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How can you share the gospel with someone who doesn’t care? As Western culture becomes increasingly indifferent to questions of faith, diverted by secularism, comfort, and distraction, believers encounter many people who don’t so much doubt God as they are apathetic toward him. In Apatheism, Kyle Beshears urges us to recapture the joy of our salvation and demonstrates how to faithfully display the love of Christ to apatheist friends and neighbors.
|Title: Apatheism: How to Share When They Don't Care|
By: Kyle Beshears
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: B&H Academic
Publication Date: 2021
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 X 0.5 (inches)|
Weight: 7 ounces
Stock No: WW991520
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Tawa Anderson, associate professor of philosophy, Oklahoma Baptist University
"Weve been trained to share the gospel with adherents of other religions. Weve been trained to share the gospel with people who viscerally oppose Christianity. But what about that vast middle of folks who . . . just dont care? As people live their lives unaware of their dire spiritual state, evangelism to the uninterested is perhaps our greatest challenge. Apatheism is the book you need to reach a world that doesnt seem to care. With painstaking scriptural focus and a heart full of compassion for the lost, Beshears lays out an approach that is both biblical and wise. If you care about the people who dont care, you need this book."
Daniel Darling, senior vice president of communications, National Religious Broadcasters, and pastor of teaching and discipleship, Green Hill Church, Mt. Juliet, TN
"In a secular age, belief in God is not just contestable, but also uninteresting. Theres a new virtue in town: apathy, especially when it comes to ultimate questions about God, meaning, and happiness. In Apatheism, Kyle Beshears expertly diagnoses the root causes of this indifference toward the God question and provides a helpful model for sharing the good news of Jesus to the uninterested. This book is essential reading for anyone seeking to effectively share the gospel with those who have lost touch with that deepest desire of every human heart for the pursuing love of God. "
Paul M. Gould, associate professor of philosophy of religion and director of the MA in Philosophy of Religion program, Palm Beach Atlantic University
"A wise pastor once told me the biggest problem we face as Christian leaders is not hostility but apathy. And thats the problem that Kyle Beshears helps us address in this important new book. Its not helpful for us to answer questions few bother to ask anymore. Beshears helps us stoke the latent desires of unbelievers to want to want to believe."
Collin Hansen, editorial director, The Gospel Coalition
"Twenty years ago, when I took my first steps into the field of apologetics, non-Christians sometimes misunderstood what I said and often despised the claims that I madebut no one ever said, I dont care whether these things are true or false. But things have changed. Today, I hear some variation of this attitude over and over from high school and college students. Its not that these young people are vehemently anti-Christian; they simply dont care whether or not Christianity is true. Apologists in todays culture must have the capacity not only to respond to false claims about Christianity but also to engage with this growing sense of apathy toward faith. In Apatheism: How We Share When They Dont Care, Kyle Beshears provides a clear roadmap for sharing the gospel with those who claim that they arent interested in whether or not the claims of Jesus are true."
Timothy Paul Jones, vice president of doctoral studies and chair of apologetics, ethics, and philosophy, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"In the New Testament, we often read about unbelievers being hostile toward Christians and their faith, but in many places today, we arent dealing so much with a hostility toward the gospel problem (though thats increasing in places), but with a happy without the gospel problem. How do we reach happy pagansthose who are apathetic toward belief in God? With the rise in secularism in the West, including here in the States, I am thrilled to have Beshearss Apatheism in print. He provides us with important truth to consider in order to be both faithful and effective in our witness, as we radiate a contagious joy in Christ, and as we reflect the love of our God before a broken world in need."
Tony Merida, dean and professor of preaching and theology, Grimké Seminary; director of theological training, Acts 29; and pastor for preaching and vision, Imago Dei Church, Raleigh, NC
"This book is for those who care to share with those who dont care. Its helpful for everyone to understand the religious, non-religious, and irreligious sentiments of our culture. Increasingly, vast numbers of people simply dont care about the question of God. You might remember the adage, You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot force it to drink. But there are things we might do to make it want to drink, and that is in part what this book is abouthow to get those apathetic to God to begin caring about the question of God and perhaps the gospel of Christ."
Corey Miller, president and CEO, Ratio Christi campus apologetics alliance
"The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest, says our Lord in Luke 10:2. That word for send has often been explained to have a somewhat violent connotation, as if it must be done by force. Well, it has become clear to me that the Lords method of answering this prayer in this age will mean waking and shaking potential harvesters from the sleep of apathy and preparing them for a harvest field where people are numbed by apathy. In Apatheism, Beshears helps us understand a prevailing mindset of the culture around us. This book helps us become better missionaries and better students of our culture, equipped to engage hearts and minds to see the need they dont know they have. This work is a gift!"
Noah Oldham, senior director of deployment, Send Network, North American Mission Board, and lead pastor, August Gate Church, Belleville, IL
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