Transcending Proof: In Defense of Christian Theism
My new book, available at Amazon.
Foreword by Stephen J. BedardPreface
1. A Theodicy of Incompleteness
2. Why I Am Not a Metaphysical Naturalist (and Why I Am a Christian Theist)
3. Extraordinary Claims, Ordinary Fallacies, and Evolution
4. Transcending Proof: A Reply to Richard Carrier
5. A Brief Critique of Theological Fatalism
6. The Presumption of Naturalism and the Probability of Miracles: A Reply to Keith Parsons
7. History, Archaeology, and the Veracity of Scripture
8. The Dusty Web of Gnosticism
9. On Belief as Inductive Inference
10. Classical Apologetics: Traditional Arguments for the Existence of God
11. Is God Incoherent? A Reply to Dan Barker
12. Out of the Whirlwind
From the back cover:
This selection of writings by a seasoned apologist offers some creative answers and insights concerning issues that challenge the intellectual integrity of the Christian faith:
· Theodicy and the problem of evil
· Creation and the logic of evolutionary theory
· Evidence and rational justification of belief
· History, probability and miracles
· The coherence of Christian theism
" Don’s work is a valuable addition to the growing apologetic library that is so needed by the Church."
-- from the Foreword by Stephen J. Bedard
From the Preface:
.… I can think of no subject more interesting, or important, than the "defense and confirmation of the gospel," as Paul put it in Philippians (1:7). The title is taken from the fourth essay, a reply to historian-philosopher Richard Carrier, who has argued that the presumed lack of evidence or “provability” of Christian theism essentially proves it false. The basic idea behind my rebuttal, initially inspired by the incompleteness theorems of mathematician Kurt Gödel, is that some truths (indeed the most obvious, basic truths) cannot be proven. If it holds that within a given mathematical system certain statements can be true yet unprovable, it seems reasonable to suggest that within the system of this present world certain theological truths – articles of faith – may likewise "transcend" proof.
“The madman’s explanation of a thing," Chesterton once observed, "is always complete.” Apart from an acknowledgment of transcendent truths and our own incompleteness, the human sense of imagination, perspective and hope becomes dangerously stunted. This is not to suggest that reason and evidence have no place in the acquisition of truth. Indeed for believers struggling with skepticism and skeptics struggling with belief, the pages to follow contain many reasons and much evidence to justify the claim that God exists and has revealed Himself in Jesus Christ. What I do suggest rather is that when reasons and evidence for a proposition have been examined in full, we are still free to believe or doubt as we will….