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Faith Has Its Reasons Integrative Approaches to Defending the Christian Faith

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ISBN-10: 1932805346

ISBN-13: 9781932805345

Edition: N/A

Authors: Kenneth D. Boa, Robert M. Bowman, Robert M. Bowman

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Ever since the apostle Paul addressed the Stoic and Epicurean philosophers in Athens relating the Christian worldview to a non Christian world has been a challenge. And despite Peter's charge to be quot;ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in youquot; 1 Peter 315 most Christian laypeople have left apologeticsmdash;the defense of the faithmdash;to the ecclesiastical quot;pros.quot;Faith Has Its Reasons is a study of four different models of how apologetics should be done an assessment of their strengths and weaknesses and a proposal for integrating the best insights of each.Kenneth Boa and Robert Bowman have assembled a wealth of information about what Christians believe and how to present that faith to an unbelieving world. Remarkable both in its depth of content and ease of accessibility Faith Has Its Reasons gives Christian laypeople the tools to address such critical questions as nbsp; Why is belief in God rational despite the prevalence of evil in the world What facts support the church's testimony that Jesus rose from the dead Can we be certain Christianity is true How can our faith in Christ be based on something more secure than our own understanding without descending into an irrational emotionalism
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Book details

List price: $29.99
Publisher: Authentic Media
Publication date: 3/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 680
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

He is the president of Reflections Ministries. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

He is the director of research for Watchman Fellowship, an apologetics ministry specializing in cults & new age religions, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Preface
What Is Apologetics?
Defining Apologetics
From Apologia to Apologetics
Apologetics and Related Terms
The Functions of Apologetics
A Brief History of Apologetics
Apologetics in the New Testament
The Early Church Fathers
Augustine
Anselm
Thomas Aquinas
The Reformation
Apologetics Faces Skepticism
The Rise of Modern Apologetics
Issues and Methods in Apologetics
Four Types of Apologetic Systems
Issues in Apologetics
Classical Apologetics: It Stands to Reason
Apologists Who Emphasize Reason
Historical Roots of Classical Apologetics
B. B. Warfield
C. S. Lewis
Norman Geisler
Peter Kreeft
William Lane Craig
Classical Apologetics: A Reasonable Faith
Rational Tests for Determining Truth
The Foundation of Theology
The Constructive Use of Philosophy
Christianity Consistent with Science
Revelation Confirmed in History
Proof from Experience
The Rationality of the Christian Worldview
Scripture as Conclusion
Disproving Other Worldviews
Proving God's Existence
The Deductive Problem of Evil
Miracles as the Credentials of Revelation
Jesus: The Alternatives
Apologetics and the Limits of Reason
The Classical Apologetics Model
Classical Apologetics Illustrated
The Strengths of Classical Apologetics
The Weaknesses of Classical Apologetics
Evidentialist Apologetics: Just the Facts
Apologists Who Emphasize Fact
Historical Roots of Evidentialism
Joseph Butler
James Orr
Clark H. Pinnock
John Warwick Montgomery
Richard Swinburne
Evidentialist Apologetics: Faith Founded on Fact
Methods for Discovering Truth
The Defense of Theology
Critical Use of Philosophy
Christianity Vindicated by Science
History as the Medium of Revelation
Experience Founded on Evidence
Presenting Evidence That Demands a Verdict
Scripture as Source
The Uniqueness of Christianity
The Case for God
The Inductive Problem of Evil
Miracles as Evidence for God
Jesus: The Evidence
Apologetics and the Interpretation of Fact
The Evidentialist Model
Evidentialism Illustrated
The Strengths of Evidentialist Apologetics
The Weaknesses of Evidentialist Apologetics
Reformed Apologetics: God Said It
Apologists Who Emphasize Revelation
John Calvin
Modern Roots of the Reformed Approach
Herman Dooyeweerd
Cornelius Van Til
Gordon H. Clark
Alvin Plantinga
Reformed Apologetics: Christianity in Conflict
Biblical Standard for Defining Truth
The Vindication of Reformed Theology
Toward a Christian Philosophy
Christianity Against False Science
Revelation as Interpreting History
The Problem with Experience
Taking Every Thought Captive
Scripture as Foundation
Antithesis between Christian and Non-Christian Religion
Belief in God as Basic
The Theological Problem of Evil
Miracles as Revealed by God
Jesus: The Self-Attesting Christ of Scripture
Apologetics and the Authority of Revelation
The Reformed Apologetics Model
Reformed Apologetics Illustrated
The Strengths of Reformed Apologetics
The Weaknesses of Reformed Apologetics
Fideist Apologetics: By Faith Alone
Apologists Who Emphasize Faith
Historical Roots of Fideism
Martin Luther
Blaise Pascal
Soren Kierkegaard
Karl Barth
Donald G. Bloesch
Fideist Apologetics: Reasons of the Heart
Divine Call to Obey the Truth
Making Theology Personal
Critiquing the God of the Philosophers
Christianity and the Reality beyond Science
Revelation as Transcending History
Faith Is Experience
Calling People to Encounter God in Jesus Christ
Scripture as Witness
Christianity: Not Another Religion
To Know God Is to Know God Exists
The Personal Problem of Evil
Miracles as God Revealing Himself
Jesus: The Christ of Faith
Apologetics and the Subjectivity of Faith
The Fideist Model
Fideism Illustrated
The Strengths of Fideism
The Weaknesses of Fideism
Integrative Approaches to Apologetics
Apologists Who Favor Integration
Precursors of Integrative Approaches
Edward John Carnell
Francis A. Schaeffer
David K. Clark
C. Stephen Evans
John M. Frame
Contending for the Faith: Apologetics and Human Knowledge
Perspectival Approaches to Defending Truth
Apologetics and Theology
Apologetics and Philosophy
Christianity and Science
Revelation and History
Apologetics and Experience
Reasons for Hope: Integrating Diverse Arguments in Apologetics
Scripture as Truth
Myth, Truth, and Religion
God Who Makes Himself Known
Solutions to the Problems of Evil
Miracles as Signs
Jesus: The Answer
Speaking the Truth in Love: Perspectives on Apologetics
One Body, Many Gifts: How Apologists Differ
One World, Many Individuals: How People Differ
One Process, Many Stages: How Apologetic Needs Differ
One Faith, Many Questions: How Apologetic Problems Differ
Metapologetics: Four Approaches
Apologetics: Four Approaches
Afterword
Categorizing Apologetic Methods
Bibliography
Notes
List of Tables and Charts
Name Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index