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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 apo 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.


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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 apo 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.

30 review for Thinking about Christian Apologetics: What It Is and Why We Do It

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chris Collier

    Good overview of Christian apologetics. Spends more time on defending the practice of apologetics than practical matters.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Ray

    Book 182 of 2019: This introduction to apologetics looks at foundational questions involved in defending the faith. What is apologetics? What are the common approaches to apologetics? How have apologetics been handled throughout Christian history? What objections have been brought to the field of apologetics? How do I do apologetics well? These are the basic questions that this book of meta-apologetics answers. I had to read this for a #gradschool class. It’s not really going to explain to you ho Book 182 of 2019: This introduction to apologetics looks at foundational questions involved in defending the faith. What is apologetics? What are the common approaches to apologetics? How have apologetics been handled throughout Christian history? What objections have been brought to the field of apologetics? How do I do apologetics well? These are the basic questions that this book of meta-apologetics answers. I had to read this for a #gradschool class. It’s not really going to explain to you how to do apologetics or give you apologetic arguments. However, for explaining the background and concerns of the field of apologetics and for justifying the use of apologetics, this book is a solid entry. For the armchair theologian: If you’ve heard argumentation again apologetics and don’t know where you stand, this is a great book for building confidence in your motivation for doing apologetics. This will also help you to see what is and is not apologetics, something that I was a little confused about before I read this book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 #books #seminary #bookstagram #theology #apologetics

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brittany J.

    “To do apologetics well, we must love people enough to place ourselves in situations where we can truly hear people’s questions and help them find answers; it requires that we trust that God can use our learning, experiences and story in a way that is persuasive to others; and it requires a commitment to the life-transforming truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” I genuinely enjoyed Beilby’s discussion on and defense of apologetics. As a student I found his words affirming and challenging at poi “To do apologetics well, we must love people enough to place ourselves in situations where we can truly hear people’s questions and help them find answers; it requires that we trust that God can use our learning, experiences and story in a way that is persuasive to others; and it requires a commitment to the life-transforming truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” I genuinely enjoyed Beilby’s discussion on and defense of apologetics. As a student I found his words affirming and challenging at points. Moving forward I pray for confidence, courage and compassion. As lifetime students, I highly encourage others to take up this work and explore its contents.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Roger

    This is a required textbook for a graduate seminary class I am enrolled in. It is an excellent treatment of apologetics, but not in the traditional sense. The author refers to what he’s done as “meta-apologetics.” That is, this book is more about the theory and justification for why we do apologetics. It is not concerned at all with offering arguments for the faith. Instead, it’s more of an argument for the practice of apologetics.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Williams

    A very good and interesting book. Describes the history of various Christain apologetic methods. He elaborates suggestions for the apologist. The last section lists his recommended books for further or specialized reading.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    School textbook Although I had to read this for my Apologetics class at Liberty University, I highly recommend this book to all Christians! It was easy to read and wonderfully encouraging and educational to the Christian walk.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura Rhodes

    Comprehensive This book was required for a class. This was a very thorough coverage of the topic of Christian Apologetics. I highly recommend it!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Craig Archer

    Read this for a class. Great introduction into apologetics that has set me up for the course.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Sloan

    Solid overview of apologetic basics.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cole Laing

    Solid book exactly what you would expect.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brent McCulley

    Beilby offers a unique book that is not apologetic, but rather, it is about apologetics as a methodology. In that regard, he states the work is one of meta-apologetics. The book is pretty straightforward and helpful, from recounting the history of apologetics, albeit cursory, to discussing the various kinds of apologetic methods. The additional bibliography at the end will prove especially beneficial to refer to, and hence, the book itself will be nice to have on the library shelf as a useful re Beilby offers a unique book that is not apologetic, but rather, it is about apologetics as a methodology. In that regard, he states the work is one of meta-apologetics. The book is pretty straightforward and helpful, from recounting the history of apologetics, albeit cursory, to discussing the various kinds of apologetic methods. The additional bibliography at the end will prove especially beneficial to refer to, and hence, the book itself will be nice to have on the library shelf as a useful resource.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Noah

    Read for class Read for a Graduate Apologetics class. It's structure is well organized and easy to follow if you familiarize yourself with the structure in the table of contents. His explanations build on each other, from general to specific, making it easier to follow. He provides good explanations and counter-points to arguments which make this a useful, general text to refer back to for some academic apologetic papers. It is also a good general reference book to re-familiarize one's self with Read for class Read for a Graduate Apologetics class. It's structure is well organized and easy to follow if you familiarize yourself with the structure in the table of contents. His explanations build on each other, from general to specific, making it easier to follow. He provides good explanations and counter-points to arguments which make this a useful, general text to refer back to for some academic apologetic papers. It is also a good general reference book to re-familiarize one's self with foundational apologetic topics.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Krista Dominguez

    A good introduction to Christian Apologetics as a discipline. I took issue with a couple of things Beilby said, namely the idea that theology has no place in apologetics, and neither does an evangelistic-type call to faith on the part of the nonbeliever. Still, this book as lots of good things to say.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Canaan

    Yet another Christian worldview book with a picture of a classical column on the cover.

  15. 4 out of 5

    JR Snow

    Twas very good.

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    Matthew

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    Kara

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    Brian Clark

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    David Hardy

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    Wayne Charles

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristopher

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nate

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Krahn

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    Robert Boger

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    Ryan Kiser

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    Alicia

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    Stan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Matt Berka

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jeri Penrod

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