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Helm, Paul

Works: 117 works in 427 publications in 6 languages and 13,206 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Compiler, Honoree, Other, Collector, Contributor
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Most widely held works by Paul Helm
Faith and understanding by Paul Helm( )

15 editions published between 1977 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 1,505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Calvin : a guide for the perplexed by Paul Helm( )

10 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Calvin has been the subject of widespread misunderstanding and misinterpretation. He is a figure whom other theologians either seek to "capture" to endorse their own, often very different, positions or whom they seek to vilify. Calvin: A Guide for the Perplexed attempts to "re-situate" Calvin by providing a mid-level introduction to his thought. As befits the series, special attention is given to Calvin's thought, not on his character or career. The focus here is not only on Calvin's theological positions, but also on the philosophy intertwined within them, the significance of which is often overlooked
Eternal God : a study of God without time by Paul Helm( Book )

49 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul Helm presents a new, expanded edition of his much praised 1988 book Eternal God, which defends the view that God exists in timeless eternity. This is the classical Christian view of God, but it is claimed by many theologians and philosophers of religion to be incoherent. Paul Helm rebuts the charge of incoherence, arguing that divine timelessness is grounded in the idea of God as creator, and that this alone makes possible a proper account of divine omniscience. He develops some of the consequences of divine timelessness, particularly as it affects both divine and human freedom, and considers some of the alleged problems about referring to God. The book thus constitutes a unified treatment of the main concepts of philosophical theology. Helm's revised edition includes four new chapters that develop and extend his account of God and time, taking account of significant work in the area that has appeared since the publication of the first edition, by such prominent figures as William Lane Craig, Brian Leftow, and Richard Swinburne. This new discussion takes the reader into further areas, notably timelessness and creation and the nature of divine causality. --Book Jacket
The varieties of belief by Paul Helm( )

20 editions published between 1973 and 2014 in English and held by 1,213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company
Reason, faith and history : philosophical essays for Paul Helm by Paul Helm( )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spanning the breadth of philosophical, historical and theological interests articulated in the work of Paul Helm, including chapters on Calvinism, philosophical theology, philosophy of mind, Christian Doctrine and epistemology, Reason, Faith and History offers an accessible text for students of contemporary philosophy of religion as well as those interested in philosophical theology more broadly. Reason, Faith and History offers a unique collection of essays on key topics in the philosophy of religion. Published in honour of Paul Helm, a major force in contemporary English-speaking philosophy
Divine commands and morality by Paul Helm( )

14 editions published between 1981 and 1986 in English and Spanish and held by 728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using data from the Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS-HC), this Statistical Brief presents health insurance estimates for the Hispanic population by subgroups and U.S. citizenship status. An examination of these estimates reveals dramatic disparities in insurance coverage within the Hispanic population due to differences in eligibility for public programs and access to private coverage
Faith, form, and fashion : classical Reformed theology and its postmodern critics by Paul Helm( )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a detailed examination of the theological innovations of Kevin Vanhoozer and John Franke. Each proposes that doctrinal and systematic theology should be recast in the light of postmodernity. No longer can Christian theology be foundational, or have a stable metaphysical and epistemological framework. Vanhoozer advocates a theo-dramatic reconstruction of Christian doctrine, replacing the timeless propositions of the ""purely cerebral theology"" of the Reformed tradition in favor of a theology that does justice to the polyphony of multiple biblical genres. Franke holds that theology is page
Faith and reason( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Faith and reason displays in historical perspective some of the rich dialogue between religion and philosophy over two millennia, beginning with Greek reflections about God and the gods and ending with twentieth-century debate about faith in a world which tends to reserve its reverence for science. Paul Helm uses as a case study the question of whether the world is eternal or whether it was created out of nothing, following this theme from Plato through medieval thought to modern scientific speculation about the beginnings of the universe. This Oxford Reader also includes discussion of many other fundamental issues raised by the juxtaposition of faith and reason, including arguments for and against the existence of God, the relationship between religion and ethics, the contrast between reason and revelation as sources of knowledge, and the implications of religious belief for freedom of the will
John Calvin's ideas by Paul Helm( Book )

28 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a major study of the theological thought of John Calvin, which examines his central theological ideas through a philosophical lens, looking at issues in Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Ethics. The study, the first of its kind, is concerned with how Calvin actually uses philosophical ideas in his work as a theologian and biblical commentator. The book also includes a careful examination of those ideas of Calvin to which the Reformed Epistemologists appeal, to find grounds and precedent for their development of `Reformed Epistemology', notably the sensus divinitatis and the internal testimony of the Holy Spirit"--
Faith with reason by Paul Helm( Book )

24 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He argues that the reasonableness of faith depends not only on beliefs about the world but also on beliefs about oneself (for instance about what one wants, about one's hopes and fears) and on what one is willing to trust. Helm goes on to look at the relations between belief and trust, and between faith and virtue, and concludes with an exploration of one particular type of belief about oneself, the belief that one is oneself a believer. This is a book for anyone interested in the basis of religious faith."--Jacket
Calvin at the centre by Paul Helm( Book )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Calvin at the Centre explores the consequences of various ideas in the thought of John Calvin, and the influence of his ideas on later theologians. The book sets to one side the assumption that Calvin's views are purely biblical and unaffected by the particular intellectual circumstances in which he lived. The emphasis is on philosophical ideas within Calvin's theology, and the chapters are organised to reflect this, dealing in turn with epistemological, metaphysical, and ethical issues. Paul Helm highlights some of the complexities in the relation between Calvin and Calvinism. Like the author's study John Calvin's Ideas (2004), the volume focuses on the coincidence of ideas between Calvin and other thinkers rather than offering an historical account of how such influences were transmitted. Among the topics are: the knowledge of God and of ourselves, Scripture and reason, the visibility of God, providence and predestination, compatibilism, and the intermediate state. The chapters range over thinkers as different as Pierre Bayle and Karl Barth. This illuminating study is relevant to anyone with an interest in Reformation thought, systematic theology, or the philosophy of religion. Helm's approach provides a fresh perspective on Calvin's theological context and legacy. - Publisher
Belief policies by Paul Helm( Book )

14 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How do we form and modify our beliefs about the world? It is widely accepted that what we believe is determined by evidence, and is therefore not directly under our control; but according to what criteria is the credibility of the evidence established? Professor Helm argues that no theory of knowledge is complete without standards for accepting and rejecting evidence as belief-worthy. These standards, or belief policies, are not themselves determined by evidence, but determine what counts as credible evidence. Unlike single beliefs, belief policies are directly subject to the will, and therefore to the possibility of weakness of will and self-deception. Helm sets out to interpret standard epistemological positions in terms of belief policies, and to illustrate their operation in the history of philosophy. He establishes connections between belief policies, responsibility for beliefs, and the desirability of toleration, before reassessing fideism in the light of his argument
Referring to God : Jewish and Christian philosophical and theological perspectives by Paul Helm( Book )

19 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book brings together for the first time modern philosophical discussion (in the analytic tradition) of philosophical themes and issues common to the Jewish and Christian traditions. In the medieval period there was fruitful (and sometimes fierce) discussion among Jews, Christians, and Islamic thinkers about such issues. This book is a first step in an attempt to revive this dialogue."--BOOK JACKET
Jonathan Edwards : philosophical theologian by Oliver Crisp( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This title was first published in 2003. It has often been claimed that Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) was America's greatest philosopher and theologian. From literary criticism of his sermons to philosophical assessments of his metaphysics, there has been a burgeoning industry in Edwardsian studies, but there has been no one place where an exploration of the theology and philosophy of Edwards has been brought together. 2003 marks the tercentenary date of the birth of Jonathan Edwards. This book draws together specially-commissioned contributions from philosophers and theologians from the USA and UK, to present new analytic philosophical and theological thinking on Edwards in a way that reflects Edwards' own concerns, as well as those current in the academy."--Provided by publisher
The providence of God by Paul Helm( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this concise and accessible introduction, Paul Helm outlines for students and interested readers the doctrine of divine providence. Unlike many doctrinal treatments, his approach is not historically oriented. Instead Helm focuses on the underlying metaphysical and moral aspects of God's providence, paying particular attention to the ideas of divine control, providence and evil, and the role of prayer in relationship to providence
God & time : four views( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The trustworthiness of God : perspectives on the nature of Scripture( Book )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The divine revelation : the basic issues by Paul Helm( Book )

9 editions published between 1982 and 2004 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Calvin and the Calvinists by Paul Helm( Book )

12 editions published between 1982 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This slim hardback is controversial in the sense that it is an answer to a problematic historical/theological view, which sought to pit John Calvin against his heirs, the Puritans. In this pioneering study Paul Helm shows that the substantial claims that Dr. Kendall makes in 'Calvin and English Calvinism to 1649,' concerning Calvin's alleged theological departures, cannot be supported from Calvin, but rest on distortions and misunderstandings. Since 'Calvin and the Calvinists' was first published in 1982, further scholarship has confirmed its claims. This careful and clear exposition remains of abiding value, not only for the scholar but also for all Christians who are concerned to evaluate their own theological heritage
Image and hope : John Calvin and Karl Barth on body, soul, and life everlasting by Yaroslav Viazovski( Book )

4 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Developments in biblical studies, neurosciences, and Christian philosophy of mind force theologians to reconsider the traditional concept of the immortal soul. At the same time, the concept itself tends to create axiological dualism between the body and the soul that in turn may lead to insufficient appreciation of the physical life in this world. A more holistic approach to the ontology of human beings is required. The aim of this study is to analyze the function of the concept of the soul in the dualistic anthropology of John Calvin and to compare it to the holistic anthropology of Karl Barth in order to answer the question of whether the transition from on to the other is possible without the loss of the functions fulfilled by the soul. (Back cover)
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Faith and understanding
Calvin : a guide for the perplexedEternal God : a study of God without timeThe varieties of beliefReason, faith and history : philosophical essays for Paul HelmDivine commands and moralityFaith and reasonJohn Calvin's ideasFaith with reason
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