Apologetics

Apologetics

JESUS INQUEST OP!!!!

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Charles Foster presents arguments against the Resurrection that include, the evidence is fragmentary, Jesus did not die on the Cross, it was unlikely the Romans would hand a body over, why should the Romans really bother to guard the tomb of a tin-pot Messiah? and how Mark does not deal with post-Resurrection appearances.
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January 1, 2007

Know Why You Believe

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The Christian life depends upon faith, but there are good reasons for that faith. In Know Why You Believe professor and author K. Scott Oliphint answers the "why" questions both Christians and non-Christians often ask, laying out a simple and convincing case for the core teachings of Christianity.

As part of the KNOW series, Know Why You Believe is designed for personal study or classroom use, but also for small groups and Sunday schools wanting to better understand the traditional defenses of Christian belief. Each chapter covers a foundational teaching and includes a rationale for that teaching, responses to common objections, reflection questions to prompt further consideration, and suggested readings for readers wanting to dig deeper.

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April 25, 2017

Landscape of Faith an Explorers Guide to the Christian Creeds

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Taking a nondenominational approach similar to the "mere Christianity" advocated by C. S. Lewis, Alister McGrath uses the creeds as framework with which to explore the teachings of the Christian doctrines and what it means to live a life of faith. In this new book, he tells of his discovery of Christianity while a student at Oxford University and takes readers on a panoramic tour of the landscape of the Christian faith. Using the story of his own crisis of faith, he looks at why Christians believe what they do, how we can best understand these ideas, and the difference they make to the way we think about ourselves and our world so that readers can find their own map to navigate the landscape of faith.
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June 1, 2018

Lead

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The later chapters of the gospel of John form some of the deepest and most moving accounts of all Scripture. They also describe in detail Jesus's final days on earth and His final instructions to His team as He prepared to hand on His ministry.

Karl Martin mines this incredibly rich vein of Scripture to draw lessons for leadership done Jesus's way. Leadership is about humility, about investing your life in your team, about facing betrayal, about dying to self, and about succession. Ultimately, true leadership is not about seeing others serve your dream--it's about seeing others released into the dreams, gifting, and calling that the Lord has placed on their lives. It is about something beyond you.

This deceptively profound, honest, and practical book gives great insight for leaders--challenge for younger leaders, encouragement for midlife leaders, and refreshment for mature leaders.

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January 27, 2017

Leaving Mormonism Why Four Scholars Changed Their Minds

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The growing popular perception today is that the Mormon church as just another denomination within Christianity, and representatives of the LDS church often encourage this perspective. Despite points of agreement, major differences exist on foundational theological matters (for example, the Trinity), as well as social and moral issues (such as racial equality).

As former Mormons turned evangelical Christians, each of whom is an accomplished scholar, the four contributors to this volume provide a unique and authoritative corrective. Each contributor shares his or her story of growing up in the Mormon church, and how biblical, theological, moral, or scientific issues forced them to eventually leave Mormonism. The contributors draw on the expertise of their respective academic fields to show how Mormon teachings and practice fall short biblically and rationally.

They also address common objections raised by former Mormons who have lost faith altogether and have embraced atheism or agnosticism--especially under the influence of "new atheists" like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens.

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November 28, 2017

Leaving Mormonism Why Four Scholars Changed Their Minds

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The growing popular perception today is that the Mormon church as just another denomination within Christianity, and representatives of the LDS church often encourage this perspective. Despite points of agreement, major differences exist on foundational theological matters (for example, the Trinity), as well as social and moral issues (such as racial equality).

As former Mormons turned evangelical Christians, each of whom is an accomplished scholar, the four contributors to this volume provide a unique and authoritative corrective. Each contributor shares his or her story of growing up in the Mormon church, and how biblical, theological, moral, or scientific issues forced them to eventually leave Mormonism. The contributors draw on the expertise of their respective academic fields to show how Mormon teachings and practice fall short biblically and rationally.

They also address common objections raised by former Mormons who have lost faith altogether and have embraced atheism or agnosticism--especially under the influence of "new atheists" like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens.

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November 28, 2017

LETTERS TO DOUBTING THOMAS

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When people encounter an argument for or against God's existence, it often raises more questions than it answers. In Letters to Doubting Thomas, C. Stephen Layman offers a fresh, insightful approach to the issue of God's existence--a way to organize what can seem like a blizzard of claims and concepts--bringing clarity to a debate often mired in confusion.
Layman explores the evidence for the existence of God in a series of fictionalized letters between two characters--Zachary, a philosopher, and Thomas, an old college friend who appeals to Zach for help in sorting out his thoughts about God. As their correspondence grows, Zachary leads Thomas through an informal and highly readable comparison of Naturalism (the belief that there is no God and that ultimate reality is physical reality), and Theism (the idea that there is an almighty, perfectly good God). In engaging letters that break down complex philosophical arguments into easily digestible bits, the two friends delve into such weighty topics as the reliability of religious experience, various arguments for God's existence (such as the cosmological, design, and moral arguments), the question of free will, and the problem of evil. A piece at a time, they build an argument that shows that Theism, on balance, provides a better explanation of the world and human life than does Naturalism.
Here then is a highly accessible account of the major arguments for and against the existence of God, capturing some of the best new insights of modern philosophy in a marvelously clear and engaging format.
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October 1, 2006

Life Answers Making Sense of Your World

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We live in a unique and exciting time in history. Globalization has caused a greater awareness of other religions and belief systems, giving Christians a great opportunity to share Christ with the world. This leads us to one of the core purposes for apologetics. Christian apologetics seeks to provide reasonable evidence against other belief systems that Christianity is true and reliable. In this global environment, with so many belief systems competing for our attention, it is extremely important for Christians to understand the fundamentals of the Christian faith.

In this 12-chapter study, Tony Beam and Alex McFarland tackle these questions:

  • Does truth exist?
  • Does God exist?
  • Are miracles possible?
  • Is the Bible true?
  • Who is Jesus? How do we know He existed?
  • Did the resurrection really happen?
  • What is salvation?
  • How can God be three persons in one?
  • Who is the Holy Spirit?
  • What happens when we die?
  • Why does God allow suffering and evil?
  • How does Christianity compare with other religions?
  • Life Answers: Making Sense of Your World helps readers understand that faith in Jesus Christ is both valid and reasonable. Readers can feel confident in teaching others why Christianity is true and why Jesus really is "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6a, NASB).

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    October 15, 2016

    Mapping Apologetics Comparing Contemporary Approaches

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    Everyone believes something. But how and why do people believe? What counts as evidence? How much can be assumed or believed by faith alone? When it comes to religious faith, the questions become at once more difficult and more important. Over the centuries, Christians have offered different approaches to explaining or defending the Christian faith, a discipline known as apologetics. But it has not always been clear how different apologetic methods work, or what each approach has to offer. In this comprehensive survey, Brian Morley provides an overview of Christian apologetic approaches and how they differ. He explores the historical and philosophical underpinnings of key figures and major schools of thought, from the presuppositionalism of Cornelius Van Til to the evidentialism of Gary Habermas. Moving beyond theory, Morley also covers apologetic application, demonstrating how each view works out in practical terms. This guide covers the complexities of apologetics in a way that is accessible to the nonspecialist. Even-handed and respectful of each apologist and their contribution, this book provides the reader with a formidable array of defenses for the faith.
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    February 11, 2015

    Mere Science & Christian Faith Bridging the Divide with Emerging Adults

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    Many Christians have been brought up under the assumption that mainstream science is incompatible with genuine Christian faith--so when they see compelling evidence for biological evolution, for example, they feel forced to choose between science and their faith. The devastating effects of this dilemma are plain to see, as emerging adults either leave the faith or shut themselves off to the findings of the scientific community. But it's a false dilemma. In this book, Greg Cootsona argues against the idea that science and faith are inherently antagonistic. We don't have to keep them scrupulously separated--instead, we can bring them into dialogue with one another. Cootsona brings this integration to a number of current topics in science and faith conversations, including hermeneutics, the historical Adam and Eve, cognitive science, and the future of technology. His insights are enhanced by his work with Fuller Seminary's STEAM research project. Emerging adults want to believe that science and faith can coexist peacefully.Mere Science and Christian Faith holds out a vision for how that integration is possible and how it can lead us more deeply into the conversations around science and faith that confront the church today.
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    March 13, 2018

    MORAL LANDSCAPE

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    Sam Harris's first book, The End of Faith, ignited a worldwide debate about the validity of religion. In the aftermath, Harris discovered that most people--from religious fundamentalists to non-believing scientists--agree on one point: science has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Indeed, our failure to address questions of meaning and morality through science has now become the primary justification for religious faith.

    In this highly controversial book, Sam Harris seeks to link morality to the rest of human knowledge. Defining morality in terms of human and animal well-being, Harris argues that science can do more than tell how we are; it can, in principle, tell us how we ought to be. In his view, moral relativism is simply false--and comes at an increasing cost to humanity. And the intrusions of religion into the sphere of human values can be finally repelled: for just as there is no such thing as Christian physics or Muslim algebra, there can be no Christian or Muslim morality. Using his expertise in philosophy and neuroscience, along with his experience on the front lines of our "culture wars," Harris delivers a game-changing book about the future of science and about the real basis of human cooperation.

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    September 13, 2011

    Morals of the Story Good News about a Good God

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    What arguments best support the existence of God? For centuries the moral argument--that objective morality points to the existence of God--has been a powerful apologetic tool. In this volume, David and Marybeth Baggett offer a dramatic, robust, and even playful version of the moral argument. Tracing both its historical importance and its contemporary relevance, they argue that it not only still points to God's existence but that it also contributes to our ongoing spiritual transformation.
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    May 8, 2018