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Principles of Biblical Reasoning

Welcome to the Research Guide for Principles of Biblical Reasoning.  The suggested databases are available linked from here and from the Electronic Resources section of the library home page.  Print resources are available in the PHC on-campus collection or by mail to distance learning members of the PHC community.  You may check out the location and availability of an item in the on-campus collection through the online catalog, Voyager, accessed through the library home page. 

 

A significant portion of the course is devoted to individual research projects for which a librarian's assistance may prove invaluable.  Professional library assistance is available on campus, by phone at 540-441-8400, or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu .

 

During this course, you will:

  • Develop higher level critical thinking and language skills,
  • Understand the principles of a theocentric worldview and how it compares and contrasts with other worldviews,
  • Articulate a reasoned defense of a Biblical worldview,
  • Appreciate the defenses of the faith across the centuries, and
  • Integrate a Biblical worldview into the study of liberal arts and sciences. 

The following texts for this course are available on reserve for in library use, 2 hour check out, at the library circulation desk:

  • Situation ethics: true or false
  • Evidence for faith: deciding the God question
  • Faith founded on fact
  • Giant in chains
  • God's inerrant word
  • Where is history going?
  • History, law, and Christianity
  • Myth, allegory, and gospel
  • Tractus Logico-Theologicus   

 

Reference Works

 

Encyclopedia of philosophy, vols. 1-10,  at Ref B 51 .E53 2006

Oxford companion to philosophy at Ref B 51 .O94 2005

Oxford companion to the mind at Ref BF 31 .O94 2004

Shorter Routledge encyclopedia of philosophy at Ref B 51 .C58 2005

 

Databases 

 

American National Biography Online  First published in 24 volumes in 1999, this electronic version offers biographical portraits of more than 17,400 people. Updates appear quarterly and the database contai

ns more than 80,000 hyperlinked cross-references.

 

Internet Resources 

 

Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy provides online scholarly resources in support of a variety of philosophical research endeavors.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library created by Wheaton College and now managed by Calvin College, offers access to Christian classics online.

ARDA, Association of Religion Data Archives, is a offers resources in the scientific study of ideas.  It also provides statistical information on the number of adherents to specific religions in various countries. 

 

Research tips

 

  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you may click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects. 
  • If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC online or on-campus collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan (ILL).
  • Once you locate an appropriate resource, potential valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography. 
  • Zotero is a citation management system that will help you collect and organize your resources and then seamlessly create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, and bibliographies.  You can download and watch online tutorials, but you may benefit from a librarian’s help in quickly learning how to use Zotero.

Turabian is the approved citation format for this course.  Information on proper Turabian citation is available in the PHC collection, Chicago manual of style, at Ref Z 253 .U69 2003 or online at several sites, such as OWL (Online Writing Lab). 

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Created: Thornhill 2011.  Revised: Thornhill, 2012, 2013.