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Apologetics

Free to Serve Protecting the Religious Freedom of Faith Based Organizations

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What do Hobby Lobby, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Wheaton College, World Vision, the Little Sisters of the Poor, and the University of Notre Dame have in common? All are faith-based organizations that have faced pressure to act in ways contrary to their religious beliefs. In this book, two policy experts show how faith-based groups--those active in the educational, healthcare, international aid and development, and social service fields--can defend their ability to follow their religiously based beliefs without having to jettison the very faith and faith-based practices that led them to provide services to those in need. They present a pluralist vision for religious freedom for faith-based organizations of all religious traditions. The book includes case studies that document the challenges faith-based organizations face to freely follow the practices of their religious traditions and analyzes these threats as originating in a common, yet erroneous, set of assumptions and attitudes prevalent in American society. The book also includes responses by diverse voices--an Orthodox Jew, a Roman Catholic, two evangelicals, two Islamic leaders, and an unbeliever who is a religious-freedom advocate--underscoring the importance of religious freedom for faith-based organizations.
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FREE TO SERVE PROTECTING THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM OF FAITH-BAS

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What do Hobby Lobby, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Wheaton College, World Vision, the Little Sisters of the Poor, and the University of Notre Dame have in common? All are faith-based organizations that have faced pressure to act in ways contrary to their religious beliefs. In this book, two policy experts show how faith-based groups--those active in the educational, healthcare, international aid and development, and social service fields--can defend their ability to follow their religiously based beliefs without having to jettison the very faith and faith-based practices that led them to provide services to those in need. They present a pluralist vision for religious freedom for faith-based organizations of all religious traditions. The book includes case studies that document the challenges faith-based organizations face to freely follow the practices of their religious traditions and analyzes these threats as originating in a common, yet erroneous, set of assumptions and attitudes prevalent in American society. The book also includes responses by diverse voices--an Orthodox Jew, a Roman Catholic, two evangelicals, two Islamic leaders, and an unbeliever who is a religious-freedom advocate--underscoring the importance of religious freedom for faith-based organizations.
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Friend of Science Friend of Faith

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A scientist explores the harmony between Christian faith and science

Though some Christians and many skeptics see science and Christianity as locked in a never-ending battle, geologist Gregg Davidson contends that there is tremendous harmony between Scripture and modern science. Many apparent conflicts arise when the Bible is interpreted apart from its literary and historical contexts, but when these are taken into account, most alleged clashes resolve.

Proceeding from a belief that Scripture is inspired and without error and that God's creation should inform how we interpret the Bible, Davidson shows that Scripture and science need not disagree on issues like the age of the earth, Adam and Eve, Noah's flood, the origin and development of life, and numerous related topics. Rather, Christians can rejoice at how God's glory is revealed in both the Bible and the natural world.

"Davidson is the best sort of friend to science and to faith. He explores the cosmos and the Scriptures with the rigorous curiosity of a scientist and the probing faith of a theologian. And as with the best of friends, Davidson challenges us to go deeper, think harder, and walk away with a fresher, fuller faith. The important questions of life and faith are always hard. Davidson makes the effort worthwhile. Here is a treasure chest of information about the world of the Bible and the world that the Bible describes." --Walter Kim, President Elect, National Association of Evangelicals

"Friend of Science, Friend of Faithis a highly engaging, step-by-step analysis not only of the compatibility, but also of the mutually-enriching interaction of mainstream science with the Bible. Brilliantly written to communicate significant biblical and scientific concepts to a general audience, I have not seen a more helpful book for those who seek clarification on how to reconcile belief in an inerrant Bible with scientific knowledge. Davidson's gifted ability to put complex notions into simple, everyday language makes the book a joy to read and a downright fulfilling experience. If someone from a biblically conservative background with time to read only one book was to ask me for a single recommendation, this is the one I'd suggest."--Darrel R. Falk, Professor of Biology, emeritus, Point Loma Nazarene University

"Gregg Davidson has produced a remarkable book. While many writers argue that science and biblical faith are compatible, few have articulated with such clarity a method of resolving apparent conflicts between them. With the patience and sensitivity of a good teacher, Davidson begins with the Bible before debating the scientific merits of any particular claim, affirming its truth while also allowing fresh questions to add to our understanding. Finding no substantive conflict between scientific claims and Scripture, Davidson goes on to describe in accessible, engaging language what modern science has revealed concerning the origins of the universe and first life, the age of the Earth, and evolution. His love and respect for God's Word are evidenced throughout, and his many examples drawn from history and the natural sciences reveal his love and respect for God's works. Davidson's critiques of Creation Science and Intelligent Design are direct and insightful, intended not just to poke holes in opposing views, but always with a heart to help readers see the richness of God's written Word and the beauty of his natural creation. This is a great book to hand to your pastor or a student."--Deborah Haarsma, President, BioLogos

"In this ambitious book, Professor Davidson aptly breaks down false dichotomies that exist between science and faith, taking the reader on a spirited expedition through history, Bible and theology, origins, and contemporary battles raging along the 'conflict thesis' fault lines. As a leader of a Christian study center at a large public university, I am grateful to have Gregg Davidson as an adept guide for this journey. Friend of Science, Friend of Faith is a greatly needed resource for the church today."--John R. Terrill, Executive Director, Upper House campus ministry

"As a campus minister at a large public university, I am all too familiar with the challenge Christian students like 'Riley' face [described in Davidson's introduction] when confronted by apparent conflicts between Scripture and science. Other students may be hindered from embracing faith in Christ for these same reasons. Friend of Science, Friend of Faith provides a cogent and remarkably comprehensive guide seeking to resolve these conflicts. I highly recommend this book not only to students, but also to pastors, parents, educators, and others concerned about the perceived divide between faith and science. We can be friends of both. Indeed, in our complex and conflicted times, we need to be."--Ben Sanders, Director, Arizona Center for Christian Studies

"This is a book I will use to equip our congregation and educate our community. Gregg loves Christ and the church. He loves God's Word and the works of God's hand. Gregg's book testifies to his vocation: a follower of Jesus who is a scientist. "--Byron Townsend, Pastor, Grace Mid-City Church

"Does science prove or disprove the Christian faith? Neither, because the question is beyond what science can address. However, Davidson demonstrates that science and Scripture--when both are properly interpreted--display a remarkable congruence. Here is a book that takes both seriously, and it exhibits the confidence that the God who created the universe is the one who reveals himself in the Bible."--Ken Keathley, Senior Professor of Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

" The title, Friend of Science, Friend of Faith, emphasizes the essential starting point: listening carefully to God's works and his Word. Davidson shows great sensitivity to readers who might have been taught that science and Christian faith are on a collision course. By leading readers through evidence from geoscience (Davidson's specialty), astrophysics, and biology, and a careful reading of Scripture, this book will be invaluable in helping people to see that science and Christian faith can be friends, and need never be foes."--Jeff Hardin, Chair, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Wisconsin

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Friend of Science Friend of Faith

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A scientist explores the harmony between Christian faith and science

Though some Christians and many skeptics see science and Christianity as locked in a never-ending battle, geologist Gregg Davidson contends that there is tremendous harmony between Scripture and modern science. Many apparent conflicts arise when the Bible is interpreted apart from its literary and historical contexts, but when these are taken into account, most alleged clashes resolve.

Proceeding from a belief that Scripture is inspired and without error and that God's creation should inform how we interpret the Bible, Davidson shows that Scripture and science need not disagree on issues like the age of the earth, Adam and Eve, Noah's flood, the origin and development of life, and numerous related topics. Rather, Christians can rejoice at how God's glory is revealed in both the Bible and the natural world.

"Davidson is the best sort of friend to science and to faith. He explores the cosmos and the Scriptures with the rigorous curiosity of a scientist and the probing faith of a theologian. And as with the best of friends, Davidson challenges us to go deeper, think harder, and walk away with a fresher, fuller faith. The important questions of life and faith are always hard. Davidson makes the effort worthwhile. Here is a treasure chest of information about the world of the Bible and the world that the Bible describes." --Walter Kim, President Elect, National Association of Evangelicals

"Friend of Science, Friend of Faithis a highly engaging, step-by-step analysis not only of the compatibility, but also of the mutually-enriching interaction of mainstream science with the Bible. Brilliantly written to communicate significant biblical and scientific concepts to a general audience, I have not seen a more helpful book for those who seek clarification on how to reconcile belief in an inerrant Bible with scientific knowledge. Davidson's gifted ability to put complex notions into simple, everyday language makes the book a joy to read and a downright fulfilling experience. If someone from a biblically conservative background with time to read only one book was to ask me for a single recommendation, this is the one I'd suggest."--Darrel R. Falk, Professor of Biology, emeritus, Point Loma Nazarene University

"Gregg Davidson has produced a remarkable book. While many writers argue that science and biblical faith are compatible, few have articulated with such clarity a method of resolving apparent conflicts between them. With the patience and sensitivity of a good teacher, Davidson begins with the Bible before debating the scientific merits of any particular claim, affirming its truth while also allowing fresh questions to add to our understanding. Finding no substantive conflict between scientific claims and Scripture, Davidson goes on to describe in accessible, engaging language what modern science has revealed concerning the origins of the universe and first life, the age of the Earth, and evolution. His love and respect for God's Word are evidenced throughout, and his many examples drawn from history and the natural sciences reveal his love and respect for God's works. Davidson's critiques of Creation Science and Intelligent Design are direct and insightful, intended not just to poke holes in opposing views, but always with a heart to help readers see the richness of God's written Word and the beauty of his natural creation. This is a great book to hand to your pastor or a student."--Deborah Haarsma, President, BioLogos

"In this ambitious book, Professor Davidson aptly breaks down false dichotomies that exist between science and faith, taking the reader on a spirited expedition through history, Bible and theology, origins, and contemporary battles raging along the 'conflict thesis' fault lines. As a leader of a Christian study center at a large public university, I am grateful to have Gregg Davidson as an adept guide for this journey. Friend of Science, Friend of Faith is a greatly needed resource for the church today."--John R. Terrill, Executive Director, Upper House campus ministry

"As a campus minister at a large public university, I am all too familiar with the challenge Christian students like 'Riley' face [described in Davidson's introduction] when confronted by apparent conflicts between Scripture and science. Other students may be hindered from embracing faith in Christ for these same reasons. Friend of Science, Friend of Faith provides a cogent and remarkably comprehensive guide seeking to resolve these conflicts. I highly recommend this book not only to students, but also to pastors, parents, educators, and others concerned about the perceived divide between faith and science. We can be friends of both. Indeed, in our complex and conflicted times, we need to be."--Ben Sanders, Director, Arizona Center for Christian Studies

"This is a book I will use to equip our congregation and educate our community. Gregg loves Christ and the church. He loves God's Word and the works of God's hand. Gregg's book testifies to his vocation: a follower of Jesus who is a scientist. "--Byron Townsend, Pastor, Grace Mid-City Church

"Does science prove or disprove the Christian faith? Neither, because the question is beyond what science can address. However, Davidson demonstrates that science and Scripture--when both are properly interpreted--display a remarkable congruence. Here is a book that takes both seriously, and it exhibits the confidence that the God who created the universe is the one who reveals himself in the Bible."--Ken Keathley, Senior Professor of Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

" The title, Friend of Science, Friend of Faith, emphasizes the essential starting point: listening carefully to God's works and his Word. Davidson shows great sensitivity to readers who might have been taught that science and Christian faith are on a collision course. By leading readers through evidence from geoscience (Davidson's specialty), astrophysics, and biology, and a careful reading of Scripture, this book will be invaluable in helping people to see that science and Christian faith can be friends, and need never be foes."--Jeff Hardin, Chair, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Wisconsin

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FROM NATURE TO CREATION A CHRISTIAN VISION FOR UNDERSTANDIN

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How does Christianity change the way we view the natural world? In this addition to a critically acclaimed series, renowned theologian Norman Wirzba engages philosophers, environmentalists, and cultural critics to show how the modern concept of nature has been deeply problematic. He explains that understanding the world as creation rather than as nature or the environment makes possible an imagination shaped by practices of responsibility and gratitude, which can help bring healing to our lands and communities. By learning to give thanks for creation as God's gift of life, Christians bear witness to the divine love that is reconciling all things to God.

Named a "Best Theology Book of 2015," Englewood Review of Books



"Best Example of Theology in Conversation with Urgent Contemporary Concerns" for 2015, Hearts & Minds Bookstore

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Genealogical Adam & Eve the Surprising Science of Universal Ancestry

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Evolutionary science teaches that humans arose as a population, sharing common ancestors with other animals. Most readers of the book of Genesis in the past understood all humans descended from Adam and Eve, a couple specially created by God. These two teachings seem contradictory, but is that necessarily so? In the fractured conversation of human origins, can new insight guide us to solid ground in both science and theology? In The Genealogical Adam and Eve, S. Joshua Swamidass tests a scientific hypothesis: What if the traditional account is somehow true, with the origins of Adam and Eve taking place alongside evolution? Building on well-established but overlooked science, Swamidass explains how it's possible for Adam and Eve to be rightly identified as the ancestors of everyone. His analysis opens up new possibilities for understanding Adam and Eve, consistent both with current scientific consensus and with traditional readings of Scripture. These new possibilities open a conversation about what it means to be human. In this book, Swamidass
  • untangles several misunderstandings about the words human and ancestry, in both science and theology
  • explains how genetic and genealogical ancestry are different, and how universal genealogical ancestry creates a new opportunity for rapprochement
  • explores implications of genealogical ancestry for the theology of the image of God, the fall, and people "outside the garden"
  • Some think Adam and Eve are a myth. Some think evolution is a myth. Either way, the best available science opens up space to engage larger questions together. In this bold exploration, Swamidass charts a new way forward for peace between mainstream science and the Christian faith.
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    December 10, 2019

    GOD IN THE DOCK REVISED

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    "C. S. Lewis struck me as the most thoroughly converted man I ever met," observes Walter Hooper in this book's preface. "His whole vision of life was such that the natural and the supernatural seemed inseparably combined."

    God in the Dock contains forty-eight essays and twelve letters written by Lewis between 1940 and 1963. Ranging from popular newspaper articles to learned defenses of the faith, these pieces cover topics as varied as the logic of theism, good and evil, miracles, the role of women in the church, and ethics and politics. Many represent Lewis's first ventures into themes he would later treat in full-length books.

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    September 15, 2014

    God Is Good for You a Defence of Christianity in Troubled Times

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    Judeo-Christian traditions have underpinned the moral and legal fabric of Western civilization for more than 2000 years, yet now we've reached a point where Christianity is becoming a minority faith rather than the mainstream belief. It's a situation that's fraught both for Christians and wider society, where the moral certainties that were the foundation of our institutions and laws are no longer held by the majority. At this point of crisis for faith, God is Good for You shows us why Christianity is vital for personal and social well-being. It carries a vital torch for Christianity in a way that's closely argued, warmly human, good humored yet passionate, and, above all, convincing.
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    November 1, 2019

    God of the Bible & Other Gods

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    A veteran seminary professor and author addresses the fundamental question in the modern debate about religious pluralism: What makes the God of the Bible unique? Lightner contrasts the God of the Bible with the deities of other major religions and cults.
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    God Stephen Hawking & the Multiverse What Hawking Said & Why It Matters

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    'If you wanted to understand Stephen Hawking but couldn't face the maths, this is the book for you.' - Dr Althea Wilkinson, Jodrell Bank

    Stephen Hawking kept breaking rules. Given two years to live, he managed another 54. He wrote about quantum cosmology - and sold 20 million books. He could not speak, yet the world recognized his voice.

    Hutchings and Wilkinson shine light on his extraordinary ideas. The result is a story of black holes, origins, many universes, and Big Questions.

    'Remarkable.' - Professor Christine Done, Durham University

    'Highly recommended.' - Dr Luke Barnes, author, The Cosmic Revolutionary's Handbook

    'A warm and well-balanced portrait of Stephen Hawking and his seminal contributions to our understanding of the universe.' - Professor Reed A. Guy, Seattle University, USA













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    God Who Is There

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  • For over fifty years The God Who Is There has been a landmark work that has changed the way the church sees the world. Francis Schaeffer's first book presents a wide-ranging analysis of the intellectual and cultural climate of the second half of the twentieth century, from philosophy to art to liberal theology. Arguing that Christians must constantly engage the questions being asked by their own--and the next--generation, he envisions an apologetics and spirituality both grounded in absolute truth and engaging the whole of reality. "If we are unexcited Christians, we should go back and see what is wrong," Schaeffer writes. "We are surrounded by a generation that can find 'no one home' in the universe. . . . In contrast to this, as a Christian I know who I am; and I know the personal God who is there." In every age, this God continues to provide the anchor of truth and the power of love to meet the world's deepest problems. Named by Christianity Today as one of the "Top 50 Books That Have Shaped Evangelicals" (October 2006), this redesigned classic is now available as part of the IVP Signature Collection.
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    February 18, 2020

    Grand Canyon Monument to an Ancient Earth Can Noahs Flood Explain the Grand Canyon

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    Young Earth advocates often use the Grand Canyon as a showcase to argue not only that the thick fossil-bearing layers were laid down in a single catastrophic flood, but that the Bible requires this to be true. In The Grand Canyon, eleven authors and editors--all scientists and apologists--address both the biblical and scientific claims that Noah's flood can account for the Earth's fossil-rich layers. Like many in the scientific community, they find these assumptions to be riddled with factual errors.

    This visually stunning book is written primarily for nonscientist Christians who have a desire to clearly understand the arguments and evidence in favor of both young- and old-Earth models, to find answers to those who make the Grand Canyon's majesty the centerpiece of their arguments, or to improve their ministry to scientifically literate believers and seekers.

    Readers will learn that Young Earth interpretations of Genesis are not necessarily true to the original Hebrew meaning. They will come away with an appreciation for why the vast majority of Christian geologists acknowledge an ancient Earth and why modern science is not antithetical to faith, but rather supports it. Readers will find that the Grand Canyon has a much grander history--in keeping with its Creator&mdashthan the brief period of compressed creation posited by flood geologists.

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    April 27, 2016