Wednesday, July 1, 2009

New from B&H Academic: Tough-Minded Christianity: Honoring the Legacy of John Warwick Montgomery

A couple of days ago I received the following very large book in the mail courtesy of Jim Baird at B&H Academic:

Tough-Minded Christianity: Honoring the Legacy of John Warwick Montgomery, edited by William Dembski and Thomas Schirrmacher (Foreword by Paige Patterson). Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2009. 800 pages.

I must admit that I am not at all familiar with John Warwick Montgomery (JWM personal website), but I'm convinced that this book should give me an excellent introduction to a man that appears to have been highly influential among conservative evangelicals. A quick survey of the Table of Contents noting the chapter titles and the names of the contributors, has lead me to believe that this just might be an important volume for those studying modern apologetics. This is no less than a massive anthology of essays from a particularly conservative, evangelical perspective collected in honor of Montgomery.

Yesterday evening I spent some time reading and browsing through this massive tome. Having been planned and produced by a Southern Baptist publisher, it is fitting that one of the SBC's highly conservative leaders, Paige Patterson, was asked to write the forward and explain some Montgomery's impact on the denomination. Montgomery was a Lutheran and many of the contributors to this volume are also non-SBC members which makes this volume even more fascinating to me. A couple contributors not mentioned below that caught my eye are Harold O. J. Brown, Roger Nicole, I. Howard Johnson, Edwin Yamauchi, Michael Horton, and Robert Culver.

From the Publisher:

Tough Minded Christianity is a collection of essays about the great work of John Warwick Montgomery (1931), a living legend in the field of Christian apologetics who has earned eleven degrees in philosophy, theology, law, and librarianship, debated historic atheists including Madalyn Murray O’Hair, and influenced the work of bestselling authors such as Josh McDowell.

Contributors to this volume include J. I. Packer, Ravi Zacharias, John Ankerberg, Erwin Lutzer, Vernon Grounds, Gary Habermas, and among others Paige
Patterson who writes in the foreword that John Warwick Montgomery did the “intellectual heavy lifting” that undergirded the conservative renewal of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Download a Sample Chapter | Download the Table of Contents

ISBN: 9780805447835

Trim Size: 9.00 x 6.00 x 1.65 in

Weight: 2.10lb
Binding: Trade Paper
Publication Date: March 2009