Thomas Peck, Oprah, and Othello

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Based on the ideal of personal excellence, Ethics, Faith, and Reason, by Richard Taylor, is a radical departure from contemporary approaches to ethics.  In this new book, the author revives the ancient moral ideas of virtue, happiness, and pride rather than analyzing such concepts as moral right and wrong, moral obligation, and so on.  Among its features, the book challenges the ethical framework inherited from the Judeo-Christian tradition, offers a new appreciation of the ancient Greek moralists, provides clearly-written, readily-grasped text, and develops material in such a way as to stimulate discussion.

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This is a valuable guide book for anyone seriously interested in translating the Bible from the original languages into another language, including English. In it, the authors explain the principles involved in resolving translation problems, and some of the rewards which accompany this task.  They give special emphasis to the difficulties of translating the Scriptures into languages which are remote in style and structure from English.  Added Scripture and Topical Indexes increase the resource value of this volume.

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Thomas E. Peck (1822-93), preacher, writer, ‘beloved instructor’ at Union Theological Seminary, Virginia, was one of the leaders and masterminds in the same school of Southern Presbyterians as J.H. Thornwell and R.L. Dabney in the second half of the 19th century. His biblical convictions made a unique contribution to the thinking of this school. First brought together by T.C. Johnson in 1895-7, these writings contain much which remains relevant today on such topics as Worship, Church and State, Revivals of Religion, the Moral Law and Roman Catholicism.

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Economic Thinking for the Theologically Minded provides an introduction to what has been called ‘the economic way of thinking,’ which explains some of the critical concepts and foundational assumptions employed in economics.

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“In this book I have tried to give an account of three aspects of Reformation ecclesiology that, as far as I am aware, have not been treated in a systematic and comparative way before: the doctrine of the ‘true church’ and its marks; the structure of ministry in the true church; and the rise of protestant missionary concern – the mission of the true Church in Christendom and beyond.” – Preface

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““Today on Oprah,” intoned the TV announcer, and all over America viewers tuned in to learn, empathize, and celebrate. In this book, Kathryn Lofton investigates the Oprah phenomenon and finds in Winfrey’s empire—Harpo Productions, O Magazine, and her new television network—an uncanny reflection of religion in modern society. Lofton shows that when Oprah liked, needed, or believed something, she offered her audience nothing less than spiritual revolution, reinforced by practices that fuse consumer behavior, celebrity ambition, and religious idiom. In short, Oprah Winfrey is a media messiah for a secular age. Lofton’s unique approach also situates the Oprah enterprise culturally, illuminating how Winfrey reflects and continues historical patterns of American religions.

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Economics is primed for a revolution, says respected economic forecaster John D. Mueller. To make this leap forward will require looking backward, for as Redeeming Economics reveals, the most important element of economic theory has been ignored for more than two centuries. Since the great Adam Smith tore down this pillar of economic thought, economic theory has had no way to account for a fundamental aspect of human experience: the social relationships that define us, the loves (and hates) that motivate and distinguish us as persons. In trying to reduce human behavior to mere exchanges, modern economists have lost sight of how these essential motivations are expressed: as gifts (or their opposite, crimes). Mueller makes economics whole again, masterfully reapplying economic thought as articulated by Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas. Contrarian and compelling, Redeeming Economics covers everything from unemployment, to inflation, to the economics of parenthood, to the greatest geopolitical challenge facing the United States, to flaws in the mega-bestseller Freakonomics, to the author’s illuminating exchange with the controversial philosopher Peter Singer.

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The original cast and soul-shattering impact of the play’s 1964 staging by the National Theatre of Great Britain are captured on film. As the valiant war hero swept into a maelstrom of jealousy and revenge Olivier won his seventh Academy Award nomination. The movie’s Desdemona (Maggie Smith) Emilia (Joyce Redman) and ‘honest Iago’ (Frank Finlay) also captured Oscar nominations. And the result Bosley Crowther wrote in The New York Times is that ‘this Othello is one of the boldest you’ll ever see.’

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