Book Symposia

Engaging theologically significant books in a dialogical and constructive way through a multi-post series which summarizes the featured book, offers a few critical reflections, and gives the author of the book a chance to respond.

Ars Vitae
March 10, 2022
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You Are Not Your Own
January 24, 2022
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In Quest of the Historical Adam
January 6, 2022
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Divine Variations
August 20, 2021
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Animal Suffering and the Darwinian Problem of Evil
April 30, 2021
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The Righteous Mind
April 22, 2021
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Plundering Eden
March 26, 2021
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The Doctrine of the Holy Trinity (Vol II)
January 22, 2021
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Remembering the Rural Church
November 30, 2020
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Reformed Theology and Evolutionary Science
October 20, 2020
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The Genealogical Adam and Eve
August 17, 2020
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Divine Action and the Human Mind
June 29, 2020
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Divine Agency and Divine Action, vol. III
May 26, 2020
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Genes, Determinism, and God
May 4, 2020
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Miracles
January 22, 2020
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Unlocking Divine Action
January 9, 2020
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Disability, Providence, and Ethics
December 2, 2019
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The Providence of God
October 28, 2019
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The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing
August 15, 2018
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Undeniable
January 29, 2018
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Controversy of the Ages
November 30, 2017
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Adam and the Genome
June 5, 2017
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Ars Vitae
March, 2022

This series looks at ancient philosophy's questions about the good life and what those answers might mean for contemporary culture.

The Art of Living
Joshua Jipp
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Coping Strategies and the Consolation of God
Philip Woodward
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Of Spiritual Journeys and Autobiographies
Louis Markos
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The Art of Ars Vitae
Christina Bieber Lake
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The Recovery of Creatureliness
Julien C. H. Smith
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Ars Vitae: A Response to the Symposium
Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn
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You Are Not Your Own
January, 2022

This series based on Alan Noble's You Are Not Your Own explores our modern world built around the self. This world as we've shaped it is not a conducive environment for our flourishing--but freedom is found in belonging to God.

You Are Not Your Own
Joey Sherrard
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Not Despising the Day of Small Things
Daniel J. Brendsel
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Children Who Belong
Hannah Anderson
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Disenculturation and Spiritual Formation
John Starke
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The Language of Identity
Rachel Gilson
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Prodigal Hospitality
Russ Whitfield
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Something Like a Christian Humanism
Alan Noble
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In Quest of the Historical Adam
January, 2022

In this work, William Lane Craig parses through the biblical and scientific evidence on the historicity of Adam and Eve. He examines what it might mean for Genesis 1-11 to be "mytho-history."

In Quest of the Historical Adam
Ken Keathley
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Literality, Incredulity, and Hermeneutical Schizophrenia
Hans Madueme
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Exegetical Response: A Cost-Benefit Evaluation
C. John Collins
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Humans, Homo sapiens, and the Image of God
Michael J. Murray
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Human Genomics and Divine Intervention
Leslea J. Hlusko
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Restating the Benefit of My Proposal: A Rejoinder
William Lane Craig
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Divine Variations
August, 2021

Terrence Keel uncovers the way Christian thought became racial science. This symposium looks at the important questions this book raises about anthropology, creation, divine agency, medical practice, scientific racism, reception history, and white supremacy.

Introducing Divine Variations: How Christian Thought Became Racial Science
Nathan Luis Cartagena
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“Made of One Blood”: Eurocentric Monogenism and Equiano’s Interesting Narrative
Eric Michael Washington
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We Are the Gods: Modern Science, Human Difference, and the Christian Imagination
Jules A. Martinez-Olivieri
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Global Racialization
Tite Tiénou
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The Contingency of Ideas and the
Moral Value of Science
Diarmid A. Finnegan
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Do Europe and America Believe in
Their Own Gods?
Terence Keel
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Animal Suffering and the Darwinian Problem of Evil
April, 2021

This symposium mines the depths of the age old problem of evil. However, this time it takes a slightly different perspective: Why do animals suffer? How do we square animal suffering with the science of evolution and the truths of Scripture? This six-part series digs deeper into these questions.

Animal Suffering and the Darwinian Problem of Evil: Introducing the Symposium
Kevin J. Vanhoozer
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It Hath Been Already, of Old Time
Jon Garvey
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Animals, Accountability, and Persons
A. Rahel Wells
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On Lapsarian Theodicy
Gavin Ortlund
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Chaos, Evil, and the Deep Harmonies of Nature
Nicola Hoggard Creegan
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Animal Suffering and the Darwinian Problem of Evil: A Rejoinder
John Schneider
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The Righteous Mind
April, 2021

In this book, social pscyhologist Jonathan Haidt explains the connection between morality, politics, and religion. The Righteous Mind addresses how moral decisions are based on intuition rather than reason.

The Righteous Mind: Introducing the Symposium
C. John Collins
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Moral Intuitions in Science and Scripture
Kirsten Birkett
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Better Reasoning and Moral Foundations May Unite Us
Anthony B. Bradley
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A Grand Narrative for Civil Discourse
J. Daryl Charles
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Moral Psychology, Christianity, and Pursuing the Common Good
Joshua Jipp
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Paul, the Elephant, and the Rider
Te-Li Lau
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Toward an Embodied Moral Theology
A. Mark Stirling
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The Righteous Mind: Concluding Thoughts
C. John Collins
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Plundering Eden
March, 2021

This book fits within that emerging field of Christian theological responses to ecological problems. In Plundering Eden, Wagenfuhr claims that the root cause of our ecological is a broken imagination, and he argues that reconciliation with God the Creator through Jesus Christ is the only means to ecological healing through a renewed, kenotic imagination expressed in the creation of an alternate environment that reveals the kingdom of God--the ekklesia.

Plundering Eden: Introducing the Symposium
Ken Keathley
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Rewilding Creation and Receiving the Eucharist
Brian Brock
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Priests of Creation, Not Only Ambassadors
Alexander Coe Stewart
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Virtues, Vices, and Ecotheology
Celia Deane-Drummond
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A Radical Challenge to Christian Discipleship
J. Richard Middleton
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Plundering Eden: A Rejoinder
G. P. Wagenfuhr
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The Doctrine of the Holy Trinity (Vol II)
January, 2021

Katherine Sonderegger follows her monumental volume on the doctrine of God with this second entry of her Systematic Theology, which explores the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.

The Inner Life of God: Introducing the Symposium
Matthew Wiley
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Permanent Self-Hallowing and the Processional Life of God
Fred Sanders
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Working Close to the Flame
Kirsten Sanders
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The Holy One in Our Midst
Daniel L. Hill
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Voice, Vestigia, and the Holiness of the Triune God
Beth Felker Jones
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Remembering the Rural Church
November, 2020

In this multi-piece series, which includes a summary article, two book symposium, and an an interview with award-winning authors, Sapientia takes a closer look at the state of the rural church.

Remembering the Rural Church: Editors' Introduction
Matthew Wiley, Geoffrey Fulkerson
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The Forgotten Church: Musings on the State of Rural Ministry
Glenn Daman
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Planting Trees, Healing Nations: Introducing God's Country
Matthew Wiley
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Abiding in Departure
Timothy Koch
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A Love Song for the Rural Church
Charles E. Cotherman
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God's Own Love for the Rural Church
Stephen Witmer
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The Theological Heart of Rural Ministry: A Rejoinder
Brad Roth
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Good News for Small Places: Introducing A Big Gospel
Gavin Ortlund
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Seeing Through to a Cruciform Incarnationality
Brad Roth
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A Big God, a Big Gospel, and the
Transcendence of Place
Edward W. Klink III
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What Does Pepperell, MA Have to Do with Mpeketoni, Kenya?
Anthony Wainaina Njuguna
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For the Sake of Effective Ministry: A Rejoinder
Stephen Witmer
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Rural Ministry in Conversation:
An Interview with the Authors
Matthew Wiley, Geoffrey Fulkerson
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Reformed Theology and Evolutionary Science
October, 2020

Gijsbert van den Brink has joined the fray of science and religion with a contribution from the perspective of the Reformed tradition. In his monograph, van den Brink brings his training in philosophy of science into conversation with the theological particularities of the Reformed tradition.

Distinctive Stances and Layered Concepts: Reformed Theology Engages Science
Oliver Crisp
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Evolutionary Theory and the Story of Scripture
Craig G. Bartholomew
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Evolutionary Evil and the Project of Theodicy
Michael J. Murray
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Common Descent, Human Dignity,
and the Image of God
Mary L. Vanden Berg
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Telling a Different Story?
Van den Brink's Account of Human Origins
Scott R. Swain
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Darwin and Divine Providence
David Fergusson
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Morality, the Cognitive Science of Religion,
and Revelation
Sarah Lane Ritchie
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Reformed Theology and Evolutionary Theory:
A Rejoinder
Gijsbert van den Brink
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The Genealogical Adam and Eve
August, 2020

Evolutionary science teaches that humans arose as a population, sharing common ancestors with other animals. The book of Genesis seems to say that all humans descended from Adam and Eve, a couple specially created by God. These two teachings seem contradictory, but is that necessarily so? In the Genalogical Adam and Eve, Swamidass draws upon some well-established but overlooked scientific insights to advance a new proposal on this old conversation.

The Genealogical Adam and Eve:
Introducing the Symposium
Ken Keathley
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Is Adam God's First Image-Bearer?
Andrew Loke
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Let Scripture Speak Clearly
Richard Averbeck
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An Invitation to Reclaim Mystery and Pursue Unity
Anjeanette Roberts
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Which Game? Whose Rules?
Paul Nelson
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Hedges Around His Garden
Marcus Ross
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The Genealogical Adam and Eve: A Rejoinder
S. Joshua Swamidass
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Divine Action and the Human Mind
June, 2020

Is the human mind uniquely nonphysical or even spiritual, such that divine intentions can meet physical realities? As scholars in science and religion have spent decades attempting to identify a 'causal joint' between God and the natural world, human consciousness has been often privileged as just such a locus of divine-human interaction. Resisting this intuitively dualistic model, as well as contemporary noninterventionist theories divine action theories, Sarah Lane Ritchie argues that a theologically robust theistic naturalism, which she believes offers a more compelling vision of divine action in the mind.

Divine Action and the Human Mind: Introducing the Symposium
Paul M. Gould
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The Enchanted and Dappled Place We Live
Jason D. Runyan
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Taking the Theological Turn
William J. Abraham
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On the Very Idea of Theological Naturalism
Bruce L. Gordon
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Divine Action and the Human Mind: A Rejoinder
Sarah Lane Ritchie
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Divine Agency and Divine Action, vol. III
May, 2020

Volume III of a tetralogy devoted to Divine Agency and Divine Action articulates a comprehensive vision of systematic theology focused on divine action from creation to eschatology.

Divine Agency and Divine Action, Vol. III: Introducing the Symposium
Terry J. Wright
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Abraham and Aquinas on Divine Agency and Action
Michael Dodds
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Just for Christians? Why Theology Is More than High-Level Catechesis
Gijsbert van den Brink
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Where do the Divine Missions Fit in Abraham’s Theology of Divine Action?
Adonis Vidu
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God’s Action in Christ: Observations on Abraham’s Account of Divine Action
Thomas H. McCall
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Divine Agency and Divine Action, Vol. III:
A Rejoinder
William J. Abraham
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Genes, Determinism, and God
May, 2020

In this book, the product of Denis Alexander's Gifford Lectures, he addresses the complex interplay between biological claims about genes, philosophical claims about determinism and theological claims about God.

Genes, Determinism, and God: Introducing the Symposium
Ken Keathley
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Intuitions about Immateriality
Ken Keathley
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Determining What Makes Me the Way I Am
Clay Carlson
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Philosophical Worries About Denis Alexander's Incurable Problem
Michael Ruse
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More Than Our Genes
Michael Wittmer
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Genes, Determinism, and God: A Rejoinder
Denis Alexander
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Miracles
January, 2020

God works in miraculous ways. In this series, various scholars engage the work of Luke Timothy Johnson on God's continued presence and power in creation. Johnson proposes an alternative to the secular vision and shows that signs and wonders are at the heart of the Christian faith.

Introducing Miracles: God's Presence and Power in Creation
Joshua Jipp
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A Wonderful Biblical Theology, But Is That What We Were Expecting?
Craig Blomberg
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Secularism Killed Providence, Too
Tim Sansbury
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The Glass Is Half-Full
C. John Collins
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The Problem Isn't Science
Roseanne J. Sension
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Two Kinds of Double-Minded Thinking
Darrell Bock
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Miracles: A Response to the Symposium
Luke Timothy Johnson
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Unlocking Divine Action
January, 2020

Divine action is bound up with our notions of causality. The way God acts in the world is unlike any other agent, because he is the Cause of all other causes, the Creator and Sustainer of everything that exists. In Unlocking Divine Action, Michael Dodds reframes the conversation about divine action. He retrieves some of Thomas Aquinas’s teaching on causality and applies those ideas to the doctrines of freedom, providence, prayer, and miracles.

Unlocking Divine Action: Introducing the Symposium
Joel Chopp
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The Case for a More Capacious Concept of Cause
Jennifer A. Frey
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Thomas Aquinas and His Many Causes
Jeffrey Koperski
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The Primary-Secondary Cause Distinction and Special Divine Acts
Robert A. Larmer
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The Analogical Alternative
Philip Rolnick
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Divine Agency, Thomism, and a Truly-Newtonian Philosophy of Science
Steven Horst
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Unlocking Divine Action: A Rejoinder
Michael Dodds
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Disability, Providence, and Ethics
December, 2019

Disability raises questions about our doctrine of providence on both a theological and an experiential level. The most common question is "why?", one that Hans Reinders welcomes. Grief should be expected as we grapple with the difficulties God allows. Yet, God's providence is ultimately about leading us to a transformed life.

Disability, Providence, and Ethics: Introducing the Symposium
Kirsten Birkett
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Calvin, Providence, and Pain
Kirsten Birkett
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The Disabled God
C. Ben Mitchell
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Your Maker is Your Redeemer: Job and the Faithfulness of the Hidden God
Nathan Barczi
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Hymns of Pain and the Purposes of God
Michael S. Beates
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Disability, Calling, and Transformation
D. Christopher Ralston
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Disability, Providence, and Ethics: A Rejoinder
Hans S. Reinders
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The Providence of God
October, 2019

In this book on providence, David Fergusson takes a "polyphonic" approach. He gleans from various perspectives in church history to create a constructive work on God's action in the world.

The Providence of God: Introducing the Symposium
Rebekah Earnshaw
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The Two Hands of God
Rebekah Earnshaw
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Hooked on (Poly)phonics: Voicing Plaudits and Plaints
Kevin J. Vanhoozer
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Double Agency and the Threefold Form of Providence
Terry J. Wright
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Polyphany, Cacophany, Symphony
Thomas H. McCall
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Wisdom and Providence
Craig G. Bartholomew
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The Providence of God: A Rejoinder
David Fergusson
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The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing
August, 2018

What is a good and flourishing life? Jonathan Pennington delves into this question with The Sermon on the Mount. His book is interdisciplinary, so this conversation includes insight from scholars in several fields.

A Life for Eternity: Introducing the Pennington Symposium
Adam Joyce
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A Mosaic and a Mountain: Applying Theological Ethics
Taylor Worley
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The Spirit Who Gives Life: A Theological Response
Steve Guthrie
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A Discourse on Human Flourishing?
Steve Bryan
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Response to the Symposium
Jonathan Pennington
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Undeniable
January, 2018

In Undeniable, Molecular Biologist Douglas Axe shows how biology confirms our "design intuition," which is our innate sense that the world was intentionally created. Despite evolutionary theory, biology verifies that there's a God who deliberately designed the world.

Was It Chance or Was It God? Introducing Axe's Undeniable
Kirsten Birkett
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Intuitions, Proteins, and Evangelicals: A Response to Undeniable
Dennis Venema
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Moving Paradigms and the Scientific Method: A Response to Undeniable
Cara Wall-Scheffler
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Undeniably Limited: Designing a Box in which to Find the Creator
R. Joel Duff
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Against "Common Science" and Alphabet Soup
Keith Fox
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Response to the Symposium
Douglas Axe
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Controversy of the Ages
November, 2017

This book examines the way evangelicals handle science-theology conflicts and read Scripture in light thereof. It claims the “battle” between science and theology has been oversimplified and in some arenas misreported.

Introduction to "Controversy of the Ages"
Darrell Bock
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Toward Resolving the Controversy
Hugh Ross
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Mere Creationism
Tim Morris
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The Importance of Beginnings
Paul Garner
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Controversy and Conversation
Jim Stump
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Response to the Symposium
Ted Cabal
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Adam and the Genome
June, 2017

Prevailing genomic science holds that humans descend from a large population. Is this science to be believed and why? And biblically and theologically, what does this mean for the fate of Adam and Eve? In this Biologos sponsored book, evangelical geneticist Dennis Venema and popular New Testament scholar Scot McKnight combine their expertise to proffer an account of “Adam and the genome.”

Adam and the Genome: Introducing the Symposium
Hans Madueme
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What God Has Joined Together
Darrell Bock
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On Insulin, Orangoutangs, and Adam
Jitse van der Meer
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Wanted: A Plausible, Post-Genomic Biblical Adam and Eve
Elizabeth "Lisa" Sung
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A Genealogical Adam and Eve in Evolution
S. Joshua Swamidass
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If Christ Be Not Raised: Reflections on Methodological Naturalism
Fazale Rana
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Response to the Symposium (Part 1)
Dennis Venema
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Response to the Symposium (Part 2)
Scot McKnight
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Science, Theology, & Charitable Discussion: A Symposium Recap
Thomas H. McCall
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