Aquinas on the Existence of God – an Excerpt from Proofs of God

The following is an excerpt from Proofs of God by Matthew Levering. ——– In his Summa theologiae, Aquinas very briefly offers five ways of demonstrating God’s existence. These are found in question 2, article 3 of the Prima Pars. The first way is … [Continue reading]

New Release: Proofs of God

Leading theologian Matthew Levering presents a thoroughgoing critical survey of the proofs of God’s existence for readers interested in traditional Christian responses to the problem of atheism. Beginning with Tertullian and ending with Karl Barth, … [Continue reading]

The Surprising Growth of Christianity – an Excerpt from The Patient Ferment of the Early Church

The following is an excerpt from Alan Kreider's The Patient Ferment of the Early Church. ——– No one disputes that the early church was growing, but its growth is hard to measure. For a long time scholars assumed that Christian growth was so rapid … [Continue reading]

New Release: The Patient Ferment of the Early Church

How and why did the early church grow in the first four hundred years despite disincentives, harassment, and occasional persecution? In this unique historical study, veteran scholar Alan Kreider delivers the fruit of a lifetime of study as he tells … [Continue reading]

Foundational Texts – an Excerpt from Sacred Tradition in the New Testament

The following is an excerpt from Stanley Porter's Sacred Tradition in the New Testament. ——– The importance of understanding the OT background to the NT should not be underestimated. Even though, as we saw in the previous chapter, numerous … [Continue reading]

New Release: Sacred Tradition in the New Testament

Leading biblical scholar Stanley Porter critiques the state of research regarding the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament and sacred traditions. He provides needed orientation for readers interested in New Testament references to themes such as … [Continue reading]

Unity, Plurality, and the Gospels – an Excerpt from The Fourfold Gospel

The following is an excerpt from Francis Watson's The Fourfold Gospel. ——– The present book takes its cue from the fact that the four gospels are also a fourfold gospel. Each text is as it is only in relation to the others. The gospel texts retain … [Continue reading]

New Release: The Fourfold Gospel

This groundbreaking approach to the study of the fourfold gospel offers a challenging alternative to prevailing assumptions about the creation of the gospels and their portraits of Jesus. How and why does it matter that we have these four gospels? … [Continue reading]

BA Books & Authors on the Web – April 15, 2016

Scott Sunquist was interviewed on the Bible Gateway Blog about his book The Unexpected Christian Century. "In 1900 religionists—people following and studying religions—assumed Islam would become the religion of Africa. They were wrong. They thought … [Continue reading]

Founder, Corrupter, or Defender? – an Excerpt from Paul as a Problem in History and Culture

The following is an excerpt from Paul as a Problem in History and Culture by Patrick Gray. ——– While the notion that Paul founded Christianity should not be rejected out of hand as patently ridiculous, neither is it as self-evident as its … [Continue reading]