Essentials of Christian Thought

Essentials of Christian Thought November 19, 2020

Essentials of Christian Thought

I interrupt this fascinating discussion about God (change, death) with a commercial break. My publisher has asked me to announce on my blog, today, a special deal on one of my books–good only today (November 19, 2020).

Here is the email I received:

“I wanted to let you know that The Essentials of Christian Thought is going to be featured as a flash deal during the ETS conference. Tomorrow (Thursday, 11/19) the eBook will be available for $2.99.

If you are able to share this deal tomorrow (not before), we would love to have the support. Here is a message you are welcome to use or adapt:

The Essentials of Christian Thought is on sale – get the eBook for $2.99…today only!

(End of email)

Let me just add that, in my humble opinion, this is one of my most important books. And it comes highly recommended (on the back cover) by Alister McGrath and Stanley Hauerwas. How can you go wrong at that price and with those recommendations?

I wanted to title this book Narrative Biblical Metaphysics, but, of course, the publisher’s marketing people didn’t want that title. But that is my description of what I expound in the book–a Christian philosophy assumed and implied by the biblical writers.

Many of the things I write about in the book are “subterranean” in the sense that they are unknown, undiscovered, by many orthodox Christians.

Illustration: A Christian professor of computer science once told me that he thinks of God as a great, cosmic computer.

Illustration: A Christian professor of communication once told me that she thinks “If they haven’t learned, you haven’t taught.”

What I do in this book is show that these and numerous other claims made by orthodox Christians CANNOT be true–given the assumed worldview of the Bible. This Christian worldview, philosophy, is crucial to orthodox Christianity and yet has seldom been spelled out as I have in this book.

The impetus for this book was a blog post I wrote here about “integration of faith and learning”–a well-worn catch phrase in higher Christian education that is poorly understand and poorly communicated by those who claim to understand it. And descriptions of it in faculty seminars and such have led to many rejections of it. The book explains what the “faith” part of “faith-learning integration” is. It is the assumed, implicit (sometimes explicit) worldview, philosophy of the Bible.

Please buy it and read it. Thank you.

Roger E. Olson

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