Unapologetic Apologetics

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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.

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Overview

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 pervasive contextualismthe question of error in Scripturefeminist challenges to our concept of Godthe nature and coherence of the incarnationthe presumption of universalismincursions of science into theology
Taking up in turn foundations, Scripture, Christology, theology and science, the essays comprising Unapologetic Apologetics expose the tenets of naturalism and other philosophical systems that too often permeate theological studies without remark, let alone critique or debate. Dembski, Richards and their contributors expertly administer their cure for false ideas--not quarantine but inoculation.

Contributors include Michael D. Bush, Raymond D. Cannata, Gary W. Deddo, William A. Dembski, Matthew Frawley, Phillip E. Johnson, James Parker III and Leslie Zeigler.

For seminarians and anyone pursuing theological study, Unapologetic Apologetics will become a trusted guide to the philosophical and cultural forces at work in religious education today.

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Editorial Reviews

(from the foreword) - Phillip E. Johnson
"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."
Robert P. Mills
"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."
Peter Kreeft
"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."
J. P. Moreland
"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."
Phillip E. Johnson (from the foreword)
"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830815630
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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 The Design Inference (Cambridge), Intelligent Design (InterVarsity Press) and No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased without Intelligence (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 (Religious Studies), theology (Christian Scholars' Review) and science (Perspectives on Science and the Christian Faith). His books include The Privileged Planet (Regnery, 2004), Are We Spiritual Machines (Discovery Inst. Press, 2002), The Untamed God (IVP, 2003), and Unapologetic Apologetics (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 Darwin on Trial, Reason in the Balance and Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds.

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 Foundations, an international theological journal aimed especially at seminary students and faculty.

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Table of Contents

Foreword - Philip E. Johnson
Introduction: Reclaiming Theological Education - William A. Dembski & Jay Wesley RichardsPart 1: Foundations
1. The Task of Apologetics - William A. Dembski
2. The Fallacy of Contextualism - William A. Dembski
3. History of Apologetics at Princeton Seminary - Raymond CannataPart 2: Scripture
4. The Problem of Error in Scripture - William A. Dembski
5. Naturalism in Theology & Biblical Studies - Jay Wesley Richards
6. Old Princeton & the Doctrine of Scripture - Raymond CannataPart 3: Christology
7. Is the Doctrine of the Incarnation Coherent? - Jay Wesley Richards
8. Christology and the "Y" Chromosome - Michael D. Bush
9. Can a Male Savior Save Woman? - Jay Wesley RichardsPart 4: Theology
10. Christianity or Feminism? - Leslie Ziegler
11. Jesus' Paradigm for Relating Human Experience & Language About God - Gary W. Deddo
12. A Pascalian Argument Against Universalism - Jay Wesley RichardsPart 5: Science
13. What Every Theologian Should Know About Creation, Evolution & Design - William A. Dembski
14. Reinstating Design Within Science - William A. Dembski
15. The Challenge of the Human Sciences: The Necessity of an Interactive & Dualistic Ontology - Matthew Frawley
Afterword - James Parker III
Contributors
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