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Beyond Opinion Living the Faith We Defend

Apologist Ravi Zacharias was once sharing his faith with a Hindu when the man asked: “If the Christian faith is truly supernatural, why is it not more evident in the lives of so many Christians I know?” The question hit hard, and this book is an answer. Its purpose is to equip Christians everywhere to simultaneously defend the faith and be transformed by it into people of compassion. In addition to writing several chapters himself, Ravi Zacharias brings together many of today’s leading apologists and Christian teachers, including Alister McGrath and John Lennox, to address topics present in the very future of worldwide Christianity-from the process of spiritual transformation to the challenges posed by militant atheism and a resurgent Islam. ~ Product Description

Table of Contents

    • An Apologetic for Apologetics » Ravi Zacharias     xi
  • Part One: Giving an Answer
    • Section One: Addressing the Difficult Question
    • 1.  Postmodern Challenges to the Bible » Amy Orr-Ewing     3
    • 2.  Challenges from Atheism » Alister McGrath     21
    • 3.  Challenges from Youth » Alison Thomas     40
    • 4.  Challenges from Islam » Sam Soloman     60
    • 5.  Challenges from Eastern Religions » L.T. Jeyachandran     79
    • 6.  Challenges from Science » John Lennox     106
    • Section Two: Addressing the Question behind the Questions
    • 7.  Conversational Apologetics » Michael Ramsden     137
    • 8.  Broader Cultural and Philosophical Challenges » Joe Boot     152
    • 9.  Existential Challenges of Evil and Suffering » Ravi Zacharias     178
    • 10.  Cross-Cultural Challenges » I’Ching Thomas     209
  • Part Two: Internalizing the Questions and Answers
    • 11.  The Trinity as a Paradigm for Spiritual Transformation » L.T. Jeyachandran     231
    • 12.  The Role of Doubt and Persecution in Spiritual Transformation » Stuart McAllister     253
    • 13.  Idolatry, Denial, and Self-Deception: Hearts on Pilgrimage through the Valleys » Danielle DuRant     272
  • Part Three: Living Out the Answers
    • 14.  The Church’s Role in Apologetics and the Development of the Mind » Ravi Zacharias     303
  • Conclusion
    • Apologetics for Today » Ravi Zacharias     331
    • About the Contributors     339
    • Notes     343