Resources Associated With Dr. C. Gregg Singer's Work, From Rationalism to Irrationality: The Decline of the Western Mind From the Renaissance to the Present
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- Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), From Rationalism to Irrationality: The Decline of the Western Mind From the Renaissance to the Present, ISBN: 0875524281 9780875524283. A reprint of the P&R Publishing edition of 1979 was released by Wipf and Stock in 2006.
"Locke endeavored to set forth a political philosophy which would anchor his democratic political thought on what he felt were the firm foundations of his empiricism. However, his insistence that nature has bestowed upon mankind certain basic and inalienable rights was an assumption quite contrary to his empiricism. His denial of conscience as an innate possession or quality makes it impossible for men to know that they possess the rights of life, liberty, and property. The very concept of a human right is moral in nature and has its basis of authority in the human conscience. It is thus impossible for men to know through the senses that they have these cherished human rights. Granted that it was far from Locke's intention to undermine or destroy the traditional English concept of personal rights, his empiricism removed from his political thought the necessary foundations on which a government could be built for the protection of these rights. His empiricism supported neither the idea that men have such rights nor that they are inalienable. (p. 61)
"Underlying the secular and naturalistic assumptions of the thought of the Enlightenment was a related and equally serious problem. In their political and economic thought the leaders of this era were passionately devoted to the pursuit of freedom, and yet they seemed to be completely unaware of this incompatibility between their quest for freedom on the one hand, and their reliance upon natural law on the other. How can an impersonal and deterministic concept of law produce and sustain a meaningful concept of freedom? Blindly convinced that there was no problem involved in the contradiction, the leaders of the Enlightenment pushed boldly ahead in the quest for political and economic liberty. However, their failure to recognize the issues involved in this quest led not only to the disaster of the French Revolution, but to the growth of the totalitarian political and economic philosophies which first appeared in Hegel and Marx during the nineteenth century and reached their culmination in the totalitarianism of the twentieth century." -- C. Gregg Singer, in From Rationalism to Irrationality, p. 73
Dr. Singer used this as the textbook for his series of 24 lectures entitled "Apologetics." Epistemology is a recurring theme throughout the textbook and the lectures.
The series of 24 lectures is available online. See: "Apologetics" under:
The first lecture: Apologetics: #01: Classical and Medieval Thought #1
- Works of C. Gregg Singer
- The Shorter Catechism, With the Assembly's Proof Texts, by The Westminster Assembly of Divines (1643-1652)
Free downloadable PDF file.
- Commentary on the Shorter Catechism, by Thomas Boston (1676-1732)
- Epistemology: "the study or a theory of the nature and grounds of knowledge especially with reference to its limits and validity."
- Theopneusty: Or, The Plenary Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures (1844), by Louis Gaussen
- Christian Classics Available at Internet Archive
Works by the following authors are included, among others:
Saint Augustine (Aurelius Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, 354-430 AD)
Bernard, Saint (of Clairvaux, 1090-1153)
Knox, John (1505-1572)
John Calvin (1509-1564)
John Preston (1587-1628)
Samuel Rutherford (1600?-1661)
Brooks, Thomas (1608-1680)
Gillespie, George (1613-1648)
Baxter, Richard (1615-1691)
John Owen (1616-1683)
Thomas Watson (1620-1686)
John Buyan (1628-1688)
John Flavel (1628-1691)
Herman Witsius (1636-1708)
The Westminster Assembly of Divines (1643-1652)
Matthew Henry (1662-1714)
Thomas Boston (1676-1732)
John Gill (1697-1771)
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
John Brown (of Haddington, 1722-1787)
John Brown (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858)
Thomas M'Crie (1797-1875)
William Louis Roberts (1798-1864)
James Buchanan (1804-1870)
Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)
J.C. Ryle (1816-1900)
Robert Young (1822-1888), and
C.H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
- Preachers and libraries were few and far between in frontier America. Homes that could afford books usually had some, or all, of the following four works:
1599 Geneva Bible, The 1599 Geneva Bible Restoration Project
The 1599 Geneva Bible Restoration Project
The 1599 Geneva Bible, Tolle Lege edition, online
1599 Geneva Bible Notes
Cotton, John (1584-1652, editor), and The Westminster Assembly (1643-1652), New England Primer: Improved for the More Easy Attaining the True Reading of English. To Which is Added The Assembly of Divines, and Mr. Cotton's Catechism. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language.
"THE NEW ENGLAND PRIMER was the first textbook ever printed in America and was used to teach reading and Bible lessons in our schools until the twentieth century. In fact, many of the Founders and their children learned to read from THE PRIMER. This pocket-size edition is an historical reprint of the 1777 version used in many schools during the Founding Era." -- Publisher
"THE NEW ENGLAND PRIMER was one of the greatest books ever published. It went through innumerable editions; it reflected in a marvelous way the spirit of the age that produced it, and contributed, perhaps more than any other book except the BIBLE, to the molding of those sturdy generations that gave to America its liberty and its institutions.
"The Founding Fathers of this country and other Americans learned to read from this little treasure. There is much that we can learn about them and the way they thought by examining its contents. The true study of history should incorporate the study of what motivated people to do the things they did. This reprint makes for great classroom discussion. It makes for an excellent addition to any American History class at all grade levels and all ages. It is pocket-size, and kids and adults love it. I highly recommend it!" -- Reader's Comment
"WEBSTER'S BLUE-BACKED SPELLING BOOK and the NEW ENGLAND PRIMER were basic, foundational textbooks used in the schools of our Republic in the 18th and 19th centuries.
"These two textbooks prove our founding fathers expected moral truths to be taught in every school subject." -- Reader's Comment
The New-England Primer Improved for the More Easy Attaining the True Reading of English: To Which is Added The Assembly of Divines, and Mr. Cotton's Catechism (1777)
Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan (1628-1688)
Pilgrim's Page: A John Bunyan Archive
Foxe's Book of Martyrs, by John Foxe (1516-1587)
The Unabridged Acts and Monuments Online or TAMO
- Discourses and Sayings of our Lord Jesus Christ, by John Brown (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858)
- God's Presence With a People the Spring of Their Prosperity, by John Owen (1616-1683)
- Books Considered to be Among the ten Greatest in the English Language
- Calvin, Jean (John, 1509-1564), Commentary on the Gospel According to John, 2 volumes.
Calvin, John, Commentary on the Gospel According to John (1847), volume 1 of 2
Calvin, John, Commentary on the Gospel According to John (1847), volume 2 of 2
Calvin, John, Commentary on John, volume 1 of 2
Calvin, John, Commentary on John, volume 2 of 2
- The Reformer's Notes on the Gospel of John in THE 1599 GENEVA BIBLE, Tolle Lege edition, online
- Commentary on John's Gospel, by Frederic L. Godet (1812-1900)
- Contents and Chapter Sections for Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion, 1599 (Battles translation)
The self-taught will find answers here.
- The Greatness of the Soul, by John Bunyan (1628-1688)
- You are invite to view The Cross, the video special prepared for My Hope America, 2013.
Available for viewing online.
Dr. Graham says, "With all my heart, I want to leave you with truth."
Also available on DVD from My Hope America With Billy Graham.
- You are invite to view Heaven, the 2014 My Hope film.
This 30-minute short film features stories from Laurie Coombs and firefighter Cheyane Caldwell. It is available for viewing online.
- You are invite to view Value of a Soul, the 2015 My Hope film. This is a 30-minute short film. It is available for viewing online.
Value of a Soul
- You are invite to view Decision, the 2016 My Hope film. This is a 30-minute short film. It is available for viewing online.
- You are invite to view Flying Blind, a DVD.
Recommended for inquirers, churches, personal evangelism.
May be viewed online.
"Four people face the inevitable consequence of ignoring life's warning signs. Watch what happens when God breaks through their blind spots -- and be challenged by a compelling message from Franklin Graham." -- Publisher
- Ways to use My Hope
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