Theology eBook Sale (February 12-14, 2018)

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Save up to 53% on theology eBooks in our brief eBook Sale ending on February 14, 2018 (11:59pm ET). Deals include:

Known by God: A Biblical Theology of Personal Identity by Brian Rosner. 50% OFF Sanctification (New Studies in Dogmatics) by Michael Allen. 48% OFF Awakening the Evangelical Mind by Owen Strachan. 53% OFF Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women by Carolyn Custis James. 40% OFF 11 other titles on sale

Fnd other deals from authors including:

Craig L. Blomberg Christopher J. H. Wright Marc Cortez Jeremy R. Treat more

Volumes from several series are on sale, including Biblical Theology for Life, New Studies in Dogmatics, and Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics.

See the deals now. Sale ends February 14, 2018 (11:59pm ET).

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What is a leap of faith?

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What is a leap of faith?

We hear the phrase “leap of faith” all the time. It refers to a momentous decision we must make that lies outside reason, or one that forces us to grapple with a difficult belief or moral position.

Surprisingly, the phrase isn’t very old.

The idea first appears in Søren Kierkegaard’s book, Fear and Trembling, which he wrote under the pseudonym Johannes de Silentio.

Let’s take a closer look at the phrase “leap of faith,” and see what Kierkegaard meant by it.

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How we know Jesus is God: 2 ways of understanding religion

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We’re all on a search for God. Who am I to impose my version of God on you?

There are two ways of understanding God, religion, and spirituality.

One way is to say we’re all on a journey, we’re all searching for the truth, and we’re all searching for God, and we all have our own experiences and perspectives. If Jesus says He’s God to me, fine. But if you have found some other God,…

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Why science hasn’t disproved Christianity

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Evangelism in a Skeptical World

We used to live in the Dark Ages, where we believed in unicorns, fairy godmothers, and goblins. But then science came along and it rescued us from superstition and our age of darkness.

…Or that’s how the story is often told.

If we want to believe in a God, aren’t we going back to the Dark Ages, where we also believe in unicorns and leprechauns and fairy godmothers? Hasn’t science disproved Christianity?

The benefits of science

Before we talk about what science can’t do, we need to recognize what it can do.

Science has given us so many good things, from microwave ovens to mobile phones.

We can’t have it both ways: upholding Christianity doesn’t mean we need to disparage the benefits of science. If you want to enjoy the microwave oven, you can also believe in God at the…

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Why your belief in absolutes doesn’t make you judgmental

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Evangelism in a Skeptical World

Today’s post comes from Sam Chan, a public evangelist with City Bible Forum in Sydney, Australia, where he regularly shares the gospel with high school students, city workers, doctors, and lawyers.

Why are Christians so unloving?

You can give me so many examples of unloving Christians, and I can give you more examples of unloving Christians.

Here’s one way of thinking about it: in the end, it’s not about being good, it’s not about being religious, it’s not even about being right.

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Can We Still Believe in Miracles Today? Should We?

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This post is adapted from K. Scott Oliphant’s new online course, Know Why You Believe.

How could you believe that an ax head could ever float on water?

How about a person? Could a person walk on water?

Can someone really rise from the dead?

Questions like these often come to Christians. Embedded in our belief in Christianity is a belief in the reality of miracles.

But why would we believe that miracles could happen?

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What is Christological Anthropology?

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9780310516439What does it means to be human?

Although Christians have answered that “Jesus reveals what it means to be human,” this orthodox truism isn’t all that helpful. That’s what theologian Marc Cortez concluded when he started reading in theological anthropology:

I was struck by how often I would encounter [this claim] with little or no explanation of what such a statement means or how it should inform our understanding of specific issues in anthropology. (18)

His new book ReSourcing Theological Anthropology addresses that lack by offering an account of why theological anthropology must begin with Christology, centered around three key questions:

Why should we think that Christology is fundamental for understanding anthropology? What are the theological issues involved in making that claim?…

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15 Things You Need to Know About the Eternal Generation of the Son

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9780310537878Although the doctrine of eternal generation has been affirmed by theologians since the fourth century, it has fallen on hard times. A new book aims to reverse the trend.

Retrieving Eternal Generation addresses the hermeneutical logic and biblical bases of the doctrine of eternal generation, key historical figures and moments in the development of the doctrine of eternal generation, and the broad dogmatic significance of the doctrine of eternal generation for theology.

Corresponding with its fifteen chapters, below are fifteen things you need to know about eternal generation—and why it is vital to reclaim this biblical, historical relation of the Son to the Father.

1) Integral to Knowing God’s Identity

Scott Swain “correlates two different ways Scripture names God: as the one…

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Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics: 5 Contemporary Insights

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9780310538004Since 2013 the Los Angeles Theology Conference (LATC) has sought to advance contemporary dogmatics by fostering serious, collegial engagement with Scripture and tradition, retrieving the best of the Christian past in order to forge theology for the future. One result of LATC has been a series five volumes of groundbreaking research into constructive dogmatics, now available as a box set.

The volumes in Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics address important areas in theology: Christology, the Trinity, atonement, the theological interpretation of Scripture, and theological method. World-class theologians lead the exploration, including Oliver D. Crisp, John Goldingay, Michael Horton, George Hunsinger, Karen Kilby, Peter J. Leithart, Fred Sanders, Katherine Sonderegger, Kevin J. Vanhoozer, and more.

Below we’ve highlighted from each volume one contribution to the exploration of…

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Katherine Sonderegger on the Task of Dogmatic Theology: “The Bible is…”

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9780310535492What is the Bible and what is its place within the task of dogmatic theology, particularly issues of method?

That was the question theologian Katherine Sonderegger engaged at the 2016 Los Angeles Theology Conference, which also forms the backbone of the resulting The Task of Dogmatics, edited by Oliver Crisp and Fred Sanders.

Since 2013, Biola University, Fuller Seminary and Zondervan Academic have brought together a diverse coalition of top scholars from different schools and confessions to foster serious, collegial engagement with Scripture and tradition, retrieving the best of the Christian past in order to forge theology for the future. The 2017 conference examined dogmatic methodology theologically, with these contributors: Kevin Vanhoozer, Scott Swain, Sameer Yadav, Chris Tilling, Henri Blocher, Katherine…

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Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design

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9780310080978Discoveries in cosmology, paleontology, and genomics has considerably changed the context for the creation-evolution debate in the last two decades. Which is why an update to the first Counterpoints views book on the subject is needed.

Editor J. B. Stump has brought together leading voices to offer an accurate snapshot of the origins conversation in America in his new book Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design. Voices include: Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis), Hugh Ross (Reasons to Believe), Deborah B. Haarsma (BioLogos), and Stephen C. Meyer (The Discovery Institute). Offering their best defense of their position, each address questions such as:

What is your position on origins? What is the most persuasive arguments in defense of your position? How do you demarcate and correlate evidence…

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Does Sanctification Have Any Place in the Economy of the Gospel?

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9780310491460While the Protestant Church is coming off from a week celebrating the Reformation rallying cry “justification by grace through faith,” we need to ask what about sanctification? Does holiness have a place in the economy of the gospel when salvation is said to be from Christ alone, by grace alone, through faith alone?

Michael Allen unequivocally affirms holiness’ place in the gospel with his new book Sanctification.

The economy of the gospel demands that we confess not only that Christ brings life, blessing, and, fundamentally, God to us, but that in so doing he brings holiness along the way. (22)

The third book in the new New Studies in Dogmatics series, Allen’s book defines holiness by tending to its connections with the character of God, the…

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