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Reason for the Hope Within

Michael J. Murray, ed. (Eerdmans: December 1, 1998), 429 pages.

This book should be required reading for every thinking Christian. The articles are very engaging and informative. Each contributor deals with a certain philosophical and/or theological issue from the problem of evil to divine action and human freedom. It is a compilation of some of the choice young Christian philosophers and apologists currently writing and researching. This title is a fresh assessment of some fairly thorny issues that have been discussed for centuries. Michael J. Murray (co-editor with Eleonore Stump for the book titled Philosophy of Religion: The Big Questions) is the editor, while great thinkers such as Alvin Plantinga (who wrote the forward), J.P. Moreland (Scaling the Secular City), William J. Wainwright (editor of Faith and Philosophy), and Kelly James Clark (Return to Reason) endorse the book. While the book anticipates that the reader already has a background knowledge in the areas covered, nonetheless, each article is so well articulated that the reader will either gain a better understanding or be able to develop a data base to launch them into further investigation. Thus, this work is a must for anyone interested in the areas of Philosophy of Religion and Christian Apologetics. ~ T.B. Vick at

Table of Contents

    • Acknowledgments
    • Foreword
    • Introduction
    • 1    Reason for Hope (in the Postmodern World)    1
    • 2    Theistic Arguments    20
    • 3    A Scientific Argument for the Existence of God: The Fine-Tuning Design Argument    47
    • 4    God, Evil, and Suffering    76
    • 5    Arguments for Atheism    116
    • 6    Faith and Reason    135
    • 7    Religious Pluralism    165
    • 8    Eastern Religions    182
    • 9    Divine Providence and Human Freedom    217
    • 10    The Incarnation and the Trinity    238
    • 11    The Resurrection of the Body and the Life Everlasting    261
    • 12    Heaven and Hell    287
    • 13    Religion and Science    318
    • 14    Miracles and Christian Theism    345
    • 15    Christianity and Ethics    375
    • 16    The Authority of Scripture    399
    • Contributors    423
    • Index    424