The pursuit of knowledge is one of the most important unifying elements in our increasingly global--and information hungry--culture. But what of truth? Can truth be simply relegated to the proposition that good information equals ultimate truth?
In an age that disputes whether truth can be universalized beyond one's own personal experience, it seems quaint to speak of finding truth. But whether in the ivory towers of the academy or in the midst of our everyday lives, we continue to seek after the true, the beautiful and the good. Indeed, despite the vast ocean of information that is available to many people, our lives often stand on the brink of despair because we have not infused our knowledge with truth.
Since it's founding at Harvard in 1992, the Veritas Forum has provided a place for the university world to explore the deepest questions of truth and life. What does it mean to be human? Does history have a purpose? Is life meaningful? Can rational people believe in God? Now gathered in one volume and entitled A Place for Truth are some of the Veritas Forum's most notable presentations from the elite Christian intellectuals.
These renowned scholars cover topics as compelling as Christian Apologetics, and as complex as Human DNA and in the process relate how the information they have uncovered in their work contributes not just to a body of information, but to truth and meaning.
1 Is There Life After Truth? Richard John Neuhaus
2 Time For Truth Os Guinness
3 Reason for God: The Exclusivity of Truth Timothy J. Keller
4 The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief Francis S. Collins
5 The New Atheists and the Meaning of Life Alister McGrath and David J. Helfand
6 A Scientist Who Looked and Was Found Hugh Ross
7 Is Atheism Dead? Ravi Zacharias
8 The Psychology of Atheism Paul C. Vitz
9 Nietzsche Versus Jesus Christ Dallas Willard
10 Moral Mammals: Does Atheism or Theism Provide the Best Foundation for Human Worth and Morality? Peter Singer and John Hare
11 Living Machines: Can Robots Become Human? Rodney Brooks and Rosalind Picard
12 The Sense of an Ending Jeremy S. Begbie
13 Simply Christian N. T. Wright
14 Why Human Rights Are Impossible Without Religion John Warwick Montgomery
15 Radical Marxist, Radical Womanist, Radical Love: What Mother Teresa Taught Me about Social Justice Mary Poplin
16 The Whole Gospel for the Whole Person Ronald J. Sider
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The popular opinion today is that truth is relative. It depends upon the interpretation, the perspective. Not so, Os Guinness argues. Truth is fundamental, “without which we cannot negotiate reality and handle life.” (40) Harvard's motto, Veritas (truth), inspired a group of Christians to host a weekend of lectures and discussions at the university exploring life's most important questions. In the two decades since that first forum more than a hundred universities have hosted their own forums. This book presents a sampling of the best of the Veritas Forums over the years. Included are “the most lasting questions and the most compelling responses.” There are questions about truth itself and about particular truths, such as the existence of God (of the Judeo-Christian variety). Timothy Keller explores why so many people believe in God when evolutionists explained Him away, when dictators outlawed belief in Him and atheists argue for His nonexistence. (His methodical, logical dissection of their views alone makes the book valuable.) Francis Collins (human genome project) reminds us the study of nature is not all there is. McGrath and Hefland agree in their dialogue that they “don't believe it's possible for science to prove anything.” (115) Hugh Ross speaks about the reliability of the Bible (especially compared to other sacred texts). Singer and Hare discuss whether there is morality, right and wrong, without God. Several other issues are discussed, such as whether robots will ever be human, whether there can be true human rights without religion, Mother Teresa and finding your Calcutta, and one sided Christianity (evangelism or social justice). This book encouraged me. Being a Christian does not mean you have thrown your intellect aside as current atheist authors would have us believe. This work is a refreshing defense of the validity of Christianity from intelligent individuals in a university setting and would be great reading for every student.