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Title : Scaling the Secular City: A Defense of Christianity
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Number of Pages : 276 Pages
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  • Andrew
    2019-06-05 08:01

    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.

  • Jacob Aitken
    2019-06-02 09:46

    Since this is an earlier book of Moreland’s, and from what I assumed would be an introductory text, it is surprisingly good. Some of the chapters have been sharpened in his other works, but this is a good handbook on areas like substance dualism and the Kalaam argument.Moreland lists several problems with an infinite universe, with infinite being understood as an actual infinite. An actual infinite is considered as a complete totality with an actual infinite amount of numbers. An actual infinite can neither increase nor decrease in the number of members it contains. Potential infinite: it increases its numbers through time. It is always finite. actual infinities cannot exist. A beginningless series of temporal events cannot exist. Therefore, the universe had a cause (22). If an actual infinite is possible, then the following puzzles occur:Imagine a library with an infinite number of books. Each book has a different natural number. Further, there are an infinite number of red books and an infinite number of black books such that each even number is on a red book and each odd number is on a black book. Problem: there could be no red or black book added to the library because there would be no natural number for its cover. Further, if one took away all the red books, one would diminish the library by an actual number of infinite books. Yet one would still have the same number of books in the library. The Impossibility of traversing an actual infinite: you cannot cross the actual infinite by successive addition.Moreland is known for his arguments relating to the philosophy of mind. He capably defends substance dualism and shows the problems with physicalism. His chapter on ethics was okay, but he has given more substantial arguments in Philosophical Foundations.The book also contains a useful bibliography (which, again, has been updated in Philosophical Foundations).

  • Franklin Peach
    2019-06-06 12:41

    What a breath of fresh air Scaling the Secular City: A Defense of Christianity by J.P. Moreland was to read while living in our 'God is Dead' culture. I generally feel comfortable while defending Catholicism to my protestant brothers and sisters, but always felt just a little inadequate when discussing God with agnostics or atheists. This book is a good foray into defending Christianity as a logical conclusion in our hyper-scienced culture.As someone with a Math background I especially liked his appeal to the Kalam argument for the existence of god and the use of a mathematical understanding of infinity to argue the the universe must have a beginning. (Please don't shy away from this book if you don't have an aptitude in math, this is the only area in the book that deals with it and he explains it well enough, it just may seem odd to think that it is possible to have one infinite list larger or smaller than another infinite list. I assure you it is true or much of mathematics is wrong)Moreland covers a lot of distance in this relatively short book including (but not limited to) Evolution, Physicalism (only mater exists), The Historicity of the Gospels, The Resurrection of Jesus and Morality. His logic throughout the book is impeccable and you may often be amazed of how the logic of most atheistic arguments lead one in a direction you (and most times the atheist themselves) do not want to go. The depth which each topic is covered is sufficient and well footnoted, some of which I will plan to read to dive into some topics with more depth than was covered here.I only took one issue with Moreland when he used Jesus' brothers and sisters to make an argument. I understand that Moreland is not Catholic, but He must know that this would not sit well with us (as Mary's Perpetual virginity is Catholic Dogma) and he really didn't need to have it in there to make his argument, so I was saddened he felt it necessary to include it.That small point aside this was a great book that would leave any skeptic questioning their beliefs (or lack there of). His chapter 'Science and Christianity' in which he explores the tension between the two, their proper balance, the limits of both and why we should actually put less faith in science than we do (again using inescapable logic), was a particularly good one. A point I will be sure to take with me: Consider this statement, "only what can be known by science or quantified and empirically tested is rational and true" (p.197) While I believe that much of our culture currently believes this statement as an unquestionable fact upon which their entire lives are based (whether consciously or unconsciously), Moreland exposes this as a logical fallacy by explaining that the statement itself cannot be known by science or empirically tested. Therefore the statement is not true by it's own standards. That is the type of clear reasoning you can expect from this well written book.

  • Russell
    2019-05-20 12:03

    I've spent the last couple of years slowly reading, and re-reading, this book. I chose it because it had a reputation for being one of the strongest works of Christian apologetics out there. Unfortunately, it failed to impress.The book starts out with the classic Kalam cosmological argument for the existence of god. While ultimately not convincing, Moreland at least did an admirable job of presenting the argument, and it made for challenging reading and thought. Unfortunately, the book goes rapidly down hill from there, presenting various arguments that get progressively weaker as the get closer to the Christian god. I won't go through every chapter here, but I feel the need to mention that the chapters on the historicity of the bible were astonishingly weak. Moreland's arguments couldn't possibly have been convincing to anyone who hadn't already accepted the conclusion.The book doesn't truly hit bottom, however, until the chapter on the relationship between religion and science. Moreland mostly uses the same worn out, ill-informed arguments against evolutionary theory that evolution deniers have been making for decades (and which have been debunked be well-informed scientists many times over). He also grossly mischaracterizes the nature of evolutionary theory. For example, he completely misinterprets Gould and Eldridge's theory of punctuated equilibrium to make it seem like it's some sort of attempt to fill in gaps in the fossil record, which it certainly is not. A person as well educated as Moreland seems to be should know better than to make such outlandish and disingenuous arguments. It really makes one doubt the sincerity of Moreland's entire book. Does he truly believe all of his own arguments? One has to wonder.I must give credit to Moreland for at least presenting some of the counter arguments to his own theories. This is more than the average work of apologetics attempts. In the long run, however, I was greatly disappointed with a book that came with such a strong reputation. Is this the best defense that Christianity can have? Perhaps it is, and that is something that should give Christians food for thought!

  • Doutor Branco
    2019-06-05 10:51

    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.

  • Brian Watson
    2019-06-05 09:58

    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.

  • Sergio Flores
    2019-06-01 11:50

    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.

  • Todd Stockslager
    2019-05-31 09:02

    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.

  • Hank Pharis
    2019-06-08 10:52

    This is supposed to be an intermediate level book on apologetics. However my philosophical abilities must be declining because I found some of this challenging. Nevertheless thankful for people like Dr. Moreland who are able to do a good job with apologetics to professional philosophers.

  • Michael
    2019-06-11 12:38

    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.

  • Toby
    2019-05-21 08:50

    This is a great book for a good survey of how modern theology addresses some of th major questions that arise today. It is very detailed and takes pains[return]to introduce all of the necessary theological and philosophical concepts and terms. It has a good b[return]

  • Michaela
    2019-06-14 15:40

    Dr. Myatt recommended.

  • Andrew
    2019-05-30 12:39

    Moreland's arguments are not overwhelming, but it is a good jumping off point for Christian apologetics.

  • Chris
    2019-06-01 09:40

    This is as heavy as it gets. Moreland is a tough read but it covers all the major Christian apologetic issues.

  • Amy
    2019-05-30 13:54

    Not exactly light reading, but an excellent look at arguments for God and Christianity, starting from arguments that a God exists and ending with arguments that Jesus rose from the dead.

  • Jonathan
    2019-06-11 13:39

    Read most of this groundbreaking work while at LU. Definitely a great book on Christian apologetics and a must read for Christians of any era.

  • Brian
    2019-06-09 13:36

    probably Moreland's best...this is a common read amongst lay Chrisitan apologists...good bredth of subject matter. Moreland has a very analytical style here.

  • Bobby
    2019-05-19 10:43

    Has it all, brilliant!! Covers the key areas of apologetics both in terms of Christianity's defences and challenges from critics.

  • Kelly Applegate
    2019-06-10 10:50

    GREAT apologetical book. Very good and logical arguments for Christians (and non Christians to read). It makes you think...

  • Jeffrey Backlin
    2019-05-19 12:49

    An overview on several scientific, philosophical, and historical arguments for the existence of God.

  • Joe
    2019-05-30 13:02

    An absolute must read for those who want to move beyond Strobel's works in defense of the faith. A robust and sophisticated defense of the faith.