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Jeffrey Burton Russell (Ph.D., Emory University) is professor emeritus of history at the University of California--Santa Barbara, where he taught from 1979 to 1988. He has also taught at the University of Mexico, Harvard, University of California--Riverside, Notre Dame and California State University--Sacramento. Russell has published numerous books and articles in his area of expertise, the history of theology. Early in his academic career, Russell was honored as a Fulbright Fellow, Harvard Junior Fellow and Guggenheim Fellow.
"An astonishingly rich plethora of historical facts and
common-sense arguments--a summa of persuasive debating points in
popular apologetics."--Peter Kreeft, Boston College
"If you thought Christian apologetics was an art last practiced in the third century, Professor Russell's lively book will convince you that that ancient art of persuasive, reasoned defense is alive and well. Tackling the many misapprehensions and false assumptions about Christianity that routinely circulate in the modern world, Russell counters with thoughtful and thought-provoking data. Researched with a scholar's attention to accuracy yet written in an accessible style and in a format that facilitates consideration of discrete topics, this book deserves a wide readership among thinking people, Christians and non-Christians, believers and non-believers alike."--Wendy M. Wright, professor of theology, Creighton University
"Jeffrey Burton Russell is a marvel. An eminent scholar of medieval intellectual history, he has placed his gifts in the service of the gospel, creating in one immensely readable volume an enlightening guide to the Christian experience and a bracing antidote to the follies and willful confusions of our age."--Carol Zaleski, professor of world religions, Smith College
[Starred Review] ". . . a model of learning and logic . . . Immense learning and intellectual power packed into a small space, this book is highly recommended for individual readers as well as academic libraries."--Graham Christian, Library Journal, February 1, 2013