New Books for the Week of February 4, 2013

Christian Apologetics: An Anthology of Primary Sources by Khaldoun Sweis and Chad Meister (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012)

Christian Apologetics: An Anthology of Primary Sources makes available over fifty primary source selections that address various challenges to Christian faith in the history of Christian apologetics. The compilation represents a broad Christian spectrum, ranging from early writers like Saint Paul and Saint Augustine, to Saint Teresa of Avila and Blaise Pascal, to more recent and present day apologists such as C. S. Lewis, Alvin Plantinga, William Lane Craig, Richard Swinburne and Pope Benedict XVI.

Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012)

This sweeping biography of one of America’s greatest musicians is the first in twenty-five years to be written with the cooperation of Bruce Springsteen himself. With unfettered access to the artist, his family, and band members—including Clarence Clemons in his last major interview—acclaimed music writer Peter Ames Carlin presents a startlingly intimate and vivid portrait of a rock icon.

Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation by Daniel Philpott (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012)

In Just and Unjust Peace, Daniel Philpott offers an innovative and hopeful response to these questions. He challenges the approach to peace-building that dominates the United Nations, western governments, and the human rights community. While he shares their commitments to human rights and democracy, Philpott argues that these values alone cannot redress the wounds caused by war, genocide, and dictatorship. Both justice and the effective restoration of political order call for a more holistic, restorative approach. Philpott answers that call by proposing a form of political reconciliation that is deeply rooted in three religious traditions–Christianity, Islam, and Judaism–as well as the restorative justice movement.

A Higher Education: Baylor and the Vocation of a Christian University by Elizabeth Davis (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2012)

This book collects the work of renowned scholars on the importance and mission of Christian higher education. Placing Baylor University at the centre of these discussions, this compendium celebrates the inauguration of Judge Kenneth W Starr’s over the first year of his presidency at Baylor University and underscores the necessity of Christian higher education in a global context. With an introduction by Baylor University Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Davis, ‘A Higher Education’ shows how the model set forth at Baylor University can influence institutions of higher learning here and abroad.


About Eric

Eric Bradley is a academic librarian. He does not moonlight as a Mixed Martial Arts fighter or Los Angeles studio singer, although may be seen playing French Horn in a community band or adding another tune book to his hymnal collection.
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