Introducing Apologetics: Cultivating Christian Commitment

Introducing Apologetics: Cultivating Christian Commitment

by James E. Taylor


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Questions about the truthfulness of Christianity deserve thoughtful, balanced, and reasonable answers. James Taylor provides a fresh, comprehensive survey of the many methods of Christian apologetics using a unique, whole-person approach. He addresses core apologetics issues facing Christians in the twenty-first century, including the evidence for God's existence, the challenge of evil, the uniqueness of Jesus Christ, world religions, and more.

This accessible text, now in paper, will appeal to students and all who wrestle with intellectual obstacles to faith. Each chapter contains an outline, summary, list of basic terms, reflection and discussion questions, and guide to further reading. Chapter overviews and sidebars enhance the text.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801048906
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/15/2013
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 962,704
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents


Introduction: I Believe, but Help My Unbelief!
Part 1: Apologetics and Commitment
1. A Reason for the Hope Within: The Nature of Apologetics
2. Faith and Human Wisdom: Evidentialist Apologetics
3. Jerusalem and Athens: More Objections to Apologetics
4. A God-Shaped Vacuum: The Relevance of Apologetics
5. Ears to Hear and Eyes to See: Apologetics and the Heart
6. Critics, Seekers, and Doubters: Audiences for Apologetics
Part 2: Commitment to God
7. The Global Village: Worldview Options
8. The Lord Our God Is One: Monotheism
9. In the Beginning: Cosmological Explanations
10. What the Heavens Declare: Teleological Explanations
11. Why Do the Righteous Suffer? The Problem of Evil
12. A God Who Hides Himself: The Problem of Evidence
Part 3: Commitment to God in Christ
13. Who Do You Say I Am? The Person of Jesus
14. Lazarus, Come Forth: The Miracles of Jesus
15. He Is Risen Indeed! The Resurrection of Jesus
16. The Word Became Flesh: The Trinity and the Incarnation
17. The Sheep and the Goats: Salvation and Damnation
18. No Other Name: The Problem of Religious Pluralism I
19. East Meets West: The Problem of Religious Pluralism II
Part 4: Contemporary Challenges to Christian Commitment
20. The Spirit of Truth: Commitment, Canon, and Community
21. The Spirit of the Age: Critiques from the Social Sciences
22. The Origin of Species: Christianity and Natural Selection
23. The Dust of the Earth: Resurrection, Minds, and Bodies
24. The Death of God: Postmodern Challenges to Christianity
25. It's All Relative: Cultural Differences and Moral Universalism
Conclusion: Cultivating Christian Commitment
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