Book Reviews Archive

A Tolerant Condescension

This review first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 32, number 6 (2009). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: Former Catholic nun Karen Armstrong has emerged as a recognized, popular voice on behalf of contemporary, postmodern religious sentiments. Her book The Case for God is the […]

Exposing the Intellectual Bankruptcy of Atheism

Many Christians may have been shocked at Ben Stein’s 2008 documentary Expelled, which exposed the closed-mindedness of many university and post-graduate school leaders around America. The film documented how educators who dared question the theory of evolution had their tenure stripped and their jobs jeopardized. Advertising their 150-page paperback as “the compelling argument for Intelligent […]

Confronting the Spirit of the Age

The Internet has made it possible for anyone to reach a wide audience without having to go down traditional media avenues such as corporate publishers and movie theaters. In 2007, an online movie titled Zeitgeist (a German word that refers to the cultural climate or “spirit” of a given time period) exploded onto the Internet, […]

One Savior, Many Paths?

Does Jesus offer the only way of salvation? What about those who have never heard about Christ? Can someone be saved without directly hearing the gospel? “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ,” reads Romans 10:17 (NIV), from which the title to Faith Comes by […]

Good Philosophy Must Exist

Not long after the advent of World War II, C. S. Lewis delivered a message wherein he said, “Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.”1 But was C. S. Lewis, the popular writer of works such as Mere Christianity and the Narnia series, a philosopher? Not […]

The Same Today

For those who have wondered how systematic theology can be communicated effectively to today’s millennial generation that inhabits comfortably the world of online blogs but often feels out of its element with scholarly books, Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears demonstrate one way it can be done. Driscoll, pastor of more than six-thousand mostly under-thirty Seattleites […]

Overcoming the Media Mania of the Gnostic Gospels

By now we’ve come to expect it: once or twice a year, some “sensational” new archaeological or manuscript discovery in the Bible Land threatens to undermine Christianity, or so it is claimed. Or it may be the radical opinion of some revisionist scholar that gets media attention, sending worried believers to their pastors. It’s an […]

Rock Solid

Today’s world is a place where ultimate truth is too often disparaged and minimalized. In fact, many skeptics belittle the idea that there is such a thing as exclusive truth, especially when it comes to religion. In Things That Cannot Be Shaken, Reformed thinkers K. Scott Oliphint and Rod Mays use the Bible as the […]

A Reasonable Belief

This review first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 31, number 6 (2008). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: Since 9/11, many in the “New Atheism” movement have done their best to undermine theism of any kind. While it would have been easy to have rolled […]

Brewed Awakenings

Paul Copan possesses that rare set of attributes that enables him both to flourish within professional academia1 as well as to maintain a vital rapport with struggling students. As a thoroughly trained philosopher of religion and committed orthodox follower of Jesus Christ, his work in defense of the historic biblical Christian faith stands above the […]