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Scaling the Secular City: A Defense of Christianity

ISBN: 9781441253798


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This volume presents up-to-date arguments for God’s existence and for Jesus’ deity and resurrection, answers to objections to Christian theism, and discussions of four key issues.

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  • Addresses contemporary philosophical issues
  • Defends the Christian faith, Jesus’ resurrection, and Scripture’s inerrancy
  • Examines various arguments in support of Christianity
  • The Cosmological Argument
  • The Design Argument
  • God and the Argument from Mind
  • God and the Meaning of Life
  • The Historicity of the New Testament
  • The Resurrection of Jesus
  • Science and Christianity
  • Four Final Issues

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“C. S. Lewis once wrote: ‘To be ignorant and simple now—not to be able to meet the enemies on their own ground—would be to throw down our weapons, and to betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defense but us against the intellectual attacks of the heathen. Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.’” (Page 9)

“Third, apologetics can strengthen believers in at least two ways. For one thing, it gives them confidence that their faith is true and reasonable; therefore, apologetics encourages a life of faith seeking understanding. Further, apologetics can actually encourage spiritual growth.” (Page 12)

“What sort of property of matter could one hold to which would enable matter to see in the sense of rational insight?” (Page 94)

“it is a category fallacy to ask for a cause for God since this is really asking for a cause for an uncaused being.” (Page 38)

“First, Scripture commands us to defend the faith and gives us several examples of such activity” (Page 11)

No evangelical now writing on apologetics surpasses Moreland in philosophical ability. Every person who intends to speak for Christ to the contemporary mind should master the content and spirit of this book.

Dallas Willard, professor of philosophy, The University of Southern California

Scaling the Secular City is the most sophisticated apologetics book I have read. It lays out the issues, arguments, and counterarguments in a thorough way. Moreland’s special strength lies in philosophy of science, and the book makes a real advance in the interface between Christianity and science.

William Lane Craig, research professor of philosophy, Talbot School of Theology

[This] is not just another apologetics book. This is a fresh, up-to-date defense of the Christian faith by a bright mind. J.P. Moreland musters new arguments, tackles new problems, and reveals penetrating insight. . . . His insights into the contemporary philosophical issues make him one of the ablest young apologists in America.

Norman L. Geisler, cofounder, Southern Evangelical Seminary

The Logos edition of this work on preaching is fully searchable and easily accessible. Scripture passages link directly to your English translations and to the original language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and the wealth of resources in your digital library.

J. P. Moreland (PhD, University of Southern California) is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He is the author, coauthor, or contributor to over ninety-five books, including Does God Exist?, Universals, The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology, Consciousness and the Existence of God, Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview, In Search of a Confident Faith, Love Your God With All Your Mind, The God Question, and Debating Christian Theism. In his distinguished career, Moreland has co-planted three churches, spoken and debated on over 175 college campuses around the country, and served with Campus Crusade for Christ for ten years. The founder and director of Eidos Christian Center, he also previously served as a bioethicist for PersonaCare Nursing Homes, Inc. headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. Moreland?s ideas have been covered by both popular religious and non-religious outlets, including the New Scientist, Christianity Today, PBS's "Closer to Truth," and WORLD magazine. In 2016 Moreland was selected by The Best Schools as one of the "50 most influential living philosophers."


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