Disputed Issues (Contending for Christian Faith in Today’s Academic Setting), Stephen T. Davis, Baylor University Press
This is an outstanding apologetic by Dr. Stephen Davis, Pitzer professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College. He engages with many of the critical arguments made against Christianity at the academic level, in our day. He understands what those in the academic world are thinking, and ably refutes their arguments. Sixteen chapters contend with various lines of criticism against the Bible including: Should We Believe The Jesus Seminar?; Have the Infidels Refuted the Resurrection?; Should Evangelicals Be Pluralists?; Is “Survival of Death” Coherent? “Disputed Issues should be required reading for all thoughtful students, philosophers, theologians, and seminarians who are interested in exploring the cogency of Christian faith in light of contemporary criticism”.~ Charles Taliaferro, Professor Of Philosophy, St. Olaf College.
WILLIAM EWART GLADSTONE, David W. Bebbington, Eerdmans Publishing Co.
This is a terrific life story about an aristocratic man in Great Britain in the 1800’s.His participation on Parliament, in the Church, and in the society of his day had profound effects.He is an outstanding example of a Christian applying his Christian beliefs at the highest levels of government.He served in Parliament for more than sixty years and as Prime Minister for four different periods during the reign of Queen Victoria.
From the book:“Gladstone was a highly gifted man with a striking appearance.In his earlier years he was slim, erect, and had tousled black hair.In his old age, observers were most impressed by the majestic forehead and the piercing eye that made opponents quail.His mind was sharp, his memory excellent, and from an early age he was trained in precise reasoning.He worked formidably hard, applying himself to paperwork for long hours at a time.As Prime Minister in the 1880’s, when he had the help of only four secretaries, he composed some twenty thousand letters a year.He was also an effective speaker.”
7 MEN: AND THE SECRET OF THEIR GREATNESS by Eric Metaxas
The author has done us a great favor in giving a very fascinating and encouraging account of seven courageous men in short story form. He notes that each of them made hard choices and sacrifices to achieve a greater good. We can admire them, and we can learn from them. In seven chapters he tells us about George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell (Chariots of Fire), Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, Pope John Paul II, and Charles W. Colson. All were Christians. The experiences of each of these men are remarkable. The chapter on George Washington, alone, is worth the price of the book.
Here’s another recommendation and perspective on the book:
“What is true manhood? And what makes a man in our 21st century? These are vital questions that my friend Eric Metaxas helps us wrestle with in this great new book. In looking back to seven outstanding men of history, Eric helps us understand the essential elements of manhood in any age. This is a superb work- and I highly recommend it”. -The Hon. Gregory W. Slayton, author of the national bestseller, “Be a Better Dad Today”.