Friday, October 22, 2010

Alister McGrath is working on a biography on C. S. Lewis, while Gary Habermas is on a massive book project on the resurrection of Jesus Christ

Alister McGrath started a blog dedicated to his latest writing project: a biography of C. S. Lewis. The book will be published in 2013 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis' death. McGrath mentioned that this biography "will focus on [Lewis'] role as an apologist, especially in the postmodern context." Previously McGrath has written monograph for each of these famous theologians: Martin Luther, J. I. Packer, John Calvin and T. F. Torrance.

No wonder he told me that his three volumes of Scientific Dogmatics will not come out so soon, not least for the next decade or so.

Gary Habermas, on the other side of the Atlantic, reveals in an interview that he is now working on a trilogy book project detailing the resurrection of Jesus (his pet topic), which is one thousand pages long for each volume. He said that 70% of what he will be including in the trilogy are materials which have not yet been published by anyone as far as he knew.

Habermas himself has published several books on the topic (The Resurrection of Jesus: An Apologetic [Baker, 1980], Ancient Evidence for the Life of Jesus: Historical Records of his Death and Resurrection [Thomas Nelson, 1984], The Risen Jesus & Future Hope [Rowman & Littlefield, 2003], The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus [co-authored with Michael Licona, Kregel, 2004]). And in 2005, Habermas has published an article in the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus, 3.2, detailing all the researches done from 1975 until 2005 concerning Jesus' resurrection.

N. T. Wright has published a seven hundreds pages book on the topic in 2003. Dale Allison published one in 2005. Michael Bird and James Crossley came out with one together last year. And just recently, Habermas' protege, Michael Licona, has his own seven hundreds pages book on this very topic rolled out fresh from the printer. So I am a bit skeptical when Habermas said that he possesses 70% materials that have not seen the daylight. But in anyway, we shall wait and see.

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