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A Place for Truth: Highlights from the Veritas Forum
Inter-varsity Press / 2010 / Paperback
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The pursuit of knowledge is one of the most important unifying elements in our increasingly global--and information hungry--culture. But what of truth? Can truth be simply relegated to the proposition that good information equals ultimate truth?
In an age that disputes whether truth can be universalized beyond one's own personal experience, it seems quaint to speak of finding truth. But whether in the ivory towers of the academy or in the midst of our everyday lives, we continue to seek after the true, the beautiful and the good. Indeed, despite the vast ocean of information that is available to many people, our lives often stand on the brink of despair because we have not infused our knowledge with truth.
Since it's founding at Harvard in 1992, the Veritas Forum has provided a place for the university world to explore the deepest questions of truth and life. What does it mean to be human? Does history have a purpose? Is life meaningful? Can rational people believe in God? Now gathered in one volume and entitled A Place for Truth are some of the Veritas Forum's most notable presentations from the elite Christian intellectuals.
These renowned scholars cover topics as compelling as Christian Apologetics, and as complex as Human DNA and in the process relate how the information they have uncovered in their work contributes not just to a body of information, but to truth and meaning.
1 Is There Life After Truth?
Richard John Neuhaus
2 Time For Truth
3 Reason for God: The Exclusivity of Truth
Timothy J. Keller
4 The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
Francis S. Collins
5 The New Atheists and the Meaning of Life
Alister McGrath and David J. Helfand
6 A Scientist Who Looked and Was Found
7 Is Atheism Dead?
8 The Psychology of Atheism
Paul C. Vitz
9 Nietzsche Versus Jesus Christ
10 Moral Mammals: Does Atheism or Theism Provide the Best Foundation for Human Worth and Morality?
Peter Singer and John Hare
11 Living Machines: Can Robots Become Human?
Rodney Brooks and Rosalind Picard
12 The Sense of an Ending
Jeremy S. Begbie
13 Simply Christian
N. T. Wright
14 Why Human Rights Are Impossible Without Religion
John Warwick Montgomery
15 Radical Marxist, Radical Womanist, Radical Love: What Mother Teresa Taught Me about Social Justice
16 The Whole Gospel for the Whole Person
Ronald J. Sider
Many today pursue knowledge and even wisdom. But what about truth? In an age that disputes whether truth can be universalized beyond one's own personal experience, it seems quaint to speak of finding truth. But whether in the ivory towers of the academy or in the midst of our everyday lives, we continue to seek after the true, the beautiful and the good. Since its founding at Harvard in 1992, The Veritas Forum has provided a place for the university world to explore the deepest questions of truth and life. What does it mean to be human? Does history have a purpose? Is life meaningful? Can rational people believe in God? Now gathered in one volume are some of The Veritas Forum's most notable presentations, with contributions from Francis Collins, Tim Keller, N. T. Wright, Mary Poplin and more. Volume editor Dallas Willard introduces each presentation, highlighting its significance and putting it in context for us today. Also included are selected question and answer sessions with the speakers from the original forum experiences. Come eavesdrop on some of today's leading Christian thinkers and their dialogue partners. And consider how truth might find a place in your own life.
Dallas Willard is professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California. He is the author of and
"These essays, mostly by Christian thinkers, are serious dialogue about important questions. Whether you find in them enlightenment and encouragement, or much to challenge, I hope you will agree that The Veritas Forum has done a service to the academy by encouraging the discussions."
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