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Reasons for Faith: Philosophy in the Service of Theology (Oliphint)

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Philosophy poses questions and problems that are often thought to undermine Christian faith. Christians need not shy away from these discussions. There is “philosophical good news for the Christian,” says K. Scott Oliphint. The Christian position is “not simply a plausible alternative,” but “the consistent, cogent, and altogether reasonable position that is able to offer solutions to the problems posed.” 

Table of Contents:

Part 1: Introduction and Survey

1. Reasons of Faith

2. Reason Reformed

3. Somewhere out There

4. Can God Be?

Part 2: Epistemology

5. Knowing God’s Knowing

6. God Speaking of God

7. Truth and Consequences

8. Common Sense and Common Ground

Part 3: Metaphysics

9. Being and Essence – Take Two

10. It Is What It Is

11. Reality as Covenantal

12. Christian Covenantal Condescension

Part 4: Implication and Application

13. Calvinizing Evil

14. Diversity to Unity

15. The Best of All Actualized Worlds

16. Reformed Freedom 


"This is a wonderful book. If given the attention it deserves, Reasons for Faith should change the discussion in matters relating revelation to reason from now on. There is nothing quite like it in the literature. Moving from Augustine to Plantinga, Professor Oliphint interacts with many of the major questions raised by philosophy, in areas including metaphysics, epistemology and ethics, and in every case shows himself to be thoroughly conversant with the issues. Most significantly, he is able to show how theology in the Reformation tradition provides the only credible basis for resolving the problems. Reasons for Faith will leave no one indifferent. It will leave many profoundly grateful. " - William Edgar, Apologetics Department Coordinator Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

“Since Van Til, no presuppositional apologist has given us such a deep and detailed analysis of the relation of Christianity to philosophy. Oliphint is at home in the philosophical literature, from the Greeks to Aquinas to Plantinga and many others, and he sheds light on many issues of importance to Christians. This volume is an exploration, much open to further discussion.”  — John M. Frame, professor of systematic theology and philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando


K. Scott Oliphint (MAR, ThM, PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia.