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eBook Faith Has Its Reasons: Integrative Approaches to Defending the Christian Faith ePub

by Kenneth D. Boa,Robert M. Bowman Jr.

  • ISBN: 1932805346
  • Category: Christian Living
  • Subcategory: Bibles
  • Author: Kenneth D. Boa,Robert M. Bowman Jr.
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Paternoster; 2nd Edition edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Pages: 680
  • ePub book: 1532 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1907 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 144

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Applying the principle of 'unity in diversity' to apologetic systems, this book integrates the best insights of each approach.

Applying the principle of 'unity in diversity' to apologetic systems, this book integrates the best insights of each approach. In challenging readers to maximize the stunning reasons for faith in concert with the magnetic power of transformed hearts, Faith Has Its Reasons charts the right course for the future of apologetics. David K. Clark, author of Dialogical Apologetics). Ken Boa is one of the most gifted writers and scholars in the Christain world.

Faith Has Its Reasons is a study of four different models of how .

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 He is the author of over fifty books including Conformed to His Image, 20 Compelling Evidences That God Exists, Face to Face and Faith Has Its Reasons.

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Bowman is the author of nearly sixty articles and of a dozen books. Faith Has Its Reasons: Integrative Approaches to Defending Christian Faith (2001, 2006, with Kenneth D. Boa; ISBN 978-1932805345). Five of those books he co-authored with Kenneth D. Boa, an Oxford-trained scholar; two of these books (An Unchanging Faith in a Changing World and Faith Has Its Reasons) won the Gold Medallion Book Award. Four of his earliest books were theological critiques of the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ (2007, with J. Ed Komoszewski; ISBN 978-0825429835).

Faith Has Its Reasons : Integrative Approaches to Defending the Christian Faith. 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.

Wherever possible we have drawn on more recent publications of living apologists and made note of recent studies pertaining to apologists and apologetic issues

Wherever possible we have drawn on more recent publications of living apologists and made note of recent studies pertaining to apologists and apologetic issues.

First Boa and Bowman define apologetics, its related terms, and functions. Should apologetics engage in philosophical defense of the Christian faith? Can science be used to defend the Christian faith? (40-42) Each system answers these questions in some way. This is something most apologetics books do, but the authors provide a chapter defining apologetics that stands head and shoulders over most, due to their clear style and thorough treatment. The authors then offer a brief history of apologetics that covers the New Testament, Early Church Fathers, Augustine, Aquinas, Anselm, and the Reformation, closing with a discussion of modern apologetics.

Print version: Boa, Kenneth Kenneth Boa Robert Bowman

Print version: Boa, Kenneth. Faith Has Its Reasons : Integrative Approaches to Defending the Christian Faith. Kenneth Boa Robert Bowman. ISBN: 083085830858910. 6. The Rationality of the Christian Worldview - 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 - The Classical Apologetics Model - Classical Apologetics Illustrated.

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?

Comments

Domarivip Domarivip
An outstanding book if you want to understand why there are wildly differing approaches to apologetics, weigh the strengths of each, know and understands the weaknesses of each, and arrive at your own conclusions.

While this book is not the book that I would recommend as a first apologetics book ( unless you have a good theology background) to read, it is a thorough overview to those wishing to understand at a more complete level. What will you find? Bowman and Boa have produced a remarkably fair overview of several schools of thought in apologetics as well as many of the chief apologists in each. Four major schools of apologetics are carefullyexamined and positives and negatives are summarized in each broader section. Three or four specific apologists are then given chapters as their system is examined...
That is very helpful.

A fifth category, an integrative category, is also included (for instance, John Frame is found here, rather than in the presuppositional school because he differs from Van Til on several key points). Oh, you may not find your favorite current apologist on their spectrum, but you will find their mentors and come away knowing not only what, but why each proposes his or her views. This is vastly superior, in my view, than the "Five Views" books that are available ( one on Apologetics) because that approach can leave you foggy to the nature of the differences, as each author tries to put forward their best synopsis of their view...often leaving out controversial. Points that they don't or can't defend. So sometimes you get charactatures of views, but are left with little real light.

This book has depth. It is a meaty overview that delves more deeply into the subject than simple cursory matters. Therefore you get to struggle with the real issues at hand...the issues that divide apologetic systems and with what their proponents struggle with. The simplified straw man arguments for and against each system is avoided. Some may rate this resource with a low ranking simply because their preferred method is not lifted up above all others, but thatis not the point of the book (thankfully). Strengths and weaknesses of each system are presented and examined.

One more side note: the price of the kindle version is a steal. Currently it is under $8 which is about a third as expensive as the book. Great deal.
5 stars.
Iriar Iriar
This is a great read that is useful for gaining an understanding of four major approaches to apologetics, namely, Classical, Evidential, Reformed (Presuppositional), and Fideism. Bowman and Boa are fair and even handed in describing the various approaches and do a fantastic job giving of giving a history of the use of each method and its development. After each approach has been defined/described and examples of apologists who best fit within that methodology are examined, the authors then turn towards how each type of apologetics would interact with important questions related to meta-apologetics and then to practical apologetics issues like God's existence and the reliability of the Bible, etc. I highly recommend this book as it will both help you clarify what methodology you most identify with and why, as well as, it will give you some good reasons to respect those who use a different approach. One of the strengths of this book is that the authors fairly critique each approach giving the strengths and weaknesses of each method and in so doing they reveal how the four approaches often are complimentary rather than truly in opposition to one another. Where one method is weak another is strong and if we learn to take a blended approach to apologetics we will, in the end, be stronger case makers for Christ then if we simply hold dogmatically to just one methodology and are disparaging of the other approaches. This book is essential reading for serious apologists.
Uscavel Uscavel
Ok, so there are great books that deal with issues within apologetics, but if you want a book about Christian Apologetics itself, there isn't any better book out there. You could pick up the Many Views book, but I prefer this book hands down. Since you can "look inside" there is no need for me to lay out the chapters and their content, as they are pretty much self-explanatory. However, the material within the chapters is a gold mine. In my opinion, the authors are very fair in their dealings with each approach to defending the faith. One would have to read several books on the history of apologetics (of which there are only a couple), read material from each method that is largely representative of the method as a whole, and synthesize it all in order to get the education that this book alone will give, and if one wants to go further, the bibliography and notes give one plenty of reading material. I was very pleased with my purchase. Take note, this is not a book defending Christianity, but a book that surveys the discipline of Christian Apologetics. Thus, this book coupled with a book or two of defenses (like Craig's Reasonable Faith, for example) would be ideal for an undergraduate course in apologetics.
Olelifan Olelifan
This book is a great resource for those interested in the differing approaches to apologetics (at least in the Western Christian world). The authors do a good job of summarizing the various approaches to the subject as well as offering what they take to be the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. The book has good endnotes which encourage further investigation into specific authors or books which I much appreciated. I find myself integrating parts of each method in my own thinking on apologetics (except for Reformed apologetics which I find baffling at best) into an `integrative' approach as this book describes.