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William Lane Craig, Reasonable Faith

William Lane Craig, Reasonable Faith

William Lane Craig, Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics, third edition (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008), 416 pages, ISBN 9781433501159. A third edition of what has become something a classic work in the field of Christian apologetics since its original (1984) and second (1994) versions is well worth the reading (or re-reading). The author insists it […]

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Karl W. Giberson and Francis S. Collins, The Language of Science and Faith

Karl W. Giberson and Francis S. Collins, The Language of Science and Faith

Karl W. Giberson and Francis S. Collins, The Language of Science and Faith (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2011), 250 pages, ISBN 9780830838295. The “conflict” between science and faith within North American evangelicalism continues to rage, unfortunately. This book will no doubt further fan the flames, even if it is intended to shed some light on […]

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Eric Swensson, The Petersens and the Silesian Kinderbeten Revival

Eric Swensson, The Petersens and the Silesian Kinderbeten Revival

Read the excerpts from this paper that appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Pneuma Review: Pietists as Pentecostal Forerunners Eric Jonas Swensson’s paper, “The Petersens and the Silesian Kinderbeten Revival,” was originally presented at the 2011 Society for Pentecostal Studies convention held in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N. T. Wright, reviewed by Amos Yong

Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N. T. Wright, reviewed by Amos Yong

Nicholas Perrin and Richard B. Hays, eds., Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N. T. Wright (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2011), 294 pages. Every time I read N. T. Wright I come away edified, instructed, inspired, and even transformed. This book is no exception. As in much if not all […]

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John W. Wyckoff: Pneuma and Logos

John W. Wyckoff: Pneuma and Logos

John W. Wyckoff, Pneuma and Logos: The Role of Spirit in Biblical Hermeneutics (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2010), 168 pages, ISBN 9781608994830. John Wyckoff’s 1990 Ph.D. dissertation has finally come to print and is long overdue. In fact, it is perplexing how a scholarly treatise on such an intriguing topic was not snatched up […]

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Across the Spectrum

Across the Spectrum

  Gregory A. Boyd and Paul R. Eddy, Across the Spectrum: Understanding Issues in Evangelical Theology, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009), 352 pages, ISBN 9780801037931. Across the Spectrum contains seventeen short chapters which give a good introduction to a variety of debates spanning across the topics of systematic theology including: biblical inerrancy, divine […]

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Highlights from Society for Pentecostal Studies 2012

Highlights from Society for Pentecostal Studies 2012

The 41st meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies was held at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, from February 29 to March 3, 2012. The theme of the convention was “Pentecostalisms, Peacemaking, and Social Justice/Righteousness.” As a doctoral student, I found the 2012 Society for Pentecostal Studies conference to be nothing less than exceptional. […]

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Michael F. Bird, Are You the One Who Is to Come?

Michael F. Bird, Are You the One Who Is to Come?

  Michael F. Bird, Are You the One Who Is to Come?: The Historical Jesus and the Messianic Question (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009), 208 pages, ISBN 9780801036385 . Michael Bird’s ever expanding catalog now includes a volume on messianic expectations in the time of Jesus, and how the historical Jesus fits within that field […]

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Diogenes Allen: Theology for a Troubled Believer

Diogenes Allen: Theology for a Troubled Believer

Diogenes Allen, Theology for a Troubled Believer: An Introduction to the Christian Faith (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010), 223 pages, ISBN 9780664223229. When I was first offered the opportunity to review Diogenes Allen’s new book, Theology for a Troubled Believer, I immediately welcomed the opportunity. While in graduate school, I had the great […]

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Miroslav Volf: Allah

Miroslav Volf: Allah

Miroslav Volf, Allah: A Christian Response (New York: HarperOne, 2011), 314 pages, ISBN 9780061927072. Volf, the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School, dedicates this book1: “To my father, a Pentecostal minister who admired Muslims, and taught me as a boy that they worship the same God as we do.” Growing up […]

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N. T. Wright: Justification

N. T. Wright: Justification

  N. T. Wright, Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2009), 279 pages, ISBN 9780830838639. Justification is N. T. Wright’s response to John Piper’s critique of several of Wright’s earlier writings. If those earlier writings from Wright are installments in a program, Justification is the program’s hub—the point at which […]

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James K. A. Smith: Thinking in Tongues

James K. A. Smith: Thinking in Tongues

James K. A. Smith, Thinking in Tongues: Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Philosophy (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010), 155 pages, ISBN 978-080286184. James K. A. Smith, associate professor of philosophy at Calvin College and executive director of the Society of Christian Philosophers, engages the subject of hermeneutical philosophy and presses the boundaries outward to make room for […]

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Mark Cartledge: Testimony in the Spirit

Mark Cartledge: Testimony in the Spirit

Mark J. Cartledge, Testimony in the Spirit: Rescripting Ordinary Pentecostal Theology. Explorations in Practical, Pastoral and Empirical Theology (Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2010), 219 pages, ISBN: 9780754663522. At least three aspects reward the reader of Testimony in the Spirit: the book is testimonial, methodological, and interdisciplinary. Cartledge explores the everyday beliefs and practices of a classical […]

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Keith Ward: God and the Philosophers

Keith Ward: God and the Philosophers

Keith Ward, God and the Philosophers (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2009), 224 pages, ISBN 9780800663513. Keith Ward’s God and the Philosophers offers a close look at a handful of philosophers whose work impacted theological matters in one way or another. Ward takes on certain aspects of the thought of Plato, Aquinas, Descartes, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, […]

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