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Apologetics at the Cross: An Introduction for Christian Witness
Amid the pluralism and secularism of Western culture, Christian apologetics has experienced a renewal of interest. In Apologetics at the Cross, Joshua D. Chatraw and Mark D. Allen provide an introduction to the field, acquainting students and lay learners with the rich history, biblical foundation, and ongoing relevance of apologetics.
Unique in its approach, Apologetics at the Cross presents the biblical and historical foundations for apologetics, explores various contemporary methods for approaching apologetics, and gives practical guidance in "how to" chapters that feature many real-life illustrations. With their respectful approach, which pays special attention to the attitude and posture of the apologist, Chatraw and Allen equip Christians to engage skeptics with the heart as well as the mind.
Conversational in tone and balanced in approach, Apologetics at the Cross provides a readable introduction to the field of apologetics. Readers will be informed and equipped for engaging a wide range of contemporary challenges with the best in Christian thought.
|Title: Apologetics at the Cross: An Introduction for Christian Witness|
By: Joshua Chatraw
Number of Pages: 336
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 9.10 X 7.40 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound 9 ounces
Stock No: WW524687
Joshua Chatraw (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the director for New City Fellows and the Resident Theologian at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. His books include Apologetics at the Cross, Cultural Engagement, Truth in a Culture of Doubt, and Truth Matters. He is a fellow with the Center for Pastor Theologians and has served in both pastoral and academic posts during his ministry.
Mark D. Allen (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, D.Min. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) serves as the Chair of Liberty University's Biblical and Theological Studies Department and the Director of the Greek Program. His Ph.D. from Notre Dame focused on Christianity and Judaism in antiquity and his dissertation dealt with Old Testament critical scholarship. Mark brings twenty years of church planting and pastoral experience.
One of the best books about apologetics Ive read. It offers a compelling vision for the place of apologetics in the life of individual believers and the church, drawing on the rich wisdom of the Christian past and the best recent approaches to the apologetic task. This book will both enrich the lives of Christians and help them defend and commend their faith in todays complex world. -- ALISTER E. MCGRATH, professor of science and religion, University of Oxford, and director, Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion
Just when you think this book is the comprehensive apologetics textbook youve been looking for---covering Scripture, history, philosophy, and culture---you realize its also something more: a creative, original proposal for an inside-out apologetic that is precisely what we need in our secular age. If you're skittish about apologetics, like I am, this book will show you another way. -- JAMES K. A. SMITH, professor of philosophy, Calvin College, and author of You Are What You Love and How (Not) to Be Secular
This is a welcome addition to the library of books on apologetics. It is also a rare book: most defenses of the faith do not make the gospel their lodestar and template. This one breaks new ground in letting the reason for the Christian hope---Jesus crucified and risen---guide and govern the forms and methods of faiths defense. Apologetics at the Cross incorporates biblical materials, the history of apologetics, and theology to make a cumulative case for the church as a socially embodied cruciform argument whose members are alert to how different people may need to be shown various different paths (i.e., kinds of arguments) that lead to, and into, the reality of the gospel. This is a book brim full of apologetic wisdom---most notably, the wisdom of the cross. -- KEVIN J. VANHOOZER, research professor of systematic theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Imagine a book on apologetics that not only deals with content, but discusses tone and heart, is gentle and wise, and overviews method and approach with care and balance. That is Apologetics at the Cross. Not only does it walk through the common questions; it orients one to the different ways people think and relate to those issues. Here is a book that does apologetics with depth, not just of the mind, but of the soul. -- DARRELL BOCK, executive director for cultural engagement, Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement, Dallas Theological Seminary
Drawing on key biblical themes and the best of the Christian tradition, Josh Chatraw and Mark Allen have provided readers with a much-needed work for those looking to think more deeply about the Christian faith and the importance of Christian apologetics for our post-Christian world. This creatively written volume offers an unapologetic commitment to the gospel message, skillful analysis of a wide-ranging survey of the field of apologetics, and a helpful introduction to contextualization through the lens of the cross. Apologetics at the Cross not only informs and educates, but also points toward authentic witness and faithful living. Students, pastors, and church leaders will be strengthened by this outstanding resource, which serves as a trusted compass that people will not only read, but to which they will likely turn again and again for guidance. Highly recommended! -- DAVID S. DOCKERY, president, Trinity International University/Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
For many Christians, if were going to be honest, to picture ourselves defending the faith is almost like imagining perpetrating an act of mental abuse on the unsuspecting. But more often than not, we feel this way because weve inherited outdated, culturally insensitive models for apologetics. I love this book by Joshua Chatraw and Mark Allen, not because it says, This is exactly how you do apologetics, but, much more helpfully, because it provides a map for applying key principles within a culturally sensitive framework. If this is an area you struggle with, read it---and learn! -- NICHOLAS PERRIN, chair of biblical studies, Wheaton Graduate School
This book lives up to its title and then delivers even more. It shows us in a general way what cross-shaped way of defending the faith looks like and then gets specific with relevant and engaging cultural analysis to help us understand the moment in which we are called to be faithful. This is a book with wisdom to ponder and suggestions to practice, one to return to again and again for insight and clarity. -- TREVIN WAX, Bible and reference publisher, Broadman and Holman, and author of Eschatological Discipleship and This Is Our Time
Apologetics at the Cross offers a compelling Christ-centered vision for what a Christian apologetic ought to be---rooted in the humility of the cross and born out of the endurance of a suffering church. Joshua Chatraw and Mark Allen have a gift for making complex ideas clear and ancient ideas accessible as they situate contemporary apologetic approaches in the light of their biblical and historical antecedents. They demonstrate the rich and diverse tradition of apologetics we have to draw from and how relevant that tradition remains today. With a balanced and insightful treatment of apologetic methodologies and much practical wisdom for treating those who are skeptical as persons rather than projects, Apologetics at the Cross is an ideal resource for anyone seeking to winsomely and compassionately engage todays culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ. -- JO VITALE, dean of studies, Zacharias Institute, and apologist, RZIM
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