Christian Apologetics : An Introduction, Paperback / softback Book

Christian Apologetics : An Introduction Paperback / softback

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Provides an accessible overview of the theory and practice of Christian apologetics, written by one of the leading experts in the field Christian Apologetics is a compact yet comprehensive introduction to the theological discipline devoted to the intellectual defense of the truth of the Christian religion.

Assuming no previous knowledge of Christian apologetics, this student-friendly textbook clearly explains the major theoretical and practical aspects of the tradition while exploring its core themes, historical development, and current debates. Using a non-denominational approach, world-renowned Christian scholar Alister E.

McGrath engages the ideas of a wide range of representative apologists and explores the ways they have been applied throughout history, and can still be used today. Concise, easy-to-digest chapters gradually build students' knowledge and confidence, moving from basic definitions and concepts to more advanced theory and practical application.

Throughout the text, the author engages a variety of cultural concerns about religious belief, illustrates the real-life connection of apologetic studies and ministries in the Church, and offers clear explanations and vigorous defenses of the faith that students can adopt in their own writing and speaking. Introduces the art and science of explaining and commending the Christian faithPresents approaches to apologetics that emphasize the positive appeal of Christianity to the imagination and emotionsCovers the major approaches to apologetics, identifies their strengths and weaknesses, and discusses their key representativesHelps readers in ministry and outreach defend Christianity against misunderstandings and misrepresentationsAddresses the real-world application of apologetics, including role models, good practice, and established wisdomFeatures case studies of Christian apologists such as G.

K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Tim KellerIncludes study questions, activities, further reading lists, full references, and links to video and audio resources developed by the author Designed to meet the needs of teachers looking for a clear and reliable introduction to the field, Christian Apologetics: An Introduction is an excellent textbook for undergraduate and graduate apologetics courses in colleges and seminaries, as well as church courses and study groups across Christian denominations. "McGrath judiciously mines the best apologetics from both the past and present while helpfully analyzing the task of apologetics and giving sage advice on how Christians may more effectively engage in the apologetic task.

I heartily recommend this book."—Robert B. Stewart, Professor of Philosophy and Theology, New Orleans Baptist Theology Seminary "Alister McGrath, one of Christianity’s leading scholars, has written an apologetics textbook in the legacy of C.

S. Lewis, which integrates multiple disciplines and new developments.

The result is a masterful introduction that is destined to serve the church for many years to come."—Joshua Chatraw, The Billy Graham Chair for Evangelism and Cultural Engagement, Beeson Divinity School "From the first time I heard Alister McGrath lecture as an undergraduate student I was gripped.

His unique ability to grapple with the most challenging and complex issues and communicate with clarity and wisdom is unsurpassed in our day.

In Christian Apologetics: An Introduction he provides a comprehensive picture of Apologetic approaches with his classic combination of winsomeness and brilliance.

I believe it will prove to be another classic from McGrath."—Dr Amy Orr-Ewing, Honorary Lecturer, School of Divinity, University of Aberdeen "There has long been a desperate need for a thorough and wide-ranging introduction to Christian Apologetics, not least as this branch of Christian thought and theology has become increasingly active and important in recent years.

Alister McGrath's Christian Apologetics: An Introduction fills this gap brilliantly.

All in all, this is a much needed and incredibly important book, one that McGrath—given his wide experience of writing and teaching in apologetics—is almost uniquely qualified to write."—Dr. Andy Bannister, Adjunct Professor of Apologetics, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto


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