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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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"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)

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  • File Size: 6879 KB
  • Print Length: 752 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (July 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ER3NL2
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76 of 81 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 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Case for Christianity August 23, 2011
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groothuis and ontological argument November 2, 2012
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Groothuis's Christian Apologetics is an outstanding resource. I have a graduate degree in Christian apologetics, and I've never been compelled to write a review for any professional apologist's work. Groothuis's effort in Christian Apologetics is exemplary. His management of the oft-neglected ontological argument for God's existence compels the careful thinker to praise and adoration of the One proven. Groothuis handles Anselm's renditions of the ontological argument well, and he responds effectively to historic objections, eliminating them from serious consideration and elevating the ontological proof in ways not experienced prior to publication.

Christian Apologetics by Douglas Groothuis is now one of my permanent "shelfers," a hard bound text I read over and over for no other reason than it is a timeless resource full of sound arguments useful to advancing the Kingdom of God.

Highly, highly recommended!
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new, but at least it's comprehensive November 10, 2011
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When I got this book, I misread "comprehensive" to mean "decisive." I expected this book to really cover all the bases in a thorough and convincing way. But it appears that by "comprehensive," is mean simply "covering a wide selection of topics."

It seems to me that there are only two reasons to write a book like this. Either you have something new to contribute to the subject, or you think you can present the subject more clearly and persuasively than others. This book does neither of those things. This book is just a rehash of all the other standard apologetic arguments you see from William Lane Craig, J.P. Moreland, and all the big names in mainstream Christian apologetics. There's very little new information if you're already familiar with standard apologetics. The book is no improvement over past presentations either. In fact, I would say that other treatments are more clearly and persuasively argued than this one.

The one advantage of this book is that it is comprehensive. It takes all these various subjects that you might have to find in a variety of other sources and combines them all into one book. So as a beginning text on apologetics for people who are completely new to the field, this book is an excellent place to start. The comprehensiveness is a bit of a drawback because although it covers a wide range of topics, it doesn't cover any of them in great detail. The over all case for Christianity comes off as weak as a result. This is coming from somebody fairly well read in apologetics who thinks that the case for Christianity is very strong. I just don't think this book makes a strong case due to a lack of thoroughness.
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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 24 days 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by ResaHJ
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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Paul Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Well referenced and complete.
This is a great book for amature apologists like myself. Groothuis goes into detail to ensure that the reader is well-equipped to make a thoughtful defense of the faith. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific.
This book is absolutely phenomenal. It defends the Christian faith and deconstructs the attacks against it. This is a must read.
Published 2 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
Although the book is long it really made me feel so much smarter after I finished reading it. Very highly suggested for the Christian who wants to learn to defend their faith.
Published 2 months ago by Shea
5.0 out of 5 stars Foundational Work on Christian Apologetics
Excellent book! I have just started reading more works in the field of Christian apologetics, and I have to say that this is going to be one of my foundational reference books on... Read more
Published 5 months ago by spence3338
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and precise
This book is very thorough, starting with a simple foundation of defining terms, then building to more complex arguments. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Garrett Black
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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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