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Archive for October, 2011
We’re pleased to announce the release of Christian Apologetics Volume 2, which takes a sweeping look at apologetics from the Reformation to the present. Study the perspectives of twenty-six apologists including Martin Luther, John Calvin, Blaise Pascal, Jonathan Edwards, Søren Kierkegaard, Francis Schaeffer, Alvin Plantinga, and William Lane Craig.
As always, we invite you to browse the table of contents, intro, and first chapter. Here’s what people are saying about these volumes:
–Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
“Understanding apologetics as explicating, affirming, and vindicating Christianity in the face of uncertainty and skepticism, Edgar and Oliphint have skillfully selected the best primary sources to introduce us to this ongoing task. Their work fills a gap in scholarly resources and highlights the strength, wisdom, and solidity of the prominent defenders of our faith.”
–J. I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College; author, Knowing God
“This series on the classical traditions of Christian apologetics is, to my knowledge, unmatched in basic compendia. It will equip and encourage thoughtful Christians to develop equally compelling defenses of the faith in our post-Enlightenment, post-Romantic, post-Postmodern era where global interdependencies plunge many into new varieties of suspicion, contempt, and hostility that demand reasonable and faith-filled encounter, dialogue, and debate.”
–Max L. Stackhouse, De Vries Professor of Theology and Public Life Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary
“In an age of historical amnesia such as ours, nothing could be more helpful than to know how the church, in its long march through time, has addressed the opponents of Christian faith. This collection is superbly done and will bring much needed wisdom to our own times.”
–David F. Wells, Distinguished Senior Research Professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
“Bill Edgar, one of evangelicalism’s most valued scholars and apologists, has given us in this work with Scott Oliphint; a classic destined to be used for generations. I highly recommend it to all who are called to defend the faith.”
–Charles Colson, Founder, Prison Fellowship
“For years I have wanted a collection of primary sources in apologetics to use in my classes. Now we have an excellent one. Editors Edgar and Oliphint have made good choices in the selections used. A number of them are fascinating pieces rarely considered today, but very timely.”
–John M. Frame, J. D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando
Do you have a theology of reading? How do you decide what to read? Where to find the time to do it? Explore these questions and more as Justin Taylor and Tony Reinke discuss Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books.
- 0:14 – Tony’s desire for the book
- 1:22 – What kind of books should I be reading? (6 Priorities for determining what to read)
- 3:17 – Creating time to read
- 5:10 – Tips for growing as a reader
- 7:21 – The value of fiction
- 9:08 – The theological importance of reading
Kevin DeYoung has a great post clarifying what he means by the priority of proclamation when defining the mission of the church. Here’s a snapshot:
- If we as individuals and churches are becoming more like Christ, there should grow in us a spirit of deep compassion for the needs of hurting people. If we are like Jesus, we’ll see the sadness and confusion and suffering in the world and something in us will cry out, “I want to do something about this. I want to make this better. I am sorry for this pain.”
- Proclamation must remain the church’s priority. The Great Commission is what the church is sent into the world to accomplish while the command “do good to all people” is what we do as we have opportunity. The church’s mission is not best described as “serving others as disciples of Christ” but “making disciples of Christ as servants of others.”
- When our churches support “mercy ministry” or “relief work” or “humanitarian aid” or “city renewal” there should always be the overarching goal that Christ might be known, understood, believed upon, and followed. The world needs doctors, nurses, politicians, NGOs, agronomists, social workers, film makers, and thousand other vocations saturated with Christian professionals. But as churches think of mission work, mission organization, and its mission in general, there should also be a larger purpose aimed at and prayer for besides making the world a better place.