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Apologetics for a New Generation: A Biblical and Culturally Relevant Approach to Talking About God


Many teenagers leave home for college but don't take their faith with them. Popular writer and speaker Sean McDowell offers a solution for this problem: a new way of approaching faith that addresses the questions the emerging generation is asking and that incorporates a radically humble and relational approach.

An impressive list of contributors including Dan Kimball (They Like Jesus but Not the Church), Brian...

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Many teenagers leave home for college but don't take their faith with them. Popular writer and speaker Sean McDowell offers a solution for this problem: a new way of approaching faith that addresses the questions the emerging generation is asking and that incorporates a radically humble and relational approach.

An impressive list of contributors including Dan Kimball (They Like Jesus but Not the Church), Brian Godawa (Hollywood Worldviews), and Josh McDowell show that today's apologetics must employ...

  • a clear connection with everyday life
  • an invitation for people to express their doubts and wrestle with tough questions
  • a culturally savvy understanding of the way secular people view Christians
  • an engaging methodology that captures the imagination before engaging the mind
  • a strong emphasis on the resurrection and how it changes everything

This resource is imperative for leaders who are ready to engage a new generation with the claims of Christ.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The compilation of noted speakers and authors in Apologetics for a New Generation on pertinent topics that face this and our next generation is absolutely outstanding. It is a must read for every parent, youth worker and teacher out there.
"No person who is serious about affecting the lives of young people for Christ should be without the insight and wisdom contained in this book. I'd love to see it as required reading in every youth group/small study group across the nation. Our Christian young people need not only to believe in Christ, but be able to defend their faith in Christ and this resource is a definite beginning for this use. Thanks Sean for a job well done."
--Dr.Timothy L. Heaton, Professor of Education, Cedarville University

"Apologetics meets postmodernism. Sean gives me a renewed sense that apologetics really does matter. I will recommend this book to every youth pastor I know."
--Ryan Snuffer, DMin, director, The Christian Resource Center

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736925204
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series:
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 401,942
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sean McDowell is an educator and a popular speaker at schools, churches, and conferences nationwide. He is author of Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World, coauthor of 77 FAQs About God and the Bible, Experience Your Bible, and Understanding Intelligent Design, and general editor of Apologetics for a New Generation and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. He is currently pursuing a PhD in apologetics and worldview studies. Sean's website,, offers his blog, many articles and videos, and much additional curriculum.
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Table of Contents

Foreword David Kinnaman 9

Introduction: Apologetics for a New Generation Sean McDowell 13

Part 1 A New Approach

1 A Different Kind of Apologist Dan Kimball 29

2 Truth Never Gets Old Brett Kunkle 41

An Interview Lee Strobel 55

3 A Fresh Apologetic: Relationships That Transform Josh McDowell 57

4 Christianity and Culture: Defending our Fathers and Mothers John Mark Reynolds 69

An Interview J.P. Moreland 81

5 A Human Apologetic: Tilling the Soul Dale Fincher 83

Part 2 New Methods

6 Capturing the Imagination Before Engaging the Mind Craig J. Hazen 97

7 Conversational Apologetics: Evangelism for the New Millennium David Geisler 109

An Interview Greg Stier 119

8 Storytelling and Persuasion Brian Godawa 121

9 Apologetics and Emotional Development: Understanding Our Ways of Knowing and Finding Meaning Mark Matlock 137

An Interview Jeff Myers 146

10 Making Apologetics Come Alive in Youth Ministry Alex McFarland 149

11 Home-Field Advantage Chris Sherrod 161

Part 3 New Challenges

12 Jesus: Risen for a New Generation Jason Carlson 175

13 Apologetics and Race Alison Thomas 189

An Interview Mike Licona 196

14 Homosexuality: Know the Truth and Speak It with Compassion Alan Shlemon 199

15 Abortion and Common Ground Stephen Wagner 211

An Interview Skip Heitzig 219

16 Defending Femininity: Why Jesus Is Good News for Women Jonalyn Grace Fincher 221

Appendix: Recommended Resources for Students 235

Notes 237

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  • Posted March 31, 2009

    Fascinating look at how to share faith in a postmodern world

    Apologetics for a New Generation edited by Sean McDowell is a collection of essays about how the study and use of apologetics has changed and needs to change to be relevant in the 21st century. Apologetics is the study and defense of Christianity and is often used to try and convince nonbelievers, but because we now live in a postmodern society, the old arguments don't work. There are a lot of great essays in this book to help not only in addressing nonbelievers, but in talking to teens, even those who do have faith. Not every essay succeeds as well as others. Some get caught up in jargon and high-minded language. Others are fascinating reading, and I finally now understand the difference between modern and postmodern thinking! This is a terrific book for youth leaders and church leaders as well as lay people interested in wanting to know how to have successful and interesting conversations about God. The overriding theme of the book is that relationships are necessary before opinions can be shared. It's a good message for everyone.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    Good Basic Instructions

    I am not that familiar with Apologetics which is why I read this book. It is a series of chapters written by different people about their view of presenting Christianity to the post-modern generation. All of the chapters were well written and had very interesting and do-able suggestions with good basic theological and realistic reasons. This is definitely not a "because I said so" or a "this is how it feels" type of response to the basic question "How do you present Christianity to today's young adults in a manner that will gain their interest and promote their faith?" Every chapter focused on a different theme answer; and I was very impressed with the thoughts that they brought forward. A great read for anyone interested in working with Christian and non-Christian youth in order to strengthen their faith.

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