Dr. Gordon Carkner, The Wisdom Project
Ph.D. Philosophical Theology
Upcoming Events for 2016
Fall Book Release: The Great Escape from Nihilism
Dr. Carkner will offer a seminar on a Template for Apologetics as a strategic tool for dialogue and deepening one’s faith at Missionsfest Vancouver on Saturday, January 30, 2016, 11:00 a.m. Room 13 at Vancouver Conventions Centre. Below is a talk at the UBC Graduate and Faculty Christian Forum by Dr. Carkner on The Recovery of the Good in the Ethics of Charles Taylor
This session outlines a template: a tested and effective pattern of discussion that both maps the spiritual and philosophical landscape and suggests a productive style or creative approaches of interaction and prophetic challenge. We’re going to have to watch our language and even recover some important lost language to do this, language that is part of the ancient Christian heritage. The task ahead is challenging indeed but very stimulating and exciting.
“Apologetics: Empowering Christian Dialogue in Late Modernity”
Updated Text for the 2016 Missionsfest Talk: Apologetics Dialogue Workshop
Audio of SeminarZ0000006
Talks on the Christian Imagination: a Return to Enchantment: http://www.cslewis.org
Ravi Zacharias Answers to the Toughest Questions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaPVSvzOROU
Past Events & Resources
Lecture Delivered to Apologetics Canada
Monopolizing Knowledge: Scientism and the Search for Reality
Speaker: Dr. Gordon Carkner
Text of the TalkSCIENTISM: Apologetics Canada
Science is a vital part of our modern culture in the West. However the contemporary belief that science is the only way to truth (scientism) is a perversion of science and a major barrier to the gospel. Rooted in the worldview of materialistic naturalism, it promotes a conflict between science and faith (believed by 70% of university students). This workshop provides critical perspective on the character of scientism, as compared to legitimate scientific work, offering excellent resources to grapple with this vital apologetic question. SCIENTISM@Missfst Full Paper on Scientism with bibliography
Gord Carkner’s Apologia Resource Index
Toward Stronger Discipleship, Dialogue Skill Growth and Stable Commitment to Christ
Apologetics is a highly effective and necessary resource for today’s students, Christian leaders and church community members. There are some very effective, proven approaches and resources available. We want to put you in touch with the cutting edge in this field. These resources are relevant for both the early and late modernity. We must be multi-lingual in our approach depending on the area of study or the individual questioner. Students and friends need answers, plus fresh ways of articulating what they believe and why, as well as tools to challenge the cracking hegemony of Philosophical Naturalism. They need resources that can help them reason well and engage the hard questions; it often is a matter of spiritual life and death. Apologetics can be a real game changer in the life of someone 16 to 30 years of age.
The bibliography below is an attempt to show that there exists a strong resource base in speakers, books, websites and articles on a host of topics and issues. It will be continually updated with new releases and discoveries. In section 13. Faith & Culture, there is an important list of books to engage Western culture, to keep your life or your ministry on the creative curve. We do not want students, pastors or community members to get caught in the cultural rip tide of skepticism and scientific materialism, or the malaise/nihilism within the humanities. Religion is making a come back and these resources can help us negotiate the future.
Gord has consulted with apologists internationally to bring to the surface some of the best available material and speakers so that our ministries, our dialogue can be robustly empowered. Our campus and church communities need to be challenged to rethink the stereotypes of naïve or blind irrational faith. Quality and creativity are top priorities in what is offered below, vital to build strength into people’s minds and hearts, to offer encouragement in the midst of doubt, and courage to speak for God in today’s society.
It is encouraging to see believers grow in confidence and discover creativity in their witness as they begin to read and think through good questions and realize that Christian faith is compatible with good reason and non-hostile discussion or dialogue. This resource directory is oriented to promote energy, hope and a non-defensive stance on the part of Christians. It provides intellectual and spiritual leverage. Tim Keller’s book The Reason for God which we studied a couple years ago in GCU is a great example of the spirit of thoughtful dialogue we value. It is the basis of a Christianity 101 course taught at SFU each semester.
Regent Bookstore on the UBC campus has an excellent selection of this kind of book and even a special section labeled Apologetics. See also their Philosophy, Literature, Social Science and Science selections.
Debate on the Trinity with Nabeel Qureshi and Dr. Shabir Ally https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWpqqqZn7Kg
1. Methodology & Perspective
Carkner, Gordon, The Great Escape from Nihilism: rediscovering our passion in late modernity.
Hart, David Bentley, The Experience of God: being, consciousness and bliss. Yale, 2013
Newman, John Henry, The Idea of the University.
Sommerville, C. John, The Decline of the Secular University.
Newbigin, Lesslie, The Gospel in a Pluaristic Society. Eerdmans, 1989.
Letters to Doubting Thomas: a case for the existence of God. ~ C. Stephen Layman
McGrath, Alister, Intellectuals Don’t Need God? Zondervan
Swiinburne, Richard, His Trilogy
- The Coherence of Theism, 1977
- The Existence of God, 1979 (new edition 2004).
- Faith and Reason, 1981 (new edition 2005).
Sire, James, The Universe Next Door: a basic worldview catelogue. IVP, 2004.
Volf, Miraslov, Flourishing: why we need religion in a globalized world? (Yale 2015)
The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics: surveying the evidence for the truth of Christianity (eds. Ed Hinson and Ergun Carter, 2008)
Stackhouse, John G., Jr. Humble Apologetics: Defending the Faith Today.
New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Clark, David K. Dialogical Apologetics: A Person-Centered Approach to
Christian Defense. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1993.
Marsden, George, The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship. OUP, 1998.
Edgar, William. Reasons of the Heart: Recovering Christian Persuasion. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996.
Craig, William Lane, Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics. Crossway Books.
Chapman, C., Eerdmans Handbook: The Case for Christianity. Eerdmans, 1981.
Hart, David Bentley, Atheist Delusions: the Christian Revolution and its Fashionable Enemies.
Adler, M. J. Intellect: Mind Over Matter. Collier, 1990.
Keller, Tim. Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Scepticism. Dutton, 2008.
Marsden, George, The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship; The Soul of the American University.
Newman, John Henry, The Idea of the University.
Plantinga, Alvin, Warranted Christian Belief.
Zaccharias, R. Can Man Live Without God?
White, J.E., A Mind for God. Ivp, 2006.
William Lane Craig & Chad Meister. God is Great: God is Good: why believing in God is reasonable and responsible. IVP (Scholarly responses to the New Atheists)
Bush, L. Russ. Classical Readings in Christian Apologetics: A.D. 100-1800. Grand Rapids: Zondervan/Academie, 1983.
The Apologetics Study Bible
Campbell-Jack, W.C., McGrath, G.J., Evans, C. Stephen. Eds. The New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics
Evans, C. Stephen. Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics and Philosophy of Religion. Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2002.
Kreeft, P. & Tacelli, R.K., Handbook of Christian Apologetics. IVP
Noll, Mark, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. Eerdmans, 1994.
Miller, James, Hardwired: Finding the God You already Know.
Loconte, Joseph. The Searchers: a quest for faith in the valley of doubt. Thomas nelson, 2012
1b. Debates about Theism
Alberta’s Dr. Randall Rauser & John Loftus debating God or Godless? http://randalrauser.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/God-or-Godless-Loftus-v.-Rauser-Calgary.mp3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYWEYuhiWzE David Bentley Hart on Christianity & its Fashionable Enemies
2. Gender Issues
Cochran, Pamela D. H. Evangelical Feminism: A History. New York and London: New York University Press, 2005.
Grenz, Stanley J., with Denise Muir Kjesbo. Women in the Church: A Biblical Theology of Women in Ministry. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1995.
Hancock, Maxine, ed. Christian Perspectives on Gender, Sexuality, and Community. Vancouver, BC: Regent College Publishing, 2003.
Pierce, Ronald W. and Rebecca Merrill Groothuis, eds. Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity without Hierarchy. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004.
Stackhouse, John G., Jr. “Women in Public Ministry: Five Models in Twentieth-Century North American Evangelicalism.” Chap. in Evangelical Landscapes: Facing Critical Issues of the Day. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2002.
Storkey, Elaine. Origins of Difference: The Gender Debate Revisited. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2001.
Tucker, Ruth A. and Walter Liefeld. Daughters of the Church: Women and Ministry from New Testament Times to the Present. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1987.
Van Leeuwen, Mary Stewart. Gender & Grace: Love, Work & Parenting in a Changing World. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1990.
Van Leeuwen, Mary Stewart, ed. After Eden: Facing the Challenge of Gender Reconciliation. Grand Rapids, MI / Carlisle: Eerdmans / Paternoster Press, 1993.
Stackhouse, John G. Jr. Finally Feminist: A Pragmatic Christian Understanding of Gender Baker Academic, 2005.
Charry, Ellen T., article in Cambridge Companion to Feminism, ed. Susan Frank Parsons. CUP, 2002.
Creegan, N.H., & Christine D. Pohl, Living on the Boundaries: evangelical women, feminism and the theological academy. IVP, 2005.
3. Science & Natural Theology
Dennis Alexander, Faraday Institute, Cambridge
Polkinghorne, Sir John, One World: The Interaction of Science & Theology. Princeton. (physicist/theologian—leading light)
Polkinghorne, Sir John, Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science: Religion, Science and Providence.
Plantinga, Alvin. Where the Conflict Really Lies: science, religion and naturalism. OUP, 2012.
Gingerich, Owen, God’s Universe.
http://johnlennox.org/ Oxford Mathematician/Philosopher Dr John Lennox
Collins, Francis, The Language of God. Free Press.
Sir Karl R. Popper & John C. Eccles, The Self and its Brain. Routledge.
Pascal, Blaise. Pensees. Trans. A. J. Krailsheimer. Harmondsworth, U.K.: Penguin, 1966.
Capell & Cook eds., Not Just Science: Questions Where Christian Faith and Natural Science Intersect. Zondervan
Jaki, Stanley, The Road to Science and the Ways to God. Chicago (Gifford
Lectures on history of science)
Russell, Colin, Crosscurrents: Interactions Between Science & Faith. Eerdmans
Danielson, Dennis ed., The Book of the Cosmos. Perceus.
Plantinga, Alvin, Where the Conflict Really Lies.
Lewis, C.S., Miracles. Macmillan
Waltke, Bruce, “Gift of the Cosmos”(article on Genesis 1:1-2:4) Chapter 8 in An Old Testament Theology, Zondervan, 2007.
Alexander, Denis, Rebuilding the Matrix: Science & Faith in the 21st Century. Zondervan (director of Faraday Institute in Cambridge, UK)
Burke, ed., Creation & Evolution: 7 Prominent Christians Debate. IVP UK.
Livingstone, D. N., Darwin’s Forgotten Defenders: The Encounter Between Evangelical Theology and Evolutionary Thought.
Owens, V.S., Godspy: Faith, Perception, and the New Physics.
Gingerich, Owen, “Let There Be Light” article on natural theology by America’s top Christian physicist.
Theology of Creation
Capon, R. F., “The Third Peacock” in The Romance of the Word. Eerdmans
Gunton, C., The Triune Creator: a historical and systematic study. Eerdmans (English theologian)
Walsh & Middleton, The Transforming Vision. IVP
Bouma-Prediger, S., For the Beauty of the Earth: a Christian vision of creation care.. Baker Academic, 2010.
Alvin Plantinga, Where the Conflict Really Lies: science, religion and naturalism.
Thomas Nagel, Mind & Cosmos. (questions whether reductionistic explanations are adequate)
Alister McGrath, A Fine-Tuned Universe.
——————–, The Dawkins Delusion
David Bentley Hart, Atheist Delusions: the Christian Revolution and its fashionable enemies.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYWEYuhiWzE David Bentley Hart
John C. Lennox, God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? Lion.
——————, Gunning for God: why the new atheists are missing the target.
John Lennox debates Richard Dawkins at Oxford’s Museum of Natural History: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0UIbd0eLxw
Craig & Meister (eds.), God is Great; God is Good: why believing in God is reasonable and responsible: https://ubcgcu.org/2013/09/06/gcu-book-study/
Peter Hitchens, Rage Against God: how atheism led me to faith.
Denis Alexander, Evolution or Creation?
Paul Copan, Is God a Moral Monster? Making sense of the Old Testament God.
Limits of Science
Medawar, P., The Limits of Science.
http://m.weeklystandard.com/articles/heretic_707692.html?nopager=1 Limits of Materialism (Vilification of Thomas Nagel)
Schumacher, E.F. A Guide for the Perplexed. Abacus. (challenge to reductionism)
Carkner, G., Under Investigation: Scientism (short unpublished paper on reductionism)
McGrath, A. & J., The Dawkins Delusion? IVP 2007.
Lennox, John. God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? Lion
Jeeves & Berry, Science, Life, and Christian Belief. Apollos Books.
Ward, Keith, Pascal’s Fire: Scientific Faith and Religious Understanding.
Harper, Charles Jr. ed., Spiritual Information: 100 Perspectives on Science and Religion. Templeton Foundation Press.
Spencer, N. & White, R. Christianity, Climate Change, and
Sustainable Living. SPCK, 2007.
4. Scripture Authority and Authenticity
http://www.firstthings.com/article/2012/10/miraculous-witness Craig Keener Miracles: the Credibility of the N.T. Accounts. 2 volume set.
series Life of Jesus by John Dickson, Centre for Public Christianity, Sydney, Australia.
Barnett, Paul. Is the New Testament Reliable? 2nd ed. Downers Grove: Inter Varsity Press, 2005.
Bock, Darrell, L. The Missing Gospels: Unearthing the Truth Behind Alternative Christianities. Nashville: Nelson Books, 2006.
Iain Provan, Seriously Dangerous Religion: what the Old Testament really says and why it matters. (Baylor, 2013)
Bruce, F.F., New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? Grand Rapids:
Blomberg, Craig, The Historical Reliability of the Gospels. Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 1987.
Blomberg, Craig. The Historical Reliability of John’s Gospel. Downers Grove: Intervarsity press, 2002.
Bock, Darrel, Can I Trust the Bible? Defending the Bible’s Reliability.
Atlanta: RZIM Critical Concerns Series, 2001.
5. Jesus: Life, Death & Resurrection
DVD by Tom Wright on the Resurrection
Why Jesus? Rediscovering his truth in an age of mass marketed spirituality. ~ Ravi Zacharias
Wright, N.T. The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is. Intervarsity Press, 1999. (Wright is top scholar on Jesus and the New Testament)
Wright, N.T., The New Testament and the People of God.
Dunn, James D.G. The Evidence for Jesus. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1986
Yancey, Philip. The Jesus I Never Knew.
Copan, Paul ed. Will the Real Jesus please stand up: A Debate between
William Lane Craig and John Dominic Crossan. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House,
Habermas, Gary and Antony Flewdebate. Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? Ed. by
Terry L. Miethe. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987.
Swinburne, Richard, The Resurrection of God Incarnate. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2003.
Two part video on Gospel of John (powerfully acted and close to the text)
6. Christianity & Other Religions & Ideologies
Taylor, Charles, A Secular Age. Harvard University Press, 2007
Anderson, Sir Norman. Christianity and World Religions: The Challenge of Pluralism [original title: Christianity and Comparative Religions]. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1984 .
Neil, Stephen, Christian Faith & Other Faiths. IVP
Baker, David W., ed. Biblical Faith and Other Religions: An Evangelical Assessment. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2004.
Chesterton, G. K. The Everlasting Man. Reprint ed. New York: Image, 1955 .
Edwards, James R. Is Jesus the Only Savior? Grand Rapids, MI and Cambridge, UK: Eerdmans, 2005.
Gardner, Howard. Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People’s Minds. New York: Harvard Business School Press, 2004.
Griffiths, Paul J. An Apology for Apologetics: A Study in the Logic of Interreligious Dialogue. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1991.
Griffiths, Paul J. Christianity through Non-Christian Eyes. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1998.
Karkkainen, Veli-Matti. An Introduction to the Theology of Religions: Biblical, Historical, and Contemporary Perspectives. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2003.
Ludwig, Theodore. The Sacred Paths: Understanding the Religions of the World. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
McDermott, Gerald R. Can Evangelicals Learn from World Religions? Jesus, Revelation & Religious Traditions. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000.
Pinnock, Clark H. A Wideness in God’s Mercy: The Finality of Jesus Christ in a World of Religions. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1992.
Sanders, John, ed. What About Those Who Have Never Heard? Three Views on the Destiny of the Unevangelized. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1995.
Sanneh, Lamin. Whose Religion Is Christianity? The Gospel Beyond the West. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2003.
Stackhouse, John G., Jr., ed. No Other Gods before Me? Evangelicals Encounter the World’s Religions. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2001.
Tiessen, Terrance L. Who Can Be Saved? Reassessing Salvation in Christ and World Religions. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2004.
Evans, C. Stephen. The Historical Christ and the Jesus of Faith: The Incarnational Narrative as History. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996.
McIntire, C. T. and Ronald A. Wells, eds. History and Historical Understanding. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1984.
Marsden, George & Frank Roberts, ed. A Christian View of History? Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1975.
Marsden, George, The Soul of the University.
Gregory, Brad, The Unintended Reformation: how a religious revolution secularized society.
Bebbington, David. Patterns in History: A Christian Perspective on Historical Thought. Reprint Ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1990 .
Wells, Ronald A., ed. History and the Christian Historian. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998.
8.Epistemology: making sense, evidences, coherence, comprehensiveness, sources, method of analysis, what constitutes good argument or warrant.
Stackhouse, John R. Jr., Need to Know: vocation as the heart of Christian epistemology. (2014)
Schumacher, E.F. A Guide for the Perplexed. Abacus
Mavrodes, George, Belief in God.
Sire, James, The Universe Next Door: a worldview catalogue. IVP.
Swinburne, Richard, The Coherence of Theism. Oxford University Press
Wolfe, D.L. Epistemology: The Justification of Belief. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1982
Plantinga, Alvin & Nicholas Wolterstorff, ed. Faith and Rationality: Reason and Belief in God. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 1983.
Wolterstorff, Nicholas. Reason within the Bounds of Religion. 2nd ed., Grand Rapids, MI. Eerdmans, 1984 .
Moreland, J.P. and William Lane Craig. Philosophical Foundations for a
Christian Worldview. Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2003.
Wood, W. Jay, Epistemology: Becoming Intellectually Virtuous (Contours of Christian Philosophy), IVP.
Beckwith, F.G. & Koukl, G., Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air.
Schlossberg, H., Idols for Destruction.
various blog posts at ubcgcu.org
Thisleton, A., New Horizons in Hermeneutics. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992.
9. Use of Literature in Apologetics
Craig, William Lane (use of Dostoyevski) in Apologetics: an Introduction.
Lewis, C.S., Narnia Chronicles and Space Trilogy; The Abolition of Man
http://www.cslewis.org Free Scholarly Talks on Lewis
Bowen, John, new book on Narnia, Dare Booklets on Tolkein, etc.
Eagleton, Terry, The Ideology of the Aesthetic.
Dostoyevski, Brothers Karamozov, Crime and Punishment and The Idiot.
Percy, Walker, Lost in the Cosmos.
Capon, Robert Farrar, Romancing the Word.
Lewis, C.S., God in the Dock.
T.S. Eliot’s poetry
Chapman, J.D., Faith in Words: a poet’s creed. (a Canadian bio-physicist’s poetic reflections). Durango, 2006.
10. Suffering, Evil, & Injustice
DVD by Tom Wright on the Problem of Evil.
Kreeft, P. Making Sense Out of Suffering. Servant Books, 1989.
Lewis, C.S. The Problem of Pain & A Grief Observed. Macmillan.
Lewis, C.S. The Great Divorce.
Girard, René. I Saw Satan Fall Like Lightning.
Geivett, Douglas, Evil and the Evidence for God: The Challenge of John Hick’s Theodicy.” Temple University Press, 1993.
Geisler, N. The Roots of Evil.
Howard-Snyder, Daniel ed., The Evidential Argument from Evil.
Peck, Scott, People of the Lie.
Stackhouse, John G. Jr. Can God Be Trusted? OUP.
Wolterstorff, N., Until Justice & Peace Embrace. Eerdmans, 1983.
11. Quest for Meaning, Identity, and Parameters of the Self
Taylor, Charles. Sources of the Self: the Making of the Modern Identity.
Taylor, Charles. A Secular Age. Harvard University Press.
Morris, Tomas V., Making Sense of It All.
Kreeft, Peter. The Best Things in Life: A Twentieth-Century Socrates
Looks at Power, Pleasure, Truth, and the Good Life. Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 1984.
Lewis, C.S., Mere Christianity.
Gay, Craig, The Way of the (Modern) World.
Kreeft, P. Heaven: the Heart’s Deepest Longing. Ignatius Press
Zacharias, R. Cries of the Heart.
Lewis, C.S., The Weight of Glory
Packer, J.I. & Thomas Howard, Christianity: the True Humanism.
Barrs, J. & Macauley, R. Being Human: the nature of spiritual experience. IVP
Moltmann, Wolterstorff, & Charry, A Passion for God’s Reign: Theology, Christian Learning and the Christian Self.
Yancey, Philip. Reaching for the Invisible God
12. The Postmodern Condition
Zimmermann, Jens, Incarnational Humanism: a philosophy of culture for the church in the world. IVP Academic. 2012.
Ward, Graham ed., The Postmodern God: a theological reader. Blackwell, 1997.
Anderson, W.T., The Future of the Self: Exploring the Post-Identity Society. Tarcher, 1997.
Walsh & Middleton, Truth is Stranger than it Used to Be. IVP
Walsh, B. & Keesmaat, S., Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire. IVP, 2004.
Downing, C.L., How Postmodernism Serves (My) Faith: Questioning Truth in Language, Philosophy and Art. IVP. 2006.
Thiselton, A.C., Interpreting God and the Postmodern Self: on meaning, manipulation and promise. T. & T. Clark, 1995.
Carkner, Gordon, University of Wales PhD Dissertation: “A Critical Examination of the Constitution of the Moral Self in Michel Foucault in Dialogue with Charles Taylor” in the British Library.
Klassen, N. & Jens Zimmerman, The Passionate Intellect: incarnational humanism and the future of university education. IVP Academic, 2007.
Shrag, C.O., The Self After Postmodernity. Yale University Press, 1997.
Eagleton, Terry, The Illusions of Postmodernism. Blackwell, 1996.
Borgmann, A., Crossing the Postmodern Divide. University Books, 1993.
Cahoune, L. ed., From Modernism to Postmodernism: an Anthology. Blackwell, 1996.
12. Faith & Culture Goldmine: Substantial Resources to Open the Mind and the Imagination (Good sources for those interested in engaging the Big Life Questions in Sermons and Research)
Who are we moderns? Where have we come from? What is our context?
Featured Promotion: Seven brilliant podcasts from CBC Ideas Series produced by David Cayley called: ‘The Myth of the Secular’. Riveting analysis of religion and the secular age, a reframing of how we late moderns see ourselves and our world. Interviews with some of the deepest thinkers and most insightful minds of our age.
Christian Smith, Souls in Transition: the Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults. Oxford University Press, 2009 (top Notre Dame University sociologist analyses America’s 18-23 year old spirituality; award winning book)
Marilynne Robinson. Gilead (very highly recommended by Dr.Dennis Danielson English professor UBC)
David Bentley Hart, Atheist Delusions: the Christian Revolution and its Fashionable Enemies. Yale, 2009 (philosopher of culture and Church Fathers specialist gives an amazing, insightful apologetic for the relevance of Christianity to Western culture; this is a prophetic and challenging book).
Jens Zimmerman. Incarnational Humanism: a philosophy of culture for the church in the world. IVP Academic, 2012
______________Humanism & Religion: a call for the renewal of Western culture. Oxford University Press, 2012.
John Milbank. Theology & Social Theory: beyond secular reason. Blackwell, 1990.
Ian Hutchinson. Monopolizing Knowledge.
Rob Alloway’s award winning Babylon Post.
Jeremy Begbie. Resounding Truth. (major current articulate theologian of the Arts)
Leland Ryken. The Christian Imagination. (older classic on faith & the Arts).
Andy Crouch. Culture Making: recovering our creative calling.
Eugene Peterson. Practice Resurrection: a conversation on growing up in Christ.
Christian Smith. Souls in Transition: the religious and spiritual lives of emerging adults. OUP, 2009.
Jeremy Begbie. Voicing Creation’s Praise.
David Lyle Jeffrey & Gregory Maillet. Christianity & Literature: philosophical foundations and critical practice.
Brad S. Gregory. The Unintended Reformation: how a religious revolution secularized society.
Charles Taylor. A Secular Age.
James Davison Hunter. To Change the World: the irony, tragedy and possibility of Christianity in the late modern world.
Alasdair MacIntyre. Three Versions of Moral Inquiry; also After Virtue.
D. Stephen Long. The Goodness of God: theology, the church and the social order.
Crystal L. Downing. How Postmodernism (Serves) my Faith.
Craig Gay. The Way of the Modern World: or why it’s tempting to live as if God doesn’t exist.
Jens Zimmerman & Norman Klassen. The Passionate Intellect: incarnational humanism and the future of university education; plus Zimmerman’s new Humanism and Religion: A Call for the Renewal of Western Culture.
Niall Ferguson. Civilization: The West and the Rest.
Lesslie Newbigin. The Gospel in a Pluralistic Society.
Don M. Page. Servant Empowered Leadership: a hands-on guide to transforming you and your organization.
Quenton J. Schultze. Habits of the High Tech Heart: living virtuously in the information age.
Albert Borgmann, Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology.
Wendell Berry. Life is a Miracle: an essay against modern superstition.
Scott Cairns. The End of Suffering: finding purpose in pain.
Miraslov Volf. Exclusion & Embrace: a theological exploration of identity, otherness, and reconciliation.
Stephen Barr, Modern Physics and Ancient Faith.
Alvin Plantinga, Where the Conflict Really Lies.
Francis Collins, The Language of God: a scientist presents evidence for belief in God.
Steven Bouma-Prediger. For the Beauty of the Earth: a Christian vision of creation care.
H. Richard Niebuhr. Christ & Culture.
James Sire. The Universe Next Door: a worldview catalogue.
John Henry Newman. The Idea of a University.
13. Some Top Apologist Speakers
William Lane Craig phiosopher @ Talbot Seminary; Paul Chamberlain philosopher @ ACTS/TWU Langley, BC, Ravi Zacharias in Orlando, Florida; Alister McGrath theologian/scientist in Oxford, UK; Norman Geisler, Dean of Southern Evangelical Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina; J.P. Moreland philosopher @ Talbot, Os Guinness @ The Trinity Forum in Northern Virginia, Kevin Van Hoozer @ TEDS in Deerfield, Illinois on Paul Ricoeur (good on postmodernity), C. Stephen Evans philosophy @ Baylor, John Stackhouse theologian @ Regent College. Dr. John Patrick from Ottawa is a great speaker on medical ethics. Biola University in California is a major center of Christian philosophy and apologetics. Nicholas Wolterstorff (Yale) and Alvin Plantinga (Notre Dame) are the two greatest American philosophers. Charles Taylor at McGill is Canada’s greatest living philosopher, a world-class mind in social sciences and the self. IFES Apologists: Jurgen Speis in Germany (now Institut fur Glaube und Wissenschaft); Stefan Gustavsson former General Secretary in Sweden (now @ Credo Institute) firstname.lastname@example.org; Spain: Dr. Pablo Martinez Vila (physician); Brazil: Dr. Altair de Souza Assis (physicist).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyQ5cFIoKts Sample Debate on Naturalism with Dr. Alvin Plantinga
13. Key Websites
Ravi Zacharias Ministries www.rzim.org/resources, Course in apologetics at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, UK (Dr. Andy Bannister, Canadian Director RZIM, Toronto)
Michael Ramsden RZIM Europe http://www.rzim.eu/biography-michael-ramsden
UCCF (IVCF) in UK www.bethinking.org/resources.php?ID=224
Faith & Philosophy Victoria, BC Canada: Dr. Rob Fitterer’s Blog: http://faithandreality.ca/
Christian Heritage Cambridge www.christianheritageuk.org.uk/ summer school in apologetics
Unbelievable: UK Thoughtful Christian Radio (e.g. debates between top scholars) http://www.premierradio.org.uk/shows/saturday/unbelievable.aspx
William Lane Craig www.reasonablefaith.org/site/PageServer
William Lane Craig’s scholarly articles: www.reasonablefaith.org/site/PageServer?pagename=scholarly_articles_main
C.S. Lewis Foundation: Stan Mattson www.cslewis.org/ Conferences in Oxbridge
Faraday Institute on Science & Religion: www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/faraday/
The Bibliography You Cannot Live Without: Resources on the Christian Worldview by Walsh, Middleton & Carkner: www3.sympatico.ca/ian.ritchie/BiblioWCLW.htm
Leadership University articles: www.leaderu.com
Mars Hill Audio Interviews with Great Christian Thinkers: www.marshillaudio.org
14. Apologetic Lecture Sampler
Veritas Forums @ Western and all across USA.
Pascal Lectures @ University of Waterloo, esp Chales Malik: “A Christian Critique of the University.”
Gifford Lectures in Edinburgh, Scotland
Grad & Faculty Christian Forum @ UBC, esp. Francis Collins “Are we more than our genes?”
Bampton Lectures in Natural Theology in UK
Cambridge University: the Faraday Institute
Various Debates with people such as Craig, Moreland, Geisler, Chamberlain, Redekop-Glass on Christianity & Marxism, Lennox & Dawkins on the God Delusion.
15. Series & Periodicals
Dare Booklets byDr. John Bowen
First Things Journal
Journal of American Scientific Affiliation
Christians in Science (UK)
16. Schools of Apologetics
Oxford RZIM School of Christian Apologetics at Wycliffe College: http://www.rzim.org/study/advanced/oxford-center-for-christian-apologetics/
Biola Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics, Biola University http://www.biola.edu/academics/sas/apologetics/
ACTS Seminary Institute of Christian Apologetics, run by Dr. Paul Chamberlain http://acts.twu.ca/programs/institute-for-christian-apologetics.html
Dr. Gordon Carkner, Graduate Student & Faculty Ministries, Outreach Canada