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Get 89% Off the Select Works of John Dewey

select-works-of-john-deweyHow do you judge a system of thought?

Do you judge it by how well it mirrors reality, or by how well it helps you solve problems and take action?

Most of the Western philosophical tradition treats philosophy as, in the words of Richard Rorty, a “mirror of nature”—a system dedicated to reflecting the world as it is. But language makes an imperfect mirror, and attempts to map reality through it can lead to fuzzy thinking. John Dewey helped found the tradition of American pragmatism, which maintains that philosophy is simply a tool to solve practical problems—one whose answers are good or bad insofar as they’re useful, not insofar as they mirror the world.

A refreshing absence of theory

There’s a lot to like about pragmatism. Most of today’s philosophy privileges theory: postmodern readings of classic texts, for example, use it to draw out arguments that the authors never intended to make. (Plato wrote the Phaedrus about love and rhetoric; Derrida, the postmodern godfather, read it about “play,” “trace,” and “différance.”) But Dewey’s pragmatism leaves no room for theory—all that matters is inquiry and, based on its results, the decision whether a given hypothesis is “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.” Objective and results-oriented, pragmatism amounts to a wholesale alternative to postmodernism—one that predates it by more than 50 years.

But what about absolute truth?

Though pragmatism departs from postmodernism in its rejection of theory, it parallels it in one extremely interesting area: its treatment of absolute truth. You’ll notice that Dewey is concerned with satisfactory and unsatisfactory outcomes, not right and wrong ones. Bertrand Russell draws out the distinction:

“Truth, as conceived by most professional philosophers, is static and final, perfect and eternal; in religious terminology, it may be identified with God’s thoughts, and with those thoughts which, as rational beings, we share with God. . . . [But] Dewey makes inquiry the essence of logic, not truth or knowledge. . . . Dewey, like everyone else, divides beliefs into two classes, of which one is good and the other bad. He holds, however, that a belief may be good at one time and bad at another . . . . Thus a belief about some event in the past is to be classified as ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ not according to whether the event took place, but according to the future effects of the belief.”

What, then, to make of pragmatism—so clear-headed in its lack of theoretical pretense, yet so dismissive of absolute truth?

Russell continues:

“Dewey’s divergence from what has hitherto been regarded as common sense is his refusal to admit ‘facts’ into his metaphysic, in the sense in which ‘facts’ are stubborn and cannot be manipulated. In this it may be that common sense is changing, and that his view will not seem contrary to what common sense is becoming. . . . It has seemed to me that [Dewey’s] belief in human power [as arbiter of truth], and the unwillingness to admit ‘stubborn facts,’ were connected with the hopefulness engendered by machine production and the scientific manipulation of our physical environment.”

That is, pragmatism is, in its emphasis on the human, uniquely of our time. Russell argued the point in 1945, and his conclusions continue to ring true. That makes understanding pragmatism singularly important.

Know the culture: get Dewey’s select works for 80%+ off

You’re a serious thinker. You’re interested in how the culture handles objective truth—and why. And for just a few more days, you can a great deal on an outstanding entry point into the cultural conversation: the 11-volume Select Works of John Dewey, on Community Pricing for 89% off. Because these are Logos books, they represent the most useful editions of Dewey’s works—ever—and because they’re on Community Pricing, they’re the best deal on Dewey you’ll ever see.

This collection won’t be on Community Pricing for long. Bid on the Select Works of John Dewey for 89% off!

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Get Introductory Savings On the Eerdmans Gospel Studies Collection

Eerdmans Gospel Studies CollectionRight now, you can pre-order the Eerdmans Gospel Studies Collection for over $30 off!

This 19-volume collection examines the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. You’ll learn about Jesus’ use of parables, analyze the literary features of the canonical Gospels, and assess the Gospel of Thomas. The collection includes an introduction to the Synoptic Gospels, studies on the Gospels’ named women, and comprehensive guides to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Here are just some of the titles you’ll get:

Jesus and eyewitnesses

Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony

In Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness TestimonyRichard Bauckham argues that the four Gospels are closely based on the eyewitness testimony of those who knew Jesus personally.

“Bauckham has delivered a remarkable and insightful volume that is sure to offer a much-needed challenge to the status quo in modern gospel studies.” —Westminster Theological Journal

Women in the BibleGospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels

Richard Bauckham offers an in-depth study of both the individual women who appear in the Gospels and the specific passages in which they appear. This unique approach reveals that there is much more to be known about these women than previous studies have assumed.

“The texts that deal with women in the New Testament have been worked over so often it might seem that there is nothing left to say. In this masterful study Richard Bauckham easily proves this is not the case.” —Marianne Meye Thompson, professor of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary

Studies on Jesus parablesStories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus

Klyne Snodgrass explores, in vivid detail, the context in which Jesus told his parables, the purpose they had in his message, and the ways they have been interpreted by the church and modern scholarship.

“I have been looking for a book like this on the parables all my career. I celebrate its appearance.” —Charles H. Talbert, distinguished professor of religion, Baylor University

These thorough studies are ideal for scholars, students, and anyone else interested in furthering their study of the Bible.

Get these volumes—and 16 more—for the best price: pre-order the Eerdman Gospel Studies Collection today!

How Well Do You Know These 2 Surprisingly Complex Biblical Stories?

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You may have noticed that, in the past year or so, we’ve been publishing books on subjects as varied as the epilogue of Ecclesiastes, Augustine’s and Luther’s views on marriage and sexuality, and Christianity and Judaism in Revelation 11. These books all started out as dissertations, and we thought they deserved a broader audience than they would have found sitting on a shelf in a seminary library.

We have two more dissertations on Pre-Pub that you won’t want to miss:

What’s the message of David and Goliath?

In Rethinking David and Goliath, Lisa A. Eary examines the familiar story of the Israelite shepherd boy fighting the Philistine giant (1 Samuel 17). Rejecting some popular understandings of the story, she argues that it’s less about overcoming giants than it is about seeing situations from God’s perspective and acting on faith in that belief. Eary’s dissertation was just completed in 2012, and you can help turn it into a book! Pre-order Rethinking David and Goliath today.

From Babel to Babylon

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In The Biblical Polemic against Empires, J. Lanier Burns, research professor of biblical studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, explores the Bible’s attack on Babylon. He started out with an interest in the events of Revelation 17–18 and continued into an exploration of the Old Testament, particularly Genesis 10–11 and various passages in the Prophets. He discovered that the biblical critique of Babylon is dominated by themes of deity, kingship, and city.

In summary, Burns writes, “Ancient Babylonians believed that gods, which were the personified, generative forces of the environment, governed the universe and could be manipulated through cult [that is, a sacrificial system]. This was the basic background of the biblical dispute (and the basic contrast of biblical theology). The faithful Hebrews believed that their personal, righteous, and living God governed creation according to His revealed will, and the cult memorialized His redemptive, historical acts for His covenant people.” Keep learning about the biblical critique of Babylon: pre-order The Biblical Polemic against Empires now.

These books won’t be on Pre-Pub much longer—pre-order yours today!

Free Book! Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church: A Guide for Ministry

biblical-theology-in-the-life-of-the-church-a-guide-for-ministryFebruary has begun, and it’s time for another free book. We’ve teamed up with 9Marks to give you a free copy of Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church: A Guide for MinistryGet yours now.

“I thoroughly appreciated Lawrence’s fresh approach to ecclesiology. While there are many treasures in this book, its primary richness comes from following the flow of redemptive history five times over . . . Looking at biblical theology like one stone with many facets was an exceptionally enlightening approach. This is a book to be read and reread.” —John MacArthur, pastor at Grace Community Church

Ideal for scholars and students

Michael Lawrence assesses the pastor’s tools of the trade—exegetical, biblical, and systematic theology—and commends biblical theology as the most useful. He helpfully distinguishes between biblical and systematic theology, but also emphasizes the importance of their collaboration in ministry.

Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church gives you an understanding of how each part of the Bible fits together. It presents the practical importance of biblical theology for ministry, using the discipline to give a complete history of the Bible from multiple angles. The book is rich in application and practical insight into counseling, missions, caring for the poor, and church relations.

Lay the foundations for more thoughtful ministry, or revisit the basics of your theology. Get your free book today!

Then enter to win the entire 9Marks series.

Mobile Ed: A Commitment to Lifelong Learning

Mobile Ed First LookLearning should never stop. A good biblical and theological education sharpens the mind, illuminates God and his character through his Word, and provides the tools we need to better love and serve the church. That’s why we’re so excited about Logos Mobile Education.

Logos Mobile Ed is uniquely positioned not only to deliver world-class lecture content in a useful and innovative way, but also to give students the ability to, with a click, delve into whole new worlds of background information, infographics and illustrations, cross-references, and all manner of reference materials.

A first look at the Mobile Ed courses

We’d like to give you a glimpse of Mobile Ed, and how using it can practically and immediately benefit your ministry, your family, and your faith. This video will walk you through an overview of Mobile Ed and the features and tools that surround the courses.

Redefining online education

Mobile Ed meets you where you are—it’s available on your desktop computer, on the web, and on your mobile devices. In a traditional course, you’re only as good as your notes. But with Mobile Ed, you always have the lectures and transcripts with you, and they’re searchable, to help you find what you’re looking for without wasting any time. If you’re not a Logos power-user, don’t let that stop you! Each course includes video tutorials on how to dig even deeper using Logos’ tools, features, and resources.

Join the revolution

There are quite a few courses available now, with many more coming soon. You can jump into Mobile Ed right away with the Bible and Doctrine Foundations Bundle, and pre-order other bundles that will be here soon. Here’s what’s available:

Get started with Logos Mobile Education today!

24-Hour Deal: Get 60% Off the Healthy Relationships Bundle

Dating Like Airplanes--bigYesterday was the first day of Vyrso’s 10 Days of Love! Each weekday through February 14, we’ll be featuring a new 24-hour book bundle on growing closer to Christ and building healthy, loving relationships.

Pastors, wives, Christians trying to navigate the dating world—we’ve got a bundle for everyone. Plus, all the bundles are 60% off!

Over the next two weeks, we’ll also feature guest posts and interviews from some of your favorite Christian relationship experts. They’ll share their best marriage and relationship advice, discuss their personal struggles with love, and offer practical tips for being more caring and loving to those around you.

We’ll announce a new bundle every morning on the Vyrso blog and through our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages, so stay tuned for huge savings! And don’t forget to share your favorite bundles on your social channels with #10DaysofLove.

Take 60% off the Healthy Relationships Bundle

Regularly $62.95—get it for $24.99

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This bundle is packed with advice on growing closer to those around you and spending daily time with Christ. You’ll receive biblically sound dating advice from Caleb Breakey and a book of prayers by John MacArthur, and you’ll learn to share your faith—even with strangers—with the help of Chris Tomlinson’s Crave.

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • At the Throne of Grace: A Book of Prayers by John MacArthur
  • Called to Stay: An Uncompromising Mission to Save Your Church by Caleb Breakey
  • Crave: Wanting So Much More of God by Chris Tomlinson
  • Dating like Airplanes: Why Just Fall in Love When You Can Fly? by Caleb Breakey
  • One-Minute Devotions for Couples by Bob and Cheryl Moeller

Discover how to put Christ first in your thoughts and relationships: download the Healthy Relationships Bundle today. But hurry—this bundle expires tomorrow, February 5, at 7:59 a.m. (EST). Get it right now!

Stay tuned for more deals

We’ll offer a new bundle for 60% off every weekday through February 14—subscribe to Vyrso Voice and never miss a deal!

Celebrate Bonhoeffer’s Birthday with Discounts On His Works

Dietrich BonhoefferDietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor, theologian, founding member of the Confessing Church, and anti-Nazi. His writings on Christianity’s role in the secular world have become widely influential, and many have labeled his The Cost of Discipleship a modern classic.

Today, we celebrate his 108th birthday with discounts on some of our most popular Bonhoeffer resources:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works

Regularly $499.95—get it for $439.95

This widely acclaimed series gives you the definitive English translations of the German Dietrich Bonhoeffer Werke. It’s a comprehensive, thoroughly annotated resource for the study of Bonhoeffer in the wider frame of twentieth-century thought and history.

tt-clark-studies-on-bonhoefferT&T Clark Studies on Bonhoeffer

Regularly $69.95—get it for $59.95

The T&T Clark Studies on Bonhoeffer collection presents fascinating insights into this significant figure. In Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1906–1945, Ferdinand Schlingensiepen turns a lifetime of scholarship into the gold standard in Bonhoeffer biography. In Who Am I?: Bonhoeffer’s Theology through His Poetry, Bernd Wannenwetsch and others present Bonheoffer’s prison poems, shedding light on his life and development of thought. And in Theology against Religion, Tom Greggs analyzes Bonhoeffer and Barth, two of the most influential figures in modern Christianity, arguing that they followed essentially the same trajectory

reading-bonhoeffer-a-guide-to-his-spiritual-classics-and-selected-writings-on-peaceReading Bonhoeffer: A Guide to His Spiritual Classics and Selected Writings on Peace

Regularly $21.95—get it for $19.95

This volume by Geffrey Kelly provides a critical analysis and reading guide to two of Bonhoeffer’s great classics, Discipleship and Life TogetherReading Bonhoeffer offers a running commentary on each segment of these popular texts, as well as discussion questions suitable for the university or seminary classroom or an adult-education program.

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These aren’t the only books on sale right now—check out the full list of 180+ resources on sale all February long.

Your Last Chance to Pre-order Camp Logos 2 on DVD

camp-logos-2-dvd-romUntil February 6, you can save $25 on the Camp Logos 2 DVD. After that, though, the price goes up—pre-order today and save 10%!

Thousands of pastors, students, scholars, and other learners have used Camp Logos to get the most from their Bible study. Camp Logos 1 is the perfect place to begin, and Camp Logos 2 takes you even further into what Logos has to offer.

Why Camp Logos 2 is a must-have for Logos 5 users

The Camp Logos 2 DVD picks up where the first Camp Logos left off. Not only does it help you master the software—it guides you through customizing it to maximize your study.

You’ll receive practical training on:

  • Organizing and indexing your library
  • Text comparisons
  • Original-language searches
  • Understanding morphology
  • Passage lists
  • And much more

What others are saying about Camp Logos

Here’s what people love about Camp Logos 1:

“Absolutely the best in Logos training; each new session builds on the previous one, and you can watch it over and over again!!!”

“It is a very good course. I have had Logos for several years, but I am using it far more effectively since going through these DVDs. I did not know how much I did not know until I finished going through the DVD training. If you already payed for the Logos software and the books, the cost of the training so you can use the material more effectively only makes sense.”

“I’ve studied the Camp Logos 1 DVD-ROM; the training is amazing, simple, concise . . . After following the first camp, I realized that, ‘Did you know that most Logos users only utilize 10% or less of Logos 5’s full potential?’ is really true.”

Don’t wait—after February 6, you’ll miss your only chance to pre-order Camp Logos 2 at the best price. Pre-order the Camp Logos 2 DVD now!

Improve Your Marriage with Jimmy Evans and MarriageToday

MarriageToday QuoteRight now, you can pre-order the Jimmy Evans Sermon Archive for 38% off!

Christian marriage expert Jimmy Evans and the teaching staff at MarriageToday have brought together over 400 sermons and small-group lessons for Christian couples who are married or thinking about marriage.

No marriage is hopeless

Jimmy and his wife, Karen, know that no marriage can’t be saved. After their first few years together nearly ended in divorce, they rebuilt their marriage by applying the principles they now share. Today, after 40 years of marriage, they teach that no matter how hopeless a marriage appears, every couple has a 100% chance of success—in fact, they can thrive!

“We’ve learned through personal experience that no matter how it may appear right now . . . no matter what kinds of challenges your marriage faces . . . no matter how high or thick the walls between you and your spouse may be . . . your relationship can be whole, fulfilling, exciting and strong. And if it’s good now, it can get even better.” —Jimmy Evans

The Jimmy Evans Sermon Archive covers 400+ topics, helping you overcome past wounds, face present challenges, and prepare for future obstacles. To hear more about what Jimmy Evans has to offer, check out the interview we did with him last year.

Attend the MarriageToday conference or webcast!

Each year, Jimmy and Karen Evans host a MarriageToday conference. This year, they’ll be teaching on “Becoming One”—it’s an event you don’t want to miss. The event will be held in Southlake, TX, but you can also attend via webcast.

This year, make a commitment to improving your marriage. Pre-order the Jimmy Evans Sermon Archive, and attend the MarriageToday conference or webcast!

Newly Expanded: Anchor Yale Bible, New Beacon Bible Commentary, and More!

We recently rebuilt four popular collections to make it easier to find your favorite books. This week, take advantage of introductory coupon codes and start learning from some of our most trusted resources! Already own volumes in these collections? Be sure to check out your custom discounts.

new-beacon-bible-commentaryNew Beacon Bible Commentary (19 vols.)

Through February 8, use coupon code BEACON15 and get 15% off!

Study God’s Word with one of the most engaging and perceptive commentaries out there. The New Beacon Bible Commentary offers a contextual study of Scripture, providing verse-by-verse theological analysis and academic scholarship on 24 books of the Bible. Complete your set, and make sure to check out the three volumes on Pre-Pub!

Welwyn Commentary Series (53 vols.)

Through February 7, use coupon code WELWYN15 and get it for 15% off!

The recently expanded Welwyn Commentary covers 61 books of the Bible across 13,000 pages of commentary. Its meticulous exegesis provides evangelical insight that you can apply regardless of your walk in life.

paul-and-pauline-theology-collection (1)Fortress Press Pauline Studies Bundle (31 vols.)

Through February 7, use coupon code PAULINE15 and get it for 15% off!

Looking for a comprehensive study of Paul and his thought? Check out the 31-volume Pauline Studies Bundle from Fortress Press, and explore the meaning of Paul’s teaching for your studies and your life. These modern volumes include works from E. P. Sanders, Hermann Gunkel, Neil Elliott, and J. Christiaan Beker.

Anchor Yale Bible (86 vols.)

The Anchor Yale Bible is one of the most respected and scholarly commentaries out there. It offers 86 volumes on the canonical and deuterocanonical Scriptures from a variety of religious perspectives. This invaluable series was recently updated with the three newest volumes: Nahum, Proverbs 10–31, and Mark 8–16.

Most of these collections are discounted for the rest of the week only, so now’s the best time to pick them up or complete your commentaries. Get your favorites today!

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