by A. Karen Davis
The six scholarly essays in this book are the written records of oral presentations by conservative theology professors given at the 2002 meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). Listed below are the topics presented, along with the authors and the school where each teaches:
Religious Pluralism and the Question of Truth, by Harold A. Netland of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School;
Other Religions in Old Testament Theology, by Daniel I. Block of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary;
Other Religions in New Testament Theology, by Gregory K. Beale of Wheaton College Graduate School;
God So Loved the World: Theological Reflections on Religious Plurality in the History of Christianity, by Richard J. Plantinga of Calvin College;
Biblical Faith and Traditional Folk Religion, by Tite Tienou, of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; and
Biblical Faith and Islam, by J. Dudley Woodberry of Fuller Theological Seminary.
To see the power of each essay, examine a few of the ideas presented in the opening essay. It addresses the question: "Why should one be a Christian rather than a Muslim or Buddhist or atheist?" While admitting that experience and strongly-held basic beliefs do not prove a belief system to the outsider, the author asks the reader to use an argument based on accumulated cases, from which one can infer that Christian belief provides the most reasonable explanation for how life works. Other arguments follow, each building the case for Christianity.
Each tightly-written essay demands careful reading. Each provides profound insight with ready application to the reader's interaction within our pluralistic society.
Target: Academic and Professional
Type: Scholarly essays
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