The New Apologetics: At the Intersection of Secularism, Science, and Spirituality

The New Apologetics: At the Intersection of Secularism, Science, and Spirituality

by Ian S. Markham


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Skepticism about Christianity abounds. Building on the work of Charles Taylor, Ian S. Markham argues that contemporary skepticism is more a mood than an intellectual repudiation of Christian theology. In its attempt to accommodate science, the church too often opts for deistic responses that take the spiritual out of the material. Against this response, Markham argues for a rich, imaginative account of the world that is grounded in Christian revelation, and affirms spiritual causation, angels, and the reality of the saints. It is a clarion call for the Western church to learn from the church in the Global South and create a rich theology that lives up to its professed values as a genuinely inclusive church.

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ISBN-13: 9781978711341
Publisher: Fortress Academic
Publication date: 03/27/2020
Pages: 236
Sales rank: 965,661
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Ian S. Markham is dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary and a priest in the Episcopal Church.

Table of Contents

A Thought Exercise 1. Living in the Shadow of Deism 2. Superstition: The Concept and the Weapon 3. A Spiritually Infused Universe 4. The Necessary Prolegomenon: The Legitimacy of Trust 5. The Incarnation and the Trinity: Theological Reasoning in the Christian Tradition 6. Sacramentality: The Basis 7. Apostolic Succession: The Authority 8. Angels and the Communion of Saints 9. Inclusion, Justice, and the New Apologetics: Objections and Replies Concluding Reflections

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