Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Book Review: A Place for Truth

Theological books aimed at the academic crowd are often written over the heads of the average reader (myself included). A Place for Truth, however, does not fall into that trap, aided by the fact that each chapter was first a speech and the content delivered verbally.

Originally presented for The Veritas Forum on Harvard campus, this book represents almost two decades of talks and lectures from some of Christianity's leading thinkers. Topics range from atheism to faith and science, from social justice to the Christian worldview, and they are addressed by such notables as Os Guinness, Tim Keller, Francis Collins and N.T. Wright. Tim Keller's chapter, "Reason for God: The Exclusivity of Truth", was a personal favorite despite the fact that I'd probably read every word before already in his book by the same name.

Overall, this book handles some weighty material in a much more accessible way than one might expect from the presenter's pulpit at Harvard. I, for one, would not be disappointed if The Veritas Forum and these subsequent printed volumes continued for decades to come.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Recommended for: Christian apologists, skeptics and those questioning whether the ideas of Christianity can stand up in the marketplace of ideas

This book was a free review copy provided by InterVarsity Press.

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