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Overview Our doubts and questions make us feel so faithless. But according to Dr. Corduan, the very thoughts that call our faith into question are actually signs of life and growth. In this rigorous look at the essence of Christianity, Corduan argues for a compatibility between faith and reason.
Our doubts and questions make us feel so faithless. But according to Dr. Winfried Corduan, the very thoughts that call our faith into question are actually signs of life and growth. "We should never fear investigating the truth," he writes. "If we have to run from the truth, maybe it's because we have something to hide." In this rigorous look at the essence of Christianity, Corduan argues from a compatability between faith and reason.
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Studio: B&H Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.99" Width: 6.01" Height: 0.88" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 1997
Publisher B&H Publishing Group
ISBN 0805416471 ISBN13 9780805416473
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More About Winfried Corduan
Winfried Corduan (Ph.D., Rice University) is professor emeritus of Philosophy and Religion at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
Winfried Corduan currently resides in the state of Indiana.
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Sophomores only Sep 4, 2007
This book is useful only as an introduction. Corduan's claims and arguments will resonate with those who already share his assumptions, but they will never stand the light of day.
The author claims that evangelical Christianity is true and can be defended even by people who do not specialize in apologetics. The book is organized in chapters that begin with what are supposed to be engaging vignettes, which serve the purpose of introducing the subject matter of the particular chapter. After the content is presented, the vignettes are revisited with responses from the author based on the conclusions of the chapter. Each chapter ends with a list of goals that the reader should have accomplished, as well as a set of questions for further study, and a brief bibliography.
As is common in philosophical writing, the book begins with the defining of terms. Since this book is written for college students with limited experience in philosophy, quite a bit of space is dedicated to explaining terms and ideas such as faith, reason, doubt, truth, and knowledge. Realizing that although people are generally rational, people are not simply rational, but are subject to their individual worldviews, Corduan takes two chapters to establish the possibility of finding common ground with unbelievers with which to test worldviews, and then critiques several common worldviews including atheism, agnosticism, deism, pantheism, and panentheism.
Once the groundwork is laid, the author proceeds with an argument for the existence of God, a move typical of classical apologetics. Corduan chooses the cosmological argument for his proof. After accomplishing the task to his own satisfaction, he addresses the problem of evil. In a book full of weak moments, this is Corduan's weakest one. He dismisses with a weak argument the free will theodicy in favor of a greater-good theodicy and an unabashed admission of the necessity of evil.
In anticipation for addressing the resurrection, next the author gives a defense of miracles. At this point, Corduan considers himself to be on solid theistic ground, so that any claims or assumptions going forward are already admissible to his case for Christianity. In addition, a case is made for the possibility of reliable history. It is only at this point that Corduan gives any hint that he is at all aware of the encroachment of postmodernism.
After establishing the foundations of theism, the acceptance of miracles, and the reliability of historical documentation of real events, the author is ready to tackle the reliability of the New Testament documents and the historicity of the person of Jesus Christ. His defense of the New Testament is pretty standard with the exception of his citing Bertrand Russell as an example of someone who was repelled by the gospel accounts, ergo, the gospels cannot be altogether biased. His cites the usual external sources of Tacitus, Josephus, and the Talmud for the existence of the historical Jesus.
Even if the existence for a man named Jesus can be substantiated, was he the Messiah as is recorded in the New Testament? Corduan uses a version of C.S. Lewis' "Liar, Lunatic, or Lord" account adding a forth "L" - Legend. Oddly, he does not credit Lewis. For a defense of the virgin birth, he references J. Gresham Machen's account and Frank Morison's (not credited) case for the resurrection.
Finally Corduan draws the conclusion that Christianity is just what Jesus has taught that we should trust and obey, so that there is no disconnect between Christ and Christianity. The last chapter is a claim that Christianity is what society needs since it best represents what is true, good, and beautiful. These of course will be recognized as Platonic transcendentals, not necessarily Biblical ones.
Covers a lot of ground without going indepth. Aug 15, 2003
If you have never read any books on apologetics, this would be a good book to start with. If you are already familiar with, or enjoy the depth to books, such as those by Dallas Willard, Gregory Boyd, or CS Lewis, you may find find this book a bit dissapointing with it's covering-a-lot-of-ground, but only scratching-the-surface style.
Well Written and Well Thought Out May 25, 2001
This is a great beginning apologetics work! Through the use of solid logic skills, basic facts and modern day vignettes, Courduan offers practical and helpful arguments for the Christian faith. Unlike many apologetics book, NO DOUBT ABOUT It is written in a very understandable fashion. Corduan does not talk over the head of his readers but still is true to the academic difficulty of answering a skeptics questions. Written at a level that even late high school aged students can understand, this book is a great gift for students at graduation. In a remarkable way, Corduan blends academia with interesting practicality to produce a wonderful work of apologetics.
A Solid Apologetics Text Jan 7, 2001
This book is an excellent beginning work on apologetics. Corduan is a lucid communicator and author. This work is a prime example of how Corduan can take certain issues and bring them home for a broad audience. He covers all the essential elements of the Christian faith, and he also deals with the issue of truth; which is vital in this age of postmodernism. Moreover, Corduan covers the issues of worldviews, miracles, God and evil, the New Testament and History, the existence of God, and the importance of history, esp. as it pertains to Scripture. As you can see, Corduan is quite thorough in this work, and this makes for a great intro to apologetics text. Too bad this book has had such a short shelf life; but then again most good books do for some strange reason. Get this site to track this one down for you, it is worth the search.
A very good and concrete introduction to apologetics Nov 7, 1997
This book is very suited as an introduction to apologetics, and for group study. Each chapter is preceeded by some conversations (called "vignettes") the author had with different persons on the subject of the chapter. At the end of the chapter, one finds some answers/reflexions about the vignettes of the chapter, as well as some questions to master the content of the chapter and for further reflexions, and also a short bibliography for further exploration.
I find most of the chapters very good, except the presentation of the cosmological and teleological arguments.
Ccontents 1 Faith, reason and doubt 2 Truth, knowledge and relativism 3 Knowledge: some important components 4 Knowledge: testing worldviews 5 Wordlviews in trouble 6 The existence of God 7 God and evil 8 Miracles: liability and asset 9 Back to the past 10 The New Testament and history 11 Who is Jesus 12 From Christ to Christianity 13 Truth and our culture Names Index Scripture Index Subject Index
A much more detailed (and somewhat less formally presented) introduction to Apologetics can be found in "When skeptics ask" by Norman Geisler. For a more philosophical introduction, see "Reason and Faith" by Ronald Nash. For those who want more, I can recommend all the books of Geisler, James Moreland, William Craig, Douglas Geivett, Gary Habermas.