Reason for the Hope Within

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Foreword by Alvin Plantinga

During the last two decades there has been a renaissance in the field of Christian philosophy. Unfortunately, most of this excellent work has not reached general readers. Reason for the Hope Within was produced specifically to make available the best of contemporary Christian philosophy in a clear, accessible&#8212and highly ...

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Foreword by Alvin Plantinga

During the last two decades there has been a renaissance in the field of Christian philosophy. Unfortunately, most of this excellent work has not reached general readers. Reason for the Hope Within was produced specifically to make available the best of contemporary Christian philosophy in a clear, accessible&#8212and highly relevant&#8212manner.

Fourteen of America’s rising Christian philosophers cover many of the traditional themes of Christian apologetics as well as topics of special relevance to today’s world:

  • the problem of evil
  • the possibility of miracles
  • the existence of heaven and hell
  • Eastern religions
  • Religion and science
  • Christianity and ethics

Reason for the Hope Within provides readers with the most up-to-date resources for thinking about and defending the Christian faith.

Douglas Blount
Robin Collins
J. A. Cover
William C. Davis
Scott A. Davison
Daniel Howard-Snyder
Frances Howard-Snyder
Trenton Merricks
Caleb Miller
Michael J. Murray
Timothy O’Connor
John O’Leary-Hawthorn
Thomas D. Senor
W. Christopher Stewart

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Editorial Reviews

International Philosophical Quarterly
"This collection of essays, mostly by young philosophers, aims to close the gap between academic philosophizing and practical apologetics, by making the fruits of the former accessible to believing non-philosophers..... Eschewing the popular apologetics ideal of the "knockdown argument," the contributors present both arguments and counter-arguments in sufficient detail to give the reader some appreciation of the depth and subtlety of the issues at stake, even while keeping their treatments remarkably free from the jargon of the profession."
Religious Studies Review
The volume would work nicely in an introductory philosophy of religion class as a supplement to primary texts.
The Cresset
As an attempt to present contemporary philosophy of religion in a manner accessible to the layperson, Reason for the Hope Within is an unqualified success. The prose is clear and the authors take care to define philosophical concepts.
The book succeeds admirably in making philosophy accessible, and in applying philosophical reasoning to some difficult questions. It has the great merit of taking reason, hard questions, and particularly its readers, with great seriousness.
Theology Today
"The editor of this collection of essays contends that the standard works in seminary apologetics have become dated in light of contemporary developments in analytical philosophy. The contributors, up-and-coming "Christian philosophers," ambitiously seek to rehabilitate the discipline of apologetics by restoring its philosophical respectability. At the same time, the authors self-consciously craft their arguments so that lay Christians will find them comprehensible.... Even those who disagree here and there will benefit from reflecting on the rigorous analyses that the contributors provide."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802844378
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Pages: 445
  • Sales rank: 1,019,799
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Reason for Hope (in the Postmodern World) 1
2 Theistic Arguments 20
3 A Scientific Argument for the Existence of God: The Fine-Tuning Design Argument 47
4 God, Evil, and Suffering 76
5 Arguments for Atheism 116
6 Faith and Reason 135
7 Religious Pluralism 165
8 Eastern Religions 182
9 Divine Providence and Human Freedom 217
10 The Incarnation and the Trinity 238
11 The Resurrection of the Body and the Life Everlasting 261
12 Heaven and Hell 287
13 Religion and Science 318
14 Miracles and Christian Theism 345
15 Christianity and Ethics 375
16 The Authority of Scripture 399
Contributors 423
Index 424
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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    A superb book

    Michael J. Murray has put together a number of well-written essays. Daniel Howard-Snyder's discussion of the problem of evil is particularly thoughtful, as he argues that a commonly made probabilistic inference (the "Noseeum Inference") fails in problem of evil discussions. If this assumption fails, argues Howard-Snyder, then the existence of evil isn't evidence against the truth of Christianity. There's also a good discussion of providence and freedom, as well as a helpful discussion of the authority of Scripture. Although meant for the average reader, this book is an excellent launching pad for further philosophical reflection and makes a good case for the Christian faith. I have subtracted a star because the book, in my view, should have addressed issues pertaining to feminism, for various reasons.

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