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Publication Date: 2014
A Place to Stand is addressed to those who recognize the need for a strong stand from which to operate in the confusion of contemporary thought. Ours has become an age, says Trueblood, in which people simply do not know what to think. Trueblood is convinced that there is an objective truth about everything.
Here, Trueblood explains what Christians believe and why, exploring through each chapter rational Christianity, a center of certitude, the living God, the reality of prayer, and the life everlasting. He is convinced that part of the weakness of the Christian movement in this age has been the relative lack of emphasis upon belief. However good and important service to humanity is, it loses its motivating power when the sustaining beliefs are allowed to wither.
A Place to Stand is a classic text that shows it is possible, without contradiction or confusion, to hold a Christian position which is both evangelical and rational.
Elton Trueblood (1900-1994) wrote several bestselling religious titles and taught philosophy at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.
“When this book first appeared in 1969, it was hailed as Elton Trueblood’s most important work. All these years later, it still sings. As relevant and helpful now as it was then. Some things simply get better with time.”
“Yes, its goal is accomplished. The book does offer assistance to the ordinary seeker who is attempting to be a Christian and be intellectually honest.”
“Trueblood’s life and writing have had a powerful impact on my life. This is a bench-mark book by one of the greatest Christian thinkers of the 20th century. Here is fresh inspiration for living with courage and integrity in the soul-sized issues of our time.”
“Elton Trueblood lays out for us a reasoned faith that is free from contradiction or confusion. His thoughtful discussion of the ‘Christlikeness of God’ is as good as can be found anywhere. Speaks with clarity and care to the uncertainty of modern culture. I recommend it highly.”
“It is refreshing to find one whose passion for truth leads him to the heart of the Christian affirmations and whose lucid style enables us to follow his arguments without pain.”
“This book is of such pivotal importance that it is difficult not to overpraise it… What will surprise the skeptic (and this is an excellent book to give to doubters) is how logical biblical Christianity can be made.”
“Elton Trueblood’s hand has not lost its skill. He comes to our aid again in A Place to Stand playing his incisive mind on issues that trouble every thinking Christian and stating his convictions with the clarity that has long been associated with his name.”
“This may well prove Elton Trueblood’s most telling contribution to the life of our time.”
The items of belief he treats are the living, personal God; the centrality of Christ for humankind; the reality of prayer; and everlasting life. People who find these articles of faith attractive but unbelievable, and people who believe them but cannot defend them intellectually, will find a useful little volume.
“He has cut through a lot of the contemporary theological fog and given us a place to stand.”
“Addressed to those who recognize the need for a strong stand in the shifting sands of contemporary thought, it is for all of us.”