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For Faith and Clarity: Philosophical Contributions to Christian Theology [Paperback]

By Beilby James K (A01)
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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.78"
Weight:   0.83 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2006
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
ISBN  0801027667  
EAN  9780801027666  

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Demonstrates the recent significant contributions of philosophy to the theological task, examining methodological issues as well as philosophy's relevance to specific theological questions.

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The apostle Paul warned believers to be wary of deceptive philosophy, and many Christians have taken this admonition to mean avoiding any involvement with the subject. What, though, is the proper relationship between philosophy and theology? How can philosophy contribute to theology? In addition, how can philosophy help believers understand core doctrines of the Christian faith?
James Beilby and some of the leading Christian philosophers of the twenty-first century address and answer these questions in "For Faith and Clarity. "The renowned contributors include William Lane Craig, J. P. Moreland, Alan Padgett, Alvin Plantinga, and Nicholas Wolterstorff. Those interested in philosophical theology and apologetics-whether they be professors, students, or general readers-will benefit from this book.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! James K. Beilby (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of systematic and philosophical theology at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Paul Rhodes Eddy (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of biblical and theological studies, also at Bethel. Together they have coedited four successful multi-view volumes, and each has authored or edited a number of other books.

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Compilation of Philosophical Support of Christian Theology  Dec 10, 2009
While I'm holding firm on my presuppositional philosophical view, I must acknowledge that the contributors of this work provided much to ponder. In "For Faith and Clarity" James K. Beilby offers a stimulating anthology of the relationship between philosophy and Christian theology. He loads this volume with some heavy hitters of modern Christian philosophy: Alvin Plantinga, William Lane Craig, Nicholas Wolterstorff, JP Moreland and others.

Chapter topics include:

- General ontology and theology
- Religious epistemology
- Inerrancy
- Pantheism
- Divine simplicity
- and other salient essays

My favorite chapters were Moser's and Plantinga's. Moser's exposition on reorienting religious epistemology is short and to the point (after all it is just one chapter in this collection). He asserts that "God's self-revelation of transforming love takes its recipients beyond mere historical and scientific probabilities to a foundation of personal acquaintance with God" (p. 78). Most Evangelicals will not affirm Plantinga's conclusion that design is compatible with evolution (but not compatible with Naturalism), but his essay is full of fascinating insights.

One may limit his epistemic ground to the triune God who alone furnishes the a priori essentials for immaterial universal immutables including the laws of logic, moral law, mathematics, etc. (like I do), but everyone who reads this volume and ruminates on its contentions will gain understanding on the relationship between philosophy and theology.

Most chapters are written at a high-school level or greater, nevertheless it's graspable and cognizable for the non-philosopher.
The Necessary Existence of God: The Proof of Christianity Through Presuppositional Apologetics
An Unremarkable Introduction to Philosophical Theology  May 31, 2009
The tagline of this book is "Philosophical Contributions to Christian theology." Thus, the 11 essays in this book are by professional philosophers who apply their own methodology and insights to theological issues. That being said, it is ideal for theology majors or interested laypersons. Most of the essays are not too technical, and they cover a wide range of issues--pantheism, speech acts and inerrancy, divine attributes, metaphysics of human persons, and theological/philosophical methodological issues. Further, most of the essays are crafted as to not be hostile to theology, but rather to instruct and aid it.

However, the anthology, as a whole, is relatively unremarkable. At least three of the essays are shorter glosses on full length books (Wolterstorff's, Hasker's, and Richards'). This isn't bad per se, but for a more elaborate treatment of those topics (justice, emergent dualism, and divine simplicity, respectively), one will do better to buy the respective book. And, the glosses add no substantial information for those already familiar with the topics. (This certainly isn't to say that these three essays are poor in quality--indeed, they are some of the finest in the book.) Two of the essays--Craig's on pantheism, and Clark's on inerrancy and speech acts--are particularly strong, and deserving of a read. However, two or three of the essays are not very good--with one in particular lapsing into a rant of sorts against relativism (whatever that may be--it's not defined). Plantinga's essay "Evolution and Design" is worth highlighting because it makes a serious effort to be relevant to theological issues regarding creation, evolution, and modern science. Similarly, Keith Yandell's essay successfully navigates the reader through all the major forms of the problem of evil, even sketching some preliminary responses to each form.

Overall, the book is mixed. Some of the essay are very strong, some strong, and others downright bad. Some of the essays will be interesting and useful to the intended theologically -interested audience, others will not. It's certainly not one of the best example of philosophers contributing to theology (a less accessible, but very impressive, example would be Philosophy and the Christian Faith (University of Notre Dame Studies in the Philosophy of Religion, No. 5)), but it can't be the worst. It also tries, in style and tone, to be accessible and amicable to theology, which is worth a great deal. But, in practicality, it simply is only an option for those who want to "get their feet wet" in philosophical theology, and it's not a very good one at that.

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