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.
Foreword by Dr. Bill Bright
Message From Pope John Paul II
Message From Dr. Billy Graham
Message from Dr. W. Marvin Watson
Message from Mr. Ruben Ortega
Message from Board of Respondents
The International Institute for Mankind, J. Stanley Oakes
Preface by Mr. William N. Garrison
Introduction by Roy Abraham Varghese
The Necessity for Christianity
- 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.
Advice to Christian Philosophers
- Philosopher Alvin Plantinga calls on Christian thinkers to display
more autonomy, integrity and boldness consistent with their
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
The Psychology of Atheism
- 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
Marxism 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
From 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 of knowledge.
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 of reality.
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
Christianity 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
Message from Nobel Laureate Sir John Eccles
Message 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
Message from Hubert Yockey
- Information Theorist Hubert Yockey notes that many scientists are
really talking religion and many theologians are talking science.
Miracles 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).
Modern 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
Contemporary 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
"Mere Christianity" by Professor Edward H. Pauley
- Evangelical Edward Pauley and Catholic James Hitchcock explore the
environs of "Mere Christianity".
"Mere 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
Heaven Here and Now and Why Good Things Happen to Bad People
- Roy Abraham Varghese reflects on the content of the Faith.