Introducing Apologetics: Cultivating Christian Commitment

Introducing Apologetics: Cultivating Christian Commitment

by James E. Taylor

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Heart-wrenching and mind-boggling questions about the truthfulness of Christianity deserve thoughtful, balanced, and reasonable answers. James Taylor provides a comprehensive and thorough survey of apologetics (the defense of the Christian faith) in Introducing Apologetics. He addresses the evidence for God's existence, the challenge of evil, the uniqueness of Jesus Christ, world religions, and more.

This thoughtful and accessible text will appeal to college students as well as anyone who wrestles with intellectual obstacles to faith. Taylor shows how a strong, well-reasoned defense of Christian truth can actually lead to a deeper, richer faith in addition to spiritual growth and transformation.

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ISBN-13: 9781441206619
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

James E. Taylor (Ph.D., University of Arizona) is professor of philosophy and chair of the department at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He formerly taught at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

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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