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Must a person accept Christianity on faith alone, or is there a reasoned defense for being a Christian? The authors of this book hold that Christianity is eminently reasonable. The primacy of the mind in the Christian faith can be affirmed without denying the importance of the heart. This book embraces reason without rationalism, personal love without personalism, faith without fideism is our capacity to love Him. The book is divided into three parts. Section I is a prolegomenon dealing with the problems and methods of apologetics. Section II develops the theistic proofs and authority of Scripture. Section III is given over to a critique of presuppositionalism in apologetics, particularly with reference to the thought of Cornelius Van Til. Classical Apologetics will help the thoughtful Christian understand his or her faith better, and it will provide more solid grounds for sharing this faith with others.
Art Lindsley, M.Div. Ph.D. is the Vice President of Theological Initiatives at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics. He previously served as President and Senior Fellow at the C.S. Lewis Institute since 1987. He is also the author of C.S. Lewis's Case for Christ, True Truth, Love: The Ultimate Apologetic, and co-author with R.C. Sproul and John Gerstner of Classical Apologetics.
Dr. R.C. Sproul is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education ministry located near Orlando, Florida. His teaching can be heard on the program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and in 40 countries worldwide. He is the executive editor of Tabletalk magazine, general editor of The Reformation Study Bible, and the author of more than seventy books and scores of articles for national evangelical publications. Dr. Sproul also serves as president of Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies, and Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida. He currently serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew's in Sanford, FL.
Erick Nieves5 Stars Out Of 5August 30, 2007Erick NievesThis book is ideal for those at an intermediate level of understanding Christian apologetics and the theological/philosophical issues bound up with it. Many students of Van Till will find this volume a hard read due to the pull no punches tone of the authors, which is to be understood as a response to decades of criticism coming from Van Till himself. For that reason, it seems to me, many presuppositionalists havn't even read the entire book and trust that it would be a waste of their time. What is lacking is a more thorough introduction to presuppositional apologetics which you will have to glean from it's advocates. However, the entire system is dealt with throughout, but it will be somewhat difficult to grasp because of the lack of a systematic reference point. If any truly desire to understand how classical apologetics proceeds and the differences between these two schools of thought, this book is for you. I searched and found plenty of blatant dismissals and skepticism but could not find a single intelectualy sound refutation of the critique contained in this book. God bless.