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To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview Hardcover – September 16, 2004
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To Everyone an Answer is intentionally an accessible and readable book. Its thorough name, subject, and Scripture indexes are helpful study aids. Clergy and students will likely benefit most from this book. Doubtless, informed laity, and of course, curious non-Christians will find it informative as well. (Tony Richie, The Pneuma Review, Spring 2009)
"Written specifically for students, it intends to supply them with the background and materials to defend their faith in a culturally and religiously plural world . . . Thorough overview of all the most important issues." (Missiology, January 2006)
"The practical nature of these essays makes the book useful to the preacher as well as to the academic apologist . . . seminary students ought to purchase [it]" (Faith & Mission, Volume 22, Issue 3)
About the Author
Francis J. Beckwith (PhD, Fordham University) is professor of philosophy and church-state studies at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he is also a fellow and faculty associate in the Institute for Studies of Religion. He was the 2008-2009 Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow in the Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture and was a 2002-2003 Madison Research Fellow in Politics at Princeton University, where he has served since 2003 as a member of the James Madison Society. Beckwith is the author of numerous books such as Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic; Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice; Law, Darwinism & Public Education: The Establishment Clause and the Challenge of Intelligent Design and Do the Right Thing: Readings in Applied Ethics and Social Philosophy. His articles have been published in a number of academic journals across a variety of disciplines, including Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, International Philosophical Quarterly, Public Affairs Quarterly, Social Theory & Practice, American Journal of Jurisprudence, Journal of Medical Ethics, San Diego Law Review, Nevada Law Journal, Journal of Social Philosophy, Philosophia Christi and Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy. Beckwith has been a speaker for numerous Christian ministries (both Protestant and Catholic) throughout his career, including Summit Ministries and the Catholic Apologetics Academy, where he has served on their faculties since 1996 and 2013 respectively. He and his wife, Frankie, live in Woodway, Texas.
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I especially enjoyed the chapter, Facing the Challenge of Postmodernism where Douglas Groothuis aptly pointed out many of the internal inconsistencies of much postmodern thought. I thought that chapter on Darwin, Design, and Public Schools didn't fit in well with the book because the goal shifted from providing evidence for true claims about reality to parsing court decisions related to teaching intelligent design in public schools.
The book is consistant with Dr. Geisler's evidentialist apologetic method and serves as a helpful introduction to the key arguments for the existence of God and the response to the challenges to the Christian faith.
I especially liked Dembski's Information-Theoretic Design argument and Willaim Lane Craig's chapter on the Ontological argument. Both helped explain things that had previously been presented to me in a rather confusing manner.
The only chapters I did not especially like were W. David Beck's chapter on the Thomistic Cosmological argument and Ronald Nash's chapter on the Problem of Evil. Beck tried to prove specific attributes of the Christian God from the Thomistic Cosmological argument, and it seemed rather contrived and unconvincing. Nash was supossed to discuss the Problem of Evil, and he spent most of his chapter discussing what a worldview was (in the middle of the book, mind you), and never really got around to giving a very good answer to the problem. He simply dismisses the argument as invalid (in his one paragraph response), which I imagine is not going to be very persuasive to any naturalists he may encounter.
Overall, this was a VERY good book which I highly recommend. It is probably the top non-advanced apologetic book released in the last few years. Definitely worth your time to read it.
Overall grade: A