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Unapologetic Apologetics: Meeting the Challenges of Theological Studies
Inter-varsity Press / 2001 / Paperback
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Throughout these presentations the authors, all one-time students at Princeton Theological Seminary, expose the permeating influence of naturalism in theological studies as well as other philosophical tenets that are neither critiqued nor defended but merely assumed in much mainline theology. As a result, they expertly administer their prescription for false ideas - not quarantine but inoculation.
As objective truth has come under suspicion in theological study during recent years, scholars and students have also begun to take less seriously the task of persuading others to believe. Apologetics has been neglected, misunderstood and misrepresented. Unwilling to accept this new status quo, editors William Dembski and Jay Wesley Richards, along with their team of expert contributors, firmly hold that apologetics once again deserves our attention. The editors and contributing scholars, all one-time students at Princeton Theological Seminary, squarely meet some of the most vexing issues in contemporary theological studies
William Dembski (Ph.D., mathematics, University of Chicago; Ph.D., philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago) is senior fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. He has previously taught at Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Dallas. He has done postdoctoral work in mathematics at MIT, in physics at the University of Chicago, and in computer science at Princeton University, and he has been a National Science Foundation doctoral and postdoctoral fellow. Dembski has written numerous scholarly articles and is the author of the critically acclaimed (Cambridge), (InterVarsity Press) and (Rowman and Littlefield). Richards (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary; Th.M., Calvin Theological Seminary; M.Div., Union Theological Seminary) is a research fellow and director of institutional relations at Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty in Grand Rapids, MI. He has published articles in philosophy of religion (), theology () and science (). His books include (Regnery, 2004), (Discovery Inst. Press, 2002), (IVP, 2003), and (IVP, 2001).. Phillip E. Johnson taught law for more than thirty years at the University of California--Berkeley where he is professor emeritus. He is recognized as a leading spokesman for the intelligent design movement, and is the author of many books, including and Parker, D.Theol. (New Testament, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland), M.Div., Th.M. (Princeton Theological Seminary), M.A. (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), postdoctoral fellow (Johns Hopkins University), is associate dean and professor of worldview and culture at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He also directs the Trinity Institute, a residential Christian study center located in Tehuacana, Texas. He serves as the national coordinator for the Religious and Theological Studies Fellowship, a branch of the graduate ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He is editor-in-chief of an international theological journal aimed especially at seminary students and faculty.
"Dembski and Richards have created what deserves to be called the mother of all seminary peer groups, an apologetics seminar where the tough issues are debated even in front of outside critics."
"This guide should be required reading not merely for seminary students but for all who are in any way responsible for their care and feeding. It offers valuable insights and much-needed correctives in a straightforward style and with uncompromising conviction. I regret that I graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary before Dembski and Richards helped begin the Princeton apologetics seminar. The stimulating essays they have drawn from the seminar and collected in this volume would have been a welcome supplement to my course work. No seminary-bound evangelical should leave home without this book."
" Unapologetic Apologetics is another sign of the coming of David and the doom of Goliath. David represents young, vibrant and unanswerable Christian orthodoxy, while Goliath is the reigning liberal/modernist theological establishment. Here are students at a large, 'leading' seminary making more sense than their professors. Goliath cannot stand for long."
"My first reading of Unapologetic Apologetics sent an electric shock through my body. I have been waiting for twenty-five years for someone to write this book, and finally my wait is over! This book is not only a first-rate piece of orthodox Christian scholarship but also an absolutely unique book in its aim and scope. Dembski and Richards address a host of issues--biblical authority; the nature, aim and scope of apologetics; naturalism and its impact on theology and biblical studies; feminism; postmodernism and others--that seminary students and, indeed, Christian leaders must engage if they want to approach their development with an eye on the culture they are called to minister in. This book will be of special interest to those who work on secular college campuses, attend seminary, do graduate or undergraduate work in philosophy or religious studies, or regularly interact with those on the left of the intellectual spectrum. Every evangelical who attends seminary must read this book before he or she graduates."
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