Volume 1 (1985)
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Contents, Volume 1 (1985):
Despite the diversity of disciplines and themes, the various
contributions below form a clearly defined pattern: they embody a
Christianity which is not embarrassed or intimidated by modern
thought and is, rather, emboldened by it, a Christianity which is
unwilling to compromise its convictions but which does not shy away
from the mainstream of modern intellectual life and, in fact, seeks
to set its agenda.
by Dr. Bill Bright
From Pope John Paul II
From Dr. Billy Graham
from Dr. W. Marvin Watson
from Mr. Ruben Ortega
from Board of Respondents
- The International
Institute for Mankind, J. Stanley Oakes
by Mr. William N. Garrison
- The Necessity
- Historian Paul Johnson looks for cause-and-effect relationships in the history
of the 20th century and concludes that "much of the evil of the twentieth
century is the direct or indirect consequence of the decline of Christianity".
- The Intellectual
and Spiritual Crisis of the University
- Statesman Charles Malik perceives the university as the most influential
institution in the Western world and appeals to Christian thinkers to bridge
the gulf between Jesus Christ and contemporary temples of science.
to Christian Philosophers
- Philosopher Alvin Plantinga calls on Christian thinkers to display more
autonomy, integrity and boldness consistent with their Christian convictions.
- Why the
Burden of Proof is on the Atheist
- Professor Ralph McInerny contends that atheism runs against the grain of
human experience and that, therefore, in the theism- atheism debate the burden
of proof (or disproof) is on the atheist.
- The Psychology
- Psychologist Paul Vitz argues that the major barriers to belief in God are
psychological and infers from case studies of famous atheists that their atheism
can well be explained in terms of childhood experiences.
as the Ideology of Our Age
- Professor Nikolaus Lobkowicz concludes that Marxist ideology has in subtle
ways conquered the West at least insofar as Marxist patterns of thinking "has
gotten under the skin of Western intellectuals".
Relativism and Skepticism to Truth and Certainty
- Professor Josef Seifert exposes the skepticism and relativism characteristic
of much modern thought and draws on Augustine's work in laying the foundations
- A Scientist
Reflects on Religious Belief
- Astronomer Allan Sandage asserts that "many scientists are now driven to
faith by their very work" and holds that there is no conflict between science
and religious belief if it is understood that they treat different aspects
- Why I
am a Christian
- Physicist Henry Margenau gives a deeply moving account of his journey of
faith (the first time he has done so in a public forum).
and the Scientific Enterprise (I)
- Biochemist Charles Thaxton surveys the history of science and arrives at
the conclusion that modern science is a child of Christianity.
from Nobel Laureate Sir John Eccles
from Professor Robert Jastrow
- Astrophysicist Robert Jastrow analyzes recent work in astronomy which has
forced astronomers "to the conclusion that the world began suddenly, in a
moment of creation, as the product of unknown forces".
from Hubert Yockey
- Information Theorist Hubert Yockey notes that many scientists are really
talking religion and many theologians are talking science.
and Modern Thought
- Professor Norman Geisler analyzes the best known arguments against the possibility
of miracles and finds that "the principle of repeatability which naturalists
use to attack miracles actually boomerangs to support the miraculous" (the
renowned logician I. M. Bochenski remarked that this paper presented the most
cogent argument in defense of miracles he had come across).
Biblical Scholarship, Philosophy of Religion and ...
- Professor Eleonore Stump urges more interaction between biblical scholars
and philosophers of religion especially because "the seemingly authoritative
historical tenets of contemporary biblical criticism are often enough based
largely on unwarranted and unexamined interpretations and philosophical presuppositions,
some of which constitute a denial of central Christian beliefs".
- The Gospels
As Historical Sources for Jesus, The Founder of Christianity
Scholarship and the Historical Evidence for the Resurrection...
- After an appraisal of recent scholarship on the historicity of the resurrection
of Jesus Christ, Professor William Craig contends that "the resurrection appearances,
the empty tomb, and the origin of the Christian faith - all point unavoidably
to one conclusion: the resurrection of Jesus".
- Why I
am a Christian by Professor William P. Alston
- Why I
am a Christian by Professor David Martin
- Why I
am a Christian by Professor Bernard J.F. Lonergan
Christianity" by Professor Edward H. Pauley
- Evangelical Edward Pauley and Catholic James Hitchcock explore the environs
of "Mere Christianity".
Christianity" by Professor James Hitchcock
- The Case
for Life After Death
- Professor Peter Kreeft examines the traditional arguments for life after
death and concludes that they do constitute an impressive case.
Here and Now and Why Good Things Happen to Bad People
- Roy Abraham Varghese reflects on the content of the Faith.