Thinking About Christian Apologetics: What It Is and Why We Do It  -     By: James Beilby
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Most introductions to apologetics begin with the "how to" of defending the faith, diving right into the major apologetic arguments and the body of evidence. For those who want a more foundational look at this contested theological discipline, Thinking about Christian Apologetics: What It Is and Why We Do It examines Christian apologetics in its nature, history, approaches, objections and practice. What is apologetics? How has apologetics developed? What are the basic apologetic approaches? Why should we practice apologetics? Countless Christians today are seeking a responsible way to defend and commend their faith. If you are one them, Thinking about Christian Apologetics is the place to start.

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Publication Date: 2011
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Most introductions to apologetics begin with the "how to" of defending the faith, diving right into the major apologetic arguments and the body of evidence. For those who want a more foundational look at this contested theological discipline, this book examines Christian apologetics in its nature, history, approaches, objections and practice. What is apologetics? How has apologetics developed? What are the basic apologetic approaches? Why should we practice apologetics? Countless Christians today are seeking a responsibe way to defend and commend their faith. If you are one them, Thinking About Christian Apologetics is the place to start.

Author Bio

James K. Beilby (Ph.D., Marquette University) is professor of systematic and philosophical theology at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. His books include (with David Clark), and (both with Paul Eddy), and . His articles and essays have appeared in such publications as and

Endorsements

Finally--a balanced, readable, yet sufficiently nuanced introduction to Christian apologetics! Beilby covers much terrain as he ably summarizes the central themes and assesses the relevant literature. A terrific textbook!
-Paul Copan,
professor and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University

This is a terrific little book--and much needed. This isn't a book that does apologetics; this is a book about apologetics. It answers all the important questions that those who want to defend the faith need addressed. What is apologetics? What is the biblical case? How did the field develop? What are the various methods? And most importantly, how can we effectively use apologetics to bring people to faith and glorify God? Dr. Beilby nails it in this splendid introduction. This is a must-read for anyone entering the study of apologetics.
-Craig J. Hazen,
Ph.D., director of the MA program in Christian Apologetics, Biola University

Jim Beilby's volume is distinctive--it's not your normal apologetics textbook. As such, it is an excellent addition to the growing study in this field. It makes numerous seldom-made distinctions, is handy, and contains dozens of gems. From a brief overview of the history of apologetics, to the major varieties and methods, to answering various objections, and even closing with a 'how to' chapter containing a wealth of practical insights, this handbook brings together under one cover a potpourri of items that will not be found in any other text. I recommend it highly.
-Gary R. Habermas,
Distinguished Research Professor, Liberty University & Theological Seminary

This is a wonderful book. It provides historical, conceptual and philosophical understandings of apologetics without ignoring the interpersonal aspects of sharing one's faith and the pastoral obligation to equip the church. Although he concerns himself with some sophisticated arguments and issues, Professor Beilby is remarkably clear and readable.
-Francis J. Beckwith,
professor of philosophy and church-state studies, Baylor University

Editorial Reviews

"This is a wonderful book. It provides historical, conceptual and philosophical understandings of apologetics without ignoring the interpersonal aspects of sharing one's faith and the pastoral obligation to equip the church. Although he concerns himself with some sophisticated arguments and issues, Professor Beilby is remarkably clear and readable."
"Jim Beilby's volume is distinctive--it's not your normal apologetics textbook. As such, it is an excellent addition to the growing study in this field. It makes numerous seldom-made distinctions, is handy, and contains dozens of gems. From a brief overview of the history of apologetics, to the major varieties and methods, to answering various objections, and even closing with a 'how to' chapter containing a wealth of practical insights, this handbook brings together under one cover a potpourri of items that will not be found in any other text. I recommend it highly."
"This is a terrific little book--and much needed. This isn't a book that does apologetics; this is a book about apologetics. It answers all the important questions that those who want to defend the faith need addressed. What is apologetics? What is the biblical case? How did the field develop? What are the various methods? And most importantly, how can we effectively use apologetics to bring people to faith and glorify God? Dr. Beilby nails it in this splendid introduction. This is a must-read for anyone entering the study of apologetics."
"Finally--a balanced, readable, yet sufficiently nuanced introduction to Christian apologetics! Beilby covers much terrain as he ably summarizes the central themes and assesses the relevant literature. A terrific textbook!"

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    Right book for the right reader
    December 25, 2011
    Clarke
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    Thinking About Christian Apologetics is a bit of a deviation from most books out today concerning Christian apologetics. Instead of providing any sort of actual apologetic argument, James Beilby's book aims to discuss the essence, history, and purposes behind apologetics as well as the author's advice on future actions the church should take regarding the defense of the faith. It is meant to be text for college level introductory classes to apologetics and is somewhat reminiscent of what you would find in an intro to philosophy of religion book. Although Bielby states that the book is meant to be an introduction, it is quite clear within the first couple of chapters that the reader requires, at minimum, a current basic understanding of theological and philisophical themes and concepts (i.e. basic tenets of reformed theology or postmodernism).

    I think the most helpful review would be to list reasons I believe you would want to read this book, and then maybe a couple of reasons why it may not be what you're looking for.

    Read this book if:

    1. You are relatively new to the study of apologetics

    2. You wonder why some of the books on apologetics you have read seem to contradict one another

    3. You question whether or not you (or Christians in general) should be engaging in apologetics

    4. You want to know how the faith has been defended throughout church history

    5. You have heard of Karl Barth, Soren Kierkegaard, or Blaise Pascal, but don't know what they did

    6. You want a great resource to help you decide where to look next in your study of apologetics

    Maybe check out something else if:

    1. You are wanting to proactively argue for the legitimacy of Christianity

    2. You are wanting to defend against accusations against Christianity

    3. You are new to the topics of postmodernism or reformed theology

    4. You are looking for a heart-warming devotional

    Beilby's book is a good reference, but for the right reader. This is not something you would ordinarily pick up unless you plan to continue in a more in-depth study of apologetics.
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