Many today pursue knowledge and even wisdom. But what about truth? In an age that disputes whether truth can be universalized beyond one's own personal experience, it seems quaint to speak of finding truth. But whether in the ivory towers of the academy or in the midst of our everyday lives, we continue to seek after the true, the beautiful and the good.
Since its founding at Harvard in 1992, The Veritas Forum has provided a place for the university world to explore the deepest questions of truth and life. What does it mean to be human? Does history have a purpose? Is life meaningful? Can rational people believe in God? Now gathered in one volume are some of The Veritas Forum's most notable presentations, with contributions from Francis Collins, Tim Keller, N. T. Wright, Mary Poplin and more. Volume editor Dallas Willard introduces each presentation, highlighting its significance and putting it in context for us today. Also included are selected question and answer sessions with the speakers from the original forum experiences.
Come eavesdrop on some of today's leading Christian thinkers and their dialogue partners. And consider how truth might find a place in your own life.
About the Author
Dallas Willard (1935-2013) was a professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for over forty years. A highly influential author and teacher, Willard was as celebrated for his enduring writings on spiritual formation as he was for his scholarship. His books include The Divine Conspiracy (Christianity Today's Book of the Year in 1998), The Spirit of the Disciplines, Hearing God, Renovation of the Heart and others. His books have received numerous Christianity Today Annual Book Awards and other recognitions.
Willard served on the boards of the C. S. Lewis Foundation and Biola University, and was a member of numerous evaluation committees for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. He received bachelor's degrees from both Tennessee Temple College and Baylor University and a graduate degree at Baylor University, as well as a PhD from the University of Wisconsin in Philosophy and the History of Science.
Table of Contents
Foreword Harry Lewis Harvard University 7
Preface Daniel Cho, Executive Director, The Veritas Forum 11
Introduction Dallas Willard 15
1 Is There Life After Truth? Richard John Neuhaus 23
2 Time for Truth Os Guinness 39
3 Reason for God: The Exclusivity of Truth Timothy J. Keller 55
Faith and Science
4 The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief Francis S. Collins 72
5 The New Atheists and the Meaning of Life Alister McGrath David J. Helfand 99
6 A Scientist Who Looked and Was Found Hugh Ross 122
7 The Psychology of Atheism Paul C. Vitz 135
8 Nietzsche Versus Jesus Christ Dallas Willard 153
Meaning and Humanity
9 Moral Mammals: Does Atheism or Theism Provide the Best Foundation for Human Worth and Morality? Peter Singer John Hare 169
10 Living Machines: Can Robots Become Human? Rodney Brooks Rosalind Picard 195
11 The Sense of an Ending Jeremy S. Begbie 216
12 Simply Christian N. T. Wright 239
13 Why Human Rights Are Impossible Without Religion John Warwick Montgomery 259
14 Radical Marxist, Radical Womanist, Radical Love: What Mother Teresa Taught Me About Social Justice Mary Poplin 279
15 The Whole Gospel for the Whole Person Ronald J. Sider 300
Photo Credits 322