Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped by Frank Schaeffer

By Frank Schaeffer

By the point he used to be nineteen, Frank Schaeffer’s mom and dad, Francis and Edith Schaeffer, had completed worldwide status as bestselling evangelical authors and audio system, and Frank had joined his father at the evangelical circuit. He might cross directly to converse earlier than millions in arenas round the USA, post his personal evangelical bestseller, and paintings with such figures as Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and Dr. James Dobson. yet the entire whereas Schaeffer felt more and more alienated, precipitating a main issue of religion that might finally result in his departure—even if it intended wasting every thing.
With honesty, empathy, and humor, Schaeffer provides “a courageous and significant book” (Andre Dubus III, writer of House of Sand and Fog)— either a desirable insider’s examine the yankee evangelical stream and a deeply affecting own odyssey of religion.

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So, the proposition ‘Man is a species’ stated by Porphyry is true to me, for I take it according to material supposition, and thus it designates for me something true, since I receive it according to material supposition and thus it designates to me a mental proposition that is not false, but true, in my mind. 31 In view of this discussion, we can summarize Buridan’s position in the following way. Logic, being a science (albeit a practical one insofar as it seeks to know with regard to some practical end), has to demonstrate necessary, universal propositions concerning its primary subject matter, namely, reasoning, and whatever else it considers in relation to this subject matter.

As we can see from the foregoing, Buridan’s answer is that what fixes the correct interpretation of a spoken or written phrase is the mental concept to which the phrase in question is subordinated according to that interpretation. To be sure, the correct interpretation need not be the interpretation expressing the proper or primary sense, because occasionally the correct, intended interpretation is provided by some improper, secondary sense of the phrase in question. In fact, this is precisely why it is the intention1 expressed by the phrase on the given occasion of its use that determines its correct semantic evaluation.

Therefore, it is natural to think of these new concepts as resulting from the combination of categorematic and syncategorematic concepts, and thus, as having some intrinsic structure, that is to say, a certain complexity. Indeed, when Buridan is talking about complex concepts as being the result of combination [complexio], he definitely gives us the impression that the conceptual combination in question strictly parallels the syntactical combination of the corresponding written or spoken phrases.

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