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Reasons for Our Hope An Introduction to Christian Apologetics

In the light of the threats posed to Christianity by militant Islam, intolerant secularism, and widespread misinformation (The Da Vinci Code, the Jesus Seminar, etc.), the necessity of informed and articulate defense of the Christian faith today can hardly be contested. Reasons for Our Hope offers a sophisticated yet accessible guide to “destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and . . . taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). The book’s 31 chapters are divided into four sections: 1) Apologetics Methodologies and Systems – with chapters on worldviews, the tension between faith and reason, etc. 2) Apologetics in Scripture and in History – a look at apologetics in the Old and New Testaments, early church, middle ages, the Reformation, Enlightenment, and today. 3) Apologetic Problems – issues such as the value of philosophy, dealing with skepticism, the problem of evil, miracles, the Resurrection, etc. 4) How to Use Apologetics in Engaging the World – how to engage the Cultist, Secularist, Postmodernist, Muslim, and Eastern Mystic. ~ Book Description

Table of Contents

    • Acknowledgments   ix
    • Foreword   x
    • Preface   xii
    • General Abbreviations   xvi
    • Bible Book Abbreviations   xvii
  • Part One: Apologetic Methodologies and Systems
    • 1. Introduction to Apologetics   2
    • 2. Worldviews   24
    • 3. Approaches to Apologetics   37
    • 4. Categories of Apologetics   49
    • 5. How Do We Know the Truth?   61
    • 6. The Tension Between Faith and Reason   81
    • 7. Natural Theology and Its Contributions to Apologetics   90
    • 8. Speaking About God and Ultimate Reality   110
  • Part Two: Apologetics in Scripture and In History
    • 9. Apologetics in the Old Testament   120
    • 10. Apologetics in the New Testament   130
    • 11. Early Apologists of the Second and Third Centuries   145
    • 12. Later Patristic and Medieval Apologetics (Apologetics in the Middle Ages)   157
    • 13. Apologetics of the Reformers   166
    • 14. Enlightenment and Post-Enlightenment Apologetics   181
    • 15. Contemporary Apologetics   198
  • Part Three: Apologetic Problems
    • 16. Use of Philosophy in Apologetics   222
    • 17. Skepticism and Its Cure   233
    • 18. Postmodernism and Defense of Christianity   241
    • 19. The Knowledge of God   250
    • 20. The Problem of Evil   268
    • 21. Can Miracles Occur and Do They?   291
    • 22. How Reliable Are the Sources for Christian Truth?   291
    • 23. Answering the Challenges of the Jesus Quests   310
    • 24. The Meaning and Importance of the Physical Resurrection of Christ   310
    • 25. Christianity in Competition with Other Religions   342
    • 26. The Compatibility of Biblical Truth and Modern Science   357
  • Part Four: How to Use Apologetics in Engaging the World
    • 27. Engaging the Cultist   372
    • 28. Engaging the Secularist  381
    • 29. Engaging the Postmodernist   394
    • 30. Engaging the Muslim   405
    • 31. Engaging New Age Mysticism   416
    • Name Index   431
    • Subject Index   436
    • Scripture Index   441