Plato and Platonism by Walter Pater

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“The first true and correctly proportioned presentation of Platonism that has been given to the general reader.”-Paul Shorey

Through his idiosyncratic presentation of Plato, Pater offers us an account of a peculiarly modern frame of mind. He converts Plato’s search for a primordial and transcendent unity into a poetic evocation of a material life that is prized in being lived from moment to moment.

The book is implicitly a manifesto, more authoritative for the way it seems rooted in an “historical” account of the great founder of Western philosophy. It conveys the mental world of fifth-century Greece through a doctrine of experience that is in the process of becoming the emblem of early Modernism.

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God and the World a Survey of Thought by Arthur William Robinson

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A man, so it has been said, is distinguished from the creatures beneath him by his power to ask a question. To which we may add that one man is distinguished from another by the kind of question that he asks. A man is to be measured by the size of his question. Small men ask small questions: of here and now; of to-day and to-morrow and the next day; of how they may quickest fill their pockets, or gain another step upon the social ladder. Great men are concerned with great questions: of life, of man, of history, of God.

So again, the size of an age can be determined by the size of its questions. It has been claimed that the age through which we have passed was a great age, and tried by this test we need not hesitate to admit the claim. It was full of questions, and they were great questions. As never before, the eyes of men strained upwards and backwards into the dim recesses of the past to discover something, if it might be, of the beginnings of things: of matter and life; of the earth and its contents; of the solar system and the universe. We know with what interest inquiries of this sort were regarded, and how ready the people were to read the books that dealt with them; to attend lectures and discussions about them, and to give their money for the purposes of such research. It was a great age that could devote itself so eagerly to questions of this importance and magnitude.

But as men cannot live upon appetite, so neither can they be for ever satisfied with questions. Hence it follows that a period of questioning is ordinarily followed by another, in which the accumulated information is sorted and digested and turned to practical account; a time in which constructive work is attempted, and some understanding is arrived at as to the relation that exists between the old knowledge and the new. It looks as if we were nearing such a time, when, for a while at all events, there will be a pause for reconsideration and reconstruction, and the human spirit will gather strength and confidence before again setting out upon its quest of the Infinite. Already we are asked to give attention to statements that are intended to review the whole situation and to summarise, provisionally at all events, the results that have been attained. Each of these attempts will, in its turn, be superseded by something that is wider in its outlook and wiser in its verdicts. This little book is an effort of this nature, and it is offered in the hope that it may serve some such useful and temporary purpose.

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The Wars Between England and America by Theodore Clarke Smith

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Excerpt: …were men like Samuel Adams of Massachusetts and Patrick Henry of Virginia. They had learned their politics in the period before the Revolution, and clung to the old colonial spirit, which regarded normal politics as essentially defensive and anti-governmental. On the other hand, there were a good many individuals in the country who recognized that the triumph of the colonial ideal was responsible for undeniable disasters. Such men were found, especially, among the army officers and among those who had tried to aid the cause in diplomatic or civil office during the Revolution. Experience made them realize that the practical abolition of all 132 executive authority and the absence of any real central government had been responsible for chronic inefficiency. The financial collapse, the lack of any power on the part of Congress to enforce its laws or resolutions, the visible danger that State legislatures might consult their own convenience in supporting the common enterprises or obligations-all these shortcomings led men like Washington, Hamilton, Madison, Webster, a pamphleteer of New England, to urge even before 1781 that a genuine government should be set up to replace the mere league. Their supporters were, however, few, and confined mainly to those merchants or capitalists who realized the necessity of general laws and a general authority. It is scarcely conceivable that the inherited prejudices of most Americans in favour of local independence could have been overborne had not the Revolution been followed by a series of public distresses, which drove to the side of the strong-government advocates-temporarily, as it proved-a great number of American voters. When hostilities ended, the people of the United States entered upon a period of economic confusion. In the first place, trade was disorganized, since the old West India markets were lost and the privileges formerly enjoyed under the Navigation Acts were terminated by the separation of the.

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Christianity and Greek Philosophy by B. F. Cocker

Christianity and Greek Philosophy
Or the Relation Between Spontaneous and Reflective Thought in Greece and the Positive Teaching of Christ and His Apostles
by B. F. Cocker

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In preparing the present volume, the writer had a conscientious desire to deepen and vivify our faith in the Christian system of truth, by showing that it does not rest solely on a special class of facts, but upon all the facts of nature and humanity; that its authority does not repose alone on the peculiar and supernatural events which transpired in Palestine, but also on the still broader foundations of the ideas and laws of the reason, and the common wants and instinctive yearnings of the human heart. It is his conviction that the course and constitution of nature, the whole current of history, and the entire development of human thought in the advent of the Redeemer in, and can only be interpreted by, the purpose of redemption.

The method most prevalent, of treating the history of human thought as a series of isolated, disconnected, and lawless movements, without unity and purpose; and the practice of denouncing the religions and philosophies of the ancient world as inventions of satanic mischief, or as the capricious and wicked efforts of humanity to relegate itself from the bonds of allegiance to the One Supreme Lord and Lawgiver, have, in his judgment, been prejudicial to the interests of all truth, and especially injurious to the cause of Christianity.

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The Decline of the American Republic by John T. Flynn

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In 1955, John T. Flynn saw what few others journalist did: the welfare-warfare state conspired to bring down American liberty. The New Deal combined with World War Two had fastened leviathan control over a country born in liberty.

This early analysis of the causes of the Great Depression and the failure of the New Deal also notes a point later demonstrated in detail by Robert Higgs: the economic boom of WW2 was false in every way, an artifice created by misleading government data and inflationary finance.

Here we see the best of some of the last writings of the interwar “Old Right,” a man whose opinions were deemed too libertarian for the likes of National Review.

An interesting and worthwhile read for those who wish to see one perspective of the decline of this once great republic and some ideas how to save it.

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Is Capital Punishment Christian? by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

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The sixth commandment, “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13), has no reference to governments at all. I have checked the work of several Hebrew scholars, and they agree that a more accurate translation is, “Thou shalt not murder.” It has nothing in the world to do with government but is a commandment given to individuals. And for the breaking of that commandment, God said to the government of that day that they were to execute the one guilty of murder. In fact, God made stoning the method of capital punishment in that day.

Now, the liberal church entered the fray by declaring that capital punishment is unchristian. Liberalism is always out in left field.

It has a hang-up on everything that is off and odd. It began quite a campaign to get rid of capital punishment, saying that it was pagan and heathen, a relic of the Dark Ages, that it was not Christian, and that the Bible did not teach it. As a result, most church members were brainwashed, and I suppose that at that time the majority believed that capital punishment was unchristian and that the Bible opposed it. If a poll were taken today, I am confident that most church members in this country would still oppose capital punishment.

But what does the Bible actually say? Is capital punishment Christian, or is it unchristian? The Ten Commandments dictate: “Thou shalt not kill.” But does that apply to capital punishment carried out by governments? Dr. McGee turns to both the Old and New Testaments to find the answer.

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How to Have Fellowship With God? by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

How to Have Fellowship With God by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

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When our Lord went into the Upper Room that last Passover, He erected on the dying embers of that famed feast something new. The Lord Jesus and His disciples were having fellowship. But before He began to tell them about the future, what would be coming – that He would be returning to this earth to take His own out of the earth; before He told them about the new, living relationship with those personally and vitally identified with Him, baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of believers, a union that is like the vine and branches; before He uttered that great Lord’s prayer in John 17 where the One who is our great intercessor prays for His own; before He entered into any of that, during that last meal He had with them He got up and washed His disciples’ feet.

(1 John 1) How can sinners possibly have fellowship with a holy God? Man has tried three ways – two of which are wrong and one that leads to wonderful, sweet fellowship with God the Father.

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How Can God Exist in Three Persons? by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

How Can God Exist in Three Persons?
by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

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While we may not be able to fully comprehend all the mysteries of the Trinity, we can at least stand on the fringe of this great truth and worship. Although we shall not be able to understand it fully, or perhaps not even satisfactorily, we shall at least stand on the fringe of this great truth and worship. By far the best statement made on this subject. It is in the “Westminster Confession of Faith.” The ques- tion is asked: “How many persons are there in the Godhead?” The answer is: “There are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.” That definition is the finest to be found.

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Basic Christian Theology

Basic Christian Theology
Written by Robert C. Jones

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Here is an explanation about Basic Christian Theology, which was geared toward Sunday School Courses. Many people have talked about Basic christian theology. Here it explains Basic Christian theology, the importance of jesus’ resurrection, etc. I found it to be a great overview of the basic theology.

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The High Tide of American Conservatism: Davis, Coolidge, and the 1924 Election by Garland S. Tucker

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The previously untold story of two underrated, oft-neglected titans of American conservatism and the watershed election of 1924. Historians have generally failed to understand the significance of the election of 1924, the last time both major political parties nominated a bona fide conservative candidate.

The High Tide of American Conservatism casts new light on both the election and the two candidates, John W. Davis and Calvin Coolidge. Both nominees articulately expounded a similar philosophy of limited government and maximum individual freedom; and both men were exemplary public servants.

The enduring consequence of this election was the philosophical divergence of the two parties–Democrats leftward and Republicans rightward. As the proper role of government in a free society continues to be a topic of heated, partisan debate, ever American–conservative or liberal–will benefit from an understanding of the 1924 election. Conservatives will recognize the link between Coolidge and Reagan and the modern Republican Party, and they will rejoice to discover a new conservative titan, John. W. Davis.

An aspect of history we are never made aware of in school. We are taught about the Great Crash of 1929, but never informed of the prosperity during the 1920s. Also, the people you don’t commonly hear about made this book a valued asset.

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