Introducing Apologetics: Cultivating Christian Commitment

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"This book is a thoughtful introduction to Christian apologetics that is focused on the needs and interests of students but embodies a deep understanding of the underlying philosophical issues. It is a wise and helpful book."
--C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University

"Introducing Apologetics finds the balance that apologetics books typically lack: it has sweeping breadth without being simplistic, it draws deeply on recent scholarship while remaining completely accessible, and it ...

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Overview

"This book is a thoughtful introduction to Christian apologetics that is focused on the needs and interests of students but embodies a deep understanding of the underlying philosophical issues. It is a wise and helpful book."
--C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University

"Introducing Apologetics finds the balance that apologetics books typically lack: it has sweeping breadth without being simplistic, it draws deeply on recent scholarship while remaining completely accessible, and it plumbs theoretical depths while offering practical, relevant wisdom. The result is a book wonderfully suited for the classroom and the nonacademic Christian reader alike."
--Michael J. Murray, John Templeton Foundation

"[Taylor] employs the tools of analytic philosophy in a manner that is accessible to nonspecialists and integrates historical and biblical evidences in his defense of Christian faith. . . . Taylor is to be commended for envisioning the discipline of apologetics to be done within the context of Christian discipleship. . . . [The book] is irenic and balanced in its presentation of arguments. . . . Taylor covers a wide breadth of issues. . . . [The text] cover[s] many issues found in traditional introductory books on Christian apologetics. Yet, the text is distinct in that it goes beyond these familiar yet important matters to include discussions that have again emerged in contemporary philosophy of religion and philosophical theology, which was certainly refreshing to read. . . . Taylor has provided a very informative and thorough introductory textbook on Christian apologetics. It is certainly a welcomed addition to the field."
--Patrick T. Smith, Philosophia Christi

"Taylor steers a middle course between 'an overemphasis on reason and an overemphasis on faith.'. . . While there is nothing here that contradicts Catholic or Orthodox Christianity (and much in support), this text defends Christianity more broadly. . . . The text is readable and ideally suited for introductory courses on Christian apologetics, especially at the undergraduate level, and at evangelical institutions."
--Glenn M. Harden, Religious Studies Review

"Taylor wrote this work as a college textbook with outlines of each chapter, lists of terms and people in each chapter, and review questions. It is both well-organized and highly user-friendly. . . . Taylor carefully crafted his work to help Christians understand who they are and what they believe as they are bombarded by the contemporary philosophies of our day. From a missiological perspective, the author approaches his subject with a Western mindset. He does an excellent job."
--John F. Easterling, Missiology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801027864
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

James E. Taylor (PhD, University of Arizona) is professor of philosophy at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He formerly taught at Bowling Green State University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : I believe, but help my unbelief! 5
1 A reason for the hope within : the nature of apologetics 17
2 Faith and human wisdom : evidentialist apologetics 29
3 Jerusalem and Athens : more objections to apologetics 39
4 A God-shaped vacuum : the relevance of apologetics 51
5 Ears to hear and eyes to see : apologetics and the heart 63
6 Critics, seekers, and doubters : audiences for apologetics 75
7 The global village : worldview options 87
8 The Lord our God is one : monotheism 99
9 In the beginning : cosmological explanations 113
10 What the heavens declare : teleological explanations 127
11 Why do the righteous suffer? : the problem of evil 141
12 A God who hides himself : the problem of evidence 155
13 Why do you say I am? : the person of Jesus 171
14 Lazarus, come forth : the miracles of Jesus 185
15 He is risen indeed! The resurrection of Jesus 199
16 The word became flesh : the trinity and the incarnation 213
17 The sheep and the goats : salvation and damnation 227
18 No other name : the problem of religious pluralism I 241
19 East meets west : the problem of religious pluralism II 255
20 The spirit of truth : commitment, canon, and community 269
21 The spirit of the age : critiques from the social sciences 283
22 The origin of species : Christianity and natural selection 299
23 The dust of the Earth : resurrection, minds, and bodies 317
24 The death of God : postmodern challenges to Christianity 331
25 It's all relative : cultural differences and moral universalism 347
Conclusion : cultivating Christian commitment 361
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