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John Warwick Montgomery on Reality and Speculation

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Modern Reformation contributor and noted Lutheran apologist John Warwick Montgomery recently gave the Fall 2010 Faith and Reason Lecture at Patrick Henry College.  Montgomery began his lecture by appealing to Sherlock Holmes:
“We begin – and we shall end – with Sherlock Holmes,” began Dr. John Warwick Montgomery during last Friday’s Faith and Reason lecture, entitled "Speculation vs. Factuality: An Analysis of Modern Unbelief and Suggested Corrective." “’Facts, facts, facts,’ insisted the Great Detective. ‘It is a capital mistake to theorize in advance of the facts. I can discover facts but I cannot change them.’”

With this introduction, Dr. Montgomery, PHC’s Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought, posited what he views as the central roadblock to genuine Christian faith -- a prejudice in which “modern unbelief departs from factual reality in favour of unsupportable speculation, leaving its advocates in a never-never land without hope either in this world or in the next.”


Faith and Reason lecture, Fall 2010 from Sarah Pride on Vimeo.



Prof. Montgomery's work has appeared in the pages of Modern Reformation since 1993:

"Iustitia Dei: A History of the Christian Doctrine of Justification" by Alister E. McGrath (Book Review) - March/April 2000 Vol: 9 Num: 2
God & Other Law-Makers - May/June 1993 Vol: 2 Num: 3
God at University College Dublin - Jan./Feb. 2009 Vol: 18 Num: 1
Legal Evidence for the Truth of the Faith - March/April 2006 Vol: 15 Num: 2
Legislating Morality - July/August 1992 Vol: 1 Num: 4
The Descent of Evangelicalism: Origins of the Specious - Sept./Oct. 1997 Vol: 6 Num: 5
The Incarnate Christ: The Apologetic Thrust of Lutheran Theology - Jan./Feb. 1998 Vol: 7 Num: 1
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