Intellectuals Don't Need God and Other Modern Myths Building Bridges to Faith Through Apologetics

ISBN-10: 0310590914
ISBN-13: 9780310590910
Edition: 1993
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Description: Intellectuals Don't Need God is for people who are not convinced by the arguments of classical, rationalistic apologetics, for people who feel that Christianity must have a broader appeal that to reason alone if it is to be persuasive to  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 8/17/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 242
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Intellectuals Don't Need God is for people who are not convinced by the arguments of classical, rationalistic apologetics, for people who feel that Christianity must have a broader appeal that to reason alone if it is to be persuasive to non-Christians. Alister McGrath shows convincingly that reason is only one of many possible points of contact between the non-Christian and the gospel. In today's world, nonrational concerns -- such as a sense that life lacks focus, an unconscious fear of death, a deep sense of longing for something unknown we don't have but know we need -- are much more effective points of contact for apologetics. In this book, Dr. McGrath (who is both a theologian and a scientist with a Ph.D. in microbiology) combines the clarity of a brilliant scientific mind with a deep commitment to Christ and to reaching non-Christians. Intellectuals Don't Need God is for anyone who has questions about the validity of Christianity as well as for students, pastors, and lay leaders. Anyone who works with students and young people especially needs to read this book. As McGrath says, "apologetics is not about winning arguments -- it is about bringing people to Christ."

Introduction
Creating Openings for Faith
The Theological Foundations of Effective Apologetics
Apologetics Is Grounded in the Doctrines of Creation and Redemption
Apologetics Is Grounded in God's Ability to Communicate Himself Through Human Language
Apologetics Is Theologically Informed
Apologetics Addresses Itself to Specific Audiences
Points of Contact
A Sense of Unsatisfied Longing
Human Rationality
The Ordering of the World
Human Morality
Existential Anxiety and Alienation
Awareness of Finitude and Mortality
The Point of Contact and Evangelistic Preaching
From Assent to Commitment
The Nature of Faith
Apologetics Does Not Create Faith
The Limitations of Apologetics
The Point of Contact as Point of Departure
The Decision to Believe
Overcoming Barriers to Faith
What Keeps People from Becoming Christians
Intellectual Barriers to Faith
The Historical Associations of Christianity
The Problem of Relevance
Misunderstandings of the Nature of Christianity
The Hunger for Absolute Certainty
Prior Commitment to Another Belief System
The Problem of Personal Integrity
A Sense of Guilt or Inadequacy
Intellectual Barriers to Faith
God as Wish Fulfillment?
Suffering
Religious Pluralism
The Resurrection
The Divinity of Christ
Sin and Salvation
A Clash of Worldviews
Enlightenment Rationalism
Marxism
Scientific Materialism
Feminism
Postmodernism
The New Age
Apologetics in Action
From Textbook to Real Life
Apologetics as Dialogue
Apologetics and Preaching
The Appeal to the Imagination
Apologetics and Literary Forms
The Appeal to Culture
We Have Time for a Few Questions ...
Concluding Remarks
The Point of Contact in Classical Evangelical Thought
A Critique of Presuppositionalism
Notes
For Further Reading
Index

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