Christ as Centre and Circumference

Christ as Centre and Circumference

by John Warwick Montgomery

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Endorsements:
Dr. Montgomery's latest book is one that every serious reader interested in clear Christian thinking should have on a table near her most comfortable reading chair. It is filled with a wide variety of bite-sized essays that are absolutely delightful --knowledgeable, fun, witty, and unexpected. If you have never read the work of J. W. Montgomery before, you are in for a treat. This is a book that brings together his best writing from the past with his latest essays. It's a Christian feast of ideas that celebrates our Lord and His unfailing Word.
--Craig J. Hazen, Ph.D., Director, MA Program in Christian Apologetics, Biola University

What makes J. W. Montgomery tick? What has driven him over a massively productive career to such wide-ranging interests as computers and Chemnitz, legal theory and apologetics, human rights and Christology, Dawkins and Duchamp? The answer is clear: the gospel of Jesus Christ and its defense, articulation, and application to the real world in which the Word became flesh, died, and rose again as the Savior. Many of our best confessional-era theologians, both Lutheran and Reformed, were ""Renaissance men,"" but that's rarely the case today. Dr. Montgomery is a glaring exception and this book is a wonderful display of that full scope of his remarkable insights. While being an ardent defender of the Lutheran confession, he is far from parochial. Even in places where one might disagree, the clarity, logic, and relentless rigor of his arguments will kindle fires in hearths that we didn't even know we had and make us better advocates for the gospel.
--Dr. Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of
Systematic Theology and Apologtics, Westminster Seminary California


About the Contributor(s):
John Warwick Montgomery is Professor Emeritus of Law and Humanities, University of Bedfordshire, England, Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought, Patrick Henry College (Virginia, U.S.A.), and Director, International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism and Human Rights (Strasbourg, France).
He holds ten earned degrees besides a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, the Doctorat d'Université from Strasbourg, France, and the LL.M. and LL.D. from the University of Cardiff, Wales/UK.
A frequent contributor to Christianity Today, Dr. Montgomery has been honored by inclusion in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in France, and The Dictionary of International Biography. He is the author of some thirty books in the areas of theology, philosophy, and church history.
He pleads cases before the European Court of Human Rights and has received the Patriarch's Medal of the Romanian Orthodox Church for his efforts in behalf of religious liberty. He is an ordained Lutheran pastor. Websites: , .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620325193
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 07/23/2012
Series: Christian Philosophy Today , #13
Pages: 646
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

John Warwick Montgomery is Professor Emeritus of Law and Humanities, University of Bedfordshire, England, Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought, Patrick Henry College (Virginia, U.S.A.), and Director, International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism and Human Rights (Strasbourg, France). He holds ten earned degrees besides a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, the Doctorat d'Université from Strasbourg, France, and the LL.M. and LL.D. from the University of Cardiff, Wales/UK. A frequent contributor to Christianity Today, Dr. Montgomery has been honored by inclusion in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in France, and The Dictionary of International Biography. He is the author of some thirty books in the areas of theology, philosophy, and church history. He pleads cases before the European Court of Human Rights and has received the Patriarch's Medal of the Romanian Orthodox Church for his efforts in behalf of religious liberty. He is an ordained Lutheran pastor.

Table of Contents

Introduction 13

Acknowledgments 14

Part 1 A General Perspective 17

Speculation vs. Factuality: An Analysis of Modern Unbelief and a Suggested Corrective 18

Part 2 Science and the Faith 39

1 The Theologian's Craft: A Discussion of Theory Formation and Theory Testing in Theology 40

2 Computer Origins and the Defense of the Faith 78

3 God at University College Dublin 104

4 Dawkins; Irrationality 110

Part 3 Apologetics Per Se 113

1 A Short History of Apologetics 114

2 Apologetics for the 21st Century 126

3 The Holy Spirit and the Defence of the Faith 138

4 Christian Apologetics in the Light of the Lutheran Confessions 147

5 Pain in Theological Perspective 164

Part 4 Legal Evidence, Resurrection and Human Rights 173

1 Legal Evidence for the Truth of the Faith 174

2 A New Approach to the Apologetic for Christ's Resurrection by way of Wigmore's Juridical Analysis of Evidence 182

3 The Need for Epistemological Sophistication in Human Rights Teaching 194

4 The Rights of Unborn Children 210

Part 5 A Bit of Systematic Theology 243

1 Did Christ Die for E.T. as well as for Homo Sapiens? 244

2 The Freewill Issue in Theological Perspective 270

3 Some Remarks on Punishment and Freewill in Legal Theory & Classical Christian Theology 278

4 Legal Hermeneutics and the Interpretation of Scripture 286

Part 6 Reformation Heritage 297

1 The Celebration of the Lord's Supper according to Calvin: A Study of His Genevan Rite of 1542 (etc.) 298

2 The Life of Paul Luther, Physician 314

3 John Gerhard: Theology and Devotion 328

4 Chemnitz on the Council of Trent: An Evaluation of Chemnitz's Examen Concilii Tridentini 352

5 An Historical Study of the "Dignus Est Agnus" Canticle 373

6 Robert Preus (1924-1995) 383

Part 7 Literature and the Aesthetic in Christ's Service 387

1 Chesterton the Apologist 388

2 Tolkien: Lord of the Occult? 393

3 Christianity and Rosicrucianism 400

4 Transcendental Gastronomy 415

Part 8 The Impact of the Gospel 419

1 Slavery, Human Dignity and Human Rights 420

2 C. T. Studd 440

3 Life Can Be Difficult If You Are Bessarabian Orthodox 457

Part 9 Letters from Europe 497

1 The Strange Decline of American Evangelicalism 498

2 Eugen Drewermann's Trivialization of Theology 501

3 The Bishop and the Muslims 503

4 A New Archbishop of Canterbury 505

5 Trust Me? 507

6 Anglican Priestesses 509

7 Can a Scientist Pray? 511

8 Did Jesus Exist? 513

9 When is a Jew Not a Jew? 516

10 Feminism and Theology 518

11 New Light on the Abortion Controversy? 520

12 Fido in Heaven? 523

13 Lessons from the Amish 525

14 The Virgin Birth: A Problem? 528

15 Je*sus in the Dic*tion*ar*y 530

16 So Much for Hell and the Second Coming 533

17 Dracula or Jesus? 535

18 On the Reliability of the Four Gospels 537

19 Philosophy Revisited 540

20 Back to the Sixties 543

21 The Religion of Doctor Johnson 545

22 The Famous in France: Why They Believe 547

23 The Idea of Empire and a Christian Renaissance 550

24 Jesus and the Bell Curve 552

25 Will the True Biblical Scholar Please Stand Up? 555

26 On Becoming a French Avocat 557

27 Passion Play Problems 562

28 Religious "Irrationality" and Civil Liberties 565

29 Christianity's Unique Intellectual Opportunity 568

Part 10 A Mini-Encyclopedia 571

1 Law 572

2 Human Rights 585

3 Blasphemy 595

4 Canon Law 596

5 Capital Punishment 599

6 Divorce 600

7 Euthanasia 602

8 Existentialist Theology 604

9 Inerrancy of the Bible 605

10 Kenosis 607

11 Llull, Ramon 608

12 Natural Theology 609

13 Neo-Orthodox Theology 610

14 Oberammergau 612

15 Process Theology 613

16 Prophecy 615

17 Schweitzer, Albert 617

18 Trinity 619

19 Truth 622

20 Vaughan Williams, Ralph 623

Index of Names 625

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