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  • Paperback: 445 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (December 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802844375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802844378
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Micah Newman on September 12, 2005
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Just the idea of this collection of essays is a wonderful one, and extremely valuable, for at least two reasons.

1) The motivating concept overarching these works is that of locating the proper role of apologetics. The value of this guiding principle could hardly be overstated, as seldom as it is broached among apologetic writers, who all too often leave tacit their background assumptions as to what, *precisely*, they take their arguments to be accomplishing. Michael Murray, in the opening essay, sets the tone at the outset with his eschewing of the "sledgehammer apologetics" of such as Schaeffer and Sproul. The alternative set out is an extremely wise and circumspect approach that knows the limits of reason and doesn't try to overextend it. Whatever that approach sacrifices in rhetorical effect, it more than makes up for in humility and authenticity.

2) The authors are professional philosophers with all the best thought and scholarship on their chosen topics at their fingertips, plus the discipline of clarity and precision that comes with contemporary analytic philosophy. But they're writing explicitly with the non-philosopher in mind, so are careful to apply the clarity and precision of their discipline without being at all technical or complex. The result is a serious no-BS zone, but a readily accessible one.

I don't know where you'd find either one of the above elsewhere, so to have a compendium with BOTH the aforementioned is just priceless. The results are uniformly excellent and helpful, with the notable exception of John O'Leary-Hawthorn's "Arguments for Atheism," which I found almost useless. The whole thing amounted to "Well, that's just what would be expected from someone without the gift of faith." (That's almost verbatim.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Zossima on September 6, 2000
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The author of every essay in this collection uses his/her mind to probe both deep aspects of God's being and controversial issues in Christianity. Each article is impressive in its breadth and depth, particularly given the brevity devoted to such issues as hell and God's sovereignty. Every article is comprised of a review of historical teachings on a topic, then presents the authors reasoned position. The author's arguments are all well-constructed. As such, they are food for thought to anyone interested in Christian doctrine, whether you agree with the author's position or not.
Additionally, in a world that relegates faith and Christian doctrine to mystical lunacy, that holds religious belief as subordinate to the "facts" of science, it is refreshing to read logical arguments for Christian doctrine.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 1999
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This is a book I have been hoping to see for a long time. As an avid reader of philosophy and apologetics I have been aware of the growing number of Christian philosophers and the work they have been doing. The problem was always in getting their material. It is usually only found in hard to get journals or anthologies. This book takes the best they have to offer and compiles it into apologetic categories. The articles are well-written, challenging and thoughtful. I would recommend this to those who do apologetics at the intermediate to advanced levels. It is also a good book to give to a thinking unbeliever. CPT Curby W. Graham, 1-7 CAVALRY Intelligence Officer.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kevin D. Huddleston on December 18, 1999
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Thorough, excellent, and honest. For those who wish to strengthen their faith, dig deeper into important questions that postmodernism has imposed afresh upon Christianity, or want to know how to better defend their Christian beliefs, this book is for them. These fine contributors have done a masterful job of taking complex, powerful philosophical arguments that support the Christian faith and making them such that the lay-person can grasp and use them. Yet, at the same time, readers are not spoon-fed -- you are challenged to think! Great work.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter S. Williams on December 12, 2001
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'Reason for the Hope Within' showcases contemporary papers in the philosophy of religion and philosophical theology by a clutch of up-and-coming Christian philosophers. The book's aim, in which it generally succeeds, is to introduce non-philosophers to the latest developments in Christian philosophy.
The authors attended a conference to road-test their material in apologetics workshops for Christian leaders and laity. The care taken to make their collected material accessible means that this volume would make an ideal `reader' for the intelligent non-specialist, or for philosophy undergraduates. The general tone of the papers might be described as the philosophical equivalent of `smart-casual', and one or two of the authors try just a little too hard to `let their hair down'. This is not to accuse these papers of flippancy or a failure to treat their subjects with due seriousness when they are being serious.
This is a well produced book, edited with an introduction and a couple of papers by Professor Michael J. Murray, who co-edited 'Philosophy of Religion: The Big Questions'. It also comes with a foreword by Alvin Plantinga.
The range of subjects covered in sixteen chapters is admirable: pro and anti- theistic arguments, the relationship between faith and reason, religious pluralism, providence, religion and science, the incarnation and the trinity, resurrection, heaven and hell, miracles, ethics and the authority of scripture. I would highlight the scrupulous but nevertheless refreshing contributions from Robin Collins (on `The Fine Tuning Design Argument' and `Eastern Religions') for particular praise. The papers on `Religion and Science' (W.
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