N.T. Wright & Michael F. Bird, “The New Testament in Its World: An Introduction to the History, Literature, and Theology of the First Christians”

This is a great big book:  889 pages, plus another 96 pages of bibliography and indices.   Amusingly, the interlibrary loan slip accompanying the book had handwritten on it, “* Caution:  heavy*.” The length and scope of this book require that I begin this blogpost by spending some time simply describing just what the book … [Read more…]

Malcolm Muggeridge, “A Third Testament”

This excellent 1976 book by Malcolm Muggeridge is a little over 200 pages long (no index or footnotes) and lavishly illustrated, with all of the color illustrations being works by William Blake. There was a television series by the same name, produced in association with Time-Life Films and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation among others, and … [Read more…]

Peter Kreeft & Ronald K. Tacelli, “Handbook of Christian Apologetics”

This book, published by InterVarsity Press, was written in 1994 by two Catholic philosophy professors at Boston College. I hasten to add that the arguments made here should be welcomed by all Christians, not just Catholics, and indeed the first chapter says explicitly that the book embraces “mere Christianity” (12, 24-25). It is is a … [Read more…]

Michael J. Murray, editor, “Reason for the Hope Within”

I first read about this book nearly nine years ago, in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the John Templeton Foundation: In the 1960s and 70s, while the atheistic straitjacket of logical positivism was loosening, smart, young Christian philosophers like Alvin Plantinga and Nicholas Wolterstorff began crafting new ways of defending Christian … [Read more…]