AudioFile Earphones Award WinnerThere is a widespread belief that reason and faith are incompatible and opposed to each other. Faith is viewed as subjective, emotional, a crutch for those who find the real world too hard. Though many of the world’s finest minds hold this view, the Bible teaches that it is the fool who says there is no God.
Dr. R. C. Sproul clearly and simply argues that at its core Christianity is rational. He focuses on defending the basic truth claims for two of the most crucial issues of apologetics: God’s existence and the Bible’s authority.
In this primer of apologetic thought, Dr. Sproul affirms four logical principles that are necessary for all real discussion and teaches you how to defend your faith in a faithless world. Using the writings of church fathers and philosophers throughout the ages, he uncovers the common ideologies that work against faith.
The defense of the faith is not a luxury or an intellectual vanity. It is a task appointed by God that you should be able to give a reason for the hope that is in you as you bear witness before the world.
- Ok, confusing cover though
I bought this book thinking that it would give me a framework and some practical tips on how to defend my faith better. The title and the kid with the sword on the cover seem to suggest that. Instead, Sproul gives an introduction to two basic questions in apologetics. It was helpful, for what it's worth, but not much emphasis on the "how" questions - like how do you go about explaining these two subjects to someone in a less scholarly way than they are presented in this book? Again, totally agree with the book's contents. I would suggest a title like "An introduction to two basic questions of apologetics". And I might have a picture of a greek statue or something on the front, so as to avoid confusion about the purpose of the book. If that's the kind of book you're looking for it's a five star. If not, like me, it's more of a three star.
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