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Scaling the Secular City: A Defense of Christianity Paperback – February 1, 1987
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The book is written to an educated audience and parts of it are difficult. The most difficult part was Moreland's discussion of the kalam cosmological argument and the mathematical part evidence therein. Moreland is an excellent scholar; in total, there are 359 footnotes where Moreland documents arguments, refers to other philosophers and so on. There is also an excellent bibliography at the end where Moreland classes the books under three categories: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced.
Moreland covers what one would expect to find in an apologetics book:
The Cosmological Argument
The Design Argument
The Historicity of the New Testament
The Resurrection of Jesus
Much of this material can be found in hundreds of other books. In his chapter on the Cosmological Argument, Moreland focuses on a specific form of it, recently revived by William Lane Craig, namely the kalam Cosmological argument (in brief: If the universe had a beginning, then it was either caused or not-caused, if caused, then the cause is either personal or not-personal). In the Design Argument, Moreland covers different forms of Design, some of which are untouched, even if evolution is true (e.g. Design as Order, Purpose, Simplicity, Complexity, Beauty, Sense and Cognition, Information and Cosmic Constants).
Moreland's defense of the Resurrection is similar in many respects to Craig's; see my reviews of, "Jesus' Resurrection: Fact or Fiction," and, "Will the real Jesus please stand up?Read more ›
1 The cosmological argument
2 The design argument
3 God and the argument from mind
4 God and the meaning of life
5 The historicity of the New Testament
6 The resurrection of Jesus
7 Science and Christianity
8 Four final issues
The excellent treatments of these issues are however not integrated, linked together. One must already have an idea of their relevance (I can recommend here the book of N. L. Geisler, "Christian Apologetics", Baker Book House).
I also would like to recommend Moreland's other books ("The Creation Hypothesis", "Jesus under fire", ...).
The Hague, Hollan
Moreland clearly demonstrates himself to be of a classical apologetic bent, by putting forth and defending many of the traditional arguments for God's existence. His discourse on the cosmological argument is very good, as is his design argument. These philosophical arguments have been sources of severe debate for decades, not only between theists and non-theists, but also among theists of differing apologetic approaches. I happen to agree with Moreland that these arguments remain compelling and have actually been made sharper as a result of the many arguments that have been waged against them.
Overall, I felt that Moreland has produced an effective multifaceted presentation for why belief in the Christian God is plausible and reasonable, and that such belief appears to stand on firmer ground than believing in alternative viewpoints.
Although I admit that this is not a fair criticism, I will point out something to interested readers. A few years after this book by Moreland, Bill Craig came out with his 'Reasonable Faith'.Read more ›
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A book which can thoroughly equip any follower of Christ to tackle the most common arguments against the faith today.Published 8 months ago by Dad in touch
tedious is the only way i could describe this book. i gave it three stars because of its enthusiasm for the subject which i share. i found it unhelpful in its purpose.Published 19 months ago by john hollingsworth
It is a great book and worthy or reading by students or scholars of philosophy. I like the way Moreland explain all the theories, specially the Kalam theory and the resurrection... Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Luis A. R. Branco
So far so good. It's helping me understand a lot about defending the Christian faith and has even strengthened my faith in God. It's some heavy level text though. Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by Matthew
I find the book long winded approach. Get to the point. Moreland likes to hear himself and he says the same thing over and over. Very disappointed.Published on September 21, 2013 by Kevin st john
J.P. (John Porter) Moreland (born 1948) is Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University; he has also written books such as Love Your God with All Your... Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Steven H Propp
J. P. Moreland's Scaling the Secular City: A Defense of Christianity (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1987) is a well-written classical approach to defending Christianity. Read morePublished on October 30, 2012 by Eadk