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Scaling the Secular City: A Defense of Christianity [Paperback]

By J. P. Moreland (Author)
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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." SCALING THE SECULAR CITY 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 as he gives reasons for the historic Christian faith. His rich background in philosophy, science, and theology is manifest in the helpful way he operates on the borders of these disciplines. His insights into the contemporary philosophical issues make him one of the ablest young apologists in America. This book not only will help the average Christian, but also will challenge the best scholars. It is another good example of the renaissance of classical apologetics in a day that refuses to either capitulate to the philosophical skeptics or give a reason for our hope.

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

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Studio: Baker Academic
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.73"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1999
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
Age  18
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0801062225  
ISBN13  9780801062223  

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J. P. Moreland (PhD, University of Southern California) is distinguished professor of philosophy at Biola University. He is an author of, contributor to, or editor of over ninety books, including The Soul: How We Know It's Real and Why It Matters.

Stephen Meyer (PhD, University of Cambridge) is the director of the Discovery Institute's Center of Science and Culture. He is the author of several books, including the New York Times best-selling book Darwin's Doubt.

Chris Shaw (PhD, Queen's University, Belfast) is professor of drug discovery in the school of pharmacy at Queen's University in Belfast. He is the author of hundreds of peer-reviewed papers and the cofounder of a biomarker discovery company.

Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge; DD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught for 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and has published over 20 books.

J. P. Moreland has an academic affiliation as follows - Talbot School of Theology. La Mirada Talbot School of Theology, La Mir.

J. P. Moreland has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Counterpoints
  2. IVP Classics
  3. LifeChange
  4. Scaling the Secular City
  5. Veritas

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Reviews - What do customers think about Scaling the Secular City: A Defense of Christianity?

Blah...  May 27, 2006
Read "Sense and Goodness Without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism." I truly do feel that Christianity is an evil religion after reading this book.
Scaling the Secular City  Jul 28, 2005
Dr. Moreland is a gifted writer and has captured the subject very well. The book is particularly challenging to those that are not inclined towards math or philosophy. Therefore, it will not be particularly useful to those of casual interest. Perhaps that's OK.
Already a Classical Text  May 31, 2004
This book, fashioned by J.P. Moreland of Biola University, has stood the test. While it appears as an introductory text; he avoids dumping down the information to the point of making the information irrelevant. In addition, he presents the information with enough technical language and argumentation as to make someone who has not encountered Philosophy of Religion studies before struggle enough to make them grow intellectually. This is the genius of the book, to accomplish this in a primer text.

He goes over most of the standard arguments in apologetics such as the design, cosmological, mind arguments and so forth. His chapter on the Resurrection of Jesus is outstanding and his chapter on Science and Christianity is good introductory fair by surveying the different positions.

I do think that he should have taken his morel relativism critique in his final four issues chapter devoted an entire chapter to this discussion and with the same depth of skill he used in the "design and cosmological" chapters, developed a chapter on relativism and the impact on the agreement from morals.

A Highly Recommended Defense of the Faith  Sep 10, 2003
J.P. Moreland, one of today's top evangelical philosophers, released this valuable apologetics work about 15 years ago. Despite its age, the book is very relevant and useful even today.

Throughout the book, Moreland discusses various issues of importance to the Christian faith. The first few chapters cover arguments for the existence of God, such as the Cosmological Argument and the Argument from Mind. Moreland is thorough and persuasive in his powerful presentations of these arguments for a personal Creator.

Moreland also discusses issues dealing with the historicity of the New Testament and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Finishing off the book is a chapter on Christianity and Science, and a chapter that deals with various miscellany.

Also useful is a bibliography of recommended further material provided at the end of the book. Moreland offers suggestions for all sorts of topics, and each book is rated Beginner, Intermediate, or Expert. With this feature, Moreland solidifies his work as an excellent apologetic. If there is one apologetics book you buy, Moreland's "Scaling the Secular City" is a great choice.

A powerful case for Christian faith  Jul 29, 2003
Moreland has written a lucid and compelling defense of Christianity. True, the arguments are theoretical and often difficult to grasp; however, the time spent attempting to understand them will not be time wasted.

While the work is fantastic from beginning to end, Moreland's explication of the Kalam cosmological argument--an argument originally devised by MUSLIM scholars and mathematicians--is breathtaking. The other arguments--cosmological, teleological, etc--rely on premisses that some non-theists might find initially unacceptable; the kalam argument, however, relies on the nature and limits of the most exact of the sciences: mathematics.

Beyond this, Moreland's work with and understanding of science and its interface with philosophy and theology is especially helpful. He makes a powerful case not only for the value, but the necessity of a philosophy of science.

In sum, the work is indispensable for anyone willing to honestly investigate the plausibility of the Christian worldview. A close, reflective reading will not go unrewarded.


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