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Lively pro/con debates on the great issues---cosmological, teleological, ontological, and moral arguments; the problem of evil; evolution and belief in God; miracles; the Trinity; incarnation; resurrection of Jesus; etc.---by leading authorities: Moreland, Meister, Evans, Walls, Habermas, Knitter, Hick, Ward, Copan, Taliaferro, and others. 544 pages, softcover. Oxford University.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 544
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 0199755434
ISBN-13: 9780199755431

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Publisher's Description

Comprising groundbreaking dialogues by many of the most prominent scholars in Christian apologetics and the philosophy of religion, this volume offers a definitive treatment of central questions of Christian faith. The essays are ecumenical and broadly Christian, in the spirit of C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity, and feature lucid and up-to-date material designed to engage readers in contemporary theistic and Christian issues. Beginning with dialogues about God's existence and the coherence of theism and then moving beyond generic theism to address significant debates over such specifically Christian doctrines as the Trinity and the resurrection of Jesus, Debating Christian Theism provides an ideal starting point for anyone seeking to understand the current debates in Christian theology.

Author Bio


J. P. Moreland is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He has authored, edited, or contributed papers to thirty-five books, including Does God Exist?, Universals, Consciousness and the Existence of God, and The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology.

Chad Meister is Professor of Philosophy at Bethel College. He is author or editor of fifteen books, including Evil: A Guide for the Perplexed, Introducing Philosophy of Religion, The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion, co-edited with Paul Copan, and God is Great, God is Good, co-edited with William Lane Craig. He is the general editor (with Paul Moser) of the forthcoming book series Cambridge Studies in Religion, Philosophy, and Society.

Khaldoun A. Sweis is Chair of the World Languages and Cultures Department and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Olive-Harvey College. His publications include articles in Think: A Journal of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, The Journal of the International Society of Christian Apologetics, and he is co-editor (with Chad Meister) of Christian Apologetics: An Anthology of Primary Sources.

Editorial Reviews


"[Debating Christian Theism] illustrates how deeply the mysteries of Christianity in particular, and of spiritual faith (or lack of it) in general, engages with a person's entire life-condition--cognitive and affective, commonplace and cosmic. J.P. Moreland, Chad Meister, and Khaldoun A. Sweis have done a masterful job at collecting a volume of contributions which treat these matters seriously and illuminate them impressively."--Essays in Philosophy


"A wide-ranging and ambitious book For range of topics, quality of argumentation, and up-to-date currency with recent scholarship, this volume is very hard to beat. I know of no comparable volume that shares that constellation of virtues . A very good resource for undergraduate and graduate seminars in philosophy of religion, theology, and apologetics."--Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews


"Accessible to educated readers and advanced undergraduate students, this volume provides a handy summary of key positions in important debates."--CHOICE


"Debating Christian Theism contains new essays on central topics by a number of distinguished scholars. It should not only prove of general interest but would provide an excellent supplemental text for undergraduate and graduate courses in philosophy of religion or theology." --William Wainwright, author of Religion and Morality


"Pro/con pairs of essays, fairness, high-level discussion, rare breadth-all these combine to make this book an excellent representation of, and addition to, current debates regarding Christian theism." --Keith E. Yandell, author of Philosophy of Religion


"Debating Christian Theism is a groundbreaking book... truly paradigm-shifting... Every serious Christian apologist and Christian philosopher, and every serious critic of Christianity, should read this fascinating book." --Philosophia Christi


"[T]he engaged mind can find here much that deserves rumination. The various topics can be read at any pace, and there is no need to read the topics in any particular order. It is a treat to have a single volume present not just 'both sides of the argument,' but in the words of serious thinkers on both sides of the argument (and not one side attempting to relate or minimize the other side s points). The ability to get a solid sense of the current state of these debates is the volume s chief virtue. Recommended for graduate students or advanced readers, with some of the essays suitable for a broader audience."--Theological Studies


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