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Garrett DeWeese and J.P. Moreland: Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult

Garrett DeWeese and J.P. Moreland: Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult

  Garrett J. DeWeese and J.P. Moreland, Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult: A Beginner’s Guide to Life’s Big Questions (InterVarsity Press, 2005), 170 pages. Over the last two centuries the confidence of Christians in the reasonableness and credibility of their faith has met significant challenges from a number of quarters. With the almost wholesale acceptance […]

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Review Essay, Keeping the Balance

Review Essay, Keeping the Balance

The introduction of this review essay appeared in the Spring 2006 issue of Pneuma Review. Phillip Duce and Daniel Strange, eds., Keeping the Balance (Intervarsity Press, 2001), 238 pages, 9780851114828. Approaching theological and religious studies at university-level can present Christians with some special challenges. Cherished beliefs will probably be called into question and deeply held […]

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Jamie Smith: Introducing Radical Orthodoxy

Jamie Smith: Introducing Radical Orthodoxy

  James K.A. Smith, Introducing Radical Orthodoxy: Mapping a Post-secular Theology. (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2004), 291 pages. Post-modernism is a philosophical perspective many Christians are now embracing in order to overcome the debilitating effects of modernity on the Christian church. What is refreshing about James Smith’s book is that he questions whether this […]

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Use of the term Heresy

Use of the term Heresy

I am uncomfortable with Bible teacher Eddie Hyatt’s use of the term “heresy.” However, I did appreciate the message of his article “The Colossian Heresy Revisited: Has the Prophetic Stream Lost Its Focus?” from the Fall 2005 Pneuma Review. – AI   Response Thanks for your comment. There certainly are differing opinions today about what […]

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Veli-Matti Karkkainen: Christology

Veli-Matti Karkkainen: Christology

  Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Christology: A Global Introduction. An Ecumenical, International, and Contextual Perspective (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004) 300 pages, ISBN 9780801026218. Christology is one in a series of books published in recent years by Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, a Finnish-born theologian who currently teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary. As the subtitle suggests, the author offers a […]

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Press Release from the Society for Pentecostal Studies

Press Release from the Society for Pentecostal Studies

Editor’s note: Many of the editors and writers for Pneuma Foundation publications are members of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and have attended their annual symposiums. The 2006 conference commemorates 100 years of global Pentecostal/charismatic revival since Azusa. The Thirty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies will convene March 23-25 at Fuller Theological […]

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The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies

The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies

    Martin Goodman, Jeremy Cohen, and David Sorkin, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies new edition (Oxford University Press, 2005) 1056 pages. What would you like to know about the Jewish people? Whatever it may be, there is a high probability that you will find information about it in The Oxford Handbook of […]

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Veli-Matti Karkkainen: The Doctrine of God

Veli-Matti Karkkainen: The Doctrine of God

  Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, The Doctrine of God: A Global Introduction. A Biblical, Historical, and Contemporary Survey (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004), 315 pages. The Doctrine of God is one in a series of books published in recent years by Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, a Finnish-born theologian who currently teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary. As the subtitle suggests, […]

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Amos Yong: Discerning the Spirit(s)

Amos Yong: Discerning the Spirit(s)

  Amos Yong, Discerning the Spirit(s): A Pentecostal-Charismatic Contribution to Christian Theology of Religions, Journal of Pentecostal Theology Supplement Series 20 (Sheffield, England: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000), 392 pages. Amos Yong is a leading Pentecostal/charismatic theologian. This book helps explain why. There are a number of reasons why I think pastors, church leaders, missionaries, teachers, […]

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David Martin: Pentecostalism

David Martin: Pentecostalism

  David Martin, Pentecostalism: The World Their Parish (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Ltd., 2002), 197+xviii pages, ISBN 9780631231219. How is Pentecostalism shaping the world? David Martin’s thesis is the sociological argument that Pentecostalism functions to advance modernism through the process of secularization. Secularization does not mean a loss of faith, but a reconfiguration of faith in […]

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Cornelius G. Hunter: Darwin's Proof, reviewed by Amos Yong

Cornelius G. Hunter: Darwin’s Proof, reviewed by Amos Yong

  Cornelius G. Hunter, Darwin’s Proof: The Triumph of Religion over Science (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2003), 168 pages, ISBN 9781587430565. The volume under review is a sequel to Hunter’s Darwin’s God: Evolution and the Problem of Evil (Brazos Press, 2001). The central thesis of the former book is that the theory—rather than fact—of evolution […]

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James K. A. Smith: Speech and Theology

James K. A. Smith: Speech and Theology

  James K. A. Smith, Speech and Theology: Language and the Logic of the Incarnation, Radical Orthodoxy Series (London and New York: Routledge, 2002), 186 pages, ISBN 9780415276962. The book is more complex than its title suggests. Speech and theology is a splendid inquiry into the question: how we can speak about God. More precisely, […]

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Armand Nicholi: The Question of God

Armand Nicholi: The Question of God

  Armand M. Nicholi, Jr., The Question of God: C. S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life (New York, NY: Free Press, 2002), 295 pages, ISBN 9780743247856. On Easter Sunday, 1886, Sigmund Freud began private practice in the area of neuropathology in Vienna, the first step in the […]

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Frederic Baue: The Spiritual Society

Frederic Baue: The Spiritual Society

  Frederic W. Baue, The Spiritual Society: What Lurks Beyond Postmodernism? (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2001), 192 pages, ISBN 9781581342536. The Spiritual Society by Frederic Baue is a timely book. It addresses the contemporary worldview that has been frequently described with the elusive term “postmodernism.” The author, formally trained in theology and English literature, observes […]

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