Faith Has Its Reasons : Integrative Approaches to Defending the Christian Faith (2ND)


Faith Has Its Reasons : Integrative Approaches to Defending the Christian Faith (2ND)

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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 ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15), most Christian laypeople have left apologetics-the defense of the faith-to the ecclesiastical pros. 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: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?

Table of Contents

Preface                                            xi
Part One What Is Apologetics?
1 Defining Apologetics 1 (8)
From Apologia to Apologetics
Apologetics and Related Terms
The Functions of Apologetics
2 A Brief History of Apologetics 9 (24)
Apologetics in the New Testament
The Early Church Fathers
Thomas Aquinas
The Reformation
Apologetics Faces Skepticism
The Rise of Modern Apologetics
3 Issues and Methods in Apologetics 33 (16)
Four Types of Apologetic Systems
Issues in Apologetics
Part Two Classical Apologetics: It Stands to
4 Apologists Who Emphasize Reason 49 (22)
Historical Roots of Classical Apologetics
B. B. Warfield
C. S. Lewis
Norman Geisler
Peter Kreeft
William Lane Craig
5 Classical Apologetics: A Reasonable Faith 71 (18)
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
6 The Rationality of the Christian Worldview 89 (26)
Scripture as Conclusion
Disproving Other Worldviews
Proving God's Existence
The Deductive Problem of Evil
Miracles as the Credentials of Revelation
Jesus: The Alternatives
7 Apologetics and the Limits of Reason 115(24)
The Classical Apologetics Model
Classical Apologetics Illustrated
The Strengths of Classical Apologetics
The Weaknesses of Classical Apologetics
Part Three Evidentialist Apologetics: Just
the Facts
8 Apologists Who Emphasize Fact 139(16)
Historical Roots of Evidentialism
Joseph Butler
James Orr
Clark H. Pinnock
John Warwick Montgomery
Richard Swinburne
9 Evidentialist Apologetics: Faith Founded 155(24)
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
10 Presenting Evidence That Demands a 179(20)
Scripture as Source
The Uniqueness of Christianity
The Case for God
The Inductive Problem of Evil
Miracles as Evidence for God
Jesus: The Evidence
11 Apologetics and the Interpretation of 199(22)
The Evidentialist Model
Evidentialism Illustrated
The Strengths of Evidentialist Apologetics
The Weaknesses of Evidentialist
Part Four Reformed Apologetics: God Said It
12 Apologists Who Emphasize Revelation 221(38)
John Calvin
Modern Roots of the Reformed Approach
Herman Dooyeweerd
Cornelius Van Til
Gordon H. Clark
Alvin Plantinga
13 Reformed Apologetics: Christianity in 259(26)
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
14 Taking Every Thought Captive 285(28)
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
15 Apologetics and the Authority of 313(24)
The Reformed Apologetics Model
Reformed Apologetics Illustrated
The Strengths of Reformed Apologetics
The Weaknesses of Reformed Apologetics
Part Five Fideist Apologetics: By Faith Alone
16 Apologists Who Emphasize Faith 337(28)
Historical Roots of Fideism
Martin Luther
Blaise Pascal
Søren Kierkegaard
Karl Barth
Donald G. Bloesch
17 Fideist Apologetics: Reasons of the Heart 365(26)
Divine Call to Obey the Truth
Making Theology Personal
Critiquing the God of the Philosophers
Christianity and the Reality beyond
Revelation as Transcending History
Faith Is Experience
18 Calling People to Encounter God in Jesus 391(18)
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
19 Apologetics and the Subjectivity of Faith 409(16)
The Fideist Model
Fideism Illustrated
The Strengths of Fideism
The Weaknesses of Fideism
Part Six Integrative Approaches to Apologetics
20 Apologists Who Favor Integration 425(58)
Precursors of Integrative Approaches
Edward John Carnell
Francis A. Schaeffer
David K. Clark
C. Stephen Evans
John M. Frame
21 Contending for the Faith: Apologetics 483(18)
and Human Knowledge
Perspectival Approaches to Defending Truth
Apologetics and Theology
Apologetics and Philosophy
Christianity and Science
Revelation and History
Apologetics and Experience
22 Reasons for Hope: Integrating Diverse 501(112)
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
23 Speaking the Truth in Love: Perspectives 513
on Apologetics
One Body, Many Gifts: How Apologists
One World, Many Individuals: How People
One Process, Many Stages: How Apologetic
Needs Differ
One Faith, Many Questions: How Apologetic
Problems Differ
Metapologetics: Four Approaches
Apologetics: Four Approaches
Afterword 525(2)
Appendix: Categorizing Apologetic Methods 527(8)
Bibliography 535(48)
Notes 583(54)
List of Tables and Charts 637(2)
Name Index 639(6)
Subject Index 645(12)
Scripture Index 657