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Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Groothuis
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The Christian worldview proposes answers to the most enduring human questions. But are those answers reliable?

In this systematic text, Douglas Groothuis makes a comprehensive apologetic case for Christian theism—proceeding from a defense of objective truth to a presentation of the key arguments for God from natural theology to a case for the credibility of Jesus, the incarnation and the resurrection. Throughout, Groothuis considers alternative views and how they fare intellectually.


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"I found this to be an excellent resource and a must-have for the library of anyone with any interest in defending the faith--from beginner level to advanced. . . . I commend Groothius for providing such a useful resource that many will benefit from for years to come." (Devin Pellew, Christian Apologetics Journal, Spring 2013)

"Groothuis offers as clear and as convincing a short exposition of the ontological argument as I have read. . . . As well as Christian apologists, students of the philosophy of religion should find this a useful book." (Paul Richardson, England On Sunday, January 22, 2012)

"Christian Apologetics is undergirded throughout with solid scholarship, razor-sharp reasoning, and copious footnotes. . . . The thoughtful layperson will be guided along the author's line of reasoning in logical progression. . . . By applying cogent insights in the book, the church can truly turn the world upside down for the glory of God." (Robert Velarde, Christian Research Journal, Vol. 34, No. 06)

"Douglas Groothuis does Christian apologetics the way it needs to be done, situating apologetics within a Christian worldview and answering the troubling questions that people are actually asking--questions to which they need answers if faith is going to be a live option. His book draws on many years of teaching and writing about apologetics, distilling the most effective arguments in defense of the Christian faith." (William A. Dembski, author of The End of Christianity)

"Christian Apologetics is an outstanding book that I wholeheartedly endorse. It is one of the most thorough, insightful and well-written apologetics books I have read in a long time. Groothuis has the rare ability to write in a way that is understandable to the nonspecialist and yet rigorous enough to challenge the apologetic connoisseur. I wish every Christian would read this book carefully and then pass it on to a skeptic for discussion, interaction and dialogue." (Sean McDowell, author of Apologetics for a New Generation)

"Groothuis is a leading evangelical thinker and Christian Apologetics is a monumental result of decades of study and reflection. Breathtaking in scope, clear in style, this book is now the go-to text in the field. I know of nothing like it, and I enthusiastically recommend it to all who want to learn to give an answer for the hope that is within them." (J. P. Moreland, author of The God Question)

"Christian Apologetics is a full-scale defense of the Christian faith that is accessible, relevant and wise. This book not only reflects the work of a seasoned apologist; it is written with passion and conviction. I heartily recommend it!" (Paul Copan, Palm Beach Atlantic University)

About the Author

Douglas R. Groothuis (Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Oregon) is professor of philosophy at Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado. He has also been a visiting professor or adjunct faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary (Colorado Springs extension), Metropolitan State College of Denver, Westminster Theological Seminary (California campus), University of Oregon, New College Berkeley and Seattle Pacific University. His articles have been published in professional journals such as Religious Studies, Sophia, Theory and Research in Education, Philosophia Christi, Themelios, Think: A Journal of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, Christian Scholar's Review, Inquiry and Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. He has written several books, including Truth Decay, In Defense of Natural Theology (coeditor), Unmasking the New Age, Jesus in an Age of Controversy, Deceived by the Light, The Soul in Cyberspace, and, in the Wadsworth Philosophers Series, On Pascal and On Jesus.

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  • Publisher: IVP Academic (July 11, 2011)
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  • Language: English
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80 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "nothing like it" October 4, 2011
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I love apologetics and to say I have a few books on the topic is a vast understatement. And yet now as I look over my collection there is no one book which I have which covers the depth of apologetics and arguments as this book does. The only books which might come close is Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics (Baker Reference Library) and Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview, but yet those books are different. Geisler's Encylopedia of Christian Apologetics is a dictionary and not is not one coherent argument for the Christian Faith, while Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview is more general in providing foundations for the Christian worldview by exploring topics like what is philosophy, general ontolgy, philosophy of time, ethics, different models for the trinity and the like. Groothuis's Christian Apologetics is focused on making the case for the biblical case and he does an astonishing job at this, rather than providing a general education on philosophical issues. Read more ›
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Case for Christianity August 23, 2011
Format:Hardcover
A magazine for writers contained an announcement of a new book titled "Composition Number One." The pages of the book were unnumbered, unbound and could be shuffled randomly like a deck of playing cards. The reader was instructed to arrange the pages haphazardly in any order. "From there the story would unfold," the instructions said. This book is a striking symbol of the unbeliever's worldview. There is no ultimate order or intelligent organization; besides causation, induction are just the products of an unguided Big Bang. However professor Douglas Groothuis winsomely argues that the Christian worldview provides consistent order, reason, and a basis for causation; the good professor patiently helps the reader understand the chief arguments of Natural Theology and the evidence for Christian theism. Other worldviews, if they remain within the parameters that their foundation supplies, ultimately do not succeed; moreover Naturalism will only yield a cosmos that is perpetually chaotic, because it cannot supply the sovereign required for order guaranteed by providence.

Many skeptics aim to live a life of order and reason; they seem to have blind faith and believe in the impossible. It is contrary to intuition and seems impossible for order to come from unguided chaos.

"It is imperative that Christians defend and commend Christianity ardently, knowledgably, and wisely" (p. 647).

Professor Groothuis lodges his apologetic methodology within the great Classical tradition as he extends his defense into the realm of Evidentialism as well. He contends that the Christian worldview answers difficult questions that many in contemporary culture are asking.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Animal death and suffering before the fall? June 26, 2014
By Tony
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This book is a decent reference book for many areas of Christian apologetics. The illusion, based on the massive thickness of this book, is that the book would be exhaustive on at least the major points of apologetics such as the existance of God, knowing truth, the resurrection, origins, etc. The book addresses all these topics (and more) but with each of these topics it seems I'm kind of left hanging with a major urge for more information and the book just doesn't deliver. Maybe that's the author's intention, I don't know. Admittedly, I have not read the entire book but have ready many sections in full as I reference a particular subject.

I am becoming annoyed with this strange position held by many leading apologists regarding the age of the Earth (or universe), and/or the age of our origins. I certainly hold the position that this subject matter cannot be adhered to dogmatically in the Young Creation camp or the Old Creation camp. Many of the leading apologists today will spout off about not holding these views dogmatically, but almost always will follow up the thought with heavy hitting opinion about why it's reasonable to hold the Old Earth view. In other words, they pay lip service to not being dogmatic so as not to cause bitter division, but at the same time sort of pat you on the back and wink and say, "but it's very, very likely the Old Earth position is the correct position." I see it with Geisler, Turek, Craig, obviously Hugh Ross, and many others. To get to the point, the author of this book is certainly in the old universe camp and writes that animal death and suffering occurred before the fall. I lean toward the young Earth position, but not dogmatically. The thing that I DO hold onto dogmatically is that death and suffering did not occur before the fall.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend it. The class was taught by the author ...
Wow. Highly recommend it. The class was taught by the author himself. This is a comprehensive read, a bit much to "gather in" during the 16-week course. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Joseph C Prince
1.0 out of 5 stars however I gave it a bad mark due to it's deceptive nature in the same...
I'll be fair, it's a comprehensive collection of arguments and with the title apologetic it's not trying to deceive the reader, the intent is clear, however I gave it a bad mark... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brendan Everingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome content!!!
Published 5 months ago by Cherestine Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
For school!
Published 5 months ago by David Tunison
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive is the word to describe this book
Dr. Groothuis has put together a very strong case for the Christian position. It's length (over 700 pages) could certainly intimidate some potential readers,but all in all I think... Read more
Published 7 months ago by E. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Presentation of Apologetics
The field of apologetics and the subject contained therein seems to be an ever expanding array of subjects. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Michael C. Boling
5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked Groothius' book on apologetics
Groothius includes a wide spectrum of apologetics arguments from philosophy. He also has a good argument for Intelligent Design as he integrates Scripture with the way science... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Thomas Stiles
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stand this book!
It was required reading in one of my seminary grad classes! I felt like I was reading a dictionary... with other people's definitions in it instead of Websters. Read more
Published 11 months ago by queenrez
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for anyone engaging the Christian faith.
Just finished a thorough and meticulous reading of Christian Apologetics by Douglas Groothuis. It truly is a comprehensive and compelling case for the Christian faith. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Joseph Satkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Apologetics
Brilliant details, updated concepts and arguments, great as a text with very interesting arguments. Excellent text, highly recommended, when you need to sharpen yourself up in a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Paul Allen
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More About the Author

I am a philosopher who serves as Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary and as an Affiliate Faculty at Metropolitan State College of Denver. I have authored two dozen academic papers published in journals such as Religious Studies, Inquiry, Sophia, Philosophia Christi, Think, and Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. I have also published dozens of articles in magazines such as Christianity Today, Books and Culture, The Christian Research Journal, and many others.

I am the author of eleven books:

1. Unmasking the New Age (InterVarsity Press, 1986)
2. Confronting the New Age (InterVarsity Press, 1988)
3. Revealing the New Age Jesus (InterVarsity Press, 1990)
4. Christianity That Counts (Baker Books, 1994)
5. Deceived by the Light (Harvest House, 1995)
6. Jesus in an Age of Controversy (Harvest House, 1996)
7. The Soul in Cyberspace (Baker Books, 1997)
8. Truth Decay (InterVarsity Press, 2000)
9. On Jesus (Wadsworth, 2003)
10. On Pascal (Wadsworth, 2003)
11. Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith (InterVarsity Press, 2011)

I also co-edited the volume, In Defense of Natural Theology: A Post-Humean Assessment (InterVarsity Press, 2005) with James Sennett.


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