Commentary: Book Review – A Place for Truth

I have to admit. I have not read all of A Place for Truth. It is a thick book, both in size and substance. But what I have read has been significantly rewarding. The book – edited by Dallas Willard – is a collection of writings and speeches from the Veritas Forum. For those unfamiliar with Veritas, (the Word Veritas is used in several mottos of early American Higher Education – specifically, Yale, and Havard and means the pursuit of truth). Their Forums are university events that engage students and faculty in discussions about life’s complicated, essential, and germane questions about the Christian faith. Typically the forums are held at larger institutions and they bring in “big” names from Christian Scholarship and/or ministry.

The book as a whole is wonderful, but there are some chapters that stand out to me. “Simply Christian” is a wonderful chapter by N.T. Wright, which is an abridged version of his book of the same title. “The Sense of an Ending”, is Jeremy Begbie’s ” is a wonderful re-imagination of the Christian story through the means of music.  Tim Keller’s chapter, “Reason for God: The Exclusivity of Truth” is also an excellent argument for Truth – regardless of if you agree or not.

If you take more in by reading it, is worth buying this book and reading through it. If you are one who does better by listening, I would advise you to read the book as a companion to listening to various forums (some are on their website and others can be found in iTunes or somewhere else on the web).

Chapter List

1. Is There Life After Truth? – Richard John Neuhas
2. Time for Truth – Os Guinness
3. Reason for God: The Exclusivity of Truth – Timothy Keller

Faith and Science
4. The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief – Francis Collins
5. The New Atheists and the Meaning of Life – Alister McGrath and David Helfand
6. A Scientist Who Looked and Was Found – Hugh Ross

7. The Psychology of Atheism – Paul C. Vitz
8. Nietzsche Versus Jesus Christ – Dallas Willard

Meaning and Humanity
9. Moral Mammals: Does Atheism or Theism Provide the Best Foundation for Human Worth and Morality – Peter Singer and John Hare
10. Living Machines: Can Robots Become Human? – Rodney Brooks and Rosalind Picard
11. The Sense of an Ending – Jeremy S. Begbie

Christian Worldview
12. Simply Christian – N.T. Wright

Social Justice
13. Why Human Rights Are Impossible Without Religion – John Warwick Montgomery
14. “Radical Marxist, Radical Womanist, Radical Love: What Mother Teresa Taught Me About Social Justice” – Mary Poplin
15. The Whole Gospel for the Whole Person – Ronald J. Sider