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By Richard E. Creel



Richard Creel received a B.A. from Millsaps College, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University, and taught philosophy and religion at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, for thirty years. Richard has published 4 books, and 3 Kindle books, numerous articles, and served as president of the New York Philosophical Association. In 2002 he retired to his home town, Biloxi, MS, and has enjoyed editing work with the Magnolia Quarterly and private individuals.

Love of Jesus: The Heart of Christianity


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          If you would like to read many reasons for admiring and loving Jesus, then this is the book for you! If you admire and love Jesus but have difficulty identifying yourself as a Christian or have difficulty joining a church because of problems with this or that aspect of Christianity, then this is a book for you, too! Among other things, Love of Jesus points out that Jesus accepted and even encouraged doubters. Important as scholarship is, Love of Jesus is not a scholarly book. Rather, it reaches out to lay people, believers, and non-believers. It takes at face value a wide range of New Testament stories about Jesus and asks of them why we should admire and love the man who inspired them. Then, hoping it has inspired the reader to admire and love Jesus-or to admire and love him even more-Love of Jesus offers answers to the questions, “How should we follow him?" and "How should we relate to one another as Christians when we have different understandings of Christianity?"

Divine Impassibility (Cambridge University Press) Paperback

          It has been about fifty years since the topic of divine impassibility was the subject of book-length philosophical treatments in English. In recent years process and analytic philosophers have returned this issue to the forefront of professional attention. Divine Impassibility traces the issue of classical sources, relates the positions of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century books, and surveys the writings of contemporary British analytic philosophers such as Peter Geach, Anthony Kenny, Richard Swinburne, John Hick, and H. P. Owen, American analytic philosophers such as Norman Kretzmann, Eleonore Stump, Nelson Pike, Robert Adams, and Bruce Reichenbach, and process philosophers such as Charles Hartshorne and Lewis Ford. The author shows that clear, adequate analysis of the issue must distinguish four respects in which God might be passible or impassible: nature, will, knowledge, and feeling. He shows also how decisions on this topic bear on numerous others in philosophical theology such as creation, eternality, evil, and human freedom. His creative proposals on these and other topics attempt to go beyond the difficulties of both classical and process conceptions of God.

Religion & Doubt

2nd ed. (originally published by Prentice-Hall) Paperback


     A conceptual view of religious faith and growth, this volume explores the nature of religion and its relevance to human existence.

Thinking Philosophically (Blackwell Publishers). Paperback and Hardcover


    Thinking Philosophically begins by helping the reader acquire a lively sense of what philosophy is, how it began, why it persists, and how it is related to other fields of study, especially science.

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Witty, Wise, and Otherwise: Aphorisms & Observations about Life


          Some people write novels. Some write short stories. My genre is aphorisms--pithy observations about life. If you like the aphorisms of people like Will Rogers and Mark Twain, then you may like what I have to say. I'm sure that the caliber of my aphorisms is not equal to theirs—but if it were you would have to pay a lot more money for this book! Nonetheless, as my father used to say, "Even an old blind hog finds an acorn once in a while," and I think you will find that once in a while I have found an acorn, have formulated a "bon mot." In brief, I will be sharing with you my thoughts about topics such as friendship, love, marriage, politics, aging, religion, depression, and more. If I make you smile or laugh, if I make you think about something in a way you had not thought of it before, if I give you a helpful insight for the living of your life, if I annoy you into disagreeing with me but cause you to understand our disagreement in a deeper way than you understood it before, I will have achieved what I am aiming at. Ideally, of course, the delivery of aphorisms should be part of a dialogue, so I would be delighted to hear your reactions to what I have to say. I'm not through learning yet. And if I get a word of praise along the way, I will be delighted.

Short Short Stories

          Most of these stories are from everyday life. Some are cerebral; some are emotional; some are funny; some are sad. Some are autobiographical; some are fiction; some are a mixture. You can probably tell which stories are which, but knowing which is which is not important as long as a story entertains you, leads to a new insight, or provokes thought. The special virtue of a short short story is that if it's not good, at least it's not long! But surely "Herman's Tail of Woe" and "Maybe you, too, can be a SADIST" will prove worth your time. Then there is "Singing for the Deaf" and "Real Ghosts." Of course all of these stories are special to me. I smiled writing some and shed tears writing others. What is important now is whether they connect with you. I hope they do. I have tried to make it so. Bon voyage.

Depression: How It Feels, What It Means, How to Manage It

           I am a layman, not a psychiatrist or psychologist. I have, however, suffered from depressions from as early as I can remember, so I know depression from the inside, and I have read and thought about it a great deal, and although I am not a member of the mental health profession, I did teach philosophy and religion for 30 years and published several books and numerous articles on those topics, including at times the topic of happiness, so I believe my professional background has enriched my understanding of depression and what I have to say about it. I certainly hope so, and I hope that what I say will help others who suffer from depression—or at least make them feel that in me they have a sympathetic fellow sufferer.

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