Can God Be Trusted? Faith and the Challenge of Evil
Oxford University Press; second edition, IVP
Pitched between the arcane work of the great philosophers and the clichés that every Christian author and preacher seems eager to recycle, this book offers an innovative approach to this classic problem for thoughtful inquirers of every stripe.
“One of the finest theologians in North America, Stackhouse brings to bear insights from Scripture, philosophy and theology on this age-old dilemma. I recommend this first to anyone asking how a good and powerful God can permit radical evil.”
Gerald McDermott, Roanoke College
Making the Best of It:
Following Christ in the Real World
Oxford University Press
This sweeping presentation of the basic Christian outlook on life details the realistic, creative, and hopeful middle posture between those who think Christians must abandon all responsibility for the messy facts of politics and police work and those who think Christians should try to take over the world in Jesus’ name.
“With compelling arguments, clear prose, and much erudition John Stackhouse presents us with a must read for those who are concerned with the role of faith in contemporary societies.”
Miroslav Volf, Yale University
Partners in Christ:
A Conservative Case for Egalitarianism
If you have wanted to endorse the full equality of women alongside men in home, church, and society, and yet you haven’t been able to square that with what the Bible seems to say, this book is for you. It’s also for those who are already convinced, and who want to be able to offer the most persuasive case possible to those who yet see things differently.
“Unlike many writers on both sides of this debate, Stackhouse offers a hermeneutical approach that recognizes the diversity of Scripture and accounts for it…. This distinctive contribution will be like viewing a familiar landscape from a new vantage point."
Richard Bauckham, University of Cambridge
Can I Believe? Christianity for the Hesitant (Oxford University Press)
Christianity has become the most popular religion in the world—which makes it the most popular Theory of Everything in world history. How did such a strange story—at the centre of which is a victim writhing on a Roman cross—become the world’s most popular explanation of the meaning of life? Why do over two billion people, not all of them psychologically or intellectually deficient, find this to be the best Way of all?
“John Stackhouse offers a refreshing combination of intellectual rigor and personal courtesy, conceptual clarity where possible and commendable humility at the limits of our understanding. We all live at the nexus of knowledge, faith, doubt, and decision. John Stackhouse provides for us an invaluable guidebook to that vexed territory.”
Hans P. Halvorson, Princeton University
Why You’re Here: Ethics for the Real World (Oxford University Press)
This book simplifies, rearranges, and adds new material to Part III of “Making the Best of It,” so as to be a more user-friendly guide to John Stackhouse’s ethics. If you’re trying to avoid the two prominent options of “taking it over for Jesus” or “withdrawing into safe enclaves” and want to engage our world faithfully, effectively, and realistically, this is for you.
“Single-minded but not simple-minded, Stackhouse recognizes the complexities of answering one’s call in the real world. Yet he never allows the reader to lose sight of the signposts: shalom and salvation. Lucid, wise, and passionate.”
Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale University
Need to Know: Vocation as the Heart of Christian Epistemology (Oxford University Press)
Between radical doubt and arrogant certainty stands this book that grounds knowledge firmly in—of all places—faith in God. God calls us to do things, and therefore can be trusted to tell us what we need to know in order to do them.
“This is a stimulating, enriching and invigorating reexamination of some of the oldest and greatest questions of philosophy and theology.”
Alister McGrath, Oxford University
Humble Apologetics: Defending the Faith Today (Oxford University Press)
Used in classrooms around the world, including at Oxford and London universities, this book surveys the current cultural context and then sets out a way of sharing one’s religious convictions as respectful gift-giving, rather than as aggressive battle-winning.
“John Stackhouse’s Humble Apologetics is a witty, lucid, and extremely intelligent analysis of what Christian apologetics is and how it should be practiced at the beginning of the third millennium.”
Paul Griffiths, Duke University
Canadian Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century: An Introduction to Its Character (University of Toronto Press; reprinted by Regent College Publishing)
This volume literally rewrote the textbooks in Canadian religious history, rescuing evangelicalism from stereotypes and describing it instead as the mainstream, grassroots, national movement it was and is.
“Thoroughly researched, elegantly written, and provocatively argued, it is sure to stand as a seminal work on the evangelical experience.”
Harry S. Stout, Yale University
Church: An Insider’s Look at How We Do It
Evangelical Landscapes: Facing Critical Issues of the Day (Baker)
Punchy, but with scholarly force behind the blows, these essay collections answer questions ranging from “Why Johnny Can’t Produce Christian Scholarship” to why everyone wants your opinion except church leaders.
“These remarkable essays cover a spectrum of issues facing evangelicalism in North America. John Stackhouse is thoughtful and engaging, at times cranky, but always provocative.”
Randall Balmer, Dartmouth College
Finally Feminist: A Pragmatic Christian Understanding of Gender (Baker Academic)
Don’t let the “f-word” scare you off: This book treats both sides of the Christian gender debates with respect and carves a novel and persuasive path through the thicket of Biblical, theological, historical, and practical issues involved.
“Full of intriguing theological and exegetical suggestions and written with disarming frankness, Stackhouse’s book seeks to stimulate good argument and counter-argument, and it surely deserves to be debated long and hard.”
John Webster, University of Aberdeen