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Unapologetic Apologetics: Meeting the Challenges of Theological Studies [Paperback]

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Pages   280
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.01" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.82"
Weight:   0.79 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2012
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830815635  
EAN  9780830815630  

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InterVarsity Press Publication Throughout these presentations the authors, all one-time students at Princeton Theological Seminary, expose the permeating influence of naturalism in theological studies as well as other philosophical tenents that are neither critqued nor defended but merely assumed in much mainline theology. As a result, they expertly administer their prescription for false ideas - not quarantine but inoculation.

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As objective truth has come under suspicion in theological study during recent years, scholars and students have also begun to take less seriously the task of persuading others to believe. Apologetics has been neglected, misunderstood and misrepresented. Unwilling to accept this new status quo, editors William Dembski and Jay Wesley Richards, along with their team of expert contributors, firmly hold that apologetics once again deserves our attention. The editors and contributing scholars, all one-time students at Princeton Theological Seminary, squarely meet some of the most vexing issues in contemporary theological studies pervasive contextualism the question of error in Scripture feminist challenges to our concept of God the nature and coherence of the incarnation the presumption of universalism incursions of science into theology Taking up in turn foundations, Scripture, Christology, theology and science, the essays comprising Unapologetic Apologetics expose the tenets of naturalism and other philosophical systems that too often permeate theological studies without remark, let alone critique or debate. Dembski, Richards and their contributors expertly administer their cure for false ideas--not quarantine but inoculation. Contributors include Michael D. Bush, Raymond D. Cannata, Gary W. Deddo, William A. Dembski, Matthew Frawley, Phillip E. Johnson, James Parker III and Leslie Zeigler. For seminarians and anyone pursuing theological study, Unapologetic Apologetics will become a trusted guide to the philosophical and cultural forces at work in religious education today.

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William A. Dembski is a Senior Fellow with the Discovery Institute s Center for Science and Culture. He has authored or edited more than a dozen books, including the first book on intelligent design to be published by a major university press, "The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance through Small Probabilities" (Cambridge University Press, 1998). He has seven earned degrees, including two doctorates, one in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, the other in mathematics from University of Chicago. His work has been featured on the front page of the "New York Times" and he has appeared on numerous radio and television broadcasts, including ABC s" Nightline" and Jon Stewart s "The Daily Show." Bill and his wife, Jana, live in Central Texas with their daughter and twin boys.

Jonathan Wells is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute s Center for Science and Culture. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD. in Religious Studies from Yale University. He has worked as a postdoctoral research biologist at the University of California at Berkeley and the supervisor of a medical laboratory in Fairfield, California, and he has taught biology at California State University in Hayward. He is the author numerous articles and several books including "Icons of Evolution, ""The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design.""

William A. Dembski was born in 1960 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Baylor University, Texas.

William A. Dembski has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Proceedings of the Wethersfield Institute

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An eye opener  Jan 27, 2008
I have only read sections of this book, which is not in my major area of interest, but found the following of much interest. When William Dembski attempted to reactivate interest in the field of apologetics at Princeton Theological Seminary, including support for Intelligent Design and a critique of Darwinism, he faced two lawsuits, and was "threatened with physical violence, accused of racism and sexism, denied funding that other campus groups readily received, had posted signs destroyed and removed, and were explicitly informed by faculty that membership in the Charles Hodge Society [set up to study apologetics] jeopardized their academic advancement" (p. 26). Princeton dropped their apologetics requirement in 1943 and in 1944 it was no longer offered even as an elective. One wonders if this is one reason for the decline of liberal Protestantism and the growth of the so-called conservative churches.

No Scorates Here  Mar 25, 2007
I found it hard too see how lying is supposed further the cause of creationism, but this book lays it out. Argue to confuse -- not the opponent, though. No, argue to confuse those who lack the intellectual apparatus to know what is being discussed. If you can keep THEM confused, you can have them consider the subject open. It isn't.
The Failure of the Naturalistic Paradigm  Jun 21, 2006
William Dembski and Jay Richards launch a scathing attack on naturalistic philosophy in this anthology aimed at a Christian audience, with various chapters explaining why naturalism is failing as a philosophical paradigm.

Richards notes that naturalism as a philosophy is impossible to establish, for it relies upon proof of the negative claim that there is no supernatural. Richards further argues that naturalism bows too strongly before Occam's razor, in that it is not appropriate to rule out the supernatural as an explanation if the supernatural may indeed exist. Finally, Richards recognizes that scholars sometimes make a distinction between methodological naturalism and naturalism. But he also explains that Christians have no business adopting the methodological "assumption" of naturalism when they believe that God sometimes directly intervenes in the world. God does not need to be invoked to explain everything, but the pendulum has swung too far to the extreme if we assume that God never acts.

William Dembski also provides a few chapters on intelligent design. He explains that at the heart of the creation/evolution controversy is the big question "Is there evidence of God interacting with the world?" Many theologians have thought that science cannot address this question. But Dembski protests otherwise, by laying out a detailed statistical method by which we can detect design. Dembski, who holds a Ph.D. in mathematics, a Ph.D. in philosophy, and a master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, seems a good candidate to explain whether God's purposeful action really might be detectable in the natural world. Dembski explains that "intelligent design resists speculating about the nature, moral character or purposes of this intelligence" (pg. 225) and leaves it as a task for theology to answer religious questions about the identity or purposes of the designer. But the rigorous methods of science now permit us to empirically detect when an object was designed.
For the seminarian...  Sep 12, 2005
By it's own account, Unapologetic Apologetics (UA) is a series of essays offering innoculation to contextualism, universalism, naturalism, and other challenges to Christian belief for those about to enter mainline seminaries. Noting that Christian apologetics have long since been cast aside, the contributors to this volume seek to gird the faith of those who, paradoxically, stand to have it shaken by the very theological institutions they plan to attend.

Accordingly, a fair portion of UA's apologetics are more complex than what the layman might expect. Laymen need only calibrate personal responses to our immediate cultural surroundings as we are largely free of pastoral leadership roles. We can be forgiven the occasional Pascal's wager. Not so the seminarian, who, while preparing for leadership, must confront the theological capitulations of today's mainline seminaries to a cynical, if not openly hostile, secular elite.

UA is a difficult book to grade, for a layman cannot measure it's effectiveness. We do not face the type of challenge seminarians face and require, perhaps, a different vaccine altogether. Nevertheless, UA is cogent, concise, and well worth the investment of the amateur theologian. 4 stars.
Well Done Admonition to Be Jude 1:3 Christians  Apr 26, 2002
Contending for the faith "handed down" to us from the prophets, The Prophet, and the apostles to us, is the theme of this book, but without being contentious.

This flowed out of Seminary experience of editors to refute scholarly attempts to undo the handed down truth of Scriptures.

My ambivalence with this well written work is that it tends to fluctuate with on one hand suggest that the church must take the world of thought back through apologetics, and on the other hand, refute through apologetics attempts within the "visible" church the faith of our fathers.

I'm all in support of the latter, given the analogy in St. Paul of likening false teaching to yeast and its quick spread and dough dominance if left undealt with. To this I concur and endorse these enthusiastic apologists of the first class.

However, to suggest that the culture dominated by secular, deceived thinking can be countered with apologetics is naive and unbiblical to this reviewers way of confession. However, to be sure we cannot nor must be be discouraged to continue apologetics to the unbelieving world, but our sites must only be as "a minfield" clearing exercise that the Gospel might be heard in its purity. Prophecy predicts what we are seeing, both in and outside the visible church, e.g. 2 Tim. 4 and those who refuse to follow true doctrine and find and establish false teachers who tickle their ears. This has always been in the church of Christ and world, but we who are of the body of Christ are to be aware of this, test the spirits and develop discernment through constant time in God's Word (Heb. 5). When all the dust settles on theological debate within the visible church, true confession of the faith handed down can be the only practice that counts!

Thus, I commend this excellent collection of concise, precise apologetics with this mild comment. There is much here to chew on, pass on, e.g. "Christian apologetics that's worthy of the name is a call to martyrdom--perhaps not a martyrdom where we spill our blood (although this too may be required) but a martyrdom where we witness to the truth without being concerned about our careers, political correctness, the current fashion or toeing the party line." "Indeed, we have permitted the collective thought of the world to be controlled by ideas that prevent Christianity from being regarded as anything but a harmless delusion. It needs to be emphasized that we, the Christians, the church of Jesus Christ, have done this." "One we thoroughly understand a false idea, we need no longer be intimidated by it." "The Christian apologist is a contender for the faith, not merely a seeker after truth."


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