Faith Has Its Reasons: An Integrative Approach to Defending Christianity


Ever since the apostle Paul addressed the Stoic and Epicurean philosophers in Athens, relating the Christian worldview to a nonChristian world has been a challenge. And despite Peter's charge to be "ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you" (1 Peter 3:15), most Christian laypeople have left apologetics-the defense of the faith-to the ecclesiastical "pros." Even after twenty centuries of accumulated experience, many still feel unprepared to offer a coherent ...
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Ever since the apostle Paul addressed the Stoic and Epicurean philosophers in Athens, relating the Christian worldview to a nonChristian world has been a challenge. And despite Peter's charge to be "ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you" (1 Peter 3:15), most Christian laypeople have left apologetics-the defense of the faith-to the ecclesiastical "pros." Even after twenty centuries of accumulated experience, many still feel unprepared to offer a coherent defense of their faith to those who question it, attack it, or just want to know more about it. It doesn't have to be that way!

Kenneth Boa and Robert Bowman have assembled a wealth of information about what Christians believe and how to present that faith to an unbelieving world. Remarkable, both in its depth of content and ease of accessibility, Faith Has Its Reasons gives Christian laypeople the tools to address such critical questions as:

* Why is belief in God rational despite the prevalence of evil in the world?

* What facts support the church's testimony that Jesus rose from the dead?

* Can we be certain Christianity is true?

* How can our faith in Christ be based on something more secure than our own understanding without descending into an irrational emotionalism?

Using conversations with two hypothetical and vastly different individuals (one a skeptical, nominal Protestant and one a nominal Hindu), Boa and Bowman illustrate how four of the most widely used approaches to Christian apologetics-reason, fact, revelation, and faith-can be used to answer questions of faith. In doing so, they also explain the strengths and weaknesses of these varying approaches.

Faith Has Its Reasons is about much more than developing the intellectual discipline to answer abstract questions. Ultimately, its purpose is to help bring people into a relationship with the living and true God.

Applying the principle of "unity in diversity" to apologetic systems, this

book integrates the best insights of each approach. In challenging readers

to maximize the stunning reasons for faith in concert with the magnetic

power of transformed hearts, this book charts the right course for the

future of apologetics. -David K. Clark, Dean and Professor of Theology, Bethel Seminary

I know of no better analysis of Christian apologetic systems than *Faith

Has Its Reasons*. It is comprehensive and rigorous, yet eminently

readable. However, this book's greatest virtue is its ability to locate

the importance of apologetics in the life of the church as well as in the

personal faith of the individual believer. -Francis J. Beckwith, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy, culture, and law, Trinity International University, author of *Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air* (Baker)

Author Biography: DR. KENNETH BOA is the president of Reflections Ministries. He has authored numerous books including Pursuing Wisdom and The Art of Living Well (both NavPress) and is a contributing editor to the Open Bible, the Promise Keeper's Men's Study Bible, and the Leadership Bible. Dr. Boa earned a bachelor's degree from Case Institute of Technology, a master's degree in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and doctoral degrees from both New York University and the University of Oxford. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

ROBERT M. BOWMAN, JR., is the director of research for Watchman Fellowship, an apologetics ministry specializing in cults and new age religions, in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the author of six other books including Why You Should Believe in the Trinity (Baker Book House) and coauthor with Kenneth D. Boa of the Gold Medallion winner An Unchanging Faith in a Changing World (Thomas Nelson). Rob taught apologetics and biblical studies at Luther Rice Seminary for five years and is a Ph.D. candidate at Westminster Theological Seminary.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576831434
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Part 1 What Is Apologetics?
1 Defining Apologetics 17
From Apologia to Apologetics
Apologetics and Related Terms
The Functions of Apologetics
2 A Brief History of Apologetics 25
Apologetics in the New Testament
The Early Church Fathers
The Reformation
Apologetics Faces Skepticism
The Rise of Modern Apologetics
3 Issues and Methods in Apologetics 55
Four Types of Apologetic Systems
Issues in Apologetics
Part 2 Apologetics as Proof
4 Apologists Who Emphasize Reason 71
Historical Roots of Classical Apologetics
B. B. Warfield
C. S. Lewis
Norman L. Geisler
Peter Kreeft
William Lane Craig
5 Classical Apologetics: A Reasonable Faith 91
Rational Tests for Determining Truth
The Foundation of Theology
The Constructive Use of Philosophy
Christianity Consistent with Science
Revelation Confirmed in History
Proof from Experience
6 Proving the Christian Worldview 109
Scripture as Conclusion
Disproving Other Worldviews
Proving God's Existence
The Deductive Problem of Evil
Miracles as the Credentials of Revelation
Jesus: The Alternatives
7 Apologetics and the Limits of Reason 135
The Classical Apologetics Model
Classical Apologetics Illustrated
The Strengths of Classical Apologetics
The Weaknesses of Classical Apologetics
Part 3 Apologetics as Defense
8 Apologists Who Emphasize Fact 159
Historical Roots of Evidentialism
Joseph Butler
James Orr
Clark H. Pinnock
John Warwick Montgomery
Richard Swinburne
9 Evidentialist Apologetics: Faith Founded on Fact 177
Methods for Discovering Truth
The Defense of Theology
Critical Use of Philosophy
Christianity Vindicated by Science
History as the Medium of Revelation
Experience Founded on Evidence
10 Presenting Evidence That Demands a Verdict 203
Scripture as Source
The Uniqueness of Christianity
The Case for God
The Inductive Problem of Evil
Miracles as Evidence for God
Jesus: The Evidence
11 Apologetics and the Interpretation of Fact 227
The Evidentialist Model
Evidentialism Illustrated
The Strengths of Evidentialist Apologetics
The Weaknesses of Evidentialist Apologetics
Part 4 Apologetics as Offense
12 Apologists Who Emphasize Revelation 249
John Calvin
Modern Roots of the Reformed Approach
Herman Dooyeweerd
Cornelius Van Til
Gordon H. Clark
Alvin Plantinga
13 Reformed Apologetics: Christianity in Conflict 287
Biblical Standard for Defining Truth
The Vindication of Reformed Theology
Toward a Christian Philosophy
Christianity Against False Science
Revelation as Interpreting History
The Problem with Experience
14 Taking Every Thought Captive 315
Scripture as Foundation
Antithesis Between Christian and Non-Christian Religion
Belief in God as Basic
The Theological Problem of Evil
Miracles as Revealed by God
Jesus: The Self-Attesting Christ of Scripture
15 Apologetics and the Authority of Revelation 341
The Reformed Apologetics Model
Reformed Apologetics Illustrated
The Strengths of Reformed Apologetics
The Weaknesses of Reformed Apologetics
Part 5 Apologetics as Persuasion
16 Apologists Who Emphasize Faith 363
Historical Roots of Fideism
Martin Luther
Blaise Pascal
Soren Kierkegaard
Karl Barth
Donald G. Bloesch
17 Fideist Apologetics: Reasons of The Heart 393
Divine Call to Obey the Truth
Making Theology Personal
Critiquing the God of the Philosophers
Christianity and the Reality Beyond Science
Revelation as Transcending History
Faith Is Experience
18 Calling People to Encounter God in Jesus Christ 417
Scripture as Witness
Christian Faith: Not Another Religion
To Know God Is to Know God Exists
The Personal Problem of Evil
Miracles as God Revealing Himself
Jesus: The Christ of Faith
19 Apologetics and the Subjectivity of Faith 435
The Fideist Model
Fideism Illustrated
The Strengths of Fideism
The Weaknesses of Fideism
Part 6 An Integrative Approach
20 Apologists Who Favor Integration 451
Precursors of Integrative Approaches
Edward John Carnell
Francis A. Schaeffer
David K. Clark
C. Stephen Evans
John M. Frame
21 Contending for the Faith: Apologetics and Human Knowledge 509
Perspectival Approaches to Defending Truth
Apologetics and Theology
Apologetics and Philosophy
Christianity and Science
Revelation and History
Apologetics and Experience
22 Reasons for Hope: Integrating Diverse Arguments in Apologetics 523
Scripture as Truth
Myth, Truth, and Religion
God Who Makes Himself Known
Solutions to the Problems of Evil
Miracles as Signs
Jesus: The Answer
23 Speaking the Truth in Love: Perspectives on Apologetics 535
One Body, Many Gifts: How Apologists Differ
One World, Many Individuals: How People Differ
One Process, Many Stages: How Apologetic Needs Differ
One Faith, Many Questions: How Apologetic Problems Differ
Metapologetics: Four Approaches
Apologetics: Four Approaches
Appendix A Categorizing Apologetic Methods 547
Appendix B Apologetics Web Sites 553
For Further Study 555
List of Tables and Charts 593
Name Index 594
Subject Index 599
Scripture Index 608
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