Posted by: gcarkner | September 22, 2012

Regent Bookstore Mini-Tour

Regent Bookstore Tour: Apologetics Gold

UBC has a great bookstore as most students know, but Regent Bookstore, within Regent College, right at Gate One (Wesbrook Mall @ University Boulevard) is a not-to-be-missed intellectual goldmine on campus. I believe that it is one of the most comprehensive theological, faith and culture bookstores in Canada. They have so much good literature here. You simply have to check it out personally; I assure that you will not regret it.


The Carkner Tour: This week, I want to take you on a mini-tour of the Apologetics Section of the store. Also take note of the special fall Regent conference on faith and politics below. Whether you are exploring the Christian faith for the first time, or you are wondering whether to abandon your faith now that you are in higher education and away from Mom & Dad and your home church pastor, or you are looking for convincing explanations of the Christian faith to your colleagues, this is an excellent place to start. Do ask the friendly staff to guide you to this section. By the way, I believe that far too many abandon their religion in undergraduate life without really grappling with the richness and depth of the Christian faith. I came close to doing the same as a student of Biology at Queen’s University. This is an unnecessary tragedy! There are answers to your toughest questions by thoughtful scholars from around the globe. “The unexamined life is not worth living” writes Socrates, indicating that the pursuit of wisdom is a critical part of anyone’s education.

Some of the Gold:

Surprised by Oxford: A Memoir by Carolyn Weber. This is a thoughtful conversion narrative of a London, Ontario woman who arrived in Oxford as a grad student with no perceived need of God. Hopefully many will find a new faith in God this year at UBC.

Alister McGrath, Intellectuals Don’t Need God. This is an excellent overview of the spectrum of apologetic dialogue. He also writes good material on the history of the relationship between science and theology. Check out his The Passionate Intellect as well.

For the seeker, you might like Christopher J.H. Wright, The God I Don’t Understand; N.T. Wright, Simply Christian;  John Dickson Life of Jesus; or Philip Yancey The Invisible God.

Kelly Monroe Kullberg of Veritas Forum & Laurel Arrington offer the Christian an intriguing  Faith & Culture Devotional

Tim Keller’s (an intellectual Presbyterian pastor in Manhattan) material on dialogue with tough questions is popular but thoughtful: The Reason for God; The Prodigal God

For the student of Apologetics: Kreeft & Tacelli, Handbook of Christian Apologetics; Paul Chamberlain, Why People Don’t Believe. (see also his  Can We be Good Without God?); Ravi Zaccharius, Deliver Us From Evil; Charles Taylor A Secular Age; Brad Gregory, The Unintended Reformation.

Ask a staff member about materials on worldviews, or to show you the philosophy section.

And there is much more…

Gord Carkner, PhD Philosophical Theology, University of Wales


Faith & Politics in a Fractured World   October 5-6       Speakers: Ross Douthart, Peter Leithart, James K.A.Smith, Hans Boersma, Matthew Levering & John Stackhouse  See for details: 

English: A south facing view of Regent College...

Regent College at UBC’s Vancouver Point Grey campus 5800 University Blvd.


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