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Lincoln Christian University
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"If Christians understood what it means to "take every thought captive
to the obedience of Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5, NASB), the church would be
God's light shining in every corner of every culture.
Capturing every thought for Christ would directly affect what we read
and what we watch. It would influence how we preach, how we approach
Scripture, and how we understand the nature and the mission of the church.
It would guide our assessments of theology, philosophy, ethics, science,
psychology and the mindsets of the modern world. It would prompt us to
see that nothing--absolutely nothing--lies outside the realm of God's
jurisdiction and grace.
This book underscores the theme that a truly Christian mind is not taken
captive by the philosophies and deceptive practices of the world. Instead,
it is firmly rooted in, and integrated around Christ, who holds "all
the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Col 2:3).
Dr. James D. Strauss served as professor of theology and philosophy
at Lincoln Christian Seminary from 1967 to 1994. For years, his intellectual
capacity and wide academic interests amazed both his students and
The book contributors are all directly indebted to Professor Strauss, either as his teaching colleagues or as his former students. However,
they do not simply mimic their mentor; they offer their own significant
contributions in their respective fields.
John Castelein (Ph.D., Theology, University of Chicago)
Rich Knopp (Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Illinois)
Dr. Keith Ray (D.Min., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School): "The Christian Mind--a Straussian Theme with No Variation: A Biography of James D. Strauss"
Dr. Tom Tanner (Ph.D., University of Illinois): "The Value of Books in a Media Age or the Value of Media in an Age of Books"
Dr. Wayne Shaw (Ph.D., Indiana University): "Rediscovering Our Message"
Dr. Bob Lowery (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen): "The Christian-in-Community: The Christian Life Viewed Corporately and Personally in the Book of Revelation"
Dr. Bob Kurka (D.Min., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D. in process, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School): "The Unity of Scripture: The Theology of Promise"
Dr. Roger Edrington (Ph.D., University of Birmingham): "Speaking to Other Worlds: Multicultural America"
Dr. Paul Clark (D.Min., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School): "The Kingdom of God: A Dynamic Missiology"
Dr. Walter Puckett (D.Min., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School): "Worldview Studies and the Bride of Christ"
Dr. John Castelein (Ph.D., University of Chicago): "The Unmaking of the Modern Mind: Postmodern Challenges and Witness Opportunities"
Dr. Richard Knopp (Ph.D., University of Illinois): "On the Value of the Philosophy of Science for Christian Faith and Ministry"
Dr. Terry Miethe (Ph.D., St. Louis University; Ph.D., University of Southern California): "Plato's Metaphysics: His Contribution to a Philosophy of God"
Dr. Paul McAlister (D.Min., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School): "Still Lost in the Moral Malaise Without Christ"
Dr. James Sennett (Ph.D., University of Nebraska): "The Cogito Meets the Imago: The Image of God and the Concept of a Person"
Bill Redman (former U.S. Congressman from New Mexico): "A Ministry of Words: A Bibliography of the Works of Dr. James D. Struass"
Includes an Appendix: "Select Quotations from James D. Strauss" (Doc Strauss was well-known for his insightful, entertaining, and sometimes sarcastic comments. These quotations were collected over the years by his students.)