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A Place for Truth: Highlights from the Veritas Forum

Edited By: Dallas Willard
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.

Contributor's Include

1 Is There Life After Truth?
Richard John Neuhaus

2 Time For Truth
Os Guinness

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
Hugh Ross

7 Is Atheism Dead?
Ravi Zacharias

8 The Psychology of Atheism
Paul C. Vitz

9 Nietzsche Versus Jesus Christ
Dallas Willard

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
Mary Poplin

16 The Whole Gospel for the Whole Person
Ronald J. Sider

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 340
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0830838457
ISBN-13: 9780830838455
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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.

Author Bio

Dallas Willard (1935-2013) was a professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for over 40 years. A highly influential author and teacher, Willard was as celebrated for his enduring writings on spiritual formation as he was for his scholarship. His books include ( Book of the Year in 1998), and others. His books have received numerous Annual Book Awards and other recognitions. Willard served on the boards of the C.S. Lewis Foundation and Biola University, and was a member of numerous evaluation committees for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. He received bachelors degrees from both Tennessee Temple College and Baylor University and a graduate degree at Baylor University, as well as a PhD from the University of Wisconsin in Philosophy and the History of Science.

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"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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    The popular opinion today is that truth is relative. It depends upon the interpretation, the perspective. Not so, Os Guinness argues. Truth is fundamental, "without which we cannot negotiate reality and handle life." (40)

    Harvard's motto, Veritas (truth), inspired a group of Christians to host a weekend of lectures and discussions at the university exploring life's most important questions. In the two decades since that first forum more than a hundred universities have hosted their own forums.

    This book presents a sampling of the best of the Veritas Forums over the years. Included are "the most lasting questions and the most compelling responses." There are questions about truth itself and about particular truths, such as the existence of God (of the Judeo-Christian variety).

    Timothy Keller explores why so many people believe in God when evolutionists explained Him away, when dictators outlawed belief in Him and atheists argue for His nonexistence. (His methodical, logical dissection of their views alone makes the book valuable.) Francis Collins (human genome project) reminds us the study of nature is not all there is. McGrath and Hefland agree in their dialogue that they "don't believe it's possible for science to prove anything." (115) Hugh Ross speaks about the reliability of the Bible (especially compared to other sacred texts). Singer and Hare discuss whether there is morality, right and wrong, without God.

    Several other issues are discussed, such as whether robots will ever be human, whether there can be true human rights without religion, Mother Teresa and finding your Calcutta, and one sided Christianity (evangelism or social justice).

    This book encouraged me. Being a Christian does not mean you have thrown your intellect aside as current atheist authors would have us believe. This work is a refreshing defense of the validity of Christianity from intelligent individuals in a university setting and would be great reading for every student.
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