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Reasons (for Faith): Philosophy in the Service of Theology [Paperback]

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Pages   363
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.04" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2006
Publisher   P & R PUBLISHING #97
ISBN  0875526454  
EAN  9780875526454  

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Sets forth a Christian approach to thinking philosophically. Identifies the Christian position as the consistent, cogent, and reasonable one offering solutions to the problems posed. This is a wonderful book. If given the attention it deserves, Reasons for Faith should change the discussion in matters relating revelation to reason from now on. There is nothing quite like it in the literature. Moving from Augustine to Plantinga, Professor Oliphint interacts with many of the major questions raised by philosophy, in areas including metaphysics, epistemology and ethics, and in every case shows himself to be thoroughly conversant with the issues. Most significantly, he is able to show how theology in the Reformation tradition provides the only credible basis for resolving the problems. Reasons for Faith will leave no one indifferent. It will leave many profoundly grateful.

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K. Scott Oliphint (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and has written numerous scholarly articles and books, including God With Us. He is also the co-editor of the two-volume Christian Apologetics Past and Present: A Primary Source Reader and Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics.

Rod Mays is the national coordinator of Reformed University Fellowship, the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America. He has also served as senior pastor of Presbyterian churches in South Carolina, Mississippi, and West Virginia.

K. Scott Oliphint currently resides in Philadelphia Philadelphia. K. Scott Oliphint was born in 1955.

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A New Standard in Christian Philosophy  Dec 29, 2007
Scott Oliphint has taken Christian Reformed thought and philosophy to a new level, building upon the foundations laid by those who went before him, namely Cornelius Van Til. His knowledge and expertise are clearly demonstrated throughout the pages of this work. Anyone interested in a truly Christian philosophy and apologetic will need to read this volume from Scott Oliphint.
Reformed Philosophy  Jul 17, 2007
K. Scott Oliphint's book 'Reasons (for Faith): Philosophy in the Service of Theology' (363 pp) is a difficult read. That and the fact that Scott is unaware that I don't know Latin, are my only two negatives.
--The book is broken up into 4 Parts and 16 chapters:
1. Introduction and Survey
2. Epistemology
3. Metaphysics
4. Implication and Application
--This is basically an addition to philosophy of religion. It serves as an 'offensive' apologetic, laying out the philosophy the Bible presents. This being the case, it is close to theology, but Oliphint is very conversant with the major philosophers. In the preface he writes, "Thus my goals are (1) to set forth a theological structure, for epistemology and metaphysics, that shows the relevance of Reformed thought, centrally set forth in Van Til's works, to current discussions in philosophy and philosophy of religion (natural theology); (2) to demonstrate that Reformed though has already broached virtually every discussion now in play in philosophy of religion; and (3) to interact with (at least some of) the main proponents in philosophy of religion.
--What was great about this book is that Oliphint is not your normal philosopher of religion. He is first and foremost a Reformed theologian. Scripture, not reason, is his ultimate commitment. Philosophy is the handmaid to Theology. Reason is ministerial, not magisterial (following Turretin). He argues for a dual metaphysic (creature/Creator), and a covenantal epistemology (Revelation). Parts of this book are tough to wade through. Maybe I should take some philosophy electives and come back to this one in a few years.
Good but a bit cursory  Jan 3, 2007
As an introduction to philosophy and theology this book is good. The problem is the author's quick read and dismissiveness toward key philosophical figures he is attempting ot use in presentation of his thesis. Space may dictate such treatment, but it comes accross as a method of dismissing the ideas without refuting them, especially in his treatment of some of the work of Alvin Plantinga.

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