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Reason for the Hope Within Paperback – December 28, 1998
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"As an attempt to present contemporary philosophy of religion in a manner accessible to the layperson, Reason for the Hope Within is an unqualified success. The prose is clear and the authors take care to define philosophical concepts."
"The book succeeds admirably in making philosophy accessible, and in applying philosophical reasoning to some difficult questions. It has the great merit of taking reason, hard questions, and particularly its readers, with great seriousness."
"The editor of this collection of essays contends that the standard works in seminary apologetics have become dated in light of contemporary developments in analytical philosophy. The contributors, up-and-coming 'Christian philosophers,' ambitiously seek to rehabilitate the discipline of apologetics by restoring its philosophical respectability. At the same time, the authors self-consciously craft their arguments so that lay Christians will find them comprehensible. . . Even those who disagree here and there will benefit from reflecting on the rigorous analyses that the contributors provide."
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"The volume would work nicely in an introductory philosophy of religion class as a supplement to primary texts."
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"This collection of essays, mostly by young philosophers, aims to close the gap between academic philosophizing and practical apologetics, by making the fruits of the former accessible to believing non-philosophers. . . . Eschewing the popular apologetics ideal of the 'knockdown argument,' the contributors present both arguments and counter-arguments in sufficient detail to give the reader some appreciation of the depth and subtlety of the issues at stake, even while keeping their treatments remarkably free from the jargon of the profession."
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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We got this to replace one we had already had. It was great to recieve it so fast and I will look forward to buying more.Published on January 6, 2012 by Rebecca
Reason for the Hope Within appears to have two main goals. The first is to show that the seemingly contradictory aspects of Christianity can be reasonably maintained by believers. Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by Nolan
While reading Reason for the Hope Within, chapter six stood out to me because it dealt with the topic of faith and reason. Read morePublished on August 14, 2011 by michael
For an introductory work in Christian apologetics, this book was pretty good. In it are essays that run the gamut from postmodernism to Eastern religions, the problem of evil and... Read morePublished on July 4, 2010 by Ronald C. Payne
Reason for the Hope Within attempts to fill the lacuna between non-philosophically rigorous, yet theologically orthodox apologetic material. Read morePublished on April 29, 2010 by Paul Manata
Skimming through this book will reveal a number of articles with interesting titles, but only one of them, entitled "A Scientific Argument for the Existence of God" was studied by... Read morePublished on May 20, 2005 by Dr. Lee D. Carlson
I would certainly recommend this book to anyone interested in a philosophical approach to Christian beliefs. Read morePublished on July 6, 2004 by Brad Helmkamp