Scaling the Secular City: A Defense of Christianityby J.P. Moreland Published 01 Feb 1987
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Here are up-to-date arguments for God's existence and for Jesus' deity and resurrection, answers to objections to Christian theism, and discussions of four key issues.
"Scaling the Secular City: A Defense of Christianity " Reviews
In this book, Moreland makes all efforts to make Christianity credible with several arguments. His arguments are very well laid an especially in what is concerning to the existence of God and for Jesus' deity and resurrection. Moreland also provides very good answers to objections to Christian theism, and discussions of four key issues: The Cosmological Argument; The Design Argument; The Historicity of the New Testament, The Resurrection of Jesus. I think that Moreland explains very well the theories of the Kalam theory, what made this more interesting to me.
The book has some very good insights and strengths I liked specially Moreland explanation of apologetics. As he puts it: First, Scripture command us to defend the faith and gives us several examples of such activity. Second, apologetics can help remove barriers to faith and thus aid unbelievers in embracing the gospel. Third, apologétics can strengthen believers in at least two ways. For one thing, it gives confidence that faith is true and reasonable and also apologetics can encourage spiritual growth. Fourth, apologetics can help to health in the culture at large. For example, in the formation of bioethics committees.
With all the resources and information available in this book, I felt very encouraged to engage in the use of apologetics as a tool to bring people to Christ through the presentation of a very reasonable message. I was able to understand that apologetics is much more than defence of the gospel, but above also a presentation of its logical message to the world.
This book takes the classical approach to apologetics, as a result, there is no scripture index at the back of the book, demonsrating the author's dependence on general revelation, science & philosophy, rather than God's Word for his apologetic methodology, and the Gospel isn't even fully given in the conclusion since the imputed righteousness of Christ is left out, also Moreland says in the conclusion, "If we follow the New Testament example, we are to present the Gospel as a rational message to be believed and we are to defend it against objections" (pg. 249), but this contradicts the New Testament methodology for apologetics especially 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, and Paul's apologetic methodology outline in Romans 1:18-32, there are no true atheists, they are actively suppressing the truth of the God that they know exists, so we cannot approach them on neutral ground, thereby reducing the Gospel to an intellectual problem of ignorance, it is better to read books by apologists who are good exegetes and actually know Biblical Greek and Hebrew such as James White, rather than "good" philosophers such as Moreland and William Lane Craig.
A defense of "mere Christianity" that will appeal to those who enjoy philosophical, rational argumentation, e.g., the kalam cosmological argument. If you enjoy reading philosophy, you'll profit from this book.
This isn't the best book on Christian Apologetics that I've read, but it's solid and it holds up well. (It was published in 1987.) Moreland approaches apologetics from a largely philosophical angle, so much of his comprehensive case for Christianity is philosophical in nature. Perhaps that is why it doesn't seem dated. He does provide some information about the reliability of the New Testament and the historicity of the resurrection.
My only complaints are that aside from those chapters, much of the book doesn't directly argue enough for a distinctively Christian theism. Additionally, the chapters seemed somewhat disjointed. Though each chapter was fine, they didn't seem to lead one into another.
For a similar, but more comprehensive book, I would recommend Douglas Groothuis's Christian Apologetics. But since that book is almost three times the length of this one, this is a good place to start for a philosophically-minded person who wants to explore some good arguments for the truth of the Christian faith.
This book is excellent! One of my new favorite apologetics books for sure. J. P. Moreland tackles the existence of a personal God then talks about the historicity of Jesus and closes the book with objections to Christianity. Laying out all of his arguments clearly, he also deals with some main objections to the arguments and shows how they are not valid. He also deals with other philosophies and points out their flaws, showing how they fail. A must read for Christians who want to learn more about the defense of their faith.
This reads more like a reference book of apologetic arguments than an exegetical defense of Christianity, but as such it is a very valuable reference. Moreland focuses on philosophical and scientific arguments for God, pulling together most of the great high-level debates on the subject throughout history.