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John Warwick Montgomery, The Altizer-Montgomery Dialogue (Chicago .

John Warwick Montgomery, The Altizer-Montgomery Dialogue (Chicago: InterVarsity Press, 1967). Christ As Centre and Circumference: Essays Theological, Cultural and Polemic (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2012). ISBN 978-1-62032-519-3. The Suicide of Christian Theology (Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship, 1970). The Transcendent Holmes (Ashcroft, British Columbia: Calabash Press, 2000).

John Warwick Montgomery (b. 1931) is one of the major philosophical apologists of the 20th century. He is also a trained lawyer, which influenced his "historical/legal" approach to Christian apologetics. He is perhaps best known as a writer for his book History and Christianity, as well as for his debates with the infamous atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair (1967); with Joseph Fletcher, who wrote the book Situation ethics; the new morality. The Montgomery/Fletcher debate is reprinted in Situation Ethics: True or False.

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John Warwick Montgomery is a noted lawyer, professor, Lutheran theologian, and prolific author living in France.

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Religion & Spirituality Books. Suicide Of Christian Theology John Warwick Montgomery Book. Books on the site are added by members. Suicide Of Christian Theology John Warwick Montgomery Book by John Warwick Montgomery. A highly readable anthology regarding why we are in the religious mess we are today. A forceful, scholarly call to the liberal church leaders to return from the morass of theological relativism to the solid ground of the ancient creeds of Christianity.

More by John Warwick Montgomery. Jurisprudence: A Book of Readings. Crisis in Lutheran Theology: The Validity and Relevance of Historic Lutheranism vs. Its Contemporary Rivals. John Warwick Montgomery. Situation Ethics: True or False?

John Warwick Montgomery, The Altizer-Montgomery Dialogue (Chicago . Christ Our Advocate: Studies in Polemical Theology, Jurisprudence and Canon Law (Bonn, Germany: Verlag für Kultur und and Science Publishers, 2002). Kenneth D. Boa and Robert M. Bowman, Jr.

Bibliography of Montgomery's Books. "The Suicide of Christian Theology" (Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship, 1970). John Warwick Montgomery manuscript collection established at Syracuse University Library, 1970, but this archive has now been transferred to Southeastern Baptist Seminary. John Warwick Montgomery, "The Altizer-Montgomery Dialogue" (Chicago: InterVarsity Press, 1967).

The suicide of Christian theology. Tractatus Logico-Theologicus. Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony by Richard Bauckham. In recent years, the Radical Orthodoxy movement (especially John Milbank) has developed an influential theological response to the putative nihilism inherent in modern philosophical tendencies to construe the relation between finite and infinite realities as utterly disjunctive and thus incapable of mediation. This response, which generally implies the championing of a ‘participatory’ ontology

"A forceful, scholarly call to return to the solid ground of the ancient creeds of Christianity. Dr. Montgomery's incisive observations on Barth, Bultmann, Tillich, de Chardin, Pike and others may rankle some readers on occasion. But there can never be any question about the mental acumen he brings to bear upon his subject or the skill with which he pens his views. Montgomery is so obviously at home in the area of the theological, and so conversant with the convictions of his fellow theologians that he certainly must be reckoned with. Not content with only analyzing the suicide of theology, the author also gives a proposal for its resurrection."
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Steelcaster
Montgomery has a strong appreciation for science and the application of scientific standards to theological questions. Moreover, his education was saturated by analytic philosophy, such as Max Black, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. His application of science to epistemological questions therefore has an approach utilizing the insights of analytic philosophy. He takes seriously questions raised by John Wisdom and Antony Flew and tackles them head on quite successfully. This is a large book with an enormous amount of information. Thankfully, the author has a very clear writing style, not wanting to wax verbose and dazzle us with his extensive vocabulary but actually wanting to communicate. This latter is attributed to his mentor Edward John Carnell whose prose is second to none in clarity. In dealing with scientific theory, Montgomery lays out what science accomplishes in a very clear fashion in the chapter dealing with the theologian's craft. He takes stock of Wittgenstein on this that has some profound insights about it. With regard to epistemology, he deals with the Hegelian ideal of absolute knowledge. To make proper judgments about the human condition, especially as regard to morals, man would have to stand outside the human situation to see it aright. Of course, man cannot do this, hence is doomed to a paltry understanding of his own condition notwithstanding the penetrating thoughts of a Plato or a Buddha. Without "revelation" or "contact from the outside world" we are left without hope or certainty as to the ultimate fate we all share; namely, death. Any man who claims to resolve this issue would have to deal with it head on. Although he disregards Anselm's ontological argument, he approves of Norman Malcolm's moral version of it on account of his appreciation of Anselm's short treatise Cur Deus Homo ("When God became Man"). The historical resurrection of Jesus Christ is the pivotal event for all of these epistemological dilemmas because, by rising from the dead, Jesus showed He could deal with the problem of death. Moreover, rising from the dead supports His claims to have come from outside the world since He claims to be the author of life and demonstrates it by rising from the dead. It also demonstrates Jesus' ability to understand the human condition without any flaws in knowledge. By coming from outside the world, Jesus isn't limited in His understanding. Therefore, we can have confidence in His opinions and judgments. In addition, by taking the sins of the world upon Himself and rising from the dead in spite of that condition, He demonstrates His power over sin. Although God is quite beyond our ability to comprehend or even withstand in all His infinite glory, He shows His love by appearing in a form we can relate to, in the form of a man so that when we see Jesus, we "see the Father." Therefore, with regard to our moral shortcomings of sin, we can either have Him as our Savior or have Him as our Judge. Although I have some misgivings with Montgomery's silence on other issues, such as the role secret societies and cabals have in silencing the Christian message in the world, you can learn a lot from him. You can appreciate the fact that, unlike most so-called Christian authorities today, he reads widely, and isn't stuck in the chicken coop with his Scofield reference bible and R. A. Torrey book of answers.
The_NiGGa
I'm probably going to get a lot of flack for this, but I found the writing so complicated that I had difficulty following the intricately woven arguments. I actually had to take some of his sentences and rewrite them in simpler terms before I understood what he meant. I heard that Montgomery once said he writes this way on purpose so that the average person can't take his ideas and then mis-state them. Too bad he didn't follow the example of the greatest theologian who ever lived and speak in the language of the common man. His writings would be much more influential and impactful if he had. I suggest Ravi Zacharias for a more contemporary apologetic that can be read without constant reference to a dictionary. PS. I am no dummy either. I have a 3.96 GPA at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Punind
Another book, on a long line of 'to be read' books. Only time will tell.
Spilberg
One of the best books I've ever read and that is saying something given my library now contains nearly 1,700 books.
Mr Freeman
Excellent book.
Bandiri
John Warwick Montgomery (b. 1931) is one of the major philosophical apologists of the 20th century. He is also a trained lawyer, which influenced his "historical/legal" approach to Christian apologetics. He is perhaps best known as a writer for his book History and Christianity, as well as for his debates with the infamous atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair (1967); with Joseph Fletcher, who wrote the book Situation ethics; the new morality. (The Montgomery/Fletcher debate is reprinted in Situation Ethics: True or False.) His debate with the "Death of God" theologian Thomas Altizer is reprinted in this current book, which consists of reprints of Montgomery's articles from a variety of sources.

The cover describes this book as "An incisive, witty, and true-to-the-mark reflection on the present state of Christian theology," which is pretty accurate. (Remember that this book was first published in 1970, however.) In his Preface, Montgomery mentions modern theologians like Moltmann, Barth, Tillich, etc., and asserts, "To the present writer, the answer is to go back (which in theology is the only way to go forward): back to the general and ecumenical creeds of the church, which convey the unchanging heart of its teachings.... The Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian symbols are as capable as ever of carrying the present theological generation to the scriptural sources and to the Christ on whom the entire biblical revelation centers."

Montgomery deals with a wide-ranging list of topics (e.g., "Bishop Pike and His Treasure Hunt"; "Is Man His Own God?"; "Remythologizing Christmas"), but to me the most significant was his debate/dialogue with Thomas Altizer (which Montgomery titles, "The Death of the 'Death of God'"). Here are some excerpts:

ALTIZER: "Speaking as one who comes from the South ... and who has seen the servants of this form of the Word of God bind themselves to repression and be, themselves, the primary social force embodying segregation in the South, I've long since lost any hope that the spokesman of the traditional Word of God can be anything in our day but an enemy of man."

MONTGOMERY: "What (students) want to know is: Why should the leap (of faith) be made in the direction you suggest, particularly since you give no criteria whatever for the notion of a word somehow hidden in the present situation. Why a leap in that direction, rather than a leap in the direction of Meher Baba's Sufism, in the direction of the Marxist ideology, in the direction of traditional Christianity, or in any number of other directions that could be mentioned."

MONTGOMERY: Let me present you with another faith position. This has to do with a little green man who is eating toasted cheese sandwiches and is sitting on a planet exactly two miles out of the range of the best telescope on earth. He is a figure who loves us, particularly if we eat toasted cheese sandwiches. He has a nasty habit of moving out of the range of the telescopes as they increase their range. Now let us say that I believe in this. How does this differ from your claim that you're having some sort of encounter with the kenotic Word?
ALTIZER: The decisive criterion is, Can you speak of it?
MONTGOMERY: I've just spoken of it.
ALTIZER: Oh no, that's not speech, that's gibberish.

ALTIZER: Frankly, this is a strange kind of discussion for me. I'm just not accustomed to people who take such things as being the teaching of Jesus. This is all new to me.
MONTGOMERY: I can only conclude that nineteen and a half centuries of church history are totally new to you, which is a strange thing for a theologian to say.

This book---and particularly the debate---remain of continuing interest to students of apologetics, and modern theology.