Recommended Reading in Christian Apologetics & Theology

The Christian Apologetics Journal edition of Spring 2012 (10.1) includes an excellent series of articles. This particular issue is most valuable, and includes the following:

Philosophical Antecedents to Thomas Aquinas’ Second Way, by Richard Howe. In this article Howe does a masterful job of presenting the history and significance of Aquinas’ distinction between existence and essence, and how this plays a part in Aquinas’ separating himself from previous philosophers in general and how he specifically departed from Aristotle on the matter. This is an outstanding article that should be read by everyone who is interested in the history of theology and philosophy. This is one of Richard Howe’s finest works to date, and we look forward to more from a man who is quickly becoming a notable scholar and apologist.

A Critique of Trinity Monotheism, by Brian Huffling. This article critiques the view of the Trinity presented by William Lane Craig and J. P. Moreland in their massive work Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview. Huffling ties in the implications of denying the simplicity of God and how that denial shapes a questionable position on the Trinity. He then explains the position presented by Craig and Moreland and how it is a part-whole explanation of the Trinity, a position that presents serious questions, and as Huffling explains, might result in unorthodoxy. Huffling believes Craig and Moreland have already stepped over the line, a very serious charge for such notable leaders, both of whom have a very large following. This article should be read and evaluated by leading theologians.  Since the Trinity is one of the handful of doctrines that separate orthodoxy from heresy, no doubt this will be but the first in a serious discussion of Moreland’s and Craig’s view of the Trinity.

A Consideration of Thomas Flint’s Position on the Thomistic View of Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom, by Doug Beaumont. This article presents a clear explantion of Aquinas’ position on God’s movement and humand decision — at least as clear as could ever be expected on a complex topic. While Beaumont does not exhaust the subject, this article is a clear explanation. Anyone who is interested in divine sovereignty and human free will should read this article.

The New Creation, by Thomas Howe. This is apparently part of a yet unpublished larger commentary on the gospel of John. In this article Tom Howe tackles the oft-questioned verse in John 3:5, where Jesus says that we must be born of water and spirit. Howe provides a straightforward and biblically-grounded explanation of how this verse should be understood. This article should be read by any bible teacher interested in John.

Anti-Semitism, The Holocaust, and Christians Guilty Silence, by Wayne Detzler, who was mentored early in his career by Earl Cairns, author of perhaps the most widely-read textbook of the history of Christianity and the church, Christianity Through the Centuries. Detzler speaks of how the Christian church reacted to the holocaust, speaking of how the church could have been sucked in to the position it was with the Nazis and the implications of declaring humans as non-persons. Detzler speaks of notables such as Bonhoeffer.

This particular edition of the Christian Apologetics Journal is especially valuable. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in these topics.

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