Four Noteworthy Articles on Philosophy and Apologetics
1. Douglas Groothuis, "The Great Debate," Books and Culture, July/August, 2008, reviews four recently books related to the intellectual debate between theism and atheism. I spend considerable time critiquing Alister McGrath's approach to the issue and commending Bill Craig and (the newest version of) Anthony Flew.
2. Alvin Plantinga, "Evolution and Naturalism," Books and Culture, July/August, 2008, gives Plantinga's argument that naturalism defeats human rationality.
3. William Lane Craig, "God is Not Dead Yet," Christianity Today, July, 2008. Craig explains the resurgence of natural theology and explains why it matters for apologetics. This is a welcome tonic for postmodern "nobody cares about truth and rationality anymore; just tell your story" nonsense.
4. Troy Anderson, "A New Day for Apologetics," Christianity Today, July, 2008. A brief account of recent interest in apologetics by youth and others. The article speaks of "hotbeds of apologetics education--Biola University and its Talbot School of Theology, Southern Evangelical Seminary, and Liberty University--are crammed with students pursuing graduate degrees in philosophy and apologetics."
Well, yes, but... there is this school called Denver Seminary (founded 1951), which has a fully accredited Masters Degree in Philosophy of Religion (started in 1981, well before any of the other schools had such degrees). We have the rich history of many decades of teaching by Dr. Vernon Grounds and Dr. Gordon Lewis, Christian philosophers who preceded the recent renaissance of such folks. We may not be a "hot bed," but we average 25-35 students in this program per year; several or our graduates are pursuing for have achieved doctorates in philosophy; many others are in various Christian ministries or teaching at the community college level. We are one of the few seminaries that requires an apologetics course for all our M.Div. students. Moreover, we have another full-time philosopher joining us this fall, Dr. Troy Nunley. So there.