Cornelius Plantinga Jr. Preaching and Theology Collection (3 vols.)

Eerdmans, 1995–2002


Cornelius Plantinga is an exceptional communicator and teacher. In this collection, he helps readers examine core doctrines of the Christian faith and develop a mature biblically centered worldview. Answering difficult questions about the relevance of Christianity in the contemporary world, Plantinga explains the biblical basis for the doctrine of sin, how students can develop a Christ-centered worldview, and how all Christians can live as faithful witnesses.

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Key Features

  • Addresses major questions in contemporary Christianity
  • Provides clear articulation of key doctrines
  • Presents methods for developing a Christian worldview

Product Details

  • Title: Cornelius Plantinga Jr. Preaching and Theology Collection
  • Author: Cornelius Plantinga Jr.
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 733
  • Christian Group: Reformed
  • Resource Type: Monographs
  • Topic: Reformed Theology

Individual Titles

Beyond Doubt: Faith-Building Devotions on Questions Christians Ask

  • Author: Cornelius Plantinga Jr.
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 347

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From the pen of award-winning author Cornelius Plantinga Jr. comes this book of flesh-and-blood Christian meditations with a theological spine. Beyond Doubt unpacks the deep truths of the Christian faith by raising basic questions like these:

  • What is God like?
  • Why pray?
  • Male and female—how are we related?
  • What is Jesus doing?
  • What is the shape of the godly life?
  • If the Lord is with us, why do we suffer?
  • How do we face death?
Plantinga addresses such questions through short, vivid meditations, each of which begins with a Bible verse and ends with a brief edifying prayer. Written in the graceful, polished prose that Plantinga is celebrated for, Beyond Doubt will help both new Christians and mature believers to grow in their faith.

At last!—a faith-building book that could spark life-changing discussions in churches and families, as well as formative reflections for those who read it alone. Beyond Doubt offers meditations with sudden turns and theological surprises deep enough for adults, yet clear enough for youth—and all this with a freshness that is warmly inviting. The book’s effortless flow hides its eminently skillful craftsmanship. Cornelius Plantinga does much more than answer questions astutely; he also calms our fears, nurtures our longings for God, and strengthens our hopes in these tense times. The best theology is rooted in worship, and this book immerses us in prayer—and God!

—Marva Dawn, author, Unfettered Hope

I know no one more trustworthy in guiding us into important questions such as these. And Plantinga’s graceful style adds a layer of unexpected pleasure.

—Philip Yancey, author, The Jesus I Never Knew

A book to nourish the heart, inform the mind, and delight the soul of anybody who loves tough truth expressed in a fine sentence and a good story. From start to finish, a joy to read.

—Lewis B. Smedes, author, Keeping Hope Alive

One of Neal Plantinga’s great gifts is the ability to communicate the depths of the Christian faith in ways that are clear, memorable, and lyrical. In Beyond Doubt that gift is in full flower. Here Plantinga shines the light of his good and faithful mind on the questions that all of us ask about God and life.

Thomas G. Long, author, Preaching from Memory to Hope

Engaging God’s World: A Christian Vision of Faith, Learning, and Living

  • Author: Cornelius Plantinga Jr.
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 170

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The Bible admonishes Christians to love God with the mind as well as with the heart. Engaging God’s World clearly links this scriptural mandate with the pursuit of academic life, extolling the crucial role of Christian higher education in the intellectual and spiritual formation of believers.

Chiefly intended to serve as a primer for students beginning college careers but valuable to thoughtful Christians at every stage of life, this volume spells out the central themes of the Christian faith from a Reformed perspective. More important, however, the book shows how Christian higher education fits inside a view of the world and of human life that is formed by these ideas.

“Learning,” Cornelius Plantinga writes, “is a spiritual calling; properly done, it attaches us to God.” Approaching the topic of education from a variety of angles, Plantinga shows that Christ-centered learning teaches people to correctly see the world as God’s creation, to see providence in history, to handle secular knowledge critically, to develop good judgment and, ultimately, to use faith-filled learning in the service of God's kingdom.

Cornelius Plantinga, as usual, has done a masterful job.

George Marsden, author, Jonathan Edwards

Reading Neal Plantinga on loving God with our minds is like listening to Louis Armstrong play jazz or watching Ben and Jerry make ice cream. A master craftsman is at work. He wears a mantle of rich learning with lightness and grace. To read him is to remember that learning—when it’s done rightly—is an act of devotion and submission and fierce joy. I will give this book to my three children. I wish all students would read it.

John Ortberg, pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

An absorbing and gracefully written introduction to the biblical drama and its importance for education and vocational reflection. Laced also with pithy metaphors and wry but well-placed humor, this is vintage Neal Plantinga.

—Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, professor of psychology, Eastern University

This book will become required reading for thousands of students. But its fresh and engaging style will attract and inform faculty, parents, trustees, and others who have an interest in the growing movement of intentionally Christian colleges and universities. Neal Plantinga makes a case for why the Christian worldview makes a huge difference in how we learn and live.

—Robert C. Andringa, author, The Nonprofit Board Answer Book

Welcome to Christian thought! Neal Plantinga has accomplished the extraordinary. This book introduces us to broad reaches of Christian theology with clarity, humor, balance, and verve. This book will intrigue and delight students and professors alike in Calvinist colleges (the context from which it emerges). But don’t be put off by Plantinga’s Dutch Calvinist accent! His is a voice of wide learning, cultural sensitivity, and deep spiritual conviction that never condescends as he simply and winsomely teaches us great truths of our universal Christian faith. And students and professors at secular universities will value this handbook of Christian as they, too, seek a Christian perspective on their academic vocations.

John G. Stackhouse Jr., author, Humble Apologetics

Would that all church-related colleges were willing to offer this text by Neal Plantinga to their students to make Christian sense of their education. Its argument is biblically grounded, theologically sound, wisely commended, and, as is usual with his writing, beautifully expressed. A great theological framework for Christian education!

—Robert Benne, professor, Roanoke College

Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin

  • Author: Cornelius Plantinga Jr.
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 216

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This timely book retrieves an old awareness that has slipped and changed in recent decades. The awareness of sin used to be our shadow. Christians hated sin, feared it, fled from it—and grieved over it. But the shadow of sin has now dimmed in our consciousness. Even preachers, who once got visibly angry over a congregation’s sin, now speak of sin in a mumble.

Cornelius Plantinga pulls the ancient doctrine of sin out of mothballs and presents it to contemporary readers in clear language, drawing from a wide range of books, films, and other cultural resources. In smoothly flowing prose Plantinga describes how sin corrupts what is good and how such corruption spreads. He discusses the parasitic quality of sin and the ironies and pretenses generated by this quality. He examines the relation of sin to folly and addiction. He describes two classic “postures” or movements of sin—attack and flight. And in an epilogue he reminds us that whatever we say about sin also sharpens our eye for the beauty of grace.

A coherent, substantive theological treatise with a wealth of homiletical insights and real-life connections.

Princeton Seminary Bulletin

The book is almost always interesting, often provocative, and sometimes infuriating. . . Plantinga’s insistence that sin is a theologically and philosophically relevant category deserves serious consideration.


Highly recommended reading and a must for church libraries.

Librarian's World

His patient dissection, clear writing style, and ease with metaphor make this book a valuable catalog of sin’s various mutations . . . Pastors and counselors will find this book especially valuable.

CBA Bookstore Journal

About Cornelius Plantinga Jr.

Cornelius Plantinga Jr. is president emeritus of Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and senior research fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. His many articles and essays have appeared in Books and Culture, Christianity Today, and The Christian Century.


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