Imaginative Apologetics: Theology, Philosophy and the Catholic Tradition


A Fresh Introduction to Christian Apologetics

This timely introduction argues for a version of Christian apologetics that is theological, philosophical, and "catholic" and that embraces the whole of human reason. It emphasizes a ...

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A Fresh Introduction to Christian Apologetics

This timely introduction argues for a version of Christian apologetics that is theological, philosophical, and "catholic" and that embraces the whole of human reason. It emphasizes a foundation in theology that is both confident and open and makes reference to philosophy in an accessible way.


John Hughes on proofs and arguments for faith and reason
Andrew Davison on Christian reason and Christian community
Alison Milbank on apologetics and the imagination
Donna J. Lazenby on apologetics, literature, and worldview
Michael Ward on C. S. Lewis's view of imagination and reason in apologetics
Stephen Bullivant on atheism, apologetics, and ecclesiology
Craig Hovey on Christian ethics as Good News
Graham Ward on cultural hermeneutics and Christian apologetics
Richard Conrad, OP, on moments and themes in the history of apologetics
Alister E. McGrath on the natural sciences and apologetics

"The time seems ripe to reconsider the apologetic role. . . . It is the true exercise of the imagination which induces a paradoxically sober furor and guides and cautions our discursive judgement. . . . It is the vision of Christ, the God-Man who exercised for our redemption the supreme imaginative act of recreation here on earth. A true apologetics negatively defends this imaginative action against assault by positively perpetuating its performance. It is this task which the authors of the present volume seek to renew in our time."
John Milbank, University of Nottingham (from the foreword)

"This attractive volume encourages us to invite others into Christ's way of seeing the world and to step into the life of a community where his new way of living and loving can be found. It is an original and inspiring contribution to the apologetic task of the Church."
Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801039812
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Davison (DPhil, University of Oxford) is Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Sciences in the Divinity Faculty of the University of Cambridge. He has taught at Westcott House, Cambridge, and at St. Stephen's House, Oxford, and is known for his writing on doctrine, mission, and the church. He is coauthor of For the Parish: A Critique of Fresh Expressions and joint editor of Lift Up Your Hearts.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by John Milbank
Introduction by Andrew Davison
Faith and Reason Reconsidered
1. Proofs and Arguments John Hughes
2. Christian Reason and Christian Community Andrew Davison
Christian Apologetics and the Human Imagination
3. Apologetics and the Imagination: Making Strange Alison Milbank
4. Apologetics, Literature, and Worldview Donna J. Lazenby
5. The Good Serves the Better and Both the Best: C. S. Lewis on Imagination and Reason in Apologetics Michael Ward
Being Imaginative about Christian Apologetics
6. Atheism, Apologetics, and Ecclesiology: Gaudium et Spes and Contemporary Unbelief Stephen Bullivant
7. Christian Ethics as Good News Craig Hovey
Situating Christian Apologetics
8. Cultural Hermeneutics and Christian Apologetics Graham Ward
9. Moments and Themes in the History of Apologetics Richard Conrad, OP
10. The Natural Sciences and Apologetics Alister E. McGrath

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