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  • Series: ConversantLife.com
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; Original edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736925201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736925204
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The compilation of noted speakers and authors in Apologetics for a New Generation on pertinent topics that face this and our next generation is absolutely outstanding.  It is a must read for every parent, youth worker and teacher out there.
"No person who is serious about affecting the lives of young people for Christ should be without the insight and wisdom contained in this book.  I'd love to see it as required reading in every youth group/small study group across the nation.  Our Christian young people need not only to believe in Christ, but be able to defend their faith in Christ and this resource is a definite beginning for this use. Thanks Sean for a job well done."
--Dr.Timothy L. Heaton, Professor of Education, Cedarville University


"Apologetics meets postmodernism. Sean gives me a renewed sense that apologetics really does matter. I will recommend this book to every youth pastor I know."
--Ryan Snuffer, DMin, director, The Christian Resource Center

About the Author

Sean McDowell is an educator and a popular speaker at schools, churches, and conferences nationwide. He is author of Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World, coauthor of 77 FAQs About God and the Bible, Experience Your Bible, and Understanding Intelligent Design, and general editor of Apologetics for a New Generation and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. He is currently pursuing a PhD in apologetics and worldview studies. Sean's website, www.seanmcdowell.org, offers his blog, many articles and videos, and much additional curriculum.

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Sean McDowell's "Apologetics for a New Generation" is a thoroughly intellectual and completely surprising read.
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This book is one of the more thought provoking books that I have read this year.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Stacey VINE VOICE on March 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
Sean McDowell's "Apologetics for a New Generation" is a thoroughly intellectual and completely surprising read. This book is a compilation of the writing of several apologeticists (is that a word?) who have experienced the power of the intellectual witness. What really took my breath away in the first few pages was that the main respondents to this type of witness ranges in age from the mid-teens to the late twenties! (I didn't give this age group enough credit!) Peppered between the chapters are short interviews with various other intellectuals who have experienced the logic of coming to Christ. I was thrilled to see contributions by Mark Matlock, a youth pastor who gets my daughters' attention at his conference every year, and Lee Stroebel, the author of "The Case For Christ".

The appeal of the book is that many of us Christians are unprepared to witness intellectually to anyone. We can recall our testimonies and share our faith, but that doesn't mean a hill of beans to those who are looking for facts on which to base their decision for Christ. This book introduces thoughts and resources to help us prepare to be more factual witnesses. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be more prepared to answer why they have the faith they do.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike Robinson on October 14, 2009
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Sean McDowell is one of a new generation of Christian apologists. He is the son of the wise and well-traveled writer Josh McDowell. It is not surprising that he produces a book that trains college and high school Christians in defending Christian truth in a winsome manner. He aims to help young people think about the big issues in life as he provides a simple and empathetic friendship-style approach for this age group.
Apologetic advice and instruction come from Dan Kimball, Brett Kunkle, Josh McDowell, Brian Godawa, and other famous Christian scholars. The diverse authors work together to assist the reader in becoming an understanding, emotionally attractive, and intelligent witness for Christ. Difficult issues, doubt, and truth are carefully examined. Yes numerous winning answers are given, but the reader is smoothly taught how to think and how to engage the world in an effective and Christi-like approach by cultivating concern and love for the lost.

Jude 3 "Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints."

The Christian distinction of the Resurrection of Christ is unmistakably declared, analyzed, and defended with a clear and plain emphasis. This is a book that will not only educate young people, but it will move them, as it instills a confidence in the exclusive claims of Jesus Christ. If you desire to be a more capable and understanding witness of biblical truth, I suggest you buy this book.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Smith on September 17, 2009
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Great book! Perfect for those working or teaching in a Youth/College Ministry, this book gives a fresh outlook on how apologetics can be effectively integrated into our culture today.

With the recent cultural shift often referred to as postmodernism, there is now an increasing presence of relativistic and pluralistic thinking in the minds of our young adults; and due to a lack of apologetical training, they are ill-equipped to defend themselves against the intellectual harassment they are likely to encounter from intelligent students and professors at the university. Our youth groups have focused on entertainment and religious experience over sound thinking for far too long, and the effects are not pretty. That is why, according to a survey done by USA Today and the Barna Group, over 70% of our nation's youth are leaving the church after graduating high school.

Why? Because they aren't being taught good reasons to believe why Christianity is true. Their faith has been stripped of it's intellectual riches, and is nothing more than a subjective and existential "philosophy of life" to many. A philosophy that has no more of an impact in one's life than what color T-shirt they choose to wear on a given day. The desire to fit in and become "open minded" has backfired and left many of our youth "empty minded" instead. The unceasing thirst for solid evidence and sound reasoning that they long for has failed to be quenched, and has left them with a "brain-dead" faith that is likely to be easily abandoned in the face of intellectual and emotional pressure from their more "intelligent" peers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Megafry on June 20, 2011
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I really enjoyed and learned a lot from this book. At some point in each chapter I found myself thinking "Yes! I'm so glad someone said that." Just beware, this is not a book detailing any particular apologetic argument. This book has the goal of describing the generation and culture apologists are dealing with today and how to approach that generation.
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