Reasons for God is about to celebrate a major milestone: reaching over 1,000 fans on Facebook! To celebrate, InterVarsity Press has generously offered to coordinate a book giveaway for your benefit. I’ve selected five of my favorite titles from their terrific catalog of books.
I was on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for seven years (the campus ministry side of InterVarsity) and was accustomed to receiving free books from IVP in the mail a few times a year. Though that season of my life has now passed, I am excited to share the joy of receiving a book in the mail from InterVarsity Press with you!
Update: thank you to everyone who participated! Winners have been selected and the contest is now closed. Read below to learn about some great apologetics books from InterVarsity Press.
To win, please comment on this post at the Reasons for God Facebook page. State clearly:
- The #1 book you would like to receive
- Why you want to win this book
Once Reasons for God reaches 1,000 fans on Facebook, I will select a winner for each book. Winners must respond to a private message from me on Facebook within forty-eight hours of being contacted, with their contact information, in order to receive the book.
The InterVarsity Press book giveaway includes:
Holy War in the Bible: Christian Morality and an Old Testament Problem ed. by Dr. Paul Copan, Heath Thomas, and Jeremy Evans
From IVP’s website: The challenge of a seemingly genocidal God who commands ruthless warfare has bewildered Bible readers for generations. The theme of divine war is not limited to the Old Testament historical books, however. It is also prevalent in the prophets and wisdom literature as well. Still it doesn’t stop. The New Testament book of Revelation, too, is full of such imagery. Our questions multiply.
- Why does God apparently tell Joshua to wipe out whole cities, tribes or nations?
- Is this yet another example of dogmatic religious conviction breeding violence?
- Did these texts help inspire or justify the Crusades?
- What impact do they have on Christian morality and just war theories today?
- How does divine warfare fit with Christ’s call to “turn the other cheek”?
- Why does Paul employ warfare imagery in his letters?
- Do these texts warrant questioning the overall trustworthiness of the Bible?
Is Believing in God Irrational? by Amy Orr-Ewing
From IVP’s website: Is God really real? And how can we know if anyone’s experience of God is actually valid?
Skeptics today are increasingly vocal in their assertion not only that God is unverifiable, but also that believing in God is irrational and even dangerous. Even those who believe wonder if they can speak objectively about the actual reality of God or if they can only appeal to a subjective belief in God.
Amy Orr-Ewing addresses key questions and objections that many people today have about God. She explores whether our understanding of God is delusional or merely a psychological crutch. She probes whether the Christian claim to a unique personal relationship with God is plausible in light of other world religions, and how anyone can continue to believe in God in a world of pain and suffering.
If you have questions about God, you’re not alone. Come consider some possible answers.
The Resurrection of Jesus by Dr. Michael Licona
From IVP’s website: The question of the historicity of Jesus’ resurrection has been repeatedly probed, investigated and debated. And the results have varied widely. Perhaps some now regard this issue as the burned-over district of New Testament scholarship. Could there be any new and promising approach to this problem?
Yes, answers Michael Licona. And he convincingly points us to a significant deficiency in approaching this question: our historiographical orientation and practice. So he opens this study with an extensive consideration of historiography and the particular problem of investigating claims of miracles. This alone is a valuable contribution.
But then Licona carefully applies his principles and methods to the question of Jesus’ resurrection. In addition to determining and working from the most reliable sources and bedrock historical evidence, Licona critically weighs other prominent hypotheses. His own argument is a challenging and closely argued case for the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus, the Christ. Any future approaches to dealing with this “prize puzzle” of New Testament study will need to be routed through The Resurrection of Jesus.
God Is Great, God Is Good, ed. by Dr. William Lane Craig and Chad Meister
From IVP’s website: 2011 Outreach Magazine Book Award winner! 2010 Christianity Today Book Award winner!
The days have passed when the goodness of God–indeed, the reality of God itself–could reasonably be called a consensus opinion. God’s reputation has come under considerable review in recent days, with some going so far as to say that it’s not we who’ve made a mess of things. Instead whatever it is we call God is to blame.
But is such an opinion really a fair assessment? In this magisterial collection, the contemporary complaints against belief in God are addressed with intellectual passion and rigor by some of the most astute theological and philosophical minds of the day: J. P. Moreland, Paul Moser, John Polkinghorne, Michael Behe, Michael J. Murray, Alister McGrath, Paul Copan, Jerry Walls, Charles Taliaferro, Scot McKnight, Gary Habermas, Mark Mittelberg, Chad Meister, and William Lane Craig
Including an interview by Gary Habermas with noted convert to theism Antony Flew, and a direct critical response to Richard Dawkins’s God Delusion by Alvin Plantinga, God Is Great, God Is Good offers convincing and compelling reassurance that though the world has changed, God has not.
C.S. Lewis’s Dangerous Idea by Victor Reppert
From IVP’s website: Who ought to hold claim to the more dangerous idea–Charles Darwin or C. S. Lewis? Daniel Dennett argued for Darwin in Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (Touchstone Books, 1996). In this book Victor Reppert champions C. S. Lewis.
Darwinists attempt to use science to show that our world and its inhabitants can be fully explained as the product of a mindless, purposeless system of physics and chemistry. But Lewis claimed in his argument from reason that if such materialism or naturalism were true then scientific reasoning itself could not be trusted.
Victor Reppert believes that Lewis’s arguments have been too often dismissed. In C. S. Lewis’s Dangerous Idea Reppert offers careful, able development of Lewis’s thought and demonstrates that the basic thrust of Lewis’s argument from reason can bear up under the weight of the most serious philosophical attacks.
Charging dismissive critics, Christian and not, with ad hominem arguments, Reppert also revisits the debate and subsequent interaction between Lewis and the philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe. And addressing those who might be afflicted with philosophical snobbery, Reppert demonstrates that Lewis’s powerful philosophical instincts perhaps ought to place him among those other thinkers who, by contemporary standards, were also amateurs: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Spinoza, Locke and Hume.
But even more than this, Reppert’s work exemplifies the truth that the greatness of Lewis’s mind is best measured, not by his ability to do our thinking for us, but by his capacity to provide sound direction for taking our own thought further up and further in.
Thanks for your participation!
I look forward to reading your comments at the Reasons for God Facebook page! Remember to state clearly:
- The #1 book you would like to receive
- Why you want to win this book
The giveaway will be completed once Reasons for God achieves 1,000 fans and everyone has had a reasonable amount of time to comment on the book they want. Please spread the word about this resource to your friends and invite them to join!
Update: all winners will need to be able to receive a copy of the book at a U.S. address.