Faith Has Its Reasons: An Integrative Approach to Defending Christianityby Kenneth D. Boa, Robert M. Bowman Jr.
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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